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Announcements for the weeks of Oct. 10 and 17

Personal Announcements

A message from President Meghan Hughes

I am writing to make you aware of some important staffing changes at our college.

Lela Morgan, who served our college for more than 49 years, has resigned her role as part-time coordinator of our Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. Lela has served CCRI in many capacities, including faculty member, program director, department chair and, after she retired in June 2013 as vice president for Academic Affairs, as our Affirmative Action officer. We thank her for her many years of dedicated service to our students and to our college and wish her all the best in her retirement.

I also want to introduce two new key members of our college’s administration: Alphonso Atkins Jr., the college’s first full-time director of the office of institutional equity and title IX coordinator, and Izabel (Iz) DeAraujo-Rivera, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement and College Relations.

Al has more than 15 years of experience serving diverse student populations in higher education as a faculty member and administrator in student affairs. He comes to CCRI from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, the largest singly accredited community college in the nation with an enrollment of more than 90,000 statewide. There he served as associate professor of communications and as chief regional administrator for diversity, equity and inclusion at Ivy Tech-Central Indiana and its surrounding community campuses.

He received a Bachelor of Science in speech communication from Northwestern Missouri State University; a certificate in culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu-North America; a Master of Arts in theatre arts/communication studies from Minnesota State University; and his Juris Doctor from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He began his new role on July 5. Al can be reached at 825-1220 or

Iz possesses a strong background and extensive experience in the area of institutional advancement, most recently serving as assistant vice president for advancement operations in the Office of Advancement at Simmons College in Boston. As a member of the senior leadership team, she led efforts to build a strong infrastructure for the Office of Advancement to achieve fundraising goals and increase alumni engagement.

As a first-generation college student and a native Rhode Islander, Iz is passionate about CCRI’s mission. She holds a Master of Science from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Northeastern University. She began her role on June 20. Iz can be reached at 331-7151 or

Please help me welcome them both to CCRI.

A message from Alphonso Atkins Jr., director of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator

The Community College of Rhode Island is committed to the free exchange of ideas and promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion across all of our shared learning and work spaces. Diversity represents the culmination of each person’s intellectual, physical, cultural and experiential dimensions of being human. It gives life to our community and deepens our understanding of each other.

In light of a recent episode of hate speech on campus, it is important that we are reminded of the powerful role words play in shaping our reality. If we are to truly be an inclusive community, we must use language to acknowledge and affirm our humanity rather than deny or devalue it.

Our college will continue to work toward building a community grounded in the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Through honest conversations, meaningful programming and continued educational initiatives, the Community College of Rhode Island will remain an educational institution that celebrates the uniqueness of each member of our campus community and the communities we serve.

To learn more about the various resources and upcoming events available to our campus community to promote equity, inclusion and celebrate the diversity of who we are, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity website. If you are witness to or experience harassment, discrimination or other any other forms of threatening and intimidating behavior associated with hate, please immediately contact Dean of Students Michael Cunningham or me.

Statement regarding the adoption of a policy establishing equity for CCRI transgender students, faculty and staff

Over the past week, we have heard from members of our community about the two new transgender policies adopted over the summer and implemented last month. While many have been supportive, some have expressed concern or a desire for more information. We hope that this message provides some context and reason for the adoption of the two policies under discussion.

After receiving the Dear Colleague letter of May 13, 2016, in which the U.S. Department of Education set an expectation for the inclusion of transgender people, the Community College of Rhode Island convened a task force to consider how this guidance should be interpreted. The task force included students, staff from Student Services, faculty representatives, liaisons from key departments affected by any possible changes, and officers of the college. This group reviewed the Dear Colleague letter and researched what was happening at other colleges in our state and region. Given our mission, the task force recognized the need to ensure that our college is a welcoming and accepting place for all Rhode Islanders to pursue higher education. As such, the task force recommended adoption of two new policies, one specifically addressing bathroom and locker room use and the other broadly stating our desire to be inclusive of transgender students and their needs. The President’s Council adopted both of these policies at the July 20, 2016, meeting. Learn more about the President’s Council.

