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St. Dominic Weekend

St. Dominic Weekend

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A celebration ​of philanthropy at Providence College

This weekend-long event honors Providence College’s most generous and faithful donors who nurture the College’s academic excellence, strong faith, athletic success, and shared values that u​​​nite us as a community.

Learn more about the St. Dominic Society.​

Below you will see a schedule for St. Dominic Weekend. Please check back as event locations will be finalized soon. 

Friday, September 30​​

Field Hockey vs. UConn
5 p.m.
Lennon Field

Fiondella Great Room Dedication and Reception
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Great Room

This event will honor the extraordinary generosity of Robert W. Fiondella, Esq. ’64 & ’16Hon., a civic leader, philanthropist, and retired chair of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., a financi​al services and insurance company headquartered in Hartford, Conn. In addition to his contributions to the Great Room in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, Mr. Fiondella was instrumental in establishing the Angel Fund, an ongoing source of emergency financial aid that allows students whose families have experienced unexpected financial challenges to continue their studies at Providence College.

St. Dominic Society Reception
6 - 9 p.m.​ ​
Harkins Hall

Saturd​​ay, October 1

Friar 5K
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
Smith Center Lobby
9:30 - noon Friar 5K Race and Friar Fan Fest (co-sponsored by PC Athletics)
Smith Lobby

Get Friared up for the seventh annual Friar 5K and Fanfest!

Providence​​ College’s annual celebration of fitness, camaraderie, and philanthropic support returns on Oct. 1. Students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and the general public are invited to join in. This year, the Friar 5K and FanFest will be held in conjunction with PC’s Celebration of a Century, a grand party to commemorate the College’s centennial. Friars and friends of all ages can register as an individual or with a team to be part of the fun.

Main Registration and Information 
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
Slavin Atrium

Tennis vs. URI 
10 a.m. 
Friar Tennis Courts 

Friar Development Center Groundbreaking 
Noon
Alumni Hall Parking Lot, Rear Slavin

The Ruane Friar Development Center, made possible by a lead gift from former Providence College Board of Trustees Chair Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13Hon. and his wife, Elizabeth Ruane, will not only transform Alumni Hall — it will transform the student experience. Michael ​Ruane will give a keynote address as the College breaks ground on the first phase of a project that sets the tone for the next century.

President’s Colloquium: Mind, Body, Soul — A Century of Educating the Whole Person
12:30 – 2 p.m. 
Slavin Center, ​’64 Hall

Providence College has a long and distinguished tradition of educating students holistically — mind, body, and soul. In this special Centennial Veritas Luncheon hosted by Rev. Brian J. Shanley, ​O.P. ’80, you will gain perspective from Athletic Director Bob Driscoll, Vice President for Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin, and Provost Dr. Hugh Lena as they discuss the game-changing Ruane Friar Development Center.

History & Hospitality 
2 – 4:30 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Fiondella Great Room ​​​

Relax, refu​​el, and reminisce am​​ong some of the touchstones of Providence College’s last hundred years while enjoying light bites, select wines, soft drinks, and a coffee bar.​

Women's Ice Hockey vs. Robert Morris
2 p.m.
Schneider Arena

A​cademic Sessi​ons

Building Blocks: The Enduring Values of a Liberal Arts Education​
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105
Richard Grace ’62, professor emeritus of history, and Jane Lunin Perel ’15Hon., professor emerita of English and women’s studies, two of Providence College’s most beloved faculty members, come out of retirement to present their unique perspective on the College’s rich history as we embark on the next 100 years of educations.

The Next 100 Years: Diversity & Inclusion at PC
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room LL05

A campus transformed, a community transformed. Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Rafael Zapata discusses the initiatives ahead in support of a diverse campus culture and what that means for the next 100 years of the College both in and out of the classroom.

Art Gallery Open House ​​
2:30 – 4:15 p.m. 
Reilly Gallery, Hunt-Cavanagh 

New York artist Will Hutnick ’07 transforms Hunt-Cavanagh with an immersive installation that celebrates color and the playful reuse of materials and abstractly personal histories.

Informed by her conversations with collection curator Rev. Richard A. McAlister, O.P., New York artist Erin Leland presents an exhibition of four sculptures suspended from the rafters of the Reilly Gallery, which explore the creative work and life of Dominican artist Rev. Thomas M. McGlynn, O.P.​

Campus Trolley Tours 
2:30 – 4:15 p.m. 
Depart from Concannon Circle
Pre-registration is required. Seats are limited.

Catch a glimpse of the latest improvements to the campus landscape and experience the momentum firsthand. Tours depart on the half-hour; the last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs. Xavier 
4 p.m. 
Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium ​

Centennial Mass ​
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ​
St. Dominic Chapel

Commemorating a century of Catholic and Dominican tradition at Providence College, Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80, College president, will concelebrate Mass with members of the Dominican Community.​ 

St. Dominic Society Corporate Partner Reception (by invitation only)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies 

Young Alumni Reception (by invitation only)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Fiondella Great Room​

A Century in the Making: Centennial Prelude
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ​​​
Centennial Pavilion on Slavin Center Lawn
Rain site: Slavin Center

Celebrate, support, and give back. Take in music and dance performed by our talented students, enjoy gourmet food and drink, and give back to communities in need in a true celebration of Providence College’s founding values. Channel your inner artist and leave your mark on our commemorative centennial mural.

The Celeb​ration of the Century 


7 - 10 p.m.
Centennial Pavilion on Slavin Center Lawn | Suggested attire: smart casual

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will provide a look back — and a look forward — as we kick off PC’s 100th anniversary celebration. ​

The Promise of Providence as told by Mike Leonard
7 – 7:55 p.m.

Mike Leonard ’70 & ’00Hon., one of America’s greatest storytellers, returns to campus for the world premiere of a 30-minute film that tells the Providence College story in his inimitable way. At PC, Mike learned that everyone had a story to tell, a perspective that served him well during his 32 years as a feature correspondent for NBC’s Today show. This has been a labor of love for Mike and his colleague Mary Kay Wall ’13P, ’15P, ’18P, and ’20P, who visited Providence several times over the past year-plus, interviewing nearly two-dozen people.

Centennial Concert 
8 - 9:30 p.m.​
Centennial Pavilion on Slavin Lawn
Limited seating available. 

Since his first touring gig with Frank Sinatra in the 1980s, Grammy Award-winning trumpet virtuoso Chris Botti has captivated audiences with his style and grace. His signature Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet, made in 1939, brings a distinctively rich sound to his music,whether he’s performing such originals as “Regroovable” or classics such as “Ave Maria.” Botti has sold more than 4 million records and performed alongside John Mayer, Sting, Josh Groban, and Yo-Yo Ma.​

Saturday Night Lights​
9:30 – 11:30 p.m. 
Centennial Pavilion & Slavin Lawn​