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President's Notes VI.16
March 23, 2017
Greetings everyone. I am saddened to hear about the attack on London yesterday and the tragic flooding in Peru. These tragedies put in perspective how short life is and how much we should treasure our loved ones and Dear Neighbors at all times. Today's #ThoughtfulThursday gathering at 12:20 in the Peace Room will be dedicated to praying for Peru and London.
I am grateful to the Center for Ministry and Service for providing this weekly occasion for prayer and reflection for all the things occurring in our world, our nation, our campus and in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Students are back from Spring Break and many are reflecting on their service immersion trips.
For the eighth year, Regis has partnered with St. George's University in Grenada for a international nursing clinical immersion experience. The travelers (pictured left) consisted of seven nurse practitioner students in family, adult-geri, and psychiatric-mental health specialities as well as three faculty. Students were able to broaden their understanding of Grenadian culture and health care practices, improve advanced practice nursing clinical skills and participate in community health fairs. A highlight of the trip was meeting Grenada’s Chief Nursing Officer, Nester Edwards, who spoke to them about the need for advanced nursing education in Grenada.
Congrats to women’s lacrosse which is off to the best start in program history with a 5-0 record!
D III week will soon be upon us from April 3-9. Keep an eye out next week for information about events including keynote speakers, lecturers, and a spring pep rally.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Last weekend, Kerry Pintabona, technical services cataloguing assistant in the Library, and Ben Remillard, academic support specialist, became engaged. They first met while earning their MA in Heritage Studies together here at Regis. Kerry interned in my office for a semester as well. Congratulations Kerry and Ben!
Kate Edney, associate dean of Academic Assessment and assistant professor of History & Heritage Studies, (and maybe we can add matchmaker to her list of titles for introducing Kerry and Ben) ran the New England American Studies Association (NEASA) spring conference: "Hoaxes, Humbugs, Pranks and Play: Functions and Expressions of Foolery in American Society and Culture" held at Boston University on March 10-11.
Last Thursday, the Children's Center's afternoon adventure and kindergarten classes had the opportunity to learn about brain development from the neuroscience department as part of Brain Awareness Week. They learned about the parts of the brain and how those parts control their body. They explored model brains with students from the Introduction to Neuroscience course.
And a group of neuroscience students and Steven Threlkeld, director of Neuroscience, toured the Harvard Brain bank at McLean hospital, one of the largest research brain banks in the world. Below is a picture of the group (from left) Syed Bukhari (McLean Neuroanatomist), and Regis students Lisa Lusardi, Mckenzi Hammond, Andriana Harris, Marilyn Vallejos, Emma Morales, Kaline Polanco, and Juliana Alves.
Sarah Maloney, director of Diversity and Inclusion, attended the 11th annual National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) conference in Washington, D.C., last week. The conference focused on professional standards of practice, core values of equity, diversity and inclusion. Participants shared a variety of research and best practices from institutions around the country. The conference overlapped with the ACE (American Council on Education) annual meeting which concluded with a political and policy conversation. While there Sarah met Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Jason Clemence, assistant professor of Education & Humanities, gave an essay reading for the students and faculty of the co-curricular course on the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks (a course created collaboratively by Professors Michael Jackson, Helen Consiglio, Anthony D'Aries, and Raffaele Florio). Professor Clemence's essay, titled "Better Things to Do: On Running and the End of the World," reflects upon his experience running the marathon and his firsthand witnessing of the bombings. Thank you Jason.
On March 2nd, Grad & Professional Career Planning hosted its 2nd annual MSN Employer Interview Day. Recruiters met with students on campus and virtually and were impressed with the level of expertise our students are achieving through their clinical rotations and professional experience. Employers included Boston Medical Center, Steward Medical Group, Veteran’s Administration, New England Geriatrics, Arbour Counseling Services, Generations Family Health Center and South Shore Mental Health. Thanks to Kaitlynn Arvidson for connecting students with employers!
The Board of Trustees met last week and I'm happy to announce they have approved some new academic programs. Effective Fall 2017, the Medical Imaging major will now be three new majors: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging Sciences.
We will also offer one new major and two new graduate programs: Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, Master of Science Health Informatics and Analytics and Master of Arts in Cultural Tourism Studies. The latter is a scholarly practitioner degree that will provide graduates with a cultural history core and skills such as marketing and project management that will position them for management roles in the tourism industry. We are still considering options for the name so if you have any ideas, please let Kate Edney and/or Kate Sutherland know. Congratulations to the faculty for their hard work on preparing these great proposals.
I had a heartwarming experience on Tuesday when the AC, Chair of the Board John Tegan, and I visited the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston. The Hope Lodge is a free "home away from home" for patients and their caregivers traveling more than 40 miles to their outpatient cancer treatments. The American Cancer Society relies on volunteers to help support patients and I am proud of our team for bringing homemade lunches and serving it to the patients. Many of us had the opportunity to have lunch with the patients and listen to their stories. We are truly blessed to live in this area of the country with some of the best medical facilities in the world. Regis is training many of the future healthcare professionals who will one day be helping patients like these. Below are some pictures and here is a video.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on April 6th.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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