Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories


Alumni Spotlight: Sammi Vogel

3 May 2017

Advisory Board/ Alumni / Friend

Alumni Spotlight: Sammi Vogel

By Brianna Creech, Film/Media & Public Relations major, class of 2019 Four years after graduation, Sammi Vogel, is using the tools Harrington School gave her to build HBO’s brand.   At URI Vogel was a communication studies major with a theatre minor.  She was an executive producer for a student-run television series “Dimensions of Diversity,” […]

Alumni Spotlight: Devyn Branick ’16

8 Mar 2017

Alumni / Friend/ Communication Studies/ Film/Media

Alumni Spotlight: Devyn Branick ’16

By: Brianna Montecalvo, Communications Studies Major, Class of 2017 Devyn Branick is one of the Harrington School’s newest graduates. Just short of a month after she had her last class at URI, Devyn got a job as a Post Prep Technician for NBCUniversal. Every day is different for her as she screens content from different NBC-owned networks […]

Spotlight: Deardorff ’94

28 Nov 2016

Alumni / Friend/ Library & Information Studies

Spotlight: Deardorff ’94

Julie Deardorff, University of Rhode Island MLIS 1994, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award by the Academic Library Association of Ohio. She was recognized for her service to the organization and for her development of a unique library careers program for undergraduate students. Julie has served as Director […]

Spotlight: Kerri Hicks ’14

5 Sep 2016

Alumni / Friend/ Library & Information Studies

Spotlight: Kerri Hicks ’14

Kerri Hicks (’14) is the Library Web Manager at Brown University. Kerri has been working as a web developer and programmer since the 90s and offers fantastic insight into the integration of the library and technology.     Kerri, you are the Library Web Manager at Brown University. What do your responsibilities include? My primary responsibilities […]

Cranston High School East Awarded Library of the Year!

6 May 2016

Alumni / Friend/ Award Winners/ Library & Information Studies

Cranston High School East Awarded Library of the Year!

Kingston, RI April 16, 2016 Librarian Heidi Blais accepted the “Library of the Year” award for Cranston High School East at the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Annual Gathering on April 16, 2016. This honor is awarded to a Rhode Island Library that exemplifies innovation and service, and contributes in exceptional ways […]

Congratulations to Bob Farwell, Director of the Otis Library!

28 Apr 2016

Alumni / Friend/ Library & Information Studies

Congratulations to Bob Farwell, Director of the Otis Library!

Congratulations to our URI Graduate, Bob Farwell, Director of the Otis Library! His library was chosen as one of 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service!

Spotlight: Kim DeWall ’13

3 Nov 2015

Alumni / Friend/ Library & Information Studies

Spotlight: Kim DeWall ’13

Kim DeWall (’13) is the Head of Technical Services at the Falmouth Public Library. This April, her director, Leslie Morrissey,  stated that “Ms. DeWall has made a number of positive changes and created a team spirit in her department [and that] DeWall has been an innovator and that the public gets materials faster and accesses them more […]

Spotlight: Christina Dufour ‘14

20 Oct 2015

Alumni / Friend/ Harrington School-Wide/ Library & Information Studies

Spotlight: Christina Dufour ‘14

Christina Dufour (‘14) was recently hired as a full-time Young Adult Librarian at the Thayer Public Library in Braintree, Massachusetts. She reports that “so far I have had a few programs and am loving getting to know my new community”. We previously conducted an interview, featured below, with Christina in March 2015 when she was […]

Spotlight: Suzanne Venkataraman ’06

17 Sep 2015

Alumni / Friend/ Harrington School-Wide/ Library & Information Studies

Spotlight: Suzanne Venkataraman ’06

Suzanne Venkataraman ’06 is the School Library Media Specialist at Nipmuc Regional High School. In addition to her Library Media Specialist responsibilities she is also the school’s Virtual High School Site Coordinator and the High School Facilities Use Coordinator, which helps support events, presentations, and multi-media and technical needs of teachers.   Suzanne, you recently […]

Spotlight: Jessica Franco ’15

10 Sep 2015

Alumni / Friend/ Harrington School-Wide/ Library & Information Studies

Spotlight: Jessica Franco ’15

Jessica Franco (’15) is a recent graduate of GSLIS. After graduation she accepted a position as a teen librarian at the Old Lyme Public Library. While completing her degree, Jessica distinguished herself through her work with kids and teens with special needs.   Jessica, you work a lot with teens with special needs. Can you […]