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President's Notes VII.9
November 9, 2017
This edition of President's Notes is full of wonderful news from students, faculty and staff. So many of you are out there getting the word out about Regis and the reason why our dynamic university is thriving.
Last Friday, eight students and two staff members traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The IFTJ is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (that includes Jesuit institutions and the larger church) to gather in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. On Monday, students visited the Capitol and met with Congressman Jim McGovern and Congressman Mike Capuano’s Chief of Staff, Robert Primus, and his Legislative Aide Sam Rodarte. Students also had the opportunity to visit the House of Representatives gallery and were invited to stay for a hearing. Sabrina Gabby Telemaque '18, expressed that "IFTJ was a great opportunity for me to learn about social justice issues that are currently affecting our country and my community. It was also an amazing opportunity for us to learn about the ways in which we can serve our world beyond the Regis community." Special thanks to Assistant Director of Ministry and Service Anabella Morabito for organizing the trip. I'm so proud of all of you!
In this picture from left are: Jeffrey Marcano, grad intern, McKenzi Hammond '19, Nicole Defonzo '18, Steven Reyes '20, Judcine Felix '18, Sabrina Gabby Telemaque '18, Jasmynn Hawkins '18, Steeve Laborde '18, Brandy Blaise '18.
Just in time for the holidays! Regis Athletics is having a limited time online store to purchase Pride swag. Click here with instructions on how to order. The store closes on November 19th so order soon!
FACULTY AND STAFF
Congratulations to our School of Nursing, recipient of the New Era for Academic Nursing Award by the American Association of of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Regis was honored along with all the member schools of NERVANA, the Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance. Regis Nursing has participated for many years in the collaboration between the VA Boston Health Care System and a coalition of member nursing schools including Simmons, BC, Northeastern, U-Mass Boston, and U-Mass Lowell.
During AACN's conference in Washington D.C. last week, academic nursing leadership established a record presence on Capitol Hill with over 270 deans and associate deans from all 50 states, including our own Diane Welsh, who met with Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey. The meetings held with federal legislators discussed pressing national priorities impacting patients’ health and nursing education.
Last week Malcolm Asadoorian, vice president of Academic Affairs, presented at the Educause annual conference in Philadelphia. His presentation, titled "Preparing Students for Today's Mobile Workforce with Apple," was received by a full house that included Apple's Director of Higher Education Sales, Lem Byers. This was the first time in ten years that Apple attended Educause so there was a lot of interest surrounding this presentation and great exposure for Regis. Here is a photo of Malcolm with his co-presenters Madeline Burillo, president of Houston Community College, and Nick Hathaway, executive vice president at the University of Oklahoma. Thank you, Malcolm!
The graduate admissions team has been busy visiting academic advisors in preparation for advising week. They delivered goody bags and information about our Finish in Five programs and upcoming graduate events. The theme for this year is: Two Degrees in Five Years? That’s Worth Sticking Around! They gave out cotton candy and other sticky treats at a kick off event in College Hall Foyer on Monday. Below on the left is Rebecca Descroches, assistant professor of psychology, with Brian Dixon, graduate admission counselor, and on the right is Shelagh Tomaino, director of graduate admission, with Kate Edney, interim dean of Arts and Sciences.
In October, Priscilla Boerger attended the 64th annual Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) conference in Arkansas, where she co-presented a session on "Teacher Preparation: A Changing Climate." During the presentation, she and her co-presenter inspired the audience to begin to look at their responsibility to the field of PK-16 education. As a result, close to a dozen individuals from various colleges and universities have reached out to Priscilla about continuing the research. Teacher preparation policies make such a difference in preparing PK-16 students to be global, active, and compassionate citizens.
On October 26th, I welcomed 14 Catholic high school guidance counselors to campus at an Education department-sponsored event. The guidance counselors were very excited to hear about our growth - including our new buildings - and I heard they are looking forward to working with us in the future. Sr. Mary L. Murphy used her charm to give a true representation of our students and what Regis can offer them, and Rebecca Putnam gave an over view of our education program offerings. Overall, the night was a success; as new connections were made and some old ones were rekindled.
Congratulations to Jennifer Potts, director of the Fine Arts Center, who has a new play, 5300 Bluebird Lane, opening today in Tampa, FL. You can read about it here. And her short film, Charlie & Poppy, was selected to be screened at the Princeton University Film Festival this Sunday, November 12th. This will be the 19th festival screening for the film.
Thank you to Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, and Jim Hundreiser, associate managing principal at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, who were guest speakers at a special session of our EdD program last Saturday called Transformation in Higher Education: Perspectives from the Field. The program is also planning a Bring a Friend to Regis day on Saturday, November 18th, to learn about the program and connect with faculty and current students.
Members of the Learning Commons attended the 34th annual Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE) conference at Rivier University in Nashua, NH, on October 20th. Pictured here from left are Diana Lerman, academic coach, Cindy Bushey, director of the Learning Commons, and Marcia Kuchta, assistant director of the Learning Commons. Cindy and Diana presented "Academic Coaching: Developing and Implementing a New Model." The model draws from holistic and brain-based perspectives and aligns with the Learning Commons' goal of fostering students' academic, professional, and personal growth. Nice job, ladies!
Recently, Lisa Krikorian, associate professor of Nursing, and Sheryl Kelleher, assistant professor of Nursing, traveled to Haiti to collaborate on a sustainable, reproducible health care program for the Be Like Brit (BLB) orphanage. The program involves collaboration with BLB staff, nursing students and other affiliations to provide education to the women and children in the Grand-Goâve community (where BLB is located) on a variety of health care issues. During their visit, they helped clean and organize the clinic and treated 33 patients. Here is a link to a BLB recap video that was shown during their gala last Saturday. It gives a shout out to Regis and includes this picture of Lisa and Sheryl with two BLB nurses. Thank you Lisa and Sheryl!
Valerie Hunt, associate dean of Graduate Nursing, was the keynote speaker on Monday at Lowell General Hospital's Quality and Research Day. Her topic was "Nurse of the Future Agenda: EBP/Research, Quality and Leadership in Practice." While there, she spoke with a number of staff members who are considering BSN completion and our master's programs in nursing. Nice work, Valerie!
Congratulations to Joseph O'Mahoney, visiting assistant professor of Political Science, who published an article "Proclaiming Principles: The Logic of the Nonrecognition of the Spoils of War," in the Journal of Global Security Studies. Dr. O’Mahoney also presented a paper titled "India’s 1974 Nuclear Explosion and Ratification of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty," recently at the International Studies Association / American Political Science Association International Security and Arms Control conference at American University in Washington, D.C.
Julia Lisella, associate professor of English, published the poem "Map of Home” in the WomenArts Quarterly that you can read here. Congrats, Julia.
Kudos to Deborah Breen, assistant professor of Digital Humanities, who published a review of the book Reconstructing Appalachia: the Civil War's Aftermath in the Fall 2017 issue of the journal Material Culture. Deborah also presented her paper "The Architecture of Amelioration: The Design of Stefano Boeri's 'Vertical Forests'" at the Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, and Futures conference in the U.K.
Here is a photo of Trustee Anita Brennan '77 (4th from the right) who had lunch with a group of Spanish-speaking students last week in Maria Hall. Thank you, Anita, for being a great mentor to our students.
This week I am in China visiting with Julia Shen Fung '67. Julia and her husband, Victor, donated $5 million to our capital campaign to establish the Fung Scholars Program. It is the largest gift in our history that will support high-achieving students from Hong Kong and Mainland China who want to study abroad in the US. You can read the press release here. Julia and her family are so warm and welcoming and I am so thankful to them for their transformative gift.
The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on November 30th, after Thanksgiving. So let me wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day with your families and friends. I also want to thank our veterans for their service. I hope you can make it to the Veterans Day Commemoration today at 4 p.m. in the Foyer.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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