Auditorium receives state-of-the-art lighting
After more than 10 years of use, the Robinson Auditorium has been in need of several updates. Thanks to generous alumni, families, and friends, the auditorium now has a new theatre curtain and a new state-of-the-art lighting system.

Mr. Ronnie Breedlove, who teaches musical and technical theatre and has a background in stage lighting, designed the new lighting system and installation. The system, which features new lighting equipment from Chavet and ETC Lighting, boasts the newest technology and uses LED light sources, cutting electric cost drastically. The new system will also save money because the Performing Arts Department will no longer need to rent LED lighting systems to supplement its permanent system.

"The new system will save the Performing Arts Department at least $10,000 a year in production costs, not to mention the amount of money the school will save on electricity," Mr. Breedlove said. "With the new purchase, not only will the spring musical be able to enjoy spectacular lighting effects, but the lighting can be enjoyed throughout the year by all productions and events held in the Robinson Auditorium."

Phoenix Lighting of Louisville and Delta Electric installed the new lighting equipment and electrical distribution, which includes 10 moving, intelligent fixtures; 15 LED Zoom Parcans; eight LED color-mixing ellipsoidals; six LED Cyc Lights used to light backdrops; nine Showbaby controllers to communicate with new equipment; and a new, state-of-the-art ION lighting console to control all of the new equipment. In addition, there is now a well-stocked inventory of Fresnel illuminating lights and ellipsoidal spotlights used for production.

Next up is new lighting for the Ray Day Little Theatre. If you would like to contribute to this project, click here.
School News: Holiday troupes, Angel Tree, more
Holiday performers wrap up season
The Popcorn Players and Providence Singers had a successful performing season bringing holiday cheer to Deanery children and families. The groups performed at each of the Deanery schools last week and at the Christmas Showcase this past weekend. The Popcorn Players also performed at Breakfast with Santa, an event the group sponsored along with the Girls Soccer team.
House of Integrity collects winter gear for homeless

The House of Integrity recently collected more than 50 gently used or new hats, gloves, and scarves to benefit the homeless population in Jeffersonville. The winter gear will be hung outside of Geraldine's Kitchen, located at 402 Wall St. in downtown Jeffersonville, as part of the restaurant's Stay Warm Project. A sign lets people know to take a hat, scarf, or pair of gloves if it is needed and for those with extra to leave one. The House of Integrity donation will ensure that the project always has plenty of winter gear to provide warmth for those in need. The restaurant is operated by Bob Hoyland, husband of Director of Communications Christa (Payne) Hoyland '84, who is a member of the House of Integrity.

The House of Integrity also is organizing a group to volunteer at the Franciscan Soup Kitchen in Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 15. Volunteers will prepare and serve food to those in need and also clean up.

Angel Tree Challenge benefits families in need
The Houses of Justice and Truth are challenging all students to adopt multiple Angel Tree families to ensure those in need have a merry Christmas. Since all Houses are participating in collecting donations, buying gifts, and delivering the gifts to various parishes or business, students will receive Spirit Wear Days next Monday and Tuesday to end finals week. The Houses also receive points toward the quarter challenge based on the number of students who participate in each task.

Intro to Engineering students present projects
Throughout the semester, students in the Intro to Engineering class had a taste of what a career in engineering could be like. The students were presented with a need for equipment for the Physics Lab. Groups built and tested prototypes, upgraded them, and then built the final pieces of equipment, which will be used in lab experiments. Earlier this week, the groups presented their completed projects to their classmates and an audience that included some of their parents.

Teacher Mrs. Laura Swessel also presented the students with an EPICS K-12 certificate of completion, acknowledging their participation in an Engineering Projects in Community Service program sponsored by Purdue University.
Science students attend Falls of the Ohio event
More than 40 science students attended the Falls of the Ohio Family Nature Club over the weekend. The students participated in a craft activity to make a Devonian Fossil Christmas Ornament.

