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President's Notes 2.8

October 18, 2012

Fall at Regis CollegeHello. It’s another beautiful day on the Regis campus, as shown in this photo of Katsura Drive by Katya Rego and experienced in the Faculty-Staff-Student flag football game on Monday evening (I did the coin toss, the sophomores won in overtime, and the faculty gave the students a good fight). But... did you feel the earthquake on Tuesday evening? With the Weston Observatory and Jesuit seismological institute just down the road, I always find the subject intriguing. We hear so much about the West Coast’s vulnerability to earthquake, but New England actually has a long history of tremors. Thank heaven the shock on Tuesday night was relatively low.

Regis: Science, Nursing, Health Professions

Interestingly, when the earthquake occurred, the Regis College Science Association was listening to a presentation on another scientific subject. Lynne M Ausman, D. Sc., R.D., Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Professor in International Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, was delivering a talk on “Vitamin D: Do Most of Us Need More?” The talk focused on current scientific controversy regarding optimal Vitamin D requirements – an issue that impacts more than one population. Faculty advisor Leslie Bishop tells me there was a good turn-out, that several faculty members brought their classes, and she’s very proud of the officers of the Association.

On Friday evening, October 19, I will give a keynote address at the Global Nursing Caucus being held at the University of Massachusetts- Boston. The title of my talk is “Send in the Nurses: Why the Era of Nursing on the Global Stage Has Arrived.” For three million nurses in the United States and Canada, multiculturalism in practice has already brought us into the global arena, and we need to make partnerships with the thirty-two million nurses around the world who are now delivering 90 percent of the health care where 90 percent of the needs are. I will, of course, refer to our collaborative nursing faculty initiative, the Regis College Haiti Project.

Also speaking will be Barbara Smith PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She has worked on many international nursing projects and research studies and is currently the principle investigator in a study “AssessingRisk of Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens among Health Care Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa.” For more information see http://blogs.bu.edu/globalnursingcaucus/

Then, on Wednesday evening, October 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge, the President’s Health Lecture Series will present a panel on the topic of “Breakthroughs in Neurology/Epilepsy and Parkinson’s.” Associate Professor Mike Bilozur, Biology, is the Moderator, and Dr. Paul Gross from Lahey Clinic is presenting, as well as Lisa Townsend a Nurse Practitioner from Mass. General and Patricia Shafer, a Nurse Practitioner from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Susan Welby of the Epilepsy Association will discuss the resources available to family and clients. Let Dr. Amy Anderson know if you are going to attend, and if you are bringing a class (number of students) please tell me the number of students.

Last week, on October 12, Kelley LaPierre and other nursing faculty sponsored an early “Christmas shopping” fund raiser for our Haiti Project up at Morrison House.

Regis: Liberal Arts, Education & Social Sciences

The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, in collaboration with the Public Heritage Institute, presented the award winning journalist and author, Charlene Smith on Wednesday, October 10. Ms Smith discussed her two books on Nelson Mandela. Mandela, in Celebration of a Great Life (1999) and Mandela and America (September, 2012).

Academic Dean Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, of SLAESS held a meet-and-greet for graduate students in the Graduate Student Lounge on October 15.

Regis students received a gracious invitation from Wellesley College to join its students and the

League of Women Voters at a debate between Sean Bielat (Republican) and Joseph Kennedy III (Democrat) held on the Wellesley campus that evening (October 15).

On the evening of October 16, students had to choose between the French film, “17 filles,” and the second presidential debate (with pizza), which journalists are today labelling “Fight night in Long Island.” Paul Murphy tells me that about fifty politically devoted students enjoyed the experience. The next debate will be on Monday, October 22, at Lynn University in Florida (Dean Asadoorian’s former stamping ground) with a focus on foreign policy, and we can all listen and learn. My thanks to Assistant Professor April Berry Fletcher for helping to organize the student watch.

