President's Notes VII.11

President's Notes

December 14, 2017


Last Saturday, 36 students and staff embarked on two service immersion trips sponsored by the Center for Ministry and Service. A delegation of 19 is in New Orleans volunteering with the St. Bernard Housing Project, an organization that provides relief to communities affected by natural disasters. The other 17 travelers are in Los Angeles and the US-Mexico border to volunteer with Homeboy Industries and Border Angels. Homeboy Industries is a leading gang-intervention program that was founded by Father Greg Boyle, S.J., who is the author of this year's common read Tattoos on the Heart and will also be speaking at Regis in March during Heritage Week. Border Angels is a nonprofit organization that advocates for humane immigration reform. Here are some photos of the group in action. I'm so proud of them!

St. Bernard Housing Project 1 St. Bernard Housing Project 2 St. Bernard Housing Project 3
Marcos Aguirre ’18

Communications major and volleyball player Marcos Aguirre ’18 was recently awarded the Sharing Opportunities LLARC Scholarship, a scholarship for undergraduates funded by generous gifts from members of the LLARC program. Here is a photo of Marcos speaking at a recent LLARC lecture series to accept the award and thank the group for their support. Congratulations, Marcos!

Student Government Association breakfast-at-night

On December 1st, the Student Government Association hosted a breakfast-at-night event in the main dining hall, served by members of the Student Affairs team. Here is a nice photo of Walt Horner, Kelly Brochu, Kara Kolomitz, James Guaragna, Bridget Buoniconti, Erin Wisniewski, Mike Lynch, and Mark Harrington.


ChiChi Akanegbu

Congratulations to ChiChi Akanegbu who set a track and field record in the shot put and qualified for the New England Indoor Championships in February! You can read her story here.

Our women's basketball team is off to a great start in the GNAC. They have 115 consecutive conference game wins! Coach Santa Fe tweeted some pictures of the team's holiday party and the great news that the team accomplished a program high 3.53 and cumulative 3.47 GPA this semester.

Our men's and women's swimming & diving teams both finished second at the GNAC tournament last Sunday. Go Pride!


Margherite Matteis

Congratulations to Margherite Matteis, associate professor of Nursing, who has been elected to serve as a member of the nominations committee of the Transcultural Nursing Society Northeast Chapter. This is an honor for Margherite and for our School of Nursing.

Priscilla Boerger, chair of Education, published a book review on Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About — and To — Students Every Day by Mica Pollock in the December 2017 issue of School Administrator magazine.

Julia Lisella, associate professor of English, had three poems accepted for publication by Gravel Magazine, an online literary journal. They appear in the December issue and can be read here.

The Autumn 2017 volume of The Hymn features a book review on the book written by Heather Josselyn-Cranson, associate professor of Music, entitled The Reason Why We Sing (Order Of Saint Luke, 2016). The reviewer states: "It is no small task to write a book that explores the myriad of styles and diverse traditions of music in the church today. Josselyn-Cranson does just this in her book."

Jenn Amadon, director of RN Progression and Academic Partnerships, and Beth Campbell, Nursing lecturer

Jenn Amadon, director of RN Progression & Academic Partnerships, and Beth Campbell, Nursing lecturer, joined forces to educate public health nurses about the clinical component of our capstone course, NU 510 Community Based Nursing, and opportunities available to precept our students. Karen DaCampo, public health nurse for the city of Woburn, invited Beth and Jenn and is pictured with them here.

Congratulions to Dan Leahy, director of the Center for Ministry and Service, for accepting the Le Puy Student Pilgrimage staff leader position through the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph. ACSSJ is leading a student pilgrimage to Le Puy, France (where the Sisters of St. Joseph were founded) from June 16-23 that will include two students from each of ACSSJ's nine member campuses. As a trip leader, Dan will assist Martha Malinski, ACSSJ executive director, to support students’ experiential learning, personal and spiritual growth and reflection by facilitating group discussions, one-on-one check-ins, and activities.


It was great to have everyone at Morrison House last week to share in the Christmas spirit. I sincerely wish you and your families a blessed and Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on January 11.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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