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URI Alumni Association presented achievement awards Jan. 29

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 21, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island Alumni Association presented its annual achievement awards during ceremonies Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Hyatt Regency in Newport.

Alumni Achievement Awards are presented to alumni who have achieved excellence in the arts, business, community service, education, humanities, professions, research, and science and technology. A $1,000 scholarship in each recipient’s name will be awarded to a student on the basis of merit and need.

The award winners are as follows:

Contribution to the Arts

George T. Marshall ’76
Newport's George T. Marshall has made an art out of giving Rhode Island a starring role in movies. He is the executive director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival and founder and director of the Flickers Arts Collaborative. Now in its ninth year, the festival is the only one in New England that qualifies films for the Academy and Grammy Awards. Moviemaker magazine lists it as one of the "Top 20 Festivals" worldwide and Chris Gore of the "Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide" calls it one of the "Top 10 Best International and Short Festivals in the United States." In addition, Marshall has launched KidsEye™, a children's filmmaking workshop held at URI for the past four years. He is also a sponsor of the URI Film Festival, Visualizations.

Contribution to Business

Molly D. Magee M.B.A. ’91
Innovation and sound leadership have been the cornerstones of Molly Magee's 28-year career with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport. For the past four years, she has served as chief financial officer, responsible for formulating and monitoring the division’s $800 million budget. In her role as CFO, she has introduced and championed a value management process across the division. Prior to her current position, she was director of business resources for two years and Financial and Supply Management Department head for five years, both dynamic and challenging positions. The Portsmouth resident is being recognized for the development and implementation of numerous financial processes that have streamlined business procedures and increased efficiency within her organization and have served as models for application at other Navy facilities.

Contribution to Community Service

Rhonda M. Perrotta ’84
North Providence resident Rhonda Perrotta is known as a giver. Whether in her classroom at Johnston High School, or as a member of the board of directors of the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island, Perrotta is the definition of a volunteer. The special education teacher regularly spends time outside class with students who are experiencing problems in their studies or personal lives and two years ago she began a volunteer group called Johnston Students For Community Service. Five years ago, Perrotta began offering her talents to the Volunteer Center by helping with the group’s fundraising gala. She has chaired the planning committee for the past three years, and has raised nearly $300,000 for the organization. Perrotta received the R.I. National Philanthropic Award for Community Service in 2001.

Contribution to Humanities

Mary Jane Behrends Clark ’76
After Mary Jane Clark graduated from URI with degrees in journalism and political science, she hit the ground running as a desk assistant at CBS News. Now a producer at CBS News, Clark is more widely known as a best-selling author of media thriller fiction. Since she emerged on the scene as a novelist in 1998, Clark has won kudos for transforming her television news experience into action and intrigue in seven books. Booklist said: "Clark has perfected the suspense novel, where in classic Christie fashion everyone is a potential suspect...Timely and downright fun." Her latest creation, Hide Yourself Away, is set in Newport, R.I. CBS News anchor Dan Rather says Clark, a Hillsdale, N.J., resident, is “one of the most exciting novelists in America today.”

Contribution to Science and Technology

Michael J. Fogarty ’73, M.S. ’76, Ph.D. ’86
Communicator, researcher, administrator, global leader are just a few of the words to describe, Michael J. Fogarty, research fishery biologist with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, Mass. An expert in population dynamics with specialties in fisheries biology and ecosystem management, he has authored or co-authored more than 70 refereed publications. He has given more than 150 speeches in 13 countries from South Africa to China. He has also taught courses at URI and the University of Maryland and short courses on fisheries stock assessment Italy, Morocco, New Zealand, and South Africa. An international leader in marine ecosystem research, he was director for four years of the U.S. GLOBEC program, a large research program focused on global ecosystems.

Honorary Alumnus

This award is presented to an individual who is committed to the advancement of the goals of the University of Rhode Island.

