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Announcements for the weeks of
April 7 and 14, 2014

Personal Announcements

An invitation to a play

playProfessor Christine Fox and Associate Professor Theodore Clement would like to invite the CCRI academic community to attend Counter-Productions Theatre Company's upcoming presentation of Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Set in a Parisian bar in 1904, the play imagines an encounter between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, both of whom are in their early 20s and fully aware of their amazing potential. The play is a hilarious exploration of ideas about life, love and sex in the 20th century, as viewed through the respective lenses of art and science.

Counter-Productions Theatre Company is a theatrical organization devoted to providing opportunities to local theater artists, particularly CCRI students and alumni, to present their work in professional settings. "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" features a variety of CCRI talent, including students Jeff Ararat and Steven Zailskas in the lead roles of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. The play also features CCRI alumni Stevie Smith as Schmendiman Erin Archer as Sagot and CCRI Associate Professor Theodore Clement as Freddy the Bartender. The play is directed by CCRI alumnus Rufus Qristofer Teixeira, produced by CCRI Professor Christine Fox, stage managed by CCRI alumna Rebecca Mooney, costume designed by CCRI alumna Laura Minadeo, assistant stage managed by CCRI alumnus Billy Flynn and assistant directed by student Audrey Lavin Crawley.

The play will be presented at AS220's 95 Empire Black Box Theatre, 95 Empire St., Providence. Show dates are April 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Admission costs $20. Tickets may be purchased online. Find more information on Counter-Productions Theatre Company on the organization's website

A note of thanks

I would like to thank the staff, faculty and students for their condolences, prayers and support during the passing of my mother, Estelle Lachapelle. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and colleagues in my life. -- Denise Czarn, Library

New Announcements

Volunteers sought for free dental clinic in Lincoln

dentalCCRI again will host the third annual Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic at its Flanagan Campus in Lincoln on Saturday and Sunday, May 31 and June 1. Various volunteer opportunities are available for community members as well as dental and medical professionals. Visit the website to learn more and register.

Engineering and Technology open houses

The Engineering and Technology Department will host three open houses to inform students about  education and career paths in the engineering and technology fields. Students will have the chance to meet faculty, tour labs, speak to employers in the industry and learn about enrollment. The open houses will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 10; Wednesday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 22, in the Engineering and Technology Department conference rooms on the second floor at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Anyone with questions should call 401-825-2156 or email Jerry Bernardini, department chair.

Electric Boat coming to talk to students

Electric Boat will hold a student orientation at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in the President's Conference Room at the Knight Campus in Warwick. In this information session students will learn about Electric Boat and the opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.


Brown bag lunch:  Faculty Learning Community

citlaHave you ever seen notices about a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) forming and wondered what one does in an FLC? An FLC forms a cross-disciplinary community that meets over a semester to explore individual interests regarding teaching and learning.  Please join Wendy Aronoff for an informational brown bag lunch that describes CCRI's FLC. During this session you will have the opportunity to ask questions about how an FLC may benefit your work and hear from your colleagues about its benefits.

  • Liston Campus, Providence: Tuesday, April 15, noon to 1 p.m., Room 2229
  • Knight Campus, Warwick: Wednesday, April 16, noon to 1 p.m., Room 1130
  • Newport County Campus, Tuesday, May 6, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 200
  • Flanagan Campus, Lincoln: Thursday, May 8, 12:30  to 1:30 p.m., Room TBA

Click here to register.

Spring Symposium

Save the date for CITLA's 4th Annual Spring Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. More detailed information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Upcoming music events

musicStudent Voice Recital: Music students studying voice at CCRI will perform varied selections. Free and open to the public.

  • 1 p.m., Friday, April 11, Room 0540, Knight Campus in Warwick

Jazz Ensemble Concert: CCRI students perform jazz standards under the direction of Dr. Stephen Lajoie. Admission is $5.

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, Room 0540, Knight Campus in Warwick

Student Jazz Recital: Music students studying jazz for credit perform. Free and open to the public.

  • 1 p.m., Friday, April 25, Room 0540, Knight Campus in Warwick

 CCRI Choral Concert: Chorus and Chamber singers perform under the direction of Dr. Joseph Amante. A $5 admission benefits music scholarships.

  • 7 p.m., Friday, April 25, Bobby Hackett Theater, Knight Campus in Warwick

Workshop on Microsoft Word's reviewing toolbar

itHaving students submit papers electronically saves both paper and time but challenges instructors to find a way to correct papers and send them back electronically. An upcoming workshop, "The Electronic Alternative to the Red Pen: Correcting Papers with MS Word's Reviewing Toolbar" will offer some basic information you can use to insert comments and edit papers. Students can also use these same features as they peer edit. If you would like to learn to correct your Word papers using MS Word Review, consider coming to this hands-on workshop offered by faculty mentor Kathleen Beauchene from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in Room 2330 on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. For further information about the workshop, contact Kathleen directly. Register for the workshop on the Faculty Technology Development webpage.

