News and Announcements

President's Notes IV.2

September 5, 2014

Welcome back! The campus is buzzing and I can feel the energy and enthusiasm everywhere I walk.

Faculty & Staff

Digital Storytelling workshopObviously, the audience of faculty and staff were completely entranced during the digital story workshop given by expert Dr. Bryan Alexander on August 21. Bryan is a researcher and thought leader on educational technologies and practices. He very kindly wrote up his positive experience of the workshop on his blog, saying, “…The second jolt came from Regis College, where I led a one-day digital storytelling workshop. After struggling through Boston’s hellish traffic and roads I staggered onto campus, to be met by… a group of passionate, thoughtful, and creative faculty and staff. CIO Marla Botelho and faculty member Stephanie Schorow at the workshopThey were ready to start the new academic year, and were raring to dive in. Storytelling and its digital manifestations lit their imaginations. I left the day inspired and invigorated. (That’s a fine stone tower on the Regis campus above) I even navigated my way north from the Boston zone in happiness. Yes, happiness in Boston at rush hour, that’s how far the day totally turned around my mind.” Here’s a link to his full article, which addresses some of the gloomier aspects of higher education. I love the photo on the right of CIO Marla Botelho and faculty member Stephanie Schorow who are, respectively, technical and journalistic experts themselves but are still rapt.


Institutional Advancement Office moves to Walter HallNot only are renovations happening outside on campus, but we have seen lots of changes inside as well. Last week, the Institutional Advancement Office moved from Student Union into Walter’s Hall. The move will benefit the many alums and donors who visit the campus and the various class meetings and reunion planning that happen regularly. Now they have a dedicated space for such meetings, and access to the swings for a lunch time break!

Cheryl Lake - Undergraduate AdmissionThe Undergraduate Admissions office has moved from College Hall into the previous IA space in Student Union. This also will be a great place to welcome prospective students and families! Here is Cheryl Lake at the reception desk.

The Children’s Center has also done some remodeling through the effort of its new Director, Rebecca Putnam, and the teaching staff. VP AA Malcolm Asadoorian, who oversees the Center, tells me the transformation is nothing short of a miracle. The before-and-after photo of the Pumpkin Room (below) tells a story, and the staff (on the right) are ready to do so, too. The Center officially opened on September 2 and we were pleased to see returning families. I am grateful to all who helped keep the Children’s Center open. You can read about Rebecca, its new director, here.

Pumpkin Room beforePumpkin Room after

Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs, will be running weekly Zumba classes again this semester on Wednesdays at 8 a.m., starting next Wednesday 9/10 in the Dance Studio.

If you haven’t already seen the Case Management video, which addresses our response to students experiencing difficulties, please watch it. It was produced by Bryan Geary, Communications Associate, with the folks from Student Affairs.

Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, PhD, Archivist, has organized a new Archives Exhibit. Please take the time to stop by to see it!

Regis And Beyond
Celebrating Regis Graduates

An Archives Exhibit
(First in a series)

Matthia Elizabeth Marley, 37

Labor Leader
Advocate for Women
Refugee Worker
Fulbright Scholar
Matthia Elizabeth Marley class of 1937 September 1, 2014-August 31, 2015
Archives Exhibit Space
Second Floor, Library
Regis College


President Hays with Fall 2014 RAsI met with the 24-member undergraduate and graduate RA staff last Thursday, thanking them for their service prior to the residence halls opening this week, and they were ready to go.

I was also very happy to meet U.S. Marine Corps veteran Enjely Mora from Lynn, MA. Marine Corps veteran Enjely MoraEnjely is a Nutrition major and is very excited about entering Regis in the footsteps of her sister, Jahjaira, Class of 2000. We are committed to the Yellow Ribbon

Program to help educate returning vets. Also, Peace Corps representatives will be on campus on September 9 to meet students who are interested. Contact Dr. Pouravelis if you are.

A graduate student networking event with Regis alums and other professionals in the Boston area will be held on Tuesday, November 18, for all Graduate Nursing students. Contact Evan Maloney if you are interested.

