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Student Leader of the Month: Colleen Cassidy ’15

Colleen CassidyName: Colleen Cassidy ’15

Major/Minor: Biology/Business Studies

Hometown: Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Campus Involvement: Class of 2015 representative; Office of Academic Services tutor; Vice Commodore of the Sailing Team; member of the Student Alumni Association, AED (Alpha Epsilon Delta), and the Committee on Studies

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: “Being elected to serve as a representative of the Class of 2015 for the past three years has definitely been a highlight. I’m honored to think that my peers trust me to represent their opinions, ideas, and attitudes… It inspires me to do all that I can for the benefit of everyone who loves this school.”

What advice would you give to freshmen and sophomores looking to be leaders on campus? “Remember that you don’t have to be the president of a club or organization to be considered a ‘leader’! Find and create your own ways to lead. Seek out opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily consider to be the most obvious leadership roles. Don’t be hesitant to bring your own fresh and innovative ideas to the table – even if you’re new to a club.”

What leaders have influenced you the most at PC, and why/how? “My older brothers, Kevin (’11, ’13G) and Greg (’13), have definitely influenced me. Throughout the two years that the three of us overlapped at PC, they encouraged me to get involved in activities that I was already passionate about, and to try new things that I had never done before. Even though they’re not on campus anymore, they continue to serve as some of my biggest mentors and supporters, along with my parents. Now that my younger brother, Doug, is a freshman here, I look forward to working with him this year, and supporting his involvement and leadership in the future!”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “As a Class Representative, I’m looking forward to planning a lot of fun and exciting events such as Senior Nights, 215 Nights, and 115 Nights ‘Til Graduation. As a tutor, I hope to continue inspiring and motivating students, and helping underclassmen in particular ‘get on the right track.’ I’ve been given so much by teachers and tutors throughout my time at PC, and now it’s my turn to give back to other students… I hope to push the Sailing Team toward continued success and collaboration… to leave the team in as strong of a position as possible for the big things that I see lying ahead!”

Favorite fictional leader: Rosie the Riveter

Favorite “real life” leader: Queen Elizabeth II

Favorite leadership quote: “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to changes. The leader adjusts the sails.” – John Maxwell

Congratulations, Colleen, and best of luck this year!

To nominate a PC student you know for “Student Leader of the Month,” please click here.


The “2018” State of Mind

Each August, Beloit College releases information related to the entering class of college and university students, and what the world looks like through their eyes. 2018pic

As we begin to welcome our newest Friars to campus, a little food for thought, pulled from this year’s official list:

For students entering college as the Class of 2018…

Bill Gates has always been the richest man in this country.

Hong Kong has always been a part of China.

The WNBA has always been in existence.

Everybody has always “Loved Raymond.”

For more information about the Class of 2018’s mindset, visit Beloit’s list here.

The Freshman 15: 15 Things About PC You Should Get Excited About

Katcy Stephan ’16, student intern, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Katcy is from San Jose, California, and is currently studying English and theatre arts. Her favorite food is chicken nuggets, and her hero is Mulan. Katcy is involved in Admission Ambassadors and the PC Leadership Fellows program. She is looking forward to serving as an Orientation Leader for a second time this fall!


Dear Class of 2018,

I hope you’re all counting down the days to Orientation the same way I am! I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things at PC (a.k.a the greatest place in the world). Looking back to my own freshman year, I remember all the jitters I had before moving in. Being nervous is absolutely okay! I was absolutely terrified of the Freshman 15! However, once I got to PC, I realized that it was a total myth, and I had nothing to be worried about! So, I thought I would provide you with a Freshman 15 of my own—15 things to get excited about for your freshman year at PC!

1) The City of Providence
The RIPTA bus is free for all PC students, and it drops you off downtown, near Providence Place Mall and Westminster Street! Another favorite spot is Thayer Street by Brown University, full of eclectic shops and restaurants.

2) Traditional Dorms
At PC, your dorm becomes a kind of family. Every night is like a giant sleepover. The best part? Even if you get in a fight about which delivery pizza place is the best, you know someone will always be there to order pizza with you at midnight.

3) PC Sports
Grabbing some friends and watching the Friars win a hockey game is a great way to meet people and feel really proud of your school! If basketball is more your speed, it’s always fun to head to the Dunk to cheer on our Big East champs!

4) Food. Lots of Food.
Between fro-yo in Ray, flatbread pizzas at Sandella’s, the pub menu at McPhail’s, and sushi in Alumni, you’ll barely know where to begin with all the delicious treats on campus!

