May 2, 2011


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 recognized by the honorable, Gordon D. Fox, 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, May 2.


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 Corey Carvalho (Dartmouth, MA) menís soccer; Junior Jenna Childs (Cranston, RI) womenís soccer & lacrosse; Junior Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) womenís basketball; senior Kayla DiBlasi (Smithfield, RI) womenís indoor/outdoor track & field; Junior Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) wrestling; Sophomore Kyle Harper (Rehoboth, MA) menís golf; Senior Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) softball; Senior Nathan Rebello (Pawtucket, RI) menís tennis; Junior Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) womenís basketball; Senior Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) wrestling.


Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. John Veader í57 was RICís Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.


Veader came to the Rhode Island College of Education in the fall of 1953 after graduating from East Providence High School in hopes of pursuing a career as a history teacher.  Mr. Veader recalls, ďA teacher of mine in high school, Jim Greene, was a godfather figure to me and he urged me to pursue a career in teaching, and RIC was the place to go.Ē


During his playing days for the Townies, he played football, hockey and baseball. As an undergraduate at R.I.C.E., he didnít have many athletic options. The only sports offered were soccer and basketball, so he signed on for both.  Veader played four years in soccer as a goalkeeper and four years of hoops as a guard. Although he wasnít experienced in soccer, Head Coach Bob Brown thought enough of Veader to put him in as the starting goalie. He responded by earning All-New England honors from his sophomore through senior campaigns.


After earning his bachelorís degree in education in 1957, he returned to East Providence where he was a social studies teacher for the next 35 years. He served as the social studies department head for 35 years up until his retirement in 1992. He earned a masterís degree in history from the University of Rhode Island in 1966.


He kept active in coaching, despite having Lou Gehrigís disease. The Townies have been one of the premier Division I high school football programs in the state, winning a number of state championships. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.


John resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife Lee. He has two boys: Andrew and Mark, as well as a stepdaughter Aimeeí. In addition to a loving family, three generations of high school football players have loved John Veader, and we at Rhode Island College are very proud to count him as an alum, and recipient of the Distinguished Athletic Alumnus Award.