News and Announcements

President's Notes 1.21

April 26, 2012

Every flowering tree on campus is in full bloom as I write, and faculty members and students are in full press completing this semester and gearing up for the summer and fall. I have a lot of news to share.

Honorary Degree Recipients And Commencement Speakers

In case you have not yet seen the announcement on the website, Amy Lind Corbett ’70 (below left) and Carolyn Lynch (below right)Carolyn Lynch will each receive the honorary doctorate of laws and deliver commencement addresses at the College’s 2012 graduation ceremonies on May 12. Their characters and achievements exemplify the objectives, mission, and charism of the College and its founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, and I am proud that they will be here with us. Carolyn Lynch is president and CEO of the Lynch Foundation, established by Carolyn and Peter Lynch in 1987, and Amy Lind Corbett ’70, is the New England Regional Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration and the niece of President Emerita Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare, CSJ, PhD.

Honors Induction Ceremony

Dr. Michael JacksonOn Monday evening April 23, faculty, staff and I very much enjoyed the Honors Induction Ceremony. Over eighty students were inducted into various honor societies, including Alpha Lambda Delta for first year students; Beta, Beta, Beta for biology students; Delta Epsilon Sigma for students at Catholic colleges and universities; Lambda Pi Eta for communications; Pi Epsilon At-Large/Sigma Theta Tau for nursing students; Pi Gammu Mu for students in social sciences; Psi Chi for students in psychology; Sigma Tau Delta for students in English. Some of the students were inducted into more than one honor society. GroupThanks to photographer Holly Redmond and graphic designer and communications liaison Elena De Felice, photographs throughout this edition of “President’s Notes” are from that event. Michelle Zakrzewski ‘12 received the Maria Leonard Book Award, and Katherine M. Davies ’12 received the Mary C. Bryan Women’s Studies Award. Dr. Michael Jackson of the Political Science Department gave the address on the topic of “Meeting the Challenges of Globalization in the 21st Century.”


Dean Penelope M. Glynn, PhD, ANP, of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, has announced that Associate Professor Diane Welsh, DNP, will assume the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate/Pre-Licensure nursing as of September, 2012, as Dr. Nancy Bittner returns to a full-time teaching load. Congratulations, Diane, and thank you, Nancy.

Professor Mary Anne VetterlingProfessor Mary Anne Vetterling, PhD, has had a busy winter and early spring. In November she presented "La Vida triste de una adolescente durante la Guerra Civil Española" (based on the film Carol's Journey) in a session on the teaching of Film in Spanish that focused on the portrayal of adolescents at the American Association for the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Denver. In early January she headed a session about Literature of the Global South (sponsored by Christianity and Literature) at the annual conference of the Modern Language Association, in Seattle, Washington. While there she also attended the yearly board meeting of Christianity and Literature, where she holds an elected position representing the Northeast region. At the end of March, she delivered a paper, “Animal Violence in the Fourteenth-Century” (In Spanish, Libro de buen amor) at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association in Providence, Rhode Island. She also attended two seminar sessions on animals in literature that met throughout the conference and heard over twenty papers on the topic!discussion

Prof. Michael Jackson, Political Science Department, presented a paper on March 22, 2012 at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. The title of his paper was “A Dramatically Different NSC? President Obama's Use of the National Security Council.”

History professor Lorna Rinear will join a four-day day seminar on Slave Narratives to be held at Yale University in June. The Council of Independent Colleges is running the program. Lorna’s plan is to incorporate what she learns into the new class that Julia Lisella and she are running next fall as EN/HI 348: “American Identities: Captivity Narratives and Slave Narratives.” Also from the History Department, Dr. Raffaele Florio reports on behalf of the Public Heritage Institute that PHI successfully held its first "Salon Night" on April 11, focusing on poetry with Slave NarrativesAssociate Professor of English, Dr. Julia Lisella, as special guest. “We were... inspired by a conversation which allowed all of us to share our love for poetry,” Raffaele writes. “It was a joy to hear our students converse about the topic with other students and faculty outside the confines of the classroom.” He also reports the publication by PHI of the proceedings of the 32nd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University. See

Today, April 26, PHI is sponsoring a History Fair on campus.

Associate Professor Susan Sawyer, PhD, had an op-ed on her recent trip to Haiti as part of our Haiti Project Team published in The Boston Herald on April 21.

Sandy Garman, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, reports that her story on being the first nurse to be mentored by MEDITECH under the Regis College Health Informatics Certificate Program is now posted at MEDITECH’s Home Care Portal.

