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Personal Announcements

Prior Learning Policy

Upon receiving a recommendation from the President's Council, I have approved a Prior Learning Policy for the college. This policy outlines the processes by which CCRI recognizes, evaluates and awards college-level credit for a student's prior academic and educational experiences.

As many of you know, prior learning is not new to our institution. Our accelerated pathways have grown significantly over the years, expanding from Advanced Placement, transfer credit and CLEP to the inclusion of Departmental Challenge Tests, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges with the Department of Defense, acceptance of ACE recommendations for military training, standardized credit awards and PLA portfolios. This new policy gathers all of these offerings, and any future pathway opportunities, in one place.

Recognizing and awarding credit to students for prior learning accelerates their pathways to a degree and/or certificate and decreases the overall cost of their college education. Through this policy, the college will continue our focus on meeting or exceeding the criteria of college-level learning to best serve our students.

Examples of accelerated pathways for prior learning that will be evaluated and considered for credit include:

  • Traditional academic programs through other colleges and dual enrollment programs in secondary educational settings.
  • Corporate or military-sponsored training and development programs.
  • Courses and certifications offered by industry or professional organizations.
  • Independent reading, research and experiential learning.

I encourage our faculty to engage students in a conversation about prior learning. You may encounter students with prior learning experiences who are unaware that such benefits and programs even exist. With more than 15,000 students spread across multiple locations at our institution, we have an opportunity to support our students by making them aware of this policy.

Thank you to President's Council for its thoughtful recommendation.

-- Meghan Hughes

A message from President Hughes

Last week, the Postsecondary Council on Education in Rhode Island approved a tuition increase for the state's three public higher education institutions: CCRI, URI and Rhode Island College. While the budgeting process is not yet complete, I want to update you on why we requested the increase, what impact the increase will have on our students, and how the college will remain committed to keeping CCRI affordable and accessible.

In this short video, you'll find full details on the status of this proposal.

Thank you for your commitment to our college.

-- Meghan Hughes

A message from the Dean Peter Woodberry Retirement Committee

After nearly 40 years at the college, Dean Peter Woodberry is retiring at the end of the fall semester. His retirement party will be held on Friday, Dec. 16. Learn more about the event.

Liston Campus coordinator

I write to thank the many faculty, staff and students who have helped support the Liston Campus in Providence following the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Walter Crocker.

I would like to especially thank Alphonso Atkins, the college’s director of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator, who graciously stepped in to provide leadership at the Liston Campus during Walter’s illness. Given Alphonso’s role here at our college, we knew that was an important but temporary arrangement.

I’m happy to announce that Robyn Greene, coordinator of the Newport County Campus, has agreed to serve as our Liston Campus coordinator on an interim basis. Robyn will have a presence at both locations and will work closely with the team of faculty and staff at Liston in the coming months. Those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Robyn will find her to be committed to our students and passionate about involving the community in our college. In addition, I will spend my Friday workday at our Liston Campus. I am looking forward to building upon my understanding of the campus and its faculty, staff and students.

When we begin our spring semester, we will also kick off our collegewide strategic planning process. I am excited to lead that conversation with all of you about the future of our college, including how we envision an effective, engaged relationship among our four campuses.

On behalf of the college, I want to thank Alphonso, Robyn, and the faculty and staff at the Liston Campus for their outstanding work and support for our students during this painful time.

-- Meghan Hughes

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New Announcements

Clinical Simulation Laboratory ribbon-cutting

CCRI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house celebration for the new Clinical Simulation Laboratory from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the second-floor lobby at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Advanced Manufacturing open house

CCRI will open our new Liston Campus CNC Manufacturing Laboratory at a ribbon-cutting and open house 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.

'Memoirs of a Bad Luck Girl'

CCRI alumna Mai Donohue will discuss her experience with domestic abuse, escape from her native Vietnam and new life in Rhode Island at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Diverse Voices

"Diverse Voices – Perspectives from across the country," a workshop focusing on international student stories and experiences, will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in Room 1315 at the Flanagan Campus.

Poetry reading

A poetry reading will be held at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence. Students, faculty and staff are invited to read original works or old favorites or just sit back and enjoy hearing others read. 

Upcoming Performing Arts events

Chamber Ensemble concert

CCRI's microband and percussion ensemble will perform an entertaining program directed by Cheri Markward and Charles Kalajian at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Ticket cost is $5.

Choral concert

CCRI chorus and chamber singers will perform Vivaldi's "Gloria" and other choral works at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. The concert is directed by Dr. Joseph Amante. Admission is free.

'When We Were Young and Unafraid'

The CCRI Players will present "When We Were Young and Unafraid" by Sarah Treem in the auditorium at the Liston Campus in Providence. The performance, directed by Bert Silverberg, will run at 7:30 p.m. from Dec. 1 to 3, with 2 p.m. showtimes on Dec. 3 and 4. General admission cost is $10 and $8 for students, faculty and staff.

Need library materials? Remember these dates

There will be an interruption in library service while we migrate to a new catalog. Here's what you need to know.

  • The last day to request materials from non-CCRI libraries (HELIN loans) is Wednesday, Nov. 23.
  • All HELIN loans are due back by Thursday, Dec. 1, or the due date, whichever is sooner.
  • 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.

