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CCRI Crier

Crier notices for weeks of Dec. 12 and 19

Announcements

A message from the Department of Marketing and Communications

This is the last scheduled issue of the faculty and staff Crier for the fall semester. It will return to its regular schedule starting Jan. 16. In the interim, Crier will be sent on an as-needed basis. If you have news or an announcement that needs to be shared with the college community please email marketing@ccri.edu. Thank you.

A message from President Meghan Hughes

Dear CCRI community,

I have so enjoyed visiting with faculty and staff who attended "Holiday Coffee Hours" at our Liston, Knight and Newport County campuses. I invite you to join us at the Flanagan Campus from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the rear of the faculty dining room. Take a break, enjoy a cup of coffee and light refreshments, and unwind as we celebrate the season.

Thank you for all that you do for the college and for our students, and I extend my best wishes for a joyful holiday season.

-- Meghan Hughes

Title IX coordinator

Alphonso Atkins resigned from his position as the director of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator for personal and family reasons. We thank him for beginning the important work to make our college more inclusive and we wish him well.

Sheri Norton, CCRI's director of Human Resources, will serve on an interim basis as EEO compliance and Title IX coordinator until a new director is hired. Please know that the process for reporting being the target of, or witness to, sexual harassment or violence remains the same. Find information on reporting any such incidents online.

I thank Sheri for filling this important role on an interim basis and we will move forward to post the director of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator position immediately.

-- Meghan Hughes

Advanced Manufacturing open house

Computer numerical control (CNC) machining is at the heart of advanced manufacturing and the production of complex components. Get an up-close look at CCRI's new Liston Campus CNC Manufacturing Laboratory on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Room 1165. The ribbon-cutting will start at 10 a.m., and attendees can tour the new laboratory classrooms from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn more.

Registration is open

Student Affairs is asking for all faculty and staff help push students to register for spring semester. Ask students if they've enrolled and remind them to visit www.ccri.edu/register to sign up for classes. If they have any questions, direct them to Advising and Counseling: advising@ccri.edu or 401-825-2301.

Bookstore holiday sale

A holiday sale is underway at all CCRI Bookstore locations. The sale runs through Dec. 23 and includes a 20 percent discount on CCRI imprinted merchandise, excluding Alex & Ani bracelets, diploma frames and clearance items.

Student art exhibition

artA student art exhibition will run from Dec. 14 and 15 in Room 3500 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the gallery.

Summer Immersion Program in Italy info session

Interested in Italian language and culture? Come to an information session about CCRI's summer program in Italy from 11 a.m. to noon on today, Dec. 12, in Room 3141 at the Knight Campus. For more information, contact Maria Mansella at 401-825-2011.

Diversity on campus planning group

Student Life is looking for interested faculty and staff to work on a planning group regarding diversity issues across the four campuses. The first program would focus on Black History Month in February. If you would like to participate in the planning group, email Becky Yount.

Professional Development workshops

The following workshops are presented by the CCRI Center for Instruction and Technology.

Introduction to Blackboard – Jan. 10 and 17

New to Blackboard (Bb) and need to get your course up and running or are you in need of a Bb refresher? These "Into to Bb" professional development workshops will be made up of demonstrations, lectures and hands-on time to begin building your course in Bb. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Bb user interface for you and for students.
  • Course design methods based upon your teaching style and consistent with your syllabus.
  • Organizing, building and managing course content based on pedagogical best practices.
  • Communication with students.
  • Uploading and using video content.
  • Please bring a paper and electronic copy of your syllabus and two-to-three electronic documents that you want to use in your course.

Blackboard One-on-One Help Sessions - Jan. 12 and 19

These sessions are intended to assist faculty with specific topic areas, such as:

  • Online course design that is consistent with your syllabus.
  • Organizing, building and managing course content.
  • The discussion board, journals and blogs.
  • Uploading and using video content.
  • Assignments, tests and pools, grade center and communication tools.

Library items due

There will be an interruption in library service while we migrate to a new catalog. All items borrowed from the CCRI Library are due back by Wednesday, Dec. 21, or the due date, whichever is sooner.

Please keep these dates in mind as you plan your research projects as well as recreational reading. If you have questions, contact your campus library.

Professor Humble's new game 'Rhode Block'

Professor Roberta Mudge Humble's new game "Rhode Block" was recently featured in a Westerly Sun article. The card game features categories and information on Rhode Island's traditions, history and natural features. Read more.

