Spring 2024


Rivers are just as important as coastlines in the Ocean State. And as URI researchers are quick to point out, it’s all one water—it’s all connected. Read about URI’s efforts toward understanding, managing, and protecting the state’s rivers and waterways.


An Inspiring University Community

From the president

Hope by Ryan Frankel ’23

  • Beloved Staffer Honored - Mary Ann Mazzone was selected "Ram of the Game" at the Jan. 27 women's basketball game against UMass.
  • a shot of the stands during a Rhody game focused in on 5 students dressed in URI blue with pom poms, and a giant foam finger. Big Ideas. Bold Plans. - News from URI's comprehensive campaign.
  • Faces of Honors - New student portraits by alumni artist AGonza show the faces of URI's Honors Program.
  • Feedback - Feedback from readers about our fall 2023 magazine and message from the editor.


Signs of Spring

See what’s in bloom


Rhode Island is home to one of the largest populations of Cape Verdean Americans in the U.S. Read about URI’s Cape Verdean Students Association and meet Joe DaMoura ’00, president of the Cape Verdean Museum in Pawtucket.

The tapestry depicted is a part of the collection at the Cape Verdean Museum in Pawtucket, R.I. It was woven at the Centro Nacional de Artesanato in São Vicente, Cabo Verde, by Jôao Silva. Part of the 1995 Smithsonian Folklife Celebration of Cape Verde, it was donated to the Cape Verdean Museum.

Scenic Route

“The Fantastic Umbrella Factory” by Ellen Pratte ’77

The story behind the photo
  • John Gouin poses and smiles in his medical lab coat Author, Athlete, Soldier, Doctor. - Plan A—being an NFL athlete—didn’t work out for John Gouin ’83. But plan B turned out better than he could have imagined.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt in Kingston - Two visits from the namesake of Roosevelt Hall—legendary first lady, diplomat, and human rights advocate Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Michaela Mooney in her Gilded Age costume Fancy That - Michaela Mooney, M.S. ’87, landed a role as an extra in Season 2 of the HBO series, The Gilded Age.
  • Jim Tucker and Steve Round stand together smiling Friends for Life - When Jim Tucker ’73 needed a kidney transplant, his fraternity brother, Steve Round ’73, came through.
  • Joe DaMoura poses leaning on a railing Personal Mission. Global Perspective. - As president of the Cape Verdean Museum, Joe DaMoura ’00 is both keeper and sharer of a distinct culture that’s woven strongly into the fabric of Rhode Island.
  • Reunited in Remembrance - Former housemates reunite to remember and honor their friend and raise money for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Caption This

A group of people gaze upward

Caption Contest, Spring 2024

Do you have a funny idea for a caption for this photo from a vintage URI yearbook?

Submit your caption by May 15, 2024.

ENter your caption

Winning Caption, Fall 2023

“Belatedly, she realized she had grabbed
the wrong coat.”

—Robert (‘Scaf’) Schafer ’58

Fall 2023 Winning Entries

End Game

What Do You See?

Students who take biology with Central Falls High School teacher David Upegui, Ph.D. ’21, work with actual animal skulls to figure out how they evolved and what the connections are between different animals.

In the story, skulls are used as a design element. Can you guess which animals the skulls pictured here are from? Answers can be found at the end of the story, “A New Angle in High School Biology”