President's Notes VII.7

President's Notes

October 12, 2017

Hello, everyone. The trees are turning beautiful shades of red and orange as the true signs of autumn have begun. Soon our UG admissions team will welcome prospective students at Fall Open House on October 21st. Grad info sessions, both on campus and online, are upcoming also. And the cycle begins. I love this time of year.


Claire Henry, a second year EdD student, is coordinating a conference entitled, “Compassion Amid the Confusion: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Memory Care for Professional Caregivers,” on October 25th at Saint Patrick’s Manor in Framingham. As part of her research, Claire is interested in comparing dementia education programs between U.S. and Irish universities. Good luck!

A recent Applied Behavior Analysis graduate thesis co-authored by Jordan Chusid ’16 and Lauren Beaulieu, assistant professor and former director of the ABA program, was accepted to the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. The research is titled, “Assessing the generality and durability of interview informed functional analysis and treatment."

Donations for Puerto Rico were collected during Regis Fest

I'm so proud of our students who worked to raise $974.42 in donations for Puerto Rico during Regis Fest. Of the total amount raised, $400 came from SAAC - our Student Athlete Advisory Committee - which generously gave the proceeds from the sale of Regis gear to the donation drive. Students will continue to work hard through this month to raise funds. If you are interested in donating, please contact the Center for Ministry and Service at


Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker attended the Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention in Dallas this week. The convention provided three days of leadership training, networking, and inspiration for 875 women working in intercollegiate athletics and beyond. Pam was introduced at the business session, along with other women who have been appointed athletic directors, commissioners, or other executive leadership positions since last October.

Winter sports will be gearing up and fall sports are approaching the finish line. For a glimpse of at each team's postseason outlook, click here. Good luck to all!


Congratulations to Lucia Ortiz, chair of Humanities, who will receive an award at the La Feria del Libro international book fair in Lawrence next weekend. This annual event celebrates the arts and literature in the Merrimack valley region. The theme and dedication of this year's event is Columbia. Lucia will be honored for her contributions to education. Regis is sponsoring the weekend-long event.

Our Nursing Clinical Resource Center is gearing up for a great year ahead. The staff will conduct an active shooter simulation as well as a heroin overdose simulation. Sadly, this type of preparation is necessary in our world today. The Center staff is outstanding: Lab Coordinator Jan Tuxbury became a Certified Nurse Educator over the summer and lab faculty Liz Duca graduated from Jacksonville University with her masters in nursing education.

Becky DesRoches, assistant professor of Psychology, will present "Instructional Methods for Differentiating Introductory Psychology Classes and Beyond" at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP) on October 20th. Good luck Becky.

Education Department awards

Good news from our Education department! It is the proud recipient of two awards from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). Regis' Alpha Theta Rho chapter of KDP was honored for outstanding recruitment (49 members were initiated in March), participation in the Literacy Alive initiative (over 250 children's books were collected and donated to Trinity Catholic School). I'm looking forward to hearing about more great work they will be doing this year!


I recently joined forces with other college and university presidents as part of another higher education advocacy effort in support of Dreamers. We signed a letter written by the American Council on Education urging Congress to pass legislation as soon as possible to permanently protect outstanding young people brought to our country as children. We urged them to take the action that President Trump requested when he rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, and pass a long-term legislative fix to protect Dreamers.

Rep. Katherine Clark at Regis

I was happy to discuss this issue with Rep. Katherine Clarkwhen she visited campus last Friday. After she joined our pre-schoolers for a lab led by Leslie Bishop, associate professor of Chemistry, Congresswoman Clark stayed for almost an hour and discussed with us many topics from DACA to the diversity of our students and our students’ contribution to the Commonwealth’s economy. She also visited a UG science class and had the opportunity meet many students and faculty.

Yesterday I attended the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) president's meeting held at Simmons College. We heard a powerful presentation by Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on free speech vs. hate speech on campuses. We also had an engaging discussion about the shared challenges we're all facing regarding diversity and inclusion.

The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on October 26th.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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