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Jazz Saxophonist Greg Abate Has Been Inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame celebrates the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professionals who have made significant contributions to the national and local music scene. On April 24 Greg Abate was among eight inductees who saw the unveiling of their Hall of Fame exhibit. Abate also performed at the induction concert event at The MET in Pawtucket.

Relay for Life – April 28

Join our local American Cancer Society Relay for Life event on Thursday, April 28, from noon-9 p.m. This event is the largest and most impactful cancer-fighting fundraising event in the world. Please join our team or support us with a donation. For more information, go to Relay for Life at RIC.

Physical Sciences Colloquium – April 29

On Friday, April 29, at noon in CS 210, Professor Eunsok Kim of the Department of Chemistry at Brown University will present a seminar entitled “Synthetic Modeling Chemistry of Iron-Sulfur Clusters in NO Signaling.” All are invited. After the talk there will be discussion and refreshments.

Elaine Magyar

SEEED Summit: Where the Social Enterprise Movement Comes to Grow – April 29 and 30

On Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, collaborate with social enterprise leaders at the SEEED Summit, a leading national conference for social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community leaders who are committed to social innovation. For more information or to register, click here.

Octavian Goncalves

Retirement Reception for Neil Gonsalves – May 2

Neil Gonsalves, professor of biology, is retiring after 47 years of service. There will be a reception to honor his career and his many contributions to RIC on Monday, May 2, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Fogarty Life Science’s Biology Lounge.

Sharon Rogers

Retirement Celebration for Judith Stokes and Tovah Reis – May 2

Please join us Monday, May 2, from 3-5 p.m. at Adams Library Reinhardt Room to celebrate the retirements of Judith Stokes, serials and e-resources librarian, and Tovah Reis, interim director of Adams Library. Refreshments will be served.

Attention Faculty and Staff – Deadline May 2

Each year OASIS selects recipients for the DeRobbio Endowed Fund Scholarship. In order to increase awareness of the scholarship, we need you to help spread the word and consider recommending a student. Scholarship applications are available for students to pick up at OASIS in Craig-Lee Hall 154. Applications are due by Monday, May 2. Eligible students must be a client of OASIS, they must be in good academic standing and they must be experiencing a difficult situation or sudden financial need.

Jennifer Sousa

Campus-Wide Discussion of Formula Funding and Performance-Based Funding – May 6

The Council of Rhode Island College will host an explanation of and discussion of Formula-Based and Performance-Based Funding on Friday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. in Clarke Science 128. All members of the RIC community are invited to attend and participate. These new paradigms for the funding of higher education could have significant impacts – both good and bad – for the college. Professor of Political Science Thomas Schmeling and Professor of History Erik Christiansen will present their national-level research on this topic.

Jeffrey Blais, Council Chair

RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline May 6

The RIC Writing Center will offer a week-long Faculty Writing Retreat from May 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are working on a dissertation, book, article, grant application or other project that would benefit from five days of work among supportive colleagues, please contact Claudine Griggs at Snacks and lunch will be provided. The registration/application deadline is May 6. The retreat is limited to 15 participants. (We expect to hold another retreat in August, so watch for further announcements.)

Claudine Griggs

Initial Meeting of the 2016-2017 Council of Rhode Island College – May 6

The 2016-2017 Council of Rhode Island College will have a brief meeting on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in SU 307 to elect members of the Executive Committee for the coming academic year.

Jeffrey Blais, 2015-2016 Council Chair

Retirement Reception for Thomas Meedel – May 10

A retirement reception to recognize Professor of Biology Tom Meedel’s 24 years of scholarship and mentorship of students will be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Fogarty Life Science’s Biology Lounge.

Sharon Rogers

Library Exhibit: “The Book, Art & Artifact” – May 31

“The Book, Art & Artifact” is an exhibit on display through May 31 in the Adams Library that investigates the book as object and art. Exhibit pieces demonstrate the materiality of books: their construction and the design choices made to suit readers and their needs. Unusual books drawn from the library’s collections question our definition of “book.” Interactive elements engage viewers with cover design and illustration. This exhibit is curated by Reference Librarians Dragan Gill and Amy Barlow.

Dragan Gill

RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp – July 11-28

The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will hold the 2016 Summer Performing Arts Camp July 11-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Little Theatre (Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Room 128). Prior to Wednesday, May 25, tuition is $495; thereafter it is $595. This acting camp incorporates musical theatre and dance (no experience necessary); however, enrollment is limited. For more information, contact the camp director, RIC Professor of Theatre Jamie Taylor, at 401-456-9702 or by email

Jamie Taylor, RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp Director

Upward Bound is Now Recruiting for Summer Jobs

The RIC Upward Bound Program is currently recruiting for temporary positions for its summer academic/residential program for high school students. Residential positions include resident manager and residential tutor counselors. Teaching positions are available in English, math, science and foreign languages. Visit RIC’s employment page for more information.

Hot Books for Summer Reading

From thrillers to histories, check out the most popular books in the Adams Library browsing collection. Choose a bestseller to enjoy after exams or several to take to the beach this summer. See

Judith Stokes

Faculty Rentals of Academic Regalia

Any faculty who would like to rent academic regalia for the Cap & Gown Convocation on Wednesday, April 27, or the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, please contact the campus bookstore at with your name, highest degree received, school the degree is from and major. Please specify cap or tam, head size and height. You may also call 456-8025.

Faculty have until Friday, April 22, to place orders for the Cap & Gown Convocation and until Friday, May 6, to place orders for both undergraduate and graduate commencement. 

“The Shallows” – The 2016-2017 Common Book

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr, will be the Common Book for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Visit the Open Books – Open Minds website to learn more about this book. 

Zubeda Jalalzai