Fall Forum: Engaging Ideas of Consequence
The Fall Forum dinner and speaker event bears the tagline “Engaging Ideas of Consequence,” reflecting our mission to seriously engage important and consequential ideas and issues of the day. A nationally prominent speaker headlines these dinner and speaker events, which are fundraisers for Providence Hall student scholarships, open to the public.
- 2012 - The speaker will be announced in the spring.
2011 – Louis Zamperini, hero of the best seller Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand. Mr. Zamperini’s inspiring message is a WWII story of survival, resilience, redemption, and forgiveness.
- 2010 – Dennis Prager, nationally-syndicated radio host and political pundit, on “America at the Crossroads,” a timely topic at the time of a presidential election.
Providence Presents: Topics That Matter to Parents
Providence Presents is a series of presentations by local experts for parents of pre-teens and teens, on topics relevant to these important years.
Please join us Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 for Sticky Faith, presented by Dr. Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Past topics have included:
- “Tweets, Texts, & Teens” on the challenges of digital media, such as texting and social networks
- “How to Talk with Your Children about Sex”
- “How to Guide Your Children Spiritually”
- “Friends and Frenemies” on supporting youth in their peer relationships
- “Help! I’m the Parent of a Teenager” on stages of adolescent development
- “Look before You Leep!” on youth sports
- “How to Talk with Your Children about Drugs & Alcohol”
- “Healthy Transitions in Parenting Adolescents”
Senior Thesis Project Finalists’ Presentations & Prizes
Providence Hall’s Senior Thesis project allows students to complete research under a faculty mentor on a topic of their choice. The program culminates with a final paper that is presented and defended before a faculty panel. The top papers are presented orally before invited members of the Santa Barbara community.
Three Class of 2012 projects stood apart for their depth, presentation, and overall excellence, and were the presenters were awarded prizes:
- Kai Sheets’s project, “Seeds of a Generation,” a compelling and informative ethical discussion of stem cell research
- Hannah Sommers’s paper, “Social Landslide,” an intriguing economic and political discussion concerning how currency instability and inflation helped give rise to Hitler’s Nazism
- Austin Harris’s project, “Photography’s Impact on the World,” an examination of several well-known war photographs and an analysis of their impact on social justice and public opinion
End-of-Year Awards, Events, and Commencement
The end of the school year provides numerous opportunities to celebrate the effort and success of Providence Hall students in academics, athletics, clubs, and community service. The entire Providence Hall community enjoys this time of recognizing and honoring all Providence Hall students, and the graduating seniors in particular. Please click the link below for a full roster of year-end activities, including Senior Week and Commencement.