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FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Quality Does Matter in Online Course Design – Feb. 8

Quality Matters is a faculty-centered course review process that is designed to ensure the quality of online and blended courses. Your Blackboard course design can be reviewed against Quality Matters standards by a colleague within or outside of your discipline. Nursing faculty members Jeanne Schwager and Debra Servello will discuss their experiences using this process on Monday, Feb. 8, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Black History Month Blood Drive – Feb. 9

The next Blood Drive and Marrow Registration, sponsored by the Unity Center, will be held on Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Each pint of blood can save up to three lives. What an amazing gift to give to another person. There will be FREE pizza for all presenting donors. Fun note: African American Dr. Charles Drew was the inventor of the modern-day blood-banking process.

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Activism in the LGBTQ Community – Feb. 11

In a workshop on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Adams Library 406, students, activists and community members engage in and support queer and trans-specific research that functions to meaningfully integrate as well as empower LGBT communities. International and local case studies provide opportunities to brainstorm potential ways to shift or reformulate research practices. This workshop will be facilitated by Elijah Edelman (RIC Department of Anthropology).

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

RIC “Faculty Fridays” Writing Group – Feb. 12, March 18 and April 8

To supplement the annual Faculty Writing Retreats, the RIC Writing Center will offer one-day faculty writing events during Spring Semester 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb.12, March 18 and April 8 in Craig-Lee Hall, Room 265. Preregistration is NOT required, and writers are invited to come and go throughout the day. The Writing Center will provide coffee, tea and snacks. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch. Contact Writing Center Director Claudine Griggs at, for further information.

Claudine Griggs

Eddie Soares Tribute: RI Ambassador of Jazz – Feb. 16

Edwin Jose “Eddie Soares” (1913-1993), the son of immigrants and a lifelong resident of Providence’s Fox Point, was a renowned jazz pianist. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Adams Library Reinhardt Room 301 when scholar and actress Sylvia Ann Soares will introduce the music of Eddie Soares, show archival images of his family and document a musical career that included the Brown University Jazz Series, the Celebrity Club and over 35 years with the Jewels of Dixie.

Marlene Lopes

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Recipe for Research: Are Your Students Working from a Recipe or Learning to Cook? – Feb. 17

How do students master the technique of transforming a list of content ingredients into a delicious research project? How do we, as faculty, guide them from apprentice to chef – expert in their own research kitchen? A workshop to address these questions will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Adams Library 406, facilitated by Dragan Gill (Adams Library) and Gale Goodwin Gomez (RIC Department of Anthropology).

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

RIC Mainstage’s “Picnic” Opens Feb. 17

RIC Mainstage Theatre proudly presents William Inge’s “Picnic,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Directed by special guest Linda Sutherland, performances will be held Feb. 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. in the Helen Forman Theatre. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at 456-8144.

RIC Box Office

World Anthropology Day at RIC – Feb. 18

RIC’s Anthropology Department and Anthropos, along with anthropologists around the globe, will be celebrating World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 18. RIC’s event will include food, music, free raffle tickets, presentations of faculty research and hands-on activities for children that introduce them to archaeology, monkeys and apes, fossil humans, diverse cultural practices and language patterns. Come on over to Building 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where we’ll be monkeying around, digging anthropology and talking e-trash! This event is free and open to the community, with support from the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the vice president for academic affairs.

Mary Baker

Biology Research Colloquium – Feb. 18

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Selena Gell, Ph.D, of Harvard Medical School, who studies gene expression and activation of the entire genome using a yeast model system, will give a talk titled “Genome-Wide Analysis of Coactivator Redundancy in Transcription Initiation.” These seminars are offered through the support of the Biology Department.

William Holmes

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Submitting a Curriculum Proposal – Feb. 19

This workshop will provide tips and recommendations on submitting a strong proposal to the Curriculum Committee. If you have a proposal to prepare, bring the information with you for feedback. This workshop is facilitated by Sue Abbotson and will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Activism in the LGBTQ Community – Feb. 23

Mikaila Arthur of RIC's Department of Sociology will present “Dissent as Discipline: Moving Queer Studies Beyond the Academic Fringe” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Adams Library 406. This talk examines the emergence of queer studies programs in American colleges and universities and offers several case studies to show how faculty and student activists have successfully worked together to make queer studies programs a reality. 

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Didn't They Already Learn That? – Teaching Writing to Graduate Students – Feb. 23

Michelle Crossley and Elizabeth Holtzman (both from the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology) and Deborah Siegel (from the School of Social Work) team up to talk about writing and pedagogy with faculty in the disciplines. How do faculty from different disciplines teach writing, design writing assignments and give students feedback? Listen as colleagues across the content areas discuss their strategies, and join the discussion on the ins and outs of working with graduate students on writing and research. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Faculty as Writers – Feb. 24

As faculty, we spend a good deal of time looking at, thinking about and responding to student writing. But what about our own writing? How do RIC faculty identify writing and research topics? What is the writing process like? How do you get writing done? This workshop is facilitated by Mike Michaud and Kay Kalinak from the Department of English and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 1-2:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

RIC Trip to Boston Celtics Game – Feb. 27

RIC Trips will sponsor an outing to the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 27. Participants will be transported from RIC at 9 a.m. and returned at 8 p.m. The cost for RIC students and staff is $50 and for non-RIC participants $65. Participants must be 18 or over. For more information, click here

FCTL Co-Op Workshop – What Advisors Need to Know: Advising Students with Disabilities, Students of Color, and Transfer Students – Feb. 29

Each student population has unique advising needs. How does that impact your advice to your advisees? The workshop “What Advisors Need to Know” will be held on Monday, Feb. 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406, facilitated by Keri Rossi-D’entremont (Disability Services), Maria Muccio (Preparatory Enrollment Program) and Susan McCallister (OASIS). 

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Vote for Next Year’s OBOM Book – Deadline March 1, 2016

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee invites the campus community to select from the following top three titles for the 2016-2017 common book: “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by Alison Bechdel; “Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism,” by Maajid Nawaz; and “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr. Click here to read the publishers’ descriptions and to cast your vote, or click on the RIC Web page. The voting deadline is March 1, 2016.

Zubeda Jalalzai

NYC Trip – March 5

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City on Saturday, March 5. The bus will leave in front of Roberts Hall at 6:30 a.m. and drop you off at the front entrance of the Metropolitan Museum. You are free to spend the day as you please. Departure is at 8 p.m. in front of the Metropolitan Museum. Sign up on Wednesday, Feb. 24, between noon and 1 p.m., at the main entrance of Alex and Ani Hall. The cost of the trip is $20. For more information, contact Art Club Advisor Lisa Russell at ext. 9599.

Lisa Russell

Richard Whitten Art Exhibit – Now Until April 30

RIC Professor of Art Richard Whitten will hold a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art from Thursday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, April 30.

New State Travel Agency

Effective Feb. 1, 2016, Short's Travel Management will provide travel services for Rhode Island College. Short’s is replacing PanAm Travel. All travel procedures and forms are available on the Accounting Office website at

Debby Iannuccilli

Quieting the Mind – Thursdays, Noon to 1 p.m.

In our streaming, multitasking, digital world, how often do you feel overwhelmed, scattered or like you are spinning your wheels? In mindfulness meditation, we take time out from the constant doing of our outer world and the constant thinking of our inner world, and 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, from noon-1 p.m., in CL 130.

Tom Lavin