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President's Notes 2.10

November 15, 2012

Hello, everyone. I arrived back in the USA this past weekend – and spent a day in bed recuperating from some airborne illness contracted on my long flight back from the Far East. It was wonderful to see our students at “Pizza with the President” on Tuesday evening and to see faculty and staff at the Faculty & Staff Social yesterday.

The trip was wonderful, too, and the joy in our alums in Thailand and Japan that two of us from Regis were there in their countries visiting them. Last week you saw a “Special Edition” of the Notes with photos from Japan. I actually visited Thailand first but just recovered those photos, which I am sharing this week.

Toni and Vilai JurutaweeHere I am (left) with Vilai Jurutawee who arrived here in 1965 and graduated from Regis in 1970. Dr. M.J. Doherty ‘67 remembers her well.

I gave a formal presentation on Regis at an International School near Bangkok where my son Wes teaches math, and afterwards numerous students wanted to speak with me personally about coming to Regis. Here they all are:

conversation with students and faculty

I visited nine (9) high schools in Thailand meeting with numerous school counselors, faculty members at those schools, and school heads. The people of Thailand are very outgoing and friendly, and all these meetings reflected that kind of welcome. I also discovered, of course, that these students are being encouraged to enter the international higher education scene by colleges and universities all over the USA and by schools in Switzerland, Ireland, England and other European nations.

I have a Quick-Time video clip of Vilai speaking about her love for Regis. Her warmth and joy as she shared memories and we talked were very moving to me.

Toni and Kamol KitsawadOn the right you’ll see Mr. Kamol Kitsawad, Director of Assumption University in Bangkok as the two of us exchange gifts and display our informational materials from Regis and Assumption. I also enjoyed the seriousness and the dedication with which school counselors asked questions about Regis and what it could offer, as in the photo on the left. Note the banners from schools all over the world interested in attracting Thai students.

Meeting with two school counselors

students at st. joseph'sIn Japan I visited four international high schools and one university (Kyoto Notre Dame University) We also had two alumni receptions in Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto) and dinner with two representatives from Talk International who are stationed in Japan. Below I am visiting a classroom at St. Joseph’s School in Japan. Classrooms all over the world tell a similar story, don’t they? Learning together.

On Recruiting of international students is taking place in all sorts of ways. Tuesday, November 13, CollegeWeekLive reported that more than 12,000 students from 180 countries joined the U.S. State Department at the EducationUSA International Virtual College Fair.

Other Campus News

Shortly before I left Boston to go to the Far East, I learned that I had been named to the advisory board of Health e-Villages, which provides state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support resources to medical professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Health e-Villages is a program of the not-for-profit Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz was honored on November 13 at a regional meeting of Students Affairs Administrators in higher Education (NASPA). Kara received the award “given to a dean who has demonstrated sustained professional service in student affairs work, high-level competency in administrative skills, innovative response in meeting students' varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing junior staff members, and leadership in community and university affairs.” The award recipient must have also earned stature among and support of students, faculty, and fellow administrators on his or her campus and made significant contributions to the field through publications or professional involvement. This award honors NASPA's founding president (1919-20) and former dean of men at the University of Wisconsin. Three cheers for Kara! Sister Rosemary Mulvihill, RSM, guided the award nomination paperwork on our side, and Trustee Judy Lauch travelled to Connecticut to present the award.

We have good news from Amy Scott, Director of the Childrens’ Center, as well. The Department of Early Education made its site visit to our kindergarten, “The Academy,” on November 6, and Amy and her faculty are pleased to announce that the visit was successful. The Academy’s license will be renewed for another two years.

Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, Susan Tammaro, PhD, has been asked to become a NEASC site visitor. So has Professor Nancy Bittner, School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions, and I look forward to hearing about their adventures participating in such experiences. Vice President Thomas Pistorino has also become a regular NEASC visitor. Additionally, Nancy has been appointed a Commissioner for the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. This Commission is the decision- making body for all policies related to accreditation and reports directly to the US Department of Education as its regulatory overseer.

