Robby Delgado senior profile

Robby Delgado ’16

Robby Delgado always wanted to play football at URI. Whether he was attending games, participating in camps, or meeting the student-athletes, Robby had his mind set on playing football for the Rams. “Growing up, I was always an athlete, but my parents and coaches emphasized that without the grades, football is nothing,” he said. “I […]

Sarah Ogundare

Sarah Ogundare ’16

While some students arrive at the University of Rhode Island unsure of the path their education will take, Sarah Ogundare knew global health was her destiny. “I’ve gone on mission trips with my church, and in my heart I want to see people more healthy—and not just physically,” said Sarah, who’s been to Haiti three […]

Ian Ross Senior Profile

Ian Ross ’16

When Ian Ross was growing up, he maintained the fish tanks in his home. From that beginning, he developed a interest that became his major and career choice.  “There’s a certain beauty to life when you look at fish through the glass,” he said. “I always loved watching the fish swimming around, and I appreciated feeding them […]

Caitlin Runyon Student Commencement Speak

Caitlin Runyon ’16

Caitlin Runyon was suffering from sophomore slump when she walked through the Ram’s Den one day and saw a fellow student sitting alone in the depths of sadness. So she sat down to talk with him, and the ensuing conversation changed both of their lives. Caitlin decided to get more involved on campus, and her […]

Kelsey Norman

Kelsey Norman ’16

Hometown: Rutland, Vt.

Major: Pharmacy


Jacob Marrocco

Jacob Marrocco ’16

Hemophilia gave Jacob Marrocco a byline, a dream job, and a life full of possibility. As a kid with a bleeding disorder, playing sports was too risky—so he picked up a pen and wrote about what he loved. Now at the tender age of 21, Jake is the assistant sports editor at The Warwick Beacon, his […]

Gabriela Cardone

Gabriela Cardona ’16

As a 21-year-old college senior, Gabriela Cardona has done something most people never accomplish: She’s already an author. Gabriela initially wrote “Ava’s Last Day of Summer,” a children’s book about hearing loss, as her honors project. When she realized her book could help children who are deaf and their families, she decided to offer it to the public. The book is […]

Ayla Fox

Ayla Fox ’11

Ayla Fox tells stories through sights and sounds. A modern day storyteller, she shares her work through digital media and owns her own film production company called Shed Light Productions. With degrees in both film media and wildlife conservation biology, Ayla has blended the two disciplines—working with organizations such as Rhode Island Sea Grant, Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed […]

Bridget Buxton holding gold coins

Bridget Buxton

As an underwater archaeologist, Bridget Buxton is trained to search for knowledge, not sunken treasure. But her most recent expedition to Israel dug up plenty of both. When scuba divers in Israel’s eastern Mediterranean spotted some old coins, they alerted the Israel Antiquities Authority Maritime Unit Director Jacob Sharvit, which led to the recovery of […]

Omar Bah

Omar Bah ’10

Omar Bah was nearly beaten to death in a jail cell in Gambia a decade ago. His crime? Writing newspaper stories about the country’s brutal dictator. Here in America, we take freedom of the press for granted. In the West African nation, it doesn’t exist. Bah risked his life to tell the truth, but the […]

Carrie McDonough

Carrie McDonough ’17

Carrie McDonough studies the ocean, but she also writes about it, and not just for other scientists. Through her blog—”oceanbites“—she translates complicated research into words the general public can understand. Since her first post in the fall of 2013, she has gained more than 10,000 Twitter followers and 500 Facebook fans—no small feat for someone who is busy […]

Susanne Menden Deuer

Susanne Menden-Deuer

Susanne Menden-Deuer is fascinated by plankton, even though she can’t see them with the naked eye. As is often true, the small can be mighty: These microscopic ocean creatures make our planet habitable. Plankton are essential to the ocean’s role in regulating global climate, the air people breathe and marine food webs. In fact, they are a crucial […]