October 15, 2016

Our Moment campaign update

Why We Give: Santander Bank

Santander Bank believes that supporting higher education is an important way to give back to the communities it serves. Since 2010, its Santander Universities program has donated $750,000 to help more than 400 Providence College students travel and study abroad.

Dave O'Connor '14 studied abroad with the help of Santander scholarships and grants.
Dave O’Connor ’14 studied abroad with the help of Santander scholarships and grants.

“Studying abroad is an enriching experience that gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of their host country and expand their perspective of the world,” said Jeff Greenler, director of brand media and sponsorships at Santander Bank. “We are happy that our support has helped so many Providence College students participate in international study programs that will prepare them to be future leaders in our global economy.”

Thanks to Santander, PC’s Center for International Studies offers Study Abroad Scholarships, in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, to pay for travel, visa acquisition, inoculations, and daily living expenses during a student’s semester or year abroad.

The scholarships are available to students with financial need, first-generation college students, those with physical or learning disabilities, international students, and non-traditional students.

The Center for International Studies also awards Student Global Serving-Learning Grants, in amounts up to $3,000, to support shorter study-abroad trips, such as those that occur as part of an academic course or summer study.

The relationship with Santander began with a three-year agreement in 2010 that was renewed for seven years in 2013.

“The Santander grants have made a two-fold enhancement to our education abroad initiatives,” said Adrian G. Beaulieu, dean of the Center for International Studies. “First, they have made it possible to support students to study abroad who might not have been able to do so otherwise. Second, the grants have enabled many more PC faculty-led programs in which students are engaged in civic projects abroad that aim to enhance the quality of life for host-country residents in ways that are respectful of their culture and way of life.”

Santander Bank’s parent company, Madrid-based Banco Santander, has invested more than $1.3 billion around the world in collaboration with colleges, universities, and research centers since 1996 through its Santander Universities program with more than 1,100 partnerships globally. Each year, it supports more than 1,100 philanthropic agreements, 22,000 scholarships, and 4,100 university projects to promote academics, research, study abroad, and internship and job placement.

Campaign exceeds fundraising goal

Our Moment: The Next Century Campaign for Providence College, which launched in 2011 as the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the College’s 100-year history, exceeded its $140 million goal in March 2016, more than a year ahead of schedule.

The campaign, which raised more than $160 million as of Oct. 1, will continue until June 30, 2017, the end of the centennial year, said College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80.

The campaign supports student financial aid and scholarships, academic programs and facilities, the Catholic and Dominican mission, and the Annual Fund, which addresses areas of greatest need. The campaign co-chairs are Hon. William C. Leary ’60 & ’10Hon. and Kevin C. Phelan ’66 & ’15Hon.

“The ultimate story of the campaign will be its everlasting impact on Providence College and those students who choose it as a pathway to achieving their dreams and becoming what God meant for them to be,” said Father Shanley.

Ruane Great Room dedicated to Robert W. Fiondella ’64

fiondellaAt a ceremony during St. Dominic Weekend, the Great Room in the Ruane Center for the Humanities was named for Robert W. Fiondella, Esq. ’64 & ’16Hon., a civic leader, philanthropist, and retired chair of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., in recognition of his gift to Providence College in memory of his father.

The donation, through the Fiondella Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, also established the Fiondella Lecture and Student Award Fund. The annual lecture will explore the intersection of the humanities and business, with the first planned for the spring in the Fiondella Great Room. The first Fiondella Student Achievement Award, honoring achievements in the Development of Western Civilization Program and excellence in business and the humanities, will be presented at that time.

Gift establishes the Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series

perel, jane14.jpgThe Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series has been established through a gift from Morton L. Perel, D.D.S., M.Sc.D. to honor the four decades of teaching at Providence College by his wife, Jane Lunin Perel ’15Hon., professor emerita of English and of women’s studies.

