News and Announcements

President's Notes V.18

March 31, 2016

Greetings to all as March goes out like a lion with high winds, and a sunny Easter week begins to break through! Commencement is approaching, and the round of master’s and doctoral theses continues, as below.

Graduate Students

Associate Professor and Department Chair Priscilla Boerger, PhD, has announced the successful doctoral defenses of EdD students Laurie A. Link on “Bridging the Mathematical Divide between Home and Elementary School in Standards-Based Environment” on March 29, and Bonnie Osborn on “Induction Programs in Meeting the Needs of Mentors and Mentees” also on March 29. Congratulations to Laurie and Bonnie!

Associate Professor and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program, Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, has announced that the master’s thesis defenses of Marlena S. Lurie and Jordan A.Chisud will occur on Tuesday April 5. Marlena will discuss her work on “Maintenance of Skills Following Behavior Skills Training with caregivers” at 10 a.m. in Domitilla 1, and Jordan will discuss “Improving Maintenance and Generalization during Delay and Denial Tolerance Training” at 2 p.m. in the Carr Room in the Library.

As well, DNP student and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, Erica Mumm, will defend her doctoral thesis on “Assessing the effectiveness of an interactive, adjunctive iBook nursing curriculum on pre-licensure nursing students' and nurse practitioner students’ knowledge of OEF and OIF Veterans, combat PTSD, and Mindfulness Practices,” next Tuesday, April 5. And Michele Cellai will defend her thesis “The Effect of a Culturally Sensitive Educational Program on Hispanic/Latino Patients’ Health Indicators of Metabolic Syndrome” on April 29. Good luck Erica, Michele, Marlena and Jordan!

Undergraduate Students

Members of the Student Affairs team traveled to Indianapolis for the 2016 NASPA national conference.Between March 13 - 16, members of the Student Affairs team traveled to Indianapolis for the 2016 NASPA national conference. NASPA is the governing professional organization for student affairs. Representing the division were graduate interns Caitlin Mannix, Kristen Coogan, and Jessica Peirre pictured at right with Dr. Laura Bertonazzi, Associate Dean of Students, at the opening ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium. Laura presented her research on crisis management at Catholic colleges during a poster presentation at the conference.

Guys Night 2016Once again, the Center for Ministry & Service will host a “Guys Night,” this time with members of Campus Police, and enjoy a Blue Ribbon Barbeque! Shown in the photograph on the left are two of “our finest,” Officer James Garballey and Deputy Chief Troy Jones. All undergraduate men are welcome to attend the “Guys Night.”

Students enrolled in the Principles of Macroeconomics course and some students enrolled in the Money and Banking course enjoyed a trip together to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on Tuesday, March 29, along with Elizabeth Seidler, Assistant Professor of Global Business Management, and Assistant Professor Andrew Michael. This is the third year students from the GBM department visited the “Fed,” and the second year with support from a co-curricular grant. Dr. Christina Wang, a Senior Economist and Policy Advisor in the Research Department at the Boston Federal Reserve, gave them a very informative talk on the Fed’s “Dual Mandate” to target unemployment rates and inflation via various “instruments,” and also spoke specifically about the Fed’s role in the recovery period following the Great Recession of 2008-2009. The group is shown in the photograph above. Nice trip, Elizabeth and Andrew!

Macro Economics

Students at Legislative Education and Advocacy DayOn Monday, March 28, 18 Social Policy students and Associate Professor and Social Work Department Chair Hugh Clark, traveled to the Massachusetts State House to attend the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers’ Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD), funded through a co-curricular grant. Students had the opportunity to hear Governor Charlie Baker, First Lady Lauren Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders at the opening session. Subsequent sessions included information on political advocacy and lobbying tactics and workshops on topics related to older adults, children and youth, substance abuse, criminal justice, and LGBTQ persons. By participating, students are better able to identify and analyze current social and political issues at the local level and social justice issues in Massachusetts.

