President's Notes VII.8

President's Notes

October 26, 2017

We held an amazing and successful Let It Shine Gala on Tuesday evening. Thanks to our wonderful donors, we raised over $1 million for scholarships for our students! I'm so proud of our students who participated in the Gala, especially Chris Szarek '18 and Yesica Calderon '21 who addressed the crowd. I am thrilled and thankful to all of you for this great success, most especially VP of Institutional Advancement Miriam Sherman for her leadership, VP of Marketing and Communications Kelley Tuthill for being our emcee, and the gala committee and whole IA / alumni department for their hard work over the last year to plan this magnificent event. A special thank you to all the faculty and staff who supported this event. Below are some nice pictures.

Top row from left: some of the staff and student volunteers; Bernadette Butterfield, former US Ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley ’74, and Pegeen Frawley Doran ’84 (Pegeen recently joined the IA team as Advancement Coordinator); Chair of the Board John Tegan in between Jesica Calderon and her mother.

Bottom row from left: Some of the student athlete volunteers with Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker; Trustee Meyer Chambers, director of the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir. You can see more pictures and read the press release here.

Let It Shine 2017 - staff and student volunteers Let It Shine 2017 - Bernadette Butterfield, former US Ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley 74, and Pegeen Frawley Doran 84 Let It Shine 2017 - John Tegan in between Jesica Calderon and her mother
Let It Shine 2017 - student athlete volunteers with Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker Let It Shine 2017 - Trustee Meyer Chambers, director of the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir


Prindle Pond Retreat

Last weekend, the Center for Ministry and Service retreated to Prindle Pond in Charlton, Mass., with 14 retreatants, four student leaders, and three staff members to launch the Kairos experience. It was a powerful spiritual experience of love and community for all involved. Be on the lookout for additional Kairos retreats that will be offered to the Regis community in the future.

he student participants included: Steeve Laborde, Steven Reyes-Tlamintzi, Kyhara Martinez, Christina Puccio, Derrick Tran, Tijuana Wallen, Amari Powell, Emily Spillane, Cacia Weekes-Christopher, Theresa Selva, Danniel LaFalaise, Uryline Grandoit, Levi Draper and Monica Walcek. Student Leaders were Elizabeth Taranto, Iva Penezic, Fatima St. Hilaire, and Alcelindo Costa, and staff support members were Bridget Buoniconti, Karen Marquez and Dan Leahy.


all-conference honors

Congratulations to our first GNAC all-conference award recipient freshman Carly Donovan who was named women’s tennis rookie of the year! Also receiving all-conference honors from women's tennis were Katasha Jarvis, Carly Scanlon and Ariana McCormack and Gracie Jarest was our rep on the sportsmanship team.

I'm so proud of all our teams who made it into fall playoffs!

Women’s tennis team worked hard to finish second in the league! Unfortunately, they lost in the semifinals. Men's and Women's cross country will be competing in the GNAC championships this Saturday, October 28th in Bristol, RI. Men’s soccer is competing this Sunday, October 29th in the GNAC quarterfinals at Mount Ida. Women’s volleyball will play in the GNAC tournament that begins next Tuesday, October 31st.

Good luck everyone!


Transcultural Nursing Society Conference

Members of our nursing faculty and alumni attended the Transcultural Nursing Society Conference last week in New Orleans. Kettie Louis, HERO project coordinator, and Barbara Moloney, nursing adjunct faculty, presented their paper entitled, "Addressing Health Disparities in Haiti Through Nursing Education." Margherite Matteis, associate professor of nursing, presented her paper, “Addressing Challenges to United States Health Care: A Transcultural Nursing Call to Action.” Two Regis DNP alums presented research posters of their scholarly practice proposal projects: Edmund A. Travers - “Assessment and Integrated Plan of Care Plan Focusing on Nurse Care Coordination,” and Leah Gordon - “Students Perceptions of Culturally Competent Curriculum in Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Program.” Congratulations all!

Congratulations to Heather Maietta, associate professor in our EdD program, who won the National Board of Certified Counselors 2017 Board Certified Coaching scholarship award!

religious diversity

On October 19th, the Center for Ministry and Service held an event around religious diversity. More than 20 members of different religious backgrounds including Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and agnostic met in the Peace Room. I was happy to attend part of the event and listen to the dialogue that flowed freely among faculty, staff and students. There was a religious learning curve for all present as well as a broader appreciation of our campus religious diversity. Next month, the Center will follow up with an Interfaith Reflection of Gratitude in anticipation of Thanksgiving.


The Board of Trustees met this past Monday in Maria Hall. They heard updates about the positive enrollment news, both on the undergrad and grad side, and new program proposals in the pipeline from academic affairs. The facilities committee is hard at work planning for a new capital asset management software system that will provide tools for multi-year budgeting and planning. The technology committee has well over 100 projects defined and broken into three categories: business as usual, strategic projects, and maintenance and support. One of those projects, our new app MyRegis, has over 4,000 downloads! It has exceeded our expected response from students! Trustees also heard a presentation by VP of Marketing and Communications Kelley Tuthill on our new university messaging points.

The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on November 9th.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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