The Student Alumni Association was founded in 1985 and is sponsored by the Alumni Association. We strive to foster a sense of pride and tradition in the University. Our programs are designed to promote interaction between students and alumni for the betterment of the University.
SAA's primary goals are to generate spirit surrounding the University among the student body, provide information about the Alumni Association to the student body and keep the Alumni Association aware of developments on campus, which affect student perception of the University.
LINK2LINK • FOR NEW STUDENTS!
A big welcome to the newest members of the URI community. We're so glad you're here! Here's our list of the Top Five Links you should visit right now to get some important information—and to give us some information that we need to have on file. Thanks for taking the time to check them out!
1 THE NEW STUDENT INFORMATION FORM This is really important! We need you to fill out the form so we can keep our records up to date – and keep you up to date on important news and upcoming events.
2 THE STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (SAA) No link necessary—this is the SAA webpage! SAA runs great (and occasionally gooey) fundraising programs like Oozeball and the Nearly Naked Mile (see below). You should apply to join! Contact Bob Ferrell in Alumni Relations for more information.
3 STUDENT SURVIVAL KIT ORDER FORM Pass this link on to your parents—or to anyone who might want to send you a URI care package. (You can also hand them the card that came with this letter.)
4 HOMECOMING WEEKEND INFO Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Rhody Spirit!
5 THE LEGACY PROGRAM If you have a sibling, parent or grandparent who’s a URI alum, that makes you a legacy. Don’t miss out on your legacy perks!
Students interested in becoming SAA members are asked to complete an application by the deadline date at the beginning of each academic year. Those selected as finalists will have a personal interview.
NEARLY NAKED MILE
NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Just before Thanksgiving, the SAA hosted its 2013 Nearly Naked Mile run and clothing drive for the Jonnycake Center to help the less fortunate. In a fun twist, students donated the clothes they were wearing, then ran a mile around campus in bathing suits or summertime attire to see what it's like to be outside in the cold with limited clothing—a problem for many in the state and around the world.
Oozeball is one of the greatest traditions running at the University of Rhode Island. This giant mud volleyball tournament takes place every year right before final exams in the Spring semester. Each year, more than 1,200 students and alumni take part in the fun. Oozeball is sure to leave you with mud in your hair and lasting memories.
PURCHASE A WELCOME KIT OR SURVIVAL KIT
Get the school year started off right, with a Welcome Kit! Kits are full of the necessities to help students in their first few weeks on campus. Be sure to also check out our combo kit that includes two final exam Survival Kits! The survival kits have a different theme each semester and contain things such as snacks, drinks, school supplies, a t-shirt, and other themed items. Buy a kit today!
Rhody Rally is the school’s largest pep rally, held to boost the school spirit on campus. Rhody Rally is a celebration honoring the sports teams, both varsity and club). It features high intensity performances, contests, giveaways and a bonfire following the event. Rhody Rally always take place before Homecoming in Keaney gymnasium. Tickets and Rhody Rally t-shirts are sold around campus during the week leading up to the main event.
Homecoming is a long standing tradition and the Student Alumni Association is the lead provider of campus spirit. In the week leading up to Homecoming weekend, SAA sponsors advertising events on the quad featuring Del’s lemonade and hot apple cider. The day of the Homecoming football game we help coordinate Rhody tent village filled with fun activities and vendors in front of Mackel Field House. Our Homecoming King and Queen is announced during the Homecoming football game and you’ll be sure to see us rooting for Rhody in the stands!
NEARLY NAKED MILE
SAA started a new tradition in March 2012 called the Nearly Naked Mile. This was a community service effort to collect clothing items for the Johnny Cake center in Peacedale while raising awareness of the homeless that inhabit Rhode Island. Students had to donate bags of clothing in order to run a one mile race around the Quad in minimal clothing. We are excited to begin planning our second annual event!
RHODY THE RAM APPEARANCES
Rhody the Ram, the University mascot, has made his mark at hundreds of athletic games, Admissions events and community appearances. The Ram made its first official appearance in 1929. And while over the years the name has changed from Battering Ram to Ramses to Rhody the Ram, our much-loved mascot has always been right at the heart of URI spirit.
If you would like to have Rhody make an appearance at your on campus event, please contact his Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out the request form. All requests must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.
Robert Ferrell '07, Advisor
Specialist, Alumni Relations
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
E-MAIL SAA EXECUTIVE BOARD
Stephen Petrarca, President
Charles Redihan, Vice President
Catherine Liu, Treasurer
Jenna Cote, Secretary
Christian Gill, Campus Relations
Joseph Ryan, Traditions
Lindsay Costa, Communications
Joshua Desabris, Spirit
Jessica Lawler, Survival Kits
Abbey Miklitsch, Homecoming
Laura Griffitti, Oozeball
Erin O'Brien, Social
Caitlin Green, Historian
Most Outstanding External Program for Rhody Rally at the 2013 CASE ASAP District 1 Conference
Most Outstanding Internal Program for Retention Programming at the 2013 CASE ASAP District 1 Conference
Most Outstanding Tried & True Program for Oozeball at the 2013 CASE ASAP District 1 Conference
Most Outstanding Organization at the 2013 CASE ASAP District 1 Conference
A. Robert Rainville Team Leadership Award 2012 from the Office of Student Involvement
Most Outstanding External Program for Oozeball at the 2012 CASE ASAP District 1 Conference
Most Outstanding Internal Program for our 25th Reunion at the 2011 CASE ASAP National Conference in Nashville, TN
Most Spirited Organization at the 2010 CASE ASAP National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri
Outstanding Alumni Association Award from the 2009 CASE ASAP National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland
A new SAA Alumni Chapter was formed at the SAA 25th Anniversary in November 2011. If you want more information about joining the chapter or participating in any of their upcoming activities here are contacts: