President's Notes VII.3

President's Notes

August 17, 2017

We pray for peace as Boston prepares for protests this weekend. As a Catholic university, we embrace and encourage the respectful exchange of thoughts and ideas on our campus. Universities are meant to be safe places where everyone can learn about the world, appreciate and respect each other’s differences, and embrace the knowledge that comes with open discussion. Regis has always been and will always be an institution that welcomes all without distinction. Regis will never be a place for hate, fear and racism; that sort of dialogue has no place on our campus and in our country.


EdD student Jennifer Forry was invited to co-author a chapter called "Crafting and Revising Conduct Processes" in Conduct and Community: A Residence Life Practitioner’s Guide. Jennifer's research in the EdD program has focused on equitable due process for male students accused of sexual misconduct. It informed her development of the "empowerMENt" program, designed to challenge men to take a stand against sexual assault. Jennifer was awarded an inaugural NASPA innovation grant for "empowerMENt" for its design and target audience. Congratulations Jennifer.


GNAC President's Advisory Group

Last week, the GNAC presidents enjoyed a wonderful annual dinner. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine's President James Dlugos was presented with a plaque in recognition for his service as chair of the presidents' council for the past two years. Rivier President Sister Paula Marie Buley was officially welcomed as the new chair. President Dlugos gave us an update from the recent NCAA presidents' advisory group meetings in Indianapolis that he attended as the GNAC delegate. We discussed the GNAC strategic planning survey that will be distributed to student athletes this coming week, the changing landscape of division III conference membership and much more. Regis was officially and warmly welcomed as a full GNAC core member.

Welcome back to our student athletes who will move in this Sunday. Fall sports will open preseason camps on Monday. Good luck everyone!


We have some new faces and have said goodbye to others. After 32 years of dedicated service, John Noone recently retired as carpenter in the Physical Facilities department. He may be retired but his exquisite carpentry work, from handsome podiums to building signage, will grace our campus for many years to come.

Justyna Szulc-Maziarz sends her greeting from the library as our new archivist, succeeding S. Mary Rita Grady. The primary purpose of the archives is to collect, preserve, protect, and provide access to records of permanent and enduring value related to the history and mission of Regis. Justyna views the archives as a way to connect the past with the present, while planning for the future. Her goal is to preserve the legacy of Regis while encouraging researchers to explore our unique heritage and mission.

Brigham & Women's Hospital

Yesterday, a team from Nursing and Grad Admission were at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston to meet with prospective students about our new off-site program at the hospital, MS in Clinical Nurse Leader. The MS in CNL program is for BWH employees only and slated for an October start. Diane Welsh, dean of Nursing, and Valerie Hunt, associate dean of Grad Nursing, were instrumental in spearheading this partnership with BWH. Here is a photo of (from left) Jennifer Amadon, Valerie and Diane. Catherine Hamilton from grad admission also attended but is not pictured. Thank you all!

EdD family BBQ

Priscilla Boerger and Lauren Bent hosted an EdD family BBQ recently to celebrate the end of an another successful year. Here is a picture of the faculty, students and their families.

Priscilla tells me that Regis participated in Kappa Delta Pi’s Literacy Alive initiative in which we donated 250 children’s books to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton. Thanks everyone!

Teaching History with Popular Culture

In early August, Kate Edney, interim dean of Arts & Sciences, presented her paper "Haven't We All Been Here Before?: On Allies and Advocacy" at the Association for Education in Higher Ed annual conference. Kate also served as co-facilitator for the chairs and deans open dialogue session. She rotated off her position of member-at-large for operations on the governing council of the organization, but was appointed to serve on the professional development sub-committee for the next academic year.

While browsing the conference, Kate spotted her recent book used as part of the Rowman and Littlefield publisher's display. Nice job, Kate!


As many of you know, last week we said goodbye to a dear friend of Regis at a memorial service in the chapel. Dr. Richard (Dick) Young, Trustee Emeritus, passed away on August 4th. Dick was affiliated with Regis in various board capacities since 1968. He was Regis' first male graduate when he was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree in 2002 and the first chairman of our board of trustees. You can read his obituary here. Dick will be truly missed.

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of having lunch with 25 bright high school students who participated in our Summer Scholars program this year. I was very impressed and hope to see some of them at Regis soon. Here is a photo and article about the program in the local paper.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with alums at the annual Cape Cod luncheon on August 3rd. You can view the photos here. Thanks to Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker, and student athletes Brett Krahl '18, Brittany Stone '18, and Ariana McCormack '20 who came and spoke to the group.

I also recently met with the superintendent for the Weston public schools, Dr. Midge Connolly. We discussed ways in which Regis and Weston can continue to collaborate.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on August 31st. Have a wonderful remainder of the summer!

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

P.S. Save the date for these upcoming events:

De-hate the Debate, Monday, September 11th, 7:00 pm, FAC

Convocation, Tuesday, September 12th, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Founder's Day of Service, Thursday, September 28th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Regis Fest, Friday, September 29th - Saturday, September 30th

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