Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College (RIC) is a public, coeducational college in Providence, Rhode Island, founded in 1854, it is the second oldest college in Rhode Island, after Brown University. Located on a 180-acre campus, the College has a student body of 9,000: 7,518 undergraduates and 1,482 graduate students. A member of the NCAA, Rhode Island College has 17 Division III teams.

Rhode Island College
Rhode Island College (logo)
The Rhode Island College Official Seal
Former names
The Rhode Island State Normal School (1854–1871)
Rhode Island Normal School (1871–1920)
Rhode Island College of Education (1920–1959)
MottoReach. Inspire. Connect.
Endowment$16.4 million[1]
PresidentDr. Frank Sánchez
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 180 acres (688,000 m²)
NewspaperThe Anchor
Colours     Burgundy
Sports19 varsity teams


Academic programs at Rhode Island College are divided into five colleges: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work. These schools offer more than 90 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs for students. Rhode Island College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Among the five colleges, individual departments have received additional accreditation from the following associations: Council on Social Work Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Forbes magazine ranked the college 618th[2] out of the 3,000 plus colleges and universities in the United States .

Campus life

Rhode Island College Murray Center wide view
Murray Center
Rhode Island College Student Union
Student Union
Rhode Island College Horace Mann Hall
Horace Mann Hall
Rhode Island College Alex and Ani Hall
Alex and Ani Hall
Nazarian center
The John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in 2007. The building's facade incorporates columns and other materials from the original Normal School Building.

Enrollment is predominantly from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. 67% of students are female.

The school's newspaper is The Anchor, its radio station is 90.7 WXIN Rhode Island College Radio.

Active clubs on campus include Rhode Island College Programming, Future Elementary Education Teachers, Biology Club, Harambee, Debate Council, Henry Barnard School Mentors, L.I.F.E: Live, Inspire, Fight, Educate, Feminists United, Helping Others Promote Equality, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Latin American Student Organization, NSSLHA, Anchor TV, Rhode Island College Ballroom Dance Club, American Marketing Association chapter, the Ocean State Film Society, and the English Club. There are over 78 clubs on campus. The college's Music, Theatre and Dance department has a strong presence on campus.

Student activities and clubs on campus are governed and funded by Student Community Government, Inc., a semi-autonomous organization financed by the college's student activity fee, consisting of an executive board, parliament, and several committees. Student Parliament consists of 34 student positions and a number of by-lawed positions. Those positions include seats taken by administrators, faculty, staff and alumni. All student representatives of Student Parliament represent a constituency whose concerns they are supposed to represent throughout the academic year.

The James P. Adams Library is the main library, Students, faculty, staff and the community have access to a wide variety of knowledge resources including electronic reference resources, e-books, databases, audiovisual materials, and special collections. The library is also the academic, social, and intellectual center of the campus, hosting a variety of lectures, exhibits and performances to the benefit of the campus community.

RIC has six residence halls which house 1,194 undergraduate students. Penfield Hall, a new $30 million, energy efficient, LEED-certified residence hall opened in 2007. The 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2) building expanded the institution's existing housing capacity by 44%.[3]

The Interfaith Center is non-denominational with many religions, ethnic groups, and academic concentrations represented.

Greek life

Rhode Island College has recently seen an increase in Greek life on campus. The Greek Council h consists of four fraternities and three sororities. Fraternities at Rhode Island College include Kappa Delta Phi, Iota Phi Theta, Phi Mu Delta and Kappa Sigma. Sororities at Rhode Island College are Theta Phi Alpha national sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon (social) national sorority and Alpha Sigma Tau national sorority .[4]


Rhode Island College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Anchormen are a member of the Little East Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. The Intercollegiate Athletic Arena, an 8,000 seat facility, is the home of the Rhode Island College Anchormen basketball teams.


