News and Announcements

President's Notes V.17

March 17, 2016

CloversHappy St. Patrick’s Day and welcome back from Spring Break!

Every member of the Regis community travelling on amazing international study trips during the break has made it back safe and sound to campus – and is ready to tell the story of his or her experience. More on that later.

Commencement 2016

First, I am pleased to announce the Honorary Degree recipients and commencement speaker for Commencement 2016. Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, of Network and “Nuns on the Bus” will receive the Doctor of Laws honorary degree and address the graduating class of 2016 and their families. Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, will also receive the Doctor of Science honorary degree. Both Sister Simone in her work for social justice and Dr. Farmer in his work to ensure the global human right to health and healthcare are strong advocates for human persons and communities consistent with our mission as a CSJ founded and sponsored higher education institution, and I am thrilled that both have accepted our invitation. The official announcement can be read here.
And, for all things commencement, visit our web page.


Women's Basketball Selection ShowMarch Madness is in full swing and I’m proud that Regis was a part of it! After winning the NECC tournament, the women’s basketball team went on to play Tufts last Friday night in the NCAA First Round. Although their historic season came to an end, the women all did a great job! Also, junior forward Amanda Hawkesworth was named the NECC player of the year. Read about her here. I love the hashtags Athletics has been using in social media #AlwaysWe #NeverMe This shows the great PRIDE we take in teamwork. I couldn’t be prouder. Congratulations on a great season ladies!


Many students took advantage of Spring Break for international learning experiences.

Dorothy Hopkin Centre in GrenadaGrenadaDr. Lisa Fardy reported on this year’s trip to Grenada. Regis has been collaborating with St. George’s University in Grenada since 2009. In designated programs, Regis students pair up with doctors in family medicine, pediatrics and employee health clinics as well as inpatient interdisciplinary teams of nurses, medical students and doctors at the General Hospital in St. George. This year 7 students and two faculty members (pictured at right) returned on Monday, March 14, after spending a week immersed in Grenadian health care. Their cultural competence grew as the nursing students also visited a nursing home, a center for physical/mentally challenged patients, and a psychiatric hospital in Mt. Gay. A main focus this year was on breast health. With only two mammogram machines on the island, mammography is not widely available or affordable. Manual breast exams performed by primary care providers are the mainstay of detecting breast cancers, but very often, by the time breast masses are detected, it is too late; mastectomy is the standard treatment. The Regis nurses collaborated with SGU medical students in running a health fair for breast health at which the nursing and medical students worked side by side performing breast exams and offering donated bras to patients attending the fair. Global learning programs like this are a positive learning experience for everyone. In the future SGU nursing students would like the opportunity to visit Regis and participate in cross cultural health experiences in the US.

Students on the 13th annual Peru Solidarity TripCuba – Thirteen graduate and undergraduate students from Public Health, Medical Imaging, Nursing, and Biology joined Dr. Laura Burke, Associate Dean of Health Sciences, on a study abroad experience in Havana, Cuba. The experience included visits to a local polyclinic and doctor’s office, The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), an AIDS/STD clinic, Hospital Salvador Allende, and lectures at the Centro de Estudios Martíanos (CEM). Students also visited Viñales (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), walked old Havana, learned to dance salsa and toured Havana in vintage convertibles! This picture was taken on their last day in Havana at Cristo de la Habana (the Havana skyline is in the background).

Regis students visit PeruPeru – Eighteen students and four staff traveled to Villa El Salvador, Peru for the 13th annual Peru Solidarity Trip. Senior Elizabeth Harpin, writes: As we were leaving Boston, we didn't know what to expect. What we found in Villa El Salvador was much more than graciousness and hospitality; we discovered parts of ourselves that we did not know existed. Despite not possessing all of the amenities that we are so accustomed to back home, the Peruvians gave us everything and more. Their humility, kindness, compassion, and pride for their country was apparent as they welcomed Regis with open arms and hearts. The lessons that were imparted on us transcend anything we could have learned in the classroom. We are so grateful for Sister Claire and the community congregation for the time, effort and love they shared with us over this amazing week. We are truly honored to have been a part of such a time tested legacy that perfectly reflects the values and concepts of the Sisters of St Joseph of Boston.

