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2006 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipientsspace pictureAlan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Educationspace pictureCollege of Arts and Sciencesspace pictureCollege of Business Administrationspace pictureCollege of the Environment and Life Sciencesspace pictureCollege of Engineeringspace pictureCollege of Human Science and Servicesspace pictureCollege of Nursingspace pictureCollege of Pharmacyspace pictureGraduate School of Oceanographyspace picture

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More than 400 members of the University of Rhode Island community gathered on Saturday evening, Oct. 14, at the Rhode Island Convention Center for a gala celebration of the University’s first Distinguished Achievement Awards.

“The University established the awards to honor those individuals who personify the University’s tradition of excellence. In recognizing their professional achievement, leadership contributions, or community service, these awards bring distinction to each recipient and to the University,” remarked URI President Robert L. Carothers.

“Our alumni and friends told us throughout the night how proud they were to be part of such a special event and to be a part of the University,” commented Vice President of University Advancement Robert M. Beagle. “Because it was such a success in raising the profile of our alumni and our state University, people are already looking forward to next year’s program.”

In addition to the four Distinguished Award recipients, 26 alumni and friends were honored with a Dean’s List Award from each of the University’s nine colleges.

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2006 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Bernard J. Beaudreau ’77, near right, is the former executive director of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. During his 10 years as head of the food bank, Beaudreau tripled food distributions, now up to 8.3 million pounds, and saw contributions increase from $1.4 million to $3.6 million. Beaudreau, who also directed the agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina, has joined the Global FoodBanking Network in Chicago.

Barbara A. Cardillo ’72, seated front, a technology marketing executive in California’s Silicon Valley who once worked for Apple Computer, has co-founded three successful high technology companies in the past 10 years. She recently retired from her latest company, Firetide, Inc., where she was vice president of marketing.

Cynthia Sculco ’65, center rear, adjunct associate professor of nursing at New York University and a trustee of the URI Foundation, established a research endowment at URI to provide seed money to nursing faculty and made a leadership gift to the student commons renovation project in White Hall. She serves on the college’s Advisory Committee, was honorary chair of the Hart Garden Campaign, and was co-chair of the college’s 60th anniversary gala.

Tom Ryan ’75, Hon. ’99, far right, chairman, president, and CEO of CVS, is chair of the new $100 million URI capital campaign. Ryan and former Gov. Lincoln Almond ’59, Hon. ’03, chaired the successful $15 million private fund-raising drive for the events venue that bears Ryan’s name. In addition, Ryan and CVS provided the majority of funding for the Thomas M. Ryan/CVS Chair in Community Pharmacy.

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Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education

Joyce J. Dolbec ’95, M.A. ’01, right, is a community activist committed to peace, civil rights, women’s rights, and women’s health care. A survivor of three different cancers, Dolbec is the American Cancer Society’s Rhode Island ambassador. She has served on the college’s Advisory Board and on the URI Alumni Association Executive Board.

Carol A. Corwin ’84, not present, a commercial loan officer at The Bank of Fall River, is treasurer of the URI Alumni Association Executive Board and a member of the Finance Committee; she is also a member of the ASFCCE Advisory Board.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Robert R. Petrocelli ’88, M.S. ’92, near right, is former CEO and co-founder of Heartlab, Inc., a Westerly, R.I., company with a dominant market share in cardiac network imaging and storage technology that was recently purchased by Agfa for $132 million. Petrocelli is now working on a startup focused on petabyte-scale image storage management software.

Richard W. Petrocelli ’79, center, is president, chief legal counsel, and a founder shareholder of Heartlab, Inc. From 1994 to 2000, he was managing partner of Petrocelli Law Offices, a Providence firm concentrating in business law and litigation.

The Honorable Mary M. Lisi ’72, far right, has been a U.S. district court judge in Rhode Island since 1994. She earned her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1977 and was chief disciplinary counsel for the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1990 to 1994.

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College of Business Administration

Mark E. Crevier ’72, M.S. ’78, near right, president and CEO of Kent Hospital, joined Women & Infants Hospital in 1985 and was quickly promoted to chief financial officer, a post he held until becoming the senior vice president/CFO for Care New England in 1996. He is a member of the college’s Advisory Council.

Marianne Gattinella ’79, center, vice president of human resources, higher education for the McGraw-Hill Companies, has more than 20 years of human resources experience at such companies as The Travelers, Citibank, Lehman Brothers, and New York Life International. She is a member of the college’s Advisory Council.

