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Providence College e-news PC | April, 2005

The Providence College e•newsletter | April 2005
Coming Events
4.21.05 • 5:30 p.m.
New York Alumni Club Tribute to College President Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P.; Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, followed by a reception at the New York Yacht Club. Click here to register online.

4.28.05 • 6:30 p.m.
Greater Boston Alumni Club Tribute to College President Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P.; reception at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. Click here to register online.

4.15-17 & 22-24.05
Saturdays and Fridays at
8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

Performances of Lerner and Loewe's musical, Brigadoon, the first main-stage production in the David and Lynn Angell Blackfriars Theatre of the Smith Center for the Arts.

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Four more honorary degree recipients named
Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, the keynote speaker, will be joined by four other distinguished individuals in receiving honorary degrees at the College's Commencement Exercises on May 15. Also chosen are Doris A. (Sable) Burke '87 & '92G, basketball analyst and game reporter for ESPN and the Madison Square Garden Network; the Very Rev. D. Dominic Izzo, O.P. '88, prior provincial of the Province of St. Joseph; Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University; and Ambassador Robert E. White, president of the Center for International Policy.[more]

Roll up your sleeves for Rebuild Day 2005
PC alumni are invited to take part in Rebuild Day on Saturday, April 30, at locations in Providence, R.I., and Chicago, Ill. The one-day, nationwide home and non-profit building renovation program is run by Rebuilding Together. As Providence chapter founder and program catalyst for the last 11 years, the College is seeking volunteers to assist at several homes in Providence. The Greater Chicago Area Chapter of the alumni association also is seeking volunteers for Rebuild Day.[more]

CBS' Visser to keynote Helen Bert Gala
Veteran CBS sportscaster Lesley Visser will be the keynote speaker at the Helen Bert Gala on Saturday, April 16, at The Westin Providence. The gala will celebrate the life and legacy of the late Helen A. Bert, the founder of the College's women's athletics program, and will honor the accomplishments of women's athletics at PC. Proceeds will support the women's athletics program.[more]

Alumni to celebrate Reunion Weekend 2005
Reunion Weekend 2005, scheduled for June 3-5, promises to be a time of celebration for classes ending in a '0 or a '5. The weekend will feature special events for the golden and silver anniversaries of the classes of 1955 and 1980. On Friday night, four social gatherings will take place simultaneously for related groups of classes, while Saturday features a family barbecue, a Mass, and a semi-formal dinner.[more]

New guidebook welcomes PC alumni's opinions
The College is asking its alumni and students to take an anonymous online survey that could end up encouraging students to attend PC. Survey information will be included in the College Buzz Book, a distinctive new guidebook whose format relies entirely on the anecdotal opinions of alumni and students about their undergraduate experience. Developed by Vault, a prominent employee research company, this guide is intended to help prospective students evaluate their education options and make informed education and career decisions.[more]

Classroom renovations drive tops first goal
The five-year fundraising campaign to renovate classrooms and enhance the teaching environment at PC has surpassed its first-year goal. The "Classroom Renovation Project," which aims to raise $400,000 annually, received $488,000 in gifts and pledges as of the third week in March. David L. Dugas '87, Annual Fund director, said donations primarily were received from the targeted reunion classes from 1960-2000 and from the Class of 1964, but that non-reunion classes made gifts as well. "We are grateful for the outpouring of support from our alumni in this first year of the campaign," said Dugas, who added it is not too late to make a gift for this fiscal year. For more information on the project and to make a gift online, click here.

Women skaters battle top-ranked Minnesota in NCAAs
Competing in its first NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Tournament game ever, Providence College skated to an early lead but fell, 6-1, to nationally No.1-ranked University of Minnesota on March 18 in Minneapolis. The loss ended a seven-game undefeated streak for the Friars, who qualified for the NCAAs by winning their third consecutive HOCKEY EAST Tournament Championship. [more]

Did you know?
• A total of 104, or 36%, of the 285 current full-time faculty members at PC have been appointed during the 11-year administration of College President Rev. Philip A. Smith, O.P. Of this total, 41% of the 79 women on the Ordinary Faculty and 71% of the 21 minority faculty members were appointed in 1994 or later.
• A recent private, higher-education study of how well Web sites communicate a "brand identity" for their school ranked PC first among 73 colleges and universities reviewed. School Web sites were evaluated for the effectiveness of their branding in four areas: conveyance of the culture of the institution, communication of the institution's mission, design site quality versus the quality of the institution, and the strength of the impression generated by viewing the site.

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