Elizabeth Castaldi of Westerly, a fashion design and production major, was one of 38 students from Lasell College in Newton, Mass., to participate in a team-oriented semester-long project under the mentorship of noted fashion historian Edward Maeder. 

"Student research teams incorporated colors and textures as defined from the expressive Rococo period" onto paper, said Professor Jill Carey. The paper then served as a medium for crafting mock garments from the era.

Students first visited the "Casanova's Europe" exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where they immersed themselves in the intricacies of 18th-century culture and style. A few days later, Maeder visited campus to present his work. Equipped with historical knowledge and technical dexterity, Castaldi teamed up with classmates to conduct research and begin production of a paper dress in the Rococo style using the handmade textiles.

Andrew P. Iacoi of Westerly graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy.

Sarah Verbinnen of Westerly was named to the dean's list at Belmont University for the fall 2018 semester.

Stephanie Stearns of Mystic earned an associate of science degree in nursing from Three Rivers Community College. She received her nursing pin at a ceremony earlier this month.

Colin Kronholm of Stonington has joined more than 1,500 undergraduate students from around the world as they begin their academic careers at Tufts University in Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Catherine Johnson of Stonington, a marketing major at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2018 semester, which earned her a spot on the President's List for Academic Achievement.

Three Rivers Community College has announced the appointment of Robert Farinelli as its new dean of academics. Farinelli was selected after a national search and started on Nov. 30. 

“Rob is a natural and experienced choice to lead our academic affairs department,” said President Mary Ellen Jukoski. “He is a seasoned academic leader from the College of Southern Maryland with thirty years of experience. We are excited to have him join the Three Rivers community and carry on the collegial academic tradition that is a hallmark of our shared governance.”

As the dean of academics at Three Rivers, Farinelli will report to the president and administer all aspects of academics affairs, including the development of the leadership team, creation of new academic programs, and the facilitation of student success programs.

Explaining his interest in the position, Farinelli said, “I was drawn to this institution because of its reputation of quality education, strong faculty and commitment to innovation. Helping students achieve their goals has always been a passion and priority of mine. It is always an interesting process to watch them go from high school students to college students to college graduates. One of my biggest beliefs is that access provides education, but completion changes lives.”

Farinelli comes to Three Rivers from the College of Southern Maryland where he served as associate vice-president of academic affairs. Prior to that, he held the positions of STEM director; division chair of mathematics, physics and engineering; and faculty member of the mathematics department. He also held the position of professor of mathematics at Community College of Allegheny County. He holds an M.S. in education from Capella University, an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.

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