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President's Notes 2.2July 26, 2012
Again, let me thank everyone who contributed to our Annual Fund before the fiscal year ended on June 30. I am pleased to announce that we surpassed our annual fund goal.
On Sunday, July 22, faculty member Cherlie Normilus and I were pleased to be on CityLine on Channel 5 TV to talk about the Regis College Haiti Project and its recent grant from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Channel 5 now has the video link to the conversation posted.
On Monday, July 23, we announced our Apple iPad initiative. I’ve been using one all year and feel as if it is an extension of my hand as it allows me to stay connected to various endeavors at Regis, receive and send e-mails, read reports, and strategize with various team members. Freshman Seminar Faculty have already enjoyed some workshops to introduce them to the iPad, as shown in the photo supplied by the digital pedagogy faculty co-ordinator, Andrea Humphrey. Our announcement had a good bounce in the news, including WBZ radio 1030 and NECN, and you can find the press release and some of the news articles and FAQs here:
Boston Business Journal: Weston's Regis College will give an iPad to every student
The Boston Herald: Regis becomes an all-iPad college
The Boston Herald: College only has eyes for iPads
Metrowest Daily News: Local colleges exploring potential of tablet computers
Widked Local.com: Regis College in Weston goes 'all iPad'
I must thank VP Tom Pistorino and CIO Marla Botelho for making sure this summer that the Regis campus has an extensive WiFi network for on campus use. The iPad that Regis is going to provide to students will utilize WiFi technology and does not have cellular service. We can all be connected on our various devices inside and outside!
Faculty members Janis Tuxburyand Pat McCauley, and former faculty member Wendy Lement are presenting a concurrent session called “Collaboration for Simulation: Theater and Nursing Working Together” at the National League for Nursing Education Summit September 19-22, 2012 in Anaheim, CA. This year’s Summit is called “Opening Doors to Leadership.”. Their concurrent session is based on the End-of-Life Simulation produced through collaboration between the Theatre and Nursing Departments at Regis for the past 2 years.
Helen Sabolek Consiglio, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and others have set up access to 3 out of 12 “social innovation modules” for faculty to review. Another example of incorporating technology into our pedagogical strategies.
Associate Dean Graduate Affairs Claudia Pouravelis is pleased to announce that Regis has been selected to receive a Tournées Festival grant for the 2012-2013 academic year. Claudia tells me that only Regis and BU have been selected in the greater Boston area, and she anticipates that the roster of films will include
The Artist – Taking the FACE Council’s advice to begin the festival with a film that will attract an audience’s attention, we’ve chosen The Artist to kick off the festival!
17 Filles – The Gloucester pregnancy pact is an event with which Regis students and the greater Boston community are familiar, as we are located only 30 minutes from Gloucester. This film would be of great interest to our community and also connect well with our sociology and women’s studies classes.
Les Emotifs Anonymes – A film that combines the culinary traditions of France with its love of romantic comedies
Potiche – This film highlights cinema from another French speaking country (Belgium) and also focuses on developing strong, well-rounded women.
Copie Conforme – A French film festival would not be complete without featuring Juliette Binoche in a role. The multi-ethnic contributions of this film to the festival - Italian dialogue, an Iranian director – will increase its appeal to several constituencies and is an excellent film on which to end the festival.
More about the showing times later.
Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz has been accepted to the Senior Student Affairs Officer Institute in Washington, D.C. on October 7-10, 2012. NASPA (National Association Student Personnel Administrators) offers this three-day academy with a curriculum focused on “transformational campus leadership” to address the most relevant topics in the field.
Student Affairs conducted a wonderful Orientation last Friday and Saturday, and incoming students and their families were very pleased. During the next month SA will be very busy meeting and planning with students and families and preparing for pre-season athletes and full residence halls.
I must thank Vice President Paul Vaccaro who stepped in for me to speak with parents and students on July 20 when I had to go out of state to attend a family member’s funeral.
Dean Kolomitz has also recently informed the campus of some reorganization in Student Affairs:
Walt Horner has been appointed Assistant Dean of Students and will be working closely with the Office of Student Leadership and Programming and Campus Ministry. He will also attend to our co-curricular goals. Assistant Dean of Students and Chief Judicial Officer Laura Bertonazzi will continue oversight of the judicial system and the residence life operation. Paul Murphy has begun his new role as the Director of Student Leadership and Programming. Graduate student interns Molly Guthro and Alycia Murray (both recent Regis graduates) will contribute to evening programming. New VISTA Volunteer Marlene Mendez will coordinate service opportunities for students. S. Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Father Paul Kilroy continue directing Campus Ministry, spiritual outreach, and service efforts for our community.
Courtney Fisk is the new name and face in the Office of Community Life, and he will be the resident director in Maria Hall. Becky Damon, Caitlin Erwin, and James Guaragna will continue to serve in the vital position of resident director in Domitilla, College, and Angela Hall respectively. Janice Wong, an incoming graduate student, will provide supervision in St. Joseph Hall. Shawn Edie, the Director of Housing, resumes the management of the five residence halls. Dianna Jones, DNP has been named the Director of Regis Community Health Services. Cindy Bashaw, FNP and Lana Peta, FNP, continue to provide patient care for the coming year. Karen Halloran as accepted the role as Office Manager, and Jackie Ahearn has been chosen as the administrative assistant. Kathy Ralston, the Office Manager for Student Affairs will always respond to any inquiry or connect students quickly with someone who can help. Last but not least, I join Kara wishes not only in welcoming new staff members but saying best wishes to Jessica Homer as she leaves Regis after many years of honorable service. Jessica, we wish you abundant success as you enter law school – you will be missed and thought of!
It’s almost August and important to get some vacation time in if you haven’t already. We will have a very busy and productive year. Next issue of President’s Notes will come out on August 9.