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President's Notes V.1

July 2, 2015

President’s Office

The Regis Shield engraved into the new Great WalkThe campus seems relatively quiet this week as we approach the Fourth of July holiday. Thank you all for your patience on the road closure of Katsura Drive and the area right in front of College Hall while the road boundaries were being reworked and new curbs (American English as distinct from British “kerbs”) installed. Construction is not quite done on the Great Walk, but the finishing touches are in progress. The road has been repaved and we’re on our way.

I was so pleased on Monday, June 22 that the Regis shield etched in granite was being installed on the far end of the Great Walk when the Trustees were here for a full day Retreat and could see the operation. We all watched from the windows of the Upper Student Union Lounge as the workers diligently laid the foundation for what is to be a central part of our campus. An identical shield will be placed at the other end of the Great Walk in front of College Hall. Via, Veritas, Vita! “The way, the truth, and the life!” Check out this shield and that of the CSJs on the entrance wall of College Hall on the parterre, too.

As well the mottos inscribing CSJ values have begun to appear on the ribbon band on the new building. Here is a photograph of one such inscription reading, "Welcoming All, Without Distinction". Another has just been mounted reading "Excellence Tempered By Gentleness".


VP of Marketing, Communication and Enrollment, Paul Vaccaro, Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, and I attended the Institute for Enroll-ment Management last week at the University of Chicago. The Institute was run by Trustee Kathy Dawley ’79, former president of Maguire Associates.

The L.G. Balfour Foundation has awarded Regis $260,000 over four years to support the university’s new PRIDE Scholars program. With national data supporting the urgency of the shift from access to degree completion in the efforts of higher educators, Regis faculty and administrators built the PRIDE Scholars Program (PSP) addressing the academic problem of student retention, and I am very pleased that the Balfour Foundation has recognized the potential of our new retention program with this grant, which was co-authored by Vice President Susan Tammaro, PhD, and Director of Institutional Support, Shawna Erickson. The PRIDE Scholars’ Program fosters a sense of belonging and engagement while providing academic and social support to matriculating students, and you may read more about its cognitive strategy here. Special thanks to Susan and Shawna!

Library Director Jane Peck and Information Services Director Carolyn Sager have announced two new databases available at the Regis Library:

  1. EDUCATION SOURCE covers scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policy makers. This massive file offers the world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals, and encompasses an international array of English-language periodicals, monographs, yearbooks, and more.
  2. SPORTDiscus with Full Text includes thorough coverage in the subjects most relevant to sports medicine including clinical specialties such as orthopedics; coaching and education; consumer health; exercise science and fitness; health education; kinesiology; nutrition; occupational health and safety; physical education; physical therapy; sports sciences.

You can access all our Regis databases from the following link,


Alexa Nicholls, who received her Master’s in Nursing with honors this past May, was chosen for a prestigious emergency medicine training program at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. Congratulations Alexa! Read about it here.

Also, recent BSN graduate Kalliope Fabrikarakis of Watertown was quoted in The Boston Globe on her decision to become a nurse in an article about today’s top college majors. Click here to read the article.


Nancy Street, Associate Professor of Nursing and Program Director of the Haiti Project, and Lauren Ghazal, Graduate Nursing Student and Grad Assistant co-authored the latest blog for the Global Nursing Caucus in Boston entitled “The Value of And: Global Nurses Embrace the New Lancet Commission on Women and Health. Read it here.

The Second Cohort of the Regis Haiti Project concluded its summer seminar with Mass celebrated by Father Paul Kilroy and a reception at Morrison House on Sunday, June 28. Representing the cohort, one of the Master’s of Science in Nursing students, Mikerlange Raymond, RN, read a letter of gratitude that touched us all. “This training program has brought not only new knowledge but also and especially sustainable changes that will be able to progress further as we go along,” Mikerlange said, thanking everyone at Regis who made the summer seminar so effective and so welcoming. She continued:

This evening we can’t end this session without thanking, first of all, God, for his immeasurable love for us all throughout this period. Also, a special thank you to the Director of Nursing at the Haitian Ministry of Health in Haiti, Mrs. Irma D. Bois, the former Director of Nursing Mrs. Maude Duvilaire, the Haiti project team (President Antoinette Hays, Dr. Nancy Street, Mrs. Cherlie Normilus, Mrs. Alexis Lawton), and the faculty, our mentors, our translators, especially Harry, and Nadia, our tireless elder of the first cohort, Regis people in the cafeteria, the housekeeping team at 4th floor, especially coordinator Amelia, and everyone who gave their time and energy with all their heart to our education. We also want to mention our families and friends, especially Gardy, our children, our spouses, who have supported us despite the distance.

Campus Community

Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ at the Regis CommencementMembers of the Regis campus community are invited to drop in at Campus Ministry in 101 College Hall from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, to honor and thank Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, for her dedicated service as Director of Spiritual Life for Regis students, staff, and faculty during the past four years. In her quiet, unassuming way, whether accompanying an injured student and his family at the hospital, praying at commencement, with the Erat Scholars on a trip to LePuy, or in the day-to-day interactions with many people on campus, Sister Betsy has reminded us all that we belong to something bigger. Godspeed, Sister Betsy!

Summer in academe is frequently a time of change. Michelle Heyde of the Center for Student Services, Colleen Wells in the Physical Plant Office, and Bryan Geary in the Office of Communication, who have all served Regis well, have decided to take positions elsewhere, and we wish them health, success, and prosperity.


The annual Cape Cod Luncheon for Alumni will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, Massachusetts (11:30 social | 12:00 luncheon). Please register by July 30 ($38.00) at or call 781.768.7221.

Campus Communications

Just so you all know, during May a cross-campus working group participated in a re-branding workshop (with written homework!) conducted by Hugh Drummond of O’Neill and Associates, and the recommendations from the latter’s report were shared at the Board of Trustees Retreat on June 22. In mid-July, the same campus working group will meet to discuss the recommendations and prioritize them for me. As well, during July and August, Megan Page and Che Knight of Denterlein will be on campus interviewing a number of people across campus, including members of the Communications Committee and members of the Administrative Council, to conduct a “communications audit” and to make recommendations on how we may best go forward. With social media and digital communication taking over the world, we must position Regis to tell its story in the optimal manner. Stay tuned in the early Fall for news of the results of these efforts.

And last but not least, Happy Independence Day! Enjoy the short day today and the long weekend. The next issue of President’s Notes is due out on July 16, 2015.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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