Fall 2023


The Secret Life of Pit Musicians

Stories from the pit

You can’t see them, but orchestra pit musicians like Nick Jemo ’06 and Jesse-Ray Leich ’17 are as essential to the Broadway shows we love as the actors  and the scripts.


The Energy of a New Academic Year

From the president

Change of Season by Andrew D’Aiello ’26

  • Graduate students and surfers Juliet “Satya” Sullivan and Lauren Zane pose with their surfboards on a rocky shoreline with the ocean behind them at sunset Changemakers - Two grad students launched a nonprofit, Colorful Lineup, to bring more women of color to surfing.
  • The Mount Hope Bridge seen from Portsmouth, RI Feedback and From the Editor - Feedback from readers about our summer 2023 magazine and message from the editor.
  • URI women's basketball players high-fiving their coach Tammi Reiss on the court Getting to Know Coach Tammi Reiss - As her fifth season at URI gets underway, the two-time A-10 Coach of the Year shares what motivates her.
  • two females holding pom-poms and laughing on either side of the Rhody the Ram It’s About Who We Help - URI’s comprehensive campaign is charging toward its $300 million goal and making a difference for many in the URI community.


The Art of Memories

Photography professor Annu Palakunnathu Matthew utilizes the ever-expanding digital toolbox to consider themes of memory and identity.

Read the Story


“Midnight at Worden Pond” by Ang Cai, Ph.D. ’17. Learn more about Cai and his photography in “Moon Gate.”

Scenic Route

“Gray Jay at Sunset” by James Carlson ’16

The story behind the photo

Turkey Day Football

The 1973 Rams commemorate a historic game

Toast the Team
  • Author Julien Ayotte '63 sitting outdoors in a short sleeve t-shirt with a stack of his books A Different Kind of Retirement Plan - Julien Ayotte ’63 has written eight novels in the last 10 years of his retirement. And he’s still coming up with ideas.
  • an old photo of Col. Francis J. Cuddy Jr. '66 in military uniform Close-Up - Meet a Vietnam veteran seeking a medal of honor to recognize a fellow Ram’s bravery under fire.
  • David Copans '99 and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin '99 at URI Friendship: A Remembrance - Dean Copans ’99 on friendship and the legacy of his late friend, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin ’99.
  • Aria Mia Loberti holding a microphone in a still image from the Netflix series All the Light We Cannot See Now Appearing on Netflix - Aria Mia Loberti ’20 is the star of the hit Netflix adaption of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See.
  • Tom Falciglia '45 Remembering a Mentor - A former URI communications staffer remembers his mentor, Tom Falciglia ’45.
  • illustration by Lisa Villa ’95 Renaissance Rams - Lisa Villa, M.L.I.S. ’95, like many librarians, knows a lot of things—about a lot of things. But how did she land the cover of a chemistry journal?

Caption This

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

enter your caption
“URI’s crack anti-UFO battalion
springs into action.”
—Carl Lindstrom, M.S. ’89
summer 2023 winning entries


Golden Hour

by Matthew Meigs ’20

Getting the shot