Margaret “Meg” Van Name, R.N. ’12 has crossed the country as a traveling nurse, but nothing compares to her experience working in New York City at the height of the coronavirus. “It was the hardest job I’d had. Things were changing so fast,” she said. The health policy and management graduate shares the emotions she felt last spring and the adventures and professional growth she experienced in her cross-country career endeavors in this edition of the Providence College Podcast.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many people around the world, but some people are using enforced time at home for a good purpose. In May, John McAleavey '90 launched the Quadcast, a podcast he bills as “a 30- to 45-minute session of OT/PT for the soul!” The podcast is the culmination of an idea he had two years after he graduated, when a fall down a flight of stairs left him with a spinal cord injury. As he says, no two spinal cord injuries are the same, but "many of the struggles we're left with are." Listen to McAleavey and his radio voice, first developed for his WDOM radio show. (No copays required.)
Catch up on the Providence College Summer Anti-Racism Series on the Providence College Podcast. Kat Kerwin of the Providence City Council and Eugene Monteiro, executive director of the Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association and investigator for the Providence External Review Authority discussed policing, race, and the opportunity for change during their Anti-Racism Summer Series presentation in August. Kerwin and Monteiro focused on the intersections of policing and race in our local community of Providence and across the nation. Carlene Fonseca of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service and Dr. Keith Morton, professor of public and community service studies, served as moderators.
Angus White's original summer plans — research in the biology lab of Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. — were upended by the coronavirus pandemic, but he ended up doing something just as cool. From his home in New Zealand, White worked with Father Nic on COVID-19 epidemiological research for the capital region of the Philippines. The senior biology major and cross-country runner discussed how the experience affected his career ambitions and the fall sports season.
If you missed Dr. Christopher Chambers’ presentation on systemic racism, part of the College’s Anti-Racism Summer Series, catch up with this episode of the Providence College Podcast. Chambers is an assistant professor of sociology and will be faculty-in-residence for the Center at Moore Hall this fall. In his discussion, he introduces the sociological roots of the term "systemic racism” and uses historical and contemporary data and examples to show how social scientists, activists, and others rely on it to analyze how racism manifests and works in modern societies.
The early teaching career circumstances of Lauren Boen ’18 in North Attleboro, Mass., couldn’t have been more unpredictable — or rewarding. The fifth-grade teacher’s first year of full-time instruction in 2019-20 was upended by the coronavirus. The former Friar cheerleader speaks appreciatively about how remote teaching broadened her mastery of technology and awareness of online teaching resources, and fostered closer relationships with students and colleagues. Her PC instructors, courses, and student-teaching experiences proved crucial in dealing with challenge, Boen says.
In February, Keri Mandell '04 completed the World Marathon Challenge — running seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents. In this episode, Mandell discusses her motivation for this endurance feat, her training, and her transition from educator to entrepreneur, when she opened emPOWER Yoga N.J. Through this event, Mandell — a cancer survivor herself — raised more than $56,000 for the American Cancer Society in honor of her father, who died of multiple myeloma. See her fundraising page: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/KeriMandell
Next up on the Anti-Racism summer series, prompted by the national conversations about racial injustice, Dr. Dana Dillon leads a session titled “Anti-Racism as a Necessary Christian Virtue,” discussing virtue ethics and Catholic social tradition. Dillon is a professor in PC's departments of theology and of public and community service studies and also serves as associate director of the Development of Western Civilization Program. The workshop was moderated by Bob Pfunder ’09, associate vice president of mission & ministry
Stanley Cup-winning hockey executive and television commentator Brian Burke '77 is our guest, previewing the upcoming NHL season and telling us about his forthcoming book, Burke's Law: A Life in Hockey. In a wide-ranging interview, Burke also talks about the You Can Play Project, created in honor of his late son Brendan, which works to promote respect and inclusion for all people in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches, and fans. He also shares stories about playing for legendary Friar coach Lou Lamoriello '63 & '01Hon. and talks about his respect for the current program under Coach Nate Leaman.
Dana Lowney ’21 graduated at the top of her certified nursing assistant training program in February, but never expected she would be putting her new skills to use so soon. In April, after the global coronavirus pandemic ended in-person classes and her spring cross-country season, Lowney went to work in an assisted living facility. In this episode, Lowney discusses how she balanced her courseload and patient care and what she learned from the experience.
If you missed the first presentation of the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion's Anti-Racism Summer Series, catch up on the Providence College Podcast. Dr. Saaid Mendoza of the Department of Psychology also serves as faculty-in-residence in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and director of the Social Perception & Attitudes Lab. He discusses the differences between explicit and implicit forms of bias, underlying mechanisms that drive implicit biases, how these biases operate in our social world, and steps we can take to help combat their seemingly automatic effects. Dr. Maia Bailey, associate professor of biology, moderates the presentation.
