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President's Notes 1.15

February 9, 2012

Greetings. It has been an exceptionally busy month for me, starting with the CIC meeting in Florida, and concluding with the ACCU Meeting in Washington, DC, the launching of second semester and meetings, meetings, meetings! Regis faculty and students have been highly engaged as well as this edition of the President’s Notes will show.

Students

Sister Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, PhD, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences, and Walt Horner, Director, Special Programs, attended the luncheon at Archbishop Williams High School on January 18 celebrating the students who had successfully completed a college-level course this semester through the Dual Enrollment Program between AWHS and several area colleges. Eleven AWHS students took AP courses at their school that qualified as Regis courses: Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Biological Principles, and Modern European Civilization. A comparable number of students are expected to register for the program second semester. Regis also has a dual enrollment agreement with Fontbonne Academy, and is working on similar agreements with two additional high schools.

A number of our students in the Asian-American Association (AAA) – Angela Holgado, Abigail Ilagan, Hanh Do, Jacqueline Williams, and Linh Nguyen – participated in the Lunar New Year Celebration of the Vietnamese-American Community of Massachusetts on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The celebration was held at the Harbor School in Dorchester, MA, and they performed a traditional Vietnamese Dance. Here is the link to their dress rehearsal.

Faculty member Jayson Baker, Assistant Professor of English and Communication, informs me that Alli Schmoker (Mgmt, '13, communication minor) has been accepted to the James C. McCroskey and Virginia P. Richmond, Eastern Communication Association (ECA) 2012 Undergraduate Scholars Conference, which will be held in Cambridge, MA, in late April, 2012. Alli drew from her research in Small Group Communication in the fall and submitted a proposal addressing this year's conference theme of "transitions." Her proposal, “Theorizing CMC Effects on Adolescence,” uses Marshall McLuhan’s medium theory to explore the subject of computer mediated communication (CMC) and how it can both extend and amputate relationships. Jayson tells me that the proposal abstract of another Regis student is still under review, and perhaps two of our students will be heading to the conference in May.

In addition, Associate Professor Sara C. Weintraub, PhD, Communication, tells me that a group of students is now ready to start a student newspaper. This is great news. For years Regis had a student newspaper called The Regis Herald and major shifts in the technology of communication put it on the back burner. The Student Government Association is in support of starting up a student newspaper again, and the Department of Communication has received a grant from a donor to help launch it. Congratulations to Communication students!

Freshman student Sebastien Laforest is a chef and has his own website on food.  Check it out.  I met Sebastien at “Pizza with the President” on February 2 and thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him and about 30 other UG students, freshmen through seniors.

Regis College Lacrosse has partnered with Team Impact to mentor younger pupils on the sidelines. The story is told here. Likewise, on Sunday afternoons, Regis Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams are working with children with autism at the Longfellow Tennis Club. That’s the spirit!

Assistant Professor April Berry-Fletcher, Social Work, reports that students in social work have presented exciting and fascinating topics for their exploration in a course to be conducted in London. Thus far the topics include the following: Comparison of social policies and beliefs about psychopharmacology for pediatric depression; Access and quality of care by social class, a comparative analysis; Access to and quality of medical care for incarcerated adults UK/US; Hospice practices and procedures US/UK; and Working definitions of cultural competence in US/UK health care practices.

Regis College Glee Club will host the Nineteenth Annual Collegiate Choral Festival, sponsored by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), in the Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center, at Regis on Saturday, February 11. Eight colleges are involved, and the Smith College Orchestra will also be part of the program. For the news release.

Last night I attended the Black History Month Dinner sponsored by Student Activities and the Black Students Organization in CH Foyer and was very pleased to hear guest speaker Hasan Salaam.

Faculty

Faculty member David Gilmore, MS, CNMT, RT(R)(N), FSNMTS, has been asked to speak in Melbourne, Australia on MR/PET—a very new piece of technology that combines MRI scanners with Nuclear Medicine PET Cameras. David has done a lot of lecturing in the Society of Nuclear Medicine in the last few years, and this all-paid trip to the SMRT 21st annual meeting in Collaboration with the 7th Annual SMRT ANZ Chapter Meeting will occur in early May, with David’s lecture scheduled for Saturday, May 5th at 10:50 a.m. We’ll be thinking of you, David!

Professor Wendy Lement received a Citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate in recognition of her "extraordinary achievement in earning a prestigious Challenge America Fast-Track Award for 2012 as awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts." The award, you will recall, supports dramatic presentations of Wendy’s “American Tapestry: Immigrant Children of the Bread and Roses Strike.” The citation is signed by President of the Senate Therese Murray and by State Senator Susan Fargo who "offered" the award (Third Middlesex County).

By the way, regarding another of Professor Lement’s projects, the President and members of the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association will join the cast of Six Pair of Hands for the first read through of the script on Tuesday, Feb. 7. As the interview subjects for this Oral History and Performance piece, they will continue to offer their feedback and suggestions to help shape the play.

A significant article by Mary Ann Hart, MSN, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, has been published in the AJN. The article is entitled “Accountable Care Organizations: The Future of Care Delivery,” and can be found in AJN Vol. 112, Number 2, pages 23-26 (February, 2012). It discusses Nursing’s role in an evolving model of health care delivery emphasizing primary care, integration, and measurement.

Faculty member Cherlie Normilus attended the Haiti Earthquake Remembrance Ceremony at the Statehouse on January 30. The Haiti Earthquake remembrance ceremony is set to take place on Monday January 30, 2011 at the Grand Staircase located inside the Massachusetts State House. The event will start at 11am and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry will both speak. Cherlie reports that the Regis College Haiti Project was held ups as a model by Rep. Linda Forry for its continuous work in the reconstruction of Haiti during the Haiti Remembrance ceremony at the State House.

Staff

Please welcome Francis “Frank” Bielawksi, JD, MS, who joined us on January 30 as our Director of Campus Safety. Frank, spouse of Charlene (Amaru) ’79, will be directing the operations and functions of our Campus Police and Transportation departments. A practicing attorney, Frank comes to us from the Dedham Police department where he had been its Detective Lieutenant since 2005 and Commanding Officer in charge of all investigative functions. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Planning from Northeastern University.

In Student Life, Jess Homer reports that she and Jennifer Sneed have been chosen to host an educational session at the NACA Great Plains Regional Conference (March 29-April 1) in St. Paul, Minnesota. NACA is the National Association for Campus Activities. The Regis presentation is about programming for diverse audiences. They will attend the NACA Mid-Atlantic Festival (March 17 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) as well, just when some signs of spring should be touching the Poconos. Jess also tells me that with the help of Patricia Grobecker, Assistant Professor, Nursing, the Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International page is up on our website.

I was chosen at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Meeting (ACCU) to become treasurer of the Association of Colleges of the Sisters of St. Joseph (ACSSJ). While in Washington I met with several Regis alums about issues in Catholic higher education, funding, and our technology projects. Engaging with alums is one of the best ways to keep up our momentum and build out the infrastructure Regis needs as a twenty-first century institution. I also met with other alums regarding our annual Hyland Lecture.

The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on February 23. And on that evening we will be enjoying the Annual Regalos Dinner (6:30 p.m., College Hall Foyer, fine Italian cuisine) in preparation for the eighth annual service trip of faculty, staff and students to Peru.

Until then, my best wishes as you run with the semester. Whatever the groundhog said on February 2, the blessings of spring will soon be here.

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