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President's Notes 2.5

September 7, 2012
Brian Banks
Brian Banks with his new iPad

Rachel Weiner happily receives the gift

Welcome Back, Everyone! Last week and this week have been a blur of events, and we’re all off to a splendid start of academic year 2012-13. The campus is very busy, and one of the reasons is the great work done by undergraduate Director of Admission Wanda Suriel and her team. Thank you, Wanda and staff! We are all behind you welcoming freshmen and transfer students more than 300 strong.

Alexa Nicholls & Kenai Hattori
Alexa Nicholls and Kenai Hattori are beaming over it.

Last Tuesday, August 28, graduate students got the ball rolling with their orientation and registration and delight at receiving iPads as part of Regis’s “rTIP” (Regis Technology Innovation Program). Here are photos from the distribution of iPads to designated graduate students in Nursing. Regis is distributing iPads to all full-time undergrads and selected graduate students as part of its initiative to cultivate digital pedagogy.

iPad distribution
Above, you can see the lineup

I hope you are enjoying these photographs taken by my Executive Assistant Katya Rego, who is working with me and Dr. M. J. Doherty to broaden the internal and external communications from my office.

Administrative CouncilOn the morning of August 28, members of the Administrative Council and I met with Marguerite J. Dennis, our international consultant, and heard her strategic international recruitment report. Under Vice President Paul Vaccaro, Enrollment Management and Marketing, Regis is well positioned to begin implementation of this initiative, which is part of our strategic plan. I will be participating as I visit Japanese alums and other Asian partners later this autumn. Also at the August 28 AC meeting, Dr. Susan Tammaro, Dean, Institutional Research and Assessment, discussed the significance of the alumni survey she developed and conducted this past spring/summer in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Advancement. Susan shared findings of the survey with the faculty on August 30.

That afternoon, I enjoyed an ice cream social with our Community Life Team as it wrapped up Resident Assistant training. Above left, we are shown on the grand staircase in Morrison House. We have a wonderful group of RA’s and a superb Community Life Team.

Academic DeansOur Academic Deans met with me on August 29: (L to R) Penelope Glynn, RN, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions; Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences; Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs; David Gilmore, MS, CNMT, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Affairs.

Thursday, August 30 saw the long awaited Faculty Workshop and a full agenda, beginning with a Campus Ministry update and opening prayer, lots of greetings, welcomes from me and Academic Deans Penny Glynn and Malcolm Asadoorian, and updates from Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz and Peggy Cross, Associate Dean, Academic Support and Student Success Center.

Faculty WorkshopFaculty appreciated the presentation and discussion of the NEASC self-study process by Dr. Patricia O’Brien, SND, Deputy Director, NEASC Commission on Higher Education (CIHE), shown in photo at left.

After lunch Dean Susan Tammaro, PhD, discussed an assessment analysis of academic advising – a very important component of our effort to be the student-centered institution we strive to be. At 2 p.m. Dr. Andrea Humphrey, Assistant Professor of English and Co-Ordinator of the “rTIP” program (Regis Technology Innovation Program) spoke with us about rTIP and technological literacy. After that faculty broke up into their respective standing committees. The ever-lucky Professor Joan Murray, Communication, won my first Presidential Challenge Lottery for faculty and staff participation in Institutional Advancement and will enjoy a weekend at the Old Orchard Beach Inn. Congratulations, Joan! There is still time to sign up to participate in the challenge, and the prize in the second lottery is an iPad I have personally donated to the project. Contact Christina Duggan or Tara Brady in IA to sign up.

Staff And Students

We all took a deep breath (except for Student Life) in anticipation of Sunday’s arrival of freshmen and new and returning students. Dean Kolomitz, Shawn Edie, the staff in the community life and resident program, and our housekeeping division have been hard at work making sure all the dorms are ready and were well prepared. By the way, for those readers who haven’t heard, Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz has announced the appointment of Walt Horner as the Assistant Dean of Students. In the four years Walt has been on the Regis College campus, he has served as the Director of Special Programs, Academic Advisor, and a Lecturer for First Year Seminar and Environmental Studies. Dean Horner is located in College Hall 215.

Another move you’ll note on campus is the relocation of Assistant Dean of Students and Chief Judicial Officer Laura Bertonazzi, who has moved her office to Lower Student Union 126 along with the Community Living and Student Programming and Leadership offices. We will be housing students in 5 residential facilities this year, which marks a first for our campus. Residence halls include Angela, College, Domitilla, Maria, and St. Joseph Hall. Community Life welcomes two new Resident Directors to staff, Courtney Fisk and Janice Wong.

