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President's Notes IV.9December 18, 2014
Last Wednesday we marked a milestone in the Master Plan construction – the signing of the I-Beam. Although it was a rainy day, we had a good turnout and students kept signing it throughout the afternoon, eager to be a part of Regis history by having their signatures on a permanent part of the Maria Hall addition. (The actual placing of the I-Beam will be done at a Topping-off Ceremony by the Steel Workers Local 7 Union on December 30 while we are on Christmas Break.)
The Medical Imaging department was quite busy last week! First, a film crew was on campus last Tuesday 12/9 to interview David Gilmore, MS, CNMT, RT(R)(N), Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs & Program Director, Medical Imaging. They filmed the Imaging faculty to demonstrate how students are learning in our state-of-the-art lab here at Regis. The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is building a national medical imaging museum and wanted this kind of video document. Beyond historical artifacts such as the first x-ray, equipment, procedures, etc., there are interviews and footage of individuals who have been leaders and make impacts in the field. David was chosen to given an interview in how he’s been moving the field forward in higher education.
Also, last Wednesday 12/10, the Medical Imaging Department held a Post-Licensure Program pinning ceremony. Six students graduated with a BS in Medical Imaging. In this picture from left to right are Gassendy Petit (Nuclear Medicine), Bryant Hoard (Interventional Radiology), Allison Brody (Interventional Radiology), Alyssia Soares (Breast Imaging), and Lauren Williams (Breast Imaging). Not pictured is Susan Mahoney (Breast Imaging). This was the first pinning ceremony for the Interventional Radiology and Breast Imaging concentrations within Medical Imaging.
Professor of Spanish and Associate Dean, SLAESS, Mary-Anne Vetterling, presented two papers this past fall. In October she presented a paper based on her pilgrimage in France last summer entitled “The Camino de Santiago in France: From Le Puy to Figeac” at the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association Annual Conference in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She will be using some of the information from this talk in her upcoming online course on Pilgrimage, to be taught at Regis this spring. In November she presented a paper based on another new Regis course (taught fall, 2013) on Spanish Literature and the Environment at a session entitled “Ecological Themes in Hispanic Literature and Film: Exploitation and Suffering” at the Annual Conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in San Antonio, Texas. Also in October, she attended a special two-day meeting at her old High School, The Hathaway Brown School for Girls, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, as part of the Headmaster’s Council, where she was recognized for her three-year term of service. Great work Mary-Anne!
Nancy White Street, ScD, PNP, BC, Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Haiti Project, was notified that her abstract “A Sleep in the City: Neighborhood and Family Level Predictors of Sleep Duration in Urban Youth,” has been accepted for a Paper Session at the 27th Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Scientific Sessions. The ENRS reviewers told her “The selection of your abstract is a wonderful accomplishment and will enrich this year’s sessions. We are pleased to have you as part of the 2015 program.” The conference will be held in DC at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park from April 15 - 17, 2015. Nancy also has been invited to serve as an advisor to Global Health Delivery Online, a program sponsored by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School to engage providers across the globe on a variety of topics related to global health care delivery. Congratulations Nancy!
Michelle Cromwell, Associate Professor of Politics & Social Justice and Honors Program Advisor is founding executive director of a local nonprofit called Multicultural Village. Natick-based Multicultural Village is focusing its 2015 Resolution Solution service learning retreat on human trafficking, which can affect a range of communities including ones like Natick, said Michelle. “It’s a lot more widespread than I think we realize or even want to admit,” Cromwell said. Multicultural Village is hosting a day-long workshop in January designed to teach students about human trafficking and inspire them to work to end the global crime. The retreat will be held at Regis on January 17 and will include workshops taught by people who work with human trafficking victims, a service project, and a dialogue with retreat participants, their families and community members. Read more about it here. Such a program is compatible with our CSJ legacy, too, for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston have been collaborating with religious women around the country to fight human trafficking.
Early this fall, when the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the US, Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, of SNSHP immediately recognized a need for nursing students to understand it better. At her request, an EBOLA educational event was organized for undergraduate nursing students by Pat McCauley, Director of the Simulation Lab at Regis College. The event was held on December 2 and 3 and taught by Regis College's Clinical Nurse Specialist Students who had been working with area hospitals on evidenced based protocols for the triage and treatment of Ebola patients. Dr. Cindy Bashaw helped organize a similar educational event for the Graduate nursing students on December 4.
An article by Kreg Segall, Associate Professor of English, titled "Mucedorus and Counsel from Q1 to Q3" will appear in Connotations 24.1 (Spring 2015).
The Berkley Beacon ran an article about Assistant Professor & Writing Program Director, Anthony D’Aries, reading at Emerson College.