House of Spirit leaders build unity, create fun
Seniors Ross Reyes and Alyssa Perkins
share the duties of senior executive delegate for the House of Spirit, and their different approaches blend well for the success of the House. Ross is the resource for House members to come to with questions, and Alyssa brings ideas and tries to make the meetings fun. Read more.
Christmas Dance to end finals week
SADD is sponsoring its annual Christmas Dance on Dec. 18 in the Cafeteria from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Tickets to the dance are $10 and must be purchased in advance and are being sold during lunches in the Cafeteria through the last day of finals. The event will feature photos by Derby City Selfie, a DJ, and door prizes and is open only to Providence students.
Freshman tries hand at broadcasting
Freshman Will Harper
loves sports and hopes to make it a career in some form, although he doubts he will be playing. Instead, he wants to work in broadcasting as a way to share his interest in sports statistics and results. He already has a good start by being an intern for GLICOD Communications, which broadcasts local high school sporting events. Read more.
Athlete Profile: Swim & Dive
This issue's Pioneer Profile focuses on three members of the Swim & Dive team: Senior Tanner Carver, a second-year diver who is translating his gymnastics experience onto the diving board; senior Harry Green, a third-year swimmer who also loves tennis, and sophomore Faith Middleton, a lifelong swimmer who competes in triathlons. Read more.
Sports News: Girls Basketball in Hoosier Gym, Deanery Night, more
Girls Basketball plays in historic gym
The Girls Basketball team had the opportunity recently to play in the historic Hoosier Gym, the site of the Hickory Huskers gym in the film Hoosiers. The team lost the contest to Trinity Lutheran but enjoyed playing in the iconic gym.

Girls Basketball also recently held its Academy Night, featuring members of the Providence Girls Basketball Academy coached by Coach Brad Burden for girls in grades three through eight.

Deanery Night a success
Boys Basketball drew a large crowd for its Deanery Night last week. Deanery boys' teams were recognized at halftime and had a chance to greet the Pioneer varsity team. Deanery coaches also participated in a halftime 3 point shooting contest.

Save the Date: Girls Basketball Deanery Night
Girls Basketball will host its Deanery Night on Jan. 11, 2019, when the girls will host Charlestown. Deanery girls' basketball teams grades five through eight will be recognized before the start of the varsity game. The JV game starts at 6:00 p.m., with varsity at 7:30. Players and coaches receive free admission. Regular admission is $5.

December holiday tourney scheduleavailable
There are plenty of opportunities to support Providence sports over the Christmas Break, including the following:
  • Boys Basketball in Aleris Holiday Tournament, Dec. 20-22, Hancock County High School, starting Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball in Charlestown Holiday Tournament, Dec. 20-21, Charlestown High School, starting Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. vs. Charlestown.
  • JV Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, Dec. 22, Providence, starting at 9 a.m.
  • Wrestling in Scottsburg 10-Way Tournament, Dec. 27-28, Scottsburg High School, starting Dec. 27 at 9 a.m.
  • Boys Basketball in Silver Creek Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28-29, Silver Creek High School, starting Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Charlestown.
  • Co-ed Swim & Dive in Eagle Relays, Dec. 29, South Putnam High School, starting at 10 a.m.
  • Wrestling hosts Pekin Eastern Jan. 2 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Co-ed Swim & Dive in double dual meet vs. Jeffersonville and Silver Creek at Jeffersonville High School at 6:00 p.m.
At the Silver Creek Holiday Tournament, senior Hannah Conder will represent PHS as a Holiday Tournament Queen candidate and be escorted by senior Kevin Smith. The queen will be crowned between games of the Boys Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Parent Notes:  Placement Exam, Final Exams & more
Christmas Break
We hope all our students, faculty, and staff enjoy time with their families at Christmas. Have a safe, relaxing break, and we will resume classes on Thursday, Jan. 3, with an A Day schedule to start the new semester.

