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President's Notes IV.6October 31, 2014
Photo by Sedman Photography 2014
Last evening we held a wonderful fundraising event for the Haiti Project with special guest, Dr. Paul Farmer. At the left is a photo of Regis friends Al and Diane Kaneb talking with Dr. Farmer at the reception.
I was thrilled to play Barbara Walters and interview Paul about the role of nursing in global health and, of course, the first question took up the current discussion about Ebola in West Africa and anxiety in this country. The disease spreads person to person, Farmer said, "and it's not going to spread where there are health professionals who understand the disease and have the tools. The top of the list," he continued," for what we need to stop the Ebola epidemic is nursing."
With me, the Haiti Project team at Regis – Dr. Nancy Street, Assistant Professor Cherlie Normilus, and communication director Alexis Lawton, as well as Regis faculty who teach in the program – were elated to hear Dr. Farmer praise the project.
“In a very small time to have launched a degree-granting program for nurses in Haiti connecting them and the Haitian Ministry of Health and the universities," he said, "is pretty amazing." Dr. Farmer credited the Regis College Haiti Project's model of "engagement and accompaniment" in global health, "building a project that respects the Haitian people."
"It's going to inspire places not only in Haiti but across the world - nurses giving care, setting policy, training professors," Farmer said, adding that he sees this kind of project changing the inequity of the numbers reflecting a low distribution of nurses in a country like Haiti, and other countries where health systems are weak, like Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Earlier in the day yesterday I also had a very fruitful meeting yesterday with other area college Presidents at a Cross College Collaborative meeting.
On Friday, October 17, a contingent of 33 undergraduate students majoring/minoring in public health, a graduate assistant, and four public health faculty attended the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition.
MPHA is a statewide membership organization that engages communities in advocacy to protect and improve the health of all the Commonwealth’s residents. The meeting included a public health expo of organizations (including Regis – Public Health and Health Administration Programs), a screening of a new documentary on early childhood well-being, The Raising of America, an engaging panel discussion of Massachusetts policy makers, and more!
Ben Remillard, MA, candidate and graduate intern in Heritage Studies, presented a paper entitled "The Memorialization of Deer Island," in the panel “New England Studies: Portraits of a Region" at the Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) Conference at Providence College in Providence, RI on Friday, October 24. Congrats Ben!
Regis College Graduate Career Placement and the IPC Hospitalist Company collaborated to offer 20 nursing students and alumni an interactive event "What to Expect During Your Job Search" on Thursday, October 16. A recruiter led students and alumni through the certification and credentialing process with a focus on inpatient and hospitalist medicine. Carlotta Vachon, Nurse Practitioner, shared her experience working in hospitalist medicine, surgery and critical care. Attendees left the session with new information on NP careers and the timeline to consider while approaching the job search process. Graduate Career Placement looks forward to offering similar events for all graduate programs!
Graduate Nursing Students (from L to R in front), Kelley Murray, Ariel Hansen, Cassandra Godzik, Lauren Ghazal, and faculty member Joan Dorr, DEU Clinical Faculty, with Dr. Diane Welsh, Associate Dean of Nursing, in back row, participated in training at the VA. Dorr writes, As of May 1, 2014 Regis College and the VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury Campus, A2 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) unit have completed their first semester together as a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) with all students successfully achieving the objectives of their clinical rotation. The staff nurses Amber Smith BSN, RN, Mervin Morrison BSN, RN, and Trinh Nguyene-Leu BSN, RN who accepted the role of adjunct clinical faculty for Regis College, exceeded my expectations of role models and mentors for our nursing students. Every Thursday for the past 12 weeks, they taught skills, instilled knowledge, and role modeled professionalism in the care of patients and families with spinal cord injuries. Amber Smith with three students Cassandra Godzik, Kelly Murray, and Lauren Ghazel created posters to prepare nurses with EBP to care for patients with tracheostomies. The posters will be displayed on A2 SCI unit and the simulation lab at Regis College. The entire staff and management at the VA welcomed students into an environment that fosters growth and support for the next generation of nurses. The unit exemplifies nursing excellence and professionalism It was truly a privilege for students to be a part of a caring and compassionate unit that provides excellent care to patients and their families.”
Cristina Squeff, Associate Professor of Mathematics, participated in a focus group sponsored by Pearson Higher Education, on October 3. The goal of the focus group was to provide feedback on a product Pearson is piloting called “Mathspace,” a tablet-based math application. Students receive targeted, step-by-step feedback as they write their solutions. Professors can view each student’s worked solutions, including all steps, answers, and any hints they received from the application. The app seems promising and fitting for our students. Cristina will follow up with Pearson to monitor the progress of the development of the app and will be looking into piloting it at Regis.
At right, David Gilmore, MS, CNMT, RT(R)(N), Associate Dean of Undergrad Academic Affairs, Professor & Program Director, Medical Imaging Director, presented the opening lecture – “Myocardial Imaging-The Technologist's Perspective” - at the Annual Congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) in Gothenburg, Sweden last week. There were approximately 5,000 attendees from all over the world present. David also received a special award. Notice the prominent Regis College logo!