We are committed to being a college community that welcomes, values and respects all of our members. These new policies are not only strongly recommended by the Department of Education, but are essential to maintaining our inclusive community. If there are members of the college community who feel uncomfortable with this policy, we would encourage them to learn more about the experiences of transgender students through our Gender Equity Initiative. To learn more about the various resources and upcoming events available to our campus community to promote equity, inclusion and celebrate the diversity of who we are, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity website.

If there are individuals who choose not to use bathrooms or locker rooms that might also be in use by a person of a different biological sex, they may use the single stall bathrooms available on each campus. We believe these policies represent an important step forward in adhering to Department of Education guidelines and continuing to build a welcoming, inclusive community for all Rhode Islanders.

Work at the polls

The State of Rhode Island Board of Elections wants to inform students that they may be eligible to work at the polls on Nov. 8. The paid positions are a great way to perform a vital civic duty in our democratic process. Students must be:

  • registered to vote in Rhode Island.
  • able to read and write English.
  • not convicted of a felony.
  • able to attend a training class conducted by the state.

The required state training class is held on an evening prior to Election Day. For more information about pay rates and an application, visit or contact your local Board of Canvassers.

Book festival presentation

petitDr. Karen Petit, writing center coordinator and adjunct faculty member, will participate in the New Bedford Book Festival at noon on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Groundwork in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her presentation, titled "Writing Creatively with Dreams, Pictures, and Research," will include helpful writing resources, as well as short excerpts from her three novels to show how she creatively uses dreams, pictures and research in her writing process.

Free handouts with some information from the presentation will be available to attendees at the festival. For more information this, upcoming events and her novels, visit Petit’s website.

Writers' WIT

Join Writers' WIT, a creative writing practice group, for upcoming fall meetings from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus. The group will meet and write together. For more information, email

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New Announcements

Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Week

Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Week will be held on CCRI campuses from Oct. 17 to 24. Clotheslines will be hung at each campus during the week to show support for those experiencing intimate partner or domestic violence, and to remember those who died as a result of domestic violence.

Students and staff are invited to make T-shirts recognizing victims or offering messages of support to hang on the clothesline.

More information about domestic violence across communities will be available at CCRI Gender Equity Initiative tables near the clotheslines from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday. Contact if you have questions or would like to volunteer.

'The Haberdasher'

haberdasherThe CCRI Players will launch the 2016-17 season with Walt McGough's "The Haberdasher," a swashbuckling comedy in the ilk of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers."

"The Haberdasher" is the tale of Antoinette, a young woman who discovers her skills lay beyond those of needle and yardstick, but with sword and exposing political secrecy. Her talents are well suited to her destiny. The intrigue begins when Vivienne, hotly pursued from stealing the Duke's Royal Pendant, bursts into the haberdashery demanding cloths for a disguise. So begins Antoinette's adventures through which the falsehoods of gender bias are dispelled.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

The cast, all of whom double or triple on roles, includes Chelsea Titchenell of Coventry as Antoinette and the Duke; Julia Egan of Cranston as Vivienne and Robard; Rachel Ihrig of Coventry as Mr. Bellamy and the Duchess; Miceala Chille of Middletown as the Vagrant and the King's Messenger; Carl Gerhard of Bristol as August, Bruno and Lucas; and Clerence Donath of Richmond playing Andre and Claudia. Joshua Fonesca of Cranston is understudy for August, Bruno and Lucas. Katherine Brown of West Greenwich is the stage manager and Shoshana Adler of Cranston is assistant stage manager.

Direction and scenic design are by Associate Professor Luke Sutherland. Fight choreography is by James Beauregard, costume design is by Assistant Professor Marilyn Salvatore and lighting design is by Kathy Abernathy. Sound design is by Raymond Legare and assistant lighting design is by Jamie Allstrom.

Tickets cost $10 general admission or $8 for students, seniors and CCRI faculty and staff. For reservations, call 401-825-2219.

Fall Transfer Days

Fall Transfer Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Commons at the Knight Campus.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, in the student cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus.

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

Art exhibition

The exhibition "Object Lessons: faculty collection" will run through Oct. 27 in Room 1527, Flanagan Campus Art Gallery.

