RIC Alumni and Friends Are Urged to Support Question #3
A campaign to win a “yes” vote on Question #3 on the November ballot is being conducted by the college. Approval of the referendum will provide much needed funding to renovate and modernize Gaige Hall and Craig-Lee and to renovate, upgrade and expand the small portion of Fogarty Life Science building devoted to nursing and growing allied health programs. The modest renovation to Fogarty will not take the place of a possible joint URI-RIC nursing building in downtown Providence.
Rhode Island College Alumni Association President William Fazioli ’86 calls the $50 million bond referendum a “tremendous opportunity” for RIC grads to show their support for their alma mater. “This bond issue,” Fazioli said, “is essential to the college. Both Gaige Hall and Craig-Lee are outdated and have not been renovated since the 1960s. I know that, like me, many of my fellow alums have spent considerable time in both of these classroom buildings, and I hope that they will join me in supporting these much needed renovations.”
RIC President Nancy Carriuolo noted that in addition to making the buildings more energy efficient, they will also be designing the classrooms so that they are more appropriate for how students now learn. “For the students, faculty and staff, the renovations will provide an environment that will be safer, healthier, more energy efficient, and will also be more conducive to the highest quality of teaching and learning.”
Craig-Lee and Gaige continue to host a broad array of social science, humanities and science programs, as well as tutoring and counseling services and college preparatory programs for disadvantaged students. The expansion of the Fogarty Life Science Building – where the college’s allied health and nursing programs are located – will allow those programs space beyond the current 8,000 square feet.
Jane Williams, dean of the School of Nursing, said approval of Question #3 would provide her school with expansion of teaching spaces, simulation settings, and student study areas. “The improvements will allow us to continue to prepare outstanding nursing professionals to serve the people of Rhode Island,” she added.
The $50 million improvement project will be a boon not only to RIC, but also to the state of Rhode Island as well: 86 percent of RIC undergrads are residents of the state and remain in Rhode Island after graduating. They are our teachers, social workers, nurses and business owners.
With 10,000 strong on campus and 32,000 alumni living in Rhode Island, Question #3 starts with a solid base of support that will grow when members of the RIC community encourage friends and neighbors to vote “yes” on this important issue.
For more information on Question #3, visit www.ricvoteyeson3.org.