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President’s Notes 1.13January 12, 2012
Happy New Year! As the faculty conduct their workshop today in anticipation of second semester, they are considering avenues for partnering in research and also doing an assessment exercise under Susan Tammaro, PhD, Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment. I look forward to the outcomes of the workshop and am pleased that the faculty are moving in these directions.
Congratulations are also in order for two professors in the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and for a number of faculty and staff across the College:
Professor Mary Anne Vetterling, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,is celebrating the publication of the second edition of Panorama Literarios España (Boston: Heinle, 2013), which she co- edited with Beverly Mayne Kienzle and Teresa Méndez-Faith. Written entirely in Spanish and designed for upper level courses, this anthology introduces students to major Spanish writers from the Middles Ages to the present with an emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century works. Felicitations, Mary Anne!
Professor Wendy Lement , Department of English and Theatre, and Theatre Espresso have received a prestigious “Challenge America Fast-Track Award for 2012” from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for “American Tapestry: Immigrant Children of the Bread and Roses Strike.” One of only six grants awarded in Massachusetts, the grant supports dramatic presentations of this play, which Wendy co-wrote with Derek Nelson and Megan Cooper, directed and produced. The college takes pride as well in the fact that Regis alum Amanda Collins (Class of 2005) plays the lead in “American Tapestry,” and Bethany Dunakin (Class of 1998) wrote the curriculum study guide for use in school presentations. January 12 (today) marks the centennial of the great strike of Jan. 12, 1912, in Lawrence, Mass., that galvanized American female textile workers. Learn more online.
Mass Humanities has also invited Lement to be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Massachusetts History Conference, “The Peopling of Massachusetts,” at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, on Monday, June 11. The topic of her keynote address will be the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, and she will focus on issues of immigration.
And while I’m congratulating Wendy, let me remind everyone that the Department of English and Theatre has invited everyone to a viewing of a short film she has written and directed, “The Good Woman of Manhattan,” produced by Reddragonfly Films, in College Hall - Room 202, on Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Learn more at the film site.
On behalf of the Regis College Haiti Project, faculty member Cherlie Normilus and her husband Jules attended the 11th Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala organized by The Haitian- Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) and held on January 7, 2012 to celebrate the victory of the 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution, to honor Haiti’s ancestors, and to commemorate the 208th anniversary of the Proclamation of Haiti’s Independence. At the gala H.A.U. honored U.S. Senator John F. Kerry for his steadfast support to the earthquake victims in both the U.S. and Haiti and Britney Gengel's family for continuing the mission of their daughter who died in the 2010 earthquake during a voyage to help the children of Haiti. The keynote speaker was Regis friend Karen Keating Ansara, Co-Founder of The Haitian Fund at The Boston Foundation, who presented "A Reflection on The Boston Foundation Work to Help in Haiti's Reconstruction: What Each of Us Can Do Individually or Corporately to Support the Country ."
In anticipation of the anniversary of the earthquake, Cherlie and I and faculty member Nancy Street, Director of the Regis Haiti Project, were interviewed about the Regis College Haiti Project by Alberto Vasallo at Channel 7 TV (WHDH), an NBC affiliate, for “Urban Update,” A multi-cultural program that examines news events and issues that have a broad impact on New England's minority communities. The program will air this Sunday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and I hope you will watch it.
During this relatively mild winter, and with the recent good news of an uptick in new jobs across the nation, it is nevertheless good to remember that there are families in our region who are struggling. May I congratulate several faculty members and staff members for their sense of social responsibility, including Assistant Professor April Berry-Fletcher, Department of Social Work; Campus Minister Dawn Doucette-Kaplan; Associate Dean, Student Support, Peggy Cross; Sandra Dorsainvil, Director Student Disabilities and Sophomore Class Advisor, as they plan to participate in the third annual “Walk Away Homelessness Event” for families sponsored by the Metrowest Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHM) on Saturday, February 4 at the Natick Mall. More than 1800 MIHN volunteers provide safe, warm lodgings, three nutritious meals a day, education and employment for families finding their way beyond homelessness. Dawn tells me that as students return to campus next week she expects that a cadre of student volunteers will join the Regis Team for the walk. You can donate to or join the Regis Team or you can check out April’s page.
