News and Announcements

President's Notes III.1

August 29, 2013

Hello and welcome back. Student athletes, resident hall assistants and others have been returning to campus already, and we are all getting ready for this coming weekend’s move-in and centralized check-in. We enjoyed a spectacular Summer Orientation for incoming students a few weeks ago, and Regis continues to grow and thrive.

Buckley Blvd. DedicationOn Sunday August 18, we held the dedication for the naming of Buckley Boulevard, extending from the Stamp Museum to Morrison House, and honoring Mrs. Jane M. Buckley Firla ’63, a member of this year’s golden fiftieth anniversary class. Left to right in the photograph are Caroline Fitzpatrick (granddaughter), Peter Fitzpatrick (son in law), Ellen Fitzpatrick (daughter), Bill Firla (widower and donor), Toni, Gail Firla (in orange, daughter), Charlotte Fitzpatrick (granddaughter), and Peter Fitzpatrick, Jr. (grandson).


The summer was full of news, changes, and the advancement of talented staff and faculty members. I am very happy to announce that Alexis Baum has been promoted to Associate Director of Advancement Communications and Alumni Relations. In this new role, Alexis will be responsible for marketing initiatives including print and electronic communications as well as social media.

Marla Botelho published an article in EdTech Digest in mid-July, available on line at Living in an iPad Era.

Shelagh Tomaino has been promoted to Associate Director of Graduate Admission. In this new role, Shelagh will be assuming added leadership and supervisory responsibilities, and also serving as the contact for additional graduate programs.

Additionally, since Commencement we have welcomed attorney Adam Thrasher as our Risk Management Officer. Adam will carry out development of unified risk management policies and advise me on directions the College should go in.

Debra Cohen is our new Director of Student Advising working with Dr. Susan Tammaro, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, and both are already actively revving up our Academic Excellence Center for returning students.

Bryan Geary has joined the Regis community as a Communications Associate. Much of Bryan’s time will be devoted to creating and continuously updating content on the Regis web site and other media channels to highlight student and faculty achievement, academic innovation, international initiatives, outcomes (internships, graduate school and careers), and the college’s focus on developing the whole person. Bryan will work directly with Peter Kent, Director of Communications.

Angela Santa Fe is the Pride's new head women's basketball coach. Angela spent the past two years as an assistant coach and takes over a program fresh off its first New England Collegiate Conference championship. Congratulations and good luck, Angela!

Dr. Sabrina Johnson-Taylor has come on board as our first instructional designer. She brings a wealth of experience in instructional design and technology integration, most recently from Holyoke Community College and Sage College. Dr. Johnson-Taylor received her doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology and Language in Education from the State University of New York in Albany.

Evan Maloney is our new Coordinator of Graduate Student Services and Engagement. Evan will work with many departments on campus in support of our new and current graduate students in their academic career, while keeping them up to date on Regis events and on track with academic deadlines. He will continue to publish the monthly Grad Student Grad Wire, and will be organizing and coordinating social, academic, and networking events for our graduate students. Evan is located in SJH 217 and can be reached at or 781.768.7289. Please stop by to introduce yourself.


Dean Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences, has announced the appointment of the following faculty members as academic administrators in SLAESS. Several of these appointments are for new Departments/Programs based on the new curricula that have been approved:

  • Chair, Department of English – Julia Lisella, Ph.D.
  • Chair, Department of Communication – Colleen Malachowski, Ph.D. (for spring 2014)
  • Chair, Department of Politics and Social Justice – Michael Jackson, Ph.D.
  • Chair, Department of History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage – Lucia Ortiz, Ph.D.
  • Chair, Department of Art, Music and Theatre – Frans Rijnbout, Ph.D.
  • Chair, Department of Religious Studies & Philosophy – Bernard Jackson, Ph.D. (beginning spring 2014)

Additionally, may I give a special word of welcome to Ray McCarthy, Ed.D., Graduate Program Director, Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership in SLAESS, who is new to our campus and is doing a wonderful job launching our new Ed.D. doctoral program, with more than the expected full complement already enrolled for this coming semester.

During the fall 2013 semester, Dean Asadoorian will conduct national searches with Search Committees for a full-time Graduate Program Director for the new Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) and a new full-time faculty member serving as Department Chair for the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. Both of these new hires will begin the spring 2014 semester. During this period of transition in the fall 2013 semester, Dr. Julia Lisella will be serving as Interim Graduate Program Director for the MAPW, and Dean Asadoorian will serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science.

