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President's Notes 1.12December 17, 2011
If any month is a good one to assemble all our various notes into one celebratory social category, December is, and in this edition of the President’s Notes I am celebrating the Regis Community in all its facets, beginning with the seniors, class of 2012, at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 8.
This month, as courses concluded and the final exam period began, Campus Ministry has been providing the College with some peaceful moments of Advent prayer and reflection in the College Hall Chapel. Thank you to Dawn Doucette-Kaplan, Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Father Paul Kilroy.
My gratitude goes also to the staff, faculty and students who helped the College and the President’s Office launch our first ever “video” Christmas greeting, which will shortly go out over the airwaves. Special thanks to Katya Rego, Elena Defelice, Miriam Sherman, and Peter Schipelliti.
Congratulations to the following students who will be attending the Alternative Spring Break trip to Jonestown, Mississippi: Alix Comeau, Andrew Blanchette, Carl Lotin, Daneekah Laloi, Desiree Tavares, Gabi Aragon, Jackie Salas, Joanna Williams, Julia Doiron, Kelly Cadigan, and Tamara Leroy. Congratulations, as well, to the Regis College Student Nurses Association, which has been sponsoring a “giving tree” to provide gifts to needy children.
Throughout the autumn, and especially in an AC Retreat on November 28, December 12, and December 20, the Administrative Council has been refining the update of the College’s Strategic Plan 2011-2016. Please ask your AC Member about the Strategic Plan. AC Members should be sharing its development with faculty and staff in their areas as we go along.
Holly Tea on December 4 was its usual grand success. It was my pleasure to see many alums and their families and to follow up with the Sunday afternoon performance of the Christmas concert by the Regis College Glee Club and Alumnae Choir under the direction of Paul Huberdeau.
On December 5, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard the College’s case for protection under the Dover Amendment. We are pleased that the SJC heard our case. The College believes strongly in the rights provided by the Dover Amendment for projects with an educational purpose. We remain optimistic about the outcome of the hearing, but the decision may not be known until early April, and we are not prepared to comment further on the overall project at this time.
That evening my husband John and I joined other college and university presidents and representatives at the annual AICUM dinner at the Seaport Hotel. The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts under its President, Richard Doherty, keeps all of us informed of issues confronting higher education in our region.
Faculty Member Santosh Mathew, Mathematics, was recently among the national honorees recognized by The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, NY, for outstanding achievements in their field of specialization or for their service to society. Santosh was selected in the field of science writing. Here are the news brief and link:
Dr. Mani Menon, Rajendra and Padma Vattikutti Distinguished Chair in Oncology and Director of the Vattikutti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Dr. Menon was also be honored for his achievement in medicine. Five others received the Kerala Center awards for outstanding accomplishments and/or for contribution to society. Dr. K. M. Abraham, Research Professor at Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology in Boston and the President and Chief Technology officer of E-KEM Science, Boston (Applied Sciences); Dr. Santhosh Mathew, professor,Regis College,Weston, researcher and science writer (Journalism – Science Writing); Raju Mylapra, Chief Editor of Aswamedham online publication, New York (Journalism – Humor Writing); Dr. Murali Nair, Professor & Director of School of Social Work at Cleveland State University in Ohio (Social Sciences); Gracy Varghese, Nursing Home Administrator, East Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bronx, New York.
Times of India The Kerala Center honors 6 at award banquet 2010
Claudia Pouravelis, Director, Graduate Admission, gave a superb Powerpoint presentation to the Administrative Council on December 6 regarding our growth in graduate programs and graduate students. I immediately appropriated some of Claudia’s slides on our need to build the human and programmatic infrastructure to support this growth in my presentation to the Board on December 8.
On the afternoon of December 6, I met with Cheryl Maloney, PhD, Superintendent of the Weston Schools; the Weston High School principal and department heads are enthusiastic about working with Regis to create a cutting-edge collaborative venture, starting with earning college credit for AP courses and the mutual development of interdisciplinary curriculum and some creative online collaborations. They also are very supportive of a summer program at Regis for HS students and would love to explore more collaboration with the Theatre and Music programs. Marcia Spivey from my office and Janet Bohlin from Weston are setting up a time for all to come together and brain storm in January.
On the evening of December 7 I was pleased to meet with the parents and the faculty and staff of the Children’s Center; we enjoyed discussing the prominent place of the Children’s Center and the Academy (Kindergarten) in the intergenerational Regis community. Special thanks to Pauline Cunniff.
