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President's Notes 2.18March 21, 2013
Signs Of Spring
Spring is here even if our extra “snow day” on Tuesday last would make one think otherwise! Because of the cancellation of classes and events, the College postponed Heritage Day to April 2. Please mark your calendars with the change. Because of the big storm “Nemo” early in February we also cancelled the Choral Festival. Our Glee Club will give its spring concert on April 6.
On a sunny March 20, however, our Public Heritage Institute was able to go ahead with its spring event, a “Rites of Spring Salon” at 6 p.m. at Morrison House, featuring a talk by faculty member Kathryn Edney on the French ballet and orchestral concert by the Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, and a discussion of the same along with an Easter egg hunt….
…and our Regis Regalos members 2013 are safely returned from their community service trip to Villa El Salvador Peru. Above is a group photo of them with our Peruvian friends:
Also, Athletic Administrator Laura Malloy informs me that the College is starting a Yoga Class that faculty, staff, and students may attend for free. The class will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Simeone Fitness Center on the following dates: March 18, 20, 25, 27; April 1, 3, 8, 22, and 24. One merely has to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walk/Run Club organized by Associate Professor Cathy Fuller and Track and Field Coach Dan Flynn has been operational through the winter months but has geared up for spring. Kathy or Dan will meet people on the Regis College track Wednesdays at 12:00 and Thursdays at 12:30. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your fitness level. Also, Weight Watchers is coming to Regis. Onsite meetings are being organized by Maureen Collins, Undergraduate Students Records Coordinator.
Starting this week, the two new Digital Signs i.e. television displays (one outside of Admission and the other in Athletics) will display information about college events and general notices. The displays will be managed by Paul Murphy and James Guaragna in the Student Affairs office with Dan Lyons as the Technical Lead. Please contact Paul and/or James if you have something to display.
Sister Jeanne D’arc O’hare, CSJ, PhD
On March 18, 2013, Regis faculty, staff, and administrators gathered with Sisters of St. Joseph and family members of Sister Jeanne d’Arc O’Hare, CSJ, PhD, president emerita (1964-74) at Holy Spirit Chapel at Bethany in Framingham for her remembrance and funeral. I hear that Sister Cecelia Agnes, CSJ, PhD, long time colleague and friend and eminent biology professor, gave a wonderful, warm memorial speech. I was sorry not to be there with Sister Jeanne d’Arc’s sisters and nieces and nephews, including our Regis honorary degree recipient, Amy Lind Corbett,’70, and thank all of you who were, especially Vice President Tom Pistorino and Dr. M. J. Doherty, along with Trustees Sister Rosemary Brennan, CSJ, Chris McCann, Sister Lee Hogan, CSJ, PhD, Sister Maureen Doherty, CSJ, and Ellen Kearns, Professors Ed Mulholland, Joan Murray, Sister Barbara Loud, CSJ, Cristina Squeff, and many faculty members from Regis. I knew Sister Jeanne d’Arc as a campus presence when she was still managing the continuing education program and was helpful to Amy Anderson and me as we developed a multiple access nursing program for nurses returning to school to further their education. She gave the College distinction in her service and fidelity and therefore brought distinction to our faculty.
The Trip To Florida
Florida and the annual Regis Alumni St. Patrick’s Day parade was a lot of fun. I also had the opportunity to meet with our former Trustee and dear friend, Chub Simeone (photo on right). Many of you enjoy the Simeone Fitness Center here on campus thanks to Chub and his late beloved wife, Mary Carr Simeone, Class of 1945. I am now in Puerto Rico, having just been in Florida. By the way, Sister Zita Fleming, CSJ, former Regis Dean of Students, was to have joined me on the trip to visit with alumnae and prospective students in PR, but had to cancel at the last minute because of health. She is fine, but could not make the trip.
Associate Professor Julia Lisella and artist Adele Travisano opened their collaborative poetry-painting exhibition, “Rash Vows,” on St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare at the Carney Gallery on March 15. Given the name Cardinal Bergoglio has chosen as Pope – Francis, just that, no numerals – it seems we have some prescient souls among us. The exhibition will continue until May 13. The Carney Gallery, Regis College, Weston, is regularly open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Telephone: 781-768-7034.
Let me thank Professor Ernie Collamati, Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department, for his superb commentary on the papal resignation in February and the papal election this March. Professor Collamati has appeared regularly on FOX TV in recent weeks, twice on Emily Rooney’s “Greater Boston” on WGBH-TV, Channel 2, and was interviewed today by Metrowest Daily News. Ernie has certainly carried out my wish to get Regis out from under the bushel basket and make known the wonderful things that happen on this campus. This is the kind of discourse students hear in our classrooms, and I am very proud.