Thank you to the Yawkey Foundation for the good news we received shortly before Christmas in the form of a check for $50, 000. for Upward Mobility nursing scholarships. My thanks go to the staff of Institutional Advancement, too, who spent much of the final week of 2011 in the office receiving year-end gifts as most of the College enjoyed the holiday.
Between January 2 and January 6 my husband and I attended the annual CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) Presidential Leadership Conference held on San Marco Island, Florida. It was an intensive and wonderfully informative week that confirmed the direction we are going in at Regis by aiming at partnerships, technological innovation, revitalization of the liberal arts, and recognition of the changing population of students. The Conference also recognizes the important role the spouses of Presidents play in the community-building and fundraising activities of a campus; so it provides seminars for spouses to help them fulfill that expectation. I attended seminars on student persistence, strategic finance, benchmarking, innovation, diversity, shifting from spending to investing, and Board development and regularly sent e-mail missives during the week back to AC Members about this or that idea. As Goldie Blumenstyk put it on January 5 in her article, “For Small College Presidents, Advice on Budgets and Bully Pulpits,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, the assembled group of about 345 college presidents heard a rousing keynote address by Nannerl O. Keohane, former President of both Wellesley College and Duke University, who “kicked off the Presidents Institute with an impassioned address on the value of a liberal-arts education and the ways presidents could champion it.”
Due to a reporting error in the e-mailed version of my President’s Notes 1.12 (December 15, 2011), Paul Huberdeau was not listed as the conductor of the Regis College Christmas Concert on December 4. My apologies, Paul, and thank you for stepping in to rehearse the Glee Club throughout the semester and to conduct the concert. We were all pleased that Professor Sheila Prichard, who usually conducts, was able to attend the concert.
Students are returning to campus this coming week, and centralized check-in for most residential undergrads will occur on January 16! Let us all work to give them one of the best semesters of their undergraduate or graduate careers.
You have seen Professor Ernie Collamati’s e-mail about the 2012 Erat Scholars, who will be engaged in a seminar this spring and travelling together to Kenya in May, but I wish to add my congratulations as well to Gabriella Aragon, Alix Comeau, Karynne Creech, Teresa Crevier, Lauren Doherty, Joseph Osborne, Sabrina Palanza, Jeffrie Parrish, Caroline Roche, and Kelsey-Jane Wright. I recognize several of you as students who have come to Regis on the Presidential Catholic Scholarship and am proud that your College careers continue to blossom. Special thanks toKathryn Eratand to faculty membersJoseph Draper, Bernard Jackson, Nancy Bittner and Lauress Wilkinswho guided the selection process. Professors Bittner and Wilkins will direct the seminar this year and lead the trip in May.
My congratulations also go to our women’s and men’s basketball teams for their January 10 victories over Daniel Webster’s Eagles. Stephanie Crawford notched a game-high 18 points, and the Regis women's basketball team remained undefeated in conference play, posting a 56-42 victory over host Daniel Webster in a New England Collegiate Conference matchup Tuesday night at Mario Vagge Gymnasium in Nashua, NH. Meanwhile, here at Regis on Tuesday night, my husband John and I saw Ryan Chambers nail five three-pointers en route to 27 points to lead Regis College over Daniel Webster, 66-55, in a simultaneous New England Collegiate Conference men's basketball action. The Pride snapped a five-game skid and improved to 4-8 overall and 2-2 in the NECC.
I look forward to seeing all of you as we begin the semester. Remember, although we all work very hard we need to make time for fun, too: The next Faculty/Staff Social will occur 4:30-6:30 p.m. on January 24 in Morrison House. The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on January 26.