The Perel gift includes annual contributions to support at least one reading each academic year. The reading will feature a distinguished poet or author of fiction who is selected by the English department faculty. The contribution includes a planned gift that will establish an endowment to support the program in perpetuity.

Perel was one of PC’s first female faculty members and helped establish the Women’s Studies Program. She directed the Poetry and Fiction Series at PC for 40 years.

Campaign leadership gifts

Providence College is deeply grateful to the following individuals and organizations who have made leadership commitments to the $140 million comprehensive campaign, Our Moment: The Next Century Campaign for Providence College.

$5,000,000 AND ABOVE
Michael A. Ruane ’71 & ’13Hon. and Elizabeth Ruane
Arthur F. Ryan ’63, ’90Hon., & ’89P and Patricia E. Ryan ’89P

$1,000,000 AND ABOVE
Anonymous benefactors (7)
Karl W. Anderson ’88* and Kathleen T. Anderson ’88
The Angell Foundation
Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc.
Estates of Lucille and Leo Caiafa, Jr.
Joseph M. Calabria, Jr. ’65 & ’93P and Sugar Calabria ’93P
Michael J. Chapey ’86 and Maura Hurley Chapey ’86
William J. Christie, CLU, ChFC ’61, ’11Hon., ’86P, ’93P, & ’93P and Maryann M. Christie ’86P, ’93P, & ’93P
John W. Clegg ’53 and Lillian H. Clegg
Paul A. Courcy ’67 and Carol C. Courcy
Estate of Donald F. Davies ’56
Robert W. Fiondella, Esq. ’64 & ’16Hon. and Carolyn Fiondella
John J. Glier ’71 and Vicki J. Woodward
John Killian ’77* and Laura Killian
KPMG Campaign Challenge
William C. Leary ’60 & ’10Hon.* and Emily Leary
Estate of Rev. Joseph L. Lennon, O.P. ’40 & ’61Hon.
John J. Mahoney, Esq. ’65 and Angela Mahoney
George D. Mason ’84 and Hon. Jeanne E. LaFazia
Estate of Isabel T. McGarry
Thomas M. Murphy ’63 and Maria T. Murphy
Estate of John C. Myrick, M.D. ’27
Chester T. Nuttall, Jr. ’55
Kevin C. O’Kane, Ph.D.
Robert J. Palmisano ’66 & ’89P* and Jane Palmisano ’89P
Kevin C. Phelan ’66 & ’15Hon.* and Anne D. Phelan
William D. Russell ’69 and Pamela A. Russell
Santander Bank
Edward L. Scanlon ’55 & ’00Hon. and Andrée L. Scanlon
Estates of Francis R. Trainor ’50 & ’10Hon. and Margaret Trainor
Mark T. Voll ’77 and Raymonde D. Voll
Estate of Robert H. Walsh ’39 & ’66Hon.

$500,000 AND ABOVE
Anonymous benefactors (4)
Estate of John Catolino ’77G
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc.
Edward Cooley and Nurys Cooley
Thomas P. Corcoran ’80* and Amy Corcoran
Estate of Gustave C. Coté ’62Hon. and Rita Coté
Gerald M. Crotty, K.S.G. ’50
William R. Davis, Jr. ’52, ’79P, & ’91Hon. and Joanne Davis ’79P
Rev. Francis J. Hicks ’63
James J. Kelly ’80 and Whitney Greaves
Douglas A. Kingsley ’16P* and Joan E. Kingsley ’16P
Joseph C. Martirano ’59 & ’89P and Janet G. Martirano ’89P
George R. Oliver ’09P and Karen Oliver ’09P
PwC Campaign Challenge
The Charles R. & Winifred R. Weber Foundation

* current trustee

This list is current as of June 30, 2016. It does not include benefactors who have made planned gifts with a face amount of $500,000 or more unless the donor qualifies for campaign credit due to his or her age.

This text appeared originally in the Fall 2016 issue of Providence College Magazine.