News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.1August 21, 2014
It’s good to be back on campus. I spent the week of August 4 on Cape Cod visiting with alums and donors. On Thursday, August 7 we had our annual Cape Cod Luncheon at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth and a lovely time was had by all. Vice President, Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, and Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Miriam Sherman, were with me and enjoyed mingling with our alums. Here I am, too, with Shogofa Amini, Class of 2016, who spoke at the event about what it means to be a woman from Afghanistan who was brought up to value education but almost had that opportunity sidelined because of the Taliban. Like her own mother, Shogofa understood the importance of education and persevered into college, even having to convince her older brothers of its necessity for their sister. The woman on the right in the photograph is Shogofa’s host mother, Beth Grader. Shogofa made her connection to Regis through alums Joan Archer, ’70, and Nancy Archer Gwin ’75.
Diane Welsh, Associate Dean of Nursing informs me that the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) selected NERVANA (Boston College, Northeastern University, Regis College, Simmons College, University of Massachusetts Boston and University of Massachusetts Lowell) and the VA Boston/Bedford Health Care Systems to receive the 2014 AACN Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award! Award recipients will be acknowledged during the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting in Washington, DC on October 27. I will be attending the Awards Ceremony while Dean Penny Glynn, and Diane Welsh will attend the Meeting. Congratulations on an outstanding submission!
Santhosh Mathew, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, has facilitated a "tectonic shift" in the department to advance, improve and innovate the way in which we are going to be teaching mathematics at Regis beginning this fall. He has informed the Northeast Mathematical Association of America of Regis’s new Quantitative Reasoning curriculum, and it is likely we’ll be in the NMAA spring newsletter. Beginning in the fall, 2014 semester, a 3‑credit Quantitative Reasoning and a 1-credit Quantitative Reasoning Plenary Lab in the curriculum for undergraduate students will replace the previous Elementary and College Algebra courses. In partnership with the Education Department, the College offers Licensure in Secondary Education with a Mathematics Education major. The Department also offers a minor in Mathematics. The Regis College Quantitative Center (Q-Center) located in the Science Building serves the undergraduate and graduate student populations by providing comprehensive, drop-in tutoring support for courses with quantitative components. The Q-Center provides direct assistance to students via peer/professional tutoring, review sessions, and online/print resources. The Center works continuously and closely with faculty, staff, and students to establish additional programs that enhance student learning. Chris Coffin is the Q-Center co-ordinator.
The Medical Imaging Department/Regis College is one of two schools in the U.S. to be awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to launch a Master of Science Degree in Molecular Imaging & Therapeutics. This program, the first of its kind in New England and one of four nationwide according to Associate Dean David Gilmore, will build both on the current post-baccalaureate Nuclear Medicine program and on courses from the Regulatory and Clinical Research Management program, thus combining practice of Nuclear Medicine with the growing need and industry desire for individuals with pre-clinical and translational research knowledge. The grant was awarded by the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) through competitive application, and the decision was based on Regis’s extremely successful Nuclear Medicine program, as demonstrated in many accolades from the professional society in faculty awards and student awards. The other university to receive the grant is Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA.
Kate Edney, Assistant Professor in the History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage department, attended the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Arizona in July. She presented in the "'I Can Do That': Performing Race in Musical Revivals" session with a paper entitled "Getting out of Dahomey: Reviving Show Boat and the Contingencies of Racial Performance;" she also took part in the "Opening Doors: A Roundtable of Past Music Theatre/Dance Debut Panelists" session. Kate also traveled to California in August where she presented at the Inclusive Museum Conference with a paper on the process of creating the spring 2014 exhibit in Carney Gallery with her museum studies students, entitled "Creating a Self-Made Museum on a College Campus: 'We Are All Amateurs Here.'" Great job, Kate!
