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Announcements for the weeks of Oct. 5 and 12

New Announcements

Dedications planned at the Liston Campus

The CCRI Cultural Awareness Committee welcomes everyone to two brief dedication ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence. President Ray Di Pasquale will unveil an original oil painting of Angkor Wat, a 12th century temple complex in Cambodia. The painting is a gift from CCRI student Tho Mith Chin and will be displayed in the Atrium. He then will unveil the flag of Burundi, a country in central Africa. The flag will hang in the Atrium in memory of the late CCRI student Augustin Kabura, a native of the country who died while swimming last month.

Art exhibitions

Sabbatical exhibition

zellers exhibitionThe CCRI Department of Art will present Mark Zellers’ sabbatical exhibition through Oct. 23 at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery in Lincoln.

Faculty Art Exhibition

The CCRI Faculty Exhibition presents the work of artists, designers and makers who teach painting and drawing, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, textiles, printmaking, new media and photography in the Art Department. The exhibition features a wide range of visual practices, spanning multiple genres and media. The exhibition runs from Oct. 8 to 29 in Room 3500 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the gallery.

‘The Rocky Horror Show’

The CCRI Players will present “The Rocky Horror Show,” a musical by Richard O’Brien, on Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. A special showing will be held at 10 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.

The show is directed by Associate Professor Theodore R. Clement. Ticket cost is $12 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and CCRI faculty and staff. Call 401-825-2219 for reservations.

Pharmacy tech program orientation

CCRI’s Center for Workforce and Community Education will hold an orientation session at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Knight Campus in Warwick to introduce prospective students to its Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician II program. Learn more.

A new college initiative

The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative is a new on-campus effort to increase awareness and offer information and support on issues of gender and sexual orientation expression, equity and discrimination, domestic violence and sexual assault. It specializes in campus awareness, student advocacy, programming and education, and training for campus leaders. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so get ready for the week of action, Oct. 19 to 23, with activities or programs at each campus. Contact us at if you have questions or want to volunteer.

CITLA seeking award nominations

CITLA is calling for nominations for its third annual Fostering Innovative Teaching Practices at CCRI award.

CCRI faculty members being nominated for this award should have fostered the adoption and spread of proven teaching practices and/or technologies by doing one or more of the following in the past three years:

  • Organizing and presenting workshops at Professional Development Day, for CITLA, for Faculty Technology Day and/or for their department;
  • Having established work in the scholarship of teaching and learning by publishing and presenting at disciplinary conferences;
  • Mentoring colleagues; or
  • Inviting speakers to CCRI.

Please note CCRI faculty members holding the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor within the past three years are eligible for the award.

Visit the CITLA website to learn more and download the application. Submissions must be received by Nov. 27.

HESI workshops

Do you know students applying to the Nursing program who are preparing to take the HESI A2 admissions test for the first time? If so, you might want to suggest the HESI Prep for Success workshops offered by the Success Center. Students will learn study strategies and test-taking tips. The Success Center recommends students take the workshop at least three weeks before taking the exam. Students can learn more or register on the HESI prep website.

Knight Athletics schedules

labsThe following home matches are scheduled:


  • 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, vs. Bunker Hill (CCRI Dig Pink Invite).

Women's soccer

  • 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, vs. Massasoit Community College.
  • Noon on Sunday, Oct. 11, vs. Mercer County Community College (Pink Out game. The team raises money for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation).

Men's soccer

  • 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, vs. Bristol Community College.
  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, vs. Essex County College (Sophomore Day).

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

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Events This Week

Career and internship fair planned

CCRI’s Career and Internship Office will host a career and internship fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The fair will feature more than 20 local agencies and companies. Those attending should dress professionally and bring their résumé. The event is open to the public.

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

Art exhibitions

Knight Athletics schedules

JAA days in Providence and Warwick

Practicing Grammar with Online Quizzes workshop

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Ongoing News and Events

JAA days

JAA Days are an opportunity for interested students to learn about the program and for continuing JAA students to meet with advisers. JAA Days for the fall semester will be held according to the following schedule:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, side of Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the rear of the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Learn more on the Office of Enrollment Services Web page.

CITLA events

Book club

Join assistant professor Bruno Soffientino of Biology to discuss “Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams” by Alfred Lubrano from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room 200 at the Newport County Campus.

Nancy Barta-Norton also will lead the discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Room 1134 at the Liston Campus in Providence.

The book is about the cultural divide of those who come from working-class backgrounds but transition to white-collar workplaces. There are several copies available at CCRI libraries. RSVP for one of the discussions here.

Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word

Are you concerned that your Word documents might not be accessible to your blind and low-vision students? Join Maggie Burke and Marla Wallace for “Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Word,” a hands-on workshop to learn how to create Microsoft Word and PDF documents that are accessible to those who use screen readers. Participants are encouraged to bring one or more documents of their own to adapt during the workshop. The workshop is available at the Knight and Flanagan campuses according to the following schedule:

  • 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Room 5554, the electronic classroom in the library at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Room 2219, the electronic classroom in the library at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

RSVP for one of the workshops.

‘Mind Mapping’

Have you used mind mapping to brainstorm or to organize and communicate ideas with your students? Join Assistant Professor Metello Mugnai, Ph.D., from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick to discuss uses for this technique. Mugnai will demonstrate a free tool that that will allow you to save and share your maps and works with Google Docs. Please RSVP to reserve your space.

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.

Flu vaccination clinic in Newport

labsCCRI will provide on-campus seasonal flu shots for students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Atrium at the Newport County Campus.

For employees, the seasonal flu shot is covered under the CCRI UnitedHealthcare medical plan. The following insurances also are accepted: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, UnitedHealthcare, Medicare Part B, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan and Tufts/CareLink. If you have another form of insurance or no insurance, the fee per flu vaccination is $25. To receive the vaccination, please bring your health insurance card and driver’s license or another form of identification.

To register, visit The Wellness Company’s website. Click on register now, choose flu-college/university and, when prompted, type in ccrinewp as the code.

Learn more on the flu clinic Web page.

Alumni Association seeking nominations

The CCRI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for awards, including a new recognition this year, to be presented at its Society of the Knights event on April 1, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Help the association identify the special group of alumni who will be award recipients in 2016 by nominating CCRI alumni – perhaps a former student, fellow colleague, friend or classmate – who fit the award criteria below.

The Society of the Knights Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented to CCRI alumni who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success, provided volunteer service to the college community, and have brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. The new Squires Awards will be presented to CCRI graduates who have shown outstanding professional accomplishments in their field.

Submit a nomination no later than Oct. 30.

Human Resources
Announcement Corner

In 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

MetLife Retirewise Program workshop

MetLife Retirewise is a complimentary retirement education opportunity for biweekly employees provided by CCRI, RIC and URI. This program offers the tools you need to clarify your goals and take action. Take advantage of this two-part workshop according to the following schedule:

  • 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 22 in Room 1130 at the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 26 at the University of Rhode Island. Session I will take place in Room 314 at the Memorial Union Building and session II will take place in the Alumni Center Board Room at URI.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 9 in the President's Dining Room, Donovan Hall at Rhode Island College.

Click here for registration and program information.

Updated 2015-16 biweekly payroll schedule

The Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, pay date has been changed to Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, because of the New Year’s Day holiday. As a result, biweekly employees will have received payment for 27 pay periods, rather than the usual 26 pay periods, in calendar year 2015. This will be reflected on W2s. Leave accruals will be adjusted accordingly. Visit the Human Resources website to view the updated payroll schedule. Anyone with questions should contact the payroll office at 825-2291.

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions

TIAA-CREF representative Dan Samson will be at CCRI campuses from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and available for private consultation meetings according to the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Room 3116 (HR Conference Room) at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, in Room 200 at the Newport County Campus.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Room 2138 (President's Office) at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

The one-on-one counseling sessions can help you sort things out and make informed decisions. Setting up a long-term financial plan can be a complicated task. The sessions involve evaluating your potential income sources and then factoring in the impact of taxes, inflation and the larger economic picture.

Biweekly employees who are interested in scheduling an appointment for one-on-one counseling can call 1-800-732-8353. Learn more.

VALIC retirement

Cheryl Gibson from VALIC will be at CCRI campuses according to the following schedule:

  • Oct. 5 and Dec. 2. in the Atrium at the Newport County Campus.
  • Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Dec. 9 in the Commons at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Nov. 2 in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Nov. 16 and Dec. 14 in the Faculty Dining Area at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

To set up an appointment, call 508-259-5083 or email Cheryl.

Fall training opportunities

All training opportunities below pertain to biweekly employees.


The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) has announced its lineup of fall professional development workshops. Visit the Human Resources website for additional program details and a full list of fall offerings. This is a great opportunity to attend workshops to not only learn about timely topics but also to network with individuals who are from other higher education institutions throughout Rhode Island. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O’Brien to register.

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One of the benefits of using is that you can navigate to the specific section of a course that meets your immediate needs. Most courses are broken down into three- to five-minute segments covering very specific topics so you can find help with just what you need quickly.

Logging into is easy. Log on to MyCCRI and select the “For Employees” tab, scroll to the bottom right side to locate the “Employee Resources” box. Log into using the link located here with your domain user name and password.

New hires

Welcome to the newest members of the CCRI community:

  • Mark Allio has been hired as the director of workforce training and corporate education in the Center for Workforce and Community Education at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Thomas Sabbagh has been hired as interim program director of the TAACCCT III grant in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 10/8/15