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President's Notes III.2September 12, 2013
The new academic year is off and running! We had a wonderful opening Convocation on Tuesday, September 10, and I am grateful to Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ, Pastor LeSette Wright, and Father Paul Kilroy, Student Government Association President Carolyn Roche, and all our student leaders and athletes for organizing and delivering it. You can find my remarks on our website.
Meanwhile, the Regis iPad initiative continues to be well received by undergraduate and graduate students alike. Above, freshman Brianna Hatem of Methuen receives her iPad from Andrea Trimmer of IT. We extended the initiative to grad students this fall, and our iPad video has been referenced and tweeted on the Colleges of Distinction site here: “Who doesn't like iPads??? Every student at Regis College receives an iPad to transform their teaching and learning! ht.ly/ol5FW.” Our IT department has been offering regular training sessions on the iPad to students. On the right, Salman Alnowaiser from Saudi Arabia gets right down to business.
And the Regis College Technology Innovation Program (rTIP) has also announced its fall training sessions for faculty and staff, which include Training for Hybrid and Online Course Development, rTIP Online Course Modules for faculty and staff, and discussion topics such as The Flipped Classroom, Accessibility in the Online Classroom, and Moodle Training. Visit rTIP eXchange https://moodle.regiscollege.edu/course/view.php?id=3657 and click on “Fall 13 Schedules” for more information.
Our new Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) opened on September 5. Peggy Cross, MEd, gave a fine presentation on it at the Faculty Workshop on August 29, where it was well received. ACE offers expanded services and some new venues in order to give our undergraduate and graduate students maximum opportunities to succeed and graduate from their degree programs. Services include extended hours of operation, the new “Q-Center” focused on quantitative reasoning, ACE reception/Study Area with Greeter/Admin; a dedicated SDS Testing Room and Hours, Academic Coaching, Peer Tutor Training Program, and familiar SSC Staff (but wearing new hats). ACE is another form of Regis’s effort to help change the model of higher education so that students can more affordably achieve their goals.
We wrote about that in late August as President Obama was touring NY campuses with his message of affordability, and you can find a good summary of our initiatives here.
Also, in the world of print media and accreditation processes, we have publicly made known our regular NEASC accreditation process and our DNP accreditation process. Speaking of NEASC, I wish to thank our Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Susan Tammaro, PhD, and all of you for participating in the development of our self-study this year. As scheduled, the Regis College Self-Study went to our visiting team and to NEASC representatives this past week.
We have welcomed a new staff member, Jessica Meuleman, as our new Assistant Director of Graduate Admission. In this role, Jessica will be working directly with prospective and new students in the following graduate programs: Part-Time BS in Nursing Program, MS in Communication, MA in Heritage Studies, BS in Medical Imaging – Nuclear Medicine Technology, and the upcoming MA in Professional Writing. Jess joins us from the Benjamin Institute of Technology in Boston, where she served as Associate Director of Admission. Prior to Ben Franklin, Jess honed her writing skills as an Editorial Assistant at Pearson. She holds a BA from URI and an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.
Centralized Check In (CCI) under Registrar Esther Ghazarian continues to dovetail with electronic or digital filing of necessary information, and I’m pleased that both the Emergency Contact information and the Media Release information required were available for on-line completion.
In the news, Regis was featured for its enrollment growth in Largest group ever of full-time undergrad students at Regis. In the photo above is Peter Fucci of New Hampshire, a sophomore transfer student and member of the men’s lacrosse team, who was helping freshmen move in and stock up on energy items! Regis has nearly1000 undergraduates and over 1000 graduate students.
Related to enrollment growth, we were featured in a Boston Business Journal article by Mary Moore on our good and improved financial standing. You may find that here:
The campus is buzzing, and Vice President, Student Affairs Kara Kolomitz has announced the Student Programming & Leadership team’s co-curricular and student programming calendar for the fall to faculty, staff, and students. Among other activities, the “make-up” student orientation included a Red Sox game on August 30.
Also starting this fall, the Theatre Program will offer Experiential Learning for credit.
Students who participate in Regis College Theatre Company (RCTC) productions will be able to receive course credits for their work. The procedure used to assign credits emulates—more or less—the formula used to give credits to students participating in the Glee Club.
Our Clinical Resource and Simulation Center announces that students taking Professional Nursing this fall will be using an online skill checklist as part of a pilot program with the Trajecsys Corporation. Trajecsys has been successfully used by the radiography students at Regis. Trajecsys is an online clinical recordkeeping system for allied health programs. Brian Bright, M.Ed. and CEO of Trajecsys met with the Professional Nursing students and faculty during their recent orientation to answer any questions and provide a quick tutorial. The goal of this pilot project is to provide an easy to use online tool for students, faculty, and clinical instructors to track each individual skill and their outcomes using an internet ready device such as iPad, smart phone, or computer.
With over 370 health profession programs, Trajecsys Corporation is a leader and innovator in the Online Clinical Recordkeeping field.
We were in solidarity with our founders and sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, as they offered a commemorative event on the March on Washington (1963), as reported here:
Athletics has announced a series of communication efforts, as follows:
For all information regarding Regis College Athletics, please visit www.goregispride.com.
For the first time this year, we will be offering free live streaming video of all Home Events. Please visit http://necc.ezstream.com/ for a list of upcoming broadcasts.
Additionally, everyone is encouraged to follow along with all of the live game action for Home Events by using Regis College Live Statistics.
If you can’t follow along with the action live, anyone can get results sent straight to their phones by Subscribing to Mobile Alerts. After providing a mobile number and carrier, users can select which team or teams they wish to receive alerts for.
In other news, I have requested the establishment of a task force to assess faculty workload. The Task Force will be comprised of the two Academic Deans, faculty from both schools with representation from both undergraduate as well as graduate programs and two Regis College Board of Trustee members. The Task Force will be facilitated by Dr. Davis Baird, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from Clark University.
In conjunction with the Unity Committee, Rev. LeSette M. Wright, Ed.M, MA, MDiv., Coordinator of Multicultural and Community Engagement Initiatives, Chair, Unity Committee, Protestant Chaplain at Regis has announced the Regis College Interfaith/Intercultural Tour Experience OF PASSAGE including an interfaith hike for humanity on Oct. 13, a visit to Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston on October 20, and to the Wellesley-Weston Chabad and
the Islamic Center of Boston in November. The mission statement of the Unity
Committee expresses some of the values of our Catholic founders and sponsors, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.
Below is a photo of SGA President Carolyn Roche (with Sister Betsy and me in the background) at Convocation.
Last but not least, our Nuclear Medicine Imaging Lab ribbon cutting ceremony and an information session will occur on Thursday, September 19 at 2 pm in the Nuclear Medicine Imaging Lab College Hall Room 105. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests will be welcome to see the brand new lab featuring state-of-the-art media equipment and a Gamma Camera donated by Northeast Electronics, Inc. Faculty members David Gilmore and Laura Shanbrun will then conduct an information session on Nuclear Medicine Technology featuring four student presentations given at an international Nuclear Medicine Meeting in Vancouver, BC this past summer. This event is sponsored by a Mini Co-Curricular Grant.
With that, let me again wish all faculty, staff and students a very successful academic year. The next issue of the President’s Notes should be out on September 26.