President's Notes VII.17

President's Notes

March 22, 2018

Spring is here but you wouldn't know it! The predicted Nor'easter forced us to reschedule or cancel some events. Unfortunately, the climate we live is in unpredictable and we have to adapt accordingly.

I'm hoping flowers will be in bloom for the annual Regis Spring Concert on Saturday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m. Our Alumni Chorus, Glee Singers, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Instrumental Ensemble will perform music with the theme of “Resistance and Compliance.” The show will include Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a chorus from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Boheme,” and a medley of tunes from the hit Broadway musical Rent. The Regis Dance Company will perform dances with the theme of "All Around the World" this weekend in the FAC. Good luck!


Congratulations to the following EdD students who successfully defended their dissertations this week:

Mary Jean Clapp - “Research-Based Instructional Strategies: Implications for STEM Faculty Development”

Elizabeth Conant - “Independent School Athletic Directors: An Exploration of Role Conflict Management Strategies”

And good luck to Erin McQuaid who will defend her dissertation tomorrow - “Mentoring Girls in STEM: Perceptions of Undergraduate Female STEM Majors”

Our youngest students from the Children's Center visited the pediatric unit of the Clinical Resource and Simulation Center on Monday to learn about baby care. They learned how to hold their baby "patients," feed them, change their diapers and put on a bandage. Special thanks to Professor Liz Duca for teaching these very enthusiastic children. So adorable!

Children's Center students feeding a 'patient' Children's Center students checking vitals on a 'patient'


Congratulations to Tennis Coach John Ciarleglio for winning his 100th career match this month! One of his players, freshman Tim Miller, was named GNAC men’s tennis player and rookie of the week for his efforts during the team's spring break trip to Florida.

Also during spring break, the softball team had a historic week in Myrtle Beach with a 4-4 record, the best record on a spring break trip for our softball since 2008! The women’s lacrosse team is off to a good start with a 1-1 record so far, with their first victory of the season against Mass. Maritime. Congrats to sophomore Kerri Anselmo who made the GNAC weekly honor roll with five goals and three assists. The men’s lacrosse team is also doing well with a 2-2 record. Senior Collin Spillane was named GNAC player of the week for the first week of the season. He scored ten goals in the team's first two games!


Faculty from the Clinical Resource and Simulation Center have been selected to present their work at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in June. Michelle Hnath, Joan Dorr, and Pat McCauley will present "An Active Shooter Simulation: A Measure of Confidence in Run, Hide, Fight." They are also planning a simulation day on Thursday, April 12 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. for Nursing students that will focus on contemporary issues in the community (active shooter, stop the bleed, domestic violence and an opioid abuse). Students will also hear presentations from several guest speakers on subjects including complex cardiac care of the opioid abuser. Scary but, unfortunately, necessary training.

Books from Primary Source now at the Regis Library

The Regis Library was the recipient of a generous gift from Primary Source, an organization that's mission is “to advance global and cultural learning in schools.” Due to space constraints, the Clara Hicks Library collection of over 7,000 items at Primary Source needed a new home. Regis has added many of these titles to our general collection and 3,500 titles to the Pearl Nelson Education Resource Center library, all of which will be available through the Minuteman Library Network. A huge thank goes to Susan Zeiger, program director at Primary Source and former Regis professor of History, Kerry Pintabona, technical services cataloguing assistant, and our physical plant staff for making the move happen smoothly.

David Crisci with visitors from the Catholic University of Milan

David Crisci, director of the Center for Global Connections, welcomed a group of visitors from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, to campus yesterday. They discussed study abroad and other areas for collaboration. In this photo are (from left) David Crisci, Elizabeth Tyrie, Elizabeth Seidler, Lea Senn, Margherita Pasquini, Nicoletta Pellegrino, and Tom Howard.

Marsha Glines, Ann Faraone, Kate Edney, Connie Siskowski, and Priscilla Boerger

The Liberal Arts Lecture Series hosted great speakers on Tuesday night. Connie Siskowski, founder of American Association of Caregiving Youth and one of the 2012 CNN Hero Award recipients, and Ann Faraone, AACY director of education services, shared how educators can support youth who are managing their own education while caring for disabled and/or ill family members. Pictured here are (from left) Marsha Glines, Ann Faraone, Kate Edney, Connie Siskowski, and Priscilla Boerger.

Cheryl Murphy, President of Mount Empire Community College Kristen Westover, Dianna Jones, Medical Director of The Health Wagon Dr. Joseph Smiddy, and Lana Peta

During spring break, Dianna Jones, Lana Peta, and Cheryl Murphy from Community Health Services traveled to Wise, VA, to evaluate the potential for developing a medical-based service trip for our NP students. During their visit, they traveled through the Appalachian region and saw firsthand the healthcare needs of people living in those areas. The team met with executives from The Health Wagon, a clinic that provides compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. They also met with the president of Mount Empire Community College about partnering with us to establish a collaborative wellness program on their campus. Dianna and her staff are eager to join forces with The Health Wagon and Mount Empire Community College and are planning a service trip to Wise, VA, in spring 2019. In this photo are (from left) Cheryl Murphy, President of Mount Empire Community College Kristen Westover, Dianna Jones, Medical Director of The Health Wagon Dr. Joseph Smiddy, and Lana Peta.

Kara Wasnewsky, instructional designer, recently attended the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, TX. She wrote an article with key takeaways from the conference that is accessible on the Faculty Resources from Academic Computing Moodle site here. Thanks Kara!


Regis Pride in the annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17

Last week I was in Florida for our annual St. Patrick’s Day events along with Miriam Finn Sherman, Father Paul Kilroy and Christina Duggan. We showed our Regis Pride in the annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 — here is a photo of the Class of 1968 on the trolley. Nearly 100 alumni and friends joined us for mass and brunch on Sunday and heard all about our amazing technology updates, including the alumni persona of the MyRegis app, from our CIO Kate Korzendorfer.

I look forward to hosting Ophelia Dahl, co-founder of Partners In Health, next Wednesday, 3/28 in the FAC for the showing of PIH's documentary Bending the Arc. PIH has been a wonderful partner for Regis. We first traveled with PIH members to Haiti in 2007 to assess the nursing education needs at that time. It's been an incredible journey and I'm so glad to be able to celebrate PIH and all they do for worldwide access to health care. It's an amazing story of how a few helped so many.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on April 5.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN

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