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Friday, October 4

Volunteer Leadership Conference 
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. 

This event is invite-only. See the full schedule.

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. 

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.
’64 Hall, Slavin Center

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
  • Reimagining Your Career: Reinventing Yourself
  • Emotional Intelligence Defined
  • Alumni Career Spotlight | presented by Kathleen Entwistle ’87, ’15P, ’17P, SVP, Wealth Management at UBS and Founding Partner, Entwistle Partners 
  • Assisting Current Friars as They Discover Their Career Path 
  • First Generation Alumni Panel
    • Reception: First Generation Students, Alumni, Families, Faculty, & Staff Unite!

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. 

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.

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 – writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and an Emmy and Peabody winner for his work on The Daily Show with John Stewart – 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. In addition, Mecurio has hosted his own shows for Comedy Central and HBO.

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

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

Complimentary event

For beginners.

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

Complimentary event

Friar Talks: Mind, Body, and Soul
9:30 – 11 a.m.
Center for Catholic & Dominican Studies

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 Matthew Erikson, Department Chair and Professor of Marketing

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

Complimentary event

Providence College faculty will share research and strategies they are employing in the classroom to ensure that all students engage, learn, and succeed.

Fulbright Alumni Panel
10 a.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities

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 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. 

Center for Career Education and Professional Development: Don’t Wait… Why First Year Students Should Come to Slavin 108
10:30 – 11:15 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.

Explore Providence! Bus Tour
Noon
Departs from Concannon Circle

Tickets: $25

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.

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

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 Alumni Game
1 p.m.
Chapey Field, Anderson Stadium

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.

Talk Descriptions:

  • Fr. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Student Fellowships for Study and Service Abroad
  • Friar Explorations Alumni Travel Program
  • Study Abroad Overviews
  • Rome
  • Shanghai
  • London
  • General session: What to Know Before You Go

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 cookbooks or you may purchase a copy of her memoir or her cookbook, Celebrate Like an Italian. Light refreshments will also be served.

Rugby Game
3 p.m.
Hendricken Field

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

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

Members of the Dominican Community will concelebrate a Mass in Spanish.

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.

Homecoming Mass
11 a.m.
St. Dominic Chapel

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

Enjoy a festive brunch with entertainment by Instrumental Causality, a jazz band comprised of Dominican friars and friends. 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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