News and Announcements

President's Notes V.19

April 14, 2016

This is the season for end-of-semester events and student accomplishments, and this issue is chock full of that kind of news. If I missed including anything you sent me, just let me know and it will be in the next issue.

First, however, as we are aware of Title IX efforts across the country and reports from UC-Berkeley to BU in Boston, let’s take a look at a series of Regis annual events that aim at prevention, respect, and safety.

Save Week

Flyer for SAVE week 2016April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Office of Residence Life is hosting week-long events as part of SAVE Week (Sexual Assault Violence Education) to provide programming around issues of domestic, relationship, and sexual violence. You can pick up a purple sexual assault awareness ribbon at this morning’s coffee in the Foyer or at the HR office. The color purple is a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence. The US Military presents the Purple Heart to those wounded while serving, and Student Life sponsors of the week consider that Domestic Violence survivors are also wounded both physically and emotionally. If you see lots of people wearing purple today, you’ll know why.


Good luck to the following students who will defend their doctoral theses: Clare Foshey, “The Perceptions of Nurses with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Regarding Education Programs for SUD in Nurses” on April 23; Riley A. Fergus, “Comparison of Self and Peer Video Models on Teaching Children Receptive Language” on April 27; Elizabeth A. Hopkins, “Effects of Descriptive Prompts on Group Participation Among Nursing Home Residents” on April 19; Christine M. Aherne, “Effects of Self-Evaluation on Training Behavioral Practitioners” on April 27. Congrats are in order for Erica Mumm, DNP Student and Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar, for successfully defending her thesis earlier this month 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.” To see all the DNP projects, a Poster–Project Presentation Day is on Sunday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in College Hall Foyer.

Emma Chong will represent Regis at the Intercollegiate Poetry Festival next Tuesday, April 19 at Boston College. Julia Lisella, Associate Professor of English, will serve as Faculty Mentor and tells me that “Emma is a talented poet with a wide range of interests at Regis and I am thrilled that she will read at the event!” Undergraduate student poets from 25 area colleges and universities will read their original poetry. The purpose of the event is to celebrate poetry and highlight talented student poets who are devoted to the craft. The event is free and open to the public and a chapbook of poetry written by participating students is published in conjunction with the event. Good luck Emma!

CVSA thank Physical Plant staff for their hard work.Last Thursday, April 7, the Cape Verdean Student Association invited the Physical Plant staff to a lunch to thank them for all of their hard work throughout the year. Pictured left are winners of fun prizes and some of the members of CVSA.

The Nostalgia Club will present their annual Fashion Show, The Awakening.Tomorrow night, April 15, students of the Nostalgia Club will present their annual Fashion Show, The Awakening, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Student Union. A number of students have worked hard all year long to make this the best one yet so please attend if you can!

The Women’s Studies Committee is proud to announce Shogofa Amini ‘16 and Michaela Tridento ‘18 as winners of the Mary C. Bryan Award for the 2015-2016 Academic Year! This award is given annually for works that enhance the understanding of women’s experiences, and submissions are judged based on overall excellence, relevance to women’s experience, and explicit and significant contributions to the enhancement of our understanding of that experience. Shogofa and Michaela will each receive an Award Certificate and prize of $100, and their names will be added to the plaque displayed in College Hall. Thanks to members of the Women’s Studies Committee for staying faithful to this event: Dr. Mary-Anne Vetterling, Sister Carmela Abbruzzese, Dr. Priscilla Boerger, Dr. Bernard Jackson, Dr. Elizabeth Seidler, and Erin Wisniewski. Congratulations!

Shogofa’s essay was “Women’s Rights in Afghanistan” Shogofa Amini from the class of 2016 Michaela Tridento from the class of 2018 Michaela’s poem was “I am…”

Here are the results of the Student Government Association elections for 2016-2017, including the Executive Board and the Senate. Please congratulate these students when you see them!

Executive Board

President: Matthew Norton, ‘17
Vice President: Alycia LeConche, ‘19
Treasurer: Andrea Baez, ‘17
Communication Coordinator: Fred Mathieu, ‘19
Secretary: Brittany Burke, ‘17

Senior Class Officers (Class of 2017)

President: Nicole Church
Vice President: Kristina Del Rey
Treasurer: Bryan Johnson

Junior Class Officers (Class of 2018)

President: Graciella Molinari
Vice President: Emily DeBarros
Treasurer: Maresa Malcolm
Secretary: Teresa Willander

Sophomore Class Officers (Class of 2019)

President: Isaiah Wilson
Vice President: Laura Arias
Treasurer: Taylor Garner
Secretary: Cynthia Castro

I hope you can attend one of the Regis Theatre Company performances of Love, Hurt and Happiness - a series of serious and comedic short plays. The first was held last night and more shows are tonight at 8:00 p.m., tomorrow April 15 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday April 16 at 2:00 p.m. Melissa Frederique ’10 directs and students Nicole DeRosa, Dillon Lanctot, John Lewis, Mary McQuaid, Emily Murgo, Michael Robicheau, Tessa Sweeney, and Paige Yurek perform in the Sullivan Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Center. Break a leg!


