NEW CONSORTIUM: Touba Ghadessi, left, co-founder of the Wheaton Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities, speaks with Alison Ricco, administrative associate office of the provost. Ghadessi hopes to encourage more students to pursue the humanities as a career path by partnering with 10 other New England-based higher education institutions with humanities centers to form the New England Humanities Consortium./PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO.

Schools form consortium to encourage students to pursue humanities degrees

As co-founder of the Wheaton Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities at Wheaton College in Norton, Touba Ghadessi knows all too well how the humanities have...
RECORD ENDOWMENT: Students walk across campus in front of Friedman Hall at Brown University in Providence. Brown has the largest endowment among Rhode Island colleges and universities, which grew to a record $3.8 billion, the school reported in October.
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Colleges’ reliance on endowments ‘never been greater’

By the end of January, analysts will come out with their annual report on the performance of endowments of U.S. colleges and universities, including...
PIPE FITTER: Michael Stuba trains to become a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat through a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Boost for school construction, job training

The Ocean State had its eyes on the public school system this past year, as two statewide ballot requests for funding, not to mention...
INCREASED ENROLLMENT: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s Walk-in Center in East Providence. The state’s health exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for health care insurance as of Dec. 10, 11 percent higher than on the same date in 2017.
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Partnerships, high-profile merger plan lead the way in health care

2018 began with health risks, routine and unforeseen, and proposed partnerships, and ended with uncertainty over the fate of the $78 billion merger of...

Tax reform boosts profits in banking industry

You might say 2018 was the year of Trump in banking. It’s debatable whether President Donald Trump is accomplishing his campaign promise to make...
CLUB PRESERVED: The Agawam Hunt country club in East Providence emerged from bankruptcy in March under a reorganization that sold the club assets to a new ownership group and which included the sale of a conservation easement to The Nature Conservancy.
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Home sales cool; golf clubs on the move

The residential real estate market started to cool in 2018, returning to an equilibrium between buyers and sellers, after two solid years of appreciation...
INDUSTRY SPECIALIST: Nina Kollars of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport speaks to the audience during the 2018 PBN Cybersecurity Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick on Oct. 11.
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Technology at heart of R.I.’s economic growth

Technology giant Infosys Ltd.’s expected arrival in Providence brings the promise of up to 500 new jobs by 2023.The India-based company’s partnership with Rhode...
RACE VILLAGE: Crowds gather in Newport for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in May 2015. The 2017-2018 race stopover marked the second time Newport served as the sole North American locale to host the around-the-world yacht race. In the first week, the race village at Fort Adams State Park saw more than 40,000 ­visitors. / COURTESY VOLVO OCEAN RACE/MARC BOW

Marketing and sailing rewards, but departures too in 2018

R.I. Commerce Corp. last year unveiled a much-anticipated statewide tourism marketing campaign that included an updated website and digital ad initiative.Both centered on what...
SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITY: Elizabeth Manchester, an attorney at Partridge Snow & Hahn in Providence, said the baby-boom generation and impending transfer of wealth through deferred giving will create opportunities for nonprofits.
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Nonprofits need plan to manage deferred giving

Royal Little did a lot with his life. When he died at age 92 in early 1989, the New York Times referred to him...
HYBRID PRODUCT: Geraldine B. Cunningham, president and CEO of First Financial Advisory Services, with Matthew Cunningham, left, and Peter Robinson, at her Westerly office. Cunningham said her business has seen more interest in a hybrid long-term care insurance product that allows people to pay over a 10-year period while they are still working and includes a death benefit if the person dies before using the long-term care services.  
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Insurance policies target long-term care

Baby boomers are planning for end of life, transforming a relatively new insurance option that combines long-term care and life insurance into a $4...
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