News and Announcements
President's Notes V.2July 16, 2015
Hello. Only six weeks to go to the start of Semester I, 2015-2016! As you begin to turn your thoughts to that, I am very pleased to share with you some of the accomplishments of Regis faculty this summer and news of events they will be participating in this autumn.
Elizabeth Seidler, Department Chair of Global Business Management and Economics (pictured at right), presented at the 11th World Congress in Health Economics conference in Milan, Italy on July 12 sponsored by the International Health Economics Association (IHEA). She was included in the Pre-Congress Session titled “Innovative Teaching in Health Economics.”
Kristen Willems, Assistant Professor of Biology, attended the American Association of Immunologists annual meeting May 8-12 in New Orleans. This meeting drew participants from all over the globe at all career levels who are at the forefront of Immunology research. Dr. Willems presented a poster on her current research in the field “Pim Kinases in the humoral immune response.” The lab principle investigators were Madelyn Schmidt and Robert Woodland who work in the Microbiology and Physiological Systems department at UMass Medical School in Worcester.
Shari Litch-Gray, Associate Professor of Biology, attended the Human Anatomy and Physiology Annual Conference May 23-27 San Antonio, TX. Dr. Litch-Gray served as the facilitator/organizer of the workshop titled “The State of Online Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab Course Delivery: Are We Ready for Primetime?” with a panel of 5 noted undergraduate faculty teaching Human Anatomy & Physiology online across the country. Each panelist was asked to give a short biography and outline their method of online delivery of A&P Lecture and Laboratory. As facilitator, she then proceeded to ask questions to the panel regarding best practices, online lab techniques, challenges converting traditional classroom to online, etc. Each panelist was given time to address each question and input/questions from the audience were taken as they arose. The last 20 minutes of the session was opened up to the audience for any remaining comments or questions.
Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director Anthony D'Aries will chair two panels on writing and trauma in the next academic year. The first panel is part of the 2015 Association of Interdisciplinary Studies conference at Merrimack College on October 22. The second panel is a roundtable discussion at the 2016 Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Hartford on March 18. Both panels emerged from Professor D'Aries' work with PEN/New England's Freedom to Write Committee to develop the first annual Writing and Trauma Conference, which will be held at Regis on Friday, November 6, 2015. Complete details on the conference will be available later this summer.
Michael Roberts, OTD, OTR/L, Program Director for the new Occupational Therapy program, will be published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. His collaboration with researchers from Boston University, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Tufts University, and Rush University reports results from a national survey on fieldwork site recruitment and retention. The article titled "A national survey of fieldwork educators: Implications for OT education" will be published this fall.
Heritage Studies Program Director Kate Edney and a colleague were in London recently co-editing a special issue of the journal Studies in Musical Theatre and using this time to get substantial work done in person. They had been working by Skype but it’s nice, Kate says, not to have to deal with the time difference. During the week of July 6 Kate also participated in a conference in Belgium.
Also, the Heritage Studies for a Global Society department created a video that is featured on the HGS webpage. The video features graduate students, the majority of whom are recent alumni, with a cameo appearance by Associate Professor Raffaele Florio, founder of the program.
Professor Lucía Ortiz presented the paper, “Three voices from the Colombian Caribbean Coast: Ruth Patricia Diago, Edelma Zapata Pérez y Yesenia María Escobar,” at the XIX Congress of the Association of Colombianists in Medellín in Colombia on July 1-3. She also chaired the panel “Poems and Songs: Voices of Afro-Colombian Women."
Earlier Lucía traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to participate in the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association held May 27-30; she served as chair and discussant for the panel entitled, “Of Heroines and Call Girls: Representations of Colombian Women in Popular Culture." While in Puerto Rico, Lucía conducted research on Puerto Rican writer Mayra Santos-Febres. Her trip to Puerto Rico was funded by a 2015 Faculty Development Grant.
And we all continue to pray for John Mollica, who was injured in an auto accident and has been recuperating in hospital. Our thoughts are with you, John!
A poem by undergraduate English Major Jessica O. Nguyen has been accepted for publication in the summer 2015 issue of Tipton Poetry Journal. Congratulations, Jessica! And I think this is a repeat performance since another poem has already been accepted.
Jeanette Livelo, RN, MS/MBA, DNP, an alumna from the DNP Program, delivered an excellent presentation of her doctoral thesis research on end-of-life care to the NU 716 Culture and Health Perspectives Summer 1 DNP students. Her thesis is entitled “The Knowledge, Attitudes, and Experiences of Filipino-American Registered Nurses in the United States Toward End-of-Life Care.”
On Tuesday this past week I met with the 14 “Summer Scholars” at lunch. What a lovely group of high school students! They told me that they are enjoying the learning, living, and socializing of “going to school” in the summer – and the fact that what they learn can contribute to lessons learned in anticipation of a college degree. Kudos to Associate Dean Claudia Pouravelis and Chris Petherick for inspiring them to come.
During the past two weeks the Human Resources, Business Office, Information Technology, and Finance teams have all been doing a terrific job rolling out substantial enhancements to our human capital management systems. The Business Office is in the process of replacing its existing payroll processing software for fully automated payroll, time and attendance, paid time off requests and employee self-service, and almost all, if not all, Regis staff employees have attended one information session or another. Human Resources looks forward to introducing additional services to include applicant tracking, onboarding, employee benefits, staff employment confirmations, faculty contracts, document management, and more. Staff have been busy attending software demonstrations, and faculty will soon participate, too. Then, in September, student workers will be introduced to the program for reporting hours worked. Thanks, everyone, for your participation as we launch this project together!
Soon we will be saying goodbye to Caitlin Watts, Senior Budget Analyst, who is responding to the lure of northern New York - home territory – and will take up the position of Business Administrator in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. Thank you, Caitlin, for all you have done for Regis in your time here, and think of us when it is snowing up there!
July seems to have been full of good news for Regis, including the fact that We won a Lloyd G. Balfour grant for our new PRIDE program aimed at helping students stay on track to college completion. Many thanks to the work of VP Susan Tammaro, PhD, and Director of Institutional Support, Shawna Erickson. We have also received good news about other grants and awards, and in each case, we work closely with the designating agency and their public relations officers in delivering the official announcement or related press release; for that reason I am only referring generally to the fact that other, significant grants and awards have also come in. Stay tuned for the official announcement and press release.
On Tuesday, the campus-wide group (including AC Members) assembled to participate in an O’Neill and Associates workshop on re-branding in May, with advance written homework, no less, got together for a discussion of the final report delivered in mid-June in order to prioritize the recommendations for me. The recommendations had gone to the Board for its June 22 retreat, but Tuesday was the first small-group campus discussion. I am very grateful to this campus-wide group for time and energy generously given.
Next week I will be in Ireland with members of the Alumni office for an Alumni trip!
With living proof all around us as the Master Plan Phase 1 climbs toward completion and conclusion before September, you will enjoy reading the statement by our Master Plan architects, Sasaki Associates, about the Regis project.
The next issue of “President’s Notes” is due out on July 30, 2015, and after that our on-line newsletter will take a summer hiatus as people wrap up vacations and turn toward the new academic year. The next issue after that will come out on August 27.