Technical writing survey

CCRI Technical Writing students have developed a questionnaire asking people their opinions about what the federal government should be doing. The survey is anonymous and can be completed online.

Halloween bake sale

The Knight Campus Collegiate DECA chapter will hold a Halloween bake sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Knight Campus. Money raised will be used for competitions, conferences and social gatherings.

Athletic schedules

Knight logoThe following home matches are scheduled:

Men's soccer

  • 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, vs. Springfield Technical Community College.
  • 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, vs. Roxbury Community College.
  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, vs. Massasoit Community College (sophomore day).

Women's soccer

  • 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, vs. Bunker Hill Community College (sophomore day).

All soccer home games are played at the CCRI Soccer Complex at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.


  • CCRI Invite and sophomore day
    • 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, vs. Bunker Hill Community College.

All volleyball home matches are played at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Cross country

  • Saturday, Oct, 29, JUCO Northeast Invitational
    • Men's at 10 a.m. and women's at 10:30 a.m.

All cross county meets take place at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Student Health 101

SH101The Dean of Students Office is providing information on health, fitness, nutrition and more in Student Health 101, an online magazine. The October issue includes articles on healthy eating, fitness, student hacks and freebies, managing stress and more. View the issue on mobile devices.

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Events This Week

Book festival presentation

Art exhibition

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Ongoing News & Events

JAA Days

JAA students are required to meet with advisers each semester. Fall JAA Days will be held according to the following schedule:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the rear of the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus.

Learn more on the JAA webpage.

GATA information sessions

Come to an information session and learn about the Guaranteed Admission and Tuition Agreement (GATA) between CCRI and the Providence College School of Continuing Education from 3 to 6 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Room 1130 at the Flanagan Campus.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Room 143 at the Newport County Campus.
  • Monday, Oct. 24, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus.

Learn more and RSVP online.

Jobs and internships fair planned

CCRI's Career and Internship Office will host a jobs and internships fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The fair will feature more than 40 local agencies and companies. Those attending should dress professionally and bring their résumé.

Anyone with any questions or who would like more information should contact the Career and Internship Office at 825-2322.

Fall Safe Zone training

The Safe Zone Project is a nationally recognized program that equips individuals with the tools they need to be allies within the LGBTQ community. The next CCRI Gender Equity Initiative Safe Zone training is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.

All members of the CCRI community are welcome to attend. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Forsstrom at 825-2024 or by email.

safezoneIf you see the Safe Zone symbol (see image) on campus, it means the person in that office has had special training and is attuned to the needs of and issues that often follow the LGBTQ community.

Forsstrom also is available to talk to classes and departments about Safe Zone and offer training to employees and students. Trainings take approximately two hours and are best in a group of eight to 12. Please contact her to set up an appointment.

New Media Group

The CCRI New Media Group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 0526 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Join fellow media creators who have a passion for making video and audio productions and build your portfolio and credit list. Anyone with questions should email Molly Sullivan or Amanda Grace.

Homeland security lectures

The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Club is hosting a fall lecture series to help bring awareness of important security issues to campus. The lectures are free and open to the public and any interested students. The lectures will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus, according to the following schedule:

  • Oct. 20, "Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistant Team/RI Medical Reserve Corp"
  • Nov. 15, "Pawtucket Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team"

Light refreshments will be served.

Writing Center offers free services

writingcenterThe 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, appointments and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The Writing Center will offer afternoon workshops this semester from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in Room 6580 at the Knight Campus according to the following schedule:

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

Knight Student Government leadership positions

Knight Campus Student Government is accepting applications for leadership roles. Visit the Student Government website to learn more and apply.

Student Ambassador positions available

The Student Ambassador Program is accepting applications for 2016-17. Student ambassadors represent the college at special events on campus and in the community. They seek to enhance prospective students' knowledge about the programs offered at CCRI. Ambassadors will demonstrate leadership potential, strong communication skills and high academic standards.

Visit the Admissions webpage to learn more, view eligibility requirements and apply.

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Last Updated: 10/13/16