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Open Mic Musicathon! – Sept. 18

An Open Mic Musicathon, with all-day performances by students, faculty and staff, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Quad outside the Student Union Café. In case of rain, performances will be held in the Student Union Ballroom. All are welcome to join in. It’s a musical “open mic.”

Zubeda Jalalzai

Biology Research Colloquium – Sept. 18

The Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Assistant Professor Breea Govenar (highlighted last year in RIC news) will speak about her research which investigates how the variation in community structure affects ecosystem functioning in both deep sea and shallow marine habitats, including the diversity of food sources at hydrothermal vents, the role of invertebrate gut microbes in greenhouse gas emissions from coastal salt marshes, how ocean acidification affects food webs in the upper water column and the colonization of bivalves in urbanized estuaries.

Sarah Spinette

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting – Sept. 19

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will meet in the Fortes Room of Adams Library on Friday Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed at the UCC website:

Sue Abbotson

Blood Drive and Marrow Registration – Sept. 22 and 23

The first Blood Drive and Marrow Registration of the academic year will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, and Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. There will be FREE HOT PIZZA for all donors! Giving blood is easy, and three lives are saved with each pint. So roll up those sleeves and help make this drive a success! Sponsored by the Women's Center and the Office of Health Promotion.

RIC Mainstage Theatre Presents Moliere’s Tartuffe – Sept. 24-28

HIDE YOUR WIVES! HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS! HIDE YOUR MONEY! THERE'S AN IMPOSTOR ON THE PROWL! Translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by RIC Professor of Theatre Jamie Taylor, this contemporary adaptation of “Tartuffe” is set in Newport, R.I. Tartuffe, a beacon of piety in the home of wealthy merchant Orgon, hehas his feet firmly under the table. The family smells a rat, and they hatch a cunning plan to outwit the wily deceiver before he brings their house crashing down. This production will take place in the Lila and John Sapinsley Hall, Sept. 24-28. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at 456-8144.

Jamie Taylor

Biology Research Colloquium – Sept. 25

Ron Etter of the University of Massachusetts will present a talk titled “The Origin and Maintenance of the Remarkable Diversity in the Deep Sea” at the Biology Research Colloquium on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. His work investigates the ecological and evolutionary processes that determine the biodiversity of both intertidal and deep sea marine ecosystems. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and involves ecology, population genetics, the development of theoretical models and the physics of wave energy.

Sarah Spinette

AIDS Project RI: Annual AIDS Walk – Sept. 27

RIC Student Community Government and Student Activities invite you to join honorary chairperson President Nancy Carriuolo, for the AIDS Project RI’s annual AIDS Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the State House. Wear your RIC apparel and be a part of the 2.5-mile walk, which will kick off from the RI State House lawn at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Registration and donations for the walk may be made in advance at or on site, but donations are not required to participate.

For your convenience, RIC students and the campus community can take FREE bus transportation to the event, leaving from the Student Union Loop at 8:30 a.m. and returning to campus at 12:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and RIC t-shirts will be distributed to those who take the bus. Please sign up at the Student Union Welcome & Information Desk. Space is limited.

Lecture by Jaime del Razo – Sept. 30

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4-5 p.m. in Alger 110, Jaime Del Razo, principle research associate at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform, will deliver a lecture as part of the FSEHD’s Worldviews Lecture Series. His talk is entitled “La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage): Oppression Remains for Undocumented Students.” Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Kalina Brabeck

Seasonal Flu Clinic – Oct. 1

Get the flu vaccine, not the flu! On Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Seasonal Flu Clinic will provide vaccinations in the Student Union Ballroom. To register, go to At the right of the screen, under Register Now, choose Flu Programs, then Students, then College/University. The log-in is ric. Participants must be 18 years or older and bring their health insurance card. For more information, call Office of Health Services at 456-8055.

Lynn Wachtel

AS220 Exhibit in Lobby of Adams Library – Through Oct. 1

An exhibit featuring items from the AS220 collections will be on display in the Adams Library Lobby through Oct. 1. In addition, AS220 artistic director Umberto Crenca will give two presentations on Sept. 17th and 30th. For more information, see

Kieran Ayton

“The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College” – Oct. 2

The Counseling Center is organizing an educational program titled “The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College” for the CEP 656: Crisis Assessment and Intervention class on Thursday, Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m. in Craig Lee 152. The program encourages students to get help for themselves or their friends. If you are interested in attending this event, please rsvp or click here

Prachi Kene

Spring 2015 Academic Software Requests – Deadline Oct. 6.

Faculty requiring new software, freeware, shareware or upgraded software in the centrally managed student computer labs and electronic classrooms for Spring Semester 2015, please complete and submit the following request form by Oct. 6:

Maureen Tobin

NYC Trip – Oct. 10

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City on Friday, Oct. 10. The bus will leave in front of Roberts Hall at 7 a.m. and drop off at the front entrance of the Metropolitan Museum. You are free to spend the day as you please. Departure from NYC is at 7 p.m. from the Metropolitan Museum. Cost is $20 per person. Sign-up is on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12-1 p.m. in the Alex & Ani Hall art center, first-floor lobby. For more information, contact Lisa Russell at ext. 9599.

