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President's Notes 1.8October 20, 2011
The College learned at the completion of the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) three-day site visit (Oct. 18-20) that the visitors would recommend a judgment of compliance for the Undergraduate Nursing Program. There are two more levels of review before the final decision will be made, and the completion of the review process and the final decision will come in April. Congratulations to Dean Penny Glynn, our Nursing Department, and Professor Nancy Bittner who led the effort! This news at the end of October echoes the good news we received at the end of September that the Education Department also received very positive feedback and many compliments to its program at the conclusion of its accreditation visit, with the final decision expected in November.
As these notes are posted, Wendy Lement, PhD, Patricia McCauley, MSN, RN, and Jan Tuxbury, DNP, FNP-BC, are making a presentation at The 38TH Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in Baltimore, Md., regarding our interdisciplinary development of a live sequence on death and dying to help educate nursing students. Our Theater and Nursing Departments collaborated to develop the sequence, and it was such a success it’s been travelling ever since! The Conference runs from Oct. 20 to 23, and of the seventy-four (74) poster presentations on the program, Regis College will be the only School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions from Massachusetts presenting.
While we were busy preparing for Inauguration Week, the Regis Theater Department was making sure Regis students took advantage of a wonderful run of professional performances in Boston early this fall. Associate Professor Frans Rijnbout took a group of students to see a new production of “Porgy and Bess” and other plays. Speaking of Inauguration Week, may I refer you to an article about the talks given by Dr. Lisa Lynch, Dean of the Heller School at Brandeis, and me on October 5.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Mary Ann Hart, Director of the Health Administration Master’s program, is proud to be presenting the Fall Health Professions Lecture this evening in College Hall Foyer at 7 p.m with Jim O’Connell, MD, President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), on his innovative, non-traditional program for caring for the homeless, improving the quality of health care they receive and, at the same time, saving costs. See more on Dr. O’Connell’s work.
This coming weekend, Professor Mary Anne Vetterling of the Spanish Department will be co-chairing a conference on Ecocriticism and Christianity in Literature here (October 21-23, 2011), with Lucía Ortiz, Kreg Segall, Andrea Humphrey, Raffaele Florio, and former faculty member Joan Hallissey participating. Mary Anne describes the conference as “exciting, esoteric and relevant.” Download the full conference program.
Associate Professor Julia Lisella, Department of English, presented the first event this year in the “Writer’s Read” Series on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the FAC, with a reading by Joy Jordan-Lake who is the author of five books, including Blue Hole Back Home, winner of the Christy Award for Best First Novel, and is currently working on a novel set in Charleston, South Carolina, and Boston.
Lauren Forcucci of the Political Science Department and First Year Seminar faculty will present her research on Fascism at an academic conference being held at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, this weekend. Professor Forcucci has also put together another “white sock drive” to benefit Operation Troop Support.
A draft of a revised and updated Faculty Handbook should be available to all faculty for their review on MOODLE later this week. Meanwhile, I am looking forward to the discussion of the proposed faculty standing committee structure, which is one of the pending matters in the revised draft, at the Faculty Meeting on Friday, October 21.
Search For Academic Dean, Slaess
In late September my office launched the process to begin searching for a new Academic Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences. We contracted with the Hyatt-Fennell search firm in Conway, PA. Faculty Council is now developing criteria to establish the search committee.
Regis College Haiti Project
The Advisory Board of the Regis College Haiti Project (RCHP) met on the evening of October 11 and prepared for the trip of Project-related Regis faculty and staff to Haiti in November to continue the nursing education program for our first cohort of nursing faculty students and to continue establishing internal networking to governmental and university agencies in Haiti. Of course, we were all basking in the recent visit to campus of Loune Viaud, one of our honorary degree recipients on October 5 and PIH Director of Strategic Planning and Operations for Zanmi Lasante, as well as former Director of Nursing, Haitian Ministry of Health, Maud Duvilaire, and numerous friends from PIH. Our web pages on the Haiti Project have been wonderfully updated by Alexis Przybylski and Nancy Street and you can find all the news here.
New graduate student Ashley Pratt, who comes from Maine and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Nursing as well as her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner certification, began a delightful blog in September all about Regis, the experiences of graduate students, and being in greater Boston – all the way through taking the first round of exams and photos of Regis students and faculty running the Tufts 10 K on October 11. See .
Undergraduates Colleen Ryan ‘13 and Katelyn Natale ’14 have started an Irish Dance Team that meets on Thursday evenings to practice.
The College welcomes two new student activities groups, the Black Students Organization led by Ursula Gaymes (more about this group shortly), and the new politics club called “Global Politics and Events” in which a very enthusiastic group of students has been developing programming. Faculty member Lauren Forcucci will serve as faculty advisor to the new politics club.
Nana Kwarteng was NECC rookie of the week for men’s soccer.
Kate Davies, President of the Regis College Glee Club, invited me to a Hallowe’en Dinner the Glee Club prepared for the Alumnae Chorus in the FAC Atrium last evening, and I attended with pleasure. In the absence of their beloved director, Dr. Sheila Prichard, who is recuperating from surgery, members of the Glee Club and the Alumnae Chorus are rallying together.
Condolences and prayers are in order for the repose of the soul of Carole Remick, ’55, former Regis Director of Alumnae, who passed away on October 18, 2011, Feast of St. Luke, after a valiant struggle with brain cancer. Long time friend and Regis College Trustee, Chris McCann ’60, faithfully accompanied Carole during these months of illness. In recent years Carole was again a familiar figure on campus as she directed the Regis College – UMass-Boston High School Journalism project. Carole’s funeral will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 11 am at Star of the Sea Church in Marblehead, MA. May she rest in peace.
