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Tech Collective’s STEM Career Expo Connects 125 Middle School Girls With Technology Companies

PROVIDENCE, RI – This past November, 125 middle school students and 13 educators attended the Tech Collective’s annual STEM-in-the-Middle girls’ career expo, hosted by the RI College STEM Center.
STEM-in-the-Middle aims to raise awareness and participation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at the middle school level. Students attended hands-on workshops throughout the day on such topics as: biotechnology, environmental science, engineering, physics, computer technology, digital media and programming, robotics, and arts. In addition, the Expo featured remarks from Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the RI Department of Health.
Expo workshops were designed and facilitated by 31 female industry professionals and faculty. Companies and organizations bringing real-world insight and experience to STEM-in-the-Middle were: Amgen, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NASA, the Ocean Exploration Trust at URI, Dassault Systemès Simulia Corporation, Rhode Island College, Leidtke Design, Fab Newport, Ahlers Designs, and the US Navy.
Now in its fifth year, STEM-in-the-Middle has reached a total of 520 middle school girls with support from an annual Governor’s Workforce Board Industry Partnership grant for biosciences, as well as from industry sponsors.
Read more about the Stem-in-the-Middle Expo HERE.

Partnership Launches with Rhode Island College to Open Office of Innovation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced Richard Culatta as Rhode Island’s first Chief Innovation Officer. Culatta will lead an effort to find better approaches to provide more opportunities for all Rhode Islanders, and improve government services, while reducing costs and increasing transparency.

“Part of creating opportunities for all Rhode Islanders is putting their needs first, and turning away from how government has always done things,” Raimondo said. “We need new approaches, both in the way government operates, and in the types of businesses we attract and nurture here. The role of the Chief Innovation Officer will be about opening up government and using data to solve problems.”

“To effectively serve citizens, government needs to become competent in the digital age and work with the private sector to tackle challenges that are too big for either to solve on their own,” Culatta said. “In so doing, Rhode Island has the opportunity to become a nationally-recognized innovation hub and an example for the rest of the country of how to make government move faster at a reduced cost.”

Culatta, a Rhode Island native, recently left his role as Senior Advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He also served as the Executive Director of the Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

“At a time when many in government are asked to do more with less, it is vital to think more creatively, and embrace new approaches to reaching and informing people,” former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “Nationally recognized as an innovative leader in government, Richard helped our team pioneer new approaches for using technology to engage with citizens and improve government impact through public and private partnerships. It will be exciting to see what new ideas he will pursue in Rhode Island.”

“Richard was a serial entrepreneur inside government,” Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Tom Kalil said. “From reducing the digital divide with ConnectED, to developing new models for bringing highly-talented individuals into government, Richard was focused on using all the tools he had to support student learning. I look forward to watching Richard tap the best of Rhode Island’s creative talent to move the state forward.”

At the Department of Education, Culatta led Datapalooza, an initiative to make government data more publicly accessible in computer-readable form and spur the use of that data by entrepreneurs as fuel for the creation of new products, services and jobs.

Recognizing that talent is key to innovation, he also developed new models for bringing highly-talented individuals into government to solve tough problems, including helping form the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Innovation Fellows worked on a variety of projects such as:

  • Making it easier for government to do business with small, high-growth tech companies, thus enabling the government to buy better, lower-cost tech solutions, costing 30 percent less on average than prior bidding systems
  • Supporting schools’ transition to openly-licensed educational materials, saving millions of dollars while replacing outdated traditional textbooks

The Office of Innovation, located at Rhode Island College, and supported by the Rhode Island College Foundation, will be a central hub for innovation efforts in the state. The office is responsible for making government more efficient, cost-effective, and responsive to citizen needs while accelerating and promoting innovations in the private sector across the state.

“The presence of the Innovation Office at Rhode Island College underscores the critical role public higher education plays in the Rhode Island economy,” Rhode Island College President Dr. Nancy Carriuolo said. “We are delighted to host this initiative and look forward to involving our talented faculty and students in statewide innovation efforts.”

“The Rhode Island College Foundation believes that the Innovation Office is a smart investment for the college and the larger Rhode Island community,” Rhode Island College Foundation Board of Directors Chair William Hurry said. “The new research and development opportunities afforded the Rhode Island College community will complement Rhode Island College’s valuable educational experience, while the office’s outcomes will benefit all Rhode Islanders, including more than 39,000 Rhode Island College alumni currently residing in our state.”

Great Performances in 2016 at Rhode Island College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island College delivers a full calendar of fine art, music, theatre and dance events this winter and spring.

FINE ART
Artists Mara Metcalf and Maria Napolitano, whose works are part of the permanent collection of the RISD Museum, open a duet exhibit at Bannister Gallery on Thursday, Jan. 21, titled “If It’s Not You, It’s Me.” Napolitano’s work is inspired by the elusive and curious qualities of the natural world and the fragile connections between nature and human existence. Metcalf employs abstraction to suggest physical worlds that are ever in flux. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 12. All Bannister exhibits are free and open to the public.

