2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

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2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration

2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards
Monday, April 29, 2019
Providence Marriott

 

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Award Honorees

Bob Alper, ’62

Bob Alper, ’62

Bob Alper, ’62, is an author, a rabbi and a professional comedian. Post Classical, Bob graduated from Lehigh University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he was ordained as a rabbi.  From 1972-1986, he served congregations in Buffalo and Philadelphia, at the same time earning a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Since 1988, Bob has performed as a full-time stand-up comic across North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Israel, and can be heard on Sirius/XM radio.  While at Classical, Bob was the Editor-in-Chief of the Classical Review and its first-ever April Fool’s edition. Senior year, he took a creative writing class which he credits with leading to publication of his three books, writing of countless sermons and the careful crafting of his comedy routine.  Bob resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. Professionally, he makes people laugh, while she helps people cry.

Donna Osborne, ’75

Donna Osborne, ’75

Donna Osborne, ’75, recently retired after 30 years of teaching in Providence Public Schools. Post Classical, Donna attended Howard University where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education, Rhode Island College where she earned an ESL Endorsement and Lesley University where she earned a M.A. in Teaching Using the Fine Arts. Donna has taught ESL, served on numerous committees, worked at the Urban League, taught a GED Program and consulted for Central High School. She has also worked for South Providence Tutorial which was housed in the basement of the South Side Boys and Girls Club. While at Classical, Donna recalls it being a time of civil unrest. Donna was amongst the first larger group of African American students to integrate Classical. Donna states, “I received a top-notch education, which highly prepared me for college. I got accepted to every college to which I applied.” Donna loves to sing, and she is involved in two community choirs.

COL Ronald Tammaro, ’80

COL Ronald Tammaro, ’80

COL Ronald Tammaro, ’80, currently serves as the Brigade Commander for the 56th Troop Command, RIARNG. The Brigade consists of diverse units to include Aviation, Special Forces, Infantry, Engineers, Public Affairs, and the Army Band. COL Tammaro also serves in the Comptroller Division for the Naval War College, Newport, R.I.  Post Classical, COL Tammaro attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned a B.A. in Resource Management, Bryant College where he earned a B.S. in Accounting, and the United States Army War College where he earned a Masters in Strategic Studies (Distinguished Graduate). While at Classical, COL Tammaro states, “I acquired the study discipline and focus that is so necessary for success in career and life.” “This was especially important during my Graduate Studies.” COL Tammaro recalls the long-lasting friendships he developed while attending Classical. COL Tammaro, his wife Cheryl, and their three children, reside in Little Compton, R.I.

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, ’87

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, ’87

Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, ’87, is a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Leukemia Program, and Vice Chair for Clinical Research at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, in Ohio. Post Classical he earned a medical degree and a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Sekeres completed his postgraduate training at Harvard University, finishing an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He has authored over 300 scientific manuscripts and is a frequent essayist for The New York Times. While at Classical, Dr. Sekeres states, “we learned to think critically and rigorously, and to assess our own success by how we positively impacted the lives of others. Classical taught me how to think and write logically, skills that I use every day in medicine.” Dr. Sekeres resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Dr. Silas Pinto, ’96

Dr. Silas Pinto, ’96

Dr. Silas Pinto, ’96, is currently a member of the Tufts University faculty, serving as the Co-Director of the School Psychology Graduate Program & Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education.  He teaches and works in the areas of social justice, diversity & inclusion, education law, immigrant populations, biological bases of learning & behavior, methods of research, school-based consultation, and social-emotional learning initiatives. While at Classical, Silas founded the capoeira club, and participated in Varsity Soccer, Orchestra French Horn, Jazz Piano, Chorus and the Brotherhood.  His love for the performing arts, cultural arts, and language arts persists in his roles as co-owner/co-director of New Wave Martial Arts & Fitness and the Pangaea Arts Center in Warwick, RI.  Post Classical, Silas completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in (School) Psychology from the University of Rhode Island, worked for the Met High School and Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.

Harry Cicma, ’00

Harry Cicma, ’00

Harry Cicma, ’00, is currently a Sports Anchor on NBC News in New York City and NBC Sports.  Cicma is also the CEO of Harry Cicma Productions LLC, one of the premiere Sports & Media TV Production Companies in the Country.  Cicma also serves as the TV voice and lead reporter for World Team Tennis, and their national broadcasts. Harry hosts and produces various TV sports series, which air on NBC, Fox Sports and NESN-TV. Harry is the Host and Executive Producer of the Nationally syndicated TV series, “World Tennis with Harry Cicma” for NESN. Post Classical, Harry joined Rutgers University’s Division I varsity tennis team and earned a Professional Tennis Ranking of #75 in the World on the ATP Tour, in doubles. Harry has won an Emmy Award with WNBC News 4 New York, for his on-air reporting during Hurricane Sandy. While at Classical, Harry was #1 in the State in Tennis, and inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame, and he is an inductee of the Greek Sports Hall of Fame. 

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