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President’s Notes 1.10November 17, 2011
Associate Professor Julia Lisella of the Department of English and Theatre reports that she delivered a paper entitled "Genevieve Taggard: Anxieties of an Emergent Modernist" at the Modernist Studies Conference held in Buffalo, NY, in October. On November 4, three classes from the History and English & Theatre departments came together for a field trip to Plymouth Plantation for the New England Association for American Studies Conference to consider the role of myth making in American identity. Students from Dr. Lorna Rinear's History 354: “Ethnicity in Modern America,” Dr. Kathryn Edney's HI203: “U.S. History to the Civil War,” and Dr. Julia Lisella's EN306: “American Literary Landscapes” visited this living history museum and participated in this dynamic conference. Students had a chance to speak with scholars and activists in the American Studies field and particularly enjoyed participating in a roundtable discussion for secondary school teachers. On the weekend of Nov. 11-13, Julia read from her latest poetry collection—now a work-in-progress—at the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington, MA.
Professor Sheila Prichard> has sent around a roster of music courses for the Spring, 2012. Happy to see you on e-mail, Sheila!
Faculty Council has set up two face-to-face forums so faculty can discuss the draft Faculty Handbook as well as review it on Moodle. These forums will be held on Tuesday, November 29, during Common Time,12:30 to 1:45, and Friday, Dec 2, 11:30 to 12:30, right before the Sandwich Seminar. Both forums will be held in the Faculty Dining Room.
And don’t forget that this evening, November 17, Professor Wendy Lement will be reading from her play "Wedding Dreams" at Brookline Booksmith, 5- 8 p.m., during Brookline’s First Light Festival.
Naomi Kooker of the Department of Communication reports that Karen Holmes Ward visited Regis last week and spoke primarily to her Journalism students and her “Writing for the Communication Professional” class as well as other students and faculty. She was dynamic, informative and entertaining -- and Naomi’s journalism students have written up the visit as Web stories.
On Friday, November 18, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing Paul Vaccaro, Director of Graduate Admission Claudia Pouravelis and Assistant Director of Graduate Admission Jenene Romanucci will present at the New England Association of Graduate Admission Professionals (NEAGAP) Regional Conference in Boston. Their session, “David vs. Goliath: Overcoming Graduate Recruiting Challenges at Small Colleges,” will focus on how schools can maximize their resources and staff in successfully recruiting – and serving – graduate students in a competitive marketplace.
Regis undergrads cheered themselves voiceless, and so did faculty and staff members who were present, as the Regis College Women’s Field Hockey Team captured its first ever New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship with a 3 to 1 victory over Anna Maria College on Saturday afternoon, November 5. Cheyenne Genga (South Windsor, Conn.) scored a pair of goals and had an assist to propel the Pride, and along the way to the win Cassie Langone, Sashae Walls, Chelsea Morrison, and Victoria Pappas all actively contributed to the team effort. Sophomore Stacy Burns (Waltham, Mass.) was named the NECC Tournament MVP for her play during the postseason and was featured in a Waltham Tribune article, Congratulations team!
This week the Regis College Theatre Company continues to present Poof, Pancakes and Other Short Plays, which started yesterday. This collage of serious and humorous ten-minute pieces goes on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Having come nimbly through mid-terms, students are now preparing for the final stretch -- with Thanksgiving providing a much-needed pause. I encourage all students to press on!
This week I am in Haiti with members of the Regis College Haiti Project team and Advisory Board. Faculty members Nancy Street and Cherlie Normilus will be conducting the intensive continuing education program for the twelve nursing faculty members who began their studies at Regis this summer while Advisory Board member Bill White, Director of Communications & Administration, Alexis Lawton, and I will be furthering our relationships with representatives of Haitian government agencies, universities, and foundations. And we will all be participating in a conference held near the new Partners in Health hospital in Mirebalais. You can keep up with Haiti Project News on the Regis website and on Facebook.
