President's Notes VII.20

President's Notes

May 17, 2018

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Commencement and all events leading up to it last week were wonderful. There were so many smiling faces and teary eyes as we felt the emotion of seeing the 750+ students get pinned, hooded and graduate. I'm so grateful to our staff and faculty and the numerous volunteers for all your hard work to execute these special events. A million thanks to Mary Connolly from my office and the entire Commencement Committee. To see photos from Honors Induction, Hooding, Baccalaureate and Commencement, click here. There is also a link to great coverage in The Boston Globe of our inspiring speaker Diane Guerrero.

Commencement 2018 photo 1 Commencement 2018 photo 2
Commencement 2018 photo 3 Commencement 2018 photo 4 Commencement 2018 photo 5
Commencement 2018 photo 6 Commencement 2018 photo 7


LLARC Scholarship Recipients

The Lifelong Learning (LLARC) program recently awarded its 7th scholarship in four years. The recipient for spring 2018 is Jenny Vernet ’18. The LLARC scholarship has awarded over $40,000 since it began in 2014.

Pictured here from left are Jill Rosen, LLARC director, Bernie Viola, LLARC scholarship committee member, Bill Brady, LLARC scholarship committee member, Jenny Vernet ’18, Kandley Val, undergrad admission counselor, and Miriam Finn Sherman, VP of institutional advancement.


Abby Flaherty head shotClick here to read about women's soccer and track & field athlete Abby Flaherty's story of strength and determination. Overcoming a knee condition, she went on to set a record in the 400 (1:01.35) at the GNAC Championships last week. Congratulations, Abby!


Congratulations to Lisa Krikorian, director of the women's health nurse practitioner program, for being named 2018 Execpetional Preceptor by the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP). She was nominated by the nurse practitioner students she precepts in her clinical practice and received the award at the 25th annual Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference in Nashua, NH, on May 2. Congrats also to Cynthia Bashaw, associate professor of nursing, for receiving the Eileen Hayes Mentoring Award. This award honors advanced practice nurses (APNs) who serve as mentors and foster the growth and development of APNs over a number of years. The recipient demonstrates an established record of achievement mentoring students and/or colleagues in the areas of nursing practice, education, research or policy.

Implementation of a Simulation Skills Fair for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Students Implementation of a Simulation Skills Fair for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Students
Implementation of a Simulation Skills Fair for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Students

In addition to getting an award at the conference, Cynthia Bashaw and Angela Kulesza, associate professor of nursing, presented a poster entitled "Implementation of a Simulation Skills Fair for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Students". They presented this on behalf of our nurse practitioner faculty group consisting of themselves and Nancy DelGiudice, Sheryl Kelleher, Shari Harding, Susan Sawyer, Lisa Krikorian, and Kellie LaPierre.

Educating Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Students to Effectively Communicate with Patients and Families About End of Life Care

Kellie LaPierre, director of the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program, recently presented her doctoral scholarly project entitled "Educating Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Students to Effectively Communicate with Patients and Families About End of Life Care", at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) annual conference in Indianapolis in April. Kellie graduated with her DNP last Saturday.

Members of the freshman PRIDE Learning Community with Assistant Professor Jason Clemence

After two semesters of learning about writing and language from Assistant Professor of Education & English Jason Clemence, members of the freshman PRIDE Learning Community flipped things around. On the last day of EN 106: Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing, they gave a collaborative presentation to teach their instructor about the etymology and usage of contemporary slang. They taught Jason what it means to say something "is lit" and that he can express agreement with a statement by simply replying "bet." The PRIDE Scholars Program is a grant-funded student success and leadership development program where students receive an extra layer of personalized academic support, service and leadership opportunities through all four years of college. Here is a group photo of the class with Jason sitting in the middle.

Coming up from May 24-29, EdD students will travel to Dublin, Ireland, for a study abroad experience. They will stay at Trinity College and participate in a VIP tour of the Book of Kells and Long Library. Staff from Trinity and University College Dublin (UCD) will give presentations on educational challenges abroad. This experience is being facilitated by Priscilla Boerger, EdD program director, and Marsha Glines, dean of Academic Student Services, in conjunction with the Center for Global Connections. While in Dublin, Marsha will give a presentation on student learning to UCD student service staff, faculty and study abroad staff. Marian Nesbitt, member of our EdD program advisory board, will accompany the group and present a timely perspective on current trends in higher education in the U.S. Have a great time!


I am excited to welcome 14 new students to the Regis family who are part of the first cohort of Regis North accelerated bachelors in nursing program! The program launched on Monday and we are thrilled about its outlook and have heard tremendous interest from residents in the Merrimack Valley. Special thank you to our graduate admissions team Donna Papapietro and Shelagh Tomaino as well as the Regis North team for all their work in recruiting and admitting students into the program.

And special thanks to the undergrad admission team who worked tirelessly to help the Mount Ida students who were displaced at the news of the school's closing. We had a successful Welcome Day for dental hygiene students last night with more than 65 students and families. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Regis family!

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out May 31.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

Olivia & Nora

P.S. Here is a recent picture of my granddaughters from pre-school. The teachers says that Olivia (5) is so supportive of Nora (2.5).

powered by emma

Share this issue

Sign up to receive future issues via email.

Regis College President's Office: President's Notes
President's Notes - updates for the Regis community