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April 22, 2021

The last official day of undergraduate classes was yesterday, and students and faculty are preparing for finals as I write this. We're almost there and I can't wait to celebrate with you and all our graduating students these next few weeks.

As you know, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the George Floyd murder trial this week. You can read our statement here. Students in the Multicultural Student Association organized a prayer vigil for racial justice on Tuesday in the Quad. Special thanks to Dan Leahy and Anabella Morabito for supporting our students and leading this event. While we hope that the verdict can provide some level of relief, particularly to Mr. Floyd’s family, we still have so much to do as individuals, as a community, and as a society to realize true social and racial equity. I'm grateful that the Centers for Inclusive Excellence, Ministry and Service, or Counseling Services are available to anyone who needs a space to talk.

Student News

Regis North student Sarah Law played an integral role in helping promote the PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) Awareness Bill. She worked to have Governor Baker sign a declaration to proclaim this week, April 18 - 24, as Infertility Awareness Week. Sarah completed her internship at Resolve New England which is dedicated to helping families struggling with infertility. She not only helped draft parts of the bill but advocated to local senators and representative for the Infertility Awareness designation. Well done, Sarah!

Congratulations to the following students for their successful doctoral defenses:

  • Stephen Vander Els "The Impact on Waste of Limiting Opioid Prescription Length in Skilled Nursing Facilities”
  • Susan Carroccino "Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing Education: The Implementation of an Interactive Online Educational Model for Nurses in a Community Hospital Setting"
  • Mary Lou Cullen "Critical Thinking in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU): Perceptions of ICU Nurse Preceptors"
  • Sandra Martin "Promoting Clinical Judgement Through Evidence-Based Teaching Practice: An Integrative Review”
  • Renee N. B. Cardinal "Perceptions of Associate's Degree Nursing Students Regarding an Educational Module on Caring for Patients with Vision Loss"
  • Jennifer D. Amadon "The Experience of Nurse Case Managers Regarding Moral Distress in Their Role and Development of an Educational Program Based on Their Perceptions"

Faculty and Staff News

The PRIDE Faculty Lecture Series concluded this week with "Outcomes and Insights from the Pandemic" with VP of Academic Affairs Mary Driscoll. The Zoom lectures were recorded and you can watch them here. Thank you to all the panelists and organizers for these enriching community discussions.

MSW faculty Lisa Gray and Donette Considine presented at the Social Work Distance Education Conference on “Collaborating to Launch and Support an Online MSW Program: Partnering with an Education Support Company.” Their presentation highlighted the ways our MSW program and Pearson Learning Company work together to create a vibrant program and learning experience for students. Also, Lisa and Donette were joined by Mimi Sodhi, Ruth Gerritsen-McKane, and Henry Kronner to present a panel discussion at the conference on “Community-Building in an Online MSW Program.” Their discussion highlighted the ways the MSW faculty and students have created a strong sense of community in the program with peer mentoring, program governance, classroom interaction, field education, and campus engagement. Nice work showcasing our great online MSW program!

Lucia Ortiz, professor in humanities, was invited to speak about writer Manuel Zapata Olivella at a conference organized by the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. The conference celebrated the legacy of Zapata Olivella, one of the most important authors of African heritage in Latin America. The conference presentations will be published in Vanderbilt's scholarly journal, Afro-Hispanic Review.

Congratulations to Cassandra Godzik, associate dean of grad online nursing, for being selected to serve on an advisory committee commissioned by Johnson and Johnson and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This 18-month long initiative will culminate in the production of a faculty tool kit for AACN member schools, which will be guided by the award-winning documentary 5B. Cassie was selected because of her demonstrated expertise and thought leadership, evident through her practice, professional, and experiential body of work, identified her as a subject matter expert.

Today we celebrate International Earth Day. As you know, one of our core values is Care for all God’s creation. Let today's recognition give us pause to reflect on how we can do our part to be good to our planet for ourselves and our future generations. Below is a prayer I wanted to share with you that Trustee Marian Batho, CSJ, will be saying at our Board Executive Committee meeting this afternoon. Thank you, Sister Marian!

A prayer for our earth from Laudato Si

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace. Amen

The next edition of President's Notes will be out May 6.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN