Let Us Give Thanks

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

Up Close: Peter Palumbo — Director of Academic Advising

Posted by: on October 10, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

This week I am pleased to reintroduce you to our “Up Close and Personal” feature. So, let’s meet with Peter Palumbo, director of academic advising, who joined the Providence College community in February, 2016.

Jackie

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am originally from West Long Branch, NJ., and did my undergraduate and graduate work in Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Before coming to PC, I was the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising at Suffolk University, taught in the Communication Program at Suffolk, and, then, was the Director of Academic Advising at Dean College. I live in Charlestown, RI, with my wife, dog, and cats.

(Editor’s Note: Peter and I both work in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies — and I am happy to know that he is a “cat person.”)

What can you tell us about your current role?
As director of academic advising, my primary goal is to enhance the advising experience for students and faculty. To achieve that goal, I am focusing on increasing the use of technology and other advising tools, as well as providing opportunities for students, with the support of their advisors, to take an increased role of ownership for their education.

What led you to become involved in the field of academic advising — what do you like most about your role?
I was drawn to academic advising because, based on my own experience as a first-generation college student, I am fascinated by the impact an academic advisor can have on a student’s development. I am passionate about being an advocate for students, and I relish the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and staff to continually improve the student experience at Providence College.

As director of academic advising, do you have any advice for parents as to how they can assist their students to make the most of their PC academic experience?
My advice for parents would be to have an open dialogue with your students about your expectations. Be sure to listen to what your students tell you and encourage them to become strong self-advocates, in order to enrich their experience at college. In academic advising, we always focus on helping students to cultivate transferable skills that they will be able to draw on throughout their life. As a parent you can reinforce this message by recommending to your sons and daughters that they make good use of academic and non-academic campus resources to help them in this process.

When you are not wearing your “advisor hat” what do you like to do for fun?
I love nature and take every opportunity to spend time at the beach, camping, and hiking. I enjoy traveling and am always looking for my next adventure.

This week I am pleased to reintroduce you to our “Up Close and Personal” feature. So, let’s meet with Peter Palumbo, director of academic advising, who joined the Providence College community in February, 2016. Jackie Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am originally from West Long Branch, NJ., and did my […]MORE

How Can I Help?

Posted by: on September 22, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone. Help!

The Beatles

“Help,” which was written by John Lennon (at Paul McCartney’s house), is my favorite of all Beatles songs. (“Here Comes the Sun” is a close second). To me, the lyrics to this song present a request for assistance, as well as an appreciation for the person providing the help. A powerful combination, for sure.

During the last few months, I have had lots of opportunities to speak with parents of our new incoming class, and the word “help” has been a constant in those conversations. Over and over again, parents have asked how they can help their students — to thrive in their new environment, to make the most of their academic experience, to find a balance between work and play.

Lately, I have spent some time reflecting on these recent discussions with families, and I have been thinking about this concept of “help.” Parents, remember as the song goes, “Help, not just anybody …”  Most often, it is you that your sons and daughters first reach out to because you know them and they know you far better than anyone else.

Yes, by all means, help your students. Listen, encourage, support, challenge, but try not to have your actions replace theirs. As a father of a senior said to me recently, “Over the last few years I’ve learned that the best way to help my daughter is to do more listening and less fixing.” I guess sometimes the best help we can offer is to step back a bit to allow someone else to step forward.

For my part, as director of the Parent Program, I will continue to look for ways “to help parents, to help students, to help themselves.”  And of course, listen to my Beatles music.

God Bless.

Jackie

Help, I need somebody Help, not just anybody Help, you know I need someone. Help! The Beatles “Help,” which was written by John Lennon (at Paul McCartney’s house), is my favorite of all Beatles songs. (“Here Comes the Sun” is a close second). To me, the lyrics to this song present a request for assistance, […]MORE

Some “Tidbits” For You To Share With Your Student

Posted by: on September 13, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

With so many stressors, including hectic schedules, homesickness, and a full course load, it is important that students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few helpful tips to share with your student on how to choose meals in Raymond Hall Dining that can help reduce stress and increase energy. These tips come courtesy of Jenifer Wells from Sodexo.

  • Replace refined grains, like white bread and pasta, with whole grains – wheat pasta, bread, or a whole grain-composed salad available at the salad bar.
  • Fried foods, such as chicken nuggets, can be substituted with grilled chicken. Instead of French fries, try roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes from Also at Classics.
  • Really want dessert to finish off your meal? Skip the baked goods and ice cream, and try a piece of fresh fruit instead. Raymond offers a variety of fresh fruits daily for students to choose from.
  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is no need to skip it because of time. Fill a to-go cup with low fat yogurt, granola, and fruit, or grab some oatmeal and fruit to take with you to class.

We encourage students to think outside the menu. By learning how to create meals for themselves and utilizing what is available in the dining hall, students not only take control over their meal plan, they find a delicious, healthy meal that meets their lifestyle.

Bon Appetit!

Jackie

With so many stressors, including hectic schedules, homesickness, and a full course load, it is important that students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few helpful tips to share with your student on how to choose meals in Raymond Hall Dining that can help reduce stress and increase energy. These tips […]MORE

Welcome (and Welcome Back)!!!

Posted by: on August 29, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

A new academic year has begun and it brings with it excitement, anticipation, and even some anxiety for students and families. If you are a parent of a new first-year student, you have spent considerable time navigating the admission process with your son or daughter, learning as much as you can about Providence College, and dealing with all of the emotions that move-in day brings. But, as you know, the journey has just begun.

For parents of returning students, the journey continues. Some of you have sons and daughters who will be studying abroad, others may be engaging in new leadership and service activities, while other students are just beginning to find their passion and feel more comfortable about their chosen field of study.

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that there is a “TIME FOR EVERY SEASON under heaven.” As a new journey begins, we take the time to reflect on what has gone before and on what is yet to come. Please know that as director of the parent program, I feel privileged to be “traveling” along with all of you.

God Bless.

Jackie

A new academic year has begun and it brings with it excitement, anticipation, and even some anxiety for students and families. If you are a parent of a new first-year student, you have spent considerable time navigating the admission process with your son or daughter, learning as much as you can about Providence College, and […]MORE