News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.12February 5, 2015
Greetings to our friends around the country from one of the American snow capitals this winter! Greater Boston received a record-breaking amount of snowfall (over 40 inches) in one week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2) and more is falling today. My gratitude to Regis College facilities staff who have worked so hard to clear the campus driveways and parking lots so we could resume our main business. Thanks to the faculty, staff, and students for their patience, too. But here we are, academic business as usual.
Elizabeth Smith, PhD (Cand.), MDiv, MSM, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Glee Club, Chamber Singers and Handbell Choir, presented a paper entitled “Ecumenism, Ecclesiology, and Ordination” at a conference held in Athens, Greece, last weekend, delivering her paper from snowy New England via web conference. The conference on “Deaconesses, Ordination of Women, and Orthodox Theology” focused on the ordination of women in the Greek Orthodox Church and was run by the Center of Ecumenical Missiological and Environmental Studies.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy Ernest Collamati gave a talk at the Faith Ministries Conference in the Diocese of Fall River, MA, last November, and was subsequently interviewed by a reporter from The Anchor, the Fall River diocesan newspaper. The interview by Becky Aubut was published on the front page of The Anchor on January 23, 2015. It is entitled “College professor helps others find God amidst suffering.”
Michelle Cromwell, Associate Professor of Politics and Social Justice and Honors Program Advisor, shared the good news that her chapter has been published in the Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice, Volume I: A-H. Click here for more details: https://rowman.com/ISBN/978-1-4422-1604-4. This publication moves Michelle one step closer to being recognized as an antiracism scholar. Congratulations, Michelle!
Associate Professor Susan Sawyer, PhD, has published an article entitled “Bridging to Higher Education in Haiti” in the January issue of Minority Nurse. The article explains the purpose and the methodology or the Regis College Haiti Project in extending and expanding higher education in Nursing to Haitian nursing faculty. Congratulations to Dr. Sawyer and those who worked with her to make the Haiti Project better known.
On January 29, faculty, staff and students who experience the value of the Nursing Simulation Laboratory celebrated its new state-of-the-art equipment and its donor, Lexington resident and alumna Mary A. Hefron, Regis College class of 1955. The equipment includes two patient beds, a ventilator, vital sign monitors and intravenous pumps. Their dedication was marked by the unveiling of a plaque in honor of Mary Hefron, who passed away in 2012. You can read more about it here.
The decade-old Lifelong Learning Program at Regis College (LLARC) was featured in an article called “Lifelong Students” in the Weston Wellesley Magazine recently (pp. 100-101). You may read it here. My appreciation to Jill Rosen, LLARC Program Director and Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, for calling my attention to it. Love your remarks, Jill!
Beginning the week of February 16, the staff of the Graduate Admission Office will start later evening hours Monday-Thursday. This is a great way to meet the needs of adult learners for appointment times later in the day. Thanks team!
Several Regis representatives – Associate Dean SLAESS, Mary Anne Vetterling, PhD, and faculty member Bernard Jackson, PhD; Associate Deans SNSHP Diane Welsh and Laura Burke – attended the annual AAC&U Meeting (Association of American Colleges and Universities) in Washington, DC, Jan. 21-24, on the subject of “Liberal Education, Global Flourishing, and the Equity Imperative.” Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Susan Tammaro, PhD, who also attended the meeting, considers it one of the best in the country. This year marks the centenary of the organization, and AAC&U is dedicating all of its meetings during the centennial “to a far-reaching exploration of the connections between high-quality liberal learning and Americans’ global future and of the changes needed to drive equitable access to high-quality learning for the millions of students who remain underserved at all levels of our educational system.” Our faculty, of course, are familiar with AAC&U because of its excellent work on LEAP (Liberal Education, American Promise).
Today, February 5, the scheduled monthly Professional Development Workshop will, in fact, receive reports on the conference from Mary Anne, Bernard, Laura, and Diane from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., 202 CH. The next scheduled Professional Development Workshop will be held on the topic of “Digital Storytelling Revisited” on Friday, March 20, 2-3 p.m. in a location TBD.
Due to the another impending snow storm next week, the Annual Career/Internship and Graduate School Fair will be rescheduled. It was scheduled for next Tuesday, February 10, from 4-6 p.m. in College Hall Foyer. Stay tuned for announcement of new date!
Marlene Mendez, AmeriCorps MACC VISTA and Community Service and Civic Engagement Coordinator in Campus Ministry sent me some pictures of students who prepared meals for 80 people at the Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen in Waltham, MA on Friday, January 30. In the group photo: Shannon Mahoney (Sophomore), Leah Peel (First Year), Cathleen Tellez (First Year), Jenny Gagnon (First Year), Nicole Defonzo (First Year), Heidy Sosa (Sophomore), John Lewis (First Year), Katie Kiernan (Sophomore), Ebeny Torres (First Year) and Sister Betsey Conway all the way on the right. Holding the bowl of rolls are Ebeny Torres and John Lewis.
This past weekend (Jan. 30-Feb. 2), Special Assistant M.J. Doherty, PhD, attended the annual AACU (Association of American Catholic Colleges & Universities) Meeting, also in Washington, D.C. She and I had attended three years ago when the theme was “international,” and this year the theme focused on mission and its translation through academic affairs. More to come on that in the Regis College blog, “Across the Board.”
The Administrative Council and I had quite a week on telephone conference calls to conduct our business because of the various snow cancellations. But the miracle of contemporary technology – the phone, e-mail, the iPad – is that we were able to and did. The photo at the left was taken before the blizzard….
The next issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on February 19