The College also held its open house on October 28, and on November 13 we sponsored an “on the spot admission decision” for Grad Students in CH Foyer. On November 14, the campus hosted a wonderful Hispanic College Fair.

Anthony D’Aries, one of our adjunct faculty members, received the 2010 PEN/New England Discovery Award in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program and currently teaches literacy and creative writing in a variety of venues. He has listened to the language of men in a variety of venues, including families, correctional facilities, veteran’s groups, and his book, The Language of Men, published in May, 2012, has recently been reviewed in The Boston Globe. You can see it here: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/relationships/2012/10/29/looking-the-language-men-use-one-way-confront-issues-separation/i4cMUTtA5PYflOl63Ne4sM/story.html. Anthony will teach Rhetoric and possibly Professional Writing here in the spring. He will give a reading from his book at the Porter Square Bookstore in Cambridge on November 29 at 7 p.m.

And the good news from home while I was away includes the many victories, play-off games, and championships on the part of our student athletes. On the evening of October 31, Regis Women’s Soccer advanced to the playoff finals with a victory 5-0 over Newbury. Regis Women’s Volleyball won six straight games, hosted the quarterfinal match and earned the number three seed. Marilia Ramos (Chimbote, Peru) was honored by the New England Collegiate Conference by being named Rookie of the Week for women's volleyball.

Last evening our second President’s Health Lecture Series panel of the fall semester took place in the USUL. The topic was an update on Mental Health Treatment, skillfully moderated by associate Professor Margherite Matteis of the Regis College School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions. Panelists were drawn from around Boston, including Dominic A. Ciraulo, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Terrance Keane, PhD, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, Veterans Administration Boston Health Care System; Mary Lou Sudders, MSW, Boston College School of Social Work; and Martin H. Rosenzweig, MD, Director of Optimum Health Behavioral Solutions, Philadelphia, and Regional Director for United Behavioral Health. The panel addressed a national issue, the epidemic of untreated mental health disorder in the United States, despite the inclusion of mental health parity in our health care reform.

Also last evening, Associate Professor Frans Rijnbout’s Speaking Out, a production of the Regis College Theatre Company, opened. The production is a collage of serious and humorous ten-minute plays and one monologue. Other performance dates & times are as follows: Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 PM, Friday, November 16 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 PM. The show runs approximately 60 minutes.

Professor Sheila Prichard, Music, School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences, informs me that the combined choirs of Regis College will take part in a big celebration to be held June 1, 2013 for the tri-centennial of the Town of Weston. We will join with other church and civic choirs in town for a mega-concert with combined choirs and orchestra and perform some inspiring pieces such as the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and maybe even Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, which features chorus in the final movement. Mark your calendars!

But first take note of the upcoming Christmas concert: Regis College will celebrate the opening of the Christmas season with the Music Department’s annual Christmas Concert on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2 at 3:30 each day. Glee Club, Alumnae Chorus, Handbell Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, and Chamber Singers will present individual programs before the choirs and orchestra combine to present holiday classics.

The Handbell Choir, always an audience-pleaser, will ring a special arrangement of the Christmas Spiritual, “Go Tell It On the Mountain.” A special feature will be three movements of the great Magnificat in D by J. S. Bach. Carols with orchestra will include “The Birthday of a King,”” Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas on Broadway,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” And for children of all ages the combined forces will present “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The program will conclude with the traditional candlelight rendition of “Silent Night.”The concert will be held in Casey Theatre, Fine Arts Center, Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston MA. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 781-768-7070. Tickets will also be available at the door. Ticket prices: General $15; Seniors, Alumnae, Faculty, Students $10; children 12 and under $5; Regis students free. All proceeds will benefit the Spain 2013 Concert Tour.

The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on November 29, after Thanksgiving, so please allow me to wish all of you the happiest and most heart-warming Thanksgiving ever on November 22.

Sunset in JapanA sunset in Japan

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