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Student Crier E-Newsletter
Announcements for the weeks of May 9 and 16

Personal Announcements

Student Crier will resume publication this fall

This is the last edition of Student Crier this semester. For campus news, events and updates during the summer, visit the CCRI website.

Disability Services survey

Help Disability Services as we assess our program. Share with us how you view our services and where you feel we could improve through a brief online survey. The data collected will be invaluable to move our department forward. Click here to take the survey.

Relief supply donations

Student Renzo Ponce from Ecuador is collecting nonperishable canned goods and clothing to send to victims of the earthquakes in Ecuador. Donation boxes are located in Room 4200 at the Knight Campus and CWCE Adult Education offices at Liston and Flanagan.

Digital Community Colleges Survey ranking

The Community College of Rhode Island was ranked No. 8 most "technology savvy" community college nationwide by the Center for Digital Education in its 2015-16 Digital Community Colleges Survey. Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless networks. Learn more about this recognition on the Center for Digital Education website.

Student work displayed at regional medical conference

medicalMedical Laboratory Technology students Lauren Manuel and Brooke Miller presented their scientific research poster "Increased ABO Antibody Reactivity in Cases of Weak or Missing Reserve Grouping Based on IgM Molecular Weight," in April at the 68th ASCLS-CNE Annual Convention. Their presentation was one of 23 from undergraduate and graduate students.

Students recognized at International Career Development Conference

Members of the Liston, Knight and Flanagan Campus Collegiate DECA, along with DECA advisers Joanne Orabone, Cecile Roberti and Carol Rowey attended the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Washington, D.C., and returned with outstanding success stories.

Liston and Knight Campus achievements
  • Both the Liston and Knight chapters were recognized for the achievement of the Presidential Leadership Passport Award. This award encourages local chapters and individual members to plan activities and participate in events that enhance the experiences of members.
  • Individual Gold Leadership Passport Awards were presented to: Nina Soares, Thao Dang, Daniela Soriano, Suzan Erkesin, Justin Waktins, Rosseline Bencosme and Vincent Vozzella.
  • Receiving individual Blue Leadership Passport Awards were: Jonathan Lopez, Marcus Bonnenberg and Cesar Michitrujillo.
  • Additionally, the ICDC focuses on career competencies and, this year, Daniela Soriano received a medal for advancing to the finals in Human Resources Management.
  • Certificates of Excellence are awarded to students competing in either case studies or role-play business simulations with an overall score of 70 percent or higher. The following students earned certificates of excellence: Daniela Soriano, Human Resources Management; Nina Soares, Accounting Principles; and Justin Watkins, Marketing Management.
  • The Collegiate DECA Academic Honor Award was presented to Nina Soares, Thao Dang, Justin Watkins and Vincent Vozzella. To receive this award, a student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have demonstrated participation in Collegiate DECA activities, leadership and community service.
  • Chapter Leadership Awards were presented to Nina Soares, Thao Dang and Suzan Erkeskin.
  • Nina Soares received a State Leadership Award.
  • The Liston Chapter received a Community Service Award for its ongoing work with the Rhode Island Food Bank.

Additionally, members of the Liston Chapter attended the annual DECA Northeast Regional NSO Competition at Johnson & Wales University in February. Nina Soares placed first in the Accounting Principles competition and received a $150 scholarship from the Rhode Island Association of Accounting Professors, and Daniela Soriano placed second in the Human Resource Management competition.

We are so proud of our CCRI DECA members!

-- Joanne Orabone, Liston Collegiate DECA adviser

Flanagan Campus DECA achievements

decaCongratulations to the Flanagan Campus DECA Chapter for their many achievements this academic year. Some recent awards from ICDC include:

  • Presidential Leadership Passport Award. This award encourages local chapters and individual members to plan activities and participate in events that enhance the experiences of members.
  • Jonathan Plante and Maria Rangel Leon, Flanagan Campus DECA officers received the following awards:
    • Individual Gold Leadership Passport Award
    • Blue Leadership Passport Award
    • Certificate of Excellence in Business Ethics
    • Chapter Leadership Award
  • The Flanagan Chapter received a Community Service Award for its work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

-- The entire Business Department is proud of all the CCRI DECA members!

