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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

Up Close: Father Mark Nowel

Posted by: on December 1, 2016   |Comments (0)|Students

nowelThis week I am introducing our first “Up Close and Personal” feature. So, let’s meet with Fr. Mark Nowel, dean of undergraduate and graduate studies and associate professor of biology (he also happens to be my boss).

Jackie

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Union, New Jersey, where I attended a parochial school staffed by Dominican sisters. It was when I was a graduate student studying developmental biology that I first met the Dominican Friars who were the chaplains at the University of Leicester in England. I was impressed by their preaching, their dedicated pastoring of the university students, and their life of evangelical poverty and common prayer.

So, it was after being surrounded by their example and guidance for the five years of my stay there that I decided to apply to the Province of St. Joseph. By God’s grace, I was accepted, and I joined the novitiate class of 1980 — along with Brian Shanley (now PC’s president) and Chris Cardone (now the Archbishop of Honiara in the Solomon Islands) and eight others. I arrived at PC in 1986 — shortly after my ordination — to teach biology and to assist the residence life office as a hall director in Raymond Hall. Since then, I’ve taught in the biology department, headed the residence life office, been assistant academic dean, and now the dean of undergraduate and graduate studies. I’ve moderated The Cowl and the Pre-Health Professions Honor Society, served as NCAA Faculty Representative, and assisted in the parochial ministries of many parishes in the Providence area.

What do you like most about your role as dean of undergraduate and graduate studies?
I enjoy problem-solving as our students strive to find their passions and overcome the obstacles to earning their degree. I also enjoy witnessing the passions of our faculty as they propose new courses from their impressive backgrounds to enrich our students in their areas of expertise. And, I tremendously love feeling the joy each year as our graduates cross the stage as I read their names — sharing in the well-deserved celebration of their accomplishment and attesting to their growth as human beings.

When you are not wearing your “dean’s hat” what do you like to do for fun? Any special hobbies?
I’ve always loved to travel, ever since I was given the life-changing opportunity to travel to England to begin my graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar. I’ve taken groups of students to China several times for an educational/travel summer opportunity. I’m fascinated by that complex country and culture. I love snorkeling, and I do a little woodcarving in the little free-time that Fr. Shanley allows me!

(Editor’s Note: I think Fr. Nowel is being pretty modest here. His “little woodcarving” has resulted in some beautiful pieces of work.)

Do you have any advice for parents as the end of the semester draws near and their students are faced with approaching deadlines for papers, class projects, and final exams?
If their sons and daughters have left finishing their major projects until the last minute, they should tell them that they need to take control of the situation to get their work done. There will be plenty of time for rest and relaxation and to catch up on their sleep AFTER their final exams are over and their papers have been submitted: THAT’s what the Christmas break is all about!

This week I am introducing our first “Up Close and Personal” feature. So, let’s meet with Fr. Mark Nowel, dean of undergraduate and graduate studies and associate professor of biology (he also happens to be my boss). Jackie Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I grew up in Union, New Jersey, where […]MORE

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by: on November 18, 2016   |Comments (0)|Students

mass-blogI love Thanksgiving because it is centered around family, friends, and, of course, good food (pumpkin pie is my favorite). Most of all, however, it provides us an opportunity to reflect on who we are and who we are called to be. We give thanks for the people in our lives and the many gifts God has bestowed on us. We remind ourselves that Thanksgiving is just one day of the year, and that we have 365 days to show our gratitude and give thanks.

Fr. Kenneth Sicard, the executive vice president of Providence College and a good friend, has forwarded to me a prayer of thanksgiving that I am pleased to share with all of you. I wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

God Bless,
Jackie

Blessed are You loving Father

For all your gifts to us

Blessed are You for giving us family and friends

To be with us in times of joy and sorrow

To help us in days of need

And to rejoice with us in moments of celebration

Father,

We praise You for Your Son Jesus

Who knew the happiness of family and friends

And in the love of Your Holy Spirit

Blessed are you for ever and ever

Amen.

 

I love Thanksgiving because it is centered around family, friends, and, of course, good food (pumpkin pie is my favorite). Most of all, however, it provides us an opportunity to reflect on who we are and who we are called to be. We give thanks for the people in our lives and the many gifts […]MORE

Student Perspective: Career Expo a Valuable Resource

Posted by: on November 11, 2016   |Comments (0)|Students

career-fairHello Parents and Families,

I am happy to introduce to you Brittany Price, a junior at Providence College, who is a social work major and theatre minor from Southborough, Mass. Brittany is involved in lots of activities at PC — she is a member of the Dance Club, Theatre Dept., and secretary of the Asian American Association. She has served as an Orientation leader and student advisor for the Freshman Wellness and Human Flourishing Cohort. In her “free-time” she is a Zumba instructor. Brittany recently attended the PC Career Expo and is happy to share her experience with all of you.