Shingles vaccination clinics

shotThe Wellness Company will offer shingles vaccination clinics  on all four campuses for faculty and staff over the age of 60. The vaccinations are covered by UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross & Blue Shield, with no out-of-pocket cost to you. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 16, Knight Campus, Lower commons.
  • Tuesday, April 22, Newport County Campus, Atrium
  • Thursday, April 24, Flanagan Campus, Student cafeteria
  • Tuesday, May 6, Liston Campus, Atrium

You must preregister for an appointment by calling 401-490-0942.

New state travel agency

The Controller's Office has announced that the state has contracted with a new partner for out-of-state travel. Panam Travel replaced Shorts on April 1. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Spring cleanup in Providence

The Liston Student Government will be having its annual spring cleanup event at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 25. Join the group and help clean the CCRI grounds and make it a better environment. Enjoy the music and refreshments, too.

Two German and French Club fundraisers

The German and French Club is doing a "dough raiser" through Uno's Chicago Pizzeria and Grill to raise money for the club. For the whole day on April 10, those who go to the Warwick, Providence or Smithfield locations to support the club will have 15 percent of their bill donated to the student group. The restaurant will have the ticket needed for the fundraiser at the door.

Additionally, the German and French Club will host its final bake sale of the semester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 21, and Wednesday April 23, in front of the bookstore at the Knight Campus. The goal is to raise money for club events and activities for the fall semester. All baked goods are free with a strong request to donate whatever you can.

'Make your own sundae' fundraiser for SVO

iceThe Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will be hosting a "make your own sundae" fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 on all four CCRI campuses.  Lessing's will provide the ice cream and toppings. The price is $3, of which $1 will be donated to the SVO for future events. This will be open for all to participate. The event will run until 2 p.m. unless supply runs dout.

  Art show in Lincoln

An exhibition of new work by Joshua Ostraff, visiting lecturer of art,; will be on display through April 10 at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery, Room 1527, in Lincoln.

'Holding Space' in Warwick art gallery

The work of more than a dozen artists combines to create an exhibition that will showcase how each interprets the idea of "holding space," something that everyone has needed or experienced in their lives. The show will be up through April 24 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500, in Warwick.

Professional development day for Business students

bizThe Business Administration Department will hold its annual Student Professional Development Day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus.

For more information, contact Cecile Roberti.

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Events taking place this week:

  'Hello Broadway' auditions to be held in April

broadwayAll are invited to audition for CCRI's "Hello Broadway 2014 - A Revue of the Best of Broadway Music," from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 8, at the Knight Campus in Warwick, Room 0540. Callbacks are scheduled at the same location from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

Chosen participants will participate in a five-week intensive rehearsal/workshop session beginning May 21 that will culminate in a musical revue performed for four shows opening on June 20. Workshops include vocal coaching, dance and movement as well as acting and music interpretation. Anyone who plans to audition must prepare 16 bars from an up-tempo song and 16 bars from a ballad from a Broadway musical. Sheet music must be provided in the correct key. A pianist will be provided.

For comments questions or concerns, please contact Audrey Kaiser or Antonio Lombardi. You can obtain a full listing of the rehearsal and performance schedules and also learn more about "Hello Broadway" on its Facebook page.

Final orders for caps and gowns

The Bookstore is accepting faculty and staff cap and gown orders through April 15. Please submit your request to the campus location where you will be picking up your cap and gown.

Engineering and Technology open houses

Music events

Shingles vaccination clinics

German and French Club fundraiser

SVO 'make your own sundae' fundraiser

Events taking place next week:

Book signings

Engineering and Technology open houses

Professional development day for Business students

CITLA brown bag lunch in Providence and Warwick

Workshop on Microsoft Word's reviewing toolbar

Electric Boat orientation


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Ongoing News and Events

Class of 2014 student speaker nominations deadline extended

CrierThe Commencement Committee seeks your help in suggesting the names of qualified students to be the 2014 student commencement speaker. Please nominate a prospective student speaker using the online form by Wednesday, April 9. The committee will interview all qualified students and will forward the names to President Di Pasquale for his review and final selection. Thank you for your assistance.

2014 Employee Recognition Award Nominations Sought

The Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 9, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate employees from the following four categories:

  • Innovation and Efficiency (team and individual)
  • Technology Champion
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Teaching Excellence

More specific information about each award can be found on the Human Resources website.

