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President's Notes IV.8

December 4, 2014

Advent has begun, and the semester is rounding to a conclusion as students begin final exams. As Christmas comes, with its promise of “peace on earth and good will” to men and women, we also hear cries for justice and peace all over the world, whether in Syria, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ferguson, MO, or Boston.

An early Christmas present for me is that Regis College has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School! My thanks and congratulations go to CIO Marla Botelho, Vice President Malcolm Asadoorian, his Special Assistant Karin Plumadore (who prepared our iBook application), and all those whose work in the past two years has helped to bring this recognition about. You can read more about it here.

Last evening we anticipated the reason for the season with a lovely gathering of Regis Trustees, Faculty, Administrators, and Directors at Morrison House. Thank you all for participating. The staff Christmas luncheon will be held on December 18.

As the campus prepares for Christmas, we will also be using some “down” time to conduct work in our Master Plan, specifically, an electrical power shutdown. The campus will be informed in a different medium as to the days, the times, and the extent.

Faculty, Staff and Students

Julia Lisella Poetry readingAssociate Professor Margherite Matteis reports that Associate Professor and poet Julia Lisella held a reading from her new book of poems, Always, and a reception at the Armory Café in Somerville on November 23. Here is a shot of Margherite and Julia from the event. Congratulations, again, to Julia!

Shari Litch Gray, Associate Professor, Fran Power-Charnitsky, Assistant Professor, Natural Sciences Department, and Cristina Squeff, Associate Professor, Mathematics, attended the Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference, co-sponsored by AAC&U and PKAL, in Atlanta, GA. The conference focused on the importance of increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate degree earners who master complex STEM content and competencies and enhancing STEM literacy for all students. The talks and workshops addressed several dimensions of STEM higher education reform, including innovative and effective approaches to undergraduate STEM teaching and learning; strategies for measurement and evaluation; inclusive excellence; faculty professional development; and advancement of effective institutional change strategies.

Paul Vaccaro - Little Sister has Grown UpPaul Vaccaro, VP of Marketing, Communication and Enrollment, gave the keynote address, “The Little Sister Has Grown Up: Graduate Education and Its Impact on the New World Order of Enrollment Management,” at the NEGAP Fall Conference at Bryant University on November 13. NEGAP is the official New England chapter of The National Association for Graduate Enrollment Management (NAGAP).

Justin Parsons, International Admission Counselor, attended a fair at Springfield College on November 7 organized by the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association (BOSSA) and a group called Global Student Mobility out of the UK. BOSSA has taken the lead on setting standards and monitoring quality control among Chinese agencies. They brought representatives from about 20 of their Chinese partner agencies for a week-long trip to meet with colleges and universities at small fairs in New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. The event gave us the chance to have meetings with each of the representatives to discuss the services they offer students and begin to assess whether a partnership is viable. Click here for more information. And see Regis photo on The Pie News.

Sister Eleanor Deady, CSJ, former Regis College Librarian, is recuperating at Bethany Health Care Center after a mishap in which she broke her hip. Keep getting better, Sister Eleanor! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Many members of our community saw Associate Professor Ernie Collamati, Religious Studies, on Emily Rooney’s “Greater Boston” on November 17, following the “60 Minutes” interview on November 16 of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Cap. In case you missed those programs, watch the video: Cardinal Sean O'Malley Opens Up On '60 Minutes' and the follow up given to it locally on WGBH’s “Greater Boston” on Monday, November 17, when host Emily Rooney asked Dr. Collamati and Dr. Karen King of Harvard Divinity School to comment. You may also read more on our November 21 blog here.

I have asked Kara Kolomitz, Vice President, Student Affairs, to convene a Retention Task Force. This task force will address issues around retention of undergraduate as well as graduate students. Both Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, and Susan Tammaro, PhD, Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, have been looking at retention data for graduate students, and it’s a good idea to go institution-wide with an interdisciplinary team of representatives at work evaluating the data. The Task Force will include Kara, Susan, Claudia, representatives from undergraduate and graduate academics, student services, undergraduate and graduate admissions, and student life. Susan’s role as VP of Institutional Effectiveness will be critical to the data collection and analysis.

Kyle Undag CGC Photo Contest WinnerThe Center for Global Connections conducted a Photo Contest on its Facebook page. Students, faculty and staff were to post a picture taken during a study abroad or traveling experience. The winner, Kyle Undag, received a $25 Gift Card to the Regis Bookstore for his photo at right. Kyle wrote: “Came across young boys playing football while exploring when teaching ELS to high school students in Medellin, Colombia.”

