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President's Notes III.20

June 16, 2014

President’s Office

President Hays with Ginny and John KanebOnce again I had the pleasure of hosting Ginny and John Kaneb for a luncheon on May 22 at Morrison House. The Kaneb Grant faculty recipients had the opportunity to present their research and express their gratitude to the Kanebs for their generosity. This year’s Kaneb Grant recipients are pictured below (from left): Associate Dean of Health Professions Laura Burke, ScD; Mr. Kaneb; Mrs. Kaneb ‘57; Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Joseph Draper, PhD; Associate Professor of Nursing Margherite Matteis, PhD; and Associate Dean of SLAESS and Professor of Spanish Mary-Anne Vetterling, PhD.

2014 Kaneb Grant recipients

Last Monday, June 2, I met with members of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) Massachusetts Coordinating Council at UMass in Shrewsbury where we heard an update on PARCC Field Testing in MA and transitions as school district choose in June between PARCC and MCAS. Discussion included “PARCC@Grade 11 optional,” PARCC legislation filed in Massachusetts and national issues.

Reunion Weekend Recap And Regis Fund Update

A few weeks ago we welcomed 400+ alumni back to campus for Reunion Weekend. Thankfully the rain let up on Saturday for the parade of classes, and we all enjoyed sunshine and great company! The main event on Saturday evening was the All-Alumni Reunion under the tent on the front lawn. Alumni from across generations (we had alumnae from the ‘40s all the way up to the ‘10s!) sampled a dine-around-the-world buffet, sipped Regis cocktails (the “Maria Hall margarita” and “Regis Red sangria!”), and struck a pose in the photo booth. President Hays @ All Alumni Weekend 2014Here I am with my husband John dancing with a couple of alums at the all-alumni reunion. We had a great time!

The Alumni Board Transition dinner was held last night, and we welcomed new Alumni Board Chair Kelly Moran ‘99.

In the last edition of President’s Notes, I wrote about the Scholarship Challenge launched at Reunion to raise funds for the Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare, CSJ, PhD, and Sister Thérèse Higgins, CSJ, PhD, scholarships. The goal is to reach $100,000 for the Scholarship Challenge by June 30. Time to donate is…. Now! Check out the video, too, if you haven’t as yet.

Master Plan Update

Construction of the new parking lot next to the Spellman Museum and the two new walkways on the Great Lawn are well underway. Some landscaping work occurred this week, and new trees will be planted in the new quadrangle. Check out the news on our Groundbreaking on May 16 here ["" no longer available].


History professor Kate Edney spoke with the Metrowest Daily News regarding teaching the lessons of D-Day.

Sabrina Johnson-Taylor, PhD, Instructional Designer, is teaching three upcoming faculty professional development seminars. I strongly encourage faculty to participate in at least one of these great offerings and to sign up now:

Best Practices for Online and Blended Courses

  • Offered fully online
  • Dates: 7/14 - 8/11

iTunes U and iPad

  • Offered fully online with opportunities for live sessions
  • Dates: 7/21 - 8/11

Accessibility in the Classroom

  • Offered fully online
  • Dates: 7/21 - 8/18

Graduate Affairs: Haiti Project

Last week we welcomed our second cohort of Nursing faculty from Haiti to campus. Below is a picture of the group along with Alexis Lawton, Project Manager and Cherlie Normilus, Director of Policy and Advocacy of The Regis College Haiti Project on their visit the MA State House last Tuesday June 3. They met with Linda Dorcena Forry who sent out this tweet:

Linda Dorcena Forry @ldforry - Jun 3 - Hosted the nurses of @regiscollege_MA's Haiti Project at the State House. Thank you for your dedication and service!

Haiti cohort at State House

Please open this link to read an article on the second wave of Haitian nurses at Regis published in The Boston Haitian Reporter on June 10.

The Haiti Project Advisory Board met on Tuesday evening, June 10, and the new cohort of Haitian Nursing faculty joined the Board for dinner. If you haven’t seen the video about the Haiti Project, check it out here.

Graduate Affairs: Scholarships

Melinda LutherErica MummRegis has received and matched two prestigious Jonas Grant scholarships to fund two candidates for the DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice). Melinda Luther (on the left) and Erica Mumm (on the right) will each receive $20,000 to help them complete their doctoral degrees. Read about the grant and their intellectual interests here.


Ms. Nancy Plasker has been appointed to the position of Director of Finance & Business. Having spent her entire career in accounting and financial management after earning a BS (with Honors) in Business Administration from Northeastern with a concentration in Accounting and Management, we were most fortunate that Nancy joined Regis in November 2008 as the Accounting Manager. She was promoted in January 2012 to Controller, managing the General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Payroll functions. Well beyond crunching numbers, Nancy has been actively engaged in promoting inter-departmental collaboration, developing benchmark reporting, enhancing and documenting Business Office procedures and facilitating technological innovations. Since October, Nancy has been acting as the Interim Director of Finance & Business where she has led the annual budgeting process, presented at Finance Committee meetings, and directly liaised with our bank and a wide array of outside agencies. Congratulations, Nancy!

Shelagh Tomaino has been promoted to the position of Director of Graduate Admission. In this new role, Shelagh will be assuming main leadership and supervisory responsibilities of the Graduate Admission Office, working closely with the Graduate Admission team: Jessica Meuleman, our Assistant Director, Sean Sendall, Senior Admission Counselor, and Chris Petherick, our Communications and Operations Coordinator. She is an integral part of the growth within the graduate community at Regis over recent years. Shelagh, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a C.A.G.S in Higher Education Leadership, also from UMASS, served previously in Graduate Admission roles for ten years at Bentley University. She will continue to spearhead strategic recruitment goals of the office while welcoming students to Regis with her friendly and professional disposition. Congratulations, Shelagh!

Kara Kolomitz, Vice President of Student Affairs, moderated a panel on June 5 at Wentworth Institute of Technology entitled: Retention on Campus: How Does Student Affairs Fit Into the Equation? Kara was joined by chief student affairs officers from Stonehill, Bridgewater, Salem State, and Suffolk University.

I am very pleased, as well, that numerous members of the Regis staff are availing themselves of opportunities for professional development. Here’s a list HR Director Joan D. Sullivan provided of some activities and programs Regis staff pursued this past academic year:

During Academic Year 2013-2014, the West of Boston Human Resources Collaborative: Brandeis University, Lasell College, Newbury College, Mount Ida College, Pine Manor College, and Regis College offered several Professional Development Programs hosted at Brandeis. These programs provided opportunities for staff members to engage with colleagues at area colleges while gaining useful management and communications skills.

In the fall, a semester-long Management Skills Development Series was the HR Collaborative’s first offering. The training series consisted of six intensive half-day sessions. Nominated to represent Regis for this unique certificate were: Esther Ghazarian, Center for Student Services/Registrar; Paul Murphy, Student Affairs; Julie Parker, Library; Jayanthi Srinath, Institutional Advancement and Shelagh Tomaino, Graduate Admission.

This spring, the HR Collaborative sponsored five, one-day Professional Development Workshops. Regis participants were:

Essentials of Communicating With Diplomacy and Professionalism

Hillary Mosher, Admission; Teresa O’Neil, Institutional Advancement; Liz Stygles, Financial Aid; Christine Resendes, Human Resources.

How to Be a More Effective Group Communicator

Timothy Brown, Athletics; Kristen Gondola, Center for Student Services; Stefan Malner, Information Technology Services; Nancy Rosata, Fine Arts Center; Christine Petherick, Planning and Enrollment.

Poised and Powerful Public Speaking

Erin Beloin, Nuclear Medicine; Katya Rego, President’s Office; Jessica Meulman, Graduate Admission; Matthew Sagistano, Community Life; Sean Sendall, Graduate Admission.

Assertive Communication Skills

Aubrey Grabowski, Admission; Mary Connolly, President’s Office; Courtney Fisk, Community Life; Lisa Treacy, Center for Student Services.

Active Listening

Susan Ford, Campus and Conference Events; Cindy Haviet, Community Life; Jill Krunnfusz, Center for Student Services; Steve Moran, Campus Ministry; Robert Outerbridge, Admission; Katelyn Shea, Community Life.

My appreciation to all of you who carried through and who keep on learning! And for all of us, let’s not forget

“Regis College Staff Appreciation Day” on Tuesday, June 17

  • Coffee and Donuts in the morning
  • Cookout” in the FAC Atrium for lunch
  • Annual awards


Thomas P. O’Neill, IIIKate KorzendorferI am happy to announce that Thomas P. O’Neill III and Kate Korzendorfer have been named to our Board of Trustees. Read about them here and here.

The next issue of the “President’s Notes” should be out on June 26.

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