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President's Notes 2.9

November 1, 2012

Hello, all, and greetings from Japan. It’s the great feast day of All Saints for you, but I am “in your future,” a day ahead of you. I am having a very productive trip here meeting students and faculty at a number of schools in Thailand and Japan. This international outreach is generating a lot of interest in a Regis education. The iPad initiative is a big hit, as is our size; people like the intimacy and sense of community Regis can provide international students.

This week, too, besides our meetings at various schools, CDO Miriam Sherman and I are holding a special reception for all our Japanese alums. Miriam was to have run a race in Washington, DC, last weekend but wisely cancelled because she was scheduled to fly out of Logan on Tuesday and was on the last flight out of the international terminal that day. Penny Glynn, PhD, Dean of the School of Nursing, Science, and Health Professions, was in Washington last weekend for a conference sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and has safely returned to campus.

My message today is brief but heartfelt. I’m grateful that our campus came through Hurricane Sandy safe and sound. Both in news reports and in e-mails from my family and the President’s Office I have been able to follow the progress of events. I want to thank members of the Administrative Council, especially Dean of Students Kara Kolomitz and her staff and Vice President Thomas Pistorino and the dedicated staff of ITS and Housekeeping, for guiding the College through the ever-changing predictions, actualities, and loss of electricity and Internet connections.

Even as you go through another, brief outage today in the post-storm clean up and repair, the Regis spirit is alive and well. To wit:

Students

Congratulations to our great Women’s Tennis team – the WINNERS of the NECC conference championship on October 20! Vanneyra Chum, Maryse Emungu, Jazz Hicks, Kendall Kolb, Melinda Mara, Jewel Medeiros, Erika Palmer, Page Pasley, Caroline Roche, Abigail Wehr – and, of course, head coach John Ciarleglio and other coaches.

TavaresJunior Caroline Roche (Hanover, Mass.) and freshman Abigail Wehr (Suwanee, Ga.) were immediately named New England Collegiate Conference women's tennis Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, after the 5 to 4 win over Bay Path, and a few days later Abigail was named New England Collegiate Conference’s Co-Player of the Year in women’s tennis this year, an honor she shares with Becker College’s Nicole Connolly (Scarborough, Maine).

In addition, the very day the College re-opened after the hiatus caused by Hurricane Sandy, senior Steve Tavares carried Men’s Soccer to its first playoff win. Men’s Soccer has advanced to take on Lesley University tomorrow, Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Congratulations, Steve and all of the players in Men’s Soccer. Go, Regis!

I understand that friends of Darner Alteon ’14 and staff in Student Life have organized a “tribute” to Darner’s creativity. There will be an exhibition of Darner’s various artistic achievements on November 8. Watch for the details.

Alumni

On Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 10 a.m. in College Hall Chapel, the College will hold its annual Memorial Liturgy, to which alumni are invited. To register to come to the event, visit www.registowertalk.net/memorial12 or call Jami Erickson at 781-768-7221.

Faculty & Staff

Tomorrow in the ongoing “rTIP” sessions as we pursue technological innovation, Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences, will present a discussion on “challenge-based” learning and how we can use it at Regis. The session is open to all faculty and staff and will be held in Morrison House, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch and join in the conversation.

Dean Penny Glynn, SNSHP, notes that on October 18 and 19, the Nuclear Medicine Program hosted a site visit by two visitors from the Joint Review Commission on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology. The visitors found the program in compliance with all five standards and excelling in the areas of faculty, student capabilities, and clinical facilities. While the final report will not arrive until spring, the visit validated the program’s excellence. So did the first four graduates who successfully passed their licensing exams.

We have begun our annual budget planning process, and there is a Budget Workshop this Friday at 2 p.m. in CH 202. Besides paying attention to the actual budget process and showing how it works, the meeting will consider how the Strategic Plan, the Master Plan, and our ongoing NEASC self-study might affect the process.

The next gathering for the President’s Health Lecture Series will occur on Wednesday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the USUL. The topic is an update on mental health treatment, and Margherite Matteis, Associate Professor of Nursing, will be the moderator, and the following will constitute the panel:

  • Dominic A. Ciraulo, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine Terrance Keane, PhD, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development, Veterans Administration, Boston Health Care System
  • Mary Lou Sudders, MSW, former President and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and current faculty member in the Boston College School of Social Work.


The next edition of President’s Notes will come out on November 15.

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