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Banquet to honor URI Dept. of Human Development & Family Studies alumnae

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 15, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island's Department of Human Development and Family Studies will hold its annual awards banquet to celebrate recent efforts and accomplishments and to honor three department alumnae.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 24 starting at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt-Regency on Goat Island in Newport. Cost is $50 per person. To register or for more information, contact David Nicolato, alumni relations at 874-4604.

Part of the University's College of Human Science and Services, the mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is to enhance individual and family well-being through interdisciplinary academic programs, research, service and outreach initiatives. Academic programs prepare graduates to function as leaders in educational, human service and clinical settings.

This year's honored alumni are:

Diane Fasching, M.S. '79, of Narragansett, vice president of Enterprise Learning and Development at the Gilbane Building Co. She has created a corporate university for Gilbane featuring 200 courses.

Mary Ann Shallcross-Smith, B.S. '85, of Lincoln, founder and owner of Child Care Connection, Inc. with 11 early learning centers, two school-age, after school programs, and a summer camp.

Karen Turcotte, M.S.'92, of South Kingstown, director of The Center, South Kingstown Senior Services. The Center is a model of a multiservice, client-friendly community resource accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers.

For More Information: Barbara Newman, 874-7135