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President's Notes 1.16February 23, 2012
On February 3, the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences joined Sister Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, PhD, Dean of the School, and me for a one-day retreat held on campus in Morrison House. Heidi Hoffman facilitated the retreat, and faculty prepared for it by developing a survey on questions facing presentation of the liberal arts in today’s academy and pointing out directions in which SLAESS ought to go. There was incredible energy around three of the main points, namely, technological innovation, interdisciplinarity, and global outreach. One of the outcomes of the retreat was the faculty desire to form a task force to focus on certain strategies going forward. I thought the day made a successful beginning, and I laud the faculty efforts.
Two of the professors in SLAESS have recently informed me of some success of their own. Associate Professor Kathleen Kautzer, Sociology, says that her chapter entitled “Culture War Battles over the Future of Roman Catholicism” will be published in an anthology called Culture and Peace to be published by Blue Pine Books this spring.
Associate Professor Julia Lisella, English and Theater, notes that her paper, “Muriel Rukeyser and Margaret Walker: New Deal Poets,” which was delivered at a conference at Hofstra University held last semester, has been accepted for publication among the conference proceedings looking at the reality and the promise of 1935.
Please join me in welcoming Joel Feinblatt, PhD, as the new Graduate Program Director for the Regulatory and Clinical Research Graduate Program, effective May 1, 2012. Joel has experience in clinical research, imaging, and musculoskeletal applications including, most recently, a management/consulting position at Perceptive Informatics, a PAREXEL company. In addition to industry experience, Joel was formerly both an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at both UMass Medical School and Tufts Medical School. Chas Burr, SM, MBA, FRAPS, who has wonderfully led the program since 2006, will continue at Regis College as an adjunct faculty member and continue consulting in medical device regulation and quality systems.
Earlier this month in the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, biology professors Anne Powers and George Argyros accompanied several students in the Regis College Science Association – Cindy Javiet, Angela Holgado, Shing Lau, Melissa Choz, Marlene Mendez, Patrick Sullivan, Ana Maradiaga – to a lecture given by Jack Szostak on “The Origin of Cellular Life,” part of the Harvard Lecture Series at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Coming up, several Regis faculty members will be travelling to Haiti to teach intensive Spring courses, leaving on Monday, March 5, and returning on Friday, March 9, 2012.
Associate Professor Karen Crowley, Nursing, has met with George Kent, Director of Organizational Development for Special Olympics regarding a Regis presence for coming events. Sixty Regis students will be volunteering on March 9 by helping conduct the SO assessment program called “TRAIN” (Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition) for a number of children and youth. A number of our students will also stay overnight on scene as available nurses.
Regis students did really well in the New England Swimming and Diving Championships held last week in White River Junction, Vermont. We placed a team consisting of Alex Graf ’15, Zack Earl ’15, Nick Yerzyk ’13 and Djordje Mandic ’14 in the Men’s 200m relay and in the finals, with the following stats: 500 Yard Freestyle: Zack Earl 4:56.26; 100 Yard Butterfly: Alex Caliendo 56.61, Nick Yerzyk 55.13, Andy Laforest 58.53; 50 yard Breaststroke: Stephen McGovern 28.42; 50 yard Freestyle: Djordje Mandic 21.24; Alex J. Graf, 21.99. The men had their highest finish in school history, taking fifth place and breaking 19 of the 23 school records. Alex Graf personally set some new records and was named to the All-New England Team in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Individual Medley. Regis women Stacy Burns, Kelsey-Jane Wright, Megan Kennelly, and Haley Bowen also did well in the Women’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, with Haley Bowen doing 33.31 in the 50 Yard Breaststroke and Shannan O’Neil doing 26.43 in the 50 yard Freestyle.
Meanwhile, Regis College Women’s Basketball finished the regular season 18-0 and earned the top seed in the upcoming New England Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball Championship beginning February 24. Regis Men’s Basketball defeated Wheelock College, 59-49, in the New England Collegiate Conference Quarterfinals on February 21 and will go on to play Elms College on February 24. We wish you all luck!
Over 200 Regis undergraduates are now involved in college sports, and it’s a pleasure to see them out in the fields during this mild winter and early spring. Athletic Director Marybeth Lamb, PhD, and athletics faculty advisor Sara Weintraub, PhD, are now conducting an NCAA Institutional Self Study Guide (ISSG), which NCAA asks colleges to complete every five years. This is a comprehensive review of the college’s athletic program to ensure that it adheres to the NCAA philosophy and guidelines.
And in another arena entirely, I understand that one of our transfer students, formerly of the U. S. Air Force, has made or soon will make an appearance on American Idol! The AI process is pretty hush- hush..... but we are all hoping you move from stage to stage and have the fullest opportunity to show your talent!
In the past two weeks I’ve been busy with various meetings, including one with Weston’s Superintendent of Schools, Cheryl Maloney, her department chairs, and our academic leadership to discuss a comprehensive collaboration. I have also met with President John O’Donnell of Mass Bay, along with academic leadership from both our institutions, to discuss a partnership and dual enrollment possibilities. Today I am completing an Administrative Council retreat with Council members.
Next week we shall all be busy as three finalists for the position of Academic Dean of SLAESS visit campus and meet a variety of faculty, staff and students.
And next Tuesday, February 28, poet Andrea Cohen will be reading from her work in the Carney Gallery of the Fine Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
Campus NEASC leadership looking toward our self-study for 2013 should save the date of March 29 for a workshop/retreat, and all campus constituents should save April 13 for a “State of the College” Meeting at which our new Strategic Plan and our NEASC process will be discussed.
Last but not least, don’t forget that late this afternoon I will hold my regular Faculty-Staff Social (Morrison House 4:30 to 6 p.m.) to be followed by the gathering of faculty, staff and students at 6:30 p.m. in College Hall Foyer for the annual “Regalos” dinner – the send off our pilgrims to Peru on their annual community service trip. The price of the ticket for the dinner contributed to the funds to make the trip. The dinner celebrates Regis and Peru solidarity with fine Italian cooking, raffles, speeches and general college-wide support.