News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.16April 9, 2015
Happy Easter to all of you! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration with your families. I am in Washington, DC, meeting with alums.
Regis Honorary Degree Recipients 2015
I am very pleased to announce that Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, Marjorie Arons-Barron, President, Barron Associates Worldwide, and Karen LaFrazia ’82, Executive Director of Boston’s St. Francis House, will receive honorary degrees at our 85th annual commencement on Saturday, May 9. Sandy Fenwick is the first woman to lead Boston Children’s Hospital and will deliver the commencement address that day. Margie Arons-Barron, prior Editorial Director of WCVB-TV, Channel 5, has been closely affiliated with Regis since 2001 and will address the graduate students at graduate hooding on May 5. Regis grad Karen LaFrazia ‘82 is a prime example of the way Regis graduates quietly reach throughout the Commonwealth and the country doing good. We expect to graduate nearly 700 students across a spectrum of degrees ranging from the associate of science to the baccalaureate to the master’s to the doctorate. For other Commencement news, click! Children’s Hospital Chief, Communications Master, and Social Justice Advocate to Receive Regis Honorary Degrees May 9 and Commencement Home Page
Faculty & Students
As announced on our website last Wednesday, last evening, April 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Regis Nursing Faculty and the Regis Graduate Student Nurses Association (GSNA) addressed the constant growth in scientific knowledge, changes in the healthcare system, and development in nursing education requirements at a unique conference in the Upper Student Union Lounge. The conference idea, entitled “Current Issues Surrounding Nursing Students in School and entry into Practice,” came from the two founding members of the Regis Graduate Student Nurses Association, Cassandra Godzik and Lauren Ghazal.
The campus has been enjoying the SLAESS Liberal Arts Lecture Series, exploring most recently the nexus of Libertarians and the thinking of Ayn Rand in the FAC Atrium with Professor Gene Bell-Villada of Williams College on March 31. His lecture was very well received by an audience of over 50 students, professors and local residents. Here he is with Susana Ortega, a grad student in Heritage Studies. Next up in the series occurs this afternoon, April 9 at 3:30 p.m., in the FAC where Professor James Lang of Assumption College will lecture on “Can Teaching Innovation Revitalize the Liberal Arts?”
Several of our English professors, writers, and members of our new interdisciplinary Department of Humanities are getting around Greater Boston and New York this spring. Assistant Professor Anthony D'Aries spoke about the process of writing and publishing his memoir The Language of Men at “The Writer's Life Series: From Idea to Bookshelf” at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education on April 8th at 8:00 p.m. More info here
Prof. D'Aries will also present at the 2015 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Toronto on April 30. His paper, "Not Just a Pretty Face: Militarized Prostitution in Contemporary Vietnam War Literature and Film," will be part of a panel titled "'What Sticks to Memory': Vietnam War Representations in American Culture."
On April 14, Associate Professor Julia Lisella and Anthony D'Aries will host fiction writers Helen Elaine Lee and Suzanne Strempek Shea for a dinner with students from EN324: Women & Fiction and EN209: Creative Writing. This inaugural “Dining with the Authors” event will include a reading in the Carney Gallery at 7:00pm, which is open to the entire Regis community. Julia Lisella will also have several poems forthcoming this month from VIA (Voices in Italian Americana) and will be chairing a panel at the Mass Poetry Festival in early May called “Mediterranean Voices” that explores the ancient world on contemporary poets. She recently read at the Blacksmith House, Cambridge’s longest-running poetry series, and will read from her new book again (along with poets Cammy Thomas, Joan Houlihan, and Katherine Nilsson) on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at Concord Academy Chapel in a reading sponsored by Concord Academy and the Concord Poetry Center. She will appear at the Somerville Armory at the Cervena Barva Press Reading Series on Wednesday, April 30, with poet Lisa Sewell at 7 p.m.
Also in April, Julia Lisella and Anthony D’Aries will be reading together at the Italian American Writers Association at the Sidewalk Café in New York City on April 11.
