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President's Notes 1.6September 22, 2011
Last week I had a pleasant and meaningful conversation with Bishop Walter Edyvean, who is leading the ten-year review of Ex Corde on Catholic college campuses and visiting with all Catholic college and university presidents in our Archdiocese. Bishop Edyvean was interested in our faculty’s wonderful Statement on Catholic Identity and took a copy with him.
I’m having very busy weeks on and off campus. Added to regular meetings during the day with individual members of the Administrative Council, the faculty, and the staff is the ongoing activity of Faculty Council and faculty committees, the Inauguration Committee, and the development of an Academic Deans’ Council. Serving in this new group are academic deans Sister Betty Cawley, CSJ, PhD, and Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, as well as Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Sarah Barrett, Associate Dean, Student Support Center, Peggy Cross; and Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, Susan Tammaro, PhD. Of course, the first full Faculty Meeting of the semester is coming up this Friday, September 23, 2-4 p.m. in CH 202.
Evening and external events are also filling my calendar. This week I attended the 30th annual lawn party of our neighbor, Blessed John XXIII Seminary, on Wednesday evening and will entertain several Weston neighbors for dinner tonight (Thursday). On Wednesday morning, I was pleased to host a meeting of the Metrowest STEM education Network here at Regis. On Friday morning, I will be meeting with members of the Commission on Higher Education at NEASC with Vice President Tom Pistorino, Finance and Business. Also tonight, since I already had a scheduled event, several other members of the Regis College community including Special Assistant M. J. Doherty, PhD, and Sister Betty Cawley, CSJ, PhD, will be attending a celebration of our co-CSJ sponsored ministry, Bethany Health Care Center, at the Newton Marriott. Bethany, by the way was featured on Channel 5’s “Chronicle” at 7:30 p.m. last night (September 21).
I trust you’ve seen the article in Weston Town Crier about Professor Raffaele Florio’s Public Heritage Institute and the new master’s program in history , “Heritage for a Global Society.” As the opening line of the article states, History is much more than a chronological record of events for Regis College assistant professor Raffaele Florio. His new “public heritage” curriculum breathes new life into the past and makes “then” rich, robust and relevant for understanding “now.”
I was very pleased to be asked this week, on Tuesday, September 20, to greet Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, Director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), and our our graduate students in the Regulatory and Clinical Research Management master’s program directed by Chas Burr, SM MBA FRAPS. Dr. Shuren was here with other officials from FDA to learn about academic programs for regulatory/clinical research professionals and to discuss directions for FDA CDRH. MassMEDIC (Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council) co- ordinated Dr. Shuren’s two-day visit to Massachusetts, and Tom Sommer of MassMEDIC (a son of a Regis alumna) brought five managers from SFDA to our event as well. SFDA is the Chinese FDA, and it was wonderful that Regis was the site of regulatory communication and collaboration between China and the USA. Also on the program for the evening, which was preceded by a light supper, were Dr. Markham Luke, Chief Medical Officer,
Office of Device Evaluation; Dr. Mary Pastel, Director, Office of Radiological Devices, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics; Dr. Steven Pollack, Director, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories; and
Elias Mallis, Policy Analyst, Office of Device Evaluation. Chas explains that the medical products industry is a key player in the Massachusetts economy. The Regis College’s graduate program in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management educates the professionals needed to support this industry. Similar graduate programs have been developing elsewhere in the last ten years, but thanks to Chas, the reputation of our program is certainly growing!
Last spring’s Regis College Nursing and Theater collaboration in the production of a dramatic rendering of death and dying continues to attract attention in nursing education. Regis faculty members Wendy Lement , PhD , Patricia McCauley, MSN,RN and Jan Tuxbury , DNP,FNP-BC will be conference presenters at The 38TH Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in Baltimore, Maryland on Oct 20-23, 2011. Of the 74 poster presentations, Regis College will be the only Nursing Department and School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions from Massachusetts presenting.
The Haiti Project
The Regis College Haiti Project was featured on the front page of the Brighams and Women’s NURSE, an on line newsletter of BWH. “Future Haitian Nurse Leaders” here for their summer semester visited the Brigham to see a contemporary hospital. “Part of the program is empowering these nurses so they can go back to their respective hospitals and schools and provide leadership to their colleagues,” explains Regis faculty member and graduate, Cherline Magny-Normilus, MSN, RN, FNP BC, MICU, a BWH staff nurse.
The College’s effort to initiate true “one-stop” shopping in its enrollment and registration practices is being led by Steve Savas, Director of Finance and Business. Steve’s group met on Tuesday, September 20 to line up its agenda and timeline and form a steering committee. Members of the steering committee include Registrar Esther Ghazarian; Director of Admission Wanda Suriel; Director of Human Resources, Joan Sullivan; Associate Director of Financial Aid, Tanya Francois; Manager of Administrative Computing and db systems, Joan Hathaway; Bursar, Marianne Kenney; Director of Graduate Admission and Outreach, Claudia Pouravelis; Assistant Dean of Students, Laura Bertonazzi; Associate Dean, Academic Support Center, Peggy Cross. They’ve already scheduled two campus visits (Tufts University on September 27 and Dean College on September 29) to gather on site data and will have their next meeting on Monday, September 26. Steve is looking for more members to join the steering committee.
Regis College Homecoming
Lots of activity this week in the Athletics Department. Alena Krug, coach of men’s and women’s volleyball, is meeting with student athletes later tonight at 8 p.m. to organize student interest. The Homecoming Pep Rally will occur later tonight (9-11 p.m.) behind the Spellman Stamp Museum. Lisa LeVierge, Head Field hockey and Softball Coach, has sent out an “olly, olly entry” to student athletes to discuss the softball season on September 23, etc. A full roster of Homecoming activities is planned for Saturday, September 24. Naturally, I’m very aware of and looking forward to the Faculty/Staff and Alumni Softball game, with Dean Penelope Glynn as team manager for the Faculty/Staff and Sister Betty Cawley, CSJ, the team manager for the Alumni! I’m told by Christina Duggan of Institutional Advancement that there are still some spaces on these teams, so sign up now. Homecoming events will conclude with the “Hall of Fame” dinner on Saturday night, September 24, and it will be my pleasure to recognize two alums and the general success of the Homecoming program, started through student initiative in 1995. For the full schedule and information about participating, call 781-768-7228 or e-mail mailto:email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Campus Ministry and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (c/o Jeffrie Parrish ’14) have initiated an inquiry into faculty-student athletic activities that have brought quite a response on campus e- mail. Suggested sports in little tournaments to strengthen the community and our personal connections were
volleyball, frisbee, softball, tennis, flag football, soccer, and badminton. To this faculty have added bocce, ping-pong, walking, and golf!
At the Fine Arts Center on the evening of September 23, Black Violin (freestyle violin, hip hop, classical, rap, blues, Brandenburg, gypsy and more) will celebrate music, grace, movement – all fitting sounds for our athletes! The ensemble, with whom Wyclef Jean has performed, is also a rage on campuses and has been featured on NCI New York.
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM) has submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts regarding protections afforded colleges under the so-called Dover Amendment in preparation for the court’s hearing of our appeal regarding Regis East in November.
Inauguration week is almost here! Stay tuned for special messages and, as that week concludes on October 6, the next issue of President’s Notes.