Get to know Dr. Thea Riofrancos, assistant professor of political science, the recipient of two prestigious fellowships to support her research on the environmental and political impact of the global transition to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Riofrancos, whose book, Resource Radicals, will be published by Duke University Press this summer, discussed the increasing global demand for lithium batteries, the Green New Deal, and how she incorporated current events into her courses after the switch to remote learning this spring.
Rose Jones ’06SCE, director of the Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging, is bringing change and light into the lives of the state’s 55-and-over population, adults living with disabilities, and their families and caregivers every day. With an overarching goal of “empowering people to age strong,” the office serves one-third of the state’s residents. Listen in as Jones discusses her role in supporting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s statewide response to COVID-19, offers advice on remaining diligent amid the continuing pandemic, and accentuates her office’s emphasis on mental well-being — all while expressing gratitude for loved ones who have guided her along life’s paths.
Dr. Richard J. Grace ’62 & ’17Hon., professor emeritus of history, will present an in-depth look at the history of Providence College. Grace, who has been at the College since 1958, will share his personal reflections and engage participants in conversation about their historic memories of PC.
Jason Macaluso ’96 has had a long career in wealth management through good economies and bad. The vice president of wealth management at UBS Financial Services in New Haven, Conn., shares a message about the value of sales in all industries and careers — and especially for graduating seniors who are seeking jobs in this market. If you enjoyed this episode, check out Macaluso's latest project, the Business & Sports Discourse.
We have to wait a few months to hear this year’s Commencement speaker, so listen to a rebroadcast of the rousing speech by Roy Peter Clark ’70 & ’17Hon., the retired senior scholar at The Poynter Institute, a journalism school in St. Petersburg, Fla. Like the Class of 2020, the Class of 1970’s final spring semester was cut short. He celebrates the 50th anniversary of their graduation this year, although in-person reunion events have been postponed.
Dr. Hugh F. Lena, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been a member of the PC faculty since 1974. He shares his perspective on the growth and transformation that would have been hard to imagine in those early days, along with his insights on the characteristics that have made the College distinctive over the course of his career. He tells us about the ways in which the faculty and academic affairs staff have responded to the coronavirus crisis, talks about the changes in teaching and scholarly research over time, and shares his thoughts about the College’s trajectory and its optimism for its future.
Hannah McReavy ’22, a psychology major, Eucharistic minister, and member of the PC women’s cross country and track teams, unexpectedly added full-time coronavirus volunteer to her portfolio this spring. The Boulder, Colo., resident is back home helping to run a COVID-19 recovery center for the homeless. She’s doing everything from organizing volunteers and food supplies to dispensing medications and meals — eight hours a day, five days a week. The experience has sharpened her lenses of empathy and psychology and heightened her awareness of the plight of a vulnerable population. (Photo by Jenn Flemming/@jennflemm)
A conversation with Arn Chorn Pond, the human rights activist, musician, and public speaker who escaped the Khmer Rouge in his native Cambodia as a young child, after witnessing the horrors of war and suffering unimaginable loss. Brought to the U.S. by a New Hampshire minister, Pond found his way to Providence College and established a meaningful relationship with Rev. John F. Cunningham, O.P. ’50, the College’s 10th president. Music is a thread the runs through Pond’s life. It helped save him during the time he was held by the Khmer Rouge, it was part of the way he learned to express himself, and he has used it to help and inspire others. Pond spoke with us from Cambodia, where the organization he founded, Cambodian Living Arts, works to preserve the performing arts in that country.
John Rock - From adhesive tape to sleep pods: 30 years of caring for Friar student-athletes (Rebroadcast)
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and PC student's transition to remote learning, we share this re-broadcast with John Rock, senior associate athletic director for sports medicine. In it, he shares the College's commitment to all students that You Are Never Alone in Friartown, and discusses the ways in which Providence College works to provide the support student-athletes need to compete at the Division I level. Over the course of 30 years at PC, John says he has seen tremendous changes but that the driving principle continues to be a focus on each student’s well-being.
You may have seen the #CollegesAgainstCOVID19 video, imploring young people across the country to stay home to flatten the curve. In this episode, we discuss the project, created by students in Organizational Theory, a management course taught by Dr. Tom King, assistant professor of management, and what they’ve learned during the pivot to remote learning due to the pandemic.
In the midst of the coronavirus, five management students are participating in an independent study on student anxiety and stress this semester. Working under Dr. Matthew Eriksen, professor of management, are Megan Dowling ’20, Nora Johnson ‘20, Annelise Rice ’21, Elyse Pereira '22, and Morgan Perry ’22. Perry, who is focusing on COVID-19 consequences, says the experience has been eye-opening. “I feel empowered by my stress and anxiety after doing this study,” she says.
