News and Announcements
President's Notes IV.4October 2, 2014
Today we are proud to mark Founder’s Day in honor of our founding Sisters of Saint Joseph who started in France in the seventeenth century and arrived in Boston in 1873. The CSJ website this week notes that when the Sisters arrived here, “they found a city filled with new immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe who had joined the Irish immigrants…. Boston in the late 19th century was not unlike the 17th century France of their roots. Unemployment, poverty, illness marked the daily life of working classes. The same climate of social injustices that characterized LePuy existed in Boston.” Certainly, we can paraphrase for today, too: Our world in the early twenty-first century is not unlike that of the late nineteenth century: Unemployment, poverty, illness, rapid institutional change, climate change, migration, war, and ignorance identify the social justice issues we face together in Greater Boston through higher education for the sake of the “dear neighbor.”
As the federal government has focused new attention on the enforcement of Title IX, for instance, colleges and universities are being put on notice to protect students against campus sexual assault. At Regis, the Office of Student Affairs has long provided extensive educational programs promoting awareness, and I am pleased to share that information with you, including images of the posters some of these programs use.
Sexual Violence Education Programming, 2014-2015
Throughout the year, Regis College offers the community sexual harassment and sexual assault educational opportunities including, but not limited to:
- Rape Aggression Defense (RAD): This self-defense training is offered by the Regis College Campus Police Department.
- Enough is Enough Week: Hosted by the Office of Residence Life and Housing, Enough is Enough Week provides educational programming around issues of domestic, relationship, and sexual violence. Programming traditionally has included local and regional speakers, memorial displays, residence-hall programming, and events with Campus Police.
- Haven: Beginning in the fall of 2014, all members of the Class of 2018 and student leaders will complete Haven, an online educational model about bystander intervention and sexual violence.
- Professional and Para-Professional Staff Development: The Office of Student Affairs offers the following professional development around Sexual Violence to members of the Regis Community: Bystander Intervention Training for all on-call Staff, Sexual Violence Incident Response Training, Access to Haven, Defined Processes and Protocols for incidents, Publication of the Sexual Violence Policies Handout, as well as inclusion of this policy in the At-Risk Guide for Faculty and Staff and the Regis College Student Handbook
- First Year Experience Programming: Townie Reading with thematic discussion around sexual health and safety, Bystander Intervention Training, Health and Wellness Lecture with Regis College Community Health, Sex and Excess
- We See You and You Matter is Regis College’s bystander intervention program. Through this initiative, members of the Regis College community will have the opportunity to participate in bystander intervention training and other programming initiatives and media campaigns that will enhance the bystander movement on campus. Included within this program is:
- Interdepartmental membership if community stakeholders that meets on a monthly basis
- Safety flashlight distribution for members of the student community, funded by the Co-Curricular Mini Grant
- We See You and You Matter Media Campaign (poster images above)
- Spring Speaker (TBA)
Regis regularly invites local agencies and speakers to campus to provide trainings and educational opportunities for all of its community members. Included in this speaker series are:
- Elaine Pasqual’s Sex and Excess program, required for all athletes, Resident Assistants and 2018;
- BARCC speakers at RA Training;
- Spring Speaker (TBA)
Community members interested in participating in assisting with this programming are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 781-768-7050.
Colleen Malachowski, PhD, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, is excited about a partnership between the Regis Graduate Communication Department and Assumption College in Worcester. Our agreement allows qualified Assumption students preferred admission into the MS in Organizational and Professional Communication program here at Regis. These students will also have the option to complete a Regis Communication Masters in one year. This agreement truly fosters a spirit of cooperation between these two educational institutions with Catholic traditions and a similar Liberal Arts focus. Well done.
Colleen has also been busy with Associate Professor Ray McCarthy, EdD, Director of our EdD Graduate Program, whose joint proposal to offer a Learning Exchange for the October Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Convening has been accepted. According to the CPED Convening Committee Chair, Debby Zambo, the proposal exemplified each of the three criteria used to rate submissions 1) relevance to the convening’s theme and goals; 2) fit with the consortium's needs; and 3) active engagement of attendees. The Fall 2014 CPED Convening will be in St. Louis, MO from October 22 through the 24th.
