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President's Notes IV.7

November 13, 2014


Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe, Lecturer in Music, was one of five composers featured on a concert at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in New York on November 3 celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the American Music Center. The music, including Vercoe's Elegy for viola and piano, was selected from the 60,000 scores collected by the Center, now part of the Library of the Performing Arts. The Center was founded in 1939 by Otto Luening, Marion Bauer, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson and others, and the concert included works by both Luening and Bauer. A panel discussion led by composer Frank Oteri following the performance included Luening's widow, Dr. Vercoe, Margaret Brouwer, and George Boziwick, Chief of the Music Division of the New York Public Library. Congratulations to you, Elizabeth!

Carmenelisa Pérez-Kudzma pro bono publicoAssistant Professor Carmenelisa Pérez-Kudzma, Director of Paralegal and Legal Studies, has received recognition from the United States Bankruptcy Court for her service pro bono publico. Equal access is what Regis is all about, and we like to have a good influence on the larger society. Congratulations, Carmenelisa!

David Gilmore & Walt Horner with André Dubus IIIDavid Gilmore & Walt Horner with André Dubus III

One of the best ever Freshman Year Seminar/Experience events was held on Tuesday, November 4, when author Andre Dubus III visited Regis and spoke to students, faculty and staff in the FAC. He was most engaging, and the students truly responded with some excellent questions. After his talk he went to one of our creative writing classes to continue the conversation. Here are some photographs of Dubus with FYE coordinators, Assoc. Dean, Undergraduate Affairs David Gilmore and Assistant Dean of Students, Walt Horner. You can learn more about the event in Assistant Professor and fellow writer Anthony D’Aries’ blog on Dubus’ visit, “Fighting Words” and in this news story.

First Year Experience Faculty 2014
This is a photograph of the FYE faculty (with some live wire photo bombing in the left rear): Alison MacAdams, Erin Wisniewski, Susan Decker, Mary Beth Scanlon, Walt Horner, Andre Dubus III, Laura Bertonazzi, Susan Carroccino, David Gilmore, Verna-Ann Power-Charnitsky, Julia Lisella, Anthony D’Aries, Jason Clemence, and Ernie Collamati.

Fran Hogan receives the first Judge Joseph Nolan AwardAfter the combined “Red Mass” for physicians and attorneys at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on October 23, Regis alumna and attorney Fran Hogan ’67, pictured below next to Cardinal Sean, received the first annual Judge Joseph Nolan Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild for her indefatigable life’s work on behalf of others and the community. Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, and Dr. M.J. Doherty saw Fran at the Bethany Healthcare Benefit on November 5 and learned that she had taught in the former Regis College paralegal/pre-law program decades ago. Good things come around again!

There are many news items from the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions, and since this is National Nurse Practitioners’ Week, it’s a good time to celebrate all this news.

At the Transcultural Nursing Society Meeting in Charleston, SC, in October 2014, Nancy Street, ScD, PNP, BC provided an oral presentation entitled, “Delivering on our Promise: Lessons Learned from the Regis College Haiti Project.” Susan Sawyer presented a poster on “Bridging to Higher Education: Teaching Community Health Nursing in Haiti.”

Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, BCBA-D, Director of our Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program, has received a $13,000 grant from the John Alden Trust, complementing her Virginia Pyne Kaneb Faculty Scholars Grant. Lauren’s project aligns with the goals of the Alden Trust because it seeks to enrich the lives of children diagnosed with various disabilities, as well as children, typically developing, who exhibit behavioral problems and thus are at risk for later delinquency. The project title conveys its topic as it compares efficacies: Evaluation of a Parent Training Program via Written Instructions With and Without Video Modeling. Lauren will assess the effects of ten empirically-validated tactics combined into one parenting program, a combination that has not been evaluated. Her project also provides real-world training for graduate students enrolled in Regis’s Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program – experiences that they can take with them when they graduate and use to advance in their careers helping parents and children. Congratulations, Lauren, and thanks as well to Regis’s Director of Institutional Support, Shawna Erickson, for her contributions to this successful grant award and to the Alden Trust for its vote of confidence in Lauren’s work!

At the end of October, the College held its annual Francis Borger Klempner Faculty Showcase Lecture. Fran was a spectacular colleague, faculty member and friend, and I am so happy the College remembers her this way.