First Semester Final Exams
Final exams go through Tuesday, Dec. 18, assuming school is not canceled due to inclement weather. Final exams are on a full-day schedule, with two exams each day. Click here for a schedule.
Gala to be a night of mystery, fun, fellowship

The Gala Auction & Dinner is a little more than a month away, and excitement is building! Get an early start and order your tickets online - and be sure to mail in your Wheel of Chance order form. Only 30 tickets sold per item, and they go fast, especially these three:

1. THE BANK HEIST: Four stashes of loot worth $500 each will be up for grabs. Increase your odds; and buy a chance from each!
Compliments of PHS faculty, staff, administration, and multiple
anonymous donors ... $30 per chance.

2. MYSTERY DINNER: Enjoy an intimate dinner specially prepared for you and your seven guests by acclaimed chef Rachel Hall '00. Flavorful dishes paired with delightful wines served by Chef Hall in the Copper Room at the Orange Clover in Jeffersonville.

Compliments of Orange Clover/Rachel Hall '00 ... $30 per chance.

3. GREAT ESCAPE: Escape to sunny Sandestin for seven nights filled with
fun, sun, and relaxation. Stay in a charming cottage condo on the 8th tee of one of four golf courses at the Sandestin Resort. Dates subject to availability. Compliments of Don '57 and Joyce  Day ... $50 per chance.

Gala Dinner and Auction, January 26, 2019, at Huber's Orchard & Winery Plantation Hall, 6:00 p.m. - midnight.

Career Speaker Series features parents, alumni
Several alumni, parents, and local business people have visited Providence recently to speak to the students in Freshman Focus. Speakers have included Providence parents like Tom Upton, a Clarksville firefighter; and Dr. Troy Coker, a Jeffersonville optometrist; as well as alumni Dan Block Jr. '96, a pharmaceutical salesman; and Billy Kaiser '91, a financial advisor. Younger alumni also have participated, including David Gatz '12, who spoke about careers in engineering, and Wynne Gettelfinger '15, a senior animation major at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Wynne represented SCAD as one of the college's student ambassadors through the school's Hometown Heroes program. She shared some of the exciting opportunities she has had during her college career, including study abroad semesters in Hong Kong and France. She said she was thrilled to be back at Providence.

"It's surreal, but it's fun," she said. "I'm proud to be able to share all the opportunities at SCAD. Plus it's fun to see some kids that I know, although there are fewer that I know now, which is strange. And the art rooms have changed a little bit, but it still feels like home."
Breakfast with Santa draws crowd
The Girls Soccer team and Popcorn Players thank everyone who attended their Breakfast with Santa event earlier this month. Nearly 100 children attended, enjoying a performance by the Popcorn Players, treats, crafts, and a photo with Santa.
Reunion planning begun for 2019
Reunion planning is beginning for the class years ending in 4 and 9. To volunteer to help with your reunion planning, contact Ronda (Miller) Stumler '83 at

Save the date for 2019 reunions:
  • 1959: Aug. 31, 2019. Dinner and mingling at the Clarksville Radisson Hotel, 5-10:00 p.m.
  • 1969: 50th Reunion, Sept. 20-21, 2019. Golden Diploma Dinner at Providence March 2, 2019.
  • 1979: Sept, 6-7, 2019. Friday: Football tailgate at PHS, Saturday: Tour & Mass at PHS, dinner to follow at Covered Bridge. Follow Providence Class of '79 Facebook page for details.
  • 1999: Planning  underway.
History of Providence basketball makes great gift
Copies of A Pioneering Spirit, co-signed by the authors, are available for sale in the Providence Main Office during school hours, or simply call Charlie Jenkins '57 at 812-945-8715 or email Ray Day '57 at to order. Books are just $20. When ordered by phone, add the cost of shipping. The book is also available online at but the book will not be signed by the authors.
Alumni reconnect with former teachers
Members of the Class of 1967 visit two of their former teachers at Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods. Standing left to right: Frank Schuler '67, Jeanne (Howell) Schmidt '67, and Larry Lynn '67. Seated: Sr. Marie Pauline "Hermana" Modaff and Sr. Alice Ann Rhinesmith with Phyllis Garvey-Gurley '67 and Terrence Cody '67 on the other side.