5) Concannon Fitness Center
Open every day with top-of-the-line equipment, Concannon makes it easy to stay healthy. With TVs atop most machines, working out can become really fun!

6) Fun Classes
Before PC, I didn’t know how much I could enjoy taking classes. PC gives you the freedom to take classes that really interest you in a wide variety of subjects, with meaningful assignments instead of busywork. Civ also serves as a real bonding experience for your class (studying in groups is a great way to cover a lot of material).

7) Last Chance Mass at St. Dominic Chapel
Every Sunday night at 10:30PM, the Chapel is packed with students for Last Chance Mass. The lights are dimmed and acoustic music is played, making it a relaxing way to end one week and start the next. After Mass, you can get free food and catch up with friends in the Chapel’s lower level for “Post-Mass Bash”.

8) Coffee. Everywhere.
If you need a daily caffeine fix like I do, PC is definitely the place for you. On campus, you can enjoy coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts in Slavin, at the Ruane Café, or Sandella’s. Down the street at the Smith Hill Annex, Common Grounds Café serves up coffee and breakfast sandwiches!

9) Getting Involved
As a whole, PC students are not shy about getting involved. There are so many clubs and organizations on campus, so there’s something for everyone! Getting involved is a great way to meet other students with similar interests.

10) Professors that Care
PC’s professors make a real effort to actually get to know their students. They encourage students to come to their office hours, either to get help on assignments, or just to chat!

11) Social Programming
There is never a shortage of activities on campus. Some traditions include Late Night Breakfast, the Spring Concert, Cheesefest, Late Night Madness, and Clam Jam, just to name a few!

12) Independence
It’s scary to be on your own for the first time, but PC is such a supportive environment that you’ll be able to make the transition in no time! It’s amazing to realize that you are in charge of your own decisions—just don’t forget to call your parents every now and then!

13) The Dominican Friars
They are amazing sources of spiritual guidance, but they are also great friends and mentors. Before PC, I never would have thought that I would be playing videogames and talking about my favorite TV shows with priests. They aren’t distant figures—they are an essential part of the school, just like the students.

14) Orientation!
Orientation is your time to make PC your own, and to bond with your classmates. Your days will be packed with fun activities planned by everyone in the S.A.I.L. office. We can’t wait to help you experience PC for the first time!

15) Being part of the Friar Family
Hands down, the most special thing about PC is the community. It’s impossible to walk across campus without seeing dozens of friendly faces. PC students are more than just classmates—they’re family.

Get excited! See you all in a couple of weeks!

Don’t Forget to Pack!

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Amanda Talbot ’15, student intern, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College.  Amanda is from Newtown, Connecticut and is currently studying management and theatre.  Her favorite color is yellow and she loves her pit bull/boxer mix named Tyson.  Amanda is involved in PCTV as well as Student Congress on campus.  She is looking forward to serving as an Orientation Leader for the upcoming Orientation program for the new Friar Class of 2018 this fall!
Dear Class of 2018,

We do not want to completely exhaust you with welcomes, but here in the S.A.I.L. Office, we just can’t help ourselves!  We were delighted to meet most of you last month during advising days and are counting the hours until you all return to start your first year at Providence College.

Now, like any good student, we are sure that you (or at least maybe your parents) have begun thinking about what on earth a college freshman may need for his or her first year!  If you have stood wonder-struck in the middle of a Bed, Bath and Beyond, you are not alone!  As veterans of the college life, the 2014 Orientation Team has put together a comprehensive list of freshman must-haves to ensure a successful first year of college!

In Your Dorm:

“Pillows.  Believe me!” – Reim ‘17

“Multiple bed sheets” – Ailyn ‘16

“A mattress pad for your bed!” – Megan ‘17

“Bed raisers so you can have extra storage under your bed” – Vince ‘15

“Posters and pictures for your dorm wall” – George ‘15

“A fan” – John ‘15

“Cleaning supplies. Three years in and I still don’t have a broom I can use to clean my apartment!” – Amanda ‘15

Get excited! This is your chance to completely redo your living and sleeping experience – so keep that in mind!  College students NEED SLEEP, so make sure you are creating a comfortable, personal and clean zone that you (and your roommates!) can be happy in.