Campus Ministry has announced the names of the delegates who will make the Peru Solidarity trip to Villa El Salvador in March. Peru Solidarity includes students, faculty and staff of Regis College who use their spring breaks to learn the culture and spirituality of the area and participate in service opportunities. Seventeen students will be going this spring with an open mind, spirit and heart... listening to the stories, seeing the dignity in every human being, and feeling themselves change from the love, compassion and generosity the Peruvians provide. Accompanying them will be Regis faculty and staff, Becky Damon, Lisa Fardy, Julia Lisella, and Father Paul Kilroy.
Through the generosity of our wonderful benefactor, Ms. Kathryn Erat, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is offering further study travel, this time to Kenya, Africa, in May, 2012, for a select group of interested students. The 2011-2012 Erat Seminar (RS 402D – Genesis in Kenya: Creation and Re-Creation in the African Cradle of Civilization) will explore the religious roots of civilization in the East African country of Kenya. Seminar topics will include creation myths as the foundation of Kenyan culture and faith; the relationship of science and faith within the Catholic intellectual tradition; scientific research into the origins of human life and into contemporary environmental challenges; social and political developments, including the impact of colonialism, in Kenya’s history; and considerations of modern Kenyan society, such as efforts to promote social justice and the role of women in the country’s economic development. Special attention will be paid to the work of faith-based service providers (Christian and Muslim) in addressing issues of medical care and public health, especially hunger and malnutrition and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. RS 402D will culminate in a two-week study tour to Kenya, departing from Boston around May 15 and including the capital city of Nairobi, Lea Toto (a program serving children living with HIV and their families), and a safari! Dr. Ernest Collamati, Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department, asked students seriously interested in learning about African history, culture and religion, questions of social justice, and faith- based medical care, to contact him by Monday, November 14. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, this program will only take ten students, each of whom must have completed two courses in Religious Studies (one of which may be ID 304 Exploring Ethics) by January, 2012. Contact Dr. Collamati for further information.
The Institutional Advancement staff surprised and delighted everyone at a farewell gathering for Alumni Director Barbara Clancy in College Hall Foyer on November 9 by appearing in religious habits and singing a tune from The Sound of Music with reinvented lyrics to “roast” Barbara: “Her hair is coiffed, she wears her pearls/Her dress is so refined. She waltzes in at 8 o’clock,/Alumni on her mind.” You get the idea. Alums turned out in plenty and paid tribute to this true golden girl who directed alumni operations for seventeen years. Best wishes to you, Barbara, as you move into your next enterprise.
On November 13 the College held its annual Memorial Liturgy followed by a luncheon. Father Corbett Walsh, SJ, was the celebrant and I gave a talk at the end of Mass called “To Remember Is to Create the New Regis,” basically saying that “Together, we have received Regis, you and I, and we are now responsible to grow Regis, to ‘remember’ it and to develop it.”
The President’s Health Lecture Series last evening (November 16) provided another public service on the topic of the emotional and physical cost of sports injuries as it discussed prevention of common childhood sports injuries; the symptoms, effects and treatment of post-concussion syndrome; and research that looks at athletes and non-athletes who have suffered from repetitive head trauma. By all reports the moderator and presenters did an outstanding job: Carolyn S. Langer, MD, JD, MPH, Medical Director Medical Management, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Moderator); Lyle J. Micheli, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Ann C. McKee, MD, Director of Neuropathology, New England Veterans Administration Medical Centers; Marybeth Lamb, PhD, MBA, Director of Athletics, Health and Fitness, Regis College; Devin P. Cashman, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Regis College
On November 14, I met with the Weston Police Chief Steven F. Shaw and the Weston Fire Chief David B. Soar, along with Vice President Thomas Pistorino, Finance and Business, and Campus Police Chief Sean Maher, to discuss ways we can build our relationships and partnerships with the town.
On November 22 the Administrative Council and I will hear an update on the one-stop shopping efforts from Director of Business and Finance Steve Savas and Registrar Esther Ghazarian. On November 28 I will participate in a day-long retreat with members of the College’s Administrative Council and the Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment.
On Wednesday, November 30, there will be a Faculty and Staff Social in Morrison House at 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, we will have all paused for Thanksgiving Break (November 23-27, inclusive), and I wish all members of the Regis community a restful, thankful, and joyful holiday.
The next “President’s Notes” should come out on December 1.