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Announcements for the weeks of Feb. 16 and 23

Personal Announcements

Department of Athletics congratulates one of its own

KenCCRI baseball coach Ken Hopkins will receive an Amby Smith Lifetime Achievement Award at the 69th annual Words Unlimited banquet on Sunday, March 1, at the West Valley Inn. Words Unlimited is Rhode Island's organization of sportswriters, sportscasters and publicists.

Hopkins, who has served as head coach of the CCRI baseball team since 2001, became the college's baseball coach with the highest winning record when the Knights defeated Roxbury Community College, 11-6, in March 2011. The CCRI graduate has compiled a record of 354-164-2 to date, surpassing his former coach Harold "Whitey" Fell, who led the baseball team from 1966 to 1984, for this distinction.

Read more about Coach Hopkins and his achievement.

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New Announcements

Rave Emergency Alert text messages

CCRI has had several cancellations in the past couple of weeks and, in anticipation of upcoming weather conditions, we ask that you take a moment to add or update your cellphone information. This will ensure that you receive Rave Emergency Alert text messages during emergencies and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations.

To add or update your cellphone number in MyCCRI:

  1. Log in to your MyCCRI account.
  2. Click on the "myInfo" tab.
  3. Click on the "Update Addresses and Phones" link.
  4. Click on the "Current" link next to the address.
  5. Go to the "Phone Type" section of the form.
  6. Select "Cellular or Mobile" in the drop-down menu and enter your phone number. Type only numbers; no dashes or other separators.
  7. Click the "Submit" button.

Please note: If you received a text message during the last cancellation, you do not need to update your information.

Text message and data rates may apply.

Extension of drop period for Monday-only classes

Because of weather-related cancellations, the drop period for courses that meet one day per week on a Monday will be extended to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Students should drop via MyCCRI. Adjustments to your account will be made so courses will not appear on your transcript.

Nursing application period extended

The Nursing Department has extended the performance-based Health Sciences Nursing application period until Friday, March 13.

The extended deadline is intended to help students needing to reschedule their HESI admissions assessment tests because of inclement weather.

Please see the Admissions Web page for more information.

Cultural Awareness Day volunteers sought

Cultural AwarenessAs part of the festivities for All College Week 2015, the college will host its annual Cultural Awareness Day on Thursday, April 9, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence. We are looking for volunteers who originally came from another country or are Native Americans to participate in the event.

The college is producing a video to show during the event. If you would like to share your culture with the college community by participating in the video and are available at the Liston or Knight campuses this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, please fill out a volunteer form by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, so we can coordinate with you.

If you would like to be a speaker or performer during the Cultural Awareness Day program, please fill out a volunteer registration form by Wednesday, March 25.

Spring Transfer Days

The first transfer events of the semester are Spring Transfer Days. They will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the student cafeteria in Lincoln.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Atrium in Providence.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Commons in Warwick.

Learn more about spring transfer events on Advising and Counseling's transfer events website.

Summer trip to Italy

Informational meetings will be held regarding the summer immersion program in Italy at the Knight Campus in Warwick according to the following schedule:

  • 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Room 6414
  • 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, in Room 6008

The program is open to students, professionals and community members with an interest in the Italian language and culture. For more information email Professor Maria Mansella.

Financial aid for 2015-16

Apply now for financial aid for 2015-16. Learn more on the Office of Enrollment Services Web page.

EOC services

Do you need more money for college? Complete the FAFSA application by March 1 in order to be eligible for the Rhode Island State Grant. The Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center is available to help students complete financial aid forms through March 1. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to setup an appointment, call 455-6028.

Black History Month event

The Office of Student Life, Liston Campus Student Government and Nonviolence Club will host a Black History Month celebration event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Room 1220 at the Liston Campus in Providence.

CCRI theater students honored

CCRI theater students were honored during the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region 1, held last week in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Brayam RenovalesBrayam Renovales received a national honor, the Focal Press/Rafael Jaen Showcase Award, for his properties design for "Circle Mirror Transformation." This award is dedicated to first-time design, technologies and management KCACTF entrants in regional entries. It is meant to inspire young practitioners and encourage their studies in these fields. Respondents look for work that has design substance in one or all of these areas: clear concept or premise, clear dramaturgical or technical research, and clear specs or workbooks. It also considers whether there is innovation in the project's approach in the use of technology, materials, design execution, etc. (i.e.: a "green" approach, the use of digital software to facilitate the realization of the design, research on the use of new materials or an innovative presentation style).

