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President's Notes VII.12
January 11, 2018
Happy 2018 everyone! Spring faculty workshop is in session today and soon students will be filling our hallways as we gear up for the start of the spring semester. Earlier this week, the Division of Undergrad Student Affairs and Enrollment held multiple professional development opportunities on campus. Workshops included topics ranging from role conflict management strategies and understanding racism, to public speaking and the philosophy of D3 athletics. We also heard a keynote presentation on suicide by Jon Mattleman, a mental health consultant with over 35 years of experience in the field. Thank you to everyone who organized, presented and attended these enriching sessions. Tomorrow we welcome students for winter orientation ahead of move-in day on Monday.
Members of the Regis Kappa Delta Pi and students in our EdD program are sponsoring a children's book drive during this Saturday’s women’s basketball game. Fans who donate a gently used book will receive a raffle ticket for the opportunity to compete in a free throw shooting contest for prizes.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Congratulations to Kate Edney, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, who published an article “Making sense of Integration: Sing Out Sweet Land! (1944), African Americans, and the Democratic Ideal” in the most recent volume of New England Theatre Journal.
And congrats to Cherlie Normilus, assistant professor of Nursing, for successfully defending her dissertation, "Self-Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: The Lived Experience of Adult Haitian Immigrants," at UMass Lowell this past November.
Several faculty, staff and students embarked on trips during the winter break:
Dean of Public Health Laura Burke and Dean of Nursing Diane Welsh visited Chile along with Director of the Center for Global Connections David Crisci, Manuel Cifuentes, associate professor of Public Health, and students in the Global Public Health Experience course. The trip offers students the opportunity to examine the health care system of a developing country, focusing on access to health care in the context of the socioeconomic and political status. Laura wrote to me about how productive this trip has been. The team has been interviewed on most of the local radio stations and the University Aysen posted an announcement about the visit on its website which you can read here. Here is a photo of (from left) Dean Burke, Dean Welsh, the director and dentist from Rio Tranquilo Community Health Center, and Dr. Cifuentes.
Frans Rijnbout, associate professor of Theatre, led a group of students enrolled in EN/TH 304 Study Abroad: Topics in Literature and Theatre, to London. Students attended theatre productions, took classes and explored historic sights in London including the graveside of William Shakespeare in the Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
Heather Josselyn-Cranson, associate professor of Music, led our Glee Singers on tour in Florida from January 6-8. Their first performance took place on January 6th at Lake Louisa State Park. On January 7th they performed at St. Richard’s Church in Winter Park and the Basilica National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Their last stop was on January 8th at Disney Springs Marketplace Stage. Here is a picture from their Disney performance. Heather tells us that after this performance she was stopped in Animal Kingdom by a couple who recognized her. They said how much they enjoyed listening to our students sing. What a great impression!
Thank you to Eileen McCormick Langenus ’78 and Trustee Peter Langenus for once again hosting President’s Associates donors for an annual Christmas reception in New York City in December. Here is a great photo of us at the venue.
Last week I attended The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) President's Institute. This year's theme was "Pathways to Excellence: Resilience and Innovation." It is a great conference as well as opportunity to network with fellow college/university presidents. While there, I attended a meeting of the Lower Cost Model for Independent Colleges Consortium with VP of Finance & Business Tom Pistorino. The group continues to work on innovations for lowering costs.
The next edition of President's Notes will be out January 25.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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