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Throughout the month of October, Homecoming at Home will bring the best of Providence College to you. Browse the programs and activities below. Don’t forget to register or add a calendar reminder for our live events.  

Looking for programming specifically for new students and their families? Visit the Homecoming at Home parents page.

Friar dad Chris Christie and Friar grandad Michael Dukakis

Friar Forum: Election 2020

7 p.m. ET | Thursday, Oct. 1

Two former presidential candidates, Friar dad Chris Christie ’23P and Friar granddad Michael Dukakis ’23GP, will address the upcoming election and share stories of their lives in public service.

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rev. kenneth r. sicard '78 & '82g

State of the College

4 p.m. ET | Friday, Oct. 2

President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G will share news from the College in a discussion led by Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, vice president for mission and ministry.

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joel thompson

Discussion with Joel Thompson

7 p.m. ET | Friday, Oct. 2

Join PC Director of Choral Activities Krishan Oberoi and celebrated composer and activist Joel Thompson for a discussion about art and music as a force for social change.

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paul tremblay '93

Book Club Discussion with Paul Tremblay ’93

7 p.m. ET | Monday, Oct. 19

Paul Tremblay ’93, a Bram Stoker award-winning author, will share thoughts and answer questions about his latest riveting novel, Survivor Song.

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friar 5k

Virtual Friar 5K

All Month

Lace up your sneakers, grab a mask, and hit the streets to run-where-you-are for the 11th annual Friar 5K to support the National Alumni Association Scholarship. 

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Family Talk Tuesdays

Every Tuesday

Throughout October, parents and guardians can learn from staff and administrators across the College about the ways to ensure your student’s success.

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Thursday, Oct. 1

Friar Forum: Election 2020
7 – 7:50 p.m. ET

Two former presidential candidates who are now members of the Friar family answer your questions about the upcoming election and share stories of their lives in public service. Friar dad Chris Christie ’23P, political commentator and the 55th governor of New Jersey, will join Friar granddad Michael Dukakis ’23GP, former Democratic nominee for U.S. president and the 65th governor of Massachusetts, for a moderated Q&A. Dr. Joseph Cammarano, associate professor of political science and department chair, and Julia L. Murphy ’21, political science major, will lead the discussion.

Members of the PC community will be invited to submit questions in advance and participate in this live virtual forum.

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Friday, Oct. 2

Volunteer Leadership Program
1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Join College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G and Greg Waldron, senior vice president for institutional advancement, for an update from Providence College. Participants will also hear from current students and will be invited to ask questions.

By invitation only.

Humanities Forum: Marching with John Lewis
3 p.m. ET

The Humanities Forum is an opportunity for the Providence College community to engage in intellectual life outside the classroom, deepen our appreciation for the humanities, and explore diverse perspectives from on and off campus. This session will feature Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, co-author and illustrator of March, a graphic novel trilogy about John Lewis, the late congressman and civil rights leader.

President’s Welcome and State of the College
4 p.m. ET

President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G will offer a welcome to the academic year and share news from the College in a discussion led by Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, PC’s vice president for mission and ministry.

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A Discussion with Composer and Activist Joel Thompson
7 p.m. ET

Providence College Director of Choral Activities Krishan Oberoi will be joined by composer and activist Joel Thompson for a discussion of Thompson’s celebrated work, The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed. This powerful work for chorus and chamber orchestra commemorates seven unarmed members of the Black community who died as a result of police violence. Thompson’s work was recently featured in The New York Times and provides a unique opportunity for discussion around the role of art and music as a force for social change.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Yoga and Meditation
8 – 9 a.m. ET on Facebook

Start your PC Homecoming at Home weekend off with stretch, strength, and mindfulness with from Jennie Petricig ’01, owner of  Simple Graces Wellness

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Virtual Friar 5K Kick-off: Friars Run the World
Noon ET on Facebook

Kick off the Friar 5K with a blessing from PC’s Dominican community and take a walk (or run) down memory lane with highlights of 5K races from the past.  

Lace up your sneakers, grab a mask, and hit the streets to run-where-you-are for the 11th annual Friar 5K. Sign up to run or walk 3.1 miles during the month of October to support the National Alumni Association Scholarship. Participants will receive a one-of-a-kind 2020 Friar 5K T-shirt and a chance to submit their times.

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FOLD Toast for Class of 2020
5 p.m. ET

All members of the Class of 2020 are invited to fill up their champagne flutes, join the Zoom, and be officially welcomed to the FOLD. The Senior Giving Committee will be congratulated for their fundraising efforts during an unprecedented time in the College’s history.

