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Mindfulness Hour – Dec. 7, 13 and 14

Finals can be quite stressful. Give yourself the opportunity to recharge and reconnect with a calmer and more centered mind. A guided mindfulness meditation will be offered by RIC Counseling Center staff for any member of the RIC community (students, staff and faculty). No prior experience is necessary. Join us on any, or all, of the four meetings in the Fortes Room of Adams Library on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 from 1-1:50 p.m.


Open Meetings with Candidates – Dec. 9 and 13

Faculty, staff, students and friends of the college are invited to interview and talk with two finalists for the position of director of the Office of College Communications and Marketing at Rhode Island College. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as provide feedback about each candidate. The meeting schedule is as follows: 

Dec. 9, 2-3:15 p.m. – Timothy Grader, Kauffman Center Board Room
Dec. 13, 12:30-1:45 p.m. – Chad Minnich, Kauffman Center Board Room

Copies of each candidate’s credentials will be available at the open sessions. Thank you for your willingness to participate in this very important process.


Council of Rhode Island College to Meet – Dec. 9

The Council of Rhode Island College will meet on Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. in Room 307 of the Student Union. Among the items on the agenda are: second vote on a proposal to amend Article X of the Council By-Laws concerning the Campus Store Advisory Committee; First vote on a proposal to Amend Article XXI of the Council By-Laws concerning the Student Conduct Board; Consideration of a proposal from the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures for Addressing Academic Disruptive Conduct; Discussion of a preliminary proposal from the Task Force for Faculty Scholarship Resources.

Jeffrey Blais


Warm Clothing Drive to Benefit Homeless – Deadline Dec. 9

AFSCME local 2879 is collecting donations of any clean, gently used, adult or children’s coats, hats, scarves, gloves and warm clothing. New, warm socks are greatly needed because they are not typically donated and wear out quickly. Four donation boxes are available on campus at: Donovan Dining Center (by the stairs), Roberts Hall (main lobby), the School of Nursing lobby in Fogarty Life Science (new addition) and the Student Union. The deadline for donations is Friday, Dec. 9. Thank you to RIC President Sánchez, Vice President David Gingerella, Dean of Nursing Jane Williams, Arthur Patrie and Kristen Salemi for your support.


Meeting of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee – Dec. 16

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) will have its final meeting of 2016 in Craig-Lee 255 on Friday, Dec. 16, from 2-4 p.m. All are welcome to attend. An agenda for the meeting will be available on the UCC website one week prior to the meeting. Click here for agenda.

Sue Abbotson


NYC Trip – Dec. 17 (Sign Up Dec. 7)

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City on Saturday, Dec. 17. The bus will leave in front of Roberts Hall at 6:30 a.m. and will drop off passengers at the front entrance of the Metropolitan Museum. You are free to spend the day as you please. The bus departs from the museum at 8 p.m. Sign up on Wednesday, Dec. 7, between noon and 1 p.m., at the main entrance of ALEX & ANI Hall. The cost of the trip is $20. For more information, contact Art Club Advisor Lisa Russell at 456-9599.

Lisa Russell


21st Annual Faculty Development Workshop – Jan. 11

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Alger 110, join the Writing Board and this year’s workshop leader, Neal Lerner of Northeastern University, to learn how to effectively and efficiently respond to student writing. You will gain practical strategies and practices to use immediately and have the opportunity to build community with colleagues from across campus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Mike Michaud


Judith Lynn Stillman Featured in The Boston Sunday Globe

RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman’s recent trip to Greece to meet with refugees is the subject of Kevin Cullen’s feature article, “Reaching Refugees with Music,” in The Boston Sunday Globe. Click here to read the article.


The Art of Richard Whitten Featured in “Artist’s Magazine”

Available now on newstands and online, “Artist’s Magazine” features RIC Professor of Art Richard Whitten, his inspiration and his process. Click here to read the article.


Russell Potter’s Book Featured in Providence Journal

The Providence Journal features RIC Professor of English Russell Potter’s new book “Finding Franklin,” which follows explorers who attempted to learn the fate of Sir John Franklin and his 129 men who disappeared in the Arctic in the 1840s. Click here to read article.


Holiday Plants and Wreaths

The women’s lacrosse team is taking orders for wreaths and poinsettias, $15 each, which will be delivered on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Payment may be made in cash, check or by VISA. To place your order, call 456-8007. For the best selection, order early.

Jeanne D’Agostino


Welcome a New Addition to the Learning for Life Team – Harrison Grigsby!

Harrison Grigsby has joined Learning for Life as an educational support facilitator. His role is to lead a network of navigators and scholars focused on the needs of students who are “adulting” – shouldering work, family and other significant priorities.

Harrison earned his baccalaureate and master’s degrees in educational leadership and administration at RIC and brings 10 years of experience in student access, opportunity and outreach.

“Now I have the privilege to assist and engage RIC students in realizing their fullest potential,” he said.

Please welcome Harrison and feel free to reach out to say hello.

Chris Lambert


Flu Vaccine

Missed the Flu Vaccine Clinic? No problem. Health Services still has plenty of vaccine. Call 456-8055 for an appointment.

Lynn Wachtel


Mindfulness Meditation

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. Through this practice, we develop a quiet mind, which is essential to real learning and teaching. Offered Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., in Craig-Lee, 130, mindfulness meditation sessions will run until Dec. 15 in the fall semester and then resume again on Jan. 19, 2017, through May 4, 2017. Sessions are open to all.

Thomas Lavin


Art Exhibit: Richard Whitten – Now through Jan. 16, 2017

Paintings by RIC Professor of Art Richard Whitten will be included in an exhibit of 24 artists at the Newport Art Museum from Oct. 1 through Jan. 16, 2017. This group of artists were also documented in the “NetWorks Rhode Island” 2015/2016 artist video portrait series. Click here for video clip on Whitten. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5-7 p.m.