Rhode Island’s Woman of the Year

Thursday, January 01, 2015

 

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Dr. Nancy Carriuolo

In a year that saw Rhode Island College break ground on both a new nursing school, and a new state-of-the-art arts facility, among other ground-breaking achievements, GoLocal has named RIC President Dr. Nancy Carriuolo Woman of the Year for 2014.  

In December, Dr. Carriuolo joined with the presidents from Brown and URI to break ground on South Street Landing, a public/private redevelopment project at the corner of Providence’s South and Eddy Streets that will include the shared R.I. Nursing Education Center.  

The multi-million dollar project will be a shared facility between the RIC and URI nursing programs, as well as Brown University offices, graduate student housing and a parking garage. The nursing education center will feature 133,000 square feet of shared simulation labs, clinical teaching labs, mock hospital areas and classrooms, as well as offices that represent a significant upgrade in teaching technology and learning environments.

“Rhode Island College is proud to collaborate on this historic collaboration between the public and private sectors," said Dr. Carriuolo.  "South Street Landing, and in particular the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, will help our state grow the educated workforce it needs to meet the changing needs of its number-one industry sector: health care."

Having served at the helm of RIC since 2008, Dr. Carriuolo oversaw another big advancement for the College in 2014 -- the grand opening of $17 million Alex and Ani Hall this past September

The 52,600-square-foot art hall represents a significant renovation of the college's original building, which was constructed in 1958. The spacious, light-filled rehab included state-of-the art studios, classrooms, computer labs, presentation areas and outdoor work courts, topped with a copper-wrapped second story.

“RIC has always been a hub for art-making in Rhode Island, but now we have a space that celebrates that role," said Dr.Carriuolo at the opening, noting that RIC art program graduates have gone on to work at such notable companies as Boeing, National Geographic and Walt Disney Animation.

Big RIC Year Under Carriuolo

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Under Carriuolo's direction, RIC oversaw a number of diverse educational and community offerings in 2014.

On the political front, the visit by President Barack Obama in the fall-- which saw lines wrapped around the block to get tickets -- was one of the many highlights of Dr. Carriuolo's year.  

The college hosted an impressive schedule of forums in 2014 as part of its American Democracy Project, headed up by the equally impressive RIC professors Dr. Kay Israel and Valerie Endress -- which included former President Clinton advisor Ira Magaziner, now Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, Office of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, serving as keynote speaker at RIC for “Putting Health Care Reform in Context: A Civil Discussion,” in November.

From politics to environmental policy, Dr. Carriuolo oversaw the unveiling of RICs new outdoor Bee Education Center in October, which will serve as a hub for programming to promote the honeybee’s crucial role in crop production and solutions to the alarming decline of the U.S. honeybee population.  The center will be part of RIC Assistant Professor of Biology Geoffrey Stilwell’s federally funded Honeybee Study, which will develop strategies to increase the state’s honeybee population.

To kick off the new year in 2015, the Rhode Island-Israel College Consortium (Project RIICC), an inter-institutional partnership with RIC and two higher education institutions in Israel – Beit Berl Academic College (BBC) and Oranim Academic College of Education (OAC) – will see an international conference held in Israel in early January entitled “Not in My Backyard: Inter-cultural Inclusion in Educational Systems and in Society,” featuring presentations by RIC faculty.

Project RIICC was initiated in 2011 by Dr. Carriuolo when she traveled to Israel on a group trade mission led by Governor Chafee. “During my visits, I talked with Israeli faculty and administrators about the ways in which RIC and their own institutions might collaborate for the benefit of both,” said Carriuolo. “The trip unearthed numerous possibilities.”

While Dr. Carriuolo might be GoLocal's Woman of the Year for 2014, we expect to see much more from the RIC president -- and RIC -- in the years to come. 

 

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