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Dissertation Defense by Ducha Hang – Dec. 1

Ducha Hang will defend her dissertation “I am a Hmong American: An Exploration of the Experiences of Hmong Students in College” on Monday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. in Forman Hall, Room 200. Her major professor is Carolyn Panofsky. Committee members are David Brell, Minsuk Shim and Annemarie Vaccaro.

Gehrenbeck Lecture – Dec. 2

Professor of Chemistry Mary Virginia Orna, from the College of New Rochelle, will give the 2014 Gehrenbeck Lecture on “Fashion, Pharmaceuticals, Food, and Fun: The Chemical History of Color” on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in Clarke Science 125. This talk traces the history of color usage as a chemical endeavor from the earliest records to the present day. All are welcome.

James Magyar

School of Nursing Public Policy Presentations — Dec. 2 and 4

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 4, noon-3 p.m. in Alger 110 when RIC seniors present their proposals on public health issues, such as gang violence, energy drinks, opiate overdose, distracted driving, access to school nursing, bicycle safety, keeping older adults at home, over-prescribing and breast feeding. Contact for further information.

Mary Byrd

Holiday Plants and Wreaths – Dec. 3

The women’s softball and lacrosse teams are taking orders for fresh wreaths and poinsettias ($15). Poinsettias are available in red, white and pink. Payment may be made in cash, check or VISA/Master Card. Payment must accompany order. Items will be delivered on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Please call ext. 8007 to place your order. For best selection, order early. 

A Seraphic Fire Christmas: Carols by Candlelight – Dec. 3

Two-time Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, a national “All Star” vocal ensemble of professional singers chosen for their exceptional talent, is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the U.S. today. Don’t miss this glorious a cappella holiday concert featuring carols, chants, modern and Renaissance motets as well as traditional Christmas pieces on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Roberts Auditorium. For tickets, call 456-8144 or visit

Open Campus Sessions for Director of OASIS – Dec. 3-5

Open campus sessions for the position of director of OASIS will be held Dec. 3-5 in the Board of Governor’s Room in Roberts Hall. The dates, time and candidates are as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – Marissa Weiss
Thursday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. – Melinda Finkle
Friday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. – Patrice Mettauer; 2 p.m. – Randi Korn

Resumes will be available at the sessions. Participation and feedback from the college community is greatly appreciated.

Lucy Saunders

Art Auction – Dec. 5

The RIC Art Club is holding its Annual Art Auction in Alex and Ani Hall on Friday, Dec. 5. in the 1st floor lobby and The Chazan Family Gallery. Preview starts at 4 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome. The RIC Art Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of RIC to donate artwork. To arrange for donations, call the Department of Art at 456-8054. Your participation and generosity are greatly appreciated. 

December Blood Drive – Dec. 8-9

The December Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 8, and Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Each day, 240 pints of blood are needed  to save those recovering from illness or injury. Please consider giving the Gift of Life – a blood donation. There will be FREE PIZZA for all donors. This event is sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion and the Resident Student Association.

Retirement Reception for Kathy Sasso – Dec. 9

Kathy Sasso is retiring! Join us in sending her off in style! After 44 years of service at RIC, Kathy is choosing to take some time for herself. We hope you will join the Career Development Center staff, as well as other friends and colleagues, to toast her as she sets off to enjoy new adventures in her life of leisure. Stop by Craig-Lee 054 on Tuesday, Dec. 9, between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. for the festivities. If you cannot make it, Kathy will be on campus until Friday, Dec. 19.

Linda Kent Davis

Retirement Reception for Professor Yael Avissar – Dec. 10

A retirement reception will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 12:30-2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge for Professor of Biology Yael Avissar. Avissar will be retiring at the close of the fall 2014 semester after 24 years of service to RIC.  She has been the department’s biochemist and has taught all levels of introductory biology, cellular and molecular biology as well as biochemistry.  Avissar said she is looking forward to a more active role as a grandparent to grandchildren both in the U.S. and Israel.

Dr. Lloyd Matsumoto

Giving Tree – Deadline for Donations Dec. 16

The Giving Tree is an annual holiday event at RIC that helps makes the holiday season special for disadvantaged children. All are encouraged to take a gift tag from the Giving Tree (located in Donovan Dining Center, lower level, Room 15) and fulfill the wish on the tag. Return your donation to The Unity Center/Interfaith Services by Dec. 16. Call ext. 8168 for more information. Happy Holidays for everyone!

NYC Trip – Dec. 19

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to NYC on Friday, Dec. 19. The bus will leave from the front of Roberts Hall at 6:30 a.m. and drop off passengers at the Metropolitan Museum. You are free to spend the day as you please. Departure from NYC is at 8:00 p.m. from the Metropolitan Museum. Cost is $20 per person. Sign up on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at noon in the Art Department, Alex and Ani Hall, first floor lobby.

Lisa Russell

2015 Applications for Gold Key Ambassadors Sought

The Gold Key Society, functioning under the auspices of the President’s Office, consists of a group of students who promote the general welfare of the college by extending a spirit of hospitality and serve as hosts for the college as ambassadors for visitors and dignitaries. Gold Key Society members project a favorable image while ushering at convocations, commencement and other campus-wide events. Please share with us those students who you think would be good candidates. Visit, for more information.

Patricia Nolin

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 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. Contact Liz Garofalo for more information.

Liz Garofalo