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President's Notes 2.4August 23, 2012
Hello, all. It’s hard to believe that the end of August is upon us! We have had a productive few months with summer sessions and planning the academic year 2012-2013. Our Center for Student Services is all ready for opening days, September 3 and 4, and a special button on our website under CCI (centralized check-in) directs inquiries about that event and our iPad launch.
The Final (For Faculty) rTIP iPad summer workshops are this Thursday (Today!), August 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm AND at 2:30 pm in CH133 Computer Lab
I’m looking forward to an Ice Cream Social with all of you on August 28!
I am looking forward to joining the faculty at our scheduled Faculty Workshop on Thursday, August 30 in the USUL. We will have a special guest speaker – Dr. Patricia O’Brien, SND, Deputy Director, NEASC – addressing us on NEASC re-accreditation.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 12:30PM, Fine Arts Center
Convocation will begin with a spirited procession from College Hall to the Fine Arts Center (FAC) and conclude with a barbecue on the main lawn. With great enthusiasm I shall welcome all members of the Regis community into the new academic year and Campus Ministry will lead us with prayer. In addition, student leaders will be performing a skit called “Life on Campus” that deals with important college issues, and the Glee Club will lead us in song.
President’s Health Lectures Series
Breakthroughs In Neurology/Epilepsy And Parkinson’s
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:30–8:30pm
Upper Student Union Lounge
Moderator: Michael Bilozur, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Regis College
Update On Mental Health Treatment
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:30–8:30pm (same venue)
Update On Massachusetts And National Health Care Reform/Impact
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Faculty member Pat McCauley has been asked to be a participant in the Skyscape Webinar on “Facilitating Clinical Reasoning and Simulation in Nursing Education " on October 17. Regis is a beta testing site for Skyscape (NTrack project).
Admission Director Wanda Suriel has become a local guru advising parents and prospective students on tips about the college admission process and the usefulness of attending college fairs. On August 14, in conjunction with Gatehouse Media, Regis hosted such a fair for area colleges and universities and parents and prospective students. Many parents found the session very helpful in preparing their students to attend college.
Amy Scott has been appointed Director of The Regis College Children’s Center and The Academy of Regis College. Amy has ten years experience as a Director of children’s centers in Pasco, Washington and in Holden, Massachusetts. She is originally from Massachusetts and earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development/Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Education from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Amy will assume her Director position on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.
On August 9 we had a wonderful luncheon with alums at the Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee. I also visited with several alums and their families individually.
Building on her own positive educational experience in Catholic schools, Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis will take on the principalship of St-Mary-Bay View Academy in Rhode Island. Vittoria hopes to “continue to shine a light on the school as a beacon and example for all other Catholic, female schools.”
Regina M. Koch ’48, PhD, of Florida (formerly of Boston) died May 9, 2012 at 85 after a short illness, and the College recently hosted a memorial service for her. After graduating from Regis, Regina received her master’s degree from Boston College and her doctorate from Harvard University. She dedicated over twenty-five years of her life to the Sisters of St. Joseph as faculty at Regis, later teaching or administrating at the University of Maine and at Purdue.
My calendar this autumn is already packed! Among events I will be attending this autumn on behalf of the College are the following:
- A Symposium on Innovation and Productivity in Post-Secondary Education at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. The symposium is aimed at innovation in higher education, as it relates to transforming teaching and learning to increase quality, productivity and equity, and
- 2) The annual meeting of the National Catholic Education Association, also in Washington. Six outstanding individuals will receive the Seton Award from NCEA this year, among them Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Boston. The Seton Award is NCEA’s highest honor, given in recognition of significant contributions to Catholic education at every level through the university. The award is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), the first native-born American saint.
Later in October, as part of our effort to cultivate international students, I also expect to make a trip to the Far East to renew some strong ties to Regis alums and to encourage new connections. Our next Faculty-Staff-President’s Social is scheduled for September 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and the next edition of President’s Notes should be out on September 6, and I am looking forward to this next year of working together to make Regis known in New England and beyond for all the fine work that goes on here. See you all soon!
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN President