URI Student Alumni Association Names New Executive Board

Kingston, R.I. — June 2, 1999 — The University of Rhode Island’s Student Alumni Association (SAA) has elected their new Executive Board that will serve through the 1999-2000 school year. New board members are as follows: Jamie Leiter of Melrose Park, Pa., President; Christina Vincent of Cranston, R.I. , Vice President; Amy Anderson of Lebanon, N.J., Treasurer; Faith McGlynn of Tiverton, R.I., Recording Secretary; Mary Sullivan of Whitinsville, Mass., Corresponding Secretary; Brian Muoio of Johnston, R.I., Homecoming Chairperson; Michael Jordan of Albany, N.Y., Oozeball Chairperson; Kelley Doherty of Carolina, R.I., Spirit Chairperson; Tara McMahon of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Survival Kits Chairperson; Ania Kamieniecki of Lexington, Mass. and Melissa Gomes of Warwick, R.I., Senior Challenge Co-chairs for 2000; Kady Van Eeghan of Cranston, R.I., Historian; Katja Immel of South Kingstown, R.I., Social Chairperson; Michelle DiBiasio of Johnston, R.I., Public Relations; Lou Macarrone of Johnston, R.I., Special Events; and Larry Perry of Cranston, R.I., Newsletter. Every year the SAA, made up of 50 members selected through an application process, coordinates a variety of events and services to bring students, faculty, staff, and alumni together. “The role of the SAA on campus is to bring events. In coordinating these events, you’re trying to bring the whole community together and raise their spirit and enthusiasm towards the university. These activities provide an option for students to get together and be positive about what is happening around their campus,” said Jamie Leiter, the group’s new president. Activities that the SAA have coordinated in the past include Homecoming, Midnight Madness, Oozeball, and many spirit activities. They also assist the Alumni Association in some of their activities, including the Winter Gala, Senior Challenge, and Alumni Weekend and volunteer their time to the University itself by helping at events such as Meet the University and Family Weekend. Leiter said the SAA plans to focus on more community service events this year. In the past, the group has raised money through Penny Wars to aid those victims of Hurricane Mitch and Kosovo and has participated in the March of Dimes walk. “My main goal this year is to direct the club towards community service. Things like going to a shelter have an amazing effect on drawing people together to work as a unit, which will benefit the group as a whole. And the best part is that you are helping others, ” explained Leiter. For More Information: Jennifer Durand, 401-874-4536, Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-2116