President's Notes VI.6

October 6, 2016

Founders Day 2016 launched in the newly refurbished GrottoFounder’s Day last week was a huge success! I loved seeing you all at the Grotto and hearing the inspiring words from Sister Mary Murphy. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) made the day so fun for our Children's Center students.

The Regis Glee Singers at Bethany Health Care Center on Founders Day 2016Thanks to your generosity, our soldiers will receive wonderful care packages with encouraging notes. I know St. Francis House appreciated our volunteers and the Bethany Health Care Center residents loved hearing our Glee Singers.

And how about our great men's lacrosse team? The Red Cross says the blood drive they organized had a goal of 30 units and collected 35. That translates to Regis saving up to 105 lives! Thank you for making a difference. They were so impressed that they want to come back again in December and February.

Blood Drive at Founder's DayThe city of Waltham tweeted out a thank you to our crews who cleaned up DCR properties in that city and Newton.

Regis volunteers cleaning up on Founders DayThanks to the organizers for their leadership in making it such a successful day especially Kelley Tuthill, Erin Wisniewski, Father Paul Kilroy, Dan Leahy, Walt Horner, Mark Clemente, Kate Korzendorfer, James Guaragna, Anabella Morabito, Sarah Maloney, Sister Mary Rita Grady and Heather Josselyn-Cranson.

I love this recap video that Lindsey Honig, communications associate, put together.

And I had a great turnout at the faculty & staff social last week. Thanks to all who stopped by. My next one will be in the spring so stay tuned.

Students

The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Students has awarded an Alpha Award at the silver level to our chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. This recognition award honors chapters that have initiated a notably high percentage of invited students. Last year, Regis initiated 80% of the students invited to join the Society. This academic recognition for our first-years was guided by Kathryn Anastasia, First Year Seminar instructor. Wonderful!

Undergrad Admission is gearing up for an Overnight on October 14th-15th and another Open House on October 29th.

Here is an update in the form of a blog from Ebeny Torres, junior studying abroad in Argentina this semester. Not only is she a great role model for her younger brother and sister, but for all Regis students! I love how she wrote “I want to experience the world outside of what I already know. I want to taste the food, meet the people, and visit the places that I’ve only read about in books.” That’s what it’s all about.

Regis Rocks the Vote logoRegis Rocks the Vote is underway! If you haven’t already marked your calendar for these great free events, be sure to do so now.

October 13th: A forum on Ballot Question 4 about legalizing recreational marijuana co-sponsored by MetroWest Daily News with Carmenelisa Perez-Kudzma, senior lecturer & pre-law advisor, and Senators Jamie Eldridge and Jason Lewis.

October 25th: A forum on Ballot Question 2 about charter school expansion co-sponsored by MetroWest Daily News with Priscilla Boerger, Education Department Chair.

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 purchase tickets, click here.

WBZ’s Talk The Vote with Dan Rea will broadcast from our FAC on Tuesday, November 1st from 8-10 pm about the election and issues facing the nation. One of our Trustees, Tom O’Neill, will be on the panel. So let's fill that theater, get informed and have some fun.

Athletics

Congratulations to our athletesCongratulations to our six student-athletes who received weekly honors by the New England Collegiate Conference. From women’s tennis, Jessie Lord and Carly Scanlon received Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, men’s soccer’s Derek Triana and women’s volleyball’s Rachel Bartels earned Player of the Week honors, and field hockey’s Ashley Chipman and women’s soccer’s Noelle Garcia took home the Rookie of the Week Award for their respective sports. Great job everyone!

Faculty And Staff

Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director Anthony D'Aries's short story “An Honest Pain” has been selected as finalist for the Exposition Review's Flash 405 Contest, which is open to flash fiction stories under 405 words. Good luck Anthony and keep us posted on the results.

Richard Pulice, Public Health lecturer, was selected as a Fulbright Specialist by Bugema University in Uganda. Over the intersession and again in June, he will travel to Uganda and work with graduate and undergraduate students on issues pertaining to Global Public Health. Congratulations Richard!

The School of Arts and Sciences will hold its first Liberal Arts Lecture of the year on October 13th featuring Dan Kenary, co-founder and CEO of Harpoon Brewery. Dan will highlight how his liberal arts background influenced his life as a successful businessman. He is the son of Regis alum Marianne Donoghue Kenary ’54, and has been in the beer business for 30 years. The lecture will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. It’s free and open to the public.

President’s Office

I had a very positive meeting with Mass Biotech Council CEO Bob Coughlin, EVP of Development & Communications Sarah MacDonald, and Executive Director Peter Abair on Monday. VP Kate Sutherland, Regulatory & Clinical Research Management Program Director Joni Beshansky and Director of Grad Admission Shelagh Tomaino accompanied me and we discussed partnerships and their desire to increase our visibility in the biotech world.

Trustee Emeritus, Dick Young with President Hays and VP Miriam ShermanLast week I gave a presentation on what’s new at Regis to a group of alums and interested residents at North Hill in Needham. Our beloved Trustee Emeritus, Dick Young, a North Hill resident, organized the event. Here he is with me and VP Miriam Sherman. Thank you Dick!

Don’t forget that RegisFest 2016 is next weekend, October 14th & 15th.

Have a great Columbus Day weekend everyone! The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on October 20th.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
President


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