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Announcements for the weeks of Oct. 27 and Nov. 3

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

A bond issue on this year's ballot will benefit our sister institution, the University of Rhode Island, and affect the future of engineering education in our state. Question 4 will ask voters to approve $125 million to build a state-of-the-art 195,000-square-foot College of Engineering building and renovate existing facilities at the university's Kingston campus.

CCRI is the largest source of transfer students to the College of Engineering, which serves 1,300 undergraduate and 250 graduate students and has experienced a 39 percent increase in enrollment since 2003. On average over the last decade, 22 CCRI students have transferred into engineering each year, representing a little more than 5 percent of the College of Engineering's new enrollment annually.

Please read more about why we are supporting a "yes" vote on Question 4 on Election Day on Nov. 4.

A message from the Department of Business Administration

The faculty of the Department of Business Administration would like to thank everyone who participated in the self-study for the department's reaffirmation of accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. We are confident that your contributions will lead to a successful validation of our departments degree programs.

CCRI professor asking for help with program


I am working on a study with Brown University involving college students and cell phone usage. We are looking for college students to help us understand more about the benefits and problems with cell phones in our lives. If you are 18 years or older, a college student and own a mobile phone, email the study at to participate. The study will email a link to the online survey, which should take less than 10 minutes. Enter your name and email address on the survey to be entered into a drawing to win $50. Winners will be announced before the end of the semester.

Thank you, Regina Traficante, Ph.D., assistant professor, Psychology Department

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New Announcements

"50 Years of Performing Arts at CCRI"

performingartsJoin us to rededicate the recently refurbished Bobby Hackett Theater with an evening of celebrating the college's talented musicians, actors, singers and performers. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Featured will be performances by CCRI Performing Arts Department students, faculty and alumni, the cast of "Hello Broadway 2014" and house band Steve Smith and The Nakeds. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $5 for students with a valid college ID. Visit the Foundation website for online registration and sponsorship opportunities.

Air Force representative at the Flanagan Campus

A representative from the U.S. Air Force will visit the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Room 1338. All interested students are invited to attend. This is sponsored by the Career and Internship Office.

DECA fall 2014 business panel

The Liston and Knight chapters of Collegiate DECA will host their fall 2014 business panel from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Alumni Conference Room on the first floor at the Knight Campus in Warwick. This is an opportunity to network with business professionals and find out what is needed to succeed in today's business world. Panelists include Pat Paolino Cruz, co-founder/producer of the Southern New England Women's Expo; Gil Lantini, R.I. Small Business Journal and Rosanna Ortiz Sinel, founder/president of StyleWeek. Light refreshments will be served.

Study abroad information session

studyabroadDr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, chair of the Foreign Language Department and coordinator of study abroad programs, is holding information sessions this semester on studying abroad through the CCRI/College Consortium for International Studies programs. Come learn about a variety of programs for summer, fall or spring terms in more than 30 countries. Information sessions will take place at 2 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5:  Warwick, Room 4104, Lincoln, Room 1332 and in Providence, Room 1208.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3: Warwick, Room 4104, Lincoln, Room 1332, Providence, Room 1208 and Newport, Room 200.

For more information about the study abroad program, visit the website. Anyone with any questions should email Dr. Notarianni-Girard.

Fall evening transfer fairs

Upcoming evening fairs for the fall semester are being held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on:

  • Monday, Nov. 3, in the Lower Commons in Warwick
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the rear of the student cafeteria in Lincoln
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Atrium in Providence

Learn more about fall transfer events on the Advising and Counseling's transfer events website.

Psychology Club fundraiser

The Psychology Club will hold a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, in the student union area at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The fundraiser plays off Pandora's box, an artifact in Greek mythology that is said to contain all the evils of the world. The Psychology Club will present the seven deadly sins through a bake sale, face painting, henna, palm, tarot card, phrenology readings and more.

Armed Forces Recognition Day

flagAll are welcome to participate in the fourth annual Armed Forces Recognition Day. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, in the rear of the student cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. Events include:

  • Presentation of plaque by the Student Veterans Organization.
  • Remembrance of the fallen heroes from Rhode Island who were killed in action in the war on terror.
  • Special guest speakers, including state and military leaders.

