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The Friar Fest and Bus Decorating Competition are two
of the highlights of Alumni & Family Weekend. Getting
into the spirit of the decorating competition last year is
the Campus Ministry team.

​1,400 Expected to Attend Alumni & Family Weekend

Providence College will welcome alumni and the families of sophomore, junior, and senior students during its second annual Alumni & Family Weekend, which will be held on campus from Friday, February 15, to Sunday, February 17.

About 1,400 people are expected for the weekend’s events, which are sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of College Events.

This year’s theme is a quotation from PC basketball coach Ed Cooley: “Us. We. Together. Family. Friars.” Among the highlights will be the men’s basketball game against the University of Notre Dame on Saturday at noon in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence.

The BIG EAST Conference game will be preceded by the annual Friar Fest and Bus Decorating Competition, which will be held in front of the Concannon Fitness Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Following the game, alumni receptions will be held at several locations in downtown Providence.

The weekend will kick off Friday with several events. The highlights include the Athletics Hall of Fame Reception and Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Providence Hotel. At 6:30 p.m., guests can enjoy “Dinner with the Dominicans” in the Campus Ministry Center, with a presentation by College Chaplain Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98.  

Also, comedian Tom Cotter, a Rhode Island native who finished second in NBC’s television show America’s Got Talent, will entertain at 8:30 p.m. in the Peterson Recreation Center. His wife, Kerri Louise, a finalist on the last season of Last Comic Standing, will open for him. An “Irish Night” will follow in McPhail’s in the Slavin Center. 

The Department of Political Science, College Democrats, College Republicans, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, have invited U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., to speak on Friday night in the Ryan Concert Hall of the Smith Center for the Arts. Whitehouse will address “An Effective Congress for the 21st Century,” outlining his vision of government, at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the 50th anniversary of PC’s Study Abroad Program will be celebrated at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in Phillips Memorial Library.

McPhail’s will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting at 7 p.m., followed by live performances by favorite PC bands of the past decade. Rev. J. Stuart McPhail, O.P. ’61, former longtime vice president for student services, will be recognized at the event.

Other weekend opportunities for fun include a magic show by celebrity magician Nick Locapo on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Slavin Center; a women’s ice hockey game on Friday at 7 p.m. versus the University of New Hampshire in Schneider Arena; and a men’s ice hockey game against Merrimack College on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Schneider.    

On Saturday, families also can enjoy ice skating with free rentals from 2 to 6 p.m. on an outdoor rink near Concannon Fitness Center, and a historical tour of Providence, which will depart from the Ruane Atrium of the Concannon Fitness Center at 3 p.m.

On Sunday at 11 a.m. in St. Dominic Chapel, College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will be the main celebrant at Mass, which will be followed by a brunch in the Peterson Recreation Center.

— Vicki-Ann Downing

 
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