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President's Notes III.14March 20, 2014
Today is the first day of Spring and we can finally look forward to some warm weather. I enjoyed spending time with some of you last evening at the Faculty & Staff Social at Morrison House and, of course, the wonderful Heritage Day celebration in the Fine Arts Center acknowledging the Feast of St. Joseph and the Regis legacy from our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. More about that in a moment.
I also enjoyed my time with alums during my annual St. Patrick’s visit to Florida last week. On the left I am leading the Regis Trolley during the Parade on Saturday, March 15 in Naples. Below with me on the right are Regis chaplain Father Paul Kilroy, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Miriam Finn-Sherman, Trustee Kathy Dawley ‘79 and Carol Donovan ’59.
Faculty & Staff
Faculty David Croll, PhD, co-wrote an abstract published on March 14, 2014 in The Journal of Biological Chemistry on research describing “A fundamental trade off in covalent switching and its circumvention by enzyme bifunctionality in glucose homeostasis.”
Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, Director of Campus Ministry, and Senior Jackie Salas participated in National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) last week at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. NCSW was launched the second week of March as part of National Women’s History Month. Its goal is to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic Sisters. This initiative is made possible through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The plan is to bring national visibility to the contributions of women religious, whose far reaching work on the frontlines of social change, women’s leadership, healthcare, education, and the Church is forgotten or remains relatively unknown today. The process involved connecting Sisters with young women to share their impressions in an authentic, first‐person 20‐something voice. Of this experience Sister Betsy remarked, “Hearing the voices of the young women and the sisters singing together in prayer was very uplifting. The energy and enthusiasm of the two groups together was dynamic.” Jackie Salas commented, "We all came from different places, sharing diﬀerent charisms, but the common thread that ran through each of us was the passion to spread God's great love. The weekend was beautiful and was just the start to a new beginning!"
VP Institutional Effectiveness Susan Tammaro, PhD, and VP Academic Affairs Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD, gave the keynote address together for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) conference on Friday, March 14 at Regis. CRLA certifies all academic support services nationally. It was a huge turnout and a great way to get Regis “out from under the bushel basket”! In one of the break-out sessions, Susan M. Erickson, Assistant Director of ACE, pictured at left, presented on “Academic Coaching at Regis”
Spring is also a great time to get in shape! Faculty member Cathy Fuller from the Health & Fitness Studies program has begun the WALKING/RUNNING program once more. Staff and Faculty convene at specific times during the week to walk/run as a group on the track. Health and Fitness Studies students will be supervising this activity and will record your number of laps (distance) each day. Cathy also distributed pedometers to faculty, staff, and students to track the number of steps we are taking each day. A big incentive is that there will be prizes awarded along the way for individuals who achieve specific goals. Get moving!
The Graduate Admissions Office is co-sponsoring a Coffee Social, “30 in 30 Presentation” on Graduate Programs and Outcomes in the Liberal Arts and Humanities on Wednesday, March 26 from 9-11 a.m. at Brandeis University along with Boston College, Emerson, and Simmons. Students, colleagues and staff are invited. This is a great opportunity to hear about over 30 Graduate Programs offered in the Boston area (including those at Regis!) and speak with Graduate Admission professionals/academic advisors. For more information and to RSVP: http://www.brandeis.edu/gsas/news/humanities-panel.html
I’m looking forward to having lunch with Grad Students this Saturday, March 22, in College Hall Foyer, and on Saturday, April 26 at Morrison House.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English, Julia Lisella, PhD, and colleagues have had a panel accepted for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival this May in Salem, MA. The panel is entitled "Poetry of Place" and will be part of hundreds of exciting readings and talks about contemporary poetry at the Mass Poetry Festival. The panel will be held on Friday, May 2, 1-2, at the Hawthorne Hotel, Sophia Room, with Julia and the following panelists: Cammy Thomas, Rosamond Zimmermann, and Theodora Stratis. You may read more about the Mass Poetry Festival at their web site.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission will be very busy over the next few weeks as they prepare to receive the Class of 2018.
- Merit Scholar Reception & Admitted Student Day – Saturday, March 29, 2014 8:00am-2:00pm
- Admitted Student Overnight #2 – Tuesday, April 15, 2014-Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Regis For a Day Events
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (for admitted students)
Undergraduate Admission Information Sessions – First Year Students
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014 (April Vacation Week)
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (April Vacation Week)
- Thursday, April 24, 2014 (April Vacation Week)
Undergraduate Admission Information Sessions – Transfer Students
- Friday, March 21, 2014
- Friday, April 4, 2014
Group Visits to Campus
- Friday, March 14, 2014 - College Reading and Learning Association
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Billerica Memorial High School: (40 Juniors)
- TBA: STEM Students – Marlborough Middle School
Chief Information Officer Marla Botelho has conducted a survey on our five highest priority initiatives in IT and will present the results for discussion to the Administrative Council in late March.
On March 18, the Administrative Council heard an update from Peter Kent, Director of Communication, and representatives of Skyworld on the reinvention of our website. It promises to be exciting, efficient, and informative with a hardworking front page.
On March 11, Mary Rita Weschler, CSJA, spoke about “The Women’s Table,” a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph in the USUL. The program was sponsored by our Mission Committee and celebrated Women’s History Month.
Dr. Louis Sullivan, MD, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss issues like equity, access, costs and process. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in College Hall Foyer and will be followed by discussion and book signing of his new book, Breaking Ground, My Life in Medicine. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please e-mail the following address: email@example.com or call 781-768-7330.
Town Meeting: My office has scheduled April 15, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., in the FAC, for a “Town Meeting” on campus for an update on and open discussion of our Master Plan. All members of the Regis College community are welcome.
Please come down to the College Hall Foyer and check out the newly renovated Commuter Student Lounge (on the left upon entering from the hallway), equipped with both a working refrigerator and microwave!
Campus Ministry has scheduled a mini-retreat in Nahant during Lent for twenty-four hours by the sea, departing Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m. and returning Saturday, April 5 around 3 p.m. Applications became available in the Office of Campus Ministry on March 10.
Senior Ursula Gaymes, president of the Black Student Organization (BSO), received a letter from Governor Patrick commending her and Regis College for hosting our 2nd Annual Black History Month celebrations, which included a show on February 27 called “Stamina: Acts of Perseverance.” The title of the show was chosen selectively to represent the night’s events. Students defined stamina as the physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness, fatigue, or hardship. The ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort, and perseverance as the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. The continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. The action or condition or an instance of persevering. They then explained how these virtues have marked the history of people of color throughout the African Diaspora. “To overcome hardship and defeat while holding a sense of high moral character and disposition, they said, we acknowledge the journey of those who struggled but commend those that hold the light in hopes of a brighter future. This is Stamina. These are out acts of perseverance.” Along with this event, they hosted two movie nights.
Yesterday the campus celebrated Heritage Day with an agenda focused on Celebrating UNITY and our roots in the Sister of St. Joseph charism. Below are Sisters on campus and members of the UNITY Committee reciting the Mission and Vision statements.
Sponsored by the UNITY Committee, students embraced the slogan, “We are Regis, We Belong to Something Bigger!” and discussed the CSJ values – Welcoming All * Making a Difference * Loving God and Others * Excellence with Gentleness and the Mission Statement, “To unify the Regis College Community through experiences that transform and empower all to respect and care for one another, without distinction.” Each Sister of St. Joseph working on campus had the opportunity to share a brief reflection.
Students once again visited the Peruvian village of Villa El Salvador for community service. The students pictured at left visited Lima, Peru to see the “changing of the guards”. This happens each day in the heart of Lima and many people gather around in order to support their community. The group was then able to explore Lima, learn more about the culture and have a taste of some traditional Peruvian food! The team also helped at the local orphanage to spend time with children, assisted at an elderly home on Ash Wednesday and spent time at a University in Peru that specializes in Technology to help students practice speaking English. A day cleaning a local park, a parade promoting not to litter in the streets and a “sports day” with the youth group and community helped to make this experience a once in a lifetime opportunity for this phenomenal group of 16 students and 6 staff members.
Congrats to our Athletes! Senior Claire Ramonas was selected to the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Classic. It will take place on March 29 at 1 p.m. at Smith College. She was one of just 22 participants selected for the game.
Junior Grace Politis of the women’s lacrosse team was named ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the New England Division III region after also being named NECC Player of the Week. She had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in Saturday’s win over Maine Farmington and currently leads the NECC in points, goals, and assists.
Commencement plans are lining up, and the actual events will soon be upon us. This is what the calendar looks like:
- Graduate Hooding: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Fine Arts Center
- Board of Trustees Meeting: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:30-6:00 p.m., SJH Community Room
- Graduate Admission/Alumni Odyssey Boat Cruise: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Register here.
- Baccalaureate: Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m., Fine Arts Center
Commencement: Saturday, May 10, 2014
- Commencement Breakfast / Vesting, 8:30 a.m.
- Procession, CH Foyer, 9:45am
- Commencement (Under the Tent), 10 a.m.
- Faculty-Trustee Post Commencement Reception, Morrison House - 12:00 p.m.
- Annual Regis Night at the Pops Concert: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Symphony Hall Register here.
On our honorary degree recipients, Regis alum and former NH representative Donna Sytek ’66, and banking giant Marshall Sloan, also see http://weston.wickedlocal.com/article/20140307/NEWS/140307614/12423/NEWS
At the Board of Trustees meeting on March 6, the Board considered routine matters such as approval of the roster of graduates, tuition and room and board, and review and approval of an investment policy. The Board also approved the promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure of Santosh Matthew, PhD, of Mathematics. Congratulations, Santosh!
As many of you know, my own work in health policy includes a special interest in geriatrics and the future of health care. On March 26, the President’s Lecture Series on Health will present its annual March panel providing an update on the Massachusetts health care reform and the progress on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This will be held on Wednesday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge in Alumnae Hall.
As well, the 2010 Report & Recommendations of the Massachusetts Expert Panel on End of Life Care says “only 17 percent of respondents to a Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care/MA AARP survey have even spoken with their physicians about their end-of-life preferences.” By contrast, some 96% of people who die in La Crosse, WI have a plan, a directive, or similar documentation. Massachusetts can do better. At Regis College we have been introducing end-of-life curriculum across disciplines. And on April 14 from 8-9:30 AM, Regis, in partnership with The Parmenter Foundation, Parmenter Home Care & Hospice and Honoring Choices Massachusetts, is holding a public forum to take this conversation to the next level with Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative care physicians in our country. You may read more about the event and the open forum at this link.
The next issue of President’s Notes should be out on April 3.
Since Spring has arrived, some members of our community are Back on Track!
Junior Jeremy Israel (Boston, Mass. and sophomore Matt Owens (Boston, Mass.) wrapped up the Regis College indoor track season on Saturday, March 8 by competing at the ECAC Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center. Owens competed in the 60m, where he raced to an eighth place finish with a time of 7.06. Israel represented the Pride in the 400m event. He completed the race in a time of 51.24. Israel, Owens, and the rest of the Regis men's and women's track and field teams will return to action with their first outdoor meet of the year this coming Saturday, March 22 at Bridgewater State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Freshman distance runner Siobhan McLaughlin (Derry, N.H.) had highlighted the Tufts Invite in January with a first place finish in the 5000m and has already been outside on our still snow-laden track at Regis.