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Eddie Soares Tribute: RI Ambassador of Jazz – Feb. 16

Edwin Jose “Eddie Soares” (1913-1993), the son of immigrants and a lifelong resident of Providence’s Fox Point, was a renowned jazz pianist. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Adams Library Reinhardt Room 301 when scholar and actress Sylvia Ann Soares will introduce the music of Eddie Soares, show archival images of his family and document a musical career that included the Brown University Jazz Series, the Celebrity Club and over 35 years with the Jewels of Dixie.

Marlene Lopes

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Recipe for Research: Are Your Students Working from a Recipe or Learning to Cook? – Feb. 17

How do students master the technique of transforming a list of content ingredients into a delicious research project? How do we, as faculty, guide them from apprentice to chef – expert in their own research kitchen? A workshop to address these questions will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Adams Library 406, facilitated by Dragan Gill (Adams Library) and Gale Goodwin Gomez (RIC Department of Anthropology).

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

RIC Mainstage’s “Picnic” Opens Feb. 17

RIC Mainstage Theatre proudly presents William Inge’s “Picnic,” winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Directed by special guest Linda Sutherland, performances will be held Feb. 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. in the Helen Forman Theatre. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at 456-8144.

RIC Box Office

Biology Research Colloquium – Feb. 18

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Selena Gell, Ph.D, of Harvard Medical School, who studies gene expression and activation of the entire genome using a yeast model system, will give a talk titled “Genome-Wide Analysis of Coactivator Redundancy in Transcription Initiation.” These seminars are offered through the support of the Biology Department.

William Holmes

World Anthropology Day at RIC – Feb. 18

RIC’s Anthropology Department and Anthropos, along with anthropologists around the globe, will celebrate World Anthropology Day on Thursday, Feb. 18. RIC’s event will include food, music, free raffle tickets, presentations of faculty research and hands-on activities for children that introduce them to archaeology, monkeys and apes, fossil humans, diverse cultural practices and language patterns. All are invited to Building 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where we’ll monkey around, dig anthropology and talk e-trash. This event is free and open to the community, with support from the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the vice president for academic affairs.

Mary Baker

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Submitting a Curriculum Proposal – Feb. 19

This workshop will provide tips and recommendations on submitting a strong proposal to the Curriculum Committee. If you have a proposal to prepare, bring the information with you for feedback. This workshop is facilitated by Sue Abbotson and will be held on Friday, Feb. 19, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Meeting – Feb. 19

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will be meeting on Friday, Feb. 19, from 2-4 p.m. in the Board of Governor's Room in Roberts Hall. The agenda can be viewed on the UCC website. All are welcome. For any information, Curriculum Committee Chair Sue Abbotson at

Sue Abbotson

Blue Out on Feb. 20  –  Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

Prostate Cancer Awareness Day is on Saturday, Feb. 20, when RIC’s Anchormen and women compete against their Little East Conference rival Keene State College. Join the Anchormen and women in wearing blue as they look to “blue out” the Murray Center. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m.

Play for the Cure, blue t-shirts and Anchor Strong bracelets will be available for purchase Feb. 15-20 at the Athletics Department in the Murray Center. T-shirts are $10 and bracelets $2. All proceeds go toward prostate cancer research.

For more information on the “blue out” or if you are interested in purchasing “blue out” items, contact Greg O’Connor at (401) 456-8961 or

Council of Rhode Island College to Meet – Feb. 22

The Council of Rhode Island College will meet on Friday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. in SU 307. The primary agenda item will be a discussion with William Foulkes, chair of the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education. Foulkes is chairing the search for a new RIC President and has asked to meet with the council “to better understand their perspectives, their views of the future needs of RIC and recommendations they might have for the search process.”

Jeffrey Blais, Council Chair

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Activism in the LGBTQ Community – Feb. 23

Mikaila Arthur of RIC's Department of Sociology will present “Dissent as Discipline: Moving Queer Studies Beyond the Academic Fringe” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Adams Library 406. This talk examines the emergence of queer studies programs in American colleges and universities and offers several case studies to show how faculty and student activists have successfully worked together to make queer studies programs a reality. 

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Didn't They Already Learn That? – Teaching Writing to Graduate Students – Feb. 23

Michelle Crossley and Elizabeth Holtzman (RIC Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology) and Deborah Siegel (RIC School of Social Work) team up to talk about writing and pedagogy with faculty in the disciplines. How do faculty from different disciplines teach writing, design writing assignments and give students feedback? Listen as colleagues across the content areas discuss their strategies, and join the discussion on the ins and outs of working with graduate students on writing and research. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

SciComm Exchange: Social Media for Science Communication – Feb. 24

Many scientists are intimidated by social networking tools, but Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn have become important tools to help faculty and researchers communicate with students, colleagues, funders and public audiences. Do you have the skills to share science with broader audiences in the Digital Age?

