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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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Global Studies Students Interview, Profile Immigrants and Refugees

mystory.jpgMore than three-dozen students at Providence College profiled, hosted, and honored 13 immigrants and refugees to Rhode Island as part of a semester-long course in global studies. The honorees included Eric E. Sung, PC associate professor of photography.

The course, Introduction to Global Studies, is taught by Athena Fokaidis, instructor of global studies, and explores social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of the globalized world. Each Global Studies 101 class includes some form of service learning, and the “Welcoming Rhode Island” initiative, directed by the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, is the civic engagement portion of the course.

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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.

“This gift represents an investment in the college that has meant so much to me,” said Ryan, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Financial, Inc. Ryan earned a mathematics degree from PC in 1963 and was awarded an honorary doctor of business administration degree in 1990.

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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