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Providence Matters focuses on faculty and staff at the University of Providence who continue the mission of the Sisters of Providence. We highlight specific projects, general mission-oriented work, and why it’s important to them.



Season 1 Highlights

A look back at the stories we’ve shared in the first season of Providence Matters

Matt Grunenwald

Our Mission through Campus Safety – An Interview with Matt Grunenwald


Matthew Petropoli

The Impact of Service Learning – An interview with Matthew Petropoli


David Gides

Social Protest and the Mission of the Sisters – An Interview with David Gides


Jonathan Nelson

Philosophy and Mission – An Interview with Jonathan Nelson


Traci Rooks

Justice for Health: Combining Disciplines Brings Change to Health Care – An Interview with Traci Rooks


Bill Himmelberg

Serving our Mission Through Coaching — An interview with Bill Himmel

In this episode, we interview Bill Himmel, head coach for our Women’s Basketball team.


Monica Thackeray

Sidelines: Sports Ministry and Student Success – An interview with Monica Thackeray

In this episode, we interview Monica Thackeray, one of our Academic Success Counselors.


Jim Gretch

A history of Providence – An Interview with Jim Gretch

In this episode, we interview Jim Gretch, director of Distance Learning and Instructional Design.

Rod Johanson

Rod Johanson: Living and Making a Living – How Careers Serve Mission?

In this episode, we interview Rod Johanson, director of the Career Services Center who has spearheaded several initiatives which aim to provide students with opportunities for personal growth and career competence or in other words living and making a living.


Bryan Slavik

A Mission to Serve – An interview with Bryan Slavik

Professor Bryan Slavik, a master lecturer in the Criminal Justice program, has dedicated much of his professional life to serving others.  This is seen in his 28-year career in law enforcement and 14 years of teaching at the University of Providence. The importance of the core value of compassion in his life is shown as he became a certified police chaplain.

Hear why service is so important to him.


Dr. Deb Kottel

Fostering Care in a Community – An interview with Dr. Deb Kottel

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Deb Kottel about how she teaches our core value in the classroom, how her time serving in the Montana State legislature led to opportunities for her students, as well as her work as executive director of the Great Falls St. Vincent de Paul organization.