Spirit Wear Day for Disaster Relief on Friday
Friday will be Disaster Relief for Texas Spirit Wear Day. Students, faculty and staff may wear spirit wear by bringing in a minimum $1 donation for disaster relief in the southeast Texas region, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey and the 36 to 50 inches of rain in its aftermath. This donation will go directly to Catholic Charities USA, which along with the Archdiocese of Houston are on the ground providing short-term recovery, as well as gearing up for the long-term recovery services that will be needed for people to rebuild their lives. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be generous with their donations.

Classes enjoy liturgy together

Over the last week, our students have celebrated liturgy with their classmates in their grade. The liturgies were an opportunity to receive the Eucharist together as a class in the Chapel, and to see their pastors in the school setting. Deanery priests who celebrated Mass for the different classes include Fr. Tom Merrill, pastor of St. Mary in New Albany; Fr. Sonny Day '58, pastor of St. John the Baptist; and Fr. Dan Atkins '66, pastor of Holy Family.
Freshmen take part in year's first retreat offering
On Monday and Tuesday, our freshman students took part in a retreat day led by a team from CYO Camp Rancho Framasa. The day included small group discussions and activities, witness talks, and prayer experiences.

Monica Nokes was one of the freshmen who took part in the retreat and said she really enjoyed the experience, including trying the prayer form Lectio Divina and team building exercises. "Overall, it was a thoughtful, fun, and spiritual experience that I'm so glad I got to experience with my classmates," she said.

Grant Dierking said he enjoyed the games and different types of prayers. "I feel like I grew closer to God, and I think our class will use the lessons we learned like leadership and communication to more fully understand and love each other," he said.

Allen Kruer said he enjoyed the team building activities, which helped him and his classmates get to know each other's strengths in order to work together. He especially liked the "chocolate river" exercise, which required team members to stand on paper representing marshmallows to keep them from being swept away by the river. 

"The goal was to get all the members of the group to the other side of the river and get as many papers to the other side as well," Allen said. "This activity and many others showed us that everyone needs to communicate their ideas and work together to fulfill a task."

Upcoming retreats include a Catholic Charities INSIGHTS Immersion Experience for sophomores and the eighth grade retreat day.
Youth minister encourages morning Mass
There are many ways our Deanery youth ministers work to stay connected to their high school youth. One way is to visit them at Providence. The Deanery youth ministers bring treats and visit with their parish's teens during lunch at Providence several times a year.

Mrs. Stacy (Uhl) Gillenwater '85 recently added celebrating morning Mass with her St. Anthony youth group members as another way. She has invited St. Anthony youth members to join her for morning Mass twice so far this year and said she was pleased to have about 15 students join her each of those Monday mornings.

She said she sees coming to PHS for liturgy as a good way to extend her ministry and plans to invite St. Anthony youth to come together for morning Mass at Providence about once a month throughout the school year.

"I like to be with the kids," Mrs. Gillenwater said. "I miss them, and I want to be where they are. Obviously, they can't come to St. Anthony for 8 o'clock Mass, so I'm going to come meet them where they are."

Senior Natalie Gallegos was one of the St. Anthony youth who joined Mrs. Gillenwater at Mass this week. She said she was grateful for Mrs. Gillenwater's encouragement to attend morning liturgy.

"She pushes us spiritually and emotionally," Natalie said. "I have to admit it was really hard for me to get up this early on a Monday morning. But I came, and I really enjoyed it. I'm glad I did. It was a really good Mass."
Save the date: Fall Show
Tickets for the fall show Peter and the Starcatcher go on sale Friday. Show times are Sept. 15, 16, 23 and 24 at 7:00 p.m. as well as one matinee on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ray Day Little Theatre.

The play by Rick Elice is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores how a young orphan ultimately became Peter Pan, from the depths of greed and despair to the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

Tickets are $10, and starting Friday, Sept. 1, at 10:00 a.m., can be purchased in advance via the Providence website or by calling 812-945-2538 x 314. Tickets will also be on sale at the box office prior to the show. Limited seating is available.
Faculty and staff enjoy LouCity FC game
Providence faculty and staff enjoyed the Aug. 26 Louisville City FC soccer game thanks to the generosity of John and Penny Neace. John is chairman of the soccer club ownership group. He and Penny are parents of Katie (Neace) Uttich '05 and Max Neace '12.
Solar eclipse in Tennessee worth the trip
Last week, millions of Americans turned to the sky to view the first transcontinental total solar eclipse since 1918. Science teacher Laura Swessel knew viewing the total eclipse in person would be a rare experience, so last year she planned a field trip to Gallatin, Tenn., for prime viewing of the celestial event.

