News and Announcements

President's Notes 2.24

June 13, 2013

Regis & Technology

As Regis implements and cultivates all kinds of technological connections and devices, I’m happy to report that the story of our wi-fi expansion has made major technological news. You can see the press release about our collaboration with Aruba here: Regis College Enables Classroom Without Walls Using Aruba Networks... After evaluating a number of wireless solutions, Regis chose Aruba and began deploying its new wireless network in May 2012, completing the implementation...

What’s particularly interesting about this is that through Business Wire, this release from Aruba was picked up by numerous technological journals, twitter feeds, and Facebook, including Apple Magazine. Our wi-fi access, of course, empowered our all-iPad initiative. Here’s the Apple Magazine article link.

Marla Botelho, our chief IT officer, and her colleague Mike Stella presented at a NERCOMP workshop on our wireless implementation to support our iPad initiative on May 20. The NERCOMP workshop was on the “Challenges and Solutions in Supporting Mobile Devices on Campus” (the full title is BYO-WHAT: The Challenges and Solutions in Supporting Mobile Devices on Campus), and here’s a link to the workshop. This means that our staff were selected to present at two NERCOMP events this year, since Marla and Andrea Humphrey, PhD, presented at the annual meeting in March as well. In addition, because of our iPad initiative, other regional colleges and universities are consulting our IT professionals on “how to do it.”

Here, too, is an interesting recent article in The Boston Globe on the impact of technological innovations on education and research. This, too, is a direction we want Regis to go in. Historians say that Americans are technological-minded and place a lot of confidence in technology itself. Yes, but here at Regis we’re also interested in the essence of it all, which is teaching and learning, so we pursue an exploration of digital pedagogy as well and relate both that and technology to the substantive expansion and cultivation of the mind undertaken in all liberal arts education.

Recently I met with Dr Arnant Agarwal, President of EdX (the Harvard/ MIT MOOC connection) about partnering with Regis. We are both very interested in pursuing the idea.

Director of Communications Peter Kent held a Communications Committee Meeting yesterday in the new MAC lab, College Hall Room 8, our “highest-tech ” high-tech classroom,with Chad Bergeron joining the group to provide an overview of the facility and how it is/can be used by faculty. The group of communicators across campus also screened our new iPad video, which is already on youtube and is a terrific video. Here is the link.

Heather Pena of the Regis College Library has announced its participation in RefWorks eBook. This is an online bibliographic management system that collects, stores, and organizes references from books, journal articles, web sites and other resources. The RefWorks eBook demonstrates how to export references from electronic databases, manage in-text citation, create bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago,etc., and easily gather, manage, store and share your research. The publication of the RefWorks eBook is not only innovative on the technology front but shows our innovation as one of the first academic libraries to experiment with information literacy using the iPad as a platform. This is truly a ground breaking achievement for the College. By the Fall 2013, the library plans to continue to publish more eBooks and build a “Regis College Library iBooks Store” for the community to freely access using their iPads. For now, the RefWorks eBook is available for download through Apple's iBooks store. You can also download RefWorks from the Regis College Library homepage. Additionally, by September our library will have access to over 200, 000 e-books. We’re working with EBSKO as a host, to be accessed through the Regis library database. This means all this material will be available to the iPad in our digital pedagogy initiative, too.

We are also making some changes in RegisNet, out internal system, to accommodate out institutional advancement outreach in a technological frame. IA has created a new process to help ensure transparency of communication within and between departments. RegisNet now has under the employees tab what we hope are a series of user-friendly instructions and forms for developing, submitting and managing grant proposals with Regis as the lead agency, partnering agency, or sponsoring agency. If you have any questions relative to this new process, please feel free to be in touch with Shawna Erickson, our “new” grants officer who arrived on campus in November, directly at Shawna.erickson@regiscollege.edu, x7004, or stop by Alumnae Hall, room 206.

That said, weather has been wild all over the country in the past month, and we had a taste of it on June 6 when an inexplicable power outage forced us to shut down for the afternoon of June 6. The outage showed the dark side of all kinds of contemporary infrastructures and our dependence on technology, which is something we should all talk about and plan for. This morning, too, as our IT Department worked at encrypting our files, a number of our computers lost their Internet connections temporarily. What I can say? The joys and the limitations of technology – but we must move forward with it all in our increasingly tech-savvy world. Fortunately, our staff is tech savvy and people were able to punt using flash drives and workable Internet access to keep the work flowing this morning, and we were back on line by late morning.

