News and Announcements
President's Notes V.10November 19, 2015
Greetings. With a slight chill in the early morning air, the countdown to Thanksgiving has surely begun! But Regis people have already been travelling, as you’ll see below.
Erin Wisniewski, Director, Student Programming & Leadership & International Student Services, organized a trip for nine Regis students and three staff to attend the The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C., Nov. 7-9.
Over 1,700 people were present for this annual conference for colleges, high schools, parishes and other faith communities related to Ignatian (Jesuit) institutions around the country to learn and reflect on social justice and solidarity. Conference attendees were given the opportunity to advocate, learn, network, be inspired to action, and pray. This year's theme was “Bridges,” and how we might build bridges, raise bridges, cooperate around building bridges, and recognize obstacles around bridge building.
Regis students and staff were attending the conference for the first time. In case you have forgotten, Regis roots in the CSJ charism unite the thinking of both the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola (the Magis, “something more,” and search for academic excellence) and the bishop of Geneva, St. Francis de Sales (gentleness, active love of God and neighbor). Pictured from left to right, starting at the top: Matthew Quattrociocchi, Mario Payne, Jeff Parrish, Evan Stone, Stanley Onyeneho, Treylon Butler-Neal, Jocelyn Collen, Diana Tran, Yasmin Aguilar, Gabby Telemaque. Bottom Row, L to R, Stephanie Cruz-Santos and Karen Marquez.
There were several other schools in attendance that are not directly related to Jesuit institutions, including Manhattan College, Gannon University, and Chestnut Hill College, the last being a fellow Sisters of St. Joseph school. On Monday, November 9, Regis students participated in Advocacy Day on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in a “Public Witness” to pray for the human rights of all people and to raise three issues we are advocating for this year in our visits to Congress. They are 1) immigration reform, 2) caring for the environment, and 3) Latin American foreign policy.
On Capitol Hill, Regis students joined with students from the College of the Holy Cross and Boston College to meet with staff members from Senator Elizabeth Warren's office in the Senate House Office Building and with Representative Jim McGovern's office in the Cannon Building. One of our students, Sabrina Gabby Telemaque, a sophomore, shared a personal story about a member in her community that has greatly suffered as a result of our current immigration policy. Senior Karen Marquez was interviewed by America media, part of America Magazine, about why she was present for Advocacy Day and came all the way to Washington, D.C. for the weekend. See her clip in the video here.
As is the case in communications today, Twitter was alight with references and photographs of the conference. Here’s just one sample with its string of hashtags: CRS University @CRSUniversity, and here’s a full room of students from @BostonCollege @RegisCollege_MA @holy_cross to meet w/ @SenWarren #IFTJ15 #IAmClimateChange with photograph attached:
After the events of this past weekend in Paris, I cannot help but visually relate the photograph from November 9 of Senator Warren’s room full of young people and the photograph of Boston’s Zakim Bridge on the wall with the Eiffel Tower/Peace Symbol design by Jean Julien that became a digital surge of solidarity with France as mostly 20 and 30 somethings were injured, killed, or driven down Paris streets in fear on November 13-15. Some Regis alums, one student, and one staff member happened to be in Paris this past weekend, all safe by late evening reports after the terrorist attacks. We are much more closely related on the planet than we usually think and have much work to do together as educators to make the world peaceful and safe for an already globalized community of the rising generations.
My appreciation to Regis staff and students who took it upon themselves to go to Congress, to pray for the human rights of all people, and to raise the important issues of immigration reform, caring for the environment, and Latin American foreign policy. Let us also continue to pray and work for peace in Paris and around the world.
The Health Services website page for Regis students now has a question and answer resource. Dear Dianna gives students the opportunity to privately ask and submit questions on a variety of health related topics such as alcohol use, eating disorders, exercise and fitness, mental health, nutrition, preventative health, relationships, sexuality, sleep hygiene, stress management, substance abuse, tobacco and more. Dear Dianna will privately answer questions and provide comprehensive, trustworthy, and accurate information and resources. Dear Dianna is not intended to replace professional medical care, and if students are in need of medical attention they should consult with a healthcare provider immediately. http://www.regiscollege.edu/student-life/dear-dianna-submit.cfm
Yesterday students in Communication lecturer Kirsten Whitten’s PR class organized a special distribution of fruits and vegetables to students and staff on behalf of the Fair Foods organization in order to call attention to and build awareness of hunger. You can read more about the event here.
