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Announcements for the weeks of Nov. 10 and 17

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

I would like to invite you to a brief ceremony at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Room 224 at the State House as Governor Chafee declares CCRI Day across Rhode Island in honor of our 50th anniversary celebration.

The governor will read a proclamation and Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Jim Purcell, Board of Education Chairwoman Eva Marie Mancuso, Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena and alumna Sondra Pitts '66 will speak. We also have asked mayors and town managers across the state to ring their city hall and town hall bells four times at noon in honor of our four main campuses.

I hope to see you on Wednesday as we continue to honor our students, faculty, staff and alumni in our 50th year.

A message from Director of Administration William Ferland

As a member of the CCRI community, you have been automatically enrolled in the Rave Emergency Alert system to receive email messages during emergencies and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations. It is used only in these situations.

This system also has the ability to send text message alerts in these situations. Students who previously provided a cell phone number through the Rave Emergency Alert system or supplied a cell phone number during enrollment in courses at CCRI, will receive a text message through this system. 

If you haven't previously supplied a cell phone number in one of the above situations and would like to enroll to receive text message alerts or update your cell phone number, visit the Rave Emergency Alert registration page.

Text message and data rates may apply. You may opt out of receiving text messages; please visit the Rave Emergency Alerts FAQs page for instructions on how to do so. If you opt out, you will still receive email alerts to your CCRI-issued email account.

Appreciation for money raised for breast cancer research

Thank you to faculty and staff at the Flanagan Campus who raised more than $400 for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Fundraiser participants were automatically entered in a drawing for a dozen gift cards and we'd like to congratulate the winner, Sarah Masterson.

Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, donations still will be accepted throughout the year. Please contact Gina Santoro or Jean Potvin if you would like to donate to this year's fundraiser or unused gift cards for next year's drawing.

Thank you to everyone who participated or donated.

-- Gina Santoro, Jean Potvin and Denise Yordy

Writing Center coordinator to present at book events

MayflowerDreamsDr. Karen Petit, writing center coordinator and adjunct faculty member, will be a presenter at the following events:

  • "Mayflower Dreams" picture show and book signing will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Barnes & Noble on Putnam Pike in Smithfield.
  • "Mayflower Dreams" presentation, photo show and book signing will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Cranston Public Library.

For more information on upcoming events and her novels "Mayflower Dreams" and "Banking on Dreams," visit Petit's website.

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New Announcements

Learn more about CCRI's Liberal Arts major

Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Lamontagne invites anyone interested in a Liberal Arts major to attend a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The goal is for students to meet Liberal Arts majors and learn about the vast array of opportunities available to you at CCRI. Highlights of this event will include refreshments and an opportunity to meet the college's faculty, staff and leadership team. The director of the CCRI Career and Internship Office, Anne Marge, will offer insight into experiential learning through internship opportunities. Attendees also will be afforded access to advisers with transfer representatives available to field questions regarding next academic steps.

If you are planning to attend the reception, please respond to Donna Mesolella, Academic Affairs coordinator, by Nov. 12. Please include "Liberal Arts reception" in the subject line.

URI transfer day

University of Rhode Island representatives will be at CCRI from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Students interested in transferring to URI should bring their CCRI transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable.) Sign up in the Department of Advising and Counseling or just attend the event.

Fall transfer days

Upcoming transfer days for the fall semester are being held from 9 a.m. to noon on:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the rear of the student cafeteria in Lincoln
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the atrium in Providence
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Lower Commons in Warwick

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

Information session for studying in Mexico

Learn about studying abroad next summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, during information sessions scheduled for:

  • 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, Knight Campus (Warwick), Room 6414
  • 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Liston Campus (Providence), Room 1164
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, Newport County Campus, Room 220
  • 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Flanagan Campus (Lincoln), Room 1531

Contact Dr. Hossiri Godo-Solo or Professor Elizabeth Morais with any questions.

PatPat's Hats fundraiser

PatPat's HatsThe Knight Campus Student Government is hosting a fundraiser to support PatPat's Hats from Nov. 17 to Dec. 10. PatPat's Hats was established as a way for a family in Connecticut to give back after their son was diagnosed with desmoplastic medulloblastoma. The organization provides hats and monetary donations to help fight childhood cancer. Read Patrick's story and learn more about PatPat's Hats. Donate new or handmade hats and funds to support PatPat's Hats at the Knight Student Government Office, Room 1232. Hats will be accepted for children of all ages and must be washable.

Free ACCUPLACER workshops available to students

ACCUPLACER prep workshops are offered to help newly accepted students prepare for the mandatory ACCUPLACER placement test. These free workshops are designed to be completed before students take the ACCUPLACER placement test. These workshops are targeted to students who have not been engaged in some type of school work in reading, writing or mathematics in the past six months. Students view and register for these quick and fast-paced workshops by visiting the Success Center website and clicking on the "ACCUPLACER Prep Session" link located on the upper left-hand side of the Web page.

Art shows in Lincoln and Warwick

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, through Nov. 25.

CCRI faculty exhibition

Work in all media by current full- and part-time faculty members of the CCRI Art Department will be on display from Nov. 12 to Dec. 4, at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500 in Warwick. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the gallery.

Student Government movie nights

The Knight Campus Student Government will host movie events at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union (Suite 1234) at the Knight Campus on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: "Clue"
  • Thursday, Dec. 4: "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" and "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" (double feature)

All CCRI students are invited to attend.

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Events This Week

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.

For more information, visit

Knight Athletics schedules

The following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, vs. Roxbury Community College

Men's basketball

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, vs. Roxbury Community College
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, vs. UConn Avery Point

All home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.


URI transfer day

Free, anonymous HIV testing

Knight Campus Student Government senate meeting

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Ongoing News & Events

"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 aerial silk acrobat and alumna Jamie Glowacki, CCRI Performing Arts Department students, faculty and alumni, the cast of "Hello Broadway 2014" and house band Steve Smith and The Nakeds. A reception will follow with entertainment by magician Bruce Kalver ’76, special appearances by Mozart and Shakespeare, dessert and refreshments to celebrate CCRI's 50th anniversary. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $5 for students with a valid college ID. Visit the Foundation website for online registration.

Study abroad information session

studyabroadDr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, chair of the Foreign Language Department and coordinator of study abroad programs, is holding a final information session for the 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. The session will take place at 2 p.m. on:

  • 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.

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.

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, 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.

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 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: 11/10/14