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President's Notes 1.4August 25, 2011
On Monday afternoon, August 22, I had the pleasure of meeting the undergraduate resident directors and resident assistants for an ice cream social at Morrison House. The RDs and RAs are here lining up residences and resident life programs for the return of students on September 4-5. Also, I’ve heard “The Chatty Cats” are actively assembling in the Office of Institutional Advancement to get ready for a busy year. The Chatty Cats are a group of 30 Regis College students who do a great job conversing with Regis alums on the telephone, sharing news of the exciting growth of the College and providing opportunities for alums to give back to Regis. Katie Lentz is the call center manager.
The College will be providing a food and beverage kiosk for grad students and evening faculty in the CH Foyer through the services of Aramark, Monday through Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m. This will catch those students just arriving for evening classes or taking a break between classes or heading home. There will be a choice of two freshly made sandwiches or a salad with coffee or soda, with one food item and one beverage offered as a package for a set price. Coffee can be purchased separately. Given the number of grad students and faculty who come to the College for evening classes, offering this option is completely appropriate and another sign of a trend at Regis.
Having thoroughly enjoyed meeting a number of alums at the annual Cape Cod Alumni Luncheon on August 4, I am happy to say that this coming weekend I shall meet yet more alums, also on the Cape, as Regis faculty member Nancy Street hosts a “meet and greet” gathering in Falmouth. Miriam Finn Sherman will accompany me, we hope to reconnect with a number of alums who have not recently been in touch with the College.
Professor Sheila Prichard has sent in news about Kathleen Maskell, who teaches our popular piano courses. In June Kathleen was privileged to cruise to Alaska and teach piano classes on board the ship, the Crystal Symphony, in a program co-sponsored by Crystal Cruise Line and the Yamaha Corporation. In July she attended the bi-annual National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago. As a member of the Technology committee for this event, she worked with QRS Technologies helping them promote a new technology, PianoScan, which allows an acoustic piano to interface with a computer. As a result Kathleen has been asked to be an educational consultant for the company and will take occasional short trips throughout the East Coast to give presentations – without interfering, of course, with her Regis schedule.
Associate Professor Frans Rijnbout has announced “Poof, Pancakes and Other Plays” as a collection of five ten-minute plays that will offer a great educational opportunity to student thespians this all and allow audiences a broad spectrum of theatre in one sitting. The limits of the form motivate playwrights to get the story moving quickly and keep the dramatic action tight. Topics focus on various forms of social awareness, including the impact of war, the idolization of war, the anguish of adoption, overcoming spousal abuse, class divergence, self-centeredness, animalistic behavior of humans, and the humanistic behavior of animals. The Regis College Theatre Company will perform the short plays under Professor Rijnbout’s direction in the Black Box Theatre in the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, November 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, November 19 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free to students and collaborating faculty.
CSJ Sponsored Ministries
Last evening Special Assistant M. J. Doherty, PhD, and I joined other leaders from the various Sponsored Ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in the Penthouse at the Motherhouse in Brighton for an informal gathering. Every year at this time the Corporation for Sponsored Ministries hosts such an event so that we can all meet one another and discuss our common perspective.
I am planning a Faculty-Staff Reception at Morrison House for the late afternoon 4:30-6:00 PM) of September 6, the first day of classes, to start off the semester. We will all have participated in the opening Convocation earlier that afternoon (Noon to 2:00 PM). More information about the reception will be forthcoming. And, of course, I expect to join faculty members, for at least part of the time, during their workshop on September 1.
Inauguration Week Schedule
For Inauguration Week in early October, thanks to Miriam Finn Sherman, CDO, and a superb Inauguration Committee, I can now announce the schedule of events as a community-wide celebration of many aspects and all of the people at Regis:
Sunday, October 2, 2011
2:30 PM Women’s Field Hockey Game: Regis vs Wheelock, Athletic Field Complex National Anthem performed by the Regis College Glee Club
5:30 PM Traditional Hoop Rolling, College Front Lawn
6:30 PM Catholic Liturgy with Senior Cap and Gown Ceremony, Fine Arts Center
Monday, October 3, 2011
9:30 AM and 11:30 AM Academic Symposia, College Hall Foyer (Academic Deans Penny Glynn and Sister Betty Cawley, CSJ, are now discussing specific topics with faculty members).
4:00 PM Barbara Hyland Lecture College Hall Foyer
7:00 PM Erat Scholars Dinner, Morrison House
Tuesday, October 4
10:00 AM Campus Coffee with music by "The Heightsmen" (a cappella) College Hall Foyer
12:30 PM Founders’ Day Celebration in conjunction with Freshman Year Seminar Lecture Presented by Tracy Kidder, author of Strength in What Remains and Mountain beyond Mountains, Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center
5:00 PM President’s Associates Donor Reception College Hall Foyer and Parterre
7:00 PM José Mateo Ballet Company Performance Followed by "Meet and Greet" Champagne Reception Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center
Wednesday, October 5
11:00 AM Inaugural Liturgy of Thanksgiving His Eminence, Seán Cardinal O'Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston, Celebrant Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center
12:30 PM Luncheon for Faculty, Guests, and Senior Staff College Hall Foyer
1:30 PM Academic Procession and Investiture, College Hall Foyer to the Fine Arts Center Inaugural Greetings Conferral of Honorary Degrees
4:00 PM Campus Reception Fine Arts Center Atrium and Tent
Thursday, October 6
9:00 AM -12:30 PM Board of Trustees Meeting, St. Joseph’s Hall
12:30 PM Maintenance Appreciation Luncheon, Main Dining Hall
The next edition of President’s Notes should drop on September 8. Until then, we shall all be busy with starting the semester. My gratitude to all faculty and staff for all that you do for our graduate and undergraduate students. Have a wonderful, productive academic year!