Associate Prof. Kreg Segall's article “Mother Hubberd's Intervention in Prosopopoia, or Mother Hubberds Tale” will appear in Spenser Studies 31 (2016).
Joseph DeQuattro's poem “Reading a Poem by Bukowski and Deciding I'm Done with Everything” was recently published in Pif Magazine.
As well, Fulbright Fellow Dr. Nataliia Borysenko spoke on campus on March 31 on the subject of “Ukrane Today: People's Hopes, Expectations, and Reality.” Borysenko is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages for Chemistry and Physics Schools of the Institute of Philology at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and a 2014—2015 Fulbright Fellow at the College of Education, Washington State University (Pullman, WA).
On March 28, students from Associate Professor of Theatre Frans Rijnbout’s Oral Interpretation class and Acting class attended the one-woman's performance of "Stronger Than the Wind," written and performed by Alice Manning. Manning describes - and acts out - her personal and traumatic experience to keep alive her new-born special needs child. The production was part of "Works by Women in Theatre" and presented at the Second Annual Next Rep Black Box Festival.
On March 28, DNP students in ED620, Instructional Methods in Nursing Education, met at the Regis Sim Lab for a tour and discussion of simulation learning. This is the second year of collaboration between Pat McCauley, MSN, CHSE, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing, and Barbara Dowds, PhD, Professor of Psychology. In exploring this critical component of nursing education, students learn not only about the use of simulation at Regis, “so impressive,” as one student commented, but also about current research, national trends, future directions, and numerous simulation resources available to nurse educators. Last but not least, Pat and Barbara value and enjoy working together to facilitate students’ learning and, in their interactions with each other, modeling interdisciplinary collaboration.
The History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage Department and the Heritage Studies Graduate Program were once again well represented at the annual conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, held this year in New Orleans over Easter weekend. For his first national conference, graduate student Ben Remillard (pictured at right with Assistant Professor Kate Edney and Lecturer Alison MacAdams) presented his paper “Myth and Religion in World War I.” Alison MacAdams presented her paper entitled “The Naked Truth: Sovereignty and Power in the Stories of Inanna and Little Red Riding Hood,” and Kate Edney, Regis Graduate Program Director and area chair for Folklore and Popular Culture, organized and chaired five panels for the conference, and presented a paper entitled “The Golden Dawn (1927), a Colonial Musical.”
Regis students travelled at home and abroad over spring break. At left is a snapshot of the Regalos Peru group this year, and on the right a photograph of Regis students volunteering at a Villa El Salvador orphanage. From left to right in the shot on the right are Bethsy Romelus, Teah Murphy, Jeff Parrish, Danny Greco, and Karen Marquez.
On the left, the photograph shows Regis students, left to right, Michaela Tridento, Valerie Fusco, Katie Kiernan, Wilgine Joseph, Alicia Martin, Taylor Bloom, Shannon Mahoney, Alero Meggison, Yasmin Aguilar, and Kendia Frederique on their service trip to Jonestown, Mississippi.
And from St. Georges University, Grenada, where nursing faculty Pat Ciarleglio and Natali Taylor and Family Nurse Practitioner students Michelle Bisnaw, Brendan Boyd, Nicole Breting, Hannah Marvin, Anna Vanessa Marquez, Rachel Stern, and Dyanna Sun. traveled March 14- March 23, students Nicole Breting and Hannah Marvin stand with the Matron of Princess Mary Alice Hospital, a small public hospital in northern Grenada. Student Michelle Bisnaw wrote a wonderful blog about the experience, and you may read her outstanding descriptions of all the activities from a student perspective here.
