Kim Miale '01, a sports agent at Roc Nation Sports, represents superstars that include Saquon Barkley and JuJu Smith-Schuster. She recently returned to campus for a conversation with Patti Goff, assistant vice president for integrated learning and administration. Miale, who majored in English and political science, described her journey from Johnston, R.I. to Jay-Z's sports agency in New York City and answered audience questions about topics such as what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry to bargaining techniques and endorsements.
Actor, singer, author, and entrepreneur John O’Hurley ’76 & ’06Hon. joins us on Thanksgiving week – when he will be in some 30 million homes as the host of Thursday’s National Dog Show on NBC. In this interview, O’Hurley talks about his Providence College experiences, the ways in which Seinfeld changed his life, working in daytime television drama, and – of course – why dogs are so important to him. He even visits his iconic Seinfeld character, J. Peterman, sharing a monologue that never aired on television.
Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 returns to the podcast for a discussion on the subject of preaching. Father James, PC’s vice president for mission and ministry, describes his process for creating and presenting a homily and he shares some stories about things people have said to him “on the sidewalk” after Mass. Members of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, learn to preach by way of an exacting process, which Father explains with his typical insights and good humor.
With a historically long line of military service in her family, U.S. Army Capt. Amberly Glitz Weber ’12 is fashioning her own story of duty to country. The decorated medical evacuation helicopter pilot has served in Afghanistan and is currently an operations officer in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. In this episode, she speaks about her love of medevac flying, her gratitude for the people and experiences associated with PC’s Army ROTC Patriot Battalion, and the unique bond among Army personnel.
In this episode of the PC Podcast, restaurateur, cooking show host, and author Lidia Bastianich explains how her love for cooking connects her to her childhood in Italy. Bastianich visited PC for Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 4-6, to discuss her memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food, and to see her grandson, Miles Bastianich ’22. The conversation was facilitated by Edward A. Iannuccilli, M.D. ’61, a retired physician who has written books about growing up in an Italian-American family.
In this pre-recorded podcast, Dr. Sickinger, professor of history and of public and community service studies, discusses the origins of Halloween and how the tales of ghosts, witches, werewolves, and vampires have worked their way into our movies, literature, and nightmares — including examples from Rhode Island.
John Bowab took his experience writing and directing musicals at PC and turned it into a career as a director of national touring productions of Broadway shows starring greats such as Debbie Reynolds and Angela Lainsbury.
In this episode, we talk with E.C. Osondu, associate professor of English, recent recipient of the BOA Prize for Short Fiction for his collection, Alien Stories.
Arthur F. Ryan ’63, ’90Hon., & ’89P is one of Providence College’s most distinguished and successful alumni. A math major at PC, Mr. Ryan became an acclaimed business leader, eventually becoming CEO of Prudential Insurance Company. In this podcast, he talks about how his Providence College liberal arts education, along with other lessons he learned during his student days, helped to set the stage for his professional success. Later in the podcast, Mr. Ryan and his former professional associate Elizabeth E. Flynn ’82 & ’17Hon. engage in a lively discussion, continuing on those same themes, facilitated by Dr. Alexander N. Moffett, associate professor of English and director of the Development of Western Civilization Program.
By standard measures, accountancy major Paul Mecurio ’82 was leading a successful life as a lawyer and investment banker on Wall Street. But after a chance encounter with Jay Leno, the Providence native found himself living a double life — managing mergers and acquisitions by day and performing stand-up at night. Mecurio discusses his transition from finance to comedy, a typical day of filming at shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and how studying Development of Western Civilization at PC helps him craft jokes.
Lisa Schenck ’83 & ’18Hon. is a former U.S. Army attorney and judge who retired as a colonel after 25 years of distinguished military service.
Nearly every one of us exhibits resilience from time to time. Dr. Mary O’Keeffe, associate professor of psychology, has had a special interest in building resilience for decades — partly because it is so important to the mental health and well-being of students. Join us as O’Keeffe discusses how she has incorporated resilience into courses and helped initiate a curriculum-based academic resilience faculty fellowship program supported by Chris Riccobono ’01 and his wife, Amy Parillo ’03.
Meet Rev. Adam Young ’06, a competitor on the current season of “Worst Cooks in America” on the Food Network. Father Adam, the pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Cranston, R.I., jokes that God must forsake him in the kitchen, because he’s so bad at cooking. Learn how he will use the $25,000 prize if he wins and how food factors into the Church’s ministry.
