President's Notes VII.14

President's Notes

February 8, 2018

What fun we had announcing the Commencement speaker to the Class of 2018. The timing was perfect as the students were gathered in the College Hall Foyer for a 100 Days to Graduation party. The students erupted in cheers and smiles to hear that Diane Guerrero, former Regis student and actress, author and activist, will give the Commencement keynote address. We are all thrilled to welcome Diane back to Regis.


Coaches vs Cancer 3 point challenge

Throughout the month of February, the men's basketball team will be joining teams from around the nation by taking part in the 3-point challenge. Fans can pledge an amount of money for each three pointer made by the Pride this month with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs Cancer. Make your pledges here.

STARS competition

Our athletes continue to serve the community in inspiring ways. Recently, the swimming and diving teams welcomed the Wellesley STARS special needs team to our pool for a fun Sunday afternoon of aquatic activities. Here is a great group photo. Our swimmers and divers completed their regular season in a tri-meet and are practicing for the New England Championships February 15-18. Good luck!

Also, women's soccer and volleyball helped out with Special Olympics on Superbowl Sunday on the Higgins Court. Nice job everyone!


Courtney Cole, assistant professor of Communication, has an article featured on Emerald Publishing's website that highlight's a special issue of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Journal called "Broadening the conversation: why Black Lives Matter." Courtney's article is titled "Culturally sustaining pedagogy in higher education: teaching so that Black Lives Matter" and can be seen here under item 3.

Annela Kelly, assistant professor of Mathematics, presented the talk "Data Analysis in Precalculus” at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January. The presentation showcased mathematical modeling projects from our fall 2017 precalculus class where students used technology to obtain regression polynomials that model data and analyzed the resulting polynomial functions. In addition, Annela judged undergrad student research papers in applied mathematics at the nationwide undergraduate student research poster session.

Celebration of EdD student's final semester

Priscilla Boerger, chair of Education, published a book review in the February 2018 issue of School Administrator magazine on "Rethinking Readiness: Deeper Learning for College, Work, and Life" by Heller, Wolfe, and Steinberg. Priscilla and Laruen Bent, associate professor of Education, celebrated with students in the EdD program (pictured right) as they begin their final semester and work towards finalizing their dissertation in practice.


Last week I had the pleasure of giving a presentation about Regis to members of Lifelong Learning (LLARC) during the "10 Institutions and Corporations in Greater Boston" class. I was invited by Glenn Strehle, retired treasurer of MIT and LLARC member.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Diversity Walk art exhibit kick off event this evening in the FAC. Tonight's event is focused on resistance and racism and will include an open discussion at 7:00 p.m. The Diversity Walk is an evolving gallery exhibit focused on themes of racism, women’s issues, and ethnic cleansing and will feature the art of well-known artists, as well as artists from the Regis community.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on February 22.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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