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Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper.Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND was awarded a Green Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education.

URI named a 2018 Green Ribbon School by U.S. Dept. of...

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The University of Rhode Island was named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, the university announced Friday.The...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY President Donald J. Farish announced that he will retire in June 2019. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

RWU’s Farish to retire June 2019

PROVIDENCE - In a letter penned Monday by the Roger Williams University Board of Trustees, RWU President Donald J. Farish announced he would retire...
TOP SCORER: Hasbro is one of three Rhode Island companies to achieve a perfect score this year in the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. From left, Justin Haddock, licensing attorney; Dolph Johnson, executive vice president and chief human resources officer; Meghann Noonan, project engineer; and Dan Chasse, project ­manager. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

3 R.I. companies receive perfect Corporate Equality Index scores for LGBTQ...

Four Rhode Island-based corporations were listed in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index – a study that measures a corporation’s efforts...
NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE of Technology student Amira Mohamed took first place at the New England chapter of the International Interior Design Association’s 2018 Design Awards while her classmate, Stephanie McShane, was named a top five finalist. / COURTESY NEIT

NEIT interior design students win national recognition

EAST GREENWICH – Barrington resident and New England Institute of Technology student Amira Mohamed took first place at the New England chapter of the...
FRANCES MULLIGAN, a sophomore software engineering major at Johnson & Wales University, was a member of the all-female team with the most entrepreneurial hack at the SheHacks Boston competition in January. / COURTESY JWU

Five Questions With: Frances Mulligan

A sophomore software engineering major at Johnson & Wales University, Frances Mulligan was a member of the all-female team with the most entrepreneurial hack...
MEALS ON WHEELS of Rhode Island raised a record $57,000 in its 2018 annual March for Meals fundraising campaign.

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island raises record $57,000 during campaign

PROVIDENCE – At the close of March, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island had raised a record $57,000 in its 2018 annual March for...
GABRIELLE BAILLARGEON, a sophomore at Roger Williams University, is one of eight students to be selected for the Ocean Global Change Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship at the University of California Santa Barbara. / COURTESY RWU/COURTNEY DELL’AGNESE

RWU’s Baillargeon chosen for environmental-change fellowship

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University sophomore Gabrielle Baillargeon is one of eight students chosen from across the nation for a research fellowship, the Ocean...
THE NARRAGANSETT COUNCIL of the Boy Scouts of America received a gold qualification in the Journey to Excellence Program earlier this year, the highest of four rankings a council can achieve.

Local Boy Scouts organization receives national accreditation

PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America received a gold qualification in the Journey to Excellence Program earlier this year.Gold,...
SHARED WORKSPACE: Avi Mallinger, right, general manager of Pilotworks Providence, a shared commercial kitchen space available for use by local small food-production companies, discusses how to use the dough sheeter with Andrew Kupke, chef and co-owner of Brown Paper Bounty. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Kitchen feeds Rhode Island eateries

Pilotworks Providence is a shared commercial kitchen providing production time and space to small food businesses.The facility, which opened at 55 Cromwell St. last...
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Scott MacNeill, observatory director at the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory in Charlestown, has prioritized growing attendance and promoting astronomy and physics opportunities to local youth since joining the facility in 2009. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Reaching for the stars

Located on land previously used as a U.S. Navy auxiliary landing field, the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory lies at the edge of...
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