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President's Notes VI.9
December 1, 2016
This morning I attended the prayer service and funeral for one of our beloved sisters, Marie de Sales Dinneen, CSJ. Many of you know her well as she served Regis with distinction from 1966—2012. It was a lovely service and we will always remember her.
I was interviewed last night by Sue O’Connell, host of New England Cable News’ The Take With Sue O'Connell. We covered many topics including making college more affordable and accessible. You can watch it here.
I also signed a presidents’ letter drafted by the Associate of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) that affirms Regis’ commitment to serve immigrant and undocumented students. The letter was signed by more than 70 Catholic college presidents and I am proud to be among them. You can read about it here.
This week we hosted Dr. Marc Wilson of SNHU, the NEASC site visitor for Regis North. Can you believe it’s been one year already? Here's a new video we produced to help market this wonderful program.
We also hosted a team from Pearson to discuss growing our suite of online programs.
I had another great Pizza with the President on Monday night. VP AA Malcolm Asadoorian and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts Raffaele Florio gave a presentation to the students about all the exciting things happening in the Humanities including new majors. I look forward to having lunch with grad students on Saturday.
On November 16th, 28 students and six Health Sciences faculty attended the Massachusetts Public Health Association Meeting Expo and Career Fair. The theme was Moving the Public Health Agenda: No Racial Justice, No Public Health. Regis students were particularly enthralled by the lunchtime keynote speaker, Camara Phyllis Jones. Regis senior Nina Cherilus said: “Dr. Jones’ allegories were insightful as well as powerful. She gave me a new level of understanding and responsibility of what my position is in becoming a public health advocate. I feel lucky to have heard her speak. Thank You.” Here is a group picture with Leslie Mandel, associate professor of Public Health & Health Admin., in the top center of the students.
At left is a photo of students in the Intro to Public Relations class who organized an awareness and volunteer recruitment event for local non-profit Bikes Not Bombs. More than 100 students attended and learned about the organization’s commitment to using bicycles as a vehicle for social change and 20 students signed up to volunteer in the future. Very well done everyone!
The men’s and women’s basketball teams have started their seasons. After a strong outing in the Ramada Roundball Invitational Tournament in Biddeford, Maine, junior Brittany Stone was named NECC player of the week and made the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) weekly honor roll. Congrats Brittany!
The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams take part in the GNAC Championships this weekend at Simmons College. And the men’s and women’s track & field teams kick off their season over the weekend as well, competing in the UMass Boston Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday. Good luck Pride!
Field Hockey senior Carla Brito was featured in an article about coming back from a knee injury to beat the odds and realize her dream. Way to go Carla!
Faculty and Staff
Priscilla Boerger, chair of Education, and Marsha Glines, dean of Academic Student Services, attended the Fall 2016 Engaged, Empowered Minds: Using Brain Science to Educate Ethical 21st Century Citizens and Problem Solvers conference. Priscilla and Marsha brought back a multitude of new strategies for teaching and learning in higher ed that they will incorporate here at Regis. Here they are with keynote speaker Howard Gardner, professor of Cognition & Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Priscilla also published a book review on Poor Students Rich Teaching: Mindsets for Change by Eric Jensen in the December 2017 issue of School Administrator magazine.
The alumni office launched a newly designed website alumni.regiscollege.edu. It’s easier to use and features upcoming events, alumni photos, and the latest Regis stories.
Thanks to all the students, staff, faculty, and alumni who participated in Giving Tuesday this week by supporting the Regis Fund!
The Ellie Fund sent us a nice note of thanks for our generous donation of $453 made during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Our contribution will be used for essential support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, etc. for hundreds of breast cancer patients and families in Massachusetts.
The Bystander Committee is working on reviewing resource materials and our website, learning more about trauma-informed practices, and providing opportunities for groups on campus to learn more about bystander intervention and violence prevention. They are collaborating with the student-group PrideStanders to host a Take Back the Night vigil in April. I hope everyone will take part in this event to stand in solidarity against sexual assault and violence. Thanks to committee members for their dedication to this important topic: Kelly Golden, Adam Thrasher, Evan Maloney, Sarah Maloney, Ben Remillard, Jessica Pierre, Mark Harrington, Erica Devine, Angela Sante Fe, Kristin Waldeck, Dianna Jones, Nick Vargovic, and students Valeria Al-Khatib, Lauren Mercer and Jyothsna Baravatula.
Congratulations to the winners of the second round of Co-Curricular Mini-Grant (CCMG) funding for the 2016/2017 academic year! The Co-Curricular Mini Grant Committee reviewed 23 proposals from students, faculty, and staff requesting over $43,000 in funding. After much deliberation, the Committee awarded 15 projects with the budget of $17,000 in funding.
David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections, has been invited to join the Millennium Campus Network (MCN) Global Education Council that is launching in January. The Council will consist of leaders who are amplifying the power of higher ed to cultivate a new generation of ethical, effective, engaged leaders through MCN’s global network. David was selected given his “distinguished track record and strong emphasis on internationalization of higher education.”
Kreg Segall, associate professor of English, published an article entitled “The Poet's Generosity in Timon of Athens and Pale Fire” in the peer-reviewed journal of English literature, Connotations: A Journal of Critical Debate.
Kettie Louis, HERO Project coordinator, recently returned from Haiti where she attended a continuing education event on nursing assessment along with 50 other nurses. Kettie, pictured here on the top left, was also part of a panel discussion on the impact of social medicine on medical/nursing education at a conference in Port-au-Prince. The HERO project is funded through Health eVillages.
Regis Children’s Center had a wonderful article published in the winter edition of WellesleyWeston magazine that you can read here. It’s amazing the vitality of the program considering the challenges we faced just two years ago. I am so grateful for Director Rebecca Putnam for her leadership and dedication to our youngest students.
On November 8th, Ernie Collamati, associate professor of Religious Studies, gave the keynote address “Treasures of the Catholic Tradition” at a conference for some 120 Catholic elementary school teachers and administrators from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. And on November 3rd he gave the keynote morning address “Witnessing to the Charism of Unity” at the 3rd annual CSSJ High School Conference attended by leaders of schools sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. You can read about it here.
On November 16th Steve Threlkeld, associate professor and Neuroscience program director, presented a research poster in collaboration with a colleague at the annual meeting for Society for Neuroscience in San Diego. The poster highlights data showing differences between males and females on memory performance in a model of Schizophrenia. The conference provided a forum for networking with other scientists and industry leaders and a great way to promote our new Neuroscience program. Thank you Steve!
I just love this time of year! The crèche on the front circle is a beautiful tradition that certainly puts me in the Christmas spirit. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas tree lighting tonight at 6 pm and the Honors Program Christmas reception tomorrow night.
The Glee Singers, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir and Instrumental Ensemble will perform their Christmas Concert this weekend on Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 pm in the FAC. The Commonwealth Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at the FAC on December 9th, 10th, and 11th. And the Boston Civic Symphony will perform the Family Holiday Pops Concert on December 17th with our own Kelley Tuthill as guest narrator.
Sunday, December 4th is the alumni Merry Mingle with a special visit from Santa. The annual Hollyfest Luncheon on Cape Cod will be December 7th at the Daniel Webster Inn.
So much happening in the next few weeks. Don’t forget about my Christmas Open House next Thursday starting at 3 pm at Morrison House. It’s open to all faculty and staff.
Please accept my very best wishes for a stress-free end of semester and peaceful season of Advent. The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on December 15th.