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President's Notes 1.19March 29, 2012
This is a surprise mini-edition of my Notes because I can’t resist sharing some other items of good news.
First of all NEASC Standard Chairs from across the campus community had a wonderful orientation session today co-ordinated by Dr. Susan Tammaro, Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment. We were fortunate to have been able to book Sister Pat O’Brien, SND, of the executive staff of the NEASC Commission on Higher Education to start the morning off with a very informative overview. We will be discussing all of this further with all of you on Friday afternoon, April 13, 2 p.m. at a special NEASC Kick-Off and State of the College Meeting. Save the date and please come!
Heritage Week & Presidential Catholic Scholarship Reception, Health Lecture Series, Alumni Board Dinner
Secondly, what a wonderful Heritage Week we have had. My thanks go to all of you who planned it and participated in it, culminating in the terrific day with choreographer and Ballet Theatre Director José Mateo this past Tuesday. We really showcased the performing arts and the community at Regis College, and students loved gathering with Sisters of St. Joseph for dinner during the week. Ditto on the gratitude to all of you who made it happen -- the Presidential Catholic Scholarship event on March 22 and the Admitted Student Day on March 24.
By the way, in my last President’s Notes I should have included Associate Professor Lauress Wilkinson the list of faculty going to Kenya with the Erat Scholars in late May.
Last evening I joined the members of our Alumni Board for dinner at Morrison House, another important event, so I could not attend the President’s Health Lecture Series panel last evening in the USUL but I heard that there was standing room only. Experts from the Commonwealth Connector, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Steward Health Care and Partners Health Care made extremely informative and timely presentations on the Affordable Health Care Act, new payment and delivery models, and issues still confronting Massachusetts and national health care reform, and many in the audience wished the Supreme Court were there. President Emerita Mary Jane England, MD, moderated. Thank you, Amy Anderson, and the Health Lecture Series Committee for a job well done.
In my President’s Notes on March 22 I forgot to mention that Professor Lucia Ortiz, Spanish and Portuguese, moderated a session of Poesía Andina at Harvard University on March 21. Apologies, Lucia. In the presentation, Colombian and Peruvian poets living in the United States took a look at the significance of Andean poetry in the diaspora and beyond. The one- hour-discussion was followed by poetry readings and a wine and cheese reception. Partici- pants include Julio Ortega, Brown University; Maria Mercedes Jaramillo, Fitchburg State University; Rafael Dávila,Boston University; Clara Ronderos, Lesley University; Xavier Echarri, U Mass Dartmouth; and, of course, Lucía Ortiz, Regis College, who has forgiven my omission as long as I promised to advise all of you to be ready to participate in the Conference on Colombian Studies, which will take place at Regis in July, 2013.
Associate Professor Mike Bilozur, Biology, has reminded all of us that former Regis faculty member David Morimoto, PhD, now Director of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division at Lesley University, will be speaking TODAY at 4 p.m. in CH Foyer about his work with tropical and human ecology in South America and will also discuss the innovative GLASS study-abroad program.
The School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions will host the Twenty-Sixth Annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture for Sigma theta Tau and Pi Epsilon Chapter at Large at Regis on April 9, 2012, 6-8 p.m. in College Hall Foyer. Sharon A. Gale, MSN, RN, Organization of Nurse Leaders, will speak on the topic of “The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.”
Technology Innovation Grants
I am also very pleased to report that the Technology Innovation Grant Proposals submitted by thirteen faculty members have been approved. Some faculty generated individual proposals and others worked as a team. This endeavor is exciting to me since, among other things as we continue to “electronify” our campus, it advances our Strategic Plan as truly a work-in- progress helping to accomplish our goals. Congratulations are in order for: Sara Weintraub, Andrea Humphrey, Rebecca Schroeder, David Gilmore, Catherine Federico, Carol Dorr, Pat Elliott, Steve Belcher, Margherite Matteis, Karen Crowley, Barbara Loud, CSJ, Santhosh Mathew, and Cristina Squeff.
Also, I was asked to join the media conversation of other college and university presidents once again in weighing in proposed changes in higher education regarding tuition. Here is the link to the article.
Now, truly, I shall not be in touch through the President’s Notes until April 12. This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday introducing Holy Week. May all of you have a blessed week and most joyous Easter.