News and Announcements
President's Notes V.3July 30, 2015
I am so delighted with the official announcement of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant for the Regis Haiti Project! The grant in the amount of $767,695 will fund the program for the next three years. It validates all the hard work the team has put in and the tremendous outcome and benefits to the nation of Haiti. Congratulations to the Haiti Project Team, Dr. Nancy Street, Alexis Lawton and Cherlie Normilus, and to VP Tom Pistorino, Finance and Business, and Director of Institutional Support, Shawna Erickson, who helped on the grant application. Especially now as a new migrant crisis is emerging on the Dominican Republic and Haitian border and thousands are expected to be living in makeshift tents, it is important to help Haiti develop and sustain good health outcomes through good nursing and nursing instruction.
We had such a wonderful time in green Ireland last week with a group of 27 alums, VP Miriam Sherman and Christina Duggan from the Alumni Office, and Father Paul Kilroy, Regis Chaplain. With a full spectrum of generations, the group was eclectic and, typical Regis, we bonded together nicely. The younger ones had fun pub crawling until the wee hours while us older folks enjoyed visiting, eating and even horseback riding. Father Paul celebrated masses in Dublin and in Killarney. Here is the whole group:
And here is Father Paul with Sister Clare Dawson, CP, who was home in Ireland on vacation at the time of our visit. Sister Clare, a 2011 Regis honorary degree recipient and the administrator of Villa el Salvador where our student, staff, and faculty Peru project members go every spring on a service trip, is a bona fide member of the Regis learning community, wherever we are.
Congratulations to former Regis Trustee, Peter Manning, who was named this year’s F. Gorham Brigham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in conjunction with the Boston Business Journal’s CFO of the Year program. Peter served on the Board from January 1998 - December 2001.
Colleen Malachowski, Assistant Professor and Communication Graduate Program Director, recently co-authored an article that was published in Communication Education entitled “Instructor Misbehavior and Forgiveness: An Examination of Student Communicative Outcomes in the Aftermath of Instructor Misbehavior”. Congratulations Colleen!
Priscilla A. Boerger, EdD, Chair, Department of Education, has published a review of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (NY: Free Press, 2014) by William Deresiewicz in the journal of the American School Superintendents (AASA), here. She notes that “With surprising honesty and occasional sarcasm, William Deresiewicz addresses the widespread uneven distribution of higher education opportunities amongst students of varying socioeconomic backgrounds.” Congrats, Priscilla, and welcome to Regis! I heard you are at work on another review for this journal, too.
Some faculty and staff participated in the DEEP Learning conference held here at Regis last Thursday, July 23. Here is a group photograph taken at the end of the conference. Marla Botelho, CIO, tells me that everyone was very engaged creating instructional videos and reflecting on all they learned. DEEP Learning events – the acronym stands for “discover, engage, experience, participate” – are run by educators for educators and aim at the highest degree of satisfaction by putting teachers in the driver's seat with regard to digital pedagogy. Thanks to DEEP Learning principal, Wesley Pryzybylski, for running the event.
Faculty member John Mollica is at home and on the mend after an auto accident and hospitalization. Glad to hear you’re home, John, and about the “Regis-CSJ culture” that led two former students to assist you in the transition.
Here is more news about the grant for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program that was officially announced last week. This will greatly benefit students seeking the DNP.
Also last week, Regis sophomore Torry Johnson engaged in conversation with U.S. Representative John Lewis at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Voters’ Rights Act. Several alums present were very proud of Torry, whose question about leadership elicited an inspired response from Representative Lewis. You can catch the exchange at this link at around the 48 mark. Way to go, Torry!
This week, of course, we have been enjoying New Student Orientation and the wonderful job the division of Student Affairs has done in greeting 264 new students and 378 parents/guardians and giving them a little initiation into life at Regis. The schedule included a visit from the Improv Asylum, course advising, and a digital scavenger hunt using iPads. With the selfie sticks we gave them, students took many photos, including selfies with the cardboard cutout of me outside my office! This photo with the smiling Matt Norton, Student Government Association President is for real, however, taken while I was on my way to address the class of 2019 and their families. For international students and those who could not make this July orientation we’ll hold another as students move in and before classes start. And that day will be here very soon!
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Instructional Designer Sabrina Johnson-Taylor created the digital scavenger hunt mentioned above. This year’s hunt included beacons, programmed by Dan Lyons, Web and Mobile Support Specialist and Webmaster, and an interactive bulletin board that will be a part of the scavenger hunt. The interactive board incorporates augmented reality features. There are links to digital storytelling and faculty bonus videos, the anatomy 4-D app and an app that let’s one choose an “anime” character that is superimposed on your facial features. On Tuesday, July 28, the Administrative Council and I enjoyed a demo of the digital scavenger hunt at the Helpdesk.
This summer we developed several different videos you will enjoy watching:
The annual Cape Cod Alumni Luncheon will take place next week on Thursday, August 6 at the WIllowbend Country Club. You need to register today if you are planning on attending.
Construction proceeds apace as you can see from the library steps taking shape and the new traffic circle out in front of College Hall.
“President’s Notes” will take a summer vacation break for August 13 and return on August 27, 2015.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
P.S. Here are more pictures from Ireland, where we made new friends. Below Sarah Schow ‘14 and I are standing at Dingle Bay with our backs to the blue-green sea. On the right, you can see Christina Duggan and me with Nancy Romanow (alum and faculty member), VP Miriam Sherman and Father Paul at the Blarney Castle. Christina will be working on planning another adventure for spring 2016. Stay tuned for the location!