News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.3September 18, 2014
I am back from a productive trip overseas meeting with alums, prospective donors and partners. The photo on the right shows Miriam Sherman, VP of Institutional Advancement, and me with members of Caritas International in Hong Kong.
I was sorry not to be here for Convocation, but I heard that all went well and that both Vice President Malcolm Asadoorian and Father Devino delivered engaging talks... not to mention that the cookout was enjoyed by all! It looks like faculty and staff enjoyed the march down Katsura Drive, too. Below on the left you’ll find the academic procession marshall, faculty member Bernard Jackson, and chaplain Father Paul Kilroy. Thank you for carrying on without me. For various reasons as we take Regis out to the world, the campus may have to do so more often; but I shall make up for it when I am here, beginning with a student-focused “Pizza with the President” later this afternoon.
The College’s new-look website launched on Monday! The goal was to create a dynamic, contemporary site with improved navigation to ensure that core messages of the College are highly visible and vibrant in design, to make the experience “responsive” so that the site looks as good on an iPad as it does on a PC, and to make the site available to mobile devices like cell phones. Special thanks to the web project team: Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing Paul Vaccaro, Chief Information Officer Marla Botelho, webmaster Dan Lyons, Communications Director Peter Kent, Communications Associate Bryan Geary, and graphic designer Elena DeFelice. GREAT work, everyone!
Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor of English/Writing Program Director Anthony D'Aries has been invited to be the featured reader at Boston University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program's fall reading. The event will be on Friday, October 10 at the BU art gallery (855 Commonwealth Avenue). Anthony was also recently appointed to the board of PEN/New England as a member of the Freedom-to-Write Committee, which offers writing workshops for marginalized populations in prisons, homeless shelters, and halfway houses. Anthony is partnering with the CASPAR House, a sober living home in Somerville, to offer similar writing workshops as part of his Kaneb project, "Writing from the Margins."
We have received very good news from one of our alums and adjunct faculty in the Graduate Communication Department. Lauren Petit ’12, Lecturer of Communication, (pictured at right) has been recognized as a Worcester Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award recipient. The 40 Under Forty Awards honor the best and brightest business leaders under 40 in Central Massachusetts. Lauren earned her master’s degree in Professional and Organizational Communication from Regis College in 2012 and currently serves as Lecturer for the same program, teaching Public Relations: Cases and Practice. Joan Murray and Colleen Malachowski will be attending the awards event on Thursday, September 18 (tonight!) in Worcester. Congratulations Lauren!
Congratulations to Christine Petherick, MS on her promotion to Graduate Communications & Operations Manager, Office of Graduate Affairs. Chris joined Regis in 2006 and has been integral to Marketing and Communication within the graduate programs and graduate department. In this role, Chris will continue to work with Graduate Programs Directors, Graduate Admission, Graduate Student Services and Graduate Career Services, while managing the marketing and communication plan for the Office of Graduate Affairs. This comprehensive plan includes web and print advertising, Social Media & Digital Marketing, and our Graduate International Marketing Plan. Chris holds a BA in English from Framingham State University and an MS in Organizational & Professional Communication from Regis, in which she completed a thesis entitled, “How Colleges and Universities Use Social Media to Recruit Students,” which can be read in her office, CH 230 at any point!. Chris was also crucial to the development and promotion of the inaugural 2014 Regis College Summer Scholars program for high school students.
Please join the Business Office in welcoming Mary Gallagher, new Accounting Manager. Mary previously worked in the Business Office at Babson College and has additional experience in corporate accounting. She has a BS in Accounting and an MS in Taxation, both from Bentley University. She will be responsible for monthly financial reporting and supervising both Payroll and Accounts Payable. Mary is a welcome addition to the office and will be a source of information for all financial reporting questions.
Co-Curricular Mini-Grant Program update. The second round of funding is now available for 2014-2015. A total of $15,000 of funding was awarded in round one and another $15,000 in grants will be awarded this fall. The due date for new proposals is October 15, 2014. Contact Walt Horner for any questions.
Brian Meyer, our project manager for Master Plan implementation, made an illuminating presentation at the Comm Comm meeting this past week, with the help of Martin Dow. This was an opportunity provided by Director of Communication Peter Kent both to provide information and receive feedback on how our construction is going and what members of the Regis community may need by way of signage, walking routes, etc. as construction proceeds. Thanks, Peter, for organizing this.
The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First Year College Students has awarded an Alpha Award at the Silver level AND a Delta Award at the Bronze level to the Regis College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. The Alpha Awards is National Alpha Lambda Delta’s chapter recognition award, honoring those chapters who have initiated a notably high percentage of their invited students. In 2013-2014, the Regis chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta initiated 89% of the students invited to join the Society. The Delta Award is part of National Alpha Lambda Delta’s family of chapter membership awards, honoring those chapters whose membership has increased dramatically in the past year. In 2013-2014, Regis’ chapter of ALD initiated 32 new members, up 19% over last year’s class of initiated. My appreciation to Michelle Cromwell, Honors Program Advisor.
Fine Arts Center
In case you are not aware of it, on exhibition in the Carney Gallery from September 1 – October 31, you will find the work of
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Mark Russell, Political Satirist, will perform in the Casey Theatre on Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm. In case you have not noticed, satire is very “in” right now.
Mark Russell offers his satirical take on everything from the BP Oil crisis to our country’s presidency. His routine includes singing the part of a caricatured politician while poking fun at the pageantry, cluelessness and downright idiocy that can characterize “the news.” He calls himself a reporter, insisting that he’s not making the jokes—he’s just relaying them as ‘‘they masquerade the news.” Russell has served as that counterforce since the 1950’s, doing PBS specials for 30 years and appearing regularly on “Meet the Press” for more than 15. He jokingly says he has 535 writers – “100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives.” Russell writes all his jokes himself and he makes them look easy. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.regiscollege.edu/about/season-at-a-glance.cfm
Campus Police has announced and is implementing a new parking registration and parking procedure for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. All students, faculty, and staff are required to obtain a new parking decal each year. So far, despite new walking paths and campus construction, parking seems to be going well. Thank you, all!
My schedule is already becoming quite full, and I imagine yours is, too. Next Thursday evening I’ll be hosting current and former Regis Trustees on campus. Mid-October has our Board Meeting, and the end of October a special gathering for our Haiti Project with Partners In Health (PIH). Also coming up are activities with the boards of the Gifford School, PIH, and AICUM.
Here on campus, having received an excellent report from the faculty task force on workload, we are proceeding with ad hoc groups on shared governance and on definitions of scholarship. Regis faculty are busy this week preparing for the faculty meeting.
The campus, in other words, is humming, and that’s good.
The next issue of the President’s Notes should be out on October 2, but I expect my office will be sharing various news items with you in the interim.
P.S. Here are new pictures of my granddaughter, Olivia. She is getting so big and she loves to read!