News and Announcements
President's Notes V.8October 22, 2015
Hello. As October has flown by, everyone seems to have settled into our new campus and, now, the big buzz on campus is the comfortably familiar line waiting for coffee in the early a.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts in our Library/Learning Commons! Dunkin’ Donuts officially opened at Regis last Friday. Our students have been asking for this for years and I am so pleased to be able to honor their request. I walked over early Tuesday and joined that line myself.
Tuesday evening as I was leaving campus close to 7 p.m. in the fall darkness, the welcome sound of cheers welled up from the lighted athletic fields. Regis is thriving, and news from our faculty, staff, and students says it all.
Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director Anthony D’Aries was selected as the Lighthouse Fort Lyon Writer-in-Residence. Anthony will complete two residencies – one in late fall and one in early summer – at the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community, where he will lead creative writing workshops for homeless veterans and give a public reading in Denver at the Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop. Read about the program here.
Anthony was also selected as a visiting writer for Arrowmont School of Arts winter writing program. Congratulations, Anthony, and don’t forget your roots at Regis!
David Gilmore, Assistant Professor & Chair, Medical Imaging Program, Director, Nuclear Medicine, and Associate Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, was invited to speak to the European Nuclear Medicine Congress in Hamburg, Germany, and he is shown here at the right with Joanna Sánchez- Saxtoft and Dr. J. Löfgren of Copenhagen, Denmark. David has been collaborating with colleagues in Europe on a variety of projects having to do with global educational standards for Nuclear Medicine Technologists. Congratulations, David!
The Regis Kaneb Faculty Scholars, members of the Faculty Development and Research Committee, and institutional advancement and academic affairs personnel enjoyed the annual Kaneb luncheon with John and Virginia Pyne “Ginny” Kaneb ‘57 Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Kaneb, as you all know, are the generous and longstanding donors of the Kaneb Grants that allow Regis faculty to pursue research on sabbaticals and during the academic year. 2014-2015 grant recipients were Lauren Beaulieu, Assistant Professor of Psychology/Director of ABA Program: “Evaluation of a Parent Training Program via Written Instruction With and Without Video Modeling;” Anthony D’Aries, Assistant Professor & Writing Program Director: “Writing from the Margins;” Kathryn Edney, Assistant Professor of History: “Teaching History with Musical Films;” Shari Litch-Gray, Assistant Professor of Biology: “Design of on Online Two-Semester Human Anatomy and Physiology Course Sequence;” and Colleen Malachowski, Assistant Professor of Graduate Communications: “Taking Initiative: An Investigation of the Relationships among Classroom Learning, Classroom Climate, Academic Locus of Control and iPad Usage.”
Dr. Susan Franchi, Regis DNP alumna and Adjunct Nursing Faculty, and Director of Nursing for the Arlington Public Schools, recently made a presentation to the NU 716 DNP students on her thesis research, “The lived experiences of parenting a child with Asperger’s Syndrome.”
Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA, Director, Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Program and Assistant Professor of Psychology, has announced an ABA guest lecture for November 16, 6- 8 p.m., in 202 CH. Dr. Kelly McConnell will speak on “Supporting Successful Medical and Dental Visits with Children Diagnosed with Autism: Behavioral Building Blocks, Guidance, and Case Reports.” This lecture is primarily designed for Board Certified Behavior Analysts; however, it may also be of interest to those in the medical field who work with children. The event is free for Regis faculty and students. The cost is $40 for outside attendees who will also receive two continuing education credits for attending this event. RSVPs to Lauren are required, and respondents should indicate they are Regis faculty, staff or students.
Peter Kent, Director of Communications, has announced the appointment of Lindsey Honig as digital communications associate. Lindsey comes to us from the Boston-area office of SSPR Public Relations, a national firm based in Illinois. At SSPR, she was a senior account executive leading client campaigns and strategy to promote brand awareness through national and local media outlets. Lindsey is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and worked in the University Communications office, producing videos for the UConn website and social media outlets. At Regis, she will be producing videos, coordinating social media activities, writing and editing for the web and digital and print publications, and other related activities to support institutional branding, enrollment marketing, and internal and external communications.
HR Director Joan Sullivan has announced the date for the annual Regis Benefits Fair:
The Class of 2016 officially kicked off its senior year with the Senior Legacy event on Thursday, October 1 in the College Hall Foyer. During the event, they greeted each other and toasted to the academic year. This event is a new tradition at Regis as a time to gather as a class to celebrate.
Current DNP student, Dawn Williamson, is an item writer for the National Addictions Nurses Certification exam.
On October 15, nine Regis Erat Scholars, with their parents and Erat faculty and staff leaders present and past in attendance, shared their answers to central questions they set out to explore during their semester long seminar class and three weeks of European travel from Austria to Ireland. The trip culminated in the students’ joining other singers from around the world in a performance of Haydn’s “Creation” Oratorio conducted by grammy-award-winning conductor Julien Wachner. Each scholar reported on the trip and shared slideshows, videos, as a group, recounting memorable experiences ranging from the Michelangelo of the Sistine Chapel ceiling and reflections on faith to the Hadron Collider to new international friends and beyond on the seminar’s theme, “Creation.” A highlight of the evening was the entire group singing "Convulsion, Rage, and Terror" from Haydn's “Creation” Oratorio as Douglas Anderson provided accompaniment on the piano.
My thanks to Assistant Professor Elizabeth Smith, PhD (Cand.), MDiv, MSM, former faculty member Sister Judith Costello, CSJ, and, of course, our friend and sponsor of the Erat Scholars Program, Kathryn Erat, who travelled with our 2014-2015 Erat Scholars: Sophia Benzan `16, Nicole Church`17, Nicole DeRosa `16, Jonathan Drapinski `17, Marisa Eddlem `17, Cassandra Golob `17, Ingrid Hernandez `16, Laura Holland `16, Koula Psihogios `16, Taylor Raucher `15, and Ebeny Jazelle Torres `18.
On Monday evening October 19 I enjoyed another great gathering of students for “Pizza with the President” along with Board Chair, Joan Shea. Later that evening Student Life sponsored the “Ladies Night Slumber Party,” which reportedly had a good turn-out. Or turn-in, as the case may be.
The athletic department announced our new Head Lacrosse Coach, Randy Fraser. Randy brings a wealth of coaching experience, most recently as head coach of the Junior USA National Box Lacrosse Team. Welcome, Randy!
Last week was a big week for the future, too. On October 14, I became a second time “Mimi” when Nora Glendenning Lawton was born. Here I am with her and her happy big sister, Olivia. Coincidentally, a few hours after Nora was born, HR Director Joan Sullivan became a first time grandmother when Ava Jane, the daughter of Katie Sullivan Marr ‘03 was born. Congratulations to Katie and to you, Joan!
Today I am meeting with President Lane A. Glenn, PhD, of Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence, and tomorrow Mayor Dan Rivera of Lawrence will be at Regis.
Next Wednesday evening, October 28, the President’s Lecture Series on Health will sponsor a panel on diseases and conditions, as below, that can be difficult to diagnose.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on November 5.
Don’t forget to vote on November 3!