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Science and Service Combine in Unforgettable Trip to Ghana

ghana.jpgDr. Stephen J. Mecca ’64 & ’66G, professor of physics, is executive director of the Global Sustainable Aid Project, founded in 2007 by his granddaughter, Hannah Davis. The nonprofit works on a variety of projects, ranging from sanitation to education and technology, to improve the lives of people in the West African nation.

Most of those projects are developed and tested by students in Mecca’s lab on the first floor of Albertus Magnus Hall. They call it S-Lab — for science, service, sanitation, sustainability, solutions, study, and systems — all terms that factor in its work.

Each year, Mecca travels to Ghana to implement new projects and to check on the progress of others. Students from PC and other colleges have accompanied him in the past, including Cornell University, The Cooper Union, and the University of Florida. Once in Ghana, they are joined by students from the University of Ghana and Ashesi University. The six students who joined Mecca for a 25-day visit in 2014 represented the largest contingent ever from PC. They earned course credit for their participation, and three of them received study abroad scholarships to make the trip affordable through PC’s agreement with Santander, N.A.

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Student Headlines 

Waldron '15 Shifts Career Focus after Writing Report with Faculty

In taking advantage of the opportunity to author a national report with two health policy and management professors at Providence College, Danielle Waldron ’15 (Taunton, Mass.) discovered a new direction in her career field.

The report focused on New Hampshire maintaining the state’s regulation of the health insurance marketplace by keeping local control over ACA education and outreach initiatives. In 2014, New Hampshire endorsed a “private option,” allowing the state to purchase private insurance with federal funds. This approach was unique to New Hampshire because, while many states remain deadlocked, this compromise demonstrated that bipartisan collaboration is possible, the authors wrote.

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Commencement 2015

Love Triumphs
Darlene Love sings her message at PC’s 97th Commencement Exercises.

Only One Choice
Impressed by his father’s work ethic, Alexander Acunzo ’15 settled upon PC at age 5.

A Triple Play
Andrew Sayer ’15 has three majors, two minors, and a prestigious national history prize.

Service to the Community
Gretta Schaaf ’15 dedicates four years to PC’s EXPLORE! program for high school students.

Persistence Pays Off
Precious Ansah ’15 begins a graduate program in social work the day after commencement.

College Headlines

Former Trustee Arthur Ryan and Wife, Patricia, Donate $5 million to School of Business

Prominent alumnus Arthur F. Ryan and his wife, Patricia, will donate $5 million to create a state-of-the-art home for the Providence College School of Business. With their gift, Dore Hall, a former residence hall, will be renovated as the center of a new structure to be named the Arthur and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies.

The lead gift from the Ryans is part of the $140 million fundraising campaign, Our Moment: The Next Century Campaign for Providence College, which launched in October and has already raised more than $112 million. College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. '80 said the pledge is indicative of the Ryans’ lifelong commitment to philanthropy.

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