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President's Notes VII.5
September 14, 2017
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently said she intends to revoke former President Obama's 2011 guidelines for schools investigating campus sexual misconduct. I have conferred with our Student Affairs team and we feel confident our current policies provide due process and protection for all parties involved. We are not currently planning any changes to our procedures, but will continue to monitor developments out of Washington.
We have also created a webpage that contains our university's DACA resources. You can view it here.
We remain committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all.
On Tuesday, we celebrated Convocation and this year's theme "Ever Widening Circles." We watched this wonderful video created by Lindsey Honig, digital content producer, that is a reminder of who we are and what we stand for. I encouraged students to consider how they might expand their circles through the opportunities we offer at Regis. I told them how we've worked hard to create an environment where they can feel safe and respected.Director of Campus Ministry and Service Dan Leahy repeated a mantra for 2017: open hearts and open minds and said "a quality university education can change the world." Assistant Director Anabella Morabito reiterated that everyone is welcome at Regis. Chaplain Father Paul Kilroy invited everyone to move prejudice, bigotry, and lack of tolerance out of our circle and make the circle bigger and more inclusive. Thanks to Joe Draper, associate professor of Religious Studies, who served as this year's marshal.
I recently received notification from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students that our chapter was recognized with a 2017 Alpha Gold award for achieving a 90% yield of the chapter's invitees. We also were honored with a 2017 Delta Bronze award for the 13% increase in the chapter's membership from 2015-16 to last year. The growth in our honor society demonstrates that more academically talented students are drawn to Regis. I'm grateful for Kathryn Anastasia, First Year Experience instructor, for her commitment as our chapter advisor.
The fall athletics season is in full swing as we start year one as the newest member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Women’s soccer beat Mount Ida last Wednesday in our first-ever GNAC game. Men’s soccer, field hockey and women’s volleyball have also won games.
I'm excited for Regis Fest coming up on September 30th. The athletics games are set: Men’s tennis at 10 a.m., women's volleyball at 11 a.m., field hockey at 12 p.m., women’s tennis at 2 p.m., women’s soccer at 2:30 p.m., women's volleyball at 3 p.m., and men’s soccer at 5 p.m. Please come cheer on the Pride! For complete Regis Fest details, click here.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Congratulations to our School of Nursing which has been selected to receive the 2017 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) New Era for Academic Nursing Award for our participation in the Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA). NERVANA is a collaboration between the VA Boston Health Care Systems and a coalition of Massachusetts nursing schools. We will be formally acknowledged during the AACN Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in October in Washington, DC.
I'm so happy to see the hallways and classrooms filled with students! Our EdD program welcomed its 5th cohort, pictured here, at an orientation at the end of August. Welcome.
Congratulations to Donna Glynn, associate dean of Pre-Licensure Nursing, who had an article accepted for publication in Nursing Education Perspectives titled "Clinical Nurses Perceptions of a Senior Capstone Dedicated Educational Unit." The article, written in collaboration with the VA Boston Healthcare System, focuses on the development of a new model of clinical nursing education.
Cindy Bushey, assistant director of the Learning Commons, and Diana Lerman, academic coach, had their proposal for a conference presentation accepted by the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE). Cindy and Diana will present “Academic Coaching: Developing and Implementing a New Model” at the 34th annual LAANE conference at Rivier University in Nashua, NH, on October 20th. They will present the development of a new coaching model that draws from holistic and brain-based perspectives and aligns with the Learning Commons’ goal of fostering students' academic, professional, and personal growth. Thanks for getting our innovative model out there!
Upasana Kashyap, associate professor of Mathematics, and Santhosh Mathew, associate professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy, co-authored a paper published in the Journal of STEM Education titled "Corequisite model: An effective strategy for remediation in freshmen level mathematics courses." The article is based on a study they conducted in our QR courses. You can read it here. Congratulations!
I am so proud of our community and the new School of Business and Communication for promoting peaceful resolution through respectful conversation at the DeHate the Debate event on Monday night. The panelists were outstanding and the student questions were fantastic. WickedLocal and the MetroWest Daily News streamed the entire event on Facebook Live, which currently has more than 1,600 views. You can watch it here. Special thanks to Kelley Tuthill, VP of Marketing & Communications, and Christopher Loh, director of Communications, and the many other staff and faculty who made it possible.
Last week, we held a Regis North ribbon cutting event to celebrate the opening of our newly renovated classroom space in Lawrence. Two years ago, we partnered with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) to increase the accessibility of a high-quality education to students in the Merrimack Valley. I'm so glad we did! NECC has been a wonderful partner and truly committed to our university and the students we both serve. The new classrooms that were unveiled last week provide the opportunity for Regis to expand the programs we offer at our satellite campus in Lawrence. We will now offer NECC graduates four bachelor degree completion programs in nursing, public health, sports management and health sciences. You can read about the event in the Eagle Tribune here. And we got a nice shout out from the Eagle Tribune Editorial Board that you can read here.
The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on September 28th.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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