The Fund for Providence College
Give to What You Love
A gift to The Fund for Providence College is an invaluable — and powerful — opportunity to give to what you love. Gifts to the annual fund sustain everything that makes a PC education distinctive: the Catholic and Dominican values, the spirit of the Friar family during every athletics contest, and the hard-working student culture. Your support guarantees that this special place — a place you love — continues its positive trajectory while remaining loyal to its roots.Give Now
Impact in Action
Dr. Bing Huang is reimagining academic innovation through her class, Asian Art through VR Gaming, where students can explore ancient Chinese tombs from the comfort of a classroom.
PlayerTek devices minimize risk and maximize performance for the men’s soccer team.
The Dominican tradition is one of PC’s defining characteristics. Now, students can enjoy the presence of a Dominican chaplain in each of the College’s 14 residence halls.
5 Questions with Annual Fund Chair Stephen J. Caldeira ’81
What brought you to PC and why did you stay so involved?
My grandfather graduated with the Class of 1929. It was the year that the Harkins Hall addition was dedicated —which marks the first expansion of academic and administrative facilities on campus.
I was born close by in Fall River, Mass., (and later moved to Springfield when I was 10), so I was relatively close to the school in my early years. My grandfather and I would watch the PC hoop games together on TV. My grandfather would tell me the rich history of PC and what a great liberal arts education he received. That was good enough for me.
I have stayed involved in various events and activities since my graduation in 1981.
I feel a tremendous sense of loyalty to the college which has greatly influenced my life.
What’s the number one thing you learned from PC that has influenced you?
At PC, we were provided a moral compass that encouraged the deepest respect for the essential dignity, freedom, and equality of every person.
What inspires you to give back to PC?
The ongoing commitment to excellence.
I had the pleasure to know Father Shanley, who did a terrific job (in so many ways) to raise the national profile of PC.
I see that same commitment to the liberal arts from Father Sicard.
I am also impressed by Father Sicard’s leadership in the health sciences — which will allow PC to capitalize further on the outstanding science programs that we currently offer students.
Tell us one thing classmates and friends may find surprising about you.
I am an avid bird watcher.
We live close to the Potomac River (in Maryland) where they now have bald eagles.
In my backyard, we have a couple of wild bird feeders that attract an amazing array of downy woodpeckers, blue jays, finches, orioles, chickadees, cardinals, bluebirds, starlings, and hummingbirds.