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FCTL Co-Op Workshop: Snow Rage – Coping Mechanisms for You and Your Students During Extended Snow Periods – Dec. 2

Natural disasters, such as the excessive snow we experienced last year, can cause stress and shock. What can you do to cope and how can you help your students cope with a natural disaster? This workshop will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 10-11:30 a.m., in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL), Adams Library 406. It will be facilitated by RIC Associate Professor of Psychology Bethany Lewis and RIC Assistant Professor of Psychology Jayson Spas.

Veronica Bruscini

Student Union Advisory Board – Dec. 2

All members of the campus community are invited to attend one of two Student Union Advisory Board meetings scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 12:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m., in Student Union 422. Any input regarding the Student Union and Media Center programs, services, facilities and policies is highly valued and encouraged. Pizza will be served. For more information, contact Kristen Salemi at

Kristen Salemi

USS Workshop: How to Use the SMARTBoard in Your Classroom – Dec. 2

User Support Services is offering a hands-on workshop to teach you how to be interactive with your students at the SMARTBoard. It is designed to jump start your SMARTBoard journey from novice to expert user. There will be two sessions on Wednesday, Dec. 2. One sesssion is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and the other is from 5-6 p.m. in Horace Mann 140. If you are interested in attending, please email

Gloria Anzevino

FCTL/Sherlock Co-Op Workshop: Strategies to Support Students in the Classroom – Dec. 3

On Thursday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Adams Library 406, information will be given on the types of academic and behavioral challenges often seen in students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants will learn practical, easy-to-implement strategies that can be used to respond to and support students (both academically and behaviorally) with an ASD in the classroom. This workshop will be facilitated by Susan Constable of the Rhode Island Technical Assistance Project and either RIC Associate Professor of Special Education Paul LaCava or Sherlock Center Technical Assistance Specialist Deb Arenberg.

Annual Art Auction – Dec. 4

The RIC Art Club will hold its Annual Art Auction on Friday, Dec. 4, in the first-floor lobby of Alex and Ani Hall and in The Chazan Family Gallery. The preview begins at 4 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m. All are welcome. In addition, alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of RIC are encouraged to donate artwork for the auction. To arrange for donations, call the Art Department at ext. 8054. Your participation and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Lisa Russell

Blood Drive – Dec. 7

Our next Blood Drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. There will be FREE PIZZA for all presenting donors. Because the drive is for only a day, please make every effort to attend. Give the gift of life this holiday season. Every pint saves up to three lives. This event is sponsored by Greek Life at RIC.

FCTL Co-Op Workshop: When the Snow Flies – Dec. 7

What are your strategies for dealing with the dreaded “Classes Canceled” message or flu pandemic? Plan now for when the flu hits or the snow flies. This workshop will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, from 5-6 p.m., in Adams Library, Room 406. Facilitators are FCTL Senior Programmer/Consultant Marie Beardwood and User Support Services Lead Programmer Consultant Scott Badger.

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Giving Tree Holiday Drive – Deadline Dec. 11

The Unity Center and Interfaith Services are again sponsoring The Giving Tree holiday drive this year. The Giving Tree is a charity that helps match your generosity with children and families’ needs. This year we are supporting the efforts of both St. Vincent DePaul Ministries and Children’s Friend. Select an ornament from The Giving Tree, which is located in the Interfaith Center, DDC lower level, and return your donation(s) by Friday, Dec. 11, to help make holiday wishes come true. No time to get to the Interfaith Center? We will bring the Giving Tree to you! Call 456-8168 for more information.

Retirement Open House for Professor of Nursing Patricia Thomas – Dec. 17

The RIC community is invited to an open house retirement celebration for Professor of Nursing Pat Thomas on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 4-6 p.m., in the Faculty Dining Center. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as we wish Pat a wonderful retirement. There is no cost, but please RSVP, so we can plan for refreshments.

Joanne Costello

NYC Trip – Dec. 19

The RIC Art Club is sponsoring a one-day trip to New York City (NYC) on Saturday, Dec. 19. The bus will leave in front of Roberts Hall at 6:30 a.m. and drop 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, Dec. 9, 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 Lisa Russell, Art Club advisor, at ext. 9599.

Lisa Russell

Free Writing Tutors

The Writing Center has partnered with Learning for Life to provide a writing tutor for RIC students every Tuesday, from 5-6 p.m., in Craig Lee 054. Students are asked to bring their papers, outlines and notes, and a member of the Writing Center will work with them. No appointment is necessary.

Laura Coelho

CF/RIC Innovation Lab Newsletter

Enjoy the inaugural newsletter for the CF/RIC Innovation Lab by clicking here.

Julie Horwitz

See Article: “A Caring Conversation Can Save A Life, Suicide Experts Say” 

Suicide prevention is a community wide responsibility. You don't have to possess a Ph.D. in psychology. Click on this link (or copy and paste it into your browser) to find out how you can make a difference.

Tom Lavin

Flu Vaccine Still Available

Did you miss the Flu Clinic? No problem! Health Services has plenty of vaccine available. Call 401-456-8055 to make an appointment.

Lynn Wachtel

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