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The Providence College Podcast features interviews with interesting members of the Friar Family. These in-depth conversations with PC students, Dominicans, faculty, staff, and alumni provide a rich look into the lives of noteworthy Friars. Occasionally we will also bring you on-campus lectures and presentations. Go Friars!
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In February, Keri Mandell '04 completed the World Marathon Challenge — running seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents. In this episode, Mandell discusses her motivation for this endurance feat, her training, and her transition from educator to entrepreneur, when she opened emPOWER Yoga N.J. Through this event, Mandell — a cancer survivor herself — raised more than $56,000 for the American Cancer Society in honor of her father, who died of multiple myeloma. See her fundraising page: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/KeriMandell
Next up on the Anti-Racism summer series, prompted by the national conversations about racial injustice, Dr. Dana Dillon leads a session titled “Anti-Racism as a Necessary Christian Virtue,” discussing virtue ethics and Catholic social tradition. Dillon is a professor in PC's departments of theology and of public and community service studies and also serves as associate director of the Development of Western Civilization Program. The workshop was moderated by Bob Pfunder ’09, associate vice president of mission & ministry
Stanley Cup-winning hockey executive and television commentator Brian Burke '77 is our guest, previewing the upcoming NHL season and telling us about his forthcoming book, Burke's Law: A Life in Hockey. In a wide-ranging interview, Burke also talks about the You Can Play Project, created in honor of his late son Brendan, which works to promote respect and inclusion for all people in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches, and fans. He also shares stories about playing for legendary Friar coach Lou Lamoriello '63 & '01Hon. and talks about his respect for the current program under Coach Nate Leaman.
Dana Lowney ’21 graduated at the top of her certified nursing assistant training program in February, but never expected she would be putting her new skills to use so soon. In April, after the global coronavirus pandemic ended in-person classes and her spring cross-country season, Lowney went to work in an assisted living facility. In this episode, Lowney discusses how she balanced her courseload and patient care and what she learned from the experience.
If you missed the first presentation of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Anti-Racism Summer Series, catch up on the Providence College Podcast. Dr. Saaid Mendoza of the Department of Psychology also serves as faculty-in-residence in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and director of the Social Perception & Attitudes Lab. He discusses the differences between explicit and implicit forms of bias, underlying mechanisms that drive implicit biases, how these biases operate in our social world, and steps we can take to help combat their seemingly automatic effects. Dr. Maia Bailey, associate professor of biology, moderates the presentation.
Get to know Dr. Thea Riofrancos, assistant professor of political science, the recipient of two prestigious fellowships to support her research on the environmental and political impact of the global transition to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Riofrancos, whose book, Resource Radicals, will be published by Duke University Press this summer, discussed the increasing global demand for lithium batteries, the Green New Deal, and how she incorporated current events into her courses after the switch to remote learning this spring.
Rose Jones ’06SCE, director of the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging, is bringing change and light into the lives of the state’s 55-and-over population, adults living with disabilities, and their families and caregivers every day. With an overarching goal of “empowering people to age strong,” the office serves one-third of the state’s residents. Listen in as Jones discusses her role in supporting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s statewide response to COVID-19, offers advice on remaining diligent amid the continuing pandemic, and accentuates her office’s emphasis on mental well-being — all while expressing gratitude for loved ones who have guided her along life’s paths.
Dr. Richard J. Grace ’62 & ’17Hon., professor emeritus of history, will present an in-depth look at the history of Providence College. Grace, who has been at the College since 1958, will share his personal reflections and engage participants in conversation about their historic memories of PC.
Jason Macaluso ’96 has had a long career in wealth management through good economies and bad. The vice president of wealth management at UBS Financial Services in New Haven, Conn., shares a message about the value of sales in all industries and careers — and especially for graduating seniors who are seeking jobs in this market. If you enjoyed this episode, check out Macaluso's latest project, the Business & Sports Discourse.
We have to wait a few months to hear this year’s Commencement speaker, so listen to a rebroadcast of the rousing speech by Roy Peter Clark ’70 & ’17Hon., the retired senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, a journalism school in St. Petersburg, Fla. Like the Class of 2020, the Class of 1970’s final spring semester was cut short. He celebrates the 50th anniversary of their graduation this year, although in-person reunion events have been postponed.