David J. Buckanavage ’80, far right, is founder, president, and CEO of Sovereign Pacific Equity, Inc., an investment advisory firm providing equity placement and financial consulting for the preservation and adaptive re-use of historic properties. Inducted into the COBA Hall of Fame in 2003, he is a member of the college’s Advisory Council.

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College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Diane Pennica, Ph.D. ’77, near right, senior scientist in the Molecular Oncology Department at Genentech, is co-discoverer of the heart attack and stroke drug tPA (Activase). Science Digest named her as one of the scientists involved in the top 100 innovations of 1984. In 2005 she received URI’s Achievement Award for Research.

Norman G. Tashash ’77, far right, joined Genzyme Corp., the third largest health care and biotechnology company in the world, in 1988 and became vice president for sales. He and his wife, Alicia, have established a URI scholarship for students majoring in molecular biology or microbiology.

Paul J. Marangos, Ph.D. ’73, not present, spent 15 years in pharmaceutical research at the National Institutes of Health and Hoffmann La Roche. He has published 252 papers, edited three books on drug receptors in the brain, and founded The Journal of Molecular Neurobiology. The founder of four biotech companies, he has received 14 U.S. and international patents.

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College of Engineering

Laurie E. Goodman ’86, near right, is a managing director with JPMorgan Asset & Wealth Management responsible for transforming the investments function with the Private Bank and Private Bank Client Services.

Peter A. Pelletier ’67, center, founded Pelletier & Associates in 1982 to help companies manage their businesses. A member of the college’s Advisory Council, he has established the Peter A. Pelletier Endowed Engineering Scholarship for talented engineering students.

Paul B. McGarty ’82, far right, is CEO of ALTANA, Inc, a specialty pharmaceutical company in Melville, N.Y., that develops, manufactures, and markets dermatology products in the United States.

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College of Human Science and Services

Glenn S. Palmer ’75, near right, the CEO of Black Bear Capital Management LLC, is chair of URI’s Textiles Advisory Board and has been a major supporter of the annual Spring Splash fashion show hosted by the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design.

NiCole R. Keith, M.S. ’94, far right, an assistant professor of physical education at Indiana University and Purdue University, has published several articles and is a leader in the American College of Sports Medicine.

Kathryn R. Beaupre, not present, the widow of Walter J. Beaupre, a former URI professor of speech, established a trust to benefit the department in her husband’s memory after his death in 1998. URI’s new speech and hearing clinic was named in his honor.

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College of Nursing

Mary Beth Esposito-Herr, Ph.D. ’98, near right, is the interim senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. A cancer survivor, she uses her personal experience to help other caregivers.

Joyce Stamp Lilly ’75, center, a registered nurse and a civil trial attorney with a focus on personal injury, combines her experience in both professions to benefit her personal injury clients and for nurses whom she represents in front of boards of nursing.

Esther Emard ’82, M.S. ’88, far right, chief operating officer of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, is an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Nursing and a guest lecturer for URI’s Graduate Program in Labor Studies.

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College of Pharmacy

Paul G. Pierpaoli ’60, near right, is a health care consultant and former senior vice president of McKesson Medication Management. He is the recipient of the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, hospital pharmacy’s highest honor, and was president of American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Herbert S. Carlin ’54, center, president of Pharmaceutical Management Insight, has received the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. He supported the American Pharmacists Association’s drug product selection policy and championed the use of multi-source pharmaceuticals based on the formulary system.

Arthur G. Lipman ’67, far right, is professor of pharmacotherapy in the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, adjunct professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine, and director of clinical pharmacology at the Pain Management Center. He is the editor of The Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy and an editor for The Pain Palliative & Supportive Care Collaborative Review Group.

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Graduate School of Oceanography

John Farrington, Ph.D. ’72, right,is former vice president for academic programs and dean at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He retired in 2005 and is now a WHOI scientist emeritus.

David L. Evans, Ph.D. ’75, not present, under secretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, oversees the National Museum of Natural History, both the National Zoological Park and its Conservation and Research Center; the National Air and Space Museum, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Margaret S. Leinen, Ph.D. ’80, not present, former dean of the GSO, is assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation. She coordinates environmental science, engineering, and education programs both within the National Science Foundation and for collaboration between NSF and other federal agencies.

Photos by Nora Lewis

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