President's Notes VII.10

President's Notes

November 30, 2017

Riverside Community Care Partnership

I enjoyed my visit to Riverside Community Care in Dedham to meet with their president and officially launch our partnership. The agreement allows Riverside’s employees to earn their advanced degrees at Regis in an affordable and flexible way while they are working full time. You can read the details of our partnership in the press release here. I am proud to provide this opportunity to Riverside employees who are critical to the lives of so many people in our communities every day. Thanks to Amy Etheridge, manager of grad program partnerships, for her work on this project.


Interfaith Thanksgiving prayer - Hamed Algabbani, Mohammed Alrajeh, Mitchell Weiner, Allexa Cuellar, Ahmed Almarzooq, and Antonio Rich

Ministry and Service held an interfaith Thanksgiving prayer service and lunch on November 16th in the Peace Room. We were privileged for the first time to have three major faiths represented including Muslim, Jewish and Christian. Pictured here are Hamed Algabbani, Mohammed Alrajeh, Mitchell Weiner, Allexa Cuellar, Ahmed Almarzooq, and Antonio Rich.

Best wishes to the 36 students and staff who will travel on service trips this December to New Orleans and Los Angeles. I look forward to hearing about your experiences!

Undergrad Student Affairs has opened its student leadership selection process to hire resident assistants, orientation leaders, and pride guides for the 2018-19 academic year. These positions are some of the most prestigious for our students and are very competitive. I encourage all staff and faculty to be supportive of any students who are interested and also encourage those who you feel would make great student leaders to apply. Info sessions will be held for students on January 17th at 1 p.m., January 22nd at 7 p.m., and January 25th at 3:30 p.m. Job descriptions can be found here. Not only are these positions great resume builders, these students get valuable face-time with my administration and even the board of trustees. I personally spend time with the RA’s and OL's during training and love seeing the Pride Guides give tours down College Hall 2nd floor and outside of my office.


I am sad to share the news about the passing of former Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Swimming Coach Ray Harrington. Ray coached the Pride from 1981 to 2000, growing the program from its infancy into one of regional prominence. In 2006 he was inducted into the Regis Hall of Fame. Ray was hired in 1981 when the athletics department had just six teams and the athletics facility was wrapping up construction. He moved the team into the NCAA in 1984 and would go on to build one of the most successful programs in our history. Sixteen program records set during his tenure still stand today including 11 by Kriste Kleiner (1995-97) who was a 1995 NCAA national champion in the backstroke. We are deeply saddened by his death and extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones. A memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Lynn, for details please click here.


NASPA Region-I conference

In November, members from undergrad Student Affairs and Enrollment attended the NASPA Region-I conference in Springfield, MA. Mike Lynch, director of student affairs and enrollment operations, served as volunteer coordinator on the conference committee for the 500+ person event. Kelly Golden, assistant dean of Student Affairs, presented on our Regis peer bystander educators and received great feedback on our continued sexual violence prevention work. Kelly Brochu, assistant director of Residence Life, presented twice including a session on her own research on the difference in work ethic between professionals at different stages of their careers. Kara Kolomitz, VP of UG Student Affairs and Enrollment, and Laura Bertonazzi, dean of UG admission and retention, also presented on integrating a student affairs approach to their work in enrollment.

EdD students Conway Campbell and Jenn Forry at NASPA

In addition, members from the EdD program attended NASPA to recruit new professionals from the region to the program. Current EdD students Conway Campbell and Jenn Forry, pictured here, hosted the Regis info table and the team also hosted an appetizers event during the conference for current and prospective EdD students. Thanks, all, for representing Regis and our great work so well!

Bethany Hill Place third annual spin-a-thon

Bethany Hill Place in Framingham held their third annual spin-a-thon at CycleBar in Wellesley on November 12th with all proceeds going to programming at BHP. Some of our own participated including (back row): Karin Plumadore, Gabby Anderson, Bianca Tocci, (front row): Leslie Bishop (who is a BHP board member), Laura Violette, and Margie Bailey. Way to go ladies!

Karen Henry, grant writer for the Middle District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, Shawna, and Karen Watkins-Watts, grants manager for Brockton Public Schools

Shawna Erickson, director of Institutional Support, was recently selected to present at a Grant Professionals Association conference. In this picture from left are Karen Henry, grant writer for the Middle District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, Shawna, and Karen Watkins-Watts, grants manager for Brockton Public Schools. They presented “When the Wheels Come Off: Tales from a Pit Crew – How to Get Your Grant Proposal Back on Track.” Great work, Shawna!