Nicole Auer, Regis North nursing student, participated in the Peru trip. This is a wonderful example of how our Regis North students are getting involved in our larger community.

Italy – The Italian group, a robust contingent of 19 students and faculty members Dr. Kate Edney, Elizabeth Smith, and Dr. Nicoletta Pellegrino headed for Tuscany. They stayed in Florence and made a one-day trip to Siena, the home town of the great Saint Catherine of Siena – and a very hilly town at that.

Italy, Paige Yurek takes a photo of Shannon Stygles who is taking an iPad photo of the Duomo di Siena
In Italy, Paige Yurek takes a photo of Shannon Stygles who is taking an iPad photo of the Duomo di Siena

One evening in Florence, the Glee Club members of the group sang at the Anglican Church of St. Mark and an admiring lady from the public, who introduced herself as a tour guide, offered to be their tour guide the following day at the Uffizi Museum. She spent three hours with the group, explaining the origin and meaning of some of the masterpieces. In Siena, in front of the magnificent cathedral (see picture below), the Glee Club gave another impromptu concert on the stairs. Passing tourists stopped to listen, and a few put coins in one of the students’ hat! In this way the trip, billed part of the course ID 219, “Food and Culture,” was also a version of “eat, pray, love.” The money was dutifully offered to the Cathedral. The golden frescoes in the Medieval Baptistry provided them with one of the most impressive sights of the trip—together with Michelangelo’s David, of course. On the last evening, in a corner of the ancient city jail, they feasted on different pastas for dinner including the very typical pici cacio e pepe.

Jennifer Ostayan, currently a student in the doctoral program in higher education leadership, has had a paper accepted for publication in the journal, Reading Psychology entitled “Early Literacy Skills and English Language Learners: An Analysis of Students in a Title I School.” The paper examines student literacy assessments in light of students’ levels of English language proficiency. Jennifer will be defending her thesis, “Developing Partnerships: Strengthening Parent Engagement in a Title I School,” next Wednesday, March 23. Congratulations and good luck, Jen!

Congratulations to the following EdD students who defended their theses yesterday:

Mark Harrington: “Leadership and Mission: Understanding the Relationships among Leadership Orientations and Mission Perception of Executive Administrators in Catholic Higher Education”

Rebecca A. Kitchell: “An Investigation of the Relationships Among Life Experiences and Resilience with First-Year College Students”

Susan Hunter Erickson: “ An Investigation of the Impact of Professional Development on Elementary Science Teachers’ Confidence and Student Engagement”

Ariel Hansen, current Masters in Nursing student, was featured as an “ Emerging Leader ” in the Graduate Nursing Student Academy bulletin this month. Congratulations, Ariel!

Jennifer Amaral, Pride Guide and Co-Coordinator of the Pride Guide Program, posted an article on Odyssey, a social content platform for millennials: 5 Reasons On Why You Should Become A College Tour Guide Today. Thanks, Jennifer, for all you do for Regis!

Faculty & Staff

Malcolm Asadoorian, Vice President of Academic Affairs, announced a new staff member for Regis North. This is Alexandra Gryta, who will serve as the Admission and Academic Advisor for our Regis/NECCO population. Alex earned her BA in Criminal Justice and Sociology as well as her MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. She completed her master’s thesis on service-learning assessment. She has been working in admissions and advising at various institutions for that past six years. Alex's office is located in the Career Planning and Academic Advising Center in the El-Hefni building on the Lawrence campus. She can be reached at 781-768-8387 or

Our new Lawrence campus at Northern Essex Community College “Regis North” falls under the Institute of Advancing Studies (IAS) umbrella. Currently the IAS offers undergraduate degrees and degree completion programs for adult students in Nursing, Medical Imaging and Public Health, as well as a Certificate in Spanish for Health Professions. Students come in to the IAS with an Associate’s Degree and may hold additional undergraduate credits. To meet the needs of the working adult, courses are offered in-class, on-line, and in hybrid formats. Regis North is part of the IAS, along with many of our off-site courses and cohorts, including those at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Norwood Hospital, and Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

Mary Ann Hart, Health Administration Graduate Program Director, gave a presentation to about 30 University of New Hampshire seniors in health care management and policy who were visiting Children's Hospital for a career day on February 27. It turns out that the UNH Chair of the Health Management and Policy Department, Rosemary Caron, is a Regis alum and Valedictorian of the Class of 1990. It is a small world out there and our alums are everywhere!

