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​First Alumni & Family Weekend Planned for February 10-12

Providence, R.I.--“Alumni & Family Weekend,” a new event that will combine the features of the former Homecoming Weekend for alumni with the traditional Winter Family Weekend for parents and upper class students, will be celebrated on the Providence College campus from February 10-12.

The new weekend, whose theme is “One Home, One Family,” is sponsored by the offices of Alumni Relations and College Events. It will include entertainment, sporting events, a reception marking the 40th anniversary of women in athletics, the painting of an “interactive” mural, and a keynote talk by Rev. Robert Barron, host of the recent documentary series Catholicism, and Mike Leonard ’70, the show’s executive producer.

“By combining two popular weekends, we hope to give alumni, legacy families, and current students and parents the opportunity to share in activities that appeal to all, while fostering a community identity,” said Deirdre A. Driscoll ’98G, director of college events.

Sarah E. Firetto ’03, associate director of alumni relations, said the combined weekend will offer everyone “a chance to visit campus and reconnect while enjoying entertainment, music, art, and sporting events. It will be a great opportunity to experience the past, present, and future of our PC family.”

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will welcome alumni and families on Saturday morning in the Peterson Recreation Center. Father Shanley will introduce Father Barron, a Chicago-area priest, and Leonard, a special correspondent for NBC-TV’s Today Show, who will discuss their collaboration on Catholicism, a 10-part documentary on the history of the Catholic Church that is airing on PBS stations and on EWTN.

SPORT:ART and mural to be featured

The weekend will also provide alumni, families, and students the opportunity to take part in a unique project being launched by the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Athletics. SPORT:ART will examine the links between the two disciplines through two months of exhibits, lectures, films, and an “interactive” mural.

Guests can paint the mural on Saturday in the Ruane Atrium of the Concannon Fitness Center. It was created by Peter Tigler, an artist in Santa Monica, Calif., based on a photograph of three student runners taken by Dominic Channon ’13 (Nelson, New Zealand), a photography student and member of the cross country and track teams. The runners, all PC student-athletes, are portrayed alongside ancient Greek athletes.

The mural will be displayed during a reception Saturday honoring “40 Years of Women’s Athletics at Providence College.” The reception will follow the traditional women’s basketball game for alumni and precede the women’s basketball game against Seton Hall.

Other athletic events during the weekend include a men's hockey game against the University of Maine on Friday night at Schneider Arena and a men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon against the University of South Florida at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

Comedian Dave Coulier, star of ABC-TV’s Full House, will perform Friday night in the Peterson Recreation Center. Guests can hear the College’s three a capella groups sing with alumni on Saturday night at the Ryan Family Concert Hall in the Smith Center for the Arts. “PC Irish Night” also will take place Saturday at The Celtic Lounge in Providence.

Two SPORT:ART exhibits will be featured. The Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery will display photographs of PC student-athletes taken by students of Eric E. Sung, assistant professor of photography. In the Reilly Art Gallery, Out at Home! The Negro Baseball League, will feature lithographs by Joe Norman, art professor at the University of Georgia.

The weekend will include campus tours, programs on career exploration and study abroad, a concelebrated Mass followed by a Sunday winter brunch, a reception for sophomore families, and an hour with College Chaplain Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98.

For a complete schedule, visit www.alumni.providence.edu/alumniandfamily2012.  

 

--Vicki-Ann Downing

 

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