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URI Alumni Association announces spring courses

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Topics are Rhode Island history, the night sky

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 6, 2006 -- Learn about the rogues and rascals of Rhode Island history or the planets and stars as the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association offers two separate one-night courses this month on the Kingston Campus.

URI Labor and Industrial Relations Professor Scott Malloy will give an overview of Rhode Island history, with an emphasis on little known facts, stories and people, Wednesday, April 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Ballentine Hall, Room 114.

Malloy, winner of the URI Foundation’s Teaching Excellence Award, is known for his humorous and passionate presentations. The class will feature dozens of original documents and artifacts that provide a three-dimensional perspective on the human story.

Physics Lecturer Elizabeth Bozyan will discuss “The Night Sky: The Stars and the Milky Way,” on Thursday, April 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in East Hall, Room 112, and the URI Planetarium.

The program will take the approach that “we are all astronomers.” Bozyan will answer questions about what we see, including which lights are stars and which are planets. She will talk about the lunar phases and why the moon is in different places in the sky on different days. She’ll also discuss the Milky Way and answer numerous other questions.

Cost for each class is $35 and includes teaching materials and a light meal, including a sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, cookie and soda. There is a 10 percent discount for Alumni Association dues-paying members.

To register online, visit

Register early because seating is limited. For more information, contact Lisa Cugini at 874-4604 or