April 26, 2010


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, April 26.



 President Nancy Carriuolo and the RIC award recipients


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: Junior Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) softball; Senior Christina Coro (North Providence, RI) womenís basketball; Junior Travis Drappi (West Orange, NJ) wrestling; senior Jake Grimes (Providence, RI) menís basketball; senior Brooke Iby (Dracut, MA) track & field; junior Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) softball; sophomore Rachel Riley (Coventry, RI) womenís basketball; senior Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) baseball; junior Kevin Sutherland (Dauphin, PA) wrestling; senior Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) womenís soccer.


Athletic Alumni from each school were also honored. James Wade í69 was RICís Athletic Alumnus Award recipient.


Wade, a Pawtucket, R.I. native, came to RIC after attending West High School.


While at Rhode Island College, Wade was primarily a forward and played some defense on the menís soccer team from 1965-69. He also was a member of inter-class menís basketball championship teams as a freshman in 1964-65 and again as a senior in 1968-69.



 James Wade (center left) receiving his award from President Carriuolo (center right)


Wade earned a bachelorís degree in elementary education with a minor in special education from Rhode Island College in 1969. He came back to earn his masterís degree in special education with a concentration in mental retardation in 1976.


After graduation, Wade showed that same sense of dedication and teamwork in his professional career. He went on to a 30-year career as a special educator from 1969-99, spending the bulk of his career at Warwickís Pilgrim High School.


Wade has remained active in the Anchor Club-RICís athletic booster club. He is a member of the Anchor Club Golf Day Committee and attends many athletic and college alumni events.


Today, Wade resides in Narragansett with his wife Susan í70-also a RIC graduate who spent 35 years as an educator.