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RIC Mainstage Spring Musical “Godspell” – April 16-19

“Godspell” was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Children of Eden”). In “Godspell,” Jesus relates parables, using a variety of storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, are employed as the story of Jesus’s life and death is enacted. Book by John Michael Tebelak, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and directed by Professor of Musical Theatre Bill Wilson. Show times are April 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., and April 18-19, at 2 p.m., in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

RIC Box Office: 401-456-8144


The Clothesline Project – Through April 21

Decorate a shirt for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence from April 15-21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center (located on the ground floor of Donovan Dining Center). Pizza, decorating supplies and a limited number of shirts will be provided. On Wednesday, April 22, the shirts will be hung on the Quad.


School of Nursing Public Policy Presentations – April 21 and 23

Community/public health nursing students will present their proposals, addressing important public health issues, in Alger Hall 110 on Tuesday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and/or Thursday, April 23, from 12-3 p.m. For further information, contact Mary Byrd at mbyrd@ric.edu

Mary Byrd


Kate McKinnon from SNL – April 21

Comedian and actress Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live (SNL) will perform at RIC on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m., in Roberts Auditorium. As a cast member of SNL, McKinnon’s impersonations include Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber and Shakira. She was an original cast member of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show and regularly performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Tickets to this performance are $5 in advance and $10 at the door and may be purchased at the Nazerian Center Box Office. This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Ashley Malenfant


On the SPOT Campus Resources – April 21

On Tuesday, April 21, On the SPOT Campus Resources have a table set up in the lobby of the Student Union with information on RIC’s Counseling Center. Students who stop by are eligible to enter a raffle to win a Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player. 

Kristen Salemi


Earth Day Events – April 22

The annual presentation of the RIC Green Team Award will be held on Wednesday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m., in Alger Hall 110. This award recognizes an individual or a program at Rhode Island College that advances the college’s green and sustainability efforts. The presentation will be followed by a lecture by Merrill Singer, professor of anthropology and public health at the University of Connecticutt-Storrs and an expert on environmental health and the public health impact of global warming. He has titled his lecture “Teach Us: Climate Change Perception and Knowledge Among the Inner-City Poor.”

Jim Murphy


Lecture: “Take Two Oranges and Call Me in the Morning” – April 22

Capuchin monkeys are known to vigorously rub pungent and physically stimulating substances over their bodies, many of which are used by humans to treat a variety of skin maladies. On Wednesday, April 22, from 12:30-2 p.m., in Adams Library 405, Professor of Anthropology Mary Baker will present field experiments that demonstrate the cues capuchins use to identify rubbing substances and why they engage in this odd behavior. Her talk is titled “Take Two Oranges and Call Me in the Morning: Medicinal Plant Use by Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capucinus).” This event is part of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Brown Bag Sessions: Here’s What I’m Working On! Bring a lunch and join us! Coffee and tea provided. 

Veronica Bruscini


Write-In – April 23

Please invite your students to stop by the first annual Write-In on Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Craig-Lee Hall 131. At Write-In, students are able to work on final papers, projects or exams. The center provides computers (or space for student’s laptops), tutors and snacks. The doors open on a first-come, first-served basis. This event is sponsored by the First Year Writing Program, the Writing Center, the Writing Board and OASIS.

Becky Caouette


Lecture: “Blogging Dissent Under a Dictatorship? Alternative Art and Civil Society in the Era of Renewed US-Cuba Relations” – April 23

On Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m., in Forman C, join us for a talk by Cuban writer, blogger, photographer and social activist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo. Lazo is adjunct professor of creative writing for new digital media at Brown University’s Hispanic Studies Department. He is currently visiting fellow at the International Writers Project at Brown University’s Literary Arts Department. 

