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President's Notes VIII.3
September 6, 2018
Thanks to all our faculty, staff and student leaders, we had a successful start to the school year. I was thrilled to welcome a slew of news cameras last Friday to showcase our new dental hygiene students who found a home on our beautiful campus. Welcome all to the Regis family! You can watch the WCVB Channel 5 news report here.
This summer neuroscience major McKenzi Hammond '19 attended National Education for Women Leadership New England at New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. She traveled to the State House and met with several elected officials and heard from business owners and CEOs about their experiences reaching their career goals. After some reflection, McKezni said, "Anyone can really change the world for the better; you just need to find the passion and have the work ethic to do so." Opportunities like these create valuable connections and networking to achieve life and career goals. I'm grateful that McKenzi took advantage of this offering and Student Affairs sponsored her.
Congratulations to Eileen Elizabeth Ross Twombly on successfully defending her dissertation entitled, "Committing to Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Case Study of Institutional Culture." Here is Dr. Ross with her committee.
The fall Pride athletics season began last weekend with several victories along the way. The cross country teams opened their season at the Wellesley Invitational where freshman Ashleigh Kelley finished second among Pride runners in her first collegiate race and earned GNAC women's cross country rookie of the week honors! Women's tennis won its first victory of the year shutting out Lesley 9-0 and was the first win for new head coach Andy White. Men's soccer won on a penalty kick goal by Derek Triana. It was great to watch women's soccer win after Noelle Garcia scored with 30 seconds left! Here is a group picture with me and my husband and some fans I'm sure you'll recognize. Good luck to the field hockey team that plays its home opener tonight at 7 p.m. and men's tennis that plays its first match this afternoon at 4 p.m.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Congrats to Mary Lou Cullen, nursing resource room coordinator, for recently becoming a certified nurse educator (CNE)! And to Sharon Levine, nursing lab faculty, who had her article, "The Patient's Perspective of the Intensive Care Unit Diary in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit" published in the August edition of Journal Critical Care Nurse. Denise Soccio, associate professor of nursing, presented the results of a mixed-methods mental health simulation study at the international conference on Nursing Science and Practice in London. Her invitation to speak came after an article on the study was published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services last year. Denise worked with instructional designers Kara Wasnewsky and Janelle Heideman to create a video of three nursing students and patient (actor) with bipolar, mania during an actual simulation. You can watch the video here. Nice job, Denise!
Alumna Diana Hamp '73, will be participating in an art exhibit this month that will honor Sister Marie de Sales Dinneen, associate professor emerita of art and education. Diana is an art education instructor who was invited to exhibit her work and the work of her mentor, Sister Marie DeSales. The exhibit is currently on display through September 28 at the 808 Gallery on Commonwealth Ave. For more information, click here. Here is a photo of one of Sister's drawing of an interior on the left and a landscape done by Diana on the right. What a lovely tribute and recognition!
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in the Grotto for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 5 p.m. and welcoming you into the new academic year at Convocation next Tuesday, September 11. Convocation begins with a spirited procession from College Hall to the Fine Arts Center at 12:30 and concluding with a community luncheon outside the FAC at 1 p.m. (rain location: main dining hall). The theme is "Impelled by God's Inclusive Love."
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out September 20.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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