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Friar T.I.E.S Events in December

Resilience in 2020: How a Timely Gift Brings Well-Being into the Classroom
7 p.m. ET | Tuesday, Dec. 1 

What do being an entrepreneur and a college student have in common? One word: Resilience. Especially in 2020. Chris Riccobono ’01, founder of UNTUCKit, will share his struggles with anxiety and depression, and the importance of resilience in well-being and business. He’ll also discuss his frustration with the stigma of mental illness, and how it led to the creation of the Riccobono Academic Resilience Faculty Fellowship at PC, funded by Riccobono and his wife, Amy Parrillo ’03. During this session, Professor Matthew Eriksen, Ph.D., chairperson of the management department, will moderate a discussion with Riccobono and Global Studies Professor Nuria Alonso Garcia, Ph.D. and a student participant. Eriksen and Alonso Garcia were both 2019-2020 fellowship recipients. 

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Lessons and Carols
7 p.m. ET on the Torch App, Facebook, and YouTube | Saturday, Dec. 5 

Join the Providence College Friar Family in preparing the way for the great feast of Christmas. This year’s evening of Lessons and Carols will feature scriptural readings and prayers, interwoven with musical performances from previous years. As we recall the goodness of God in our lives over the years, we look forward in hope to the blessings of the coming holy season.

PC to Wall Street:  Implications of the National Election for Financial Markets
6 p.m. ET | Thursday, Dec. 10

Join the PC to Wall Street Council for an insightful conversation on the impacts the recent U.S. election is likely to have on financial markets. Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D., will moderate a panel of distinguished guests, including Cathy Minehan, former president of the Boston Federal Reserve, Kathy Entwistle ’87, ’15P, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, and others as they discuss how fiscal policy, politics, and changes in government will affect the economy.

PC Alumni Book Club Discussion with Peggy Martin Weber ’76
7 p.m. ET | Thursday, December 10

For the fourth book discussion in the Alumni Book Club series, PC presents Enough As You Are, by Peggy Martin Weber ’76. Give yourself the gift of self-gratitude this holiday season as Weber shares the themes of her latest book, which she hopes will help people to erase “nagging doubts that we are not good enough.” Fr. Patrick M. Briscoe, assistant chaplain, will lead what’s sure to be a healing conversation.

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Richmond and Charlottesville, Virtual Happy Hour
7 – 8 p.m. ET | Tuesday, Dec. 15


Hello, Friars of the Richmond and Charlottesville area! Join us for an informal happy hour at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to meet and greet fellow alumni from Richmond, Charlottesville, and everywhere in between. A representative from PC will join us to provide updates from the school and to hear your ideas for future alumni programming in our region.


Class of ’71: Planned Giving Webinar
7 – 8 p.m. ET | Wednesday, Dec. 16

Planned giving may provide an avenue for you to make a more impactful gift than you thought possible. As a member of the Providence College Class of 1971, you are invited to join your classmates in learning how to make a transformative gift that will honor your 50th reunion year, support your vision for the College’s future, and preserve your current lifestyle. You will hear firsthand from classmates who have utilized a variety of gift options. Andrea Krupp, Esq., director of planned and estate giving at PC, will provide you and your fellow Golden Friars with an overview of planned giving techniques that can maximize your philanthropic legacy at PC.

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Advent Retreats 
7 – 8 p.m. ET | Mondays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, & 21

The season of Advent is an annual invitation to go on pilgrimage to the birth of Jesus. You are invited to go on that pilgrimage this year with faculty and staff at PC and alumni across the country. During this virtual retreat for the season of Advent, participants will pray, reflect, and discuss the mystery of the Incarnation and encountering God in daily life in a virtual world through an exploration of the Sunday Advent Gospel readings. Each of the four sessions will be a mix of retreat talks and small group conversations with Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, vice president for mission & ministry, and Bob Pfunder ’09, associate vice president for mission & ministry.

Please RSVP: alumni@providence.edu  

Holiday Eats and Treats: In the Kitchen with the Friar Family
6 p.m. ET | Thursday, Dec. 17

Looking to add some fun holiday treats to your recipe book? Grab your apron and join Christine Merlo ’85, associate professor of culinary arts and hospitality at Massasoit Community College and adjunct instructor in culinary arts at Boston University, for an evening of holiday baking and festivity. Christine will demonstrate how to make her holiday favorites and answer your baking questions. These sweet and savory treats will not only bring you joy, but are the perfect gift to share with friends and family.

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Recipes will be provided in your confirmation email after registering.

Friars Live Christmas with Lisa Dotolo ’96
On Facebook at 8 p.m. ET | Friday, Dec. 18

Friars Live-favorite Lisa Dotolo ’96 returns for a holiday-themed Friars Live event. Grab your cocoa and Christmas pajamas, and prepare to sing-along as Lisa, a Nashville-based recording artist and founder of Bella Mere Records, performs wintertime classics and contemporary seasonal favorites.

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Trinity Talkback: A Christmas Carol
7 p.m. ET | Tuesday, Dec. 22

Celebrate the holiday season with this exclusive opportunity to join the PC community in a discussion of the 2020 presentation of Trinity Repertory Company’s “A Christmas Carol” with Joe Wilson, Jr., who plays Scrooge. Wilson will be joined by Dr. Dana Dillon, associate professor of theology and of public and community service studies, and Dr. Elizabeth Bridgham, a Dickens scholar and associate professor of English. This event is offered in collaboration with the Mal Brown Club of Providence and as a presentation of Friar T.I.E.S., the College’s virtual engagement series. “A Christmas Carol” is streaming free online starting Thursday, Dec. 17.