Leslie Mandel PhD, MSM, Associate Professor of Health Administration/Public Health, has recently had a publication accepted into the Journal of Genetic Counseling. N. Carmichael, J. Tsipis, G. Windmueller, L. Mandel, and E. Estrella, have jointly written, “Is it going to hurt? The impact of the diagnostic odyssey on children and their families.” The publication date is yet to be determined. Congratulations Leslie!
Former Regis faculty member Carol Dorr has had her book, Social Work Live: Theory and Practice in Social Work Using Videos, published by Oxford University Press. More information about the book can be found at www.oup.com/us, Amazon.com, bn.com or your local bookstore. Congratulations, Carol!
The English department is off and running with news about our busy faculty, and I congratulate them all:
Anthony D’Aries, Assistant Professor and Writing Program Director, has had a paper accepted to the Burlesque Press’s annual literary festival in New Orleans entitled, “Living the Epilogue: the Aftermath of Writing about Real People.”
Poet Julia Lisella, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, will be reading at two venues in Pittsburgh: Shady Side Academy High School and at the Modernist Studies Conference where she will also participate on a scholarly panel, speaking on Genevieve Taggard’s early Hawaii poems. Julia’s second full-length collection of poems, Always, will be out at the end of October.
Kreg Segall, Associate Professor of English, has had an article published: "Names and Real Names in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe: A Response to Maurice Hunt," in Connotations 23.2 (Summer 2014).
Jason Clemence, Senior Lecturer in English, was commissioned by the journal Cultural Politics (Duke University Press) to write a review of a new book on the cinema of David Lynch. The book was released this month, and Jason’s review should appear mid-2015.
English department adjuncts are also very busy: Susan Gorman has had an essay accepted into the upcoming Approaches to Teaching Dante's "Comedy" entitled "'Cliques in Hell': Teaching Dante to Non-traditional Students,” and Joseph DeQuattro has recently had three poems published in the journal Verse-Virtual and another poem published in Pif magazine. This past Monday Matt Robinson interviewed Mark Russell, the political satirist who will perform at the FAC on October 17, and you can read the interview here.
We have some recent staff promotions and new hires: Julie Parker has been promoted to Collection Development Director at the Regis College Library. Julie joined the Library as Collection Development Librarian in 2008 and has most recently added management of the budget and acquisitions for all new books, ebooks, and electronic resources for the Library and oversees the technical services operations and payroll management. She responds to faculty requests for new purchases and overall collection maintenance. Julie holds an MLS from Simmons College, as well as a BA in History and Sociology from Simmons. She has been interim Library Director for the past year and has worked hard to facilitate a smooth transition for the new Director.
Patrick Woods, Director of Leadership Giving, has joined the Institutional Advancement office. With over 15 years of experience in non-profit work, Patrick has built a strong track record of accomplishment in major gift and planned giving fundraising at the University of Connecticut, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay (Boston), the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Ocean Alliance, and the Museum of Science, Boston. Originally from southwestern Connecticut, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hobart College in Geneva, NY. He and his family make their home in Concord, Massachusetts.
Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs, recently received a lovely note from grad student alum, Megan McMurray, telling her about her new career as an NP in the Center for Weight Control at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. She loves it! Megan wrote, “I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know that my experience at Regis was absolutely wonderful, and although I might not be walking the cozy hallways of College Hall, I now roam the hospital corridors with confidence, knowing that my time at Regis prepared me well.” I love hearing about our students success stories so please continue to send them my way!
And yesterday Dr. M.J. Doherty bumped into a Regis BA and MAT graduate who teaches in the Wellesley schools and who was on her way to speak to Sister Judith Costello, CSJ, EdD, about new Regis interns and recent grads.
This week I enjoyed spending time with undergrads at “Pizza with the President,” with grads at the Saturday Luncheon, and with faculty and staff at a wine and cheese on Tuesday. Our athletes’ “Pride Fest” went well last Saturday also. Volleyball and tennis both won! I even got a visit from our little ones when the children from the Regis College Children’s Center paid me a visit to deliver their hand made “R” canvas, which I have proudly displayed in my outer office.
We have needed rain this week, and the sight of flaming maples and golden-orange Katsura trees. Our new steam pipe installed behind College Hall became operational yesterday, so if the temperature really drops, we’ll be ready. Regarding our rerouted roadways, Peter Kent has sent around a new campus map, now posted on the website. Isn’t it lovely? Happy Founders’ Day, everyone! The next issue of the President’s Notes should be out on October 16.