President's Notes VI.18

President's Notes

April 20, 2017

Spring has sprung at Regis. There is great excitement around Commencement Week and all the events that lead up to it. The Great Lawn is being prepped for the tent that will soon grace our campus. I have a lot of news to share.


Our annual Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Week was held two weeks ago with a number of awareness programs and events dedicated to ending sexual violence on college campuses. Guest speaker Keith Edwards visited Regis and met with various groups to discuss the issue of rape culture and his research on men and masculinities. Edward’s evening keynote address was attended by staff, student leaders, guests, as well as all of our student-athletes as part of Division III Week.

Faculty and staff attended a student exhibit on community awareness efforts. The event raised $200 in donations for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)––thank you to all who donated! Over 100 faculty, students, and staff marched around campus during Take Back the Night (see below) while the PrideStanders (Peer Bystander Educators) and Student Athlete Advisory Council shared stories. We closed the evening with a prayer by the Peace Pole and a performance by Glee. It was amazing to see so many faces committed to ending sexual violence on college campuses. For those who would still like to donate to BARCC, please consider supporting the Regis Bystander Team in the annual BARCC Walk for Change.

New England Peer Tutor Association Conference at Providence College

Students Leonard Paul, Leah Peel, Stephanie Bitsoli, Chris Legee, and Cassie Golob recently traveled with Jack Haley, ACE quantitative coach and tutor, and Ben Remillard, academic support specialist and tutor coordinator, to the annual New England Peer Tutor Association Conference at Providence College (pictured, right). The students attended sessions on math anxiety, essay structure, meeting the needs of ELL students, racism in higher ed, and transcription, all of which taught strategies that students can implement into their tutoring work at Regis. I’m so glad these students were able to take advantage of this exciting professional development opportunity! Thanks to Jack and Ben for arranging it.

Jennifer Litchfield with Dr. Patricia Benner

Jennifer Litchfield, nursing technology coordinator and DNP student, presented her published article (co-authored with Margherite Matteis) “Faculty Experiences with Technology, Millennials versus Baby Boomers” at the annual 2017 National Nurse Educator Summit in Orlando. While there she met and posed with Dr. Patricia Benner, a nursing theorist, academic and author. Congrats Jennifer!

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s New England Chapter of Technologists annual meeting

Regis was well represented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s New England Chapter of Technologists (NECTS) annual meeting in Portland, ME, on April 7 & 8. 17 Nuclear Medicine students attended along with Lauren Shanbrun, assistant professor of Medical Imaging, and Erin Beloin, assistant professor and program director for the Post-Licensure Medical Imaging programs. Erin served as President of NECTS for the past year. Congrats to Lauren who was awarded the 2017 Service Award in appreciation of her many years of commitment and dedication to the NECTS. Six students presented their abstracts at the meeting as well as both Erin and Lauren.

The Public Health and Health and Fitness Studies programs sponsored the Regis Hunger Banquet during National Public Health Week on April 6th. Sixty people attended the event, which was modeled after the Oxfam Hunger Banquet. Participants were randomly assigned to high, medium or low income tables and served food that corresponded with that income level--i.e., high income people had a very nice meal, while low income got very little. Four distinguished food security and nutrition experts were guest speakers (pictured below right from l to r are: Maura Ackerman, assistant director of Programs at Project Bread; Juliana F.W. Cohen, assistant professor of Nutrition at Merrimack College & Harvard School of Public Health; Donna Lombardi, director of Nutrition for Worcester Public Schools; and Jean McMurray, executive director at Worcester County Food Bank. After the speakers, Public Health student Neila Pierre (pictured below in the middle) facilitated a discussion that sent a powerful message about the role socioeconomic status plays in hunger and how random one’s station in life can be. Student volunteers in the photo below left are: Puika Yuen '17, Ekene Ogbue '17, Vladimir Bulan '17, Ashley Brocado '17, Taylor Arcuri '17, and Theresa Kent '20. What a great event in line with our mission and social justice tradition.

Regis Hunger Banquet Regis Hunger Banquet Neila Pierre Regis Hunger Banquet

Emma Morales-Cestero '19, AMASA Pre-Med President & All Seasons Society VP, shared with me some great news: our American Medical Student Association Chapter Charter was approved at the Annual National Convention. I'm grateful for Emma's work to bring this organization to campus so our student physicians-in-training are represented and have support from their peers.

I'm so proud of our Glee Singers and Alumni Chorus who sang the National Anthem at the Celtics game on April 12. I heard that the choruses sang beautifully and represented Regis well. Elizabeth Smith, coordinator of Music Programming and Performance, tells me that they were cheered on so loudly and by so many people! The ensembles, co-directed by Heather Josselyn-Cranson, was conducted by Elizabeth that evening, a few days after the singers gave their big spring concerts on April 8, which was one of the best they have given. One of the highlights of that concert was a "Metamorphosis Mass Soundscape," which illustrated how the Mass has changed in its musical settings throughout time. As you know, Metamorphosis is the Humanities department theme this year, and the Music department worked hard to find a way to incorporate the students' music education into that theme. How wonderful!

