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President's Notes 1.22

May 16, 2012
Penny Glynn
Penny Glynn

Congratulations and thanks to one and all in the Regis College community for a wonderful Graduate Hooding, Pinning, Baccalaureate, and Commencement last week.

For those of you who asked, my baccalaureate address and commencement message are posted elsewhere on the Regis site, and I expect soon to be able to post the commencement addresses by Carolyn and Peter Lynch and Amy Lind Corbett ’70.

BSN & Roses
BSN & Roses

Other Good News

Professor Leona McCaughey-Oreszak has announced with great pleasure that our Children¹s Center has earned a new five-year term of re-accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our Center received special commendations in the areas of relationships, teaching, and leadership and management. In these areas the scores earned were 100%. NAEYC also commended the creation of the Classroom Portfolio, which offered detailed and clear documentation of meeting accreditation criteria. Congratulations to Pauline Cunniff, Director and her staff for all of their planning and execution and for a job well done! (Pinning photos by Ron Rego)

Joshua Fidalgo
Joshua Fidalgo ’12 and classmates prepare to receive their diplomas

The annual Kaneb Luncheon honoring faculty who received Kaneb Grants for their sabbaticals and research projects was held on Monday, May 14, in Morrison House with John and Ginny Kaneb ’57, the sponsors of the grants in attendance. Associate Professor Karen Crowley DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP, ANP, reported on her work on “DNP Outcomes in Practice: Temporal Trends;” Assistant Professor April Fletcher, PhD, MSW, on the “Development of an On-Line, Multi-Media Social Work Textbook on Direct Social Work Practice;” Assistant Professor Raffaele Florio, PhD, on “The Sea Is Not Your Friend: Cultural Memory in a Mediterranean Fishing Village, Santa Maria de Castallabate;” Associate Professor Julia Lisella, PhD , on her production of a poetry manuscript called “Teachers, Saints, and Children;” Professor of Spanish Mary Anne Vetterling, PhD, on “Ecocriticism and the Libro de buen amor: Applications of Twenty-First Century Literary Theory to a Fourteenth-Century Work of Spanish Literature;” and Associate Professor Sara Weintraub on “Event Planning and Communication.”

Also on May 14 we sent in our Davis Foundation grant application for a digital pedagogy initiative training program.

On the afternoon of May 15 Regis faculty, staff and I – particularly faculty from the Regis College School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences – celebrated outgoing Academic Dean, Sister Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, PhD. Sister Betty, you have made a big difference, and we do not want to let you go! Thank you for your generosity and leadership during the past two years.


President Emerita Mary Jane England, M.D., now Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health will be awarded the Via Veritatis award at the Elms College 81st commencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Via Veritatis medal is presented annually to an outstanding Catholic woman who exemplifies Catholic womanhood and culture at their best, and who has made significant contributions to society.

Rick Pozniak, Lecturer in the graduate program in Organizational and Professional

Communications, was recently honored with several distinguished awards for marketing and advertising campaigns he created for Hallmark Health System, where he serves as system director of marketing and communications.

Celebrating the Baccalaureate liturgy
Celebrating the Baccalaureate liturgy

Associate Professor Frans Rijnbout , English and Theatre, has announced that the Regis College Theatre Company will produce Tom Dudzick’s “serious comedy,” HAIL MARY! on November 14, 15, 16 a 7:30pm and November 17 at 2:00pm. The play has been described as "A wealth of sharp, invigorating, and occasionally hilarious verbal sparring over existential issues that transcend Catholicism... Audiences who want a bracing combination of laughter and deep thoughts should check out this beaming comedy." --Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly Photo by Ron Rego


Communications students made a big hit as they helped out at the recent Eastern Communications Association meeting. Associate Professor Sara Weintraub reports that Association members have sent in comments on the following student helpers as people who were “extremely flexible, responsible and a lot of fun:” Abram Kendra; Arroyo Elsa; Barron Maryjane; Chambers Yohannes; Dorvil Esther; Fillman Nicholas; Frye Bethany; Gentilucci Molly; Goncalves Lissa; Gouthro Molly; Henderson Stephanie; Honour Chelsea; McCauley Broderick; Peralta Aysha; Schmoker Alli; Tavares Nicholas; Todorovic Stefan; Irizarry Katherine; Bratja Xhulia; Perdomo Charyn.

Regis grads
Regis grads applauding the speakers

Our softball team earned a berth in the New England Collegiate Conference Post-Season Tournament starting on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Although the Eagles stunned the Pride, this was still exciting for Regis since we had not made a softball post-season appearance since the late 1990’s. Three Regis softball players were named to the NECC All-NECC Team on May 7: Shortstop Samantha Bliss (Framingham, Mass.) and pitcher/designated player Sarah Porteus (South Wellfleet, Mass.) were named to the league's Second Team, while first baseman Jill Bruning (Medford, Mass.) was named an Honorable Mention selection. (Commencement photos by Michael Quiet)

Meanwhile the Pilgrim Lacrosse League announced its 2012 All-Academic team earlier this week and Regis College placed three members of its team on the squad. The Pride's Brett Baldwin (Burlington, Vt.), John Basbas (Framingham, Mass.), and Nick Dallas (Huntington Beach, Calif.) were named to the 2012 All-Academic Team.

Faculty Development

As the spring semester concludes and we go right into Summer Session I, may I also correct an oversight in the “President’s Notes:” Sister Barbara Loud, CSJ, has had a busy year giving talks and lectures that she started to tell me about last December but somehow fell through the cracks in my Notes. With Susan Gray and Carol Sokolowski, Sister Barbara delivered a talk on “Factors Related to Using Algebraic Variables to Represent Quantitative Relationships,” in January at the at the Joint meeting of the MAA and AMS, which was held in Boston this year. More recently, on April 26, she has also delivered a talk called “Overcoming Fundamental Algebra Difficulties,” at the NCTM national conference in Philadelphia. Kudos to you, Sister Barbara.

And for all faculty, congratulations on your engagement in a variety of faculty development projects and ongoing research. You know I love to hear about what you are doing! And as I suggested to our graduates in my Commencement Message last Saturday, faculty development is the best way for the whole College to put its shoulders back, toes out, and move forward.

With the summer almost upon us, may its leisure be profitable for all of you in your work and in your renewal of spirit.

Thank you, everyone in the Campus Community, for making my first two official semesters such good ones. More President’s Notes will come out on May 31.

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