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Dissertation Defense by Marjorie Kazin-Boyce – April 16

Marjorie Kazin-Boyce will defend her dissertation titled “Portraits of Novice Teacher Learning with Mentors in Urban Schools” on Wednesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to noon in Chafee Hall, Room 601, on the URI campus. Dr. Kathy Peno is the major professor, and members of the committee include John Boulmetis, David Brell and Elizabeth Holtzman.

Janet Johnson

Pizza and Poetry Reading Event at Adams Library – April 16

On Wednesday, April 16, Adams Library will host its annual Pizza and Poetry event in the Reinhardt Room, 12:30-2 p.m. All members of the campus community are invited to read poetry by your favorite poet or your own original works.

Debra Thomson

Lecture on Building Writing-in-the-Disciplines Programs for Higher Education – April 16

Please join members of the RIC Writing Board for a lecture on how to create and sustain writing-in-the-disciplines (WID) programs in higher education on Wednesday, April 16, 12:30-2 p.m. in the Fortes Room of Adams Library. Guest speakers are from Quinnipiac University: Mark Hoffman, professor of computer science, and Robert Smart, director of the Writing Program. Hoffman and Smart will discuss how they created a comprehensive WID program that ensures high-quality writing instruction for all undergraduates.

Mike Michaud

Mathematics and Computer Science Department Colloquium – April 16

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department has invited Mehdi Khorami from Eastern Connecticut State University to give a colloquium talk on Wednesday, April 16, 1-1:50 p.m. in Room 373 of Gaige Hall. The title of the talk is “Euler Characteristic and CW-complexes.”

John Burke

Mandatory Student Teaching Meeting – April 16 or 23

All students who are planning to student teach in Spring 2015 must attend one of the following sessions: Wednesday, April 16, 12:30-2 p.m., or Wednesday, April 23, 12:30-2 p.m. in Horace Mann, Room 193. For more information, call the Office of Partnerships & Placements at ext. 8114.

Youth Pride Lecture: Best Practices for Working with LGBTQQ Students – April 16

The Feinstein School of Education and Human Development World Views Lecture Series presents a youth pride lecture titled “Best Practices for Working with LGBTQQ Students” on Wednesday, April 16, 12:30-2 p.m. in Alger 110. Learn about issues that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals. Gain tools for change that lead to safe, inclusive communities for all individuals. Experience how empowerment can bring about social change.

Carol Cummings

Job and Internship Fair for Careers in Health, Human Services and Education – April 16

The annual Job and Internship Fair for careers in health, human services or education majors is slated for Wednesday, April 16, 3-5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. View advertised positions.  Pre-register for fair on Destinations

Demetria Moran, Career Development Center

FCTL Co-Operative Workshop: “Accessibility, Online Course Tools & Our Responsibility” – April 17

Join the FCTL and Disability Services and Information Services on Thursday, April 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room 307 of the Student Union for a webinar that addresses best practices for ensuring full access to course content for students with disabilities. Then continue the conversation with faculty and staff from Disability Services, FCTL and USS. RSVP

Keri Rossi-D’entremont

Interview with Richard Whitten, Painter and Professor of Art, at Bannister – April 17

The Editor-in-Chief of Art New England and Independent Curator Judith Tolnick Champa will interview Professor Richard Whitten about his work and his current paintings on exhibit at Bannister Gallery on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. in Bannister. This event is free and open to the public.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting – April 18

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will meet in the Board of Governor's Room, Friday, April 18, 2-4 p.m. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed at the UCC website.

Sue Abbotson

E-Waste Collection Drive – April 21-25

Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring e-waste material to Parking Lot B for disposal. Goodwill Industries will provide containers and pick up as often as needed. Any item with an electrical cord can be considered as e-waste. This event is sponsored by RIC’s Greek Life and runs April 21-25.

Jim Murphy

Conference: “Meeting the Needs of the Latino Elderly” – April 23

The Rhode Island College Gerontology Center and the Modern Languages Department will host a conference on “Meeting the Needs of the Latino Elderly” on Wednesday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. This event is supported by the College Lectures Committee and offers continuing education credit.