Ronald J. Petro
Ron Petro’s 12 years as director of athletics at URI were among the most successful on and off the field in Rhody’s history. Appointed the sixth full-time athletic director in July 1992, Petro headed URI athletics during the construction of the Ryan Center and the Boss Arena. Petro was at the helm as Rhode Island captured 21 Atlantic 10 championships, and as 27 coaches earned league coach of the year recognition in 14 different sports. He also strengthened academic performance as the rate of student-athletes on the Dean's List increased from 12.5 percent to 23 percent, and the average grade point average rose from 2.55 to 2.81. The Boston resident was appointed executive director of the 2006 NCAA Women’s (basketball) Final Four in Boston last September.

Alumni Service Award

This award honors alumni who have helped achieve Alumni Association goals.

Janice E. DiLorenzo ’70
Janice DiLorenzo of Boca Raton, Fla., has remained connected to the University as the East Coast Florida Chapter leader for more than 10 years, keeping alumni in touch and organizing events. In addition, she is the alumni admissions coordinator for all of Florida. As a dedicated supporter of the Annual Fund since 1986 and a member of the 1892 Society, DiLorenzo believes strongly in the mission of the Fund, helping staff build and develop relationships with alumni. When not busy on behalf of URI, she volunteers her time to non-profits, especially the YMCA of Boca Raton, serving on the board of directors and chairing its annual fundraiser. As a National Board Certified Teacher, she promotes education as a teacher and trainer in Palm Beach County.

Recent Alumnus

This award is presented to a recent graduate who exhibits loyalty and commitment to the University of Rhode Island.

Peter J. Mandeville ’98
Peter Mandeville has served in some of the world’s hot spots for the U.S. Army, but that hasn’t interfered with his love for the University of Rhode Island. After receiving the Cramer Saber Award during his senior year at URI as the top cadet in the URI Army ROTC program and being commissioned a second lieutenant, he served as a platoon leader in the 548th Corps Support Battalion and did tours in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Since graduating from URI, the Forestdale, R.I. resident has been active in the Alumni Club of Virginia, the Blue and White Ball, and the URI Winter Gala. While he was overseas, Mandeville made major donations to the Rhody Ram Endowed Scholarship, the Student Alumni Association, the Eric Kumpf Memorial Scholarship, and the URI Annual Fund.

Ram Award

This award recognizes those who have given meritorious and distinguished service to the Alumni Association and the University for at least 25 years.

Timothy J. Sullivan ’70
Timothy Sullivan’s lengthy and distinguished service to URI began in the mid-1970s when he became a member of the URI Alumni Association’s Finance Committee, eventually becoming treasurer of the Association. He has been a College of Business Administration Advisory Board member. The Narragansett resident has served as a member of the URI Foundation’s Finance Committee, member and co-chair of the URI Foundation Ball committee and member of a fundraising committee for the Ryan Center. A managing partner of Sullivan & Co., CPAs LLP, a local public accounting firm, Sullivan often provides internships for URI accounting students and has hired URI accounting graduates. A long time Rhody sports fan, he co-created and co-funded a scholarship for accounting students during the University’s first capital campaign.

Contribution to Professional Achievement

Herbert Leon MacDonell M.S. ’56
For Herbert MacDonell, it appears that crime does indeed pay. In 1960 he invented the MAGNA Brush fingerprint device that changed the way fingerprint evidence is processed worldwide. Author of 100 articles in professional publications, he has appeared on such programs as Good Morning America, 20/20, and Dateline NBC. The Corning, N.Y. resident is the director of The Bloodstain Evidence Institute, which runs a study program with students from around the world. He is the subject of the book, The Evidence Never Lies, and the author of Bloodstain Patterns. He has consulted on criminal cases in all 50 states and in such countries as Australia, Italy, and the Philippines. He testified in the O.J. Simpson trial and in the assassination cases of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Contribution to Research

Diane Pennica Ph.D. ’77
Diane Pennica is a lifesaver. Her 1987 invention, the clot-busting drug Activase, has helped treat more than 2 million patients who suffered heart attacks and strokes. Now, the scientist has focused on cancer. Her work cloning the vital tumor-suppressor gene, p53, opened a new field of cancer research. She was also the first to clone tumor necrosis factor. The results of this research have produced therapies such as Enbrel, which have helped millions of people suffering from painful rheumatoid arthritis. In 1989 she was named Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Foundation and in 2000 she was profiled in a speech to the American Chemical Society entitled, “Women Inventors Who Make a Difference.” She works for Genentech, in South San Francisco, Calif.

