I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Higgins, G’11, DNP ’23, NP-C, ONC, WCC, as Interim Dean of the Richard and Sheila Young School of Nursing. Read the full announcement here.

I am confident in Sharon’s ability to continue Regis’ vital work to educate nurses and make meaningful contributions to the nursing workforce and nursing faculty shortage in this critical phase post-pandemic. I am also grateful to previous Interim Dean of Nursing Penelope Glynn, PhD, RN, who led the overhaul of processes and procedures to strengthen on campus and online nursing programs to deliver upon the exceptional nursing education for which Regis is known. Dr. Higgins will build upon the program’s strong foundation to form the next generation of nurses.

Student and Alumni News and Achievements

Last week Regis welcomed to campus Prof. Michael Hefter and 11 graduate students from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) for a five-day Sustainable Entrepreneurship Seminar, organized and facilitated by Dean Bill Koehler. In addition to guest lectures on campus, the group visited the Venture Development Center at UMASS Boston and participated in our second annual "Sustainability Shark Tank." They were the winning team for their project “Bargain Bite Basket,” a business model that supplies monthly food deliveries to subscribers with significant cost reductions by revenue generated from extensive advertising on the box, enclosed flyers, and product samples.

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences students at Regis College

The FUAS and Regis partnership is a wonderful global learning experience for students in the form of short-term faculty-led programs. Another upcoming intercultural experience is a two-week humanities program at the end of June 2024 offered through our partner Universita Cattolica in Milan, Italy, and co-taught by Professor Julia Lisella.

Nine alums from the Applied Behavior Analysis master's program presented symposia or posters based on their thesis research at the Mass. Professionals in Behavior Analysis conference last week in Worcester. Here are a handful of them with ABA faculty Jacquelyn MacDonald and Diana Parry-Cruwys looking very proud.

ABA Students and Faculty at Conference

Nursing Students Achievements

Congrats to the following Nursing students:

Grace Udoh was named to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's national Leadership Council of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) along with eight other nursing students from across the country.

DNP student Robbin Guynn was awarded a National League for Nursing Scholarship and Sigma Theta Tau Grant. Read more here.

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner student Jessica Spinali was chosen to be a student ambassador by The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH).

The graduate nursing program recently celebrated White Coat Ceremonies for on campus and online students. The ceremony is a formal welcome into the advanced nursing practice role as Nurse Practitioner students and symbolizes the beginning of their role as clinicians. Students take a pledge to accept the duties and responsibilities that embody the nursing profession and commit to patient-centered care.

Group photo of nursing students at White Coat Ceremony

Faculty and Staff News and Achievements

Naomi Kooker, assistant professor of communications, received a Best Paper Award from International Conference on Environment, Business, and Sustainability 2023 for her paper titled "A New Business Model? Grassroots news outlets emerge in the wake of media conglomerates cutting local coverage." The conference was organized by the Centre for Social Innovation and Management at Bennett University in association with Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid.

EdD faculty Priscilla Boerger, Lauren Bent, and Barbara Appold attended the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Convening with the theme "Innovation and Education: Identifying and working to address problems of practice embedded in a variety of organizational settings."

Nursing faculty Julia Martyn and Amanda Sullivan, pictured below, presented posters at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference last week.

Julia Martyn at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association ConferenceAmanda Sullivan at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Conference

Let It Shine Gala

I am so proud of the Regis community for coming together to help us shine bright last week at the Let It Shine Gala. Thank you to our amazing faculty and staff, who collectively raised an impressive $18,060. In total, the event raised more than $720,000 for scholarships!

It was an honor to award former Regis Board Chair John J. Tegan, Jr., MEd, Hon LLD, with the 2023 Shining Example Award, and I was so inspired by our student scholars who shared their stories at the event. The future is looking bright!

Special thanks to the Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations teams for planning and executing such a successful event. View photos, watch a short thank you video, and read the full press release.

From left: Chair of the Board Kathie Jose, President Toni Hays, Gala Honoree John Tegan, and Gala Co-Chairs Patrice McCloskey and Susan Greene HellmanStudent speaker Bridgette Bowyer '24