News and Announcements
President's Notes V.14January 29, 2016
Good afternoon, everyone, and a pleasant, relatively snow-less week it has been in Boston!
Last weekend as Snowmaggedon struck Washington, DC, Shawna Erickson, Director of Institutional Support, was there at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U – Jan. 20-23) with faculty members Helen Consiglio, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Assistant Dean, Health Sciences, and Professor Anne Powers, Biology, and Associate Dean, STEM, and had to get out of town while they still could. “We got two full days in before beating the snow up the Atlantic on Friday morning!” Shawna told me, noting that the conference was wonderful. Its title: “How Higher Education Can Lead—On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal.”
Last weekend VP Miriam Sherman and I were flying back from Hawaii, where we met with alums and donors, and watching all the news reports on American flight patterns totally interrupted, delayed, or cancelled because of the storm. But we made it to Los Angeles and then L.A. to Boston without a hitch, except lack of sleep – the miracles of the “red eye.”
Doctor of Education students Mark Harrington and Susan Erickson will be presenting poster sessions of their capstone project finding at the NEERO (New England Educational Research Organization) annual conference in April In Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Founded in 1969, NEERO is a regional affiliate of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Susan’s capstone project is “An Investigation of the Impact of Professional Development on Elementary Science Teachers' Confidence and Student Engagement” and Mark’s is entitled “Leadership and Mission: Understanding the Relations among Leadership Orientations and Mission Perception of Executive Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.”
The Regis Bystander Committee will be screening The Hunting Ground on Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30pm in the Upper Student Union. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion surrounding sexual assault and the resources available to students. Nominated for an Oscar, The Hunting Ground is a documentary that exposes the rape culture on college campuses across the U.S. and the retaliation and harassment victims experience as they struggle for justice. The Bystander Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students on campus and represents multiple offices, academic disciplines, and student perspectives. The Committee hosts educational programming around gender-misconduct for the campus community. Snacks will be provided and resource materials will be distributed to attendees at the screening. For those interested in joining the Bystander Committee, please contact Laura Bertonazzi, Laura Bertonazzi, Associate Dean of Students, at 781-768-7455 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I urge you to attend this eye-opening experience and discussion.
As well, last August, the CARE (Campus Assault Resources and Education Team) Advocate program was launched to support both survivors and alleged perpetrators of sexual assault throughout the investigation process. This program allows us to give better care and support to students throughout an extremely stressful situation. Over the winter break, 25 faculty and staff participated in an in-service training that focused on different cultural dimensions and how those might affect how students understand sexual assault as well as the investigation. Justin Parsons, International Admission Counselor, explained four of Hofstede’s Six Dimensions of Culture including power distance, individual vs. collective attitudes, masculinity vs. femininity, and uncertainty avoidance. The group gained a better understanding of these dimensions and how they apply to our students, particularly in ambiguous or new situations such as romantic relationships. Justin primarily works with our international students but the faculty-staff group agreed these concepts apply to all of our students. Thank you. Justin, for helping to facilitate this training, thank you, all CARE Advocates, for your time and dedication to this program.
By the way, if any member of our learning community has a concern, he/she may communicate it through our EthicsPoint system. This system allows users to submit reports online or over the phone and receive a response from Regis. By logging back into the system users can see Regis’ responses to their report.
Congratulations to the eight MS in Health Administration students who graduated in December. A celebration in their honor was held on Saturday, January 16, and some of the students are shown here including Katherine Stockton, Alexander Caliendo, Sophron Nop, Maria Yasinovsky, Susanna Walter with HA Director Dr. Mary Ann Hart, and faculty members Leslie Mandel and Laura Vanderhill.
Faculty & Staff
Margaret Oot-Hayes, Associate Professor of Nursing, is a Co-Investigator with Dr. Mary Byrne from Columbia University on a study that was recently funded by the Sills Family Foundation. Dr. Oot-Hayes will be responsible for conducting the randomized controlled trial entitled "Shared Healthy Alliances for Reflective Parenting (SHARP)" at maximum-security women's prisons in the states of NH and MA. The experimental parenting program is theoretically grounded in the Reflective Functioning paradigm which has been reported in published literature to increase parenting communication, maternal/child attachment security, and child development. Outcome measures of maternal emotional differentiation, parenting stress, and reflective functioning ability will be compared between the experimental group and the control group (traditional parenting program). Dr. Oot-Hayes is also a contributing author for a chapter on "Correctional Nursing" for the textbook Community Health Nursing for Community & Public Health Nursing (9th Ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Heath. Congratulations Margaret!
Many of you – Search Committee, UNITY Committee, AC, and Student Leaders – have been involved this week in the interviews with candidates for the position of Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Regis, and I wish to thank all of you who participated for your dedication and commitment to Regis. The person chosen for this new position at Regis will report directly to me. This week, with an intense daily schedule for each of the three candidates on campus, multiple small-group interviews have provided cross-campus opportunities to converse with candidates and also allowed candidates to converse with us. As we continue trying to practice what we preach regarding inclusiveness, I am eager in the coming week to hear back from the interviewing groups. So the process will most likely continue into early or mid-February. Stay tuned. Thank you, all, for your commitment to our learning community!
I received a warm thank you note from the Council of Independent Colleges for co-leading a session on board retreats at CIC’s 2016 Presidents Institute in Florida in early January. From all reports, the session was well reviewed and much appreciated. I love it when I can “export” nation-wide something that we’ve been doing at Regis – ahead of the curve – as a worthy model of interaction. This year’s institute had its largest attendance—including the largest number of presidents—ever.
Last week in Hawaii, I met Archbishop Bernadito Auza, now the Permanent Observer or Papal Envoy at the UN for the Vatican. He was Papal Envoy to Haiti a few years ago, and members of the Regis Haiti Project narrowly missed meeting him then. At his UN post he represents the worldwide concerns and interests of the Church. For this occasion in Hawaii, he was one of the celebrants of the “Red Mass,” the special liturgy celebrated for and with attorneys and government officials, and when we spoke with him he mentioned that he had recently concelebrated with Cardinal Seàn.
We also had a great visit at Chaminade University where we learned how much our universities have in common and discussed a few collaborative projects. Pictured at right, I am with VP Miriam Sherman and Provost Helen Whippy; Associate Provost Patricia Lee-Robinson; and Dean of Nursing Gwenevere Anderson.
On Tuesday this week I was in Lawrence speaking to the Mayor's Health Task Force, a strong organizational body whose main focus is to enhance the health of the Lawrence community through the application of public health policies and initiatives. I had a chance to speak with this group of hospital presidents and healthcare leaders about Regis North and its incredible value proposition to the citizens of Lawrence. Next week I shall meet with Commissioner Carlos Santiago of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education who will be visiting NECC’s Lawrence campus to meet with many of the NECC’s constituents and educational partners.
Also this week, on Wednesday, January 27, I hosted the Board of the Corporation of Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in Kearns Conference Room and presented our Regis Comprehensive Annual Report followed by a congenial supper and discussion.
Throughout the spring semester the Administrative Council, Administrative Deans and Directors, and all staff members will be working on building communication systems that contribute to and support a culture of optimum job performance and staff engagement. Breakthrough Collaboration will lead this organizational development project. Please look for upcoming program invitations from Director of Human Resources, Joan Sullivan, who is managing the project.
The next issue of President Note’s will be out on February 11, 2016.