News and Announcements
President's Notes V.4August 27, 2015
Hello! The countdown is on to Fall 2015. Having taken a couple of weeks in August for alumni visits (more on that later) and a brief vacation with my family, I could hardly believe all the progress on the campus construction when I arrived back on campus on Monday morning, I was thrilled to see that new green quad and finishing touches on the new Maria Hall extension. I hope you all are too. In no time at all students will be crisscrossing that space on their way to and from classes. Officially, we’ll cut the ribbon on Thursday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. I hope to see you all there!
Among other events on my calendar, this past Tuesday afternoon I participated in an AICUM Board Strategy Session held at Cambridge College with other presidents and representatives of Massachusetts independent colleges and universities where we discussed our priorities and plans for the coming year. Yesterday, I hosted a meeting with several area presidents to discuss ways in which some or all of our institutions might work together to share services or collaborate in any number of ways to reduce expenses or provide enhanced services to students. This was a follow up to the meeting we had earlier this summer in Indiana with representatives of the Lumina Foundation and the Gates Foundation on the subject of controlling costs of college.
In early October I am scheduled to speak at an event on grantsmanship sponsored by U.S. Representative Katherine Clark and her office. I will speak on the Regis turn-around and on strategies that have been successful for Regis. The event will be held at the Watertown Public Library on Monday, October 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Faculty & Staff
Joni Beshansky, Associate Professor and Regulatory and Clinical Research Management Graduate Program Director, recently co-authored an article that was published in Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research entitled “Serum Adiponectin Levels in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes: Serial Changes and Relation to Infarct Size.” Well done, Joni!
During the Association of Theatre in Higher Education's (ATHE) annual conference in Montreal, Canada, Kate Edney, Assistant Professor, co-organized and presented in the session called "It Ain’t Necessarily So: Rehistoricizing Racial Hierarchy and African Americans in Musicals.” She also organized, chaired, and presented at the book roundtable a discussion on Dr. Marvin Carlson’s groundbreaking The Haunted Stage; Dr. Carlson himself attended the roundtable and seemed happy with the discussion. In addition, Kate was elected to the position of Member-at-Large/Liaison to the Operations Committee for ATHE's Governing Council: www.athe.org/?page=Governing_Council. Congrats, Kate!
Leslie Mandel, Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Administration, has had two abstracts accepted for presentations at national conferences. On one of the abstracts she collaborated with Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Health Administration, Lynne Man and with L. Friedman, and A. Cycon on the topic, “Towards Optimal Maternal Mental Health: A Comparative Case Study of the Community-Based Perinatal Support Model,” which has been selected as a poster presentation for the 2nd Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference scheduled for November 4-6, 2015 in Chicago, IL. With E. J. Carter, C. Sinnette, and J. Schur, Leslie has also produced “Emergency Department Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention: Role of the Clinical Nurse,” which has been selected for a poster presentation at ID (Infectious Disease) Week 2015, October 7-11, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center. Congratulations, Leslie!
Father Paul Kilroy, Regis Chaplain, was quoted in an article by John C. Seitz titled “’What better place?’: Refiguring Priesthood at St. John’s Seminary, Boston, 1965-1970” published in U.S. Catholic Historian, Volume 33, Number 2, (Spring 2015).
On August 14, the Medical Imaging Department (pictured left) celebrated its largest pinning ceremony to date. The event acknowledged the impressive academic and clinical achievements of nineteen (19) students graduating from the breast imaging, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine technology programs. Program Director David Gilmore and Assistant Professor Lauren Shanbrun honored several students for exemplary classroom and clinical performance, namely, Leah Berthiaume, Nicole Ford, and Michael Surprenant. Assistant Professor Erin Beloin also inducted twelve students as members into the Gamma Chapter of Lambda Nu, the premier national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. Congratulations to all!
Last week twenty-five (25) faculty and staff members from across campus took a full day out of their busy summer schedules to take part in our first ever CARE Training. CARE, which stands for Campus Advocates for Resources and Empowerment, is designed to support students through the Title IX investigation process. This service is available to both reporting parties and accused parties, as we know the process can be incredibility difficult for either party. This program and the training is a collaboration of Residence Life, Student Affairs, Campus Police, Risk Management, and Health Services. Members of the CARE team represent departments ranging from Library Services to Physical Plant to Athletics. At the heart of our CARE program are Catholic/CSJ values of care and compassion for all of God’s creation.
Advocates will be paired with students either through their preference or through random assignment. They may be present with students during all meetings pertaining to the investigations as well as provide resources and accommodations along the way. The training covered definitions of sexual assault and consent, skills and techniques for supporting survivors or alleged students, and a step-by-step overview of the Title IX investigation process. And, on Tuesday, August 18, the Office of Student Affairs, in conjunction with Adam Thrasher, Institutional Risk Manager/Title IX Coordinator, hosted a FERPA Training for Student Affairs, Athletics, Center for Student Services and Campus Police departments.