More than 40 students and several chaperones traveled by bus to see the eclipse, and their experience, well, eclipsed what everyone outside of the totality zone saw. For them, the trip was more than worth the effort and long bus ride home.  Read more.
Deanery Night is next Friday
All Deanery students and families are invited to Deanery Night on Friday, Sept. 8, during the Pioneer Football game vs. Clarksville. At halftime, football and cheer teams from the New Albany Deanery will be recognized, and the Southern Indiana Catholic and Clark County Catholic first/second, third/fourth and fifth/sixth grade football teams will scrimmage on the field. Game time is 7 p.m. 
Deanery students kindergarten through eighth grade wearing a T-shirt or athletic uniform representing their Deanery school or team will be admitted for just $1 when accompanied by an adult. Students with a Pioneer Pass get in free when accompanied by an adult. Regular admission is $5.

This event also is an opportunity for Deanery school students to sign up for the new Pioneer Pass. Parents who provide an email address can sign up their student to receive the pass, which offers free admission for Deanery school students to all Providence regular season home athletic events for the 2017-2018 school year when accompanied by an adult. Postseason sporting events are not eligible for free entry.
Grantz takes coaching, teaching job in Florida
Coach Andrew Grantz '07, Boys Basketball head coach for the past three seasons, has accepted a coaching position at Fort Meyers (Fla.) High School. He also will be teaching P.E.

Assistant coach Rob Murawski has accepted the role of interim head coach and has already begun open gym and conditioning for the season. Coach Murawski has 11 years' experience as a head basketball coach and has been first assistant head coach the past three seasons at PHS. Coach Murawski's three years at PHS and his past head coaching experience at South Central, Springs Valley and Vincennes Rivet high schools make him uniquely qualified to step into this role at this time. He is a graduate of Vincennes Rivet High School and played his college ball at University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.

Following the 2017-18 boys' basketball season, an internal and external candidate search will be conducted. Coach Murawski will be featured in a future eVision.

Grantz said he has enjoyed the opportunity to coach at Providence and will miss the players but knows they are in good hands.

"Working at Providence has been such a blessing," Grantz said. "I am very excited for Rob Murawski to take over. He has been such a big part of our success the last three years. I know he will do a great job of continuing that success."

Grantz said he will miss the Providence community and its enthusiastic Blue Pride, but he is also "excited for this new opportunity for my family. I will be keeping up with the team throughout the year!"
Football games broadcast on Glicod.com
If you can't make an upcoming Football game, you can watch or listen online at Glicod.com
  • Sept. 1: Silver Creek, 7 p.m., broadcast on Glicod's You Tube channel.
  • Sept. 15: Charlestown, 7 p.m., audio broadcast on Charlestown's broadcasting network
  • Oct 6: Milan, 7 p.m., broadcast on Glicod's Youtube channel.
  • Oct. 13: Linton-Stockton, 7 p.m., broadcast on Glicod's Youtube channel.
Vote volleyball player CJ Athlete of the Week
Senior Marissa Hornung has been nominated for the Courier-Journal Southern Indiana Student Athlete of the Week for her combined 62 kills, 46 digs and eight aces in two wins in the Lawrence North 4-Way on Saturday. Click here to vote.
8th grade class celebrates Nolot's World Series trip
The eighth grade students welcomed classmate Brooklynn Nolot home from the Little League Softball World Series. Her Floyds Knobs All Star team placed third.
Head Softball Coach needed
The Providence Athletic Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of head softball coach. Preference will be given to candidates with experience as a head coach.

Interested candidates should send a letter or email, along with details of their experience and qualifications, including a letter of application, up-to-date resume, a teaching and coaching philosophy statement, and a list of three current references with contact information, to:

Providence High School Athletic Department
"Coaching Position"
707 Providence Way
Clarksville, IN 47129

Email: PHSAthletics@providencehigh.net

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Parent Notes: College Night and picture retakes
College Night for students and families
College Night at PHS is Sept. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Administrative Corridor. It will include several college representatives who can field students' and parents' questions about planning for and completing the college and scholarship applications. Open to all students and parents and especially upperclassmen. Please enter via the student entrance by the Chapel.

Picture Retake Day next Friday
Picture retakes are Friday, Sept. 8, for students who did not have their photo taken during registration or who are unhappy with their school photos. All students including seniors are required to have a yearbook photo taken, even if they do not wish to purchase any.

Photos will be taken in the Administrative Corridor during lunches. Order forms are available in the main office. Students unhappy with their original photograph must bring the entire original packet of photos. Students having retakes may dress up and must follow the guidelines in the handbook. Students may wear spirit wear and jeans ONLY if they pay $1 for the Scholarship Spirit Wear fund.