Rhode Island Normal school ca 1909
Rhode Island Normal School Building, c. 1909

Rhode Island College was first established as the Rhode Island State Normal School by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1854.[5] Its creation can be attributed to the labors of Henry Barnard, the first state agent for education in Rhode Island who had established the Rhode Island Teachers Institute at Smithville Seminary in 1845, and his successor, Elisha Potter. The Rhode Island State Normal School was one of the nation's first normal schools (teacher preparatory schools), which grew out of the humanitarian groundswell of the mid-19th century spurred by educational missionaries like Horace Mann. The school attracted hard working young people who came chiefly from ordinary backgrounds.

Not yet thoroughly convinced of the school's value, the General Assembly curtailed its financial support in 1857 and the school was moved to Bristol where it lingered until 1865 before closing. However, in 1869, the newly appointed state commissioner of education, Thomas W. Bicknell, began a vigorous personal campaign to revive the school.[6] His efforts were rewarded in 1871 when the General Assembly unanimously voted a $10,000 appropriation for the school's re-opening in Providence.

Renamed the Rhode Island Normal School, the institution settled into a period of steady growth punctuated by periodic moves to larger quarters.[7] The general favor won by the school, after its first difficult years had passed, was confirmed in 1898 when it moved into a large building specially constructed for it on Providence's Capitol Hill near the State House.

In 1920, the Rhode Island Normal School was renamed Rhode Island College of Education by order of the General Assembly. The college now offered a four-year program which upon a student's completion would grant a Bachelor of Education degree. At this time the observation school, which dated back to the 1890s, was renamed the Henry Barnard School. The college's graduate program also originated in the early 1920s and the first master's degrees were conferred in 1924.

For the next three decades the college remained a teachers' college with a student body of four to six hundred men and women. Early in the 1950s that calm was shattered by intense debate that arose over the college's role in the state system of higher education and for a time serious doubt was cast on its continued existence. There were plans to merge the institution with Rhode Island's other four-year college, the University of Rhode Island. After careful consideration, the Board of Trustees of State Colleges decided to keep the college independent and strengthen it overall.

In 1958, the college was moved to its current campus in the Mount Pleasant section of Providence. In 1959, the Rhode Island Commission to Study Higher Education recommended the development of the institution into a general college which was approved by the General Assembly. Reflecting the broadening of purpose, the institution's name was changed to its current name Rhode Island College in 1959.[5]

The East Campus includes the former grounds of the Rhode Island State Home and School, the first post-Civil War orphanage in the country. In recent years, many efforts have been undertaken by Rhode Island College and its benefactors to preserve the Yellow Cottage or Cottage C, one of the original structures from the State Home.

Notable alumni

Office of the President

Frank Sánchez is the tenth president, and 18th chief officer of Rhode Island College. The president is the chief executive officer; prior to 1920, the chief academic officer of the College was known as the principal.

Principal Years in Office
Dana P. Colburn 1854–1859
Joshua Kendall 1860–1864
James C. Greenough 1871–1883
Thomas J. Morgan 1883–1888
George A. Littlefield 1889–1892
William E. Wilson 1892–1898
Fred Gowing 1898–1901
Charles S. Chapin 1901–1907
John L. Alger 1908–1920
President Years in Office
John L. Alger[10] 1920–1938
Lucius A. Whipple[11] 1939–1950
William C. Gaige 1952–1966
Joseph Kauffman 1968–1973
Charles B. Willard 1973–1977
David E. Sweet[12] 1977–1984
Carol J. Guardo[13] 1986–1989
John Nazarian[14] 1990–2008
Nancy Carriuolo 2008–2016
Frank Sánchez 2016-



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  6. ^ "NEA: Luminaries, NEA History, Leaders". Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
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  9. ^ Kremer, Gary R.; Mackey, Cindy M. (1996). "'Yours for the Race': The Life and Work of Josephine Silone Yates". Missouri Historical Review. 90 (2): 199–215.
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  11. ^ "I25511: Alva Jerome Vincent (14 Jul 1868 - 9 Mar 1905)". Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Dr. David E. Sweet, 51, Dies; Head of Rhode Island College". The New York Times. September 18, 1984. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
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Adam Satchell

Adam J. Satchell is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate representing District 9 since January 2013.