Jennifer Amadon, director of Academic Partnerships and RN Progression with Diane Welsh, dean of Nursing

Congratulations to Jennifer Amadon, director of Academic Partnerships and RN Progression, who completed the ONL Leadership Academy this month. The purpose of the two-month program is to develop and continuously expand the knowledge, practice and character of nursing leadership for the benefit of patients and nurses throughout the state and affiliated regions. Here is a picture of Jenn with Diane Welsh, dean of Nursing.

Public Health in Syria During Times of Conflict

Congrats to the School of Health Sciences for hosting a successful event, “Public Health in Syria During Times of Conflict.” The event was held here in Weston and at our Regis North campus in Lawrence. More than 80 students attended to hear speakers from esteemed organizations: Julia Brooks, a legal associate from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Dr. Hend Alqaderi, a lecturer of Oral Health and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Cheryl Hamilton, director of Partner Engagement at the International Institute of New England, and Nour Al Asaad, Regis fellow, as well as commentary from faculty members Leslie Mandel, Manuel Cifuentes, Richard Pulice, and Carrie Thomas and introduction by Dean of Health Sciences Laura Burke. One student commented that the event, “addressed the many health disparities that exist both internationally and within our country in a way that shows no matter which part of the world, we are all dealing with some sort of inequality.” Pictured above are (from left) Jennifer Stirling '18 (public health major), Cheryl Hamilton, Nour Al Asaad, and Julia Brooks.

Steven Threlkeld and Helen Consiglio attended the Society for Neuroscience conference

Steven Threlkeld, associate professor and Neuroscience program director, and Helen Consiglio, assistant professor and Psychology program director, attended the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington D.C. They presented a poster titled “Lessons Learned: Design, Hand-off and Launch of a Neuroscience Major,” which outlined the unique features of our Neuroscience program and what went into its successful launch. The conference was attended by over 30,000 neuroscientists and neuroscience educators from around the world. Nice exposure for Regis! While they were there they caught up with a recent psychology alum, Yasmin Aguilar '17, who is now living and working in D.C.

In addition, Steven was invited to guest edit an upcoming special issue of Brain Sciences titled "Prevention and Intervention for Neonatal Brain Injury.” They are still looking for authors so if you are interested or know anyone who is, check it out here.

And the great faculty news continues:

Brian Plouffe, assistant professor and Biomedical Engineering program director, recently had a paper published in the journal PlosOne. The paper, titled "Regeneration of Glycocalyx by Heparan Sulfate and Sphingosine 1-phosphate Restores Inter-endothelial Communication," can be read here.

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Conant was invited to present her research at the annual meeting of the New England Prep School Advisory Council (NEPSAC) on November 17. She presented a lecture on “Surviving the first few years as an independent school athletic director, and thriving even longer: Interviews with experienced independent school athletic directors.”

Santhosh Mathew, associate professor Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, presented at the Northeastern section of Mathematical Association of America at Sacred Heart University on November 17-18. The contributed talk was titled, “Design and Implementation of Corequisite Model in a Freshman Level Quantitative Reasoning Course.” This work was based on a research study conducted at Regis in the quantitative reasoning courses.

Kate Edney, interim dean of Arts & Sciences, published an essay, “Let’s Misbehave: Cell Phone Technology and Audience Behaviors,” in the edited book iBroadway: Musical Theatre in the Digital Age published by Palgrave Macmillan. You can read it here.

Kelley Tuthill, Chris, Kara Kolomitz, Tom O'Neill and Kate Sutherland

Members of my leadership team attended a book launch in honor of Chris Matthews' new book Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, hosted by Trustee Tom O'Neill last week in Boston. Pictured here are Kelley Tuthill, Chris, Kara Kolomitz, Tom and Kate Sutherland.


Tis the season to be jolly! I'm looking forward to turning on the Christmas lights at 6 p.m. tonight on the quad! And I hope to see many of you at the annual Christmas Concert and Merry Mingle this Sunday, December 3rd at 3 p.m. in the FAC.

The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on December 14.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Christmas Concert and Merry Mingle

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