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Rob Bower’s Retirement Reception – Aug. 22

Rob Bower, director of the Office of Publishing Services, is retiring this week after nearly 29 years of service. You are invited to stop in on Rob’s last day (Friday, Aug. 22) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Office Services to wish Rob well. Light refreshments will be served.


Engaged Scholarship and the Fundamentals of Course Construction – Aug. 25

Rhode Island Campus Compact is offering a free workshop on Monday, Aug. 25, 9-11:30 a.m. at Providence College/Smith Hill Annex, presented by Kerrissa Heffernan, director of Royce Fellowship at Brown University. Heffernan is the co-editor of “The Practice of Change: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Women’s Studies” and author of “The Fundamentals of Course Construction.” This is an excellent opportunity for faculty new to course-based community engagement to explore the components of engaged curriculum.  RSVP Kerry Condon at kcondon@ricompact.org.

Liz Garofalo


Using Blackboard to Support Your F2F/Hybrid Classes: BASICS – Aug. 25

User Support Services and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning are offering “Blackboard Boot Camp: BASICS,” an all-day workshop designed to help faculty use Blackboard to support their face-to-face and hybrid classes. The workshop will be held on Monday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to noon in HBS 212, and 1-3 p.m. in the same classroom. Prior to the workshop, please request that your course be activated in Blackboard and allow at least two days for Information Services to process your request. Bring a paper and electronic copy of your syllabus and some course content in electronic form. To register, email ittraining@ric.edu. Lunch is provided.

Veronica Bruscini


Using Blackboard to Support Your F2F Class: ADVANCED – Aug. 26

User Support Services and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will be reviewing the basic features of Blackboard (Bb) on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in HBS 212. Faculty will be introduced to assignments; rubrics and methods of giving students feedback on their work; as well as tests, surveys and setting up/using grade center. It is recommended that participants have some experience with Bb or Bb Boot Camp: BASICS. Prior to the workshop, please request that your course be activated in Bb and allow two days for Information Services to process your request. Bring a paper and electronic copy of your syllabus and some course content in electronic form. To register, email ittraining@ric.edu. Lunch is provided.

Veronica Bruscini


F. Haven Starr's Retirement Reception – Aug. 27

Haven Starr is retiring after 45 years of dedicated service to Rhode Island College and our youngest learners at the Henry Barnard School. A retirement reception is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1-3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. Please feel free to stop by and wish Haven well as he begins a new chapter in his life.

Susan St Amand


Quieting the Mind Meditation Sessions Resume

How often do you feel overwhelmed, 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 to create a space where we can practice simply being. Like a still lake that perfectly reflects everything within and around it, a quiet mind reduces unnecessary anxiety, enhances learning and teaching, and enables us to be more present to ourselves and others. Offered Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., CL130. Open to all.

Tom Lavin