President Notes VI.20

President's Notes

June 1, 2017

The First-Year Experience Common Read Committee has selected two books for the upcoming academic year – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (summer read) and Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Greg Boyle (fall FYS read). Father Greg is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. If you recall, some of our students worked with Homeboy Industries during a service trip in December. I look forward to welcoming Father Greg to campus next March during Heritage Week.

First-year students will receive the books during orientation. I encourage you all to read these books along with our students.Thank you to the committee for selecting wonderful choices. Below is a blurb about each book from

For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Tattoos on the Heart cover A Man Called Ove cover


Simple Smiles service Trip South Dakota

This week students and staff are in South Dakota serving with Simply Smiles, a nonprofit organization that works at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation with the Lakota people. They will spend their mornings building houses to support the Simply Smiles housing project and spend their afternoons leading a Summer Camp for Lakota children and youth.

Staff leaders are Angela Santa Fe and Ben Remillard. Student leaders are Erika Andreoli and Rafael Ramos. Students include: Megan Bubello Malina Chavez-Lopez, Kyle Gillen-Hughes, Jessica Gosselin, Natalie Hill, Ariana McCormack, Madison McLellan, Kelsi Mercer, Jillian Mosko, Steven Reyes-Tlamintzi, Sydney Brennan, and Taylor Iorfino. Here is a picture of the students at the airport. We are grateful for their service on behalf of our university.

Alexandria Boule

Recent social work graduate, Alexandria “Alex” Boule, was in the papers about a new program at the Hudson Senior Center she helped create called "Friendly Chat." The program ensures homebound seniors have companionship and conversation. In this article Alex says, “There are many homebound people who can’t get out and don’t have a lot of family nearby. Learning about other people’s experiences and talking with them has been really rewarding for me.” What wonderful life experience!


I'm so proud that we had our most successful athletic year in history! Both the men's and women's programs earned NECC champions cups. You can read about all the successes here and watch the recap video here.


In case you missed it, I was interviewed recently by the MetroWest Daily News about student loan interest rates and was a guest on the Fortaleciendo la Familia radio show about Regis North. You can read the interest rates article here and watch the Fortleciendo La Familia radio show on their Facebook page here (scroll down to the video post “NEC and Regis in f l f”).

Yesterday, we celebrated Amy Anderson's contribution to Regis and wished her well in retirement. You may know her as the President's Lecture Series on Health coordinator but for 19 years, Amy was the director of nursing. In fact, Amy started our nursing program. She is one in a million, a true visionary and leader. We will miss her. But don't fret, the President's Lecture Series is in good hands. Penny Glynn, former dean of nursing, will take on the coordinator role and continue to bring fantastic programing to the series.

Marian High School graduation

Last Friday, I had the honor of addressing the crowd at the Marian High School graduation in Framingham. I spoke to the graduates about ways they can successfully chart their own paths in life by staying connected, taking risks, grabbing opportunities at college, seeking out a variety of people and opinions. I encouraged them to be confident in who they are and what matters most to them. Finally I told them to just show up. To keep commitments, help their friends and family, pitch in and get involved. That is all I asked of them and that is all I ask of you. You can watch my full speech here.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out June 22nd.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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