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President's Notes IV.15

March 20, 2015

Lem Byers from Apple presents President Hays with the Apple Distinguished School plaque.Regis celebrated its status as an Apple Distinguished School (ADS) on Saint Patrick’s Day this week, with an Apple delegation, including Apple executives Lem Byers, who oversees Apple education initiatives in the eastern half of the U.S.A. and regional representative Paul D’Ascoli, visiting Weston to honor Regis for going all iPad® and implementing digital pedagogy and to present the Apple award to our university – one of only about 20 colleges and universities across the country to receive the designation. Here I am in photo with Lem Byers and the official award. Associate Professors Joe Draper, PhD (Religious Studies and Philosophy) and Laura Burke, SciD (Public Health) and Assistant Professors Kate Edney, PhD (History/Heritage Studies) and Michelle Cook, DNP (Nursing) demonstrated the wonderful things they are doing with iPads, iBooks, digital pedagogy and apps in their classes, and grad students Mike Suprenant and Nick Germain, both in Medical Imaging, showed what they can do with a dynamic video on radiation. My thanks to Vice President Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, and CIO Marla Botelho for organizing the event and, behind the scenes, Karin Plumadore, Special Assistant to Dr. Asadoorian, who prepared our iBook application, and Sabrina Johnson-Taylor, IT Instructional Designer, who has been coaching various faculty members to become certified in these new media for teaching. Regis Board Chair Joan Shea and I also spoke at the event. Soda bread and shamrock sugar cookies were enjoyed by all. You can read about it here.

Marla Botelho & Karin Plumadore in front of the 1 Infinite Loop sign at Apple's Cupertino headquarters.Marla and Karin attended a special two-day event designed exclusively for higher ed leaders from Apple Distinguished Schools and Apple Distinguished Programs at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA, where they exchanged ideas with peers to learn how Regis can sustain and advance our learning initiative. Notice in the photograph at left that there is no snow on the ground! There’s hope for us in New England as spring arrives tomorrow.

The greek letter piLast Saturday, March 14, 2015 (3.1415), was the closest “pi-day” that we will get for a century because the date matches the first five digits of the mathematical constant, as Danqing Xiao, PhD, RT(MR), Assistant Professor of Biology, pointed out. Mathematicians around the globe celebrated the mathematical constant (ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter) and never ending number 3.14159265, many by eating pi-food (any type of pie).

Regis Summer Scholars

I am pleased that the second Regis Summer Scholars Program (RSS) will run from July 12 thru 17, with attendees

living in the dorm on campus, taking classes, attending college-prep sessions and enjoying campus activities for 6 days and 5 nights. The RSS is open to all high school students who will be entering their junior or senior year in September

2015. Students will take three classes – Communication and Writing, Public Health, and Marketing - enabling them to explore career paths in communication and healthcare. Participating students will receive a Certificate of Achievement, as well as a Summer Class Tuition Voucher that can be used for a 3 credit general education summer course during Summer Session in 2016, 2017, or 2018. I encourage you all to tell your family, friends and neighbors about this great opportunity! For more information please click here.

Faculty

Panelists at the Global STEM Education conferenceOn Friday, March 13 the “Global STEM Education: What does it Mean to You” conference took place in the Upper Student Union. There were 39 people and 8 panelists in attendance including some of our own faculty. It was an impressive collaboration of high schools, colleges and businesses about STEM.

In addition, four Natural Science Department faculty members participated in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts STEM Conference and Expo held March 15 at the Sheraton Tara Framingham. Kristen Willems, Assistant Professor of Biology, led sessions with girls in grades 6-12, discussing the importance of vaccines, how they are made, how they work, and the various careers involved in vaccine development. In another session, Danqing Xiao presented a workshop on “The Brain of Our Lives” and discussed current technologies and their role in scientific discoveries, as well as opportunities in STEM careers. Twenty-five 7-8 grade girls attended and were provided with brain models to investigate. Leslie Bishop, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Fran Power-Charnitsky, Assistant Professor of Biology, represented Regis at the open exhibit portion of the program.

Coming up next, The Biogen Idec Foundation is sponsoring a one day Girls STEM Summit at Regis on Sunday June 14. If you'd like to send your daughter, click here.

