Summer 2021


Marc Parlange

Can’t Wait to Meet you

WOrld View

URI’s incoming president, Marc Parlange, brings an expansive world view to URI. He can’t wait to join the Rhody community.

Evan Pagano ’15, M.B.A. ’19, captured this scene of a horseshoe crab in the surf at Camp Cronin in Narragansett, R.I. “Horseshoe crabs,” Pagano says, “make their way to the shore in large groups each spring. These prehistoric creatures crawl out of the ocean according to the moon cycle to dig holes in the sand and lay their eggs.”


  • Blue open quotation mark You Can Quote Me - URI experts are quoted in the media frequently. Here are a few that bear repeating.
  • URI triple major in biology, sociology, and Italian, Julia Santini ’21 Pursuing a Medical Career with a Humanities Perspective - A triple major in biology, sociology, and Italian, Julia Santini ’21 is heading to medical school with a broad perspective.
  • A picture of the New Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering on the URI campus Tradition Meets Innovation - URI resumes an ambitious plan for growth, as part of Big Ideas. Bold Plans. The Campaign for the University of Rhode Island.
  • A photo of a young child, face partially covered by a book, with a colorful, blurred mezzotint effect A School Librarian Who Made a Difference - A tribute to school librarian Roberta Sabella Mansfield ’69, M.L.S. ’72 by Betty J. Cotter, an adjunct faculty member in URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
  • Abstract illustration of curved lines forming a cloud like composition resembling speech Feedback - Letter from the editor and feedback from readers about our Spring magazine
  • Joe Rotondo '16, entrepreneur and CEO of Rocky Clark Clothing Design With the Planet In Mind - Rocky Clark is a new kind of clothing company that a young URI alumnus is lovingly building from the ground up.


Get to know student speakers and the Class of 2021 by the numbers.

Commencement 2021
“What we have to learn to do is to embrace different cultures and languages. My training in international relations and diplomacy at URI gave me the tools to not only embrace different cultures but to thrive in them.”
Graduate School student speaker, Frank Martinez, M.A. ’21


Browse the winning photos from the fourth annual 2021 URI Research and Scholarship Photo Contest.

Winner’s Circle


Caption This

“The Beatles? They’re no Kingston Trio. One-hit wonder for sure.” 
—Richard McCahey ’69

Learn about the photo and see the winning captions and notable submissions.


Torrent Forms, 1921
Sarah Tyson
Ceramic with glaze and nails, 12″ x 9″ each

Mixed-media artist Sarah Tyson ’21 says she “draws inspiration from organic forms and patterns in nature,” which she likes to contrast with one of her favorite materials, nails. Tyson, who cites Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and German artist Günther Uecker as inspirations, was selected by art department faculty for this year’s David Ketner Memorial Art Award for excellence in studio art.

Tyson received an undergraduate research grant to work with associate professor Ben Anderson on a public sculpture centered on climate change, which will be installed on the URI Kingston Campus. •