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President's Notes 2.13January 10, 2013
Greetings, and Happy New Year. I returned Tuesday evening from a Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Meeting in Florida. The weather was great and the sessions (on the new normal, technological development on campuses, and the role of presidents in relation to the board) were very affirming regarding directions we’re going in at Regis. My husband John joined me and spoke at a special session for spouses of college and university presidents. He did a wonderful job, especially because he engaged the audience.
Before heading off to Florida, I had the opportunity during Christmas break to spend time with my family in a lovely northern New England state – and to join them as they enjoyed a snow mobile. You’ll chuckle at the photo on the right, I’m sure, since I look like a Martian.
While I was at the CIC meeting, my special assistant Dr. M. J. Doherty and Regis President emerita Mary Jane England, MD, attended the episcopal ordination of Monsignor Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on January 4, 2013. There are numerous articles about the event posted on BostonCatholic.org, the archdiocesan website, and in The Boston Pilot, which produced a special edition. Bishop Deeley, who is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese, was educated by Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in grammar school at Sacred Heart, Watertown, and at Matignon High School. One of his teachers was Sister Zita Fleming, CSJ, former Dean of Students at Regis, and Sister Zita was one of the lectors at the ordination liturgy on Friday. Bishop Deeley is an eminent canon lawyer who was sent from Boston to work in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican to help out with the deluge of cases coming in from the clerical sexual abuse scandal. Several current or former Vatican officials were at the ordination liturgy. Here’s a link to one news article I have seen about it.
Meanwhile, in December, the Regis College Board of Trustees approved Spring, 2014, sabbaticals for associate professors Kreg Segall (English) and Sara Weintraub (Communication). Congratulations to Kreg and Sara!
It was announced by the NECC office on Monday morning that Regis College senior Sabree Rodriguez (Brockton, Mass.) has been named this week's New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week in women's basketball. Rodriguez helped lead the Pride (5-4, 2-0 NECC) to a 2-2 mark over the winter break. In men’s basketball, sophomore guard Osanto Marc (Kissimmee, Fla.) and freshman guard Carlos Bermudez-Glean (Boston, Mass.) were named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week.
Yesterday Peter Kent, Director of Communications, held the second meeting of the new campus-wide, representative Communications Committee. Uppermost on the group’s mind was the topic of social media and campus-wide policy -- and the Faculty Profiles that are about to launch on our website, the work of my Executive Assistant, Katya Rego.
The Regis College Alumni Office has announced that a Career Networking Reception will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2012, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Algonquin Club of Boston, 217 Commonwealth Avenue. Alums will have the opportunity to meet Susan Kennedy ’81, our Director of Internships and Career Placement, to network with one another, and to learn ways Regis can help alums develop their careers. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, $10. per person. To register on line visit www.registowertalk.net/bosnet.
The campus is preparing for the return of students. All residential students must check in on Sunday, January 13, 2013 in the Foyer between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Commuting Students must check in on Monday, January 14, 2013 starting at 8:00 a.m. Faculty and staff have been getting ready for your return!
- Dianna Jones, Director of Regis Community Health Services, is about to send out again her tips for the prevention of flu; she sent it out in November, but now the data is in that Greater Boston has had an early start on what promises to be a stronger epidemic than expected. Reportedly, vaccines match up well with the viral strain, and vaccines and immunizations are still available and effective (A word to the wise).
- Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach Matt Sagistano has sent out a note inviting the development of an Intramural Basketball League and asking that rosters be sent to him by January 28.
- Assistant Professor Cherlie Normilus, APRN-BC, MSN, FNP, Director of Policy and Advocacy in the Regis College Haiti Project, has announced that a beginning language course in Haitian Creole will be offered early this coming semester before Regis faculty head to Haiti in March. This will entail four (4) four-hour intensive sessions on 1/19, 1/26, 2/2 and 2/9 from 9 a.m to -1 p.m. All faculty participants need to bring is “yourself, laptops/iPads/ect to class,” and Cherlie is waiting for your response: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regis was given double attention in a recent Boston Globe supplement on higher education (Jan. 6, 2013) both for our Regulatory and Clinical Research Management program and our iPad initiative. These will soon be posted on our website.
Faculty participating in a Faculty Development project regarding on-line learning are moving right along in their scheduled seminars. This is a way to go as Regis faces the higher education world of MOOCs and digital learning. It was wonderful to see all the faculty at the Faculty Workshop this morning where these and other matters were discussed.
The flu outbreak in Greater Boston is stronger than anticipated. There have been eighteen deaths in Massachusetts already, and 700 reported cases (who knows how many unreported). Some vaccine shortages have shown up in various locales, but new supplies are on the way. The good news is that the vaccine is adequate to this year’s strain of flu. So..... we have asked Dianna Jones, DNP, Director of the Regis Health Center, to notify returning students who may already be ill with the flu to stay at home a few more days, as needed, and not return right away next week. Classes, however, will start on schedule, and students who are fine should certainly return.
And thank you, all for your patience during construction on the second floor of College Hall, the updating of the second floor CH copy room, the installation of the sprinkler system in St. Joseph’s Hall, and the renovation of Mac Lab CH 8. Most of these projects will be complete in a week or so. Some new renovations are coming along for a Graduate Student Lounge on CH second floor, with a classroom also being converted into an office suite.
May the spring semester, 2013, be a productive, healthy, and happy one for all of you. The next issue of the President’s Notes will come out on January 24.