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 HISTORY

(Borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhode_Island_College)

Rhode Island College (RIC) is a nationally ranked, coeducational, state-supported comprehensive college founded in 1854, located in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Rhode Island College is the oldest of the three public institutions of higher education that operate under the aegis of the Board of Governors for Higher Education; the two other institutions are the University of Rhode Island and the Community College of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island College was first established as the Rhode Island State Normal School by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1854. Its creation can be attributed to the labors of Henry Barnard, the first state agent for education in Rhode Island who had established the Rhode Island Teachers Institute at Smithville Seminary in 1845, and his successor, Elisha Potter. Rhode Island State Normal School was one of the nation's first normal schools (teacher preparatory schools), which grew out of the humanitarian groundswell of the mid-19th century spurred by educational missionaries like Horace Mann. The school attracted hard working young people who came chiefly from ordinary backgrounds, who wanted to teach and who had no other way of preparing themselves.

Not yet thoroughly convinced of the school's value, the General Assembly curtailed its financial support in 1857 and the school was moved to Bristol where it lingered until 1865 before closing. However, in 1869, the newly appointed state commissioner of education, Thomas W. Bicknell, began a vigorous personal campaign to revive the school. His efforts were rewarded in 1871 when the General Assembly unanimously voted a $10,000 appropriation for the school's re-opening in Providence.

Renamed the Rhode Island Normal School, the institution settled into a period of steady growth punctuated by periodic moves to larger quarters. The general favor won by the school after its first difficult years had passed and was confirmed in 1898 when it moved into a large building specially constructed for it on Providence's Capitol Hill near the State House (this space is now occupied by the Providence Place mall.

At first, the Rhode Island Normal School offered admission to both high school graduates and non-graduates, with high school graduates expected to complete their studies in one year. However, by 1908 the program had been lengthened to two and a half years and restricted to high school graduates.

In 1920, the Rhode Island Normal School was renamed Rhode Island College of Education by order of the General Assembly, the college now offering a four-year program which upon completion one would receive a Bachelor of Education degree. At this time the observation school, which dated back to the 1890s, was renamed the Henry Barnard School. The college's graduate program also originated in the early 1920s and the first master's degrees were conferred in 1924.

For the next three decades the college remained a small, teachers' college with a student body of four to six hundred men and women, most of whom went on to teach in the elementary and junior high schools of the state. Early in the 1950s that calm was shattered by intense debate that arose over the college's role in the state system of higher education and for a time serious doubt was cast on its continued existence. There were plans to merge the institution with Rhode Island's other four-year college, the University of Rhode Island. After careful consideration, the Board of Trustees of State Colleges decided to keep the college independent and strengthen it overall.

In 1958, the college was moved to its current campus in the Mount Pleasant section of Providence. In 1959, the Rhode Island Commission to Study Higher Education recommended the development of the institution into a general college which was approved by the General Assembly. Reflecting the broadening of purpose, the institution's name was changed to its current name Rhode Island College in 1959.

CONCERT WE PRESENTLY KNOW ABOUT

 

VENUE 1969 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym October 3, 1969 Sly & The Family Stone            
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym October 18, 1969 Arlo Guthrie     YES      
VENUE 1970 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym March 20, 1970 Jefferson Airplane            
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym November 5, 1970 Jethro Tull           Set List
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym February 13, 1970 Three Dog Night Hoyt Axton Contingent        
VENUE 1972 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym December 16, 1972 John Sebastian            
VENUE 1973 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym October 14, 1973 James Montgomery Band Maria Muldaur   YES      
VENUE 1975 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym October 29, 1975 10cc            
VENUE 1978 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym March 8, 1978 Jimmy Buffett Sanford & Townsend   YES      
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym March 17, 1978 J. Geils Band     YES      
Rhode Island College, Roberts Auditorium September 30, 1978 Herbie Mann Danny Toan

early show

YES      
Rhode Island College, Roberts Auditorium September 30, 1978 Herbie Mann Danny Toan

late show

YES      
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym October 22, 1978 Patti Smith Group The Ramones          
VENUE 1979 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym April 14, 1979 Elvis Costello & The Attractions The Rubinoos          
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym July 19, 1979 Devo     YES      
Rhode Island College, Robert's Hall September 4, 1979 Joe Jackson Mundanes   YES     Recorded
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym September 30, 1979 The Police Wazmo Nariz   YES      
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym November 7, 1979 Jean-Luc Ponty     YES      
VENUE 1980 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Roberts Auditorium February 10, 1980 New Riders of The Purple Sage            
VENUE 1982 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Walsh Gym January 25, 1982 The Pretenders Alan Vega   YES      
VENUE 1984 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Donovan Center March 16, 1984 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Duke Robillard       YES  
VENUE 1988 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Donovan Center April 20, 1988 Billy Bragg     YES      
Rhode Island College, Donovan Center April 21, 1988 Buster Poindexter     YES      
VENUE 1989 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Roberts Auditorium March 21, 1989 The Bangles            
VENUE 1990 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Roberts Auditorium September 17, 1990 Joe Jackson            
VENUE 2004 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom March 25, 2004 Kanye West            
VENUE 2005 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom March 24, 2005 Zox            
VENUE 2006 MAIN BAND SUPPORT SUPPORT AD TICKET PICTURES TAPE
Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom March 20, 2006 Ben Kweller            

 

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