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President's Notes VI.19
May 18, 2017
Congratulations and thank you all for your hard work during Commencement week. Thanks to Lindsey Honig, digital content producer, for putting together this great recap video. Yesterday, VP Kelley Tuthill and I visited campus police and Weston police and fire chiefs to express our appreciation for their effort to help things run smoothly Commencement morning on campus and around town. I was particularly delighted by our second annual Kente Stole Ceremony. The Kente is worn by graduates as a symbol of inclusion in our diverse student population and a celebration of academic accomplishments. If you haven't already seen the Kente Stole 2017 video, you can watch it here.
Thank you to the class of 2017 for their gift of beautiful Regis flags to adorn the light posts on the Quad. Here is a picture of the senior class officers with the new flag. We will treasure them!
Congratulations to the new members of the Student Government Association Executive Board for 2017-2018:
Fred Mathieu - President
Alycia LeConche - Vice President
John Wilhelm - Treasurer
Emily McDonald - Secretary
Marcos Aguirre - Communications Coordinator
Students and members of the Center of Ministry and Service are in the midst of a two-week service trip in Kenya. They are teaching classes, running a soccer camp, and learning more about the country and culture. This picture of some Regis students with their new Kenyan friends shows they are having a great time.
I love this photo of Erica Devine, Kelly Golden and Bridget Buoniconti of Student Affairs who challenged seniors to a game of bubble soccer during Senior Week. The staff team also included James Guaragna, Jeff Parrish, and Ben Remillard.
I am so proud of our women's lacrosse team for making it to the NCAA tournament. Coach Courtney Duggan and the team were so grateful for all of our support and the cheerful send off they received bright and early last Friday morning.
Congratulations to head men's and women's tennis coach John Ciarleglio for earning the U.S. Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) continuing education award!
Shout out to Madi McLellan who was named the NECC Pitcher of the Year and was one of six players from the softball team selected to the all-conference team.
Three Track & Field athletes compete in the ECAC Championships today: Keegan Duguay in the hurdles, ChiChi Akanegbu in the shot put and Kate Cowden in the discus. Good luck!
FACULTY AND STAFF
Congratulations to Karin Plumadore, assistant dean of Academic Affairs, who received her master of arts in English literature from the College of Saint Rose (a member congregation of the US Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph). Her project is titled, "The Nature of Wordsworth's ‘Tintern Abbey’."
Valerie Hunt, associate dean of grad Nursing, was the keynote speaker at the Mass. Eye and Ear nurses appreciation dinner last week. Val joined the Mass. Eye and Ear leadership team in honoring Regis alum and Val's former student, Kathy Charbonnier, nursing director of MEE emergency department. Kathy received the Norman Knight Leadership award that evening. Val tells me it was a great gathering of 150 nurses, many of whom are Regis alums. In this photo are (from left) Eileen Lowell, MEE chief nursing officer, Kathy and Val.
Priscilla Boerger, EdD director and chair of Education, and Marsha Glines, dean of Academic Student Services, attended the 39th annual Massachusetts Association of Approved Private School (MAAPS) conference on May 5th. They joined Marissa Brush and Amy Etheridge from grad admissions to network and recruit for the MEd Special Ed program and our new dual masters degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis.
We hosted 400 alumni spanning all generations for a fantastic reunion last weekend. The 50th reunion class of 1967 led the parade of classes. They raised an incredible $5,333,209, including the largest single gift in Regis history! This is an amazing game changer for Regis and I am so grateful. All the photos will be posted on the alumni Facebook page. Special thanks to Christina Duggan, director of Alumni and Donor Relations, Kristyn Gondola, Alumni Relations coordinator, and the whole IA team for planning and executing a great weekend for our alums!
We hosted many special events throughout the weekend. We dedicated the beautiful Grotto, made possible by the generous gift of Eileen McCormick Langenus ’78 and Peter Langenus (trustee), and Hans (trustee) and Farrah Christensen. Father Paul Kilroy was on hand to bless the space and Peter spoke to the crowd. Heartfelt thanks to our generous donors for bringing back this beautiful sacred space on campus!
We also held a ribbon cutting for the Nursing Resource Center on Saturday. This space was made possible through a generous grant from Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 program. Alums entered a drawing to name our new male simulation mannequin. The winner received a beautiful plant and chose the name "Grateful Greg."
VP Miriam Sherman and I attended the Catholic Charities Spring Gala last night. Here is a photo of me with Marshall Sloane and John Fish, both Regis honorary degree recipients. John told me again how much it meant to him to be with us for Commencement this year.
At a meeting on May 5th, the Board of Trustees approved the formation of the School of Business and Communications. The new school will support our growth in the areas of business and communication and also support our application for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Last week, I met with Lane Glenn, president of Northern Essex Community College, and Noemi Custodia-Lora, executive director of community relations at NECC, to strengthen our Regis North collaboration. Our dedicated space on Common Street in Lawrence is nearly complete. We are expanding our program offerings this fall to include a bachelor's in Health Sciences.
I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Take some time to relax but also to remember the members of our armed forces who died while serving our country. God bless them and each and every one of you.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out June 1st.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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