December 8 was an all-round busy day on campus. At 11:30 a.m. Father Paul Kilroy and the College celebrated the liturgy of the Immaculate Conception in College Hall Chapel, followed by a Board luncheon and Regis College Board Meeting. The Regis College Board of Trustees thanked Trustees Helen Callahan, CSJ, Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, Robert Meenan, MD, Bonnie Moran ’58, Salvatore Simeone, and Nancy Valentine, PhD, RN, for their years of service on the Board as they finished their terms of office. Chief Development Officer, Miriam Sherman, announced her appointment of two members of the Institutional Advancement Staff, to new roles: Tara Brady will be Director of Development, and Christina Duggan will be the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Congratulations Tara and Christina!
The Regis College Craft Fair, under the able direction of Maureen Iaricci, also took place that day, followed by the annual College Tree Lighting in College Hall Foyer and Parterre, at which seniors were recognized with roses. After the Tree Lighting, Regis Trustees joined the Faculty, AC and members of the Directors’ Council in Morrison House for a wonderful Christmas celebration. Elsewhere on campus, the Graduate Student Social was held, and the Board of the Spellman Museum met. The Spellman Board has invited Regis faculty member Raffaele Florio to join its members, and he has accepted. I attended the Spellman Board’s brunch this morning, too.
The Faculty Meeting on December 9 considered reports from 1) the One-Stop Shopping chairs, Steve Savas and Esther Ghazarian, 2) the Admission, Progression, Retention Committee, and 3) the PPFC, and then concluded the day with the customary “Jingle Fling.” I could not attend that Faculty Meeting since I was on the train on the way to New York City for an annual meeting with New York alums that evening. This reception was a grand success, with almost sixty alums attending the event at the Union Club, kindness of our friends Eileen McCormick Langenus, ’78 and her husband Peter, who graciously arranged the event as a welcome to me as the new Regis president. Back at Regis that evening, students celebrated the conclusion of the semester with the annual Snowball Semi-Formal.
In the past few weeks we have also marked some farewells. On November 30, the campus received a lovely e-farewell from Bob Naughton, a Regis alum and faithful Regis staff member for many years. Contact the Human Resources office if you would like contact information to send Bob a greeting or check your e-mails for December 1 and you’ll find a note from Joan Sullivan providing the same.
On December 5, the College also sadly marked the passing of Adrian Blake, MD, who was the physician to the Regis community for several decades. On December 8, we learned of the death of Laraine Morin, adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Education Department, a dedicated teacher who was in the classroom right up to the final week. May Dr. Blake and Professor Morin rest in peace!
We have made a “good neighbor” agreement with Dexter Academy, an independent day school for boys located in Brookline, MA, to allow it to pick up and drop off several of its Weston students here on campus. With the agreement and a suitable protocol in place, on December 12 Dexter began using the lot at our athletic field house for morning pick up and afternoon drop off.
Although I don’t usually include photos in the President’s Notes, the season merits including a couple of photos from my visit on December 13 with retired Regis faculty and staff who are Sisters of St. Joseph residing at Bethany, including (l. to r.) Sister Cecilia Agnes Mulrennan, Sister Thea McCabe, staff member Sister Mary Ellen O’Connell, Sister Dorothy McKenzie, Sister Marie deSales Dinneen,Sister Marion Montague, Sister Catherine Meade, and Sister Julia Ford (not shown in photo). We had a wonderful visit. I love this shot of former Regis President Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare and me.
In Morrison House on the evening of December 13, we celebrated the first class to complete the Nursing Informatics certificate. As medical and nursing practice become digital, Regis is one of the first universities to provide education in the field.
Something To Look Forward To In The New Year: José Mateo, Director of the José Mateo Ballet Theater, has agreed to spend March 27 at Regis, speaking in the Casey Theatre at 12:30 p.m. (topic to be announced) and followed by an informal tea with students in College Hall Foyer. José will be a guest artist for the Styles of Dance in World Culture class, which will be open to other students to observe (3:30 - 6:00 PM).
Today’s Christmas luncheon for faculty and staff provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate the Regis community, and I thank HR Director Joan Sullivan for organizing it all. May these remaining days of Advent and the celebration of Christmas renew and refresh all of you in the Regis community. This autumn has given a wonderful start to my presidency, thanks to all of you, and I look forward to continuing to make Regis known and bring all of you into the light for the wonderful things you do.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
President’s Notes will resume publication on January 12, 2012. Centralized check-in for most residential undergrads will occur on January 16!