Providence, R.I. -- More than 1,000 people are expected on the Providence College campus from February 10-12 for Alumni & Family Weekend, a three-day celebration featuring entertainment, art, special programs, and athletic events.
The weekend combines the traditional Homecoming Weekend for alumni with the former Winter Family Weekend for upperclass students and their families. By merging the two, the offices of Alumni Relations and College Events hope to give alumni, legacy families, students, and parents the opportunity to share in programs under the theme “One Home, One Family.”
Some events require pre-registration. For a listing, visit here.
“This is our first Alumni & Family Weekend,” noted Fay Rozovsky ’73 & ’08Hon., president of the National Alumni Association Board of Governors. “Our alumni leadership is very excited about this weekend because it provides an opportunity for us to meet and be part of the Friar Family. Not just alumni, not just students and parents -- rather, all of us together sharing a wonderful weekend filled with all that makes Providence College so special.”
Weekend highlights include:
• A comedy show featuring comedian Dave Coulier, star of ABC-TV’s Full House and Nick-at-Nite. Coulier will entertain at 9 p.m. Friday, February 10, in the Peterson Recreation Center. Doors open at 8.
• A keynote address by Mike Leonard ’70, correspondent for NBC-TV’s Today show, and Rev. Robert Barron, creator and host of the new Catholicism documentary series, which Leonard’s film studio produced. In their talk, which will take place in the Peterson Recreation Center on Saturday, February 11, at 10 a.m., the two will discuss their travels around the world filming the series. They will be welcomed by College President Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80.
• The painting of a giant mural created by Peter Tigler, an artist in Santa Monica, Calif., based on a photograph of three student-athletes taken by student photographer and athlete Dominic Channon ’13 (Nelson, New Zealand). The mural painting, which is part of the College’s SPORT:ART celebration, will take place on Saturday, February 11, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Ruane Atrium of the Concannon Fitness Center, where a reception commemorating the 40th anniversary of women’s athletics at PC also will be held.
• An “International Studies Showcase and Alumni Reunion” on Saturday, February 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in ’64 Hall in the Slavin Center. Adrian G. Beaulieu, dean of the Center for International Studies, will host a presentation in which students will share their study abroad experiences and alumni can reconnect with fellow travelers.
• A pre-game “Friar Fest” rally on Saturday, February 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to prepare for the men’s basketball game against the University of South Florida, which takes place at 4 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Those attending can park on campus and ride decorated buses to the game.
• “Irish Night” on Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m. in the Celtic Lounge in downtown Providence. The band “Tradition” and PC’s Irish step-dancers will entertain. Participating Providence restaurants also will offer PC discounts during the weekend.