Student Congress Update

by Kaitlyn Hladik '25 on April 28, 2023
News Staff


On March 28, Student Congress was happy to hear from Dean Tiffany Gaffney, the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Associate Dean of Students. She shared her passion for Providence College’s mission and described it as an imperfect place with a lot of potential and a motivated community that is driven to make the school better. Dean Gaffney, who is also the director of Community Standards and supervisor of the Title IX coordinator, primarily works with students in distress by supporting families and students. Gaffney is also a co-chair for the Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Team, the College’s behavioral intervention team. Their responsibilities include behavioral intervention, case management, and violence risk assessment. 

Behavioral intervention is a place where students, faculty, or staff worried about another member of the Providence community can report specific behaviors or safety concerns. The CARE Team contacts students to connect them with the appropriate support. Case management provides ongoing needs and constant support during long-term, difficult situations. Violence risk assessments are an essential part of the CARE Team, as they are tasked with the responsibility to recognize and respond prior to providing treatment resources. The team also participates in intensive training over the summer on how to de-escalate violence and recognize potential signs of violence. 

The CARE Team represents people from all areas of the campus community. Offices include the Dean of Students, the Personal Counseling Center, the Student Success Center, Residence Life, Community Standards, Chaplain, Sports Medicine, Health Center, and Public Safety.  

To contact the CARE Team, students can look them up or scan the QR Code on the list of resources behind bathroom stalls under the “Need Help but Don’t Know Where to Go” or “Mental Health” headings. Congress is grateful to have had Dean Gaffney come speak with us.

Dr. Illuzzi, the Development of Western Civilization program director and history professor, attended the following week. She shared the results of a survey which asked students their thoughts about the DWC program. Some of the positive feedback was that it created well rounded students, had lots of breadth, and improved critical thinking (50.31 percent improved), reading (58.49 percent improved) and writing (66.67 percent improved). The areas for improvement noted by the survey results include the heavy workload, a lack of consistency between sections, lack of diverse content, lack of purpose, and overwhelming lectures. 

She discussed the plans for the program when moving forward. There will be a Trivium which focuses on grammar, logic, rhetoric, and conversations. She hinted at potential student focus groups coming this fall. She said that student support and activism for the DWC program are always encouraged and allows for creative ways to make the program better.

Dr. Illuzi then graciously responded to questions from the members of Student Congress. One member asked: Is there a plan to review the core curriculum and then restructure the program to fulfill the core proficiencies within the DWC program? Dr. Illuzi responded that the conversation about incorporating writing proficiencies within Civ has occurred, but writing professors are against this, particularly because Civ is not a writing course and professors that teach it are not focusing on helping students write well. If we restructured the curriculum to teach about grammar and logic, it would change the type of assignments students do in the Civ program. 

Another member asked: Is the goal with the Trivium to have it occur during all semesters of Civ? The answer was yes, and there should be development along the college process, specifically targeted toward students’ developing capabilities.

The next question asked was whether a name change is still being considered. Dr. Illuzi’s personal dream is for a name change. There is a lot of resistance from the administration that believe an important tradition lies within the name. However, she suggested that changing the name means embracing tradition in a different way.

A member then asked: How can students help express support for the diversification of authors within the Civ program? Dr. Illuzzi suggested petitions and making your voices heard so that the professors are aware that the students want this change and feel strongly about it.

The next member asked: How would the wants of students and the wants of tenured faculty who get to structure the program work together to create a curriculum? She stressed that academic freedom and teaching material that engages students are not mutually exclusive.. It is difficult to change Civ, which is why it has not been altered since 2010. Another member asked: What is the process for a new colloquium to be developed? Any faculty from any department can propose a colloquium.

One member asked: What consistencies exist across sections? The program objectives are what keep the course consistent, but that is all. They are broad and vague: special attention to Catholicism, discussion of underrepresented groups, use of the library once, writing a certain number of words, and covering a certain amount of history, philosophy, theology, and English.

Over the last month, a significant amount of legislation has been passed, and a new Student Congress executive board has been elected. Student Congress recently rewrote the preamble to their constitution, made recommendations regarding safety concerns, and assessed club/organization budgets. Student Congress also recently hosted the Spring into Friartown event.

The new executive board consists of executive president Bryan McGinn, vice president Julia Rossi, treasurer Caitlin Ariel, and secretary Justice A’vant. Applications for the 74th Student Congress are open and elections are underway.

