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President's Notes III.11February 6, 2014
I am very pleased to report the fruits of our Mission Committee’s planning this year in a series of upcoming lectures on social justice, namely, human trafficking, women’s issues, and immigration reform. The Mission Committee fulfills one of the aims of our Strategic Plan as the College community cultivates its knowledge and expression of the values of our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. Conducting the dialogues this spring are former Regis Trustee, Sister Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ, who will be discussing Human Trafficking on Tuesday, February 11 at 6 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge; Mary Rita Weschler, an Associate Sister of St. Joseph well known to members of the Regis community as a whole, who will present “Women’s Table” on Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge; and a former member of the Regis College religious residential community, Sister Patricia Andrews, CSJ, who will discuss Immigration Reform on Tuesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in the Upper Student Union Lounge. As you know, immigration reform has been approved by the U.S. Senate but is only slowly making its way through the House. It is so important. And trafficking is one of the major global issues today, a modern form of slavery. Regis began offering educational information and training in response to this social evil over a decade ago when we held a United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sponsored training conference for social workers and members of law enforcement in the FAC as a form of community service. As for the “Women’s Table,” economic issues are topmost; women and children are the majority of the poor of the world.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Thank you, everyone, for your patience and perseverance as Greater Boston, including Regis, continues to deal with marauding snow storms. I am very grateful to our maintenance crew, their supervisors, campus police, and our snow plow contractors for clearing our roadways and making the campus safe. This time of year even the meteorologists can’t be perfectly sure when a storm is going to land and where, but they certainly predicted Wednesday’s storm accurately… and we can look forward (?) to another storm on Sunday.
Faculty & Staff
Sister Barbara Loud, CSJ, EdD, gave a paper on January 15, 2014 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. The title of the paper was, “Does the Type of Variable Affect Undergraduates' Interpretations of Algebraic Expressions?” and it was one of four papers presented in the MAA Session on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Collegiate Mathematics. Congratulations, Sister Barbara. I’m sure the paper was very well received.
Stephanie Schorow, the new Director of Master’s in Professional Writing program, has had a fun food-and-drink history article, delightfully well written, published in Edible Boston. Members of the Regis community who remember the old West End or had family in the turn-of-the-century Irish North End will savor the behind-scenes politics of the piece as well as the memory of the Locke-Ober, now closed. I always wondered about the source of the famous line Stephanie attributes to Martin Lomasney: “Never write if you can speak, never speak if you can nod, never nod if you can wink.” You may see the article here.
Associate Professor Frans Rijnbout is exploring ways to take Regis College theater on the road through collaboration with other theater groups. He is also gearing up students to get ready for a theater trip to London next December. Way to go, Frans.
Faculty, Staff and Student Employees are all participating in various FERPA workshops and seminars in order to get updated on rules and regs. Here’s the schedule:
FERPA: A Primer For Student Employees
Thursday, February 6 ~ 1:00-2:30 EST
Faculty & FERPA: A Guide To Compliance
Thursday, February 20 ~ 1:00-2:30 EST
FERPA Regulations For The Online Environment: A Toolkit For Faculty & Staff
Thursday, March 6 ~ 1:00-2:30 EST
Cherlie Normilus, APRN-BC, MSN, FNP, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Regis College Haiti Project, is among the recipients of the 2014 New England Black Nurses Association's Excellence in Nursing Awards. The celebration is taking place this week at the Boston Copley Marriott Hotel. Congratulations, Cherlie!
Through the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis Program directed by Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, the campus recently hosted Gregory Hanley, PhD, DCBA-D, on January 31. Dr. Hanley spoke on the topic of “Meaningful Solutions for Some Extraordinary Problem Behavior Associated With Autism.” He has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults for over twenty years and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University, an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of the Children’s Sleep Program at WNEU. A Fellow of the American Psychological Associations, Dr. Hanley has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Board Certified Behavior Analysts® and their supervisees as well as Regis students and faculty attended the lecture, and two Type 2 continuing education credits were offered to BCBAs®. This is the first of a series of lectures in which the Regis ABA program will address current topics in the field.
