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Nominations for Thorp Award – Deadline March 6

The Mary Tucker Thorp College Professorship is given to a RIC professor who demonstrates excellence in teaching, scholarship and/or service. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the RIC community. Please submit a letter of nomination, explaining your knowledge of the faculty member's work and the reasons for the nomination, by e-mail to Michelle Cardono at The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 6. Nominees will be invited to submit supporting materials by April 1, and a cross-college committee of faculty, including previous award winners, will review the nominees.

Ron Pitt, VPAA

Training on “Safety Without Restraints: Trauma Informed Care” – March 9

A training on trauma informed care will be held at Rhode Island College on Monday, March 9, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presenters are: Joan Gillece, director of SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care, and Janice LeBel, director of System Transformation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health. Late registrants will be accepted as space permits. The general registration fee is $15. Complete details and registration materials are available on the Sherlock Center website at

Mary Anne Pallack

Workshop: “Creating PowerPoint 2013 Presentations” – March 11 and 12

User Support Services will offer a workshop on creating PowerPoint presentations on Wednesday, March 11, 12:30-2 p.m., and Thursday, March 12, 4:30-6 p.m. Both workshops will be held in Horace Mann 140. Participants will learn how to insert slides using various slide layouts; how to insert, edit and format text; apply document themes; insert bulleted and numbered lists; insert and apply special effects to objects; and insert and format SmartArt. Email, if you are interested in attending.

Gloria Anzevino

World Views Lecture: “Building Restorative Schools” – March 17

This year’s World Views Lecture, titled “Building Restorative Schools,” will be presented by Erica Bronstein and Carmen Veloria on Tuesday, March 17, at 4 p.m., in Alger 110. The speakers will discuss various ways to implement restorative practices in education. R.S.V.P. Assistant Professor Prachi Kene at The World Views Lecture Series is offered by Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

Prachi Kene

Comments on CoOL Proposal – Deadline March 18

The RIC Council CoOL Ad Hoc Committee has submitted a proposal to the council to move from an ad hoc committee to a permanent Council Committee. The proposal has received an approval upon first vote from the council and is now open for public comment prior to the second vote. The proposal can be found on the council webpage. Please email any comments to Leslie Sevey, council chair, at by Wednesday, March 18. A final vote will take place at the March 20th council meeting.

Leslie Sevey

“Hidden and Forgotten Histories,” A Multimedia Presentation – March 19

Claire Andrade-Watkins, author of the documentary “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican? A Cape Verdean American Story” (2006), will deliver a multimedia presentation on Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Faculty Center South Dining Room. This event is part of the Modern Languages 2015 Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies.

Silvia Oliveira

Biology Research Colloquium – March 19

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m., in FLS 050. Guest speaker Ricardo Mallarino is a post-doctoral fellow working in the lab of Hopi Hoekstra, a prominent evolutionary ecologist and Howard Hughes Investigator at Harvard University. Mallarino will discuss how he applied his interests in evolutionary-developmental biology to two different projects using both gene expression and mathematical analysis and functional assays. His talk is titled “The Developmental Basis of Evolutionary Adaptations: Lessons From Darwin’s Finches and African Striped Mice.” These seminars are offered through the support of the College Lectures Committee.

Applications for Rose Butler Browne Award – Deadline March 20

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Rose Butler Browne Award. To be eligibile, the student must be a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership in professional and community affairs, s/he must have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or better and must have completed of at least 100 hours of service to a disadvantaged population during the preceding year. Applications must include a letter of reference and a personal statement. The $220 award will be presented at the Cap and Gown Convocation on Wednesday, April 29. The application deadline is Friday, March 20. Visit and search scholarships for more information. 

Valley Forge, What? Archaeological Investigations of a Revolutionary War Winter Encampment in Redding, Conn. – March 25

On March 25, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Fortes Room of Adams Library, Bethany Morrison will present a lecture titled “After Valley Forge, What? Archaeological Investigations of a Revolutionary War Winter Encampment in Redding, Conn.”  Morrison has conducted archaeological investigations in Belize, Mexico and Connecticut. Her interests include human ecology, community structure and settlement pattern analysis. This lecture is presented by the Departments of Anthropology and Geography and funded by Anthropology and the College Lectures Fund.

Mary Baker

Biology Research Colloquium – March 26

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 4 p.m., in FLS 050. Guest speaker is George Witman, professor of cell and developmental biology and George F. Booth Chair in the Basic Sciences at UMass Medical School. Witman has used the single-cellular organism Chlamydamonas to better understand the biology of cilia and flagella in order to determine their significance during human development, fertility and diseases of the lungs, kidneys and eyes. His talk is titled “Cillia and Disease.” These seminars are offered through the support of the College Lectures Committee.

Terri Coates, BBC’s Clinical Editor for “Call the Midwife,” Visits RIC – April 9

Student Activities is hosting guest lecturer Terri Coates on April 9 in the Student Union Ballroom at 8 p.m. Coates is a midwife, lecturer, writer and the clinical editor for BBC on their massively popular series “Call the Midwife.” She worked closely with Jennifer Worth on her books, ensuring clinical accuracy and, at the author's insistence, was made clinical editor for “Call the Midwife” during its transformation into the popular, BBC television series.‚Äč

Marissa Weiss

College Lectures Committee Accepting Applications – Deadline April 17

The College Lectures Committee is now accepting applications for fall 2015 funding. An email, with an application attached, has already been sent out to faculty. The applicaiton submission deadline is Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. Funding by the College Lectures Committee is provided for outside speakers who present at RIC’s campus-wide lectures/workshops, departmental and interdepartmental lectures/workshops and in the classroom. Funding covers honoraria ranging from $50 to $300 as well as additional travel expenses. For more information, email

Emily Cook

Faculty Research Grants Funding Cycle Open

The faculty research grant-funding cycle for 2015-2016 is open. Application guidelines and information can be found at

Lisa Smolski

Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who has e-mailed, phoned, sent cards/presents and came to my retirement party last evening. I feel honored and privileged to have worked with the best group of faculty, staff and administration anywhere these 40 years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Dolores Passarelli

And the Winner is . . . “The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao”

Thanks to all who voted for the 2015-16 Open Books-Open Minds common book! We are looking forward to a great year inspired by Junot Diaz’s “The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.” Buy your book, start reading and continue to participate in the “Musicophilia” programs, which consists of a screening of “Alive Inside,” on Tuesday, March 17, from 4-6 p.m., in the Fortes Room of Adams Library; and the Spring Student Conference on Friday, April 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Alger 110.

Zubeda Jalalzai

On the SPOT Campus Resources 

Learning 4 Life and the Student Union will present On the SPOT Campus Resources in one convenient and central location throughout the semester – the lobby of the Student Union. There students can learn more about campus departments. The following departments will be represented this semester:

Feb. 24 – Disability Services Center
March 17 – Career Development and Student Employment
March 24 – OASIS
March 31 – Writing Center
April 7 – Health Services
April 21 – Counseling Center

Students who stop by are eligible to enter a raffle to win a Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player! For more information, call 456-8538.

Kristen Salemi

Quieting the Mind Resumes

In our streaming, multitasking, digital world, how often do you feel overwhelmed, ungrounded 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, 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. Mindfulness meditation is offered Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., in Craig-Lee 130. Open to all.

Tom Lavin