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President's Notes 2.7

October 4, 2012

President's Notes

Love Is Stronger Than Death

With the passing of Darner Alteon ’14 (car accident) and Michael Kaplan ’13 (motorcycle accident) and the injury of Peter Leighton ’15 (motorcycle accident) between September 20 and September 27, our campus has been on a remarkable journey of grief and love during late September and early October. I am very proud of the faculty and staff outreach to our students and their families; students’ outreach to each other and student attendance at campus memorials, wakes and funerals; the outpouring of prayers and the compassion with which we have all embraced Darner’s and Michael’s families. I am especially pleased that Peter was able to attend Michael’s funeral yesterday and rejoin his lacrosse teammates who served as a special honor guard and pallbearers and that Peter will soon be back among us.

Normally, this is the week we celebrate our Founders’ Day and the Cap and Gown Investiture of our senior class. But this year we postponed those events marking the heritage and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the intellectual achievement of the class of 2013. Instead, life events called the whole campus to live those values and practice the maturation that comes not only with reception of the cap and gown but with the realization that life is infinitely valuable and can sometimes be tragically short. This week we have all experienced together what we seek to learn and to teach on our student-centered campus so that our graduates will be informed and articulate citizens among those seeking to have a good influence on society. Regis College is, indeed, a loving, inclusive, and warm community, and the personalism of our community models the kind of communities we want our students to help create in the wider world when they have graduated. I especially wish to thank campus ministers Father Paul Kilroy, Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, and Pastor Lesette Wright for their steadfast presence and accompaniment of our students on this life journey. Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz and all her staff in Student Affairs have my deepest gratitude and respect.

We are, however, not yet finished with this journey. Michael’s wake was held on October 2 and his funeral Mass at St. Francis of Assisi in Weymouth yesterday morning. Darner’s wake will be held on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Tabernacle Baptist Congregation church located at 575 American Legion Highway in Roslindale, MA. The funeral service to honor Darner’s life will then begin at 10:00 a.m. in the same church. Transportation to the wake and funeral will be offered for the Regis community beginning at 8:00 a.m. in lot A. Please email your name to reserve a seat dos@regiscollege.edu.

Next week, the Regis College Latin American Student Organization (LASO) is holding its annual Latino Celebration on October 11 – Dinner USU 7-9 p.m. and Live Music 9 p.m. to midnight LSU in honor of Darner and Michael through music, poetry and stories. If you wish to participate, please contact Arielle Black or Vanessa Noessi.

Students

This week Campus Ministry has offered three information sessions and begun the application process for students wishing to go on the College’s annual trip to Peru during spring break (March, 2013). If you missed the information session on Wed., October 3 at 6:30-7:30 pm, you may be able to make one of the sessions being held today: Thurs., October 4 12:45-1:45pm AND Thurs., October 4 at 4:30-5:30pm, both in the Campus Ministry Office.

Susan C. Kennedy, our new Director of Internships and Career Development , has invited student to join her this evening (Oct. 4) for a “Meet & Greet” in the Kearns Conference Room and informal discussion of what lies ahead. Having arrived on campus only a week ago, Susan has already held several resume workshops and met with a number of students regarding internships and job searches and prospects.

Ann Rosas, MHA, Coordinator of Graduate Student Services & Engagement, tells me that Regis will be running again this year at the Tufts 10K on Monday, October 8, 2012 (Columbus Day Holiday). Please contact Ann if you can volunteer to serve at the Regis College information table, if you are running in the race, or if you want to cheer on the team: ann.rosas@regiscollege.edu or 781.768.7289.

Also, the Regis College Bistro, a Food and Beverage Kiosk for grad students and faculty next to the College Hall Foyer (2nd floor of College Hall), will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30am to 1pm, beginning Saturday, October 13, as well as early evenings during the week. However, the Bistro will not be open on October 20 or December 1, because I am urging Graduate Students to join me instead at the President’s Graduate Luncheon.

Post-Graduate Cert in Nuclear MedicineOn September 26, Regis College celebrated four graduate students who received a Post- Baccalaureate Certificate in Nuclear Medicine. In the photo (from left to right): Daniel Tempesta, Chun “Kenni” Lai, Laurel Campbell, and Julie Cervone.