Letter from the 71st Student Congress

by The Cowl Editor on October 15, 2020

Congress Updates

by Student Congress Executive Board

During these difficult times, we find ourselves needing the Friar Family more than ever. The unwavering efforts and presence of every single Providence College administrator is apparent everyday on and off campus.
Administrators have been working around-the-clock with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) to support families and students in any way they can during these times. They have been tirelessly working to deliver food to both on and off-campus students, to provide support through counseling and public health resources, to communicate updated plans, and above all, to keep Providence College open and safe for all to enjoy.
On behalf of students, we want to formally thank all staff and administration who have sacrificed time and energy to support PC and its community. The Friar Family continues to stand strong.

Sign Up and Smell the Coffee!: A Look at Club Recruitment Processes

by The Cowl Editor on February 27, 2020


by Sienna Strickland ’22

News Staff

Last week the Board of Programmers (BOP) held their spring semester coffeehouse to give incoming applicants a taste of what the club is like. 

Kevin Schwalm ‘21, BOP’s next president, sat down to share some information about the annual tradition practiced by many of the big clubs on campus. “The coffeehouse and open meeting are held before the application and interview process begins. This allows students interested in the club to learn more about what the club does for the campus. This year, the coffeehouse was held on Tuesday, February 18 and an open meeting was held during our regularly scheduled meetings on Wednesday, February 19,” Schwalm shares.

Student Congress also holds annual coffeehouse events during application season. Kelsey Christianson ’20 recommends that any students interested in improving campus life check out the informational session.

“Students that are interested in joining should come, as well as those interested in hearing more about the concrete things that Student Congress does on campus to make everyone’s experience better,” Christianson says.

Schwalm also encourages incoming applicants to attend the BOP coffeehouse to learn more about the club and to mingle, both with the board members and amongst themselves. He describes the average coffeehouse scene for the applicant, saying, “At the coffeehouse, the whole board is in attendance and we all talk and answer questions to anyone interested in learning more about the organization. We also have a brief slideshow that talks about the roles of each person on the board.”

He continued, saying, “Each committee chair has a slide and they discuss what their committee does as well as highlight some of the events they have done since the beginning of the school year. We also have applications available for anyone who is interested, and we discuss the timeline of the application process.”

In other words, despite the title, much more than mere coffee-sipping happens at coffeehouse events. They are  informative and interactive. The other event held by BOP during application season, usually following shortly after the coffeehouse, is the open meeting. 

These give a real-life look at what life as a member is like, offering the student a chance to dive right into the experience as a voyeur, and at times, participate in the meeting.

“At the open meetings, we allow anyone interested to see what a typical Board of Programmers meeting is like. The Board goes through a typical meeting as if it were a normal Wednesday. At this year’s meeting, one of the events we discussed was the Black and White Ball and it was great to hear what the people who attended the open meeting thought about the event. We also listened to their feedback on all the other events talked about at the meeting. After, members of the board were available to talk with any applicants who had questions about the application or about the process,” Schwalm says.

These events are typically very popular, as many are often vying to get at least a look into the popular on-campus organization.

“We had approximately 170 people attend the coffeehouse and 65 attend the open meeting. Typically, most people who attend the coffeehouse apply and most people who attend the open meeting also apply,” he says.

What happens, however, if one cannot attend? Will they be severely missing out or penalized during the application process?

Students who forget about, do not have the time to attend, or decide to apply after these events can collectively release a pent-up breath. Although these events provide students with great networking and informational opportunities, the rumors whispered about them being necessary or significant enough to merit acceptance into the club are not true.

Christianson addresses this common concern, conceding that although it looks good, there is no preferential treatment given to attendees.

“The attendance at the coffeehouse does not have much of an impact on the student’s chance of getting on the club. It does show, however, that the student does have a piqued interest in the club and is actively looking into it. The student, however, still must interview or run an election like everyone else,” she says.

Schwalm contributes, describing how much weight these events really hold to the BOP exec board.

“We look at every applicant equally. We understand that it can be difficult for students with busy schedules to attend one or both of the events. The coffeehouse and open meeting are not officially part of the application process, but function more as a way for students to learn about what we do as a club and to see if they are interested in applying,” he says.

In other words, while important and recommended, it is certainly not a requirement to sip coffee or sit in on the exec board.

This does not mean those interested in applying should not try to obtain the information shared at these events. For the students who are unable to make it, there are alternative options.

Christianson talks about some of these methods for students looking to join Student Congress.

“If students cannot attend the coffeehouse, we have our general meetings every Tuesday at 5:30 Ruane LL05. Here, the student can listen to an active meeting and see what actually goes on. Also, our elected class members and committees put on events throughout the year that students can attend to see the event planning side that Congress takes on. We also have a Food Committee, run under our Student Life Committee, that meets with the head chef of Ray monthly, and any students can join to have their voice heard about the dining on campus,” she says.

