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President's Notes VI.5
September 22, 2016
On October 2nd the Sisters of Saint Joseph will celebrate 143 years in Boston. This year, we will honor our founders with a morning of community service. On Thursday, September 29th we invite everyone in our community to gather at the Grotto where Sister Mary Murphy will recount the founding of Regis and share the values of the sisters. Then we hope students, faculty and staff will participate in service projects both on and off campus. See the schedule here. We are already collecting items outside College Hall 219 for care packages for our soldiers who include family members of our students. If you know a service member deployed overseas, email their address to Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send them a package from Regis. I encourage you to take this time to get involved and give back. I look forward to seeing all of you at 12:30 for an all-campus lunch and reflection.
Thanks to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, we welcomed 70 students and their families to campus last Saturday, September 17th, to experience Regis first-hand. I am grateful to the many faculty, staff, coaches, and students who supported the event through panels, tours, and the expo fair. The tent on the lawn behind Maria Hall worked out great. VP of Academic Affairs, Malcolm Asadoorian, and Dean of Students, Walt Horner, looked pretty cool riding in the golf cart with Pride Guides.
We’re having an Overnight on October 14th -15th and another Open House on October 29th. I appreciate your continued support and participation in these recruiting events where we show prospective students why #YouBelongHere.
I am so excited about the upcoming Regis Rocks the Vote initiative. Sabrina "Gabby" Telemaque, ’18 and Taylor Garner, ’19, both Political Science majors, are helping faculty and staff organize events leading up to the presidential election on November 8th. To give you a little preview, WBZ’s Talk The Vote, a live 2-hour traveling broadcast of NightSide with Dan Rea, will broadcast from our FAC on Tuesday, November 1st from 8-10 pm about the election and issues facing the nation. It's free and open to our community and the public.
Capitol Steps, a comedy troupe composed of former Senate staffers, will perform “What To Expect When You Are Electing” on Monday, November 7th at 7:30 pm in the Casey Theatre. To learn about the group, click here. To purchase tickets, click here. It looks so funny I can’t wait to see it!
We are also co-sponsoring two ballot forums with the MetroWest Daily News. October 13th will be on legalizing recreational marijuana and October 25th will focus on charter school expansion — both in the Upper Student Center Lounge at 6:30 pm. I strongly encourage faculty to incorporate these events into classwork as this is a great civic engagement opportunity for students!
Additional programming will include debate watching parties, participating in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge where we aim to improve upon our civic engagement and student voter participation rate. In 2012, our student voter registration rate was 50%. I think we can beat that, don’t you?
To kick things off, how about a little pie? On Monday, September 26th, students who register to vote can pie a professor, coach, or staff member on the quad from 1-3:00.
Eight athletic teams have kicked off the 2016 season so far this fall, with two more opening in just three weeks. Congrats to the women’s tennis team which is 3-1! Freshman Carly Scanlon was named NECC Rookie of the Week last week. The women’s cross country team made history last weekend when three runners, seniors Molly Curtin and Siobhan McLaughlin and freshman Maddie Boucias, finished a 5k race in under 20 minutes at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational - the first time in our history! Molly was named NECC Runner of the Week for the second time this fall. Go Pride!
Faculty And Staff
Pat McCauley, associate professor of Nursing, was accepted to the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at Boston University. She participated in the program in August that included didactic sessions, 16 hours of clinical time with patients and families, and attendance at a Parkinson’s disease support group. Pat is working on developing simulation scenarios that will introduce our nursing students to a patient who is newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and teach them how to follow the patient as the disease progresses. Educating future nurses about the care of the growing population of patients with Parkinson’s disease is so important to improving patient outcomes. Thank you Pat!
Kara Kolomitz, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment, has co-authored a chapter in a recently released book titled Engaging the Digital Generation, a New Directions for Student Services (NDSS) sourcebook from Jossey-Bass/Wiley. Kara’s co-authored chapter, with Dr. Edmund Cabellon, is titled, “A Strategic Necessity: Building Senior Leadership’s Fluency in Digital Technology”. Congratulations Kara!
David Gilmore, chair & assistant professor of Medical Imaging, published a Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT textbook on September 1st in collaboration with Kristen Watherstram-Rich, from Rochester Institute of Technology. It is the 8th edition and David was asked to take over for the long-time author who retired from the field last year. This is so exciting because over half of the Nuclear Medicine programs in the country have adopted this textbook to prepare students for the Nuclear Medicine certification boards. In addition, Assistant Professor & Clinical Coordinator Lauren Shanbrun and Adjunct Instructor Daniel Tempesta wrote a chapter on the Endocrine System and Assistant Professor Erin Beloin contributed to a chapter on Leadership and Management within Medical Imaging. Congratulations and well done!
Four students from Japan and their professor, Tomoaki Yamamoto, PhD, visited our Medical Imaging programs from Kyorin University in Tokyo last week. They spent three days on campus taking courses with our students and participated in events such as Convocation. Here is a group shot in the Medical Imaging lab. They also spent time at various clinical sites at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Assistant Professor David Gilmore and Professor Yamamoto met at a conference in Sweden two years ago. They began working together to create courses that include campus visits to both Regis and Kyorin University. Thanks David and David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections, for organizing this great collaboration!
Speaking of global, David Crisi, pictured right, is currently in Nepal at a USA Education Fair. Justin Parsons, international admission counselor, recently returned from a week-long trip through Central America where he visited Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, he co-hosted a reception for interested parents and counselors with Education USA, which is run by the US State Department. Here he is with Jackson Cruz, the Education USA Academic Advisor. Justin is leaving next week for Vietnam and China where he will attend a few Education USA fairs. Thanks Justin & David!
On September 14th, I testified at the State House for an AICUM event regarding SARA — the legislative effort to get Massachusetts to join other states in the SARA Consortium to streamline the process for enrolling online students from other states.
Yesterday I met with Massachusetts Senator Michael J. Barrett, who represents Weston, Waltham and neighboring towns. He visited me and VP of Marketing & Communications, Kelley Tuthill, to learn about all the great things Regis is doing and take a tour of campus.
The campus is buzzing with classes, faculty meeting, director’s & dean’s meeting, student government and so much more. Our Trustees have been busy with committee work in preparation for the October 21st Board meeting, the day after the Let it Shine Gala. October will be a busy month but I am looking forward to it!
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on October 6th.