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President's Notes 2.19April 4, 2013
Happy Easter to all of you! In early March, the Regis College Glee Club and Alumnae Chorus sang at the great La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. This cathedral has been under construction throughout the past century. Gaudí felt that only a great church could adequately represent the human spirit because religion expresses the best of what is human.
One of its hall-marks, of course, is unity, and as this issue of “President’s Notes” goes out we on the Regis College campus will have celebrated our Heritage Day on April 2, marking the legacy of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, which had to be postponed because of snow on March 19. The Sisters refer to their special grace as that of unity and reconciliation, and our Regis College “Unity” Committee made the presentation on April 2.
For more on Sagrada Familia, see http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/, the source of these photos. Each of my two sons spent a semester abroad in Spain, and I visited Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia a couple of times during their time abroad.
My sincere congratulations to Professor Anne M. Powers, Biology, whose promotion to full professor was confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Way to go, Anne!
At this time last year Sister Judith Costello, CSJ, a member of the Alumnae Chorus as well as Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Leona McCaughey-Oreszak, Professor of Education, were working with the faculty at Marian High School, a CSJ school in Framingham, on the follow-up to their NEASC Report. The focus was on creating and then implementing a curriculum plan. The end result was a new course of studies booklet that included mission, goals, and objectives for every department. Here is a photo of Sister Judith (on the right) working a table at the recent Majors Fair at Regis on March 26 and cultivating the interest of a prospective teacher.
Some of our Regis College Co-Curricular Mini-Grants have gone to supporting the arts. The program provided a grant to pay the costs for transportation and admission, for instance, so Dr. Frans Rijnbout, Associate Professor of Theater & Theater Program, could take thirty students enrolled in “Introduction to Theater” and “Modern Drama,” to a performance of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (1944). The outstanding production of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA., was praised by national theater critics and Regis College students alike, as you can see here: http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/theater/reviews/the-glass-menagerie-at-loeb-drama-center-cambridge-mass.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&ref=theater&adxnnlx=1360934969-creMB8wYs8zE6Tsnx1GJXw&. Dr. Rijnbout and the students thank all who made this Mini-Grant possible.
Congratulations are in order and overdue to Dr. Joan Murray, Professor of Communication, who was recently honored as the Person of the Year 2012 Achievement Award recipient by the Boylston Schul-Verein, a German Cultural and Social Organization, which sponsors language programs in the Boston area. Dr. Murray was recognized for her extensive years of service as both the Director of the German Saturday School for Children and Director of the Evening School for Adults. For twelve years, she also served as the language testing chair for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German and had coordinated the process by which study grants were given to high school students who excelled in the national German examination.
Associate Professors Joanne Dalton and Margherite Matteis of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions will present their research on "Support and Diabetes Self Care Activities in Older Adults: A Family Affair" at the 11th International Family Nursing Association Conference (IFNA) in June in Minneapolis, MN. This is a wonderful event and brings together nurses in education, research, and practice who focus on working with families.
Faculty members Nancy White Street, Cherlie Normilus, Cynthia Bashaw, Kelley LaPierre, Janis Tuxbury, and Pat McCauley will all be going to the National Nursing Honor Society convention in Indianapolis November 16-20, 2013, to present an entire symposium on "The International Nurse Faculty Partnership Initiative: The Regis College Haiti Project." NNHS says that the submissions this year were exceptional, and presentations chosen “are an excellent reflection of current nursing research and timely issues.” The NNHS convention is a prestigious event that provides a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with nursing scholars from around the world involved in the advancement of nursing science.
Associate Professor Julia Lisella has shared some photographs from the poetry reading at Gallery 55 in Natick on March 21 at which she and alum poets Jenn Le Blanc ‘10 and Nick Lee ‘12 were the featured readers. The poetry series run by Molly Saccardo is called "Third Thursdays." Ros Zimmermann took the photos. Says Julia: “Jenn, Nick and I were the featured readers and then the reading opened up …. Really lively night! Molly's theme for her featured readers this year has been professors who are poets. She was interested that we send students to the Intercollegiate Poetry Festival and invited us to bring our students to more readings.”
