News and Announcements

President's Notes V.23

June 9, 2016

New Campus SignsSigns of the times! I love walking around campus and seeing the newly updated signage – from the cottage signs with the new shield, the branded lawn signs directing students around, the new directional signage for Center for Ministry & Service and the new Peace Room, the Luben Plaza dedication sign, and the new letters on top of the Student Center awning. Yes, the title of that buildings in now Student Center, just what we want for our student-centered campus, all of which looks great and welcoming.

Today we announced a grant from the Cummings Foundation. We were one of the recipients of their “$100K for 100” program. The $100,000 grant will help fund a Nursing Resource Center (NRC) - a dedicated “one stop shop” for nursing students to obtain comprehensive academic assistance by nursing faculty and student-peers. Patricia McCauley, Director of Nursing Sim Lab and Associate Professor of Nursing; Shawna Erickson, Director of Institutional Support; Miriam Sherman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement; and I are attending the reception tonight in Woburn. Read the full story here.

As well, on Monday we announced a grant award from the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities. This grant is in the amount of $10,000 towards the "CARE" initiative (Caring, Access, Rx and Education). The grant will help fund the salaries of two nurse practitioners who provide comprehensive health services and health education to over 650 predominantly low-income children enrolled at Lawrence Catholic (LCA, Lawrence, MA) and Trinity Catholic (TCA, Brockton, MA) — two urban Catholic academies educating children from prekindergarten through eighth grade in two Massachusetts gateway cities. Special thanks to Shawna Erickson for overseeing both of these grant opportunities!


Regis to join the Great Northeast Athletic ConferenceToday we also announced that we have accepted an invitation by the Great Northeast Athletics Conference to join the league as a full-time member beginning with the 2017-18 academic year. As I said in our official statement, joining GNAC will be tremendously beneficial to the entire university and will enhance the experience of our student-athletes both academically and athletically.

Golf Tournament 2016Our 15th annual Regis Golf Tournament was on Monday at the Marlborough Country Club. We had a great group of golfers, sponsors, and two Regis student-athletes, and even though I didn’t golf this year, I enjoyed visiting with donors, trustees, and friends of Regis Athletics on the course and at the dinner. Many thanks to Athletics and Institutional Advancement for working together on the event, as well as the entire Golf Tournament Committee. Here I am with (from left) Deb Deeb, friend of Joyce Talanian; Kelley Tuthill; and Coach Nate Hager. Joyce’s team, consisting of Deb Deeb, Margaret Oot-Hayes and Suzie Sawyer, won the tournament for the second year in a row! Great job ladies!>


Katie Haidemenos ’15 from the Center for Ministry and Service, and Grad Assistants Caitlin Mannix and Jessica Pierre led a ten day service trip to Kingston and Mandeville, Jamaica from May 10-20 serving Mustard Seed Communities (MSC), a Catholic non-profit organization whose mission is to uplift the most vulnerable members of society, especially disabled/abandoned children, and marginalized communities. In Kingston, the group stayed at Sophie's Place, a home for twenty physically and mentally disabled and abandoned children, and spent time at Mary's Child, a home for teenage mothers and their newborn babies. While at Mary’s Child, the group completed a gardening project and built a fence for the self-sustainable garden, while also spending quality time with the girls and babies sharing stories and connecting. On the second day, they visited My Father's House and Jerusalem! – two homes for mentally/physically disabled residents and children affected by HIV/AIDS. They received a tour of both homes and met Mustard Seed Communities founder, Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon. While there, they assisted in painting a wheelchair ramp. On May 14 and through that week, the group visited Gift of Hope, a home for mentally and physically disabled children in Mandeville, and assisted with daily feedings, devotions, circle time, bathing, jumping on the trampoline, work projects such as building wheelchair ramps and painting the homes, while also participating in the occasional dance party. As the founder, Monsignor Ramkissoon says, “Given that the children are abandoned and have a variety of disabilities, feeling loved is especially critical to their well- being. Since we are not able to bring the children to the world, we should bring the love of the world to the children.” And that is what members of our Regis group did on this trip – spread love. What a fine way to begin the summer break and give a true reminder about how much we have to be thankful for and how much we have to give.

Jamaica group picture on the rooftopThis picture is from a night out and includes (top row): Marlon Clark MSC Group Security; Jessica Pierre, Grad Assistant; Marley Jean-Jacques 18'; Caitlin Mannix, Grad Assistant; Olivia Guiney 16'; Nicole DeFonzo 18'; Mario Payne 16'; Hugh Hansen, MSC Group Bus Driver; Brandy Blaise 18'; Katie Haidemenos 15' (bottom row): Ariel Charles 16'; Stephanie Cruz-Santos 17'; Leah Peel 18'; Kevin Duhaney, MSC Senior Group Rep; Diana Tran 16'; Karen Marquez 16'; and Teah Murphy 16'.

