A message from President Meghan Hughes
Throughout October, my administrative team and I will visit our four campuses to share our priorities for the college, answer your questions and listen to your ideas for our college’s future.
The dates, times and locations of the open forums are:
- Flanagan Campus: 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Room 2144, the President’s Conference Room.
- Knight Campus: 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room 4090.
- Liston Campus: 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the auditorium.
- Newport County Campus: 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 200.
Recognizing that not everyone will be able to attend an open forum, we are planning on videotaping each session and will send a message at the end of this month with the link. In addition, I have instituted open office hours twice a month. Please visit the Office of the President page to schedule an appointment.
I look forward to our continued dialogue and hope to see you during the month ahead.
A message from Alphonso Atkins Jr., director of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator
The Community College of Rhode Island is committed to the free exchange of ideas and promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion across all of our shared learning and work spaces. Diversity represents the culmination of each person’s intellectual, physical, cultural and experiential dimensions of being human. It gives life to our community and deepens our understanding of each other.
In light of a recent episode of hate speech on campus, it is important that we are reminded of the powerful role words play in shaping our reality. If we are to truly be an inclusive community, we must use language to acknowledge and affirm our humanity rather than deny or devalue it.
Our college will continue to work toward building a community grounded in the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Through honest conversations, meaningful programming and continued educational initiatives, the Community College of Rhode Island will remain an educational institution that celebrates the uniqueness of each member of our campus community and the communities we serve.
To learn more about the various resources and upcoming events available to our campus community to promote equity, inclusion and celebrate the diversity of who we are, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity website. If you are witness to or experience harassment, discrimination or other any other forms of threatening and intimidating behavior associated with hate, please immediately contact Dean of Students Michael Cunningham or me.
Book festival presentation
Dr. Karen Petit, writing center coordinator and adjunct faculty member, will participate in the New Bedford Book Festival at noon on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Groundwork in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her presentation, titled "Writing Creatively with Dreams, Pictures, and Research," will include helpful writing resources, as well as short excerpts from her three novels to show how she creatively uses dreams, pictures and research in her writing process.
Free handouts with some information from the presentation will be available to attendees at the festival. For more information this, upcoming events and her novels, visit Petit’s website.
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Manufacturing Career Fair
All are welcome to join CCRI as it celebrates Manufacturing Day, an annual event when North American manufacturers open their doors to highlight the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in careers in the field, with a Manufacturing Career Fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Lower Commons at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
This is a one-stop opportunity to:
- Meet with employers who are ready to hire machinists, machine operators, quality control inspectors and more.
- Learn about CCRI manufacturing training programs.
- Find out about the state’s CNC Machinist Registered Apprenticeship Program.
There will be a number of employers in attendance including Advantage Resourcing, Aerotek, AstroNova, Electric Boat, Greystone, Impact Tool Supply, Larson Tool and Stamping, Nelipak, MicroGroup and Schneider Electric.
Refreshments will be provided. Anyone with questions should contact Cynthia Toti at 825-2099 or email@example.com.
Homeland security lectures
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Club is hosting a fall lecture series to help bring awareness of important security issues to campus. The lectures are free and open to the public and any interested students. The lectures will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus, according to the following schedule:
- Oct. 20, "Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistant Team/RI Medical Reserve Corp"
- Nov. 15, "Pawtucket Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team"
Light refreshments will be served.
Jobs and internships fair planned
CCRI's Career and Internship Office will host a jobs and internships fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The fair will feature more than 40 local agencies and companies. Those attending should dress professionally and bring their résumé.
Anyone with any questions or who would like more information should contact the Career and Internship Office at 825-2322.
The exhibition "Object Lessons: faculty collection" will run through Oct. 27, in Room 1527, Flanagan Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the gallery.
Lunch and Learn conversation series
The CCRI Gender Equity Initiative will hold a Lunch and Learn conversation series this academic year. The first in a series is "Intersections of identity and leadership," with President Meghan Hughes from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room 1130 at the Knight Campus.
This is a free event and open to the entire college community. Please bring your own lunch.
For more information about upcoming events and other resources visit the Gender Equity Initiative website.
The Gender Equity Initiative is a collaboration of CCRI staff, faculty and students who are concerned about issues of gender and sexual orientation expression; equity and discrimination, including issues of gender and work; and domestic violence and sexual assault awareness.
CITLA brown bag workshops
Directed notes workshop
Directed notes are a set of questions that vary in type and response format that guide students to focus on important parts of a textbook and/or lecture. This resource for students was developed by Dr. Elizabeth Harwood of Rivier University and presented "Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching" to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Harwood writes that directed notes "provide organizational structure for note-taking and vary in their format and response demand in order to encourage students to take notes from in class discussion and to take nonlinear style notes (i.e., concept maps)."
At this brown bag workshop, participants will work together to write a set one chapter's worth of directed notes prompts for students. Please bring a textbook or reading assignment, related exam questions, lecture resources, activities or other materials. Rachel Rogers from the Psychology Department has been using directed notes with her students for a year and will facilitate the workshop.
