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President's Notes IV.18

May 7, 2015

Graduate Hooding Recap And Upcoming Commencement

The best way to share this wonderful annual event is through pictures, then words, which will speak for themselves!

The 2015 Graduate Hooding procession

Speakers President Hays and Marjorie Arons-Barron in the 2015 Graduate Hooding processionWith Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, and our good friend, longstanding communications consultant, and distinguished speaker, Marjorie Arons-Barron, I was happy to help lead the procession of faculty and doctoral and master’s candidates from the Fine Arts Center to the Com-mencement Tent for the Grad Hooding ceremony on Tuesday evening, May 5. Those in the crimson robes and apricot-edged hoods are our DNP students. Thank you to all the faculty and staff who made this such a memorable event.

Marjorie Arons-Barron addresses graduates at the 2015 Graduate HoodingFor some of the words, use the following links:

There will be more to come on Baccalaureate and Commencement, but since I mentioned Nepal Tuesday evening in my Grad Hooding speech and we have several students from Nepal at Regis, let me put this appeal first and not forget the ongoing tragic effects of the earthquake in that country. Please consider donating items to the Campus Ministry Office, which will coordinate shipping these clothing items. As well, if you wish to make a cash donation, I suggest you follow the this link.


The Advancement and Alumni Relations office hosted visitors from the University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto RicoLast month the Advancement and Alumni Relations office hosted visitors from the University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico who met with Regis IA staff to learn more about our fundraising and alumni engagement efforts as they build their own alumni programs. In the photo from left to right: VP of Advancement Miriam Finn Sherman, Associate Director of Advancement Communications and Alumni Relations Alexis Baum, Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Engagement Christina Duggan, Eduardo Arosemena, Director of Advancement Services Jayanthi Srinath, Sandra Torres-Clemente, and Arelis Marrero-Gonzalez.

Regis Generations

Gete Solomon received the 2015 Sister John Class of 1956 ScholarshipPrior to Commencement, six members from the Class of 1956 came to campus to meet the scholar whom they support, Gete Solomon ‘15, from the Bronx. The ‘56-ers were genuinely interested in Gete, and she was thrilled to meet them and share her Regis experiences and her story. The “Sister John Class of 1956 Scholarship” has generously supported five scholars since its inception, and donors have met each student personally. The class will celebrate a special reunion (60 years!) in 2016 and are planning on hosting a luncheon for the class to meet all scholars—a great act of connection across the generations. In the photo are Gete (center) and from left to right: Margaret Casey Mulcahy, Mary Lou Rawson, Mary Keenan, Pat Turner Kelley, Gerry Dowd Driscoll, and Mary Rose Campbell. Thanks to Marcia Spivey, Senior Development Liaison, for organizing and taking the photo!

Children’s Center in partnership with the Honors Program Senior Seminar Class created and hosted an art show.Our oldest and our youngest community members were busy last week having celebrations of their own. First, the Children’s Center in partnership with the Honors Program Senior Seminar Class created and hosted an art show at the FAC. It will remain on display through this Sunday in case you missed it. The artwork was so creative and well done. In the picture at left are ID330 Honors Students who organized the art exhibit as their service learning project for the semester (left to right) Kelsey Heath (Nursing), David Amicangioli (Nursing), Rebecca Putnam, Director of the Children's Center, and Katarina Lee (Social Work). Thank you, Rebecca, for organizing.

LLARC 10th Anniversary GalaAnd the Lifelong Learning at Regis College program celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala on Sunday evening. At right is a photo of Pauline Drew from Natick and Irene Dhosi from Newton, co-chairs of the “Lunch, Listen and Learn” lecture committee. Thanks to Jill Rosen, LLARC Program Director, for organizing!


Christina Duggan is happy to announce that Peter and Eileen Langenus ’78 are the first recipients of the newly established, President’s Leadership Award to be given at the “All Alumni Dinner” during Reunion weekend, May 15-17. The award recognizes those alumni and other members of the university community who devote their time, talents and treasure to further the mission of Regis. The Regis President’s Leadership Award is the highest honor for volunteers within the university. Congratulations to Peter and Eileen!

Institutional Advancement, LLARC & Students

Christina Desir, class of 2015 and the 2014-2015 LLARC Scholar was introduced to the LLARC groupTwo years ago, leaders of the LLARC community began working with the Institutional Advancement Office to establish a generous scholarship fund. The purpose of the LLARC Sharing Opportunities Scholarship is to connect two distinct learning groups at Regis: Undergraduates and life-long learners. At the tenth annual LLARC Meeting on Tuesday, April 28, Bill Brady of Franklin and C. Wayne Griffith of Weston flanked Jill Rosen and Christina Desir ’15 of Randolph, the 2014-2015 LLARC Scholar, who was introduced to the entire LLARC group. Christina is the second LLARC Scholar to be so honored, and she told her gratitude to the LLARC assembly: “Being from a family of six,” she said, “I will be the first to graduate from college. It is such an honor that with the help from LLARC I am able to achieve this lifelong goal. Words cannot express my gratitude and how much this significant gift means to me. I am excited that the LLARC group was able to see my potential and I cannot wait to continue my academic career after graduation.” Special thanks to the LLARC/Institutional Advancement Collaboration for supporting outstanding Regis undergraduates.

