News and Announcements
President's Notes V.24June 24, 2016
Greetings to everyone in the Regis learning community. June has brought a lot of pleasant weather – and the chance to catch up on various administrative tasks while our various educational programs have continued. Now, with July 4th around the corner, summer is arriving in earnest.
Yesterday morning the youngest students on our intergenerational campus graduated – all 6 of them – from the Children’s Center. Besides celebrating the end of the school year with the children and their families, I am pleased to announce the renewal and reinvigoration of the kindergarten program (on demand!). Just two years ago we discontinued the program, but now it is thriving, thanks to an active Parent Advisory Council and Center Director Rebecca Putnam, who has led the school from an enrollment of just ten students to an expected 44 this fall. Aren’t they adorable in their caps and gowns!
At the other end of the spectrum, from June 11th to 18th, the Regis Haiti Project hosted 16 nurse leaders from Haiti on campus. The members of the third cohort enrolled in their fourth semester of study towards their Master’s degree in Nursing. Faculty members Cynthia Bashaw and Kellie LaPierre mentored the Haitian faculty by teaching “Instructional Methods and Curriculum Design,” the second course of the Leadership specialty track of this graduate program of study. In addition to the classroom teaching, our Haitian colleagues attended two full days of clinical observation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
I’m grateful to the Haiti Project Team – Dr. Nancy Street, Mrs. Cherlie Normilus, and Mrs. Alexis Lawton – for overseeing the third cohort’s June intensive, and the many members of the Regis community who pitched in to help, one way or another: Dr. Margherite Matteis, Associate Professor of Nursing, who hosted the group at her home for dinner; Larry Cook, Senior ITS Technician, for many hours of help with updating laptops; Dean Penny Glynn and Associate Dean Diane Welsh for meeting with and advising the new Director of Graduate Nursing in Haiti, Evelyne Sajous. Evelyne is a graduate of our second cohort. As always, we are so very thankful for everyone’s volunteerism.
I also met with Jeff Riley, Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools, last week to discuss our presence in that city through Regis North. You may remember that when Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera visited with our Board last year he could not praise Jeff’s work in upgrading the caliber of Lawrence Public Schools enough. We want to collaborate to help graduates of area high schools find their way to the health science programs at NECC and to our bachelor’s degree completion programs at Regis North.
Andrea C. Matthews, DNPc, defended her thesis, “Promoting Civility in Nursing Education: An Evidence Based Practice Journey,” on June 16. Congratulations, Andrea!
I was so happy to run into alumnus Lieutenant Colonel Bill Brown, who was in our first Generic Master’s Nursing cohort, and his wife, alumna Patricia Brown and their two daughters the other day. They were in Boston for a visit to the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USRIE) in Natick and he wanted to visit Regis since he hadn’t been here since 1997. I was thrilled to show him around and catch up. Definitely a pleasant surprise!
Faculty And Staff
Cristina Squeff, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Danqing Xiao, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Brian Plouffe, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering participated in the “2016 Olin College Summer Institute: Designing for Student Engagement” held at Olin College of Engineering in Needham on June 6-10th, thanks to the generous faculty grants by the Kaneb Faculty Scholars Program and the Davis Foundation. The first half of the workshop focused on project-based learning and covered understanding students, designing and evaluating our own hands-on products and intrinsic motivation linked to performance. The second part of the program focused on assessment and included a poster session.
Rebecca Schroeder, Associate Professor of Nursing, has had an abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 30th Annual Conference this October in Hartford, CT. The abstract, “Bearing Witness: The Lived Experience of Sitting With Patients” underwent a rigorous peer review by psychiatric-mental health nurse experts. Of the approximately 400 abstracts submitted for presentation at the 2016 conference, 270 were selected for inclusion in the annual conference program as poster presentations. Congratulations, Rebecca!
Graduate and Undergraduate Career Services hosted the first annual Nursing Jobs Fair this past Wednesday. Sixteen employers including the Veterans Administration, Commonwealth Care, and IPC Hospitalist attended representing all levels of available nursing positions. Approximately 50 students and recent graduates attended. The feedback from the participating employers was extremely positive, saying that the Regis students were focused and very professional. They wanted to know when we are having our next event. Keep up the good work everyone!
Institutional Advancement Office
This past Saturday we celebrated and honored the Tegan family at a beautiful dedication of the Lorraine Tegan Learning Commons in the Library. John Tegan, a Regis trustee and incoming Chair of the Board, made a generous gift to name the Commons, and we officially cut the ribbon to dedicate the space in memory of his late wife, Lorraine DeStefano Tegan ’63. John’s children Karen, Patrice, John, and Sarah along with their spouses and children (pictured below), special friends and family, my husband John and I enjoyed a Mass celebrated by Father Paul Kilroy and dinner together on a gorgeous evening. I am forever grateful to Lorraine for all she did for Regis, and now to John for all he continues to do for Regis in her honor. Read more about the memorial gift in the article published in the spring 2015 issue of Regis Today. Special thanks to Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Christina Duggan and Vice President of IA Miriam Sherman for putting this event together.
And just a friendly reminder, there are 6 days left in this fiscal year, so if you haven’t made a gift to the Regis Fund please join me in doing so. Any amount counts toward our staff/faculty participation rate, which is important as we go to apply for grants and other funding. Lindsey Honig, digital communications associate, produced this great video of some of our students and alumnae talking about why they give and why their scholarships are so important. Thanks to all who have contributed!
There have been some personnel changes announced over the past few weeks as some members of the Regis community have retired or moved on to other positions and some new faces have joined us. So we’ve been saying goodbye – and hello. As Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” My Special Assistant Dr. M. J. Doherty will be leaving Regis on June 30 after 16 years of service, and I wish to thank her especially at this time for helping with President’s Notes during the past five years. Don’t worry; MJ has the very capable Katya Rego in position to help me with this newsletter, and our new VP of PR and Communications, Kelley Tuthill, will also oversee its regular production.
So let’s look forward to open doors and new opportunities. And let’s welcome, officially, new members of my Administrative Council Kate Sutherland, Interim VP of Enrollment and Graduate Affairs, and Kate Korzendorfer, Associate VP of ITS & Institutional Research.
Thanks to HR for putting on another great staff appreciation day yesterday. It’s always so nice when we can all get out of our offices and catch up with one another. Nice choice for the word unscramble.
The next issue of President’s Notes would normally come out in two weeks, on July 7, but since I will be on vacation, it will come out on July 14.