Chinese Dragon performance at WaterFire Providence. Photo by Jeffrey Stolzberg.

The Narragansett Bay Commission | The Confucius Institute at Bryant University | Clear Currents 2015

WaterFire Ignites Rhode Island Radio Show –
underwritten by National Grid
supported by Lifetime Medical
Hosted by Bronwyn Dannenfelser and guest co-host Barnaby Evans

On this week’s episode:

Bronwyn is on vacation this week so Barnaby will be the lead host on today’s episode. His guest will include Raymond J. Marshal the executive director at the Narragansett Bay Commission, Dr. Hong Yang the director of the U.S. China Institute at Bryant University’s Confucius Institute. Barnaby will also be chatting briefly with Tim Blankenship, WaterFire Providence’s interactive media manger, about our upcoming Clear Currents events and the 2015 Clear Current t-shirt design contest.


Episode Segments

Part 1 – Raymond J. Marshall, Narragansett Bay Commission and Tim Blankenship,  WaterFire Providence’s Clear Current Events

Part 2 – Dr. Hong Yang, The Confucius Institute at Bryan University

About the Raymond J. Marshall and Narragansett Bay Commission

Ray Marshall assumed Executive Directorship of the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) in January 2007.  He is responsible for the all aspects of the NBC’s operation including strategic planning, staff development and retention, budget development and oversight, financial reporting, engineering/construction capital planning and operation of the wastewater collection/treatment facilities.

Mr. Marshall is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and was named Engineer of the Year by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2002.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies is sponsoring a basin lighting of WaterFire on July 14th during their 2015 Utility Leadership Conference and 45th Anniversary Annual Meeting.

WaterFire Providence’s Clear Currents Event

Clear Currents is the portion of the evening’s WaterFire lighting that incorporates 100 illuminated Japanese koi (fish) temporarily mounted on canoes and kayaks that registered participants will paddle up and down the river after sunset. The light from these brightly colored fish will beautifully compliment the 80 wood burning braziers installed on the river! This year we are offering two nights of paddling fun of the river during WaterFire: August 15th and September 12th.

WaterFire Providence is holding a t-shirt design contest to select the artwork for this year’s Clear Currents t-shirts. The winner will receive a cash prize of $250.

About The Confucius Institute at Bryant University

Established in October 2006, the Confucius Institute at Bryant University (CIBU) was the first China-funded institute in Southern New England dedicated to the promotion of Chinese language and culture. This joint project between Bryant University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban)offers resources to benefit students, educators, individuals, and businesses in Rhode Island and the local region. Named after the revered Chinese thinker, educator, and philosopher, the Confucius Institute is managed by the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University in collaboration with the China University of Geosciences at Wuhan.

The Chinese Ministry of Education in Beijing has approved a cooperative agreement between Bryant University and Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai, to collaboratively educate students on Bryant’s campus and in Zhuhai, China. Bryant will become the first and only American university with a presence in Zhuhai, the first university to establish a partnership with a private institution in China, and the only U.S.-China joint business program in Guangdong Province on the southeast coast.

Episode 33 – Broadcast: July 1st, 2015 | Featured image: Chinese Dragon performance at WaterFire Providence. Photo by Jeffery Stolzberg. Via WaterFire Providence on Flickr.

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