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President's Notes VI.12
January 26, 2016
The semester has launched and it is wonderful to see all of you. Thanks to the Center for Student Services and the Registrar’s Office for getting students checked-in and ready for success.
I am proud of the many Regis students and employees including Jessica Pierre, Kristen Coogan, Sarah Maloney, Anabella Morabito, and Natalia Flores (pictured at right) who marched alongside the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston at the Women's March
in Boston last Saturday. Regis is proud of our heritage and has a history of standing up for what we believe in including reli- gious freedom, human rights, climate justice, racial justice and economic justice.
I’m excited to start the year off on a healthy note and am grateful for the Health Services Bigger Loser and Get Fit Challenge! This is a great opportunity for all of us to get some physical activity and nutrition assistance, all at no cost to you. I plan on taking part and hope you do too. And see you all at the finish line of the 5K on April 27th.
David Gilmore, chair and assistant professor of Medical Imaging, is so proud of the first cohort of Diagnostic Medical Sonography students (pictured here) who started the program last spring and start clinical rotations this semester at multiple sites including Brigham & Women’s Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, and Good Samaritan Medical Center. The great new lab in CH 3 provides excellent classroom and lab space equipped with four ultrasound machines and phantom training models where students apply what they learn in class by scanning classmates. Students gain experience in the lab in preparation for clinical rotations by performing thyroid, abdominal, and female pelvic ultrasounds and some vascular exams.
The second floor of our library is now the new home of ACE, Q Center, Writing Center and Title III Grant staff. It’s a great consolidated space for our students to study, learn and collaborate. We spotted Pauline Seremetis, freshman nursing major, and Ayan Abdulkadir and Melissa Miller, both Accelerated Nursing students, taking advantage of the space.
I encourage you all to attend the Most Everything you Need to Know to Support Students workshop hosted by Student Affairs on February 9th from 12:30—2pm in Maria Hall. It will be an informative refresher for faculty and staff on the resources available to support students who may be struggling academically, socially or emotionally.
The Athletics department is planning a great event to celebrate and recognize National Girls and Women in Sport Day. It will be held during the women’s basketball game on Tuesday, January 31st at 6pm. Young women, little girls, student athletes, and female faculty and staff who have participated in sports are invited. All young girls in attendance—including some Regis Children’s Center children—will be invited on court to participate in pre-game player introductions. They will also get a T-shirt and bracelet, sign a poster where young girls can express their thoughts on “Play Like a Girl” theme, and get invited to the court during halftime to play games. Sounds like fun!
Our men's and women's track and field teams did very well at the Panther Invitational Saturday at Plymouth State last week. Read about it here.
Faculty And Staff
Richard Pulice, professor of Public Health, was a keynote speaker at the EXPERTS conference held in Antwerp, Belgium, on December 12, 2016. This conference, attended by over 750 mental health practitioners and advocates from Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, focused on recovery from serious mental illnesses. Dr. Pulice’s talk was on the role of family and community in the recovery process. Following the conference, he went on to the Netherlands to lecture at several organizations in the Amsterdam area.
Priscilla Boerger, Education department chair and EdD program director, is one of 15 individuals in educational leadership selected to participate in a compilation of leadership books called “Books That Resonate” that will be featured in the June issue of School Administrator Magazine. Each contributor selects books that impact their professional life and Priscilla’s selections will focus around how the values expressed in the work guide her everyday working philosophy. Nice job Priscilla!
This week a few faculty and staff are attending the AAC&U Annual Meeting “Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence” in San Francisco including Mary-Anne Vetterling, associate dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Kate Edney, associate dean of Academic Assessment; Raffaele Florio, associate dean of Liberal Arts; Helen Consiglio, assistant dean of Health Sciences; and Shawna Erickson, director of Institutional Support.
Seven nursing faculty from the Clinical Resource and Simulation Center will make presentations at the annual International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) conference in June in Washington, D.C. Jan Tuxbury, Pat McCauley, Sharon Wong, Elizabeth Lawlor Duca and Carol Dowen will present “Designing a Pediatric-Maternity Clinical Orientation Using Simulation.” Mary Lou Cullen and Joan Dorr will present “Simulation: Closing the Gap in Critical Care Education.” The acceptance letter noted that INACSL had received the largest number of submissions for any of their conferences so the acceptance process was very competitive. I’m thrilled that their work and Regis will be recognized nationally and internationally. Congratulations all of you!
The Administrative Council and I had a day-long retreat yesterday. We developed our vision for Regis in the next five years and imagined the future we are trying to create as a result of our work. We continued work on the Strategic Plan by packaging the metrics in a concise, measurable way that is consistent with our vision. This will set us up for success and keep us on track. Chair of the Board John Tegan joined us as well.
This morning, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Kara Kolomitz and I attended a meeting at Suffolk University by Success Boston, the city’s initiative to increase the college success of Boston Public School graduates. They briefed us on the progress they are making toward the goal of doubling the percentage of BPS graduates earning college degrees within six years of enrolling.
I will be attending the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. this weekend and moderating a panel on diversity and inclusion in higher ed.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on February 9th. Let’s hope that Punxsutawney Phil cannot see his shadow and that spring is soon on the way! And Go Pats!