As well, both the Regis Men’s Soccer team and the Regis Women’s Field Hockey team competed in the NECC Tournament on Wednesday, November 4, when Regis Men’s Soccer shut out Lesley 3-0, and Regis Women’s Field Hockey fell to Wheelock but had four members named to the All Conference Team. Subsequently, Men’s Soccer lost to Daniel Webster on Nov. 6 but also had four players named to the All Conference Team.
There are also some great events happening today on campus, including the Health Services Annual Holistic Health Fair until 2:30 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge.
Tonight the Regis Science Associates will sponsor a discussion on “What you ought to know about vaccines” in the Casey Auditorium, FAC, at 6 p.m., with free refreshments at 5:30 p.m., and dovetail with an environmental clean-up effort in the CH Foyer from 7-9 p.m. as cash prizes are given out for collecting non-alcoholic bottles and cans.
Faculty & Staff
Meanwhile, Regis faculty have also been busy organizing and conducting special events here and participating in conferences off campus.
The Regis Public Health Program was well represented at the American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago from November 1 through November 4. Four faculty members – Dr. Laura Burke (Public Health Program Director), Dr. Nancy Street (Associate Professor), Dr. Leslie Mandel (Associate Professor) and Dr. Lynne Man (Adjunct) – all presented material at the event through a variety of modalities including workshops, posters, and films:
Burke, L., Welsh, D., Gilmore, D. “Developing an Undergraduate Interprofessional Collaborative Curriculum,” Workshop Presentation
Street, N., Lawton, A., Normilus, C., Galante, M. “Regis College Haiti Project- Delivering on a Promise,” Film shown at Global Film Festival
Mandel, L., Man, L., Friedman, L., Cycon, A., Sylvester, L., Smith, S. “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: At the Intersection of Maternal Health, Discrimination, and Labor Law,” Poster Presentation
Man, L., Mandel, L., Friedman, L., Cycon, A. “Evaluation of a Community-Based Postpartum Depression Coalition Model Using a Multiple Streams Framework: Building the Evidence to Bring Policy to Practice,” Workshop Presentation
Leslie Mandel, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Public Health, has also had an article published online: Eileen J. Carter, Daniel J. Pallin, Leslie Mandel, Corine Sinnette and Jeremiah D. Schuur. “Emergency Department Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention: Multisite Qualitative Study of Perceived Risks and Implemented Strategies,” Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, available on CJO2015. November, 15 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ice.2015.267
Kreg Segall, Associate Professor of English, has had an essay entitled “The Tree and the Chaplet: Wanting the Laurel in Skelton's 'The Laurel” accepted for publication in the 2016 issue of Explorations in Renaissance Culture. Congratulations, Kreg!
Last evening in the USUL, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the President’s Lecture Series on Health presented a panel on the topic of “LIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN/BACK/PALLIATIVE CARE,” with chronic pain said to be the most costly health care problem in the USA. The lecture series is free and open to the public. The panelists were James P. Rathmell, MD, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; Allison Bailey, MD, from Integrative Health and Fitness Associates, LLC in Cambridge, MA; Jeanne Colbath, RN, MSN, ANPBC, AHNBC, FAHA, Adjunct Faculty in Integrative Health at Regis; and Cheryl Marks, MSN, RN-BC, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner and Coordinator of Inpatient Pain/Pain and Palliative Services at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Patricia McCauley, DNP, RN, Director of Nursing Simulation and Resource Center and Associate Professor of Nursing at Regis was the moderator.
