News and Announcements
President's Notes III.19May 29, 2014
Greetings one and all. It is hard to believe that it is already forty days after Easter – and almost June! Of course, the chilly temperatures this week make it seem more like early April. But I have a lot of news to report about activities of faculty, staff, and students during this late spring interlude, and in a format a little different from the usual one.
We had a wonderful groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 16, and launched the implementation of our Master Plan. Thank you to all who attended, including many of our alums who were gathering that day on campus to be part of Reunion 2014. Christina Duggan and staff in the office of Institutional Advancement knew exactly where to obtain the tastiest celebratory cakes, too. Left to right above, with our working caps on and golden shovels poised, are graduate student representative Alexa Nicholls; recently graduated Carolyn Roche ’14; Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, President, Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston; Joan Shea, MBA, Chair, Regis College Board of Trustees; me; Kelly Moran, President, Alumni Board; Associate Professor of Mathematics, Cristina Squeff, PhD; Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Beth Scanlon. My gratitude to Peter Kent, Communications Director, for organizing the event. On the right Alexa, Carolyn, Sister Rosemary and Joan Shea enjoy a smile that the earth has been dug! You may read more about it here.
The work has indeed begun, and you can see the flagging on the Great Lawn marking out a “walk” that will lead up to the new quad. In preparation for construction, we have also temporarily taken down the statue of the Angel Guardian near the library in order to protect it. Here’s a photograph that Joe Shaughnessy, Director, Physical Plant, sent me of our facilities crew safely storing the campus hallmark until the new quad is ready, and here on the right is one of the Angel Guardian in situ.
Music & Legacy
LLARC Glee Club conductor Barbara Brilliant was in the news on May 17 and mentioned Regis. Barbara, who also hosts “The Brilliant Buzz” on NewTV in Newton, won the Peabody Award for her roles last year as creator and an executive producer of “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.” In The Boston Globe “People” section, Brilliant said her goal was to “’document the missing piece of the cultural puzzle’ in American history while entertaining viewers with a Broadway musical experience.” It matters to her that this particular story in American music history be understood. You may read about the award here. The 73rd Peabody Award ceremony was hosted by Ira Glass, creator of “This American Life,” at the Waldorf-Astoria New York, on May 19. Here is more about the award. Congratulations, Barbara!
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Regis alums are invited to join other alums at a Red Sox game vs. the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, July 10 at 4:05 p.m.; $30/ticket (includes Regis sunglasses!). To purchase tickets, contact www.registowertalk.net/redsox14 or 781.768.7221. Purchased tickets will be mailed to the address we have on file by June 30. If you have a new address, please inform the Alumni Office as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or updating your information at www.registowertalk.net/info by June 23.
Reunion Scholarship Challenge!
Last week at the Alumni Reunion, the Scholarship Challenge was launched to raise funds from the Reunion classes to honor Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare and Sister Thérèse Higgins (watch video here). Launched last fall, these scholarship funds support talented, deserving students who exemplify the mission of Regis College.
Over the course of the Reunion Weekend, $80,000 was raised from our generous alumni and friends at Reunion. There is strength in numbers! Suffolk Construction, our partners in the Master Plan, kicked off the challenge with a leadership gift of $25,000. The Regis community responded and raised another $55,000 in just three days!
Challenge donors are represented on the Regis College Giving Tree (at right) which was painted by two of our current scholarship recipients.
The goal is to reach $100,000 for the Scholarship Challenge by June 30. We are so close! Can we count on you to help us get there?
Special thanks to Bryan Geary, Communications Associate, for putting the video together.
After meeting with children’s parents on May 2, consulting with a representative group of parents in the following weeks, and conferring with Regis Trustees, we have developed with the parents a new business model for the Children’s Center that will enable the College to keep it open pending viable enrollment levels. You can read about it here, on our website and in the Boston Business Journal. Dialogue not only helps, it works! The previous BBJ article may be found here.
Coach Of The Year
First-year Regis College women’s lacrosse head coach Courtney Duggan has been named the New England Collegiate Conference’s Coach of the Year it was announced recently by the league offices. Voting was conducted amongst the league’s head coaches. Junior Grace Politis was named to the All-NECC First Team. Congratulations to each of you!
Richard Doherty, President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM), on whose Board I now serve, had a cogent op-ed in The Boston Globe recently on the subject of making higher education more affordable. Here’s the article.
On Tuesday, May 27, Carol Martin, DNP candidate gave her doctoral defense on the subject of “Factors Influencing Full-Time Nursing Students’ Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Prescription Stimulant Medication.” Linda Barnard, DNP candidate, presented her doctoral defense on May 28 on the subject of “A Qualitative Study of African Americans’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Experiences with Hospice.”
At The Great Wall With The Erat Scholars
Here are Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD, and Assistant Professor Kate Edney, PhD, at the Great Wall of China where they are touring with our Erat Scholars. Kate tweeted the image. My guess is that our students are up at the top near the turret!
The next issue of the “President’s Notes” should be out on June 12.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Maya Angelou, 1928-2014