Meet Sarah Kirchner ’21, newly published author and creative writing enthusiast. An English/creative writing and art history double major, Kirchner wrote Try and Catch Me (Typewriter Pub, 2019), a young adult fiction work that was published in June. Her sustained flair for creativity, her satisfaction in organizing and writing thoughts and stories, and her elation over discovering a passion for art history while at PC are abundantly apparent in this conversation.
As the fall semester starts, revisit our episode with Dr. Raymond Hain on the humanities at PC. At Providence College, the humanities are an integral and flourishing element of the liberal arts experience; in some ways, they draw in the entire College community. In this podcast episode, Dr. Raymond Hain, associate professor of philosophy and associate director of the Humanities Program, discusses the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities, the significance of the Ruane Center for the Humanities, and programs like the Humanities Forum and the Humanities Reading Seminar.
Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 provides both insight and humor in this wide-ranging interview that covers Father’s own faith journey, his work as PC’s vice president for mission and ministry, and his newest vocation – chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Father James offers perspectives on the faith community among PC’s students, the personal reasons why service as a Navy chaplain is so important to him, and – with his trademark sense of humor – the factors and influences that brought him to PC and the priesthood. Follow the Providence College Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Google Play and YouTube. Visit Providence College on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and LinkedIn.
Dr. Kathleen Cornely, professor of chemistry for 25 years, and her former student, R. Seth Pinches ’16, reunite in this episode of the Providence College Podcast to discuss their role in research that saved the life of a 17-year-old woman in England. Cornely and her students collect and isolate phages, viruses commonly found in the environment that show promise for treating drug-resistant infections.
Madeleine Veith ’16 spent the last two years in Denver, Colo., as a missionary for Christ in the City, a Catholic non-profit dedicated to preparing young people to know, love, and serve the poor. Veith discusses the goals of this street ministry and how she grew from the experience, as well as how her PC experience prepared her for these years of service.
Nearly 20 years after its formation, the College’s Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers program continues to excel in its mission of preparing educators to contribute to the enrichment of Catholic schools. The two-year teacher education program, which boasts more than 300 graduates, includes principals, assistant principals, and even alumni in religious formation among its ranks. Listen in as Dr. Michael T. O’Connor, PACT director, discusses success stories, training and support for student-teachers, the legacy of retired PACT director Brother Patrick S. Carey, CFC, the state of Catholic school education, and much more.
At Providence College, the humanities are an integral and flourishing element of the liberal arts experience; in some ways, they draw in the entire College community. In this podcast episode, Dr. Raymond Hain, associate professor of philosophy and associate director of the Humanities Program, discusses the interdisciplinary nature of the humanities, the significance of the Ruane Center for the Humanities, and programs like the Humanities Forum and the Humanities Reading Seminar.
As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing approaches, we talk with Dr. Theresa Moreau, assistant professor of physics, about PC’s affiliation with the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium. She discussed how the grant has funded undergraduate research at the College, as well as the value of hands-on fabrication experience for a budding engineer.
This week’s guest is Rev. David T. Orique, O.P., a member of the Providence College history faculty and Director of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Father Orique, who grew up in a California agricultural community and worked in banking before becoming a Dominican, shares the story of his personal journey, along with insights about Dominican history and scholarship and some of his favorite things about living in New England. The interview begins with discussion of two July academic conferences Father is organizing on campus. The first is on the subject of Bartolome de Las Casas, the 16th century Spanish colonist who became a Dominican; it will be followed by the Third International Congress on the History of the Order of Preachers in the Americas.
Dr. Jay Pike, assistant professor of chemistry at PC, has been home brewing since his graduate school days. Now he and research students, such as biology major Alex Ventouris ’20, are studying how to decrease some of the organic compounds that create off-flavors in beer. Pike also discusses his course, The Scientific Chef, and some tips for enjoying beer at home.
Friar Foundations, a summer bridge program for incoming students, enters its sixth year this July. The program’s first and only director, Kaitlyn O’Malley, associate director of academic services, says she is gratified to “watch the journey, watch the development” of up to 25 students each summer. In this episode, she joins graduate assistant Tyre Richards ’19, a former participant and two-year mentor in Friar Foundations, in discussing the educational, social, and personal rewards of a unique program that galvanizes the student participants and the College community.
