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University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the principal 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.



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Rhody The Ram
Keaney Blue Dark Blue And White

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The University was first chartered as the state's agricultural school and agricultural experiment station in 1888. The site of the school was originally the Oliver Watson Farm, the original farmhouse of which is still maintained as a small museum. In 1892, the school became known as the Rhode Island College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. The first class had only seventeen students, each completing their course of study in two years. In 1909, the school's name was again changed to Rhode Island State College as the school's programs were expanded beyond its original agricultural education mandate. In 1951 the school was given its current title through an act of the General Assembly following the addition of the College of Arts and Sciences and the offering of doctoral degrees. The Board of Governors for Higher Education, appointed by the governor, became the governing body of the University in 1981 during the presidency of Frank Newman (1974-1983). The Board of Governors was replaced by the Rhode Island Board of Education in 2013.[2] The current president is David M. Dooley.[3] A list of Presidents of the University of Rhode Island: John Hosea Washburn (1892-1902) Kenyon L. Butterfield (1903-1906) Howard Edwards (1906-1930) Raymond G. Bressler (1931-1940) Carl R. Woodward (1941-1958) Francis H. Horn (1958-1967) Werner A. Baum (1968-1973) Frank Newman (1974-1983) Edward D. "Ted" Eddy (1983-1991) Robert L. Carothers (1991-2009) David M. Dooley (2009�present)

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The University of Rhode Island is the State�s public learner-centered research university. We are a community joined in a common quest for knowledge. The University is committed to enriching the lives of its students through its land, sea, and urban grant traditions. URI is the only public institution in Rhode Island offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students the distinctive educational opportunities of a major research university. Our undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach serve Rhode Island and beyond. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are united in one common purpose: to learn and lead together. Embracing Rhode Island �s heritage of independent thought, we value:



Pat Narduzzi, 2011 � Defensive Coordinator Michigan State Spartans Football Cuttino Mobley, Former NBA player for the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and the New York Knicks Lamar Odom, NBA player for the Los Angeles Clippers Jimmy Baron � Played in the NBA Summer League for the Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards. He is currently playing basketball for Lagun Aro GBC in Spain's ACB League. He is the all-time three-point shooter in the University of Rhode Island and Atlantic 10 history. Kahiem Seawright � Former forward for URI. He is currently playing professional basketball for Valladolid in Spain's ACB League. Tavorris Bell � Former basketball player at URI who scored 1,147 career points and was a teammate of Lamar Odom. He was a featured streetball player in the AND1 Mixtape Tour Volume 2 video. Parfait Bitee � Former point guard for URI. He also played on the Cameroonian men's national basketball team that won the silver medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007 Dawan Robinson � NBA player (point guard) for the Los Angeles Clippers. Johnny Ezersky � Former NBA player for the Providence Steamrollers, the Baltimore Bullets, and the Boston Celtics Sean Colson � Former NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets Ron Rothstein � Former coach in the NBA for the Miami Heat and the Detroit Pistons. He was the first coach of the Miami Heat. Lou Abbruzzi � Former NFL player for the Boston Yanks Pat Abbruzzi � Former CFL player for the Montreal Alouettes Bob Shea � Former NBA player for the Providence Steamrollers Steve Chubin � Former NBA player for the Indiana Pacers Stanley Stutz � Former NBA player for the New York Knicks Chester Jaworski � basketball player. Led the nation in scoring in his senior season. He also won national player of the year award in his senior season. Ernie Calverley � Former NBA player with the Providence Steamrollers, former URI Head Coach Tom Garrick, Former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs,and Los Angeles Clippers[11] Sly Williams, Former NBA player for New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Boston Celtics Tyson Wheeler, Former NBA player for the Toronto Raptors Frank Keaney, Former URI men's basketball coach. The inventor of URI's team color Keaney Blue. He is also in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tom Penders former college basketball coach. Michael Murgo, Head Coach, Pittsfield High School Football. Former Tackle at URI. Bristol Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. Todd Bozeman, Head Coach, Morgan State University men's basketball Jim Christian, Head Coach, Texas Christian University men's basketball Steve Furness, Former NFL player for Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions Dave Stenhouse, Former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Washington Senators from 1962 to 1964 and coach of the Brown University baseball team from 1981 to 1990. Frank Ferrara, Former NFL defensive end for New York Giants, Hollywood stunt man Geoff Cameron, MLS player for Houston Dynamo, MLS All-Star in 2009 and 2011. Sasha Gotsmanov, MLS player for the Colorado Rapids Andy Williams, MLS player for Real Salt Lake, formerly for Columbus Crew Danleigh Borman, MLS player for Toronto FC Dana Quigley, PGA Tour golfer P. H. Horgan III, PGA Tour golfer Andy Gresh, Sports analyst, Fox Sports, WSKO, ESPN Radio, Patriots Rock Radio Network Shelagh Donohoe, Olympic athlete, current Women's rowing head coach. Tony DeLuca, Former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers



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