Regis at the Global Nursing Caucus 2014The Global Nursing Caucus (GNC) annual meeting was held at UMass–Boston on the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Executive Director of the Caucus is Barbara Waldorf, BSN, MPH, a Regis faculty member who recently returned from six weeks in India. Associate Professor Nancy Street, ScD, PNP, BC, Director of our Haiti Project, which educates the nursing educators in Haiti, is a member of the Global Caucus Board whose membership is drawn from numerous nursing, medical, public health professionals and organizations. Assistant Professor Lisa Fardy, MPH, DNP, presented a poster on her doctoral research exploring baccalaureate nursing experiences abroad. Associate Professor, Graduate Nursing, Kathleen Donaher, PhD, discussed telehealth and technology in health care. Many of our nursing students were in the audience (photograph at left), and Regis was well represented. DNP student Susan Calhoun, Dr. Nancy Street, and our friend and mentor, Maud Duvilaire at GNCBelow right is a photograph of DNP student Susan Calhoun, Dr. Nancy Street, and our friend and mentor, Maud Duvilaire, formerly Director of Nursing in the Haitian Ministry of Health at the GNC.

Nurse Debbie Wilson speaking to a Regis public health classOur campus actually received a preview on one of the presentations at the GNC when Barbara Waldorf’s public health class enjoyed an excellent, informative lecture by Debbie Wilson, RN, pictured below, on the morning of October 30. Debbie had recently returned from Liberia where she worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres treating as many as 80 Ebola patients a day for six weeks. Debbie came to Regis as she completed 21 days of voluntary self-quarantine, and you can read about her class here.

On the afternoon of October 30, Debbie was interviewed by Marco Werman on NPR’s “The World” which was broadcast on WGBH, 99.5 FM at 8 p.m. that evening.

HFS344 at Dana Hall WellesleyLiz Conant, Head Women’s Soccer Coach and faculty member in the Health & Fitness Program has written in to the “President’s Notes” about the visit of her Health & Fitness (HFS) 355 Facilities class (at right) to Dana Hall in Wellesley for a facility tour. As preparation for the students’ final projects in the class, they visit three local athletic facilities. The Dana Hall tour guide was Liz’s former athletic intern and Regis 2014 alum (Masters in Health Administration), Margie Bailey. Margie is now the Director of the Shipley Athletic Center at Dana Hall.

The next Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA) Colloquium will be on the topic of “The Care of the American Veteran with Chronic Heart Failure” and will be hosted by Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:00 to 7 p.m. Registration and light refreshments are scheduled from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Three dedicated and experienced clinicians from the VA Boston Healthcare System’s Heart Failure Program – Jacob Joseph, MD, MBBS, Director, Linda Bertrand, MS, CS, Nurse Practitioner and MaryBeth Harrington, PhD, Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) will be presenting. Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Nursing, Diane Welsh, MSN, DNP, will introduce the speakers. Participants may register on line. There is no registration fee.

Next Thursday, November 20, from 3:00-6:00 p.m., nutrition and sport management students led by Cathy Fuller, PhD, Director of the Health and Fitness Studies program will host a Physical Activity and Nutrition Fair for Children in the gym. The event is free and open to the public. Cathy said “physical activity is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight and also helps children sleep well at night. If that’s not reason enough to attend the fair, there will be fun prizes and free snacks too!” See more here.


Regis College Counseling Services are offering a full range of programs to take advantage of this fall. Especially as the semester reaches its peak and begins to move toward the holidays and final exams, students may have reasons to take advantage of some of these programs:

  • Mindfulness Group (20 minutes) Walk-in: Mondays 12:40 – 1PM re: reducing stress
  • Psychoeducation Group on Alcohol and Drug Awareness: Meets Mondays/Fridays re: substance use. Call for appointment
  • Get Smart Lecture Series: Meets Wednesdays, 5:00PM – 5:45PM re: academic coping skills
  • Smoking Cessation Group: Meets Wednesdays from 3:30PM to 4:15PM
  • Concerned Friends and Families, Coping with Addictions (Will run depending on student demand)

Please discuss these programs with your students as you see appropriate. Feel free to contact Maureen Sullivan-Trainor at Health Services with any questions you may have. The groups are ongoing. Have your students sign up and get location details by calling the front desk at Health Services 781-768-7290.

Peter Kent and Christine Resendes at the Benefits Fair 2014Here’s a photo on the left of Peter Kent and Christine Resendes talking at the Benefits Fair on November 4. One of the favorite annual events on campus, there was, as usual, a very good turnout. And 22 people won something in the door prize raffle. Thanks to the HR staff for planning the event.


The Graduate Affairs C3 Networking Series – Crucial Career Connections – is continuing this year, beginning with an event on the evening of Tuesday, November 18 open to all Graduate Nursing Students. Invitations were sent out via email, and Graduate Affairs invites those students to RSVP for the event online.

From November 5 to 9, Graduate nursing students Lauren Ghazal and Cassandra Godzik represented Regis College at the National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. (NSNA) 32nd Annual Midyear Career Planning Conference in Portland, Oregon. See more about their trip in “Across the Board”.

