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President's Notes III.4October 11, 2013
Hello, everyone. Well, the maples are turning red and orange, and soon Katsura Drive in the front of the College will give us even more autumn color. These brilliant, crisp October days are a true pleasure.
Regis is enjoying some local and regional recognition. On October 5 we joined in the Weston 300 Founder’s Day Parade and made a spectacular appearance. The Regis College float was decorated in the college colors, crimson and gold. The Regis mascots (the lion and lioness) accompanied the students in representing the Regis Pride.
Earlier this month I learned that I am now officially a board member of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences. I have also been confirmed officially by the Archdiocese of Boston as a member of the Trinity Catholic Academy's Board of Trustees.
Our reputation is spreading on television, too. Perhaps you saw me on Monday evening, October 7, on Emily Rooney’s “Greater Boston” at 7 p.m. on Channel 2, WGBH. The subject was the successful transition of women’s colleges to co-education. Wellesley College senior Laura Bruno and I were Emily’s guests. In case you missed it, here’s the video link. http://wgbhnews.org/post/could-all-womens-colleges-be-thing-past.
Hard to believe, but earlier that day we were filming our Christmas card video up at Morrison House, followed by a donor-appreciation ice cream party given by our Institutional Advancement Office! This was a special thank you to Regis Fund donors among all of you, faculty and staff, who participated in the President's Challenge or Giving Day in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This year we had our highest-ever staff/faculty giving rate of about 46%.
On September 21, alumni gathered on campus for a Reunion Planning Extravaganza to begin the planning process of their next Reunion, which will be May 16-18, 2014. On September 28, I attended an event at the art gallery of alumna Tracey Sharpe ’89 and enjoyed mingling with other alumni and friends of the College in Kennebunk, Maine.
Also on this past Monday we announced that, as President Obama calls for more affordable higher education, Regis College and Stonehill College are responding, beginning with an agreement on one of our stellar graduate programs that will also help meet the increased market demand for prepared healthcare administrators. Regis and Stonehill recently signed an agreement that will make the Master of Science in Health Administration degree at Regis more affordable to qualified Stonehill students. With the agreement, Regis will accept four of Stonehill’s undergraduate courses in the Health Administration baccalaureate degree program as credited courses in the Regis Master’s of Health Administration program. This type of advanced standing agreement is the first of its kind among Regis’ graduate programs and will provide students with the opportunity to save approximately $8,000 to $10,000. For these qualified students, the time it will take to earn their MS degree will also be expedited. The Boston Business Journal picked up this news, and you can read our full press release here:
Once again, our Regis College Haiti Project will soon be the subject of a discussion on WHDH, Channel 7, too, possibly for a showing on Sunday, October 20. More about that later when I have the details.
The Administrative Council and I are preparing for the annual meeting of the Regis College Board next week, and I am also getting ready for an enrollment and advancement trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam at the end of the month. The graduation of the first cohort of our affiliated nursing faculty Haitian colleagues is scheduled for December in Haiti. Faculty member Cherlie Normilus, RN, MSN, FNP, made a continuing education presentation on the Haiti Project during Nursing Grand Rounds at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital yesterday from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. One of the Brigham’s special educational offerings, the program was held in the Anesthesia Conference Room - Tower L1 at the Brigham, with a light lunch being provided, and Cherlie reported to the President’s Office that her presentation was well attended and received.
Meanwhile, Campus Ministry has contacted all our students regarding upcoming spring service trips to Mississippi and Peru. Information sessions were held on October 2 and 3.
David Crisci, MS, the first director of our new Center for Global Connections, will be officially joining us next week. Watch for an announcement about David soon.
On September 26, 2013, the same day you received the last edition of President’s Notes, the Corporate Members of the Regis College Board of Trustees approved an edited edition of the Regis College By-Laws.
Faculty, Staff & Students
On September 24 and October 1, we collaborated with the Salvation Army to run disaster preparedness training on campus. Between storms and human crises, everyone is more aware these days of that need. This is an aspect of our mission of service should there be the occasion to respond. Regis is proactive in creating a climate and culture of preparedness, and I am proud that Professor Michelle Cromwell’s Honors Seminar ID330 took part in the training. Over 200 members of the Regis community responded to fill the 70 possible spots in the training.
Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose notwithstanding, we have come to the point of information and research growth where there must be some culling of outdated materials on our library shelves. Heather Pena and Julie Parker have been in touch with faculty and staff to ask you to review lists of likely books to be “moved out” –or, as the case may be, rescued.