Professor Mary Anne Vetterling, PhD, had also enjoyed a summer of travelling and conferencing including, most recently, a trip to Panama where she enjoyed the Biodiversity Museum and a trip to the Valle Antón--a dormant volcano crater. Of course, the Panama Canal, one of the engineering marvels of the world, is celebrating its centenary “connecting the world” this year.
On August 19 in the 5 p.m. news at FOX 25, religious studies professor Ernie Collamati, PhD, presented some insights on the upcoming trip of Pope Francis to the USA, specifically Philadelphia, NY, and Washington. The occasion of the trip is the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 22-25, 2015, and the Pope has also been invited to address the UN and the U. S. Congress. Pope Francis recently completed a very successful visit to Korea and Asia. You can read more about the World Meeting of Families here.
Adjunct Professor Joseph De Quattro, English Department, has three poems, "Potholes", "Vitality in Nature", and "Brooklyn, America" in the fall issue of Verse-Virtual Magazine." Congratulations, Joseph!
New Members Of Faculty And Staff
Jane Peck, MLS has joined Regis as the Director of the Library. Most recently Jane has served as the Assistant Director of the Framingham Public Library, the 5th busiest public library in the state. Jane is an experienced and confident manager with broad library experience. She has worked in an academic setting at the Margaret Clapp Library of Wellesley College, a technical/business library at NOVA Biomedical in Waltham, and in public libraries in Needham and Framingham. Jane holds an MLS degree from Simmons College and a BS in history from Regis.
Rebecca Putnam, MEd appointed as Director of the Regis Children’s Center effective August 18, 2014. Ms. Putnam possesses an MEd in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College and a BS in Elementary Education from York College of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is certified in Early Childhood Education (MA Pre-K-Grade 3), Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), and as a Director II and Lead Teacher Infant/Toddler and Preschool by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
Melanie Steeves has become our new Peer Tutor Coordinator and Academic Support Specialist within the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). Ms. Steeves comes to us after nine years of teaching, academic coaching, coordinating, and planning at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, where she also coordinated Dean Foundations, Dean’s First Year Experience program, taught within the First Year Experience program, and collaborated in redesigning the FYS Curriculum. Prior to her positions at Dean College, Melanie taught English at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. In addition, while at Dean, she was Captain of the Relay for Life Team. Ms. Steeves holds a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University and a M.ED. from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA as well as a Massachusetts Educator’s License. In 2008, Ms. Steeves received the Dean College Part Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Elizabeth M. Smith was appointed Assistant Professor of Music (half-time), the most recent addition to the Music Program. Elizabeth received her BA from Regis College in 2004 with a double Major in Music and Theology (individually designed major). Following this, she earned two Master’s degrees at Boston University: a Master’s of Divinity in Systematic Theology and a Master of Sacred Music with a concentration in choral conducting.
Under the leadership of Associate Dean Claudia Pouravelis, Ed.D., several high school students got a taste of college life at Regis through our new program reaching out nationally and internationally to high school students to help them get a head start on a college education. You can read about the program here.
James Guaragna, MS, Director of Orientation & Communication Management, reports a successful Freshman Orientation on July 28-29. The program ran smoothly even with the torrential downpours we saw that Monday morning! The Guidebook Mobile App was very well received with 381 mobile downloads and 206 web views during the two day event. I had fun with the life size cut out of me that was used for the scavenger hunt. Can you tell who is the real me? Everyone was doing double takes!
International and Transfer Orientation is scheduled for Friday, August 29 and Move-In Day is Monday, September 1.
As well, Regis hosted the Wicked Local college fair on Aug. 12. Wicked Local is the online news agency supporting most community newspapers in the Metrowest region and in other regions in greater Boston. You can read about the fair here.
Construction continues on schedule with the attendant rattling windows and detours, but it’s all for the greater good! Remember, Love is Greater than Water Service Interruptions!
Let’s all get ready to welcome the incoming class of 2018 and all returning undergrads and grads. I am eager to kick off a productive 2014-2015 academic year!