In regards to BOP, Schwalm assures that the office door is always open for students with any questions.

“If students are unable to attend the coffeehouse, or have questions regarding the application process or application itself, we welcome them to come in the office and have a discussion with someone on the board who can give them more information. There is always someone in the office during the day, and they would love to chat with anyone about the club,” he says.

Both the BOP and Student Congress offices are located in lower Slavin. BOP applications are due Friday, February 27, and the Student Congress application season begins again this fall.

Coffee houses are an effective tool used by clubs to promote themselves.
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Congress Updates

by The Cowl Editor on February 6, 2020

Congress Updates

by Bridget Reilly

Student Congress Publicity

On Tuesday, February 4, Student Congress welcomed Josef Quirinale, general manager of Sodexo. Quirinale oversees all dining at Providence College and recently helped to make multiple changes to PC’s dining halls in order to meet student needs.

Quirinale gave updates concerning the changes made to Raymond Dining Hall. He stated that changes to the way meat, specifically chicken, is cooked has increased student consumption and Sodexo will continue to evaluate their facilities as students give feedback. Newer options in Ray Dining Hall have also led to students making healthier food choices. 

For example, PC students have eaten 30 percent fewer chicken nuggets this semester. Josef Quirinale also informed the members of Congress that there is an on-staff dietician available for all students. Michelle Switach, RDN, is available on-campus four days a week and reachable via email as well ( 

He also mentioned that he is reachable via email ( to all students regarding dining hall feedback.

Members of Congress gave feedback regarding the new updates to the dining options. One member brought up some issues with the way Take 3 is separated into specific sections, giving students fewer options for meals. 

Quirinale also updated Congress on the new training that PC’s Sodexo staff underwent during the break. All staff members and Resident Assistants took part in safety training in order to keep the dining halls and food up to par.

The Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA) introduced an updated constitution, with changes to language and grammar to increase inclusivity. Members of the congress will vote on the piece next week.

Student Congress meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Ruane LL05 and is open to everyone.

Executive Letters of Intent

by The Cowl Editor on March 19, 2018

Congress Updates

Below are the letters of intent for the students running for executive positions on the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA) and Student Congress.

 Elections begin on Sakai Wednesday, March 21, 2018 and ends Thursday, March 22, 2018

Letters of Intent: BMSA

Secretary: Colleen DaCosta

To Whom It May Concern: My name is Colleen DaCosta and I intend on running for the position of Secretary of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA). I am a junior biology major and I have been a member of BMSA since my sophomore year. Additionally, I am the Head RA of Meagher Hall. Under my various positions on campus, I have maintained organization and tenacity within each of my respective involvements. Given my experience within this organization, I believe I am a qualified candidate for the position of secretary. As I run for this position, I promise to abide by the guidelines articulated at the ethics review.

Thank you, Colleen DaCosta

Treasurer: Caroline Garica-Then

Hello Students of PC. I would like to serve as the Treasurer for BMSA for the upcoming year of 18-19. I have had experience as being the Treasurer for Women Empowered for the past two years. WE is a club that empowers multicultural women through engaging the campus in activities that brings awareness to issues and also accomplishments that women of color encounter daily, both on and off campus. BMSA has been a defining experience and the role as a treasurer in WE has impacted a part of my identity strongly.

BMSA has been an important aspect in my leadership experience here at PC. I now want to integrate myself and be a bigger part of the influence that BMSA has had and continues to have on this campus. The power and impact that is portrayed through BMSA inspires me now more than ever to advocate not only for multicultural women that are a part of the LGBQ+ community like myself but to bring cultural awareness across all sectors. I hope to help this organization grow and expand because I know the work I will be doing will allow me to do that,
as well and you all as BMSA members

Vice President: Hannah Mackie

Hey Friar Fam,

My name is Hannah Mackie, I’m a junior Global Studies and Sociology double major running for Vice President of BMSA. I am currently abroad in Amman, Jordan, and I spent last semester studying in Nepal. As much as I have enjoyed my incredible adventures abroad, I am excited to come back home to Providence, and to my campus family.

BMSA is a welcoming and supportive community, on a campus which is hard to describe in the same way. Simultaneously though, BMSA always challenges its students and collaborating faculty to be constantly growing and learning. BMSA has introduced me to so many new friends and experiences, and given me a safe place on campus. I am running for exec because on the whole, PC needs to do better, and I want to be a part of the change that pushes the students, and the institution, in that direction.

