News and Announcements
President's Notes V.16February 25, 2016
Last week, the Center for Ministry and Service sponsored two Ash Wednesday Services (Mass and a Prayer Service) at noon and in the later afternoon in the Regis Chapel with a successful turn out from the Regis community at both. We are very grateful to Father Paul Kilroy for his powerful homily and his message about choosing to serve and to practice different acts of kindness throughout the Lenten season. The Center for Ministry and Service will offer various opportunities throughout the Lenten season to serve and to care for the dear neighbor. Tonight, the annual Regalos dinner will be held (with raffles!) supporting the annual service trip to Peru and, this year, Jamaica. You may still buy tickets “at the door.”
Faculty & Staff
Nancy Street, Associate Professor of Nursing and Executive Director of the Haiti Project, attended the Health eVillages 5th Anniversary celebration on February 23 at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City. Health eVillages was founded in 2011 by former Regis Trustee, Donato Tramuto, in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and Aptus Health, to reduce the staggering number of people who have no access to healthcare by providing health technology and clinical decision support tools to healthcare providers in the world’s most underserved areas. Below is a photo of Nancy, Donato and two physicians from Health eVillages. Check out the Regis logo on the NASDAQ Tower.
Priscilla Boerger, Chair of Education, attended the 2016 Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Conference in Chicago. This was a very eventful trip for her as she, for the second year in a row, accepted the Unit Award for the Florida chapter’s progress during her time as President of the organization. She was also nominated and appointed the Northeast Regional Representative of the Council of Unit Presidents (CUP), a national level position, where she will work with and bring together the ATE colleges and universities within that region. Priscilla attended an all-day NASA Stem workshop where she gathered several activities that she’ll include in the 2016 Summer Scholars Education track here at Regis. Priscilla presented on The Who and What of High-Stakes Testing and developed a research collaboration team with audience members who attended her presentation.
Priscilla also published a book review in the March 2016 issue of School Administrator magazine. Great work Priscilla!
Fran Power-Charnitsky, Assistant Professor of STEM, published some of her research:
"Alternatively Spliced Methionine Synthase in SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells: Cobalamin and GSH Dependence and Inhibitory Effects of Neurotoxic Metals and Thimerosal," Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, vol. 2016, Article ID 6143753, 11 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/6143753
Great job, Fran!
Margaret Oot-Hayes, Associate Professor of Nursing, was featured in the Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital Department of Nursing Annual Report pictured here. Nice write-up, Margaret!
The Student Government Association has made it a goal to start new, lasting traditions at Regis. One of these is the inaugural “Ididareeg.” In this event, named after the traditional Iditarod Sled Dog Race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, teams of 6 students will pull a sled through a 500m course on the lawn in front of Morrison House on February 28 at 1 p.m. The whole campus community is invited. Teams should register at the Student Programming & Leadership office or register the day of. The WRGS radio station will provide entertainment and food and beverages will be available. Awards will be given to top teams and the winning team will win a cash prize. SGA made a promotional video which you can view here. I’m looking forward this fun event!
Lauren Ghazal, Family Nurse Practitioner Student, and Kate Richardson, a second-year GM student, were asked to be panelists at Boston College’s Alumni Medical and Graduate Student Event sponsored by the Mendel Pre-Health Society on February 22. Kate is a 2014 BC grad, where she studied Biology, and Lauren is a 2013 BC grad, where she studied Economics. They both were able to speak on their “calling” and how they made the decision to apply to NP programs and choose Regis. Lauren made the decision during her senior year at BC while taking Dr. Rachel Spector’s Holistic Health Capstone. Dr. Spector encouraged Lauren to look at the NP role and our program. When Lauren came for a visit here, she immediately felt welcomed; she loved what our Accelerated BSN-MSN non-nursing program had to offer and how students start clinicals the first semester and earn a BSN after the second year. Our program gave Lauren the opportunity to work as a nurse part-time.
Kate made the decision to apply to NP programs at the end of her sophomore year at BC after attending an allied health profession information session. Additionally, after shadowing an MD and an NP, she felt that the nursing model best fit the type of care she hoped to provide in the future. She came across Regis and knew it was the place for her. She liked that students receive the BSN after the second year and don’t have to declare an NP specialty immediately. She felt valued and respected as an individual in our program.
I heard there was quite a good turnout at the panel with a lot of interested NP students. Thank you so much, Lauren and Kate, for sharing your stories and being an advocate for Regis!
I hope you can attend the opening reception of the new exhibit in the Carney Gallery of the FAC presented by the Humanities Department and Heritage Studies on Monday, February 29. It will showcase masks that were donated by Vera Laska, former Regis History professor. If you can’t make the opening reception, please plan to stop by at some point before April 29 to see the marvelous collection.
The Writing Center at the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) joined thousands of other writing centers and celebrated International Writing Center Week from February 15 to 19, 2016. The week’s activities included daily events such as Word Game Day, citation Workshops, a Word Wall, and a Poetry Reading. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed alphabet themed treats and contests throughout the week. ACE looks forward to making International Writing Center Week an annual tradition and promote the joy of writing and the benefits of writing skills to the Regis community.
Congratulations to the women's basketball team, which was ranked as the tenth overall team and the eleventh overall team out of seventy-five in the Northeast Region by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) during the first and second editions of the 2016 Regional Rankings released on February 10 and 17. Final rankings came out yesterday and, for the fifth-straight season, the Regis women's basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NECC Tournament! The Pride will host the Semifinals and Finals Friday and Saturday. Read the details here. More news about women’s basketball team members can be read here. Well done and good luck this weekend!
On February 10, the Athletic Department welcomed Joel H. Fish, PhD, a nationally recognized sport psychology expert and Director of the Center for Sport Psychology, to campus for a presentation to Regis student-athletes on the importance of sportsmanship. The presentation identified the reasons for the lack of sportsmanship and ethical behavior in sports today. Dr. Fish explained specific ways to promote fair play, positive sportsmanship, healthy competition, and ethical behavior in college athletics. Read the full story here.
AC Members and I held an all–day retreat on Tuesday, February 16. We worked on redesigning our budget with regard to capital expenditures and reviewing all the priorities Regis faculty and staff have been discussing with AC Members. Thank you for your work in identifying priorities.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on Thursday, March 10, 2016.