Faculty And Staff

AACU 2016A group of faculty from Humanities, Public Health, and Nursing attended the AAC&U Summer Institute for General Education and Assessment at Boston University this week where they spent four days as a team attending seminars and workshops. Here they are posing with their Regis poster, from left: Leslie Mandel, Associate Professor of Public Health; Jason Clemence, Senior Lecturer in Humanities; Team Leader Kate Edney, Assistant Professor in Humanities; and Liz Landers, Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing.

Joni Beshansky, Associate Professor and Regulatory and Clinical Research Management Program Director, successfully defended her doctoral thesis in the Law and Policy Program at Northeastern University on June 8. The title of her thesis is California and Vermont Passed Stricter Vaccine Exemption Laws in 2015: A Qualitative Study of the Policymaking Processes. Congratulations, Joni! Way to go.

President’s Office

OT Lab 2016The Board and members of the AC held a Retreat on Friday, June 3 to continue to develop our Strategic Plan 2016-2021. Facilitating was Dr. Irwin Blumer. During the afternoon, Trustees toured the renovated Science Labs with new equipment from the Mass Life Science Center grant and the OT lab in College Hall. Thank you, Dr. Anne Powers and Dr. Michael Roberts, for your gracious hospitality and guiding the Trustees around the labs and answering questions. Trustees were truly interested in what you had to tell them, as their faces show. Below left you can see New Science Labs 2016Anne on the left, and outgoing Board Chair Joan Shea and Sister Maureen Doherty, CSJ, in the foreground. Behind them, left to right, are Trustees Jane Tedder, Myer Chambers, Glenn Morris, Sister Jackie McCarthy, CSJ, Sister Marion Batho, CSJ, John Tegan (incoming Chair), Sister Lee Hogan, CSJ, PhD, Dr. Blumer, and Trustee Camille Ferrazi.

In the photograph above are Trustee Kathie Jose, Mrs. Eileen Langenus, Sister Maureen Doherty, CSJ, Dr. Michael Roberts, Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, CSJ, and Myer Chambers.

I was pleased to receive the Shared Governance Taskforce Final Report and Recommendations last week. It is an excellent piece of highly professional work! Thank you to Taskforce members for your due diligence, especially faculty members Kate Edney and Lisa Fardy, Taskforce Co-Chairs; Malcolm Asadoorian, VPAA; Penny Glynn, Dean of Nursing; and Karin Plumadore, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. Other faculty taskforce members include: Erin Beloin, Mary Ann Hart, Upasana Kashyap, Leslie Mandel, Pat McCauley, Joan Murray, Frans Rijnbout, Susan Sawyer, Elizabeth Smith, and Kristen Willems. And huge thanks to special Taskforce members from the Board of Trustees, Meyer Chambers and Sister Lee Hogan.

This week we welcomed Kelley Tuthill, VP of PR & Communications; Dan Leahy, Director of Ministry & Service; and Russell Feinstein, Assistant Technical Director in the FAC, who officially started on Monday. Please see a special message from Kelley below. We also wished a fond farewell to Claudia Pouravelis on Wednesday after 11 years at Regis. We’ll miss you Claudia! Best of luck at BC!

And this weekend we welcome our Haitian nursing colleagues to campus. Fourteen nursing faculty from all regions of Haiti will be here for classes and clinical observation during the week of June 13 and June 20. Please extend a warm Regis welcome to our Haitian colleagues.

The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on June 23.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD,
RN President

Kelley Tuthill, Regis' new Vice President of PR and CommunicationsHello, everyone.

President Hays is allowing me to put this message inside President’s Notes today to say how much I appreciate all the good news about Regis you are generating and to urge you to keep it coming. I will be in touch with faculty deans, faculty, Directors’ Council, and staff groups throughout the summer to speak with you about building a “Regis story tree” of personnel and stories.

Meanwhile, may I remind you that if you are contacted by any representative of the media, please find out the reporter’s name, phone number, deadline, and what the reporter is calling about and get in touch with me immediately. I’ll then pick up with the reporter and answer the inquiry and/or help generate the story on your behalf and behalf of Regis. You can reach me at 781-768-7244 and at

If you have a story you’re now ready to move on, fill out our news coverage proposal form, which is available on RegisNet Here’s the link: July_2011.pdf Providing all the information, the names, and a photograph really helps get us out there faster, and we all want to have Regis better known.

Thank you for your attention, and I look forward to meeting you personally!


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