News and Announcements
President's Notes V.20April 28, 2016
Regis and MLSC
On Monday, April 25, we officially celebrated the opening of our new modular science laboratory, which was enhanced with state-of-the-art scientific equipment paid through the $355,000 grant awarded in 2015 by the Mass Life Sciences Center. Dr. Anne Powers, Associate Dean and Professor of Biology, welcomed everyone and described the impact that this funding has had on our students, especially expanding access to life sciences education to the underserved. Travis McCready, President and CEO of the Mass Life Sciences Center, joined us and said how there is no better place for MLSC to put the grant! Dr. Brian Plouffe, Assistant Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, noted that his students and he have already begun using the new equipment! Senior Diana Tran, a biology major, told the story of her appreciation of this major milestone. Diana participated in a research internship at Harvard Medical School last spring and was able to transition it into a job this year and post-graduation. Her goal is to have her research published as a stepping stone to medical school. Way to go and good luck Diana!
Here I am with Diana and Travis after we cut the ribbon. Read the full story here. Special thanks go to Dr. Powers and Vice President of Finance and Business Thomas Pistorino for guiding the grant application and to the Office of Institutional Advancement, notably Shawna Erickson, for both writing the grant and also organizing the event with Marcia Spivey.
Speaking of internships, read what Jennifer Amaral has to say about Internships in her latest blog, What To Do When Deciding to Take On an Internship. Jennifer is our valedictorian this year. Congratulations Jennifer!
Michele Cellai will present her doctoral defense tomorrow entitled “The Effect of a Culturally Sensitive Educational Program on Hispanic/Latino Patients’ Health Indicators of Metabolic Syndrome.” Also, Jennifer Thuermer will present her doctoral defense on “Older Adult Heart Failure Patient Experiences with Adhering to Dietary Guidelines and Integration of Patient Experience into Educational Programs for Nursing,” on May 5. Good luck Michele and Jennifer!
Last Tuesday, April 19, we held the annual Honors Induction Ceremony in the Casey Theatre. At right are the inductees to the Lambda Nu Society in Medical Imaging. The auditorium was filled with students and their families to watch approximately 190 students being inducted into ten different Honors Societies. In addition, the Mary C. Bryan Award in Women’s Studies (Shogofa Amini and Michaela Tridento) and the Maria Leonard Book Award (Jennifer Amaral) were announced. Sister Barbara Loud, CSJ, gave a stellar Induction Address, “Three Questions,” in which she gave some good advice to all in attendance. I closed the ceremony with some sage advice, too. After the ceremony, we all gathered in the Atrium to celebrate and socialize with some truly delicious refreshments. Thanks go to Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Mary-Anne Vetterling and to Gail Daniels for organizing the event.
Then on Thursday, April 21, I was happy to join Student Affairs at the annual Student Leadership Awards Reception to recognize the many contributions of our student leaders. In all, over 50 students were given awards, while over 100 were recognized for all they do for Regis and our students. Kathleen Sullivan’16 received the “Lynn Tripp Coleman Grace and Dedication” Distinction Award from VP of Student Affairs Kara Kolomitz, an award given to a senior student who is a quiet leader, has a generous spirit, and is truly a person of integrity, graciousness, and class. Traylon Butler-Neal ’16 and Ariel Charles ’16 accepted the award of “Organization of the Year” for their hard work and dedication to the Black Student Organization (BSO). Congratulations Kathleen, Traylon and Ariel! Pictured above (L to R) are Christopher Szarek ’18, Manny Luis Santiago ’17, Nicole Church ’17, Evan Stone ’16, Matthew Norton ’17, Brittany Burke ’17, and Andrea Baez ’17.
On Patriot’s Day, April 18, Student Programming and Leadership hosted a trip to Fenway for a Red Sox versus the Toronto Blue Jays game. It was a beautiful day, and the students enjoyed a great view. Afterward, they caught a glimpse of some of the runners in the Boston Marathon. Pictured above from the left are Elizabeth Mooney, Lauren Dauteuil, Monika Deukmejian, Kylie Medeiros, and Bianca Baez.
There was a wonderful celebration Sunday, April 24 for seven of our students receiving First Eucharist and Confirmation. The morning Mass organized by the Center for Ministry and Service was followed by a reception for family, friends ,and fellow students in the foyer. Congratulations to: Stephanie Bitsoli, Alison Caloggero, Samantha Duclos, Kerri Jones, Emily McDonald, Elizabeth Taranto and Rachel Tortora.
Some student Clubs have reported their Election results:
President: Sandra Nanziri
President Jenny Vernet; Vice President Steeve Laborte; Secretary Arianna Woodley; Treasurer Moonish Saint-Vil.
