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Announcements for the weeks of April 18 and 25

Personal Announcements

A message from Sara Enright and Rosemary Costigan

Over the past two months there has been a request for clarification of governance and its role at the college. Our current governance process, which was launched in 2013, included an opportunity to do a review and reassessment of its structure. The timing now seems appropriate to do that reassessment and to get your feedback about what is working and what could be improved upon with our governance process.

Please take a moment to share your feedback with us in this survey. It will be open through April 25. Thank you in advance for your feedback. We look forward to sharing the results of this survey with you in May.

Students recognized at regional conference

The CCRI Honors Program wishes to congratulate students Abigail Clarkin, Andrea Grenga, Sarah Kristiansen, Genevieve Kuada and Sue Perry on the presentation of their honors projects at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their presentations were well received.

AMTA Teacher of the Year Award

CCRI Therapeutic Massage Program Director Regina Cobb is this year's recipient of the American Massage Therapy Association's (AMTA) Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award. Each year, AMTA presents the award to an instructor in a member school who demonstrates exceptional teaching abilities and a commitment to high standards of education in massage therapy.

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New Announcements

Advanced Manufacturing career fair

Leading manufacturing companies in Rhode Island will participate in an advanced manufacturing career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

The event offers a great opportunity for our students to meet with company representatives and learn about exciting, well-paying jobs in today's clean, computer-driven manufacturing field. Specialists from CCRI's Career Development Office will be available to speak to students about careers in advanced manufacturing.

For more information, email Lisa Robichaud or Monica Ferris.

Newport summer job fair

If you or someone you know is interested in working in the City by the Sea this summer, a job fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in the Atrium at the Newport County Campus.

Participating employers need to fill positions in hospitality, retail and landscaping before the busy tourist season. Bring résumé copies and be prepared for on-site interviews.

For more information, contact Tonia Fay by email or 401-455-6151.

Art exhibitions

'Whine and Cheese'

"Whine and Cheese" a Fine Arts seminar show, will be on display from April 28 to May 4, in Room 3500, Knight Campus Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the gallery.

'Migration of Silver'

silverAn exhibition of recent work by artist and CCRI Assistant Professor Amy Giese is on display through Friday, April 22, in the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the gallery.

'Caged Colors'

The exhibition "Caged Colors," a solo exhibition by Katie Wild, will run through Friday, April 22, in the Knight Campus Art Gallery.

Upcoming Performing Arts events

  • An opera workshop featuring compositions from "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Christoph Willibald Gluck will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission is free.
  • A Jazz Ensemble Concert featuring performances from jazz students will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission is free.
  • The Chamber Ensemble featuring the CCRI Microband and Percussion Ensemble will perform an entertaining program at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission cost is $5.

CCRI 5K run/walk

runThe college will host its second annual CCRI 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Take advantage of early bird pricing. General registration costs $18; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5. Pricing will increase on June 1. Register online.

Wine-tasting and networking event

The CCRI Alumni Association will host a wine-tasting and networking event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Chris Gasbarro's Fine Wines & Spirits in Seekonk, Massachusetts. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with CCRI alumni and friends while enjoying samplings of wine and food. Food will be provided by the renowned Kenneth Watt, executive chef of Watt's Cookin'. The event also will include a raffle.

Ticket cost is $45 per person. Non-alumni guests are welcome. All guests must be over 21. No one under 21 will be admitted. Purchase tickets online.

Foundation speaker program sponsorships

The CCRI Foundation is proud to support faculty and staff who seek to provide co-curricular enrichment for students and professional development opportunities for their colleagues by inviting speakers to campus to address topics of interest and relevance. The Foundation provides a maximum of $750 to cover costs of honoraria, security, refreshments and travel for speaking events open to the college community and the public. Up to four sponsorships are available each year. The deadline to apply is May 15. Visit the Foundation website to learn more and apply.

CITLA brown bag workshop

If you missed the "Dysfunctional Illusions of Rigor" presentation on Professional Development Day, you have another opportunity. Rachel Rogers, assistant professor in Psychology will present a CITLA brown bag workshop on the topic at noon on Tuesday, April 26, in Room 5579 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Join Rogers to discuss an article by Craig E. Nelson regarding nine common teaching myths described as "dysfunctional illusions of rigor" and alternative views for each one. Participants will review strategies for putting the alternate views into practice in their courses.

Access Nelson's article here. Visit the CITLA website to RSVP.

Knight Athletics schedules


  • 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18, vs. Massasoit Community College.
  • 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, vs. Northern Essex Community College.
  • 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, vs. Dean College.
  • 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, Sacred Heart University (club).

Softball home games are played at Winslow Park Field in Warwick. All games are doubleheaders.


  • 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, vs. Franklin Pierce University.
  • 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, vs. Mitchell College.
  • 3:30 on Wednesday, April 27, vs. Massasoit Community College.

Baseball home games are played at the Knight Campus.

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Events This Week

Forum on gender and social change

"Lessons from the Past, Hopes for the Future" is the topic of a forum on gender and social change that will be led by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history at Georgetown University and an alumna of Brown University. The forum will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in Room 1336 at the Flanagan Campus.

The forum will address how past and current movements such as civil rights in the 1960s and Black Lives Matter are affecting social change. It is sponsored by CCRI's Gender Equity Initiative and the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Art exhibitions

Opera workshop

Knight Athletics schedules

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions

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Ongoing News and Events

Technical writing survey

CCRI Technical Writing students have developed a survey and are interested in your opinions on life issues. Take the survey now. It will take only a few minutes.

Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

The Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Association will hold its 14th Annual Golf Tournament on June 15 at Crystal Lake Golf Club. Proceeds raised through this event will help the Alumni Association provide tuition assistance and emergency funds for college expenses as well as money to buy textbooks and supplies. Online registration is now available.

Textbook donation drive

The Student Veterans Organization (SVO) is collecting usable textbooks to ease costs for those who have served. Bring gently used textbooks to Room 3562 in the round building at the Knight Campus or to the SVO offices on all four campuses. For more information, contact

Clothing drive

The Flanagan Campus DECA Chapter is collecting clothing to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State organization. Clothing of any size can be left on the first floor in the faculty area at the Flanagan Campus. Please label donations "Lincoln DECA, attention Jon Plante."

Coffee house with Justin Utley

Justin Utley, a well-known singer and songwriter, will bring his own brand of storytelling to CCRI for a coffee house at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Lower Commons at the Knight Campus.

Utley will speak about being gay within the Mormon culture in Utah, where he was forced into conversion therapy by his church.

The event is sponsored by the Gender Equity Initiative and is free and open to the CCRI community and the public. Refreshments will be served.

Biology workshop

For the first time, CCRI will host the New England Biology Association of Two-year Colleges biology teachers' workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 19 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will feature roundtable discussions, lab presentations and a keynote speaker.

Faculty from community colleges throughout New England will participate in this event. There will be a keynote speaker, the presentation of research and laboratory activities, a poster session and a round table discussion concerning issues affecting two-year colleges. Past conferences have focused on curriculum development, lab activities, and trends in pedagogy. This conference provides an opportunity for the college community to discuss the thrills, challenges and pitfalls that affect the community college.

All administrators, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The conference is open to all and is free of charge.

Film project

Did you or your family live in a triple-decker house? I am consulting on a documentary film project about triple-deckers and am seeking people who would like to be interviewed. Please contact me 825-2169 or by email.

-- Kate Dunnigan

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. The deadline to submit orders is Friday, April 29.

'A taste of business'

The Flanagan Campus Student Government and DECA will hold "A taste of business" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the rear of the cafeteria in Lincoln.

The event will showcase samples of course content from the Business Department. All are welcome to attend.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Do you have questions about teaching and student learning that you would like to turn into research questions and hypotheses that can be answered empirically? Join the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning faculty learning community and work with a group of like-minded faculty who are also researching meaningful questions about their teaching and their students learning. For more information and to complete an application, visit

Safe Zone training

The Safe Zone Project is a nationally recognized program that equips individuals with the tools they need to be allies within the LGBTQ community. The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative will offer a Safe Zone training at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in Room 1134 at the Liston Campus. All members of the CCRI community are welcome to attend. To register or for more information, contact Nancy Forsstrom at 825-2024 or by email.safezone

If you see the Safe Zone symbol (see image above) on campus, it means the person in that office has had special training and is attuned to the needs of and issues that often follow the LGBTQ community.

Forsstrom also is available to talk to classes and departments about Safe Zone and offer training to employees and students. Trainings take approximately two hours and are best in a group of eight to 12. Please contact her to set up an appointment.

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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 evaluations

Performance evaluation forms have been distributed to all department heads for all nonclassified and classified employees via email. Nonclassified and classified employees were emailed a letter and the Employee Preparation for Performance Review Meeting Form on April 4. All nonclassified and classified job descriptions may be viewed online. Performance evaluations should be completed and returned to Human Resources by Sunday, July 31.

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 Garfield 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:

  • May 2, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • May 3, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • May 4, Room 2240 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • May 26, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.
  • June 1, Room 2240 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
  • June 2, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • June 6, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • June 7, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.

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, July 12 and Oct. 11, in Room 3116.
Flanagan Campus
  • Tuesdays, April 19, July 19 and Oct. 18, in Room 2138.
Liston Campus
  • Wednesday Oct. 19, in Room 1134.

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 about TIAA-CREF.

New hires

  • Mark Cabral has been hired as a college police officer for the College Police at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Paul Gemma has been hired as a maintenance technician in the Physical Plant at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Lauren Pecchia has been hired as an information services technician I in Nursing Department at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
  • Elizabeth Russo has been hired as a program manager-small businesses initiative in the President's Office at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 4/25/16