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Homecoming 2019 took place Friday, Oct. 4 – Sunday, Oct. 6. The schedule of events is below.

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Friday, October 4

Volunteer Leadership Conference 
This event is invite-only. See the full schedule.
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Arthur F. & Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies  
Reception to follow, PWC Student Lounge
 

Complimentary event

Hear about the future of the College and gain access to professional development sessions, including networking opportunities, that can only be found in Friartown. This program is exclusively for those who offer their time and talents to PC as a member of a leadership committee or council.

Class Drop-Ins  
All day 
Various locations 

Complimentary event; space is limited

Are you curious what it’s like to be a student at Providence College in 2019? Get the full classroom experience (minus the homework!) and sit in on an undergraduate class. A course list will be sent to registrants. Please note that there will be a pre-selected sampling of courses offered. 

Lucille and Leo Caiafa, Jr. Center for Psychological Sciences Dedication
3 p.m.
Science Complex addition

Complimentary event

The Caiafa Center, now housed in Sowa Hall, features child development study labs, seminar space, a health data collection lab, faculty offices, and additional testing and meeting spaces.

Cycles of Life: Bicycle Tours from Brooklyn to Montreal in 1968 and 2018: Humanities Forum featuring Paul A. Gilje
3 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

Registration not required

Paul Gilje is an expert on the American Revolution and early republic who aims to integrate social, political, and cultural history in his work. An award-winning teacher and noted researcher, Gilje’s work includes Liberty on the Waterfront: American Culture in the Age of Revolution, which won two national prizes, including the Best Book Award of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He is past president of that organization, and is currently working on a book about the year 1800.

Homecoming Check-In
4 – 9 p.m.
Slavin Center

Swing by and check in for the weekend. While you’re there, pick up any event tickets you’ve purchased, a campus map, and purchase exclusive Homecoming merchandise. Staff will be on hand to answer all questions about the weekend.

FRIAR Talks: Career Corner
4:30 – 7 p.m.

Complimentary event

Broaden your mind and increase your knowledge at FRIAR Talks, modeled after the popular TED Talks. Drop in for 20-minute presentations on a variety of topics for students, families, alumni, and friends. FRIAR Talks on central themes will take place at different points throughout the weekend. This session’s theme is careers.

Talk Descriptions:

Future Forward: PC’s plans for the new Career Education Center
Soft Lounge, Slavin Center

This session will provide parents, students and alumni a look inside the plans for the new Center for Career Education and Professional Development, as part of the Ruane Friar Development Center Phase II construction. Additionally, Eileen Wisnewski, director of Career Education, will share details of innovative technologies and programming the Center has been working on in preparation of the new space.

Reimagining Your Career: Reinventing Yourself
Soft Lounge, Slavin Center

This session is intended for young alumni who are ready to take the next step in their career and are not sure where to begin.

Assisting Current Friars as They Discover Their Career Path
Soft Lounge, Slavin Center

This session is for parents and alumni who are interested in giving back to current students. You will discover tools and programs that are available for students and learn how you can take an active role in mentorship and career development for students.

Alumni Career Spotlight | presented by Kathleen Entwistle ’87, ’15P, ’17P, SVP, Wealth Management at UBS and Founding Partner, Entwistle Partners 
Soft Lounge, Slavin Center

First Generation Alumni Panel
6 – 6:45 p.m.
’64 Hall, Slavin Center

This session – intended for parents, students, and alumni – will showcase alumni who were first-generation college students. The alumni will share their stories as a student and their transitions into the professional world.

First-Generation Celebration Reception
6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
’64 Hall, Slavin Center

This reception will connect current first-generation students (and/or their parents) with faculty, staff, alumni, and parents with similar experiences.