Olga Juzyn


Retirement Party for Professor of English Meradith McMunn – April 23

Professor Meradith McMunn is retiring at the end of this academic year. The English Department is hosting a good-bye party for Meradith on Thursday, April 23, 3-5:30 p.m., in the Alumni Lounge of Roberts Hall. There will be musical performances and a brief speaking program beginning at about 3:45 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, contact Professor of English Maureen Reddy (mreddy@ric.edu or at ext. 8377).

Maureen Reddy


Arbor Day Tree Planting at RIC Bee Education Center – April 24

On Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m., Janet Coit, director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, will host an Arbor Day tree planting of two red maples at the site of the college’s Bee Education Center (located behind the Sherlock Center on East Campus).

Jim Murphy


RIC Wind Ensemble Senior Concerto Concert – April 24

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, conducted by Professor of Music Robert Franzblau, will present the final concert of the season on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m., in Sapinsley Hall. RIC seniors Nicholas DeFrias and James Stone, winners of the 2015 Student Concerto Competition, will perform a major solo work with the ensemble. The concert will also feature the world premiere of “Patchwork,” written for the ensemble by world-renowned jazz saxophonist and RIC Adjunct Professor of Music Greg Abate. Admission is free for RIC students, staff and faculty.


Annual Student Exhibitions at Bannister Gallery – April 27-May 17

RIC’s annual student exhibitions are opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to demonstrate their many talents in the various studio disciplines offered at Rhode Island College. The Graduate Student Exhibition will run April 27-30, with a closing reception on Thursday, April 30, from 5-8 p.m. The Undergraduate Student Exhibition will run May 7-17, with a closing Reception on Thursday, May 7, from 5-8 p.m.

james Montford


Lecture: Curator Jamilee Polson Lacy – April 27

Jamilee Polson Lacy will give a talk about her experiences as an independent curator of contemporary art on Monday, April 27, at 6 p.m., in the Alex and Ani Lecture Hall. Polson Lacy is founding artistic director of the Twelve Galleries Project in Chicago and curator for the Hunt-Cavanaugh Gallery at Providence College. This event is hosted by the Bannister Gallery.

James Montford


Art Exhibit: “Transformations” – Through April 28

Artist Sook Jin Jo takes the debris of discarded and abandoned material to recreate sculptural pieces, producing a “reflective, meditative experience.” Her exhibit runs from April 2-28 at Bannister Gallery, curated by Professor of Art Lisa Russell. 

James Montford


Lecture: The 16th Annual Robert M. Young Memorial Lecture – April 28

The annual Robert M. Young Lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m., in FLS 050. It will feature Fatimah Jackson, director of the Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University. The title of her presentation is “E.E. Just, Epigenesis and Related Subjects.” Ernest Everett Just was a pioneering African American biologist and academician. His research emphasized the fundamental role of the self surface in the development of organisms. He served as chairman of the new biology department at Howard University from 1910-1941 until his death. Reception to follow.

Neil Gonalves


Conference: “Rhode Island in Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn and Play” – April 30

The Health Communities Office, in partnership with Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs, is sponsoring a conference for community leaders, anti-hunger advocates, policy makers, educators and school district staff.

Titled “Rhode Island in Action: Feeding Children Where They Live, Learn and Play,”  hear from leading experts and advocates on the implications of child hunger and the upcoming 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. Participate in workshops addressing culture and hunger, child nutrition programs, the role of food business in anti-humger efforts and more.

This conference will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Student Union. The event is free but registration is limited to 175 attendees. For more information and to register, visit www.providenceri.com/health.


Retrospective Exhibit by James Montford – May 1-June 21

James Montford, RIC teacher and director of the Bannister Gallery, will have the first mid-career survey of his work in an exhibit titled “James Montford: Persuasions 1990-2015” at the Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. The exhibit runs from May 1 through June 21, with an opening reception on Friday, May 1, from 6-8 p.m., with a silent performance at 6:30 p.m.

