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President's Notes 2.14

January 24, 2013


Hello. Hope everyone is keeping warm! I am happy to report that the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies has announced the names of the 2013 Erat Scholars: David Amicangioli, Alexander Caliendo, Taylor Cinelli, Stephany Jean, Julia Kozlik, Stanley Laforest, Jacqueline Salas, Kathleen Salvucci, Johanna Westcott, Antoinette Wilson. Congratulations! After a semester’s seminar exploring Christian faith, Vatican II, and world organizations for peace, these ten students will join Dr. Ernest Collamati, Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, and our friend Kathryn Erat on a two-week trip to Europe early this summer. They will visit Geneva, Venice, and Rome. I’m sure the seminar and the trip will be an illuminating Christian immersion experience and, as ever, I am grateful to Kathryn.

Head Field Hockey and Softball Coach Lisa LeVierge has informed me that three members of the Regis College field hockey team have been chosen to play and represent the United States and Regis College in Italy this summer. Stacy Burns, Kym Kerr, and Christine O’Toole were asked back in December and recently made the commitment to become part of the AIST team which, depending on NCAA achievements, conference recognition and/or stats, consists of twenty (20) top players in the division. As Lisa put it, the selection shows their “hard work and dedication to the sport and also the success of the program overall.” AIST stands for “American International Sports Teams.” There is nothing as yet on AIST’s website pertaining to the field hockey team going to Italy in 2013 but there is an interesting video on AIST itself at this link:

Health Administration Master's GraduatesOn the left is a photo of our Health Administration Master’s graduates with faculty member Mary Ann Hart. The photo was taken on January 12, 2013.

This Friday/Saturday, student Ursula Gaymes and Admission Director Wanda Suriel have arranged an admission overnight experience for City Year volunteers.


Associate Professor, Graduate Nursing, Kathleen Donaher, RN, MS, PhD, has heard from Dr. Sharon Tanner, EdD, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer, on behalf of the Board of the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) that she been selected to serve as a Program Evaluator. This kind of participation of experienced educators and clinicians ensures quality nursing education for all nursing students in accredited programs. Kathleen will be travelling to Atlanta, Georgia, a month from now (February 22-23) to participate in the NLNAC Program Evaluator Forum. Congratulations, Kathleen!

Associate Professor Rebecca Shroeder, SNP, PMHNP, BC, has learned that her research study is now published: “The Seriously Mentally Ill Older Adult: Perceptions of the Patient-Provider Relationship,” Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, Vol. 49 (1), pp. 30-40. Abstract available. ISSN: 1744-6163, PMID: 23293995. Good job, Rebecca.

Nancy BitnerLawrence Memorial has announced that Regis College Professor Nancy Bittner, RN, PhD, will move to the position of Vice President for Education overseeing the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs at the end of this academic year (June, 2013). Nancy has been here at Regis since 1991, rising from instructor to full professor and associate dean. She has explored various opportunities in several research organizations, worked as a HRSA administrator, and having served on a number of NLNAC committees and evaluation forums, recently been appointed a commissioner on NLNAC. Join me in congratulating her and extending our best wishes. This is a promotion and change of venue for Nancy, and Regis will not see much of her, but we shall remain collaborators. Good luck, Nancy!

Andrea Humphrey, PhD, submitted a proposal to the NERCOMP annual conference to be held in March in Rhode Island. Her proposal, entitled “Building a Foundation for a Classroom without Walls,” was accepted for presentation. Thank you, Andrea, and congratulations; it is important that Regis stay active on the advancing technology frontier. NERCOMP, the Northeast Regional Computing Program, is an affiliate of EDUCAUSE and describes its mission as follows: NERCOMP ‘s mission is to enhance the communication and dissemination of information related to the use of computers, networks and information technology in education, academic research and educational administration throughout the northeastern United States.NERCOMP enables the informed use of information technology by providing affordable access to educational opportunities, software licensing discount programs, professional networking and collaborative opportunities to its Member network.


Library Director Lynn Triplett says that the library has invested in “ebrary Academic Complete” which has a collection of 80 thousand scholarly titles that can be downloaded to a PC or iPad. Lynn has already sent out an e-mail with instructions on how to access this research benefit, and the College will start using it on a thirty-day trial.

Diana JonesDianna Jones, DNP, Director of the Health Center, advises us all to keep washing our hands frequently and to get a flu shot if we haven’t yet done so. Although flu numbers are down this week, the flu is still around, and the Purell stations on campus are full and awaiting our use.

Vice-President Paul Vaccaro, Enrollment Management and Marketing, attended the opening ceremony of Weston 300 at the high school and the cocktail reception at the Town Hall on January 12. My Executive Assistant Katya Rego and Marcia Spivey from Institutional Advancement are currently rounding up a group of student and staff volunteers for Weston’s “Winterfest” on Saturday, January 26 – and it promises really to be winter after the temperatures this week and the expected snowfall on Friday. Josh Blumenthal, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, has recruited 3 student athletes to help out at the event. Thank you Katya, Marcia and Josh.

Paul, Claudia, and Jenene Romanucci will make a presentation at The National Association of Graduate Admission Professionals Conference in Florida this April from the perspective of Graduate Admission. Their presentation is entitled, “'David vs. Goliath: Overcoming Recruiting Challenges at Small Colleges.”

Sarah Graham, the Co-Chair of the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee and Executive Board member of the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling wrote to Admission Director Wanda Suriel recently to let her know “about the outstanding work of your employees, Robert Outerbridge and Hillary Mosher,” who generously devoted a Saturday to help us to host “Operation App: Taking College By Storm,” a program dedicated to helping high school students affected by Hurricane Sandy with the college admissions process. Geared especially toward high school seniors, centers operated throughout New Jersey and affected areas of New York on December 15, 2012. This is music to my ears as the “outside” world gets to know our dedicated staff. Ms Graham continues:

Not only did Robert and Hillary help with the event, but they also drove a significant distance to be part of it. That's dedication! We also appreciated the energy, enthusiasm, and optimistic outlook that they both contributed to our event. Truly, the field of education is richer because of individuals like Robert and Hillary, and we are inspired by their dedication to our profession. These days, one hears a great deal of negative news about education and the college admissions process. It is incredibly encouraging and heart-warming to know that there are professionals in the field like them. My NJACAC counterparts and I wanted to be sure to pass along these compliments to you.

In ITS, Chief Technology Officer Marla Botelho is working with Aruba Networks, our wireless vendor, and with our communications consultant Marjorie Arons Barron and my Special Assistant, M. J. Doherty, PhD, on communications regarding our partnership.

The Student Life division had a two-day planning retreat January 7 and 8. One morning, each staff member who attended a conference this past year presented his or her topic to the assembled group, turning their experiences of professional development into the same for all attending. Courtney Fisk, James Guaragna, Dianna Jones, Walt Horner, Laura Bertonazzi, and Paul Murphy presented.

January 20 and 21 were big days as we saw the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and celebrated Martin Luther King Day. But stay tuned as Regis presents the Dr. Augustus White III Lecture on “What Dr. Martin Luther King Would Like You to Know about Healthcare Disparities” on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Dr. White will speak to the Regis community about his book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care. Dr. White is Professor of Medical Education and Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the first African American department chief at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. The next issue of the President’s Notes will come out on February 7.

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