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​Clare Carroll '14, Dr. Vance G. Morgan, Development
of Western Civilization director, Michael Ruane '71,
his wife Elizabeth Ruane, PC President Rev. Brian
Shanley O.P. '80, Provost Hugh Lena at the Ruane
groundbreaking ceremony in June.

Classes Start September 4

Construction Transforms PC’s Campus

When upperclassmen return to Providence College for the start of classes on Tuesday, September 4, they will notice a number of changes to the campus.

Among the projects tackled this summer:

  • The construction of the Ruane Center for the Humanities officially began after a groundbreaking ceremony in June. To date, more than half of the footings and foundation have been poured. The project is expected to be completed in September 2013.
  • Renovations of Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall are nearing completion. Improvements include a new ceiling, air conditioning and heating systems, upper-level windows, and new seating in the upper and lower arena. When complete, the gym, which is used for men’s basketball practices and women’s basketball and volleyball practices and games, will also have a video scoreboard and an enhanced audio system.
  • A new Dunkin’ Donuts franchise opened in the Slavin Center, replacing PC Perk. The location will serve coffee and food from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • The guardhouse at the Huxley Avenue gate was moved about 100 feet west to improve safety and traffic flow in the area. A temporary parking area with 140 spaces for faculty and staff will open on September 4 on Hendricken Field, with an entrance on Wardlaw Avenue across from the Alumni Hall lot. Part of that parking area will reopen by September 7. The lot behind the Phillips Memorial Library also will reopen for faculty and staff.

The academic year will begin with a shortened class schedule on September 4, so students, faculty, and staff can attend Academic Convocation at 3 p.m. Dr. Charles R. Toth, associate professor of biology, will deliver the keynote address on this year’s selection for the Freshman Common Reading Program, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown, 2010) by Rebecca Skloot. Toth will discuss how Henrietta Lacks’ cells impacted medical research and society.

— Liz F. Kay


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