Our campus community is diverse. We have students, staff and faculty from all over the world, representing different cultures and faith backgrounds, but we all learn, grow, and worship together! It’s a vibrant community in which to participate and we have numerous ways for you to do that.
Our students organize frequent events, such as games nights and bonfires. All students are invited to start the year together at the Welcome Banquet in September. The Missio Dei mission’s conference in the winter semester underlines the global nature of Christianity here on campus. The annual film festival is a highlight as well.
University College students who demonstrate superior skill and attitude and who maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA are eligible to represent Providence as a member of one of our soccer, volleyball or basketball varsity teams. Providence is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC).
Tryouts for soccer, volleyball and basketball occur at the beginning of the school year and training camps for soccer and volleyball are held prior to the start of classes in September. Please contact the respective head coach for details on each camp. Please see the Pilots Varsity Handbook for further policy details.
Stay fit this semester! Our fitness facility includes cardio and strength equipment, free weights, exercise balls and mats and a semi-private aerobics area. Membership to the Fitness Centre is included in your students fees so all registered students at Providence have access, however, students need to sign a Waiver and Membership Agreement Form prior to using the facilities. This form can be completed in the Business Office. Once those are signed, you will receive your own personal FOB that will grant you access to the Fitness Centre. For further information please contact our Director of Athletics.
Lockers are available for rent for $15/semester and can be paid at the Business Office. Students must provide their own locks.
We love our fans just as much as we love the sports we play and we encourage all students, staff and faculty to attend our varsity games, to share in the excitement of sport and express enthusiasm of school spirit!
Learn a new sport, meet new friends or improve your skills by joining in some of our recreational activities! Intramural and club programs are offered for the purpose of facilitating fun, physical health and fitness, spiritual maturity and social interaction at a non-varsity level. There are opportunities throughout the school year to participate in intramurals such as ultimate frisbee, floor hockey and indoor soccer and Providence offers club sports in golf and hockey (which plays in a recreational league). Providence also has one of two certified disc golf courses in Manitoba that covers a large portion of campus and offers a fun and relaxing way to be outside.
All of our music ensembles are run by our expert faculty and are open to all students, regardless of your major. We have both auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles. When you’re part of an ensemble at Providence, you’ll become part of a special community and gain the opportunity to enhance and refine your musical skills and talents, relieve stress, and increase your general well-being. All ensembles also perform at Providence and some even tour across Canada, through the USA, and Internationally.
Participation in all ensembles is FREE for all non-music students and those not seeking academic credit. Registration is required to earn academic credit and have it counted towards a student’s arts requirement.
A group of students that perform solely instrumental music. The type of ensembles depends on the students who want to participate and the instruments they play. Contact Dr. David Sawatzky if interested.
The University Choir is open to all students and faculty providing audiences with a stimulating musical experience. No auditions are required. They perform at two Providence events during the academic year – at the annual Christmas concert held at the beginning of December, and the Spring Concert held late in the winter semester. This Christmas, among the many pieces we are performing will be Snow Angel by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, and in spring the choir will be performing Handel’s Messiah with the Eastman Choral Association. Students who register in University Choir will receive 0.5 academic credits per semester.
The Chamber Singers is a group of 16-24 students who present high quality a cappella repertoire in a variety of styles and from various eras. They perform multiple times at Providence and throughout Manitoba. They also embark on an annual tour. Auditions are required for participation in the choir and are only held at the beginning of the fall semester. Students accepted into the choir must commit to the full year. Students who register in Chamber Singers will receive 1.5 academic credits per semester.
Each bands learns 15-20 worship songs throughout the year in preparation for leading worship at campus chapels (4-5 times per semester). Each band can also expect 3-5 external deputations per year. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights. Auditions are required for both worship bands and are held only at the beginning of the fall semester. Each group takes 4-7 students. Students who register in either band will receive 1 academic credit per semester.
From challenging courses that teach everything from acting method to stage combat, to our annual Production, exciting theatre opportunities are available to all students at Providence. Theatre students at Providence will have the opportunity to learn the craft of acting as well as stagecraft, directing and the history of the theatre. Students will also have the opportunity to attend plays and receive backstage access to Manitoba's theatre's and theatre professionals.
Our full-length production is presented during the winter semester. This year, Providence is partnering with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's Master Playwright Festival to present William Shakespeare's King Lear, January 21st-February 2nd at the Gas Station Theatre in Winnipeg. The production is open to all students. (The production can also taken for academic or Field Ed. credit.)
Want to learn an instrument? Take lessons with our experienced faculty! Lessons are taught individually at Providence and we invite anyone looking for private lessons to contact the Performing Arts School. Lessons times are determined in consultation with individual instructors. In the coming year, we also will be offering theatre opportunities in our full-length production to our students and members of the community!
