News and Announcements

President's Notes V.7

October 9, 2015

I am so proud to announce that Regis has been named a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education” for the third consecutive time by The National League for Nursing (NLN)! As I said in the official press release, also available at Weston Town Crier, we were thrilled when Regis first received this prestigious national recognition in 2008 but now we’re over the top with joy because the continuous award communicates the continuous high quality of nursing education at Regis.

And congratulations to graduate nursing student Cassandra Godzik who has been elected to the national leadership council of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) in the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Read the full story here.

We held a lovely Founders’ Day celebration October 1 during “common time” led by the trumpet of Adam Gautille of the Back Bay Quintet, blessed by the insights of five Sisters of St. Joseph faculty and staff members and students, and graced by the singing of the Glee Club.

See all the pictures on our Facebook page here and read more about the event after these photos.

addresses the crowd at the 2015 Founders Day celebration Adam Gautille plays the trumpet at the 2015 Founders Day celebration
The Glee Club performs at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Sister Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, PhD, Archivist; Sister Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, PhD, former Dean of SAS; Sister Barbara Loud, CSJ, EdD, Mathematics; Sister Mary Murphy, CSJ, MEd; and Sister Carmela Abbruzzese, CSJ, EdD, Education delivered wonderful speeches to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the CSJs in Boston in 1873 on October 2, the founding of Regis by Sister Mary Regis, and the arrival of our Guardian Angel in 1929. The entire Student Athletic Association E-Board – Renato Rosas, Amanda Iandoli, Manny Santiago, and Jordan Monts, led by Michaela Nejaime – talked about the welcoming Regis community. Jeff Parish ’14, now a graduate student in Education, delivered a rousing message about our campus’s CSJ legacy of service, and Dahisha St. Franc ’15, also now a graduate student, told her personal story of coming to Regis. Read the full story here.

Faculty & Staff

Jill Rosen, Director of LLARC (Lifelong Learning at Regis), was recently interviewed about the program by Community Advocate, a local newspaper serving metro-west.

Regis Chaplain, Father Paul Kilroy, writes from Israel that he is having a great time on a special international tour regarding Christ’s life and biblical history. “We are 15 from all over the world. That in itself is a treat. Most of us are a little nervous with gunfire every night in our neighborhood. I am staying in Bethany and there is one of those new walls right in our back yard. What a tense place... but at the same time the sights and walks are magnificent.” He leaves for Jordan today, then Negev, Eilat, Petra and Ammon. Godspeed Father Paul!

Jocelyn Collen, Director of the Center for Ministry & Service, was interviewed for Learn Forward, a series on student engagement offered by The Office of Research and Strategic Initiatives at OrgSync. They are committed to helping campuses grapple with the tough questions in higher education. Learn Forward includes webinars focused on research and practical application, ebooks on strategies and best practices, and badges and certificates on unique themes in higher education to give you knowledge and tools to enhance the valuable work we do. Copy and paste this link, or use control and click and Read Joceyln’s interview here.


Call for student submissions to Hemetera.It’s that time of year again for Hemetera 2016 submissions at! All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to submit their fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, poetry, and photography.

Dawn Williamson, DNP student, received two awards from Partners Health System Clinical Process Implementation Leadership Program (CPIP) for an interdisciplinary project in which she was involved. The project is entitled “Improved Management of Intoxicated Patients in the Emergency Department,” by Leslie Milne, MD-MGH (CPIP Jan '15); Dawn Williamson, APRN-MGH (CPIP Jan '15). Congrats Dawn!

The SGA Executive Board in Washington, DCThe Executive Board of the Student Government Association just returned from the American Student Government Association in Washington, D.C. While there, they met SGA members from other institutions, and learned valuable information such as leadership development, advocacy, and student voice. Each student came back to campus with energy helping make a great Student Government Association. From left: Zachary Sletterink (’16), Andrea Baez (’17), Katherine Sullivan (’16), Ashley Ventolieri (’16), Matthew Norton (’17).

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the Office of Student Affairs hosted the annual dinner honoring the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. During this dinner, we welcomed approximately 75 Sisters and invited them to chat with a variety of students and staff about the campus. The Sisters were so impressed with all the wonderful new developments on the campus itself and couldn’t believe how much had changed! The dinner ended with the students from Campus Ministry honoring Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, former Director of Spiritual Life, and all she did for our students and staff while here.


Regis students at the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity walk.Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Scott Wright was inducted into the Rivier University Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2006 men’s volleyball team. Control plus click and Read about it here. Or here: Congrats Scott!

The Softball team at the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity walk.Making Regis proud are several of our teams that recently volunteered at charity walks. Justine Murphy (’17) coordinated with the Office of Student Programming and Leadership in sponsoring 3 buses to transport approximately 100 students to the Hatch Shell in Boston for the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5 mile walk. The students raised over $2,400 dollars for breast cancer research, and the money continues to come in. The Tennis team at the 2015 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity walk.Many athletic teams participated in the walk and everyone represented Regis well. Several of our teams were participants including Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Field Hockey, and Softball. As well the Field hockey team volunteered at the Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, September 27. See the photo here. Great job athletes!

President’s Office

President Hays and Congresswoman Clark at a Grants Workshop at the Watertown Public Library.This past Monday, I delivered a talk on grantsmanship at a Grants Workshop at the Watertown Public Library sponsored by Congresswoman Katherine Clark, pictured with me at left. Members of the Regis IA team also made a presentation. The workshop considered best practices, insider tips, and how to research and write a competitive proposal.

President's Hays and England pose beside the praying angel outside of the new Library entrance.Last week I gave a tour of the new spaces on campus to a special guest, Regis President Emerita Mary Jane England,’59, MD. Dr. England was on campus meeting with two students who are recipients of the Mary Jane England ‘59 Scholarship.

President Hays with Nancy Green Barry and Mary McAuliffe both class of 1966 at the ribbon cutting.I also met with Nancy Green Barry, '66 visiting from Hawaii and her classmate, Mary McAuliffe, '66 from Cape Cod. Both were Lay Apostolates in Hawaii after they graduated from Regis. They visited campus on Tuesday.

Today I am at the AICUM Fall Symposium at The College of the Holy Cross with Vice Presidents Tom Pistorino and Paul Vaccaro.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on October 22.

Enjoy this glorious October and weather and our green campus while we have it!

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN


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