The Fiondella Lecture featuring Arthur F. Ryan ’63, ’90Hon., & ’89P and the presentation of the Fiondella Student Academic Achievement Award
5 p.m.
Palmisano Atrium, Arthur F. & Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies

Complimentary event

How can a humanities education prepare you to become CEO of one of the largest financial institutions in the world? Arthur F. Ryan – accomplished alumnus, generous supporter, and former College trustee – will tell you how his PC education prepared him to do just that during the annual Fiondella lecture. This lecture series brings accomplished leaders to PC to share how their college education steeped in the humanities has positively influenced their lives and careers. Mr. Ryan was one of the youngest presidents of Chase Manhattan Bank and eventually became CEO of Prudential Insurance Company of America. Under his leadership, Prudential became the publicly traded financial services giant known worldwide as Prudential Financial, the nation’s largest insurer. 

During a Q&A, former trustee Elizabeth E. Flynn ’82 & ’17Hon.will offer her insights as a mentee of Ryan and as a senior-level executive with 30 years’ experience in banking, insurance, and risk management.  

The Fiondella Lecture and the Fiondella Student Academic Achievement Award are made possible by the generosity of Robert W. Fiondella ’64, ‘16Hon. & ’16GP and Carolyn Fiondella ’16GP.

Welcome to Friartown Tailgate
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Calabria Pavilion of Champions

Complimentary event

Get hyped up for the men’s soccer game vs. Butler and the women’s ice hockey game vs. Quinnipiac with a Friar family tailgate.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Quinnipiac (home opener)
6 p.m.
Schneider Arena

Tickets not required

Men’s Soccer vs. Butler (BIG EAST opener)
7 p.m.
Chapey Field, Anderson Stadium

Tickets not required

Welcome to Friartown, featuring an Artist Village
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Locations across campus

Complimentary event

Kick off the weekend at a cross-campus party featuring a multicultural expo, art exhibitions, a peek behind the curtain of one of our theatre performances, gathering areas for parents and alumni, and a student showcase. Food and beverage will be available across campus. Learn more.

The PC Jazz Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. on the patio in front of the Smith Center for the Arts (weather permitting; alternative location is Smith Concert Hall). Immediately following this performance, I Cantori will perform in the Smith Concert Hall.

Civ Trivia
6:30 p.m.
McPhail’s, Slavin Center

Test your Civ knowledge with Civ Trivia in McPhail’s.

FOLD Friday Night Lights Reception
8 – 10 p.m.
Calabria Torch, Slavin Lawn

Complimentary event

Members of the FOLD (Friars of the Last Decade) are invited to party with their friends under a perfect fall sky at the Torch, an iconic new spot on campus.

Huxley’s Comedy Club featuring Paul Mecurio ’82 
10 p.m., doors open at 9:30 p.m.
Mullaney Gymnasium

Tickets: $15, $5 for students

Get ready to laugh! Paul Mecurio  ’82 – Emmy and Peabody Award-winner for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, celebrity guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, star of his own Comedy Central Special, and featured on HBO and NBC –  will leave you in stitches with an unforgettable comedy performance in Mullaney Gymnasium. Mecurio can currently be seen opposite Golden Globe Winner Liev Schreiber in the film Chuck, the story about the real-life Rocky Balboa. He also has a one-man Broadway show called Permission to Speak.

St. Dominic Society members are welcome to enjoy the show from priority seating.

Saturday, October 5

Homecoming Check-In
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Slavin Center

Swing by and check in for the weekend. While you’re there, pick up any event tickets you’ve purchased, a campus map, and purchase exclusive Homecoming merchandise. Staff will be on hand to answer all questions about the weekend.

Class of 2023 Welcome Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
Peterson Recreation Center

Complimentary event

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will offer personal greetings to the Class of 2023, new transfer students, and their families. Then, Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay, director of parent programs, and Wanda Ingram, Ed.D. senior associate dean of undergraduate studies, will provide the keynote address titled “New Student Experience: Mid-Semester and Beyond.” The pair will discuss strategies for preparing for the first set of mid-term exams and discuss how parents and students can collaborate with their respective offices.