The Viral Video Symposium prepared by Master of Arts in Professional Writing director Stephanie Schorow went very well on Monday night. To learn more about the event go to the MAPW blog, and click here.
Congratulations are in order for Associate Professor and poet Julia Lisella, who has just had a new volume of poetry published. The book is called Always, and Annie Finch has reviewed it this way: “Honesty and mystery coexist in the poems of Always. Lisella uses the resources of poetry to access a moving generosity, as powerfully felt rhythms and keen, courageous self-observation carry human experience to a place that is at once wilder and more encompassing than the ordinary.” Learn more here.
Joan Sullivan, Director of Human Resources, and the HR staff are once again planning the annual Benefits Fair on Tuesday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. in CH Foyer. Please stop by this informative event to learn about our employee benefits as well as meet vendors and get prizes! Staff and faculty are very pleased with the issuance of the winter holiday schedule from Joan’s office, too. Christmas is coming!
Student Affairs welcomed David McGraw, new Director of Student Leadership and Programming. A graduate of Doane College, NE and Central Connecticut State University, CT, David has a broad range of experiences in student affairs, campus center management, and leadership development. David has worked at Colby College, Bridgewater State University, and most recently Tufts University as the Assistant Director for Campus Life. In 2011, David was awarded the David A. Ross New Professional Award by the National Association of Campus Activities.
And a warm welcome, as well, to Justin Parsons, International Admission Counselor. Justin will be coordinating admissions for ESL, Undergraduate, and Graduate International Students. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and his Master of Arts in Public Relations from Kent State University. Justin has worked at Massachusetts International Academy in Marlborough, and most recently The Cambridge Institute of International Education in Waltham as Senior International Program Consultant where he managed international recruitment and admissions for 10 US high schools. Justin brings with him experience in international peer and F-1 advising for students, international recruitment, and both undergraduate and graduate support for students. Welcome to Regis, David and Justin!
Congratulations are in order for Susan M. Erickson, new Director of the Academic Center for Excellence. Susan has been at Regis since 2011. Prior to Regis she worked as an Academic Coach in the Learning Center at Dean College. Her experience in education also includes teaching at Outward Bound, Project Adventure, Radcliffe Seminars, and the American School of Tangier. In addition to her career in education, she had an extensive career in fundraising and marketing for non-profit organizations. Her clients included Amherst College, Shady Hill School, The Learning Project School, Hebrew College, and WBUR public radio. Susan attended Hampshire College with a dual major in Education and Environmental Studies, and Harvard Graduate School of Education for a Master's in Education.
I am very pleased that staff are getting “out there” and attending conferences. Check out our blog this coming weekend, “Across the Board” for posts by Associate Dean Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, on November 1 and Director of Residence Life Kelly Treseler on Nov. 3 on the conferences they attended. As well, on November 5 Assistant Professor of English Anthony D’Aries will post a blog about the visit to campus of writer Andre Dubus III on November 4.
Our athletes and coaches have been quite busy and doing quite well. Below are a few headlines from the GoRegisPride website. All of our teams are poised to qualify in the playoffs! To keep up-to-date on all athletics news, sign up for mobile alerts here.
We are proud to be listed among the Top 100 in the country for career-focused education in a ranking by ETC College Rankings Index compiled by Educate To Career, Inc. (ETC), a California-based nonprofit organization. This is further evidence of the success of our focus on technology-rich, practical, hands-on education in an array of in-demand professional fields, including nursing and health professions, communication, education, and business. Well done!
We held a packed lecture series panel last week on “Anxiety/Drug Abuse/Panic Attacks/Treatment.” We had so many pre-registrations that we had to move the lecture to the Casey Theatre. To read more about it, click here.
Tonight, Campus Ministry and Heritage Studies host Dia de los Muertos in the Fine Arts Center 4:30-7:00 pm. All are welcome!! Students are also invited by Campus Ministry to sign up for retreat through Friday, October 31.
I invite faculty and staff to join me tonight for my monthly Faculty/Staff Wine and Cheese at Morrison House.
And for those who wish to remember a deceased loved one, come to the Chapel on Sunday, November 2 for All Soul’s Mass at 5:45. All are invited to write the names of any deceased loved ones in the Book of Remembrance outside the Chapel.
And of course, don’t forget about our Veterans as we celebrate them on November 11.
Have a safe and fun Hallowe’en everyone and a truly blessed All Saints Day on November 1. The next issue of the President’s Notes should be out on November 13.
P.S. I can’t resist: Below are my granddaughter, Olivia, who is enrolled at the Regis Children’s Center, and her classmate, Teddy. They came by my office the other day for trick-or-treating. The Children’s Center provides these charming yellow hats to the children so they are well recognizable when they travel around campus.