This month we’ll be privileged to have Louis Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on campus. The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in College Hall Foyer, followed by discussion and book signing of his new book Breaking Ground, My Life in Medicine. Dr. Sullivan will discuss equity in healthcare and the issues of healthcare reform. Throughout his career, Dr. Sullivan, once the only African American student in his class at Boston University medical school, has been a champion of higher education, medicine, and accessible healthcare. The founding dean and first president of Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Sullivan served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the George H. W. Bush administration and was responsible for the healthcare reform program developed during that time. He is currently chair of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professionals. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-768-7330. You can also read about it here.
As members of the Regis community, faculty and staff are all committed both to the academic success of our students and also their well-being. Nationally, students are reporting increased levels of distress, putting them at-risk for depression, substance abuse and a host of other consequences. For this reason, we are participating in a program called “Kognito,” which helps identify at-risk students early in the game. Each member of the Administrative Council is moving this initiative forward with his or her staff and faculty. For further information, contact Vice President, Student Affairs, Kara Kolomitz.
On Saturday, February 1, nine (9) graduate students received their Master of Science in Health Administration degrees. Congratulations go to Rebecca Cesar, Courtney Eng, Dalila MacLeod, Irene Namubiru, Meghan Ryan, Nancy Jean Simon, Laura Vanderhill, Patrick Calli, and Katie McNeill and Director of the MHA Program, Mary Ann Hart. On the left is a photograph of graduate Irene Namubiru and a friend. In the center are Associate Professor Leslie Mandel, who teaches in the program, Dr. Claudia Pouravelis, Associate Dean, Graduate Affairs, and graduate Meghan Ryan. On the right are graduates Courtney Eng and Laura Vanderhill; below right graduates Nancy Jean Simon and Rebecca Cesar. The graduation was held in Morrison House, and Joe Blanchard, a friend of Professor Mandel’s provided a gorgeous piano background.
This year’s graduates are all experienced workers in health care who have taken the opportunity to develop their knowledge and experience through this higher degree so they can be leaders in the health care industry in this time of remarkable change and innovation. These new graduates have already led technological innovation projects as part of their field experience in health administration course, whether testing software to use qualitative and mixed methods research, developing electronic records systems, or, for example, using software to track cumulative patient dose radiation. Several are experienced nuclear medicine and radiologic technicians with years of service at MGH, Boston Medical Center, Partners Health, and other greater Boston health care centers and hospitals; another is a social worker and geriatric care manager. They have come to Regis from colleges in Michigan and Uganda, from Lowell and from Northeastern University. They all have a certain cross-cultural awareness. I am very proud of all of you!
On Tuesday, February 18, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions in partnership with the State University of Haiti and the Haitian Ministry of Health will celebrate Haiti’s future nursing leaders as we watch our first cohort of twelve Haitian nursing faculty members graduate and receive the first master’s degree in nursing granted by the University of Haiti, a real step forward for nurses and the health care system in Haiti. Stay tuned and I’ll have more information about the graduation in the next edition of President’s Notes on February 20. This is a great milestone, and Regis has done what we promised to do back in 2008, persevering through the terrible devastation of the earthquake in Haiti early in 2010. Executive Director of the Regis College Haiti Project and Regis faculty member Nancy Street, ScD, will be in Haiti with me for the graduation, as will be Cherlie Normilus, APRN-BC, MSN, FNP, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Regis College Haiti Project.
Students are invited to apply for the Mary C. Bryan Award in Women Studies. Dr. Mary C. Bryan, Professor of English Literature at Regis College from 1947-1989, co-founded Regis's Women's Studies Program in 1974 when, as she noted, 'the cool winds of change wafted through the world' (Regis Today, 2001). In her honor, Regis College recognizes students who submit outstanding artistic or written pieces that speak to women's experience living in a gendered world with the annual Mary C. Bryan Award. All undergraduate students (women and men), including evening program students, are invited to apply. Contact Sister Carmela Abbruzzese, EdD, Coordinator of Women's & Gender Studies Program, if you are interested.
The Tenth Annual Major and Career Fair was held on Tuesday, January 28, between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the College Hall Foyer, with many faculty members participating and many students musing on the possibilities offered by different majors and interdisciplinary pursuits.