Student Government President election results

On April 13, the Student Government presidential election was held on each campus. Election results for each campus are as follows:

  • Knight: Jesse Sullivan
  • Flanagan: Chantel Pestana
  • Liston: Oscar Rosa
  • Newport County: Mariela Lucaj 

Campus Student Government presidents are recruiting their team of individuals who will help lead each campus in the next academic year. If you're interested in getting involved in Student Government on your campus, please see the application posted on the Student Government website

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New Announcements

Upcoming music event: 'Hello Broadway'

Under the direction of Dr. Audrey Kaiser, CCRI students and alumni will perform a musical revue of new and old Broadway shows. Showtimes are as follows:

  • 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, June 24
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26

The production will take place in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. For more information, visit the "Hello Broadway" Facebook page.

Registration for summer and fall courses underway

calendarStudents can register for summer session and fall semester courses. Check available courses online. If you have questions about which courses to take for your program of study, advisers are available to assist you.

Student art exhibition

student artThis exhibition, which features selected work by Knight Campus students enrolled in studio art courses, will run from May 10 to 13 in Room 3500, Knight Campus Art Gallery. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, in the gallery.

Student Health 101


The Dean of Students Office is providing information on health, fitness, nutrition and more in Student Health 101, an online magazine. The May issue includes articles on money management, body weight and body image, interviewing, recipes and more. View the issue on mobile devices.

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Events This Week

Get involved: Become a student ambassador

Applications are being accepted for the Student Ambassador Program for the 2016-17 school year. View the application on the Student Ambassador Web page. The deadline to apply is May 13. Submit applications to Deborah Watson, Office of Enrollment Services at the Newport County Campus, or email the application. If you have questions about the process, contact Watson at

Registration for summer and fall courses underway

Student art exhibition

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Ongoing News & Events

Commencement 2016

CCRI will celebrate its 51st commencement on Friday, May 20, in the field house at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Learn more about the event on the Commencement Web page.

Faculty Association scholarships available

The CCRI Faculty Association is offering 10 financial awards in the amount of $600 each to students continuing their studies at CCRI. For details and to apply, visit the Faculty Association website. Applications will be accepted through May 20.

Financial aid for 2016-17

Apply now for financial aid for 2016-17. Learn more on the Office of Enrollment Services Web page.

CCRI Alex and Ani bangle

The CCRI Alex and Ani charm bangle is available at all four CCRI Bookstore locations and on the Bookstore website. Proceeds from the sale of the CCRI bangles, which feature the college's seal, will provide financial assistance for students through Alumni Association scholarships and book awards. The bangle can make the perfect graduation gift.

Clothing drive

The Flanagan Campus DECA Chapter is collecting clothing to donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State organization. Clothing of any size can be left on the first floor in the faculty area at the Flanagan Campus. Please label donations "Lincoln DECA attention Jon Plante."

Technical writing survey

CCRI Technical Writing students have developed a survey and are interested in your opinions on life issues. Take the survey now. It will take only a few minutes.

CCRI 5K run/walk


The college will host its second annual CCRI 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Take advantage of early bird pricing. General registration costs $18; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5. Pricing will increase on June 1. Register online.

Success Centers workshops

Basic study strategies workshop

An essential part of success at any college is the amount of time and effort a student puts into preparing for his or her weekly lectures and exams. The basic study skills workshop will review several study strategies. Learn note-taking techniques and choose one that matches your learning style. Explore efficient ways to maximize your ability to comprehend a textbook. Discover methods to use your course syllabus, notes and textbook to prepare for your weekly lectures and exams.

In order to get the most from this seminar, you must bring a course syllabus and textbook.

Exam prep seminar

This two-and-a-half-hour workshop focuses entirely on exam-taking strategies. Learn test-taking confidence boosters; how to figure out what you need to study and what you already know; how to use the course syllabus, your notes and textbook to predict questions; and learn research-based tips on how to approach multiple-choice exam questions. In order to get the most from this seminar, you must bring a course syllabus, textbook and Post-it notes if you are not willing to write in your textbook.

Visit the Success Centers website to view the schedule and sign up for a workshop. You will need your CCRI ID number and date of birth to complete the registration process.

Poised for Success workshop

Wondering what's next? The Poised for Success workshop is a free opportunity for students to discover their career passions.

For more information, visit the program website. Anyone with questions or who would like to enroll should email career specialists Lisa Robichaud or Monica Ferris.

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Last Updated: 8/30/16