The Harrington School of Communication and Media is proud to honor Linda Lotridge Levin, who recently retired in June 2013 as chair of the Department of Journalism.
Alumni, members of the Department of Journalism and friends will gather on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University Club on the Kingston Campus for a reunion and tribute to Levin. The event will include heavy hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar, and a portion of the registration price will support the Linda Lotridge Levin and Leonard I. Levin Scholarship. The cost is $25 per person. More details and registration are available here. Those who cannot attend may also donate by clicking here.
Faculty and students have high praise for Levin’s work at URI. “Long before experiential learning became trendy, Linda made sure students covered real events and those making news as part of their class work,” said John Pantalone, URI’s journalism department chair and longtime colleague of Levin’s.
“We certainly hope that alumni and friends of Linda’s will be able to attend this event to extend their thanks to her and contribute to the scholarship fund,” Pantalone said. “As the cost of higher education continues to rise, students need all the help they can get in achieving their goals. Making a contribution in Linda’s name helps carry on the traditions of strong journalism that she encouraged in her students for over 30 years.”
“Linda’s lectures were full of amusing anecdotes and lively stories, including her own experiences as a reporter. Her classes were never dull, and for those interested in the world of journalism, she was inspiring,” said Chris Keegan, a 2004 graduate of the URI journalism program, former reporter and assistant weekend editor at The Westerly Sun. After transferring from another university, Chris came to Rhode Island unsure about his future but Levin swiftly guided him into the University’s journalism program. “I wouldn’t be where I am today – the editor of the North East Independent – without Linda’s counsel,” said Keegan.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ABOUT LINDA LOTRIDGE LEVIN:
• Inducted into the New England Academy of Journalists in 1999
• President of ACCESS/R.I.
• Author of many works including The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America’s First Modern Press Secretary
• Secretary and former president of the Rhode Island Press Association
• Inducted into the Rhode Island Journalism Hall of Fame in 2011
• Chair of the Department of Journalism at the University of Rhode Island from 2001-2011
–By Sabrina Galiney, a URI Marketing and Communications intern and a textiles, fashion merchandising and design and public relations major.