St. Dominic Weekend, Friar 5K, Freshman Family Weekend Draw Crowds to Campus
Mid-fall has been a busy stretch at Providence College, with three major events in a span of three weeks.
The College welcomed 500 donors back to campus for St. Dominic Weekend. Matt Weber ’06 delivered the keynote address at the Evening of Appreciation, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. At the Scholarship Luncheon, Sharon T. Driscoll ’80, vice president for marketing and communications-global enterprises at IBM, discussed why she established a scholarship fund in honor of her father.
The College also hosted CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, who addressed students and donors at separate events.
Nearly 1,000 runners took to the streets around PC for the Friar 5K. Part of the crowd included students from Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, a Providence charter school. Andrew MacMannis ’09 and Ryan Desaulniers ’09 are teachers and track coaches at Trinity and brought the middle schoolers to the 5K for their first competitive event.
More than 1,150 people came to Freshman Family Weekend, despite — or perhaps because of — the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which struck four days before. Some parents and families took an opportunity to escape hard-hit areas of the mid-Atlantic to visit their children.
Some took advantage of an opportunity to tour the College’s science labs and see HeLa cells. The cells, used in biology labs, were the subject of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this year’s Freshman Common Reading Program selection.