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President's Notes 2.16February 22, 2013
Hello, everyone. Thank you for your great response to our debut Regis community “Town Meeting” today, with my special gratitude to Kim Gazzola for her facilitation of the session. Kim has already heard from a number of you that you wish to do this again, not only to raise awareness and develop a culture of risk management by listing the kinds of risks we encounter every day but also to develop a working list of some of the strategic risks we want to embrace for the sake of who we are. Stay tuned on this important topic. Also, in your calendars, mark March 21 for a Town Meeting on our NEASC self-study and April 10 for a Town Meeting on Master Planning.
Today I am thinking of my predecessor as president, Sister Thérèse Higgins, CSJ, PhD, who went to God exactly three years ago. Here is the link to the memorial video her nephew John Higgins put together at the time if you wish to view it again: http://johnfhiggins.com/tink/ Sister Thérèse was an innovator who certainly welcomed me at Regis, and I think she would be pleased at some of our innovations today, especially our global outreach. When I went to Japan last fall, I could not help but think of her since she did so much to bring Japanese students to Regis and build that kind of connection for future alums.
Another part of the world where we have strong Regis connections and a big group of alumnae is Puerto Rico. A little less than a month from now, after doing some fundraising with alums in Florida, I will join Admission Director Wanda Suriel in a visit to Puerto Rico, where more and more contemporary students are expressing an interest in attending Regis.
Speaking of things global, I am pleased to share with you that two of our nursing faculty, Janis Tuxbury and Kathleen Donaher, have been selected by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) to speak at the ICN Telenursing Network Meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, during the ICN Congress to be held in Melbourne, Australia between May 18 and May 22. The theme of the Congress is “Equity and Access to Health Care.” We are proud of you, Kathy and Jan!
And the chair of our Religious Studies Department, Professor Ernie Collamati, made us all proud for his articulate presence in local and national news this week. In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation of the office of the papacy, reporters wanted to talk about the global prospects of Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM, Cap. as someone on the shortlist of papabile. Here is our short list of links to Ernie’s appearance in the news:
WGBH: Pope O'Malley?
We enjoyed a wonderful occasion at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown on Thursday, February 7, hosted by Trustee Peter Minihane. A good crowd of about twenty-two alumni and friends gathered to hear an update on Regis. Many of those attending had not come to a Regis event in years, so it was great to reconnect. We were particularly pleased that we were able to have this event just before before the Great Nemo Blizzard that followed on the weekend. And, as you know, we are due for another storm this coming weekend, February 22-23. Be prepared, and don’t forget that you’ll receive an emergency notification in a timely fashion if safety requires any changes in our campus schedule.
That said, we have a lot to look forward to. Dr. Augustus White III, M.D., will speak about his book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care, on February 27, 2013 in 7 to 8 pm, in the College Hall Foyer at Regis College. The lecture is free and open to the public, and Dr. White will be available for book signing. A “preeminent orthopedic surgeon and medical scholar” as well as a “trail-blazing racial pioneer,” Dr. White combines his personal life story with “a fact-based analysis of America’s unfinished business in addressing unequal treatment in medical care” in his book. The book also details practical suggestions for patient and physician communication to avoid unconscious stereotyping that can affect diagnosis and treatment.
This week our students are preparing for their annual spring break community service trips to Mississippi, Peru, and Grenada. The annual Regalos Dinner will be held tonight in CH Foyer for those making the trip and for donors and friends, and Sunday Mass on February 24 at 5:45 p.m. will be a commissioning liturgy for all those who are travelling.
Our Public Heritage Institute continue pursuing the mysteries of culture and thought and did so last evening in Morrison by exploring bread and pasta making. I wish I could have been there!
Our Clinical Resource and Simulation Center (CSC) is making tracks of its own. Pat McCauley informed me that nursing students in the prelicensure program at Regis have hands on practice with Liko patient-handling equipment each semester thanks to the generosity of Jim Keating, President of Beacon Health Care Products in Hopedale. MA. Each semester, Jim brings multiple LIKO lifts to the campus and students can practice on exactly the equipment they will see in the clinical area. Jim also gives the CSC faculty in services and audio visual aids regarding the equipment. Thank you, Jim!
So, too, Pocket Nurse has once again partnered with Regis to help with the Peru and Haiti Projects. Pocket Nurse has donated stethoscopes and gloves for the Peru trip, and has donated stethoscopes, blood pressure kits , totes, and other much needed supplies to our Haitian colleagues. The team that makes this happen includes Anthony Battaglia - CEO/President; Deborah Coltrane - Director of Corporate Relations; Justin Head- Account Representative and Fabien Pampaloni - International Business Affairs Specialist. Thank you Pocket Nurse, and thank you, Pat, for coordinating.
Search Committees and I will be busy during March as we meet the chosen round of candidates for our advertised positions – Dean of SNSHP and Vice-President, Academic Affairs. I look forward to working with the committees to choose the best candidates for Regis.
Don’t forget the President’s Health Lecture Series panel scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Upper Student Union Lounge. I will be moderating and the presenters include Michael Doonan, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum; Carolyn Langer, MD, JD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer-Massachusetts Health Director-Office of Clinical Affairs, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Associates; and John McDonough, DPH, MPA, Professor, Director of the Center for Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The next President’s Notes will be out on March 7. And please be safe during the next few days of snow!