On Friday, November 7, Campus Ministry joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph for lunch and entertainment at 12:00pm at Saint Joseph’s Hall in Framingham. It’s good for our students to meet the retired Sisters who once staffed Regis and other CSJ institutions throughout Greater Boston; students gain a deeper knowledge of our legacy. Men’s Night was held on October 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Student Union with a menu of ribs and beer. Women’s Night was held last evening on Wednesday, November 12; we hear the menu was just as good but in a different style - salad, chicken, mashed potatoes, wine. As the saying goes, “Food is love.”

The Regis College Children’s Center celebrated its silver anniversary – yes, 25 years! – on November 5, with a reception at the Children’s Center in Angela Hall. All students past, present and future were welcome to attend and participate in activities for children of all ages, with food, music, and displays of the past 25 years.

The Children’s Center also enjoyed its first Skype session with a preschool in Trinidad. Michelle Cromwell, Associate Professor of Social Justice and Honors Program Advisor and a few of her students were here to facilitate the session. The children discovered that they know the same songs and enjoyed singing back and forth to each other. They have another session planned in a few weeks, when the children in both places will create care packages for the other country. Click here to watch the video. This is truly Global Connections at its best!

Regis Pride at NCAAThe Pride has been on fire! From Rookie of the Week to Player of the Week to NECC All-Conference Team designation to NCAA Tournaments, Athletics has a lot of good news! Although Women’s Field Hockey lost yesterday to the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the fact that WFH advanced to the NCAA game is significant. Having won the NECC championship on November 8, Women’s Volleyball will participate in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament tomorrow, November 14, at Williams College where we will take on the Bowdoin College Polar Bears. Athletics is offering transportation this Friday November 14, and students can sign up at the front desk near the basketball court. Space is limited. Please support our students! Best of luck ladies!!! My hearty congratulations to all our athletes!

To keep up on the 2014 New England Collegiate Conference Fall Championships, click here.

Peru And Mississippi Service Trips At Midterm Break

The delegates for the 2015 Midterm Break Peru and Mississippi service trips have been officially announced. Going to Peru are Nicole D’Agostino, Alexis Folta, Maria Fortunato, Zarinah Gray, Daniel Greco, Joseph Greco, Olivia Guiney, Ashlei Haughton. Julia Kozlik, Kara LaPierre, Karen Marquez, Teah Murphy, Emily Pickett, Bethsy Romelus, Kathleen Salvucci, Gregory Sarantakis, Evan Stone, Santi Strickland, Diana Tran, and Jacob Wells. Accompanying these students will be several members of the faculty and staff: Assistant Professor of Nursing Lisa Fardy, MPH, DNP; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Affairs, David Gilmore; Assistant Professor of Nursing Kellie LaPierre, MSN, DNPCand.; Graduate Intern, Campus Ministry Stephen Moran; and alum Jeffrie Parrish.

Going to Mississippi are Yasmin Aguilar, Taylor Bloom, Kendia Frederique, Valerie Fusco, Wilgine Joseph, Katelyn Kiernan, Shannon Mahoney, Alicia Martin, Alero Meggison, and Michaela Tridento. Accompanying these students will be two staff members, Augustina Gyimah and Marlene Mendez.

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your generosity of spirit!

President’s Office

I look forward to having lunch with grad students this Saturday, November 15.

Earlier this week I travelled to Haiti, joining former Regis Trustee Donato Tramuto, Chairman and CEO of Physicians Interactive (PI), to visit two hospitals, one in Hinche and one in Mirebalais, where our guide will be PIH administrator and Regis honorary degree recipient Loune Viaud. Along with Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro and Tony Bennett, Donato is one of the 2014 recipients of The RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights' Ripple of Hope Award for his work as an advocate for the underserved and underprivileged through the two non-profit organizations he founded, Health eVillages and the Tramuto Foundation. Working with Regis and Partners in Health, Health eVillages provides clinicians in the region surrounding Hinche with mobile devices loaded with medical reference and training tools, so the project is called HERO for Health e-Villages and Regis. Also travelling with us were Assistant Professors of Nursing Cherlie Magny-Normilus, MS, and Yves Vilton, Fulbright Scholar, who will be teaching in PAP, and Assistant Professor Kellie La Pierre, MSN, and adjunct faculty member Ketty Louis, DNP, who all remained in Haiti this week conducting the November seminar for the second cohort of Haitian nursing faculty in the Haiti Project.

The President’s Lecture Series on Health continues to be a great success, and you can find below the information about the next panel to be held on November 19.

Thanksgiving CornucopiaPlease accept my very best wishes to you and your families for a Happy Thanksgiving. There are so many things to be thankful for and we are blessed to have a day to reflect and enjoy.

The next issue of the President’s Notes should be out on December 4.

Since Christmas is right around the corner, I encourage you to mark your calendars for the Merry Mingle hosted by the Alumni Office!

Christmas Mingle

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