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THE FALL CAREER EXPO — SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Posted by: on September 19, 2018   |Comments (0)|Students

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Eileen Wisnewski, director of our Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CCEPD), about the upcoming Fall Expo that will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd, in the Peterson Center. Eileen, who has more than 20 years of experience in the career development field, has been a member of the PC community for seven years. She works with an amazing team who are “passionate about assisting students with their career development and creating lives of meaning and purpose.”

I think you will agree that there is lots of great information here for you to share with your students.

 Jackie

Can you tell us a little bit about the Career Expo and some of the major components of this event?

We have two Career Expos, one in the fall and one in the spring. On October 3, there will be approximately 150 organizations and graduate schools in attendance and more than 1,300 students will participate. The Career Fair and Graduate School Fair are two major features of the Expo.

Some of the other major components that help make this an event for all students, regardless of their class year, include:

Major/Minor Fair: Faculty and students from all majors are present to speak with students who want to confirm their major choice, discover other majors that they might consider, and/or select a minor. It is also important to know that many students will change their major that was originally declared – so this is also a helpful resource for declared students.

Summer Experience Showcase: Students volunteer to come and share their summer experiences with their peers. This can include research opportunities, internships, career appropriate summer jobs, and more. It gives younger students a place to meet more experienced students to discover “how they spent their summer.”

Free Professional LinkedIn photographs: We hire a professional photographer to take headshots of the first 200 students. This has been a big hit in the past.

Do you have some suggestions for parents to pass on to their students about how to make the most of this experience?

  1. If your student does not have a suit or professional outfit on campus, please encourage him/her to bring one back to campus.
  2. Make sure they have activated their Handshake account and look up the organizations that will be attending.
  3. Recommend that they come to the Expo Crunch event on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for extra preparation. We will have employers doing resume reviews, have a tie-tying bar, “practice your elevator pitch” booth, and more.
  4. Suggest that they stop by our “Daily Drop-In Hours,” which are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where they can meet with a career coach for additional advice.
  5. Finally, last year, we had a video made of the Fall Career Expo – check it out for yourself!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfbw7sWsOC4

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Eileen Wisnewski, director of our Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CCEPD), about the upcoming Fall Expo that will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd, in the Peterson Center. Eileen, who has more than 20 years of experience in the career development field, has been a […]MORE

The 2018-2019 Academic Year Begins!

Posted by: on August 21, 2018   |Comments (0)|Students

As director of the Providence College Parent Program, I extend a warm welcome to parents and families of our first-year students and transfer students. Throughout the year, I look forward to providing you with timely information that will help you support your students successfully navigate their new PC experience. I also wish to welcome back the families of our returning students. Whether you are the parent of a sophomore, junior, or senior, there will be lots of changes to address, and I hope that you will feel free to contact me with your questions and/or concerns.

During the academic year I invite you to check out our Parent/Family Blog. It is usually updated about every three weeks with posts by lots of different folks at Providence College — students, parents, faculty, and administrators. From time-to-time, I will also share some tidbits with you to help you feel more connected to the College on many different levels.

I look forward to meeting many of you at events and programs during the academic year.

God Bless.

Jackie

As director of the Providence College Parent Program, I extend a warm welcome to parents and families of our first-year students and transfer students. Throughout the year, I look forward to providing you with timely information that will help you support your students successfully navigate their new PC experience. I also wish to welcome back […]MORE

Congratulations to the Parents and Families of our Graduating Seniors!

Posted by: on April 20, 2018   |Comments (0)|Students

I especially want to thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to us during the past four years. It has been a privilege to help them to grow and to thrive and become all they are called to be. They have truly been your gift to us.

We know that your love and encouragement has made all the difference in your student’s ability to succeed. So now we look forward to celebrate as they walk across that stage at Commencement with sharper intellects, deeper souls, and gentler hearts.

God Bless.

Jackie

I especially want to thank you for entrusting your sons and daughters to us during the past four years. It has been a privilege to help them to grow and to thrive and become all they are called to be. They have truly been your gift to us. We know that your love and encouragement […]MORE

Look for the Helpers

Posted by: on March 15, 2018   |Comments (0)|Students

Well, the spring semester is certainly moving along. Spring Break has come and gone, and before we know it Commencement will be here. Hopefully we will soon see signs of spring — daffodils blooming and tulips ready to pop!

In my experience, this time of year can be pressure packed for students. They have exams to prepare for, papers to write, they need to deal with registration issues, and also address housing decisions for next year. Of course, seniors have a whole array of added pressure as they make plans for the next stage of their life after PC.

I think this is always a great time for parents to remind students that we have lots of resources and support services to help them to feel less stressed and more in control. All they have to do is ask for assistance. But I know that for some students asking for help is no easy task.  Perhaps, parents, you can give your sons and daughters that extra nudge to get them moving in the right direction. As a very wise person once said,

“When I was a boy and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me Look for the helpers. There is always someone who is trying to help.”

Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

So, if your students are feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, please suggest that they look for a “helper” — a chaplain, a counselor, a dean, a hall director, and the list goes on.

God Bless.

Jackie

Well, the spring semester is certainly moving along. Spring Break has come and gone, and before we know it Commencement will be here. Hopefully we will soon see signs of spring — daffodils blooming and tulips ready to pop! In my experience, this time of year can be pressure packed for students. They have exams […]MORE

So Much Going On…

Posted by: on February 16, 2018   |Comments (0)|Students

Well, February might be the shortest month in the calendar year, but at Providence College it has been one of the busiest. There’s so much going on involving our students, families, faculty, and staff. And, of course, our Dominican presence is a constant reminder of the kind of community we are called to be.

Alumni & Family Weekend was a great success with so many families and alumni returning to our beautiful campus. Deirdre Driscoll-Lemoine ’98G, the director of college events and the parent of a junior, told me that she and her team “are especially committed to delivering a great schedule of events in order to enhance the family visit back to PC.” She wanted to thank the students for doing “a phenomenal job highlighting the best of PC at Friarcon,” which took place on Friday evening.

It was a busy time for me that weekend, but I loved every minute of it — especially since we didn’t have to deal with a snowstorm this year! On Saturday morning, I had breakfast with the Parents Leadership Council and then spoke to families at Spotlight Providence, a program for  early admitted students. A very special part of my activities that morning was to greet students and their families at the College’s first PC1G Senior Celebration, a reception celebrating the accomplishments of seniors who identify as first generation college students.

This month, we are also launching our “Language Bank,” which is a resource for our non-English speaking families. What I love most about this project is that it is truly a campus-wide endeavor coordinated by the Parent Program and the Division of Student Affairs, with special support from faculty and staff volunteers. I want to give a “shout out” to Alison Sjovall, student affairs communications & assessment specialist, and her student Rhiannon Palmieri for all the work they did to get the website up and running. Check it out here: https://parents.providence.edu/language-bank/

As I recently shared with you, the spring semester began with a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Week, which included an address from Dr. King’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King. I hope you will take a moment to hear from alumnus and current Director of Multicultural and Student Success Programs, Ralph Tavares, as he talks about his own journey and his current efforts to support our students.

Finally, classes will soon be suspended for spring break. I know that many of your sons and daughters will be headed for home, while others have special commitments or trips planned that have them going in different directions. In any case, I hope they all have some time to refresh before classes start and mid-semester examination period begins.

God Bless.

Jackie

Well, February might be the shortest month in the calendar year, but at Providence College it has been one of the busiest. There’s so much going on involving our students, families, faculty, and staff. And, of course, our Dominican presence is a constant reminder of the kind of community we are called to be. Alumni […]MORE

Welcome to 2018!

Posted by: on January 25, 2018   |Comments (0)|Students

I hope you enjoyed some time off with your student during the winter break. Now, with second semester classes well underway, we are all getting back into our routines. I often think that one of the nice things about college life is that a new semester provides more opportunities for students to engage with members of their academic community in lots of different ways.

And … this semester started off with a memorable celebration, indeed. During the first week of classes, the College hosted the first “Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Week.” Weeklong activities included panel discussions, presentations of art, music, local food vendors, and a very special MLK Candlelight Vigil in St. Dominic Chapel

The highlight of the week was the convocation at which Bernice King, daughter of Dr. King, was the keynote speaker. This event also featured the presentation of the first MLK Vision Award to the three originators of the MLK Scholarship Program at Providence College. (I am proud to say that my husband, Dr. Francis MacKay, was one of the three that received this award. Oh, what a night it was!)

So, what’s next? Well, we have our Alumni & Family Weekend on February 9-11. I always think of this as a very special weekend as families and alums come together to experience the true spirit of our PC community.

The weekend includes some great “Super-Powered” sessions for students and families that address everything from information on career resources, keeping students safe, and helping students find their passions. Designated tracks for sophomore/juniors, seniors, and alumni are an added feature this year that can help you to choose a session that works best for you and your student.

As always, I look forward to connecting with many of you during this weekend. And, as you engage with families of friends and roommates, I encourage you to connect with alums — hear their stories —  and celebrate with them their devotion to an institution that we all love.

Go Friars!

Jackie

I hope you enjoyed some time off with your student during the winter break. Now, with second semester classes well underway, we are all getting back into our routines. I often think that one of the nice things about college life is that a new semester provides more opportunities for students to engage with members […]MORE

Happy New Year!

Posted by: on December 19, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

During this blessed season, I send my very best wishes to all of our Providence College families.  I look forward to reconnecting with all of you as we approach a new year.

Be safe and enjoy this time together.

