News and Announcements
President's Notes VI.2August 4, 2016
Wow. What a great few weeks we have had! Orientation, I hear, was amazing as was Preview Day. My humble thanks to all those who made it happen. There are so many great pictures and smiling faces, it makes me so proud!
The Class of 2020 just “Can’t Stop the Feeling” of loving their Orientation experience! We welcomed in the newest members of the #RegisFamily last week at Orientation. During those two days, students met their First-Year Seminar instructors, heard from members of our community, and enjoyed some entertainment provided by the Student Programming & Leadership office. This fun music video was played during the welcome portion of Orientation and sent around via social media last week. I love the video so much! Thanks to seniors Jonathan Drapinski and Christopher Draper for creating it! Dunkin’ Donuts was as busy as ever and the quad was full of life and laughter. I am excited to see what the school year brings for this amazing group of students. A big thank you to the Orientation Leader Staff, and especially James Guaragna, who brought energy and excitement to these students and their families - especially in 93 degree heat!
Some of you may remember the mural that was painted on the wall of the former Campus Ministry office by Vanessa Noesi ’14. We all loved how she depicted the Regis spirit with different aspects of our community, including the Sisters of St. Joseph, athletics, academic work, international presence, the iPad, and the Norman Tower. Well, Father Paul Kilroy commissioned her to recreate the hand-painted art on canvas that now hangs in the hallway outside the new Center for Ministry and Service in St. Joseph Hall. Vanessa now works at Lawrence High School in the Admission Office, where she has been for two years, and is a middle school volleyball coach. Thank you Vanessa!
First-Year Experience has announced the Regis Common Read book for this academic year: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Many of the book’s themes—race and identity, family and interpersonal relationships, culture and society—will serve as the foundation for FYE. I look forward to reading it along with all of you.
Good luck to Denise Soccio who will present "The effectiveness of mental health simulation in replacing traditional clinical hours in baccalaureate nursing education" at her DNP doctoral defense next Thursday, August 11!
Congratulations to the men’s and women’s tennis teams for earning team and individual Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic honors! And Head Coach John Ciarleglio was honored by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) for outstanding participation in the association's continuing education program. John is the winningest coach in Regis women's tennis history and holds seven league titles between the two programs. Read about both stories at www.goregispride.com Go Pride!
Faculty And Staff
Regis was well represented at the US Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph quinquennial event in Orlando, FL from July 9-12 including alum Joanne Gallagher, CSJ, who was part of the event planning committee; alum Erin McDonald, CSJ, was a panelists; and several other CSJ alums and trustees who were in attendance, including our Archivist Sister Mary Rita Grady, pictured left at the closing ritual. Trustee Meyer Chambers, pictured below, was a panelist responding to Mary Johnson, SNDdeN's presentation: “Who is Our Neighbor Today?” outlining the demographic shifts over the last
several decades. He made this touching and unforgettable statement: “I am offended when you say to me: ‘Meyer when I look at you I do not see your color.’ I want you to see my color. My mother and father gave me this beautiful color.” You can watch the video here. Alum Jackie Salas '14 was on a panel responding to Pat Bergen, CSJ’s presentation on the charism and mission “Moving All-Ways in the Flow of Unioning Love.” Pictured below with the other panelists, Jackie shared her amazing journey from Guam to Regis to the St. Joseph worker volunteer program in Minnesota. She is now in Notre Dame's ACE program where she is teaching in an elementary school in a poor neighborhood of Atlanta to complete her master’s degree. All along the way, Jackie recounted her reflections to the question: “Jackie, why are you here?” challenging the audience to answer the same question. Other varied activities included an impromptu prayer vigil at the Pulse nightclub and an evening at Disney Springs. The nearly 700 attendees concluded with the conviction that “together we make a difference: one choice at a time, one voice at a time, and prayer all the time.”
Kate Edney, assistant professor in Humanities, was elected President of the New England American Studies Association (NEASA) council. NEASA is a regional, interdisciplinary, academic professional organizational devoted to promoting the study of American history, culture, and society. This past April, Regis hosted NEASA’s spring conference, “Beyond the Ballot Box: Political Contests, Cultural Contexts.” Congratulations Kate!
Congratulations to Carol Conroy, adjunct faculty and DNP alum, for winning the Organization of Nurse Leaders Kappa Tau Nursing Excellence in Administration Award for 2016. The award goes to an outstanding member of the Honor Society whose contributions to nursing fulfill the goals of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Erin Wisniewski, director of Student Programming and Leadership; Bridget Buoniconti, director of Residence Life; Kelly Golden, assistant dean of Student Affairs; and Courtney Mulligan, director of Student Disability & Accessibility Services, traveled to St. Norbert's College in Wisconsin for the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) annual conference from July 19-22. The conference was a great opportunity to reflect on the work of Student Affairs and gain new insights on how to engage our students in our mission. Keynote speakers focused on the need to understand the complexities of Generation Z and the importance of building bridges between faculty and staff to support the overall development of our students. Bridget and Kelly shared their work on the Regis CARE Advisors program, as a part of our Title IX process. Administrators from colleges across the country greatly complimented our work in supporting both survivors and accused students involved in gender misconduct incidents. I am proud to know that Regis is leading the way in this important and critical work. Thank you, ladies, for representing Regis so well.
