News and Announcements
President's Notes V.9November 5, 2015
Yesterday on a gloriously sunny day, Regis, Northern Essex Community College (NECC), and the City of Lawrence launched a satellite of Regis in downtown Lawrence. “Regis North” or “Regis at NECC” is an initiative of the Regis Institute of Advancing Studies (IAS) in collaboration with NECC, and it will focus on bringing new educational and professional opportunities to city and area residents.
Regis has thus staked a claim on the future of Lawrence with our partners at NECC and in the Mayor’s Office. Many partners come to Lawrence and to NECC, but Regis North begins a more substantial and collaborative claim to be there, on site, and for the long term. For over eighty years, Regis has served generations of multicultural, first-generation students. We see great potential in the residents of Lawrence and, truth be told, we are already connected through our alums, students, and faculty. Through our partnership with NECC, Regis will offer flexible and convenient bachelor degree completion programs in nursing, public health and health sciences that lead to in-demand health care careers. You can read more here.
Associate Dean David Gilmore, IAS, Principal Jorge Hernandez, Lawrence Catholic, President Hays, Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Mrs. Kate Lennon Hernandez ’98, SNHS Dean Penelope Glynn
Regis North students Christopher Guard, RN, and Jennifer Nunez, RN, join NECC President Lane A. Glenn, PhD, President Hays, and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera
Several Regis staff members had the opportunity to tour NECC’s fabulous El Hefni Allied Health Building on Common Street and had some fun. The building is structured both as academic offices and classrooms and as a hospital, complete with an ambulance so students in health sciences programs, including emergency medicine, get the feel of what they are learning in practice. NECC has simulation labs for surgery and prenatal care, and it was astonishing to see a simulated woman patient dummy that actually gives birth! The wonders of technology.
Vice President, Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, was a good sport and climbed into the NECC ambulance for a fun photograph. Thanks, Malcolm! More photos are at the end of the newsletter.
Faculty & Staff
On Monday, October 26, David Crisci, Director of the Center for Global Connections, was accompanied by Regis faculty members Dr. Kate Edney and Dr. Priscillar Boerger and four Regis students to a United Nations luncheon in Boston where they were joined by representatives of the British and the Mexican Consulates. In the top row from left are Regis students Giselle Rodriguez, Ana Hidalgo, Arthur Machado and Amnah Jambi. Regis was the only college that sponsored a table, and I’m so proud that we were able to represent Regis on a truly global level! Kate Edney’s email afterwards said it all: “The grace of all four of our students yesterday at the UN lunch perfectly demonstrates how and why Regis is such a special place.” And student Ana Hidalgo wrote, “I am truly grateful to have been granted this opportunity! Thank you to all who made it possible and as Amnah said, I am very proud to be a part of the Regis community and being able to be a part of the global footprint of the Pride.”
The photograph at right shows David Crisci with Regis students and Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, the Permanent Representative of the UK to the United Nations.
Julia Lisella, Associate Professor of English, travelled last month to give a reading at Hood College in Maryland on October 28 and will co-lead a seminar at the Modernist Studies Association in Boston on November 21 entitled: "Resistance and Reform: Modernist Women and Social Engagement." Great news, Julia.
Susan Kennedy, Director of Internships and Career Placement in the Office of Internships and Career Placement, announced that the Regis jobs board, CAREERlink, is now available for our alumni. CAREERlink was launched to the Regis students in late January and has had almost 1,000 job opportunities listed since inception. Alumni can search and apply for jobs, create a resume and cover letter as well as make use of numerous job search materials. Alumni can also post jobs and internships for Regis students and graduates.
Jill Rosen, Director of LLARC, tells me that Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, PhD, RN, FAAN, nursing theorist and professor at Boston College, was a guest speaker at the LLARC class “Science and Faith” on October 28. Many nurses studied “The Roy Adaptation Model,” and it was quite an honor to have her on campus last week.
Regis once again sponsored a table at the Rosie’s Place "Funny Women...Serious Business" luncheon at the Hynes Auditorium in Boston. Associate Dean and Professor Mary Anne Vetterling wrote in to say that the group had a wonderful time and found the speaker, Piper Kerman (author of Orange is the New Black), engaging and inspiring. Here is a photograph of faculty members Susan Carroccino; Michelle Cromwell; Sister Barbara Loud; Pat McCauley; Margaret Oot-Hayes; Mary-Anne Vetterling and Danqing Xiao at the Luncheon.
Congratulations to Lisa Treacy on her promotion to Senior Budget Analyst. Lisa is formerly the Collections Specialist in the Center for Student Services. She will be located in the Business Office, Room CH205 and her extension will be 7333.
Last week, the Center for Ministry and Service had an Open House at its new location in St. Joseph Hall 4, complete with ice cream, popcorn and treats. The new space is warm and inviting; Please drop by to say hello.
