President's Notes VI.8

November 3, 2016

Our first annual Let It Shine Gala was a huge success and raised nearly $1 million in scholarship funds for students! It was a truly magnificent event and I was so humbled by all the generosity and well wishers. Regis is shining bright thanks to all of you! Read the event news coverage here. All the photos are on the Regis Alumni Facebook page but below are a few of my favorites. And if you haven’t already seen the wonderful video we produced for the Gala, you can view it on our YouTube channel here.

Senior Blessing Ajaero performed Let It Shine and You Raise Me Up
Senior Blessing Ajaero performed Let It Shine and You Raise Me Up
Jim Rice delivered a David Ortiz-signed jersey that Jack Connors auctioned off for $10,000!
Jim Rice delivered a David Ortiz-signed jersey that Jack Connors auctioned off for $10,000!
Honoring Ginny Kaneb ’57 with the Shining Example Award. Governor Baker surprised guests when he arrived to congratulate Regis and Ginny.
Honoring Ginny Kaneb ’57 with the Shining Example Award. Governor Baker surprised guests when he arrived to congratulate Regis and Ginny.

Regis Rocks the Vote logoWell Regis sure did Rock the Vote this week with a great live broadcast of WBZ’s Dan Rea Talk the Vote on Tuesday night. Congressman Joe Kennedy was charming and took tons of pictures with the crowd. Tom O’Neill, Kerry Healey and Jaclyn Cashman were lively and passionate about the election. You can read the news here. Thanks to all those who made this happen including Steve Hall, Kelley Tuthill, Kara Kolomitz, Erin Wisniewski, Kelly Golden, Walt Horner, James Guaragna, Jennie Moore, Elena DeFelice, Katya Rego, physical plant, campus police... the list goes on and on.

We also had a successful ballot forum on October 25th about Question 2 charter schools expansion. You can read the positive news report here.


Congratulations to junior Aouatif Libtinioui for winning the Mickey Williams Technologist Minority Scholarship from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)! This is a huge honor as there are only two awards given out per year to students in Nuclear Medicine programs in the United States. Mickey Williams served as President of the SNMMI and was known for qualities that distinguish a leader such as being a good listener, setting high standards, leading by example and always providing continuous support and encouragement to others. Because of his outstanding contributions to nuclear medicine technology and his personal attributes as a leader, this scholarship bears his name.

OT Students evaluate a home for wheelchair accessibility  OT Students evaluate a home entry for accessibility Students in the Occupational Therapy lab course on adult evaluation and intervention recently went on a field trip to practice evaluating home environments for wheelchair access. Using real- world environments to apply learning from the classroom helps prepare the students more effectively for performing home visits as future practitioners. Thanks to Michael Roberts, OT program director, for organizing this experience.

Regis students pictured below (from left) Jess Pierre, Ana Hidalgo, Maura Cullen, Jenny Vernet, Andrea Baez and Christian Thomas attended the Diversity Student Summit at Bentley University on October 15th. The Diversity Student Summit is a premier conference built to mobilize students and staff to be innovative in creating and sustaining more inclusive campus communities. They learned skills and competencies to be effective leaders on campus.

Regis students attended the Diversity Student Summit at Bentley University on October 15th.

Check out some Regis students giving the WCVB Channel 5 “Wake Up Call” on Tuesday, November 1st. Fun!


Congratulations to men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, field hockey and cross country teams who had successful regular season runs in the New England Collegiate Conference and participated in NECC Championships this week and some meets tomorrow and Saturday. Good luck Pride!

Faculty And Staff

I am so pleased that Regis has once again been named an Apple Distinguished Educator for 2016-2018. It is a true testament to the dedication of our faculty who have embraced the iPad initiative and continue to engage in professional development. Here is the full announcement.

The graduate enrollment team is kicking off a campaign to educate our undergrads about the fantastic master’s degree programs at Regis! Junior and senior advisors will be getting special visits from grad enrollment next week. I’m delighted to premier this fantastic video by Lindsey Honig highlighting our Finish in Five programs. What great collaboration between undergrad and grad!