Billie Ann Burrill

Billie Ann Burrill (March 11, 1921 – March 3, 2010) was a physical education and dance teacher at Rhode Island College, where she co-founded the Rhode Island College Dance Company. As the college's fencing coach, she organized the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Fencing Association. She was also a world-class competitive masters swimmer who set multiple world records, all after the age of 64. She was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 2013.

Danny Smith (writer)

Danny Smith (born 1959) is an American producer, writer and voice actor on the American animated television series Family Guy. He has been with the show since its inception and throughout the years has contributed many episodes, such as "Holy Crap", "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Fonz", "Chitty Chitty Death Bang" and the Christmas themed episodes, "Road to the North Pole" and "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas". He is the only Family Guy writer who hails from the state of Rhode Island, where the show is set (although creator Seth MacFarlane attended the Rhode Island School of Design). Smith graduated from Smithfield High School in 1977 and from Rhode Island College in 1981.An experienced sitcom writer, he has written for several television shows, such as Nurses, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Yes, Dear and Head of the Class.

Smith wrote and illustrated a regular feature in the Rhode Island College student newspaper, The Anchor, called, Joe Flynn and His Dog Spot, about a man and his best friend, a talking dog. One April Fool's self-parody of this feature was titled, Joe Flynn and His Dong Spots.

Smith succeeded former Today host Matt Lauer as the host of the Providence edition of PM Magazine in the early 1980s. Smith is the brother of Steve Smith of Steve Smith and the Nakeds.

David Bennett (Rhode Island politician)

David A. Bennett (born April 8, 1955) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives representing District 20 since January 2011.

Harold Metts

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John J. Lombardi

John Lombardi (born April 30, 1952) is an American Democratic politician from Providence, Rhode Island. As President of the Providence City Council, he served as acting mayor for four months between the conviction of Buddy Cianci and the election of David Cicilline.

Lombardi grew up in Federal Hill on DePasquale Avenue and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1970. He attended Rhode Island College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1975. He worked as a teacher, earning a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Rhode Island College in 1982, before turning his interests to law. He received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1987.

In 1984, he was elected to the Providence City Council, representing Ward 13.

In 1999, Lombardi was elected President of the City Council, and served until 2006. When Vincent Cianci was convicted and was forced to step down, Lombardi, as City Council President, took over.Since 1984, he has represented Ward 13, consisting of the neighborhoods of Federal Hill and West End.

Lombardi lost the 2010 Democratic mayoral primary to Angel Taveras, finishing second with 29% of the vote to Taveras's 48%.In 2012, Lombardi won a three-way race to represent the neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Manton and Olneyville in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

In 2013, Lombardi introduced a bill calling for term limits for members of the State Legislature.

List of colleges and universities in Rhode Island

This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. There are currently 12 accredited, degree-granting institutions operating in the state, including two research universities, a community college, and a school of art.

The state's three public institutions are administered by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. The state operates two public universities, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island, which offers degrees at six locations. The Naval War College, operated by the federal United States Navy, is located in Newport. The oldest school in the state is Brown University, a member of the Ivy League and the only Rhode Island institution founded before the American Revolution. The newest is the Community College of Rhode Island, founded in 1964 in Providence as Rhode Island Junior College. Enrollment sizes range from the Naval War College at 550 students to the University of Rhode Island, the state's flagship public university, which serves over 15,000 students.

The institutions included on this list are all accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Little East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Lois Testa

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Marcia Ranglin-Vassell

Marcia Ranglin-Vassell is an American politician and Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing the 5th District since being elected in November 2016. This district includes the Charles, Wanskuck and Elmhurst neighborhoods of the city of Providence. She is also an English language arts and special education teacher at Providence Career and Technical Academy.

She is a member of the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare and House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Her top priorities are a $15 an hour minimum wage, shifting spending from prisons to education, and decreasing gun violence. She is pro-choice.

