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Jazz Saxophonist Greg Abate Has Been Inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame celebrates the legacy of Rhode Island musicians, educators and industry professionals who have made significant contributions to the national and local music scene. On April 24 Greg Abate was among eight inductees who saw the unveiling of their Hall of Fame exhibit. Abate also performed at the induction concert event at The MET in Pawtucket.

Retirement Reception for Neil Gonsalves – May 2

Neil Gonsalves, professor of biology, is retiring after 47 years of service. There will be a reception to honor his career and his many contributions to RIC on Monday, May 2, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Fogarty Life Science’s Biology Lounge.

Sharon Rogers

Retirement Celebration for Judith Stokes and Tovah Reis – May 2

Please join us Monday, May 2, from 3-5 p.m. at Adams Library Reinhardt Room to celebrate the retirements of Judith Stokes, serials and e-resources librarian, and Tovah Reis, interim director of Adams Library. Refreshments will be served.

Attention Faculty and Staff – Deadline May 2

Each year OASIS selects recipients for the DeRobbio Endowed Fund Scholarship. In order to increase awareness of the scholarship, we need you to help spread the word and consider recommending a student. Scholarship applications are available for students to pick up at OASIS in Craig-Lee Hall 154. Applications are due by Monday, May 2. Eligible students must be a client of OASIS, they must be in good academic standing and they must be experiencing a difficult situation or sudden financial need.

Jennifer Sousa

Performance of "Phoenix from the Ashes" by Judith Lynn Stillman – May 4

In honor of the 32nd annual Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of the Holocaust, Judith Lynn Stillman’s “Phoenix from the Ashes: Terezín in Music and Words” will be performed at Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Avenue, Providence, on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and features pianist/composer Stillman, tenor Adam Klein from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, mezzo-soprano Krista River and a children’s choir. 

RIC Faculty Writing Retreat – Registration Deadline May 6

The RIC Writing Center will offer a week-long Faculty Writing Retreat from May 16-20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are working on a dissertation, book, article, grant application or other project that would benefit from five days of work among supportive colleagues, please contact Claudine Griggs at Snacks and lunch will be provided. The registration/application deadline is May 6. The retreat is limited to 15 participants. (We expect to hold another retreat in August, so watch for further announcements.)

Claudine Griggs

Campus-Wide Discussion of Formula Funding and Performance-Based Funding – May 6

The Council of Rhode Island College will host an explanation and discussion of Formula-Based and Performance-Based Funding on Friday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. in Clarke Science 128. All members of the RIC community are invited to attend and participate. These new paradigms for the funding of higher education could have significant impacts – both good and bad – for the college. Professor of Political Science Thomas Schmeling and Professor of History Erik Christiansen will present their national-level research on this topic. Vice President for Academic Affairs Ron Pitt and Vice President for Administration and Finance David Gingerella will discuss the potential impact on RIC and RIC’s response to the state-level proposals.

Jeffrey Blais, Council Chair

Initial Meeting of the 2016-2017 Council of Rhode Island College – May 6

The 2016-2017 Council of Rhode Island College will have a brief meeting on Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m. in SU 307 to elect members of the Executive Committee for the coming academic year.

Jeffrey Blais, 2015-2016 Council Chair

Final Meeting of the 2015-2016 Council of Rhode Island College – May 6

The 2015-2016 Council of Rhode Island College will have its final meeting on Friday, May 6, at 2:15 p.m. in SU 307. (Please note that this date differs from the date previously posted; and please note the unusual start time). Included on the agenda for this meeting are proposals for changes in the Student Conduct Board, a proposal for changing the credit hour deadline from 40 to 30 for completing the First Year Seminar and a proposal for changing the Class Scheduling Patterns.

Jeffrey Blais, Council Chair

Retirement Reception for Thomas Meedel – May 10

A retirement reception to recognize Professor of Biology Tom Meedel’s 24 years of scholarship and mentorship of students will be held on Tuesday, May 10, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Fogarty Life Science’s Biology Lounge.

Sharon Rogers

Library Exhibit: “The Book, Art & Artifact” – May 31

“The Book, Art & Artifact” is an exhibit on display through May 31 in the Adams Library that investigates the book as object and art. Exhibit pieces demonstrate the materiality of books: their construction and the design choices made to suit readers and their needs. Unusual books drawn from the library’s collections question our definition of “book.” Interactive elements engage viewers with cover design and illustration. This exhibit is curated by Reference Librarians Dragan Gill and Amy Barlow.

Dragan Gill

RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp – July 11-28

The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will hold the 2016 Summer Performing Arts Camp July 11-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Little Theatre (Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Room 128). Prior to Wednesday, May 25, tuition is $495; thereafter it is $595. This acting camp incorporates musical theatre and dance (no experience necessary); however, enrollment is limited. For more information, contact the camp director, RIC Professor of Theatre Jamie Taylor, at 401-456-9702 or by email

Jamie Taylor, RIC Summer Performing Arts Camp Director

Hot Books for Summer Reading

From thrillers to histories, check out the most popular books in the Adams Library browsing collection. Choose a bestseller to enjoy after exams or several to take to the beach this summer. See

Judith Stokes

Faculty Rentals of Academic Regalia

Any faculty who would like to rent academic regalia for the Cap & Gown Convocation on Wednesday, April 27, or the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, please contact the campus bookstore at with your name, highest degree received, school the degree is from and major. Please specify cap or tam, head size and height. You may also call 456-8025.

Faculty have until Friday, April 22, to place orders for the Cap & Gown Convocation and until Friday, May 6, to place orders for both undergraduate and graduate commencement. 

“The Shallows” – The 2016-2017 Common Book

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” by Nicholas Carr, will be the Common Book for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year. Visit the Open Books – Open Minds website to learn more about this book. 

Zubeda Jalalzai