For more information, visit

Alumni art exhibition

In celebration of CCRI's 50 anniversary, the Alumni Exhibition features work by former CCRI students who have gone on to become practicing artists in Rhode Island and beyond. The exhibition will be on display at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery, Room 1527 from Nov. 4 to 25. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the gallery.

Student Health 101

The Dean of Students Office is providing students with information on health, fitness, nutrition and more in Student Health 101, an online magazine.

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Events This Week

Final fall JAA day

Learn more about the Joint Admissions Agreement that CCRI has with URI and RIC at the final JAA Day for the fall semester from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the rear of cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus. 

If you have questions regarding JAA, please email JAA or call 401-825-1233.

Faculty voice recital

A faculty voice recital will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Performing Arts faculty member Amanda Santo and accompanist Scott Nicholas will present a diverse program of songs by Handel, Liszt, Mahler and more.

Writing Center offers free services

The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The final workshop for the fall semester will be held from 2 to 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Knight Campus in Warwick and cover the topic of Research Papers - The MLA System.

Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 401-825-2279.

Knight Athletics schedules

The following home matches are scheduled:

Women's soccer

  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, vs. Springfield College JV

Cross country

  • CCRI Northeast Invitational, Saturday, Nov. 1
    • Men's at 10 a.m.
    • Women's at 11 a.m.

All home games are played at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Air Force representative at the Flanagan Campus

DECA fall 2014 business panel

Psychology Club fundraiser

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Ongoing News & Events

Phi Theta Kappa membership

If you recently received a letter from President Ray Di Pasquale and an email from Phi Theta Kappa regarding your eligibility to become a member of this elite international honor society, congratulations! Aside from the recognition on your transcript, among other things, members have almost exclusive access to approximately $30 million in scholarship funds to further pursue academic and career goals. If you received a notification and are interested in joining, visit the Phi Theta Kappa website to learn more about the benefits and membership. Anyone with questions should contact CCRI chapter advisers, Laurie Sherman or Sue Apshaga.

The fall induction ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, in the auditorium at the Liston Campus in Providence. In order to participate, you need to become an official member by Nov. 10.

Please note: Phi Theta Kappa and the CCRI Honors Program are separate entities. The former recognizes your academic achievements thus far; the latter is a course enrichment program.

Free, anonymous HIV testing

HIVTestingFast and safe! Did you know that free and anonymous rapid HIV testing is now available one Monday every month at CCRI's Liston and Knight campuses? You can meet with a friendly, qualified professional testing counselor from AIDS Project Rhode Island and know your results in 20 minutes. No insurance is needed. It is private and painless. Counselors are available at the following campuses:

  • Liston Campus, Room 1170
    • 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, and Monday, Dec. 15
  • Knight Campus, Room 3150
    • Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3

The testing is sponsored by the Rainbow Alliance and Liston Campus Student Government. Anyone with questions should contact Brenda McGill at 401-455-6051.

Art shows in Warwick and Lincoln

Knight Campus Art Gallery: "First Impressions/Second Thoughts," an exhibition of recent works by CCRI Professor Nancy Wyllie, will be on display until Nov. 6 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500. Her photo-based work has been exhibited in New York at White Columns, The Alternative Museum, Artist's Space and P.P.O.W. as well as Brandeis University, Ohio State University, Marymount Manhattan College, Providence College and M.I.T.

Flanagan Campus Art Gallery: Using collected objects, discarded aluminum and repurposed materials, Rhode Island-based photographer Dan McManus explores the ideas of image-making beyond normal processes. The display runs until Oct. 30 at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery, Room 1527.

Changes in Nursing admission requirements

The HESI A2 admission test now is required for students applying to the Nursing program at CCRI. All students submitting applications in the February 2015 PBHS application period or later must take the HESI A2 admission test. Visit the Nursing website to learn more about the new admission test. Additional changes to Nursing admissions guidelines for the 2015-16 academic year also can be found on the Nursing website.

Knight Campus Student Government

The Knight Student Government will hold senate meetings at 1 p.m. on Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 in Room 4090. To become a member of the senate, contact Knight Student Government at 401-825-2337 or

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Last Updated: 10/27/14