Over the course of my last two semesters abroad, I have been exposed to so many new people, places and traditions. I was welcomed into foreign families and communities with open arms, and challenged to live and thrive different in homes, communities, languages, and cultures. I was welcomed recklessly to share my life with new friends and family abroad, and that is something that I will export home to PC. Regardless of our many differences, we all have the capacity to celebrate the many things that bring us together.

Providence College is a beautifully diverse community, in more ways than we allow ourselves to realize. I want to see people empowered to celebrate themselves, their identities, and the things that they are proud of. PC should be a community of bold authenticity, allyship and support. It’s about time that we actually start acting like the “friar family” that we claim to be. I want to be a part of the change, dialogue, and activism that pushes us there.



President: Fartune Abdulle

Dear Providence College,

My name is Fartun Abdulle and I am a Health Policy and Management major with a Black Studies minor. As a rising senior, I am running for the President of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs in hopes to continue contributing to what I think is the best student organization on this college campus. BMSA has been my home since sophomore year and it is my hope that it becomes a home for many students throughout their college experience. During last year’s campaign, I focused on my goal of leading BMSA in a direction of social activism, change and solidarity. I am proud to say this organization is one that promotes advocacy and acceptance and my role as President is to extend the work we do in BMSA to the larger Providence College community. My hope is that PC trusts me with the responsibility to foster community and family not only within the organization, but within the larger community of our school.

Peace and Blessings,


Letters of Intent: Student Congress

Secretary: Abigail Northgraves

My name is Abby Northgraves, I’m a rising senior, psychology and marketing double major. I’m running for Executive Secretary of Student Congress. I’m currently the Chair of the Committee of Public Affairs of Student Congress. Prior to being appointed as Chair, I served as Secretary for the Class of 2019. My accomplishments as 2019 Secretary included recording meeting minutes from weekly class meetings, tracking attendance and community service hours, and working with fellow Class of 2019 Exec members to plan evens and fundraisers. As Chair of the Committee on Public Affairs, I oversee the committee which is responsible for advertisements, social media content, Congress updates in the Cowl, and events such as Congress Café. (Shameless plug: Congress Café is a general info session for anyone interested in being a part of Student Congress on Thursday, March 22nd at 5pm in Moore Hall!).

My experience on Congress has strengthened my ability to collaborate on projects, engage in conversations with others from different backgrounds, and discover new ways to promote the flourishing of students at PC. I’m extremely passionate about Congress, PC, and its students. If elected, I intend to work to make Student Congress a better resource for addressing all student interests.

Secretary: Peter Shanley

With this letter, I am very proud to say that I am running for the position of Executive Secretary of the 69th Student Congress of Providence College. Having been on Student Congress since my freshmen year, I feel that I have grown in this organization into a place where now I feel that I can lead. As I am sure many others feel, Providence College has given me a home away from home and a large part of that is due to the great community that is the student body of our college. To be able to serve this community as a voice for them on Congress during my senior year would be a true honor. My goals for Student Congress moving forward would be to continue establishing good lines of communication between Congress and the other major clubs on campus, such as BOP, BMSA and Friars Club. Also, I would do my best to deliver the wants and needs of the student body to the administration of the college in such a way that our message is heard and acted upon. Thank you and Go Friars!

Treasurer: John Stablien

Hello, Student Body. I am running to be your Executive Treasurer for the 69th Student Congress. I was urged to run for this position last year, but I did not feel ready for the position, yet. I decided to run for class treasurer and gain exposure to the position and to be a member of the Finance Committee. With being class treasurer this year, I feel I have the ability and knowledge to take on the responsibilities as Executive Treasurer for this upcoming year. Best of luck to all of the other candidates running for executive positions.


Vice President: Devon Guanci

I, Devon Guanci, am seeking the position of Executive Vice President for the upcoming year. As a returning member of Student Congress, I am willing and capable of working collaboratively with my peers to accomplish goals for our class and the entire PC community. This past year, I had the privilege of taking on the role of Legislative Affairs Chair. As a result, I have gained significant insight as a leader of the club. In this role, I was responsible for leading a committee as well as preparing the legislation for our weekly meetings. I am comfortable being in a leadership position and I am confident in my ability to lead the club as a member of exec. As a double legacy student, I am fortunate to attend a school that has always been such a big part of my life. I am passionate about creating the best experience for everyone at PC; I will continue giving my focused attention and tireless effort. I am so grateful to have been able to work together with other student leaders these past three years and I ask for your vote in this upcoming election to continue this progress.

