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President's Notes VI.11
January 12, 2016
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the spring 2017 semester. This morning I greeted faculty at faculty workshop. Soon the halls and classrooms will be filled with students and I look forward to welcoming them all.
Today marks the 7th anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti and our commitment to that nation remains strong. Members of our Haiti Project team are in Haiti this week where they are meeting with partners from the University of Haiti and the Ministry of Health, teaching NU 612 to students in the current cohort, connecting with previous cohorts at a networking luncheon and holding a faculty meeting with members of cohorts 1 & 2.
Last week I attended the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) 2017 Presidents Institute. Being there validated the progress Regis has made over the past six years. We are a step ahead and moving in the right direction. While there, I presented on a panel Preparing a New Generation for Leadership on the Global Stage where I explained how Regis is an incubator for future leaders of social change. Here I am with (from left) President Kevin M. Ross (Lynn University), Sam Vaghar (Executive Director of Millennium Campus Network) and President Robert Johnson (Becker College).
Over the Christmas break, staff and faculty were busy preparing for the new semester ahead. Julio Correa, physical plant staff member, got quite a surprise when he walked into the Upper Student Center Lounge on December 31st. Perched on the Regis podium was this beautiful owl. Thanks to Julio, the owl was gently guided outside through the fire escape door but not before Julio checked to make sure the owl was unharmed and safe to leave.
The Office of Student Affairs is gearing up to welcome new and transfer students during January New Student Orientation tomorrow. Returning students will move-in this weekend and Student Programming and Leadership will host Welcome Back Week next week.
On Monday, the Center for Ministry & Service is coordinating a Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service. Students and staff will be going to Mission Grammar School in Roxbury to help get things ready for a successful start of the semester with things like cleaning, painting, and moving furniture. Everyone is invited to gather in the Peace Room at noon for an MLK prayer and then the team will depart for Roxbury. On campus, in the Student Center outside the dining hall will be an “I Have a Dream” banner that students will be asked to sign and write down their own personal dream as it relates to MLK’s legacy. The banner will be displayed throughout the week to commemorate MLK and the way in which Regis serves. Also, the Black Student Organization and Pride of Christ in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are hosting an MLK celebration next Tuesday at 12:30 in the College Hall Foyer.
Click here to read a nice article about junior Seth Rogers and his internship experience made possible by MGH Aspire, an organization that helps children, teens, and adults with high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related social profile make social connections and develop independence. Proud of you, Seth!
Good luck to Melinda Luther, Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, who will defend her doctoral thesis “The Effectiveness of Mini-byte Education Modules on Informatics Competency Attainment in Nurse Educators” next Friday, January 20th and April Berry Fletcher who will present “A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Training for Social Workers and Health Care Providers in Managing Challenging or Potentially Violent Client Behaviors” next Tuesday, January 17th.
The men’s basketball team is making the rounds this week doing community service. On Sunday night, they organized a Special Olympics basketball tournament here at Regis. On Monday, they visited the Mission Grammar School in Roxbury where they ate breakfast with the children and helped teachers. Then in the evening, they brought dinner to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Jamaica Plain and served it to guests. Hope Lodge provides a place for cancer patients and families to stay during treatment in Boston. Thanks to Coach Hager and the team for keeping our values alive!
Congrats Brittany Stone, a women’s basketball player, who this week became the 17th 1,000-point scorer in Regis history! Here she is with Coach Santa Fe. Speaking of Coach Santa Fe, check out these awesome sneakers that she got as a Christmas present from assistant coach Megan Phelps. I love them!
Good luck to both the men’s and women's basketball teams who play tonight at Becker at 5:30 (women) and 7:30 (men). If the women win, they will reach 100 straight conference wins and men’s player Sam Jean-Gilles may likely reach the milestone of 1,000 career points. Crossing my fingers!
The men's & women's swimming & diving teams are in Boca Raton, Florida, this week for an off-campus training trip. The teams’ training at Florida Atlantic University and Saint Andrew's School will include water workouts, dryland training, practice three times a day and team bonding. Let’s hope their hard work pays off at a meet this Saturday vs. Colby-Sawyer and Simmons College.
Faculty And Staff
I am so proud of our Children’s Center and the terrific work of its Director Rebecca Putnam and outstanding teaching staff! It has been selected as the 2017 Program of the Year by the Awards and Grants Committee of the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers. The Awards and Grants committee was impressed with our application and said, “Your program’s compelling story of renewal is an outstanding example of how campus programs across the country are re-inventing themselves as they introduce innovative programming, such as STEM-based learning.” RCC will be honored at the 2017 Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, in March.
Last Friday Student Affairs and Enrollment hosted two professional development luncheons - one for the women staff members and one for the men. The women's luncheon focused on the theme from Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. During their time together, members of student affairs, admissions, financial aid, and athletics discussed being a woman at home, in the workplace, finding balance, and dealing with everyday sexism. They plan to continue these meetings with future discussions focused on how we can all be better allies to each other particularly in the workplace.
The men discussed male mentoring and shared ideas on how they have developed mentoring relationships with male students in order for them to feel more connected at Regis. They also discussed male student involvement and engagement which is linked to student satisfaction and success both inside and outside of the classroom. Thanks to Kelly Golden and Mark Harrington for organizing these events. I look forward to hearing about more of them!
Father Paul Kilroy and Grad Assistant Jeff Parrish from the Center for Ministry and Service recently returned from a trip to Kenya over the winter break. They are exploring a future program involving Regis students, the college students of the Catholic University of East Africa in Kisumu and the youth of the area. Jeff has visited Kenya previously through his affiliation with SoccerPlus Outreach. Here is Jeff with his soccer ball and ready to play.
Upasana Kashyap, assistant professor of math, attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) 2017, the largest mathematics meeting in the world, organized by American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, in Atlanta between January 4-7. She gave two presentations on her recent papers: "Weak*-rigged modules over dual operator algebras and the Picard group" and "Corequisite model: An effective strategy for remediation in freshmen level quantitative reasoning course.” Nice job Upasana!
Regis alumni, friends, and donors enjoyed the holiday season at several Christmas events throughout December. See photos on Facebook of the Merry Mingle and the annual New York City donor reception hosted by Eileen Langenus ’78 and her husband, trustee Peter Langenus. Next up is a series of receptions in California and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naples, Florida. I look forward to connecting with many Regis supporters in the new year to share the great stories of 2016 and the big plans for 2017 and beyond.
Speaking of 2016, check out this great year-end wrap up video produced by Lindsey Honig, digital content producer, with Alexis Baum, director of Advancement communications, that highlights our accomplishments and the many reasons to celebrate Regis.
Next week we invite the community to watch the presidential inauguration live on TV in the Lower Student Center. The Spellman Stamp Museum will host an interesting discussion the night before the inauguration about the electoral college. Two Weston residents who have been electors, Nazda Alam and Joseph Mullin, will discuss the pros and cons of the College and explain how they were selected. The event will be held Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 pm. It is free and open to the public.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on January 26th.