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President's Notes III.7

November 21, 2013

Faculty & Staff

I am always impressed at the way some members of the Regis College faculty and staff find ways to keep their fingers on the pulse of current research; track changes in higher education perspectives, both national and international, contribute to social change, and faithfully meet challenges in contemporary teaching and learning.

This fall, for example, with all of his devotion to administration duly observed, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Malcolm O. Asadoorian, PhD, an economist, still found time to be a productive scholar. He has had two journal articles written with professional colleagues accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Asadoorian, M.O. and A. Melkonyan, "Climate Impact on Agroeconomy in Armenia" is forthcoming 2014 in Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Asadoorian, M.O. and V. Storey, “The Political Sense of Urgency for Educational Leadership Preparation Programs to Show Impact Data: The Case of Florida,” will appear in the International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation (IJELP), Spring 2014 issue


Note that this second article, on the subject of higher education leadership, is co-authored with a member of the Executive Board of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).

Diane WelshDean Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, and Associate Dean for Pre-Licensure Nursing/Associate Professor of Nursing, Diane Welsh, DNP (photo on the right), attended the annual fall conference of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in Washington, DC, October 26-29.

Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, Susan Tammaro, PhD, delivered a paper entitled, “Data Driven Retention Interventions” on Monday November 11 at the NEAIR Conference (North East Association for Institutional Research) held in Newport, RI.

Dr. Kate Edney, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of History, World Languages and Cultural Heritage, presented a paper entitled “An Act of Translation: The Zulu and the Zayda (1965)”at The New England Theatre Conference, 62nd Annual Theatre Convention, in Natick, MA, (October 24 – 27, 2013). She also organized and co-chaired the session entitled “All Kinds of Music is Pouring Out of Me: Living Large and Feeling Big in Musical Theatre Performance and Reception” at the American Society for Theater Research Conference 2013 in Dallas, Texas (11/7/2013 - 11/10/2013). And this past week Kate was interviewed by Scott O’Connell of the Metrowest Daily News on the subject of teaching the history to and assessing the legacy of President Kennedy to contemporary students. You can find that article here.

Faculty members Nancy White Street, Pat McCauley, Jan Tuxbury, Susan Sawyer, and Kellie La Pierre ran a 75-minute information session on the Regis College Haiti Project or International Nurse Faculty Partnership Initiative (INFPI) at the annual meeting of Sigma Theta Tau, the national and international nursing honor society, in Indiana on the weekend of November 8-11.

Diana JonesDuring National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 10-16, several nurse practitioners who focus on women’s health were singled out for recognition, and among them was our own Dianna M. Jones, DNP, APRN-BC, FNP, Director of Regis College Community Health Services and Medical Director, Adjunct Nursing Faculty.

Chapel at Universidade St. UrsulaAssociate Dean, Graduate Affairs, Claudia Pouravelis, EdD, has just returned from a trip to Brazil, where she met with a number of college and university administrators and faculty about their students’ interest in coming to Regis for graduate school. Claudia at Universidade St. UrsulaHere is Claudia at Universidade Santa Ursula with Sister Artimira Gomes Vierira, Professor Adair, and Professor Nathalie Feret. Above, I can’t resist sharing the intimacy and charm of the little chapel there; note the artistic character of the Stations of the Cross.

David A. Crisci, M.S., Director, Center for Global Connections, presented a paper at the NAFSA Region VIII Meeting on November 14 on the subject of “Transitioning to a ‘Paperless’ Education Abroad Office.”

Also, two Regis alums, one a staff member, will be honored on Sunday, November 24, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, at Solemn Vespers for their exemplary service in the Church of Boston. M. J. Doherty,’67, PhD, Special Assistant to the President, and Susan Lang Abbott ’67, will be among the ninety or so deacons, religious, and lay people to receive the Bishop Cheverus Medal this year from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. You may read more here.

