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President's Notes 1.5September 8, 2011
It was great to see all the faculty at the Faculty Workshop on September 1. The positive energy was palpable.
Thank you to all the staff who worked over Labor Day weekend to welcome students back to Regis. With chaplain Father Paul Kilroy, our new campus ministers Dawn Doucette-Kaplan and Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, co-ordinated a warm welcome to returning and new students on Tuesday, September 6. Despite the heavy rain overnight, by noon the rain had abated and the faculty marched in academic procession down to the Fine Arts Center as student leaders, athletes, and student activity groups lined Katsura Drive. I greeted students by reminding them of the integral link between challenges and opportunities and urging them not to miss opportunities by avoiding challenges. And SGA President Andrew Blanchette ably picked up the theme and summoned his peers to get involved on campus.
One of the things Sister Betsy noted for students at Convocation on September 6 was that Regis is a community and they are now part of it, a central part. A visitor aptly commented that our Convocation was unlike many others she had attended at other institutions because ours was so student-centered. Way to go!
Faculty – Staff Reception
A good number of faculty and staff joined me up at Morrison House for an opening day reception on September 6. This was a good opportunity to meet new faculty and staff, to share notes on activities in various courses and to converse, strengthening our bonds as a community. We’ll do it again.
Graduate Student Reception And Pizza With The President
And likewise down the line as I met with graduate students on September 7 to make sure they feel welcome and connected. I also launched on September 8 a regular program of “Pizza with the President” for undergraduates. It’s good for us all to talk together.
Regis In The News
I hope you saw the article by Mary Carmichael in The Boston Globe on Saturday, September 3. Carmichael looked at the new attention to sophomores on college campuses and featured the College of the Holy Cross. Regis Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz discussed some of the things we do here, especially to welcome transfer students but also to give sophomores the kind of intellectual support they need to succeed academically.
Meanwhile, earlier in the week, Mary Moore of The Boston Business Journal pursued another kind of new class – namely the roster of new college and university presidents in greater Boston this fall. I was pleased to talk with her about my experience at Regis. Her article appeared on September 2.
Hurricane Irene spared the campus, thank heaven, even though we are “high on a hilltop.” I was sorry to learn that some faculty and staff located in various suburbs throughout greater Boston, however, did suffer long power outages that brought some losses, especially in the grocery department. My power was out for eighteen hours, and our family learned again how to communicate without electronics. We even played monopoly and Chinese checkers by candlelight.
Freshman Year Seminar
As we prepare for Inauguration Week, I’m pleased to announce that Sharon McKenna, the woman who was so helpful to Deogratias, the focus of Tracy Kidder’s book Strength in What Remains, will be joining us for various events, including Kidder’s lecture on October 4, and will be meeting the FYS faculty and its classes for follow-up discussion. Sharon was just with Deo in Burundi this past summer and has many photos to show. He, of course, is now running a community hospital and its advocacy organization, Village Health Works.
We learned this week through Regis graduate and faculty member Cherlie Normilus that our memorandum of understanding with Notre Dame d’Haiti, the Catholic University of Haiti, has been signed. Notre Dame will be the degree-granting institution in our international nursing faculty partnership initiative. The Haiti Project Advisory Board will be meeting in October.
Associate Professor Susan S. Sawyer, PhD, RN, CPNP, has authored a textbook called Pediatric Physical Examination & Health Assessment. The book came out in March, 2011, published by Jones & Bartlett. It focuses on physical examination of the infant, toddler, school-age child and adolescent with emphasis also on health history questions pertinent to each age group. Each chapter includes a case study and sample write-up of each system. In addition, a powerpoint CD accompanies each book and a text bank of questions available upon request for faculty. What motivated the book was the reality that faculty who teach advanced pediatric health assessment, including Dr. Sawyer, have not had readily available a resource or text devoted solely to examination of the child and focused on different age groups. There are a plethora of textbooks on pediatrics, but all focus on the sick or hospitalized child. This book addresses the well child seen in primary care for routine health maintenance visits, and Susie has already received kudos from some practitioners for the guidance. Congratulations, Susie! As health care more and more registers the importance of prevention and the involvement of the patient books like this are invaluable.
Professor Wendy Lement, Theater, tells me that we will be touring our spring production Six Pair of Hands to the Cape Ann Theatre in Gloucester on April 20 - 22, 2012. The play will be created as part of the fall Oral History and Performance Course this fall, with history professor Raffaele Florio’s students participating and Professor Lement directing. The Cape Ann Theatre's mission to is to present plays about Gloucester history, so this is a great fit. In 1969 Gloucester fishermen’s wives formed an association to create federal regulations to protect the American fishing industry against the large foreign factory trawlers vessels. These vessels were destroying local fishing industries across the United States. Since then, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association has become an international model for conserving and protecting valuable fish stocks for future generations. Through their dedication, solidarity and faith, these remarkable women have endured numerous hardships, obstacles, and tragedies with strength of spirit and grace. The Regis College Theatre Company will create and perform a play based on the extraordinary lives and the political battles waged by these courageous women.
Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center, Performance Dates: Wed., Thurs., and Fri. April 11, 12, 13 @ 7:30pm & Sat. April 14 @ 2:00pm, Cape Ann Theatre, Gloucester Tour Dates: April 20 – 22
We heard from Carol Jewel Hunt ’65 that she is participating in an exhibition called “Artists of the East End” at the Spanierman Modern Gallery in NYC from September 8 to October 1. If you are in New York, why not take it in? For further information, please contact email@example.com. Carol was recently the subject of a splendid article in our college magazine, Regis Today (Spring, 2010).
Regis College Homecoming
A full roster of activities is planned for Saturday, September 24, to mark Regis College Homecoming. For the full schedule and information about participating, call 781-768-7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I understand there are plans for a faculty-staff softball game. Who wants to be on my team?
This coming Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I’m sure all of you on this campus remembers where you were that morning as the news broke and will remember all of it again in your prayers, reflections, and the way you spend the day.
The Newton-based Sacred Threads Center, cofounded by Sister Marie LaBollita of Newton and Sister Rosemary Mulvihill, RSM, of Belmont and Regis College, will present “9.11: Ten Years Later: Where Are We?’’ on Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center Ballroom, 360 Huntington Ave. in Boston. Boston Globe columnist and author James Carroll will remember and reflect on events, and attendants will have an opportunity to respond and ritualize. There will also be a multimedia exhibition, “The Witness Project,’’ by artist Robin Masi of Concord – former faculty member at Regis-- music by Ken Field of Cambridge. For registration information and costs; 617-899-2871, email@example.com, or The next issue of President’s Notes should come out on September 22.