August 22, 2019

Welcome to Providence College, Class of 2023

Move-In Day is busy outside McVinney Hall.
Move-In Day is busy outside McVinney Hall.

Move-In Day for first-year students took place on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. About 1,100 students and their families were welcomed with refreshments provided by the Office of Alumni Relations, and volunteers from student organizations helped move belongings into residence halls. The Welcome Mass for New Families took place at 3 p.m. in the Peterson Recreation Center.

Tattoos on the Heart is the Common Reading Program selection for the 2019-20 academic year.First-year students will have several days of orientation before classes for the 2019-20 academic year begin on Monday, Aug. 26. An abbreviated class schedule will be followed that day so students, faculty, staff, and administrators may attend the Academic Convocation at 3 p.m. in Peterson Recreation Center.

The keynote speaker will be Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, the Common Reading Program selection for the academic year. Father Boyle is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention and rehabilitation program based in Los Angeles.

Following convocation, the campus community is invited to a reception on the Slavin Center lawn.



Caroline Lewers '23 and her parents pause for some Del's frozen lemonade at a cart manned by the Student Alumni Association. They are from Wayne, Pa.
Caroline Lewers ’23 and her parents pause for some Del’s frozen lemonade at a cart manned by the Student Alumni Association. They are from Wayne, Pa.

Seven new professors join full-time faculty

Dr. Shatanjaya Dasgupta, assistant professor of economics

Dr. Shatanjaya Dasgupta, assistant professor of economics

Dr. Andrew Geist, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Andrew John Geist, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Robert Hasson III, assistant professor of social work

Dr. Robert G. Hasson, III, assistant professor of social work

Dr. Melissa Huber, assistant professor of history

Dr. Melissa Huber, assistant professor of history and classics

Dr. Stephen Long, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Stephen A. Long, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Joseph Ribaudo, assistant professor of physics

Dr. Joseph Ribaudo, assistant professor of physics

Dr. Osama Siddiqui, assistant professor of history

Dr. Osama Siddiqui, assistant professor of history

Rev. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C., is the Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Professor in Christian Culture for 2019-20

Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., Randall Professor

Seven new full-time, tenure-track faculty members will teach in economics, history and classics, physics-engineering-systems, social work, and theology:

Dr. Shatanjaya Dasgupta, assistant professor of economics

Dr. Andrew John Geist, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Robert G. Hasson, III, assistant professor of social work

Dr. Melissa Huber, assistant professor of history and classics

Dr. Stephen A. Long, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Joseph Ribaudo, assistant professor of physics

Dr. Osama Siddiqui, assistant professor of history

The Rev. Robert J. Randall Distinguished Professorship in Christian Culture will be held by Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., a history professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Urban Action, FaithWorks volunteers start with service

First-year students volunteering in the Urban Action program helped clean Pleasant Valley Parkway In Providence as part of a city stormwater management project taking place there.
First-year students volunteering in the Urban Action program helped clean Pleasant Valley Parkway In Providence as part of a city stormwater management project taking place there.

Some students in the Class of 2023 began the school year early with service in the community.

Urban Action participants worked on community clean-up projects in Providence on Pleasant Valley Parkway, the Roger Williams Medical Center, and the Rogers Recreation Center. The five-day Urban Action program helps students learn more about urban issues while introducing them to the city.

Faith Works students served at St. Pius School, St. Patrick’s Church, McCauley House, Jeanne Jugan House, the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, and My Brother’s Keeper. Faith Works is a service immersion program of Campus Ministry that allows students to learn about the city from perspective of Catholic social service agencies.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, all 275 students participating in pre-orientation programs — Urban Action, Faith Works, Transitions (for multicultural and first-generation students), and the International Student Welcome Program — came together for a second annual Joint Day of Service. They helped prepare three Providence public schools for the opening of the school year: Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, Harry Kizirian Elementary School, and Nathanael Greene Middle School.

A look at the Class of 2023

The Class of 2023 is 46 percent male, 54 percent female, with an average GPA of 3.48.
34 percent of students in the Class of 2023 want to major in business. 23 percent are undecided.
Students of color make up almost 19 percent of the Class of 2023. About 64 percent are from New England and 30 percent from the mid-Atlantic states.