Sunday, Oct. 4

Homecoming Sunday Mass
11 a.m. ET

Tune in to a special Mass celebrated by College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G and members of the Dominican community. 

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Monday, Oct. 5

Study Abroad Fair
4 – 8 p.m. ET

The Center for Global Education will host more than 60 virtual events this semester to inform students about study abroad opportunities. One highlight will be the Study Abroad Fair on Monday, Oct. 5, from 4 – 8 p.m. on Handshake. This event will provide students with the chance to speak with representatives from around the world to learn more about their programs. PC seniors who went abroad will be present to share their own experiences.

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Family Talk Tuesdays
Families as Partners: Working Together to Promote New Student Success


Parents are important partners in the development of first-year students. Learning to navigate this challenging time can be difficult, rewarding, and anxiety-provoking. This session, led by Jacqueline K. MacKay, parent program director, will identify issues, provide helpful strategies, and highlight additional resources to help parents support their students during their transition to Providence College. 

Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

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Family Talk Tuesdays
Career Education Center Virtual Resources Panel
7:30 p.m. ET

Parents and students will hear about the virtual resources provided by the Center for Career Education & Professional Development, highlighting the multiple opportunities for students despite the COVID-19 crisis. The panel will speak to internship success during the summer, funding opportunities provided despite the circumstances, and other virtual opportunities to help career development.

Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

The Roundtable: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
7 p.m ET

We would like to invite you to be part of an open conversation focusing on the important and creative work from different departments on the Providence College campus. This roundtable discussion with students, faculty, and staff will focus on the importance of initiatives and progress in these fields.

Featured speakers: 

  • Carlene Fonseca, Associate Director, Feinstein Institute for Public Service 
  • Liz Lombard, Associate Director for Employer Relations, Center for Career Education & Professional Development 
  • Jacqueline Peterson, Advisor to the President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 
  • Sokeo Ros, Interim Program Manager, The Center at Moore Hall 
  • Anjel Newmann, Graduate Assistant at The Center at Moore Hall and Graduate Student in Urban Teaching 
  • Marta V. Martínez ’79, ’19 Hon., Executive Director, Rhode Island Latino Arts, Oral Historian
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Friday, Oct. 9

Friars Live with Hillbilly Thomists
8 p.m. ET on Facebook

Spend your Friday night with The Hillbilly Thomists, a traditional folk and bluegrass band made up of Dominican Friars. They’ll play favorites from their eponymous first album, which became a surprise success in 2017 when it reached the Top Ten on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart.

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Sunday, Oct. 11

Bilingual Homecoming Mass 
11:45 a.m.

El domingo, 11 de Octubre a las 11:45 a.m., en reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, el padre David Orique, O.P., Ph.D. dirigirá una misa presentada tanto en español como en inglés. La misa se ofrece a la comunidad Friar a través de Zoom como parte del Homecoming at Home 2020 de PC.

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), members of PC’s Dominican community will concelebrate Mass in both Spanish and English.  

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Family Talk Tuesdays
Senior Year Academic Planning – A Blueprint for Success
7 p.m. ET

The senior year of college is a time of great excitement as well as anxiety for students and parents. This session will address the ebb and flow of the academic year as students begin the final chapter of their undergraduate journey. Discussion will focus on important timelines, points of engagement for both students and parents, and the role of the senior class dean in facilitating student action plans and academic success. Specific strategies for parents to assist their students during this critical time will also be provided. 

Speakers will include:  

  • Denise Anne Godin, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies/Senior Class Dean                    
  • Jacqueline K. MacKay, Parent Program Director 
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Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

PCSB First-Year Families 101 
7 – 9 p.m. ET

Families of first-year students are invited to join Providence College School of Business (PCSB) administrators and staff for a session featuring information about the first-year experience and experiential opportunities for business students. During the first hour, families will learn more about the core PCSB curriculum, FLIP – the Friar Leadership & Immersion Program – and other PCSB resources and opportunities. For the second hour, families will pre-register for break-out sessions focused on their student’s major. Faculty members will discuss the curricular specifics of the major, program expectations and unique features, and typical career outcomes. There will also be time for Q&A following both the general and major session presentations.

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Wednesday, Oct. 14

Activism in the Arts
Sponsored by the Providence College Galleries
7 p.m. ET

In this presentation and live roundtable, Jamilee Lacy, director and chief curator of Providence College Galleries, will moderate a discussion among current and former Friars who are leaders in the arts. The roundtable will explore how arts administrators can empower artist-activists, facilitate structural change, and work inclusively in the arts industry and beyond.

Roundtable guests include Stephanie Fortunato ’97, mayor-appointed director of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism; Anjel Newmann 24G, director of programs at AS220 and Providence College graduate student; Dr. Maura Reilly ’90, curator, art historian, and activist; and Sokeo Ros 20G, interim program manager for Providence College’s Center at Moore Hall.

Co-sponsored by Alumni Relations, the Department of Art & Art History, Black Studies Program, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, and Providence College Galleries, with additional support provided by Eric “Pete” Peterson ’86 and Theresa Cairns Peterson ’89.

Thursday, Oct. 15

COVID-19’s Impact on Real Estate
4 p.m. ET

The COVID-19’s Impact on Real Estate panel features alumni who are leaders in their respective areas of real estate — commercial, residential, consulting, hybrid, and in between. This panel discussion will focus on changes in the real estate market as a result of COVID-19 and navigating the market in an age of widespread uncertainty. Panelists will discuss specific topical questions and will allow time for questions from the audience.

Brought to you by the Friars in Real Estate Committee

Featured Panelists:

  • Jeff Black ’06: Executive Vice President, Colliers International
  • Stephen Woelfel ’05: Senior Vice President, Colliers International
  • Ben Farrer ’11: Director of Development, The Fallon Company
  • Carolyn Molloy ’06: Senior Associate, Lincoln Property Company
  • Moderator — Andrew Tuccio ’14: Development Manager, Gansett Ventures

TDF Presents ECHOES: Voices from the Void
7:30 p.m. ET

Featuring works by Kate Chopin, Alice Dunbar Nelson, and W. E. B. Du Bois
Directed by Patrick Mark Saunders & Tobias Wilson

Literature will be translated into live performance as students explore the process of adapting narrative works for performance. Through a collaborative rehearsal process, students will reinterpret these original texts and, in so doing, identify (or radically reimagine) the ways that these works still speak to us today.

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Friday, Oct. 16

Humanities Forum: What the Great Plague of Athens Can Teach Us Now
3 p.m. ET

The Humanities Forum is an opportunity for the Providence College community to engage in intellectual life outside the classroom, deepen our appreciation for the humanities, and explore diverse perspectives from on and off campus. Dr. Katherine Kelaidis, instructor in the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss lessons from the great plague of Athens.

Monday, Oct. 19

PC Alumni Book Club Discussion with Paul Tremblay ’93
7 p.m. ET

For the third book discussion in the Alumni Book Club series, PC presents Paul Tremblay ’93, the Bram Stoker award-winning author who will share thoughts and answer questions about his latest riveting novel, Survivor Song, featuring his trademark suspense and terrorAs a terrifying, rabies-like virus rips through Massachusetts, the book’s characters search for hope amid the pandemic horror. Check out this recent interview about the novel.

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Tuesday, Oct. 20

Family Talk Tuesdays
You’re Never Alone in Friartown: Our Culture of CARE
7 p.m. ET

College students are coping with more stressors that impact their mental health and overall wellbeing. A panel of campus experts will discuss how PC’s response has developed in the Friar tradition – as a community that is strengthened by the work done together for our students.  

Featured speakers:  

  • Tiffany Gaffney ’03, ’07G, Associate Dean of Students & Assistant IX Coordinator, Student Affairs 
  • Brenda Hunt, Senior Associate Director of Residence Life, Residence Life 
  • Rev. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P., Chaplain, Campus Ministry 
  • Dr. Wanda Ingram ’75, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Undergrad & Graduate Studies Deans Office 
  • Quincy Bevely, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Institutional Diversity 
  • Rosemary Fernandes Mugan, PsyD ’98, Staff Psychologist and Director, Personal Counseling Center 

Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

The Department of Theatre, Dance, & Film presents: A Season of Change
7 p.m. ET

This year’s theatre productions will tell Black-centered stories, highlight Black voices, and explore issues centered around the achievement of social justice in order to diversify our exploration of the human condition. Please join us for an inside look at our rehearsal process, creation of original content, and discussions with students and directors.