Vice President: Kristen Colabatistto

Hey Friars, my name is Kristen Colabatistto and I am excited to announce that I am running for Exec Vice President of Student Congress. As a freshman and sophomore I was a member of the Outreach Committee, planning events for the PC community, as well as the surrounding community. Then as a junior I briefly held a position as a member of the Student Life Committee before taking on the position of the Class of 2019 Vice President. Throughout these three years I have met an incredible amount of people who have shown me what it means to use your voice.

For my fourth and final year I would love to have an even larger role in the responsibilities of Student Congress. As Vice President I want to not only continue the work we’ve done, but to make an even larger impact on this community. Before I graduate I’d love to see the student body become a more united group of people, strengthening the essence of our Friar Family. We belong to such a special community and it would be an honor to be able to represent it. Go Friars!

President: Christopher Campanelli

I am Chris Campanelli and I am running for the position of Executive President for the 69th Student Congress. I am a three year member on PCSC, serving as an elected representative and committee member on the Clubs and Organizations and Publicity committees. I am also a member on the PCSC lead “Title IX and Sexual Assault” committee and a student representative to the Board of Trustees, “strategic planning” committee. As president, my main priority is ensuring that all students have their complaints, and suggestions heard and all students feel they have a voice on campus. I believe that all student rights should be respected and honored. Student Congress will be ran in a transparent, accountable and efficient manner, as we are servants to the student body. For more information on top priorities and initiatives, please visit

Class Election Nominees

by The Cowl Editor on April 6, 2017

Congress Updates

Class of 2018


Conor Glendon

My name is Conor Glendon and I am a part of the Class of 2018. I’m re-running for a spot in Student Congress because I want to continue to have an active role in the Providence College Class of 2018. I have been a class rep for 2 years and a class president for one year and want to continue this responsibility. I’m organized and dedicated and will take my responsibilities seriously. Being involved previously as an orientation leader, an Eagle Scout and a volunteer fire fighter has given me important leadership skills and also taught me the importance of communication and teamwork. I want to continue having a positive impact on the class of 2018 and continue to share my ideas and opinions.

Vice President

Carley Pearson

After being on Student Congress since my freshman year, I find this organization has defined me in ways academics and internships have not. Confident enough to stand up for what I believe in and voice my opinion more than ever, I want to use these skills and passions in ways that will make our final year the best yet. I had the opportunity to be a committee member for two years and Vice President of 2018 for one year, preparing me for the responsibilities VP entails. Our next year is unique. Everyone will be back from Study Abroad, excited to take free electives, cram in core requirements, but mostly ready to celebrate and work like we never have before.

As your Senior Vice President, I will make this our year. The year to leave everything on the table – work hard so we all get to where we want to be together. Plan exciting events that will create lasting impressions when you think of Providence College. This school has done so much for me where now it is time to give back and leave Friartown the best it has ever been.

Class of 2018 – I am confident we can do this together and share our voices and opinions so that everyone is heard and valued. If congress has taught me one thing it is that we are a family, and 2018 we have one more shot to learn and grow together. Us, we, together, family, friars. #CPforVP


Jenna Shanley

My name is Jenna Shanley. I am currently a junior here at Providence College, and I am running for the position of the Class of 2018 Secretary for Student Congress. I bring to the table experience and passion for this club. I have been a part of Student Congress since my freshmen year. As a freshman and a junior, I have the experience of being Vice President for the class of 2018. With that, I know and understand the requirements and importance of these positions and plan to apply what I have learned to the executive position for a class. I consider Providence my home. If elected, I would do everything in my power to ensure the well-being of the Class of 2018 and the student body in general. I love Student Congress and I love Providence College so it would be an honor to serve as a secretary.


Michael Bartels

Hi all.

It’s me, Mike, running for office again. Class treasurer is an important position, especially this year, when finance reform is becoming more and more of a prominent conversation. I am the candidate with experience in the field, who’s managed personal club finances through History Club, and has helped run allocations sessions for the vast majority of our school’s clubs. Of course, as always, I’ll use my vote to represent you, just as I did with bills regarding community standards, campaign finance, and Aquinas Hall.

Class Representative

Doug Cassidy

Dear Student Congress Elections Chairs and Class of 2018,

My name is Doug Cassidy and I am a member of the Class of 2018. I am a Biology major from Scotch Plains, New Jersey. I am running for one of the Senior Class Representative positions for the 2017-2018 school year. I have been a Representative in Student Congress for the last three years representing your needs and would love nothing more than to be reelected. I hope to continue my passion for Student Congress and I know that I can bring more great ideas to the table. I am really looking forward to the possibility of being on Congress next year!

