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President's Notes VI.17
April 6, 2017
I heard the music and smelled popcorn and hotdogs from the Grad Advising Week Kickoff event this past Monday. It still excites me to see students using the Quad and I'm so proud we were able to create this wonderful gathering space for our community.
I attended the Glee & Chamber Singers' performance of Dido and Aeneas last Saturday night. It was so much fun and an incredibly professional performance. The talent among our singers is amazing, many of whom are freshmen! Special thanks to co-directors Heather Josselyn-Cranson, Elizabeth Smith and the staff who helped make this show possible. For those who weren't able to make it, you can watch the performance here.
The Alumni Chorus will hold their annual Spring Concert this Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm.
Cindy Knight, DNP student and Jonas Scholar-Veterans Care, presented a poster on her scholarly practice project at the UMass Amherst College of Nursing Conference on March 30-31. "The Effectiveness of Depression Care Training Program for Nurses Caring for Older Adult Veterans" was co-authored by Associate Professor of Nursing Margherite Matteis, who is Cindy’s Jonas Scholar mentor.
I encourage you to attend an upcoming poster presentation “Caring Across Cultures: Demystifying the Muslim Experience” on Thursday, April 20th from 12:30-2:30 in CH Foyer. It is hosted by a group of nursing students from Saudi Arabia. Topics will include end of life care, caring for Muslim patients during childbirth, male and female roles and responsibilities, diet and food in Islam, etc. This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to connect and learn from one another.
Congratulations to the 47 Education students who were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education last week. I am grateful for Priscilla Boerger's leadership and commitment to excellence in our Education department by bringing this prestigious society to Regis. I know it will enhance our efforts to educate dedicated, innovative and excellent educators who will change the world one student at a time. I am also proud that I was an honorary inductee along with Sister Mary Murphy.
The Women’s Studies Committee is proud to announce the winners of the Mary C. Bryan Award. Congratulations to Valeria Al-Khatib for her essay “Ella” and Sara Weaver for her poem “HIS.” Sara (below left) and Valeria (below right) will receive an award certificate, their names added to the plaque displayed in College Hall, and $100! This award is given annually for works that enhance the understanding of women’s experiences.
Occupational Therapy grad student Kyle Oatis posed with former American Occupational Therapy Association president Karen Jacobs at the 100th annual American Occupational Therapy Conference in Philadelphia two weeks ago. Kyle is the first Regis OT student to attend the largest OT conference with 14,000 attendees in his field.
Congrats to grad nursing student Melissa LeClair who co-authored an article that was recently published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health on the subject of Using an Early Labor Lounge to Promote Admission in Active Labor.
Good luck to the following students who will each present their doctoral defense in the coming weeks: Carole Boutin "Strengthening Geriatric Content in an Associate Degree Nursing Program: A Pilot Study," Anna DaSilva "The Impact of Team Training on Safety Culture in the Operating Room," and Theresa Khoury "A Community Fall Assessment Intervention Program: A Public Health Nursing Approach."
Congratulations to Joe Hanrahan, men’s volleyball player, who got his 2,000th assist this month!
Best of luck to all our spring athletic teams for the remainder of the season. We are within a month of the NECC championships and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the Pride qualifies. So proud of you all!
FACULTY AND STAFF
I am happy to announce the following faculty who were approved by the Board of Trustees for promotion. Lauren Beaulieu was promoted to associate professor with tenure; Upasana Kashyap was promoted to associate professor with tenure; Fran Power-Charnitsky was promoted to associate professor term-track; and Sara Weintraub was promoted to full professor. Congratulations all!
And a shout out to Diane Welsh, dean of Nursing, who received the Department of Veterans Affairs Network Director's I CARE Award as a member of the Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA). The award is presented to NERVANA for exceptional demonstration of the ICARE values such as expanding the education of nursing students by building and sustaining academic partnerships with "the most prestigious nursing schools in the Boston-metro area." This is wonderful and so well deserved!