Students

Meanwhile, students influenced by our engagement with the larger community catch on and do likewise. Thus students in the Health and Fitness Studies program at Regis College have organized an event to promote physical activity and healthy nutrition to children aged preschool to grade 6 along with their parents. The aim is to increase parents’ understanding of the types of physical activities children should participate in, to provide children with fun movement opportunities, and to educate both children and parents regarding healthy nutrition. The entire event is designed and run by Health and Fitness Studies students with assistance from other Regis students and faculty. This event is occurring today, Thursday, November 21, in the Regis College Gymnasium from 3:30-6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For More information, please contact Catherine Fuller at catherine.fuller@regiscollege.edu. Also see this news report.

Peru Solidarity TripOn the international scale, let me also congratulate our Peru travelers this coming spring (March, 2014) with a photograph from a former year that amply conveys the community bonding that has developed between Regis and Villa El Salvador:

Regis Students and Staff with our Peruvian friends

Here at home, faculty, students, and staff enjoyed an Italian film and meal last evening, with English subtitles and commentary by the early modern history and Italian language professor Nicoletta Pellegrino, PhD, and her Italian class. The film was “Shun Li and the Poet” (2011), directed by Andrea Segre, which won the European Parliament Lux Prize in 2012, with actress Zhao Tao winning the 2012 David di Donatello for Best Actress for her performance as Shun Li. The film portrays both the friendships and the conflicts that arise, even in the ancient international crossroads of Venice, because of regional cultural differences and expectations.

Events

  • This past Sunday, November 17, I joined alums attending the Alumni Memorial Liturgy in College Hall Chapel followed by brunch in the Lower Student Union. This annual event during November is for alumni, families, and friends to attend to remember their loved ones who passed away over the last year. Eighty-eight members of the alumni were remembered, and 130 attended the Mass and brunch.
  • The Regis Community Health Services Annual Holistic Health Fair was held on November 19.
  • That evening the poetry reading by Brazilian poet Adélia Prado was very well received both by members of the Regis College community and many of our neighbors in Greater Boston.
  • Asian-American AssociationLast night our student-run Asian-American Association sponsored a Hot Pot Dinner or a great tasting Crab Rangoon made to order for only $1. All proceeds went to the relief efforts in the Philippines.
  • The Black Student Organization's Cultural Potluck Dinner – is on tonight from 8-9pm in the Lower Student Union. The price is $2 per plate.
  • The one-hour play, “Children of Killers,” about Rwanda, which opened on Wednesday, continues in the Casey Theater at Regis, with performances tonight, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov.23 at 2 p.m.
  • This Friday, November 22 (12 noon to 1:00 pm) check out the rTIP class on iBooks: Heather Pena, Information Services Director at the Library, and Dr. Joseph Draper, Religious Studies, will demonstrate their iBooks.
  • Regis College Children’s Center and Academy are conducting a non-perishable food (Nov. 22) and clothing (through December) drive.
  • Going forward, we have scheduled our annual Christmas Tree Lighting for Tuesday, December 3, almost right after Thanksgiving break. Stay tuned for an announcement from Student Affairs…
  • And our annual Trustees, Faculty, and Staff Directors Christmas Party will begin at 6 p.m. in Morrison House on December 4. The following day we will hold our December Board Meeting.

President’s Office

Puerto Rico-Nov 2013As President’s Notes goes out today, I am in Puerto Rico meeting with high school faculty, administrators, and students interested in attending Regis. I shall also meet with Anita Brennan Bigles ’77, who has recently been named to the Regis College Board of Trustees. In photo at left, here are VP Miriam Sherman and I at dinner with Sister Zita Fleming, CSJ, former Regis Dean of Students, and Luisa Inclan ’82. I am so happy that Sister Zita was able to make the trip and visit with her former students and alums.

This Thanksgiving, we surely have a lot to be thankful for and mindful about. Typhoon Haiyan has brought a monumental challenge to the people of the Philippines, and destructive tornadoes have displaced numerous people in Illinois and parts of Indiana and Kentucky. So let us think of them as we join together with gratitude and human hope at our own “Let Us Give Thanks” gathering in the College Hall Foyer at 12:15 p.m. today, Nov. 21, as we share a lunch and bring non-perishable food items to distribute to those in need. Let us also pray for the grace and dedication always to steward well the gifts we at Regis have been given to give to the world through our students.

On that note, I wish all of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day with your families and friends. The next issue of President’s Notes will be out on December 12.

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