Receiving an award from the New England Region of University of Continuing Education Outstanding Student Honorary Mention is Carolina Domingues Carver. Presenting the award is Dr. John McCray, Vice Provost Feinstein Providence Campus and Dean of Continuing Education. Pictured left to right are Claudia Kerbel, Carolina’s Academic Advisor, Joanne DiBello, Director of Marketing Providence Campus and Chair New England Region University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), Carolina’s father, Ramón Domingues, and Ken Carver, Carolina’s husband. (More photos below)
Providence Campus Student Recognized
by Regional Continuing Education
The New England Chapter of the University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) recently recognized Carolina Domingues Carver with Honorable Mention as Outstanding Student of the Year. Chapter Chair, Joanne DiBello, Director Marketing and External Relations at URI’s Providence Campus states “UCEA meets the professional development needs of Continuing Education professionals, promotes continuing education and strives to recognize programs and Leaders in CE including Faculty and Students from degree granting colleges and universities both national and international. We are thrilled that the organization recognized Carolina. She is an outstanding student.”
Carolina is an example of dedication, hard work, commitment and courage. After relocating alone to the United States from Puerto Rico in 2002 at the age of 20, she began working in a factory to earn sufficient money to support herself and begin her study of the English language. Her eyes were set on her goal of eventually earning a college degree in a field that would allow her to make a difference in the lives of other people.
While in Puerto Rico, Carolina witnessed the hardship faced by so many families in that country. As a member of a lower middle class family, Carolina experienced some of the same hardships that she witnessed. This motivated her to begin what she feels she is called to do in life, help other people. At a young age she began working in a local food bank in an effort to make a difference in the lives of the people in her country.
After a year of intense study of the English language and now fluent in both English and Spanish, she began her studies at the Community College of RI. In 2006 she transferred to the University of Rhode Island to complete her studies towards a degree in Human Develop and Family Studies. In 2005 she began her career as a case manager first at Family Services of RI and later moving on to the Comprehensive Community Action Agency.
Carolina not only successfully juggles family, education and full-time employment, but continues to perform volunteer work in the community. She became a member of the “Go Team” a government funded collaboration with the local police and Red Cross. As a volunteer with this collaboration she was a first responder 24/7 to families in crisis. This included, but was not limited to, being summoned to homicides, domestic violence situations, accidents and fires resulting in death of family members. It was intense work that Carolina was totally committed to for years. Currently she volunteers for a local church where she continues to provide case work to families in need and assist in child care programs.
Carolina states, “I am honored to be part of the human service field in both career and volunteer work. Helping others is what I was born for.”
It is no surprise to those of us who know Carolina that she was recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society for her academic excellence. She has successfully maintained a 3.5 or better cumulative average throughout her college career. Carolina will complete her undergraduate degree requirements this semester then plans to pursue a Masters in Family Counseling at URI in fall 2010.
What will she do between the completion of her undergrad degree and the start of the Masters program? She will continue to work for her current employer, continue her volunteer commitment at her church and she and her husband Kenneth will welcome their first child in April.
Carolina Dominquez Carver is a true representative of the kind of students passing through the doors of Continuing Education institutions every day, but beyond that she rises above many of them because of her academic excellence, her unending desire to learn and her commitment to improve the quality of life for all those she meets.