Faculty

Congratulations are in order for Michael Long, PhD, Instructor in our Regulatory and Clinical Research Management Program whose book has been accepted for publication. The book, entitled “Risk Management Applications in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing,” which Mike co-edited with Hamid Mollah and Harold Baseman, includes two articles by Mike and is already out and for sale by Wiley-Blackwell scientific, medical, technical and scholarly publishing. You can learn more here.

Associate Professor of Nursing, Joanne Dalton, PhD, is co-author with two others of an article that has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Nursing. The article is called “Implementing a Nightingale Principle: Quiet at Night, a Quality Improvement Project,” which a reader for the journal has described as identifying a critical problem and explaining resolution by problem solving, team work, and critical analysis. Only about 20% of submitted articles are accepted for publication by the American Journal of Nursing, so this is good news. Congratulations to Joanne!

Professor Lucia Ortiz has announced that the XVIII Conference of the Association of Colombianists will take place at Regis next month, July 10-13. The planning and organization of this year's conference will be led by the Association's president, Dr. María M. Jaramillo of Fitchburg State University and Professor Ortiz. The topic of this year's conference is "Women in Colombia,” with more than 120 paper proposals from scholars and graduate students from the United States, Colombia and other countries around the world accepted for presentation. So far, about 90 participants are planning on being here, and there might be more. Topics of panels, papers and workshops range from "Women in literature, religion, film and the arts" to "Women in Colombian history," "Women as cultural agents for social and economic change," and "The role of women in the armed conflict" to "Conditions of women of African and Indigenous decent." There will also be a book exhibit, presentations of films and an art performance. Lucia is interested in having some Regis colleagues moderate some sessions. Please contact her directly if you are interested.

Professor Mary-Anne Vetterling recently returned from the 10th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She participated in a pre-conference seminar with her position paper “An Ecocritical Reading of the Libro de buen amor as a Precursor to Ecological Problems of the Twenty-First Century Caused by the Conquistador Mentality.” She attended many sessions at the conference and also took part in an excursion led by Dr. Daniel Wildcat to nearby Haskell Indian Nations University. She was most impressed there by the Medicine Wheel located near the wetlands on the edge of their campus. Mary Anne writes that, fortunately, although she was there in “tornado alley” and a number of tornadoes did touch down all around that area, there were none in Lawrence. Mary Anne, we think you lead a charmed life!

The Haiti Project

Haitian Nuring Leadership ZUMBAThis month we are proud to have both our first and second cohort of Haitian nursing faculty on campus. They are keeping nursing faculty Nancy Street, Cherlie Normilus, Kelley LaPierre and Susan Sawyer and others very busy and are studying hard. Associate Dean Claudia Pouravelis, Ed.D., is making sure they stay in shape while studying, and they are participating in a celebration of the Eucharist to ground their activities and prayer. Last week chaplain Father Paul Kilroy celebrated Mass for them and they sang – as always, spontaneous, strong, and loving, and last evening our good friend Father Corbett Walsh, S.J., did the same. Thank you to all our Regis faculty and staff who are giving so much of themselves to help our Haitian colleagues advance in nursing education and bring that learning and practice home to Haiti. We can all be proud that Regis is making a real contribution to build up the human infrastructure of that country. This summer semester will conclude on June 26 and, of course, we will run other semesters next fall and spring before “the ladies” return to us next June.

Graduate Students…

Speaking of Dr. Pouravelis, she has announced the Fall 2013 New Graduate Student Orientation for Tuesday, Tuesday, August 27, which will be ongoing between 12 noon and 6 p.m., with detailed information available here. Grad students may stop by the Center for Student Services in College Hall to learn more about services available to Graduate Students. You’ll notice that we’ve integrated IT sessions with the program sessions.