Rosie's Place LuncheonThanks to Priscilla Boerger, Michelle Cromwell, Anthony D'Aries, Mary Jean Hughes, Heather Josselyn-Cranson, Lisa Krikorian, and Angela Kulesza who represented Regis at the annual Rosie's Place Luncheon to raise funds for the organization that supports thousands of women in need. As Anthony so eloquently hardships and accomplishments, heartbreaking challenges and remarkable strength - illustrated how Rosie's Place saves lives and fosters new opportunities. For me, the event also showcased the power of storytelling, how we heal and inspire by sharing our narratives, empathizing with people who we may at first assumed lead lives very different from our own.”

Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience conferenceStudents and faculty attended and participated in the Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems’ Resilience conference last week at Mass General Hospital. The conference brought together nurse leaders, clinicians and educators from around the globe to discuss the critical role of nursing in the strengthening of health systems. In the photo at left are (from left) Pat Ciarleglio, Kellie LaPierre, Lauren Ghazal, Pritika Patel, Nancy Street, Susan Sawyer, and Barbara Waldorf.

Liberal Arts Lecture SeriesThe Liberal Arts Lecture Series hosted Daniel Kenary, CEO and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery, on October 13th to talk about the importance of his liberal arts background in his career as a successful businessman. He advised students interested in starting a business to focus on a plan. A good idea will generate a good business plan, he said. “It is important to treat people fairly and with respect,” he added. And Kenary told students not to work at places where they don’t like the people. Pretty good advice! Up next is Tino Villanueva, Chicano poetry reading, November 2nd at 3:30 in Maria Hall and Wendy Schiller on December 1st at 4 pm in the FAC about “The Presidential Election of 2016: Aftermath and Implications.”

On October 22nd, Ernie Collamati, associate professor of Religious Studies, was the keynote speaker for a program offered by the Fall River Diocese in recognition of the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. His two presentations were entitled “Mercy: The Need to Rethink Our Understanding of God” and “What Will Mercy Cost Us And The Church?”

On October 27th, the Writing Program and First-Year Experience hosted a reading and award ceremony for the 2016-17 Common Read Essay Contest. This year, the committee received over 100 submissions. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Here is a group shot including the winners: Sergine Delma, Stephanie Carter, Samantha Dupuis, Carly Scanlon and James Harold.

2016-17 Common Read Essay Contest

Margaret Oot-Hayes, professor of Nursing, presented “Where Do We Go From Here: Sustainability of Evidence-Based Practice” at the “NERVANA Biannual Growing as a Mentor Educational Program” at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury on October 31st. She also facilitated a group in developing an evidenced-based practice (EBP) problem and led the large group discussion.

President’s Office

Members of the Administrative Council and I were pleased to present the Strategic Plan for 2016-2021 to the Regis community on Tuesday. The graphic above, designed by Elena DeFelice, illustrates our three main goals: cultivate character, build and strengthen the community, and bolster fiscal engagement. The eight objectives surrounding the goals will guide our work over the next five years.

Strategic Plan 2016-2021 graphic

A couple of weekends ago, I attended the 11th celebration of the International Book Fair “La Feria del Libro” Gala in Lawrence. The event celebrates the arts and literature in the Merrimack Valley and this particular year was dedicated to Guatemala. I was honored to give the opening remarks with Lane Glenn, President of Northern Essex Community College, on Friday evening during the opening night reception.

Lawrence Gala groupRight are members of the Regis North crew (from left) Manuel Cifuentes, associate professor of Public Health; my husband Dr. John Przybylski; me; Margaret Glenn, marketing communications at NECC; Noemi Custodia- Lora, executive director of Lawrence Campus & Community Relations at NECC; Diane Welsh, Dean of Nursing; Laura Burke, Dean of Health Sciences; John Welsh, Diane’s husband; Stefanae Bowen, manager of community and academic partnerships at Regis North; and Lane Glenn, president of NECC. President Hays and John with Lawrence Mayor Dan RiveraAt left is me and John with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera.

Please welcome a new member of my office — Mary Lou Jackson, Special Assistant to the President for Mission. Mary Lou officially started on October 13th. She will be co-chairing the Mission Committee with Sister Mary Rita Grady and working with many of you to promote and celebrate the charism of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. She is located in my office suite, CH 208. Stop by and say hello.

Reminder about the President’s Lecture on Organ Transplants/Regenerative Medicine next Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 6:30pm in the FAC. We again have top-notch speakers so don’t miss out. I strongly encourage all faculty to urge students to attend these informative events that happen right here on campus.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on November 17th.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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