News and Announcements
President's Notes III.23July 24, 2014
Hello. As so much sorrow and destruction occupy the news from Ukraine and from Gaza and Israel this past week, it is good to remember something universities are so good at, namely, cultivating friendship and creating international relationships. Erin Wisniewski, Director of International Student Services, had the honor earlier this month of celebrating Ramadan with Bashayer, one of our students from Saudi Arabia, who invited Erin to her home to participate in Iftar, which ends the daily fast during Ramadan. Bashayer prepared a delicious, traditional meal consisting of dates, spicy barley soup with black lemon, a rice dish with lamb, puff pastries filled with cheese or meat, chicken shawarma wraps, the traditional strawberry juice drink, and a caramel cream dessert. Erin noted, “We had an evening filled with great conversation” about Arabic culture, family, and upbringing.
Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, oversaw, greeted and guided the first high school students in our new Summer High School program. Five young women – two from Greater Boston interested in early childhood education and music; one from North Carolina interested in psychology; two from China interested, respectively, in music and in nursing; and one from Indonesia interested in nursing, public health, and science have been on campus participating in designated classes and getting the flavor of student life through Vice President Kara Kolomitz’s superb “orientation” team of students. Thank you, Claudia and Kara.
Regis is listed among the quarterly round of grants providing more than $60,000 in support of ten Greater Boston organizations by the Boston Foundation Vision Fund Grants program. This is a unique small grants program that provides grants of up to $7,500 to support activities that advance the Foundation’s mission and generally have a total project budget of no more than $15,000. The Vision Fund program is designed to support capacity building efforts, pilot or demonstration projects, program design, evaluation or research, as well as board assessment/development, explorations of mergers and restructuring or other components of a strategic planning effort. Emphasis is on increasing the organizational impact and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. Since it began in 1993, The Vision Fund grants program has provided more than $1.5 million in grants to support Greater Boston nonprofits. Regis received a$3,450. Vision Fund grant to help support the rTIP Summer Institute, a one week intensive course for faculty members focused on infusing curriculum in a variety of disciplines with effective technological pedagogies. See more at: Boston Foundation announces latest round of Vision Fund small grants. Thank you to CIO Marla Botelho and Grant Officer Shawna Erickson.
Vice President, Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, tells me he and Dr. Ray McCarthy, Director of our EdD program, are working with The Global Education Center on a November 7, 2014 Symposium on the Role of Higher Education in developing students who want to be and are capable of being STEM professionals. The group, which brings faculty and administrators together with corporate and governmental representatives will hold a planning meeting on the Regis Campus on July 30.
Lisa Fardy, DNP(c), will present her doctoral defense on the topic of “Exploring the Impact of International Service-Learning on Baccalaureate Nursing Education” on July 29, and Michelle Cook, DNP(c), will present her doctoral defense on the topic of “The Experience of New Nurses with Learning Disabilities Transitioning into Nursing Practice” on July 31.
In just two years, the Center for Internships and Career Placement can report some very good results in our internship initiative for students. Susan Clancy Kennedy, Director of the Center, told me that from 2012 to 2014, students internships more than doubled, achieving a 215% increase, and so did professional job placement upon graduation. The national average on the latter is 30%, and the Regis placement this past year was 45%. And that excludes Nursing since the data was collected before students took NCLEX.
<span class="Emphasis>Freshman Orientation will be held for incoming students and their parents this coming week, Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29. The theme of the event is “Find Your Greatness,” and the schedule is full, some of it under a tent because of our campus construction. Parents will be with us throughout most of Monday morning and will meet College leaders and attend various information sessions about life on campus, concluding with lunch. On Monday, students will meet me, Vice President and Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz, and Susan Erickson of ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) as well as learning a lot about residential life. The Office of Admission will be hosting Summer Preview Day in the College Hall Foyer from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event will include breakfast, an Admission Information Session, a Regis College Experience Panel, a campus tour, and lunch. On Tuesday students will participate in First Year Seminar mini-classes and rotate through sessions on various aspects of campus life, including academic advising. Of course, there are a lot of tasty meals and fun things in the schedule, too.
Margherite Matteis, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor, Nursing, hosted the second cohort of Haitian nursing faculty in the Haiti Project at her home while they were here. Dean Penny Glynn and faculty members Laura Burke, Diane Welsh, and Cherlie Normilus, and Nursing grad student, Lauren Ghazal, also attended. Margherite, her husband, Andy and her daughter Missy are in the photograph with our Haitian colleagues. Thank you, Margherite!
I was pleased to share my thoughts about students driving change in higher education and the need for new metrics in the AICUM (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts) Members’ Newsletter on July 18. I also shared what is going on at Regis in gerontology in academic programs and preparing for an aging America. These articles are also posted on our website or, scroll down on the following link, and you’ll see the articles. Writing an op-ed in The NY Times called “Government College Ratings System is a distraction,” Joseph B. Moore, President of Lesley University, is thinking the same way regarding metrics, rankings, retention, and accessibility.
Our campus reconstruction proceeds apace. Thank you to all of you who have been reporting casually on the new “Great Walk” on the Great Lawn and telling me you enjoy it! Parking behind College Hall officially closed on July 23, and the new parking lot on the lower south campus near the Stamp Museum has opened. This past week work on the College Hall / St. Joseph’s Hall end of the quad has begun, as well as the move of our Institutional Advancement Office from Alumni Hall to Walters Hall. Currently parking is only available at Spellman, the lower lot, the student union and Angela Hall.
The photos below and drawing on the next page show where we are in construction at present and, on the map in aqua, the main area where, barring any need for changes encountered in the process, Suffolk Construction will be working on campus as of September 1 and in the weeks to come.
As July concludes and August begins, “The President’s Notes” will take a little summer hiatus until late August. Be sure, however, that any major news will be communicated to the campus community in the interim!