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First Blood Drive of the Semester – Sept. 27

Our first Blood Drive of the semester will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. We need your help to beat our goal of 115 donors! Keep in mind that every pint that is donated saves up to three lives, so please give the gift of life. There will be FREE PIZZA for all donors. This event is sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion and the Women’s Center.


FCTL Faculty Book Series: The Religious Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen – Sept. 28

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 12:30-2 p.m., Natasha Seaman (RIC Art Department) will give a talk on the art of 17th-century Dutch painter Hendrick ter Brugghen, who adopted and transformed the style of the revolutionary Italian painter Caravaggio. By examining the ways in which ter Brugghen’s paintings deliberately diverge from Caravaggio’s, Seaman will illuminate the complex meanings of the works while also offering insights into debates about religious paintings in Italy and the Netherlands in the 17th century. This event will take place in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 406).

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning


Biology Research Colloquium – Sept. 29

A Biology Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Paula Grammas, director of the George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island, will speak on “The Heart-Brain Connection in Alzheimer’s Disease.” See ProJo article.

Sarah Spinette


Art Exhibit: Richard Whitten – Artist Reception Sept. 30

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. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5-7 p.m.


Lecture: Cannons, Sieges, the Longbow and Guns – Oct. 5

Stephen Wend, a specialist on medieval and Renaissance warfare, will present a lecture titled “Cannons, Sieges, the Longbow and Guns” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. in Craig-Lee 205. Everyone is invited to this colorful presentation.

Jeannine Olson


Student Teaching Mandatory Meeting – Oct. 5 or 19

Undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development who plan to student teach in fall 2017 must attend a student teaching meeting. Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Horace Mann, Room 193. Registration is not required. Attendees will be asked to sign in with their RIC student ID.

Joan Ford


Workshop: Teaching Students with Visual Impairment and Blindness: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for the College Classroom – Oct. 6

Accessibility of course materials for all learners, including individuals with disabilities, is a diversity and inclusion topic of national significance.This interactive workshop on Thursday, Oct. 6, from noon-2 p.m. in Faculty Center South, Donovan Dining Center, will give examples of best practices in teaching students with visual impairment and blindness. Attendees will also be given a user-friendly overview and practical tips about accessible course materials, teaching and learning techniques. Lunch will be provided. 

Keri Rossi-D’entremont


Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 6

Virologist, Jennifer Wang, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has studied topics ranging from flu resistance to treatments to the viral infections that may trigger autoimmune destruction of islet cells in Type-I (juvenile) diabetes. Wang will present “Virus and Diabetes” at the Biology Research Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. This talk should be comprehensible to a diverse audience.

Sarah Spinette


Art Exhibit: James Montford – Now through Oct. 6

The artwork of James Montford, director of RIC’s Bannister Gallery, will be exhibited at Simmons College’s Trustman Art Gallery in Boston from Thursday, Sept. 8, to Thursday, Oct. 6. The show is titled “JOLT: Guns, Race and Immigration.” Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

James Montford


New York City Trip – Oct. 7

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City on Friday, Oct. 7. 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, Sept. 28, 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.

Art Club Advisor, Lisa Russell ext. 9599


Upward Bound 50th Anniversary – Deadline for Reservations Oct. 8

Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Donovan Dining Center. There will be dinner and dancing, so come celebrate with us! Please make reservations or donations through EventBrite. The deadline for reservations is Saturday, Oct. 8. For questions, call 401-456-8081.

Cindy Fusco


Attention All Students Considering Graduate School! – Oct. 13

Justin Richard, a URI doctoral student who worked for almost 10 years as a whale trainer at Mystic Aquarium, now has a National Science Foundation Fellowship to develop new noninvasive methods to monitor the health of the Beluga whale population. Richard will present a talk about his work – “Learning from Whale Snot: Investigating Beluga Whale Reproduction Using Minimally Invasive Techniques" – at the Biology Research Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. To learn more about Justin and his work on the Beluga whale click here.

Sarah Spinette


FCTL Workshop: A Midsemester Grade is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Oct. 18

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. Join us for a discussion about the ways in which we can use midsemester grading to enhance teaching and learning and why we should. Facilitated by Randy DeSimone (RIC Department of Management and Marketing), this workshop will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Adams Library 406).

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning


Workshop: “Write-In” – Oct. 19

Come write with us! Students, faculty and staff are invited to the annual Writing Week’s “Write-In” on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from noon-4 p.m. in the Writing Center (Craig-Lee 225). We will provide space to write, writing tutors and free refreshments. Participants should bring a writing task and something on which to write (don’t worry; we'll have a few laptops available for the afternoon). This event is sponsored by the Writing Center, the First Year Writing Program and the Writing Board.

Becky Caouette


Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 20

Dr. Richie Brown, who has a dual appointment as assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at the VA in Boston, will present “How the Brain Controls When You Wake Up and When You Go to Sleep, and Why You Shouldn’t Pull an All-Nighter.” His talk will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. Brown has been studying the neuronal mechanisms of the sleep-wake cycle and narcolepsy for many years. 

Sarah Spinette


Biology Research Colloquium – Oct. 27

Genetically modified plants will be the topic of Elizabeth Vierling’s talk at the Biology Research Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in FLS 050. A distinguished professor at the University of Massachusetts, Vierling has studied the stress response and stress tolerance in plants and has made many presentations on genetically modified plants. Her presentation is titled “Transgenic Plants: From Basic Research to Agricultural Applications.”

Sarah Spinette


Academic Software Requests for Centrally Managed Computer Labs – Deadline Nov. 7

Faculty requiring new software, freeware, shareware or upgraded software in the centrally managed student computer labs and electronic classrooms for the Spring Semester 2017, should complete and submit the request form by Monday, Nov 7.

Maureen Tobin


Save the Date! Admissions Open House – Nov. 12

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is hosting the annual Open House for prospective students and their families. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-4:30 p.m. As always, we appreciate the support and participation of the entire Rhode Island College community.

Jason Anthony


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 to 1 p.m., CL 130. Open to all.


RIC’s Bookstore Under New Management – Barnes & Noble College

Rhode Island College is excited to announce its new partnership with Barnes & Noble College, which begins management of the college’s bookstore in the Fall Semester. Barnes & Noble College currently manages more than 700 college bookstores nationwide.

The new store will still be named the Rhode Island College Bookstore but will offer a variety of affordable choices for course materials, including a robust in-store and online textbook rental program, an extensive selection of new and used books and digital content through its new Yuzu platform. The college expects that these new features will result in significant cost savings for students and enhance the buying experience. The bookstore will also carry RIC apparel and other spirit items, school supplies and other educational materials, and the store will continue to accept all forms of payment that students have come to expect. Additionally, Barnes & Noble College will create and manage RIC’s online bookstore website, delivering a customized shopping experience and providing students, faculty and alumni with many choices and conveniences (stay tuned for the online link).

Scott Kane


Teenage Research Participants Needed

Researchers at Rhode Island College are seeking participants in a study about how friendships help teenagers deal with emotions. Teens must be age 14, 15 or 16 and be in the 9th or 10th grade. If you have a teen who meets these criteria, please consider allowing your teen to participate. Teens will be paid $80, $60 of which will be paid for participating in a two-and-a-half hour laboratory-based data collection at Rhode Island College and $20 of which will be paid for collecting data at home. For more information, contact the research team at (401) 456-8368 or ripacric@gmail.

Emily Cook