Clothing drive

The Flanagan Campus Collegiate DECA chapter is hosting a clothing drive to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Accepted donations include clothing, shoes and boots of all sizes. Donations will be accepted through the end of the fall semester and should be put in large bags labeled DECA. Please drop off donations outside of Room 1372 or under the stairwell on the first floor at the Flanagan Campus. Anyone with questions should email Carol Rowey.

Trip to Portugal

The CCRI Alumni Association presents a trip to Estoril Coast, Alentejo and Algarve, Portugal, from Friday, March 10, to Sunday, March 19.

Trip highlights:

  • Discover the narrow cobblestone streets, old palatial villas and mild climate with a three-night stay on “The Portuguese Riviera.”
  • Stay overnight among vineyards and farmland in the heart of the Alentejo region.
  • Tour two wineries.
  • Experience the Fado Dinner Show.
  • Stop in historic Evora, known as the “Museum City of Portugal.”
  • Take an outing to the Jerónimos Monastery.
  • Visit five United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage sites.
  • Participate in a local cooking demonstration.
  • Enjoy eight included breakfasts and six dinners.

Cost (per person):

  • Single: $3,599*
  • Double: $3,199*
  • Triple: $3,169*

* Price includes round-trip air from Boston Logan International Airport, air taxes, fees and surcharges, and hotel transfers. Not included in the price: cancellation waiver and insurance of $280 per person. All rates are per person and subject to change based on air inclusive package.

Visit the Collette Tours website for more details. To reserve your spot, call Collette at 800-581-8942, ext. 69 and reference reservation number 748514.

Athletic schedules

AthleticsThe following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, vs. Essex County College.
  • 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, vs. Navy Prep.

Men's basketball

  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, vs. Navy Prep.

All basketball home games are played at the Vincent A. Cullen Field House at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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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 humanresources@ccri.edu.

Sick leave bank (faculty and ESPA members)

One day of sick leave will automatically be contributed to the sick leave bank on an annual basis, unless faculty and Classified Union Employees (ESPA) members opt-out. If you do not want to contribute a day of sick leave to the sick leave bank for the year 2017, please complete the opt-out form and return it to the Office of Human Resources by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. No opt-out contribution forms will be accepted after that date.

Inclement weather policy

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up to date about our policies and procedures, the Office of Human Resources is asking that you to take a few minutes to review the policy on inclement weather, which outlines the procedure for canceling classes and/or closing the college during storms.

Anyone with questions should contact Human Resources at 825-2311.

Changes to Rx plan

The Office of State Employee Benefits is implementing a new Rx Maintenance Choice (with opt-out) program effective Jan. 1.

This program creates efficiencies in the pharmaceutical delivery system that benefits both the state and you as the health plan member. The program encourages you to use the mail-order/CVS-Target pickup options for 90-day supplies of maintenance medications and realize savings. This method saves the cost of a single copay. The program is currently voluntary, but beginning Jan. 1, this program will become mandatory unless you opt out by calling CVS Caremark. See below for a description of how the program works:

Maintenance Choice opt out:

  • This program applies to maintenance (long-term) medications only.
  • This program does not apply to short-term/acute medications.
  • This program does not require you to use CVS/pharmacy or mail service.
  • This program is identical to the current voluntary program, however, it requires you to call CVS Caremark (1-800-307-5432) to opt out of 90-day maintenance medications.
  • This program allows flexibility and choice:
    • You can choose 90-day supply of maintenance medications at CVS/pharmacy or CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy or you can call Customer Care at 1-800-307-5432 to choose 30-day supply of maintenance medications at other participating retail pharmacies. Once you call CVS, covered long-term medications can be filled at any participating retail pharmacy. You pay the retail copay for each 30-day supply.
    • There is NO REQUIREMENT under the state of Rhode Island’s prescription drug plan to use CVS/pharmacy.

How the program works:

After one fill of a maintenance medication at any participating retail pharmacy, you will receive a letter from CVS Caremark with instructions. There are two separate letters depending on where you fill your medications.