Coffee with the Counselors Sept. 12
The next Coffee with the Counselors session is Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in the Fr. Mike Counseling Center. The topic will be College Planning: PSAT, SAT, applications, requesting transcripts, scholarships. All parents are welcome. Please sign in at the Main Office.
More chances to sign up for Deanery Pioneer Pass

New Albany Deanery school students have an opportunity to get in free to all Providence regular season home athletic events for the 2017-2018 school year when accompanied by an adult with the new Pioneer Pass. Parents/students can sign up to receive a Pioneer Pass at upcoming home Football games on Sept. 1 and 8. Both games start at 7:00 p.m. Parents will need to provide an email address to sign up their student. Postseason sporting events are not eligible for free entry.

Deanery musical coming soon
Families will enjoy the upcoming Deanery musical Seussical Jr., held on Sept. 9-10.  The show features many characters from the beloved books by Dr. Seuss played by 
42 students in grades five through eight from throughout the New Albany Deanery elementary schools.

Show times are Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Sept. 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Robinson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
Welcome, Mr. Breedlove
Providence welcomes three new teachers this school year. In this issue we profile our new musical theatre teacher.

Mr. Ronnie Breedlove was a familiar face in Providence theatre before joining the faculty part time this year. He has served as lighting designer for four recent spring musical productions, including last year's Les Miserables. He also served as rehearsal pianist for that show and was scenic director for two other musicals.

Now he teaches Eighth Grade Choir, Musical Production, and Technical Theatre while also serving as design, scenic, lighting and technical director for the spring musical and director of Providence Singers. He will continue his full-time work as musical director and pianist at Derby Dinner Playhouse, where he has worked for 23 years. He also is the producing artistic director and creator of the River Pops Orchestra, which performs in the summers at the Jeffersonville RiverStage, and a private professional lighting and design contractor.

Mr. Breedlove said he enjoys staying busy and is thrilled to be doing more with Providence music and theatre.

"I love it," he said. "I'd be bored if I just had one project to work on at a time."

A version of this story also appeared in the Summer 2017 
Vision magazine.
Reunion planning for 2017
Below is a brief listing of reunion info. Comprehensive reunion information can be found by clicking  here .
  • 1955 - Quarterly gatherings: Oct. 13, and Dec. 8 - 11:30 a.m.; Clarion Hotel in Clarksville.
  • 1960: Sept. 23, Fall Fiesta, 4 p.m. until ? Check class Facebook page or website
    Dec. 9, Clarion in Clarksville, mini-reunion brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • 1962 - Dec. 2, Clarion Hotel, Clarksville - Champagne Brunch 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
  • 1965 - 70th Birthday Party, Sept. 30, 2017,  Paula Sellers Robinson's party barn.
  • 1967 - Oct. 27-28, Covered Bridge and The Exchange. Invitations have been sent.
  • 1974 - Sept. 9, Elk Run Golf Club, Jeffersonville. Invites sent.
  • 1977 - Sept. 23, Kingfish in Jeffersonville. 
  • 1997 - Sept. 9, Wick's Pizza in New Albany.
  • 2002 - Fall 2017. Check class Facebook page.
  • 2007 - Sept. 9, 2017, Gospel Bird patio, New Albany.
  • 2012 - Fall 2017. Check class Facebook page.
Young alumni among SIC Football coaches
Volunteer coaches are essential to our Deanery sports. They give freely of their time and talent to teach young players the fine points of a particular sport. The Southern Indiana Catholic Football team has one such group of coaches, and all of them are Providence alumni, including two who are recent graduates. Austin Richards '12 and Ian Schlosser '14 sought out the opportunity to coach the team because they love the sport and wanted a way to stay involved. Read more.
Deanery student, family STEM clubs openings
There are still a few openings for two STEM opportunities for Deanery students and their families. Deanery students grades one to nine can attend the five-week after-school STEM Club. A Family STEM Camp also will be offered on Saturday mornings, for a parent and up to two of his/her children.

The after school STEM Club costs $15 per student for all five sessions, is grouped by grade and will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Providence, with first through third grade starting on Sept. 5. For more information, click here.

The Family STEM Camp will be held at Providence on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon: Sept. 9 and 23 and Oct. 21 and 28. Participants may include a parent and one or two of his/her children. Cost is $60 per person for all four sessions. Activities include fossil hunting; writing computer code; designing, building, and testing structures; and fun with math. Click here for more info.
Alumni Night to be held on Homecoming night
The Providence Alumni Association invites all alumni to take part in Alumni Night festivities during the Homecoming game vs. Holy Cross on Friday, Sept. 22. Stop by the tent on the patio of the new Pioneer Athletic Center (PAC) inside Murphy Stadium for a special reception/tailgating event from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The event also includes a meet and greet with Justin Campbell '01, former Pioneer Football star who went on to play at Butler University, He will be signing copies of his Christian motivational book The New, Complete You: Life Between the Lines.