This afternoon, November 19 at 3 p.m. in the FAC Atrium, Professor Deirdre Egan-Ryan, of St. Norbert’s College in Wisconsin (portrayed at right) will speak on “Lady Liberty: Women Writers and Reform,” as part of the Liberal Arts Lecture Series. Her presentation will be followed by a Seminar on Service learning entitled “Structure, Syllabus and Scholarship: Academic Service-Learning in Mission-Based Higher Education: A Conversation with Faculty" in Fine Arts 301, 4:40-5:30. Egan-Ryan is Associate Professor of English and Director of Academic Service-Learning at Saint Norbert’s, and her scholarly work in modern American literature and culture and ethnic and women’s studies includes published essays on such literary figures as Zora Neale Hurston, Mina Loy, and Gloria Anzaldúa. She is currently at work on a book project that takes New York City in the early decades of the twentieth century as its focal point. Egan-Ryan has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the MacArthur Foundation
Then, on December 2, also at 3 p.m. and in the FAC, Marilyn Cochran-Smith, PhD, Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College (portrayed at left), will also speak in the Liberal Arts Lecture Series. Her topic will be "What Teachers Know that Policy Makers (and the Public) Need to Know.”
Dr. Cochran-Smith has written nine books, five of which have won national awards and recognitions, and more than 200 articles, chapters, handbook chapters, and editorials on teacher education research, practice and policy, social justice, and practitioner research. From 2000-2006, she was the editor of the Journal of Teacher Education. She and Susan Lytle are the founding co-editors of the Teachers College Press book series on Practitioner Inquiry, which now includes 50 books by practitioners or about practitioner research. Cochran-Smith began her educational career as a primary school teacher where she worked for 6 years as a third, fifth and sixth grade teacher. In 1975, she won her first professional award - the Outstanding Young Educator Award for her school district. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference), and she was named the 2014 Bjorn Christiansen Memorial Lecturer at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway.
On November 6, Assistant Professor Anthony D’Aries hosted and co-chaired a PEN New England Writing and Trauma Conference at Regis, with writing teachers from both academic and community-based settings investigating the methods that support the transformational/therapeutic potential of writing.
Regis has launched a reporting mechanism through which members of the Regis learning community can report infractions of campus policies or standards and share concerns about public safety or legal compliance. The contact information is below left.
AICUM (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts), on whose board I currently serve, sent around a legislative alert on social media privacy indicating that a debate would occur on Senate Bill 2054 in the MA Senate yesterday seeking to implement new social media privacy protections for students and employees in Massachusetts. Senate Bill 2054, filed by Senator Cynthia Stone Creem and amended by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, would prohibit public and private educational institutions (K-12 and Higher Ed) and employers from requiring students or prospective workers to disclose their social media account information. A similar version of this legislation passed the Senate last session but was not voted on by the House. “At that time,” AICUM says, “the consensus feedback we received from our members indicated that either they would not request social media information from its students or employees or they would cease such a practice if legislation were passed.” Of course, sharing of such information can be voluntary, but even in regard to campus emergency notifications, in which Regis routinely asks everyone in this community to share appropriate contact information, Regis does not ask for social media account information.
Other news from my office includes the fact that the Search Committee for the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion has been formed and is at work reviewing applications. Members of the Search Committee are Erin Wisniewski, Director, Student Programming & Leadership & International Student Services; Zakaree Harris, UG Admission Director; Professor Lucia Ortiz, PhD, Humanities and Spanish; Associate Professor Michelle Cromwell, Political Science and Justice Studies; Mark DaRocha, RD, Maria Hall, and Community; and Chairperson M.J. Doherty, PhD, Special Assistant to the President. Applications were received between late August and early November, and there are many fine applicants. The Search Committee is also working out an interview plan for final candidates that will involve constituents across campus, including the UNITY Committee, which the Director of Diversity and Inclusion will, among other duties and responsibilities, eventually chair. This is a very important position on our campus to help fulfill our value of inclusiveness.
Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you! May your time with family and friends bring you back to campus refreshed and ready to give the semester a grand finale. Part of my own thanksgiving shows in the photographs of our students, faculty, and staff and, of course, of my second grandchild, Nora, who was born in October.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on December 3 as we journey toward Christmas through Advent.