Be sure to visit The Center’s Facebook page to see all the great pictures that were submitted.

Jim Armstrong WBZ-TVJim Armstrong, Lecturer in Communication, took a group of students on a field trip to WBZ-TV as part of his broadcasting class. Looks like fun. Thanks Jim!

Therapy DogsDon’t miss out! Therapy Dogs are visiting campus during finals week: Monday, December 8, from 10:30-11:30 am at the Library; Tuesday, December 9, from 10:00-10:45 am at the Library and 11:00-noon in Campus Ministry; and Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 11:00-noon at ACE, CH 3rd Floor. The picture shows Great Pyrenees Duffy and Kennedy who are visiting on Tuesday. Many thanks to “Dog B.O.N.E.S.” Therapy Dogs of Massachusetts for connecting us with the therapy teams coming to campus. Many thanks also to Steve Moran in Campus Ministry, Susan Erickson in ACE, Vice President Susan Tammaro, PhD, and Library Director Jane Peck for organizing!

Amy Damon, MA, graduate in Heritage Studies and Museum Studies this past May, was hired at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, a new cultural center in Cambridge that features collaborative experiments between artists, designers, scientists, and other innovators. Congratulations, Amy! Amy interned in my office to help catalog Regis’ paintings and artwork. Since that was a great experience for Amy, I encourage all of you to ask our students to serve as interns in your offices. They can work 10 hours per week on various projects and other learning opportunities. Please reach out to Susan Kennedy, Director of Internships and Career Placement.

Regis Writer and Assistant Professor Anthony D’Aries joined poet Richard Hoffman at Emerson College on December 2 to give a reading - and brought his creative non-fiction workshop students along.

Student Affairs

The Pride Guide (campus tour guide) program held an open interview/training session (two days) on December 2 and 3 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Lower Student Union. If a student is interested in applying to be a Pride Guide but missed the training session, he or she should contact

The Division of Student Affairs is offering two 1-credit co-curricular courses during the spring semester that provide students with hands-on, practical experiences grounded in theory. Courses can be found on Regis ACCESS by searching for “Co-Curricular” in the subject search.

Spring 2015 Co-Curricular Courses:

  1. CC 102-01 Leadership for Social Change
    Lead Instructor:  David McGraw, MS
    1 Credit Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:45 PM
  2. CC 103-01 Principles of Health and Wellness
    Lead Instructor: Dianna Jones, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP
    1 Credit Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45

During the 2014/2015 academic year funding cycle, the Co-Curricular Mini-Grants (CCMG) Grantmaking Committee reviewed 31 proposals from students, faculty, and staff with requests totaling $67,885. During the two review periods, the Committee awarded 18 projects a total of $30,000 in funding – details below. We believe the grantees provide a great mix of projects that highlight the impressive co-curricular learning that takes place at Regis College.

Project Title Lead Author/s Funding Amount
Engaging Men in Bystander Intervention Laura Bertonazzi $ 2,500
Class Trip to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Elizabeth Seidler $    400
What's in a Name?: A Pop-up Museum Exhibit Kathryn Edney $ 1,100
The Glory of Columbia Sarah Vedrani $ 1,000
SLAESS Lecture Series: Inaugural Lecture Mary-Anne Vetterling $ 2,500
Social Media Etiquette Augustine Gyimah & Alicia Martin $ 1,200
Health & Wellness Week Catherine Fuller $ 1,200
SNSHP Senior Poster Presentations Laura Burke $ 2,500
NSNA Conference: Bringing a GSNA to Regis! Lauren Ghazal & Cassandra Godzik $ 1,600
Award to Student Government Association for graduate student organization funding and programming   $ 1,750


Lacross Team 2014 Holiday PhotoSpeaking of The Pride, I am proud that, for the sixth consecutive time and tenth overall, the Regis women's soccer team has earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year. According to the NSCAA, "to qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible." Regis posted a team GPA of 3.24 and was one of 583 women's programs (DI, DII, & DIII) across the country to achieve the honor. The Pride recently wrapped up an 11-6-2 season that included their fourth-straight trip to the NECC post-season, and third-straight NECC Semifinals appearance.

Winter sports are underway, and we look forward to a great season. The Men’s Lacrosse team sent out this cheerful greeting. Love the hats! And congratulations to Coach Blu on the birth of his son, Ethan Jacob Blumenthal, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, on December 1.


The campus enjoyed performances of a production of “Godspell” November 20, 21, 22.