Yards are important social and recreational gathering places for families and friends. Chris Lambton ’99 understands that better than most people. The professional landscaper, media personality, and lifestyle expert craves working in and transforming yards, bringing smiles to property owners throughout Cape Cod. A star with his wife, Peyton, on HGTV’s Going Yard and a host of two DIY Networks shows, Lambton discusses the joys of reality show and “real life” landscaping, creating sustainable yards, and advice he gives to people eager to revamp their property.
Sister Larraine Lauter, O.S.U. ’19Hon. has a lot to celebrate this year. She was honored at PC’s Commencement for work with her Kentucky-based organization, Water With Blessings, which has distributed more than 96,000 water filters to hundreds of thousands of families in 47 countries. In this episode, Sister Larraine discusses the organization’s successes in the fight to rid Haiti of cholera and other achievements of her 40 years as an Ursuline sister.
Dan Devine ’04, staff writer for The Ringer, is long on analysis and opinion and short on sleep as the NBA finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors unfold. Devine, who has covered the NBA for a decade, joined us on the podcast as the 2018-19 season was starting.
His rich, powerful voice has elevated the concert sounds of opera companies and symphonies from all over the United States. He’s sung at Tanglewood and at Boston’s Symphony Hall. He’s as comfortable singing masterpieces from Mozart and Beethoven as he is vocalizing contemporary compositions like Brother Nat. And oftentimes, he’s singing in a foreign language. The passion for singing only grows deeper and more fulfilling with every score for tenor and opera singer Neal Ferreira ’02. His appreciation for the gift of singing and performing and for the people and life experiences that have shaped his career resonates in this edition of the Providence College Podcast.
Providence College awarded degrees to the Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence. The commencement ceremony capped a series of weekend events, and we are pleased today to present some of the highlights. 1:00 We begin at Saturday’s Academic Awards Ceremony, where Professor Ted Andrews provided greetings from the faculty. A 2001 PC graduate, Professor Andrews is an associate professor in the Department of History and Classics. He was recently announced as the 2019 winner of the Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award, an honor accorded each year to the faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students’ academic and personal growth. 11:07 Professor Andrews was followed by graduating senior Paul Lafond, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Earning the highest academic rank in the Class of 2019, Paul achieved a perfect 4.0, majoring in quantitative economics and minoring in math. This coming fall, he will enroll in a master’s degree program at the University of Chicago. Here are the words he shared with his classmates. 17:37 Later on Saturday, members of the graduating class and their families gathered in the Begley Field House at Peterson Recreation Center for the annual Commencement Mass. Joined by several Dominican concelebrants, College President Father Brian Shanley served as the principal celebrant and homilist. 31:37 Sunday’s commencement ceremony, PC’s 101st, was – as usual – a festive and memorable occasion. Speakers included Class President Caroline Cook, a marketing major from Hingham, Massachusetts. She addressed the audience on behalf of the Class of 2019. 32:27 Mark McGwin, a member of the Providence College Class of 1981 who serves as president of the Providence College National Alumni Association, welcomed the new graduates to the alumni family – comprising some 56,000 women and men living around the country and around the world. 38:15 The ceremony built to the climactic commencement address, presented this year by business leader and philanthropist Steve Pemberton. Mr. Pemberton, whose personal story is remarkable and inspiring, also received an honorary degree earlier in the ceremony. We begin with Father Shanley’s introduction, followed by the commencement address.
In this podcast, we talk with Marta Martínez ’79, the founder and executive director of Rhode Island Latino Arts. An oral historian and nonprofit leader who has chronicled the stories of Latinos who settled in Rhode Island, Martínez will receive an honorary degree at Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2019. The Texas native shared her memories of her undergraduate days and of helping young people, including PC students, become historians in their communities.
Like the proverbial curtain, the reputation of the College’s theatre program is rising. PC students are annually winning awards and being recognized at the regional and national levels of the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival competitions. Nearly three-dozen students are studying theatre as majors or minors, and dozens more are involved in acting and myriad behind-the-scenes roles in mainstage productions. In this episode, James “Jimmy” Calitri, associate professor of theatre and director of theatre, dance, and film, and one of his students, actor Dan Jameson ’21, discuss recent success in the ACTF, the unique opportunities theatre provides for students, and the passionate, close-knit culture of the program.
Jim Crowley, who just completed his third season as the Friars’ women’s basketball coach, is not about to get caught looking. “As a coach, you can never be satisfied,” says Crowley, who led PC to its best season in nine years — one featuring 19 victories and a trip to the round of 16 in the WNIT. Listen in as Crowley talks about the character and growth of the 2018-19 team, his expectations for a team that returns 10 student-athletes next season, recruiting Division I talent, and his coaching style.
Marine biologist Dr. Jack Costello spent most of his 30th year at PC studying ctenophores, also known as comb jellies, on a research trip to American Samoa and Bermuda. On this podcast, he discussed his research on gelatinous organisms such as jellyfish, research life at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and the changes he and his family have made to limit their impact on the oceans.
As Holy Week begins, a podcast featuring two presentations from a recent four-part Lenten retreat for faculty and staff. Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80, PC’s president, first gives a talk on the subject of prayer. That is followed by a presentation by Rev. M. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, vice president for mission and ministry, on almsgiving. The College’s Office of Mission and Ministry organized the retreat, presented on consecutive Tuesdays at the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.
Wednesday, April 10 is Friars Give, Providence College’s annual day of giving. Sharing her insights is Cate Latz ’13, assistant director of prospect research and management in the Office of Institutional Advancement. One who has studied, taught, and worked at PC, Latz discusses the Friars Give initiative, giving by young alumni, and philanthropy in general. For more information about Friars Give, and to participate on Wednesday, visit http://friarsgive.org.
How does Providence College help students engage with learning through research, internships, and community service? Discover the Center for Engaged Learning with the center’s director, Dr. Jennifer L. Van Reet, associate professor of psychology, and assistant director Amy Goggin ’93 & ‘13G. They discuss the goals of PC’s Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship and Creativity, now in its 10th year, and how this year’s celebration will honor the legacy of Dr. Stephen J. Mecca ’64 & ’66G.
The Friars’ tradition-rich women’s ice hockey team is coming off a 24-win season, and the energy is palpable as we speak with first-year Head Coach Matt Kelly and goaltender Clare Minnerath ’20. Kelly calls out season highlights, reflects on his previous work with USA Hockey, and identifies the program’s ultimate goal: a national championship. Minnerath discusses the demands of being a Division I student-athlete and the support she has received at PC in battling cancer.
Our guest is Rev. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P., a member of the math and computer science faculty who is in his first year at Providence College. Father Humbert has assembled a team of ten students to work with him on a baseball statistics research project, which will form the basis of the group’s work in a research course, Sabermetrics: The Mathematical Analysis of Baseball, next fall. In this podcast, Father describes his research premise, which involves studying Cape Cod League data with an eye toward developing a modified algorithm for the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) statistic. With opening day looming, Father also shares the reasons for his lifelong interest in baseball and baseball statistics, along with his predictions for the upcoming major league season.
Megan (Miller) Oteri ’96 brings a decidedly creative approach to learning. The former special education, elementary education, and language arts teacher takes education to a light, hands-on, and fun level as the CEO and founder of Brick Scholars (https://www.brickscholars.com/lego-serious-play/). The mobile learning lab works with corporate and executive teams, organizations, business schools, and children in grades K-12 to inspire learning and to find solutions to specific needs. She uses LEGOS and other teaching tools to enhance understanding and problem solving, easily earning trust with her style and passion. Listen in as Oteri speaks about the multifaceted approaches to her work, the importance of creative learning, and her integration of art in teaching.
Our guest in this episode is Jill LaPoint, Providence College’s deputy athletic director and senior woman administrator. A member of the Friar athletics leadership team since 2000, LaPoint shares the story of her careering coaching and athletics administration, including the things that inspire her most about PC and Friar sports. She also provides insights into the administration of a Division I athletics program, and she discusses the impact of Title IX on sports, and on her life.
Being sensitive to and caring for her young patients is just as important as keeping their teeth and gums healthy, says pediatric dentist Brianna Muñoz, D.M.D. ’12. A 2016 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Muñoz was profoundly impacted by a service trip to Chile with dental school peers. Follow along as she speaks about that experience, the research she is conducting as the 2018-19 Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellow, and how her exposure to the humanities at Providence College influenced her and her career path.
