Today we had a special visitor on campus for the GNAC President's Council meeting hosted by Regis. NCAA President and former Mass. Governor Charlie Baker gave a debrief from NCAA. The GNAC Presidents, Athletic Directors, Faculty Athletic Reps, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee members had great meetings and Commissioner Joe Walsh was grateful for our hospitality.

President Hays with Charlie Baker and Regis students

Student News and Achievements

Congratulations to all Fall Pride Athletic Teams! This is the first time since Regis joined the GNAC in 2017 that all fall teams have qualified for their conference tournaments/championships. Still in the running are Cross Country who will compete at Saint Joseph's College this Saturday and Women's Volleyball who will begin their pursuit for a conference championship next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Higgins Court. Best of luck to all!

I was happy to cheer on Women's Soccer during their Senior Day. Even in the rain they were all smiles.

President Hays with Women's Soccer Senior Athletes

It was great spending time with undergraduate students last week at my pizza dinner. They told me about how much they are enjoying their internships and the valuable experience they are receiving. As you know, 100% of our students participate in an internship or clinical. It's so important and I love hearing about how much they are learning.

President Hays with Undergraduate Students at Pizza with the President

Congratulations to online DNP student Jamie Carbone '24 for successfully passing the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator certification exam.


Faculty and Staff News and Achievements

Several faculty and staff presented at industry conferences and had their research featured in industry new sites. Congratulations, all!

John Hernandez, director of residence life, presented at the NEACUHO annual conference with a colleague from eRezLife Software on "Effectively Adapting in a World of Change."

Kelly-Anne Doherty, criminal justice program director and pre-law advisor, presented a poster at the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) titled "New Bedford Youth Court: An Effective Alternative for Juvenile Delinquency Cases in Massachusetts."

Retired Regis professors and alumni, Jan Tuxbury and Pat McCauley, along with Donna Barry, DNP program director and global nursing advisor, presented their poster "Sharing Simulation: Haitian Nurse Educators Expanding Simulation Use" at the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing Fall Conference.

Charlene Hollins, nursing instructor, had her DNP research featured in this Clinical Advisor article on cultural competency training in ER nurses. She says, “Diversity remains one of nursing’s biggest challenges.” The goal of the research is to "build a more diverse workforce and faculty, including applying business principles that strategically support diversity.” Charlene was also featured in this blog on our website.

And there are some interesting upcoming events to share.

The Cultural Co-Curricular Committee is excited to continue "The Story of Us" series on November 9 at 4:30 p.m. in CH 202. This month's theme is "The Heritage We Celebrate". All faculty, staff, and students are welcome. You may also attend via Zoom.

Also next week Heather Josselyn-Cranson is hosting a Women and Music Concert on November 6 at 2:15 p.m. in the FAC. Performances by students in celebration of groundbreaking women composers from the 1100’s to the 21st century.

Last week I attended a round table with Governor Maura Healey, Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler, Undersecretary of Workforce Development Jennifer James Price,< and my fellow AICUM president's at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. During our time together, we stressed the access we provide to underserved populations of Massachusetts students and how important it is that state funding include private higher ed institutions as well as public.

Toni with Gov. Healey and AICUM

And finally, I'm proud to announce Regis has been named to the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list for the sixth consecutive year! I couldn't have done it without all of you running the marathon with me! The list will come out in this Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine, and we are celebrating tomorrow morning at an event in Boston.