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President's Notes iV.20June 4, 2015
Last Friday evening Trustee Hans Christensen and his wife Farrah hosted a lovely Regis reception in their home in Westport, CT. It was a great event with several alums from the CT area including trustees, Peter Langenus, his wife Eileen ‘78 and trustee Jane Tedder and her husband, Dick.
Also, last Wednesday David Crisci, MJ Doherty, Claudia Pouravelis and I hosted Anne Marie Michel from the Universite Catholique in Lille, France. Our two universities' have a great deal in common and we look forward to collaborating.
And continuing our global outreach, yesterday, the Program Director for Nuclear Medicine from Charles Sturt University in Australia, Dr. Geoff Currie, was on campus touring and visiting Regis. The goal is to have an exchange program between our two schools in place next year. Here he is with David Crisci, Director of the Center for Global Connections and Erin Beloin, Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging.
The second cohort of 13 Haitian nurses arrived on campus on Monday, June 1, in the freezing rain. Classes started Tuesday night with Germaine Laine, MSN, RN, Nursing Lecturer, teaching alongside Valerie Hunt, Associate Professor of Nursing. Our Haitian nursing colleagues will be with us for the entire month of June, working with Regis nursing faculty on course development and delivery, while completing two of the final graduate courses in Nursing Leadership and Informatics. Here is a photo of Susan Sawyer, Professor of Nursing, with Mona Lauture, clinical research nurse from Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, hard at work mentoring the Haitian nursing faculty on Evidence Based Nursing.
Recent graduate and public health major, Theresa Deang, had an abstract accepted by the American Public Health Association. The poster is based on work completed during her Regis public health internship at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Bedford, MA. The presentations will be made at the 143rd Annual Meeting and Expo in November, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The paper is entitled: Increasing the self-efficacy in nurses who provide women veteran healthcare. Two faculty members were also selected to present. See Faculty section below.
Sabrina Johnson-Taylor, PhD, Instructional Designer, published an article titled Flexible Faculty Development Opportunities on the online site Faculty Focus. Well done Sabrina!
I commissioned a Retention Taskforce composed primarily with Administrative Council members and chaired by Kara Kolomitz, Vice President of Student Affairs. One of the initiatives that has come out of this Taskforce was to develop an advising training for staff that will help define and delineate the roles of staff in relation to faculty advisors. Deb Cohen, Director of Academic Advising, has developed an FAQ Academic Advising Workshop which will be offered on three separate dates this summer.
On May 20 and 21, members of the Regis community attended the ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators) training at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. Pictured here, Laura Bertonazzi, Walter Horner, Bridget Buoniconti, Kelly Treseler, Evan Maloney and Jennifer Hunt participated in this comprehensive investigator training on behalf of the offices of Student Affairs, Graduate Affairs and Human Resources. As certified Title IX investigators, they play a critical role in investigations of allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender misconduct.
The Office of Student Affairs is preparing for our largest orientation to date! We are excited to welcome new students to campus in July. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to Michelle Cook, RN, DNP, Assistant Professor of Nursing, (pictured left) who has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2015! Only a small, handpicked number of education innovators who are authors, advisors, ambassadors, and advocates of the importance of new technology to teaching and learning gain membership in this group. Read the full story here.
Adjunct Professor in Health Administration, Lynne Man, and Associate Professor in Health Administration and Public Health, Leslie Mandel, had an abstract accepted for a workshop presentation at the 143 Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association in November, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The paper is entitled Evaluation of a Community-Based Postpartum Depression Coalition Model Using a Multiple Streams Framework: Building the Evidence to Bring Policy to Practice.
On June 2, the Global Business Management and Economics Advisory Board met with the Elizabeth Pitney Seidler, Global Business Management Department Chair; Mary-Anne Vetterling, Associate Dean of SLAESS; Susan Kennedy, Director of Internships and Career Services; and David Crisci, Director of the Center for Global Connections. Some great suggestions and ideas came from this meeting including ideas for software to enhance practice job interviews, suggestions for social media connections, Business Club (beta version to appear commence in F’15) event suggestions for career panels and resume review, and internships here and abroad.
In July, Professor Seidler will represent Regis at the 2015 The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) World Congress: De Gustibus Disputandum Non Est! Health Economics and Nutrition at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Elizabeth has been asked to present at the pre-congress workshop: Innovative Teaching in Health Economics. She will also act as a Chair for the Equity in Health & Health Care session and as a discussant in other sessions. Renowned Health Economists and Health Professionals from around the world will gather to share recent advances in health economics research and modelling, and policy recommendations. iHEA was formed to increase communication among health economists, foster a higher standard of debate in the application of economics to health and health care systems, and assist young researchers at the start of their careers.
I am pleased to announce that I am now the Chair of the Council of Presidents of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) for the next two years, concluding in 2017. In this role, I will Chair the Executive Committee of the Council of Presidents.
As such, I am so pleased that Regis tennis player and team captain Michael Beluch from Lynn has been named one of the two NECC Senior Student‐Athletes of the Year. Michael was a four‐time NECC Player of the Year, and led Regis to three NECC Championships and a 57‐26 mark overall during his four years. Playing only #1 singles his entire career, he went 55‐24 overall and 35‐1 in NECC matchups. At #1 doubles, he went 53‐28 and 36‐1 against NECC opponents. A Biology major, Michael has served as a Peer‐to‐Peer tutor for four years. He also served on the Regis Honors Society, and was previously the Senior Officer of that program. He is in the Regis Biology Honors Society, and Roman Catholic Honor Society. To qualify for the NECC Senior Student‐Athlete Award a student must have reached senior academic standing, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, show evidence of strong athletic accomplishment, compete in 50% or more of their institution’s games through their career, exhibit a commitment to good sportsmanship and the rules of the Conference, and must have competed on the team for a minimum of three years.
Read the full story here. Congratulations Michael!
Watch your mailboxes for the latest issue of Regis Today, which includes a story on our growing success in recruiting students from Florida, Texas and California; a feature on Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director Anthony D’Aries (written by faculty member and journalist Naomi Kooker); a profile of Class of 2015 alumna Carla Prophete and her dedication to service; a column by trustee John Tegan on the lifelong impact Regis had on his late wife, Lorraine Tegan ’63; a profile of prominent scientist and educator Patricia D’Amore ’73; and a wide range of short pieces in Tower Views, showcasing all that is happening on campus. To view it online, click here.
The next issue of “President’s Notes” is due out on June 18, 2015.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN