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RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline July 31

The RIC Writing Center will offer a Faculty Writing Retreat from Aug. 12-15, 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 four days of work among supportive colleagues, please contact Claudine Griggs at cgriggs@ric.edu. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Registration deadline is July 31. The retreat is limited to 15 participants.

Claudine Griggs


Seventh Annual R.I. SURF Conference – Aug. 1

On Friday, Aug. 1, URI will host the 7th Annual R.I. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Conference at the College of Pharmacy and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences in Kingston, R.I. The conference will display more than 100 scientific posters presented by students in the biomedical, behavioral and life sciences disciplines. Attending will be more than 300 faculty and students from Rhode Island College, Brown University, Roger Williams University, URI, Salve Regina, RISD, CCRI, Providence College and Bryant University. Welcoming remarks will begin at 9 a.m.

Nadia Petrovic


2014 Summer Sports Camps – Through Aug. 8

The Department of Athletics will hold the 2014 Summer Sports Camps for ages eight through 15. Programs are offered in boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Camp runs June 23 through August 8 (Monday-Friday), 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Murray Center. The cost is $130 per week and includes a T-shirt. An extended day program ending at 4 p.m. is offered for an additional $25. Visit www.goanchormen.com or call 401-456-8007 for an application and further information. Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount.

Donald Tencher


Proposals for 2014 Promising Practices Multicultural Conference – Deadline Aug. 15

Workshop proposals are now being accepted for the 2014 Promising Practices Conference that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1. The title of this year’s conference is “Culturally Responsive Curricula in STEM.” Christopher Emdin, associate professor of Teachers College at Columbia University and author of Urban Science Eduation for the Hip-hop Generation, will deliver the keynote. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Aug. 15. The RFP can be found at www.ric.edu/promisingpractices.


Using Blackboard to Support Your F2F/Hybrid Classes: BASICS – Aug. 25

User Support Services and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning are offering “Blackboard Boot Camp: BASICS,” an all-day workshop designed to help faculty use Blackboard to support their face-to-face and hybrid classes. The workshop will be held on Monday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to noon in HBS 212, and 1-3 p.m. in the same classroom. Prior to the workshop, please request that your course be activated in Blackboard and allow at least two days for Information Services to process your request. Bring a paper and electronic copy of your syllabus and some course content in electronic form. To register, email ittraining@ric.edu. Lunch is provided.

Veronica Bruscini


Using Blackboard to Support Your F2F Class: ADVANCED – Aug. 26

User Support Services and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will be reviewing the basic features of Blackboard (Bb) on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in HBS 212. Faculty will be introduced to assignments; rubrics and methods of giving students feedback on their work; as well as tests, surveys and setting up/using grade center. It is recommended that participants have some experience with Bb or Bb Boot Camp: BASICS. Prior to the workshop, please request that your course be activated in Bb and allow two days for Information Services to process your request. Bring a paper and electronic copy of your syllabus and some course content in electronic form. To register, email ittraining@ric.edu. Lunch is provided.

Veronica Bruscini


F. Haven Starr's Retirement Reception – Aug. 27

Haven Starr is retiring after 45 years of dedicated service to Rhode Island College and our youngest learners at the Henry Barnard School. A retirement reception is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1-3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge. Please feel free to stop by and wish Haven well as he begins a new chapter in his life.

Susan St Amand


Program Submissions Requested for 10th Annual RIC Diversity Week

The Unity Center is accepting program submissions for Diversity Week from students, faculty, staff and community agencies and organizations. Diversity Week provides shared learning opportunities designed to increase awareness, disseminate knowledge and develop skills and perspectives that will strengthen the campus community, broaden our understanding of inclusiveness and promote mutual respect. To obtain a program submission form, contact The Unity Center at unitycenter@ric.edu or by fax at 456-8821.

Antoinette Gomes