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Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 2

The Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Eric Williams will discuss his research in stem cell biology in a talk titled “Sirtuin 1 and the Regulation of Pluripotency Networks During Early Development.” These seminars are offered through the support of the College Lectures Committee.

Sarah Spinette

“The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College” – Oct. 2

A program titled “The Truth About Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, 4-6 p.m. in Craig Lee 152, as part of the course CEP 656: Crisis Assessment and Intervention. This program is organized by RIC’s Counseling Center. RSVP or click here

Prachi Kene

Lecture on Student Success and Retention – Oct. 3

On Friday, Oct. 3, 10-11 a.m. in the Student Union, Room 307, Paul Harrington of Drexel University and Neal Fogg of Northeastern University will speak on “Student Success, Institutional Success: Roadmap and Strategies for Improvement.” The 2020 Strategic Planning Committee welcomes all members of the RIC community to join us for this valuable lecture on improving student success and retention in higher education.

Elisa Miller

Media and Dance Performance Co-created by RIC Assistant Professor Knoth – Oct. 3-4

On Oct. 3rd and 4th, at 7:30 and 9 p.m. at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, Mass., the dance company Embodied Processing will present two collaborations: “Digitized Figures” with dance artist Kathleen Kelley and poet Sarah Rose Nordgren; and “Antennae” with choreographer Emily Beattie and RIC Assistant Professor of Communication Brian Knoth. Beattie’s and Knoth’s media performance explores the intimate process of sorting through noise to find signal.See for the “Antennae” trailer. For more information on Embodied Processing, see

Brian Knoth

RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles in Concert – Oct. 5

The Rhode Island College Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles will perform in concert on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forman Theatre. The concert, conducted by John Sumerlin and featuring student soloists, will include Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor, Concerto in F Major for Viola by Freidrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda and Paganini's Concerto #1 in D Major. Admission is free.

Sheila Humphrey Zuccarello

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: A Midsemester Grade is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Oct. 9

Midsemester is a busy time, and it is easy to treat midsemester grading as an administrative chore. But it doesn’t have to be that way. On Thursday, Oct. 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in Adams Library, Room 405, join us for a discussion of the ways midsemester grading can be used to enhance teaching and learning. This workshop is facilitated by Randy DeSimone, professor of management and marketing. 

Veronica Bruscini

Trip to New York City – Oct. 10

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City on Friday, Oct. 10. The bus will leave in front of Roberts Hall at 7 a.m. and drop off at the front entrance of the Metropolitan Museum. You are free to spend the day as you please. Departure is at 7 p.m. in front of the Metropolitan Museum. Cost is $20 per person. Sign-up is on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12-1 p.m. in the Alex and Ani Hall art center, first-floor lobby. For more information, contact Lisa Russell at 456-9599.

Lisa Russell

Lecture by RIC Professor Yael Avissar: “Evolution in Action” – Oct. 15

“Our ability to watch evolutionary changes that occur is the span of days, months and years,” said RIC Professor of Biology Yael Avissar. “These include development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, pesticide resistance in insects and the changes in populations of moths, birds and rodents following changes in the environment.” Join Avissar in his lecture, “Evolution in Action,” on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Adams Library Fortes Room. Light refreshments will be served.

"First Pages" Faculty Reading – Oct. 20

As part of National Writing Week, please join the Writing Board and the First-Year Writing Program for the second annual "First Pages" faculty reading on Monday, Oct. 20, 4-5 p.m. Held in the Reinhardt Room 301 of Adams Library , RIC faculty will read the “first page” of a piece they are currently working on. You will be surprised by what your colleagues are writing! Refreshments will be served.

Mike Michaud

FCTL Series: The “How To” of Teaching Peer Review – Oct. 21, and Nov. 18

Peer review is one of the most effective ways to help students produce better writing. What do you do when you put students into small groups to discuss their writing? Attend a three-part series on the “how to” of teaching peer review. You may attend one, two or all three sessions. The series, held in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 405), will be facilitated by Mike Michaud, associate professor of English and chair of the Writing Board. Session dates are Tuesdays, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18, 12:30-2 p.m.

Marie Beardwood

Lecture on Service Learning and Writing – Oct. 22

Tom Deans, associate professor of English and director of writing at the University of Connecticut-Storrs, will present a talk entitled “Service Learning and Writing: Options for Engaging Students and Meeting Your Course Goals” on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 12:30 in Alger 110. Refreshments will be provided. This program is sponsored by the First Year Writing Program and the College Lecture Series in conjunction with the Writing Board and the Writing Center.

Becky Caouette

Film Screening: Awakenings – Oct. 23

The film “Awakenings,” directed by Penny Marshall and based on the book by Oliver Sacks, will be screend in the Fortes Room of Adams Library on Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m., with discussion to follow.

