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President's Notes 2.12December 14, 2012
Hello. As one might expect, there has been a flurry of activities on and off campus as the semester closes. Last week alone saw Regis involved in the annual Faculty-Trustee-Senior Directors Christmas Party, the Cap & Gown ceremony for seniors, a meeting of the Regis College Board, the traditional Tree Lighting, and the Snow Ball formal dance. On Friday I went to New York to join Mr. and Mrs. Peter Langenus as they hosted a gathering for alumni, and on Saturday, Boston area alums went to New York shopping! Peter is a member of our Board, and his wife Eileen is a Regis alum, Class of 1978. Their gathering, which they have put on at the Union League Club right before Christmas for several years now, was lovely as usual. Thank you, Peter and Eileen! But this week everyone on campus is knee-deep in final exams. On the right is a photograph of Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz greeting senior Joseph Osborne at Cap & Gown; Joseph won the Founders’ Award granted to a student who best exemplifies the spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph who founded Regis.
I am very pleased that, on Thursday, December 6, the Regis Board approved the First Doctoral Program in the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences (SLAESS). Thank you to Dean Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, and the faculty in the Department of Education for developing such a fine proposal for the Ed.D. Before actually beginning, the program will now, of course, undergo review through appropriate NEASC approval processes.
Professor Lucia Ortiz, Spanish, has had an article entitled “El testimonio como instrumento de construcción de la memoria en Colombia/Testimonio as a construction of memory in Colombia,” published in the book entitled Palabra de mujeres. Proyectos de vida y memoria colectiva. Maríe Estripeaut-Bourjac, Ed. (Siglo del Hombre Editores and Centro de Competencia en Comunicación para América Latina C3 de la Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2012). This publication was part of a project initiated several years ago between scholars from Colombia and France on women’s representation of political unrest in Colombia through literature, oral stories, and visual arts.
David Rigby has published a book called “Allied Master Strategists.” David holds a PhD in comparative history and works as an adjunct instructor at several Boston-area colleges and universities, including Regis. The book identifies the Combined Chiefs of Staff as the glue that held the British-American alliance together in World War II. Rigby describes the vital contributions to Allied victory made by the organization, which drew its members from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the British Chiefs of Staff Committee, and the British Joint Staff Mission. The book is not weighted towards the Americans or the British and not strictly naval, army, or air oriented, but gives the combined Chiefs what they have long deserved—recognition for an international as well as an inter-service accomplishment.
Nursing professor Margherite Matteis skillfully moderated the Presidential Health Lecture Series in November. Here is the report on the event, which was published in The Weston Town Crier:
Regis hosts forum on new thinking for mental illness and PTSD - Weston, MA - The Weston Town Crier http://www.wickedlocal.com/weston/news/x1107419095/Regis-hosts-forum-on-new-thinking-for-mental-illness- and-PTSD#ixzz2EYOWhsrz
Associate Dean David Gilmore has not only been working with the professional society in Nuclear Medicine to push for a baccalaureate degree but has written about it, leading the way. With Angela Macci Bires and Norman Bolus, David has co-authored “The History, Implications, and Development of the Baccalaureate Transition Resource Manual,” which has been published this month in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology 40.3 (December 2012).
Through the generosity of our wonderful benefactor, Ms. Kathryn Erat, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies has announced the Erat Program for educational travel for the Spring Semester 2013. This year’s program will include travel to Lyons, France; Geneva, Switzerland; and Venice, Rome and Assisi, Italy. The group anticipates a trip of 14-16 days, departing from Boston around May 15. The focus will be “The Church in The Modern World.” Among the topics to be explored are the heritage of the Sisters of Saint Joseph; humanitarian care and the U. N. Charter of Human Rights; the 50th anniversary of Vatican Council II; and inter-religious cooperation. Deadline for submission of completed application materials was at noon this past Monday, December 10, and I trust that interested students got their materials in on time. Speaking of the Erat Program,may I note that last year’s group went to Kenya and met Sister Mary Owens, director of an orphanage serving over 1000 children. Sister Mary visited campus earlier this year, and her work in Kenya was recently featured in The Boston Globe. Here’s the link: http://www.boston.com/news/world/africa/2012/12/01/kenya-village-pairs-aids-orphans- with-grandparents/ITaoyd234ZMOCgUtysH5dJ/story.html
Vice-President Paul Vaccaro has returned from a trip to Brazil where he met with a number of high school principals and students. On the left is a photograph of Paul with Cory Miller of the Guidance and College Counseling Department at the Graded School. Graded is the American School of Sao Paulo, Brazil which annually sends the most students from the country to the United States for college study.
