Faculty members invite you to 'Topdog/Underdog'
English Professor Christine Fox and Associate Professor Theodore Clement of the Performing Arts Department invite the CCRI community to attend Counter-Productions Theatre Company’s upcoming presentation of Suzan-Lori Parks’ "Topdog/Underdog," a compelling exploration of broken families and sibling rivalry set against the backdrop of the competitive world of the street hustler. It was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for a distinguished play by an American author.
Counter-Productions Theatre Company is a theatrical organization devoted to providing opportunities to local theater artists, particularly CCRI students and alumni, to present their work in professional settings. "Topdog/Underdog," produced by Fox and directed by Clement, features spoken word artist Rudy "Rudacious" Cabrera and playwright David Valentin, both former CCRI students. CCRI Theatre program graduates Rebecca Mooney and Branigan Duguay are stage manager and lighting designer, respectively.
"Topdog/Underdog" will be presented at AS220's Blackbox Theatre, 95 Empire St., Providence, at 7 p.m. on March 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. on March 8. Admission costs $20. Tickets may be purchased online.
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Class of 2015 student speaker nominations sought
Following a tradition that began several years ago, the Commencement Committee seeks your help in suggesting the names of qualified, graduating students to be the Class of 2015 student commencement speaker. Please nominate a prospective student speaker using the online form by March 27. The committee will interview all qualified students and will forward the names to President Di Pasquale for his review and final selection.
Community Service Day registration now open
As part of All College Week, the college's ninth annual Community Service Day will take place on Tuesday, April 7, at nine nonprofit locations across the state. This year, volunteers will complete landscaping and yard work; work with children; paint and clean; help a nonprofit prepare for a gala fundraiser; and much more.
Volunteers may choose a shift from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. or may choose to volunteer all day. All volunteers will receive a box lunch at noon, if they wish, and a commemorative T-shirt.
Students should get the permission of their individual faculty instructors if they plan to miss class for this event. Volunteers are responsible for providing their own transportation to the work sites and should dress appropriately for the work to be performed. A site coordinator will be in touch with each volunteer with directions and any specific instructions about that site.
Learn more about the nonprofit organizations and register online.
Ebola relief fundraiser
An Ebola relief fundraiser will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 13, in Room 4080 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. The fundraiser, co-sponsored by CCRI and presented by Technology for Liberia in partnership with Actions for Community Matters, will provide support for orphans who lost parents to Ebola and provide training and educational resources to community members on how to stop the spread of Ebola.
Fatu Kekula, the guest speaker, is a young Liberian nurse who saved members of her family from the Ebola virus. Kekula has been featured on CNN, and in the LA Times and the Huffington Post.
Donations are welcome.
Phi Theta Kappa welcomes Dr. Sandra Whitehouse
Pi Omicron, CCRI's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter, invites the college community to hear Dr. Sandra Whitehouse give a presentation on "Frontiers in Exploration," the PTK honors topic. Whitehouse, a longtime environmental advocate and policy adviser, will speak at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
Spring Transfer Days
Spring Transfer Days will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on:
- Tuesday, March 10, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.
- Wednesday, March 11, in the Commons at the Knight Campus in Warwick.
- Thursday, March 12, in the student cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
Learn more about spring transfer events on Advising and Counseling's transfer events website.
Spring JAA days
Learn more about the Joint Admissions Agreement that CCRI has with URI and RIC at JAA Days:
- Newport County Campus, Atrium: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.
- Knight Campus, Room 1040: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 5.
- Liston Campus, side of Atrium: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.
- Flanagan Campus, rear of cafeteria: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.
If you have questions regarding JAA, please email JAA or call 401-825-1233.
Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship
Are you a student pursuing a career in the skilled trades or public safety? The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program helps students who are interested in careers in the skilled trades and public safety, realize their educational goals. The application deadline is Friday, March 13. Learn more on the Foundation's scholarship Web page.
Audition dates for 'Hello Broadway'
Audition dates for CCRI's "Hello Broadway!" 2015 cast have been announced. The show is a musical revue, featuring music from old and new shows. Versatile performers are preferred. Opportunities are available to join a principal cast and a broadway chorus.
Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 30 and 31 in Room 0540 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Mandatory call-backs are scheduled for April 1. Those auditioning must prepare two selections from Broadway shows (16 bars uptempo and 16 bars ballad) and bring sheet music to the audition. An accompanist will be provided. All college students are eligible to audition.
Five weeks of rehearsal will begin on Wednesday, May 13, at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Cast members must be available for rehearsals and all performances on June 12, 13 and 14.
For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Kaiser or Antonio Lombardi. Visit the Hello Broadway Facebook page for additional details.
Kappa Beta Delta membership
The Kappa Beta Delta honor society of the Business Administration Department, is looking for eligible students who are interested in becoming members. Requirements for membership are as follows:
- Must have completed at least 15 hours of credit with a minimum of 6 credit hours completed in business administration courses, and;
- Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Please note that Kappa Beta Delta is not a club and does not require any further responsibilities beyond a one-time membership fee. Please email your student number to Professor John Ribezzo so he can determine your eligibility. You will be notified of your eligibility in early April. The deadline to join is Tuesday, March 31.
Study abroad in Mexico
Expand your horizons with CCRI's summer 2015 study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico. The college offers a two- or four-week language and culture immersion program. The two-week program runs from July 4 to 18 and the four-week from July 4 to Aug. 1.
This program is for students, professionals and community members who are interested in furthering their study of Spanish, gaining/acquiring intercultural communication skills and learning Spanish while immersed in the culture.
For more information, visit the Foreign Languages Web page or contact Dr. Hossiri Godo-Solo or Professor Elizabeth Morais.
Professional Development Conference
Business Administration students: Save the date for this year's Professional Development Conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The conference is an opportunity to network with business professionals in a panel format. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Watch for upcoming registration details.
Career Development office workshops
The Career Development office provides CCRI students with help making career decisions and planning the path to a chosen career. Students are encouraged to schedule an individual session and/or attend the following spring semester workshops:
- "Find Your Career Path" at noon on:
- Tuesday, March 3, in the rear of faculty dining at the Flanagan Campus.
- Wednesday, March 11, in Room 2312 at the Liston Campus.
- "From Here to Career (Developing a Career Plan)" at noon on Tuesday, March 17, in Room 1040 at the Knight Campus.
For additional information, call 455-6055 (Flanagan and Liston) or 825-2307 (Knight).
Faculty Art Exhibition
A faculty art exhibition is on display through March 12 in Room 1527 at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery. For more information call 333-7251 or visit the Art Department website.
Women's soccer team all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser
The CCRI Women's Soccer Team will host its sixth annual breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, at Dave's Bar and Grill at 2339 Post Road in Warwick. Come join them for one of the best breakfasts that you've ever had. You name it, they'll have it – including omelets to order! It is all you can eat and there will be raffles. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased from any team member or from Head Coach Dennis Grassini at the Warwick campus (ext. 2185) or from Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan at the Lincoln Campus (ext. 7176).
Bible Study Club meetings will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the all club room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
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Events This Week
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.
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Ongoing News & Events
Financial aid for 2015-16
Apply now for financial aid for 2015-16. Learn more on the Office of Enrollment Services Web page.
Student Health 101
The 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.
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:
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.
CCRI 5K run/walk
As 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
CCRI'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.
Back by popular demand, the Flanagan Campus Career and Internship Office will highlight career-related articles each week. Interested students may visit Room 2321 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; 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.
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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