URI’s Feinstein College of Continuing Education to induct three into its Hall of Honor

Providence, R.I. — March 26, 1999 — A woman who helps improve the health of other women, a man whose quest for learning never ends, and a retired brigadier general will be inducted into the University of Rhode Island Feinstein College of Continuing Education’s Hall of Honor on April 8. The Providence-based college established a Hall of Honor last year as a way to pay tribute to individuals whose dedication, hard work, and support have contributed to furthering the mission of the college. The three inductees are: • Joyce Dolbec ‘95 of Slatersville, a former nurse and businesswoman, worked her way through college as a student secretary in the dean’s office and as a peer counselor in Student Services, where she established a clearinghouse for scholarship information and ran wellness workshops. While in college, she was the first Feinstein CCE-recipient of the prestigious A. Robert Rainville Award Student Leadership Award. As president of the Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for continuing education students, Dolbec worked with her l995 graduating class to establish the Walter A. Crocker Scholarship. She currently serves as vice president of the college’s Alumni Association and is a member of the College Advisory Board. She is also an active member of the American Cancer Society and the Rhode Island Women’s Political Caucus and is involved in local politics. Dolbec works full-time as a program manager at the YWCA where she is a driving force behind women’s health and wellness grants and programs. • Harold Stanzler of Pawtucket who holds two degrees (BS ‘34, MS ‘36) from URI personifies the axiom that learning never ends and retirement never really begins. When the Feinstein College of Continuing Education was created during World War II as Rhode Island State College’s Division of Industrial Extension, Stanzler, then the director of human resources and personnel administration at the Collyer Insulated Wire Co. in Pawtucket, became one of the college’s first faculty members, teaching management and supervision courses as an adjunct professor. Although he served in a professional capacity on several state boards, he never lost his association with the College. He continues to teach, take courses, and serve on committees and task forces right up to this day—a span of 57 years. Stanzler volunteers in the Small Business Association’s Service Corps of Retired Executives where he has helped hundreds of Rhode Islanders start and maintain small businesses. • Joseph N. Waller ‘69 of Wakefield, former assistant adjutant of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, understands the struggles of continuing education students first hand. When he entered URI, he was a 28-year-old engineering student with career and family responsibilities. He helped pay for his education by working as a research assistant. Although he earned his degree more than 30 years ago, he continues to take courses and workshops. Waller began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1959, was commissioned naval aviator, served as a tactical airlift pilot, commanded the 143rd Tactical Airlift Squadron, eventually retired as brigadier general. Waller is also retired from a civilian career within the Naval Undersea Warfare Center where he was chief engineer responsible for the definition, design, development and deployment of various submarine combat systems. Since 1992, the general has been a member of the College’s Advisory Board, chairing the organization since 1994. During the induction ceremonies on April 8, framed photos of the inductees will be hung on the wall of the college’s first floor hallway—within view of students, faculty, staff, visitors and friends who come through the College’s main entrance at 80 Washington Street. For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2216