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Announcements for the weeks of April 13 and 20

Personal Announcements

A note of thanks

I would like to thank members of the CCRI community for their heartfelt condolences on the passing of my mother. Their expressions of sympathy were gratefully appreciated.

-- David Alfano


Our deepest condolences go out to the Farrell family. Michelle Farrell is an invaluable staff member at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. In show of respect, we would like to honor the life and legacy of her mother, Janet L. Fians, 60, of Cumberland who died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at home. Janet was a principal employment and training interviewer for the state of Rhode Island for 27 years. She loved music, movies, reading and spending Saturdays with her family. She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Thom Farrell, her granddaughters, Shannon L. and Colleen M. Farrell, all of Lincoln, and a nephew, Zachary Suffoletto of Florida.

-- Marjorie Narcisse and the Office of Enrollment Services

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New Announcements

CITLA brown bag workshop

Have you used mind mapping to brainstorm or to organize and communicate ideas with your students? Metello Mugnai, assistant professor of Italian and Spanish, will discuss uses for this technique as he demonstrates a free tool that will allow you to save and share your maps and works with Google Docs. The workshop will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in Room 1242 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. RSVP to reserve a space.

What LinkedIn can do for you

You may of heard of LinkedIn, but do you know what it is or what it can do for you? LinkedIn can help students find jobs, network with professionals and even locate colleges to further their education. Flanagan Campus Student Government and DECA will host a workshop at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in Room 1315 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincon. The workshop will include presentations by social media communications professor Lydia Rogers and coordinator for Career Services Jonathan Steele.
Light refreshments will be served.

Technical writing survey

CCRI Technical Writing students have developed a survey designed to observe people's perceptions of various life areas. Click here to take the survey. It will take only a few minutes.

Biology mini-workshops being offered

'From hominid to Homo sapiens, the ascent to modern humans'

homo sapiensAre you interested in how we got here? Attend the mini-workshop, conducted by Assistant Professor of Biology David Vito, to learn how geological and environmental change transformed the early hominids into modern man. A lecture will be followed by a two-hour, hands-on laboratory exercise that will allow students to investigate the skulls of hominids. The workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Room 3018 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Space is limited to 24 students. If interested, please email David Vito to register.

'What lurks beneath? Life in the water'

Are you on the lookout for an exciting career? Explore a variety of aquatic organisms during an in-depth laboratory experience under the direction of Heather Townsend, Ph.D., and investigate the effects of climate change on these species. Evaluate your options, enrich your mind and discover if this type of laboratory work might be the right career path for you. The workshop will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in Room 1143 at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Space is limited for this free workshop. Register by email.

'Climate Change Plant Science Art'

Come work side by side with CCRI students and explore the bridge between art and science. Learn about the anatomy of plants and the critical role that they play in curbing climate change. After studying the science of plants, students will develop a vision and bring it to life by creating paintings of their own specimens. The workshop will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in Room 2560 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. Space is limited. Register by email.

Workshops are open to all students and sponsored by Rhode Island EPSCoR and the CCRI Biology Department.

Upcoming Performing Arts events

'Pardon the Interruption'

The CCRI Players' production of "Pardon the Interruption," an evening of student-directed, one-act plays, will run from April 16 to 19 in the auditorium at the Liston Campus in Providence. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket cost is $10 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and CCRI staff. Call 401-825-2219 for reservations.

Student voice recital

Applied voice students will perform at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission is free.

Jazz Ensemble

CCRI Jazz Ensemble students will perform jazz standards and selections with the chorus at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission cost is $5.

Percussion ensemble performance

The CCRI Percussion Ensemble will play selections conducted by Charles Kalajian from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in the commons area at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Student art exhibition

"Untutled," an exhibition of recent work by CCRI Fine Arts students, will run from April 23 to 30 at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery in Lincoln. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 23, in the gallery.

Spring cleanup in Providence

The Liston Student Government will hold its annual spring cleanup event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20. Join the group and help clean the CCRI grounds to make it a better environment.

Operation Stand Down donation drive

The CCRI Student Veterans Organization is conducting a donation drive this semester. SVO is working hand in hand with Operation Stand Down Rhode Island to collect all types of goods to help veterans in need. Items in demand include: nonperishable foods, household products, and clean, dry and odorless clothes or towels.

Donations can be dropped off at any of the Veteran Services Offices, located on all CCRI campuses.

Gender and wellness issues survey

The Office of Student Life is conducting a survey to determine the need for and interest in gender and wellness issues at CCRI. Please take a few moments to complete the brief survey.

Free, anonymous HIV testing

HIV testingFast and safe! The Flanagan Campus Student Government and Triangle Alliance are partnering with AIDS Project Rhode Island to offer anonymous testing to all students, faculty and staff. You can meet with a friendly, qualified professional testing counselor and know your results in 20 minutes. Testing is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in Room 1315 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Anyone with questions should email Flanagan Student Government Director of Activities Maryann Swanbeck or the Triangle Alliance Flanagan Adviser Rekha Dr. Rosha.

