A Night to Celebrate URI
October 25, 2013, was URI’s night to shine in Newport as the University honored its most distinguished alumni and rising stars at the Eighth Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards and Gala.
2013 PRESIDENT’S AWARDS
Karina Montilla Edmonds ’92, Ph.D., Executive Director for Institute Corporate Relations, California Institute of Technology
Eric T. Ryan ’96, Co-Founder, Method Products
Alan R. Spachman,’69, M.B.A. ’71, Founder, Director, Former CEO and Chairman, National Interstate Corporation
M. Beverly Swan ’63, M.A. ’66, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Emerita, University of Rhode Island
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., Richard R. Schloesser, President and CEO
2013 DEANS’ AWARDS
College of Arts and Sciences
John S. Struck ’74, Managing Director, Wand Partners, Inc.
Bruce A. Wolpert, Esq. ’75, President, Wolpert & Associates, Inc.
College of Business Administration
S. Kent Fannon ’74, Client Partner, D’Antoni Partners
Wendy P. Field ’74, Managing Director, Corporate Lending, UBS Investment Bank (retired)
Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education
Munir Mohammed, Adjunct Professor, University of Rhode Island; and Artistic Director, International Gallery for Heritage and Culture
Victor F. Capellan ’92, M.S. ’96, M.Ed. ’02, Deputy Superintendent for Transformation, Central Falls School District
College of Engineering
James P. Clappin ’80, President, Corning Glass Technologies
Major General Kevin R. McBride ’80, Adjutant General, State of Rhode Island; and Commanding General, Rhode Island National Guard
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Gellwynn D. H. Jusuf, M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’97, Director General of Capture Fisheries, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia
Bruce R. Zetter, Ph.D. ’75, Charles Nowiszewski Professor of Cancer Biology, Vascular Biology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
College of Human Science and Services
Karen Gautney, M.S. ’91, Diversity Trainer and Human Rights Advocate, Karen Gautney Consulting, LLC
Maria L. Urso ’97, M.S. ’00, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Research, Arteriocyte Medical Systems
College of Nursing
Elaine Bridge ’78, RN, D.N.P., Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Tracy S. Weintraub ’77, RN, M.S.N. ’81, Chief Operating Officer, HealthyPrice.com; and Hospital Surveyor, The Joint Commission
College of Pharmacy
Dea Belazi, Pharm.D. ’01, M.P.H., Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, AscellaHealth, LLC
Diana I. Brixner ’82, RPh, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacotherapy, University of Utah College of Pharmacy; and Executive Director, Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center, University of Utah, L.S. Skaggs Health Services Institute
Graduate School of Oceanography
Robert C. Thunell, M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ’78, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Senior Associate Dean for Natural Sciences, University of South Carolina
2013 RISING STAR AWARD
The University of Rhode Island Distinguished Achievement Awards proudly introduces a new award: The Rising Star Award. This award recognizes an outstanding young alumnus/alumna with at least 10 years of experience in his/her career field who is already making significant contributions to his/her profession and community at-large by demonstrating innovative, responsible professional leadership, potential for future distinction, and a commitment to serving others.
Mohammed Al-Sultan, Ph.D. ’03, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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