Morning Yoga
8:30 a.m.
Calabria Torch, Slavin Lawn

Complimentary event

Rise Yoga NY, founded by Erin Pymm ’99 and co-founder Jessica Paul, will be leading a workout for your mind, body and soul with a Vinyasa yoga flow set to soul-inspiring music. A 60 minute all-levels class connecting breath, movement and meditation, this will be a true “homecoming”.

Urban Dance Series: Wake Up with Flamenco
9 – 9:30 a.m.
Dance Studio, The Center at Moore Hall

Complimentary event

For beginners. A family-friendly Flamenco dance class by Flamenco Worcester.

Reflecting Forward: The Art of Learning by Betsy Casañas
9:30 a.m.
The Center at Moore Hall

Complimentary event

An artist dialogue with Betsy Casañas, the Philadelphia-based muralist who painted the mural in Center at Moore Hall.

Reflecting Forward: Teaching for Inclusivity
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Center at Moore Hall

Complimentary event

Providence College faculty, Dr. Comfort Ateh ’18P and Dr. Saaid Mendoza, will share research and strategies they are employing in the classroom to ensure that all students engage, learn, and succeed.

Friar Talks: Mind, Body, and Soul
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Aquinas Lounge

Complimentary event

Broaden your mind and increase your knowledge at FRIAR Talks, modeled after the popular TED Talks. Drop in for 20-minute presentations on a variety of topics for students, families, alumni, and friends. FRIAR Talks on central themes will take place at different points throughout the weekend. This session’s theme is mind, body, and soul. 

Talk Descriptions:

  • Student Mental Health Support and Resources | presented by Rosemary F. Mugan, PsyD ’98, director of the Personal Counseling Center
  • Campus Prevention and Resilience Initiatives | presented by Cheryl Granai, RN, MA, outreach coordinator
  • Faith in Difficult Times: Finding It, Losing It and Finding it Again | presented by Rev. Joseph J. Guido, O.P., senior staff psychologist with the Personal Counseling Center and assistant professor of psychology
  • Changing your Relationship with Anxiety | presented by Dr. Matthew Eriksen, Department Chair and Professor of Management

Fulbright Alumni Panel
10 – 11 a.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

Complimentary event

The Fulbright Program, the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers educational and cultural exchange opportunities in over 140 countries for U.S. citizens. Hear from several of PC’s past Fulbright participants, including Jennifer Dorn ’18, Abbey Guerino ’16, Kelley Garland ’16, Vince Whalen ’15, Emily Kennedy ’15, and Alanna Smith ’15, to learn more about serving as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the U.S. The panel will discuss Fulbright opportunities available to students and alumni.

Class Ring Sales and Ring Service from Balfour
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Lower Slavin

A representative from Balfour will be available for juniors and seniors* and their families. Alumni may also speak with a Balfour representative about ring replacement or repair.

*Please note, seniors who would like to have their ring delivered during Senior Ring Weekend must order by September 18. Seniors may still order during Homecoming, but the ring will be directly mailed to their residence.

Center for Career Education and Professional Development: Don’t Wait… Why First Year Students Should Come to Slavin 108
10:30 – 11 a.m.
’64 Hall, Slavin Center

Complimentary event

The Center for Career Education and Professional Development helps to prepare students for lives of meaning and purpose. Hear from current students who have taken advantage of key career development opportunities and resources as they work on accomplishing their post-graduate goals. 

President’s Welcome 
11:15 a.m.
Calabria Torch

Complimentary event

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will offer greetings to Homecoming guests and Friar 5K runners.

Friar 5K
Noon
Race begins at Harkins Hall

Tickets: $30 for alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends; $20 for students and children under 18

10 years running! Lace up your sneakers and find an exercise buddy for this race around campus. Proceeds benefit the National Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. All 21+ runners receive a free beer in the official Runner’s Circle. 