Additionally, the Office of Student Programming and Leadership welcomes three new staff members including the Director, Paul Murphy, and two coordinators Molly Guthro and Alycia Murray. Welcome week is in full swing celebrating the “New Era” Regis and is packed with activities and co-curricular opportunities such as the Luau tonight, Thursday, September 6.

Regis Community Health Services, formerly known as Health Services, will provide to students, faculty, and staff a wider range of clinical services this year as well as offering extended hours of operation.

Campus Ministry will begin its traditional liturgy for the community on Sunday, September 9, at 5:45pm.

Students are celebrating the enhancement of our transportation schedule through the efforts of Student Government and the advocacy of key administrators. Shuttle runs to Riverside have been increased to 31 runs (48% increase from previous schedules) during the weekday and 28 runs (68% increase) on the weekend. We are sure you will find the schedule accommodating and a very simple route to take you into Boston, including a 1:10 am. weekend pickup from Riverside.

Centralized Check-InWe are housing the largest number of residents in the history of our college, and we have enrolled the greatest number of graduate students ever. RA’s and OL’s have worked throughout the summer preparing for the coming year and the fall athletes have already begun competition.

This week, our staff and students alike have been enjoying the benefits of our new Center for Student Services and the streamlining of registration it provides. The Center was truly the hub of activity on campus between Sunday and Wednesday. Thank you to our Registrar, Esther Ghazarian, for a job well done!

In welcoming the Class of 2016, the Office of Undergraduate Admission would like to recognize Tower Society, a group of student ambassadors who were instrumental with giving campus tours and assisting with all admission events throughout the academic year 2011-2012. Thirty-five % of the incoming class of 2016 engaged in a campus tour with a Tower Society member and learned more about the Regis College community and what we have to offer students! I would like to recognize the following 2011-2012 Tower Society members for all of their hard work and dedication to the Regis College community: Angela Holgado ’13 & Jacqui Williams ’13, Tower Society Co-Coordinators, Kristen Amicangioli ’13, Malayna Barnes ’14, Zach Camara ’15, Taylor Cinelli ’14, Chandler Davies ’15, Ricardo Delgado ’15, Julia Doiron ’14, Shaynice Dorcena ’14, Stasa Grozdanic ’13, Chelsea Honour ’14, Abigail Ilagan ’15, Shane Keenan ’15, Amy Kerr ’13, Allison Lawrence ’14, Zachary Lacroix ’15, Shani Mallikarachchi ’15, Stephen McGovern ’13, Maura Murphy, ’14, Katelyn Natale ’14, Jane Nguyen ’14, Osaru Osayi-Osazuwa ’13, Christina Pierre-Louis ’14, Jalanna Reddick ’15, Christina Russell ’14, Colleen Ryan ’13, Jackie Salas ’14, Sarah Schow ’14, Denisha Valentine ’15, and Johanna Westcott ’14.

Campus Tours take place Monday – Friday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, and depart from the Office of Undergraduate Admission in College Hall, Room 201. If any undergraduate students are interested in joining Tower Society, please stop by the Office of Admission, College Hall 201 to complete your application. As we move into the fall semester and admission cycle of 2012-2013, please feel free to say hello to any tours taking place on campus to showcase the warmth of our Regis College community. You will see Tour guides around campus wearing red polo shirts and black fleece jackets, while they give campus tours to prospective students and families.

Joe Grecko
Freshman Joe Grecko from Oxford, Connecticut registered on Sunday and happily received his iPad. He intends to major in Exercise Science.
Devan Wirtanen
Freshwoman Devan Wirtanen of Westminister received hers with similar enthusiasm.

On Tuesday September 4, with the beginning of classes, orientation for generic master’s Nursing students, our campus-wide Convocation at noon (preceded by our academic procession and followed by a campus barbecue), we formally opened the academic year with prayer, thought, community-building, ceremony, and celebration – an appropriate Regis beginning! And the rain did not deter us at all.

Let me especially congratulate James Guaragna and the Student Orientation student staff for their superb dramatic performance of life scenes arriving at or returning to college. Your timing, wit, and conversations really hit the mark.

Dean Penny Glynn, PhD, RN
Here is Dean Penny Glynn, PhD, RN, leading the faculty into the Fine Arts Center for Convocation to the cheers of student leaders and athletes. Directly behind her is faculty member Steve Belcher. This photo was taken by eather Ciras of Institutional Advancement

Thank you, all, for launching the semester with such joy and energy! Stay tuned for the next edition of President’s Notes, which will come out on September 20. Before that, I’ll have my regular Faculty and Staff Social on Thursday, September 13, 4:30-6 p.m. at Morrison House, and I look forward to seeing you!

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