The PRIDE Scholars Poster Session was held yesterday, April 27. Students displayed their end-of-semester research works-in-progress.
Three teams are in the NECC playoffs this week – Softball, Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse! All games are at home so it is a great opportunity for everyone to cheer on the Pride. Good luck to the Women’s Lacrosse team who are playing today at 4:00. If they win, they will host the NECC Championship Game on Saturday. Since Men’s Lacrosse defeated Daniel Webster 17-7, they will host the NECC Championship Game on Saturday for sure. Softball defeated Mitchell, 5-1 and will play Becker tomorrow, April 29. Way to go! I am very much looking forward to spending tomorrow evening with the Athletes at the Athletic Awards Reception in the FAC.
Alumni & Trustees
I was so delighted that Trustee Emeritus, Dr. Dick Young, was able to join us at the Science Lab MLSC Ribbon Cutting on Monday. Dr. Young, who is pictured at left with VP Miriam Sherman and his daughter Eileen in the back and Angus McQuilken of MLSC in the front, has been a dedicated member of our Board of Trustees for over 40 years. I also had a surprise visit from former Trustee, Chris McCann, Regis Class of 1960, on Monday. She was on campus doing some Golden Tower planning, photo at right.
Faculty & Staff
The Hemetera Staff is hosting the 2016 Hemetera Reading and Release Party tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Library. If you can, please attend and show support for our undergraduate and graduate writers as they share their short stories, poems, and essays.
Dr. Fran Power-Charnitsky, Assistant Professor in STEM, had a poster accepted at the 2016 Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America. In addition, the abstract was published in the American Journal of Hematology. The poster is entitled “The Antiproliferative Effects of Enoxaparin and Doxorubicin in an In-Vitro Lung Cancer Cell Line.” Well done, Fran!
Pat McCauley, Director of Clinical Resource and the Simulation Center, provided an outstanding “show and tell” for DNP students in ED620, Instructional Methods in Nursing Education. She first described a wide range of simulation modalities and their respective benefits and challenges in educating nursing students. Then she took students on a tour of our simulation facilities. One student described how Pat’s presentation and tour had shifted her thinking about simulation as an instructional tool from “negative” to “very impressed.” Many students expressed enthusiasm about the available space and equipment. Thanks, Pat!
A grant co-written by Dr. Kate Edney and her Museum Studies Practicum Studies was received from the Weston Cultural Council, and on April 13 with Heritage Studies graduate students and Department of Humanities undergraduate students, Dr. Edney hosted children, parents, and teachers Colleen Lucas, Marie Maseng, and Lucy Leyland from the Weston School System at the “Stories of the Unfamiliar: Artifacts of Papua New Guinea” exhibition in the Carney Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Regis students explained to the school-children where Papua New Guinea is located and the ceremonial meanings of masks and spirit boards. The children then explored the exhibit using a scavenger hunt written by the Regis students, and everyone spent the rest of their time creating their own spirit boards and masks. As one kindergartener said when it was nearly time to leave for the day, “Art is important, Mamma!” Indeed it is, and it’s great to see Regis showing its intergenerational and community-minded spirit. Thank you, Kate!
As part of the series “Regis College Alumnae Direct,” the Regis College Theatre Company presented “Love, Hurt and Happiness,” a collage of short plays, in the Sullivan Studio Theater April 13-16. The production, directed by Regis alumna Melissa Frederique, Stage-Managed by Regis alumna Erin Forgay, and produced by Dr. Frans Rijnbout, was a great success, as evidenced by the numerous enthusiastic reactions from the audiences. Student-actors were: Nicole DeRosa, Dillon Lanctot, John Lewis, Mary McQuaid, Emily Murgo, Michael Robicheau, Tessa Sweeney and Paige Yurek. Many thanks to the Department of the Humanities and Dr. Steven Belcher, as well as Andre Schiff, Steven Hall, and Nancy Rosata of our Fine Arts Center. “Regis College Alumnae Direct” is a project initiated and supervised by Dr. Frans Rijnbout to give experienced Regis Theatre Alumnae a chance to direct a theatre production in the Sullivan Studio Theatre each spring. In the photo on the previous page, a character called “Wren” (played by Emily Murgo) is with her object of desire, “Cactus” (played by a cactus), in Saguaro!
We once again hosted the Southeastern MA Regional Middle School Science & Engineering Fair on April 23 in the gym. Fifty-four judges from across the area including our own grad and undergrad students and faculty, judged 125 projects. Special thanks to faculty members Erin McQuaid for organizing the event and Anne Powers for coordinating the judging.
I hope you had a chance to participate in the 3rd annual Regis 5K today at noon. There is so much going on we all need to walk and run!
The next issue of the President’s Notes will be out on May 12, just after Commencement.