On your Person:

“A rain jacket and waterproof boots” – Bobby ‘15

“Snow gear for the crazy Rhode Island weather!” – Katcy ‘16

“Shower Shoes” – Eric ‘16

“Slippers” – Colleen ‘15

“Plenty of gym clothes for ‘fake gym days’” – Alexa ‘15

“Extra socks and underwear because they will disappear in the wash” – John ‘16

If you aren’t from Rhode Island, welcome, we’ve got great schools, amazing history and yes, crazy weather!  Dress appropriately!  Our most overwhelming piece of advice from the team included packing for crummy weather.  Off-hand, we would also suggest downloading a few different weather apps on your phone!

In the Medicine Cabinet:

“Toothpaste” – Timothy ‘16

“Advil” – Mary ‘16

“A first aid kit” – Tayler ‘17

“Buy Flintstone vitamin gummies!” – Matt ‘15

These are all things you use all the time but forget that you need.  When you get to college, you won’t have your mom’s Johnson and Johnson first-aid kit handy – so we suggest taking a trip to CVS and making your own!

On Your Desk:

“Phone and computer chargers.” – Ellen ‘15

“An Ethernet cord” – Bianca ‘16

“Headphones with a microphone so you can multi-task, and a warm blanket and body pillow” – Ryan ‘15

“A good set of headphones for Slavin and the library” – AJ ‘16

“A camera” – Ana ‘16

“School supplies” – Danielle ‘15

“Sport stuff to play with outside when the weather is nice” – Catherine ‘15

Yes, these may all seem obvious, but if they are listed here that means someone has forgotten them somewhere! Funny as it is, many students get so wrapped up in what housing things are needed, that they forget that they need some actual stuff for school too! Go ahead and dust off your Target school list from high school and grab some folders and pens!

In The “Kitchen”

“Plenty of snacks!” – Michael ‘17

“Spoons. The first week of school I couldn’t eat my yogurt in my room!” – Emily ‘16

“A reusable water bottle. We have tons of ‘hydration stations’ on campus to fill them up.  Plus, it’s one less heavy thing to carry on move-in day” – Kelly ‘16

“Students should not forget to bring tissues (for the sniffles), real food (NOT just Easy Mac) and a stapler (so that their first essay isn’t held together by folded corners)” – Brittany M. ‘16

It’s true, you won’t have a kitchen your first year at school, but you can have a mini-fridge!  Bring some snacks and a treat from home for a late night snack.  Even though Alumni cafeteria closes at midnight, some students may need brain food later than that!

A Few Extra Thoughts

“THEIR PC ID!!!” – Emily ‘15

“Your retainer (if you wear one) because you will suffer when you have to put it back in” – Katie ‘15

“Don’t forget to bring a stress-ball.  College can get intense.” – Sean ‘15

“An open mind” – Brianna ’15

“A positive attitude” – Skyler ‘17

A few miscellaneous but important things!  Your ID is the most important thing you own at PC, so don’t leave it on your dresser at home!

So, there’s a list of some of the most important things to bring to Providence College from PC students! Happy shopping and we will see you in the Fall!

June Advising Days

Orientation insta14A great big “THANK YOU” to the members of the Class of 2018 and their families who were able to join us for the June Advising & Registration Days/Parent Orientation programs! We in the SAIL Office truly hope that you enjoyed your time on campus, made some connections with other students and families, and had many of your questions about joining the PC community answered.

Those students and guests who participated in the program should have received an email from me yesterday with some questions about your experience with the program. (Students: check your Friars email account!) Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback, so that we may improve our programs in the future. Feel free to also leave us any comments or further questions below!

Keep your eyes open this summer for information regarding Fall Orientation (and for those unable to attend in June, regarding our August 27th Advising & Registration Day).

We look forward to seeing you all on campus again soon!

The Orientation Countdown is on…!

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(At left) Shanice DaSilva ’15, student office assistant, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Shanice is from Marion, Massachusetts, and is currently studying sociology and women’s studies. She enjoys working out at the Concannon Fitness Center, and serving as a resident assistant on campus. She is excited to be assisting with Orientation for the new Friar Class of 2018 this summer!

(At right) Kate Hill ’15, student office assistant, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College.  Kate hails from Mansfield, Massachusetts and is majoring in applied physics as part of the Pre-Engineering Program (with a minor in math). She is a third generation Friar, and is enjoying her summer preparing for the Class of 2018’s Orientation!

End of the school year senior activities, finals week, prom, and graduating from high school – WOW! What a lot of fun, memories and accomplishments! Congratulations on making it through high school and graduating as a member of the Class of 2014!