And earlier this summer, Student Affairs hosted the New England Student Affairs Placement Conference (NESAPC), a program sponsored by the Boston Area College Housing Association at offer professional development opportunities for housing professionals. Both Bridget Buoniconti and Kelly Golden serve on the BACHA Board as the New Professionals Chair and President, respectively. This year’s NESAPC brought employers from over 20 institutions and 40 candidates to campus for a two day conference that gave candidates the opportunity to apply for position and meet potential employers. The interviews took place in the Maria Hall suites and professional development sessions were offered in the multipurpose room. Laura Bertonazzi, Kristen Coogan, Walt Horner, Laura Violette, James Guaragna, and Tim Stamoulis presented and other Regis staff, including Rachel Arno, got involved by serving as a job coach to new professionals. What a wonderful opportunity to show off our beautiful campus! Thanks to grad interns, Kristen Coogan, Caitlin Mannix, and Jessica Pierre, for their planning efforts, and to Facilities, Conference and Events, and Dining Services for their support!
Our doctoral programs were well represented at the 24th annual conference for nurse educators: Clinicians and Educators: Collaborating to Meet Practice Change held June 1–3 in Falmouth. Pictured below from left are Andrea Matthews, DNP student; Karen Crowley, assistant dean of grad nursing; Priscilla Boerger, EdD program director; Margaret Oot-Hayes, professor of nursing; and DNP students Helene Bowen- Brady and Susan Calhoun.
Karen and Priscilla presented LiveText: Professional Portfolios and Program Assessment in Doctoral Education; Margaret presented with DNP student Helene Brady on The Intersection of Academia and Practice: The Role of the Nurse Scientist in Promoting Evidence-Based Practice at a Community Hospital in the Greater Boston Area; DNP candidate Andrea Matthews presented Associate Degree Nursing Students' Perception of Faculty Incivility Toward Students; and DNP candidate Susan Calhoun presented Development of a Baccalaureate Community Health Nursing Course Grounded in Nightingale's Framework. Nice job everyone!
In the fall of 2015 Margherite Matteis, associate professor of nursing, and her husband, Andy Matteis, established a fund to support a Regis DNP nursing student. I’m pleased to share that Helene Brady has been awarded this inaugural DNP nursing scholarship. The committee has selected Helene for her academic record, personal accomplishments, and dedication to the field. Congratulations Helene!
David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections, recently traveled to Cyprus and Italy and visited six schools to develop direct study abroad opportunities. This picture is at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. From left are Tom Howard, Regional Manager - North America; David Crisci; Margherita Pasquini and Lea Dominique who both work in the International Student office.
Lisa Fardy, associate professor of nursing & public health, hosted Dr. Jim O’Connell, president and founding physician of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), an organization that provides access to high quality health care for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area, in her Community Health Nursing (NU 340) class on July 25th. The students were very excited, especially given Dr. O’Connell’s recent publication Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor.
institutional advancement & alumni
I had such a wonderful time under the Tuscan sun last week on the second annual alumni and friends trip to Italy, joined by 30 alumni and friends spanning all generations including VP Miriam Sherman, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Christina Duggan, and Regis Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy. We enjoyed amazing Italian food and wine, visits to many historical sites, and mass celebrated by Father Paul in Florence and Assisi. Above is the whole group at Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi. We also had the honor of celebrating the 90th birthday of Gert Breen Alfredson ’47 on the last evening of our trip. Here I am with her at her party.
You may have heard about our fundraising gala which will take place in the State Room in Boston on October 20. The Let It Shine Gala will be an annual event that will expand our reach and raise funds to support scholarships and programs. This year’s co-chairs are Anne Finucane, vice chair of Bank of America, and John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction (our Master Plan builders!). Here is a picture of us when we met on campus in July. They are excited and ready to begin fundraising for Regis. You can learn more on the Let It Shine website; individual tickets will go on sale starting September 15.
Thanks to all of you and our generous and loyal donors, we have surpassed our Regis Fund goal for fiscal year 2015-2016! A big thanks to the Advancement team for their efforts this year. Our staff and faculty participation is so important and appreciated. Watch this quick video (produced by Lindsey Honig, digital communications associate, with Alexis Baum, director of advancement communications) featuring VP Miriam Finn Sherman and many of our students saying “thank you!” to our donors!
The Administrative Council and I are working hard on the Strategic Plan for 2016-2021. We look forward to celebrating the launch with you all in the fall. Until then, enjoy the remainder of the summer!
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on August 25.