  • Letter A: If you fill long-term medications at CVS/pharmacy, this letter informs you that the CVS pharmacist will be reaching out to your doctor to obtain a new medication for a 90-day supply. There is no further action required by you. You will pay the lower 90-day copay for maintenance medications.
  • Letter B: If you fill long-term medications at any other participating retail pharmacy, this letter explains your choices. You can choose to call your doctor, obtain a 90 day supply of your maintenance medication and fill at Mail Service or CVS/pharmacy. Or you can call CVS Caremark at 1-800-307-5432 and tell Customer Care you want to opt out of 90-day supply maintenance's. Once you contact CVS to opt out, you will be allowed to fill your maintenance prescription at any participating retail pharmacy at 30-day supply copay. You will be opted out of 90-day maintenance medications for all other maintenance medications you may be taking. This allows your eligible covered medications to be dispensed at any participating retail pharmacy without having to call CVS Caremark with every medication.

View the Human Resources website for additional information, frequently asked questions and contact information. Anyone with questions should contact Human Resources at 825-2311.

Direct deposit accounts

The state payroll office has approved multiple direct deposit accounts. Learn about this new functionality that allows biweekly employees (paid on the state payroll) to deposit into a secondary direct deposit account.

Here are the guidelines for secondary accounts:
  • A secondary account may be added for a lump sum amount each pay period, for example $200.
  • It will take approximately two pay periods for a secondary account request to take effect.
  • Your primary account must be in good order for a secondary account to be added. If your primary account is suspended for any reason, you will receive a check for the entire amount of your net pay.
  • If your secondary account is suspended for any reason, the entire amount of your net pay will be deposited into your primary account.
  • If your net pay is less than the lump sum amount you have elected to deposit into your secondary account, the entire amount of your net pay will be deposited into your primary account.

Please return the completed form to Human Resources in Room 3118 at the Warwick Campus.

RIHETC workshops

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) is offering a workshops from 9 a.m. to noon, according to the following schedule:

  • Active listening: Thursday, Jan. 12, at Rhode Island College. A highly skilled listener is an "active listener." Active listening is about building rapport, mutual understanding and trust. Active listening is the type of skill all of us need in our interpersonal relationships. Active listening supports us to avoid conflict and misunderstanding. Better yet, honing this skill can contribute to workplace productivity and success. The cost to attend is $75 and includes parking and breakfast.
  • Time management: Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Knight Campus. Discover how to eliminate time-wasters and watch your personal productivity soar. Everyone starts with the same amount of hours-so why do some people seem to get so much more done? An inability to manage time efficiently can leave you feeling stressed, overwhelmed and unproductive. This workshop offers practical techniques that can be used immediately to gain control over your day. You'll learn how to plan and prioritize more effectively while managing interruptions and distractions. The cost to attend is $75 and includes breakfast.

If you are interested in attending either workshop, please email Michelle O'Brien to register.

CCRIPSA bonus project proposal

Proposals for bonus projects for 2016-17 are being accepted from CCRIPSA members through Thursday, Dec. 1. The link for the procedures and proposal form can be found on the Human Resources web page. The committee will make its decisions regarding initial project approval by Saturday, Dec. 31. The project bonuses will be distributed prior to June 30, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Bev Wiley at Ext. 2102 or Sheri Norton at Ext. 2311.

Discharge vacation and personal time

Classified employees (ESPA employees, UNAP employees and classified nonunion employees) - The Office of Human Resources has been notified by State Personnel that the last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Saturday, Dec. 24. The last day to discharge personal time is Saturday, Dec. 31.

Nonclassified employees (CCRIPSA and Board of Education) - The last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Saturday, Dec. 31. That also is the last day to discharge personal time.

If you have questions about your current balances, please contact Payroll at 825-2180.

VALIC retirement

VALIC retirement representative Garfield Davidson can help you develop a plan for your financial goals, dreams and life’s journey. Biweekly employees who are interested in scheduling an appointment can contact Davidson at 401-413-2920 or via email.

He will be on campus and available for private consultation meetings throughout the year. View the full schedule online. Upcoming sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. according to the following schedule:

  • Jan. 7, Room 3141 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Jan. 18, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Jan. 19, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Jan. 20, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.
  • Feb. 6, Room 3141 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Feb. 7, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Feb. 8, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • Feb. 9, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.

Lunch seminars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. according schedule:

  • Feb. 21, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.
  • Feb. 22, Room 3141 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Feb. 23, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Feb. 24, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.

New hires

Welcome to the newest members of the CCRI community:

  • Bonnie Fargnoli has been hired as a representative in the Office of Enrollment Services at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Robert Firth has been hired as a police officer in the College Police Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Brian Musard has been hired as an information services technician I in the Nursing Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Lauren Nagel has been hired as an information services technician II in Office Services/Psychology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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