Longtime Rhode Island College Athletic and Recreation Department employee Jeanne D’Agostino will be retiring on Thursday, Feb. 15. Jeanne has been a key member of not only the department but the college over the last 20-plus years. As she enters this new chapter in her life, a dinner will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Quonset Point Officers Club for anyone who would like to extend her their wishes of longevity and success. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include a full-course dinner. Tickets are $25 per person. Contact Sadie Campanella at ext. 6389 or firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a ticket. The deadline is Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.
The John A. and Mary V. Lima Memorial Scholarship Fund in Portuguese Studies will award two scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to undergraduate students enrolled in the Portuguese Studies Program at Rhode Island College, upon satisfactory completion of the required course(s). The scholarship application deadline is Friday, Feb. 23. For more information click here.
On Monday, Feb. 26, 2012, an unarmed 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, was killed by George Zimmerman while walking home in the gated community where his father lived. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Rather than blame his assailant, many vilified his clothing. Today, the hoodie is symbolic of racial injustice and worn in communities around the nation to remember the life of Trayvon Martin. Stop by the Student Union lobby or the Unity Center to learn more about Travyon’s legacy on Monday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Unity Center and the Office of Student Activities.
Rhode Island College faculty and staff members are invited to a free seminar about active shooter emergency preparedness from noon-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Gaige Hall Auditorium, Room 100.
Sponsored by RIC Campus Police, this event will cover practices and strategies for reducing risk of death or injury in case an active shooting attack should occur. Chief of Police Joseph Solomon for Methuen, Massachusetts, and CFO of security services at EIS, Inc., will lead the seminar, which will begin with a 90-minute crisis response training and include a 30-minute Q&A session.
No registration is necessary for the seminar, however attendees are encouraged to take notes. Campus community members who can’t attend may view a video of the seminar, which will be posted on the RIC homepage.
A workshop on open textbooks will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Adams Library 406. Facilitated by Dragan Gill (Adams Library), participants will learn what open textbooks are and how they help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students, while providing faculty with content that can be highly customized for their courses. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country and licensed to be freely used, edited and distributed. Following the workshop, participants will write a brief review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library to be published on the OTL website. Faculty who attend the workshop and complete the review are eligible for a one-time $200 stipend. Registration for this workshop is required, with a deadline of Wednesday, Feb. 21. Visit the FCTL website for full RSVP information.
“Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975” is a documentary based on 16mm footage shot by Swedish journalists who came to the United States attracted by stories of unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. A screening of the documentary will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 12:30-2 p.m. in Gaige Hall 005.
On March 2 the “Spring Choral Concert,” conducted by RIC Professor of Music Teresa Coffman, will feature performances of works by important composers throughout Western music history as well as nontraditional and lesser-known composers and pieces. Philip Martorella is pianist and assistant conductor. The concert will be held on 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. General admission $10; seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5; RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free.
This spring, the campus Writing Board and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) are teaming up to offer an online mini course, “The How To of Peer Review,” that will guide you through a critical element of getting high-quality writing from your students. Peer review is a teaching practice in which students share and discuss their writing-in-progress with one another before they hand it in for a grade.
“The ‘How To’ of Peer Review” consists of a series of instructional videos that participants will watch on their own time during scheduled weeks and then discuss with a small cohort of faculty-colleagues and the course instructor, Mike Michaud, chair of the Writing Board. The videos and discussion will be available to participants via Blackboard.
This mini-course will run March 12-16. Registration for the spring term is limited to 10 faculty members on a first-come/first-served basis. Visit the FCTL website for full details and for registration information.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an all-star cast of Irish singers, dancers and musicians on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. Experience the epic tale of Celtic culture, with traditional melodies and steps. The journey begins in rural Ireland, prior to the Famine, and leads to the present, celebrating the evolution of traditional Irish dance and music, and showcasing the pioneers now defining the standard of Irish music and dance.
Please help us choose the 2018-2019 Open Books-Open Minds Common Book. After a year of soliciting input, discussions and meetings, we have arrived at a wonderful selection of three works of fiction: “Alif the Unseen,” by G. Willow Wilson (2015); “Exit West,” by Mohsin Hamid (2017); and “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead (2016).
Once you have reviewed the books, vote for the book you would like to see become the Open Books-Open Minds 2018-2019 selection. The voting deadline is Saturday, March 17. Click on this link for the survey.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet will appear on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forman Theatre. Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of the late jazz great, Dave Brubeck, have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966. Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb round out this dynamic quartet. Although the Quartet’s style is rooted in traditional jazz, their concerts reveal an ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.
On Wednesday, March 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Adams Library 161, Penny Ferrara and two other members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will share their stories and their struggles with mental illness to show that hope and recovery are possible. The heart of the Inside Mental Illness Program lies in the personal stories shared without shame or embarrassment by individuals who are living successfully with mental illness. This event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Committee on College Lectures.
Please join us in viewing the film “Selma“ on Wednesday, March 28, 2-4 p.m. in Gaige 200.
Erin Cheschi is a victim/survivor of sexual assault and Suzanne Alden is a victim/survivor of childhood sexual abuse. During this presentation on Wednesday, April 4, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Adams Library 161, they will share their personal stories of resiliency. This event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Committee on College Lectures.
The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College will award scholarships to partially support the tuition of RIC student participants in study abroad or internship abroad programs in Portugal or in another Portuguese-speaking nation. For more information click here.
Sarah Leveillee is a licensed mental health counselor at the Providence Center. She will share her experiences with the emergency certification process on Wednesday, April 11, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Adams Library 161. Discussion will focus on the legal, ethical and practical aspects of the process. This event is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Committee on College Lectures.
The Open Books-Open Minds Spring Student Conference inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” will be held on Friday, April 13, in Gaige Hall 100 (look for details in the spring). Our keynote speaker is Angie Thomas, award-winning author of “The Hate U Give.” (The keynote will run from 11 a.m. until noon). Check our website for the latest information, including a Call for Papers and Conference Registration.
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The HBS Summer Explorations Camp runs from June 18 to Aug. 3, Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explorations is a day camp open to children ages 6-10. The camp offers swimming, crafts, sports, games, talent shows and field trips. For additional information, contact Mark Young at email@example.com.
Student Activities will host the RIC FLICKS Spring 2018 movie series on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. in Gaige Auditorium. See specific dates below. Movies are free and open to the campus community – popcorn will be served.
- “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (3/2 and 3/4)
- “Thank You for Your Service” (3/16 and 3/18)
- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (3/30 and 4/1)
- “Boo 2” (4/13 and 4/15)
- “Beauty and the Beast” (4/27 and 4/29)
There are 168 hours in a week. Take just one hour to connect with a more grounded and calm state of mind. Guided meditation will be held every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., led by members of the RIC Counseling Center (modular structure in Parking Lot M) and open to ALL members of the RIC community (faculty, staff and students).