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Sunshine Menezes Ph.D. ’05

Day Job/Night Job

Two years ago, Sunshine Menezes—executive director of URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting—attended a Texas conference and suddenly found a new dream: becoming a Western swing singer and songwriter.

She knew little about the genre, but no matter; it was love. She juggled lessons in singing, songwriting and guitar with her day job improving national environmental news coverage, and this spring traveled to Dallas to record a five-song album with local musicians at a cattle ranch. Her band’s name? Shiner and Her Lucky Pennies. “There’s a great deal that can be accomplished,” she says, “if you give yourself the time and space to develop a skill.”

Give it a listen.

—Courtney Coelho

More photos of Sunshine from her QuadAngles photo shoot.


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