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President's Notes 1.18March 22, 2012
Hello, everyone, and welcome back from what I hope was a refreshing and enlightening Spring Break for each of you. I’ve been hearing so many good things about student and faculty trips abroad and service projects. I’m also happy to report that my time in Florida meeting with alums was also spectacular, including the Naples Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! Chief Development Officer Miriam Finn Sherman can testify to what a busy week it was.
Beginning this week on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, the College’s Heritage Week is in full swing. You can find a summary of events on our website.
On Tuesday, March 20 (12:30 - 1:45 PM) the campus was able to hear Angela Sanfillipo speaking on “Grassroots Political Action and Global Efforts to Save Our Oceans: Local Fishing Industry and Environmentalists Working Together.” That evening students and Sisters of St. Joseph also gathered for dinner and conversation in College Hall Foyer.
And, heads up, on Saturday, March 24, there’s an opportunity to work with the Lowell Habitat for Humanity. Contact Campus Ministry for more information.
Presidential Catholic Scholarship Dinner
Tonight I will join His Eminence, Most Reverend Seán P. Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston, Vice-President Paul Vaccaro, Enrollment Management and Marketing, and Wanda Suriel, Admission Director, as we celebrate this year’s selection of Presidential Catholic Scholars. This scholarship reaches out to high-achieving students in Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese and beyond and enables them to come to Regis. This year we are celebrating the fourth year of the program, which we started in 2008.
News from the Directors’ Council meeting of March 13 includes the following:
Student Success Center: The Writing Center, in conjunction with English and Psychology departments, will open a second Writing Center in the Science Building. It will be staffed with student interns (English majors). This offers an additional fourteen hours of student services and contributes to building and strengthening the community.
Financial Aid: Bonnie Quinn of the Financial Aid Office notes that the office is in its busy season as it works with various applicants who have chosen Regis. Hundreds of awards have already gone out in the mail.
Children’s Center: Pauline Cunniff, Director of the Children’s Center, will send out an e- mail in April inviting staff and faculty to read to a preschool class.
May I also announce here that our Registrar, Esther Ghazarian, has been appointed Director of the Center for Student Services. Referred to as “One-Stop-Shopping,” the Center for Student Services is currently being developed for implementation this summer. It will combine elements and functions of the Offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts - and many more - into a single physical location on the second floor of College Hall. This new Center will be the hub for all students, facilitating their interaction with the College as they efficiently address their administrative needs on a wide array of topics. Please welcome and support Esther, who will remain College Registrar, in her new, expanded role.
Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz has just completed the HERS Institute (Higher Education Resources Services) at Wellesley College.This course is focused on Women in Higher Educational Administration.
Kara not only participated in this Institute over the past year but was also invited to be a presenter at the final session in early March, Her topic was: “Negotiating Power and Status between Academic and Student Affairs.”
Maria Vertkin, who graduated with a degree in Social Work from Regis, has established an agency called “Found in Translation” to help homeless women break the cycle of poverty. Many of these women actually have multiple languages, and “Found in Translation” enables them to put those skills to work. An immigrant from Russia, Maria knows what people go through trying to establish themselves in a new society. You can read about her and her work here in The Boston Herald.
Since I’m mentioning events, let me remind you of the following:
- Saturday, March 24, there will be an Admitted Student Day
- Saturday, March 24, Graduate Student Luncheon in College Hall Foyer, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 27, Faculty-Staff Social at Morrison House, 4:30-6 p.m.
I am pleased to share with you that faculty member Pat Normandin, DNP, RN, CEN, CPN, CPEN has had an abstract accepted to be a poster presentation at the National 2012 QSEN Conference in Tuscon, Arizona, May 30 to June 1, 2012.
Lauren E. Forcucci, faculty member in the Political Science Department and First Year Seminar Program will be in New York Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24, she will be attending Columbia University's Council for European Studies Conference. At the Conference Lauren will serve as discussant and chair of the "Historical Legacies and Political Outcomes" panel.