Lisa Russell

FCTL Series: The “How To” of Teaching Peer Review – Oct. 21, and Nov. 18

Peer review is one of the most effective ways to help students produce better writing. What do you do when you put students into small groups to discuss their writing? Attend a three-part series on the “how to” of teaching peer review. You may attend one, two or all three sessions. The series, held in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 405), will be facilitated by Mike Michaud, associate professor of English and chair of the Writing Board. Session dates are Tuesdays, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18, 12:30-2 p.m.

Marie Beardwood

Film Screening: Awakenings – Oct. 23

The film “Awakenings,” directed by Penny Marshall and based on the book by Oliver Sacks, will be screend in the Fortes Room of Adams Library on Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m., with discussion to follow.

Zubeda Jalalzai

How to Access the Adobe Creative Suite Cloud for Faculty/Staff

Rhode Island College is pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2014, RIC faculty and staff became eligible to lease Adobe Creative Cloud for $9.75 per year (requires a free Adobe ID). In order to take advantage of this discount, you must first create an account at the RIC OnTheHub web store, followed by creating an Adobe ID. This software discount is available to any Rhode Island College faculty or staff member.

Scott Badger

RIC’s American Democracy Project Announces Fall Programming

RIC’s ADP will once again bring national and statewide experts to the RIC campus to discuss political and public policy issues of interest to faculty, staff, students and the greater Rhode Island community. All events are free. If faculty would like to bring their classes, contact Valerie Endress at, ext. 4781, so that we can guarantee sufficient seating. We also offer a staffed sign-in table for faculty who would like a record of student attendance. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Alger 110
Rediscovering the News: Millennials, Politics and Social Media

Keynote: Nicco Mele

Panel Moderator: Mark Curtis, chief political reporter, ABC6 Providence

Panelists: Scott MacKay, political analyst, Rhode Island Public Radio; Erica Niedowski, associated press reporter; Kate Nagel, writer and news editor, GoLocalProv; and Ed Fitzpatrick, Providence Journal political columnist

Nicco Mele of Harvard’s Kennedy School and author of the book The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath will deliver a keynote address in which he will discuss how our technology-fueled society and our ability to stay connected has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, including how we learn about the world around us. Following the keynote, Mele will be joined by other invited guests for a discussion that will focus on 1) how consumption of the news is changing, 2) how political campaign reporting is evolving because of the influence of social media, 3) how the various forms of social media are influencing the ways in which voters are informed, and 4) how can students best utilize social media to stay informed for the 2014 elections.

Thursday, Oct. 30
2 p.m. Providence Mayoral Debate 
7 p.m. Gubernatorial Debate
Roberts Hall Auditorium
ADP/NBC10 Debates

Bill Rappleye of NBC10 will serve as moderator, ADP will conduct instant polling with TV viewing audience via the NBC10 website at the 7 p.m. debate and an analysis will be reported. ADP will also conduct focus groups with the live audience following the 7 p.m. debates.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
Alger Hall (with the possibility of being moved to Sapinsley Hall)
Forum: Health Care Reform in Context: A Civil Discussion (co-sponsored by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor)

Keynote: Ira Magaziner, vice chair and chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative

Panel Moderator: Felice Freyer, health care reporter, Boston Globe

Panelists: Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island lieutenant governor; Jean Sullivan, director of the Center for Health Law and Economics at Commonwealth Medicine; Anya Rader Wallack, president of Arrowhead Health Analytics; and Michael Fine, director of Rhode Island Department of Health

Health care reform has been a dominant issue on both statewide and national levels, yet poll after poll indicates that most citizens do not understand how health care policy in the U.S. has evolved. This panel seeks to shed light on the origins of health reform and to place the Affordable Health Care Act in proper context. Each of these speakers are extraordinarily qualified to set the context and engage in a civil, intellectual discussion on health policy on a national level, as well as in Massachusetts (the birthplace of health reform) and in Rhode Island.

Valerie Endress

RIC Opportunity Exchange – First Tuesday of Each Month

All staff and faculty are welcome to participate in the RIC Opportunity Exchange: A “Pay it Forward” Conceptual Forum the first Tuesday of each month, 12:15-12:50 p.m., in Horace Mann 063. This is a pilot initiative for departments, divisions and individual faculty and staff to exchange volunteer requests to ensure that service opportunities are being circulated and promoted across the campus. The first exchange is Sept. 2. Contact Liz Garofalo for more information.

Liz Garofalo

Quieting the Mind Meditation Sessions – Each Thursday

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 reduces unnecessary anxiety, enhances learning and teaching and enables us to be more present to ourselves and others. Offered Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., CL130. Open to all.

Tom Lavin

Out of Darkness Community Walks – September Through October

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has organized the following Out of Darkness Community Walks:

  • Smithfield Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. in Deerfield Park
  • East Bay Walk on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. in Colt State Park
  • Pawtucket Walk on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in Slater Memorial Park
  • URI Campus Walk on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 10 am  


Prachi Kene