A simultaneous exhibit that is also running from Jan. 21 through Feb. 12 is the sculptural works of Blake Hiltunen at The Chazen Family Gallery in Alex and Ani Hall. Hiltunen applies materials and processes found in nature to his sculpture.

Bannister Gallery’s RISCA Fellowship Exhibition will be mounted from Feb. 23 through March 25, featuring the work of artists who recently attended residency fellowship programs funded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. A talk with the artists and a closing reception take place on Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m.

The Chazan Family Gallery presents a “Printmaking Exhibition” from Feb. 25 through March 25, and the paintings of Andrée Luduc from March 31 through April 22. Luduc’s paintings explore the tension between knowing and not knowing precisely what one is seeing in nature.

Cultural exploration and personal identity in art and life is the focal point of “Chronicles,” Juan Ormaza’s work on view at Bannister Gallery from April 7-29, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 7, at 5 p.m.

Rhode Island College’s Department of Art also champions its student artists. From April 28 through May 27 RIC graduate student Julie York will present her own “Media Studies Graduate Thesis Exhibition” in The Chazan Family Gallery; and from May 5-20 the “Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibitions” will be unveiled in Bannister Gallery. The latter show includes an artists’ reception on Thursday, May 12, at 5 p.m.

Exhibitions, opening receptions and lectures are free and open to the public. For more information on Bannister exhibits, contact Bannister Gallery at (401) 456-9765 or visithttp://www.ric.edu/bannister. For information on The Chazen Family Gallery exhibits, contact RIC’s Department of Art at (401) 456-8054 or emailjbarboza@ric.edu<mailto:jbarboza@ric.edu>.

PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

The Performing Arts Series’ winter/spring season opens with an ensemble that has become a tradition at RIC – the Muir String Quartet. On Monday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall, the Muir performs Haydn’s StringQuartet in GMajor, Op. 77, No. 1;Villa-Lobos’StringQuartet No. 5; and Beethoven’s String QuartetNo. 14 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131. (Admission $35.)

The lineup also includes a production by the Salzburg Marionette Theater, featuring “Peter and the Wolf” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” on Monday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Hall Auditorium. (Admission $35.)

“Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen,” a production by cabaret artist Lauren Fox, takes place on Wednesday, March 23. Through stories and songs, Fox will explore the creative genius and conflicted desires of two of folk music’s most enduring artists. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission $35.)

An encore performance by the Muir String Quartet will be presented on Monday, April 4, and feature guest artist Edwin Barker on bass. Classical works on the program are Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3; Berg’sStringQuartet, Op. 3; and Dvořák’sStringQuintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77. This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission $35.)

The Performing Arts Series’ season ends on Thursday, April 21, with Decadancetheatre, an international hip-hop dance/theatre company that brings the voices of a global generation to the stage. Performers are from France, Japan, Nigeria, Norway and the United Kingdom. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Hall Auditorium. (Admission $35.)

THEATRE

RIC Mainstage Theatre consists of a cast of RIC student artists whose 2015 production of “Godspell” is being featured at the 2016 American College Theatre Festival. A benefit performance will be held for Rhode Islanders in Roberts Hall Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 23 (admission $50).

From Feb. 17-21, the troupe stages William Inge’s “Picnic” in the intimate performance space of the Forman Theatre (admission $15).

From April 14-17 Mainstage presents the musical “Good News” in Roberts Hall Auditorium (admission $20).

Finally, RIC Growing Stage Theatre presents Marsha Norman’s “Night Mother” from March 18-20 in the Forman Theatre (suggested donation $5).

DANCE

Winter/spring programming by the RIC Dance Company opens with the “Spring Dance Concert” Feb. 12-14 in Sapinsley Hall. Student dancers perform works by Keigwin + Company, Tommy Neglett, William Evans, Jessica Pearson and A’Keitha Carey. (Admission $15.)

From March 31 to April 1, the company will host the “Guest Artist Show,” featuring professional dancers Alberto Denis of the New York-based Third Rail Projects, and Don Halquist and William Evans of Bill Evans Dance. Performance time is 7:30 p.m. in the Forman Theatre. (Admission $15.)

RIC’s dance season ends with the “Student Choreography Concert” on April 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forman Theatre. (Admission $15).

MUSIC

Wednesday Masterworks Concerts, led by internationally renowned composer/pianist and RIC artist-in-residence Judith Lynn Stillman, are slated for February and April.

* On Feb. 17 “Winter Winds” will feature Stillman on piano with RIC Associate Professors of Music Ian Greitzer on clarinet and Mary Ellen Kregler on flute.
* On April 20 “Spring Mix” will feature RIC music faculty members and friends.

All Masterworks Concerts begin at 1 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall, with tickets at the door (suggested donation $10).