The Pride

This past weekend, the Regis College Pride kicked off their 2014 fall athletic schedule with numerous games, and here’s the schedule of games this coming week:

Thursday, September 4th
Women’s Tennis vs. Eastern Nazarene

Friday, September 5th
Field Hockey vs. Wheaton – 4pm
Women’s Volleyball @ UMass Dartmouth Invitational – 4pm & 6pm

Saturday, September 6th
Cross Country at Trinity Invitational – 10am
Women’s Volleyball @ UMass Dartmouth Invitational – 10am & 12pm
Men’s Soccer vs. Albertus Magnus – 1pm
Women’s Soccer @ Mount Ida – 1pm

Sunday, September 7th
Men’s Tennis vs. Salve Regina – 1pm

The NECC Coaches’ Preseason Polls were announced this past weekend and six of the seven fall teams were picked in the top three in the polls of their respective sports. Two teams, women’s tennis and field hockey, also garnered unanimous number one overall selections. For all of the most up to date information, including links for live stats and video, make sure to visit the Regis Athletics page.

President’s Office

On August 26, as a member of the Board of AICUM (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts), I attended a strategy meeting held at Mt. Holyoke. AICUM has an important role in representing the interests of private universities, and I’m pleased to be a member.

Early last week I had the pleasure of meeting our new faculty, and I very much enjoyed being with all the faculty at the Faculty Workshop on Thursday, August 28, taking the opportunity to discuss our mission and dedication to students. VP AA and Academic Dean, SLAESS, Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, and Academic Dean, SNSHP, Penelope Glynn, PhD, introduced their new faculty members to the whole assembled group on Thursday:

New SLAESS Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty

Mr. Jason Clemence, promoted to full-time Senior Lecturer, Regis College Department of English, based on outstanding performance through five consecutive years of service, is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Tufts University, with dissertation entitled, “When the Audience Vanishes: Cinema, Performativity, and Intradiegetic Authorship,” scheduled to be defended in June, 2015. Jason's research and teaching interests include rhetoric & composition, film studies, and the Victorian novel. At Regis he will teach first year writing courses as well as participate in Regis' newly re-envisioned English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Dr. John Christie, Assistant Professor of Global Business Management and Economics, specializing in International Business, holds a PhD in International Business, an MS in International Business, an MBA, and a BS in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. During 2013, he was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and won the Article of the Year award from the International Journal of Business and Management Research. An active member of both the Academy of International Business and the Association for Evolutionary Economics, and he has served as a reviewer for the Review of World Economics, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and the Academy of International Business Northeast. He has forthcoming publications in Consumer Psychology and Management and Organizational Studies. He has several years’ experience teaching organizational leadership at the undergraduate level and has taught international business at both the graduate level at Southern New Hampshire University and at the undergraduate level at Emmanuel College. He has also taught strategic management, managerial economics, and entrepreneurship at the graduate level at Endicott College.

Ms. Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma, inaugural Program Director and Assistant Professor, Paralegal and Legal Studies. Ms. Perez-Kudzma comes to Regis from Perez-Kudzma Law Office in Weston, MA where she has been Senior Counsel and Owner since 1996. She holds an LLM in Intellectual Property, Commerce, and Technology from Franklin Pierce Law Center; a JD from Massachusetts School of Law; and a BA from Regis University in Philosophy and Political Science. At Regis, Ms. Perez-Kudzma recently taught the Juvenile Delinquency course on behalf of the Politics and Social Justice Department. Besides having run a successful law firm for seventeen years, Ms. Perez-Kudzma has served as a full time faculty member at North Shore Community College; an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and as the Criminal Justice Internship Programs Coordinator at Roxbury Community College; a visiting professor at Florida A&M University College of Law and Interamerican University in Puerto Rico; and as an adjunct at Emmanuel College and Massachusetts School of Law. She serves on the Diversity Task Force of the United States Bankruptcy Court, First Circuit, District of Massachusetts, and she recently presented on cybercrime at the 8th Congress on Education and Technology. Ms. Perez-Kudzma has published in IDEA: the Franklin Pierce Law Center Intellectual Property Law Review in addition to having written appellate briefs that have become published court opinions.