Zubeda Jalalzai

2014 Promising Practices Multicultural Conference – Nov. 1

The Promising Practices conference “Culturally Responsive Curricula in STEM” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote will be given by nationally acclaimed urban science educator Christopher Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College. Registration and workshop abstracts are available on the conference webpage. For more information contact conference coordinators Stefan Battle at 456-8753 or Antoinette Gomes at 456-8255.

Antoinette Gomes

Thank you!

To all who donated blood and registered with the National Bone Marrow Registry, thank you! We collected 121 pints of blood (which will help save 363 lives!) and 33 people were added to the bone marrow registry. The RI Blood Center wrote: “Thank you are two words which cannot adequately express our gratitude to those who participated and to those who helped. The patients who are receiving the gift of health you provided will be grateful for the rest of their lives that someone took the time to care!” And thank you to the Women’s Center for co-sponsoring!

Barbara Kingston

How to Access the Adobe Creative Suite Cloud for Faculty/Staff

Rhode Island College is pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2014, RIC faculty and staff became eligible to lease Adobe Creative Cloud for $9.75 per year (requires a free Adobe ID). In order to take advantage of this discount, you must first create an account at the RIC OnTheHub web store, followed by creating an Adobe ID. This software discount is available to any Rhode Island College faculty or staff member.

Scott Badger

RIC’s American Democracy Project Announces Fall Programming

RIC’s ADP will once again bring national and statewide experts to the RIC campus to discuss political and public policy issues of interest to faculty, staff, students and the greater Rhode Island community. All events are free. If faculty would like to bring their classes, contact Valerie Endress at, ext. 4781, so that we can guarantee sufficient seating. We also offer a staffed sign-in table for faculty who would like a record of student attendance. Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Alger 110
Rediscovering the News: Millennials, Politics and Social Media

Keynote: Nicco Mele

Panel Moderator: Mark Curtis, chief political reporter, ABC6 Providence

Panelists: Scott MacKay, political analyst, Rhode Island Public Radio; Erica Niedowski, associated press reporter; Kate Nagel, writer and news editor, GoLocalProv; and Ed Fitzpatrick, Providence Journal political columnist

Nicco Mele of Harvard’s Kennedy School and author of the book The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath will deliver a keynote address in which he will discuss how our technology-fueled society and our ability to stay connected has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, including how we learn about the world around us. Following the keynote, Mele will be joined by other invited guests for a discussion that will focus on 1) how consumption of the news is changing, 2) how political campaign reporting is evolving because of the influence of social media, 3) how the various forms of social media are influencing the ways in which voters are informed, and 4) how can students best utilize social media to stay informed for the 2014 elections.

Thursday, Oct. 30
2 p.m. Providence Mayoral Debate 
7 p.m. Gubernatorial Debate
Roberts Hall Auditorium
ADP/NBC10 Debates

Bill Rappleye of NBC10 will serve as moderator, ADP will conduct instant polling with TV viewing audience via the NBC10 website at the 7 p.m. debate and an analysis will be reported. ADP will also conduct focus groups with the live audience following the 7 p.m. debates.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
Alger Hall (with the possibility of being moved to Sapinsley Hall)
Forum: Health Care Reform in Context: A Civil Discussion (co-sponsored by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor)

Keynote: Ira Magaziner, vice chair and chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative

Panel Moderator: Felice Freyer, health care reporter, Boston Globe

Panelists: Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island lieutenant governor; Jean Sullivan, director of the Center for Health Law and Economics at Commonwealth Medicine; Anya Rader Wallack, president of Arrowhead Health Analytics; and Michael Fine, director of Rhode Island Department of Health

Health care reform has been a dominant issue on both statewide and national levels, yet poll after poll indicates that most citizens do not understand how health care policy in the U.S. has evolved. This panel seeks to shed light on the origins of health reform and to place the Affordable Health Care Act in proper context. Each of these speakers are extraordinarily qualified to set the context and engage in a civil, intellectual discussion on health policy on a national level, as well as in Massachusetts (the birthplace of health reform) and in Rhode Island.

Valerie Endress

RIC Opportunity Exchange – First Tuesday of Each Month

All staff and faculty are welcome to participate in the RIC Opportunity Exchange: A “Pay it Forward” Conceptual Forum the first Tuesday of each month, 12:15-12:50 p.m., in Horace Mann 063. This is a pilot initiative for departments, divisions and individual faculty and staff to exchange volunteer requests to ensure that service opportunities are being circulated and promoted across the campus. The first exchange is Sept. 2. Contact Liz Garofalo for more information.

Liz Garofalo

Quieting the Mind Meditation Sessions – Each Thursday

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 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

Out of Darkness Community Walks – September Through October

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has organized the following Out of Darkness Community Walks:

  • Smithfield Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. in Deerfield Park
  • East Bay Walk on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. in Colt State Park
  • Pawtucket Walk on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. in Slater Memorial Park
  • URI Campus Walk on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 10 am  


Prachi Kene