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President's Notes VI.6
October 20, 2016
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Office of Human Resources will hold a fundraiser tomorrow, October 21st from 9–10 am in College Hall Foyer. For a $5 donation, you will get a pink ribbon and best of all, the opportunity to wear jeans to work. Watch this video to find out about the Ellie Fund. We also encourage you to wear pink attire to raise awareness about breast cancer.
We are grateful for all the health care professionals who work with these patients and their families every day, like Jessica Michaud, a Radiologic Technology pro- gram alum. Read about her here in a special supplement in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune.
And we also remember our Dear Haitian Neighbors who are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The death toll has risen to over 1,000. Homes, schools, roads, bridges, health centers and other critical infrastructure have been severely damaged and there has been major loss of crops and trees from what used to be one of the most fertile areas of Haiti. The risk of famine is substantial. You all know that Haiti is near and dear to my heart. Please join our efforts to raise funds for the St. Boniface Foundation to rebuild. Look for the red and blue buckets around campus to donate...like the one pictured left from the coffee event in the Center for Ministry and Service this morning.
Congratulations to Jenny Vernet, a psychology major, whose abstract has been accepted for oral presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida, on November 9-13th. Her presentation is titled “Examination of Estrous Cycle Identification Tools in Female C57BL6/J Mice.”
The Student Government Association Executive Board traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual American Student Government Association conference October 6-9th. While there, they learned from members and advisors of student governments across the country about best practices. I look forward to hearing about your new ideas. Here they are in front of the Capitol building, from left: Fred Mathieu ’19, Matthew Norton ’17, Alycia LeConche ’19, Andrea Baez ’17, and Brittany Burke ’17.
On October 8th, members of the Pride of Christ, a Regis student organization, traveled into Boston for their Bundles of Love trip where they visited various neighborhoods to give away assembled care packages including food, water and clothing to the homeless and offered prayers. The group gave away 40 care packages in total to those in need and truly exhibited the Regis values of serving the dear neighbor. So proud of you!
The new adventure club, Regis All Seasons Society, hosted their first hike to Blue Hills Reservation on Columbus Day. Nineteen students hiked the blue trail for two and a half hours while viewing beautiful foliage before breaking for lunch at the observation tower with a view of the Boston skyline. Upcoming events are available on the club’s Facebook page.
We had a fabulous turnout at the first Regis Rocks the Vote ballot forum on October 13th about legalizing recreational marijuana. Our students were very engaged and asked compelling questions. You can read about it here. The next forum is on Tuesday, October 25th in the Upper Student Center Lounge at 6:30 pm and will focus on charter school expansion with Priscilla Boerger, Education Department Chair.
Then WBZ’s Talk The Vote with Dan Rea will broadcast from the FAC on November 1st from 8-10 pm. I’m so excited about the panelists: Regis Trustee Tom O’Neill, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Jaclyn Cashman from the Boston Herald and Babson President Kerry Healey. Don’t forget to buy your tickets to Capitol Steps which will perform at the FAC on Monday, November 7th at 7:30 pm.
Congratulations to the women’s tennis team which won its 5th consecutive NECC championship! Senior Jessie Lord was named NECC Player of the Year and fresman Ariana McCormack earned NECC Rookie of the Year honors.
Field Hockey Coach Nikki Panciocco became the all-time winningest Regis field hockey coach and Sophomore Aineen Callahan set a new single season goals scored mark. Go Pride!
Faculty And Staff
Associate Professor of Public Health & Health Administration Leslie Mandel is the lead author of two items that will be published in November. The first, an abstract “Effective Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program Adoption and Implementation in U.S. Emergency Departments: A Qualitative Study,” will appear in the November/December 2016 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management. This abstract was initially presented in March 2016 at the American College of Healthcare Executives Leadership Forum in Chicago. The second, an op-ed style commentary “Leave No Emergency Department Behind in Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention,” will appear in the November 21st issue of Hospitals and Health Networks Daily, an online magazine for healthcare executives. Great job Leslie!
On October 12th, the department of Humanities co-sponsored an event with the Children’s Center called “Kids Making Music.” The children had a fantastic time making music with forte and the piano taught by our music faculty. Just adorable!
On October 18th Kristen Willems, assistant professor in STEM, accompanied seven undergrads and one grad student to the UMass campus in Worcester which houses the Medical School, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, and the Graduate School of Nursing. The students learned about PhD and MD programs, met faculty and several PhD and MD students, and toured the campus and research labs. Thanks to Kristen for organizing the trip which was supported by a co-curricular grant.
Tonight is our first annual Let it Shine Gala! This will truly be our opportunity to let the light shine on Regis. I am looking forward to a wonderful evening and will be sure to update you all in the next Notes.
If you are up early, tune to Channel 5 EyeOpener on Tuesday, November 1st between 4:30-7am to catch Regis doing the morning “shout out.” It was recorded at the Charles River Reservation during Founder’s Day.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on November 3rd.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
P.S. I look forward to seeing you at the launch event for the Strategic Plan on November 1st—All Saints Day. I’ll see you in the Foyer after the noon mass.