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President's Notes 1.11December 3, 2011
Trip To Haiti
Hello. I promised to say a bit more in this edition of President’s Notes about my mid-November trip to Haiti with members of the Regis College Haiti Project team. First of all, let me say thanks to our friend and Regis honorary degree recipient, Loune Viaud of Partners in Health, who made sure we were in suitable quarters at various points on our visit. The few days’ visit was extraordinarily productive as we continued building and strengthening relationships with Haitian project partners for the Regis College Haiti Project, including cordial meetings with the rectors of the University of Haiti and Notre Dame d’Haiti. The first cohort of Haitian nursing faculty, who were here at Regis this summer beginning their program, were very happy to see us, to be reunited with one another, and to move into the next phase of their education through the intensive course we delivered. They are looking forward to returning to campus in the summer of 2012. Several members of our team toured the new hospital at Mirebelais with our friends from PIH. At the end of the week several of us participated and presented at the Haitian Nurses Association Conference, the first ANIHL conference. I returned safely on November 19 and plunged immediately into Regis meetings and activities before Thanksgiving.
Regis is fortunate in its faculty. Dr. Margaret Oot-Hayes presented her study, “Community Pattern Recognition with Incarcerated Women,” on October 21 at the International Association of Forensic Nurses 19th Scientific Assembly in Montreal, Canada. Additionally, Dr. Oot-Hayes was invited to review abstracts for the upcoming 24th Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions. She will be presenting her study, “Uncovering Family Pattern with Incarcerated Mothers,” on March 29, 2012 in New Haven, CT at this conference.
Professor Wendy Lement, English-Theatre Department has been invited by Mass Humanities to be the Keynote Speaker at the 2012 Massachusetts History Conference, The Peopling of Massachusetts, at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, on Monday, June 11, 2012. The topic of her keynote address will be the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912, and she will focus on issues of immigration. It would be wonderful if Regis faculty and students, especially graduate students in history, could plan to be present in the audience at Holy Cross, and history professor Raffaele Florio tells me he’s planning on arranging just that. Wendy will share more detailed conference information with us as soon as it's posted. She will also ask the chair of the conference planning committee from Mass Humanities if there are ways to involve Regis students.
The book on Afro-Latin-American women that Professor Lucia Ortiz co-edited with a colleague has just been released, and she will receive copies of Hijas del Muntu from the publisher soon. See online. Lucia recently heard from a former student who is now finishing up her degree on Journalism and Portuguese at UT Austin and is trilingual (English, Spanish and Portuguese). The former student spent this past summer in Brazil teaching English at a school called the Instituto Cultural Steve Biko that specifically teaches afro-brazilian students about black consciousness and helps them prepare for the Vestibular exam. And, of course, the insights Lucia gave her years ago came fully into play.
Congratulations to Margaret, Wendy and Lucia!
Business Director Steve Savas and Registrar Esther Ghazarian presented an excellent update to AC on November 22 on the progress of the “one-stop shopping” initiative for student administrative services. On that day AC itself was also busy lining up its agenda for a day-long planning retreat for the Administrative Council on November 28.
Also on November 22, our campus ministers Dawn Doucette-Kaplan, Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Father Paul Kilroy conducted a wonderful, peace-filled Thanksgiving service in CH Foyer. Several students spoke as well as staff members, and everyone enjoyed a light lunch. Sister Rosemary Mulvihill, RSM, and I were on roller skates as we went from that ceremony up to Morrison House for a special Staff Appreciation luncheon for staff members in Housekeeping and Maintenance.
On November 28, the Administrative Council and I met at my home with a facilitator and spent some very productive hours taking the draft “New Regis” Strategic Plan to its next iteration. It is my hope as we go into December, Christmas break, and return to campus, that various members of AC will discuss this draft with faculty and staff and that you will provide your insights and points of view. In its present stage, this iteration of goals and objectives will go the Board of Trustees and be the subject of my President’s report to the Board on December 8. We have also heard from some of you and developed a number of strategies. But we’re not finished yet, so talk with your area AC member about it in the coming weeks.
Students, staff and faculty joined a group of us on the parterre before Thanksgiving as we began filming sections of what will be our first Regis College video Christmas greeting. Stay tuned for the launch on December 15 or so. I hope you like it. The next “President’s Notes” should also come out on December 15.
Regis alumna Claire Watson Hubbard ‘45, who so graciously funded additions and renovations to the College science building, passed away on November 16, 2011, in Nebraska. A few weeks ago I had spoken with Mrs. Hubbard's daughter, and former Regis President Mary Jane England, MD, had visited her several times in recent years. The College has extended sincere condolences to Claire's family.
Erin Lyn McGrath ’98 passed away unexpectedly on November 21. Chief Development Officer and classmate Miriam Finn Sherman and several other members of the Class of 1998 attended the funeral on November 26. Erin not only had her Master’s in Divinity but also served as legislative aide to Carol Donovan ’59, when she was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. We have sent our condolences on Erin’s untimely death to her parents.
Christmas Is Coming!
With the foyer decorated for the “Snowball,” the lights being strung on trees and bushes, and parts of the crèche being lined up in front of College Hall, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Glee Club and Alumnae Chorus Christmas Concert, along with the Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and an Instrumental Ensemble, will occur this weekend, December 3-4, on Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the FAC. Also occurring on Sunday, December 4 is the wonderful and traditional HOLLY TEA (1-3 p.m.) I am looking forward to Tree Lighting and the annual Trustees-Faculty-Directors Christmas Gathering Dec. 8. I will be in New York for an alumnae event on December 9, but hope the faculty “Jingle Fling” will be delightful and include some good cheer!
May these Advent weeks and the finishing of courses and programs be peaceful and productive for all in the Regis community.