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President's Notes VI.15
March 9, 2017
Greetings from Florida. We are here connecting with alums and donors and getting ready to march in the annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade this Saturday. It’s always a fun event. Keep an eye out for pictures on our social media channels.
Spring Break this week means things are quiet on campus. But many of our students are serving the dear neighbor and studying abroad.
Ten students are in Dublin, Ireland, this week as part of the Writing in Place: Travel Writing & Journey Memoirs class. One of the students, Ana Hidalgo, is keeping a blog about the trip that you can read here. At left is a picture of the group at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin along with Julia Lisella, associate professor of English, Anthony D'Aries, assistant professor of English, and Liz Stygles, assistant in the Center for Student Services.
Seven nurse practitioner students and three faculty are at St. Georges University in Grenada this week where they are learning about health care and education in another country.
Kettie Louis, coordinator of the Health eVillages Regis Outreach (HERO) project, Barbara Moloney, associate professor of Nursing, and Nursing student Marie Buissereth are visiting St. Therese Hospital in Hinche, Haiti, this week. The HERO initiative was designed to help meet the urgent need for improved health care delivery in Haiti through the power of education and technology. Prior to their departure, they gathered at Walters Hall to receive 25 iPads loaded with nursing content that they would take with them to Haiti. Health eVillages team members Dominic Portalla and Kathryn Eaton provided an orientation to the rich content available on the tablets. Dean Welsh, David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections, and Shawna Erickson, director of Institutional Support, participated in the training as well.
I'm hearing that the Peru group is having an incredible experience. They have had cultural exchanges with local youth, served in various capacities (see photo), and learned about the history of Villa El Salvador. I look forward to seeing pictures and hearing stories from students who are in Managua, Nicaragua, working with the Mustard Seed Communities.
Congrats to all our teams for a great winter season. We are so proud of our women's basketball team for clinching the NECC championship and earning a spot in the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately they suffered a loss in the opening round, but we are grateful for the coaches and the players for representing Regis so well!
The spring sports are underway. Softball is in Myrtle Beach this week for the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic. Our tennis teams are off to a great start too with wins over King's College. The men's volleyball team is competing in the Cal-Lu-Fornia Invitational this weekend at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.
Faculty And Staff
We need your participation in an important effort lead by Sarah Maloney, director of Diversity and Inclusion. Sarah is leading us in a survey effort in partnership with Viewfinder™ Campus Climate Surveys and Insight Into Diversity. This survey will be sent campus-wide on Monday. It is designed to help us measure and assess our strengths and weaknesses around diversity and inclusion efforts across the campus. We hope to use this information to continue to foster an environment where everyone feels safe, welcome, valued, and respected. Thank you for your attention to this important effort.
Michelle Colleran Cook, associate professor of Nursing, was selected by Apple to be an alumni reviewer for the incoming class of 2017 Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) submissions. She will be reviewing two minute videos from education pioneers across the country who are using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning as part of the ADE selection process.
Our Alumni Chorus and Glee Singers are performing the National Anthem at the Boston Celtics game on April 12th! I hope many of you will be able to support our singers. Click to purchase tickets. When you purchasing through Regis via this link, you support the 2018 Florida concert tour.
Last month, Dean of Academic Student Services Marsha Glines was the keynote speaker at the Teaching Conference at Indiana University-Purdue University. She addressed the theme of the conference, “Helping Students Overcome Challenges” and focused on the research and application of collaboration and the social nature of our brains. She also offered a breakout workshop on the use of visuals to enhance working memory and the attention pathways to the brain. Marsha is pictured here in the center of a group from Indiana Tech University. One of her students from 14 years ago drove from Chicago to hear her speak and reconnect. How wonderful!
Steven Threlkeld, associate professor and director of Neuroscience, tells me that several Neuroscience research students presented their work at the Northeast Undergraduate Research on Neuroscience (NEURON) conference in North Haven, CT, on February 26th.This was part of a co-curricular grant. Great job!
Laura Bertonazzi, dean of UG Admission, and Bonnie Quinn, director of Financial Aid, were at the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo last week in Washington, D.C. While there, Bonnie met with Senator Elizabeth Warren and spoke to her about our support for campus-based programs such as work study, and the need to support these programs by renewing the Higher Education Act. Other high priorities are reinstating the interest subsidy for grad students and fully funding the Pell Grant. Thank you Bonnie for all you do for our students!
April Berry-Fletcher, assistant professor of Social Work, was featured in the January edition of FOCUS, a newsletter by the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter. The article highlights how April, a member of the Chapter's Task Force on Maximizing Safety in the Workforce for Social Workers, met with the superintendent of the Boston Police Academy about how to integrate her dissertation "A Quasi-experimental Evaluation of Experiential Methods to Teach the Neurobiology of Violence Prevention" with the Boston Police Academy curriculum. April also conducted two workshops with management and staff at Tufts Health Care who have adopted this training for providers in the Tufts network. This month, April will also present to the Provider’s Council, a professional membership organization of health and human service leaders in Massachusetts. Nice job April!
Lisa Krikorian and Sheryl Kelleher, assistant professors of Nursing, visited the Be Like Brit orphanage in Haiti for a needs assessment and conducted a nursing clinic with the staff nurse at the orphanage. We are planning to partner with Be Like Brit to support the health care needs of the children, staff and surrounding community in Haiti. This initial visit represents the first step in the development of this partnership. Here are Lisa and Sheryl with Be Like Brit co-founder Cherylann Gengel in the center. Cherylann wrote about Lisa, Sheryl and Regis in her recent blog which you can read here.
The Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, March 17th. They have a full agenda including reviewing new academic program proposals.
We will also celebrate Regis’ 90th birthday! We will have two cakes so everyone can take a moment to honor the milestone: 12:30 pm in Upper Student Center Lobby and 2 pm in College Hall Foyer.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on March 23rd.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
Next week we will celebrate Heritage Week and National Sisters Week. Here is the schedule of events: