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Providence College Press Releases 2016- 2017

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations welcomes your interest in news about Providence College. Posted on this page are current news releases about important College events, activities, and achievements. 


Release Date:  December 04, 2017 

​​Carly Fiorina, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican Presidential Candidate, Will Speak at Providence College

​​​Dec. 4, 2017, Providence, RI – Carly Fiorina, a 2016 Republican Presidential candidate and the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), will give a talk at Providence College on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Her lecture will serve as this academic year’s Fiondella Lecture and as the annual Providence College School of Business Dean’s Symposium presentation.


Release Date:  November 16, 2017 

​​Providence College Ranked 10th in the US for Semester-Long StudyAbroad

​​​Nov. 16, 2017, Providence, RI – Providence College (PC) was recently ranked 10th in the United States for semester-long study abroad in the category of Master's Colleges and Universities. The designation was released in the annual "Open Doors" report conducted by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and covers the 2015-16 academic year, the latest year reported.


Release Date:  September 20, 2017 

​​Providence College Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

​​​Providence, R.I. – September 20, 2017 – Providence College today announced that Dr. Jonathan Richardson, assistant professor of biology, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $125,310. With this grant, Richardson and an undergraduate student will spend time studying urban ecology and landscape genetics in rats.


Release Date:  September 18, 2017 

​​Providence College Completes Most Successful Comprehensive Campaign in its History ​

​​​Providence, R.I. – September 18, 2017 – Providence College (PC) today announced the completion of the most successful fund-raising campaign in the College's 100-year history.  Our Moment: The Next Century Campaign for Providence College, concluded this past weekend with a celebration on the PC campus that included trustees, students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends.  At the main event on Saturday evening, the College announced it has raised $185 million, over 30% more than the campaign’s original goal of $140 million when it was launched publicly in October 2014.


Release Date:  September 5, 2017

A Message from Fr. Shanley to the Providence College Community ​ 


Release Date:  August 4, 2017

​​Providence College Awarded the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.'s Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Award ​

​​​Providence, R.I. – August 4, 2017 – Providence College today announced that the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, under the leadership of Dr. Seann Mulcahy and Dr. Kathleen Cornely, has received The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.'s Jean Dreyfus Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions award for 2017. PC is the first college in Rhode Island to receive this distinguished award.

Release Date:  July 13, 2017

​​Providence College Begins Marketing of New License Plates​

​​​Providence, R.I. – July 13, 2017 – Providence College announced today that PC students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans and friends of the College who live in Rhode Island, can now apply for their own PC license plates.​

Release Date:  June 15, 2017

​​Providence College Awards Construction Management Contract for First Phase of Ruane Friar Development Center to Dimeo Construction Company​

​​​Providence, R.I. – June 15​, 2017 - ​Providence College Awards Construction Management Contract for First Phase of Ruane Friar Development Center to Dimeo Construction Company​ 

Release Date:  June 8, 2017

​​PC Awarded Federal Grant for Suicide Prevention

​​​Providence, R.I. – June 8​, 2017 - ​Providence College Awarded Federal Grant for Suicide Prevention         

Release Date:  June 7, 2017

​​PC Awarded NCAA Grant for Alcohol Education

​​​Providence, R.I. – June 7​, 2017 - ​Providence College Awarded NCAA Grant for Alcohol Education   

Release Date:  April 5, 2017

​​PC Announces Honorary Degree Recipients for Commencement 2017​

​​​Providence, R.I. – April 5​, 2017 - Providence College announces honorary degree recipients for Commencement 2017.  

Release Date:  February 28, 2017

PC A​nnounces the $100k Gift​​

Providence, R.I. – Feb. 28​, 2017 - Providence College announces a gift to Diocesan Catholic Schools in celebration of the College's centennial and in support of Catholic Education in Rhode Island. ​

Release Date:  January 26, 2017

Centenntial Events for Spring Announced​

​​Providence, R.I. – Jan. 26​, 2017 - A series of spring semester events will commemorate the year long celebration of Providence College's centennial, beginning in mid-January.

Release Date: January 9, 2017

SCE Scholarship Gift Announced

Providence, R.I. – Jan. 9, 2017 - Providence College (PC) today announced that its School of Continui​ng Education (SCE) has received a gift to support a new scholarship fund d​​esignated for veterans of military service who attend SCE.