The CCRI Players' technical crew received the KCACTF Region 1 Merit Award for "Bug" for exceptional execution of technical elements and successful maintenance of the world of the play.

Jeff Ararat and his acting partner, Adam Florio, advanced to the final round of the KCACTF Region 1 Irene Ryan Acting Audition. Kaisey Caputo (sound design) and Ryan Mundy (scenic design) each made it to the final round of their respective disciplines.

CCRI Players to stage 'The Language Archive'

The CCRI Players will present "The Language Archive" by Julia Cho from Feb. 28 through March 1. The production, directed by Bert Silverberg, will take place in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with 2 p.m. showtimes on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket cost is $10 for general admission and $8 for CCRI students, staff and seniors. Call 825-2219 for reservations or email

Writing Center offers free services

The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The Writing Center also is offering Friday afternoon workshops this semester. The workshops will be held from 2 to 2:50 p.m., in Room 6580 at the Knight Campus in Warwick and will cover the following topics:

Feb. 20: Practicing Grammar with Online Quizzes

Feb. 27: Punctuation

March 13: Quotations, Summaries and Paraphrases

March 27: Research Papers - The MLA System

Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 401-825-2279.

Student Health 101

SH101The Dean of Students Office is providing students with information on health, fitness, nutrition and more in Student Health 101, an online magazine. The February issue includes articles on fitness, nutrition, texting, friendship and marijuana laws. View the issue on mobile devices.

Exploring gender issues

Interested in gender issues? A new Student Services initiative is looking to explore general gender issues as well as issues specific to women and men. The office is looking to form a group of interested students, faculty and staff to further brainstorm and develop this idea. Individuals and groups interested in being a part of this process or who have questions or comments should email Torrie Lewine.

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Events This Week

Bookstore authorizations

CCRI Bookstore authorizations have been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 17. A CCRI student ID is required to charge in the bookstore. Learn more on the Bookstore website.

Honors Program deadline approaching

Honors applications for Spring 2015 are due by Friday, Feb. 20. A new application and guidelines are posted on the Honors Program website.

Knight Athletics schedule

The following home matches are scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, vs. Lincoln

Men's basketball

  • 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, vs. Navy Prep

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

Extension of drop period for Monday-only classes

Cultural Awareness Day volunteers sought

Summer trip to Italy

Black History Month event

Writing Center offers free services

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Ongoing News & Events

CCRI 5K run/walk

CCRI 5KAs part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the college will host its first CCRI 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 11, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Register online with credit, debit or check. General registration costs $20; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5.

Connect to College program

c2cCCRI's Connect to College (C2C) program provides students with individualized, comprehensive services to enable them to navigate through the college environment successfully, achieve their academic goals and realize their dreams.

C2C, alongside its community partners such as the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center, will host FAFSA completion workshops and other valuable workshops and sessions. You do not need to be a C2C student to participate. To register for the program or to learn more, visit the C2C website.

C2C program benefits include:

  • A concierge coordinator dedicated to connecting students to CCRI resources.
  • Personalized assistance with academic advising, financial aid and career planning.
  • Opportunities for personal development and growth.
  • Various resources that contribute to success such as workshops and loaner equipment.
  • A welcoming environment that enables students to get to know other CCRI students who are working hard to graduate with a college degree.

Anyone with questions should contact Antonio Lombardi at 455-6156 or via email.

Career articles

Back by popular demand, the Flanagan Campus Career and Internship Office will highlight career-related articles each week. Interested students may visit Room 2321 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln to pick up a new article every week during the spring semester. Articles will focus on recent trends and expert advice in a variety of career areas. For more information or to receive articles electronically, email Jonathan Steele.

Career and Internship Office spring workshops

CCRI's Career and Internship Offices at the Flanagan, Liston and Newport County campuses will offer career workshops during the spring semester. All workshops are open to students and alumni and instructors are welcome to bring classes. The workshops will take place at noon on all campuses and last approximately 45 minutes.

Locations for the workshops will be the rear of the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus and Room 1134 at the Liston Campus on:

  • Tuesday, March 10: Developing the Winning Résumé
  • Tuesday, April 14: Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door

In Newport, they will be held in Room 200:

  • Wednesday, March 11: Developing the Winning Résumé
  • Wednesday, April 15: Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door

For more information, visit the Career and Internship Web page.

NETA scholarship

Are you a CCRI student who will be graduating in May or at the end of the summer sessions and are continuing on for your bachelor's degree at a New England Transfer Association (NETA) affiliated school? Click here to learn more and download the NETA scholarship form. The submission deadline is Friday, April 10.

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Last Updated: 2/16/15