Live, from the basement of Joseph Hall….it’s WDOM, 91.3 FM. At least it was in the early 1980s, when Marty Moran ’83 and Tory Ryden ’86 were among a group of students playing music, providing news updates, and broadcasting hockey games. Like many of their contemporaries, Tory (a journalist and communications professional) and Marty (a professional voice-over artist) used those experiences, combined with their PC educational experiences, as the foundation for careers in communications. This podcast previews an Alumni and Family Weekend panel discussion, also featuring John Hennessy ’82, on the impact and legacy of WDOM, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.
Thomas Zinzarella is a Providence College sophomore from Connecticut who is working hard to prepare for a career in sports media. In addition to broadcasting games on WDOM radio and the FOX Digital Network, he has landed a play-by-play job for the upcoming Cape Cod League baseball season. In this podcast, Zinzarella talks about his broadcasting role models, his extensive networking activities, and those PC faculty members who are helping him work toward achieving his goals.
Teddy Kiritsy ’19 is more than just one of PC’s first musical theatre majors. He’s a singer, actor, musician, dancer, and now, production director. His love of theatre and the performing arts is complemented by his exuberant personality — and each is apparent in this episode. Listen along as Teddy talks about the challenges and rewards of directing You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, introducing schoolchildren to drama, the new musical theatre concentration, and the PC in Hollywood program.
As part of MLK Convocation Week, the entire PC community is invited to the second annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. PC is thrilled to welcome Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu, as our keynote convocation speaker. Rev. Tutu is a nationally and internationally known human rights activist, development consultant, educator, and Episcopal priest. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu to become an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught how much we all lose when any of us is judged purely on physical attributes. In her speeches, she blends the passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories. Rev. Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States. She was educated in Swaziland, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the United States. Growing up the ‘daughter of …’ has offered Rev. Tutu many opportunities and challenges in her life. Most important of these has been the challenge to find her own place in the world. She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities that she has been given to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all. Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to being program coordinator for programs on race and gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. She started her public speaking as a college student at Berea College in Kentucky in the 1970’s when she was invited to speak at churches, community groups and colleges and universities about her experiences growing up in apartheid South Africa. Since that time, she has become a much sought-after speaker to groups as varied as business associations, professional conferences, elected officials and church and civic organizations. Rev. Tutu has also led truth and reconciliation workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict. Together with Rose Bator, she presents a workshop titled Building Bridges dealing with issues of race and racism. The two also lead women’s retreats through their organization, Sister Sojourner. They are also writing a book provisionally titled I Don’t Think of You as Black: Honest Conversations on Race and Racism. In addition, Rev. Tutu is a consultant to two organizations which reflect the breadth of her involvement in issues of human rights. The organizations are the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence, founded by renowned author Riane Eisler and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams, and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rev. Tutu is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and recently joined The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, N.C. to work on racial and economic reconciliation issues across western North Carolina. She is a single mother of three.
There’s no slowing Steve Smith ’73 and his band, The Nakeds, who continue to blast out powerhouse R&B and rock ‘n’ roll tunes in southern New England. Now in its 46th year, the band has produced an album and three CDs, and has played with the likes of sax great Clarence Clemons and fellow Rhode Islander John Cafferty and his Beaver Brown Band. Listen in as Smith talks about his lifetime love of music, the changes in R&B sound over the decades, and his appreciation for a PC education.
Singer-songwriter Adam Hanna ’18 joins us on the Providence College podcast. To celebrate Hanna singing the national anthem at the PC men's basketball game vs. Villanova, enjoy this episode that originally ran in June 2018. Hanna shared insights about the ways in which his PC experiences helped prepare him to pursue a career as a performer, his musical influences, and the songwriting process. This podcast also includes musical interludes – some of Hanna’s original works , "Come as you are" and "100 years", Adam's tribute to Providence College during the centennial year.
Legalized sports betting has arrived in Rhode Island, is taking root nationally, and is being followed carefully by PC accountancy professor Dr. Patrick Kelly, an expert in the social costs of casino gambling. Listen in as he discusses how this new form of gambling is affecting the gaming industry, as well as his concerns about online and problem gambling. The topic is tied into the PC School of Business’ Ethics in Business Education Program, which Kelly also discusses.