Release Date: November 16, 2016

Providence College Receives Prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Grant

Providence, RI - Providence College (PC) today announced that it has been chosen to receive its first major grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program at the Henry Luce Foundation.  The program is the largest source of private funding for women studying science, mathematics and engineering.   

Release Date: October 13, 2016

"Truth in the Liberal Arts" Honors Symposium

Providence, RI - Noted historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will kick off the Providence College Liberal Arts Honors Symposium, to be held the weekend of October 21 and 22 at the College. 

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Providence College to Host Millennial Alumni Authors

Providence, R.I. - Providence College (PC) is scheduled to host their second Veritas and Values program- “Published & Proud: Millennial Alumni Authors and their stories,” on October 17, 2016 at 6:30p.m. The panel discussion will take place in the Ruane Center for the Humanities.​

Release Date: October 1, 2016

Providence College Breaks Ground for Ruane Friar Development Center

Providence, R.I. – Providence College (PC) broke ground today for the Ruane Friar Development Center, a new, multi-purpose facility attached to Alumni Hall.  The first phase will include a basketball practice facility and space for associated Department of Athletics activities. The two-story facility will enhance significantly Friar athletics, student services, and College community life.    

Release Date: September 28, 2016

Providence College Breaks Ground on the Ruane Friar Development Center​

Providence, R.I. – Providence College (PC) will break ground for the Ruane Friar Development Center on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at noon. The ceremony willl take place in front of Alumni Hall at the northwest edge of the College’s campus.  


Release Date: September 13, 2016

Providence College Ranked #1 in U.S. News & World’s 2017 “Best Colleges – Regional Universities – North” category. ​

Providence, R.I. - Providence College (PC) is ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges – Regional Universities – North” category.  The rankings were released earlier today.  PC ranked second in the category last year. 


Release Date: August 23, 2016

Providence College Facebook Video Breaks School Viewership Record

Providence, R.I. – Providence College posted a “Welcome Class of 2020” social media video yesterday that has gone viral and broken the College’s social media records. 

Release Date: August 19, 2016

Providence College Students Give Back Before They Even Get Here

Providence, R.I. – Members of Providence College’s Class of 2020 will kick off their freshman year by participating in the College’s 26th annual Urban Action (UA) community service program.

Release Date: August​ 1, 2016

Providence College Turns 100: Be a part of the Centennial Celebration                                                     

Providence, R.I. - When the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year begins later this month, Providence College will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding. To celebrate this historic milestone, the College will host events honoring its century of academic excellence and meaningful service in the Catholic and Dominican tradition.​

 Release Date: July 5, 2016

Providence College makes PROMISE to Rising HS Seniors​​​​

Providence, R.I. - Providence PROMISE Program motivates students and gets them on the path to college. Starting Tuesday, July 5, the Providence PROMISE Program at Providence College will provide 21 rising Providence high school students the opportunity to see what it is like to be a college student. As a way to experience what transitioning into college means, these students will, twice a week over the next five weeks, take classes and discover what it is like to do academic research, speak in front of their fellow students, complete critical reading and thinking exercises, and manage their time effectively.

Release Date: Jun​​e 7, 2016

Providence College Professor's Study Finds Ride-Sharing Saves Lives, Reduces DUI​ 

Providence, R.I. – Providence College Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Angela Dills has co-authored a report​ that finds ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft lower the rate of fatal accidents, DUI arrests, disorderly conduct and assaults. The report says that the public safety benefits of ride-sharing services are also helping those demographics most likely to be involved in these potential traffic tragedies – Smartphone users aged 25 – 44 who are also Uber’s primary users..​

Release Date: May 18, 2016

Providence College Students: Transforming Society

Providence, R.I. – Providence College students annually volunteer nearly 50,000 hours at more than 125 community agencies, schools, and other non-profit sites in Greater Providence. Volunteer service is provided through the Office of the Chaplain/Campus Ministry, the Office of Student Affairs, the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, the Student Athlete Advisory Board, and many of the College's student clubs, organizations, and service learning classes.​

Release Date: May 12, 2016

Providence, R.I. – Providence College ​​affirmed today that it will close permanently the College-owned portion of Huxley Ave. (Eaton Street to Ventura Street) to all vehicular traffic on Wednesday, May 18th. PC had previously announced in February its intention to close the College-owned portion of the street sometime between May 15th and June 1st.​​


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