Haley Rayment

Hi 2018!

My name is Haley Rayment and I am running for class representative. I have been on Congress for two years and during that time I believe I have learned how to be a strong leader. I care about all of the students at PC and want to make sure that everyone feels apart of our community. I am looking forward to advocating on behalf of our peers and am excited to see what senior year has in store for all of us!



Ben Harper

As a representative of the class of 2018, I would work to make sure we have the best senior year possible. Next year will be me fourth year on congress (if elected) and I am looking forward to another year of great events, and positive change for the school. Student Congress is a group of dedicated students that care about PC, and a group that I am proud to be a part of.

Gianluca Diubaldi

I am running for the position of Class representative again because I want to continue making an impact on campus by giving a voice to the class of 2018. Being a biology and psychology major, I give a distinct perspective as a PC student not being a business major that would contribute to the diversity on this club. I hope to be more of an active member this year and hopefully passing some legislation.

John Wahl

I intend on running for the position of Class Representative for the Class of 2018. I am already on congress as a committee member, but I feel that I could contribute more to the organization as a representative. This would give me the opportunity to vote on pieces of legislation that I currently cannot act on. When discussing legislation in general meetings it’s tough to really want to voice an opinion on a piece when that opinion may not matter that much. It’s simply an opportunity to truly represent the student body and try to improve the school for them. It also gives me more responsibility going forward, even if it is only a little. The opportunity to run for this position is one I cannot pass up.

Class of 2019


Caroline Cook

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Caroline Cook, and I’m interested in running for the Class of 2019 President. As the current President of 2019, I’d love to continue this job, in order to plan more events and fundraisers to bring together our class. As we had a great turn out for Friar Ball, I’d love to continue that momentum into next year as well. We had a lot of great ideas for fundraisers this year that we didn’t get around to, so I’ll be ready to hit the ground running and make junior year a great year for our class!



John Stablein

I am running for the treasurer position for the Class of 2019 because I want more of a responsibility on Student Congress. I have many great skills that I could use as the treasurer for my class. Also, I am a Finance major, which fits well with the position I am running for. I am hard-working, dedicated, and trustful. I work well with others and I love meeting new people. With all this said, I would be honored to be elected treasurer for that Class of 2019 for the 68th Student Congress.


John Stablein

Class Representative

Devon Guanci

Hi everyone! I, Devon Guanci, will be seeking reelection as a Class of 2019 Representative. As a returning member of Student Congress, I have extensive experience working collaboratively with my peers to accomplish goals and make progress for our class and for the rest of the PC community. I am a History and Political Science double major and also a member of a few other organizations on campus. Being the daughter of two PC alumni, I am so fortunate to be able to attend a school that has always been such a big part of my life. I am sincerely passionate about creating the best possible experience for everyone at Providence College with the help of others. I am a responsible student who has the best interest of the school and my classmates in mind. I plan to continue giving my focused attention and tireless effort. I am so grateful to have been able to work together with other student leaders this past year and I ask for your vote in this upcoming election so that I can work to aid in the development of our class and general community.

Kevin Cranney

My name is Kevin Cranney, and I am running for 2019 Class Representative on the 68th Student Congress of Providence College. After serving on the Outreach Committee for the 67th Student Congress, I feel like I am well prepared to take a more active role in student government as Representative. As Representative, I will stand for the interests of the Class of 2019, including housing matters, in addition to hopefully introducing legislation concerning environmental issues on campus and a 24-hour section of the library. I am willing to listen to and work with everyone in the Friar Family, and I look forward to a momentous year for the Student Congress. Along with Congress, I play trombone in the PC Pep Band and am in the History Club.

Gretchen Petrie

Hi again guys! My name is Gretchen Petrie and I am a rising junior here at Providence College! I am running to become a representative of the class of 2019. I am 20 years old, and I live in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. My major is Elementary Education and Special Education. Making a difference for other students makes me feel a part of something bigger than myself. Student Congress has become my home and the best part of being here at college. I live for getting involved, meeting new people, and encouraging other students to get involved and stay connected as well. As a student, I feel it is an obligation to immerse myself in student life and get to know as many great people as possible here at Providence College. This school has so much to offer and I want to encourage people to take full advantage of every opportunity given.

