November 19, 2017
Black and White Buzz, Fall 2017
Finance major Nicholas Przekurat ’17 decided to celebrate the end of four years as the Friar Dom mascot by leaping for joy as he crossed the stage to accept his diploma at Commencement Exercises in May. But he wasn’t the only student head over heels for PC — check out this back flip by biology major Janelle Ortega ’17 on Instagram: prov.ly/pcgradflip
The master clock that was believed to have controlled class bells and regulated the other clocks in Harkins Hall decades ago now hangs in the building’s rotunda. Built in 1947, the clock was hard-wired in a closet in the former switchboard room off the rotunda and relocated during the centennial celebration that concluded this year. Cloaked in dust, the clock mechanism was restored by an antique clock specialist in South Kingstown, R.I. Although the clock mechanism is refurbished, the case and internal workings of the clock are original.
Providence College is the only campus where you’ll find Allie’s Donuts. These Rhode Island favorites are available Tuesday through Friday at the Ruane Café in the Ruane Center for the Humanities and at the Eaton Street Café in the Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies, the home of the Providence College School of Business.
Jonathan Mendes ’12 and Kayla (Andrade) Mendes ’14 got married at St. Dominic Chapel surrounded by friends and the Friar family. Celebrating a union of your own, a new addition to your family, or a career achievement? Submit updates at: prov.ly/alumni-notes
The competitive hockey career of Garrett Gamez ’19 (Chino Hills, Calif.) is over, but the real story is the strength and character that lie within the Friar forward. Gamez collapsed on the bench during PC’s Hockey East Tournament game at Notre Dame last March. After undergoing medical tests and consultations for several months, he was advised by doctors that playing hockey could severely jeopardize his health. Supported all along by his head coach, Nate Leaman, and Friar teammates, Gamez will remain with the team as a student assistant coach. His inspiring story is captured in part by master storyteller and former PC hockey player Mike Leonard ’70 & ’00Hon. Watch and read more: prov.ly/gamez-2017
Alumni, friends, fans, and other Rhode Island residents will so0n have their own PC license plate to sport on their vehicles. Taking advantage of a new state law, the College is offering the specially designed plates for $40. Half the amount goes to the state DMV and the other half to the Angel Fund, which supports PC students whose families encounter unexpected and extraordinary financial challenges. The DMV will begin production when it receives 900 qualfied applications. For more information, go to: friars.com/pclp.html
Scott Avedisian ’87, mayor of Warwick, R.I., since 2000, invited PC alumni who serve the city to a photo session in conjunction with the #PC100 Party program to celebrate the centennial. With him are, front row, from left: Lynn Fitzsimmons Owens ’83, administrative coordinator, and Lynda Ortiz ’91SCE, financial technical assistant, both of the Warwick Sewer Authority; second row: City Council President Joseph Solomon ’79 and Avedisian; third row: Police Chief Col. Stephen McCartney ’69, Assistant Fire Chief James Kenney ’02SCE, and Fire Chief James McLaughlin ’89SCE; fourth row: City Controller Ken Alfano ’81 and Assistant City Solicitor and prosecutor Kerry Rafanelli, Esq. ’80; and rear row: state Rep. Joseph Solomon, Jr., Esq. ’05, Fire Capt. Marcel Fontenault ’94SCE, and Rev. Robert L. Marciano ’79, police and fire chaplain. For a look back at the centennial year party photos: centennial.providence. edu/pc100-parties/
In a period in church history when fewer priests are being accorded the title, Rev. Francis J. Hicks ’63 was named a “Chaplain to His Holiness” by Pope Francis in April. The pastor of St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles now can be addressed as “Reverend Monsignor.” A renowned collector of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Msgr. Frank was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of this magazine. His love of riding continues.
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