President's Notes VII.13

President's Notes

January 25, 2018

I am so proud of the many students, faculty and staff who came forward to share their viewpoints and support of Haiti in the recent #RegisWelcome campaign two weeks ago. The campaign was well received on social media and I thank all of the members of our community who were involved, especially Kelley Tuthill, VP of Marketing and Communications, and Christopher Loh, director of Communications, for organizing the campaign. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out on Facebook and Twitter.

We were honored to welcome Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen on campus to profile the journey of Student Government Association President Fred Mathieu. You can read the column here.

The MetroWest Daily News also came to campus for a front-page feature on two of our Haitian-American students, Gabby Telemaque and Steeve Laborde. You can read that article here.


Our spring sports teams are preparing for their season openers. Good luck to our men's volleyball, women's softball, and both lacrosse teams as they start practices!

I am so proud of our students who came together to support each other through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Student-athletes and Puerto Rico residents Jayson Vega (men's volleyball) and Emma Morales (women's volleyball) arrived on campus in the fall just prior to Maria, but their families were impacted by the storm. Jayson and Emma collected donations to send back home. Then Emma got a huge surprise during RegisFest. Read the story here.

Congrats to basketball player Brittany Stone for receiving GNAC honors four times this season and to men's swimming & diving athlete Grant Kollien for being named GNAC Rookie of the Week for the third time!

Coach Angela Santa Fe

Men's and women's basketball are in full swing...or swish I should say. Women's Basketball Head Coach Angela Santa Fe celebrated her 100th career win! Men's basketball alum Sam Jean-Gilles '17 was honored with his 1,000-point banner during halftime at a recent game and women's basketball alum Amanda Hawkesworth '17 will get the same at halftime this Saturday.


Carol Martin, associate professor of Nursing, spearheaded a new pilot boot camp program for incoming accelerated bachelors nursing students. The boot camp consisted of break-out sessions where the students learned about available resources from the library, professionalism, medical terminology, NCLEX tips, medications, learning styles, and complementary therapy. Thanks to the many faculty and academic support staff who made the boot camp successful. Below is a photo of Jennifer Litchfield, assistant professor of Nursing, with her accelerated bachelors nursing students who are holding their certificates of completion.

Regis accelerated bachelors nursing students holding their certificates of completion

Julia Lisella, associate professor of English, has been quite busy! One of her poems was requested for a publication sponsored by the Scottish Poetry Library, an anthology given to each new teacher graduating from Scotland’s teacher training courses in 2018. Another of her poems "Saying Goodbye to My Sister" appeared in the December issue of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing. And yet another poem "Communion" will be published in the spring edition of Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art. On January 13th, Julia participated in a reading at the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington, MA, that was dedicated to the great American poet Gwendolyn Brooks. She read a poem by Brooks and a poem of her own that was influenced by Brooks. Last fall, Julia also helped start a new reading series called Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) at I AM Books in Boston which she hosts and curates. Congratulations Julia!

Congratulations to Kreg Segall, associate professor of English, for publishing Tally Ho, a 600,000 word interactive novel based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse. You can preview it here.

Sara Weintraub, professor of Communication, was interviewed by the National Communication Association for "Teachers on Teaching," an academic/professional resource that offers advice to novice and seasoned instructors from recipients of teaching awards. Sara received the Donald H. Ecroyd and Carolyn Drummond Ecroyd Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014 from the Eastern Communication Association and became an Eastern Communication Association Teaching Fellow in 2017. You can read Sara's interview here.

Gloria Steinem

On December 6th, Naomi Kooker, instructor of Communication, attended the Massachusetts Conference for Women with two communication majors, Mussuba Samati '18 and Petrouchka Buissereth '18. The Conference is an annual event of inspirational talks and professional networking. The lucky women got to meet legendary Gloria Steinem who was the keynote speaker.

Mark your calendars to attend an open forum for each finalist for the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of the School of Business and Communication.

Finalists Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, February 6th & Tuesday, February 13th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., College Hall 202

Finalists Dean of the School of Business and Communication

Thursday, February 1st, 12:30-1:30 p.m., College Hall 202

Thursday, February 8th, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room TBA

Thursday, February 22nd, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Maria Hall Multipurpose Room


Yesterday afternoon we hosted the CSJ Corporation for Sponsored Ministries Executive Board on campus. Chair of the Board John Tegan and I presented our annual comprehensive report that provided an in-depth review of mission effectiveness and quality of ministry at Regis. Thanks to my Special Assistant for Mission Mary Lou Jacksonfor preparing the report.

This morning I met with members of our Nursing faculty and Cherylann Gengel, co-founder of Be Like Brit Orphanage in Haiti. We are in the planning stages for the next phase of our work in Haiti with our valued partners including Be Like Brit. I look forward to presiding over the graduation of our 3rd cohort of Haiti Nursing students on March 3rd.

The next edition of President's Notes will be out February 8.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

P.S. Save the date for the annual Regalos fundraiser.

Regalos fundraiser February 22 6:30PM College Hall Foyer

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President's Notes VII.13