President Notes VI.21

President's Notes

June 22, 2017

I enjoyed seeing many of you at the staff appreciation luncheon on Tuesday. I'm happy to have this time to honor our devoted and hard-working staff each year. Thanks to Joan Sullivan and the HR staff for coordinating the event. You can view the photos on our Facebook page here.


Last month, Regis students and staff embarked on a service-immersion experience to Kenya. Led by Mark Harrington, assistant dean of Student Affairs; Anabella Morabito, assistant director for Ministry & Service; and Jeffrie Parrish, grad intern for Ministry & Service, the group spent a week in the village of Kisumu and served in the Manyatta slum. Throughout the week our students and staff volunteered at the local primary schools teaching about hygiene to prevent the spread of disease and infection. The students were taught the most effective ways to wash their hands and brush their teeth with the little clean water that they have available. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to provide toothbrushes to the students. We also held a clean-up day with over 500 locals to clean the Manyatta slum. All of the youth that assisted with the clean-up could participate in a soccer tournament hosted by Regis with soccer uniforms donated by US Soccer. At the end of the trip, our students and staff went on a safari. The Kenya service-immersion experience was truly life changing for all participants. Below are a few photos from the trip.

Kisumu service-immersion 1 Kisumu service-immersion 2 Kisumu service-immersion 3


Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker

Our 16th annual golf tournament last week raised more than $35,000 to support our athletic facilities, provide student leadership opportunities, and contribute to service-learning trips around the globe. I am grateful to the 80+ golfers who participated in the tournament at the Marlborough Country Club, even in the heat wave. Thanks to all our sponsors and especially Regis Tennis Alumni & Friends, Citius Printing and Graphics, Aramark, AGB Services and Suffolk Construction. And a big round of applause to the planning committee. Here is a photo of Trustee Michael Halloran with Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker and Mark Clemente, associate director of Athletics.

During the event, we premiered the new Athletics Hype video. It is spectacular and so uplifting. If you haven't already watched it, you can watch it here. Thanks to Kelley Tuthill for spearheading this production.


David Crisci with Ban Ki-moon former UN Secretary-General

Regis was a sponsor of the United Nations Global Citizens Gala held on June 10th in Boston. The gala honors consuls of more than 60 UN member states. David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections, attended on behalf of Regis. Here he is with Ban Ki-moon who served two terms as UN Secretary-General until 2016. His Excellency was awarded a 2017 Global Citizenship Award along with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

AstraZeneca Hope Lodge

Staff of our Tegan Learning Commons (ACE, Support Services, and Title III) volunteered at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge on June 20th. They brought and prepared a cookout-style lunch, interacted with patients and caregivers, and toured the facility. The Learning Commons plans to conduct more service activities at the Hope Lodge in the future. Thank you for living the CSJ value of service to the Dear Neighbor.

Congratulations to Hugh Clark, chair of Social Work, who received word that Regis has been approved by the Office of Social Work Accreditation for 8 more years!

This Saturday we will welcome Carole Remick's New England High School Journalism Collaborative (NEHSJC) 30th annual summer workshop to campus. Sixteen high school students will stay in one of our residence halls and work at The Boston Globe next Monday through Friday. A year ago, we appointed faculty member Colleen Malachowski as the Carole Remick Endowed Director of the MS in Organizational and Professional Communication program. The endowed directorship is in Carole's name, member of the class of 1954, because of her long history of supporting Regis. Carole developed and financed this high school journalism program. Please welcome these students to campus.

Shari Litch Gray

Shari Litch Gray, associate professor and chair of STEM, presented a poster at the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) annual meeting in Salt Lake City at the end of May. The title was "Comparison of Student Success in Online vs. Face-to-Face Delivery of Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lecture with Laboratory" in which she presented data indicating no significant differences between the two delivery modes for most exams, labs and the final course grade thereby validating online as a good option for those students not able to be physically on campus for this key course. Great job Shari and very timely given our online program expansion!

