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President's Notes VII.15
February 22, 2018
In light of the events in Parkland, Florida last week, please familiarize yourself with steps you can take to protect yourself if an active shooter incident happens on campus. Our Campus Police launched this webpage and I encourage you all to review it. Please know that Campus Police is available 24/7 by calling 781-768-7111.
My heartfelt condolences go out to all the victims, families, and the entire Parkland community.
Last Sunday, the Glee Singers performed during a Providence Bruins game, led by Heather Josselyn-Cranson, associate professor of Music. Nice group photo!
On Feb. 11, Undergrad Student Affairs and Enrollment hosted its annual Student Leadership Group Process and Interview Day. A total of 93 candidates participated in group activities and individual interviews. Thanks to all the staff who volunteered their time on a Sunday and especially James Guaragna, Mike Lynch, and Bridget Buoniconti who, along with their committee members Sarah Assante, Arianna Woodley, Jordan Swift, Christina Deang, Liana Leja, and Jeffery Marcano, made this day possible. Good luck to the candidates. I hear they are exceptional!
Thanks to Mark Harrington, assistant dean of Student Affairs, for creating a Parent and Family Newsletter. The February issue was recently shared with undergrad parents and families. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep our parents and families informed about campus news, important dates, and relevant information. It is published twice a semester and the next newsletter will be sent in mid-April. If you would like to include content in the newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 23rd. The latest issue can be read here.
Arianna Woodley and Jordan Swift, programming coordinators for the Center for Student Engagement (pictured) and Assistant Director for the Center for Student Engagement, Erica Devine, attended the 2018 National Association of Student Activities (NACA) convention in Boston earlier this week. They learned about different programming options from institutions across the nation in an effort to engage more of our student body.
The winter sports season is coming to a close. I'm so proud of our men's and women's basketball teams for making it into their first ever GNAC post-season. The Swimming & Diving and Track & Field teams continue to impress and break program records. In fact, the women's Swimming & Diving team has been selected to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America's Scholar All-America team.
Spring sports are preparing for a great season ahead. Good luck to the lacrosse teams that have season openers next week.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Kara Kolomitz, vice president of Undergraduate Student Affairs and Enrollment, attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Kara met with Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s Chief of Staff, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s staff to discuss proposed changes to the Higher Education Act and the necessity of federal financial aid. Pictured with Kara is President Scott Miller of Virginia Wesleyan University and President of NAICU David Warren.
The National Leauge for Nursing has selected Regis to participate in a vSim for Nursing/Mental Health pilot to assist with development of a curriculum integration guide. Denise Soccio, associate professor of Nursing, will be overseeing the pilot from January - April 2018 and Lisa Novakoff, Psychology instructor, will be facilitating vSim for pre-licensure accelerated master's nursing students. Denise recently published the results of the mixed-methods pilot study she conducted at Regis titled "Effectiveness of mental health simulation in replacing traditional clinical hours in baccalaureate education" in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. In addition, she accepted an invitation to present the results of the study at the 2nd International Conference on Nursing Science & Practice in London this August. Congratulations Denise!
Kristen Willems, assistant professor in STEM and pre-med/vet/dental advisor, attended a local area network meeting for the North East Advisors of Health Professions at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in January. She spoke to current vet students about their experience and specific undergrad programs that helped them get to vet school. On February 9th, Kristen welcomed a representative from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine as part of our pre-med program. It was an enlightening talk where students learned what it's like to be a podiatrist and educational requirements needed to get there.
Good luck to Nursing faculty members Cynthia Bashaw, Nancy DelGuidice, Shari Harding, Sheryl Kelleher, Angela Kulesza, Lisa Krikorian, Kellie LaPierre, and Susan Sawyer who will be presenting a poster entitled "Development of a Simulation Skills Fair for Nurse Practitioner Students" at the Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference in Nashua, NH this May.
Congratulations to Courtney Cole, assistant professor of Communication, whose most recent article "Commemorating Mass Violence: Truth Commission Hearings as a Genre of Public Memory" as just been published in Southern Communication Journal. You can read it here.
Frans Rijnbout, associate professor of Theatre, recently spent four weeks in the Netherlands to learn about the student advising and support system at Dutch universities. Frans visited eleven of the main higher ed institutions to interview advisors and deans. This was part of a research project made possible through a Kaneb faculty grant and was on the heels of his recent trip to London for the "Topics in Literature and Theatre" intensive course. I look forward to hearing about his findings in a report later this semester.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Regalos fundraiser tonight in the College Hall Foyer at 6:30 p.m. And I will be having lunch with grad students this Saturday. Enjoy your weekend everyone.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on March 8.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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