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President's Notes III.3September 26, 2013
“Daring to Continue to Dream” -- that’s the theme for the celebration of 140 years in Boston by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, our founders and sponsors, who arrived in these parts on October 2, 1873. Congratulations, Sisters! We are pleased to be your descendants and co-workers in your great mission in Greater Boston. This year, the official celebration will be held at St. Agatha’s Church in Milton on October 6. Of course, this anniversary is why we at Regis College always mark Founders’ Day, October 2, the feast day of the Guardian Angels, and have historically associated it as well with our angel at the AG (Angel Guardian) Door to College Hall.
The campus is in full swing conducting classes, Board Committee meetings, the regular Faculty Meeting, Director’s Council, Mission Committee and Communications Committee meeting and much more. On September 19 we held the opening of our new Nuclear Medicine classroom/lab with student presentations and the fabulous Gamma camera. My thanks to Assistant Professor Lauren Shanbrun and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Affairs, David Gilmore for arranging the celebratory ribbon cutting, shown here with Mr. John Shaw of Northeast Electronics, who donated the Gamma camera to us, on the right.
The ribbon cutting, student presentations, and reception were co-sponsored by a Mini Co-Curricular Grant.
On Saturday September 21, I was pleased, as always, to host a Graduate Student Luncheon on Saturday and to welcome many grad students. Our Office of Graduate and Professional Programs will host the fabulous “30 in 30” breakfast and lecture on October 3. Regis, along with Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and the University of New England will present information on 30 graduate programs in health professions, and during a 30 minute session experts from each of the universities/ institute will present on graduate programs including the Doctor of Dental Medicine, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Public Health/ Biomedical Sciences. Representatives from each school will be available to answer questions about all of the graduate programs in health professions and science that each participating university/institute offers.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has once again awarded full accreditation to the Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program. This accreditation was granted for the next eight years, the longest accreditation allowed. You may read about it here: http://www.hallmarkhealth.org/Lawrence-Memorial/Regis-College-nursing-program-receives-full-national-accreditation.html
Regis College has teamed up with SALTTM, a new membership program, to help our students manage their money and student loans. SALT was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to help Regis College students and alums like you become more financially savvy. And our participation in their program is FREE to Regis students. Activating SALT membership allows you take advantage of members-only features, such as
- Interactive money management tools that show you how to take control of your finances.
- A personal dashboard that tracks all of your federal student loans in one place.
- Loan advice from SALT’s expert counselors.
- My Money 101—a self-paced, online resource that teaches you practical money management strategies for budgeting, credit cards, banking and more.
- Access to thousands of jobs and internships to jumpstart your career.
- Exclusive benefits that help you save and spend smart.
Locally, Mr. Matt Lucey, the principal of the Weston Elementary Field School, has arranged with us to conduct a student drop off at Regis for their “walk to school day” on Thursday, October 10, 2013. As neighbors, we have collaborated this way before, and Weston Police and Campus Police will assist the Field School pupils in the walk. But please keep your eyes peeled for more than our usual roster of little ones near the lower campus.
is Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
Regis College Campus
241 Wellesley Street
Discover more about Hispanic Americans and the culture, history, and geography of Mexico, Central and South America through special stamp exhibits, September 19-October 31.
In news from my office, last week my nomination to the board of Trinity Catholic in Brockton has been approved and forwarded to the Archdiocese for final vetting. The Administrative Council and I have had some interesting conversations with Maguire Associate representatives regarding the changing higher education environment, and AC and I will continue this conversation at our planned retreat on October 10.
As part of Regis College’s NEASC Comprehensive Evaluation, our NEASC Team Visit is scheduled to occur October 20 – 23, 2013. The team has been announced and we are in the final stages of preparation for the visit. Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, is the visiting team chair. You may have seen our public notice of the evaluation running in The Boston Globe throughout last weekend.
This week is 2013 Regis College PRIDE WEEK featuring several Regis team sporting events as well as a midnight breakfast last night following the Harlem Wizards basketball game (photo on left).
On the right are the sophomore winners of the Powderpuff football tournament on Tuesday.
They received $1,000 towards their class budget.
This fall three members of the larger Regis community have or are publishing books:
First of all, former professor of sociology Alex Liazos, who taught at Regis between 1971 and 2007, has just published a work in non-fiction called Twelve Days in Viet Nam: The Life and Death of Nicholas Conaxis. The book is a biography of a man killed in the Vietnam War in 1968. A summary of the book, and all of chapter one, are available on the website www.twelvedaysinvietnam.org, where one can find out how to obtain the book. Says Alex, “I wrote the book as I think Nick would have written it about himself. He would not have hidden his mischief, mistakes, and struggles. He was beginning to confront them in his letters from military training in 1967-68. That he wrote such sensitive, honest, and loving letters; that he showed kindness to many people; that he was a character all day long and brought joy to those around him – all are testaments to the person he became despite the anxiety and insecurity life dealt him.”
Regis College Trustee Glenn Morris has just published a novel called Obligation for Justice, which is the story of two brothers, virtually inseparable as children, whose paths diverge when one remains in Lynn, Massachusetts, the gritty city of their childhood, while the other escapes to Paris and an international life of fame and glamor – until an obligation to his brother brings him home. Glenn will be in a group of new authors reading from his book and greeting readers at Wellesley Books, 82 Central Street, Wellesley Center on Thursday, 3 October from 6PM to 8PM. One reviewer has written about the book, “What John Grisham did in bringing the legal world into the world of novels and thrillers, Glenn Morris does so for the world of architecture in Obligation for Justice. And he does much more. His is a novel that transcends the thriller genre as it bestows rich stories of boyhood and brothers, of lingering neighborhood rivalries, of first and lasting loves, and of the impact of betrayals in how we view ourselves and our world. It is a novel full of three dimensional characters who stand on the page living the moments that shape their passions and their drives.” Glenn’s book is available at Harvard Book Store, Wellesley Books, Amazon, Kindle Store and BN.com.
As well, next week my special assistant M. J. Doherty, PhD, is publishing The Gate Is Everywhere: Victims, Christ & Faith, “the story of one survivor’s work to recover, to help mend the social rupture of the sexual abuse scandal, & to affirm things hoped for in the healing of the Church.” Combining social history -- the story of the Commission for Protection of Children (2002), the Implementation and Oversight Advisory Committee (2003-2009), and the Review Board (2010-2013) -- with her monastic journal, M. J. connects contemplative prayer with the search for social and spiritual justice. Former Regis presidents Sister Thérèse Higgins, CSJ, and Mary Jane England, M. D., and former Regis speech and drama professor Sister Gretchen Bogan, CSJ, are all referenced in the book, which should be available in the Regis College Bookstore in early October and by contacting M. J. at firstname.lastname@example.org. “Ultimately,” she says, “the story of redemption in the soul/Church transforms the sorrows of betrayal, the histories of loss, and the agonies of social argument with good news, face to face.” Her message is compatible with Pope Francis’s message on focusing the concerns of the Church on the sheep! Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep…. (John 10.7)
May our autumn semester continue to be happy and productive. The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on October 10.