For some students, there is a teacher who had such an impact that the student and teacher maintain correspondence long after graduation. Today, social media makes such connections easier, but others maintain letter writing for decades.

Several members from the Class of 1967 had maintained a connection to some of their Sisters of Providence teachers. The Hon. Terrence Cody '67 and Larry Lynn '67 are two of them. Cody kept in contact with theology teacher Sr. Alice Ann Rhinesmith, S.P., and Lynn with Spanish teacher Sr. Marie Pauline "Hermana" Modaff, S.P.

Lynn had been to visit Sr. Hermana several times, and he had talked with Cody about taking a pilgrimage to the Sisters' motherhouse, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods. Last summer, Lynn decided to organize a group trip for his classmates. Lynn and Cody were joined by Frank Schuler '67, Jeanne (Howell) Schmidt '67, and Phyllis Garvey-Gurley '67 for a day trip to visit their former teachers. They were able to visit Sisters Alice Ann and Hermana as well as Sr. Mary Francine Walsh, S.P., who taught French.

Cody said the group enjoyed visiting with their former teachers and taking a personalized tour of the campus, including seeing the shrine to Saint Theodora, foundress of the Sisters of Providence. They hope to take a larger group back this spring.

"We shared many wonderful memories while catching up with the Sisters and each other," Cody said.
Volleyball alumnae excel this season
Several Providence Volleyball alumnae competed in their college team's postseason recently, including: 

U.S. Naval Academy senior Patricia Mattingly '15 and University of South Dakota senior Taylor Wilson '15, who each helped her team make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time. Purdue University freshman Marissa Hornung '18 helped her team to its 13th appearance in 15 years in her first year in college.
  • Marissa started in half of the Boilermakers' games this season but still is second on the team in digs (398) and is in the top five in assists (42) and aces (28) before No. 12 Purdue lost in the second game of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament to No. 10 University of Kentucky.
  • Patricia, whose team lost to University of Michigan in the first round of the tournament, has been named the Patriot League Setter of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in volleyball and named to the first team all-conference, for the third year in a row. She also was named to CoSIDA Academic All-District II for the second-straight season and this week Google Cloud Second-Team Academic All-American, up from the Third Team last year. She led the Midshipmen in assists (1,039), is second in digs (306), third in aces (25), and fourth in blocks (44). She was a semi-finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award for volleyball.
  • Taylor, whose team lost to No. 9 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, was named to the Summit League first team all-conference, Summit League Tourney MVP, and Summit League November Athlete of the Month. She leads the Coyotes in hitting percentage (.377), which is third in Coyotes' school history and eighth in league history; and in total blocks (88). She is also second for her team and third in the league in total kills (362) and second for her team and fourth in the league in kills per set (3.26). Her career .352 hitting percentage set a school record that ranks sixth in Summit League history. She graduates this semester with a degree in business.
  • Haley Libs '15, a senior at Northern Kentucky University, had an outstanding season and was named to the All-Horizon League first team for her fourth season. She received All-Northeast Region Honorable Mention and is a finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award and led the Norse with 4.06 kills per set and broke her own single-season (470) and single-match program kills records, tied the single-match digs record, became NKU's first Division I player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, and is just the third player to have a 30/30 match. She led the Norse to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship, in which the team lost a hard-fought match to Miami (Ohio) University in the opening round.
  • Maddie Bivens '15 is a senior at Lindsey Wilson College, and her team sought to defend its 2017 NAIA Championship title. The team lost in five sets to Midland (Neb.) University. Maddie had 76 total assists in 30 sets for the Blue Raiders this season.
Dec. 13-18: Final Exams
Dec. 18: Christmas Dance
Dec. 19: Faculty/Staff Inservice/Snow Make-up Day
Dec. 19-Jan. 2: Christmas Break
Jan. 3: Second Semester starts

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of students

Creator of all things,
true source of light and wisdom,
origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.
Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
the obscurity of sin and ignorance.
Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things
correctly and fundamentally.
Grant me the talent
of being exact in my explanations
and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.
Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.

From Aleteia

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

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