We desire that all of our students, faculty, and staff would be able to meet with one another and with God in their time here at Providence. We recognize that spiritual formation takes place in a variety of ways and encourage you to participate fully in these activities as you discover more about your own spiritual life. To meet the diverse needs of our community and to allow greater participation of students, faculty, and staff in the spiritual life of Providence, we offer the following formative spirituality activities.
Providence University College students are invited and expected to participate in chapel services throughout the week. We host three chapel services per week from 11:10 am - 12:00 am. The Dean’s Chapel on Tuesdays, is modeled after a midday prayer service, with a focus on scripture and prayer. This is led by students and faculty of Providence. Chapels on Fridays are student-led chapels using the format of small group study and prayer.
Seminary students are encouraged and expected to participate in chapel services (Tuesdays 11:15 am – 11:45 am; Wednesday Community Chapel 11:10 am – 12:00 am) which are designed to contribute to fellowship and spiritual growth. Chapel is meant to be a refreshing time of worship as well as an opportunity for students and faculty to use their spiritual gifts. Chapels feature students, faculty, and guest speakers from outside the Seminary.
The Providence University College and Theological Seminary community comes together on Wednesdays for Community Chapel. These chapels feature a creative mix of music, proclamation, and prayer. Community Chapel provides an opportunity for University College and Seminary students, as well as staff and faculty, to gather together for worship, conveying our belief that worshiping together produces a stronger community. After Community Chapel, the entire Providence Community has the opportunity to gather together for lunch reminding us that we develop our community by worshiping and fellowshipping together.
Additional Weekly Activities (subject to change)
Praise and Worship Nights – once per month
RA Groups (Care Group) – one evening a week
International Student Prayer Groups – throughout the week
Field Education – various times throughout the week
Ministry Teams – service events throughout the year
Ministry/Touring Teams – various times during the semester and spring tours
Day of Prayer - one day in both the Fall and Winter semesters
Retreats - Leadership, Fine Arts, Seminary
Lecture Series - one day during the Fall semester
Faculty Forum - one day during the Fall semester
Missio Dei - one day and two evenings during the Winter semester
Student Development Events – throughout the semester
Our University College and Seminary student leaders are essential for the development of an inclusive learning community. Student leaders receive mentoring and support from Student Development staff while living and learning as servant-leaders among their peers. If you are interested in getting involved in student leadership, please contact our Community Life Coordinator.
University College Student Leadership
Resident Assistants (RAs)
Resident Assistants are hired by the Residence Life Director following a careful application and interview process and are selected based on their character, leadership ability and desire to grow in the coming year. Each RA is assigned to a particular residence hall and oversees a group of 10-15 students in residence. RAs also run weekly Care Groups for their hall and provide a listening ear and direction for their fellow residents. All-residence events and other campus activities are led by RAs with the help of Student Development staff.
Student Council (STUCO)
Each spring, STUCO members are elected by their peers to serve in the following academic year. Student Council runs regular events such as coffee houses, worship events, discussion and movie nights as well as annual events including Missio Dei (Providence’s missions conference) and the Christmas banquet. STUCO members are responsible for bringing the concerns and interests of students to the larger Student Council and sometimes take on particular projects in response to student concerns. At the beginning of the academic year all students have the opportunity to join a STUCO member’s committee as a way of contributing to the community and becoming familiar with student leadership. STUCO Positions include:
Vice-President of Student Life
Vice-President of Administration
Vice-President of Communication
Vice-President of Spiritual Life
Global Missions Representative
Local Missions Representative
Social Life Representative
International Students Representative
Team Captains (Varsity Athletes)
Team Captains are chosen by their team’s Head Coach and are essential for providing leadership within their respective teams as well as within the athletics program as a whole. Team Captains are chosen based on their character and leadership abilities and hold various responsibilities throughout the year. Team Captains are mentored by their Head Coach and will meet with the Athletics Department throughout the year.
Seminary Student Leadership
Seminary Student Representative Council (SRC)
The appointed student leaders make up the SRC. They are overseen by the Dean of Student Life. The purposes of the SRC are to enhance communication between Seminary faculty and the student body and vice versa, and to provide a forum for interaction between the student leaders. The SRC normally includes the following members:
Seminary Social Coordinator
Student Worship and Chapel Coordinator
The Liaison is responsible for representing Seminary students to the Seminary faculty and administration and, on occasions when the Academic Dean deems it helpful, to represent Seminary faculty and administration to students. As well, this person is available to students on a casual and/or appointment basis to listen to their concerns and questions about Seminary courses, programs, policies, etc., and to present these concerns to the Academic Dean.
Seminary Social Coordinator
The Social Coordinator is responsible for organizing social activities during the semester for the Seminary student body.
Seminary Student Worship and Chapel Coordinator
The chapel coordinator is responsible for planning and directing the program of the Seminary chapel, including its various components of worship, fellowship, instruction, and inspiration. They arrange for the participation of others in the chapel program, including students, faculty, staff, and invited guests, and organize and conduct the scheduled Day of Prayer for each semester.