This is the sixth year that NP students are spending 10 days in Grenada in a combined service and learning trip, a program developed by Fran McGill and Pat Ciarleglio, MS, FNP, Clinical Nursing Faculty. Students participated in a variety of activities including working with physicians on an individual basis in the SGU Health Services office, Nurse-Midwives at Grenada Planned Parenthood, primary care providers both in St. Georges and rural areas around the island. Group activities included a visit to a Catholic home for the elderly outside of St. Georges, where they provided health care to the residents. The group also went to a home for disabled children and adults, providing health care to those residents as well, and a psychiatric hospital where they performed breast exams for both acute and chronically ill women.
At left is a photograph from the “Leading for Change” summit at Bridgewater State University on March 30. The theme was “Supporting the success of male students of color.” Led by Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, in the foreground right, staff and students Vladimir Balan ’17, Mark DaRocha (Office of Student Programming), Ricardo Delgado ’15, Johnson Mathurin ’16, Traylon Butler Neal ’16, Mario Payne ’16, Karynne Creech (Office of Student Programming), Shogofa Amini ’16 all attended. Susan Decker, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Welfare, took the picture. Mark, Karynne, Shogofa, Susan and Sister Betsy represented the Regis UNITY committee.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee is sponsoring an event tonight honoring winter and spring athletes. Show your spirit and support the Pride! All are welcome.
On another front, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Seidler, students in the “Principles of Macroeconomics” class and fellow faculty members John Christie and Bernard Jackson visited the Federal Reserve Bank Boston yesterday for a talk given by Ali Ozdagli, Senior Economist, entitled “The Federal Reserve and its role in the economy.” The trip was made possible by a co-curricular grant.
Congratulations are in order for next year's Student Government Associate Executive Board! Communication Coordinator, Kathleen Sullivan; Secretary, Ashley Ventolieri; Treasurer, Andrea Baez; Vice President, Zackery Sletterink; and President: Matt Norton.
I am excited about the upcoming Regis Children’s Center Intergenerational Art Show and Silent Auction on Monday, April 27, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Gallery. The event is a collaboration of the Children’s Center, LLARC and the Honors ID330 Seminar. Contact Rebecca Putnam, Director of the Children’s Center for more information.
Father Paul Kilroy, Regis Chaplain/Campus Minister, tells me that on Sunday April 26 at the 11:00 Mass in College Hall Chapel, 6 members of our community will celebrate the Easter sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation. We welcome James Guaragna, Josh Giarratano, Tina Lathrop, Heidi Sosa, Ebeny Torres and Kelechi Ugocha to full initiation into our Catholic community of faith. A reception in the Foyer will follow the service. All are welcome.
Speaking of a sense of community, I hope you all enjoyed the Purple Day Breakfast raising awareness of sexual assault on college and university campuses and supporting survivors. The Breakfast this morning was part of S.A.V.E. week, and I thank Regis Student Life staff and students for providing this level of consciousness-raising on our campus.
Margherite Matteis, Associate Professor of Nursing, informed me that on March 14, Dr. Barbara Moloney, Regis Alumna, presented her thesis research to students enrolled in NU 716-Culture and Health Perspectives. The title of her work is “Evaluation of a program for Haitian nurses on cardiovascular nursing: A pilot study."
While I was in New York a few weeks ago, I attended the “Haitian Roundtable 1804 Ceremony” at which our very own Cherlie Magny-Normilus, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of Policy & Advocacy for the Regis Haiti Project, was named a national “change-maker” on The Haitian Roundtable’s “1804 List” for 2015 (read about it here). Congratulations, Cherlie! The occasion gave me the opportunity, as well, to reunite with Stephanie Voltaire, a Regis alum from 2010 (on the right), who helped with translation for the first Haitian cohort. After graduating from Regis, Stephanie went on to gain her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Community Health Education; she has done a lot of work in Les Cayes, Haiti where she developed a sexual health training guide for sexual health workers to educate young adults.
Check out the news on our Apple Distinguished School award, and bring your walking shoes to work tomorrow (Friday, 4/10) to participate in the 1 mile walk organized by the Public Health and Health & Fitness Programs. Meet in College Hall Foyer at 12:30. The next issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on April 23, 2015.