Dear Student Congress,

Christina Zikopoulos

My name is Christina Zikopoulos, and I am writing to become a Representative for the Class of 2019 at Providence College.I am currently a Political Science major, a History minor, and a Sociology minor. These subjects helped develop the skills that I believe are necessary for becoming a Class Representative. I now have an aptitude for resolving problems. I review all the information available, and make the most rational decision. Thus, I would be of great use when needing to vote on any issues concerning my class, PC, or the community at large. Furthermore, I am personable without being overwhelming. I can connect with anyone I meet, as I am open-minded. My classes taught me how to express my opinion while maintaining politeness. I vow that if I were to become a member of Student Congress I would make this a top priority.

If you would like to discuss my qualifications further, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Christina Zikopoulos

Joseph Kapur

Hey everyone, my name is Joseph Kapur and I am running for the position of Representative for the Class of 2019. I am excited about this opportunity to make a positive impact upon my fellow peers and the entire Providence College community. I believe my past leadership and ability to connect with students through mentorship programs and the alike makes me a strong candidate for this position.

As a Class Representative, I will work diligently to improve the academic and social experiences of all members of the class 2019. I hope to effectively represent the entire class by ensuring that all voices and opinions are heard and spoken for.

I believe that by becoming involved in Student Congress, I can make a meaningful impact upon the Providence College community. I am eager to learn from my fellow students and grow as a leader through my participation in Congress. I am also excited to build new relationships with members of the PC student body and staff to work towards the betterment of student life.

I would appreciate this opportunity to demonstrate my passion for PC through participation in Student Congress as a Class Representative.

Thank you and Go Friars!

Connor Nolan

To the Providence College Student Congress,

My name is Connor Nolan and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to run for Student Congress Representative. I wish to run for a position in the Congress, as over this past year I have found myself finding a deeper connection to the Providence College community. Through numerous activities and organizations that I joined or took part in this year, I began to realize how much it meant to me to be a student here at PC. After talking to many members of my class, and my close friends, I have come to realize that I may be able to do some good for the school community in a way that applies to my own skills. In that case, I believe I would be very capable in representing my fellow classmates here at Providence College. To me, running for class office is a great way to both give back, and help improve, the community that I have come to love at my second home at college. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to be able to get going on my campaign for Representative to the 67th Student Congress.

Class of 2020


Gabe Alvarez

Hello everyone! I am Gabriel Alvarez and I am proud to say that I will be running for re-election for 2020 President. A lot has happened in our first year, and I am very happy with how things have turned out. Looking back to what we have done thus far, hard work has been put in to provide different and fun events for our class. We had the Freshmen Food Frenzy that provided free food for hundreds of freshmen, and we organized the Freshmen Fling which was first large-scale dance that has occurred for a freshmen class in at least 4 years. Along with these events the team has also passed important legislation for this campus, including a diversity initiative that I personally presented. A lot has been done this year, but that does not at all prevent me from thinking about the future. Next year I plan on really bridging the gap between the Student Congress and the student community, as I know there is a disconnect that can be filled. There is so much that we can accomplish together, and I really hope that all of you can support and join the team to keep our vision 2020.

Vice President

Sean Richardson

Hey everyone!

I thrived as Vice President my Freshman year. I found something I am definitely good at. I am a good leader. I identify as a leader – being that person that is out there and willing is embedded within my personality and I honestly feel it in my soul. I understand that there are other positions on campus that I could take on, but I believe I belong on Congress as a Vice President. I have the drive to be the best, I have the attitude to be the best, and finally, I have the authenticity of a successful leader.

Currently serving as Vice President, I have had the liberty of working with such an amazing group of people. I have helped put on many different events with the class. One such event was the Freshman Fling which was almost cancelled, but due to our perseverance we were the first class in years to have a large scale freshman dance. I was incredibly proud to be apart of the first class to have a dance in Peterson for the Freshman class.

Whether I am elected as Vice President or not, I am confident the vision will still be “2020”.


Kelsey Christianson

Hey Friars! My name is Kelsey Christianson and I’m running for Student Congress Class of 2020 Treasurer. I am extremely excited to run for this position again this year! This past year as 2020 Treasurer was an amazing experience where I learned a lot and had fun doing my job. I am running for this position again because Student Congress is very important to me and I plan to continue making a difference here on campus. I plan on being the best Treasurer I can be if I am re-elected. I want to make the 68th Student Congress the best one yet and I need your help to do that. Thank you so much for your consideration. As always, go Friars!