Thanks to the HR team for once again organizing a great Benefits Fair this week which featured 16 benefit vendors. Two in-house tables included the Regis Community Health Services, which provided blood pressure checks and flu shots, and the Health and Fitness Studies Department that provided fitness tips and took registrations for boot camp, yoga, and step aerobics classes. In addition to engaging in month-of-November Open Enrollment updates and benefits tips, 124 faculty and staff participated in a door prize raffle with 29 prize recipients! Director of Human Resources Joan Sullivan would like to acknowledge the HR team, especially HR Administrator, Christine Resendes who manages this annual event. Pictured left (L-R) are Administrative Assistant Physical Plant, Yvonn Montoya; HR Administrator, Christine Resendes; and HR Assistant, Patricia Pariste.
This has been a consciously literary week at Regis with several authors visiting campus. On Tuesday, November 3, author Drew Magary discussed his book, The Postmortal, with the students and faculty of the First Year Experience (FYE) pictured at right. The novel looks at immortality after a cure for aging becomes available to the public, and the question asked of Regis freshmen was “Would you take the cure?” The common read committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students had selected The Postmortal because the topics and themes from the novel tie into the first year seminar (FYS) course across a variety of disciplinary perspectives - themes such as identity, self, diversity, health and wellness, the other, faith and, most notably, the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston who founded and sponsor Regis, such as welcoming all without distinction and pursuing excellence tempered by gentleness.
Then, on Wednesday, November 4, writer Patricia Park, (pictured left) who has been named Editors' Choice by The New York Times Sunday Book Review, visited Regis students in the Living Literature class with Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program, Anthony D’Aries, to discuss her novel, Re Jane, and to talk about the writing process, answer student questions, and teach a short writing exercise. Tomorrow, November 6, Regis will also host the PEN New England Writing and Trauma Conference, with Professor D’Aries co-chairing the event, which will provide a forum for writing teachers from both academic and community-based settings to investigate the methods that support the transformational/ therapeutic potential of writing. Writers will share theories, methods, cautionary tales, and success stories during the forum.
Next week, on Monday, November 9, faculty member Nancy DelGiudice, DNP, RN, CPNP, will showcase her work in literacy of another kind – how we think about health and conceptualize it, and how health beliefs impact practices.
The School of Arts and Sciences held a celebration of Faculty Scholarship last Thursday, October 29, through a poster session in the Foyer. Faculty speakers were: Kate Edney: “Mapping the Migratory: American Summer Theater, 1920-1950. A Digital Humanities Pilot Project”; Shari Litch-Gray: "The State of Online A&P: Are We Ready for Prime Time?"; Colleen Malachowski and Thomas Meade: “Taking Initiative: An Investigation of the Relationships Among iPad Use, Academic Locus of Control, Academic Delay of Gratification, and Instructional Communication Outcomes”; Lucía Ortiz: “Race, Gender and Nation in the Poetry of Mayra Santos-Febres”; Elizabeth Seidler: "Teaching Health Economics to Non-Economists"; and Kristen Willems: “The Role of Pim Kinases in the Humoral Immune Response.” Above on the left faculty members Lucia Ortiz and Margherite Matteis enjoy their colleagues’ presentations.
Next up is a lecture by Professor Deirdre Egan-Ryan, Associate Professor of English and Director of Academic Service-Learning at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, on “Lady Liberty: Women Writers and Reform” on November 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the Regis Fine Arts Center Atrium. This lecture will be open to the public.
Nutrition students have been enjoying the new Kitchen/Lab space in St. Joseph Hall, as you can see from the photograph at the left. Cathy Fuller, Director of Health & Fitness Studies, tells me they were very happy to get in there at the beginning of October, and they have been cooking delicious and healthy meals for the last 3 weeks. Ummm, looks good!
The Men’s Soccer team competed in the NECC Tournament yesterday and won by shutout. Men’s swimming team members are winning too. Junior Cassidy Bastianelli has been named this week's Great Northeast Athletic Conference Corvias Swimmer of the Week while teammate Joshua Unas has been named the Rookie of the Week. Congrats, Regis athletes!
Before I sign off, I’m sure you are as troubled as I am about the rash of active shooter incidents and the wanton disregard for life on college and university campuses this past month. One of the things we can do is be informed and be prepared. So at my request and that of student leaders and faculty, we are running active shooter training/workshops in the coming week. Campus Police will conduct these workshops, and please be sure to attend one or the other on either Thursday, November 12 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. or Friday, November 13 from 2:00-4:00 p.m..
Later today I will enjoy coffee with grad students in the Foyer, and I am very much looking forward to gathering with the faculty for a wine and cheese social after the faculty meeting on November 13.
And last but not least, in this season of thanks and fall colors, if you see Joe Mason around, please let him know how grateful we are that he climbs up on stone walls in order to keep our campus and flowers looking beautiful. They are. Thank you, Joe!The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on November 19.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
NECC President Lane A. Glenn, PhD, and I tell NECC students about Regis North
SNHS Dean Penny Glynn, PhD, RN, with Ed Travers, MSN, Regis DNP student, and me. Ed is the Director of Nursing at the Greater Lawrence Health Center.