Faculty

Associate Professor Margaret Oot-Hayes, PhD, RN, will present a lecture entitled “Giving Voice to Incarcerated Mothers” at the Frances Borger Klempner Faculty Scholar Showcase on October 15, 2012, in CH 202, 6- 7:30 p.m., preceded by a reception. Kindly RSVP to 781-768-7090 if you plan to attend. CEU’s have been applied for.

Professor Oot-Hayes has recently accepted an appointment to be the Vice-Chair for the Citizen's Advisory Board at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women. She has served on this Governor- appointed committee for the past ten years. As a member of this committee, Dr. Oot-Hayes recently co-authored a document entitled, “An Assessment of the Risks and Benefits of Prison Privatization.” In addition, she made an appearance on Concord Public TV as a co-presenter on a program that discussed the dangers inherent in privatizing the prison system, as well as the ethical dilemma it poses. This year Dr. Oot- Hayes will be an abstract reviewer for the upcoming 2013 Eastern Nursing Research Society 25th Annual Scientific Sessions.

Last month faculty members Pat McCauley and Janis Tuxbury of the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions were joined by Wendy Lement, former professor of theater in the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences, collaborated in a presentation at the National League of Nursing Summit. Professor Nancy Bittner of the Nursing Department also made a presentation.

In collaboration with the Public Heritage Institute led by Associate Professor Raffaele Florio, the Spellman Stamp Museum at Regis College will present award winning journalist and author Charlene Smith on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m., on the subject of her friendship with South African leader Nelson Mandela . Ms Smith will also share sections from her two books Mandela, In Celebration of a Great Life (published in 1999 and re-released this year) and Mandela and America published last month. Last week (September 27), PHI held one of its “Salon Nights” and featured Brazilian cultural themes.

President’s Office

On Monday, October 1, Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, and I were among the higher education leaders invited to Washington to converse and consult about innovation in higher education by Secretary Arne Duncan and the U. S. Department of Education. Other presidents were most interested in our iPad initiative. You can get a sense of the conversation and the meeting, which was held at Georgetown University, from “Mr. MOOC Comes to Washington” by Paul Fain in Inside Higher Ed, available here.

President Hays & Cardinal O'MalleySince we were in DC, we were also able to attend the annual meeting of the National Catholic Education Association and the Seton Awards ceremony in Washington on the evening of October 1. Our Archbishop, His Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, OFM, Cap., was in town to receive the Seton Award for his efforts in Catholic education K through college, and I was very pleased to be able to congratulate him personally. Thanks to Claudia, here’s the photo on the right.

Campus Events & Alumni

Our Alumni Office will hold our Fourth Annual Barbara Kelleher Hyland '65 Lecture on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 4:00 pm in College Hall Foyer. The featured speaker is Massachusetts Representative Denise Garlick. For more information and to RSVP by October 5, contact hyland@regiscollege.edu or call 781.768.7221.

Les Tournees French Film Festival begins at Regis on Sunday, October 14 in CH 202. This is a program of the French-American Cultural Exchange in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Now in its 17th year, the Les Tournees Festival has partnered with more than 400 universities making it possible for more than 500,000 students to discover French-language films. Regis is one of only two colleges in Massachusetts to have been awarded this honor, and we have been a location for the festival for several years. Come see a movie at Regis, for free. Refreshments will be served. All students, faculty and staff, alumni and the public are welcome!

Film Schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 14 2 PM: The Artist (2011)
Tuesday, Oct. 16 6 PM: 17 Filles (17 Girls) (2011)
Tuesday Oct. 23 6 PM: Les Emotifs Anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) (2010)
Monday Oct. 29 6 PM: Potiche (2010)
Monday Nov. 5 6 PM: Copie Conforme (Certified Copy)

Our Politics and Global Events Club (PaGE), c/o faculty member Lauren Forcucci, is once again sponsoring “Socks for Our Soldiers,” and the drive for donations of white socks is on between until October 12 with drop locations at CH #368, Science Building SB#307, ITS, LSU #122, and the Center for Student Services.

I would also like to inform our community that I have been named to the Board of Trustees for Partners in Health, chaired by Ophelia Dahl (Regis honorary degree recipient, 2007) and to be serving with Dr. Paul Farmer, Al and Diane Kaneb, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, and many others who are dedicated to a medical and moral mission of solidarity in the world. We collaborated with PIH in the conception and launching of the Regis College Haiti Project.

The next edition of the President’s Notes should come out on October 18.

Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN President

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