Joni Beshansky, Associate Professor and Regulatory and Clinical Research Management Graduate Program Director, recently co-authored two papers: "A Predictive Model to Identify Patients with Suspected Acute Coronary Syndromes at High Risk of Cardiac Arrest or In-Hospital Mortality: An IMMEDIATE Trial Sub- Study" published in the International Journal of Cardiology Heart and Vasculature; and another paper “C- Reactive Protein Reactions to Glucose-Insulin-Potassium Infusion and Relations to Infarct Size in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes” published in “ BioMed Central Cardiovascular Disorders” journal. Well done Joni!

Kate Edney, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities, recently had her paper entitled "The Missionary Musical: Performing Faith and the Colonial Project," accepted for presentation at the Song, Stage, and Screen XI conference to be held in New York City in June. The paper argues that American musicals set in Africa, which almost universally include representations of faith, God, and religion, use such representations to obscure their dislocation of American race relations onto an imagined Africa.

Kate also tells me that a team from Regis has been selected to attend the 26th AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment in Boston this June. Kate will lead the team composed of Dean Penny Glynn, SNHS, Director of the Writing Program Anthony D’Aries, Associate Professor Leslie Mandel, and Associate Professor Santhosh Mathew. Congratulations!

We are hosting the New England American Studies Association 2016 Conference “Beyond the Ballot Box: Political Contests, Cultural Contexts,” on Saturday, April 2 in College Hall. Our own faculty will be presenting including Ben Remillard, Lucia Ortiz, Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma, and Julia Lisella. With the presidential campaigns in full swing, a new but contested vacancy on the Supreme Court, and scorching political rhetoric implying a nation divided, this promises to be an important exploration of the state of the American body politic. Here is the full day agenda.


While with alums in Florida, I heard you enjoyed a lovely Heritage Day program on Tuesday. The Chamber Singers performed an opening and closing song, Sister Carmela Abbruzzese, CSJ, said the opening prayer, and sophomore Lauren Mercer (Feast of St. Joseph), Heritage Studies alumni and current Regis employees Ben Remillard and Kerry Pintabona (history of CSJs and Regis), and sophomore Ebeny Torres (charism of CSJs) made the related presentations. Heritage Studies Master’s students Susana Ortega and Mia- Michelle Russell mused on the theme, “ We honor the symbols of tradition, but mainly as reminders of our responsibility for progress.” Special thanks to Dr. Kate Edney for organizing the program. If you missed it, it will run again this Saturday, March 19 from 12-1:00 p.m. in Maria Hall Multipurpose Room.

President’s Office

VP Miriam Sherman and President Hays in Hong Kong visiting alumna Julia Fung ’67 and her husband Victor.Two weeks ago, VP Miriam Sherman and I traveled to Hong Kong and visited alumna Julia Fung ’67 and her husband Victor. Here she is with Miriam, my husband John and me.

This past week I was in Florida for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Naples (held last Saturday, March 12).

Pupils of the Regis College Children's Center visit with President HaysRecently, I had a wonderful visit from the Children’s Center afternoon class. They were in College Hall for the liquid nitrogen ice cream event. They loved seeing the smoke coming from the ice cream, and I loved seeing them interacting with the rest of the Regis community! The teachers sent me an email afterwards with some pictures and they thanked me for making the children feel so welcome and being patient with them. Truly, it was our pleasure!

The next issue of President’s Notes should come out on March 31, just as I leave for Haiti for the graduation of the second cohort of nursing leaders in the Regis Haiti Project.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN


President Hays' grandchildren, Olivia (age 3 in April) reading to Nora (5 months) P.S. I can’t resist including this photograph of my grandchildren, Olivia (age 3 in April) reading to Nora (5 months). Education and mentoring!

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