Each winner will receive a framed certificate at the Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon. In addition, the CCRI Alumni Association will award $150 per category to the winners. The award recipients' names will be added to the plaque located in the Human Resources Office on the Knight Campus in Warwick.

For the Teaching Excellence award, please submit the nomination form for faculty to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by April 11. For all other awards, please forward the nomination form with your recommendation to Sheri Norton, director of Human Resources, at the Knight Campus by April 11. Only nominations received on the official form by the closing date will be considered.

Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

The Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Association will hold its 12th Annual Golf Tournament at 8:15 a.m. on June 11 at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Proceeds from the golf tournament will enhance the Alumni Association's ability to provide student assistance through book awards and emergency funds. Online registration is now available.

Writing Center coordinator to hold book signings

bookDr. Karen Petit of the English Department will be giving out free bookmarks and answering questions at book signings for her second novel, "Mayflower Dreams." It is a fictional historical novel with an interesting protagonist, Rose Hopkins. Even though she loves clocks, Rose is often late and has other problems living in the present. She embarks on both a real journey and a dream story as she explores the history, culture, challenges, achievements and dreams of our Pilgrim ancestors. The novel's official release date is April 22.

These book signings will take place at the four CCRI bookstores:

  • Knight Campus: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 14
  • Liston Campus: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 16
  • Flanagan Campus: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21
  • Newport County Campus: 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 23

During these events, Petit will answer questions about writing and getting published. For more information about "Mayflower Dreams," visit the book's website, the CCRI homepage or send an email to the author.

Weight Watchers group in Lincoln

The Flanagan Campus "Weight Watchers At Work" group is inviting you to join it at its Weight Watchers meetings in Room 2144 at noon every Thursday. Since November the group has lost a total of 93 pounds. The group shares recipes, helpful tips and overall support. If you'd like information on membership cost, please contact Jean Potvin or Mary Baker.

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'Employee of the Month' program underway

CrierAs the Community College of Rhode Island enters its 50th year, we reflect not only on the successes of our past, present and future students, but on those who directly or indirectly guide, teach and encourage them. CCRI, though large, represents members of a small, tight-knit community, and we'd like to shine a light on some of the folks who make it so special.

During all academic months in 2014 - April, May and September through December - one CCRI employee will be recognized as "Employee of the Month." This is a chance for all of us to nominate those whom we see being heroes every day, whether in front of the classrooms or behind the scenes.

All faculty and staff are eligible for nomination. An Employee of the Month Committee will review nominations and select one winner per month. Employees can be nominated by any CCRI employee, and nominations will be kept on file for consideration for the remainder of calendar year 2014.

Individuals will be recognized for consistently performing their jobs in a manner that furthers CCRI's mission and benefits their community or for doing something especially noteworthy as follows:

  • They show exemplary individual performance in their jobs.
  • Their efforts have inspired and supported the performance and achievement of others.
  • They demonstrate a positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers and students/constituents, serving as a role model for others.
  • They commit to quality in carrying out job responsibilities and are an asset to CCRI.

Those wishing to nominate colleagues who have impressed them are asked to complete the online nomination form.

The college looks forward to this additional chance to recognize exemplary co-workers among our various campuses and in our larger unified college community.

Women's soccer team all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser

soccerThe CCRI women's soccer team will be hosting its third annual breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, at Dave's Bar and Grill at 2339 Post Road in Warwick. Come join us for one of the best breakfasts that you've ever had. You name it, they'll have it - including omelets to order. It is all you can eat and there will be raffles. Please come out and support the team. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased from any team member or from Head Coach Dennis Grassini at the Knight Campus (ext. 2185) or from Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan at the Flanagan Campus (ext. 7176).

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Training opportunities

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium has many opportunities for professional development. One upcoming workshop is:

Managing Conflict: Thursday April 10
9 a.m. to noon, Providence College
This session explores the role the manager plays in establishing a collaborative work environment and managing conflict for the team. Participants will learn the most common reasons that conflict occurs, the pros and cons of various approaches to resolving conflict and how to manage conflict discussions. Through a variety of assessments, participants will understand the team behaviors they personally find most difficult to deal with and learn new approaches to resolving conflict. Target audience: managers

 For future workshops, please see the list of spring offerings. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien.

Additional training opportunities

Please remember that all CCRI faculty and staff have unlimited access to online learning through There are more than 2,400 courses to choose from. These online learning tools are available right from the "For Employees" tab of your MyCCRI portal. Just use your domain name and password to sign in.

New releases are announced every month. Here are just some of the latest releases from

  • Monday productivity pointers
  • Management tips
  • Balancing work and life
  • Teacher tips
  • Flipping the classroom

New hire

Erin Olson has been hired as the manager, Marketing/New Media Communications in the Marketing and Communications Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 4/7/14