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President's Notes VII.24
June 28, 2018
The Dental Hygiene program at Regis has just received accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)! I appreciate the support I received from our Board of Trustees and our Regis team throughout this process. I especially thank Laura Burke, dean of Health Sciences, Tom Pistorino, VP of Finance and Business, Malcolm Asadoorian, VP AA, Kara Kolomitz, VP of UG Student Affairs and Enrollment, undergrad admissions, marketing and communications staff for their long hours and tireless efforts to bring this program to Regis. I hope this news puts former Mount Ida students and their parents at ease and gives them another option for finishing their degree. At last count, we have 45 students joining us in September. I look forward to welcoming them to Regis!
>We officially launched the fundraising campaign to complete our outdoor athletics complex at the annual golf tournament on Tuesday. You can read all about the campaign here and see renderings of the new facilities by watching the video. Thanks to our sponsors for making the tournament a great success! As you can see from the photos below, there were smiles all around the course on the picture-perfect day. Dean of Athletics Pam Roecker and her crew even invented a new dance - the birdie train.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Donna Glynn, associate dean of pre-licensure nursing, was in Washington, D.C., meeting with several congressmen related to key nursing issues. Not only is Donna an associate dean of nursing, she is the president of the American Nurses Association of Massachusetts. Here are photos of her with Representatives Bill Keating and Joe Kennedy, III.
Kelly Golden, assistant dean of Student Affairs, and Laura Burke, dean of Health Sciences, traveled to Northern Ireland to visit Ulster University. Ulster’s mission of educating students to become global citizens and their academic programs are strongly aligned with ours, including their focus on health sciences. Kelly and Laura discovered a number of potential partnerships between our university and Ulster. Here is a photo of Laura and Kelly with Eddie Friel, Ulster's director of development and alumni relations.
The Metrowest STEM Education Network held its quarterly meeting recently in Maria Hall. Shari Litch Gray, chair of STEM, presented our new STEM initiatives including the zebrafish laboratory. Network participants include educators from all levels of education as well as STEM industry representatives. We will be partnering with the network to participate in the first-ever STEM week (October 22-26), a week that has been designated by Governor Baker to promote STEM educational opportunities throughout the state of Massachusetts. Stay tuned for more info.
Kate Edney, Jen Potts, Kyle Peet, Eugene Slason, and Jason Clemence were hard at work rethinking the undergraduate e-Portfolio during the AAC&U High Impact Practices Summer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their attendance at the institute was funded in part by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. The team also managed to find time for a hike. Nice picture!
Congratulations to Heather Maietta, associate professor in the EdD program, for having her double-blind review refereed paper "An Initial Examination of the Link Between Internship/Coop Participation and Leader Talent Recruitment" accepted at the World Association of Cooperative Education 3rd International Research Symposium in Stuttgart, Germany.
Priscilla Boerger and Marsha Glines traveled to Athens, Greece, to present at the 25th annual Conference on Learning. Using our EdD program as an exemplary model, Priscilla presented on “Research to Action” and spoke about putting theory learned in an EdD program to practice to better the community-at-large. Marsha conducted a workshop on "Why Utilizing Values Activities in all Classrooms Enhance Opportunities for Creating an Inclusive Learning Culture for All." Both presentations where attended by representatives from Greece, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, England, Israel, Pakistan and other nations.
We had a lovely time during the alumni trip to Scotland. Here is a group photo in the Highlands. From left are Margaret Ackerman (LLARC member), Father Paul Kilroy, me, Jean Jianos Gray ’79, Anne O’Connor Hennessey ’54, Carol Donovan ’59, Heather McFague Clement ’84, Miriam Sherman, Ann Carey, Vaune Larned, Christina Duggan, and Danqing Xiao. My husband, John, was missing that day because he was golfing at St. Andrews!
Last Sunday, the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston held a transition mass at Fontbonne Academy where Sister Lee Hogan was named the new President. Congratulations Sister Lee and to all the new leadership members. I'm so proud that Sheila Prichard, associate professor emerita of Music, and the Regis Alumni Chorus performed.
Best wishes to you all for a fun and relaxing 4th of July with your families.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out July 26.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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