Thursday, Oct. 22

PCSB Cheers to Careers: Pivoting, Networking, & More
6 p.m. ET

Doesn’t it feel like it was only yesterday that you graduated from PC? The world has changed a lot since then and, undoubtedly, you have too. Career aspirations and opportunities, you had at Commencement may have shifted. Many alumni, after a few years of working, embark on a process of questioning, reflecting, and self-discovery. You might be thinking about how to change careers without losing your professional momentum. Or you may be looking to launch into new opportunities within your field. The question is: how do you do it?
This presentation is designed to help you through this process, with a panel featuring PCSB alumni who have gone through similar transitions in their professional lives. Panelists will share their experiences in finding a new path, as well as in advancing their careers. Discussion topics will include identifying when it is time to make a move, practical advice on networking, utilizing mentors, and tools and resources that can help with career changes and advancement.
Alumni panelists participating in this event include:

  • Chris Walker ’86, Principal, HarbourVest  
  • Jeremy Duffy ’93, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Isle Brewers Guild
  • Lauren Jones ’05, Massachusetts Director, Apprenti
  • Paul Calle ’12, Senior Major Gifts Officer, Providence College

The panel will be moderated by PCSB Dean Dr. Sylvia Maxfield.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Family Talk Tuesdays
Study Abroad Presentation
7 p.m. ET

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

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Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Race in Sports
7 p.m. ET on Facebook

A panel of former Friar athletes from across generations will discuss the role that race plays in the world of college sports and beyond.

  • Moderator: Rudy Cline-Thomas ’00
  • Panelists: Nick Sailor ’17 (former men’s soccer player), James Best ’88 (former men’s basketball player), Britt King ’86 (former women’s basketball player), Megan Onyundo ’19 (former women’s volleyball player) and more
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Thursday, Oct. 29

Fall Cocktails with Zach Odachowski ’11
8 p.m. ET

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are beginning to change — it’s fall cocktail season! Zach Odachowski ’11, a consultant for one of the top wine and beer distributors in the country and a former bar manager for two Michelin-starred restaurants, will lead a master class.

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Friday, Oct. 30

Humanities Forum: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
3 p.m. ET

The Humanities Forum is an opportunity for the Providence College community to engage in intellectual life outside the classroom, deepen our appreciation for the humanities, and explore diverse perspectives from on and off campus. Writer John M. Barry will discuss his 2004 nonfiction book about the 1918 flu pandemic.

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On Demand

Starting Oct. 1, 2020

The following programs can be viewed at any time during the month of October.

What’s Next: Academic Success and Engagement
First Year and Beyond

The adjustment to academic life is a challenging and rewarding experience. This session will focus on the tools and resources available to help students make the most of their academic experience. Students will learn to become strong self-advocates, to navigate academic programs, and to become more enmeshed in all the academic opportunities PC offers.  

Speakers will include:  

  • Dr. Wanda Ingram, First-Year Class Dean  
  • Dr. Janet Ray, Sophomore Class Dean, Director of International Student Success and Acting Director of the Multicultural Student Success Program
  • Peter Palumbo, Director of Academic Advising and the Undeclared Advising Program

SCE: Continuing to Educate

Hear about what’s new with PC’s School of Continuing Education, which provides an affordable, flexible way for adults to earn and complete undergraduate degrees. 

Carmen Aguilar, SCE’s new dean, describes what she’s learned in her first two months on the job. Madeleine Metzler, associate dean, discussed how courses changed and adapted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Anne Nagle, assistant dean, described the school’s transfer agreements with CCRI and Bristol Community College. 

Virtual Campus Tour

Follow residence life graduate assistant Phionna-Cayola Claude ’17, former executive president of Student Congress, to recapture the feeling of walking on campus. Tour highlights include the Ruane Center for the Humanities, The Center at Moore Hall, the Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies (formerly Dore Hall), Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, the Calabria Plaza, and the Huxley Avenue transformation.

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Hounds of the Lord Game

Are you a trivia or escape room enthusiast? Do you think you have what it takes to solve a Friartown mystery? The Hounds of the Lord game takes brave challengers through the halls of campus and decades of history to identify new recruits for a secret society. Prepare to use your best puzzle solving and fact-finding skills, and have some fun!’

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Harkins Hall Historical Tour 

Dr. Joan Branham, associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and professor of art history, takes viewers on a 30-minute walk down memory lane, where it all started — Harkins Hall. Branham will explain the statues and symbols on the façade of PC’s signature neo-Gothic building. Inside, see the site of the original basketball court (now the Barnini Room, where the Board of Trustees meet) and view vintage images of the College.

Ghosties, and Beasties, and Things That Go Bump in the Night

In this Providence College podcast, Dr. Raymond Sickinger ’71, professor of history and of public and community service studies, discusses the origins of Halloween and how the tales of ghosts, witches, werewolves, and vampires have worked their way into our movies, literature, and nightmares — including examples from Rhode Island. 

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Happy Halloween Lip Dub by Providence College

Have you ever heard any strange sounds in the Ryan Center? Enjoy this ghostly lip dub featuring Providence College students, faculty, and staff.