Aware that students today are combining majors and minors to construct individualized professional tracks, faculty in the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences recently circulated a list of some available minor courses to add to the student’s sheaf of possibilities – and the list is still evolving, with the promise of other courses to be added. This will give you the flavor:

School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social SciencesAH 307 Women Artists
CO 207 Classics of American Cinema
CO 220 Feature Writing
EN 211 Coming of Age
EN 324 Women Writers of Fiction
EN 302B Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism
EN 401B Jane Austen and the Contemporary World
EN/HI 348 American Narratives
HI 211 Women in American History
HI 212 Women in Early European Society
MU 306 Women and Music
PH 314 Women Philosophers
PS 320 Psychology of Women
RS 318 Women and Religion
SO 213 Cultural Anthropology
SO 306 Changing Families
School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social SciencesSO 354 Women in Society
SP 402 Senior Coordinating Seminar
SW 327 Social Policy and Social Change
TH 206 Women in Theatre
TH/HI 311 Oral History and Performance


StudentsRegis faculty have also supported Regis students in producing some fine academic work. Functioning as the “Politics and Global Events Club,” students of Political Science professor Lauren Forcucci’s PO 325 Genocide, Ethnic Conflict & Nationalism class recently presented their research on genocide and ethnic conflict to the campus community.

Regis College sociology majors Rebekkah Porter and Meaghan Troiano are presenting papers at the New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference at Byrant University in Smithfield, R.I. tomorrow, Friday, April 27. These papers were completed as part of Dr. Kathleen Kautzer's Research Seminar class for sociology majors. Rebekkah's paper is entitled “Effects of Bullying on Middle School Students,” and Meaghan's paper is entitled “After School Supervision and Achievement.”

The Biology and Chemistry Departments have noted that two students will present papers at the Student Research Symposium to be held on campus on April 30, 2012 (11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.) in Science Building Room 1:

  • Andrew J. Blanchette will present on “The Pertinence of Proliferation/Apoptotic Genes on Nras Q 61 Mutated Melanomas,” work in which he collaborated as an intern in Dr. Linda Chin's Lab (MD/PhD) at the Harvard Institute of Medicine.
  • Alyssa Serfes will present “Environmental Microbiology: Biofilms,” which is her Environmental Microbiology Individual Class Project.

ReadingDavid Gilmore, MS, CNMT, RT(R)(N), FSNMTS, reports that the New England chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) held its annual meeting this month in Plymouth, and Regis was one of six schools that had students presenting (There are ten total in New England). Many supervisors and directors approached David to say they were impressed with the quality of students from Regis! The students and their topics were the following:

  1. CrowdLaurel Campbell: Detrocardia and its effect on myocardial perfusion imaging and processing techniques
  2. Julie Cervone: Brown fat physiology for the therapeutic effects: The role of PET/CT imaging
  3. Kenni Lai: The role of Nuclear Medicine in the course of Yttrium-90 microspheres treatment
  4. Daniel Tempesta: Examination of drug-induced Parkinsonism using DaTscan® (Ioflupane-123)

In addition, David has received word that students’ research abstracts were all accepted as oral presentations for the SNM annual meeting in June, which will be in Miami this year.

Laura Bertonazzi, Assistant Dean of Students/Chief Judicial Officer, presented a special seminar for students on “Saving & Spending: Tips on Using Your Money Wisely!” on April 17, as part of the “Money Matters” series.

Students in the “Nutrition along the Health Continuum” course presented a poster session on campus on April 25. Barbara Moloney will defend her DNP thesis on Tuesday, May 1st from 4:15-6:15PM in CH 202. Her thesis is entitled, "Evaluation of a program for Haitian nurses on cardiovascular nursing: A pilot study.”

Last but not least, the winners of the recent Student Government Association election:


Office Name
E-Board President Andrew Blanchette
E-Board VP Caroline Roche
E-Board Treasurer Amanda Donahue
E-Board Secretary Jacqui Williams
E-Board Parliamentarian Stephen McGovern
Class of 2013 President Alli Schmoker
Class of 2013 Secretary Karynne Creech
Class of 2014 President Megan Kennelly
Class of 2014 Treasurer Alexander Caliendo
Class of 2015 President Greg Sarantakis
Class of 2015 VP Zachary Lacroix
Class of 2015 Secretary Valerie Fusco

Also, check out this review of “Six Pairs of Hands” in The Gloucester Times.

President’s Events

On Tuesday I spoke at the LLARC Annual Meeting about our Strategic Plan and the master planning process.

PhotoLast evening there was a Faculty & Staff Social at Morrison House (4:30-6 p.m.). I was sorry to miss it but I am in Washington, DC, meeting with representatives of various embassies to discuss our development of an international footprint. I am looking forward this evening to a gathering of DC area alums at the home of Regis Trustee Kathleen O’Hare ’69.

On Friday evening I’ll attend the Athletics Banquet and congratulate all our teams.

By the way, the photo at the right shows Regis faculty, Dean Cawley and I just before the Honors Induction Ceremony admiring the sartorial splendor of Dr. Michael Jackson.

The Graduate Student Luncheon originally scheduled for Saturday, April 28 has been moved to May 5 and will now occur in conjunction with the end of year Graduate Student Luncheon President Hays and the Alumni Association in the College Hall Foyer. This event is free and open to graduate students! Register for the May 5th luncheon online.

My next issue of President’s Notes will be out on May 17, right after Commencement. We have a lot to look forward to, including the Undergraduate Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 1 p.m. in College Hall Chapel, May 11, 2012, right before Baccalaureate in the Fine Arts Center! Regis is advancing with an expected 529 graduates across all degree programs.

Commencement information

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