These trainings are the first in a series of professional development opportunities that will be open to members of the Regis community during the 2015-16 academic year. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to: Title IX, Bystander Intervention, Case Management and At-Risk Students, the Office of Student Disability and Accessibility Services, and Working with Students with Autism. The Office of Student Affairs will be distributing a calendar of these events in the coming weeks. I strongly encourage faculty and staff to participate in these great training opportunities.
Soon we will be saying goodbye to Coach Blu, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, who is moving on to College Week Live based in Needham. Thanks, Josh, for all you have done for Regis and our students! As most of you know, Debra Cohen, Director of Advising, recently moved on. Rachel Arno has been appointed the new Director of Academic Advising, replacing Deb. Rachel's role and responsibilities in the area of academic advising will be integrated with her continued work in academic student services (Starfish, Transfer, Accuplacer, Academic Integrity). In addition, Jonathan Chen, Grad Assistant, will be serving as Coordinator of Academic Advising to support Rachel. Congratulations, Rachel and Jonathan!
This summer the Residence Life staff, with the support of the ITS staff, successfully launched a new housing software application - the Adirondack Portal. It’s an interactive and more efficient way for students to interact with key processes such as housing selection, dining plan preferences, and submitting their emergency contact information. The program was launched parallel to orientation, during which first-year students were able to indicate their housing preferences in order to be electronically matched with a compatible roommate. It is like our own Match.Com! I am grateful for the use of technology allowing us to better serve our students!
And, thanks to members of the Office of Student Affairs who nominated me for the ALS ice bucket challenge. Check out their video here. Of course, I couldn’t say “No,” so here’s my video. And more to come hopefully from different offices on campus. Follow us on twitter to keep up with the latest: @RegisBeat
Cheryl A. Pacella successfully defended her DNP thesis entitled "The lived experience of heart failure patients who have utilized a care transition coach following hospital discharge.” Congratulations, Cheryl!
Benjamin Remillard, who recently graduated from the MA in Heritage Studies Program, was hired as an adjunct lecturer of history at Massachusetts Bay Community College for the fall 2015 semester. He will be teaching US History 1 and World Civilizations 1. Congrats, Ben.
Cherilynn Blumenthal, the first graduate of the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis, accepted a new position at ACCEPT Education Collaborative as a Behavior Specialist after receiving her Master’s in May. Way to go Cherilynn!
I love hearing these student success stories. Please continue to let me know what our recent graduates are up to!
In the following weeks, Residence Life will be training 26 Resident Assistants. Training includes team building, campus presentations, and a trip to a ropes course. On September 6 and 7, over 60 students will volunteer to become “Movers and Shakers” - assisting residential students with their move to campus.
Congratulations to our scholar athletes, too! The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams have been given “Scholar All American” status for the spring 2015 semester by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The award is presented to teams who have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. And, the men's and women's tennis teams have both been named “Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Teams” for earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.2 or higher. Five tennis players also earned the distinction of ITA Scholar Athletes for having a GPA of at least 3.5. For a look back at our athletics banner year, click here. And if you haven’t noticed already, GoRegisPride.com – the official Regis athletics web site – recently got a facelift.
We welcomed over 100 fall athletes to campus last weekend to begin pre-season training. May I also say “Welcome” to new members of the Athletics department: Laura Violette, Assistant AD for Student Athlete Welfare; Alex Petrie, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Jacqueline Bayer, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Sean Randall, Men’s Soccer Intern; Nikki Naccarato, Volleyball Intern, Kevin Greene & Pat Lahey, XC/Track Interns; Megan Phelps, Women’s Basketball Intern; and Sam Akl, Women’s Lacrosse Intern.
The athletics season officially starts next Tuesday, September 1, with women’s soccer hosting MCLA at 1:00 p.m. and field hockey hosting Framingham State at 4:00 p.m. Best of luck!
We had a very enjoyable time at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee for the annual Alumni Cape Cod Luncheon on August 6 with over 100 alumnae. The alumnae in attendance ranged from class of 1949 to class of 2013! Special thanks to Joni Beshansky, Associate Professor and Regulatory and Clinical Research Management Program Director, who spoke to the group about the program and her work at Regis. In the photo to the right are (from left to right) Trustee Camille Ferazzi ‘69, Barbara Fagan, Joni Beshansky, Nancy Kunkel ‘08, Zak Harris (Director of UG Admission), me, Kathy Lennon ‘63 and Miriam Sherman ‘98 (VP of Institutional Advancement).
Last week I traveled to Nantucket to meet with Trustee John Tegan, husband to Lorraine Tegan ‘63, a former Trustee who passed away in 2012, and with other Regis alums.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on September 10, 2015 – the date of the Ribbon Cutting event and Institutional Advancement Office’s President’s Associates reception!
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN