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Freshman Family Weekend to Feature Academic, Arts, and Athletic Events

More than 1,300 people are expected on the Providence College campus this weekend, November 2-4, to attend Freshman Family Weekend. The celebration will feature academic presentations; art, music, and theatre performances; and a men’s basketball game.

This year’s Freshman Family Weekend takes place less than a week after Hurricane Sandy, which closed the College for two days and severely damaged portions of New Jersey and New York, yet few cancellations have been received from parents, said Deirdre A. Driscoll-Lemoine ’98G, director of college events.

In fact, many people said they will be relieved to travel to a location that has electricity, warm food, and hot showers, she added.   

“We were very sensitive to the hurricane’s impact on families, and so were extremely happy to hear that they were still excited to be coming to Providence College to reunite with their freshman students,” said Driscoll-Lemoine. “We intend to roll out the red carpet for them.”

College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will welcome families on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Peterson Recreation Center. After that, parents can choose from a variety of programs, including “Parenting 201 -- Midsemester and Beyond,” “The Path to Career Success,” and a mock lecture from the Development of Western Civilization Program.

Families will have the opportunity to tour the science laboratories in Sowa Hall and see HeLa cells, which were the topic of the book selected for the Freshman Common Reading Program, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, College chaplain, will offer a program in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies called “Wrestling with God,” in which he will discuss how to keep young people engaged in their faith. Masses will be celebrated for families on Saturday and Sunday.

The Smith Center for the Arts will host “A Collage of Music and Dance” in the Ryan Concert Hall and an arts reception with silent auction, showcasing the work of PC alumni and artists, in the Reilly Gallery. In addition, the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film will offer performances of Twelfth Night.

On Saturday night, the men’s basketball team will play Rhode Island College at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence.

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