Kechinyere Iheduru-Anderson, former Masters and Doctorate of Nursing student, current adjunct faculty and professor of nursing at Quincy College, was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Education Award at this year’s American Nurses Association Massachusetts Celebration of Nursing Awards Dinner on April 8 Congratulations Kechinyere. We are so proud of you!


The 2016 Student Athlete Academic Excellence Luncheon was held April 5. It is an annual event held during Division III Week to recognize and honor sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40. Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution to observe and celebrate the impact athletics and student-athletes have on campus and in the surrounding community. One of the cornerstones of the Division III Week celebration is to conduct an outreach activity that involves the academic accomplishments of student athletes. This year, the Department of Athletics honored 37 Scholar Athletes for their academic success and commitment – some of which are pictured below. Associate Dean of Students, Laura Bertonazzi, was the keynote speaker and spoke to this year’s class of Scholar Athletes about their role in following the footsteps of Regis Alumnae “giants” who came before them, while also paving the way for success of future giants to follow. Her message to the student athletes was to be conscious of how integral it is to participate as a student athlete and how character reflects academic success and students’ eventual legacy in Regis history.

The 2016 Student Athlete Academic Excellence Luncheon

Faculty & Staff

Admitted Students Day 2016On Sunday, April 3, the Undergraduate Admission Office welcomed members of the class of 2020 and their families to campus for Admitted Students Day (ASD). Even with the snow we had, the event gave families the opportunity to get to know Regis better through campus tours, a morning exposition, mini-class sessions (“If I Only Had a Brain” to “So You Want to Be a Teacher”), student and parent panel sessions and lunch in our Athletic Facility with various faculty and staff (picture below). Students showed off their Regis Pride by posing with the Pride mascots while checking-in – Zac & Mascottshere is Zak Harris, Director of Undergraduate Admission posing with them. Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare, CSJ, and Sister Therese Higgins, CSJ and other Presidential Catholic Scholarship recipients were honored at a special Academic Honors Breakfast. Paul Vaccaro, Vice President for Marketing, Communication and Enrollment, welcomed students and their families, and Bonnie Quinn, Director of Financial Aid, led a Financial Aid Information Session. Thanks to everyone who planned and participated! Because one of our Admitted Students Days was cancelled in February because of snow, we are holding another event for incoming students and their parents on the evening of April 20.

Dr. Andrew DarienBeyond the Ballot Box: Political Contests, Cultural ContextsApproximately 60 scholars from across the Northeast came to Regis on April 2 for the New England American Studies Association Conference, “Beyond the Ballot Box: Political Contests, Cultural Contexts,” which was co-organized by the organization’s Vice President, our very own Kate Edney, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Heritage Studies Program Director. Among those presenting at the conference were Julia Lisella, Associate Professor of English, and four undergraduate students: Ana Hidalgo, Kylie Homem, Emily Murgo, and Leonard Paul (pictured left). Dr. Andrew Darien (pictured right), author of Becoming New York's Finest: Race, Gender, and the Integration of the NYPD, 1935-1980, served as the featured keynote speaker. Kate tells me that many of the participants, who had never been to Regis before commented on how much they enjoyed our campus. The topic of the conference certainly relates to current issues, and I’m very pleased our faculty and students were engaged in the discussion.

Also, during the Easter Break, Kate Edney presented a paper “The Narrative Arc of Assessment: A Broad-Based Perspective,” and organized and chaired a session on Folklore in American Culture at the National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s (PCA/ACA) annual conference in Seattle, Washington. Kate, thank you for all you do!

Ben Remillard, ACE Academic Coach and Heritage Studies alum, also presented at the PCA/ACA conference. His presentation, “Female Sexuality and the Soviet Union: How Americans Misunderstood/ Misunderstand Soviet Women and their Sexuality,” focused on the depiction of Soviet and communist women in Western pop culture as femme fatales, and how this cliché has continued even after the fall of the Soviet Union. Nice work, Ben, seeing through the haze of 007!

Jennifer Litchfield, Nursing Education & Technology Resource Coordinator, and Margherite Matteis, Associate Professor of Nursing, published an article titled “Faculty Experiences with Technology, Millennials versus Baby Boomers” published in the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics Congratulations to both of you!

Once again, members of Faculty are organizing a Bakhita Walk tomorrow, April 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Track. Proceeds from sponsorships support The Bakhita House, a safe house located in the greater Boston area that offers hospitality and a safe, caring environment to women over 18 years of age who are probable victims of human trafficking. Thanks to Fran Power-Charnitsky, Assistant Professor of STEM, for putting this together.

A “reverse” job fair was held on March 31 for grad and undergrad Health Sciences students, created by Helen Consiglio, Assistant Professor and Chair of Psychology & Assistant Dean of Health Sciences, and sponsored by a co-curricular mini grant. Ten employers and 40 students participated in this first-of-its-kind event. Each employer presented to the students about their respective organizations, typical career paths, and current job openings, followed by one-on-one networking. The event enabled the students to learn more about each organization and meet the employers in a more personal setting as distinct from a traditional job fair. Junior psychology major, Jonathan Fuentes, worked closely with the Office of Internships and Career Placement to help ensure the success of the event. Employers enjoyed the chance to connect with students. Jamie Reed, a recruiter from Advances Learning Center, was especially pleased with the caliber of our students saying, “We were truly impressed by your students. They came prepared, were incredibly professional and were a pleasure to meet. We’ve been to many career events at various colleges over the past few weeks and the Regis students were definitely the most impressive.” Nice job, everyone, and thanks to Susan Kennedy for organizing.

On March 16, Leslie Mandel, Associate Professor of Health Administration & Public Health, presented a study at the American College of Healthcare Executives-Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago entitled “Effective Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Program Adoption and Implementation in US Emergency Departments: A Qualitative Study.” A summary of the talk was recently published in Hospitals and Health Networks and can be found here. Well done, Leslie!

The Intersection of Academia and Practice: The Role of the Nurse Scientist in Promoting Evidence-Based Practice at a Community Hospital in the Greater Boston AreaMargaret Oot-Hayes, Professor of Nursing, and Helene Bowen-Brady, Regis DNP student and Program Manager for Professional Practice/Magnet Designation at Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital (pictured right), presented a poster entitled, “The Intersection of Academia and Practice: The Role of the Nurse Scientist in Promoting Evidence-Based Practice at a Community Hospital in the Greater Boston Area,” at the Massachusetts American Nurses Association 2016 Spring Conference on April 9 in Waltham. The poster has also been accepted to be presented at the 23rd Annual Conference for Nurse Educators to be held June 1-3 in Falmouth, MA. The poster features the 18 Evidence-Based Practice projects that have been implemented since Margaret started as the Nurse Scientist at BWFH. One of the projects is a collaborative quasi-experimental research project between Regis and BWFH to study the effectiveness of iPad education in the preoperative setting. Way to go, Margaret!

Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging conferenceNine undergrad and grad Nuclear Medicine students (pictured at left) gave oral presentations at the New England Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging conference April 8-9 in Newport, RI. Erin Beloin, Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging and Program Director for Post-Licensure programs, was inducted as the President of the New England Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging for the 2016-2017 year! Erin is also expecting her first baby in just a few short weeks. Congrats on the election, and supportive thoughts for the big event, Erin!

Orientation Leaders at the girls STEM Summit 2016Last Sunday April 10, Regis welcomed the 8th annual Girls STEM Summit; this is the second year in a row Regis has been the host facility. Jr. Tech, organizers of the day-long event, aims to introduce 8-12th grade girls to STEM fields in hopes of getting them interested in pursuing STEM careers. Major sponsors, Biogen and National Grid, also had representatives on site participating in the event. The 250 student participants rotated through 5 career sessions that showcased several career opportunities within STEM. Topics included: Civil Engineering, Biotechnology, Graphic Design, Biology – presented by our own Anne Powers and Kristen Willems - and Neuroscience – presented by Helen Consiglio and Danqing Xiao. In the photo are several Regis Orientation Leaders and Regis students who also dedicated their time to help make the day a success.

Haiti Graduation

On March 31, we celebrated the graduation of the thirteen members of the second cohort of Master’s in Nursing students in Haiti. Trustee John Tegan, members of the Haiti Project Team – Dr. Nancy Street, Assistant Professor Cherlie Normilus, and Associate Professor Mandy Simon, and I were there. Irma Dumornay Bois, Director of Nursing in the Haitian Ministry of Health, was granted an honorary doctorate of law degree. Photos and a recap can be seen here.

I am very proud of Cherlie Magny-Normilus for being honored during the commencement ceremony with an award from the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad (Ministère des Haïtiens Vivant à l'Étranger–MHAVE) for her dedication and contribution to the advancement of Nursing Education in Haiti.

President’s Office

We are gearing up for Commencement. Here’s a basic schedule, but stay tuned for special announcements.

Honors Induction Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:00PM Casey Theater
White Coat Ceremony Tuesday, May 3, 2016 3:30PM Fine Arts Center
Graduate Hooding Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:30PM Great Lawn Under Tent
Graduation Practice Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:45AM College Hall Foyer
Medical Imaging Pinning Thursday, May 5, 2016 3:00PM Chapel
Nurses Pinning Friday, May 6, 2016 1:00PM Great Lawn Under Tent
Baccalaureate Friday, May 6, 2016 3:00PM Great Lawn Under Tent
Commencement Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00AM Great Lawn Under Tent

The next issue of the President’s Notes will be out on April 28.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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