News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.13February 19, 2015
Yesterday & Today, Ash Wednesday
Because of a longstanding off-campus meeting, I could not be here yesterday for the Ash Wednesday noon Mass, which I regretted. Some staff members later commented on the gathering – faculty, students, housekeepers, administrators, grad students, deans, visitors –“That’s so much of what I love about Regis – its community” – and I could not agree more. Have a wonderful, deep Lent, everyone, with snow melting and Easter and spring just around the corner!
The annual Regalos benefit supporting alternative spring break in Villa El Salvador, Peru, will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in CH Foyer. I always love this reception, which brings together current and past Regis “apostles to Peru” for food, conversation, and general rejoicing. Besides, often occurring at the beginning of Lent and before Spring Break, it helps set the tone of our Catholic university and its outreach toward Easter and our friends in Villa El Salvador: JOY!
Faculty, Staff, Res Life, And Students
During The Snowiest Month On Record
I cannot thank enough the women and men of our community who have valiantly demonstrated all kinds of fortitude, fidelity, and fun during the recent saga of record-breaking snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in the past three weeks. As needed, you have actually conducted AND participated in classes, communicated by e-mail, worked together and individually, stayed overnight as needed, telephone conferenced, Skyped, won conference games, shoveled, moved cars, plowed, kept the dining room running (and with food) and kept access to campus open and safe. You are tops, and I am very proud of your commitment to Regis and higher education. Way to go!
And in the midst of these freezing temperatures, Regis Nursing is planning to help assess “polar plunge” athletes - BRRR! – as they help the Special Olympics. You can read about it here.
Faculty And Staff Development Opportunities
Regis has aligned itself with the Massachusetts-based Global STEM Education Center, Inc. and will be jointly hosting a half-day Roundtable that includes Regis faculty and academic and industry representatives on Friday, March 13. I highly encourage members of the Regis Community to attend. There is no charge, and we all have a lot to learn about this initiative. Please register here (Code: ThankYOURegis).
The title of the faculty monthly Professional Development Workshop for April is "Beyond Sticking Results in a Drawer: A Primer for Academic Assessment,” and the workshop will be presented by Members of the Academic Assessment Committee. It will be held Friday April 17 from 2:00 to 4:00pm in CH202. All faculty are highly encouraged to attend and participate in these valuable workshops.
Our EdD program will hold an open house on February 28 to celebrate its first anniversary. The celebration will include an opening ceremony, luncheon, and student presentations/posters. Watch your e-mail for an electronic invitation and RSVP! Congrats to Dr. Ray McCarthy, Vice President Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, and all who have made the first year of our Carnegie-recognized EdD program so successful. The guest speaker will be Dr. Joseph B. Berger, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement and Professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration, in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Lectures & Achievements
Faculty Member Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma has just been signed up by Weston Life, a new magazine to launch on April 15, 2015, to write its legal column. Congrats, Carmenelisa!
SNSHP Distinguished Scholar Lecture
Ann Wolbert Burgess, D.N.Sc., RNCS, FAAN, Boston College School of Nursing, Professor of Psychiatric Nursing will deliver a lecture on “Community Shooters and Bombings: How Nurses Can Handle Dangerous Situations” on March 10, 2015, in College Hall 202 6:00-7:00 p.m. Refreshments and desserts following the lecture. A number of us know Dr. Burgess and she is excellent – a national and international authority in forensic Nursing.
The SLAESS Lecture Series for Spring 2015 will launch less than three weeks from today
Chris Bohjalian, author of seventeen books, including ten New York Times bestsellers, will speak on Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m. on “The Writing Life.” His work has been translated into thirty languages, and three have been turned into films. The paperback version of his most recent novel, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, will be published this May.
Gene Bell-Villada, of Williams College, has written about and lectured on Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Luis Borges, and on American (North and South) and European aestheticism and attraction to Ayn Rand. He will speak on Tuesday, March 31, 3:30 p.m. on “The Ayn Rand Cult and the Slow, Steady Rise of Libertarianism”.
James Lang, professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where he teaches courses in British literature and in creative nonfiction writing. The author of four books and more than a hundred reviews or essays, on topics ranging from higher education to British literature, Lang writes a monthly column for The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as contributing regularly to America and Notre Dame Magazine. Lang will speak on Thursday, April 9, 3:30 pm, on “Can Teaching Innovation Revitalize the Liberal Arts?”.