Dr. Hugh F. Lena, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been a member of the PC faculty since 1974. He shares his perspective on the growth and transformation that would have been hard to imagine in those early days, along with his insights on the characteristics that have made the College distinctive over the course of his career. He tells us about the ways in which the faculty and academic affairs staff have responded to the coronavirus crisis, talks about the changes in teaching and scholarly research over time, and shares his thoughts about the College’s trajectory and its optimism for its future.
Hannah McReavy ’22, a psychology major, Eucharistic minister, and member of the PC women’s cross country and track teams, unexpectedly added full-time coronavirus volunteer to her portfolio this spring. The Boulder, Colo., resident is back home helping to run a COVID-19 recovery center for the homeless. She’s doing everything from organizing volunteers and food supplies to dispensing medications and meals — eight hours a day, five days a week. The experience has sharpened her lenses of empathy and psychology and heightened her awareness of the plight of a vulnerable population. (Photo by Jenn Flemming/@jennflemm)
A conversation with Arn Chorn Pond, the human rights activist, musician, and public speaker who escaped the Khmer Rouge in his native Cambodia as a young child, after witnessing the horrors of war and suffering unimaginable loss. Brought to the U.S. by a New Hampshire minister, Pond found his way to Providence College and established a meaningful relationship with Rev. John F. Cunningham, O.P. ’50, the College’s 10th president. Music is a thread the runs through Pond’s life. It helped save him during the time he was held by the Khmer Rouge, it was part of the way he learned to express himself, and he has used it to help and inspire others. Pond spoke with us from Cambodia, where the organization he founded, Cambodian Living Arts, works to preserve the performing arts in that country.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and PC student's transition to remote learning, we share this re-broadcast with John Rock, senior associate athletic director for sports medicine. In it, he shares the College's commitment to all students that You Are Never Alone in Friartown, and discusses the ways in which Providence College works to provide the support student-athletes need to compete at the Division I level. Over the course of 30 years at PC, John says he has seen tremendous changes but that the driving principle continues to be a focus on each student’s well-being.
You may have seen the #CollegesAgainstCOVID19 video, imploring young people across the country to stay home to flatten the curve. In this episode, we discuss the project, created by students in Organizational Theory, a management course taught by Dr. Tom King, assistant professor of management, and what they’ve learned during the pivot to remote learning due to the pandemic.
In the midst of the coronavirus, five management students are participating in an independent study on student anxiety and stress this semester. Working under Dr. Matthew Eriksen, professor of management, are Megan Dowling ’20, Nora Johnson ‘20, Annelise Rice ’21, Elyse Pereira '22, and Morgan Perry ’22. Perry, who is focusing on COVID-19 consequences, says the experience has been eye-opening. “I feel empowered by my stress and anxiety after doing this study,” she says.
As we approach the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on April 4, we bring you this lecture by Philip Goduti, Jr. ’98G. Goduti is an alum of the Graduate History Program and is the author of three books, the most recent titled RFK and MLK: Visions of Hope, 1963-1968. In January, he explored how emotion and Dr. King’s philosophy shaped the civil rights movement in a presentation for the College’s Humanities Forum, as part of MLK Convocation Week.
Dr. Deirdre Snyder of PC’s Department of Management studies the impact of loneliness on employees. In this episode, she shares valuable suggestions for ways that everyone can stay connected to their social and professional networks despite physically distancing to reduce disease spread.
Drs. Holly Taylor Coolman and Dana Dillon share their perspectives as educators and theologians on social distancing, remote learning, and how Catholic social thought provides a framework for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Coolman is assistant professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology, and Dillon is associate professor with a joint appointment in theology and public and community service studies and associate director of the Development of Western Civilization program. Coolman has written reflections on her family’s experience under self-quarantine and spiritual fitness in the face of pandemic for America Magazine.
Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 tells us how the PC Dominican community is managing during the COVID-19 crisis, talks about the impact on PC and its students, and shares some ideas about ways to worship outside of normal circumstances. Father is the College’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry.
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