Glee Singers @ Boston Celtics Glee Singers @ Boston Celtics

Good luck to Erin Taylor who will present her doctoral defense "The Use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in Women with Panic Disorder” this afternoon and Edmund Travers who will present his doctoral defense "Can Hospital Readmissions of High-Risk Latino Patients with Diabetes be Reduced through the Introduction of an Assessment and Integrated Plan of Care Focusing on Nurse Care Coordination?” on April 27.


The Men's Tennis team won on Tuesday night and Jarid Polley won his 56th career singles match giving him the most singles wins in program history! Read all about it here. What a great accomplishment!

And congratulations are in order for Men's Volleyball senior Sean Bisnett who was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year! Sean earned a spot on the First Team All-NECC, along with teammate and 2016 Player of the Year Brett Krahl. Sophomore Drew Beimel and senior Joe Hanrahan were named to the Second Team All-Conference, and freshman Jayson Vega to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

I'm also proud of members of our Track and Field team who volunteered at the Boston Marathon on Monday.


Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists

Last week, Erin Beloin attended the Massachusetts Society of Radiologic Technologists (MSRT) conference in Leominster, MA, along with adjunct faculty Barbara Ferreira. Barbara gave a wonderful and timely lecture entitled "Breast Imaging for a Transgender Patient.” You've been quite busy, Erin!

Diane Welsh, dean of Nursing, is proud to share the news that the master's Nursing program was granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Thanks to Diane and the hard work of the Nursing faculty and staff.

An analysis of Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director Anthony D'Aries's memoir, The Language of Men, Augusten Burroughs's Running with Scissors, and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes was recently published in the book Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties (Macmillan, 2016). Congratulations Anthony!

2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Nancy Street, associate professor of Nursing & Haiti Project program director, presented at the 2017 Consortium of Universities for Global Health in Washington, DC. Nancy and a group of nursing faculty, including Marc Julsimee from Partners in Health, networked over lunch to advance their work as leaders, scientists and advocates of global health.

Development of a Guide to Mothering after Prison

Margaret Oot-Hayes, professor of nursing, had a chapter on Correctional Nursing published in the ninth edition of Community & Public Health Nursing: Promoting the Public's Health textbook (pp. 1118-1127). She also presented a paper “Development of a Guide to Mothering after Prison” at the 29th Scientific Sessions at the Eastern Nursing Research Society on April 5 in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, Margaret presented a paper with DNP student Helene Bowen-Brady “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” at the North Eastern Organization of Nurse Educators (NEONE) Nurse Educators Symposium on April 7 in Woburn. Helene also presented a poster on her scholarly project “Registered Nurses Perceptions of a Peer Review Program in a Community Hospital” at NEONE.

Kate Edney being interviewed by WGBH

Last week WGBH arts correspondent Jared Bowen was on campus to interview Kate Edney, assistant professor of History and Heritage Studies program director, about the student-curated art exhibit of Nancy Schon's work. The story will air this Friday at 11pm, Saturday at 4:30pm, Sunday at 11am and will also be available online at

Kate has also been quite busy. Over the Easter break, she presented a paper “Singing with Heart and Soul? Broadway’s Amazing Grace” at the Popular Culture Association’s (PCA) national conference in San Diego. As a long-time reader for various grants awarded by the PCA, Kate also participated in “The PCA Endowment and Applying for Grants” roundtable, and as area chair for Folklore in Popular Culture, she organized and chaired two sessions at the conference.

Congratulations to Priscilla Boerger, chair of Education, who has been selected to be an Ed Prep Reviewer for the 2017-18 Educator Preparation Review cycle. Ed Prep Reviewers serve as the informed researchers and evaluators in the evaluation of educator preparation programs in Massachusetts. Reviewers help to guarantee that educator preparation in MA results in effective educators ready to support the success of all students.

And congratulations to Elizabeth Smith who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on April 11 called "Ecclesiology and Ecumenism: Recent Anglican-Lutheran Agreements on Episcopacy from a Catholic Perspective.

Liberal Arts Lecture Series - Donato Tramuto

Last week we welcomed Regis friend and former Trustee,Donato Tramuto back to campus for a lecture about his new book, Life's Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business, and book signing. This was sponsored by the Liberal Arts Lecture Series. He connected with our students during the lecture and the luncheon afterwards. Special thanks to Mary Anne Vetterling for organizing the event. Here is a photo of a group of us with Donato in the middle. Up next for the Liberal Arts Lecture Series is Vicki Croke, Author, Journalist, Primate who will present "Animal Stories: How Wild Things Make Us Human." It will be held next Tuesday, April 25 at 5pm in Upper Student Center.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on May 4th.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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