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President's Notes V.21

May 12, 2016


President Hays withDr. Nancy Street, Dr. Paul Farmer, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Trustee Sister Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, PhD, and Regis Board Chair, Joan Shea at the 2016 CommencementWhat a wonderful week! In addition to the celebrations of Graduate Hooding, Baccalaureate and Pinning, and Commencement itself, this year Regis faculty and students asked for two new ceremonies, the White Coat ceremony and Kente Stole ceremony. I’m so grateful to our dedicated student body for organizing these two meaningful ceremonies to our week long festivities. Some photos from each event are posted online here. The photograph at the right shows me, Dr. Nancy Street, Dr. Paul Farmer, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Trustee Sister Kathy McCluskey, CSJ, PhD, and Regis Board Chair, Joan Shea.

For those of you who heard Sister Simone’s speech, I hope that you hold dear the wisdom she imparted on four virtues for the twenty-first century. To face the world’s challenges, she said, we need joy; holy curiosity – to find out the real stories of other people; sacred gossip – to share what you’ve learned; and doing your part – getting involved in the issues and social justice movements of our time. Check out the excellent video clips Lindsey Honig made of Sister Simone’s central message and Dr. Farmer’s words of thanks.

As I said in my campus-wide email on Monday, each one of you contributed in some way to this year’s celebration of achievement by our graduate and undergraduate students, beginning, of course, with our faculty, who are at the core of our mission in higher education. I am profoundly grateful. Regis is thriving and growing, and you are clearly part of that development of opportunity, even where challenges inevitably arise.

Graduating Senior Niza Tavarez, a Public Health majorAmong other firsts at this Commencement, Dr. Mary-Anne Vetterling, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, called my attention to the fact that this year Regis awarded our first “Certificate in Spanish for Health Sciences: Advanced Proficiency” to graduating Senior Niza Tavarez, a Public Health major. In addition, Melinda Mara from Pelham, NH (pictured at right with Dr. Vetterling and Mary Beth Scanlon) graduated cum laude with a double major in both Nursing and Spanish and received the Gabriela Mistral Award for excellence in her studies of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Congrats Melinda!

Alumni And Institutional Advancement Office

Trustee Tom O’NeillGiselle RodriquezI enjoyed meeting with some of Regis’ most generous donors at Trustee Tom O’Neill’s home in Boston at the end of April. Recent graduate Giselle Rodriquez ’16 attended the event to share her Regis stories and her plans to go onto Law School. Big thanks to Tom (pictured below left with me) and his wife, Shelly, for hosting, and to Institutional Advancement for helping to coordinate the event.

Reunion Weekend is upon us. Institutional Advancement has been working all year to plan a fantastic weekend for the alumni classes celebrating their Reunions. 400+ alums and friends will be on campus starting Friday morning and until Sunday—with many of them staying overnight in the residence halls. Please join me in welcoming them back to campus!

Also, the annual Regis Golf Tournament is coming up on Monday, June 6 at the Marlborough Country Club (a new location this year). All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Regis Athletics. If you’re a golfer or know some who is, check out to learn more and register by May 20.

Faculty & Staff

#springjam event at Regis NorthWe hosted a #springjam event at Regis North on May 4 thanks to David Gilmore, Kaitlyn Arvidson, Laura Burke & Diane Welsh in the background, Claudia Pouravelis and Marissa Brush, Grad Admission Counselor, Alex Gryta, IAS/Regis North Admission and Academic Advisor. Keep abreast of all that’s happening at Regis North by following @RegisatNECC on Twitter.

Cinco de MayoThe Humanities Department held its traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration last week in honor of graduating seniors. Melinda Mara’16 (Nursing-Spanish major) was this year's Gabriela Mistral Prize recipient. This award is given to a graduating senior who has excelled in the study of the Spanish language, and Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures. In picture from left to right: Dr. Mary-Anne Vetterling, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Chris Cortez ‘15, Gahensha Pinckombe ‘16, Dr. Lucia Ortiz, Professor of Spanish, Emma Chong ‘17, Ebeny Torres ‘18, Karen Márquez ’16, and Melinda.

Congratulations to Dan David, Assistant Professor of Nursing, who recently published an article called “Behavioral Interventions in Six Dimensions of Wellness That Protect the Cognitive Health of Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review.” Read it here.

President’s Office

On behalf of Regis, I was honored to accept the 2016 Thomas F. and Mary J. Shields Founders Award from Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) on April 28. The Shields Founders Award is named in honor of the late Tom and Mary Shields, who were instrumental in establishing Trinity Catholic in 2007 to make a difference in the lives of Brockton children. The award recognizes an individual or institution that has positively influenced the lives of TCA students through acts of compassion, commitment, and generosity. Regis was recognized for generously providing a full-time nurse practitioner at TCA’s Upper Campus at no cost, giving students comprehensive healthcare and wellness services throughout the greater Brockton area.

Toni and Susan Windham Banister May 2016This past week I had a wonderful visit from Susan Windham-Bannister. Dr. Windham-Bannister was the first President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) at the time last year that Regis received the MLSC grant for our science lab renovations and equipment upgrade. Prior to that, she was a founding partner of Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions, a boutique consulting firm serving life sciences companies. In her 35-year consulting career, she helped successfully launch of a number of well-known therapeutics, medical devices and novel biomarkers and co-authored two books: Competitive Strategy for Health Care Organizations, and Medicaid and Other Experiments in State Health Policy.

Currently in the President’s Office we are collating all the hard work various areas of our university did this year to think through objectives and strategies for the next iteration of the Strategic Plan (2016-2021). Thank you for all your hard work – Faculty and Deans of our Schools, Dr. Malcolm Asadoorian, Dr. Penelope Glynn, and Dr. Laura Burke; Director of Athletics Rob Reilly and all his coaches and team players; Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Susan Tammaro and her teams in ACE and the Library; Vice President Dr. Kara Kolomitz and everyone in Student Affairs; and, la pièce de résistance, the great Directors’ Council workshop on April 25.

Thank you for your ideas and your commitment.

The next issue of the President’s Notes will be out on May 26.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Liv and NoraP.S. My granddaughters Nora (L) and Olivia (R) are growing up and bonding as sisters. How do you like this display of sisterly love?

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