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Friar T.I.E.S Events in May

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Sokeo Ros ’20G
Available now through the end of May

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we invite you to watch From Refugee Camp to Project: A Cambodian Lullaby by Sokeo Ros ’20G, interim program manager for the Center at Moore Hall. The performance, which describes Ros’ experience of being born in a Thailand refugee camp and living in an impoverished neighborhood in the U.S., has been adapted and performed throughout the country.

Providence College Commencement
11 a.m. ET | Thursday, May 20

Providence College will welcome the Class of 2021 into the alumni ranks at the College’s commencement. Tune into the livestreams on social media and visit the commencement website for updates.

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InstaFriar Takeover with Karl Family Farms
All day | Monday, May 24

InstaFriar alert! Kristian Karl ’12 and Francesca (Granato) Karl ’11 met at PC and decided to start an organic livestock farm together after graduation. They’ll take over the alumni Instagram account to showcase a day in the life on the farm with their three children.

Follow along on Instagram

Virtual Happy Hour with Oyster Bay Brewing
7 p.m. | Thursday, May 27

The Long Island Alumni Club invites to a virtual happy hour with Oyster Bay Brewing Company. Founded in 2012 by co-founders Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter, the brewery is dedicated to producing the highest quality beer while staying true to Long Island’s nautical history. The brewery is so beloved by Long Islanders that Oyster Bay Brewing Co’s Barn Rocker Ale is the official beer of the New York Islanders.

Variety packs will be available to participants local to Long Island. Each pack will consist of a variety 6-pack of freshly brewed beers/seltzers, crackers made from the grains used in the brewing process, and a small gift from the brewery.

 Variety packs cost $25 each and will be delivered by the brewery to those in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

For those not in this area, an added $15 fee for shipping and handling will apply.  

More information about Oyster Bay >

“Because Survival is Insufficient:” Art in Times of Crisis
A Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel
4:30 p.m. ET | Tuesday, May 4

Dr. Rob Stretter of the Department of English and Dr. Vance Morgan of the Department of Philosophy will lead a conversation with Emily St. John Mandel, author of best-selling novels The Glass Hotel and the pandemic dystopia Station Eleven. This event is sponsored by the Development of Western Civilization Program, the Humanities Forum, the Department of English, the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and the Center for Engaged Learning.

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of five novels, most recently The Glass Hotel. Her novel Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 27 languages. A previous novel, The Singer’s Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Are you an avid reader? Join the PC Alumni Book Club on Facebook for more opportunities to read alongside the Friar family.

Trends in Commercial Real Estate: A Fireside Chat with Brian Koop ’11P, ’12P
5 p.m. ET | Wednesday, May 5

The Providence College School of Business and the Friars in Real Estate Committee will host Bryan Koop ’11P, ’12P from Boston Properties for a conversation on current and emerging trends in the commercial real estate market. Koop will share how COVID-19 has impacted Boston Properties’ portfolio and provide his outlook on an economy reopening in a post-pandemic world. The conversation will be moderated by Andrew Tuccio ’14, development manager for Gansett Ventures and chair of the Friars in Real Estate Committee.

Alumni Chaplain Meet & Greet
7 p.m. ET | Thursday, May 13

Meet Rev. Joseph Barranger, O.P., PC’s new National Alumni Association chaplain, in a conversation hosted by National Alumni Association Council member Joe Giovengo ’98 with greetings by Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, vice president for mission and ministry.