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President's Notes IV.10January 9, 2015
Greetings to all of you enduring the Arctic blast in New England! I hope you are keeping warm. I am on an airplane today returning from the CIC Meeting for college and university presidents.
The campus is relatively quiet. A few student athletes are back to practice for various late winter/early spring sports, and all of our students who were housed in a temporary hotel last autumn have been reintegrated into our residence halls. Soon everyone will be back.
Associate Dean and Professor Mary Anne Vetterling has shared some notes on her remarkable year of travels on our AC blog. You may read about the nine trips she took this past year and get an inkling of the way the theme of journeying is showing up in her planned courses beginning with the first entry here and going throughout the week.
Assoc. Professor and poet Julia Lisella will be reading at various Boston venues next week. You will find the information on where and when here.
The Faculty Development Committee is taking the opportunity to offer four faculty development sessions. At the designated January 15 Faculty Meeting, each member of the faculty will be able to engage in two of four sessions being offered, as below. Seating is limited, and faculty members should contact both Assoc. Prof. Kreg Segall and Academic Affairs administrative assistant Gail Daniels regarding which two sessions they choose by January 12:
Session A in CH 240, “Developing a Writing Intensive Course,” led by Ass’t. Prof. Anthony D'Aries
This workshop offers an overview of how to design a writing intensive course and how to include “writing-to-learn” assignments in an existing course. We begin by distinguishing the difference between a writing instruction course, where students practice each step of the writing process, and a writing intensive course, where students complete a variety of formal and informal written assignments to deepen their understanding of a particular discipline. We will then discuss specific essay genres, particularly the textual analysis, with the goal of providing workshop participants with the resources to develop and assess engaging written assignments.
Session B in CH 340, “Fostering Learning While Managing Problem Behavior in the College Classroom,” led by Ass’t. Prof. Lauren Beaulieu
Do you have trouble getting students motivated to complete readings and assignments, pay attention in class, or participate in class? Do you have students that talk out of turn or pay more attention to their electronic devices than the lecture? Do you have students with disabilities and you don't know the best method to help them succeed? If so, this discussion is for you! We will discuss empirically-validated methods to foster motivation, increase class participation, and decrease other problematic behaviors in the college classroom. We will also discuss considerations for teaching those with disabilities. Attendees will learn through a lecture and discussion format. Attendees will leave with a handful of evidence-based teaching tactics along with references for additional resources that can help improve learning and manage the disruptive classroom behavior that often interferes with learning.
Session C in CH 347, “Speaking across the disciplines: Helping your students prepare effective presentations,” led by Assoc. Prof. Sarah Weintraub
Most of us ask our students to prepare and present a variety of assignments to the class. Whether these are group projects or individual presentations, it is important to provide students with some of the fundamentals of effective public speaking. This session will provide you with some basic strategies for helping your students make effective presentations in any class. If we are asking our students to make these types of presentations, it is important for us to help them learn how to research, organize, develop, practice and deliver these.
Session D in CH 319, “Making Use of Assessment,” led by Ass’t Prof. Kathryn Edney
This session will be a discussion-based workshop on how departments can use their assessment results to further student learning and improve the curriculum.
Just before Christmas, two Regis grad students had opinion pieces published in the Weston Town Crier. MAPW student Tara Holt “interviewed” Santa here on December 23.
Nicole Jean Turner, also a student in the MAPW program, argued for cell phone silence during Christmas gatherings here.
Congrats to Tara and Nicole for getting published and to their instructor, Stephanie Schorow, for inspiring them to do so!
Emily Nichols, who graduated as a nurse practitioner (NP) from Regis in 2014, has joined Regis efforts to advance its mission of service in the wider community by providing a nurse practitioner to Lawrence Catholic Academy this academic year. Emily reports seeing 20-30 LCA children a day in the Health Office and that the children are doing a great job staying healthy—including no noted norovirus reports. Starting in January, Emily will begin implementing health education curriculum. In consultation with LCA’s Principal, Jorge Hernandez, and with Dean Penelope Glynn and mentor Dr. Nancy Street, Emily will begin with a focus on nutrition. She has ordered educational materials from the Center for Disease Control that are interactive and sure to make learning about nutrition fun. Also beginning in January, Emily will begin precepting Regis Community Health nursing students, helping to prepare the next generation of health professionals to serve urban settings. Regis is providing this service free of charge and is grateful to be doing so in partnership with foundations including the John H. & H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation. I understand that, besides serving in this role, Emily is totally ensconced in the LCA’s family—even coaching the girls’ basketball team! Way to go, Emily!
The Regis College-Care Dimension Workforce Grant Partnership, which was announced in mid-December is in the news again – good news – this week. You may read it here.
The AC resumed regular meetings on January 6 and will hold an all-day retreat on January 12.
As expected, our signed I-beam was hoisted in place on the Maria Hall addition in late December by representatives of the construction workers and their union. You can spot it now, shining white, near an American flag also on top. Those of you who have been away from campus for a month will be impressed at how the structure is taking shape.
Library Director Jane Peck points out regarding that renovation project that “The walls are painted and the carpet is brand new, the stacks are down and the seating is rearranged. We don’t have our new sofas or chairs yet but we will soon.” Jane is looking for Chess sets, Checkers, Puzzles, Legos, Domino sets, Board games such as Monopoly, Life, Battleship, Stratego, etc., for the seating area where concentration and relaxation can go on together in grand library silence! Students need a break, she says, “and a place to hang out and make a Lego creation or play a board game quietly and the Library space is perfect for these activities.” Not to mention intense reading. I agree.
My own “reading” with the Boston Civic Symphony on December 20 went well, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Arts & Media star Joyce Kulhawik and hosting her for lunch before the concert.
I also want to share some pictures of my visit to Bethany in Framingham with Joan Sullivan the day after our Christmas luncheon. The Regis-retired Sisters of St. Joseph were so happy to hear about the growth at Regis and especially about the Master Plan construction. We sent them the Master Plan video and they are going to make a field trip to see the completed work sometime in the Fall. They were also extremely grateful for the generous donation from faculty and staff towards their activities fund. Here I am with Joan and Sister Marie Chicchese. Below Joan is visiting with Sister Marie DeSales.
This week I’ve been at the CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) Presidents’ Institute meeting, which was held this year on the West Coast in San Diego – where pelicans like to gather! You can view the full program here. The CIC brings presidents of independent colleges and universities together for networking, problem-solving, and sharing of ideas among colleagues leading similar institutions. I have been happily meeting people and attending multiple conferences (Why are so many of the ones I’m interested in scheduled all at the same time?) In recent years, CIC's Presidents’ Institute has become the largest annual meeting of college and university presidents, regularly bringing together more than 330 higher education chief executives. The Institute includes a program for new presidents and for presidential spouses, and my husband, John, is an active participant in the latter. He is a physician, and this year he made a scheduled presentation to the group on stress reduction strategies. I am very proud, too, that he received an award for his involvement on the “Presidential Spouses Task Force.”
Keep warm and see you soon!
The next issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on Jan. 22.