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President’s Notes 1.14January 26, 2012
Welcome back! The semester is launched and it is wonderful to see all of you and hear your news from Christmas break. My thanks go to the whole Centralized Check-In Team for getting student registrations and second semester off to a smooth start on January 16-18.
From January 4th till January 13th, twenty-four undergraduates participated in TH/EN 304 Study Abroad: Topics in Literature and Theatre, which took place in England. During this intensive course taught by Dr. Frans Rijnbout, Associate Professor of English and Theatre, students attended seven critically acclaimed theatrical productions, met for daily classes, and made excursions to the Globe Theatre and Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. Afternoons were taken up with study, visits to museums and historic places, and exploring the city. Back on campus now, students will close the course with exams and assignments during the next month. I have heard that on the last day of this English theater experience, students did not want to return to the USA! It must have been a great trip, and the photo Frans sent me of the Regis thespians on the stage of the London Globe conveys that.
Dean Penny Glynn of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions has proudly shared the fact that Theresa Riedle, Regis College CNS graduate student, learned today that she has won the prestigious Katie Brush Memorial Scholarship Award offered by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). This national scholarship is awarded to a graduate student pursuing a career as an acute/critical care CNS. Ms. Riedle will accept the award on Friday, March 9, 2012 during the Awards/CNS Foundation Luncheon as part of NACNS's annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. Katie Brush, the person for whom the award is named, was a leader in the field of critical care nursing and a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Ms Brush was the 30th critical care nurse in the world to become a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Join me in saluting Theresa’s accomplishment.
The student body is off to a good start athletically, too, with ice skating on the new outdoor rink on the softball field, and the women’s and men’s basketball teams on a roll. The women’s basketball team has now won seven games in a row to improve to 12-3 this season. The men’s team suffered very close losses to Wheelock and Southern Vermont recently but rallied triumphantly last Saturday to defeat Worcester State 72 to 65 and Mitchell 80 to 76 in double overtime on January 24. Go Regis!
We were all shocked to hear that Professor Ernest Collamati, Religious Studies, and his wife Suzie were struck by a pickup truck as they crossed the street after attending Saturday evening’s vigil Mass at their parish on January 14. Mercifully, they are recuperating, and I send my good wishes and prayers their way.
It was a pleasure on Saturday evening, January 21, to join the faculty of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions in celebrating the graduation of its first cohort of Health Administration Master’s candidates. Ten pioneers received the degree, all of them working professionals. They came from Worcester, Needham, Waltham, Roxbury, Arlington, Swampscott and North Andover, and from various backgrounds in education, psychology, clinical research, medical interpretation, long- term care and finance and accounting. They received their undergraduate degrees from Northeastern University, Holy Cross, Regis, Boston University, and LaSalle. Internships are part of the program, and three of the graduates were hired by Joslin Clinic in the course of their internships to work in the area of patient accounts and patient financial counseling. Congratulations are in order for the director of the Health Administration program, Mary Ann Hart, and for all the graduates: Catherine Wilson, Judith Muganga, Ann Rosas, Emily Reidle, Chantel Baldwin, Janice Jackson, Sara Samaniego, Ivy Marinelli, Lauren Armano and Domenique Pires.
Jayson Baker, Assistant Professor of English and Communication, reports that he will participate in “Oscar Night at the Spellman Museum” on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m, where he will share his thoughts with Robert Tremblay, film critic for the MetroWest Daily News and a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. on this year's Oscar nominations and their favorite past Oscar winners. The Museum will have on display stamps that honor past Oscar winning films and actors. The Museum's galleries and gift shop/post office will open at 6:30. Admission is only $5 (less than a movie!) and someone will take home the Museum's honorary Oscar. College students with an ID will be admitted free. For more information contact the Museum at 781-768-8367 or www.spellman.org or email@example.com.
Also may I share the news that Associate Professor Diane Welch and I have recently heard that an article we and others submitted to Nurse Leader on behalf of the Massachusetts Organization of Nursing Executives (MONE) when I was still Dean of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions has been accepted for publication. Nurse Leader is a bi-monthly journal dedicated to providing leaders in the field of nursing and nursing education the knowledge they need to succeed. The article is entitled, “What Preceptors Are Saying: One State’s Perspective,” and I will let you know when it is published.
Yesterday afternoon, January 25, I met with a delegation from a private school in China, and we had a very fruitful conversation about partnering to bring Chinese students to Regis. Several of our current Chinese students were able to join us for the conversation, and for the first time I heard in Chinese how much they are enjoying studying at Regis and being in this community.
Later in the afternoon I met with members of the Corporation for Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston and with the Corporation. Every other year Regis submits its comprehensive annual report to the Corporation, and we recently submitted ours. The Corporation also held its meeting here on the evening of January 25.
During the month I have continued to be busy with a roster of meetings of small groups of alums, including some dinner parties with alums who are residents of Weston. By the time you receive this today, I will have left for Washington, DC, to attend the Catholic Mission Institute for New Presidents sponsored by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) (January 26-28), followed by the ACCU annual meeting. The theme of this year’s annual meeting is Catholic Higher Education & Culture: Advancing Gospel Values and Cultivating Civility, which reflects how Catholic higher education can both embrace and challenge culture in order to advance society, offering a model of civility and one that respects the dignity of all persons. This is theme is connatural with Regis!
I enjoyed seeing faculty and staff at our Faculty and Staff Social on January 24 and learning how busy you are with research, publications, teaching and cultural event planning. I am especially pleased with the direction the Cultural and Campus-Wide Events Committee is going in regarding the Regis celebration of Heritage Day – the feast of St. Joseph, March 19 – by expanding it to Heritage Week. More about that will be forthcoming from the Committee as it firms up its plans.
Congratulations to Susan Tammaro, PhD, Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, who has been accepted into the 2012-2013 HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute at Wellesley College and will be gleaning professional insights there to bring back to Regis.
Please also join me in welcoming to our staff Catherine Catalucci, Associate Director of Transfer Admission. Catherine comes to us from Emerson College and has also worked as an admission professional at Lesley and Clark University. Reputedly she makes a terrific baklava, so don’t all line up at the door at once! Also welcome Shelagh Hogan Tomaino, Assistant Director, Graduate Admission, who, having successfully launched her three children toward adulthood, comes to us from admission work at Bentley and library management in Carlisle. I am very pleased to have Catherine and Shelagh here at Regis.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on February 9. Until then, my best wishes as you get the semester fully up and running. The blessings of spring will soon be here.