On the accreditation front, we have different phases of various accrediting reviews to report:
1) First of all, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 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, and refers to a particular component of our multi-faceted Regis College Nursing Program.
2) Secondly, our own DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) accreditation team visit by representatives of ACEN occurred last week. The visit went well, and we’ll know the results officially in a few weeks. ACEN is the new name of NLN (National League of Nursing) and another nursing accrediting agency.
3) Last but not least, with all of you having helped so well on the completion of our Self-Study for NEASC, we are anticipating the campus visit of our accrediting team during the week of October 20. My appreciation to Dr. Susan Tammaro for all she has done to co-ordinate this work.
On September 30, Regis College Health Services ran an open house to explain various services and have some fun at the same time with a raffle and goodies to eat – part of our wellness strategy!
“A Place for Mom” invited students in nursing and related fields nationwide to write an essay addressing solutions for the challenges America will face as we get closer to the Silver Tsunami (i.e., the graying of America). Emma Breault in our BSN program has been selected as a finalist for “A Place for Mom’s” Senior Care Innovation Scholarship! Out of 400 applicants, Emma has been chosen as one of 12 finalists with the chance to win a $1000 scholarship from A Place for Mom. Congratulations to Emma!
The next dinner in the Evolution of Flavor series will take place on October 20 at 6:30pm in the College Hall Foyer, sponsored by our Public Heritage Institute. For last month’s dinner, friends of PHI cooked a wonderful meal with food that was only available in the New World before the Columbian Exchange. This month they will be using ingredients that were only available in the Old World before the Exchange. There are still spots for both cooks and dinner guests. If you would like to take part in this wonderful experience please RSVP to PHI@regiscollege.edu.
That time of year has arrived when graduate students and seniors (and juniors and sophomores) begin seriously looking toward (worrying about?) the immediate future. Susan Clancy Kennedy, Director of our Center for Internships and Career Placement, ran an Internship and Job Skills Workshop for them on October 1. Her office has designated October as Professionalism Awareness Month here at Regis College. In conjunction with the Office of Student Programming and Leadership, the CICP has created a list of professional standards that address punctuality, work ethic, attitude and cell phone use on the job. These standards are now required for all work study students, interns and graduate assistants. The tagline “it’s easy for you to look good” denotes that simply by following these standards, Regis students will stand out in a very crowded playing field. The initial response from internship site managers and work study supervisors has been tremendous. “Employers assume that college students and recent graduates enter the workplace not realizing how important it is to be dependable, to demonstrate a positive attitude or even to consistently show up on time. Imagine how great your students will fare in the professional world if these standards are reinforced during college!”
Also a Career Explorations Event will be held on campus on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 6:00-7:30, to help students learn what our alums have done with their careers upon leaving Regis. The event will be “staffed” by alumni volunteers who have agreed to share their professional journeys with the students in one on one conversations. The alum’s background (college major, first job and current job) will be shared with the students prior to the event so the students can determine which career(s) they want to learn more about. This is not a networking event. It is for information gathering, only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Susan.
For the thirteenth consecutive year, in conjunction with our Admission Office, Regis also hosted the National Hispanic College Fair that day with the Career Council, Inc., and hundreds of high school students and high school faculty and staff were on campus.
September 15 to October 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, and last night our campus enjoyed a special dinner to participate in the celebration under the guidance of Professor Lucia Ortiz.
We are continuing our STEM collaboration with the science departments at Regis for our preschool and Kindergarten classes, under the wonderful guidance of Associate Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Leslie Bishop, who also happens to be a former Regis College Children’s Center parent. The first visit to the Science Building for our older children will be on Wednesday, October 16. Both the young scientists and their teachers are very looking forward to Dr. Bishop's interactive experiments. Educational research has found that early exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) supports children’s overall academic growth, develops early critical thinking and reasoning skills, and enhances later interest in STEM studies and careers. Incorporating STEM into early childhood education and out-of-school time taps into children’s natural curiosity and their sense of wonder. STEM education broadens children’s experiences and understanding of the human-made and natural worlds around them.
The faculty CORE Committee will hold meetings on Thursday, 17 October 2013, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, and Friday, 1 November 2013, 2 PM - 3 PM, locations to be announced.
Registration for Winter Intersession 2014 is now open on RegisAccess.