Jackie

During this blessed season, I send my very best wishes to all of our Providence College families.  I look forward to reconnecting with all of you as we approach a new year. Be safe and enjoy this time together. JackieMORE

It Will All Work Out

Posted by: on November 27, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

I always feel that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest times for me. Maybe, many of you can relate to that, as well. I have projects to finish, papers to correct, and, of course, lots to do to get ready for the holidays. It is times like this that I especially appreciate having a friend or family member to help me to put things in perspective – and remind me that it will all work out.

Now that your sons and daughters are back from Thanksgiving break, they are probably finding themselves feeling a bit overwhelmed with all they need to do before heading home for winter break. Time is running out on the fall semester and students are racing to meet deadlines to complete papers, projects, and other class assignments. Parents you can be a real source of support to your sons and daughters at this especially stressful time — and remind them that it will all work out.

Here are a few helpful strategies you might want to consider as your student gets ready for finals:

  • This is an especially important time to encourage use of support services. The Personal Counseling Center and the Office of Academic Services are two resources that can help students feel less overwhelmed and more academically prepared to deal with end-of-semester responsibilities.
  • Help them to reflect on how they coped with stress in the past. What worked for them? Remind them of some of the positive choices they have made to get them through challenging times.
  • Be mindful that right now students may neglect some of their own physical/emotional needs. Staying up late, pulling “all nighters,” consuming large amounts of caffeine, and eating on the run, can contribute to students becoming physically ill at a time when they need to be healthy and in control. Encourage a visit to the Student Health Center at the first sign of trouble.
  • Time management skills are put to the test right now. For a student who is on real “overload,” just helping him/her to break down larger tasks into smaller ones or strategizing a plan of action can make a real difference as the semester comes to a close.

Finally parents, as you well know, this is a great time to send your student a care package. Of course, goodies and snacks are always appreciated. One mom told me that at this especially stressful time she always puts little notes of encouragement in every package she sends her daughter. She calls this her own version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Remember to take good care of yourselves at this busy time.

God Bless.

Jackie

 

I always feel that the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest times for me. Maybe, many of you can relate to that, as well. I have projects to finish, papers to correct, and, of course, lots to do to get ready for the holidays. It is times like this that I […]MORE

Let Us Give Thanks

Posted by: on November 17, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can’t wait. I have family members flying in from Chicago, some extra time to spend with friends, and, yes, lots of my favorite foods to enjoy — especially pumpkin pie.

As most of our students get ready to travel home for the holiday, I am sure that parents and families are looking forward to this time with a good amount of anticipation and excitement. It goes without saying that family gatherings are a big part of what Thanksgiving is all about.

Most of all though, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. It also allows us to take pause and reflect on ways that we can continue to show our gratitude, not on just one day, but all through the year.

As director of the Providence College Parent Program, I send my warm thoughts and prayers to all PC families. I am grateful for your support, your insights, and, most of all, for allowing me to journey along with you as we promote and celebrate student success.

God Bless.

Jackie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can’t wait. I have family members flying in from Chicago, some extra time to spend with friends, and, yes, lots of my favorite foods to enjoy — especially pumpkin pie. As most of our students get ready to travel home for the holiday, I am sure that […]MORE

Something for Everyone

Posted by: on October 27, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

During the last month or so, I have had a number of parents ask about food choices for their sons and daughters who are vegetarians. Although I am familiar with most of what our dining service offers, last week I decided to take a walk over to Raymond Dining Hall to chat with Jennifer Wells of Sodexo. It was a lovely fall day, so it also gave me an excuse to get out of my office and take in the beauty of our campus. I am happy to share with you some of what I learned from my visit with Jennifer.

  • For our vegan and vegetarian students, there is a self-serve hot entrée station called “Also at Classics” where items like quinoa primavera, teriyaki tofu, sofrito black beans, and nutrient-dense sides, such as roasted sweet potatoes and fresh steamed broccoli spears, are available.
  • At the cold vegan bar, students will find hummus, tabbouleh, bean salads, and other specialties like Moroccan roasted carrot salad. (I love their hummus!)
  • The menu at the “Vegetarian Toss” station offers options like quinoa bowls, crispy Buffalo tofu sliders, lettuce wraps, and falafel. Ingredients can be customized, and the dish is prepared fresh in just minutes.
  • Throughout the dining hall, a variety of options can be found on any given day. Flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, and soups are all included in the rotation of vegan and vegetarian choices. Of course, there is always the large salad bar that offers fresh produce along with whole grains, beans, and seasonal ingredients.

Parents, please let your sons and daughters know that if they have any questions or concerns about dining options they can make an appointment at pcdining@providence.edu to meet with Sarah Ereio, the dietitian. In the past, parents and students have informed me that she has been very helpful in working individually with students to help them make the most of their food choices.

Well that’s all for now. It’s time for lunch!

Jackie

During the last month or so, I have had a number of parents ask about food choices for their sons and daughters who are vegetarians. Although I am familiar with most of what our dining service offers, last week I decided to take a walk over to Raymond Dining Hall to chat with Jennifer Wells […]MORE