Rachel Filinson

Panel Presentation: “Teaching Writing in the Disciplines” – April 23

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will hold a panel presentation on “Teaching Writing in the Disciplines” on Wednesday, April 23, 12:30-2 p.m. in the Fortes Room of Adams Library. RIC faculty who participated in the 2013 Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing and learned to implement best practices for writing pedagogy will share their experiences.

Mike Michaud

RIC Green Team Award Presentation – April 23

The 2014 Green Team Award will be presented on Wednesday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center at Donovan Dining Center. The award is an annual recognition of a RIC individual or program that advances RIC’s green and sustainability initiatives.The award presentation will be followed by a talk by Mark Renburke of Drive Electric Rhode Island on the benefits of EVs and Level 1 charging stations in Rhode Island. Light refreshments will be served.

Jim Murphy

Retirement Celebration for Joan Rollins – April 23

The Department of Psychology invites the RIC community to come and celebrate Professor Joan Rollins’ retirement on Wednesday, April 23, between 3 and 6 p.m. in the Board of Governors Room. Please stop by and congratulate her on her impressive career at RIC.

Green Business Forum: “Combating the Effects of Stormwater Runoff" – April 24

The Spring 2014 Green Business Forum titled “Combating the Effects of Stormwater Runoff” will be held on Thursday, April 24, 4-6 p.m. in Forman C. The forum focuses on the current phase of the Narragansett Bay Commission Sewer Abatement Program designed to improve the health of the bay by diverting untreated stormwater runoff. Forum panelists include Todd Moline of Gilbane Construction; Clayton Carlisle of Louis Berger Group; and Meg Kerr, an environmental consultant. This event is free and open to the public.

Jim Murphy

The RIC Mainstage Theatre Presents “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – April 24-27

“Dirty Rotten Scondrels” has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent and “Broadway musical comedy heaven.” This musical, directed by Bill Wilson, with musical direction by Anthony Torelli and choreography by Angelica Vessella, will be staged Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium in Roberts Hall. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at ext. 8144.

Faculty Research Colloquium – April 30

All are invited to a colloquium celebrating faculty research on Wednesday, April 30, 4-5:30 p.m., in Alger 110. The program will feature presentations on just two of the many outstanding projects funded by grants from the Faculty Research Fund, which is supported by the college, the RIC Foundation and the Alumni Association. Associate Professor of English Sue Abbotson will present a lecture titled “Theatrical Research: From the Big Apple to the Heart of Kansas” and Professor of Political Science Fran Leazes will present a lecture titled “Unearthing the North Burial Ground.”

Ron Pitt

Retirement Celebration for Professors Lombardo and Ainley – May 1

The pleasure of your company is requested for a retirement reception in honor of Ben Lombardo (41 years of service) and Ken Ainley (39.5 years of service) on Thursday, May 1, from 3-5 p.m. in the Murray Center at Rhode Island College. This event is hosted by friends and colleagues from the Health and Physical Education Department. Light refreshments will be served.

Kathleen Johnson

Summer Seminar for Teaching Writing – Application Deadline May 2

How do you teach writing in disciplinary courses, design writing assignments that engage students and respond to student writing in a timely, efficient and meaningful manner? If you’d like to learn how, sign up for the fourth annual Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing, May 19-23, 1-5 p.m. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 2. All participants receive a $700 professional development stipend. Only ten spots are available. Apply now at

Mike Michaud

Order Faculty Regalia for Commencement by May 5

It is that time of year again for faculty to begin ordering their regalia for convocation and commencement. To order, please contact the Campus Store by Monday, May 5, for commencement regalia. For further information, contact Michelle Mare at ext. 8549.

Michelle Mare

RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline May 5

The RIC Writing Center will offer a week-long Faculty Writing Retreat from Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are working on a dissertation, book, article, grant application or other project that would benefit from five days of work among supportive colleagues, please contact Claudine Griggs at Snacks and lunch will be provided. The registration/application deadline is Monday, May 5. The retreat is limited to 10 participants. (We expect to hold another retreat in August, so watch for further announcements.)

