Spotlight – Toni Bongiorno
“I like to be busy” certainly describes Antoinette Bongiorno, a senior majoring in Computer Science here at URI. As the Ram Hacks President for the past three years, Toni has worked tirelessly to increase not only women’s presence in Tyler Hall but she has helped grow the club to a strong thirty- five members. She credits Ram Hacks with helping her find her place here at URI and encourages students to use it and other clubs as a resource to make connections and market themselves.
Smithfield High School Math teacher, Mr. Deslauriers, persuaded Toni to take an AP Computer Science Class and that triggered her interest in coding. After taking CSC 212, Data Structures and Abstractions, she was bitten by the coding bug and changed her major from Math to a BS in Computer Science. CSC 411, Computer Organization, with Dr. Baudet was one of her favorite classes; while CSF 536, Advanced Intrusion Detection and Defense was a class she found incredibly useful at her internship with FM Global working in Network Monitoring.
“Extremely grateful” is how Toni describes the honor of being a Spin Plus Scholarship recipient for the past three and a half years. The URI Award is a part of The National Science Foundation’s effort to increase the numbers and strengthen the workforce in technology and mathematics. “I wouldn’t be here without it!” Toni also gives back to the department as a TA for CSC 110 and 411. One of her favorite aspects of working with the students is when she is witness to their “a ha” moments in class. “I love seeing that, when it all comes together”.
As busy as she is, Toni still makes time for a yoga class every so often which proves to be a “great stress reliever”. Although her favorite fare is Mexican, she prepares Italian dishes at home thanks to her Mom’s great recipes and instruction. When you see Toni in Tyler this semester, stop her and say hello, you won’t be sorry!!