April 27, 2009


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

Providence, RI-Ten 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 Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on Monday, April 27.


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 10 Scholar-Athletes from Rhode Island College were: Senior Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA)-men’s basketball; Junior Stephanie Bucci (Smithfield, RI)-women's track and field; Senior Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY)-baseball; Senior Kayla Fleming (Pawtucket, RI)-women’s soccer/track and field; Senior Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI)-women’s basketball; Mike Martini (Cranston, RI)-wrestling; Sophomore Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA)-softball; Sophomore Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA)-softball; Senior Josh Silva (Dartmouth, MA)-men’s soccer; Sophomore Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA)-wrestling.



 (right to left): Vice President for Student Affairs, James White, President Nancy Carriuolo, Darragh White, Director of Athletics Don Tencher.


Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. James White ’74 was RIC’s Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.


White came to RIC from Bristol, R.I. where he was selected to enter the Bristol High School Hall of Fame in 1997. Jim was inducted into the RI College Hall of Fame in 2000.


During his athletic career at RIC, he was an outstanding goalkeeper in menıs soccer. His 14 career shutouts are third all-time and having a 1.79 career goals-against average is currently ninth all-time at RIC.


Jim co-captained the team with Steve Camargo to the NAIA District 32 Tournament during his senior year in 1973. This was the first-ever post-season berth for the menıs soccer program under Coach Ed Bogda.


His nine shutouts that year are tied for the most at RIC in a single season. The team posted a 13-3 overall record, the best in school history at that time, while White allowed a mere 12 goals in 16 contests.


Jim also was a pitcher on the baseball team, co-captaining the squad as a senior in 1974. As a junior in 1973, he set, & still holds, the RIC record for the lowest earned run average in a single season at 1.65. He is third all-time at RIC in career complete games (13) and fifth in ERA (3.19).


Jim received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RICıs top male senior student-athlete, in 1974.


Jim's athletic career was also highlighted with invitations to tryouts with the Atlanta Braves and the RI Oceaneers of the American Soccer League. He continued to play several years later with the Oceaneers through their German American League affiliation in NYC.


After leaving RIC and Rhode Island, Jim continued on a successful path in the business world.


He spent 10 years at Dixon Industries, a division of Bundy Corporation, leaving as the "Flow Controls Division" National Sales Manager in 1982.


In 1983, Jim moved to Cupertino, Ca. the heart of Silicon Valley. There he started JL White Technical Sales, Inc., a technical sales and marketing company specializing in advanced polymers & fluidics solutions for the high tech industry.


He sold his company to a venture capital firm (Scivex) in October 2001 and, as Group President for Scivex Inc., helped sell that company, to IDEX Corporation in October 2004. IDEX is currently listed on the NYSE. After the successful sale of the company, Jim negotiated a buy-back with IDEX to re-start the technical sales business and today is the President of JL White LLC. He travels the world consulting and selling advanced polymer materials and fluidic solutions to Analytical & Bio Tech customers such as; Applied Bio Systems, Varian, Hitachi, Life Technologies, and Thermo Fisher, etc.


Today Jim lives in Half Moon Bay, Ca. and is blessed with a great family. He has been married to a very athletic and successful wife, Kate, for 19 years. Together they have two great daughters:  Darragh 12, who is with us today, and is an aspiring dancer and Tierney, 6, who is in school at home, and hopes to be a soccer pro one day!