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President's Notes 1.17March 8, 2012
Hello, everyone. As the campus enjoys spring break, there are a few things I want to share with you all. First of all, I hope you are enjoying one aspect or another of the break -- a change of pace, a mini-holiday, a time to catch up.
Regis, Community & Global Outreach
Our Peru Solidarity travellers got a wonderful send-off at the Regalos dinner on Feb. 23. They and our Mississippi travellers were blessed and commissioned at the Sunday liturgy on February 26, as well.
The Regis “Peruvians” landed safe and sound in Lima on Friday night, March 2, after only a slight delay in Miami. Campus minister Dawn Doucette-Kaplan heard from the group Tuesday night and all are doing well immersing themselves culturally and in various service projects such as nursing clinics and visits to the orphanage. They have completed the painting at the local community center and adjusted their schedule to meet the needs of the community, including meeting the Taytacos (elderly) and listening to their stories. On Wednesday afternoon they headed to Mercado Indio, a market of local crafts.
Our Haiti Project faculty and staff travellers left on Monday morning, March 5, and are now hard at work on the island. They had an emotional first day at the hospital in Hinche, near where they are staying, where they met a thirteen year old girl who had just delivered twins. Here are Regis faculty members Cindy Bashaw and Kellie La Pierre with another child they met.
Pat Ciarleglio, Lecturer in Nursing, informs me that Regis is mentioned in the IWU (Indiana Wesleyan University) post-licensure Global Studies Grenada Newsletter. Regis students and IWU students will be in Grenada at the same time this March and will also visit St. George’s University there. The newsletter actually gave the Regis group a lot of attention with a lovely photograph and statements from our students on their travel learning and service goals. Six of our Nurse Practitioner students are on the trip: Dianna Elliott, Neely Wakeman, Jessica Madison, Lindsey Gillooly, Cassie Murray, and Kayla Capizzano Cross. They collected lots of clothing, medicines and other gifts to bring with them. By clicking on the .pdf symbol above you should be able to open up the newsletter and see for yourselves.
In the swim: The following announcement is an “athletic” one and not “global” (yet!) but to me it is clearly “community” news. It takes a community to build, accomplish, and let thrive the following: The College Swimming Coaches Association of America has noted that the Regis College Women’s Swimming and Diving Team has achieved “Scholar All American” Status for the Fall, 2011 semester, or, more precisely CSCAA Team Scholar All American Honors. This recognition goes to teams that achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Please join me in congratulating students, coaches, directors, and faculty!
Closer to home as Weston neighbors, an alumni and trustee family, and friends, the College sends its sincere condolences and prayers to Salvatore “Chub” Simeone, whose dear wife Mary Carr Simeone, Regis Class of 1945, passed away on Sunday, March 4. Regis has seen your devotion and Mary’s over a lifetime, Chub, and we do not forget you now.
SLAESS faculty and the Steering Committee for our search for a School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences have had a busy and productive month as they have worked through the process of vetting, preliminary selection, interviewing, and campus visitation. I wish to thank everyone who participated in the process in any way, especially the Steering Committee, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Sarah Barrett, Dean Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, PhD, and, of course, the faculty of SLAESS. I shall keep you informed as the next, decision-making phase occurs.
Susan Erickson, an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Education Department and an alumna has had an article entitled “Turtles and Technology” published in the December, 2011 issue of Science and Children. As a fifth grade teacher in the Thoreau School in Concord, Susan and her students completed a seven-month project that involved learning how to protect a threatened species – the Blanding’s turtle – and become its advocate. Students used seven different technology tools from Scratch, iWeb, and iMovie to Skype and Blogs to complete this inquiry-oriented project and become the voice of these turtles. Susan and her students won second place for this project in the Disney Planet Challenge. Congratulations Susan!
May we all become as technologically adept as those fifth-graders – and a propos of that, the Technology Advisory Committee has been revived and will meet this Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. Onward!
Karen Crowley, DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP, ANP, Associate Professor and Coordinator of our Nurse Practitioner Program, is now an official NLNAC program evaluator. Congratulations to you, Karen! Karen attend the training session recently given in Atlanta and is awaiting her first assignment in the autumn. She is looking forward to using her research in this forum. Karen also contributed Chapter 10, “Treatment of Eating Disorders,” to the Nurses' Clinical Consult to Psychopharmacology by Jacqueline Rhoads and Patrick J. Murphy, which has just been released by Springer Publishing Company.
Public Heritage Institute
An open house of our Public Heritage Institute will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 3-5 p.m. at the Spellman Museum. Students from all majors who are interested in the Master of Arts in Heritage Studies Program are most welcome to attend and to become members of the Institute. Refreshments will be served and more information about the event can be gained by contacting email@example.com
The Public Heritage Institute is also planning a very special St. Joseph’s Day Dinner or Festa di San Giuseppe, to be held on Friday evening, March 16 Friday, March 16, 6:00 p.m., Upper Student Union, with advance tickets at $20 per person/$15 for students ($25/20 at the door). For more information or to order tickets, please contact Katina (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The actual feast day is March 19, a big day at Regis College, and that week we will begin “Heritage Week” to celebrate our heritage and roots in the charism, values, and mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.
Public Health Major
I am very pleased to announce that our Public Health Minor has become a Public Health Major, and it was approved by the Board of Trustees on March 1. Congratulations to Associate Professor Laura Burke ScD, MPH, and all who participated in preparing an excellent proposal.
That Time Of Year
Our Admission staff hosted two superb events on February 26: The Merit Scholars Reception on Sunday afternoon in the FAC, and the Admitted Student Overnight. Always impressive to me is the way the Regis community faculty, students and, of course, staff, participate in such events so that prospective students can truly gain a glimpse into the educational community Regis College is. Thank you all.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, I met with academic leaders and other key representatives from Regis College and Weston Public Schools to discuss a range of collaborative opportunities between the institutions. Twenty-four (24) people were in attendance.
Sunday March 4 was an interesting day for me since it began with publication of Jon Marcus’s article, “Putting college degrees to work,” in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine in which I was pleased to have been consulted regarding some of the wonderful things going on at Regis in academic programming. Regis was noted for its Regulatory Policy Program and the critical thinking of our faculty in adapting liberal arts to professional needs. Here’s the link in case you did not see the article.
Sunday afternoon I thoroughly enjoyed “Regis Rhythms,” rightly billed a concert of “music head, heart, and toe,” and found myself singing right along with the cabaret-style performance in College Hall Foyer. The benefits of the concert will help support the Alumnae Chorus Tour Fund.
Next week I will be with Regis alums in Florida having myriad meetings and, yes, participating in the glorious Naples Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! That’s it for now. The next issue of “President’s Notes” should be out on March 22.