Registration: prov.ly/5k2019

Explore Providence! Bus Tour
Noon
Departs from Concannon Circle

Tickets: $25
No refunds after Thursday, Sept. 26

Join us for a two-hour journey through one of America’s favorite cities! As we travel through historic neighborhoods and share the story of our capital city, you will see classic architecture, stop for pictures at iconic sites, and discover great places to eat, shop, and visit.

Oktoberfest
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Slavin Lawn/Aquinas Lawn

Complimentary event, food and drink available for purchase

Kick off the fall season and raise a glass to PC’s very own Oktoberfest celebration. Enjoy live entertainment, local eats and drinks, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more.

Oktoberfest Exclusive Package (21+): $25
Experience a traditional biergarten with live German Beer band, Jolly Kopperschmidts. Package pricing includes two complimentary beverages and a commemorative PC beer mug.

Oktoberfest Exclusive Package is required for entrance into the biergarten.

St. Dominic Society members will receive complimentary food vouchers for their choice of food truck fare. Vouchers will be available with nametags at Homecoming Check-In.

Lacrosse Banquet and Alumni Game
1 p.m.
Chapey Field, Anderson Stadium

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Harkins Hall Historical Tour
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
30 minute tours depart in front of Harkins Hall

Take a walk down memory lane to where it all started – Harkins Hall! Dr. Joan Branham, professor of art history and associate dean of the school of arts and sciences, will decode and explain the statues and symbols on the façade of Harkins Hall, PC’s signature neo-Gothic building. Inside, visitors will see the site of the original basketball court – now the Barnini Room –where the trustees meet, and view vintage images of the College in an engaging slide presentation and centennial exhibition.

Cheerleading Alumni Meet-Up
1:30 p.m.
Group Fitness Center

The PC Cheerleading teams are FRIARED UP for Homecoming Weekend! Head Coach Melissa Scungio invites Cheer alumni to visit with the current teams during their pre-Late Night Madness practice, followed by a private social gathering. All alumni cheerleaders (as well as significant others and children) are welcome. Join in a group photo and pick up a Providence College Cheer alumni t-shirt, too.

FRIAR Talks: Travel
2 – 4:30 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities

Complimentary event

Broaden your mind and increase your knowledge at FRIAR Talks, modeled after the popular TED Talks. Drop in for 20-minute presentations on a variety of topics for students, families, alumni, and friends. FRIAR Talks on central themes will take place at different points throughout the weekend. This session’s theme is travel.

NOTE: The student fellowship presentations run concurrently with the alumni travel program and the study abroad overviews.

Talk Descriptions:

Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowships for Study and Service Abroad
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 206

The Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowships for Study and Service Abroad provide students with the opportunity to follow the example of St. Dominic by deepening their acquaintance with the Catholic and Dominican intellectual tradition and the ethos of Christian service, and introduces them to the breadth and richness of the Church universal.

  • “Seeking Veritas in Sydney” – Hannah Valente ’21
  • “Pura Vida en Costa Rica” – Katherine Martinez ’20
  • “Faith Over Fear: Lessons from My Stay with the Dominican Sisters in Tucumán’ and “Compartir: the value of sharing our lives” – Shannon Moore ’20 and Trevor Wakefield ’21
  • “Preaching Stones, Not Words: What my time in the Holy Land taught me about the Bible” – Sean Tobin ’20
  • “Living with Love, and Loving with Joy: 6 Weeks in the Solomon Islands” – Ryan McIntyre ’21

Friar Explorations Alumni Travel Program
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

Learn about upcoming travel programs for alumni, including the Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights Trip, Feb. 12-18, 2021.

Study Abroad Overviews
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105

Providence College ranks as one of the top U.S. universities in global learning with nearly 60 percent of our students participating in off-campus study. Come learn about PC’s nationally-recognized programs, including our flagship campuses, our Faculty-Led Abroad (FLA) models, as well as the innovative directions the College is moving in global education.

London

Learn about the new Civ in London Flagship Campus.

