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President's Notes 1.23May 30, 2012
Hello to everyone hard at work in Summer Session I, close-of-fiscal year fundraising, academic grant writing, travel, community service and…. Vacation! The Regis campus has been very busy since Commencement on May 12, almost as if the semester had not come to an end.
Center For Student Services
By now anyone walking down the second floor corridor of College Hall can see the new “Center for Student Services.” Thank you to Tom Pistorino, Martin Dow, Esther Ghazarian, Paul Vaccaro, Peggy Cross and all who worked to make this happen, as promised, by May, 2012. To quote Esther,
“The Center for Student Services will offer students one central location to take care of many administrative needs. It will provide a one stop shop. The center brings together the offices of the Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid and Student Housing. It is designed to help both the undergraduate and graduate student. Students will get answers to their questions, complete transactions and make appointments as needed with professionals represented in the Center for Student Services.” A wonderful accomplishment!
I am very happy that Regis has been named a “Catholic College of Distinction,” that is, one of the best Catholic colleges/universities in the country. An institution receives this designation and makes the 2012-2013 list because it excels at the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes. In Massachusetts, also making the list are Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Emmanuel College, Merrimack College, and Stonehill College.
On May 22 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared that Regis College is entitled to assert protection for its Regis East senior living and learning project as an educational use under the Dover Amendment. The decision reverses last year’s adverse Land Court ruling, which had summarily denied the college, without a trial on the facts, and has remanded the case to the Land Court for further proceedings. Regis looks forward to engaging in discussions with Weston town officials and the community in the prospect of moving forward collaboratively.
Reunion 2012, May 18-20, was a smash success, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting a number of alums I had not met before. Some classes held events private to their members, such as the Golden Oldies (1962), and all were welcome at the Alumni Liturgy and the May 19 dinner-dance under the Commencement Tent. My gratitude to all in the Institutional Advancement Office who made the event such a success.
On Thursday, May 24, I participated in a conference call with other presidents of colleges and universities that belong to NECC. I think we can all agree that our membership in this conference this past year has been good for our athletes and our teams. Many of them have won player of the week or player of the year awards, and a good number have distinguished themselves, as well, as scholar-athletes. Coach John Ciarlegio informs me, for example, that 5 of the players from the Regis tennis teams have qualified for the 2012 ITA Scholar-Athlete Award. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association gives this award to varsity tennis players who earned a 3.5 GPA for the school year. This year's winners are: Vanneyra Chum, Maryse Emungu and Caroline Roche from women's tennis and Mouhamed Diallo and Matthew Smolko from men's tennis. My sincere congratulations to these students. This is the second consecutive year that the number of winners increased -- 5 this year, 3 for 2011 and 2 for 2010.
On the morning of May 17 I joined President Lee Felton of Emerson and Marjorie Arons Barron for a tour of the new Boston Herald hi-tech news headquarters on the corner of D St. and Fargo in South Boston. The “times,” they are a-changing, and so are print media in our electronic age.
That evening I attended the annual Catholic Charities event, which was held at the JFK Library, and enjoyed conversing with CCAB’s new president, Deborah Kincade Rambo, whom I hope to bring out to campus.
On June 7 I will be joining our Alumni Board for a reception at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA. This is one of the most extraordinary collections outside Russia, and Regis can be proud that one of our alumni is an associate curator there.
Vice President Tom Pistorino recently completed a NEASC team review for a member institution located in Florence, Italy and Gothenburg, Sweden. Way to go, Tom! Today (May 31) he is meeting with representatives of Sasaki, the firm that will be working with us to develop our Master Plan. Stay tuned for developments and announcements as we go forward.
Don’t forget the at 10 a.m. “Coffee” on Monday, June 11, to say farewell and thank you to S. Rosemary Mulvihill, RSM, who has served Regis so well in Campus Ministry and as Dean of Student Life and Ministry.
The Directors’ Council provided a lovely ice cream social on Wednesday, May 30. Members of the Directors’ Council have been very helpful in their review of the Strategic Plan and will be meeting on June 7 to firm up its contribution of strategies to help flesh out the Objectives of the plan.
The pre-school End of Year Picnic will be held on June 6 in Morrison House/Tower Garden, led by Pauline Cunniff.
I believe Joan Sullivan, Director of HR, is planning on holding the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on June 12.
On the evening of June 13 and throughout the day on June 14, our Regis Board will meet.
This past week Regis College Haiti Project welcomed back its first cohort of Haitian nursing faculty for their second summer semester. It’s wonderful to see all of you! The photo on the left was taken in March when our faculty were in Haiti with the group.
The next issue of the President’s Notes: June 14.
Enjoy these late spring days!