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President's Notes VI.3
August 25, 2016
Last weekend we welcomed back over 100 fall athletes. They were thrilled to see the new look of the dining hall, especially the bright colors and new furniture. In the first floors of Domitilla and Angela Halls, students were greeted by a brand new color scheme, which will be extended in the future to all floors. The campus looks great! Our physical plant team is amazing and works so hard to be ready for our students. Here are a few of the guys moving offices around. We are all so grateful!
Undergraduate Admissions hosted 30 students from St. Mary's High School of Lynn on August 17th. The granddaughter of alum Ellie Donahue Foley ’61 attended — here she is next to the Angel Guardian statue. Grace Cotter Regan, St. Mary’s head of school, wrote us saying “you and your team outdid yourselves!!!!! Our students are in Regis heaven!!
The first week in August, four Regis students - Shogofa Amini ‘16, Deannah Blemur ‘17, Graciella Molinari ‘18 and Taylor Garner ‘19 - attended the 8th annual Millennium Campus Network (MCN) conference in Washington, D.C., along with Mary-Anne Vetterling, associate dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections (all pictured at left). For five days they connected with other students from all over the world and listened to dynamic speakers give inspirational talks on a variety of topics of interest to future leaders on a global scale. The main theme of the conference was “empathy” with a Twitter hashtag #ItStartsWithEmpathy. Everyone left the conference inspired to do good and learned new information about how to go about it. Here are some student comments:
“It was a great opportunity to meet everyone from different countries. We shared stories and met the other leaders and learned from their experiences. The Millennium Campus Conference really inspired me to see how the young generations are motivated to change the world through their life experiences and their education. I was lucky to have the opportunity to read my poems in their events and share my culture.” Shogofa Amini
“This was a meeting of some of the greatest thinkers and idealists that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Whether it was enjoying free time together, taking on some of the greatest perils of our time, or witnessing the President heading home from an evening dinner, I couldn’t have been more humbled by everyone I've met and everything I’ve learned.” Taylor Garner
“My experience at MCC16 was fantastic! I met so many great people from all corners of the world and they too had an impact on my life. This conference helped open my eyes to things I normally didn’t think about just going about my daily life. I have made lifetime friendships with great, goal-aspiring people just like me. Together we all believe we can come together and make a change for generations to come.... I learned that I can be a part of many great change-making campaigns to help fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals... It was truly life changing!” Graciella Molinari
A group of Regis students and staff were in South Dakota last week to volunteer in La Plant, South Dakota, on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. While on the trip, the group learned about the past and present struggles of the reservation system and thought a lot about our nation’s history. The group partnered with the Simply Smiles organization, a non-profit that hosts week-long opportunities for volunteers to immerse themselves in the local culture and do real, meaningful work. In the mornings, they added some finishing touches to two houses being built for families in the community. In the afternoons, they led fun-filled activities at the summer camp for kids, including cake decorating classes, yoga classes, games of Capture the Flag and basketball, swimming in the river and weeding in the community garden. I love the group photo below. To see all the pictures, check out the Simply Smiles Facebook page. What a wonderful experience that truly embodies our culture of service and helping the dear neighbor.
Good luck to Kimberly Wheeler, DNPc, who will present her doctoral defense “Transitioning Into the Operating Room Setting: The Experiences of Novice Perioperative Nurses” tomorrow, August 26th at 8:30 am.
Faculty And Staff
On Monday, August 22nd, Diane Welsh, dean of nursing, participated in a roundtable discussion at the State House hosted by Governor Baker. Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants and Community Health Center leaders gathered to discuss the expansion of core competencies to combat the opioid epidemic. Core competencies are aimed at properly training students and professionals on prevention and management of prescription drug misuse. Regis is actively participating in the student training piece in our nursing program. Diane is second from left in this picture with Governor Baker and fellow members of MACN. Thanks Diane for being a great community activist. If you recall, the Regis Distinguished Scholar Series hosted a lecture last March on the Opioid Crisis: The Massachusetts Response for Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery with special guest speaker Susan L.W. Krupnick MSN, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, C-PREP.