Speed NetworkingThe Office of Alumni Relations and the Center for Internships and Career Placement hosted a “speed networking” event on March 16. Like speed dating, the event aimed at immediately connecting current liberal arts students to others already graduated and out “in the field,” and it certainly demonstrated how many and various career paths one can take with a liberal arts education. Rosie Martone ’98, owner of Figaros restaurant in Boston catered the event and spoke to the students about her journey from a earning a degree in English to being a chef who was recently showcased on the Food Network show “Chopped.” After the initial presentation, approximately 40 students networked with 17 members of our Alumni Association (some of them posing for the picture above). The student takeaway can best be expressed by one student comment: “I now understand that I have to reach out and make things happen.” Network! Thanks go to the alumni and students who participated and to Susan Kennedy, Director of the Center for Internships and Career Placement, and Christina Duggan of Alumni Relations for coordinating the event. Another speed networking event will be held in the fall. Anyone who may be interested in participating can contact Susan Kennedy at or Christina Duggan at

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. SmithEleven students of Associate Professor of Humanities Julia Lisella were lucky enough to attend a fabulous poetry reading on Tuesday evening at the Robert Creeley Foundation award night, which honored Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith. That's Ms. Smith on the right signing books for Kira Tsen, Ekene Ogbue, and Meg Reilly. The students had studied Smith’s collection, Life on Mars, this semester.

Faculty & Staff

Professor Ortiz in Havana, CubaOn February 22 through the 26, Lucia Ortiz, Professor of Spanish, traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the "International Meeting on Women and Work in the History and Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean", which was held at Casa de las Américas. Dr. Ortiz delivered a paper in Spanish entitled: "The Poetry of Mayra Santos Febres and the Entrance of the Caribbean to Modernity." Pictured from right to left are Professor Lucia Ortiz, Cuban poet Caridad Atencio, and professors Maria M. Jaramillo (Fitchburg State College), Betty Osorio (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) and Diana Rodríguez, (University of Evansville). Very proud of you, Lucia.

The Opioid CrisisOn Monday evening, the Distinguished Scholar Series in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences presented a lecture on “The Opioid Crisis: The Massachusetts Response for Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery” by Susan Krupnick, a board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse and adult nurse practitioner who specializes in psychopharmacological assessment and management. Krupnick is currently the psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at Arbour Senior Care in Norwell and is deeply involved in response to the opioid abuse crisis afflicting New England. Her presentation was a huge success and well received by about 150 attendees grateful for this community service. In the photo from left to right are Regis Assistant Professor of Nursing Lisa Krikorian, guest speaker Susan Krupnick, Professor of Nursing Dr. Susan Sawyer, and Regis Associate Professor of Nursing, Angela Kulesza.

Dianna Jones, Director of Health Services, can add author to her list of accomplishments! The Health Handbook: A Concise Guide for College Students is a wonderful resource for all college students. Here is the link to it on Great job Dianna!

President’s Office

Pat Skelly, '56 with President HaysDuring my annual visit to Florida in mid-March, I must have met with over 100 alums. I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Pat Skelly, '56, who is celebrating her 60th class reunion and Regis graduation this May. We had lunch with Pat at her club at Pelican Bay and visited her home. The picture on the right shows the view from her home. Thanks, Pat!

Deedie McCarthy '66 with President HaysI also met with Deedie McCarthy '66 (pictured left) in Palm Beach. Deedie is celebrating her 50th reunion this year. From what I hear from Trustee Jane Tedder, the Class of 1966 is going to have a grand celebration!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and trolleyAnd, of course, my March trip to Florida would not be complete without the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade and trolley. Below I am with VP Miriam Sherman and Associate Dean of Partnerships & Strategic Initiatives & Nuclear Medicine Director, David Gilmore. David joined us at the brunch and discussed with Regis alums the Nuclear Medicine program and all of the amazing work he and his students are doing. Regis chaplain Father Paul Kilroy was also with us and presided at a special liturgy for our extended Regis family. For more pictures from the parade and Florida trip, visit the Alumni Facebook page.

Haiti Graduation

Last but not least, while you are reading this, I will be in Haiti along with Trustee John Tegan and members of the Haiti Project Team – Dr. Nancy Street, Assistant Professor Cherlie Normilus, and Associate Professor Mandy Simon – for the graduation of the second cohort of Haitian Nursing faculty and graduate students. Thirteen members of the second cohort will receive their Master’s in Nursing. As you know, we have had to postpone the event several times this spring because of election unrest, and I am very pleased we can now go forward. At the ceremony we will also grant our associate in the Haiti Project, Irma Dumornay Bois, Director of Nursing in the Haitian Ministry of Health, an honorary degree of doctor of laws.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on April 14.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Regis College: News and Announcements
News, Announcements
News and Announcements