News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.21June 18, 2015
Staff & Community
As usual HR Director Joan Sullivan and her staff ran a very pleasant “Staff Appreciation Luncheon” on Tuesday, June 16, and everyone enjoyed VP Tom Pistorino’s time-capsule notes as he introduced staff members who were marking significant anniversaries. Aramark made a delicious lunch and everyone had a very good time. Thank you, Joan, Tom.
Despite foolish and ill-informed remarks that appear from time to time regarding women in science, we at Regis know that women make excellent scientists. This past weekend we also did our part to encourage the study of science by girls and young women by sponsoring a grades 4-12 girls’ STEM conference on Sunday, June 14, which was a huge hit! The goal was to encourage a lifelong interest, increase skills, and broaden students’ awareness of career paths in STEM. Thanks to all who made it happen on this campus including Associate Dean David Gilmore, Rachel Arno, IT, Facilities, Orientation Leaders, and Faculty who lead sessions all day long (Anne Powers, Kristen Willems, and Shari Litch-Gray). There were about 300 attendees and several leading STEM companies/schools such as Biogen, National Grid, Cubist, Raytheon, MIT, and WPI. The Regis name was extremely visible and students and guests had ample opportunity to see our campus.
Institutional Advancement Staff sponsored a $500k in 50 days Giving Day on June 10 and gave out Red Sox tickets as prizes.
Meanwhile, Library Director Jane Peck has reminded us that Umberto Eco’s “romance of the rose” is live on the Regis campus as the library goes with the flow of campus construction. Jane advises summer faculty and students to enter the Library through the back door into the reading rooms since work has started on the installation of the Dunkin’ Donuts kiosk in the lobby and the main doors are closed to patrons. There are signs directing to the correct door. Says, Jane, “If you are looking for quiet study areas please use the upper floors, especially the third floor study rooms and second floor computer area. We apologize in advance for the noise and hope this will not disrupt your work too much. Please email the Library staff for assistance with your Library needs.” Thank you, Jane.
Assoc. Dean, Graduate Affairs Claudia Pouravelis reports that our summer program for high school students is flourishing and that Chris Petherick of her office, Aubrey Grabowski of Undergraduate Admission, and Assoc. Dean, SAS, Mary Anne Vetterling, PhD, have been outstanding in organizing the program. Thank you, all.
The Children’s Center held its end-of-the-year celebration and graduation today. The children and families participated in a group sing-a-long and 3 Pre-Kindergarten children were presented with diplomas. Here I am with the graduates in academic regalia and all: Skylar Bernon, Nadia Patel and Joshua Stevens.
Erica Mumm, DNP Candidate and Veterans Jonas Scholar, attended at the Fourth Annual Jonas Golf Classic on June 4 as a special guest of Barbara and Donald Jonas. The event raised more than $300,000 to support at least 30 doctoral scholarships for other advanced practice nurses who are on the front lines of improving care for our returning troops.
Front row (left to right): Darlene Curley, Jonas Center Executive Director; Dr. Linda Schwartz, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs; Donald Jonas; Lydia Cristobal (DNP Student, Yale University).
Second Row (left to right): Tracy Higgins (PhD Student, Columbia University); Hilda Haynes-Lewis (PhD Student, University of Utah); Ashley Gyura (PhD Student, Columbia University), Erica Mumm (DNP Student, Regis College); Michael O’Toole (DNP Student, Fairfield University); Lisa Harrison (PhD Student, University of Connecticut) and Lt. Col. Alicia Rossiter, DNP (Jonas Scholar Alum, University of South Florida).
Dawn Williamson, DNP student, has had two abstracts accepted to the International Nurses Society for Addictions (IntNSA) 39th Annual Educational Conference, October 21-24, 2015. She will make two one hour presentations pertaining to her DNP scholarly project: 1) “Nursing education to implement hospital wide screening of patients for alcohol use” and 2) “A clinical process improvement program to enhance care of intoxicated patients in the emergency department”
As well, several DNP students have been defending or are scheduled to defend their dissertations this month, and I wish them success:
Mandy Simon, DNP (c), will speak on “Effectiveness of a Nurse Practitioner Educational Intervention in Uncontrolled Hypertensive, Adult Patients” on June 18.
Maureen Hillier, DNP(c), will speak on “Newly Licensed Nurses' Experiences With Death and Dying in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Setting” on June 25.
Members of the Regis College Haiti Project were pleased to gather in CH Foyer on June 10 and to meet Dr. Gary Gottleib, Executive Director of Partners in Health. Left to right: Mary Ellen Galante, Alexis Lawton, Jackie Somerville, Marc Julmisse, Cory McMahon, Nancy Street, President Toni Hays, Gary Gottleib, Cherlie Normilus, Beatrice Romela, Sheila Davis.
Several Regis faculty members, including Assistant Professor Michael Jackson, are having a productive spring and summer with regard to conferences and presentations. Michael spoke at an International Conference – Center for United States Studies – UQAM – held in Montreal Canada on March 26-27, 2015. Invited Speaker on the role of the National Security Council. Then, on April 4, he spoke at the Western Political Science Association 2015 Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on “High Speed Stalemate: Political polarization, ideology and opposition to building high speed railway systems in the US.” The theme of the conference was “The Politics of People in Motion.” And not stopping at that, Michael is an invited speaker and panelist this week, June 15-June 18, 2015, at the Residency Commencement, School of Graduate & Continuing Education Studies, at Norwich University, Northfield, VT, addressing the Master’s Program in Diplomacy on the subject of “The International Criminal Court & the Obama Administration.” Way to go, Michael!
Other Local News
The Spellman Museum ran its Second Annual Museum Bike Day on Sunday June 7. Bikers were encouraged to park at the Museum and then ride the back roads and trails around Weston, Wayland, Wellesley, Sudbury and other communities. They were able to visit the Museum either before or after their ride.
As Regis continues to grow, we’ve asked the architects behind our Master Plan Phase I implementation to assess established “space” on campus with regard to certain space needs coming up by Fall, 2015. Stay tuned for any possible “musical chairs.”
VP Kara Kolomitz shared with the Administrative Council an article about first-generation students by Linda Banks Santilli, Assoc. Prof of Education at Wheelock, and I thought other members of our community would like to read it as well. Here’s the link.
The Athletics Department held its annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 12 at the Stowe Acres Country Club in Stowe, MA. The weather was perfect – compared to last year’s monsoon-like conditions – and there was some great golf played! Over 90 golfers attended the event to help raise money for the Athletics Department in hopes to one day finish the outdoor athletic facility. At right are pictures of the winning teams:
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Nate Hager along with his brother Nick Hager, father Bill Hager, and Trustee Mike Halloran won the men’s flight of the tournament, while Joyce Talanian, Carol Martin, Margaret Oot Hayes, and Susan Sawyer, won the women’s side. Other prizes included a 50/50 drawing, closest to the pin holes, and both a men’s and women’s longest drive contest. There was also a putting contest run during the cocktail hour.
President’s Office: Forms of “building and strengthening the community”
We have officially sent out the “save the date” for the ribbon-cutting on the Master Plan, Phase I, on the bottom left, and I’m pleased to share a photo of alum and former Regis trustee Bonnie Moran of Hobbs, N.M., taken in front of the library dedicated in her honor at St. Helena’s School, where Bonnie served as a lay apostle from Regis in the late 1950s, and where Dr. M. J. Doherty and President Emerita Mary Jane England, MD, visited her in early June.
The next issue of “President’s Notes” is due out on July 2, 2015.