Jackie

“On Wednesday October 5th, I attended Providence College’s Career Expo for the first time. I did not think it would be valuable my freshman or sophomore year, but as I have been taking courses this semester, I realize I am getting pretty darn close to being an adult in the real world. To my surprise, the Career Expo explored a ton more than future job opportunities — there were more than 40 graduate schools, and the chairs of every department at PC were there for a major and minor fair. As I walked through the sea of PC students, I was proud to recognize several of the freshman I knew from being an Orientation Leader in August, strutting around in pencil skirts and suits and shaking hands with professors and admissions counselors at various grad schools.

In addition to seeing new faces, I was ecstatic and surprised to see recent PC alumni representing various companies such as PwC and Ernst & Young. It was awesome to catch up with them and hear about their experiences in their careers so far. The fact that they were back at PC just a year or two later to recruit also made the Career Expo all the more authentic to me. Now that I know what it has to offer, I definitely recommend that students from all classes drop by the next Career Expo.”

*Please note that the Spring Career Expo will be held on March 22nd.

Hello Parents and Families, I am happy to introduce to you Brittany Price, a junior at Providence College, who is a social work major and theatre minor from Southborough, Mass. Brittany is involved in lots of activities at PC — she is a member of the Dance Club, Theatre Dept., and secretary of the Asian […]MORE

A Parent’s Tips: Students Need Your Support

Posted by: on November 4, 2016   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

parents-moveWell, here is some Providence College trivia for you.

Did you know that there were two Brian Shanleys in the class of 1980? Of course, one went on to become our president. The “other” Brian Shanley lives in Newport, R.I., with his wife Susan Walsh ’79. Their son Peter is currently a sophomore at PC. I recently asked Brian to reflect on his son’s first year experience to provide some tips for new parents.  Here’s what he shared:

There’s an old college axiom which reads, “What’s the job of a freshman? Become a sophomore.”

Sounds simple, but it is not always easy. A lot goes on as the first semester of college moves along. Besides the excitement of new experiences and developing friendships, there also can be anxiety, loneliness, and feeling overwhelmed. College always looks great on television and through social media. And how many times have we all heard, “College will be the best time of your life?” Expectations can overshadow reality and lead to a sense of disappointment. Helping your child keep a sense of perspective, humor, and self are important during those first few months.

So how do we as parents help? Some tips:

  • Set up a weekly day/time to “speak” with your child. Text and emails don’t cut it. A soothing voice, a story from home, brothers/sisters and pets can all help. These check-ins bring a sense of regularity to an often out-of-balance schedule. I advise no more than twice a week. Students need to learn/know they can make it on their own without speaking with their parents daily.
  • Help students by supporting them without “doing for them.” They are now in a safe place with quality people, programs, and resources to assist them on their independence journey. Students need to begin to learn how to advocate for themselves and use their own voice to see what it sounds like and how it is received.
  • A small, old-school letter in the mail can help wipe out an entire bad week.
  • Talk to them about their classes and ask about workloads and study habits. They are there for an education, and so developing good academic work habits is a key to lessening the stress and achieving results.

We all know that each year brings highs and lows. College is no different. Dealing with the issues is the key to the growth and maturity of our children. Enjoy the journey!

brian-shanleyBrian is currently an administrator in the Office of Admissions at Salve Regina University, in Newport, RI. He is also a member of the Providence College Parent Program Advisory Team.

Well, here is some Providence College trivia for you. Did you know that there were two Brian Shanleys in the class of 1980? Of course, one went on to become our president. The “other” Brian Shanley lives in Newport, R.I., with his wife Susan Walsh ’79. Their son Peter is currently a sophomore at PC. […]MORE

Happy Birthday, Providence College!

Posted by: on October 24, 2016   |Comments (5)|Uncategorized

pc-100As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are mindful of the many blessings that God has bestowed on our beloved institution.  We are a Catholic and Dominican, liberal arts institution rich with traditions and committed to “values that endure.”

Our year of centennial events is in full swing. We began the fall semester with a Centennial Mass and Academic Convocation and with lots of special events during St. Dominic Weekend. Most recently, during New Student Family Weekend, we had the opportunity to continue our celebration with families of the newest members of our PC community.

For the last three years I have been honored to serve on the College’s Centennial Planning Committee. The committee’s working meetings provided me an opportunity to reflect on how so many have helped  to make Providence College a very special place. Of course, for parents and families, one of your biggest tasks is to ensure that your sons and daughters are the beneficiaries of all the College has developed over the last 100 years.

With that being said, I am excited to introduce to you our new Parent/Family Blog. I will be sharing my thoughts with you from time to time, invite guests to tell their stories, and even provide some “up close and personal interviews” of PC folks.

Thanks for reading,
Jackie MacKay, Director of Parent Program

As we celebrate our centennial anniversary, we are mindful of the many blessings that God has bestowed on our beloved institution.  We are a Catholic and Dominican, liberal arts institution rich with traditions and committed to “values that endure.” Our year of centennial events is in full swing. We began the fall semester with a Centennial […]MORE