Special Assistant to the President M. J. Doherty, PhD, represented me at the Clergy Benefit Dinner for the Archdiocese of Boston on the evening of September 26. Since I had a prior engagement, President Emerita Mary Jane England, MD, joined her for the event, and they were seated at the table of representatives of Stonehill College, including their new president, Father John Denning, CSC, and their Vice President for Mission, Father James Lies, CSC, with whom I shall serve on the Board of Trinity Catholic in Brockton. Mr. John Kaneb, husband of Virginia M. Kaneb ’57, has been one of the movers and shakers behind the Clergy Benefit Fund (as also for our Kaneb Scholarships for faculty development) and gave a wonderful speech that evening. Here is Dr. Doherty with Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap. The Cardinal left for Rome for the first plenary meeting of the “G8” Cardinals advising Pope Francis later that evening.
I have convened the Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Work Load having sixteen members (12 Faculty: - 6 from each School; 2 Ex-Officio Academic Administrative Liaisons; 2 Ex-Officio Board of Trustees Liaison) under co-chairs Dr. Mary-Anne Vetterling (SLAESS) and Dr. Helen Consiglio (SNSHP). The Academic Administrative Ex-Officio Members & Liaisons to Administrative Council are Dean Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, and Dean Malcolm Asadoorian, PhD. Regis College Trustees who have graciously agreed to serve on the committee are Ellen Kearns,’67, Esq. and Ms. Judy Lauch, ’68.
We held “Pizza with the President” for students on October 8 and at the Erat Scholars dinner on the evening of October 9. This is always a wonderful event that shows off our students as they broaden their horizons, and I am so grateful to our friend Kathryn Erat for thinking up and providing for this annual Christian Immersion (seminar and study-trip abroad) program.
Yesterday, October 10, I was in a day-long working retreat with members of the Administrative Council and Associate Deans Claudia Pouravelis and David Gilmore. We had an intensive and productive retreat as we all continue to advance the fulfillment of our Regis College Strategic Plan.
All faculty and staff are invited to meet the finalist in our search for a Vice-President Academic Affairs:
Dr. Malcolm Asadoorian
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Open Forum Faculty and Staff: 2pm – 3:00pm in the Upper Student Union
On Friday October 18, from the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Walt Horner will discuss co-curricular programs and grants at a Sandwich Seminar from 11:30-12:30 in Kearns.
I am also very proud to announce that Professor Lucia Ortiz has won a special award for one of her books. The book Palabras de mujeres. Proyectos de vida y memoria colectiva/Women’s Word. Life Projects and Collective Memory. Ed. Marie Estripeaut-Bourjac, (Siglo del Hombre, 2012), which contains Lucia’s article on Testimonio in Latin America, has received the 2013 award, “Reading is my story” from the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the National Plan for Reading and Writing for Adolescents and Adults (Plan Nacional de Lectura y Escritura "Leer es mi cuento 2013" para Jóvenes y Adultos del Ministerio de Cultura). As part of this award 1500 copies of this book will be sent to public libraries across Colombia. Congratulations, Lucia!
Julia Lisella will join other noted Boston-area poets at “Frost in the Air,” a celebration of the 140th birthday of poet Robert Frost. The poets will read their favorite Robert Frost poem, paired with one of their own inspired by Frost. It will take place on Saturday, October 19, at the Community of Christ, 1386 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. “Frost in the Air” is co-sponsored by The Frost Place, in Franconia, New Hampshire.
It’s an interesting coincidence that the CSJs have been in greater Boston 140 years, too. I was pleased to be at their celebration in Milton in October 5.
Changes & Transitions
We thank Sandra Dorsainvil for her service to the Regis College community in several roles, most recently as the Director of Student Disability Services. Sandra left the College on October 8, 2013 to pursue her new role as Director of Missions & Stewardship for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts. While we search for a new Director of Disability and Accommodation Services, Assistant Dean of Students Laura Bertonazzi and Dr. Dianna Jones will work closely with students, faculty, and staff to continue to serve all of our students who utilize these important services. Beginning Wednesday, October 9, please direct all inquiries regarding accommodations to Dean Bertonazzi, located in LSU 126 or Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org. As our search for a new director progresses, which has already begun, we will keep the community updated.
Associate Dean Peggy Cross has also announced her resignation after nineteen years at Regis. Peggy has the desire to explore some new frontiers. Peggy's last day will be Friday, October 25. Please stop by the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) located on the third floor of College Hall to say goodbye. We will be holding a coffee in her honor on Thursday in ACE on from 10:00am - 12:00 noon.
And, in transitions of another kind, here is a recent photo of my little granddaughter Olivia. She is rapidly growing up and has, as you can see, a charming personality.
To students and faculty: I am thinking of you during mid-terms!
The next issue of President’s Notes will come out on October 24.