11:00

Nuclear Medicine Student Session (College Hall, Room 239)

11:30

Applied Behavior Analysis Session (Room, TBD)

1:00

IT Session #1*

2:00

Accelerated BS/MS and Part Time BS Nursing Session (Room, TBD)

3:00

IT Session #2*

4:00

Nursing Session (for current nurses) (Room, TBD)

5:00

IT Session #3*

5:00

Regulatory & Clinical Research Management Session+ (Room, TBD)

5:00

Health Administration Session+ (Room, TBD)


And This

During the first week of June, Associate Dean David Gilmore, faculty member Lauren Shanbrun, and four post-baccalaureate students – Julia Scotton, Meagan Harrington, Meaghan Sullivan, and Joe Tocci – travelled to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). The project was helped from the start by Regis’s mini-co-curricular grants (for which the group expresses great gratitude), and our four students were able to travel because of SNMMI travel awards, which is already significant because only thirty or so are granted, and we received four. And then they came home with awards as well, as below!

  • Julia Scotton proposed and presented on “Benefits of planar and SPECT/CT imaging in lymphscintigraphy for melanoma” and won the Outstanding Oncology Oral Presentation Award
  • Meagan Harrington proposed and presented on “Myocardial perfusion imaging with low energy high resolution collimators in comparison to SMARTZOOM collimators” and won the Outstanding Instrumentation Oral Presentation Award & Overall 2nd Prize in student oral abstracts
  • Faculty member Lauren Shanbrun presented “Improving student engagement and success by using iPad initiated audience response systems in the classroom” won overall 3rd place Oral Presentation Award in the Technologists category.


Regis College was the only college or university from New England attending the annual meeting. Note that the other major award winners were from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Professions and Northwestern University in Chicago.

As well, Elle Russell, the outreach manager for MastersDegreeOnline.org, contacted my office this week to let us know about the site and to let us know that Regis College has been featured on our site as one of the top 50 health administration graduate programs in the country for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. You can find the listing here. Masters Degree Online is a website dedicated to providing higher education information in an easy to use medium; it is a one stop shop for anybody looking for extensive information regarding Masters programs of any kind. The site was created to promote discussion about higher education as a whole as well as to provide information to those looking for a way to begin their graduate program. The goal of this list is to help prospective and current students gain information about the many options they have for a top of the line education. This hand picked list provides succinct but valuable information in an easy to use way, allowing those who searching through the list to view the strengths of each individual program.

Interesting to note is that of the top fifty programs selected from all over the country, Regis holds the number fifteen (15) slot – ahead of the University of Missouri, the University of Michigan, the University of South Carolina, Penn State, Hofstra, and Ohio.

… And An Award-Winnint Just-Graduated Student

Regis College senior Kara Donovan (Woburn, Mass.) has been named the New England Collegiate Conference Senior Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Donovan, a three year member of both the Pride women’s soccer and softball teams, graduated this past May with a degree in Nursing. Donovan becomes the first Regis athlete to win the award, and it comes in only the Pride’s second season as a part of the New England Collegiate Conference. Also giving her high praise was women’s soccer coach Liz Conant. Off the field, Donovan was named the 2011 Regis College Junior Athlete of the Year, and in her senior year, was named the Pride’s Female Senior Scholar Athlete. Earlier, she received the prestigious Female Regis-Casserly Award, the highest honor an athlete can attain at the College. Active in team service projects,

Donovan was inducted into the Regis College Nursing Honor Society and posted a 3.683 GPA in the nursing program. Congratulations, Kara, your coaches, your nursing faculty, and our athletic director, Rob Reilly!

President’s Office

Dean Susan Tammaro has sent off our NEASC Self-Study Draft and already received a good first report back. Congratulations to Susan and to everyone who helped provide input, insight, and excitement in the preparation of this “one voice” self-study. Stay tuned as we prepare for our site visit in the fall.

This past week I participated in a Presidents’ Panel sponsored by the American Council on Education (ACE) and featuring the Massachusetts Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education. I was asked to chronicle growth at Regis and how it shaped me to be a leader.

This evening I shall attend an Alumnae Board Transition Dinner here for our alums and new and old officers, and tomorrow evening a special reception for Father Mark Cregan, CSC, President of Stonehill College, who is stepping down after a decade of service in that role.

Our Board of Trustees will be here on the evening of Wednesday, June 19, 2013, for a social gathering followed by an all-day retreat on Thursday, June 20.

With this edition of President’s Notes, a twice-monthly, we have completed our yearly cycle for 2012-2013. President’s Notes will take a brief summer hiatus and resume in mid-August with 2013-2014 cycle. Any big news in the meantime I’ll send out by special notice. I hope you are all enjoying some summer leisure and renewal, with projects progressing.

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