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Events This Week

A message from President Di Pasquale

I will be hosting town meetings on all four campuses, as I have done in the past, to update our faculty, staff and students on current issues.

I am very pleased that Shawn Parker, president of the CCRI Faculty Association, will be joining me at these meetings. We hope that you will make every effort to attend.

We will be updating you about the performance-based budgeting legislation and specific matters about your particular campus.

The meetings at Flanagan and Newport County have already taken place. The upcoming meeting schedule is:

  • 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus.
  • 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, in the auditorium at the Liston Campus.

Cap and gown orders

The Bookstore is now accepting faculty and staff cap and gown orders. Submit requests to the campus location where you will pick up your cap and gown. Liston faculty and staff are asked to submit orders to the Knight Campus bookstore.

The deadline to submit orders is Friday, April 17.

Internship workshops

CCRI's Career and Internship Offices at the Flanagan, Liston and Newport County campuses will offer the final career workshops of the spring semester, "Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door," in the rear of the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus and Room 1134 at the Liston Campus on Tuesday, April 14 and in Newport, Room 200 on Wednesday, April 15.

All workshops are open to students and alumni and instructors are welcome to bring classes. The workshops will take place at noon on all campuses and last approximately 45 minutes.

For more information, visit the Career and Internship Web page.

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

soccerThe CCRI Women's Soccer Team will host its sixth annual breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, at Dave's Bar and Grill at 2339 Post Road in Warwick. Come join them 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. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased from any team member or from Head Coach Dennis Grassini at the Knight Campus in Warwick (ext. 2185) or from Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln (ext. 7176).

Knight Athletics schedule

The following home matches are scheduled:

Men's baseball
All home games are played on the Knight Campus in Warwick.

  • Noon on Saturday, April 18, vs. Dean College

Women's softball
All home games are played at Winslow Park Field in Warwick.

  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, vs. Monroe Community College

Check the Athletics Web page often for weather-related cancellations and updates.

'From hominid to Homo sapiens, the ascent to modern humans'

'Pardon the Interruption'

Student voice recital

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Ongoing News and Events

CITLA Spring Symposium

Join Dr. David McConnell as he presents a two-part workshop on active learning techniques and the noncognitive, or metacognitive, aspects of our students' learning at the CITLA Spring Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Dr. McConnell is a professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences at North Carolina State University.

The first part will focus on how we can help students learn how to learn, how we can motivate them to learn, and how we can work with our students' attitudes, perceptions and values.

The second part will showcase successful techniques in active learning, research-based learning, interactive engagement and engaged pedagogies to help make the classroom more student-centered.

Learn more and RSVP.

CITLA spring book clubs

Have you heard about how a growth mindset differs from a fixed mindset and wondered how it might affect your students? Read "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck to learn more. Or would you prefer to immerse yourself in the student perspective? Choose "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan. Visit the CITLA website for more information and to RSVP for a book discussion. If you need a book copy, email Jeanne Mullaney.

Panel exhibition, related events focus on Lincoln and Civil War

LincolnCCRI will showcase a special traveling historical exhibition "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus in Warwick through May 1. Also planned at the campus are several related events sponsored by the CCRI Foundation and the Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Professor Thomas Turner of Bridgewater State University, a scholarly consultant in the making of "The Conspirator," will speak about Lincoln's assassination at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the Bobby Hackett Theater.
  • CCRI Art Department Professor Tom Morrissey will give a gallery night presentation about Civil War photography at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 in Room 4080.
  • Renowned Civil War historian and Brown University Professor Michael Vorenberg, who served as an academic consultant for the movie "Lincoln," will speak about the ratification of the 13th Amendment at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Bobby Hackett Theater.

"Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War," a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Learn more.

Career and networking panel

C2C panelThe Connect to College (C2C) program, in partnership with the Alumni Association and the Career and Internship Office will host a career and networking panel from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Students will be provided with an opportunity to hear from workforce professionals about their journey to accomplishing their goals. CCRI alumni will provide advice and tangible ideas on how to progress to the top.

Learn more and register.

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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

Performance reviews

Performance evaluation forms have been distributed to all department heads for all nonclassified and classified employees via email. Employees were emailed a letter and the Employee Preparation for Performance Review Meeting form on April 1. All nonclassified and classified job descriptions may be viewed online. Performance evaluations must be completed and returned to Human Resources by Tuesday, June 30.

New hires

  • Sharon Cournoyer has been hired as an accountant for the Bookstore at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Antonio Lombardi has been hired as a staff assistant II in the Access to Opportunity Office and the Office of Opportunity and Outreach at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Amy Luchka has been hired as an enrollment services representative in the Office of Enrollment Services at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

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Last Updated: 4/13/15