A student and their family on New Student Family Weekend

New Student Family Weekend

Thank you for joining us for our New Student Family Weekend 2017!

​Did you miss something? Watch our filmed events below!

President’s Welcome and Keynote Address by Cristian Arcega

Faculty Round Table Q&A

Mid-Semester and Beyond

Study Abroad 101

Don’t Wait…Discern and Prepare for who you will be!

Schedule of Events:

Friday, Oct. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 29 2017

A weekend to remember: Share in PC traditions of the past and gather together to look forward to our dynamic future!  New Student Family Weekend is an opportunity to experience PC from the perspective of your student and allows new students and their families to share in the tradition and spirit of Providence College. Together you will be able to explore campus, sit in on classes, attend lectures, cheer on the Friars, and celebrate Mass with College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 and his fellow Dominicans. We invite you to take part in the many enriching and informative activities we have planned for you and your son or daughter.

Weekend Activities are still being actively planned. Times and Locations are subject to change.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Back to School

Experience a day in the life of your son or daughter by attending a Friday class. You may attend a class that interests you regardless if your student is enrolled. Please be advised only certain Friday classes will be available which may not necessarily include your student. If you would like to attend, we will send you a list of available classes via email after you register.

Women’s Field Hockey vs. Old Dominion

2 p.m.

Lennon Family Field

Free admission, no tickets required.

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

6- 11 p.m.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907
Celebrate Halloween at this must-see Rhode Island tradition with over 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns artistically carved.  This year they will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome.  Wander the Feinstein Junior Scholar Wetlands Trail and will delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer.  Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era.  Imagine our planet’s history reflected on more than 5000 intricately carved pumpkins.
Tickets can be purchased through Roger Williams Park Zoo
http://www.rwpzoo.org/jols/
Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open in the case of light to moderate rain. There will be no refunds or rescheduling, more details about the zoo’s ticket pricing can be found here.

Film Screening: Underwater Dreams

6 p.m.
Overlook Lounge, Slavin Center

This 2014 documentary tells the story of the students featured in the Common Reading program selection Spare Parts.

About the Film

Underwater Dreams, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.
This is how it transpired. Two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school, a Title I school where most of the students live in poverty, into a sophisticated underwater robotics competition sponsored by the NASA and the Office of Naval Research, among others. Only four boys signed up for the competition, but once assembled, with enthusiasm and verve, they started calling oceanic engineers and military contractors for design help. They were advised that their underwater robot would require glass syntactic flotation foam. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe from Home Depot.  And some duct tape.

Fast forward to a shocking result. This rag-tag high school team of undocumented Mexican boys did what no one thought possible. The competition, however, was only the beginning. These boys forged a legacy that could not have been imagined

Run time: 44 minutes

Women’s Volleyball vs. Creighton

7 p.m.
Mullaney Gymnasium
Free admission, no tickets required.

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Boston College

7:15 p.m.
Schneider Arena
Please note, due to limited inventory, the Boston University and Boston College games are currently only available as part of a season ticket or mini plan package.
To purchase tickets, please call the athletic ticket office at 401.865.GOPC or  order online at:
http://www.friars.com/tickets/prov-tickets.html

Theatre performance: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7:30 p.m.
Smith Center for the Arts, Angell Blackfriars Theatre
Music and lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin.
Directed by Jimmy Calitri.
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vies for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.
Tickets may be purchased directly through the Box Office by phone at 401.865.2218 or online here.

BOP Spooktacular

8p.m.-midnight
McPhail’s, Slavin Center and Lower Slavin Center

It’s all things spooky tonight at the Annual Halloween Spooktacular, brought to you by The Board of Programmers (“BOP”), a student-run organization that plans a majority of the events at Providence College.  Don’t miss your chance to catch the classic movie Halloweentown, paint a pumpkin, and participate in a costume contest.  If that isn’t enough, grab your favorite candy from the candy bar, enjoy some pizza, and decorate a Halloween cupcake.  All ages welcome.  A cash bar will be available for guests 21+.
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
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Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Peterson Recreation Center, Lower Level Slavin Center
Pick up pre-ordered tickets for the weekend’s events and enjoy coffee, juices, fruits, and pastries.

President’s opening remarks and keynote address by Cristian Arcega

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Peterson Recreation Center, Lower Level
College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 offers his personal greetings and an official opening to New Student Family Weekend for families of the Class of 2021, before a special presentation by our featured speaker, Cristian Arcega,  one of the four students profiled in this year’s PC Common Reading Program book Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream.
To find out more about Cristian in his own words, click here!
Customize your afternoon by choosing from the sessions and events outlined below – all designed to highlight exciting aspects of your son or daughter’s life at Providence College.

Harvest Market hospitality hub and registration

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tent, Slavin Center Lawn
Pick up your pre-ordered tickets while strolling across campus for the weekend’s events and stop into the hospitality hub to enjoy seasonal refreshments.*Please note: tickets to athletic events can only be picked up at the morning registration session. For those who register later in the day, athletic tickets will be available at will call at each event.

Newly Added: Please join us at 3 p.m. for a pop-up performance by Symphonic Winds, taking place directly next to the Hospitality hub tent!

Mid-Semester and Beyond – Strategies for Students and Parents

11 a.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room LL05
Orientation provided an opportunity for students and parents to learn about adjusting to a new environment and all that entails.  This session is designed to continue the dialogue about what to expect in regards to mid-semester challenges for students and how parents can provide them with an extra measure of support. Our featured speakers will be Jacqueline  MacKay, Director of Parent Programs and Dr. Wanda Ingram ’75, first-year class dean.
Don’t Wait…Discern and Prepare for Who You Will Be 
11 a.m. – noon
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105
Providence College prepares students for lives of meaning and purpose, thanks in no small part to the Center for Career Education and Professional Development. Learn about the programs and resources that help prepare students for success, including career exploration, goal setting, mentoring, shadowing, internship and networking opportunities, as well as graduate school and job search assistance. Hear from students who have taken advantage of key career development opportunities to accomplish their post-graduate goals.