During the game, 10 teams celebrating milestone anniversaries of their postseason wins will be recognized between the first and second quarters. Teams to be honored include 1967 Cross Country, 1982 and 2007 Football, 1997 Boys Soccer, 2002 Girls Golf, and 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002 Volleyball. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.

Save the Date: ASAP Dinner

The Annual Student Assistance Program Appreciation Dinner will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Huber's Orchard & Winery. Fr. Eric Augenstein, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and former pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Providence chaplain, will be the guest speaker. Please mark your calendars!
Thank you to all for successful golf scramble
Our Lady was working her magic at this year's Pioneer Golf Scramble as she ordered the perfect temperature for the 88 golfers who came out to play on the Covered Bridge course in support of Providence! This was the 19th year for the Pioneer Cup Golf Scramble, and by the turn out, it is evident that Blue Pride continues to run deep and strong in our community!

A most sincere thank you is extended to all those who participated, sponsored, or volunteered their time to make this event a huge success. Thanks also to course pro Kevin Grantz '85 and the Covered Bridge crew for all of their hard work in making this event run seamlessly.

Last but not least, a special thank you to the dedicated, long-running Golf Scramble Committee members: Grantz, Pete Corrao '72, Don Day '57, Jody (Cooley) Fitzpatrick '81, Eric Geswein '99, Don Gibbons, Bob Kleehamer '60, Diane Murphy '67, Larry Paris '58, Tony Perito, Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83, and Tex Very (Hon. '09). They are the gears that make the golf scramble motor run and make this event a huge success year after year so that we may support the Annual Student Assistance Program, which provides financial aid to our students.

Congratulations to all of our winners:
  • First place, Flight One: Doug Batliner, Vickie (Beach) Batliner '81, Chad Miller, and Tim Becht
  • First place, Flight Two: Todd Lancaster '88, Chris Bottorff, Greg Fifer, and Wes Christmas
  • First place, Flight Three: Todd Frossard '99, Greg Nash '92, Brian Lenfert '99, and Bill Kaiser '91
  • Closest to the pin winners: Connor Slade, Eric Geswein '99, Bryan Fifer, and Todd Frossard
  • Straightest Drive: Scott Hutchins '91
  • Longest Putt: Brian Brinkworth
  • $10,000.00 hole-in-one contest finalists: Brian Wallace '84, Bryan Fifer, and Senator Ron Grooms, with Wallace winning the putt off but falling short on the try for the $10,000.00 putt.
Hosparus nurse to take the stage to support agency
Over the last 10 years, several alumni have competed in the annual Hosparus Dancing with the Stars fundraising event, and a number of them have won. This year, there is yet another alumna competing but with a unique perspective on the organization. Julie (Klein) Hammond '88 is a hospice admissions nurse for Hosparus Health of Southern Indiana, which provides hospice care and counseling. On Sept. 12, she will be the first Hosparus employee to compete in the fundraiser. Read more.
Sept. 1: Disaster Relief for Texas Spirit Wear Day
Sept. 4:
 Labor Day, no school
Sept. 7: College Night, 7:00 p.m., Administrative Corridor
Sept. 8: Scholarship Spirit Wear Day; Underclassman Picture Retakes during lunch
Sept. 9: Deanery Musical Seussical Jr. 7:00 p.m., Robinson Auditorium
Sept. 10: Deanery Musical Seussical Jr. 2:00 p.m., Robinson Auditorium
Sept. 12: Coffee with the Counselors, 7:30-8:00 a.m.Counseling Center

For Victims of Natural Disasters

Gracious God, I pray for the victims of this disaster, Lord, that you would comfort the lives that were spared, Lord, and that you would take care of those who perished.
Lord, please bless those who are doing everything they can to help these people and also make sure that things run smoothly in repairing this great community.
Please help the victims to have patience and also help family members to be reunited. Lord, I pray that you will ensure that the victims do not come under any illnesses from this disaster, and I also pray that they get enough food and clean water and proper shelter for everyone.
Lord, please touch the hearts of the world to continue to pray for these people and also to donate whatever they can to help rebuild this wonderful state.
Lord, only you can make miracles happen and I am asking for one now. Amen.

- by Bridgett of Ontario, CA, adapted from "Hurricane Katrina Prayer"

Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84
Director of Communications
eVision reporter/writer

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