Nancy Carriuolo’s 2011 mid-year review

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo reviewed some of the college’s achievements and milestones from the preceding six months and looked ahead to the next six months in a presentation to faculty and staff in the Student Union Ballroom on Feb. 16. Among the highlights:

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Nancy Carriuolo offers her mid-year address.
• RIC was the only institution of higher education in Rhode Island invited to participate in this year’s American College Theatre Festival, which includes colleges and universities from New England and New York State.

Jeff Church was awarded best comic actor at the festival. Four students – Kristina Drager, Andrew Iacovelli, Naysh Fox and Church – reached the acting finals, while Marissa Silva reached the musical theatre finals and Brennan Srisirkul the directing/playwriting finals.

• The School of Social Work’s MSW program was ranked among the 10 most selective of all MSW programs in public and independent institutions in the country.

• RIC’s School of Nursing once again had the highest pass rate on the state licensing exam – over 95 percent – and the state of Rhode Island had the fifth highest pass rate of any state in the nation.

• Angelica Cardente-Vessella, RIC director of dance, has been hired to work on the production of the original musical “The Family,” which will premiere at Trinity Rep in June. Several Rhode Island College students have also been cast in roles.

• Alan Pickart, RIC associate professor of theatre, will accompany Festival Ballet Providence as a resident designer on the company’s trip to the 14th annual Belgrade Dance Festival in Serbia in April – the first time an American company has been invited to the Belgrade Festival.

RIC faculty and staff attended the Feb. 16 presentation.
• RIC athletic director Don Tencher was selected Division III AD of the year for 2010 and was recently elected secretary of the National Organization of Athletic Directors.

• Several RIC students have been recognized for scholarly achievements. Yaocihuatzin, a student in the joint PhD program, is a Gates Millenium scholar. Emily Sorlien and Alicia Kristen Roberts received Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship.

• RIC student Nick Kettle, 20, is the youngest state senator in Rhode Island’s history.

• With funding from the Davis Educational Foundation, the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center is now operational in Adams Library 405.

• During the first half of this fiscal year, 29 grant and contract awards totaling $5.8 million were made to the college.

• The Champlin Foundations awarded RIC $257,000 for renovation of the science laboratories in the Clarke Science Building.

• RIC is mid-way through its new five-year strategic plan, Vision 2015. In January, the Strategic Plan Implementation Task Force reviewed progress made on each of the 136 action items for this year.

• The official spring 2011 enrollment figures indicate that headcount exceeded the targeted enrollment goal by two percent.

• The Graduate Open House in January drew 233 potential students.

• Last fall the college received the final version of its new 10-year Facilities Master Plan.

• The Student-Athlete Learning Center is now complete and in use. Housed in the building adjacent to the baseball field, it provides students with space for their supervised study hall and includes the latest computer technology and a room for group study projects.

• Work on renovating the Recreation Center is expected be underway soon.

• Last November voters approved $17 million in bond financing for renovation and expansion of the Art Center. It represents the largest net proceeds for any bond issue in college history. The architect firm chosen for the design is Design Partnerships of Cambridge. Target for completion is December 2012.

• Construction work on the inside of the yellow cottage on the east campus is expected to be completed this summer. The first floor will house a large classroom, smaller seminar room and restroom. There will also be museum space for artifacts from the State Home and School Project. The second floor will be office space.

• The campus bus shelter is expected to be completed in warm weather.

• Leslie Cameron ’70, who passed away in December 2010, bequeathed $50,000 to the college. The funds are expected to go toward renovating the greenhouse as well as to obtaining web content management software that will allow changes to department websites to be made easier and faster.

• The college is planning a higher education preparedness conference in conjunction with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in March. The seminar will highlight the importance of emergency management and safety on campus as well as discuss leadership responsibility during a crisis. Attendees will include representatives from institutions throughout New England.

• In early June, a full-scale emergency management exercise called “Education Safe Haven” will take place on campus. It will involve federal, state and local entities as well as colleges and universities in Rhode Island. RIC will be the first higher education institution in the state to undertake this kind of exercise.

• RIC administrators and other campus leaders are being certified in Emergency Management through the National Preparedness Directorate of FEMA.