Mary Messier

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Mary Tucker Thorp

Mary Tucker Thorp (also known as Mary Dahood) (1899–1974) was a teacher, educator and school principal at the Rhode Island College. She chaired the committee which investigated and made recommendations for accreditation standards for preschool education and which were adopted in the State Board of Education Codes in 1954. She was the first Distinguished Professor of Rhode Island College and both the first residence hall and a Professorship at the school are named in her honor. She was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1969.

Susan R. Donovan

Susan R. Donovan is an American politician and Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing the 69th District since being elected in November 2016. This district includes the cities of Bristol and Portsmouth, Rhode Island. She is a member of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare.In the legislature, Donovan focuses on educational issues because she was a public school teacher in the Bristol Warren School System for 33 years. She also works on issues relating to the environment and housing. Additionally, she is a supporter of reproductive rights and was endorsed by Planned Parenthood.

University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the flagship public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Additionally, smaller campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.

The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in 80 undergraduate and 49 graduate areas of study through eight academic colleges. These colleges include Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Engineering, Health Sciences, Environment and Life Sciences, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Another college, University College for Academic Success, serves primarily as an advising college for all incoming undergraduates and follows them through their first two years of enrollment at URI.

As of 2019, the University of Rhode Island enrolls 14,653 undergraduate students, 1,982 graduate students, and 1,339 non-degree students. The average SAT score of students at the University is 1185, while the ACT scores average a 25, and the average GPA is 3.54. The in-state tuition for undergrad URI students in 2018-2019 is $14,138, while Regional students paid $22,324 for tuition, and out of state students paid $30,862. 75% of students received some type of financial aid. U.S. News & World Report classifies URI as a tier 1 national university, ranking it tied for 161st in the U.S.

Victoria Lederberg

Victoria Lederberg (July 7, 1937 – December 29, 2002) was a Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1993 to 2002. Before her appointment, Lederberg was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1974 to 1983 and the Rhode Island Senate from 1985 to 1991. In 2003, she was posthumously inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress and producer. She is the first black actor to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award in acting, named the Triple Crown of Acting.Born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in August Wilson's King Hedley II in 2001. Davis's film breakthrough came in 2008, when her supporting role in the drama Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s; she won several accolades, beginning with the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role as Rose Maxson in the revival of August Wilson's play Fences. For her lead role as 1960s housemaid Aibileen Clark in the comedy-drama The Help (2011), Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a SAG Award. In 2014, Davis began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, and in 2015, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero film Suicide Squad and reprised the role of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, the latter of which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2018, Davis starred as Veronica Rawlings in Steve McQueen's heist film Widows, for which she was BAFTA nominated.

Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are founders of production company, JuVee Productions. Davis is also widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color. She identifies as a feminist. In 2012 and 2017, she was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


WELH (88.1 FM) is a radio station owned by The Wheeler School of Providence, Rhode Island. Originally signing on in January 1995 with a pop alternative format and a line up of student DJs, WWKX veterans including Kickin Al Snape, a young Robby Bridges and others as "WELH: Taking Music to New Heights". In 1996 the station moved to a modern rock format programmed by student DJs as "Extreme 88", and later jazz and oldies, eventually offering programming from various groups (including Brown University, Rhode Island College, the Wheeler School itself, and community groups).

Since October 8, 2011, WELH has broadcast programming from Rhode Island Public Radio. Its main studio is located on school grounds, at 216 Hope St. in Providence; however, as a repeater station of The Public's Radio, virtually all programming originates at the network's studios at Union Station in downtown Providence. From 7pm to 10pm Sunday nights, Wheeler Student programming can be heard on WELH.


WXIN (90.7 FM) is the student campus radio broadcast service of Rhode Island College. WXIN operates a part 15 FM transmitter on the property of Rhode Island College, in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. In addition, "WXIN" rebroadcasts its programming in the form of a webcast over the Internet through streaming service providers Live365 and Ustream. "WXIN" has garnered a reputation for launching the careers of many prominent Rhode Island radio and television personalities, despite the station's small size, and has been a pioneer in Internet broadcasting.

William O'Brien (Rhode Island politician)

William W. O'Brien (born July 27, 1969) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives representing District 54 since January 1, 2013.

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