Professor Ernie Collamati, Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department, was asked to comment on Fox News about Pope Francis and the ritual of washing feet on Holy Thursday. Ernie spoke of the law of love as distinct from the rubrics, and you can see the clip here: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/21835456/2013/03/30/popes-foot-wash-a-final-straw-for-traditionalists
Congrats are due as well for the Regis College Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced in March that the Regis College Women’s Swimming and Diving Team has achieved Scholar All American status for the Fall, 2012 semester. That status depends on the team having received a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Based on our team’s cumulative GPA, CSCAA has named it Team Scholar All American Honors. Congratulations to the team and its coaches!
And faculty, staff, and current students together deserve a warm hand for several spring events:
- A terrific Jobs Fair held on March 20, which you can read about here: Regis Job Fair a Great Success
- A wonderful Admitted Students and Merit Scholars reception on Saturday, March 22: Over two hundred prospective students attended with their parents or other family members and welcomed the opportunity to meet us, to talk with faculty about different programs and majors, and to meet current Regis students. Thank you to Vice-President Paul Vaccaro, Admission Director Wanda Suriel, and the whole admission team for running a great event.
A very successful Majors Fair & Careers Fair held on March 26, as you can see from the following collage of faces:
- I am also very pleased that Regis has once more been chosen to be a VISTA host site for Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service Massachusetts State Office. Regis will be awarded 1 standard AmeriCorps*VISTA member for the time period of August 3, 2013 – August 2, 2014. Your MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA member’s first day on campus will be Monday, August 5, 2013.
On Wednesday evening March 27, we had a wonderful session of the President’s Lecture Series on Health, which I moderated. Here I am right in the middle (from the left) with John McDonough, DPH, MPA, Professor, Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership, Harvard School of Public Health; 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; and Gene Lindsey, MD, President and CEO of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Associates, who has developed “accountable care organizations.” Here is a link to our press release: Health experts weigh effect of Massachusetts and national health reform at Regis College. The next President’s Health Lecture Panel will occur on April 24 on the topic of Allergies/Celiac Disease.
On March 26, I joined undergraduates for another “Pizza with the President” meet and greet. Noontime on April 6 will find me at one of my regular “Graduate Student Luncheons” in College Hall Foyer. If you are a graduate student and wish to come to the luncheon on Saturday, just contact Claudia Pouravelis or Ann Rosas. You are welcome.
On April 2 the College marked Heritage Day, which had been postponed because of snow on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. The morning celebration included a presentation by the Unity Committee, pictured here, as well as the Glee Club Chamber Singers, the Dance Company, and Dynasty and singer Jessica Vazquez. The Unity Committee is composed of Regis Trustees, faculty, students, and staff, and in the troubled world in which we live, I was especially struck by its vision statement displayed on the banner in the photo: “We believe in love and service to the ‘Dear Neighbor without Distinction.’ We strive to instill a sense of belonging and peaceful resolution of conflict among all members of the Regis Community.” That, my friends, is how the world begins to love and why Regis graduates can lead and serve.
On the evening of Wednesday, April 10, I’ll be holding a special “dessert” reception in Morrison House for our scholarship donors. The reception will feature student presentations.
The month of April will also include a special dinner reception in New York with alums, trustees, and new friends of Regis. And on April 23 I expect to enjoy a “Faculty-Staff Wine and Cheese” with you in the late afternoon in Morrison House.
But, before that, Please, faculty, mark your calendars to attend a special open forum on the SAT on Tuesday afternoon, April 9, between 12:30 and 2 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge. Also our next “Town Meeting” will be held in the USUL on the afternoon of April 30 – after the faculty meeting and faculty luncheon – to discuss the Master Plan. Both faculty and staff are urged to attend this.
Meanwhile, I recently learned that the film, “Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now,” is ready to be circulated (www.NursestheMovie.com). I am proud to have been interviewed in the making of the film, the trailer of which can be seen on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4G3DXY_VKI&feature=plcp.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on April 18. By then we will be marching toward semester’s end and commencement.