On March 1 the Regis College Board of Trustees approved our launching of the College’s new Public Health Major for undergraduates. Professor Laura Mignone Burke’s proposal was excellent. Job openings and increased funding of public health initiatives have students clamoring for undergraduate majors in public health. But as recently as 2008 only 16% of four-year institutions nationally were providing such opportunities. Regis is one of just a handful of higher education institutions in Massachusetts to offer undergraduate majors in public health.
On March 13, Professor Wendy Lement led a workshop for history teachers on using drama in the classroom to teach about the "Bread and Roses Strike" and U.S. labor history. The workshop was held at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center and was sponsored by Primary Source of Watertown.
Between April 11-14, the Oral History play called “Six Pair of Hands” developed by theater professor Professor Lement and her students in conjunction with research by students of history professor Raffaele Florio will be performed in the Casey Theatre and is also open to the public. The content of the play reflects the grassroots political experiences of the wives of Gloucester fishermen addressed in the lecture by Angela Sanfillipo on March 20.
On April 14, excerpts from American Tapestry: Children of the Bread and Roses Strike, (co- written and directed by Wendy Lement) will be performed at the annual Service Employees International Union Conference at Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston. Between 700 - 1000 SEUI members are expected to attend. Simultaneous translations of the play will be made in Spanish and Portuguese.
On March 3, 2012 Assistant Professor in Social Work, April Fletcher, escorted twelve Regis College students to London, UK to conduct the third component of a semester-long research project in Comparative International Social Work. The rich and diverse research topics reflect both the commitment to social justice of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the intellectual curiosity their legacy has inspired in Regis College faculty and students. In the public forum, impending implementation of health care reform often circled around concerns about the role of government in regulating and funding social welfare, of which health care is a component, and Professor Fletcher thought it would be an interesting and worthwhile investigation for students to select a social justice issue related to social welfare and/or health, and to devise a course in which students could conduct an in-depth, comparative analysis, and that’s what they did in London.
As part of Heritage Week on March 21, 2012, our friend Kathryn Erat and Professors Nancy Bittner and Lorna Rinear met for dinner with the students who will be going to Kenya. I was pleased to join them and watch them prepare for the trip in May.
President’s Health Lecture Series
And speaking of health care reform, on Wednesday, March 28, the President’s Health Lecture Series will offer an Update on MA and National Health Care Reform: Innovations in Payment and Health Care Delivery, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Upper Student Union Lounge.
The expert speakers are David Blumenthal, MD, MPP - Chief of Health Information and Innovative Officer, Partners Health Care; Christie Hager, JD, MPH - Regional 1 Director of Us Department of Health and Human Services; David Morales, AB - Vice President for Public Policy and Planning, Steward Health; and Glen Shor, JD - Executive Director, Commonwealth Connector Authority. The panel will be moderated by Regis College President Emerita and BU School of Public Health Professor, Mary Jane England, MD. The U.S. Supreme Court will be reviewing the Affordable Health Care Act during this week, so this is a very timely panel.
The purpose of this career advancement and continuing nursing education activity is to inform nurses, other health care professionals and the public regarding the innovative health care delivery and payment models proposed and their effects on consumers, care givers, quality of care and insurers.
Regis has a rich legacy in the performing arts, and I am very much looking forward to the weekend and attending Professor Frans Rijnbout’s presentation of the Regis College Dance Company event in the Fine Arts Center, “Dance around the World.” Admission is $8. for adults, $3. for children under 10, and FREE for Regis students with College ID.
Then, on Tuesday, March 27, the College will have “A Day with José Mateo.” The choreographer will speak on “Dance for World Community: Community Organizations Working Together to Create a Global Network,” at 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the Casey Theater. This lecture is free and open to the public. Other events that day, such as the Informal Tea and Mateo’s appearance as a guest artist in the Dance Studio for the “Styles of Dance in World Cultures” course, are for students only and a handful of faculty and administrators.
Regis College Haiti Project
Last but not least, give your hearts and minds a lift by viewing this video about our Regis College Haiti Project on You-Tube and at our website.
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on Thursday, April 12, right after Easter.