Dr. Nicoletta Pellegrino, Visiting Assistant Professor for this academic year. Until now Dr. Pellegrino has worked at Regis as a half-time Lecturer and has taught History, First Year Seminar, and Italian for the College. This year, she will support the work of the MA in Heritage Studies Graduate Program Director, Dr. Raffaele Florio, and the Department of History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage. Dr. Pellegrino holds a Laurea in Filosofia, 110 e lode (BA/MA, summa cum laude equivalent) from the Università di Roma. In addition, she holds an MA in History and a PhD in Early Modern European History from NYU where she also served as a teaching assistant. Nicoletta has served as a Lecturer in the Department of History at the Harvard Extension School, an Adjunct Professor in the History Department at Seton Hall University, a Language Instructor at UCLA. She holds FBI Certification as a Language Tester in Italian and has worked for the FBI as a Speaking Proficiency Tester and has presented scholarly papers at the Renaissance Society Conference, the Sixteenth-Century Society Conference, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Her professional interests include Early Modern European history, History of the Church, Italian History, Cultural History and Medieval History.

Sister Judith Costello, CSJ, EdD, has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Chair and Interim Graduate Program Director of the Masters in Teaching (MAT) Program for the next academic year. SLAESS continues the search for the new Undergraduate Department Chair and Graduate Program Director of Education. and for that we thank her.

New SNSHP Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty

Joni Beshansky, MPH (Boston University), Associate Professor and New Director of the Regulatory and Clinical Research Management Program, former Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, currently enrolled in the PhD program in Health Policy and Law at Northeastern

Susan Carrochino, RN, MS (Salem State) Assistant Professor of Nursing, brings four years of teaching experience and eighteen (18) years of experience as a nurse teaching full time in Medical Surgical nursing

Sheila Combs, Med, PhD (Boston College) Assistant Professor, Psychology, has been promoted from Lecturer to Assistant Professor, half time. Sheila took her BA at the University of Southern California.

Elizabeth Conant, MEd. (University of Texas at Austin, sport management), MEd. Springfield College, physical education, moved to half time faculty and remains the Women’s Lacrosse and Soccer coach.

Daniel David, MS in Biomedical Science (University of Colorado) and PhD candidate at Northeastern, Regis College Assistant Professor, teaching nursing theory and research full time. Daniel took his BSN at the University of Virginia. His area of research includes cognitive impairment in heart failure, self-care, and neurogenerative diseases.

Susan Franchi, BS, MS, DNP, Regis College, Associate Professor of Nursing, is full time in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Susan brings twenthy-four (24) years of experience in nursing leadership and school nursing and two years adjunct teaching experience at Regis.

Lisa Krikorian, BS, MS in Nursing from Regis College, with a BS in Medical Technology from the University of New Hampshire, is teaching half-time in the Women’s Health nurse practitioner program.

Jamie Rhynd, BS, MS Regis College, is School Nurse Practitioner at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton and preceptor for nurse practitioner students.

Kristen Waldeck, MS (Salem State) is Assistant Professor of Nursing teaching medical/surgical nursing. Kristen earned her bachelor’s degree at Curry and brings twelve (12) years of experience in cardiac nursing.

Hugh Clark, PhD, is the new Director of the Social Work Program and Chair of the Department. He also holds an MS in Social Work from University of Texas in Arlington and a Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University. Hugh comes to Regis from Barry University in Florida and brings twenty-eight (28) years of clinical experience and academic leadership to this position.

As I welcome all of you, I find myself reflecting on the delightful and insightful column on teaching by Carlo Rotello of Boston College in The Boston Globe. He comments on “going back to school” and the influence of his teachers on him from kindergarten through graduate school. You can read it here.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet have produced a video about their spirit and work. You can learn about it here, and I’m sure you’ll recognize the themes.

Construction continues on schedule. This week, “Love is Greater than Long Walks up the Hill!” Mark your calendars for the Fall Faculty & Staff Socials. I hope to see you all. I stagger the days each month to ensure that people can attend at least one event.

P.S. I’ve heard from many of you about summer vacations and received this picture from Christine Resendes in HR who visited Paris in July. It just goes to show that as far away as you get, Regis is always with you.

Restaurant Le Saint Regis, Paris

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