Curated by Vera Ingrid Grant, this retrospective explores Montford’s confrontational work and engagement with racial stereotypes and social alienations and features a range of works, from his repetitive and grid-like visual portals, maps and proclamations to his performance videos. Within his visual constructions, Montford integrates his own personal exeperience with racial confrontations. Examples include the hangman’s noose and various commercial memorabilia featuring racist caricatures of African Americans. This exhibition displays his work from the early 1990s to his current projects that incorporate the national social moment of "Hands Up" sparked in response to Eric Garner’s racially charged arrest and death in New York City.

“Persuasions Dialogue,” a conversation with the artist and curator will be held on Thursday, May 21, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the gallery. And on Thursday, June 11, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the gallery, Montford will host a participatory discussion titled “Gertrude’s Artists Salon: You and Identity in Art,” where he will invite artists and art enthusiasts to talk about their experiences and ideas on identity in art.


Innovation Lab Celebrates Second Year – May 2

The Innovation Lab’s Second Birthday Party will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 9-11 a.m., in Alger 110. All are welcome. This event will bring together students, faculty, parents and community partners who have created a wide range of collaborative projects between the school district and the college. Meet the students and faculty involved, learn about the projects and hear about the accomplishments, the learning and the challenges. We take great pride in the efforts of these learning pioneers, the first to move us toward achieving together. There will be cake!

Julie Horwitz


RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline May 8

The RIC Writing Center will offer a week-long Faculty Writing Retreat, May 18-22, 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 cgriggs@ric.edu. Snacks and lunch will be provided. The registration/application deadline is Friday, May 8. The retreat is limited to 15 participants. (We expect to hold another retreat in August, so watch for further announcements.)


Submissions Being Accepted for Ethnic Research Award

The Ethnic Research Award is presented to a Rhode Island College graduate student for a research paper or thesis on a topic related to one or more ethnic groups in New England. The award carries a stipend of $250 and is open to a student in any department. The purpose of the award is to increase understanding of the diverse groups of our region. Please send a copy of the paper or thesis to Professor Emerita Joan Rollins at jrollins@ric.edu by April 26.

Joan Rollins


Upcoming Events at the Student Union

The Office of Student Activities, student organizations and several other offices on campus are getting in high gear for events that will be held in and around the Student Union in the upcoming days and weeks. Here is a sample of what’s underway:

April 20 – Campout for Camp Friendship
April 21 – Greek Week; Nerd Picnic; Arthurian Chess (K)
April 22 – Clothesline Project; Student Leadership Awards
April 23 – RIC Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault
April 24 – Theater in the Courtyard: Showcase Performance
April 25 – Diversity is a Way of L.I.F.E. Conference; Semi-Formal Dance
April 27-30 – RIC END & RSA Res Week
April 27 or 28 – St. Baldrick’s Day
April 29 – Access Challenge
April 30 – Hunger Conference; Block Party; Karaoke Night
May 1 – Relay for Life; BLACKOUT
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 7 – Transfer Assistance Day

And MORE! For additional information, go to RICalendar.


Thank You!!!

Thank you to everyone who donated blood at our Blood Drive this week. We collected a total of 102 pints, which will help save up to 306 lives! Thank you also to the Student Nursing Association for their help with the drive.


Cap and Gown Day Speakers Announced

I am pleased to announce that the Class of 2015 has selected Harley Mitchell to bring greetings to her fellow candidates at this year’s Cap and Gown Convocation to be held on Wednesday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m., in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. RIC Professor of Music Teresa Coffman has been invited by the class to deliver the main address. Please join us for this event, as we begin the college commencement season.

Patricia Nolin


Deadlines for Rental of Faculty and Staff Regalia

Monday, April 13, is the deadline for faculty and staff who wish to rent academic regalia for both Cap and Gown Day on Wednesday, April 29, and for Commencement on Saturday, May 16. For those who wish to rent regalia for Commencement only, the deadline is Monday, May 4. Contact Michelle Mare at the Campus Store at extension 8549 or email mmare@ric.edu.

Michelle Mare