Julia Lisella, associate professor of English, published a book review on a collection of poems entitled Edie Whispering by Sarah Nichols in the March issues of the literary journal Mom Egg Review. You can read it here.
In addition, Julia took part in a poetry reading on April 1st at the First Parish Church in Lexington titled "Singing the Body Electric: Contemporary Poets Respond to Walt Whitman." On April 22nd she will be at I AM Books, Boston's only Italian American bookshop located in the North End, for the Italian American Writers Association Poets Read. In May, Julia will present her work on Writing and Healing at a panel she co-organized called "Metaphor in Poetry, a Life Vest in the Silence of Trauma" at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Also in May, Julia will present a paper entitled "Sourcing Modernism: Fables and Folktales in the Radical Poetry of Genevieve Taggard" at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston. Good luck Julia!
Members of our ITS department were at the NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) annual conference last week in Providence. What a great way to integrate teamwork and professional development. From left are Lance Eaton, Mike Stella, Kate Korzendorfer, Steve Sedman, and Brad Moore.
Leslie Mandel, associate professor of Public Health, hosted two senior federal public health officials in her Public Health Leadership and Management class on Monday: Betsy Rosenfeld, Regional Health Administrator (RHA) and Deputy RHA for Region 1, and Gary Kleinman, Regional Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
And a special agent from the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) and FBI Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) was guest lecturer in the Thematic Explorations: Metamorphosis, Boston Marathon Bombing class on Monday. It's co-taught by Michael Jackson, associate professor of Political Science, and Helen Consiglio, assistant professor and director of Psychology. The special agent responded to the bombing and was one of three main agents responsible for the investigation and prosecution. He spoke about the investigation, provided commentary on the Patriot’s Day movie adaptation, and discussed career pathways. Helen arranged for the agent to speak and Michael arranged a visit for students to the Watertown Police Department last week.
What great opportunities for our students to hear from industry experts! Thanks Leslie, Helen and Michael.
Thanks to the Mission Committee for sponsoring a National Catholic Sisters Week event on Tuesday. It was rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago because of the snow. Members of Sisters of St. Joseph Sponsored Ministries participated in an info session and panel discussion. At left and below are some pictures from the event. Special thanks to my special assistant for mission, Mary Lou Jackson, for organizing!
Regis also hosted the 13th annual CSJ Heritage Convocation on March 30th in the FAC. The event honors the Sisters of St. Joseph with leaders of all the sponsored ministries.
I recently signed a letter to President Trump along with more than 560 other college and university presidents compiled by American Council on Education (ACE) in support of “Dreamers.” The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act helps undocumented U.S. immigrants who meet certain requirements have an opportunity to attend college. Many of these young people have temporary permission under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program initiated in 2012 by President Obama. President Trump has made several positive statements about Dreamers, including calling them “incredible kids.” The letter asks him to continue to allow those in DACA to work and study while his administration and Congress work on a permanent solution. We also note that the higher education community is eager to work with him to find a path forward. You can read the letter here.
I had a wonderful time at our annual Naples, FL, trip and St. Patrick's Day Parade. Almost 100 alumni and friends participated in the parade, mass and brunch. I was joined by VP Miriam Sherman '98, Father Paul Kilroy, VP Kelley Tuthill, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Christina Duggan, and our student speaker Jai Pandit ’17. Here is a picture of the group from parade day.
I am in Washington, D.C., today for a reception with donors and alums this evening. We are making the rounds, reconnecting with alums, meeting with donors and working to increase our visibility. I'll be back tomorrow and look forward to having lunch with grad students on Saturday.
Stay tuned for news from the Institutional Advancement office next week. We will have our annual President's Associates reception on Tuesday, April 11th and will have a big announcement!
Please accept my warm Easter greetings to you all and your families. May the day bring you happiness, love and peace.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on April 20th.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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