President's Notes VII.4

President's Notes

August 31, 2017

While we are so excited to begin the new school year, our hearts are heavy watching the devestation in Houston. I'm grateful to the Center for Ministry & Service for organizing a gathering around the Peace Pole today at 12:30 to pray for our neighbors in Houston.


Resident Assistant training

Starting this weekend, we will be welcoming 275 new first-years from 16 states and 37 transfer students. Our residence halls are full. Our graduate programs begin on Tuesday with 862 students taking part in our on-campus programs and 250 students registered in our growing online offerings

This week our resident assistants have been working hard during RA training. They spent a day at the Project Adventure ropes course in Beverly where they supported and challenged each other on ropes obstacles. On campus, various offices including Athletics, the Center for Student Engagement, Ministry and Service, Global Connections, The Learning Commons, and Student Disability and Accessibility Services presented engaging sessions to prepare the RAs to be leaders, resources, and mentors. I enjoyed breakfast and conversation with them yesterday. Here is a picture of me with the group. Thank you Bridget Buoniconti, director of residence life, and Jim Wildason, area coordinator, for planning this great week of training!

The Autism Center, housed within our Children's Center, welcomed its first student this week with two additional students starting in October. We are thrilled to be able to provide high quality applied behavior analytic services to our young students. Thanks to Jacquelyn MacDonald, interim director of ABA, who spearheaded this wonderful addition to our campus.


The 2017-18 athletics season opens this weekend with home openers for field hockey tomorrow and women’s soccer on Saturday. Cross country and men’s soccer will travel to start their seasons. Our women's volleyball team is traveling to Texas for a 2-day, 4-match tournament hosted by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Good luck to all!

If you haen't already seen it, check out the newly redesigned Athletics webiste


Faculty Workshop

Our faculty is attending their fall workshop today and are busy planning, developing, networking, and preparing for our students. Last Tuesday, many faculty and staff participated in an Apple workshop. As I told those who participated, our growth is only possible with an emphasis on technology. The iPads are a critical part of our support for the faculty’s ability to teach and engage with students.

Congratulations to Liz Conant, assistant professor of Sports Management, who published an article titled “In their words” in the August/September 2017 issue of Athletic Management which you can read here.

Liz has also been busy working closely with Health & Fitness Studies Chair Cathy Fuller to submit our application for sports management accreditation. I'm happy to inform you that we have been granted candidacy status by COSMA (Commission on Sports Management Accreditation). Congratulations all!

And kudos to Anabella Morabito, assistant director of Ministry & Service, who was nominated for the 2017 El Mundo Boston Latino 30 Under 30! The award honors young individuals making an impact on the Massachusetts Latino community in variety of fields. In her one year here at Regis, Anabella has done extensive work to revamp and enhance our local, national, and international service trip programs. She has also served on the Unity committee and led a number of reflection and prayer opportunities on campus.


I am looking forward to a great start to the academic year. There are so many exceptional events occurring this fall. We will celebrate the opening of our new School of Business and Communication with an important panel discussion called DeHate the Debate on September 11th at 7 p.m. in the FAC. I was interviewed by the event's co-sponsor, MetroWest Daily News, which you can read here. For details about the event, visit

RegisFest, our annual family weekend, is coming soon! This year's event is extended to start on Thursday, September 28th with our 2nd annual Founders' Day of service. Then on Friday, September 29th, we will host a business networking conference, “Imagine, Ignite, Inspire” featuring the founders of Wicked Good Cupcakes, Tracey Noonan and Dani Vilagie, who will speak about their extraordinary success after being featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. Breakout sessions will focus on how to network and how to maximize LinkedIn. You can register for RegisFest here.

Please keep a look out on the digital screens across campus and the weekly Pride Points newsletter to keep abreast of what's happening. And get involved! I strongly encourage faculty to have classes participate in events. Please make every effort to engage with us as a community and be role models for our students.

Good luck everyone. I sincerely appreciate all you do for Regis. The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on September 14th.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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