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Announcements for the weeks of Dec. 8 and 15

Personal Announcements

Winter wear drive

The CCRI Student Nurse Organization would like to thank everyone who participated in their monthlong winter wear drive. Items collected were donated to the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families in Providence. SNO faculty adviser Patty Kelling said, "They were so thankful; we not only warmed their agency, but they warmed our hearts."

-- CCRI Student Nurse Organization

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New Announcements

Early Bird option for deferred payment plan

CCRI offers EasyPay, an interest-free deferred payment plan with simple enrollment through your MyCCRI account.

Advantages to EasyPay:

  • Payments are made directly through your MyCCRI account with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and electronic check (ACH) accepted at no extra charge.
  • All account information is in one location - in your MyCCRI account.
  • Tuition payments are spread equally over three months without interest. But if you sign up by Jan. 5, you qualify for the Early Bird option that allows you to enroll in a four-month payment plan.
  • Payment plan enrollment is done completely online, which ensures accurate registration and protects classes from being dropped.
  • All bills and payment plan notifications are sent automatically to your MyCCRI email.

The enrollment fee is $30 each semester to participate in EasyPay. Students must have a minimum account balance of $300.

Check Bursar's website for important payment dates and the most up-to-date information. Call 401-825-1041 with any questions.

Orientation planned for new Veterinary Assistant program

CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education will begin offering a Veterinary Assistant training program this spring at the Knight Campus in Warwick. An orientation session will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, in Room 4080 at the Knight Campus.

Students will complete 90 hours of classroom training and a 30-hour externship during the 15-week course, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays from March 7 to July 25. This program differs from veterinary technician programs, which require an associate degree and additional certification.

Contact Sue Caressimo by email or at 455-6070 for more information.

Bob Carosi penny social

KnightLeadersThe Knight Leaders (Collegiate DECA and SkillsUSA student organizations) will host the annual Bob Carosi penny social from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 8, through Friday, Dec. 12, in the Knight Campus Dining Commons. Proceeds from the fundraiser support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Enter for chances to win prizes including a 39-inch LED HDTV, Beats headphones, Vera Bradley bag and over 40 additional prizes. The drawing will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and you do not need to be present to win. For more information contact JoAnn Warren or Joshua Klemp.

Business plan competition

Students who wish to enter and display their business plans in the Dec. 10 semi-annual business plan competition should contact Professor Rowey or a Lincoln DECA member for details on the event.

Visiting artist to give insider's view of acting

chimoThe Community College of Rhode Island Players invite all to get a look inside the world of stage and screen at "Hollywood vs. Broadway: An Insider's View Featuring Tracee Chimo" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Chimo, a professional actress who will star opposite Elizabeth Moss in the upcoming revival of "The Heidi Chronicles" on Broadway, will present a workshop discussion comparing and contrasting the life of a Hollywood actor with the life of a Broadway actor. Learn more about Chimo and the event.

Pharm tech certification prep course offered

CCRI's Center for Workforce and Community Education will offer a new Pharmacy Technician National Certification Exam Preparation Course starting in January for technicians with work experience in a pharmacy setting who have not yet obtained certification and those who graduated from a pharmacy tech training program and have not become certified. Learn more.

Winter Wonderland

Knight Student Government will host Winter Wonderland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Lower Commons at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Clubs will raise money at this event to support a number of charities. The event will include a bake sale and games. The club that raises the most money will be awarded a pizza party hosted by Student Government. All are invited to attend the event.

Student Health 101

Student health 101The Dean of Students Office is providing students with information on health, fitness, nutrition and more in Student Health 101, an online magazine. The December issue includes articles on reducing stress, adapting your sleep patterns, finding motivation to exercise and eating wisely during the holidays. View the issue on mobile devices.

CCRI Players to present 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

The CCRI Players will present "Circle Mirror Transformation," a play by Annie Baker, Dec. 12 to 14 at the Liston Campus in Providence.

In the mythical small college town of Shirley, Vermont, an unlikely group of strangers ranging in age from 16 to 60 signs up for Marty's six-week community center "Adult Creative Drama" class. As the group plays Marty's imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theater games, secrets and long-held, deep-seated psychoses are exposed and lives are changed forever.

Shows will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $8 for students and senior citizens. Reservations may be made by calling 401-825-2219 at any time.

Art shows

  • Fine Arts Seminar Show: This show includes work in various media by A.F.A candidate majors enrolled in the Fine Arts Seminar class. The exhibition runs from through Dec. 11 and a reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, Room 3500 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick.
  • Student Art Exhibition: The show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.
  • A Student Show: See selected work by Flanagan Campus students enrolled in art courses during the fall semester. The work is on display from Dec. 16 to 19 at Flanagan Art Gallery in Lincoln. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the gallery.
  • A Student Exhibition: This salon-style show features works created by students in all studio art classes at the Knight Campus. The exhibition will be on display from Dec. 16 to 19 in Room 3500 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery in Warwick. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, in the gallery.

Upcoming Performing Arts events

  • Student Jazz Recital: Music students studying for credit will perform at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • Chorus and Chamber Singers Choral Concert: CCRI Choral students will perform under the direction of Dr. Joseph Amante at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Admission costs $5.
  • Student Instrumental Recital: Music students studying for credit will perform at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
  • Warwick Symphony Orchestra and West Bay Chorale: Amanda Santo will conduct the West Bay Chorale in a collaborative concert with the Warwick Symphony Orchestra, University of Rhode Island orchestra and chorus and CCRI voice students. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Admission costs $10.
  • A Night of Opera Scenes: An opera workshop performance under the direction of Amanda Santo will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus. Admission costs $5.
  • Fall Theatre Student Showcase: Selected scenes, monologues, readings and dances from the fall semester's Theatre classes will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, in the auditorium at the Liston Campus in Providence. Admission is free and open to the public.

