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Regis Professor Wins BWC Legacy Award

December 1, 2009

Joan Murray of Waltham praised for her service to communication professionals

Weston, MA. Joan Murray, Professor of Communication and Director of the Master of Science in Organizational and Professional Communication program at Regis College, has been selected for the Annual Legacy Award of Boston Women Communicators (BWC), an organization dedicated to advancing the careers of women in communications.

Professor Murray is one of the few academics ever to receive the award, to be presented October 29, 2009 at a special meeting of the Boston Women Communicators at the College Club. Previous award recipients include two Pulitzer Prize-winning columnists, the first female editor of The Christian Science Monitor, and area writers, businesswomen, and media personalities.

"I am delighted to receive this honor," commented Murray, "because the BWC has been an important vehicle for the advancement and professional development of women in the communication field in the Boston area for a number of years. Many of my former students are members of this organization and at least two were actually founding members."

Regis College President, Mary Jane England, MD, said, "I am thrilled that Professor Murray has been selected for this award. Joan herself graduated from Regis and she has long served as a dedicated faculty member at the College, always seeking to enhance the student experience and the quality of the education students receive."

Murray, having taken her PhD at Indiana University when Bloomington was the foreign language mecca of American universities, originally trained in German and has maintained a lifelong interest in German culture and society. In 1995, she received the Ehrenverdienstkreuz, the German Cross of Honor, for her efforts to promote German language and culture. In 2002, she was named the Outstanding German Educator of Massachusetts, and in 2005 she received the Certificate of Merit from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe Institute. Murray continues to be a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the AATG and remains very involved in its activities.

Russ Pottle, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Regis College, noted that "Joan Murray moved into the field of communications to fulfill student demand for such a program. She launched the undergraduate major in Communication at Regis and also created the graduate program in Organizational and Professional Communication, and she teaches on both levels, highlighting the importance of Communication as a career path. We are pleased that she has been selected for this award," he added, "and we applaud the great contributions she has made to the college and to our community."

BWC founder, Jane Breschard Wilson, summed up the significance of the Legacy Award when she said "the award recognizes outstanding achievement in, and ongoing commitment to, professionalism in communication; support in advancing other women’s careers, and efforts to ensure women equal opportunities in business."


Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.  CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707 aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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