October 16, 2016
Moments That Endure: Timeline of highlights from Providence College’s first 100 years
Pope Benedict XV, with Dominican, state government, and diocesan officials, approves the establishment of Providence College.
Ground is broken for the first building, Harkins Hall.
Sept. 18: Opening day, with 71 students and nine Dominican faculty members.
The Providence College Alumni Association is formed.
The student newspaper, The Cowl, begins publishing.
Actress Judy Garland visits campus and donates to the Building Fund.
Some 380 men participate in the Army Specialized Training Program on campus in support of U.S. efforts in World War II.
Class rings are given to juniors at the first Ring Weekend.
A formal Junior Year Abroad Program is approved.
Rock music icon Bruce Springsteen plays at Spring Weekend. He returned to play in 1977.
The purchase of the Charles V. Chapin Hospital property from the city expands PC’s landscape to the east.
A February blizzard closes campus but fails to deter 7,000 fans from making their way to the Providence Civic Center to see PC stun the University of North Carolina in men’s basketball, 71-69.
Three apartment-style residence halls (Mal Brown, Cunningham, and DiTraglia) open on campus, with male and female undergraduates living in the same building for the first time.
The College launches its website: www.providence.edu
The College appoints its first chief diversity officer, Rafael A. Zapata.
Huxley Avenue, from Eaton Street to Ventura Street, is permanently closed to vehicular traffic for the Campus Transformation Project — a multi-year endeavor that will physically unify the campus and create a new entrance, walkways, and plazas.