Nancy Hinchcliffe Duphily DNP, RNC, of the Nursing Department, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA 01854, had an article entitled, “The Experience of Novice Nurse Faculty in an Associate Degree Education Program,” which was based on her dissertation at Regis, published in the Journal of Teaching and Learning in Nursing (2011: 6, 124–130).
In early October Dawn-Marie Driscoll ’68 was named by Strategic Insight as one of sixty “most influential visionaries” of the U.S. mutual fund industry in the past quarter century. Driscoll is a nationally recognized business ethics leader. She was formerly a law partner at Palmer & Dodge in Boston and served for more than a decade as vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel of Filene’s, the Boston-based department store chain. Currently she serves as an independent director of both DWS Investments and Sun Capital Advisors Trust mutual funds. Dawn-Marie also holds an honorary Doctor of Arts from Regis College, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Suffolk University, an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science from Bentley University McCallum Graduate School of Business, and appointment as Visitor-in-Residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Registrar Esther Ghazarian and Business Director Steve Savas have been hard at work with their “Ione-stop-shop” steering committee – including a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota to attend a NACUBO ISSP conference on the subject. Among other things they learned on the trip were these facts about colleges and universities using a one-stop-shop model:
- One-stop-shop members are a very close and intimate group, they work hard, play hard and celebrate
- Front desk personnel are extremely customer-service orientated. Most schools put the best people on the front lines.
- Successful schools received a “Call for Change” from leadership that stimulated the initiative
- Having a sense of mission, a vision, and doing strategic planning are imperative to success.
This initiative integrates multiple student centered areas with the purpose of dramatically enhancing student customer service. Expectations include: 1) Dramatically improved customer service to student and parents; 2) Merging areas to enhance service delivery; and 3) Creating job enrichment for those employees directly involved. Vice President Paul Vaccaro, Enrollment Management and Marketing, has posted the WBZ “What’s in Store?” video filmed in late September on the Regis College website. Also, there will be a prospective undergraduate student Open House on campus this coming Sunday, October 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the past three weeks, besides continuing to meet with numerous individual members of the faculty and the staff as well as the Directors’ Council and several faculty groups or committees, I have met with the NEASC CIHE (Sept. 23); continued my work on the Metrowest STEM Advisory Board (Oct. 18); and met with Boston Globe education reporter Mary Carmichael (Oct. 11), Weston school officials (Oct. 12), and the representatives of Strategic Building Solutions, which has been conducting our facilities audit (Oct. 20). CDO Miriam Finn Sherman and I have also been meeting regularly to launch our plans and send letters to a number of friends of the College; we have already begun meeting with some. Also, I have begun serving (Oct. 11 and 19) on the task force overseeing the development, by September, 2012, of one unified co-educational college-preparatory school to be located in Brighton, MA, on the campus of Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Historically Regis is deeply connected to MSJA, which is joining Trinity Catholic HS in Newton to become the site of “St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School.” In the coming year, Sister Rosemary Mulvihill, RSM, Regis Dean of Student Life and Ministry, will advise the task force on student life.
Yesterday, Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 5:00 pm in the Lower Student Union, the newly created Black Student Organization hosted the first of several meetings open to the whole Regis community on the subjects of race, ethnicity, multiculturalism, and global perspectives in conjunction with Kermit Crawford, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University, who is consulting with us this year. Last night’s session showed the trailer of the soon-to-be-released film documentary “Dark Girls”, which presented personal human experiences of skin color, hair, and the social effects of human judgments about physical appearance and race on self-concept, educational development, professional achievement, and marriage and family. A wonderful panel of speakers whose families originated from Louisiana, across the USA, Guatamala, and Pakistan then shared personal experiences and professional perspectives with an audience of over 150 students, faculty, staff and trustees, and opened up discussion as several students put it last night, “in being comfortable in your own skin about who you are.” On the panel were Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW, Professor Emeritus at Boston College and author of “Understanding Race, Ethnicity and Power: The Key to Efficacy in Clinical Practice;” Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital, who received the Mamie and Kenneth Clark Award and Distinguished Contributions to Education Award from the American Psychological Association; Michelle Contreras, a Psychology Intern at Harvard Medical School with extensive experience working with human trafficking victims internationally; and Shamaila Khan, Ph.D., Director of the Haiti SERG Program at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine.
We at Regis have been cultivating a global diversity on campus, a worthwhile work-in-progress and already a remarkable achievement, and we recognize that our ongoing growth requires conscious discussion of some new perspectives and old cultural issues on what terms such as diversity actually mean or do not mean in an increasingly globalized culture when multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multiracial human beings are searching for and discovering common ground. I think the panel succeeded in helping our community do that. Regis students were terrifically articulate and insightful participants, and we shall continue the conversations. As I said in my last “President’s Notes,” Regis is, most of all, a learning community in which everyone here has an important part. This is our true strength.
President’s Health Lecture Leadership Series
Reminder: The next panel in the President’s Health Lecture Series will occur on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge. I will be moderating, and the topic will be “End of Life Issues: Decision, Cost and Ethical Dilemmas” with the following participants: B. Lachlan Forrow, MD, Physician Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of General Medicine and Primary Care; Eric Schultz, MBA, President/CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Andrea Vicini, SJ, MD, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor in Theology, Boston College; Daniel P. Gorman, FNP-C, MSN, OCN, CRNI, Family Nurse Practitioner, Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The next issue of the “President’s Notes” will be out on November 3.