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All College Week begins April 8

A message from the President, March 15, 2011

“All College Week 2011” is rapidly approaching, and the talents of our students, faculty and staff once again will be on display. The schedule of events will kick off with High School Technology Day on April 8 and conclude with Professional Development Day on April 15. Committees are hard at work putting together events that will comprise a week to remember. Highlights will include the always-successful Education Expo and a presentation by alumna Betty Anne Waters, ’89, whose life was chronicled in the movie “Conviction.” The week’s program includes:

High School Technology Day
Friday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Warwick campus

CCRI will host 150 local high school students for its third annual High School Technology Day. Students will participate in three 40-minute, hands-on labs in the Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Engineering and Technology, Fire Science and Nursing departments. Labs include “Taming the Hulk,” “From the Information Superhighway to the Cloud,” “Network World 101,” “Slime and Nylon” and more. Students also will be able to speak one on one with department chairs and enrollment officers about their programs of interest. For more information, visit the website.

Education Expo
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Warwick campus

CCRI’s third annual Education Expo promises to be bigger and better than ever. With this year’s focus on understanding financial aid, advisers will be available to guide prospective students toward a better understanding of what is offered. All 20 academic departments are slated to participate, and deans, academic department faculty, current and former students and student services representatives will be on hand to answer any questions visitors may have. With information sessions and campus tours, the Expo is the perfect experience for those unfamiliar with everything that CCRI has to offer.

Field Day
Monday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lincoln campus

This student-run, free event will feature a 3-on-3 basketball tournament (each person on the winning team will receive a $50 Olympia Sports gift card); a moon bounce slide; a mechanical bull; an obstacle course; sumo suits; food; games; raffles and prizes. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help that day. To sign up for the basketball tournament or to volunteer, please contact Lulu Malko by March 25.

Community Service Day
Tuesday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven statewide locations

This day enables CCRI students, faculty and staff to give back to the outside community and help those in need on a volunteer basis. This year, our volunteers will travel to seven nonprofit organizations around the state and provide much-needed assistance. All volunteers will receive lunch and a special commemorative T-shirt in honor of their day of service. Participants can sign up to volunteer from 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m.; or all day. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

“American Civil War Sesquicentennial: CCRI Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Civil War”
Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Room 4080, Warwick campus

On April 12, 1861, the American Civil War began as Confederate batteries located along the shoreline in Charleston, S.C., opened fire on Union soldiers stationed at Fort Sumter, an island fortress located in the middle of Charleston harbor, beginning the deadliest war in American history. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of that event, Professor Jack Every of the Social Sciences department and Kathy Blessing, reference librarian at the Flanagan Campus, will give two presentations. Professor Every’s presentation will discuss the origins of the war, while Professor Blessing’s presentation will focus on locating the records of Rhode Island soldiers/regiments who fought in the war. Visit the event Web page for more information.

Wellness Fair
Wednesday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Warwick campus

The 6th annual Wellness Fair welcomes students, faculty, staff and the public to explore issues concerning their health. Participating departments include Massage Therapy, Allied Health and Dental Hygiene. Approximately 30 vendors will be offering information and demonstrations that will include a Zumba session and mixed martial arts. New this year will be an appearance by the interactive Gloria Gemma Pink Bus to help raise awareness about breast cancer. More information can be found at

Arts and Culture Day
Thursday, April 14, Warwick and Lincoln campuses

CCRI welcomes the public, as well as students, faculty and staff, to a series of artistic and cultural events on both the Knight and Flanagan campuses. Scheduled presentations include:
“We Talk About Architecture; Architecture Talks Back”
Room 4090 and Knight Campus Art Gallery, Warwick campus

The inspiration for this show is the Knight Campus megastructure, which was created in the Brutalist architectural style. A panel discussion will take place at 4 p.m. in Room 4090, followed by an opening at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, where participants can view a number of artistic interpretations of the building until7 p.m.
Betty Anne Waters ’89
Bobby Hackett Theater, 7 p.m., Warwick campus

In a presentation open to the public and all members of the CCRI community, Betty Anne Waters will speak about her incredible journey that was inspired by her wrongfully incarcerated brother. A CCRI alumna, Waters went on to earn her degree in law and set about freeing her sibling. The recent movie “Conviction,” starring Hillary Swank as Ms. Waters, was based on her gripping story.
CCRI Players Annual Student Project
Flanagan Campus theater, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln campus

CCRI theatre students will present a varied program of five one-act plays, each directed by a CCRI theatre student. General admission costs $9; students and seniors pay $7.
Indigo Moon Mosaics
Flanagan Campus Art Gallery, Room 2420, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lincoln campus

Artist Jess Regelson of Pawtucket, who has worked on 15 indoor and outdoor murals in the state,  will present ceramic mosaics. Regelson received a citizen’s citation from former Providence Mayor David Cicilline in honor of her work creating murals with schoolchildren in June 2006. The show will be on display through Tuesday, April 26. For more information about the events on Arts and Culture Day, visit

Professional Development Day
Friday, April 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Warwick campus

The 9th Annual All College Professional Development Day features the president’s address and more than 60 sessions of personal, professional and academic importance. All employees who register in advance for event sessions will be automatically entered in a raffle for prizes. Visit the website at to register for the sessions of your choice.

All College Week 2011 promises to be an exciting time for the CCRI community. As illustrated above, the impressive talents of our students, faculty and staff will be on full display. I invite all to participate in as many events as possible to share in this experience. I look forward to enjoying All College Week with you and members of the CCRI family.

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