For more details and to register.
Students, Alums & Faculty
Our DNP alums, students, and faculty and students together have been making tracks, not in the snow but in research and scholarly presentations and publications. Here’s a recent list:
Dr. Alexandra Penzias, was a co-author of an article entitled, “An overview of clinical associate roles in the neurointerventional specialty”, Journal of Neurointervention Surgery, January 2015.
Dr. Eileen Costello was awarded the DNP Alumni Scholarship. Her thesis is entitled “The Lived Experience of Placing a Child in Residential Care”.
Andrea Matthews presented a Poster, “Student Perceptions of Faculty Incivility” at the Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, January 2-5, 2015. Arizona.
Mandy Simon co-authored an article entitled “Design, methods, baseline characteristics and interim results of the Catheter Sampled Blood Archive in Cardiovascular Diseases (CASABLANCA) study”. This was a publication of research study findings and can be found in the International Journal of Cardiology, Metabolic & Endocrine, November 2014, issue.
DNP Faculty and Student
Dr. Karen Crowley co-authored a textbook chapter entitled “Endocrine System Drugs” with her Regis College Masters NP students (now NP alumni and practicing nurse practitioners), Ashley Pratt and Sarah Nadarajah. This chapter was published in Pharmacology for Nurses authored by B. Smith (2014). Jones & Barlett.
On Saturday, February 14, Dr. Kechinyere-Anderson, Regis DNP Alumna and Regis College part-time faculty, presented her doctoral thesis research to DNP Regis Culture and Health Perspectives students. Dr. Iheduru-Anderson’s thesis is entitled, “The Transition Experiences of West African Internationally Educated Nurses as They Transition into Practice in the U.S. Healthcare Settings.”
Dr. Joanne Dalton and Dr. Margherite Matteis published the research findings of their pilot study on family support and diabetes self-care (Fall 2014). The title of their article is “The Effect of Family Relationships and Family Support on Diabetes Self-Care Activities of Older Adults: A Pilot Study,” and it was published in Self-Care and Dependent Care Nursing, The Official Journal of the International Orem Society for Nursing Science and Scholarship.
The Student Affairs Office is continuing student programming including this week’s “Culture Fest,” which takes an interesting slant on fashion, power, the ultrasensory, and diversity in a series of events and conver-sations. Student Affairs is also sustaining its “Bystander Intervention Program” regarding sexual assaults on college and university campuses. As well, around this particular campus, you’ll see the hidden identities campaign “Behind These Eyes” highlighting both student and staff identities that we do not often talk about but affect both individuals and the community as a whole at Regis.
Our athletic teams are having one of the best years ever! Both men’s and women’s basketball teams are doing very well, for instance. The men’s team clinched the number two seed and the women’s team the number one seed for the fourth-straight year in the NECC Tournament. In that position, Regis will host the NECC Women’s Basketball Championship with the Semifinals on Friday and Championship game Saturday February 28 at 2:00. Congratulations to Women’s Basketball players Amanda Hawkesworth (left) and Brittany Stone (right). Amanda was featured in The Boston Globe for delivering her best career performance yet on January 31. And Brittany was featured in the Brockton Enterprise in January for being named NECC Rookie of the Week three consecutive times and being chosen as the ECAC Division 3 New England co-rookie of the week.
As well, Women’s Track & Field member Kate Cowden was featured in the Wilmington Town Crier last week for breaking the Regis program record in the shot put! Read about it here. Congrats Kate!
The Men’s Swimming and Diving team wrapped up the 2014-15 season with an undefeated record for the first time in program history. Way to go! Our Spring sports are practicing despite the snow, gearing up for another great season on the fields, too.
Some members of the campus community have been wondering whether the snow has affected the schedule of implementation of the Master Plan. Judging by the sounds and the scaffolding, I say probably not, and, in fact, Vice President Thomas Pistorino, has told me we are on schedule for our end date. Here are other updates provided by our project manager, Martin Dow:
- The new entrance foundation has been poured and the installation of steel at the new entrance is scheduled for completion on February 25, 2015.
- The new carpet tiles in the Reading Room and former Stack area are completed, and both spaces have been repainted.
- The new Dunkin’ Donuts Café in the Library is targeted for turnover to the college in early June 2015.