Author Chris Bohjalian with faculty & alumsMary Anne Vetterling, Associate Dean of SLAESS, reported a highly successful and inspirational lecture by famous author Chris Bohjalian last Wednesday March 11. With this event, Regis inaugurated the SLAESS Lecture Series in the Liberal Arts. Approximately 140 people attended and the audience ranged from undergraduate students to professors to Senior Citizens from the community. In the photo from left to right are alum Marilyn Nichols ’59, EdD, Chris Bohjalian, Associate SLAESS Dean Mary Anne Vetterling, PhD, and Business Management Assistant Professor Elizabeth Seidler, PhD. The next lecture in the series is on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Gene Bell-Villada of Williams College who will speak on “The Ayn Rand Cult and the Slow, Steady Rise of Libertarianism” in the FAC Atrium.

Jan Tuxbury, Clinical Lab Nursing Instructor, and Pat McCauley, Assistant Professor of Nursing, have published an article titled "Expanding Haitian Nurse Educators' Skills: A Graduate Course for Current Faculty." The article describing the Curriculum Design and Instructional Methods course is presented in the March, 2015 issue of Journal of Nursing Education. It is described as an educational innovation- very true! Here is the link.

Staff

David Crisco - EuroScholarsDavid Crisci, Director of the Center for Global Connections, just came back from a visit at three EuroScholars host universities, an opportunity designed exclusively for honors and undergraduate research administrators, faculty, and advisors at U.S. and Canadian universities. The photograph at right shows a seminar on plants that David attended at the Biocenter at the University of Helsinki in Finland, learning how Regis honors students can do research in STEM fields. He also visited Leiden University in The Netherlands and KU Leuven in Belgium. The three institutions rank among the top 60 globally for research. David participated in academic meetings with Research Project Supervisors and departmental faculty, toured world-renowned research centers, learned about research priorities and specific projects open to high-achieving students from U.S. institutions, discovered opportunities for collaboration between EuroScholars and Regis, and evaluated housing, academic, and student support networks available to EuroScholars participants.

David also wants all students to know they may still sign up for study abroad in Prague this summer and earn 6 credits at Charles University. Social Justice and Honors Program Advisor Dr. Michelle Cromwell will be co-teaching two courses in Prague this summer for Regis: (1) PO325: Imperial Nations and Subject Peoples: Czechs and Other Central European Nations in the Austrian Empire and After: HI 108 and PO305, and (2) Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in U.S. History, Culture, and Literature: SO303A. Students may use the credits in the honors program!

Alumni

Karen Dropps presenting her work on the Capen family to the Stoughton Historical SocietyPictured at left is Karen Dropps, who recently defended her MA in Heritage Studies, and who presented her work on Adam Capen, Jr. in a public lecture on March 15 at the Stoughton Historical Society. From the eighteenth century on, the Capen family was a prominent family in Stoughton. Scroll down on this link and you’ll see the lecture mentioned.

Donna Sytek ’66, who received an honorary degree from Regis in 2014 for her service as a legislator in New Hampshire and her work on the parole board, appeared in the news last week regarding the parole of someone sentenced as a juvenile.

The Alumni Office is very busy planning events, including:

Washington DC alumni reception, April 8

Regis Night at the Pops, May 9

Reunion Weekend, May 16 & 17

Students

Spring break at the National Catholic Sisters Week ConferenceSister Betsy Conway, Director of Spiritual Life, and Lauren Ghazal, Graduate Nursing student and Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Nurses Association, traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota, during Spring Break for the National Catholic Sisters Week Conference. The theme of this year's conference was “Discern.” Both Lauren and Sister Betsy spent the weekend meeting other Catholic Sisters and students from various colleges around the United States. They also met up with Regis alumna, Jackie Salas ’14 (on the left), who is living in Minneapolis and working in St. Paul as a St. Joseph worker for the CSJ Justice Office.

The annual Career and Graduate School Fair was held last night in the College Hall Foyer. We had 35 employers that participated. Thanks to Susan Kennedy, Director of Internships and Career Placement, and Kaitlynn Arvidson, Graduate Career Placement Manager for coordinating!

A representative from Riverside Community Care at the Career and Graduate School FairAt the left is a very happy recruiter from Riverside Community Care, a locally-based, integrated behavioral healthcare and human services organization, with undergraduate psychology student Jacqueline Dami.

Alumnus Gustavo (Gus) Flores at the 2015 Career and Graduate School FairOn the right, alumnus Gustavo (Gus) Flores, once an international relations major, was on campus visiting and also stopped by.

Jaiwon MartinMake sure you read the wonderful article “College Athletes Make an Impact in Boston Communities” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay about sophomore and Regis men’s basketball player Jaiwon Martin, pictured left.