On the graduate education front, data from this month's issue of AcademicKeys' e-Flier for Senior Administration is telling. The flier indicates 0 faculty openings, 53 senior administrative positions, and 0 post-doc opportunities and links to hundreds more positions in higher education. In other words, the EdD degree program is hot.
The Regis College Jobs Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 5-7 p.m., in College Hall Foyer. Over twenty (20) employers are participating. Seniors, make sure your resumes are in order! Thanks to the efforts of our Office of Internships and Career Development under Susan Clancy Kennedy, the College is making a concerted effort to guide our graduates into careers. Regis alums are very interested in supporting this transition, too.
For example, the Regis College class of 1965 has funded an endowed scholarship in the name of Barbara Kelleher Hyland ‘65 to be granted as a stipend for an internship for an eligible student. The goal of the program is to provide a stipend for an internship opportunity that will enhance women’s abilities to be leaders in public policy. (It is open to male and female students.) To be eligible for this stipend, the student must be a junior or a senior in good academic standing and must be recommended and nominated by a Faculty member. The stipend will not exceed $1,000 and will be awarded no more than once each calendar year. Contact the Institutional Advancement Office if you are interested in applying.
Spring Break is just a month away, and students are preparing for their annual trip to Villa El Salvador in Peru. The Peru Solidarity Trip expands our global consciousness, permits us to embrace the similarities and differences of our dear neighbor in the Southern Hemisphere, and cultivates authentic solidarity between the Peruvian people and Regis College. This year twenty-three delegates have been selected to make the trip. Financial donations to help cover expenses as well as help with much needed supplies and resources are welcome. Contact Campus Ministry if you wish to contribute. Members of the Regis community regularly bring permitted health items with them for the local clinic.
Campus minister Pastor Lesette Wright regularly conducts “Free Your Mind” bible study on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Campus Ministry quarters in College Hall 101. All members of the Regis College community are welcome.
The student-curated exhibition, entitled “Following Our Path: Regis College Through its Art Collection,” is now open (February 3 to May 10) in the Carney Gallery, showing pieces from the Regis College art and antiques collection based on the history of the College and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. I enjoyed this photograph of students mounting the exhibition.
The new Athletics Offices’ renovation on the ground level of College Hall has been completed. Below is a photograph of the coaches’ offices. The back part of the offices hold cubicles for five head coaches: Renato Capobianco (men’s soccer), Scott Wright (men’s & women’s volleyball), Dan Flynn (track & field), Josh Blumenthal (men’s lacrosse), and Courtney Duggan (women’s lacrosse). There are also cubicles for athletic trainers Shauna Kelly and Jess Corneau, as well as space for athletic intern Laura Violette (game operations). A new table and chairs can be found against the back wall, which will be utilized as meeting space for the athletic department and for coaches to meet with recruits. Tennis coach John Ciarleglio and Sports Information Director Chris Barroso also made the move upstairs and have satellite offices down the hall from the main athletics office. On the right is a photo of the student interns’ area. The front portion of the new athletic offices hold eight athletic interns, including Laura Malloy (administration), Andrew Rousseau (men’s soccer/game operations), Margie Bailey (women’s soccer/women’s lacrosse), Kerin DeGirolamo (men’s & women’s volleyball), Kourtney Bonsey (track & field), Tim Brown (sports information), Steve Baum (men’s & women’s tennis), and Matt Sagistano (men’s lacrosse/game operations). Additionally, the front of the office includes new chairs and a couch, which can be used as a waiting area/lounge for recruits and their parents.
It is that time of year again when we start making plans for the St. Patrick's Weekend in Naples, Florida. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 15. This year, alums are asked to contact the Alumni Office directly to make plans. You will soon receive, if you have not already, an e-mail informing you of all the details. You will also be able to register and pay the parade fee of $25 to Regis online. Included in the e-mail there will be details about our Regis activities on Sunday, March 16, including the celebration of Mass by our college chaplain, Father Paul Kilroy, followed by brunch. Again, alums will be able to register for these events and pay for the brunch on line.
The next issue of the President’s Notes should be out on February 20. Until then