Contribution to Education

Erna Jane Kondon ’67
Beloved, quiet, inspiring, talented are among the words that describe Jane Kondon, who will retire in the spring of 2005 after 21 years as principal of Davisville Middle School. Named Middle School Principal of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of Principals in 2003, the North Kingstown resident taught French in Massachusetts and Rhode Island public schools for six years from 1967 until 1973. She was then named assistant principal of Davisville Middle School in 1980 and was selected principal at Davisville in 1984. She is credited with taking a less than stellar school and turning it into one of the state’s top performers. Her efforts were covered in several local newspapers. A French major at URI, Kondon earned her master’s degree in teaching at Boston College.

Human Development and Family Studies Alumni Awards

Elizabeth Boisclair Johnson ’87, M.S. ’90
While a single parent of two, Elizabeth Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree at the URI Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. In 1990, she earned her master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Since 1992, she has been the program manager at Children’s Intensive Services, Mental Health Services at Gateway Healthcare Inc. where she provides clinical supervision to a staff of 20 clinicians and case managers. In 1992, the agency gave her its “Troubleshooter Award” for “Advocacy, Assiduousness and Accomplishment.” The agency provides clinical services to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. The East Greenwich resident has been teaching one to two courses a semester for the last 15 years at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education and in 1997 was presented the ASFCCE Outstanding Faculty Award.

Jennifer Flynn ’91
It’s time that URI give Jennifer Flynn credit. She is president of National Non Profit Network Services, Inc., a non-profit call center serving Consumer Credit Counseling Service agencies across the United States and Canada. The Warwick, R.I. resident has been involved with local and national credit counseling agencies since 1991. Previous positions with CCCS of RI/SNE include counselor, operations manager, vice president of operations, and vice president of strategic technology. Flynn sits on the board of directors for Credit Executive Association of Southeastern New England, served on "Train the Trainer" and "Credit for Life Fair" committees, which received awards for national credit education initiatives, and chairs a Toys for Tots breakfast as well as golf classics that have raised funds for educational programs and scholarships.


Brenda Lemoie ’91 M.S. ’95
Brenda Lemoie took her first college course when she was 47, but once the Pawtucket, R.I. resident got going there was no stopping her, despite her ongoing battles with multiple sclerosis. After a stellar undergraduate career, Lemoie became the interim clerk for the Bachelor of General Studies Program at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus as she began her graduate studies. She then served as an academic adviser for URI’s College of Human Science and Services in Providence, and then in 1995, served as the clerk for the assistant dean of the College in Kingston. She also taught several human development courses and served as interim assistant dean in the College. Before retiring in 2003, she was presented the College’s Staff Award and the President’s Award from the National Organization for Human Services Education.

Giulia Jaramillo ’01, M.S. ’03
As a marriage and family therapist at United Community and Family Services in Norwich, Conn., Giulia Jaramillo sees things a little differently. She has suffered with macular degeneration, a severe sight disability, since birth. She also had to overcome parental resistance to her coming to URI. But she prevailed, earning her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude at URI and then her master’s degree at URI on the very same day as her brother Gennaro Ferraro. Now a marriage and family therapist, the Pawcatuck, Conn. resident earned her first-degree black belt in karate in October. At her job, Jaramillo sees more than 30 patients a week and runs two group sessions. She specializes in treating victims of trauma and sexual abuse, and in spare time advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.