News and Announcements
President's Notes V.12December 17, 2015
Regis is entering into a deeper collaboration with Marian High School in Framingham to explore accelerating bachelor’s degree completion and helping to reduce the cost of higher education. A Presidential Grant Award for this purpose was received by Regis from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. John J. Ermilio, Principal at Marian HS, believes "embarking on a partnership pathway with a world class institute of higher learning, like Regis, which shares common values rooted in the Sisters of Saint Joseph, offers Marian students exposure to college level curriculum, thereby improving their likelihood of college success." Associate Dean David Gilmore will lead the initiative from Regis. Special thanks to Shawna Erickson, Director of Institutional Support, for her help with securing the grant funding.
Students & Graduates
Graduate, undergraduate, and LLARC students collaborated in the Oral History and Performance course taught by Lecturer in Education, Alison MacAdams, to produce a documentary on the importance of education and life-long learning. Pictured on the right is the debut of the documentary held on December 2 to a diverse audience of students, faculty, and staff members.
I had so much fun at the Masquarade Gala last week hosted by the Honors Program. As I mentioned in my last “President’s Notes,” proceeds from the event were donated to the Be Like Brit Foundation. Members from the Be Like Brit orphanage in Haiti flew in for the Gala, posting about it on their blog, which you can read here. The picture below left shows Alycia Bouvier Kinney, Be Like Brit Director of Development; Jonathan LaMare, Be Like Brit Country Director; Michelle Cromwell, Regis Honors Program Director; Priscilla Boerger, Regis Associate Professor & Department Chair, Education; Rebecca Putnam, Regis Children’s Center Director; me; and CherylAnn Gengel, Co-founder of Be Like Brit Foundation. The picture on the right includes Honors students all decked out.
Recent graduates Alexa Nicholls Costa, NP and Alexandra Rogers, NP recently launched a private, concierge cosmetic practice, TheLexNPs, offering safe, non-invasive, cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX and dermal fillers via a concierge service through partnerships with local medical practices. TheLexNPs are a fully insured practice based in Boston. In addition to their clinical training and expertise in the field, Alex and Alexa received recognition and certification from the Aesthetic Medical Educators Training (AMET) program.
Student Life held the Tree Lighting on December 3 in the Quad. The Regis Glee Club and Dance Company gave wonderful performances, and ice skating on the Luben Plaza (more on that later) followed with so much fun! To see all the photos from the night, visit the Regis Facebook page.
Grad student Danielle Caron, enrolled in the Professional Writing for the New Media Certificate program, published an article on how to enjoy a “green” Christmas. We can all benefit from her timely tips.
Faculty & Staff
David Gilmore, Nuclear Medicine Program Director, presented a paper at the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) conference in Chicago on December 1 where over 80,000 from around the world gathered to showcase the future of medical imaging. David was invited to present on “The Changing Medical Imaging Education Model in the USA.” Well done, David.
Cherlie Magny-Normilus, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Haiti Project & Assistant Professor of Nursing, is the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Haitian Nurse Association’s Fundraising Gala tomorrow night, December 18. Congratulations, Cherlie!
Heritage Studies held its final event of the semester last Thursday: The Feast of the Seven Fish, an Italian-American holiday tradition. In keeping with the holiday season, the Humanities Lounge was full of good conversation and good food - everything from goldfish crackers, to calamari salad, from cookies, to homemade egg nog. It was a packed house as you can see from the picture at right of students, faculty, staff, and graduate program alums who came together to celebrate the meaning behind the feast. The Heritage Studies/Department of Humanities events are always as much about learning as they are about community-building; this last event of the semester accomplished both. Thanks to Assistant Professor Kate Edney for organizing!
Regis was recently designated a Heartsafe Community by the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. and the Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services. This program promotes community awareness of potential for saving lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims through the use of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED’s (automatic external defibrillators). The letter we received praises Regis, stating our “commitment in becoming a Heartsafe community.” It emphasizes our “dedication in placing the welfare and wellbeing of your citizens and visitors as a top priority.” Special thanks to Devin Cashman, Head Athletic Trainer for all his work on this. And thanks also to Tom Pistorino, VP of Finance and Business; and Patti Vano, Executive Assistant of Finance and Business who helped obtain the grant funding for the AED’s on campus and overall support for getting the designation.
Institutional Advancement & Alumni
The beautiful new patio in the quad in front of St. Joseph Hall is now known as The Luben Plaza. It was dedicated on Sunday, December 6 in honor of Mary and Joseph Luben, parents of alumna Patricia Luben O’Hearn ‘64. Many women from Patricia’s class and multiple generations of the Luben-O’Hearn family joined the festivities. The unseasonably warm picture-perfect day was ideal for the dedication, but Pat was delighted to learn that just a few nights before students were ice skating on the space! Thank you Pat!
The Regis New York City Reception was held Friday, December 11, at the Union League Club, hosted by Eileen McCormick Langenus ’78 and her husband, Regis Trustee Peter Langenus. Below on the left are Peter and Eileen with my husband John and me in front of a painting of Ulysses S. Grant! This is a wonderful annual gathering with many alumni and friends. The reception was followed by a special dinner to thank our President’s Associates donors for their support. Thank you, Eileen and Peter, for sponsoring this event again this year.
On the right, all of us lined up on the Club’s staircase. I was very pleased that Trustees Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ ‘70; John Tegan; Jane Cronin Tedder’66; and Mary Ann Lewis’74 were able to join us at the event.
The Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations collaborated with the Center for Ministry and Service on a Giving Tree for the children at Bethany Hill School. Alumni and friends donated 40 gifts to help make Christmas special for the children at Bethany Hill.
Last week when I was in New York I also attended the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Gala as a special guest of former Trustee and Healthways, Inc. CEO Donato Tramuto. I took a selfie with actor Sam Waterston of “Law and Order” fame!
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on January 14, 2016 after a short hiatus during the Christmas – New Year break. And meantime, see you at the Christmas Luncheon next week.