URI Student-Athletes Honored at Rhode Island State House

KINGSTON, R.I. — Ten University of Rhode Island student-athletes, and a distinguished alumna, were honored at the State House's House of Representatives Chamber on Monday, May 1. The annual event was hosted by the Speaker of the House, the honorable Nicholas A. Mattiello.

The 10 URI student-athletes introduced in the House Chambers were:

  • Jeff Dowtin - Men’s Basketball - Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Marie Gillcrist - Women’s Volleyball - Lakewood, Colo.
  • Dana Holland - Women’s Rowing - Wilmington, Del.
  • Geoff Horwitz - Football - Wall, N.J.
  • Grace Janes - Women’s Track & Field - Newport, R.I.
  • Paige Julich - Softball - Kings Park, N.Y.
  • Eric Marchetti - Men’s Golf - North Attleboro, Mass.
  • Alex McGrainer - Men’s Track & Field - Medford Lakes, N.J.
  • Amanda Nardella - Women’s Soccer - Parsippany, N.J.
  • Jordan Powell - Baseball - Kingswood, Texas

Marissa Norman, a former track & field standout, was honored as this year's distinguished alumna.  Norman, a 2012 graduate of URI with a degree in psychology, while also double minoring in kinesiology and sociology.  A five-time member of the Atlantic 10’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll and a six-time member of the university’s Dean’s List, she received the Althea Gibson Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the 2012 Winifred Keaney Award, given annually to the top senior student-athlete at URI.

She was one of four recipients of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship, which she used while pursuing her masters in movement science at Barry University in Miami, Fla.  Her specialization track toward her degree is in sport, exercise, and performance psychology.

Standout student-athletes from the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College were also honored, in celebration of the significant academic and athletic achievements at the three respective state institutions of higher learning.