Amy Scott and Katrina Tober tell me that the Academy and Children's Center students got into the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas spirit by decorating wooden spoons for a community service project: Project Bread's Holiday Spoons Fundraiser. Project Bread is a non-profit organization that provides food to 300 food banks in MA and helps to fund school lunch programs. The spoons the children decorated were displayed at both ARC and RCCC, and were available with a donation of $10. going directly to Project Bread. The children learned about the concept of hunger and are proud of their brightly decorated, unique spoons. See the charming photograph on the right.
Shawna Erickson recently joined the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations as a grant officer. Shawna’s goal is to work with the Regis College community to build relationships that increase opportunities for corporation, foundation and government support aligned to the College’s priorities. Her primary focus will be with the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Science (SLAESS). Welcome aboard, Shawna!
Assistant Dean of Students Walt Horner has announced that between November 16 and November 29, the Co- Curricular Mini-Grants (CCMG) Grantmaking Committee reviewed 21 proposals from students, faculty, and staff with requests totaling $39,245. On Friday, November 30, four review teams (made up of students, faculty, and staff) gathered together to complete the difficult task of selecting finalists. The Committee acknowledges thirteen wonderful co-curricular projects that it was unable to fund this grant cycle and congratulates the eight projects (below) awarded a total of $12, 000. this year. The Committee believes that the grantees provide a great mix of projects that highlight the impressive co-curricular learning that takes place at Regis. For the upcoming 2013- 2014 academic year, it hopes to expand the CCMG Program in cooperation with the Student Government Association, the Division of Student Affairs, the School of Liberal Arts, Education, Social Sciences, and the School of Nursing, Science, and Heath Progressions.
|Co-Curricular Learning Project||Author/s||Funding Award|
|A Walk So They Can Run||Erin McQuaid||$ 750|
|Bread, Wine, and Food as Ritual||Aniesha Andrews||$ 1,420|
|Nuclear Medicine Oral Research Presentations||Lauren Shanbrun||$ 2,375|
|PHI Spring Conference||Katina Fontes||$ 1,450|
|Regis College Mentor Program||Courtney Fisk||$ 1,400|
|Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care||Ann Rosas||$ 2,500|
|The Live Theatre Experience||Frans Rijnbout||$ 905|
|Tower TV||Stefan Todorovic & Paige Pasley||$ 1,200|
Holly Tea and the Christmas Concert on December 2 were great successes enjoyed by all who attended. In the midst of our celebrations, however, we were saddened to learn of the death of alumna Sheila Greenlaw on November 27. Sheila had been a very active member of our Alumnae Association and Board. May she rest in peace.
Yesterday morning I met with several parents of Regis children – our students in the Children’s Center and Academy – for coffee and enjoyed getting to know our Weston families better.
This evening, Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will be hosting dinner for the Greater Boston School Counselor’s Association in >College Hall Foyer from 4:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. We are expecting close to fifty secondary school counselors from many different high schools in the Greater Boston area.
Admission Director Wanda Suriel has reminded me that this annual event has become a tradition at Regis College and represents a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our campus, reconnect with colleagues and enjoy Christmas festivities. Please join us in giving this group a warm Regis College welcome! Special thanks to Robert Outerbridge, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, for organizing this event. A word to the wise: Secondary School Counselors have been encouraged to park in the Main Lot; however, some will park in the Admission Prospective Student spots located in St. Joseph Hall lot and in Visitor spots available near College Hall.
What better note to close on as we approach Christmas than this image of some very happy seniors at Cap & Gown? I’m looking forward on December 20 to my Christmas visit to Bethany where many former Regis faculty and administrators who are CSJs reside. And don’t forget the Staff Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday, December 19, 12-2 p.m. in CH Foyer.
May you all enjoy Christmas break with your families and friends and come back safe and sound to begin 2013 at Regis College!
The next issue of the President’s Notes will come out on January 10.