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Kerri Spero

Spero receives 2 U.S. Navy graphic design awards

KERRI SPERO, a visual information specialist for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, in the U.S. Navy’s Graphics and Digital Imaging branch, in Newport, is...

Five Questions With: Marty Saklad

Marty Saklad is the principal broker and co-owner of Samson Realty in Providence, which is centered on East Side rentals but which also is...
EMPTY CAMPUS: The Memorial Union at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown is pictured in the background. URI Provost Daniel DeHayes says the university is expected to issue $8 million in refunds on room and board and had to spend $1 million to transition about 1,800 classes online due to the ­COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With pandemic losses mounting, local colleges face biggest test

Rhode Island-based colleges are already feeling the financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cancellation of usually profitable events and the loss of...
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY will receive $14.1 million in federal aid from the CARES Act to help with costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Local colleges to collectively receive $75.8M from CARES Act

PROVIDENCE – Local colleges in Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass., will be receiving much-needed federal aid from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic...
BROWN UNIVERSITY, pictured, Johnson & Wales University and the Rhode Island School of Design will issue out either credits or adjusted fees on room and board for students due to the COVID-19 outbreak. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Colleges to offer reimbursements on room and board due to COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Some Rhode Island colleges say they will issue reimbursements for students’ room and board as a result of their not being able...
BROWN UNIVERSITY, pictured, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island are moving curricula to online in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

More local colleges moving classes online due to virus concerns

PROVIDENCE – Local colleges are continuing to adjust programming and protocols in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, and following leads of other...
PEDDLING HIS GOODS: Brian Leosz bakes his products in the Olneyville section of Providence and takes them by bike across the city to be sold. / COURTESY MARIANNE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Baker delivers croissants à la bike cart

Brian Leosz had a sweet tooth as a child and an aunt who baked. This was the foundation of a sweet career in croissants. Leosz...
ROSANNE SOMERSON, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, received a five-year contract extension to continue leading the arts school through 2025. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN/JO SITTENFELD

RISD president Somerson receives 5-year extension

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island School of Design President Rosanne Somerson received a five-year contract extension to continue leading the arts college through June 30,...
BROWN UNIVERSITY had 38 Fulbright students in the 2019-2020 academic year, the second most of any doctoral institution in the country. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

3 R.I. institutions produce Fulbright students in 2019-2020 academic year

PROVIDENCE – Three Rhode Island higher education institutions had students that were recipients of Fulbright awards for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to the...
STEADY GROWTH: Nancy Parker Wilson, owner of Greenvale Vineyard in Portsmouth, with her son Bill Wilson, the operations manager. Parker Wilson says the vineyard has seen steady growth in its seasonal tasting and events business, a function of increasing interest in agritourism and the “eat local” movement. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

PBN survey: In election year, more R.I. companies say no to...

Rhode Island businesspeople have revived their optimism about the future of the state economy, but they appear reluctant to back up their improved outlook...

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