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Weston ZBA & the Educational Purpose of Regis EastMarch 3, 2009
Regis College is an intergenerational educational community. Its mission is to educate all of its attendees from the Children’s Center, through its undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and senior scholars. Everyone at Regis is involved in learning. So, too, with the proposed development of the East Campus, which is expected to attract elders eager to be actively engaged in a diverse community devoted to intergenerational learning.
“Every aspect of the proposed Regis East campus will be educational,” Regis College President Mary Jane England, MD told the Weston Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Monday evening, March 2. “The Regis East campus will be a place to live and learn for all Regis students – pre-school, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral candidates and Senior Scholars.”
“No matter what a person’s age, he or she has a capacity to learn and grow and express his or her deeper values – in short, to fulfill his or her infinite potential,” she added.
“Regis East will attract seniors who are well educated and who value and desire lifelong learning,” said Dr. Paula Harbecke, Regis Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Regis East program will be administered and led by an Academic Dean, who will be responsible to the Office of Academic Affairs. Each Senior Scholar at Regis East will be assigned an academic advisor and a wellness advisor and will have an individual educational plan. Senior Scholars will be required to take at least two academic courses each semester.
“Senior Scholars may find themselves sitting next to a Regis undergraduate student on the west side of campus, with a LLARC (Lifelong Learning at Regis College) study group on the east side of campus, or working with a faculty member online,” said Dr. Harbecke.
Regis nursing, social work, psychology, sociology and management students as well as those in health and fitness programs will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary clinical internships on the East Campus.
“There is a great need in society as a whole to have and to understand intergenerational experience,” said Dr. Antoinette Hays, Dean of the Regis College Schools of Nursing and Health Professions. She told the ZBA of the “incredible need to develop geriatrics and gerontology curriculum in higher education, particularly for the health professions.” She called the East Campus program “a wonderful, cutting edge, educational opportunity for all students.”
“Through the Regis East program,” Vice President Thomas Pistorino, Finance and Business, stated, “Regis College would extend opportunities reflecting the fundamentals of a Regis education to another student population. We believe that to be human is to learn and to act in freedom over a lifetime.”
The Weston Zoning Board of Appeals will continue its hearing on the Regis proposal on Wednesday evening March 4 at 8 p.m.