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Friar T.I.E.S.: Summer Series

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Providence College Office of Alumni Relations introduced Friar T.I.E.S. – our Totally Interactive Engagement Series, which features fun and safe ways to stay connected to the PC community. We are proud to announce that Friar T.I.E.S. returned as a summer series with regular programs exclusively for our alumni.  

Previously on Friar T.I.E.S. 

Virtual Rosary

9 p.m. ET | Tuesdays during the summer 
Via Zoom

During Tuesdays this summer, you can participate in a virtual rosary with campus ministry, the College Dominicans, and PC students.

PC Alumni Book Club: The Nickel Boys
Book meet-up on Monday, Aug. 31

The next collaborative read in the Providence College Alumni Book Club is 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. The book, which is also a New York Times bestseller, tells the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

A book discussion will take place on Monday, Aug. 31 via Zoom, and registration information will be announced soon via email and through the Providence College Alumni Book Club Facebook group.

Join the new PC Alumni Book Club

We invite all alumni to join the new Providence College Alumni Book Club. This newly launched Facebook group is a gathering place for Friar book lovers to share their favorite reads, engage in discussion, and participate in regularly scheduled book club programming from the Office of Alumni Relations.

Past books include Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get it by Roman Krznaric and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

Join the Book Club


Juneteenth Spoken Word Poetry with Phionna-Cayola Claude ’18 
Live Now | Friday, June 19 

Phionna-Cayola Claude ’18, the first black woman to serve as the president of Student Congress, shared some of her reflections on this moment in history through spoken word poetry. Join us in reflecting on and celebrating black history, black lives, and black culture.

Juneteenth IDEI resources


Celebrate Friar Dads
All day | Sunday, June 21 

Friartown celebrates Father’s Day! We’ve got three fun ways you can honor your dad on June 21:

  1. Tag them in the PC Alumni Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Father’s Day posts
  2. Share a photo of your Friar dad on your own Instagram story and tag @provcollege_alumni
  3. Is your dad a #FrontlineFriar committing acts of #COVIDKindness? Recognize their accomplishments and submit them for Carrying the Torch Forward.

Happy Father’s Day!


Blackfriars Creamery
7 p.m. ET | Tuesday, July 28

Join PC students and make ice cream at home alongside Rev. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P., at the virtual Blackfriars Creamery. Will the process involve liquid nitrogen? There’s only one way to find out!


Yoga or Dance Class for Future Friars
10 a.m. ET | Wednesdays during the summer

Jennie Petricig ’01, owner of  Simple Graces, will host regular children’s yoga classes (suitable for children ages 1 – 9) on Zoom throughout the summer. This will alternate with children’s dance classes (suitable for children ages 1 – 4) hosted by dance teacher and former PC Dance Company member Bri Kimble ’02.

Yoga will be on July 22, and children’s dance will be on July 29. 


Careers In… Social Justice and Human Rights
4 p.m. ET | Wednesday, July 29

Inspired to make a difference? Meet fellow alumni that have careers in social justice and human rights. Network with alumni with different careers in this field by attending seven-minute speed rounds. This is a quick and easy way to learn about different paths and get advice on your next career move. PC students will also attend.


Alumni Book Club Discussion: Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It
7 p.m. ET | Thursday, July 30

The first discussion in the new PC alumni book club takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, via Zoom. The discussion will focus on the book Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It by Roman Krznaric. The book outlines how our brains are wired for social connection and argues that empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. Join us for this free virtual session and celebrate your lifelong love of learning alongside members of the Friar family.


COVID-19 Disruption in Tech: Challenges Opportunities, and New Trends
Noon ET | Friday, Aug. 28

Join the PC School of Business for a conversation with Friars-in-Tech leaders as we discuss challenges, opportunities, and new trends in the tech sector post-spring 2020.

Moderator Joe Raczka ’06, Founder and Managing Partner at York IE, will be joined by:

Wendy Cofran ’94, Director, Global Provider Strategy at Salesforce
Kevin Haverty ’87, Chief Revenue Officer at ServiceNow
Justin Teague ’93, Executive Chairman and former CEO of SmartBear Software


Buy a Mask, Give a Mask Campaign
Deadline extended to Friday, Aug. 28

For a limited time, you have a chance to buy a special-edition Friars mask while also helping a student stay safe and healthy in Friartown. Donors who make a gift of $30* or more will receive a PC-branded mask matched with a mask for a current student. Your gift can be designated to Emergency Student Support or Varsity Athletics through the Fund for Providence College to further support members of the PC community who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

More than $40,000 has been raised so far for PC students through the Buy a Mask, Give a Mask campaign. Our PC family is coming together like never before to help students stay safe and healthy in Friartown this fall. Because of this outpouring of generosity, we’ve extended the deadline of the Buy a Mask, Give a Mask campaign to the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 28.


Anti-Racism Summer Series

In collaboration with multiple departments across campus, Institutional Diversity is proud to present the PC Anti-Racism Summer Series 2020. Throughout the duration of the summer, departments will be providing learning opportunities on Anti-Racism, and the importance of an anti-racism framework in many disciplines.

Review previous presentations from the Anti-Racism Summer Series, including Policing, Race, and Potential for Change; Self Reflection & Anti-Racism: A Conversation for White Folks; What is Systemic Racism and Why Does it Matter?; Anti-Racism as a Necessary Christian Virtue, and The Psychology of Implicit Bias.

The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to share this series as part of an ongoing dialogue about the diverse identities that make up our Friar family and our Reflecting Forward initiatives.


Friars Live
Live on Facebook at 8 p.m. ET | Every Friday

Throughout the summer of 2020, a number of Providence College alumni musicians performed live on the PC alumni Facebook account as part of the Friars Live Summer Music Series, a program created as part of Friar T.I.E.S. Take a look back at some of our recent Friars Live performances.

Check back for more Friars Live sessions throughout the Summer of 2020.  


More virtual engagement opportunities are coming your way this summer. Follow Providence College alumni on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for the latest news.

Previous Friar T.I.E.S Activities