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President's Notes 1.3

August 18, 2011

Faculty News

How quickly this summer has fled! It’s hard to believe that the Fall Faculty Workshop will occur only three weeks from today (Thursday, September 1, 2011) from 9 am to 2 pm in the USUL, including lunch. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and have already begun hearing news of faculty activities this summer:

Associate Professor Joanne Dalton, Phd, APRN, BC, reports that her article entitled, “Diabetes Disease Management in a Home Care Setting,” has been accepted for publication in Home Health Care Management & Practice.

Professor Mary-Anne Vetterling, PhD, has spent the summer traveling and working in her field. In May she attended her niece’s wedding in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and also took in a number of historic sites. For ten days In June she was in Cincinnati as a Table Leader grading Advanced Placement Exams in Spanish. After that she spent five days in Bloomington, Indiana, at the ASLE Conference (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). She made a number of valuable contacts there, learned many new things and even participated in a seminar. Funded by her Kaneb Grant, this trip enabled her to learn more about ecocriticism and apply it to her studies in Medieval Spanish literature; for October Mary–Anne is co-ordinating a conference on Ecocriticism and Christianity and Literature at Regis. In July she went to Washington, D.C., for the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She is also finishing up the second edition of a textbook on Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Present to be published by Heinle-Cengage this fall.

Dr. Sheila Prichard, Music Department Chair, attended the Summer Conference of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) at Gordon College in July. In September an article she authored will appear in Mass Sings, the newsletter of Massachusetts ACDA. The article, “Nineteenth Annual Massachusetts ACDA Collegiate Choral Festival,” is a chronicle of the collegiate festival hosted at the Fine Arts Center each year by the Regis College Glee Club. Dr. Prichard founded the festival in 1993 under the theme of “Collaboration Rather than Competition,” and has chaired it during its nineteen-year history. In the intervening years, some thirty college and university choirs from New England and beyond have come to Regis to participate. The festival theme was inspired by the philosophy of the late S. Margaret William McCarthy, CSJ, who held music to be a powerful unifying medium between people.

Dr. Elizabeth Vercoe, Lecturer in Music, supervised a recording of her musical composition, Kleemation, for flute and piano at the new Shalin Liu concert hall in Rockport this May. Parma Recordings is expected to issue the disc by the end of 2011 as an enhanced CD that will contain the musical score as well as the audio. Vercoe also gave a workshop on Kleemation and Butterfly Effects for flute and harp before a performance featuring both pieces at Illinois College this March. An arrangement of her Butterfly Effects for oboe and harp received its premiere at Missouri State University and will also be played at the Conference of the Double Reed Society and at the Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music in Arizona in September. Vercoe’s Sonaria for Cello received its second Paris performance at the Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre and her Irreveries from Sappho for voice and piano and excerpts from the monodrama, Herstory III, were performed as part of a lecture-recital on her music at the College Music Society meeting at the University of North Carolina this spring. Mezzo soprano Jennifer Capaldo, who wrote her dissertation on Vercoe’s vocal music, is giving a lecture recital in October that will feature the composer’s Herstory IV for voice and mandolin and is publishing an article on all four of the Herstory song cycles in the Journal of the International Alliance of Women in Music later in the fall.

Staff News

We have said goodbye and Godspeed to Christina Aprea in the Development Office as she moves to MIT and Cecelia Roberts in the library as she moves to another job opportunity, and we welcome back Dee Ludwick in the Office of Financial Aid and Jayanthi Srinath in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

On August 3, I had a delightful meeting with members of the College’s Directors’ Council and enjoyed a productive exchange on my plans for Regis. Thank you to our HR Director Joan Sullivan and all who attended.

Alumni News

The luncheon gathering for alums on Cape Cod at the New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee on August 4 was a lot of fun. I gave a talk called, “The Dance, or Building Regis Together,” in which I outlined my six-point plan for Regis. This was my first meeting as President with a group of alums, and they wanted to know every detail of my program going forward and how they could help. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting a number of Regis grads and seeing President Emerita Mary Jane England,’59, MD, who sends her greetings to all at Regis.

Mass Dept Of Higher Education Award

In a letter dated August 1, Regis learned that among eleven proposals received by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for the Nursing Redesign Grant Program with a grant allocation of $250, 000., Regis Nursing has received a grant of $54,140. Congratulations, once again, to Regis Nursing.

First Cohort Of Nursing Faculty From Haiti Complete Summer Program

Our first cohort of nursing faculty from Haiti received electronic instruction on new iPod devices donated by Regis Trustee Donato Tramuto on Thursday, July 28, and completed their first summer program in the Regis College Haiti Project or the International Nurse Faculty Partnership Initiative (INFPI) on August 4. They headed back to Haiti on August 5, just as Hurricane Emily had skirted the island but brought heavy rains. Earlier, our chaplain, Father Paul Kilroy had celebrated a special liturgy for them at which they themselves sang some of those wonderful, spirit-filled Haitian hymns, and on the evening of August 4, we held a Haiti Project “End-of-Semester Celebration” in College Hall Foyer. Among others attending, I was pleased to welcome State Representative Linda Dorcena- Forry, Donna Barry, RN, NP, MPH, Advocacy and Policy Director at Partners In Health (PIH), Sheila Davis- DNP, ANP, FAAN, Global Nursing Coordinator at Partners in Health, and Karen Ansara, one of the leading philanthropists and activists in New England on behalf of the Haitian people.

Our pioneers – twelve in all, from nursing schools all over Haiti – will continue studying this fall and winter both electronically and under the tutelage of visiting Regis faculty and will be back among us next summer, along with the second cohort, which they will help teach. If you haven’t already seen it, check out the blog of the Ansara Family Foundation on our project here.

Summer Ending and Looking forward to fall

On a personal note, the end of summer means that my son Wes has gone back to Thailand where he teaches; my son J. J. is preparing to go to Barcelona, Spain, for a semester abroad; and my daughter Alexis has now moved to NYC, where she and her husband are working.

But our Regis family will soon gather for the All-College Convocation on scheduled for Tuesday, September 06, 2011, from noon to 2 p.m. in the FAC, and the fall semester will be off and running.

Stay tuned for a description of Inauguration Week events October 2-6, possibly in my next “President’s Notes” on August 25.

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