Students finish on top at DECA competition

Three members of the Liston and Knight Campus Collegiate DECA were part of teams that had two first-place finishes at the annual Collegiate DECA Leadership Academy in New York City from Nov. 13 to 15.

Students were assigned to teams of four and given a case study to solve in one of five different industry tracks: Fashion Merchandising, International Business and Finance, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Madison Avenue Advertising, and Sports and Entertainment Management. They experienced New York City in a professional way with behind-the-scenes tours of famous businesses where they met with CEOs and upper management officials and gained valuable teamwork and leadership skills.

The following day, their teams made presentations before various industry professionals who served as judges. Three CCRI students were members of two of the five first-place teams: Alysha Fraser and Allison Anglace for Sports and Entertainment Management, and Abigail Checo for Fashion Merchandising.

Several other students and advisers also participated in this event. Representing the Liston Campus were Kenny Andrade Gomes, Liane Conceiaco, Elton Dos Santos, Marquel Johnson, Randy Lewis, Rubi Olivares, Josten Sanchez, Anthony Valerio and adviser Joanne Orabone; representing the Knight Campus were Rosseline Bencosme, Abigail Okyere, Thomas Pederzani, Ashley Poole, Roy Sylvander, Rachel Tousignant and adviser Cecile Roberti.

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Events This Week

Learn about CCRI-PC transfer agreement

The Guaranteed Admission and Tuition Agreement between CCRI and the Providence College School of Continuing Education allows qualified students to receive a 33 percent discount on standard SCE tuition. Come find out if you are eligible during the information session scheduled for 1, 3 and 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, in the President's Conference Room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Contact the Department of Advising and Counseling with any questions.

Liston holiday party

santaCCRI Student Government at the Liston Campus will host a children's holiday party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, in the atrium in Providence. There will be a DJ, gifts for children ages 12 and younger and a visit from Santa. Tickets will be required for the event and can be acquired at no cost from the CCRI Liston Campus Student Government office.

Santa's coming to town!

The French and German clubs are sponsoring a free toy giveaway that all members of the CCRI community are invited to participate in from 11:30 a.m. until all the toys are gone on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. This celebration is part of the Winter Wonderland Festival. Please stop by the Lower Commons at the bottom of the ramp near the cafeteria entrance, say hello to Santa and his elves, and pick up a toy. For more information, please contact Professor Carol Panaccione.

Student Nurse Organization holiday fundraiser

The CCRI Student Nurse Organization is hosting a Toys for Tots fundraiser this holiday season. Toys will be collected in the Nursing Department at all four campuses. The deadline for donations is Thursday, Dec. 11.

For more information, contact

Knight Campus Student Government

The Knight Student Government will hold the last senate meeting of the semester at 1 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Room 4090. To become a member of the senate, contact Knight Student Government at 401-825-2337 or

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle

Alex and AniIn honor of the Community College of Rhode Island's 50th year, the CCRI Alumni Association has partnered with Alex and Ani to create the first-ever community college signature patented expandable wire charm bangle, made in America with love.

This holiday season, give a gift that will directly support CCRI students. Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI charm bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards.
Bangles are available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and on the Bookstore website.

Knight Athletics schedules

The following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, vs. Bunker Hill
  • 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, vs. Southern Maine Community College

All home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Bob Carosi penny social

Business plan competition

Winter Wonderland

CCRI Players to present 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

Art shows

Upcoming Performing Arts events

Textbook buyback dates

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Ongoing News & Events

Textbook buyback dates set

bookstoreStudents can sell back their textbooks at bookstores on all four campuses according to the schedule below.

  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, through Thursday, Dec. 18
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22

A valid student ID is required.

Emergency alert system

As a member of the CCRI community, you have been automatically enrolled in the Rave Emergency Alert system to receive email messages during emergencies and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations. It is used only in these situations.

This system also has the ability to send text message alerts in these situations. Students who previously provided a cell phone number through the Rave Emergency Alert system or supplied a cell phone number during enrollment in courses at CCRI, will receive a text message through this system.

If you haven't previously supplied a cell phone number in one of the above situations and would like to enroll to receive text message alerts or update your cell phone number, visit the Rave Emergency Alert registration page.

Text message and data rates may apply. You may opt out of receiving text messages; please visit the Rave Emergency Alerts FAQs page for instructions on how to do so. If you opt out, you will still receive email alerts to your CCRI-issued email account.

Free, anonymous HIV testing

HIVTestingFast and safe! Did you know that free and anonymous rapid HIV testing is now available one Monday every month at CCRI's Liston and Knight campuses? You can meet with a friendly, qualified professional testing counselor from AIDS Project Rhode Island and know your results in 20 minutes. No insurance is needed. It is private and painless. Counselors are available at the following campus:

  • Liston Campus, Room 1170
    • 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15

The testing is sponsored by the Rainbow Alliance and Liston Campus Student Government. Anyone with questions should contact Brenda McGill at 401-455-6051.

Changes in Nursing admission requirements

nurseThe HESI A2 admission test now is required for students applying to the Nursing program at CCRI. All students submitting applications in the February 2015 PBHS application period or later must take the HESI A2 admission test. Visit the Nursing website to learn more about the new admission test. Additional changes to Nursing admissions guidelines for the 2015-16 academic year also can be found on the Nursing website.

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Last Updated: 12/10/14