May 5, 2004


11 Honored by the
Rhode Island's Speaker of the House
and House of Representatives


Providence, RIóTen current Rhode Island College student-athletes and one alumnus were honored by the honorable, William J. Murphy, Speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Lounge at the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday, May 5.


The event was designed to give significant public recognition to men and women from the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island who have had significant achievements in their academic and athletic pursuits at their respective institutions. The honorees have also demonstrated exemplary citizenship and community service. 


The honorable Thomas Winfield, Deputy Speaker of the House, was the master of ceremonies.


The ten Scholar-Athletes from Rhode Island College were: Kamran Alemdar a senior men's basketball player from Stockholm, Sweden; Justin Deveau, a junior wrestler from North Attleboro, MA; Kari Geisler, a freshman women's volleyball and basketball player from Derry, NH; Kate McCalligett, a junior track and field student-athlete from Warwick, RI; Caren Normandin, a junior gymnast from Fall River, MA; Carminda Rocha, a senior women's tennis player from East Providence, RI; Tim Rudd, a senior cross country and track and field student-athlete from Warwick; Liz Shields, a senior women's basketball player from Warwick, RI; Kim Warrington, a senior softball player from North Kingstown, RI and Kim Wood, a senior women's soccer player from Little Compton, RI.


Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. Greenville's Donald Hickey '62 was RICís Athletic Alumnus award recipient.


Hickey was a three-sport standout during his years at RIC. He played four seasons of basketball and soccer, while playing three seasons of baseball. As a forward in basketball, Hickey was known as a fierce competitor, a brilliant passer and an excellent team player.


He earned his master's degree in education from RIC in 1969. Hickey was a teacher in Providence from 1962-73. He was the assistant principal at Bishop Hendricken High School from 1973-86. He was also a State Senator from 1977-86. Upon his retirement from teaching, Hickey worked for the State of Rhode Island as the Director of the Retirement Board from 1986-90.


Hickey resides in Greenville with his wife, Lynne '67.