Last evening, Writers Read Series featured Boston-born California poet Maggie Paul in the Fine Arts Center atrium at 5:30 p.m. Paul, who took an M.A. in Literature from Tufts and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaches Writing and Social Justice at both the University of California and Cabrillo College and recently published her first collection of poems called Borrowed World.

Mark Your Calendars, Save The Dates

This morning there was a Directors’ Council Meeting with a Student Life overview provided by Laura JP Bertonazzi, Assistant Dean of Students/Chief Judicial Officer, and Walt Horner, Assistant Dean of Students, and a report on our internship program by Susan C. Kennedy ’81, Director of Internships and Career Development (Welcome aboard, Susan!). May I also welcome Peter Kent, our new Director of Communications, who is making his way around campus introducing himself.

On Friday afternoon, October 19, there is a Faculty Meeting in CH 202 with a full agenda, including updates on NEASC self-study progress, the alumni survey, promotion and tenure appeals, co- curricular mini-grants, and rubrics on experiential learning, assessment, interrelatedness of disciplines, and civic engagement.

Speaking of which, let me share Assistant Dean of Students Walt Horner’s explanation of “co-curricular mini-grants.” Contact Walt if you want more information.

Funded in partnership with the Student Government Association, the Division of Student Affairs, the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences, and the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions, the Co-Curricular Mini-Grants Program (CCMG) is designed to:

  • Spark collaboration between faculty, students, and staff by providing funding and resources to develop innovative and results-driven co-curricular programs and projects
  • Deepen student learning by generating new co-curricular opportunities that are linked to the Regis College Educational Goals and Learning Outcomes (see attached) and focused on complementing the learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom
  • Build community by establishing new (and strengthening existing) on-campus networks and off-campus partnerships


The annual Benefits Fair for Faculty & Staff will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 9:00 am to 1:00 p.m., College Hall Foyer.

Our annual Christmas gathering for faculty, directors, and trustees will be held on Wednesday evening, December 5, 2012. (The last day of classes is officially Saturday, December 8).

Faculty-Directors-Trustees Christmas Gathering, Wednesday evening, December 5, 2012.

Students & Athletes

Jazz HicksThe Regis College women's tennis team has earned the top seed for the NECC Championships after completing an amazing record of 11-1 during the regular season. The semi-finals were yesterday afternoon on the Regis courts with our athletes playing Newbury and... Regis won, 6-3! Congratulations to all the team members and coaching staff! The following student-athletes are part of the women's tennis team: Vanneyra Chum, Maryse Emungu, Jazz Hicks, Kendall Kolb, Melinda Mara, Jewel Medeiros, Paige Pasley, Caroline Roche, Abigail Wehr. The photo at the left shows Jazz Hicks.

Additionally, Women’s Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, and Women’s Volleyball have all won recent matches. Here, too, is the list of upcoming games this weekend:

10/20/12 – Field Hockey @ Anna Maria – 11:00 AM
10/20/12 – Women’s Volleyball @ Elms – 12:00 PM
10/20/12 – Club Cross Country (Women) @ Wellesley – 12:00 PM
10/20/12 – Women’s Soccer vs. Southern Vermont – 1:00 PM
10/20/12 – Men’s Soccer vs. Southern Vermont – 4:00 PM
10/20/12 – Women’s Tennis NECC Championships: REGIS hosts Becker and Bay Path

I’m glad to see that faculty, staff and students are all using the refurbished gold room in CH Foyer as a gathering spot. Wi fi access, between class convenient meetings, wide screen news, it’s all happening there.

As some of you know, I’ll be travelling at the end of this month and the beginning of next. Before that, however, the next Graduate Student Luncheon with me will be held on this Saturday, October 20, and “Pizza with the President” will be held on Tuesday, October 23. The next Faculty Staff Social will be held on Wednesday, November 14, after I return. And the next issue of President’s Notes is still scheduled to come out on November 1, while I’m away, but with some items from my travels included. The joys of electronic communication!

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