History: Highlights 1947-1964
1947: The Slavin Era
- College inaugurates a Marriage Forum Lecture Series.
- Robert Joseph Slavin, O.P., begins term as the 6th President of Providence College.
- Effective date of the Draft Resolution spelling out the Retirement Plan for Lay Employees.
- Science Building (Albertus Magnus Hall) groundbreaking ceremony.
- PC joins the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
- Albertus Magnus Hall opening.
- War Memorial Grotto is dedicated.
- PC is admitted into the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
- Students vote to accept the proposed PC Student Congress Constitution.
- PC radio-WDOM-AM-begins broadcasting from Albertus Magnus Hall.
- PC becomes the first Catholic men’s college in New England admitted to the College Entrance Examination Board.
- First Summer School of Theology for Religious Women Commencement.
- Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit established.
- College holds its first Military Ball.
- College holds first U.S. Army commissioning exercises as part of its 35th commencement.
- President welcomes the first members of Alpha Epsilon Delta, Rhode Island Chapter, the College’s Pre-Medical Honor Society, the first Honor Society based on a field of concentration.
- Alumni Hall (Gymnasium) Blessing.
- The Cowl announces the 1st PC recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for foreign study.
- College purchases the House of the Good Shepard property.
- First Homecoming Weekend begins.
- Gordie Holmes makes a dramatic shot at the buzzer, giving PC an upset win over the University of Notre Dame, 85-83.
- Freshman and Sophomores are no longer required to enroll in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program courses.
- College establishes the Liberal Arts Honors Program.
- Approval of PC’s National Institute of Health Training Grants Program.
- College confers its first Veritas Medal on Congressman John E. Fogarty.
- PC wins their first National Invitation Tournament.
1961: The Dore Era
- Vincent Cyril Dore, O.P., begins his term as the 7th President of Providence College.
- 1st Ring Dance.
- PC captures its second National Invitation Tournament trophy.
- Fans welcome the National Invitation Tournament Champions by lining Route 6 from the state line into Providence, and a crowd of 8,000 cheer the players, coaches and College officials.
- PC makes its first appearance in an NCAA basketball tournament.
- The Graduate School opens with 120 students offering courses in History, Education, Religious Education and Guidance, and the Sciences.
- First President’s Council meeting.
- North Dormitory (Meagher Hall) opening.