Faculty in the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions have announced the twenty-Seventh Annual Distinguished College Lecture for Pi Epsilon-at-Large Chapter and Sigma Theta Tau International. On Monday, April 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m., in CH Foyer, with a reception to follow, Terri Jabaley, PhD, RN, will speak on “The Experience of Cancer Risk Management Decision Making for BRCA+ Women (Previvors).” Regis faculty members Carol Martin (photo at left) and Pat Ciarlegio are officers in Pi Epsilon-at-Large.
Faculty member April Fletcher, Social Work (photo on right), has had an article entitled “Promoting Resilience in Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused: A Relational Approach” published through the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. You may read it at the
On March 20 we announced an expansion of the iPad technology initiative to graduate students, “ iPads for Grads.” Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, all part-time and full-time matriculated (provisionally or fully accepted into a graduate program) graduate students will receive an Apple iPad. The iPads will be available starting at the August 27, 2013 Graduate Student Orientation. Graduate students will own their iPads and keep them after they've completed their degree. Regis is moving its graduate-level education learning forward with the use of this mobile technology. The Regis College campus is now fully Wi-Fi enabled so students can use their iPads anywhere. Regis College faculty are beginning to incorporate the iPad into curriculum. Textbook publishers are publishing some books in digital format.
On Monday, March 25, 2013, graduate students are invited to two free events at Regis College. 1) Coffee with me, 4:30 to 6:30 pm in College Hall Foyer Blue Room (If you haven’t me yet, please stop by), and 2) Leadership Workshop at 7 pm in College Hall 347. The topic is Public Speaking & Oral Communication. The speaker is Walter Horner, Assistant Dean of Students. this is part of the wonderful leadership open to both graduate and undergraduate students being conducted by Paul Murphy, Director of Student Programming and Leadership. Please RSVP to Paul if you are planning on attending (email@example.com)
The Regis College Jobs Fair was held last evening, March 20, from 5 to 7:00 pm in the College Hall Foyer, with VISTA PRINT offering our students free publication of business cards through our Office of Internships and Career Development. I heard that the event was a spectacular success, with employers finding the quality of our upcoming graduates “stunning.” Participating employers came here to recruit Regis students to a variety of positions and told us that every organization needs managers, communication gurus and sales and marketing specialists. My thanks to Susan Clancy Kennedy for organizing this event and guiding over fifty students through it. One of the prospective employers had not realized that we offered a BSW degree, for example, and was thrilled at the multi-lingual capacity of our students.
On the same theme, our friends at Maguire Associates recently conducted an informative survey of over 700 executives, managers and Human Resources professionals at private, public and not-for-profit employers that hire college graduates. The results were unveiled earlier this month by Maguire’s partners, The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace broadcast hosted by Kai Ryssdal, and you can see them here: http://chronicle.com/article/A-College-Degree-Sorts-Job/137625/#id=overview. Maguire has also discussed the results in its own online bulletin, “Insights for a Changing Economy” (Volume 4, Bulletin 1) with three important caveats, noting the support, basically, for a college education that has a liberal arts foundation, i.e., one that communicates those basis skills of mind and heart:
· First, we share the view that the college experience is about developing and inspiring a thoughtful, engaged citizenry and not solely about employment outcomes. And yet, employment results clearly matter.
· Second, while employers believe colleges and universities need improvement in some areas, a solid majority (69%) of them say that institutions are doing good-to-excellent work producing successful employees.
· Finally, we acknowledge the longstanding tug-of-war between institutions and employers over where responsibility for employment preparation begins and ends. We believe great benefit can accrue to institutions that set this “education vs. training” argument aside and, instead, use meaningful employer feedback to build credible employment brands.
To read the complete article, please click on http://www.maguireassoc.com/resource-items/employer-survey-results/
Meanwhile, Inside Higher Ed has also conducted a survey of parents regarding the cost of college, which you can find here, and this survey is a bit more skeptical regarding liberal arts education traditionally and narrowly conceived. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/survey/jobs-value-and-affirmative-action-survey-parents-about-college
As this issue of President’s Notes comes out, faculty and staff will be participating in our second “Town Meeting,” 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., in College Hall Foyer to discuss our NEASC Self-Study Draft. I wish to thank Dr. Susan Tammaro, Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, and all of the faculty and staff who worked in different Standard Committees with Susan to get the self-study rolling. The meeting today is another landmark in the process of communicating with one another in the Regis community and keeping on schedule to produce a superb self-study full of descriptions, appraisals, and projections! Wish I could be there to hear your thoughts.
