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Campus Health Survey – March 26; April 1 and 2 

Rhode Island College’s Office of Health Promotion will be conducting a student Health Promotion Campus Health Survey on March 25 and 26, and April 1 and 2, from 12:30-2 p.m., at distribution locations around campus. We want to get feedback as to what health-related resources and programming you want. The survey is available online at All feedback is anonymous. Students who complete the survey will be chosen at random to win Donovan Points at the cafe! Questions? Contact

Sarah Mulcahey

NCECA Perspectives Closing Reception – March 27

A closing reception will be held on Friday, March 27, from 5-8 p.m., for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Perspectives show at Bannister Gallery. Curated by Diana Pancioli, this show highlights the innovation and experimentation of five up-and-coming ceramic artists: Emily Duke, Brian Kakas, Yiu Keung Lee, Sarah Lindley and Blake Williams who push the boundaries of clay to define their own unique creative vision. 

james Montford

Lunch and Town Hall Meeting With U.S. Ambassador to Portugal – March 30

Meet the Honorable Robert Sherman, U.S. ambassador to Portugal, and participate in a town-hall style meeting on topics of interest to the community, on Monday, March 30, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Following a light buffet luncheon and the ambassador’s remarks, members of the audience will be invited to ask questions on topics regarding U.S.-Portugal bilateral relations and world geopolitical issues. Faculty, students and members of the community are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Call 401-456-8496 or email This event is sponsored by the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies.

Marie Fraley

Green Dot Launch – March 30

Green Dot is a nationally recognized campaign to curb the prevalence of power-based violence (e.g., sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, etc.) on college campuses across the country. Become a part of this movement to change the culture of violence. Join us on March 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to sign up for an upcoming By-Stander Training. Sign-up sheets will be available at tables in both the Donovan Dining Center and the Student Union Cafe.

Ryan Porell

Roundtable Discussion: The Value of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity – March 30

Undergraduate research and creative activity, mentored by faculty, are high-impact practices for increased student engagement and retention. On Monday, March 30, from 4:30-6 p.m., in the Fortes Room of Adams Library, a roundtable discussion will be held to provide a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue on the importance of expanding opportunities to a greater number and diversity of students, as well as the variety of ways in which this is possible across the campus at RIC. The discussion will be facilitated by Breea Govenar (Department of Biology), Chris Lambert (Learning for Life Center), Chris Marco (Department of Psychology) and the Building a Research Inclusive Community Committee. 

Veronica Bruscini

Artist Sook Jin Jo Holds Lecture and Opening Reception – April 2

Korean-born, New York artist Sook Jin Jo will hold an exhibit at Bannister Gallery from April 2-28. The artist will present a lecture on Thursday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m., in Alex and Ani Hall, Room 138, followed by an opening reception in the gallery from 5-8 p.m. Using primarily abandoned wooden materials, Jo attaches value to things discarded in an attempt to “cast awareness on the subtle shift in materials we value by questioning the virtue of evolving industrial mediums and the conventional contemporary aesthetics that influence our perception of the world around us.”

james Montford

Presentation: Legal Trends and Best Practices in Online Accessibility – April 7

The Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and RIC’s Disability Services Center will host a presentation on Tuesday, April 7, 9-11 a.m., in the Student Union Ballroom, titled “Why Your Institution Might Violate the ADA and What You Can Do: Legal Trends and Best Practices in Online Accessibility.” Presenters will be Attorney Jillian Jagling of Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux, and West, LLC; and Scott Lissner, ADA coordinator at Ohio State University and president of the Association of Higher Education and Disability. R.S.V.P. by March 30 to

Keri Rossi-D'entremont

Panel Presentation: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines – April 8

On Wednesday, April 8, from 12:30-2 p.m., in the Reinhardt Room of Adams Library, RIC faculty who participated in the Summer Seminar for Teaching Writing will share what they've learned about writing and pedagogy. Learn from your colleagues how to get your students to engage more meaningfully with course content and write better and more thoughtful papers and essays.

Mike Michaud

Presentation by BBC’s “Call the Midwife” Clinical Editor – April 9

Student Activities is hosting a presentation by Terri Coates on Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Coates is a midwife, lecturer, writer and the clinical editor of BBC’s popular series “Call the Midwife.”

Marissa Weiss

Open Books-Open Minds Student Conference – April 10

Please join us on Friday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Alger 110, for the 4th Annual OBOM Student Conference, inspired by Oliver Sacks’ “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.” Featuring a performative lecture on movement and music will be William Evans, artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company and Summer Institutes; professor of dance and artist in residence at the Palladino School of Dance at Dean College; and winner of the 2010 Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award. Check our website for registration and program information at

Zubeda Jalalzai

Screening of “The Hunting Ground” – April 15

A new documentary about sexual assault on U.S. campuses,“The Hunting Ground,” will be screened on Wednesday, April 15, from 12-2 p.m., in Clarke Science 125. The film is one hour and 43 minutes and will start promptly at noon. This event is ponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.

Leslie Schuster

Workshop: “The ‘How To’ of Teaching Peer Review” – April 17

Peer review is one of the most effective ways to help students produce better writing. A three-part workshop will be held in one morning on Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Alger Hall 107, facilitated by Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Writing Board Mike Michaud. Topics include imagining peer writing groups as part of your practice, and faculty and student training for peer review. R.S.V.P.

Veronica Bruscini

College Lectures Committee Accepting Applications – Deadline April 17

The College Lectures Committee is now accepting applications for fall 2015 funding. An email, with an application attached, has already been sent out to faculty. The application submission deadline is Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. Funding by the College Lectures Committee is provided for outside speakers who present at RIC’s campus-wide lectures/workshops, departmental and interdepartmental lectures/workshops and in the classroom. Funding covers honoraria ranging from $50 to $300 as well as additional travel expenses. For more information, email

Emily Cook

Kate McKinnon from SNL – April 21

Comedian and actress Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live (SNL) will perform at RIC on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m., in Roberts Auditorium. As a cast member of SNL, McKinnon’s impersonations include Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Bieber and Shakira. She was an original cast member of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show and regularly performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Tickets to this performance are $5 in advance and $10 at the door and may be purchased at the Nazerian Center Box Office. This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.

Ashley Malenfant

Faculty Research Grant Funding Cycle Open

The faculty research grant funding cycle for 2015-2016 is open. Application guidelines and information can be found at

Lisa Smolski

On the SPOT Campus Resources 

Learning 4 Life and the Student Union will present On the SPOT Campus Resources in one convenient and central location throughout the semester – the lobby of the Student Union. There students can learn more about campus departments. The following departments will be represented this semester:

March 24 – OASIS
March 31 – Writing Center
April 7 – Health Services
April 21 – Counseling Center

Students who stop by are eligible to enter a raffle to win a Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player! For more information, call 456-8538.

Kristen Salemi

Quieting the Mind Resumes

In our streaming, multitasking, digital world, how often do you feel overwhelmed, ungrounded 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 create a space where we can practice simply being. Like a still lake that perfectly reflects everything within and around it, a quiet mind offers the clarity to see what is and the opportunity to act with greater effectiveness and integrity. Mindfulness meditation is offered Thursdays, noon-1 p.m., in Craig-Lee 130. Open to all.

Tom Lavin