Regis students receive Confirmation on April 26, 2015

James Guaragna receives his baptism at RegisFather Paul Kilroy, Regis Chaplain, sent me two great photographs of the Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation held in College Hall chapel on April 26 – a sure sign of Easter if there ever was one. The participants in First Eucharist were James Guaragna, Director of Communication and Orientation Management (pictured at his baptism at left). Heidi Sosa. Ebeny Torres, Kelechi Ugocha, Josh Giarrantino and Tina Lathrop, who were confirmed, are portrayed above with their sponsors. Congratulations and blessings to all!


Congratulations to Michelle Cook, Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing, who has been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015! Michelle developed an app for Nursing and used it within an iBook. According to Apple, the group is a handpicked community of education innovators. As an ADE, Michelle will be an author, advisor, ambassador, and advocate of what’s possible when we bring new technology to teaching and learning. Plus, she will have an amazing opportunity to collaborate with over 2,000 colleagues around the globe and turn fresh, new ideas into education realities.

And congratulations to all the faculty members who submitted a proposal to or were awarded Faculty Development Grants or Kaneb Grant awards for 2015-2016, thanks to the work of the Faculty Development Committee.

Kaneb Grant Funded Awards

  • Michelle Cook: “Learning to Think Like a Nurse with Rehearse Nurse: A Mobile Learning Application for Prelicensure Nursing Students”
  • Julia Lisella: “Healing Through Writing: Developing a Course on Narrative Practice for Health Care Professionals, Social Workers, Psychology Students and English/Writing students”
  • Rebecca Schroeder: “Sitting with Patients: A Qualitative Study”
  • Kristen Willems: “WPI Institute for Project-Based Learning”
  • Elizabeth Seidler: “Best Practices for Teaching Health Economics to Clinicians and Administrators in Health Care”
  • Daniel David: “Cognitive Impairment and Hearth Failure: Identifying Factors that Diminish Self-Care”
  • Kathryn Edney: “Mapping the Migratory: American Summer Theater, 1920s-1950s. A Digital Humanities Pilot Project”
  • Margaret Oot-Hayes: “Development of a “Guide to Mothering after Prison”
  • Cherie Magny-Normilus and Mary Ellen Galante: “Onsite Country Wide Evaluation of the Regis College Haiti Project”

Faculty Development Grant Awards

  • Allison Bernard: “A Collaborative Approach to Creating a Culture of Partnership and Equity for Minority Nursing Students”
  • Susan Carroccino: “23rd Annual Conference of Nurse Educators: Clinicians and Educators, Partners in Developing Tomorrow’s Nurses”
  • Helen Consiglio, Mike Bilozur, and Danqing Xiao: “Development of an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Neuroscience Program”
  • Anthony D’Aries: “The Art of Healing: Exploring Writing Facilitation Theories and Practices That Embrace the Therapeutic and Transformational Power of Writing”
  • Cathy Fuller: “Curriculum Research in Physical Education, Health Education, Sports Management & Coaching”
  • Kathleen Galang: “Investigation of Tetraamminepyridineruthenium with Oligonucleotides as a Potential DNA Cleaving Agent”
  • Lucia Ortiz: “The Representation of Latina Women in Popular Culture and the Poetry of Mayra Santos Febres”
  • Denise Soccio: “Mental Health Clinical Simulation”
  • Sara Weintraub: “Attendance at the National Communication Association 101st Annual Convention in Las Vegas”

Regis students to Harvard to attend a Neuroscience talk that is part of the weekly Harvard Neurobiology Speaker Series.On Monday of this week, Assistant Professor of Psychology Helen Consiglio and Professor of Chemistry and Physics David Croll took a group of students to Harvard to attend a Neuroscience talk that is part of the weekly Harvard Neurobiology Speaker Series. Dr. Consiglio arranged a tour of two of the Neurobio labs, cutting edge research facilities, for Regis students (from left) Diana Tran (Biology), Jonathan Fuentes (Psychology) and Marilia Ramos (Biology). Not pictured is Brenna Melanson (Psychology). Explaining things is Dr. Matthew Banghart, a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Bernardo Sabatini, the Howard Hughes Medical Investigator in Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.