- The new furniture is scheduled to be installed the week of July 6, 2015.
Residence Halls & The New Maria Hall Wing
- The new fire suppressions systems (sprinklers) have been installed and are operational in the Maria, Domitilla and Angela residence halls.
- The steel frame super structure of the new Maria Hall Wing is complete.
- The furniture, fixtures & equipment have been selected and will be ordered in the next two weeks with planned installation the week of July 6, 2015.
- The concrete floor decks on all four levels have been poured.
- The I-Beam fire spray is 50% completed.
- Roof membrane is scheduled for completion March 3, 2015.
- All temporary occupancy permits are scheduled for renewal prior to March 1, 2015.
Site Work And Landscaping
- The upper Great Lawn walkway and the new Spellman Museum parking lot are completed and in use. We are preparing to commission the new Fire Pump system in the former Shipping / Receiving area of the Power Plant Garage on March 3, 2015.
- The lower walkway is planned for paving before the Commencement Ceremony on May 9, 2015.
- The Great Lawn is scheduled to be prepared for Regis’ Commencement Ceremony no later than April 1, 2015 with the tent scheduled to be erected no later than May 1, 2015.
- The new Quad and its irrigation system is scheduled for completion on or before June 30, 2015.
- The new roadways are completed and the front of College Hall’s new additional parking is scheduled to be completed before June 30, 2015.
- The paver material for the Great Walkway has been selected and the materials ordered.
- Underground infrastructure work -- new lines for water, steam, natural gas, and electrical service -- is largely completed, with a relatively brief, campus-wide electrical shutdown anticipated for some time during the March Spring Break and a larger one that will last for several days in the “original” Maria Hall wing during July when it has been vacated to upgrade code deficiencies in the electrical panels.
We have had some fun and some confusion on campus lately because of name twins Susan Erickson and Susan Erickson.
One Susan – Susan Judith Erickson – is a lecturer in Education and is the K-5 Science/Social Studies Curriculum Specialist at Weston Public Schools. She lives in Maynard, MA, and has two sons in their twenties. It is she, not Susan M. Erickson (as misreported in President’s Notes on January 22, 2015), who received word that her submission entitled, “5th Grade Science MCAS: An Analysis of Sub-Groups of an Affluent Suburban School District,” has been accepted by the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) for the 2015 Conference at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, NH, on Wednesday, April 29 through Friday, May 1. So today I extend congratulations over again to the correct Susan, Susan J.!
The other Susan – Susan Mary Erickson – is the Director of ACE (Academic Center for Excellence), who began working at Regis in 2011, is portrayed on the right, lives in Newton, also has two sons, is a firm believer in educational coaching and has two aunts who are Regis grads in education from the late 30s and early 40s… and a cousin named Susan Hudson Erickson!
Susan J. and Susan M. are both lovely ladies who took the mistaken identity with aplomb. They have actually known one another for years, even before both working at Regis, and were even related by marriage. And we have surpassed the “six degrees of separation” rule for sure!
Speaking of ACE, three staff members from the Regis College Academic Center for Excellence and five peer tutors recently attended the 21st Annual New England Peer Tutor Association (NEPTA) Forum held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on February 7. The 2015 conference offered thirty sessions including “Verbalizing Logic with Doodles”; “Your Guide to Interstellar Writing Center Interactions”; and “ A Tutor’s Guide to the Galaxy of Fear: Redefining the Rules of Failure”. NEPTA forums are unique because all preparations and presentations encourage tutor-to-tutor interaction. Amber Stickles, Writing Center and One –on-One Peer tutor remarked, “This was an awesome experience. Meeting and sharing ideas with other peer tutors from colleges throughout New England was so helpful!” Q Center tutor, Anushya Pandian added, “I learned new tutoring techniques that I plan on bringing back to Regis and using in the Q Center”.
Photograph of those attending the forum left to right: Writing Center Coordinator, Stephanie Venancio; Peer tutors, Ben Remillard; Amber Stickles; Julie St. Hillaire; Jewel Mederios; Anushya Pandian; One-on-One Tutor Coordinator, Melanie Steeves; and Q Center Coordinator, Chris Coffin, take a break from the informative sessions to pose for a photo.
Enjoy your Spring Break everyone, and keep warm!
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on March 5.