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President's Notes 2.21May 2, 2013
The campus is in bloom, and the Commencement Tent is up on the great lawn! Here’s a time-lapse video of the tent being set up. It really is like setting sail for the Class of 2013 as they embark upon their new adventures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIfeKxexnVY&feature=youtu.be
Last evening our Public Heritage Institute enjoyed a celebration of Cinco de Mayo (for May 5) in Morrison House. I have also just received the news that our friend Kathryn Erat will be travelling to China in October to deliver a paper at a conference on multicultural discourses at Zhejiang University. We will see Kathryn, of course, at Commencement on May 11 when she will receive a Regis College honorary degree for her outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education on this campus, which is growing its international awareness and presence.
The new Merrily Crowley Lab (Nursing) will be dedicated this afternoon at 2 p.m. – the former Room 162 in College Hall.
The faculty had an active, final meeting of academic year 2012-13 conducting business and taking a vote on several questions, including the SAT, the management and inclusiveness of faculty promotion, tenure, and sabbatical grants committees (PTSGs), and rubrics for the latter. Thank you, all, for carrying through on helping to redesign that process to include various kinds of faculty positions, tracks, and ranks. Faculty adjourned then to a well-deserved end-of-year luncheon.
David Gilmore, MS, CNMY, RT (R) (N), Associate Dean, Undergraduate Affairs, and Director, Medical Imaging Programs, has been notified that the medical imaging programs have been give a full, seven- year, continued accreditation with no deficiencies. Congratulations, David!
Associate Professor Kathleen Kautzer, Sociology, has received an outstanding review of her book, The Underground Church: Nonviolent Resistance to the Vatican Empire (Boston: Brill, 2012) 346 pp., in the quarterly Sociology of Religion Vol 74.1, Spring, 2013, 136 ff., the publication of the Association of Sociology published by Oxford University. The reviewer, Matthew del Nevo of the Catholic Institute of Sydney, begins his review by remarking that “The title is more provocative than needs be, for this is an unprecedented land mark study of American Catholic liberal–progressive movements post-Vatican II.”
Dr. Margaret Oot-Hayes presented two papers at Eastern Nursing Research Society’s 25th Annual Scientific Sessions on April 17-19, 2013 in Boston. MA. She was a co-presenter on a paper entitled “Challenges and Strategies When Context, Culture, and Time Affect Measurement in Family Research,” in which measurement challenges and strategies used with incarcerated mothers and their families were discussed. Dr. Oot-Hayes also presented “Giving Voice to Incarcerated Mothers,” an integrative research review of her twelve years of research dedicated to the phenomenon of mothering after prison and the impact her research has had in influencing policy at the state level.
Malcolm O. Asadoorian, PhD, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences (SLAESS) is proud to announce the appointment of four new full time faculty: Michelle Cromwell, PhD, Associate Professor of Politics and Social Justice and Advisor of the Honors Program; Anthony D’Aries, MFA, Assistant Professor of English and Writing Program Director; Colleen Malachowski, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication and Department Chair (Spring 2014). Kathryn Edney, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Language and Cultural Heritage. All four arrived at Regis and worked here under a different umbrella, and it is wonderful to be able to welcome them as full-time regular faculty.
Dr. Nancy Street and faculty member Cherlie Normilus travelled to Haiti this past weekend to mark the opening of the new Partners in Health Hospital in Mirebalais. Just before embarking on the trip, the Regis College Haiti Project leaders learned that a degree-granting agreement for Haitian nursing faculty participating in the project has been secured between Regis and the University of Haiti. This is very good news.
On December 6, 2012, The Regis College Board of Trustees approved two new graduate programs for SLAESS: A Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Leadership and a Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Writing. During March 2013, the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC) approved Regis’ offering of the EdD in Higher Education Leadership.
Professor Mary Anne Vetterling, Spanish, has informed me that alumna and former Regis faculty member Joyce Haggerty, ’56, has passed away. After teaching at Regis Joyce received her PhD from U. Mass Amherst and became a Professor of Spanish at Framingham State College. She was very active in the local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, serving for many years as Chapter President. Mary Anne was inspired to join the Regis faculty because Joyce’s academic brilliance, good sense of humor, dedication to the profession, and genuine friendliness to all suggested that a College that produced people like Joyce would be a wonderful place to work at! The funeral Mass for Dr. Haggerty was celebrated this morning in Winchester, and representatives of Regis were there. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=164539888#fbLoggedOut
Both sadness and joy have marked the closure of this year’s athletics season. Josh Blumenthal (“Blu”), Head Coach Men’s Lacrosse, joined the team, the parents of Mike Kaplan ’13. campus ministers Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Father Paul Kilroy and others to retire Mike’s jersey and number 37 at the end of April. Almost in the same breath, Regis women’s LAX took the top seed and hosted Elms College in the NECC semi-finals last evening, May 1,
Men’s tennis went on to win the championship, with Michael Beluch being named “player of the year” for the second year in a row and Andy White and Jeff Parish joining him on the “ALL NECC” team, with coach John Ciarlegio being named “coach of the year” by NECC. You can read about those events here and here.
Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz hosted the Senior Class Wine & Cheese at the Weston Country Club on April 23 – traditionally Shakespeare’s birthday – and a well deserved celebration for our graduates.
Bachelor’s candidates who arrived here in Fall 2009 are moving on – with a great collection of smiles, too.
On the evening of April 24, the College held its undergraduate Student Leadership and Athletic Awards Banquet. Crimson and Gold Awards were also bestowed at this event, as below. I am very proud of these students and thank our Student Affairs division staff for the joy and acknowledgement of good work this award ceremony provides our students:
2013 Leadership and Service Award Recipients
- Unsung Hero: Jonathan Chen
- Unsung Heroines: Betsy Romelus, Sarah Sedman
- Pillars of the Community: Carlos Romer, Chandler Davies, Tai Le, Sarah Schow, Rutchelle Alexandre, Karynne Creech, Chandra Edwards, Stephany Jean, Megan Pratt
- Graduate Student Stars: Diana Lynch and Matt Sagistino
- Rising Stars: Johanna Westcott, Paige Pasley, Christina Pierre-Louis, Ursula Gaymes, Kathleen Sullivan, Mario Payne, Hovig Ghazarian, Brooklyn Beliveau, Alexandra Manavas
- Campus Ministry Excellence: Jacqueline Salas and Jeffrie Parrish
- Community Life Award: Antoinette Wilson and Stanley Onyeneho
- Student Leadership and Programming Award: Jacqueline Boie and Diante Hopkins
- Student Group of the Year: Dynasty
- Senior Student Athlete Leadership Award: Steve McGovern and Kristen Amicangioli
- Academic Achievement/Athletic Award: Caroline Roche and Michael Emmanuelson
- Student Affairs Leaderships: Chris Tran and Urmila Khemraj
- Senior Leadership and Serve: Jacqueline Williams, Elisabeth O’Donough, Stephan Bottex, Andrew Blanchette
- “Life Saver” Award: Dean Peggy Cross
- Lynn Tripp Coleman Award: Cindy Haviet
- Crimson and Gold Tassel: Alli Schmoker, Cindy Haviet, Karynne Creech, Laura Lombardi, Cristina Fernandes, Kristen Amicangioli, Amanda Donahue, Elisabeth O’Donough, Christina Johnson, Stephan Bottex, Joseph Osborne, Stephen McGovern, Andrew Blanchette, Colleen Ryan, Shing Lau, Angela Holgado, Jacqueline Williams
The Regis Community marked “Giving Day” on April 24 and decided to share contributions with the “One Fund” to help support victims of the Marathon Bombing. Over 150 faculty, staff and students contributed, and Nancy Plasker won the raffle – a set of seats behind home plate for an upcoming Red Sox game! The media noticed that Regis, Brandeis, Wellesley and other universities in the Metrowest Area observed the “shelter-in-place” request of Governor Deval Patrick on April 19. Ours was a necessary prudential decision made early that morning when the information we had was that the bombing suspect was headed west. http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/ashland/2013/04/outside_lockdown_some_colleges.html.)
I appreciated the turn-out and superb questions and observations made at our second “Town Meeting” on April 30, on the topic of our Master Plan. Interesting things are happening on campus, and it is fun for us all to see the plan evolve and its implementations begin. One of the conversations that ensued was a discussion of making the “core” of the established campus not only a “quad” but a contemplative and relational space with a labyrinth-walk designed in the stone plaza near St. Joseph’s Hall. HR Director Joan Sullivan and others had a great insight about curving the walkways in that area a bit, to reflect both with its little hills and its trees and even to echo the curve that will be in the paths across the great lawn out front. I am sure our representatives from Sasaki listened very carefully to the conversation with the Regis Community.
Nature is certainly cooperating with sunny, warm weather and all the flowering trees on campus as we approach Commencement. Some of you may have noticed that we are sprucing up the balustrade above the parterre of College Hall and giving some crisp color lines to our columns. I understand that former Regis President Sister Therese Higgins, CSJ, PhD, used to have this done regularly, and I am pleased to be able to return to the practice.
I leave you with anticipation of the ceremonies on May 11. The next issue of President’s Notes should be out on May 16.