President’s Office

President Hays and Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., President of Stonehill in FloridaHere I am on the right in Florida last week for meetings with alumni and the annual Naples Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, in which hundreds of Regis, Stonehill, BC, and other alums march. With me in the photograph is Rev. John Denning, C.S.C., President of Stonehill. I love the Regis group photo at the end!

The U.S. Department of Education has released its annual composite scores for fiscal stability (for the previous year).The figures for the 2013 fiscal year show not only our improvement at Regis from the previous year, when 168 institutions had scores below passing on the controversial test, but also our very positive accomplishment. Regis has a composite score of 2.7 out of a possible 3. The Chronicle of Higher Education: 158 Private Colleges Fail Government's Financial-Responsibility Test (subscription required)

Special Assistant M. J. Doherty, PhD, who does not claim to have a crystal ball, was interviewed last week by freelance writer Steve Maas for a brief entry on Regis for his forthcoming article, “Weston in 2025,” to be published in the Weston-Wellesley Magazine this summer. Knowing what changes have occurred at Regis in the first decade of the twenty-first century, who knows what the next ten years will bring? Steve also came to campus yesterday to interview me and Vice President Tom Pistorino for a story on “The Regis turn-around,” which is promised to The Boston Globe.

President Hays with Sisters of St. Joseph celebrating Saint Joseph’s Feast DayThis morning many members of the Regis community enjoyed an informal coffee with Sisters of St. Joseph on campus to celebrate Saint Joseph’s Feast Day. Sisters, we wish you a blessed and joyful feast day! On the left are Sister Judith Costello, CSJ, EdD, me, Sister Carmela Abbruzzese, CJS, DEd, Sister Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, PhD, and Sister Mary Murphy, CSJ, MEd.

During Lent a group of faculty, staff, and students (all are welcome) have gathered on Wednesdays in College Hall Chapel to celebrate the Eucharist. Since the campus will be moving into   Easter Break by Wednesday, April 1, next week, Wednesday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, a Sister of St. Joseph will guide those who wish to attend in a Tenebrae (“Shadows”) ritual formerly associated liturgically with Holy Thursday or Good Friday.  Come and see, in College Hall Chapel at noon.

Also on Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the first spring lecture of the President’s Lecture Series on Health will focus on National Health Care Reform/Acute/Home/Long Term Care with a panel of experts including William J. Graham, JD, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Programs, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Massachusetts Health Director, Office of Clinical Affairs Commonwealth Medicine/UMass Medical School; James A. Fuccione, MS, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, Home Care Alliance of Boston, Massachusetts; and Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, GNP, FAANP, FGSA, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Faculty Associate, Center for Health Policy, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University. I shall be the moderator that evening.

On a different topic, various groups on campus, and certainly our alumni and Board of Trustees, have been hearing me speak about the fact that Regis needs to identify itself as a university, for that is what we are, and what we need to convey to internal and external audiences far and wide. You have responded positively to this message, to this way of describing our institution – to this “branding” of Regis and how it is perceived around the corner and around the world.

In the next couple of weeks, members of the Administrative Council, led by Dr. Doherty and Vice President Paul Vaccaro with Communications Director Peter Kent (Peter, Paul, and Mary) are getting around face-to-face with  the Communications Committee, Directors’ Council, and Faculty assemblies (SNSHP and SLAESS, with their Academic Deans), SGA and Alumni Board to discuss a new “branding” effort.  A brand is the idea or image associated with a specific institution, person, service or product.

In higher education, branding has to do with how we “market” ourselves, our degree programs, and our values. Branding recognition helps us build enrollment and establish our reputation. It’s an important aspect, today, of what is known on the Internet. This initiative is, then NOT about a legal name change but about identifying ourselves as what we already are. It entails a gradual process and addressing various Internet, social media, electronic and print-media descriptions and, when we have the required information and the time is right, changing them.

First steps include

  1. building an inventory of how Regis is currently represented
  2. listing the specific tasks Regis will need to address to make changes in that inventory of items, and who will make those changes, and
  3. AC Members taking some common focused language (talking points) and symbols (logotypes) we have already identified (truths about Regis today) and sharing/authorizing their staff to use them as needed, and then according to the timeline we produce.

I know you are eager to get on the bandwagon on how we speak about and signal the Regis we already are. In Regis fashion, we are using a face-to-face communication first, in smaller, designated groups aligned with individual AC Members. Please be patient and stay tuned. This is exciting and good!

The next official issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on April 9, 2015, after Holy Week and Easter.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
President

A group photo in Florida

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