Claudine Griggs

2014 Access for All Abilities Mini-Grants Application – Deadline May 15

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College is soliciting applications for “Access for All Abilities” Mini-Grants so that organizations and businesses may improve the accessibility of social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities in Rhode Island. The Sherlock Center will award up to four grants in 2014. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500. The submission deadline is Thursday, May 15. Eligibility criteria and the application are available on the Sherlock Center website at

Mary Anne Pallack

2014 Summer Sports Camps – June 23 through Aug. 8

The Department of Athletics announces the 2014 Summer Sports Camps for ages eight through 15. Programs are offered in boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball.  Camp runs from June 23 through August 8 (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Murray Center. The cost is $130 per week and includes a T-shirt. An extended day program ending at 4 p.m. is offered for an additional $25. Visit or call 401-456-8007 for an application and further information.  Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount.

Donald Tencher

RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp July 8-24

The Summer Performing Arts Camp is an acting camp that incorporates musical theatre and dance for students in grades six through 12. No experience is required. Camp will be held July 8-24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with the final showcase performance on July 24 at 7 p.m. Tuition is $530 (early bird registration), and $595 after May 25. For more information and an application, call 401-456-9702 or email Artistic/Managing Director Professor Jamie Taylor at

Dr. Jamie Taylor

RI Campus Compact Accepting Applications for Engaged Faculty Fellows

Rhode Island Campus Compact is now accepting applications for the Engaged Scholars Statewide Presidential Faculty Fellowship Program. The Faculty Fellows program serves as an opportunity for faculty from across the state to participate in a learning cohort of scholars and receive a grant to support the development of a community partnership, service-learning course or community-based research project. For more information and an application go to

Liz Garofalo

State of Rhode Island’s New Travel Agency

Effective April 1, 2014, the State of Rhode Island has a new travel agency PanAm Travel Services. RIC will no longer use Short’s Travel for future bookings.  Their phone number is 401-404-5178. The website is All travel information and procedures are available on the RI College Accounting Office website.

Debby Iannuccilli

Cap and Gown Convocation Speakers Announced

I am pleased to announce that the class of 2014 has selected Hillary Costa to bring greetings to her fellow degree candidates at this year’s Cap and Gown Convocation to be held on Wednesday, April 30, at 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium in Roberts Hall. Assistant Professor Silvia Oliveira of modern languages has been invited by the class to deliver the main address. Please join us for the event that traditionally begins the college’s commencement season. 

Patricia Nolin

Summer Employment Opportunitites at Upward Bound

The RIC Upward Bound Program is now recruiting for its summer program. Part-time teaching positions in English, math, science and foreign languages and full-time residential positions are available. Positions are for the summer only. Dates, qualifications and application information can be found at the RIC employment website. All applicants must apply online. Priority is given to applicants who apply by April 18.

Cindy Fusco

Hot Books for Summer Reading

See the top ten most popular novels in Adams Library’s Browsing Collection at

Judith Stokes

RIC Dietician Carol Mier Retires and Beth Tucker Named New Dietician

On behalf of the dining services staff I would like to thank our retiring dietician, Mrs. Carol Mier, for her hard work and the excellent support she has provided to our college community. We wish her well on her future endeavors. I would also like to welcome Mrs. Beth Tucker, our new resident dietician. Mrs. Tucker can be reached at or at ext. 8477. Her office hours are Monday and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Performing Arts Series Spring 2014 Events

Duo-Pianists John and Richard Contiguglia – Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall

Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet – Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium in Roberts Hall 

Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Box Office, ext. 8144. Admission for RIC students with ID is $5 and $20 for faculty, staff and alumni.

Katherine Bacon

Quieting the Mind

How often do you feel overwhelmed or like you are spinning your wheels? In mindfulness meditation, we strive to take time out from the constant “doing” of our outer world and the constant “thinking” of our inner world to create a space where we can practice simply “being.” Like a still lake that perfectly reflects everything within and around it, a quiet mind offers the clarity to see what is and the opportunity to act with greater effectiveness and integrity. Offered Thursdays throughout the spring semester, noon-1 p.m., in Craig-Lee 130. Open to all.

Tom Lavin