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President's Notes V.6September 23, 2015
Hello. I am getting this issue of “President’s Notes” out a little earlier than its scheduled delivery tomorrow because I want to remind everyone who can to watch Pope Francis’s speech to the U.S. Congress Thursday morning, September 24 (tomorrow) at 9:20 a.m. or so.
And I especially wish to urge members of the Regis community to come to the faculty panel in the FAC for a lively discussion of the Holy Father’s speech scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. on September 24, and open to the public.
Pope Francis with President Obama greeting American children upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base (Credit: Andrew Harnik, AP)
I understand that, prior to 12:30 a tape of the Pope’s speech will also be playing in the FAC. The Regis faculty members who will comprise the panel, listed with their academic disciplines, are Associate Professor Carmela Abbruzzese, CSJ, EdD, Education; Associate Professor Timothy Ciesielski, Public Health; Associate Professor Ernest Collamati, PhD, Religious Studies and Philosophy; Associate Professor Raffaele Florio, PhD, History, World Languages and Heritage; Associate Professor Mary Ann Hart, DNP, RN, Health Administration; Michael Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor, Humanities; and Professor and Associate Dean Anne Powers, PhD, Biology.
We had a wonderful start to the new semester and Academic Year through the Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Maria Residence Hall extension, quad, and library entrance on September 10 and Convocation on September 15. The promised rain came but certainly didn’t deter us from holding the Ribbon Cutting outdoors and quickly subsided. Trustees and other guests enjoyed a reception on the new St. Joseph Hall Plaza. In case you missed the Ribbon Cutting, you can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLQnw5bAoUo.
And you may read about it here: WickedLocal.com: Regis College holds ribbon cutting celebration for new buildings
MetroWest Daily News: Regis College in Weston celebrates new campus
The Pilot: Regis Cuts the Ribbon on campus construction
A few days later, faculty, staff and students alike were pleased with the fantastic Convocation on Tuesday, September 15. The FAC was packed for one of our greatest Convocation turnouts. The gorgeous weather helped as we enjoyed lunch together as a community on the quad afterwards. Here is a picture of our marshal, VP of Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, and me about to set out with the faculty to march down to the Fine Arts Building.
Some of the retired Sisters of St. Joseph who now live at Bethany in Framingham toured the “new” campus on a bus today. Having lived in St. Joseph Hall overlooking a parking lot for many years they certainly appreciated the transformation to the quad and the disposition of the Maria Hall extension and turn-around of the library steps. Here they are pictured with me (in the back), Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy and Director of HR Joan Sullivan. They had a special visit from some children from our Children’s Center who delivered handmade cards to the Sisters. Pride Guide Leah Peel, sophomore nursing student, gave a tour from the bus. Talk about inter-generational!
Faculty & Staff
Kate Edney, Assistant Professor, wrote a guest post on the New York Public Library Musical of the Month blog www.nypl.org/blog/2015/09/04/musical-month-golden-dawn
Thomas Meade, Visiting Assistant Professor in EdD in Higher Education Leadership and Communication, had two articles accepted for publication. One will be published in Mass Communications and Journalism entitled "What Moves You? Testing Personality Characteristics for Transportability in Entertainment." It studies how different personality characteristics (the Big Five) may be susceptible to immersion in narratives. The other will be published in Recreational Sports Journal entitled "Disinfect the Rec: Creating and Implementing a Disinfection Campaign at Gyms Using the Theory of Planned Behavior." This study was a longitudinal experiment aimed at creating the most effective message to persuade gym users to disinfect surfaces after use. Well done Tom!
Bonnie Quinn, Director of Financial Aid, has been appointed to Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as the representative for Massachusetts.
Congratulations to Laura Bertonazzi, Associate Dean of Students & Chief Judicial Officer, who has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled “A Study Of The Perceptions Of Pastoral Crisis Intervention As A Crisis Debriefing Strategy Among Resident Directors At Select Catholic Colleges And Universities.” Dr. Bertonazzi received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of New England this month.
Priscilla Boerger, EdD Program Director, is hosting a Fall Gathering for EdD students on Monday, October 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for everyone in the EdD program to get together.
A Senscio Systems demo was held on campus on September 15. Here I am with (from left) Pam Boardman, Program Manager from Senscio Systems, Associate Professor Pat McCauley, Nursing faculty, Lydia McClure, Senscio’s Chief Medical Officer, Piali De, CEO of Senscio, Jan Tuxbury, Nursing faculty, and David Harmon, VP of Corporate Development at Senscio. Senscio is a company that developed an in home telehealth system and has installed a system in the new simulation lab for our use.
I am so proud to say that we have checked-in the largest undergraduate population in Regis history and our resident halls are full! Thank you so much to the Center for Student Services, ITS and all those who helped with centralized check-in. Feedback from parents has also been phenomenal.
In addition, this semester we have welcomed 20 international students. Here I am meeting our Nursing students from Saudi Arabia with faculty members Pat McCauley and Jan Tuxbury. David Crisci, Director of the Center for Global Connections, asks us to keep in mind that these students are new to campus, and some are even new to our country. Be sure to be on the lookout and give them a warm Regis welcome.
From 4 – 6 p.m. on September 24, the Heritage Studies Graduate Program, the Department of Humanities, and LASO (Latin American Student Organization) will celebrate Central American Independence with a special program. This is the first in a series of monthly events organized by the Heritage Studies Graduate Program and funded in part by a Regis Co-Curricular Grant. Future events include: October: “The Meaning of Masks;” November: film screening and discussion of “Sergeant York”; December: “The Feast of the Seven Fishes.”
The Division of Student Affairs published their Professional Development Series schedule for this fall and next spring. These trainings are part of a series of professional development opportunities that will be open to members of the Regis community. I hope that you will take advantage of these great opportunities.
All students, faculty, and staff are also especially invited by me to celebrate Founders’ Day on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., on the Library Steps and Patio. This traditional celebration at Regis marks the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Boston, and five Regis Sisters, and student leaders will speak. There will be live music (Come and listen!) and refreshments on the quad. Stay tuned for related announcements.
Last week I met with John Brackett, the Interim Superintendent of the Weston Public Schools, and also attended the Garden Party at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, our Weston neighbors. I am looking forward to having lunch with our Golden Tower alums on Friday.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on October 8… and see below for special notice about Pride Fest & Parents’ Weekend coming up this Saturday!
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
The Athletics and Alumni Relations departments are coordinating Pride Fest & Parents’ Weekend on Saturday.