Specifications grading workshop
Specifications grading is an alternative approach to grading that is supposed to maintain academic rigor, motivate students, and save faculty time by specifying clear targets for pass/fail grading of assignments and other assessments. But how would it work at a place like CCRI? Have you considered trying it or have you already done so? Join Shawn Parker from the Art Department for a brief introduction to specifications grading and a discussion about the pros and cons of the system and its variations. The workshops will be held according to the following schedule:
The workshops will be held from noon to 1 p.m. according to the following schedule:
- Directed notes workshop
- Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 2229 at the Liston Campus.
- Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room 1134 at the Knight Campus.
- Specifications grading workshop
- Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 1324 at the Liston Campus.
Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 2144 at the Flanagan Campus.
Register on the CITLA website.
Anthony Masi Faculty Development Award
The CCRI Foundation is seeking applicants for the Anthony Masi Faculty Development Award. The award is available to provide CCRI faculty the ability to attend seminars and/or professional development workshops that will enhance their students' classroom experiences. One $500 award is available per year. Faculty are encouraged to apply on the Foundation website by Oct. 15.
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.
The following home matches are scheduled:
- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, vs. Essex County College.
- 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, vs. Springfield Technical Community College.
- 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, vs. Roxbury Community College.
- 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, vs. Bunker Hill Community College.
All soccer home games are played at the CCRI Soccer Complex at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
- Saturday, Oct. 8, CCRI Dig Pink Tournament.
- 8:30 a.m. – Breast Cancer awareness speech.
- 9 a.m. vs. Bunker Hill Community College.
- Noon vs. Northern Essex Community College.
All volleyball home matches are played at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
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Events Week of Oct. 3
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Ongoing News and Events
Fall Safe Zone trainings
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 Safe Zone trainings according to the following schedule:
- 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 1130 at the Knight Campus.
- 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Room 1134 at the Liston Campus.
- 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room 233 at the Newport County 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.
If you see the Safe Zone symbol (see image) 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.
Writing Center offers free services
The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation, appointments and more, visit the Writing Center website.
The Writing Center will offer afternoon workshops this semester from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in Room 6580 at the Knight Campus according to the following schedule:
Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 401-825-2279.
Flu vaccination clinic
CCRI will provide on-campus seasonal flu shots for students, faculty and staff at 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Atrium at the Newport County Campus.
For employees, the seasonal flu shot is covered under the CCRI UnitedHealthcare medical plan. The following insurances also are accepted: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, UnitedHealthcare, Medicare Part B, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan and Tufts/CareLink. If you have another form of insurance or no insurance, the fee per flu vaccination is $25. To receive the vaccination, please bring your health insurance card and driver's license or another form of identification.
To register, visit The Wellness Company's website. Click on register now, choose flu-college/university and, when prompted, type in ccrinew.
Learn more on the flu clinic web page.
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.
- 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCRISPA annual meeting and election
The college's Professional Staff Association will be holding its annual meeting and election from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, in the faculty dining room at the Knight Campus. CCRIPSA members should be allowed to attend this meeting without having to discharge time. Supervisors please allow your CCRIPSA members sufficient travel time to arrive in time for the meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 825-2311.
The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium (RIHETC) offers fall 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.
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:
- Nov. 1, Room 233 at the Newport County Campus.
- Nov. 2, Room 2240 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Nov. 3, Room 2229 at the Liston Campus in Providence.
- Nov. 4, Room 2362 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
- 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.
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:
- Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Room 3116.
- Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Room 2138.
- 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.
Welcome to the newest members of the CCRI community:
- Christopher Baughman-Oprica has been hired as an executive assistant to the vice president for Academic Affairs at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Jon Benson has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Biology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Walter Ducharme has been hired as a maintenance superintendent in the Physical Plant at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
- Justine Egan-Kunicki has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Psychology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Michele Etzold has been hired as visiting lecturer in the Business Administration Department at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
- Sheila Feeny has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Psychology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Kyle Jackson has been hired as an instructional design specialist in the Information Technology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Karriem Kanston has been hired as a business adviser in the Office of the President - Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Jamie Lamkin has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Biology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Carol Marcotte has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Nursing Department – ADN at Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Andrew Mazurkie has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Biology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- J Merriman has been hired as a public relations officer in the Department of Marketing and Communications at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Julia Micks has been hired as a technical staff assistant at the Writing Center in the English Department at the Liston Campus in Providence.
- Daniel Moriarty has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Physics Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Charles Nickles has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Physics Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Hajarat Odufuye has been hired as a coordinator/counselor for Access & Connect to College at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Melanie Ok has been hired as a coordinator/counselor for ETS at the Liston Campus in Providence.
- Jason Piccirilli has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Foreign Languages and Cultures Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Elizabethe Plante has been hired as a coordinator/counselor for Access & EOC at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Traci Rossi has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Psychology Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Kimberley St. Jean has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the English Department at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
- Matthew Ulricksen has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Social Sciences Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Abigail Wamboldt has been hired as a visiting lecturer in the Art Department at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Ariel Wilburn has been hired as an admissions officer in the Enrollment Services Office at the Liston Campus in Providence.
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