You have an enormous amount to look forward to here at Providence College, and we’re so excited to have you as part of our Friar family.  Here are a few tips to keep you sane and to help prepare you for your Orientation Advising & Registration Day:

  • Register for orientation on our website if you haven’t done so yet! Simply click the “Register Now” button on the right hand side of the page and fill in a little information about yourself and any guests planning to attend with you.
  • Fill out all necessary forms (and bring them with you to your Advising Day)!
  • Make sure you’re healthy! Schedule a physical with your physician if you yet to do so this year, and don’t forget to complete your health insurance waiver if you have your own insurance plan already.
  • Take the Math and Foreign Language placement exams if you have yet to do so. Check out your Orientation mailing for more info.
  • Upload a photo for your student ID card. Instuctions are also listed in your Orientation mailing. Or, if you prefer, you can have one taken the morning of your Advising & Registration Day.
  • Look into some of the great pre-orientation programs (including FaithWorks and Urban Action) and fall semester retreats (such as Horizons, Transformations and Connections). They’re a lot of fun and a great way to meet new students!
  • Sign up for EBill notifications – for your family to view and pay tuition bills and housing deposits online.
  • Don’t forget to bring your Technology Resources card (included in the envelope inside your Orientation mailing) to your Advising day! You’ll need that info to register for classes.
  • Check out this brief video tutorial to learn how logging into CyberFriar works prior to registering for classes.
  • Be open to meeting new people and get excited to start your college career! You never know who could end up in your Civ class or living on your floor!

We’re here to help you through the process and make your transition to college as easy as it can be. Please feel free to leave a question or comment below, or to call our office at 401.865.2211.

Can’t wait to meet you in June!

And as always, GO FRIARS!

14 Things to Get Excited About as PC Grads


(At left) Alexandra Fallone ’13 & ’15G, graduate assistant, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Alex graduated last spring with a B.A. in Art History, and is currently working toward an M.A. in Theology. She hails from Roosevelt Island, New York, and is one of four Fallones in her immediate family to attend PC.

(At middle) Michelle Grupinski ’12 & ’14 G, graduate assistant, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Michelle completed her undergraduate studies in 2012 with a B.A. in English/Secondary Education, and will graduate this weekend with an M.Ed. in Counseling. She came to PC from Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, and can’t get enough of her puppy, Huxley (the Office’s unofficial mascot).

(At right) Kate James ’13 & ’15G, graduate assistant, Office of Student Activities-Involvement-Leadership, Providence College. Kate graduated from PC last spring with a B.A. in English, and is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Counseling. She grew up in Somerset, New Jersey, and still misses PC Perk.

Having been through PC’s Commencement Week ourselves, we know just how awesome/sad it can truly be. So to cheer all you soon-to-be graduates up, here’s a list of things to get excited about for the future:

  1. Finally understanding the magnificence that is Alumni Weekend
  2. Coming back to visit and seeing just how much campus has transformed
  3. Reuniting with a fellow Friar in your new “home”
  4. Still honoring PC traditions – like weekly chicken nugget day
  5. No more waiting in humongous lines for Dunkin’ Donuts
  6. Reconvening at alumni events in Boston, New York, DC, etc…
  7. Placing bets on which of your friends will be the first to marry at St. Dominic Chapel
  8. No more losing flip flops in the “Huxley River” on rainy days
  9. Using your alumni status to bond with strangers wearing Friar gear in random places
  10. Telling undergrads and prospective students that you meet how campus used to look
  11. Taking a foodie tour of all your favorite RI eats when you visit Providence
  12. Wearing all those free PC t-shirts to a new gym (which just can’t compare to Concannon)
  13. Knowing that when you return to campus, there will still be lunch ladies, security guards, faculty and staff who know your name
  14. Being a Friar forever

Congratulations, Class of 2014! (And welcome to the club!)

Student Leader of the Month: Taiwo Adefiyiju ’14

TaiwoName: Taiwo Adefiyiju ’14

Major/Minor: Health Policy and Management/Public and Community Service Studies

Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island

Campus Involvement: President of African American Society; director of Step-Up Mentoring Program; resident assistant; student representative on Board of Trustees; member of Organization of Latin American Students and Board of Multicultural Student Affairs

Describe a highlight of your leadership/involvement at PC: “Introducing Father Shanley at the St. Dominic Weekend President’s Dinner.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned as a student leader at PC? “That giving up is not an option. Nothing comes easy in life, because if so, you will never have anything to look forward to. While times may get rough, I have learned that, ‘with success, sometimes follows stress’!”