Julia Lisella, Associate Professor of English, will take part in the event, “’Are You Nobody Too?’ Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Poets,” in the Munroe Saturday Nights series on January 17 at 7:30 at First Parish Church in Lexington. Julia will also be reading from her new book of poems, Always, at Porter Square Bookstore in Cambridge at 7 p.m. on January 21. Both events are free and open to the public.
The call has gone out to students to imitate their faculty writers and send in submissions to the Regis College literary magazine, Hemetera.
Through the generosity of our wonderful benefactor, Ms. Kathryn Erat, the Center for Global Connections and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies announced the ERAT SCHOLARS for 2015. Congratulations to: Sophia Benzan, Nicole DeRosa, Jonathan Drapinski, Marisa Eddlem, Cassandra Golob, Ingrid Hernandez, Laura Holland, Koula Psihogios, Taylor Raucher, and Ebeny Jazelle Torres. These ten students will spend the spring semester studying the concept of creation, and the culmination of their studies will involve travel to Vienna, Austria, Geneva, Switzerland, Vatican City, and Ireland in June of 2015 where they will join with others to perform Hayden’s “Creation” at Maynooth.
Therapy dog “Scout” visited the Academic Center for Excellence on Monday, December 8, and “Duffy” and “Kennedy,” two Great Pyrenees who were portrayed in the December 4 issue of “President’s Notes,” visited the Regis Library on December 9 - a dreary, rainy day during final exam period - and encouraged all of those studying hard while faculty played a friendly pick-up game of dodge ball in the gym. As well, Campus Ministry offered a noontime Advent prayer service on Tuesday, and the Library offered Dunkin Donuts coffee and treats from 5 p.m. on that day, as long as they lasted. I say thank you to the Library, Campus Ministry staff, ACE, and student and faculty organizers of the pick-up game for providing various avenues of refreshment of spirit.
Also, since the last issue of “President’s Notes,” Student Affairs held the annual Tree Lighting ceremony in CH Foyer on December 4, and someone caught my picture with the two presidents of our students’ associations, GR Alexa Nicholls and UG Sarah Carew, who also spoke at the event.
Students in SLAESS working with Assistant Professor Kate Edney displayed their inter-disciplinary talents in a poster session in CH Foyer on December 9.
The Library has assembled a “storm team” with the help of Campus Police Chief Sean Maher and Mark Clemente, Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations. The storm team will help open the library when the College is officially closed for a snow day for those who live on campus.
I personally thank all those faculty and staff who have signed up to be Santa’s Elves as part of VP Paul Vaccaro’s program to hand-deliver acceptance packages of Early Action students from your home town. I can’t wait to hear about the happy stories and see the smiling faces. Take lots of pictures!
I was in New York City last weekend to meet with alums and donors and enjoy the gathering at the Union Club sponsored by Trustee Peter and alum Eileen Langenus ’78. In fact, the “Langenus Challenge” is still open, and I hope you will participate: If we reach 600 additional donors to the Regis Fund before December 30, Eileen and Peter will donate $25,000 to support our students. Your gift of any amount will count toward the challenge.
Back in the office on Monday for an AC Meeting and other appointments, I returned to NYC on Tuesday and Wednesday to attend the meeting of the Health eVillages Board on which I serve. Health eVillages founder and former Regis Trustee, Donato Tramuto, was honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights with the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award at a Gala Tuesday night – along with Hillary Clinton, Robert DeNiro and Tony Bennett! Donato was recognized for his three-decade commitment to the advancement of healthcare and human rights across the globe. Congratulations Donato!
Today from 12 to 2 p.m., the College is holding its annual Staff Christmas Luncheon in College Hall Foyer. Tomorrow afternoon, Joan Sullivan and I will be visiting Bethany Healthcare and St. Joseph Hall in Framingham, where many of our retired CSJ faculty and staff live, to deliver the gift of “Christmas gold” you all so graciously donated during the lunch today.
Check out WBUR’s story on Father Paul O’Brien, pastor of St. Patrick’s in Lawrence, with a great photograph of Father Paul in a Regis College sweatshirt as his adopted son Hector Heredias, a Regis student, plays basketball. Way to go, Father Paul! The video on “Project Lawrence” is worth watching.
Regis nursing faculty and nurses run the school nursing program at Lawrence Catholic Academy, affiliated with St. Patrick’s, where Jorge Hernandez, whose wife Kate Lennon Hernandez ’98 is a Regis alum, is principal.
Also, if you are around this weekend, you can come see me recite the story of Elijah Angel at the Boston Civic Symphony Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m. in the Casey Theatre. I am looking forward to it. Media arts guru Joyce Kulhawik will be the moderator, and I will host Joyce for lunch before the event.
Please accept my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We have so much to be grateful for and to work for in our families, our higher education learning community, our region, our country, and the world!
The next issue of “President’s Notes” will be out on Jan. 8.