Bursar's Office hours to change

Starting Monday, Dec. 5, the Bursar's Office will close 15 minutes earlier at all four CCRI campuses. Hours at Liston, Flanagan and Newport County campuses will be 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. At the Knight Campus, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Friday.

Wear red on Dec. 1

labsDid you know more than one million people in the United States are living with HIV? And one in eight people are unaware of their infection? The good news is the number of new HIV diagnoses continues to fall. We are making progress, but testing is the key.

Join CCRI's Gender Equity Initiative on World AIDS Day, Thursday, Dec. 1, and learn more about free, confidential testing on campus. Together, we can Paint CCRI Red.

Pharmacy Technician II and Veterinary Assistant information session

CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education will hold an information session for the Pharmacy Technician II and Veterinary Assistant programs for spring 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. This is an opportunity to learn about the program requirements, pretesting process, cost, registration information, review spring 2017 schedules and more.

Learn more about the programs on the CWCE website.

Athletic schedules

labsThe following home matches are scheduled:

Men's basketball

  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, vs. Rockland Community College.
  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, vs. Massasoit Community College.
  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, vs. MassBay Community College.

Women's basketball

  • 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, vs. Massasoit Community College.
  • 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, vs. UConn Avery Point.

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

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Events Week of Nov. 14

A message from Vice President for Business Affairs David Patten

As part of the ongoing Knight Campus infrastructure upgrades, a campuswide power shutdown will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. During this outage, access to information systems will be limited. Banner INB and Workflow will be taken down from 4 p.m. on the Friday before through 7 a.m. on the following Monday. Please plan accordingly.

If you have any questions about these shutdowns, contact Ken McCabe. If you have any questions regarding information systems, contact Tony Parziale.

Thank you for your understanding.

Athletic schedules

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Ongoing News and Events

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.

CITLA book club

A CITLA book club will be held at Liston and Flanagan campuses. Join the club to discuss “Teaching With Your Mouth Shut” by Donald L. Finkel. Heather Townsend, assistant professor in Biology, will lead the discussion from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Room 1134 at the Liston Campus.

RSVP on the CITLA website.

Technical writing survey

CCRI Technical Writing students have developed a questionnaire and are asking people their opinions about what the federal government should be doing. The survey is anonymous and can be completed online.

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.

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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

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up to date about its policies and procedures, the Office of Human Resources is asking that you to take a few minutes to review the college's annual security compliance document as it relates to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. CCRI is committed to assisting all the members of the college community in providing for their own safety and security. This pertains to all employees and volunteers.

The annual security compliance document is available online. The website contains information on campus security and personal safety, including crime prevention, college police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other important matters about security on campus. It also contains statistics for the three previous calendar years on reported crimes that occurred on campus and certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the college and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the college. This information is required by law and provided by the College Police. Anyone with questions should call Sean Collins, captain, College Police at 825-2109.

RIHETC workshop

The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) is offering a workshop on feedback and coaching from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 2, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus. There still are seats available. The cost is $75 per person and includes breakfast.

The workshop overview: Managers will create a talent assessment of their teams; learn when to coach; keys to coaching each member of their team; a model for the coaching conversation; what problems to avoid; and the rewards and payoffs to helping employees maximize their core competencies.

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

Open enrollment period

The open enrollment period for the 2017 plan year runs through Dec. 9. During this period biweekly employees have the opportunity to make changes to existing elections or enroll in the state’s voluntary benefit programs for the 2017 plan year.  During the open enrollment period, the Office of Employee Benefits will host seven open enrollment fairs at various state agency locations. Most of the state's benefits vendors will be present to answer questions and offer guidance on the state's offerings, and members of the Office of Employee Benefits will be present to assist with enrollment questions.

For a fair schedule and for more information on the state's voluntary benefits offerings, please visit the Office of Employee Benefits website.

2016 SECA campaign

The 2016 State Employees Charitable Appeal (SECA) campaign for biweekly employees will run through Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The SECA campaign is the time to donate to your favorite charities using one pledge form. For a list of charities and their company details, click here and go to Page 14 of the SECA booklet.

SECA pledges have gone electronic. Donations can be made through a secure, electronic management tool called e-Pledge. You recently received an email from This email contained a self-registration link. Once registered using your email address, you will have the ability to make a contribution. If you've made a donation previously through the SECA, you can look up the past donation history. Please note that Social Security numbers and CCRI identification numbers are not used in this process. The ID number is the same employee number issued from the state to view your electronic paystubs.

Donations can be made by payroll deduction, credit card, check or a billing option. Paper pledge forms still will be available in Human Resources.

Anyone with questions should contact Melissa Murphy in Human Resources at ext. 2311.

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 webpage. 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:

  • Dec. 5, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Dec. 6, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.
  • Dec. 7, Room 2240 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Dec. 8, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.

New hires

Welcome to the newest members of the CCRI community:

  • Darlene Cortes has been hired as an executive assistant to the vice president for Academic Affairs at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • Allison Hitte Robinson has been hired as a coordinator, Disability Services for Students in the Opportunity and Outreach Office at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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