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Announcements for the weeks of Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

I would like to invite all faculty and staff to join me for a farewell coffee from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your president for the last 10 years, and I invite you to join me one last time to commemorate and celebrate all that we have accomplished together.

Goodbye to the campus community

Well CCRI, I must say we've had a fantastic 20-year love affair, seen tremendous successes, failures, births, helped raise your children and you've helped raise mine, deaths, suffered headaches, hardships, sorrows and dramatic life changes. There aren't enough words to put into print to express myself. It's an experience you have to live to truly understand. This was never just a job. I've grown, been educated, both me and my children and have extended my family beyond the realm of imagination. I've met lifetime friends and partners in crime. I'm proud of each and every person who has come into my life, and most are here to stay. So aside from getting teary-eyed, I would like to thank everyone who has made this dream a reality. The time has come where I must explore new frontiers. I joyfully embrace my future, and look forward to all the continued relationships I've made throughout these 20 years. I will forever hold in my heart the Liston Campus family.

-- Catherine Bio

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New Announcements

Volunteers sought for greeter desks this week

Faculty and staff members are sought to volunteer at the greeter desks at each campus this week from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers will help students find their way around the campus and direct them to services. This is a great way to meet and help our students, and giving just an hour or two of your time will go a long way.

To sign up, please contact:

  • Knight Campus, Warwick: Mona Coppola  – 825-2137
  • Flanagan Campus, Lincoln: Mary Baker  – 333-7135
  • Liston Campus, Providence: Walter Crocker  – 455-6011
  • Newport County Campus: Robyn Greene – 851-1660

Art exhibition

wakingThe exhibition "Waking Inner Dragons" featuring wall hangings by Andy Pritchard will run from Jan. 26 to Feb. 25 in the Knight Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in the gallery.

Blood drives

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold blood drives at CCRI this month.

  • Knight Campus (Lower Commons): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 27.
  • Flanagan Campus (rear student cafeteria): 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 and 27.

Knight Athletics schedules

athleticsThe following home matches are scheduled:

Men's basketball

  • 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, vs. Globe University.
  • 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, vs. Orange County Community College.  

Women's basketball

  • 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, vs. ASA College.
  • Noon on Saturday, Feb. 6, vs. Orange County Community College.

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

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Events This Week

Men's basketball game

Farewell coffee

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Ongoing News and Events

A Knight of Stars

The CCRI Alumni Association will hold A Knight of Stars at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. Five Society of the Knights members and 10 Squire Award recipients will be honored at the gala. The Society of the Knights Alumni Awards are presented to CCRI graduates who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success, provided volunteer service to the college community, and have brought honor to themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. The new Squire Award recognizes CCRI alumni who have shown outstanding professional accomplishments in their field. View additional details and the award recipients.

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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

RIHETC workshops

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) offers spring professional development workshops. Training opportunities pertain to biweekly employees. 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.

Professional Development Day

CCRI's 14th annual faculty and staff Professional Development Day will be held on Friday, April 8. As is customary, daytime classes are canceled so that faculty and staff may participate. Classes will resume at 4 p.m.

If you have a topic or speaker you are interested in hearing from, please let the committee know.

The organizing committee for Professional Development Day will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, via distance learning rooms: Room 4104 in Warwick, Room 1208 in Providence and Room 200 in Newport. The Lincoln distance learning room is unavailable, but if anyone would like to participate from this campus, please contact Michelle O’Brien. This meeting is open to the college community. If you can't make the first meeting but would like to participate in the planning process, please contact co-chairs Michelle O’Brien or Deborah Notarianni-Girard

Professional Staff Association sick leave bank

The Professional Staff Association bargaining unit agreement contains a provision for a sick leave bank.  Each year of the contract, a PSA member can voluntarily contribute one day, seven hours, of his/her sick leave balance toward the bank. If, during the year, that employee suffers a "catastrophic" illness or injury, he/she may request to be allowed access to the bank.  A committee composed of two members appointed by the PSA, two members appointed by the administration and a fifth member selected by the other four members will determine whether or not the request will be approved.

If you would like to contribute a day of sick leave to the sick leave bank for 2016, please go to your Online Leave Report in MyCCRI for the pay period Jan. 24 to Feb. 6 or Feb. 7 to Feb. 20 to donate. A leave code will be established that will allow you to donate this time only during this period. Please use the sick bank donation code to donate. You will receive an email once these pay periods are open for your donation.

View eligibility approval requirements online. This announcement pertains for CCRIPSA employees only. If you have any questions, please call Payroll at 825-2180.

2016 TIAA-CREF counseling sessions

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

Knight Campus
  • Tuesdays, Jan. 26, April 12, July 12 and Oct. 11 in Room 3116.
Flanagan Campus
  • Tuesdays, April 19, July 19 and Oct. 18 in Room 2138.
Liston Campus
  • Wednesdays, April 13 and Oct. 19 in Room 1134.
Newport County Campus
  • Thursday, April 7, in Room 200.

The one-on-one counseling session 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 here.

New hires

  • Michele Etzold has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Business Administration Department at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Debra Hazian has been hired as a public relations officer in the Department of Marketing and Communications at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Alejandro Latinez has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Foreign Languages and Cultures Department at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Jay Lee has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Chemistry Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 2/3/16