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The City Harmonic rocks Providence
With Tuesday’s commencement of classes the 2016-17 school year at Providence has officially begun.
Students, many of whom arrived in Otterburne last Thursday for Welcome Week, are already enjoying the institution’s new classroom, courtyard and service spaces, and with increased enrollment and further plans for future campus development the new academic year promises to be among the most exciting in Providence history.
The excitement was already palpable during Welcome Week, which engaged faculty, staff and students in numerous games, including bubble soccer, bouncy jousting and giant battleship. The dunk tank and mechanical bull were popular activities as well.
But the highpoint of the September 1-5 pre-semester celebration was Friday’s kick-off concert, headlined by Juno Award-winning band The City Harmonic.
More than 600 people attended the performance—among them members of the general public from surrounding communities. Admittance was free, as were the gourmet coffees and vegan popsicles on offer. Food trucks selling mini donuts and churros parked in the roundabout, and the pathway from the Student Life Centre to the east entrance was transformed into a lively mingling zone.
Finally, The City Harmonic took the stage shortly after 7:30 p.m. and treated their fans to an energetic, and occasionally interactive, concert that featured many of their hits, such as Manifesto and Mountaintop.
“We have been blown away by the positive reaction to the concert, not only from our students and employees but also from music fans who might not have otherwise made the trip to the Otterburne campus,” remarked Jerrad Peters, Creative Content Specialist at Providence. “We were delighted to have The City Harmonic help make our 2016-17 Welcome Week bigger and better than ever.”
Saturday’s Welcome Week events included the Welcome Banquet and evening fireworks, and on Sunday students battled in a Nerf competition before enjoying an evening bonfire. On Monday a Providence contingent made the short trip to Winnipeg to take in a Goldeyes baseball game.
Amidst the festivities students also took part in academic orientation, welcome sessions and residence meetings. On Friday morning they were introduced to the year’s chapel theme, “Called,” and over the weekend Providence President Dr. David Johnson delivered a series of homilies based on the theme’s corresponding passage of scripture: Romans 1:6-7.
Dr. Dennis Hiebert, too, referenced the chapel theme in his Welcome Banquet speech, saying, “Christ calls Providence, and you, and me, to join the company of sojourners following Jesus.”
The breadth of Welcome Week activities, enhanced by beautiful, late-summer weather, helped Providence students get to know one another and familiarize themselves with the campus ahead of Tuesday.
“The beginning of the school year always brings great energy to the school,” observed Cameron McKenzie, Dean of Providence University College. “When we see all of the ways in which Providence grads are making a difference in their communities and careers, we can’t help but be excited about how God will use our students and their education in the future.”
Added Dr. Stan Hamm, Dean of Providence Seminary: “We have been looking forward to this time together in which we will discover God in a new way and become better equipped to serve Him.”
Providence wishes the best for all students over the coming year.














(Top, second, 11th, 13th and 15th photos courtesy Alex Holden.)


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