David Gilmore at ANZSNMDavid Gilmore, ABD, CNMT, RT(R)(N), Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor & Program Director of Medical Imaging, returned from a successful trip to Australia where he presented a paper at the Australia/New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine Meeting in Brisbane on April 18 (picture at right). The title of his presentation was The Changing Role of the Technologist and the Education Model. David Gilmore visits Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, AustraliaThe photo on the left is from David’s visit to Wagga Wagga, Australia, where we have just signed a student exchange program in Nuclear Medicine with Charles Sturt University (CSU). This is our first international clinical exchange program in Australia AND the only one in the USA for CSU. The picture on the left shows the Nuc. Med. Department Manager and a CSU student with David at Calvary Hospital in Wagga Wagga, one of the Catholic hospitals that the students will rotate through for their clinical experience.

Regis was also well represented by faculty and students at The 46th Annual Spring Symposium of the New England Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologists on March 27 and 28 in Peabody, MA, as they made presentations to physicians, technologists, educators and other students from all over New England. 46th Annual Spring Symposium of the New England Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging TechnologistsPictured at the right, back row are Michael Surprenant, Nicholas Germain, Kaitlyn Trainor, Erin Hajec, Tariq Alghamdi, and Lauren Shanbrun. Front Row: Daniel Tempesta, Brittany McLintock, Alyssa Vieira-Lanpher, Marta Adamkiewicz, Nicole Ford, Sofia Batista, and Meagan Harrington. Regis faculty – Assistant Professor in Medical Imaging, Lauren Shanbrun, along with two adjunct professors in Medical Imaging, Meagan Harrington and Daniel Tempesta – organized and ran the two-day student board review and abstract presentation and also presented on the following topics: CT Review, Patient Care Review, and Radiopharmaceutical Review (respectively). Assistant Professor in Medical Imaging, Erin Beloin, presented a “Radiation Safety Review” during the student board review session and a talk on “The importance of Cross Training and Advanced Education for Furthering the Field of NMT” during the technologists’ section. In addition, Erin was nominated and made President-Elect of the technologist section!

The reading and release party for the 2015 issue of the Regis literary journal Hemetera was a great success! Our undergraduate poets, playwrights, short story writers, essayists, and photographers shared their work with a standing-room-only audience. The reading and release party for the 2015 edition of HemeteraIn addition to the English Department and Student Services, faculty advisor for Hemetera, Assistant Professor Anthony D'Aries (center), would like to thank the talented and dedicated student editors: Gerard Buckley '16, Jessica O. Nguyen '17, Christopher Legee '17, Vanessa Noesi '14 (not in photo), Leonard Paul '17, and Nicole Jean Turner '15. Special thanks to Library Director Jane Peck and Carolyn Sager for graciously hosting the event at the Regis Library. Issues of Hemetera are available throughout campus or feel free to view the new e-version.

Dr. Mary-Anne Vetterling, Associate Dean of SLAESS, coordinated the Postal History Symposium on “The Challenging 20th Century: Men, Machines and Modernization on April 30” at the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History and the Upper Student Union. The program included a walkthrough of the museum exhibits and talks from Rodney Juell, a US stamps specialist and member of the Board of Governors of the US Stamp Society and the Organizing Committee of World Stamp Show; Edward Grabowski, researcher, writer and exhibitor of French Colonies Postal History; George S. Norton, Curator of Philatelic Collections at Spellman; and Roger S. Brody Board Chair of the US Stamp Society and Trustee of the American Philatelic Research Library.

An invitation to the 2015 Communication Anniversary Celebration on May 14 7PM to 8:30 PM in the College Hall FoyerThe Communication Anniversary Celebration will be next Thursday, May 14 from 7-8:30 pm in the College Hall Foyer.

Julia Lisella, Associate Professor of English, is featured on the Mass Poetry Festival site this week. Nice work, Julia!


Congratulations to the women's lacrosse team who captured their third-straight NECC Championship with an 18-6 victory over Wheelock College last Sunday! They will take on MIT in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, May 9 at 1:00, right after Commencement. The game will be played at Middlebury College, with the winner taking on the host Panthers on Sunday, May 10.

President Hays addressed graduates at the 2015 Hooding ceremonyYou are invited to a coffee hour Sponsored by the Mission Committee on Thursday, May 21, 9:00 – 10:30 am in College Hall Foyer. Please join the Sisters for coffee and conversation and view some displays about the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.

You will enjoy reading “The Bridge,” the newsletter of the Corporation of Sponsored Ministries, especially the comments of Sister Anne-Marie Ghiloni, CSJ, regarding her personal experience of medical care this year and the discovery that members of her team, who demonstrated great caregiving, had gone to Regis! And of course, our Mission Effectiveness Facilitator and Archivist, former philosophy professor, Sister Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, PhD, has a lot to say about the charism of right relationship playing out on our campus.

And now let us all, as a community, enjoy together the glory of the flowering trees on campus and the excitement and accomplishment of our students at Baccalaureate and Commencement. The next issue of “President’s Notes” is due out on May 21, 2015, but I may have to send out a “Commencement Special Issue” next week!

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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