Francisco Goya NightIn conjunction with the master’s exhibition at the MFA, graduate intern Ben Remillard and others in Heritage Studies sponsored a “Francisco Goya Night” on December 1 giving all who have seen the exhibition a chance to discuss it and the great artist.

Goya’s famous painting, The Third of May, 1808,” portraying heroic resistance to Napoleon’s army, reminds me that, tonight, December 4, 5 – 7:00 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge, the Regis College School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions is hosting the NERVANA Colliquium on the subject of “Care of the American Veteran with Chronic Heart Failure.” 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 Mary Beth Harrington, PhD, Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center (GRECC) will be presenting, and many Regis faculty and students will be in attendance. Those who are interested may register on line. There is no fee for this program.

2014 Christmas Tree LightingOf course, the traditional Regis College Tree Lighting is also scheduled for this evening at 6 p.m. in the College Hall Foyer.

As well, the Regis College annual Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 at 3:30 p.m. each day in the Fine Arts Center. The Glee Club, Alumnae Chorus, Chamber Singers, Hand Bell Ringers, and Instrumental Ensemble will each perform individually, then choruses and orchestra will combine for excerpts from Haydn’s great oratorio, The Creation, followed by songs and carols of the season. The program will close with a candlelight-rendition of Silent Night.

Prior to the Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 7, alums and members of the Regis College community are welcome to attend the “Merry Mingle” in the Sullivan Theater in the Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $25 per adult with children under 12 $15. This event replaces the “Holly Tea” of old.

President’s Office

On November 17 the College announced that our students now have the opportunity to fast-track their medical or veterinary medical education through a combined degree program forged with St. George’s University (SGU), in Grenada, West Indies starting this fall. You may read about it on our website and in higher ed and business news.

Camille FerazziRegis College has named Camille Ferazzi of Boston and Falmouth to the College’s Board of Trustees. Ferazzi, a member of the Regis College class of 1969, is very active in the Boston commercial real estate market. She is Tenant Relations Manager at New City Corporation in Boston where she is responsible for service needs of commercial tenants in various holdings throughout Suffolk County. She is also property manager at 125 Broad Street in Boston. Additionally, she is owner and manager of The Studio & The Studio Marina in Falmouth, MA. Welcome, Camille!

President’s Lecture Series on Health

On Wednesday evening, November 19, three Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) researchers and practitioners shared current knowledge of genetics, new trends in cancer treatment through targeting of specific genes, and improved care for cancer patients at our President’s Lecture Series on Health; new information and protocols have implications for medical ethics, and a bioethicist tackled the challenges that come with these changes. L to R, are Matthew B. Yurgelun, MD, Instructor in Medical Oncology, Division of GI Oncology, GI Disease Center and GI Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program, Medical oncologist Nikhil Wagle, MD, Holly O’Kane, RN, MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Breast Oncology and Genetics and Prevention Program, and pediatrician and associate professor of moral theology at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry Andrea Vicini, SJ, MD, PhD, STD, who kept the audience fascinated with the science, the developments in treatment, and the ethical challenges brought by new knowledge. I acted as moderator, and you may read more about it here.

Please consider being a part of a great giving opportunity and a special appeal that ends on December 31:

The Langenus Challenge 2014The Langenus Challenge

If we reach 600 additional donors to the Regis Fund, Eileen Langenus ’78 and her husband, Trustee Peter Langenus will donate $25,000 to support our students. Your gift of any amount will count toward the challenge.

Click on their photo to learn about the challenge and to donate online.


Christmas in New Mexico

NP at Heritage Museum in HobbsNorth Pole DisplayEarlier this week I had the pleasure of visiting Regis alum, Lay Apostle, and former Regis Trustee Bonnie Moran ’58, with Vice President Miriam Finn Sherman, Institutional Advancement. We had seen Bonnie on campus earlier this autumn when she came to our event for current and former Trustees at Morrison House. Bonnie generously donated a splendid North Pole display to the Western Heritage Museum in Hobbs, NM, where the local community looks forward every year to seeing the snow!

Mim and Bonnie at MangerWe also visited St. Helena’s School where Bonnie was first missioned to New Mexico to teach shortly after graduating from Regis as one of the first volunteers in the Regis Lay Apostolate. The Parish Center is named in memory of her late husband Bob. Below Bonnie and Miriam in Bonnie’s backyard with her life size Christmas crèche. During our visit, and as you can see from the photos, we learned that Christmas is Bonnie’s favorite time of year.

St. HelenaThe next issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on December 18.

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