On Wednesday evening, March 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge, the College will hold its annual health reform update – a very important one because of the way the Affordable Care Act is already affecting the health care system. I shall moderate this President’s Health Lecture Series presentation and am proud of the panelists we have assembled:
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, a key player in health reform.
Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Associates, who developed “accountable care organizations,” and
John McDonough, DPH, MPA, Professor, Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, Harvard School of Public Health, for decades a fighter for affordable health care for all.
This Saturday, March 23 marks the third anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act. While not fully implemented, ACA is already affecting the health care system, reducing hospital readmissions, increasing access and enhancing preventive care. Massachusetts led the way with state law that, since 2006, has increased access so that today more than 98 percent of people are covered. Trips to the emergency room have declined by as much as much as eight percent. Now the challenge is to control burgeoning costs. How are we doing that, and are there lessons for the nation in the Massachusetts experience? For more information about the President’s Health Lecture Series, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Paul Vaccaro told me a few weeks ago that his daughter's and his Fifth Grade Girls Travel Basketball team (Paul is the coach) won the South Central Mass title and qualified for this weekend's State Tournament. On March 17 he was pleased to report that that same team returned back to Marlboro as the Division 2 Massachusetts State Champions! Congratulations, coach!
As the Town of Weston celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, our archivist, Sister Mary Rita Grady, CSJ, has put together an exhibition called “Tangents in Time” tracking Regis-Weston historical intersections. Located on the second floor of the College Library, the exhibition is running from March 15, 2013, to July 31, 2013.
I am pleased to announce, as well, that Marie B. McCarthy, Vice-President of Education at Lawrence Memorial and the coordinator of our Regis-LMH program, has been named a 2013 New England Nurse.com Nursing Excellence regional finalist in the “Advancing and Leading the Profession” category, one of six categories. The others are Clinical Care, Inpatient; Education and Mentorship; Home, Community and Ambulatory Care; Patient and Staff Management; and Volunteerism and Service. Sincere congratulations on this wonderful honor! As a regional finalist Marie is among 30 nurses (5 in each category) from the New England region who will be honored at the Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Awards on Monday evening, May 13, 2013 at the Boston Marriott in Newton, MA. At the event, one nurse in each category will be named a regional winner, and those six will move on to the national program representing this region. The six national winners will be announced in the fall. We’re rooting for you, Marie!
On March 25 and April 1 the two finalists recommended by the Search Committee for the position of Academic Dean, School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, will be on campus for their final set of interviews. They are Interim Academic Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD, MS, BSN (March 25) and Joan Culley, PhD, MPH, BSN (April 1). The schedule for meeting these candidates has gone out to SNSHP Associate Deans, Faculty Chairs and Co-Chairs, and Program Directors. The campus schedule is as follows:
Finalist Dr. Penny Glynn: Monday, March 25, 2013 3-3:30pm OPEN FORUM for Staff and Faculty (SNSHP); 3:30- 4pm OPEN FORUM for Students (SNSHP)
Finalist Dr. Joan Culley : Monday, April 1, 2013 3-3:30pm OPEN FORUM for Staff and Faculty (SNSHP); 3:30- 4pm OPEN FORUM for Students (SNSHP)
As you know we announced our Commencement (May 11, 2013) speaker on March 7, as reported http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/03/cardinal_o_malley_to_speak_at_regis_college_commencement and in Colin Young’s article in The Boston Globe, “Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley slated to offer commencement address at Regis College.” You may find the full press release on our website at this link:
http://www.regiscollege.edu/about_regis/news.cfm?nid=Cardinal%20O%E2%80%99Malley%20to%20give%20Regis%20College%20address%20on%20May%2011 I was also interviewed that evening by the Globe’s religion writer, Lisa Wangsness, for her article, “Pondering a Pope and the Gender Divide,” published in the Sunday edition of the Globe on March 10, 2013.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on April 4. By then we will have moved through Holy Week, begun Easter break, and celebrated Easter (March 31) – the festival of peace, life, joy, and remarkable love. Another photo from our returning Peru travelers expresses those hopes and joys and bonds of international friendship – my wish for all of you and your families and friends this Easter (A nice shot of Chaplain LeSette Wright and student Elizabeth O’Donoghue with our Peruvian neighbors, too).