As we approach the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on April 4, we bring you this lecture by Philip Goduti, Jr. ’98G. Goduti is an alum of the Graduate History Program and is the author of three books, the most recent titled RFK and MLK: Visions of Hope, 1963-1968. In January, he explored how emotion and Dr. King’s philosophy shaped the civil rights movement in a presentation for the College’s Humanities Forum, as part of MLK Convocation Week.
Dr. Deirdre Snyder of PC’s Department of Management studies the impact of loneliness on employees. In this episode, she shares valuable suggestions for ways that everyone can stay connected to their social and professional networks despite physically distancing to reduce disease spread.
Drs. Holly Taylor Coolman and Dana Dillon share their perspectives as educators and theologians on social distancing, remote learning, and how Catholic social thought provides a framework for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Coolman is assistant professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology, and Dillon is associate professor with a joint appointment in theology and public and community service studies and associate director of the Development of Western Civilization program. Coolman has written reflections on her family’s experience under self-quarantine and spiritual fitness in the face of pandemic for America Magazine.
Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 tells us how the PC Dominican community is managing during the COVID-19 crisis, talks about the impact on PC and its students, and shares some ideas about ways to worship outside of normal circumstances. Father is the College’s Vice President for Mission and Ministry.
Dr. Deborah Levine, a medical historian who teaches in the Department of Health Policy and Management, shares public health lessons we can learn from American history. She discusses the power of physical distancing in containing the spread of the Spanish flu as well as other drivers of medical innovations beyond pure profit. Levine wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, making a case for the development of a free or low-cost vaccine for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.
A lot of people dream about quitting their day job and joining the circus, but Terry Synnott ’94 has actually done it. After 13 years as a journalist, he joined Cirque du Soleil for four seasons as a skateboard artist performing at Madison Square Garden. We talk with Synnott about his unique skateboarding style and the side hustle that developed as a result — MODE Skateboards, which he started with his wife, Jenna.
Stephan Delbos '05, a writer living in Prague and Plymouth, Mass., returned to campus in February for a reading for the Department of English. His poetry, essays, and translations have been published internationally. His play, Chetty's Lullaby, about trumpet legend Chet Baker, was produced in San Francisco, and his play Deaf Empire, about Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, was produced by Prague Shakespeare Company in 2017.
Former Friar soccer captain Nick Sailor ’17 returns to Providence College as its first director of training and education for diversity, equity, and inclusion, working with student-athletes and the entire Department of Athletics. Sailor is a bundle of energy and optimism as he discusses the objectives and challenges of his position, programs he’s already established, and his intent to extend his work and influence across campus.
Peggy Martin Weber ’76, who spent a lengthy career in Catholic communications, thinks of her new book, Enough As You Are, as a “giant hug” to humankind. She wants people to erase “nagging doubts that we are not good enough.” In this episode, she discusses some of the thoughts, anecdotes, and prayerful reminders about self-worth that she writes about and conveys distinct Providence College undergraduate experiences that have prominent places in three of the book’s chapters.
If you walk through Slavin, you can't help but notice the glass room with rows of computers inside. Today we chat with Zach Gandara '19 & '21G and Matthew McGuane '20, two of the founders of the Providence College eSports club. Gandara and McGuane explain how a few friends around campus with nice laptops became an official college supported club sport. The eSports club is a welcoming organization with players of all levels playing and competing in different types of games from NBA 2K to Hearthstone and Fortnite.
Like any good entrepreneur, Patrick Callahan ‘20 identified a problem and with a team of two friends, the Peck app was born. In this episode, Callahan explains the origins of Peck app, its development, and his journey to PC from the suburbs of Chicago. We also discuss his involvement with the Entrepreneurship Club on campus.
This week on the podcast, enjoy the keynote address from the college’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Convocation. This year’s speaker was Ndaba Mandela, the founder of the Africa Rising Foundation and the grandson of Nelson Mandela. Ndaba Mandela spoke to a group of students, faculty members, and staff members at the convocation — the largest community event of a week celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. King.
This episode was originally broadcast in March 2018. Dr. Terza Lima-Neves '00 will be receiving the MLK Vision Award this week at the annual Martin Luther King Convocation held on January 24th at 4pm. In this episode, Dr. Terza Lima-Neves ’00, who emigrated from Cape Verde as a teenager, describes the issues facing women from the West African nation. Now an associate professor of political science at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Lima-Neves discusses the memento she treasures from her PC days and the professor who nurtured her love of the academic field.
Like his livestock, which he chuckles “are always on the move,” Pat McNiff ’96 works diligently each day to move the needle of Americans’ food system and the way we eat. For more than a decade, this Rhode Island organic farmer has been producing natural, high-quality, farm-to-table meats, eggs, and more at Pat’s Pastured. And he’s doing it in environmentally sensitive and sustainable ways inspired by his education and experiences at PC.
In our most popular podcast of 2019, 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. As part of this new role, Father James spent the Christmas and New Year's holidays in South Korea and Japan, celebrating Mass for sailors and Marines and providing support. In this podcast, 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.