News and Announcements

President's Notes V.5

September 10, 2015

Welcome back to a new academic year! This afternoon at 4 p.m. we will officially cut the ribbon on Phase I of the Master Plan, a campus-wide event to which all members of the Regis community are invited.

I am thrilled with the construction, and so happy to see everyone walking across the quad, students playing Frisbee on the grass and enjoying the new space. Classes are in full swing, and it’s wonderful to see all of you students! But even before opening day I was hearing about students on Twitter.

President Hays with Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ in the new Maria Hall extension.Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, Chair of the Regis Corporation and President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, joined me for a tour of the new Maria Hall wing a few days before its opening. Faculty members had a productive workshop last Thursday, September 3, and then move-in on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7, went fabulously well across the campus and that’s because of all of you. I am very grateful to the student “Movers and Shakers” who helped with first-year student move-in on Sunday, to all Student Life and Resident Life staff, and to the ever faithful Physical Plant staff, Campus Police, and to Registrar Esther Ghazarian and everyone in Centralized Check-In. People were e-mailing me throughout Labor Day weekend to comment on how smoothly the great September return went. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

A rendering of the new Maria Hall Extension fireplace lounge.

Upcoming Campus Events

CSJ Hearth & Home logoSave the date of Thursday, October 1, Founders’ Day, 12 noon to 1 p.m. for a special campus-wide event to be held during the common hour on the Library Patio. More about that – and what “CSJ Hearth & Home” might mean – in the next “President’s Notes” (September 24).

Later this month Dr. Mary Fanning, Expert Teacher and Researcher in the Rosswurm and Larrabee Model of Evidence Based Practice, will present “The Rosswurm Larrabee Evidenced Based Practice Model: An Education Workshop for DNP Students” on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in CH 202. This workshop is supported by a Co-Curricular Grant and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Faculty & Staff

Julia Lisella, Associate Professor of English, told me that her recent book of poems, Always, was favorably reviewed by Grace Cavalieri in the Washington Independent Review of Books in her "August 2015 Exemplars: Poetry Reviews." Reviewed along with the work of Jonathan Galassi, the late James Tate, and others, the poems of Always are in great company. Congratulations, Julia.

Congratulations to the SNHS Dean Penny Glynn, PhD, too, and the faculty and staff who worked on the proposal to grant candidacy to the Occupational Therapy Master’s Program. You succeeded, and the OT Master’s Program has been granted candidacy status by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (ACOTE)! We will welcome students into the program in January, and follow the ACOTE appointed process for full accreditation.

Some exciting news for Patricia Pariste, HR Assistant. She learned this week that a new member of Regis personnel, Jessica Pierre in Resident Life, is her second cousin. They had met only once in Haiti when they were children. This meeting at Regis was neither humanly planned nor coincidental but, Joan Sullivan, HR Director, says, “divine intervention” that brought Jessica to Regis and back to Patricia, who will give Jessica her new employee orientation.

Margaret Oot-Hayes, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of Research & Theory, was recognized in an article by the Brigham & Women Faulkner Hospital's Pulse about her new position as their Nurse Scientist.

Susan Kennedy, Director of Internships and Career Placement, announced a website which helps students translate their academic majors into career paths. The site, which has been customized for the Regis majors, lists each of our majors as well as hiring employers, sectors, and career development strategies. Susan says it’s the most comprehensive tool she has ever seen. I hope you all check it out and encourage all our students to do so too!


Susan Calhoun, a DNP Student, presented a poster, entitled “Development of a Baccalaureate Community Health Nursing Course Grounded in Nightingale Environmental Adaptation Theory of Nursing Practice” at the “Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators: From Critical Thinking to Clinical Reasoning” Conference, August 7-8. Susan was also recently hired for the position of Associate Director of the RN to BSN Program at Endicott College, School of Nursing. Congratulations Susan!

Thu Nguyun, a senior Global Business Management major, completed her internship at the Khai Thing Trading Services Import and Export in Vietnam over the summer as an accounting intern. What a great global experience, Thu!

The Center for Global Connections has some great international experiences to offer this year. Each trip, listed below, is tied to a credit(s) bearing course and students must be enrolled in the course during spring semester. Some courses may have a prerequisite. Please see below for more information.

President’s Office

Have a wonderful and fruitful semester everyone. The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on September 24.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN


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