Events In The News

The Regis campus was in the news for a number of reasons during the summer months. Susan Clancy Kennedy, Director of Internships and Career Placement at Regis, was asked to compose some of her thoughts on the subject of the liberal arts and internships, what we are doing at Regis and why it is ahead of the curve. Her op-ed appeared on June 21 in Metrowest Daily News.

We joined the Weston community to celebrate Weston 300. My Executive Assistant Katya Rego developed a Regis “booth” to help the Regis story and had also participated in the winter festival on Weston Common. The story is here.

We celebrated that fact that Regis received a Cummings Foundation/One World Boston grant of $100,000 over two years as seed money to help us launch a new Center for Global Connections. Regis College already has a developing global footprint in the lives of our multicultural graduate and undergraduate students, as well as our community service to Peru, our International Nurse Faculty Partnership Initiative in Haiti, and other forms of outreach that express our educational commitment to the social justice side of globalization. This grant allows the College to move our efforts to the next level. and

Cummings FoundationLeft to right in the photo: Judith Spellman Spang ’81; Carol Donovan ’59; Doris Lynch ’45; Joel Swets, Executive Director of the Cummings Foundation; Rose Darlene Bousset, Haitian Nursing Faculty Member studying at Regis this summer, Dr. Nancy Street, Director of the Regis College Haiti Project; Shawna Erickson, Regis College Grant Officer, and Miriam Finn Sherman ’98, Regis College Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Hans L. ChristensenMr. Hans Christensen (left) has joined our Board of Trustees and was present with us for our mid-June Board Meeting. See below

As well, the College decided to drop our East Campus plan of ten year’s vintage and concentrate on the fulfillment of our Master Plan for the West Campus. You may read about this here. The Master Plan is proceeding step by step beginning with the fact that we have hired our “Owner’s Project Manager” (OPM) and our “Construction Manager.”

Kara Kolomitz, Vice-President, Student Affairs; Susan Tammaro, PhD, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness; and Miriam Finn Sherman, Vice President, Institutional AdvancementAnd, of course, three of our staff members became vice presidents, L to R: Kara Kolomitz, Vice-President, Student Affairs; Susan Tammaro, PhD, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness; and Miriam Finn Sherman, Vice President, Institutional Advancement. You may read about it here.

Meanwhile, the Regis College Haiti Project summer semester has been going on full speed ahead, and on Wednesday evening, June 26, we recognized our Haitian Nurse Faculty Colleagues for completion of this phase of their graduate studies at a reception at 4 p.m. in CH Foyer. Special thanks to Director, Nancy White Street, D.Sci., and coordinator and faculty member Cherlie Normilus, and all of the Regis faculty members who give themselves so generously to this project. We appreciated having Irma Bois, the Director of Nursing in the Haitian Ministry of Health with us, too, as well as our friend Sheila Davis of Partners in Health. Our Haitian colleagues have returned home to Haiti now, but we’ll be seeing them again this autumn. 

Lucia Ortiz, PhD, Professor in Spanish and Chair of our interdisciplinary History, Cultural Heritage, and Languages Department, coordinated the Association of Colombianists XVIII International Conference here July 10-13. I was able to greet the assembly and saw that our guests were thoroughly enjoying the conference and its papers and conversation. Thank you, Lucia.

Through LASPAU (Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas, affiliated with Harvard University and known by its Spanish acronym) we have connected with Yves Vilton, a LASPAU-administered Fulbright Faculty Development grantee from Haiti, who has now been accepted into our Master of Science program in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management. LASPAU promotes the development of human capital, social inclusion and economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean by strengthening higher education, building institutional capacity and fostering academic innovation.

Mayor MeninoI am very proud of our faculty and students who were out there this summer volunteering in various ways in community service. For example, seven Regis College nurse practitioner students – Katy Tavares, Alana Ngo, Rachelle Cruz, Rorn Seng, Noelle Fura, and Katy Verrette – who volunteered at Boston Medical Center’s Health & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium, working with the BNC dermatology team to instruct people on sun and safety.


Sadly, this was an unusual summer regarding a number of faculty and staff who lost family members. Please know that the Regis community and I are thinking of you and hoping that the meaningfulness of our mission and the excitement of returning graduate and undergraduate students will somehow console you as you contribute to the future of rising generations.

Former faculty members and administrator Sister Margaret McGarry, CSJ, PhD, passed away after some months of illness during which she had resided at Bethany. Sister Peg served at Regis in various capacities since 1964 when, having taken her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, she was appointed a member of the Regis College faculty in its eminent Chemistry Department. She was professor of quantitative chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department between 1968 and 1983. She then became acting Academic Dean, 1983-1984, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1984- 1987. In recent years, most of us knew Sister Peg as the Director of the Office of Institutional Research (1987-2011). The Sisters of St. Joseph have also expressed their appreciation to me for your love and collegiality with regard to Sister Peg.

The campus hosted the funeral for longstanding Campus Police Officer Frank Cooney, and I thank campus ministers Father Paul Kilroy, Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Pastor LeSette Wright for coordinating that. In our fast-moving world I am very grateful to members of the Regis community old and new who sustain the ties of community by supporting colleagues in their loss.


We have begun an “International Ambassador Program,” thanks to James Guaragna, Director of Orientation and Communication Management of Student Life, and Erin Wisniewski has joined our Student Life team as the new Director of International Student Services. A New York native, Erin joins us from American International College in Springfield, MA where she served as the Director of Student Activities and worked very closely with their international student programming. Erin will facilitate our Ambassador program, along with many other new international student service initiatives. Everyone on my senior leadership team is connected as a mentor to one or more of our 47 international students who are divided almost 50/50 between those who are citizens of other countries but have permanent resident status in the USA and those coming directly from international sites.

Those students who would like to spend a year abroad (2014-2015) might be interested in applying for a Fulbright grant. Dr. Mary Anne Vetterling is the Campus Fulbright Advisor so please contact her if you have any questions and would like to apply. The deadline to get a completed application to Dr. Vetterling is October 1, 2013 so she can process it and send it on to the national committee. Dr. Vetterling is happy to help you with any of the intermediate stages. BTW, for this fellowship you must be a U.S. citizen. You can find general information at

Regarding graduate students and graduate assistantships, interested applicants should check with Associate Dean, Graduate Academic Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, Ed.D. There may be some open Graduate Assistantships available for the 2013-2014 academic year for full time graduate students (enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits/semester). If you would like to apply, please review the Graduate Assistantship Info page for detailed information:

Caitlin CarrollOn Tuesday, August 27, we conducted graduate student orientation and iPad pickup to the smiles of some new students. Here are Caitlin Carroll on the left and Hillary Costa on the right. Both were registering as accelerated BS/MS nursing students.

Hillary CostaYesterday, Wednesday, August 28, members of the Regis community joined the Sisters of St. Joseph at their Motherhouse in Brighton to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 - a remarkable, historical event that some of our faculty, staff, and certainly alums remember and even participated in.

President’s Office & Alumni

Administrative Council

Along with members of my Administrative Council and Associate Deans, I met with the Vice President and Director of Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Hong Kong. They visited Regis on August 19 to discuss the possibilities of partnering, particularly in nursing higher education, and we had a very constructive conversation. L to R (backrow): VP Susan Tammaro, Institutional Effectiveness; VP Thomas Pistorino, Finance and Business; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Affairs, David Gilmore; Dr. Titus Lo Kwok-ki, Director, Caritas Hong Kong; President Hays; Dr. Philip F. L. Wang, Vice President, Research and Advancement, Caritas Hong Kong; VP Miriam Sherman, Institutional Advancement; Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, Regis SNSHP; Dean Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, Regis SLAESS; VP Paul Vaccaro, Enrollment Management, Communications, and Marketing; (front row) Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, Ed.D.; VP and Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz. My special assistant and co-ordinator of AC, Dr. M. J. Doherty, was occupied with the press at the time the photo was taken and is not included in the picture.

Cape Luncheon August 2013Regis alums very much enjoyed our Annual Cape Code Luncheon at the Wianno Club in Osterville on August 8. The group of 170 alumnae listened to an iPad presentation by Marla Botelho, CIO; Andrea Humphrey, Assistant Professor; and Michelle Cook, Assistant Professor of Nursing. They also heard from Dean Malcolm Asadoorian about new programs in SLAESS and met a couple of current Regis undergraduate students. As you can see, they felt the vitality of the College and were quite engaged with what we are doing to advance Regis. Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend - and a wonderful beginning of academic year 2013-2014. The next issue of President’s Notes should come out on September 13. Until then, cheers!

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