News and Announcements
President's Notes V.11December 3, 2015
It’s Advent, a season of waiting and expectation – and in our academic calendar that means the celebration of Christmas actually starts earlier! I am looking forward to celebrating with you at the Tree Lighting tonight at 6 p.m. Take note that the Tree Lighting will be on the QUAD, not on CH Parterre, and will include performances by the Regis Glee Club and Dance Team and ice skating on the Library Plaza, no skates needed! The complete schedule is below:
On Monday, November 30 student leaders met with me for dessert and we discussed diversity on campus. I am very grateful for the insights shared and I continue to extend my invitation to keep the conversation going.
Thanks to the collaborative effort of Campus Ministry, ACE and the Library, we will welcome Therapy Dogs to campus next week during Final Exam period. Luna, Owen and Votzy will be here Monday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry; Tuesday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the Library and then 12:00p.m. in the ACE Center; and Wednesday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library.
The Honors Program is hosting a Masquerade Gala tomorrow evening December 4 at Morrison House. Ticket sales proceeds will be donated to the “Be Like Brit” Foundation formed in honor of Britney Gengel, an American college student volunteering in Haiti who died there during the terrible earthquake of January, 2010, and her family founded an orphanage in Haiti. Representatives of Be Like Brit will be at the Masquerade Gala on Friday evening, possibly with TV news coverage.
Recently, the Honors Program in collaboration with Children’s Center Students shared a global experience skyping with children from Haiti as part of a service learning project named “CHILD” (Children Helping Children for International Learning and Development). CHILD was jointly created by the undergraduate Honors Program and the Children’s Center to teach children about global public health and provide opportunity for various levels of intervention and awareness. The children engaged in active lessons taught by Honors students enrolled in the Common Good class. The goal was to understand another culture through games, eating and preparing ethnic food, and describing the life routines of their Haitian counterparts. Read the full story here. I visited the Be like Brit orphanage when I was in Haiti and I am so proud of our Honors students who are participating in this service learning project.
Students in the Serving the Dear Neighbor Club (formerly the Campus Ministry Club) pictured at right lived up to its name in November when they visited the Golden Living Center in West Newton. The students took time out of their busy schedules to visit the local nursing home to sing, play music, play games, and just visit with those living there. They had a memorable visit and cannot wait to go back!
Faculty & Staff
Regis is getting a campus newspaper! Students taking CO 219 Journalism and GD 241 Graphic Design will be able to write for and design the campus newspaper. For more information, please contact Naomi Kooker, Journalism Instructor or Steven Belcher, Associate Professor of Art.
Leslie Mandel, Associate Professor of Health Professions, and Cherlie Normilus, Assistant Professor of Nursing, (pictured at left) presented a discussion at the American Evaluation Association Conference in Chicago in November about the Regis Haiti Project. The title of their presentation was "Nursing Education in Haiti: Challenges of Cross Cultural Partnerships and Evaluating Impact of Graduate Training.”
Regis was well-represented at the Massachusetts Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo on November 13 at the DCU Center in Worcester. The theme of the meeting was “Dismantling Health Inequity: Leaders Building Power and Organizing for Justice.” A bronze contributor, we had a table staffed by Professors Timothy Ciesielski, Lynne Man and Mary Ann Hart with materials from several programs in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. There was a great deal of interest and networking, both from prospective students and faculty from other colleges and universities. A number of Regis Public Health and Health Administration students attended the conference as well.
A study by Margaret Oot-Hayes, Associate Professor of Nursing, entitled "The Life Pattern of Incarcerated Women: The Complex and Interwoven Lives of Trauma, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse," was published in the October/December 2015 edition of the >Journal of Forensic Nursing. Congrats Margaret!
Congratulations to the recipients of the second round of Co-Curricular Mini-Grant (CCMG) funding for the 2015-2016 academic year. Thank you also to the Co-Curricular Mini-Grants (CCMG) Grantmaking Committee for the time and effort they put into reviewing all the applications. The committee reviewed twenty-six proposals from students, faculty, and staff requesting over $41,000 in funding and funded projects totaling $15,000.
2015/2016 Mini-Grant Awards (Round Two)
|Project Title||Lead Author/s||Award|
|Portraits of Professional Caregivers||Tamara Melville||$1,500|
|National Association of Social Workers Legislative Education||Hugh Clark||$785|
|Federal Reserve Bank of Boston field trip||Elizabeth Seidler||$620|
|The role of masks in carnival celebrations||Alison MacAdams & Lucia Ortiz||$600|
|A walk so they can run||Erin McQuaid & Fran Power-Charnitsky||$1,750
|New England American Studies Association||Kate Edney||$300|
|Health sciences poster session||Laura Burke||$1,750|
|United Nations Headquarters: New York City||Giselle Rodriguez/PaGE||$2,500|
|Harvard Brain Bank field trip||Stephanie Maddox & Helen Consiglio||$300|
|Public health, social work and psychology networking||Jonathan Fuentes||$775|
|Student journalism professional development||Naomi Kooker||$1,500|
|Interprofessional Capstone Experience||Diane Welsh||$1,000|
|Cracking the egg: Exploring racial dynamics between white adoptive parents and E. Asian girls||Emma Chong & Michelle Cromwell||$1,620
Our LLARC (Lifelong Learning at Regis College) program was the subject of a recent article in the Fifty Plus Advocate newspaper entitled Adults inspired to continue education at Regis College program.
For the first time since its creation in 2012, Regis participated in the global effort known as #GivingTuesday - a movement that has grown to more than 68 countries in just four years. On December 1, the #GivingTuesday campaign for the Regis Fund resulted in 110 gifts totaling over $14,500 from alumni, trustees, staff, faculty, students, and friends – some of who are pictured below with smiling faces. Many thanks to all who participated by making a gift!
After our launch of Regis North in early November and before Thanksgiving, I had a great partnership-making visit to Puerto Rico. Below is a photo of me at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón with (from left) Eduardo Arosemena Munoz, VP of Advancement and Alumni Relations; VP Miriam Sherman, Institutional Advancement; President Gilberto Marxuach; and Trustee Anita Brennan-Sarmiento ’77.
If you are around this weekend, consider enjoying a festive Christmas Concert by our own Choirs and Instrumental Ensemble at the Fine Arts Center on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6 at 3:30pm.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on December 17.