Shanghai

Learn about the new PCSB in Shanghai Flagship Campus.

Rome

Learn about the historic PC in Rome Flagship Campus.

General session: What to Know Before You Go

Are you preparing to send a student abroad during this academic year? If so, be sure to attend this session, which will contain important information on health and safety, academics, billing, visas, and more.

An Afternoon of Music, Dance, and Theatre
2 p.m.
Ryan Concert Hall, Smith Center for the Arts

Hit a high note and enjoy a collaborative music performance, featuring a short recital highlighting first-year students, a sneak-peek of a musical number from the new show Something Rotten, and routines by students and guest choreographers.

Lidia Bastianich ’22GP presents My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food
2:30 p.m.
Mullaney Gym

Complimentary event

Bestselling cookbook author, award-winning television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich will discuss her book, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food. Her grandson, Miles, is going to be a sophomore this year at PC. Watch a clip from Miles’ appearance on Lidia Celebrates America.

St. Dominic Society members are invited for an exclusive post-event meet & greet. Lidia will sign your own personal cookbook or receive a copy of her memoir or her cookbook, Celebrate Like an Italian (supplies limited). Light refreshments will also be served.

Rugby Game
3 p.m.
Hendricken Field

A Cappella Alumni Concert
4 p.m.
Smith Concert Hall

Tickets are limited.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Maine (Opener)
4 p.m.
Schneider Arena

Tickets: Available now, various prices

Homecoming Spanish Mass
4 p.m.
Chapel, St. Thomas Aquinas Priory
Pre-registration encouraged

Fr. David Orique, O.P., Ph.D., will be the principal celebrant for a Spanish language Mass in the Latin American Dominican tradition. Music by Silvio Cuellar. 

Reflecting Forward: Latino/a Alumni Reception
5 p.m.
Fiondella Great Room, Ruane Center for the Humanities

Join us for a Latino/a alumni reception immediately following Mass.

Dinner in the City

Check out the many activities and dining options available for you and your family in downtown Providence. 

Late Night Madness
6:30
The Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Get pumped up for the 2019-20 basketball season with student performances, a chance to watch the men’s and women’s Friar basketball teams hit the court, and an all-star performance by John Legend with opening act A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
Learn more >

Sunday, October 6

Mass – “Last Chance Mass” Experience
9 a.m.
St. Dominic Chapel

Pre-registration encouraged

Experience the popular “Last Chance Mass” with low lighting and folk music by Bob Pfunder ’09 and Liz Cotrupi Pfunder ’08. Celebrated by Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 with members of the Dominican community.

Class Ring Sales and Ring Service from Balfour
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lower Slavin

A representative from Balfour will be available for juniors and seniors* and their families. Alumni may also speak with a Balfour representative about ring replacement or repair.

*Please note, seniors who would like to have their ring delivered during Senior Ring Weekend must order by September 18. Seniors may still order during Homecoming, but the ring will be directly mailed to their residence.

Homecoming Mass
11 a.m.
Peterson Recreation Center

Pre-registration encouraged

Close out a memorable weekend at special Masses celebrated by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 and concelebrated by members of the Dominican community.

Jazz Brunch with the Dominicans
Noon, Immediately following 11 a.m. Mass
Slavin Lawn Tents

Tickets: $25; children 12 and under: $15
No refunds after Thursday, Sept. 26

Enjoy a festive brunch with entertainment. Members of our Dominican community will also act as hosts at our brunch tables to mingle with alumni and families.

St. Dominic Society members are offered two complimentary tickets to this event. To secure tickets, forego the online registration for this event and kindly contact Joanne McNamara 401.865.2829 or jmcnama7@providence.edu.

Women’s Soccer vs. Georgetown
1 p.m.
Chapey Field, Anderson Stadium

Tickets not required

Women’s Field Hockey vs. Dartmouth
1 p.m.
Lennon Family Field

Tickets not required

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