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URI College of Nursing to host 60th anniversary gala Oct. 8

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Dean extends invitation to entire University community

KINGSTON, R.I. -- August 16, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing is throwing a big party to celebrate its 60th anniversary and it’s inviting the entire University community.

The event, “Too Marvelous for Words!” will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 (Homecoming Weekend) at the Hyatt Regency Newport from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s the last major event of the anniversary year.

“This is a popular weekend for URI alumni, and so it will give us a chance to enjoy our nursing alumni and meet those from the wider University community,” said Nursing Dean Dayle Joseph.

“We wanted to involve as many people as possible, so we decided to throw a party that involves all the colleges and all of the alumni, with a focus on the nursing anniversary,” said Ken Owens, chair of the College’s Anniversary Committee and president of Owens Marketing Group, North Kingstown.

Honorary co-chairs for the evening are U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee and Stephanie Chafee, Gov. Donald Carcieri and First Lady Sue Carcieri, URI class of 1965, and Doctors Cynthia Sculco, URI nursing alumna, class of 1965, and Tom Sculco.

Major sponsors are: Platinum: Senator Lincoln Chafee and Mrs. Stephanie Chafee; Gold: Home Loan, a Division of Ocean Bank; Dean's List: Sovereign Bank, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Joseph said Owens has been the backbone of the entire anniversary year program, but he has been especially committed to the gala. “He deserves all of the credit for putting together a marvelous evening. I know people will have a great time with us in Newport,” Joseph said.
Owens and his team chose Homecoming Weekend for a few good reasons. “We know that after spending the day on campus, lots of groups get together with their friends. We thought, ‘Why not celebrate with us?’ We’ll have great music, a great menu in a great setting. There is no other major alumni event set for that evening.

“Tickets are going fast even though invitations have just gone out. “We’ve sold almost half of the room, and we’ve already raised $40,000 from sponsorships,” Owens said.

He said the gala title was taken from the popular hit song performed by Frank Sinatra to provide a little intrigue about the special nature of the night. “When we first talked about an event we referred to the “anniversary gala,” but never felt it did justice to the idea and feel for the evening. A gala sounds formal and formulaic. We wanted a title that reflected both the College of Nursing and the non-formal ‘Newport casual’ evening of fun and celebration we have planned.”

In addition to hors d’oeuvres, food stations and desserts, there will be a silent auction and raffle, dancing to the big band sound of The Moonlighters and finger snapping to the doo-wop harmonies of A Cappella Gold. Tickets are $75. Register online at www.advance.uri.edu/alumni/events/specialevents . All proceeds will benefit the College of Nursing. Sponsorship opportunities range from $2,500 to $25,000.

The Hyatt Regency is offering a special room rate of $150 per night. Call 1-800-233-1234 by Sept. 8 for the event rate and mention the URI College of Nursing event.

“We have had tremendous buy-in for this entire anniversary celebration, but especially the gala,” Owens said.

He praised the college’s vision in developing a long-term fund raising program and its efforts to raise visibility.

“Everyone is affected by the quality of nursing care,” he added. “And the nursing college is at the forefront addressing the nursing shortage, dealing with workplace issues and conducting research that leads to improved patient care,” Owens said.

Pictured above
Dayle Joseph and Ken Owens
URI News Bureau photo by Joe Giblin.