Welcome to CCRI

Fall 2006

I want to extend a warm welcome to our students, faculty and staff as we begin our 42nd academic year at the Community College of Rhode Island. For me, the beginning of the fall semester is one of the best days of the year. Our campuses in Lincoln, Warwick, Providence and Newport are filled with students, full of enthusiasm and promise as they strive to achieve their educational goals, and to begin changing their lives at CCRI.

For many faculty and staff, the summer was not a time to rest, but to accomplish and experience something new and exciting. While some have traveled the world putting their expertise to work in the world community, others have made their mark on the local community.

Pam Wood, a faculty member in the Dental Health Department, spent ten days in Ecuador as part of a team that treated over 100 children and performed 90 surgeries. Dr. Al Craig, faculty member in Biology, taught English to elementary-aged school children in Nanjing, China. Closer to home, Barbara Bradley, a member of the nursing faculty at the Newport County campus, biked 116 miles in one day and raised over $2,500 for cancer research. Linda Beith, manager of instructional support in Information Technology, received her doctorate degree over the summer from Capella University.

VP for Academic Affairs, Lela Morgan and President Ray Di Pasquale
Interim VP of Academic Affairs, Lela Morgan and President Ray Di Pasquale

On a national level, three of our faculty have been recognized for teaching excellence by the National Institute for Organizational Development (NISOD). They are interim vice president of Academic Affairs Lela Morgan; faculty member Kay Johnson from Computer Studies; and faculty member Lillian Patterson from Human Services.

Another important milestone occurred this summer when the college adopted a new mission statement. The mission statement is an important document and is one that will help us focus on the tasks and activities that are most important to us. It will assist in image building and enhancing communications. The bottom line is that it will help us become more successful!

For more than 40 years, CCRI has been a leader in education and training. Our faculty and staff are committed to ensuring student success—achieved through support services, access to education, and teaching excellence. A CCRI education not only helps students improve their career prospects, but it also makes transfer to some of our country’s finest four-year colleges possible.

We are embarking on a new period of growth to help strengthen the economic and social fabric of our state. With our four comprehensive campuses and numerous satellites, CCRI stands ready to educate and train the future workforce of our state and region. By continuing to create flexible learning opportunities, to build partnerships, and to provide innovative lifelong learning programs, CCRI will play an instrumental role in local and regional workforce development.


Ray Di Pasquale