Alexandra Lima

Class Representative

Luciana Borrelli

Dear Student Congress Officials and Providence College Class of 2020,

My name is Luciana Borrelli and I am running for Class Representative of the Class of 2020. I held a variety of leadership positions in my high school community and I continued to be an active member of the Providence College community as a freshman. I am an active Class Representative of the Class of 2020, member of the Providence College Women’s Club Basketball team, member of the S-lab, and leader for Urban Action. I believe that all of these leadership positions make me a qualified candidate for Class Representative. My past experience allows me to properly represent my class and I believe my unique way of thinking will contribute to Congress in a positive way. As someone who was an active member on Congress this past year, I believe that my exposure has prepared me to be a strong candidate for the position of Class Representative for the 68th Student Congress. I believe that through Congress, I will continue to educate myself and allow my love and pride for Providence College to thrive; I would love to be your Class Representative.

Matt Harwick

I believe it was fate that brought me to Providence College. I never intended to visit Providence while I was in high school, but decided to stop by since I went to go look at Bryant University. Once we pulled into the main gate and I looked upon Harkins Hall I was immediately in love. At that moment I knew I was going to come here. Ever since my first day of Urban Action the school has provided me with so much and it’s still only my freshman year! I realize that this school will continue to give back to me even past my last day of senior year. I believe that Student Council will allow me to give back this school. It will also give me a better opportunity learn more about this school and what it has to offer. I will also be able to share my new knowledge of the school with my classmates and better their experience at this school. Lastly, I want to join student council because I believe it is going to help me grow into a better and better-rounded person.

Alyssa Bush

I am running for re-election as a Class Representative for the Class of 2020 because this past year on Student Congress has shown me how important it is for student leaders to initiate change within our community. I am passionate on speaking on behalf of the student body to administration to make sure our voices are heard. I believe I can represent the opinions of our class on important issues regarding both student life and academics here at PC. Administration doesn’t always see these issues the way the students do, which is why we need experienced student leaders that are able speak up on behalf of our class to promote change and make sure student voices are heard. In addition to speaking on behalf of the student body, I hope to be a part of planning some of the best events yet for our class next year. Class of 2020: Vote for experience and passion in the upcoming Student Congress elections!

Dylan Black

My name is Dylan Black and I am running for the one of the five class representative positions on the Student Congress here at Providence College. Currently I am a class representative, and have enjoyed the responsibilities of my position thoroughly. This position has been gratifying—I have learned the ins and outs of Congress and collaborated with the Class of 2020 to put on several successful events for the freshmen. From Freshman Food Night to our semi-formal titled Freshman Fling, I am one of the elected officials responsible for ensuring the representation of everyone’s wishes and desires. I feel I am one of the most qualified options to continue in the position, considering I have a year under my belt and want to do so much more for the class.

Tommy Maggiacomo

Hi, my name is Tommy Maggiacomo and I’m running to be an elected class representative for the class of 2020. I would really like to join student congress because I’m interested in learning how the college is run and what I can do to help. In addition I look forward to the opportunity to meet new people and become more involved on campus. I currently live in Guzman Hall and I’m a political science major. My roommate Dan Keating has been a member of congress this year and has told me many times about how great it is and encouraged me to join as well. I think student congress is a great organization in how it works to give students concerns and issues a voice in the way the college operates. I very much would love to help out in this process.

Julia Gaffney

Dear Student Congress Officials and Providence College Class of 2020,

My name is Julia Gaffney, and I am running for Class Representative of the Class of 2020. I am seeking re-election, as I was a Class Representative this year on Student Congress. I can easily say that running for Class Rep in the fall was the best decision that I have made thus far at PC. Congress is an incredible organization in which I have been able to voice my opinions and have an active role in bringing about change for our Class of 2020 and our PC community. I want to return as a member of Student Congress because I enjoy taking on positions of leadership, and I take pride in being a voice for our class. I have found a family in Congress, and it is because of my great love for this club that I would like the opportunity to continue to serve as a Rep and grow as a leader of my school. I believe that both the individual leaders in the organization and the Congress as a whole represent what it means to be an active student at PC. It is because of this that I hope to continue to be a voice for the students through my involvement with Student Congress.

Jacqueline Kelley

I have been on congress for the past year as a representative for the freshman class and I have loved it. I enjoy being a representative because I am able to get involved in my class, as well as larger school issues, and I am able to take action and create legislation. I am handicap and I have found that accessibility on campus is one issue that I want to focus on. Even though there are not many handicapped people that attend PC, the campus still needs to be as accessible as possible for every individual because people with various needs visit our campus and will be admitted to PC every year. This is not the only issue I would like to help solve on campus, but it is one that I would like to be an advocate for. I love working with people and am always happy to listen to my peer’s concerns and bring those to action as well. If I get re-elected to congress, I will continue to work on these issues and will be more than happy to hear anyone’s concerns.