How Can I Help?

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

So Much To Do — So Little Time!

Posted by: on April 20, 2017   |Comment (1)|Students

As the spring semester winds down, students are faced with deadlines for final papers and class projects, end of the year activities, and, of course, final exams. At the same time, “spring fever” can bring lots of distractions.

Our Personal Counseling Center recently provided students with some practical suggestions to help them stay centered and focused as the end of the semester approaches. I thought I’d pass these strategies along to parents — and perhaps you might encourage your sons and daughters to keep them in mind when they are feeling a bit overwhelmed. You might even pick up a couple of hints of what to do to help yourself feel less stressed during these busy days. I know I have!

  1. Give yourself time to be outside and take in the sun light. Sunlight will boost your mood – so soak it up!
  2. Combat procrastination by starting in on easy tasks first. Most of the time, all you need is to get going and the rest will flow.
  3. Schedule 15-minute breaks every hour of studying to take a walk outside, stretch, or connect with a friend.
  4. As the end of the semester approaches, work load increases as does the need to spend time with friends – honor both of these needs and schedule in time for studying and dates with friends. Remember, be realistic with how much time these activities really need.
  5. To stay healthy and happy in body, mind, and spirit, try to keep to a routine that includes regular sleep, nutrition, exercise, work, and social time. And, don’t forget the super important “me time.” Time alone can be rejuvenating and essential for those of us who are exceptionally busy and/or with introverted traits.
  6. When stressed out, take a minute to breath in and out fully. Remind yourself to return toward a compassionate place. Talk to yourself like you would a best friend. Allow judgment of yourself and of others to soften. Focus energies on gratitude and things that you can control.

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, students can call 401.865.2343 or stop in the office in the lower level of Bedford Hall next to the Student Health Center.

Take good care,

Jackie

As the spring semester winds down, students are faced with deadlines for final papers and class projects, end of the year activities, and, of course, final exams. At the same time, “spring fever” can bring lots of distractions. Our Personal Counseling Center recently provided students with some practical suggestions to help them stay centered and […]MORE

“THE BLACK & WHITE BALL” — A VERY SPECIAL STUDENT CENTENNIAL EVENT

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

As the primary student event planners on campus, the Board of Programmers teamed up this year with members of Student Congress, Campus Ministry, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Friars Club to plan a signature student event for the Centennial year. They took inspiration from the grandeur of a “Night in Black & White” in naming their event “The Black & White Ball.”

I recently asked Daniel Pupke, executive vice president of the Board of Programmers and a member of a student sub-committee of the College’s Centennial Planning Committee, to share some of his thoughts about the ball which took place on February 17, 2017.

According to Dan, “Every aspect of this event exceeded our expectations. The Peterson Recreation Center was completely transformed and was absolutely beautiful. The food and beverage selections were incredible. The students were impressed by a timeline that we had arranged upon their entrance, as well as several photo opportunities, raffles, and centennial elements that we had arranged throughout the room. The band and the DJ kept the crowd going until the very end.”

All of the feedback we received was very positive. It was clear that the event had a tremendous impact on the student body. I don’t think the majority of the students grasped the scale of the event until they walked into the room. There is already some talk about making this an annual or semi-annual event, which would be the biggest honor we could ask for. In regard to the future,  we would like to see an increased focus on philanthropy and perhaps raise more money for the Angel Fund.”

Dan wanted to also thank so many from the College who provided support to students throughout the planning process — especially Sharon Hay, their advisor and director of student activities, Dr. Steven Sears, dean of students, and their respective staff.

I want to congratulate the students for all their time and energy that went into the planning of the “Black & White Ball.” I especially want to applaud their collaborative efforts as various organizations worked together to design and implement a truly memorable experience for all members of the student body.

God Bless.

Jackie

*Daniel Pupke is a member of the class of 2017 and is a finance and management double major from Malverne, NY

** The BOP students in the photo are, from left to right, Michael Gilmor ’17, Executive Treasurer, Taralynn Vecchio ’17, President, Daniel Pupke ’17, Executive Vice President, Monica Houghton ’17, Executive Secretary

As the primary student event planners on campus, the Board of Programmers teamed up this year with members of Student Congress, Campus Ministry, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Friars Club to plan a signature student event for the Centennial year. They took inspiration from the grandeur of a “Night in Black & White” […]MORE

MARCH … AND THE PRESSSURE IS ON

Posted by: on March 16, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

Students came back from Spring Break and what a welcome they received — classes cancelled due to a snow storm! Hopefully, they didn’t bring all their winter clothes home and just left themselves with spring clothes and flip flops!

My experience tells me that March can be full of challenges for students. They need to get refocused and ready for mid-semester exams. They are also dealing with pre-registration concerns and housing decisions for next year. With so much going on, it is easy for students to feel more overwhelmed and less in-control.

Parents, this is a perfect time to remind your sons and daughters to make use of campus resources. The Personal Counseling Center and the Office of Academic Services can provide them with practical tips and strategies to help them prioritize their commitments and deal with stress. This month also might be a good  time to send your student a special care package from home.

That’s all for now, as we look forward to spring.

God Bless

Jackie

Students came back from Spring Break and what a welcome they received — classes cancelled due to a snow storm! Hopefully, they didn’t bring all their winter clothes home and just left themselves with spring clothes and flip flops! My experience tells me that March can be full of challenges for students. They need to […]MORE

Our Centennial Celebration Continues

Posted by: on March 13, 2017   |Comments (0)|Parents Program

Steve Maurano, the College’s associate vice president for public affairs & community relations, asked that I pass this along.

“The College has recently unveiled a new, permanent exhibit detailing its 100-year history in celebration of our Centennial. The exhibit, created by artist Thomas Lynch of Marion, Mass., chronicles PC’s history in four panels that each depict approximately 25 years in photos and memorabilia. The exhibit is accompanied by a timeline. (The existing timeline is temporary; a more permanent timeline is currently in production.) 

If you find yourself on campus, please stop by Harkins Hall to see the exhibit. It is located in the second floor rotunda of Harkins. Take a few extra minutes to also view the College’s historical walkway along Harkins Hall’s second floor corridor.”

I do hope you have a chance to visit this wonderful exhibit. It really does capture the true spirit of our Friar family through the ages.

God Bless,

Jackie

Steve Maurano, the College’s associate vice president for public affairs & community relations, asked that I pass this along. “The College has recently unveiled a new, permanent exhibit detailing its 100-year history in celebration of our Centennial. The exhibit, created by artist Thomas Lynch of Marion, Mass., chronicles PC’s history in four panels that each depict […]MORE

Meet Sarah Kane ’19

Posted by: on February 13, 2017   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Hi everyone – I am from Marshfield, Mass., and a pre-engineering major in the 3+2 program. The 3+2 program allows me to get an individualized bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics, and chemistry from PC in three years, then continue my education for two years at Columbia University or Washington University in St. Louis – allowing me to obtain a second bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Although my time at PC is short and hectic, I still manage to be thoroughly involved in many of the communities on campus. I am a member of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA), the treasurer of S.H.E.P.A.R.D, and a member of Asian-American Club. I am currently in the process of reapplying to be an Orientation Leader in the fall, a role which I very much enjoyed last fall. I love connecting with students who are new to the PC community and helping them cope with their new lives away from home.

On the academic side of things, I am a tutor in the physics department and, beginning this semester, I am also doing research in the S-lab at Providence College, which is run by Dr. Stephen Mecca. One of the best things about being a second semester sophomore is that a number of my courses are now more major specific.

My Advice to Parents

Encourage your students to become involved in the campus community because it is the best and easiest way to make PC their home away from home.  Through my involvement with various groups on campus, I have found a variety of friends and mentors with students, faculty, and staff.

Encourage your student to try a club even if they are unsure of  the choice because, at this point in the year, people are still trying out clubs and looking for the “best fit.”

To keep up-to-date on all of the events that are happening on campus, I suggest that students follow Providence College student life social media. I especially recommend that you encourage your sons and daughters to read the “Morning Mail,” a campus email that is distributed daily and provides lots of information about upcoming academic and social programs.

Go Friars!

Hi everyone – I am from Marshfield, Mass., and a pre-engineering major in the 3+2 program. The 3+2 program allows me to get an individualized bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics, and chemistry from PC in three years, then continue my education for two years at Columbia University or Washington University in St. Louis – allowing […]MORE

Welcome to 2017!

Posted by: on January 24, 2017   |Comments (0)|Students

January 17th was the first day of classes, and the second semester is well underway.

As your sons and daughters returned back to campus, they probably were experiencing a whole range of emotions. First-year students may look forward to catching up with friends and roommates, but might also find themselves facing some of the same challenges as first semester – with the added demands of new classes and new professors.

Seniors, on the other hand, return with the realization that they are about to begin their last semester as undergraduates at Providence College. A lot of their time and energy will be spent on making plans for life after PC.

No matter what their mindset is, students don’t need to feel trapped in their halls or apartments during those cold and sometimes snowy days of the early weeks of spring semester. (Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind to us — I don’t like snow.) There are lots of things to do and ways to get involved to prevent cabin fever. In fact, the College is launching a new daily email newsletter for students called the Morning Mail, which will allow them easy access to information about upcoming campus events and programs of interest. So please, parents, remind your students to check their email regularly.

Of course, there are lots of special campus events this semester, as well. Our Centennial celebration continues, and Alumni & Family Weekend is right around the corner. Before we know it, seniors and their families will be sharing in the excitement of Commencement weekend activities.

Before I close, I do want to acknowledge the recent passing of Fr. John Peterson, a member of the Dominican order for 54 years. Fr. John, who was a dear friend to many of us, was known for his kindness and compassion. He will be deeply missed.

I wish you and your families the very best this semester and in the coming year.

God Bless,

Jackie

January 17th was the first day of classes, and the second semester is well underway. As your sons and daughters returned back to campus, they probably were experiencing a whole range of emotions. First-year students may look forward to catching up with friends and roommates, but might also find themselves facing some of the same […]MORE

Happy New Year!

Posted by: on December 27, 2016   |Comments (0)|Students

I wish all our Providence College families a peaceful and joyful New Year.

God bless and enjoy your time together.

Jackie

I wish all our Providence College families a peaceful and joyful New Year. God bless and enjoy your time together. JackieMORE