New Alumni Clubs Launched in California, North Carolina
Providence, R.I.--The Providence College National Alumni Association extended its reach to Charlotte, N.C., and Southern California last fall with the launch of its 14th and 15th alumni clubs.
“It is so amazing to see how connected our alumni are, even at a distance, and how much they love their alma mater,” said Jennifer Carr, assistant director of alumni relations. “Both groups were thrilled to hear about what is happening on campus and all around the country.”
The Southern California Club met for the first time during a four-hour reception at The Yard House restaurant in Long Beach. More than 100 alumni attended, including E. John Fitzpatrick ’41 and several members of the class of 2011.
“We had a couple drive four hours from northern California, and they made it an overnight, as well as many others who drove a far distance from San Diego to be with us,” said Carr.
The featured speaker was actor, TV show host, and entrepreneur John O’Hurley ’76 & ’06Hon., a College trustee.
“John gave a special message from the Board of Trustees. He referenced how the campus had transformed over the years and how he was so proud of the theater program expanding,” said Carr.
Also representing the College were Bob Ferreira ’83, assistant vice president for alumni relations, and Stephen C. Duryea ’82, major gifts officer.
“With over 500 alumni in California, we look forward to building the network, identifying prospective students for the school, and building the Providence College community,” said the club president, Tom May ’92.
“Career Conversations,” a networking night for students and alumni, was held in January at the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Ray.
Bergen ’60 leads Charlotte effort
The Charlotte Club was launched with a cocktail reception attended by about 40 people at the Marriott Hotel Renaissance. Videos from St. Dominic Weekend were shown. Speakers included Rev. John S. Peterson, O.P. ’57, chaplain of the National Alumni Association; Joseph A. Hulbig, ’96, regional director for major gifts; and Carr.
Peter F. Bergen ’60 said he was inspired to help start a club serving the Carolinas after he attended his 50th class reunion last year.
“I got reacquainted with a lot of things going on. I was amazed at the new buildings and how the campus has grown,” said Bergen, who hadn’t visited since his 25th reunion. “I found there are hundreds of alumni just in my area. We had a grassroots meeting at my house to get things started.”
In December, the new Charlotte Club hosted a bus trip to the PC men’s basketball game at the University of South Carolina. Bergen is hoping the club will become a resource for young alumni to find networking opportunities. Carr said there are 300 alumni in the Charlotte area and 500 in the state.
“It’s a great opportunity to reconnect and meet some of their classmates along the way,” Bergen said.
The College also has alumni clubs in Greater Providence (the Mal Brown Club), Newport, Greater Boston, the south coast of Massachusetts, Hartford, New London-Washington County, New Haven, New York, Long Island, Philadelphia, the Washington, D.C., area, Atlanta, and Chicago. Alumni groups also are active in Florida, Texas, Minnesota, and Seattle.
Alumni club membership is free and open to alumni, parents of current and former students, and friends. Clubs provide opportunities to socialize, cheer on the Friars, mentor students, and reach out to prospective students.