An eclectic range of music styles by RIC student ensembles and orchestras include:

* The RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission free.
* The RIC Wind Ensemble’s “High School Band Invitational Concert” on Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission $10.)
* The RIC Symphony Orchestra with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission free.)
* The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus on Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission $10.)
* The RIC Jazz Combos Concert on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Forman Theatre. (Admission free.)
* The RIC Opera Workshop on Sunday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Forman Theatre. (Admission free).
* For a complete list of all arts events at Rhode Island College, browse the calendar below. For ticket information, go to www.ric.edu/pfa<http://www.ric.edu/pfa> or call the Box Office at (401) 456-8144.
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2016 FALL ARTS CALENDAR
JANUARY
Jan. 21–Feb. 12
Art: “Mara Metcalf and Maria Napolitano: If It’s Not You, It’s Me”
Reception, Thursday, Jan. 28, 5 p.m.
James Montford, curator
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free

Jan. 21–Feb. 12
Art: Blake Hiltunen
The Chazan Family Gallery, Alex and Ani Hall
Admission free

Saturday, January 23
Musical Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Godspell”
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Benefit performance for the American College Theatre Festival
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
VIP tickets $50
General admission $25
Students with ID $5

Friday, Jan. 29
Music: The Providence Singers Young Men’s Choral Festival
7 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free

FEBRUARY
Monday, Feb. 1
Music: Muir String Quartet
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $35
Seniors $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff $20
Non-RIC students and children $15
RIC students with ID $5

Feb. 12–14
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Spring Dance Concert”
Feb. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14, 2 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5

Wednesday, Feb. 17
Music: Masterworks Concerts
“Winter Winds”
Mary Ellen Kregler, flute
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director
1 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Suggested $10 donation

Feb. 17–21
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Picnic,” by William Inge
Linda Sutherland, director
Feb. 17-20, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20-21, 2 p.m.
Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5

Sunday, February 21
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles
John Sumerlin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free

Feb. 23–March 25
Art: RISCA Fellowship Exhibition
Opening reception, Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.
Artist’s talk and closing reception, Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free

Feb. 25–March 25
Art: Printmaking Exhibition
The Chazan Family Gallery, Alex and Ani Hall
Admission free

Friday, Feb. 26
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“High School Band Invitational Concert”
Robert Franzblau, conductor
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
Free admission for RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID)

Monday, Feb. 29
Theatre: Salzburg Marionette Theater
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $35
Seniors $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff $20
Non-RIC students and children $15
RIC students with ID $5

MARCH
Tuesday, March 1
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra with Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
“21st Annual Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert”
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free

Friday, March 4
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
“Spring Choral Concert”
Teresa Coffman, conductor
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
Free admission for RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID)

March 18–20
Theatre: RIC Growing Stage Theatre
“Night, Mother,” by Marsha Norman
Nora Garron, director
March 18-19, 7:30 p.m.
March 20, 2 p.m.
Forman Theatre
Suggested $5 donation

Wednesday, March 23
Music: “Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen”
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $35
Seniors $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff $20
Non-RIC students and children $15
RIC students with ID $5

March 31–April 1
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Guest Artist Show”
7:30 p.m.
Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5

March 31–April 22
Art: Andrée Ludec
The Chazan Family Gallery, Alex and Ani Hall
Admission free

APRIL
Monday, April 4
Music: Muir String Quartet
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $35
Seniors $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff $20
Non-RIC students and children $15
RIC students with ID $5

April 7–29
Art: Juan Ormaza
Opening reception, Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m.
Juan Barboza-Gubo, curator
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free

Sunday, April 10
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles
John Sumerlin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Forman Theatre
Admission free

Wednesday, April 13
Music: RIC Jazz Combos Concert
Greg Abate, director
7 p.m.
Forman Theatre
Admission free

April 14–17
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Good News”
Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vessella, choreographer
April 14-16, 7:30 p.m.
April 16-17, 2 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10 RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5

Wednesday, April 20
Music: Masterworks Concerts
“Spring Mix”
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director
1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Suggested $10 donation

Thursday, April 21
Dance/Theatre: Decadancetheatre
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $35
Seniors $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff $20
Non-RIC students and children $15
RIC students with ID $5

Friday, April 22
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“2016 Senior Concerto Competition”
Robert Franzblau, conductor
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
Free admission for RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID)

Tuesday, April 26
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra and the RIC Opera Workshop
“Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert”
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
Free admission for RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID)

April 28-29
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Student Choreography Concert”
7:30 p.m.
Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $5

April 28–May 27
Art: “Julie York: Media Studies Graduate Thesis Exhibition”
The Chazan Family Gallery Alex and Ani Hall
Admission free

Friday, April 29
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
“Bon Voyage Choral Concert”
Teresa Coffman, conductor
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
Free admission for RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID)

MAY
Monday, May 2
Music: RIC Concert Jazz Band
“Spring Concert”
Joe Foley, director
8 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
Free admission for RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID)

May 5–20
Art: Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibitions
Reception, Thursday, May 12, 5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free

Sunday, May 8
Music: RIC Opera Workshop
Rene de la Garza and Susan Rodgers, co-directors
7 p.m.
Forman Theatre
Admission free

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