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Jazz Saxophonist Greg Abate Has Been Inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame celebrates the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professionals who have made significant contributions to the national and local music scene. On April 24 Greg Abate was among eight inductees who saw the unveiling of their Hall of Fame exhibit. Abate also performed at the induction concert event at The MET in Pawtucket.


RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline May 6

The RIC Writing Center will offer a week-long Faculty Writing Retreat from May 16-20, 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 May 6. The retreat is limited to 15 participants. (We expect to hold another retreat in August, so watch for further announcements.)

Claudine Griggs


Campus-Wide Discussion of Formula Funding and Performance-Based Funding – May 6

The Council of Rhode Island College will host an explanation and discussion of Formula-Based and Performance-Based Funding on Friday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. in Clarke Science 128. All members of the RIC community are invited to attend and participate. These new paradigms for the funding of higher education could have significant impacts – both good and bad – for the college. Professor of Political Science Thomas Schmeling and Professor of History Erik Christiansen will present their national-level research on this topic. Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Pitt and Vice President for Administration and Finance David Gingerella will discuss the potential impact on RIC and RIC’s response to the state-level proposals.

Jeffrey Blais, Council Chair


Initial Meeting of the 2016-2017 Council of Rhode Island College – May 6

The 2016-2017 Council of Rhode Island College will have a brief meeting on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in SU 307 to elect members of the Executive Committee for the coming academic year.

Jeffrey Blais, 2015-2016 Council Chair


Final Meeting of the 2015-2016 Council of Rhode Island College – May 6

The 2015-2016 Council of Rhode Island College will have its final meeting on Friday, May 6, at 2:15 p.m. in SU 307. (Please note that this date differs from the date previously posted; and please note the unusual start time). Included on the agenda for this meeting are proposals for changes in the Student Conduct Board, a proposal for changing the credit hour deadline from 40 to 30 for completing the First Year Seminar and a proposal for changing the Class Scheduling Patterns.

Jeffrey Blais, Council Chair


Retirement Reception for Thomas Meedel – May 10

A retirement reception to recognize Professor of Biology Tom Meedel’s 24 years of scholarship and mentorship of students will be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Fogarty Life Science’s Biology Lounge.

Sharon Rogers


Assistant Professor of Dance Jessica Pearson to Present Work in New York – May 13

Jessica Pearson, assistant professor of dance, has been selected to present her dance work, “Communal Capacity,” in New York City on Friday, May 13. This dance concert is produced by ModArts Dance Collective and will be held at Bridge for Dance on 2726 Broadway. “Communal Capacity” was Pearson’s 2014 inaugural work choreographed for the Rhode Island Dance Company. RIC dance majors Miguel Alcantara, Stephanie Avtgis, Kathleen Berkeley, Nicole Chagnon, Amanda DuBois, Talya Louie, Jackelyn Otero and Kelsey Rioux will perform in the concert.


Library Exhibit: “The Book, Art & Artifact” – May 31

“The Book, Art & Artifact” is an exhibit on display through May 31 in the Adams Library that investigates the book as object and art. Exhibit pieces demonstrate the materiality of books: their construction and the design choices made to suit readers and their needs. Unusual books drawn from the library’s collections question our definition of “book.” Interactive elements engage viewers with cover design and illustration. This exhibit is curated by Reference Librarians Dragan Gill and Amy Barlow.

Dragan Gill


RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp – July 11-28

The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will hold the 2016 Summer Performing Arts Camp July 11-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Little Theatre (Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Room 128). Prior to Wednesday, May 25, tuition is $495; thereafter it is $595. This acting camp incorporates musical theatre and dance (no experience necessary); however, enrollment is limited. For more information, contact the camp director, RIC Professor of Theatre Jamie Taylor, at 401-456-9702 or by email jltaylor@ric.edu.

Jamie Taylor, RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp Director


Hot Books for Summer Reading

From thrillers to histories, check out the most popular books in the Adams Library browsing collection. Choose a bestseller to enjoy after exams or several to take to the beach this summer. See http://ric.libguides.com/hot2016.

Judith Stokes


Faculty Rentals of Academic Regalia

Any faculty who would like to rent academic regalia for the Cap & Gown Convocation on Wednesday, April 27, or the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, please contact the campus bookstore at bookstore@ric.edu with your name, highest degree received, school the degree is from and major. Please specify cap or tam, head size and height. You may also call 456-8025.

Faculty have until Friday, April 22, to place orders for the Cap & Gown Convocation and until Friday, May 6, to place orders for both undergraduate and graduate commencement. 


“The Shallows” – The 2016-2017 Common Book

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr, will be the Common Book for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Visit the Open Books – Open Minds website to learn more about this book. 

Zubeda Jalalzai