What advice would you give to freshmen and sophomores looking to be leaders on campus? “You should always take advantage of the resources on campus, because they are all there support us and to help us strive towards success.”

What do you hope to achieve as a student leader prior to graduation? “Creating more student leaders on campus. I believe a true leader creates more leaders rather than attaining many followers.”

What are your post-graduation plans? “I will be pursing a Master’s degree in Higher Education at Loyola University in Chicago.”

Favorite fictional leader: “Wonder Woman – because I am always wondering how I can support my peers, while pushing them to strive for nothing less than their best.”

Favorite “real life” leader: “My twin brother, Kenny, because he and I share the same vision of striving for success. While Kenny and I decided to part ways after attending the same school from elementary through high school, he never stopped pushing me to be better than the best. For that, I cannot thank him enough.”

Favorite leadership quote: “Good better best, Never let it rest, Until the good gets better, and the better is best!”  – Tim Duncan

Congratulations, Taiwo, and best of luck to you!

To nominate a PC student you know for “Student Leader of the Month,” please click here.

Officer Transition 101

changeAs the spring semester comes quickly to a close, graduating officers of campus clubs and organizations should not waste the opportunity to properly train incoming executive board leaders. A smooth transition in leadership is key to the consistency and growth of any group.

Proper officer transition takes time, but with just a little effort, you can leave your club or organization prepared for the upcoming academic year. The following tips should help outgoing leaders prepare and complete the officer transition process:

Transition is a Two-Way Street
To begin, make sure that both the outgoing and incoming leaders understand that it is the responsibility of all involved parties to maintain the well-being of the organization. All leaders have to be involved and invested in the transition process for it to succeed.

Put it in Writing
Create a binder that can be updated each year as needed with information about:

  • the group, including member rosters, its mission and constitution
  • events, including proposals, what worked and what didn’t, invoices, and new event ideas
  • officer selection and descriptions of leadership positions
  • budget proposal information, copies of monthly financial reports, and organization/account number information for your new treasurer
  • an end of the year report, including goals and accomplishments
  • resources (both on and off campus)
  • yearly calendar of approximate deadlines and events
  • campus policies/procedures
  • contact info for outgoing leaders

Make sure to keep your binder in a safe, dry place!

Get Organized
Be sure to leave the group as organized and ready to go as possible. If you have a club office, organize supplies and do some “spring cleaning” before departing for the year.

Meet Face-to-Face
Discuss the responsibilities of each leadership role, membership recruitment and retention, meeting structure, and regular tasks to be done with new leaders. Talk about past goals – both completed and uncompleted – and brainstorm goals for the future. Let the new leaders know all the things you wish someone had told you before you began your term as a leader!

Involve Your Advisor
Make sure the incoming leaders of your group meet with your club or organization’s advisor to introduce themselves, discuss expectations, and begin planning for the next year. If you do not have an advisor or need to select a new one, now is the time!

Share Commitments
Be sure to inform new leaders of any commitments that have been made for the next academic year, including co-sponsorships or projects that are still in process.

Now’s the Time to Reflect
Take a little time to reflect on your term(s) as a student leader, celebrate the accomplishments you experienced as a group, and what great things are yet to come!

Wishing you all a successful transition!

Mission: Student Recognition

Know a student leader, club/organization, or student-run event that deserves recognition?

Today’s your LAST CHANCE to submit a 2014 Student Recognition Program nomination!

Honors include:

Individual Awards: Emerging Leader Award, Unsung Hero Award, Service Leader of the Year Award, Student Leader of the Year Award, Advisor of the Year Award, Leaving a Legacy Award

Event Awards: Outstanding Event Award, Outstanding Service Project Award, Outstanding Multicultural Program Award, Outstanding New Event Award, Most Successful Fundraiser Award

Organization Awards: Outstanding Organization Award, Outstanding New Organization Award, Outstanding Media Organization Award, Outstanding Performance Organization Award, Outstanding Athletic Organization Award, Club Spirit Award, Most Improved Organization Award

Nominees and winners will be honored at the 19th annual Student Recognition Ceremony & Dinner on Thursday, May 1st.

Click here for nomination materials and more information about the program, sponsored annually by the SAIL Office, Student Congress, and Institutional Advancement.

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