Once a Charger, always a Charger.
“Even though our alumni have graduated from Providence Day, they will always be part of this school’s community,” explained Steve Bondurant ’98, Alumni Relations director.
PDS is committed to establishing and maintaining relationships with its alumni near and far, to help them stay connected with the school long after they’ve graduated.
The Office of Institutional Advancement works to educate students about their lifelong connection to PDS, and each year hosts events for both alumni and alumni parents on campus and around the country, such as the Alumni Roadshows at which school leadership visits various cities each year.
The response to the outreach has been positive, according to Jeffrey Appel, Associate Head of School for Institutional Advancement.
“Providence Day is a close-knit community, and the roadshows have shown that our community and school spirit continue long after graduation,” he said.
“It’s been great to see classmates who had no idea they were living and working in the same city rekindle their relationships,” said Bondurant. “It was also nice to see alumni meet for the first time who graduated decades apart, sharing information and ideas that could benefit each other down the road.”
Since it’s difficult to host roadshows in cities multiple times a year, “we felt it was important to establish chapters so alumni could continue the bonds that were created,” said Bondurant. “We want alumni to get together throughout the year and strengthen the network in those areas.”
Four chapters — in Atlanta, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. — officially started last year in which alumni have taken on leadership roles. Each chapter functions independently and organizes its own events, as well as coordinates with the Alumni Relations office to host concurrent events, such as the six chapter events held September 28 to help celebrate Providence Day’s 46th birthday.
“These chapters are truly alumni-driven and it’s exciting to see this endeavor grow all over the country,” said Bondurant.
Beginning with Boston
Forty enthusiastic alumni in the Boston area helped to establish the first official chapter.
“We got the ball rolling last year, met some great alums at our local events and are hoping to build on that going forward … and gain some real momentum over the next year,” said Noel Watkins ’02, chapter president and PDS Board of Alumni member.
Watkins, marketing technology manager for Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., a general practice law firm, said he cherished his time at Providence Day.
“I just feel lucky and blessed to have had the opportunity to receive the education and opportunities that I did at Providence Day — great teachers, great coaches, great friends,” he said. “To this day, some of the best relationships I’ve made and continue to maintain came from my time at Providence Day.”
“I’m happy to carry on our tradition of maintaining a tight-knit community (with the Boston chapter),” he added. “I think it’s extremely valuable to have a strong network of professionals and students who share a common background.”
And since Providence Day is a “global-minded school and our alums are living all over the world, we are looking to continue to grow the chapters program in new locations,” said Bondurant.
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