Legacy Lunch*

Noon
’64 Hall, Slavin Center
*BY INVITATION ONLY
 
The Office of Alumni Relations welcomes legacy families back to Providence College with their sons and daughters in appreciation for your decision to continue the PC tradition in your family. Over lunch, you will have the opportunity to meet other legacy families and staffers from the Office of Alumni Relations.

​Study Abroad 101

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 105
The Center for International Studies invites the families of sophomores and juniors who will study abroad during fall 2019, spring 2020, or the 2019-2020 academic year to attend a session on the logistics parents care about most. We will highlight information presented during pre-departure orientation, including finances, academics, and health and safety abroad. A panel discussion with study abroad alumni will follow, and there will be ample time for questions.

Explore Providence bus tour- SOLD OUT!

1 – 3 p.m.
Departs from Concannon Circle
Tickets: $25 each
Join us for a two-hour journey through one of America’s favorite cities! As we travel through historic neighborhoods and share the story of our capital city, you will see marvelous architecture, stop for pictures at beautiful sites, and discover great places to eat, shop, and visit! Come with us and discover Providence! Seating is limited. Discover more about Explore Providence here.

Faculty experts discussion and Q&A with Cristian Arcega

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room LL05
Dr. Joseph Cammarano, associate professor in PC’s Department of Public and Community Service Studies, will facilitate a discussion among keynote speaker, Cristian Arcega and audience members about DACA, Dreamers, access, and opportunity.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Northeastern

2 p.m.

Schneider Arena

Free admission. no tickets required.

New Student Family Weekend Performance of Music, Dance, and Theatre

2 p.m.
Smith Center for the Arts- Ryan Concert Hall
 
Enjoy the talents of our student performers at this performance, produced in association with the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film.

 

Wrestling with God

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Campus Ministry Center, Lower Level of St. Dominic Chapel
College can be a time of doubt and skepticism in terms of one’s faith. Join Chaplain Rev. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P. and Assistant Chaplain Rev. Michael Weibley, O.P. as they discuss how we can use those inclinations to our advantage in helping young people to embrace their faith.

Film Screening: Underwater Dreams

3 p.m.
Ruane Center for the Humanities, Room 206

This 2014 documentary tells the story of the students featured in the Common Reading program selection Spare Parts.

Please see full description under Friday’s events.

Run Time: 44 Minutes

Men’s Basketball vs. Carleton

4 p.m.
Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Downtown Providence
To purchase tickets, please visit the New Student Family Weekend Basketball link:
http://www.friars.com/newstudentweekend.html

New Student Family Weekend Mass

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
St. Dominic Chapel
Members of the Dominican community will concelebrate this special Mass.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Creighton

5 p.m.
Mullaney Gymnasium
Free admission, no tickets required.

Dinner with family and friends

Providence is famous for combining the warmth of a small city with the culture of a major metropolitan area. Dine out in style at any of Providence’s renowned restaurants. A helpful listing can be found at www.goprovidence.com .

Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

6- 11 p.m.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907
Please see full description and ticket information under Friday’s events.

Men’s Hockey Game Watch

7 p.m.
McPhail’s, Slavin Center
Don’t have tickets to the game?  Cheer on the men’s ice hockey team as they take on BU.
This is your ultimate headquarters for a Friar Family evening. We will have a livestream of the game along with interactive activities, music, and light refreshments.  The party continues even after the last puck is shot!
Cash Bar

Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Boston University

7 p.m.
Schneider Arena
Single-game tickets are now available!
To purchase tickets, please call the athletic ticket office at 401.865.GOPC or order online at:
http://www.friars.com/tickets/prov-tickets.html

Theatre performance: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7:30 p.m.
Smith Center for the Arts, Angell Blackfriars Theatre
Please see full description under Friday’s events.
Tickets may be purchased directly through the Box Office at 401.865.2218 or online here.

Adam Hanna at McPhail’s

10 p.m.
McPhail’s, Slavin Center

Enjoy an acoustic musical performance by talented singer and songwriter Adam Hanna, a member of the Class of 2018.

The venue is open to all PC students as well as our new student families. Please note that this event will fill to capacity quickly.  Admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Early arrival is encouraged.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Student Family Weekend Mass

11 a.m. – noon
St. Dominic Chapel
College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 will be principal celebrant and homilist of this special Mass, which will be concelebrated by members of the Dominican Community.

Jazz brunch

Noon – 1:45 p.m. (immediately following Mass)
Peterson Recreation Center
Tickets: $18; children 12 and under: $12
Come together for live jazz and a brunch buffet before heading home or attending a sporting event or theater performance.
*Please note: your PC student will require a ticket to attend the brunch.

Women’s Field Hockey vs. University of Pennsylvania

Noon
Lennon Family Field
Free admission, no tickets required.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Northeastern

2 p.m.
Schneider Arena
Free admission, no tickets required.

Theatre performance: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2 p.m.
Smith Center for the Arts, Angell Blackfriars Theatre
Please see full description under Friday’s events.
Tickets may be purchased directly through the Box Office at 401.865.2218 or online here.

Final Notes

Pre-ordered tickets may be picked up in the Peterson Recreation Center on Saturday morning, October 28. If you have any questions, contact the Office of College Events at 401.865.2344.

To learn more about what is happening in Providence this weekend, please visit http://www.goprovidence.com/ ​​

​​If you are a person with a disability and require an assistive device, service, or other accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Central Reservations Coordinator (401-865-2070; M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) well in advance of the event.