News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.14March 5, 2015
The great news on campus this week is Athletics! Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have captured the NECC Championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament. For the women, the championship marked the third year winning it, this time with a 69-56 victory over Southern Vermont College. Women’s basketball will once again face Montclair State University at the NCAA. For the men, the championship was a first, with the No. 2 seed men’s basketball team beating the No. 1 seed Southern Vermont College, 74-72. The men will face Dickinson at the NCAA. Freshman Brittany Stone has been named NECC's Rookie of the Year and Head Women’s Coach Angela Santa Fe was named the NECC Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. The men's team had two players named to the NECC All-Conference Teams: Sophomore forward Sam Jean-Gilles and Junior guard Jeff Tagger, Jr.
As well, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up the ECAC Championships on Sunday afternoon at the University of Pittsburgh with strong swims and even a record breaking one.
Congrats to all the student athletes and coaches. We are so proud of you all!
Faculty, like students, are on Spring Break this week, resting and re-energizing for the second half of the semester. Travel and service are part of the re-energizing, so the Alternate Spring Break service trip to Peru is underway. Kate Edney, Assistant Professor of History; Nicoletta Pellegrino, Assistant Professor and Liberal Studies Advisor; and students in ID 219B, HI 322 and IT 102 are spending spring break in Italy as part of their course curriculum. I am grateful for Kate’s twitter updates; the other day she posted this photo of the group saying “We found a Regis”. To see Kate’s other updates follow her on twitter @4Kats4.
Next week, on March 14 to be precise, seven Family Nurse Practitioner students and two faculty members will embark on 10 days at St. Georges University in Grenada in a combined service and learning trip.
CIO Marla Botelho gave me an update about faculty and online courses that I wish to share with you all:
- We currently have 20 online and 51 hybrid course sections offered Spring term
- 50 faculty have successfully completed the Best Practices for Online and Hybrid Classes
Attorney and Assistant Professor Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma will speak at the Women's History Month event on March 16 from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Upper Student Union on the topic of “Women and the Law.”
Higher Education Leadership Program Director and Associate Professor Ray McCarthy sent around some comments on the EdD program’s one-year anniversary, marked last Saturday, and I have to crib from it here (Thank you, Ray!) This is what he said about his grad students and what they did with an idea he gave them: “I am always impressed: When I ask our doctoral students to do something, they always do so much more than I dreamed of. My initial little science fair concept was blown apart by their great posters, energy, and the 'buzz' of excitement that they all shared. These students do indeed have 'game.' Then Ray went on to name names and reflect:
My Graduate Assistants, Jen Ostayan and Mark Harrington nailed the coffee hour.
Class time was well spent; the fastest hours of my life. We are constantly adding to our repertoire while dealing with real education issues at real institutions.
About the Open House, he continued, “Our guest Speaker, Joe Berger, was more than kind to share his world vision and his amazingly low key delivery for the work he engages in around the world. And, as Toni said, we can get into this as well. Let’s brainstorm how!”
Regarding faculty, Ray gave pointed thanks: “I cannot thank our EdD professors enough for helping us build this exciting, unique and growing EdD program: Dr. Colleen Malachowski, Dr. Claudia Pouravelis, Dr. John Gould, Dr. Claire Jackson, Dr. Peg Dougherty, Dr. Michelle Cromwell, Mr. Jim Sarazen. Please share your thanks to these profs every chance you get.” Gratitude to the GAs, as well: “Thank you to all my GAs, from the start of the program to today. Michelle Zakrzewski, Caitlin Driscoll, Jen Ostayan and Mark Harrington all have gifts that they share with excitement and élan. These folks have made my time at Regis College a dream job.”
And he commented on the passion for the mission of all these people. I love it. I love it when Regis people working together communicate what we are all about and the good things we are doing here. Thank you, Ray, for writing it.
On February 5, 2015, Kara Kolomitz Vice President, Student Affairs, moderated a panel at Mass College of Art with various student affairs practitioners from the region entitled “Student Activism on Campus.”
Regis announced the Care Dimensions & Regis collaboration in December, and now the hospice and Nursing program partnership is launching – and gaining some traction with a couple of recent news articles. Shown in the photograph (l to r) are Nancy Snyder, President & CEO, Commonwealth Corporation; MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian; Diane Stringer, President & CEO of Care Dimensions; Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, Regis Dean of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions; Shawna Erickson, Director of Institutional Support at Regis, and Susan Lysaght Hurley, NP, PhD, Care Dimensions.
Gatherings & Lectures
On the evening of March 10 Regis will host, as it often has, an annual Convocation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. On the same evening, the campus will host a lecture by the distinguished forensic Nursing expert, Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, and on March 11, as announced by the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences, the inaugural lecture of our new Liberal Arts Lecture Series will feature New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian who will discuss “The Writing Life.” The lecture will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Regis Fine Arts Center Atrium. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event (cash only). For more details and to register.
Then, on March 17, we’ll officially celebrate Regis as an Apple Distinguished School (as well as celebrating Evacuation Day in the City of Boston and Saint Patrick’s Day)! Mark your calendars.
LLARC is celebrating its first 10 years! We now have 500 active Senior Scholars as members of the LLARC program. Two hundred and fifty are currently enrolled, and we anticipate a large additional enrollment for our April courses, when many will be returning to New England from warmer climes. Congratulations to Jill Rosen, Director, and to everyone affiliated with LLARC. Tip: Read Jill’s blog in “Across the Board”.
The Board of Trustees meets tomorrow. Then I am off to Florida for several alum and donor meetings as well as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Trolley in Naples.
Let me close by mentioning a new event for students. New this year for our seniors and graduating grad students is the Graduation Fair on Thursday March 12. The flyer to the right has all the details. Please encourage graduating students to attend. Thanks to the Commencement Committee for organizing!
The next issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph.