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EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES: ­Dennis McLaughlin, CEO and president of engineering and information technology company Rite-Solutions Inc. in Middletown, says employing veterans gives the company a leg up when bidding on military contracts. McLaughlin is a Navy veteran. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Vets provide upper hand for some defense firms

The veteran-owned Rite-Solutions Inc. isn’t really a small company. The Middletown-based engineering and information technology company has about 220 employees. But as a defense contractor,...
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 announced Sunday that a member of its community tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Three people closely tied to local colleges test positive for virus

PROVIDENCE – Three individuals who are closely tied to two local colleges have recently tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. Brown University said Sunday that...
WHEATON COLLEGE in Norton is both switching its curricula to online in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and asking students to leave campus by March 22 until further notice. / COURTESY WHEATON COLLEGE

Local colleges switching to online courses, asking students to stay home...

PROVIDENCE – Local colleges continue to alter their respective schedules and programming in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including extending spring break,...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND, has suspended all university-sponsored international travel starting Monday through May 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

Local colleges suspending international travel due to coronavirus

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Two local colleges have grounded international travel for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, while one is urging...
VOCAL GROUP: The Aphasia Clefs, a vocal group comprised of stroke survivors who have speech impediments, will perform at URI on March 9. / COURTESY KATHERINE ROSE

Editor’s Choice: Aphasia Clefs use music to improve communication

Editor’s choice Aphasia Clefs use music to improve communication HANDS IN HARMONY’S Neurologic Music Therapy choir, the Aphasia Clefs, will perform at the University of...

Philanthropy Calendar, March 4, 2020

If a nonprofit wants an upcoming fundraiser to be considered for a calendar listing, email information to nonprofit@PBN.com or research@PBN.com at least four weeks in...

UMass Dartmouth receives $4.6M grant from U.S. Navy for marine tech...

DARTMOUTH – The U.S. Navy has awarded a $4.6 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to fund research projects with the Newport-based...

BankFive pledges $75K toward UMass Dartmouth’s blue economy initiative

DARTMOUTH – BankFive will contribute $75,000 over three years to help identify blue economy-related industry and workforce-training opportunities, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and...

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