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Thank You!

A great big "THANK YOU" to everyone who donated blood at the December Blood Drive. We collected a total of 84 pints, which will be used to save 252 lives! Thank you also to RSA for co-sponsoring the drive. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

February is African American History Month

This year the national theme for African American History Month is A Century of Black Life, History and Culture. If your program, department, office or organization is planning an event that you would like included on the 2014 African American History Month calendar, please submit details, including title, sponsor, date, time and location, and a brief description by Friday, Jan. 9, to Programs and presentations not directly related to the national theme are also welcome. Visit for a submission form. For more information, call 456-8791 or stop by the Unity Center (DDC Lower Level, Room 14).

Open Books-Open Minds Voting Deadline – Feb. 4, 2015

The OBOM Committee is pleased to announce the top three contenders for the 2015-16 common book: 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (2010), and 
Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil (2011).

To cast your vote, click this link or visit The voting deadline is Feb. 4, 2015.

Zubeda Jalalzai

World Views Lecture: Building Restorative Schools – March 17

In this World Views lecture titled “Building Restorative Schools” Erica Bronstein and Carmen Veloria will discuss ways to implement restorative practices in education. The lecture will be held on March 17, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Alger 110. Please RSVP The World Views Lecture Series is offered by Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development.

Prachi Kene

Thank You

Thank you for the many kind expressions of sympathy on the recent passing of my mom. Your cards, emails and kind words were a great comfort to me and my family.

Holly Shadoian

Car Charging Station Alert

The college has two car-charging stations – one located next to the Keefe Transportation Center across from Roberts Hall and one on the east side of the Physical Plant Building. The policy for use is clearly marked: Charging is limited to a four-hour block of time. Over the past few weeks, the college has received several complaints that drivers are charging beyond the allotted time, thus prohibiting other drivers from charging. A parking violation and an accompanying fine will be given to anyone who exceeds the four-hour limit. We ask that everyone respect the policies that allow everyone the necessary time to charge their vehicles. Thank you.

Don Tencher

RIC Opportunity Exchange – First Tuesday of Each Month

All staff and faculty are welcome to participate in the RIC Opportunity Exchange: A “Pay it Forward” Conceptual Forum the first Tuesday of each month, 12:15-12:50 p.m., in Horace Mann 063. This is a pilot initiative for departments, divisions and individual faculty and staff to exchange volunteer requests to ensure that service opportunities are being circulated and promoted across the campus. Contact Liz Garofalo for more information.

Liz Garofalo