Congratulations to Kelly Golden, assistant dean of Student Affairs, for winning the prestigious Best Practices in Mission Integration Award from the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU). Kelly was recognized for her work to prevent sexual violence on campus by developing our awareness program "Leveraging Students as a Part of Your Sexual Violence Prevention Efforts." The award is given to campus programs which intentionally articulate Catholic identity as an integral part of student life. It will be presented at the ASACCU's annual conference at Neuman University in July. Past winners of this award include Notre Dame, Loyola University Maryland, St. Norbert, and Marquette University.

On behalf of the Faculty Development and Research Committee, it gives me great pleasure to announce the recipients of the 2017-2018 Virginia Pyne Kaneb Faculty Scholars awards and the Faculty Development grants. Thank you to the Faculty Development and Research Committee for reviewing all the applications and to everyone who submitted a proposal. The awards are as follows:

Kaneb Faculty Scholars

Cynthia Bashaw, Nancy DelGiudice, Shari Harding, Angela Kulesza, Kellie LaPierre, and Susan Sawyer: Nurse Practitioner Simulation Skills Fair, $10,000

Lauren Bent and Priscilla Boerger: Telling Stories: Narratives of Female College Presidents, $1,500

Traci Bramlett and Pam Levesque: Online Preceptor Orientation Development, $2,870

Courtney Cole: Communicating Transitional Justice: Engaging Popular and Organization Communication in the Aftermath of Mass Violence, $1,500

Lisa Krikorian and Sheryl Kelleher: "Be Like Brit" Orphanage Medical Clinic and Community Education, $5,000

Shari Litch Gray: Establishment of a Zebrafish Colony and Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Regis Students and Faculty, $7,931

Tamara Melville: St. George’s University-Regis College Global Mental Health Nursing Education Collaborative, $6,000

Frans Rijnbout: A Study of Academic Guidance Programs as Means for Retention in Higher Education in the Netherlands, $3,000

Faculty Development Grants

Bernard Jackson: Diversity and Inclusion Training, $1,200

Margherite Matteis: Transcultural Nursing: Application to Education and Contemporary Health Care, $1,200

Tamara Melville: Certified Addiction Advanced Practice Nursing, $1,200

Shari Harding: Certified Addiction Advanced Practice Nursing, $1,200

Brian Plouffe: Attendance at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Conference, $1,180

Priscilla Boerger and Lauren Bent

Priscilla Boerger, chair of Education, and Lauren Bent, associate professor of Education, attended the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) 2017 conference at the University of Pittsburgh from June 12-14. Priscilla and Lauren facilitated a roundtable presentation entitled, "Innovative Institutional Strategies to Foster Persistence."

Manuel Cifuentes, associate professor of Public Health, presented at the International Society of Ergonomics and Safety Conference in Seattle in early June.


Massachusetts Association for Mental Health annual award dinner

On Monday evening, I attended the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health annual award dinner with former Regis Trustee Donato Tramuto and former Regis President Mary Jane England. MAMH honored Phil Johnston, a Tramuto Foundation and Health eVillages board member, and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III with the 2017 Friend and Leader Award.

Neuroscience lab

The Board of Trustees was on campus last Friday for an all-day retreat. I presented an update on our strategic plan and the trustees discussed how they can contribute to achieving our objectives. In the afternoon, they toured the Neuroscience lab and the ACE and Title III offices in the library. Here is a photo of Trustees Anita Brennan and Michael Halloran observing a microscope slide with studentJohn Lewis.

During a break in the retreat, I attended the Children's Center kindergarten graduation. Below are a few pictures: me with Avery Nigrelli, the graduates performing a song and Adrian Zaccagnino proudly holding up his diploma.

Childrens Center Graduation President Hays with Avery Nigrelli Childrens Center Graduates performing a song Childrens Center Graduation Adrian Zaccagnino proudly holds up his diploma

This edition concludes the sixth academic year of President’s Notes, my bi-weekly e-newsletter. The next issue will be out on July 13th.

Enjoy your summer now that it's officially here.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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