The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, in partnership with Rhode Island College’s Center for Research and Creative Activity, will hold a SciComm Exchange, featuring a social media expert who will provide tips for making the most of these valuable tools on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at Henry Barnard Laboratory School, Room 214. Lunch is included.

The SciComm Exchange, funded by Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR, is open to natural and social science faculty, program directors and professional staff who are engaged in research or who are supporting research, graduate students and postdocs from all Rhode Island colleges and universities. Space is limited. Register here for the SciComm Exchange.

The Metcalf Institute, part of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, is a leading provider of science training for journalists and communication training for researchers and has been partnering with RI NSF EPSCoR to offer communication workshops for Rhode Island scientists since 2011. 

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Faculty as Writers – Feb. 24

As faculty, we spend a good deal of time looking at, thinking about and responding to student writing. But what about our own writing? How do RIC faculty identify writing and research topics? What is the writing process like? How do you get writing done? This workshop is facilitated by Mike Michaud and Kay Kalinak from the Department of English and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 1-2:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Biology Research Colloquium – Feb. 25

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050, featuring guest speaker Marie Hardwick of Johns Hopkins University. Hardwick will discuss her research investigating mechanisms of programmed cell death in her talk titled “Tinkering with Yeast in the Lab Reveals Insight into Epilepsy and Cancer.” These seminars are offered through the support of the Biology Department.

William Holmes

RIC Trip to Boston Celtics Game – Feb. 27

RIC Trips will sponsor an outing to the Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 27. Participants will be transported from RIC at 9 a.m. and returned at 8 p.m. The cost for RIC students and staff is $50 and for non-RIC participants $65. Participants must be 18 or over. For more information, click here

FCTL Co-Op Workshop – What Advisors Need to Know: Advising Students with Disabilities, Students of Color and Transfer Students – Feb. 29

Each student population has unique advising needs. How does that impact your advice to your advisees? This workshop, “What Advisors Need to Know,” will be held on Monday, Feb. 29, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Adams Library 406, facilitated by Keri Rossi-D’entremont (Disability Services), Maria Muccio (Preparatory Enrollment Program) and Susan McCallister (OASIS). 

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

NYC Trip – March 5

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City on Saturday, March 5. The bus will leave in front of Roberts Hall at 6:30 a.m. and drop you off at the front entrance of the Metropolitan Museum. You are free to spend the day as you please. Departure is at 8 p.m. in front of the Metropolitan Museum. Sign up on Wednesday, Feb. 24, between noon and 1 p.m., at the main entrance of Alex and Ani Hall. The cost of the trip is $20. For more information, contact Art Club Advisor Lisa Russell at ext. 9599.

Lisa Russell

RIC “Faculty Fridays” Writing Group – March 18 and April 8

To supplement the annual Faculty Writing Retreats, the RIC Writing Center will offer one-day faculty writing events during Spring Semester 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next retreats are March 18 and April 8 in Craig-Lee Hall, Room 265. Preregistration is NOT required, and writers are invited to come and go throughout the day. The Writing Center will provide coffee, tea and snacks. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch. Contact Writing Center Director Claudine Griggs at, for further information.

Claudine Griggs

Vote for Next Year’s OBOM Book

The Open Books-Open Minds Committee invites the campus community to select from the following top three titles for the 2016-2017 common book: “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” by Alison Bechdel; “Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism,” by Maajid Nawaz; and “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr. Click here to read the publishers’ descriptions and to cast your vote, or click on the RIC Web page. The voting deadline is March 1, 2016.

Zubeda Jalalzai

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” – April 14-17

RIC Mainstage Theatre’s spring musical this year is “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” directed by Bill Wilson, professor of theatre and director of musical theatre; with musical direction by Anthony Torelli ’86; and choreography by Angelica Vessella, professor of dance ’97, M’07. Show dates are April 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and April 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall. For tickets, contact the RIC Box Office at 456-8144 or stop by the office Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Dr. Jamie Taylor, Managing Director of Theatre

Richard Whitten Art Exhibit – Now Until April 30

RIC Professor of Art Richard Whitten will hold a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art from Thursday, Jan. 14, through Saturday, April 30.

Thank you!

A Great Big THANK YOU to everyone who donated blood on Feb. 9. We collected 59 pints of blood, which will benefit up to 177 people! Those who benefit may be a child with leukemia, an automobile accident victim or someone needing an organ transplant. Without your blood donation, these people may not get the treatment they need in time. So again, THANK YOU! Thank you also to the Unity Center for sponsoring this successful event. Our next Blood Drive will be held on April 11 and 12. Please mark your calendars!

New State Travel Agency

Effective Feb. 1, 2016, Short's Travel Management will provide travel services for Rhode Island College. Short’s is replacing PanAm Travel. All travel procedures and forms are available on the Accounting Office website at

Debby Iannuccilli

Quieting the Mind – Thursdays, Noon to 1 p.m.

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. 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. Offered Thursdays, from noon-1 p.m., in CL 130.

Tom Lavin