Kreg Segall, associate professor of English, was interviewed by Choice Of Games regarding the educational computer game he wrote titled "A Midsummer Night's Choice" — described as a 190,000-word interactive fantasy novel and Shakespearean comedy adventure where the reader’s choices control the story. It’s complete with an enchanted forest and fairies that do battle on harnessed rabbits. It sounds really fun. Congratulations Kreg!
Last Sunday we welcomed Dr. Lania Stefanoni Ferreira, our 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar in Residence, who arrived from São Paulo, Brazil. She is an assistant professor at the University Center of FEI in São Paulo with a PhD in Sociology. Her specialties are immigration, ethnicity, urban sociology, educational sociology, and identity and culture. She will be teaching courses in sociology and history in the Department of Humanities in addition to doing research in her field. Here is a photo of Lania and her husband, Rafael Castelli, who will be returning to Brazil at the end of the month. Welcome!
Liz Conant, assistant professor of Health and Fitness Studies, recently had an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Amateur Sport entitled: “The Impact of Role Conflict on Job Satisfaction of Independent School Athletic Directors.” Well done, Liz!
Janis Tuxbury, Clinical Resource and Simulation Center coordinator, has become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Jan joins more than 500 certified simulation educators worldwide. We’re lucky to you have you, Jan!
Melinda Luther, DNPc and Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar (2014-2016), presented her doctoral work at the Case Western Reserve University Conference - Today's DNP's: Taking the Lead on the World Stage, August 12-13th. Her project addresses “The effectiveness of mini-byte education modules on informatics competency attainment in nurse educators.” Pictured left are Lisa Fardy, Melinda and Lauren Ghazal who also attended the conference.
Associate Dean of Academic Assessment and Assistant Professor in Humanities, Kate Edney, recently participated in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education annual conference held in Chicago. She organized and chaired a session on academic assessment within Musical Theater programs. She also presented a portion of her book chapter, “‘Let's Misbehave?’: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Audience Behaviors,” for a roundtable on the forthcoming book to be published in spring 2017 titled: iBroadway: Musical Theatre in the Digital Age.
Regis was well-represented at the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Miami, July 8- 11th. Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Mary-Anne Vetterling, was the official photographer at the meeting and just produced The Conference Wrap-Up, an online newsletter commemorating the many events and sessions at that meeting. During the meeting, Humanities Lecturer, Pat Donahue ’71, was awarded an honorary membership in the Spanish Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi, for her many years of service as the director of the National Spanish Exam in Massachusetts. She is pictured at right in the middle at the prestigious induction ceremony of five teachers and professors from around the country. For over twenty years she has organized the awards ceremony for the National Spanish Exam winners in Massachusetts with a special event held at Regis every spring. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of the National Spanish Exam sponsored by the AATSP.
Regis Chaplain, Father Paul Kilroy, was interviewed by the Wellesley Weston magazine Fall 2016 edition as part of an article on local religious leaders. What a nice quote! Read the full article here.
Joan Sullivan, director of human resources, hosted the TIAA Massachusetts Plan Sponsor Workshop on campus yesterday with VP/CFO Tom Pistorino and Director of Finance & Business, Nancy Plasker in attendance, along with 40 HR and Finance professionals from area colleges and universities. Speakers included experts from TIAA, the Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration, and other Retirement Plan Specialists. HR Administrator, Patricia Pariste, assisted in coordinating the event. Thank you, HR!
It’s been a busy week. I had the pleasure of meeting the new Superintendent of the Weston Public Schools, Bob Tremblay, and we talked about our partnership and ways to continue working together. I also met with Northern Essex Community College President, Lane Glenn, for an update on Regis North and ways that our two schools can continue to work together. His wife Margaret joined him, an alum from the class of 1990.
Rich Doherty, president of Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, visited me and gave me an update on all the valuable things AICUM is doing. He thanked Regis for supporting their legislative efforts to get Massachusetts to join with other states in the SARA Consortium. Joining this consortium would streamline the administrative effort required to market to and enroll our online students who live in other states.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on September 8, right after students have moved in and classes have begun. I can’t wait to see you all.