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December 13, 2018

We are in the middle of the flurry of end-of-semester activities with the Christmas Open House later today, Board of Trustees meeting tomorrow and the last day of final exams this Saturday. Good luck one and all!

I'm grateful to the Center for Ministry and Service for hosting "Coffee and Donate” last week in support of the Sisters of St. Joseph's work along the US-Mexico border. The event raised nearly $350! Please keep in your prayers those who work to welcome and support our dear neighbors seeking asylum.


EdD student Lara Salahi is co-author of a new book Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic that you can view here. Congratulations, Lara!

This Sunday, a delegation of 12 students will travel to New Orleans to serve with the St. Bernard Project on post-Katrina reconstruction efforts. Students have worked all semester to prepare for this trip with the help of staff members Mike Lynch and Kourtney Bonsey. Student leaders for the trip are Amanda Matias (undergrad) and Chanelle Garcia (grad) and student travelers are Markina Ako-Brew, Cole Anderson, Abigail Cooke, Elisabeth Cooke, Carla Faura, Emily Garfield, Jessica Gosselin, Brianna Howe, Nicole Lanzo, and Alexa Petkewich.

The second winter break service trip will depart on Jan. 9 with a delegation of 18 headed to Los Angeles to work with Dolores Mission Parish and Homeboy Industries. Students will also serve along the US-Mexico border with Border Angels. Staff leaders for this trip are Anabella Morabito and Jim Wildason who are working with undergrad student leaders Sean Toomey and Ikhianosen Ukhuedoba and student travelers Bernice Boateng, Betsi Alarcon, Caroline O'Connor, Cassandra Barry, Chukwusom Akanegbu, Isabel Gomez-Hernandez, Javier Suarez, Loren Salguero, Maxwell Whiffen, Nicole Gyimah, Rema Saad, Sergine Delma, Sheily Baez, and Trevon Wright. I look forward to hearing all about their experiences.

The Writing for the Communication Professional class poses during their end of semester project presentationStudents in the Writing for the Communication Professional class presented their semester-long project to the Center for Internships and Career Development last week. The students were tasked with creating a communication plan about our internship program and career resources.

Faculty And Staff

Attendees at the Coalition to Advance Patient Care in Haiti meeting pose in front of a Regis bannerLast week Regis hosted the first summit for the Coalition to Advance Patient Care in Haiti. The two-day meeting convened five nurse leaders from Haiti and representatives from Massachusetts academic institutions and nonprofits. The goal of the coalition is to collectively develop strategies to leverage resources and find new ones to strengthen nursing and improve patient outcomes in that impoverished nation. Here is a photo of the group. Thanks to all for your commitment!

Congratulations to Kathryn Anastasia, humanities and FYS instructor, for being honored for ten years of service to the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society for First-Year Success. In a letter, the Council writes "our Society could not and would not exist without the consistent help of dedicated advisors, and we are grateful for your service."

Margherite Matteis, associate professor of nursing, has been elected chair of the nominating committee for the Northeast Chapter of the Transcultural Nursing Society. Well done!

Annela Kelly, assistant professor of mathematics, presented "Data Analysis Projects" at the New England Faculty Development Consortium Fall 2018 Conference at the College of the Holy Cross recently. Her presentation demonstrated the use of projects as a teaching tool for statistics analysis. The projects build a bridge from the newly gained concepts of linear regression to the real-life applications via SPSS software.

Kevin Duarte, CIS senior business process analyst, published his short story “The Soul Experiment” in an Anthology put together by the Rhode Island Authors Association. He also finished a first draft of his novel Manifest Destiny last spring and is hoping to have the manuscript ready for submission early next year. Good luck, Kevin!

President's Office

Regis was in the Big Apple to celebrate Christmas with our 1927 Society donors. Special thanks to Eileen McCormick Langenus '78 and trustee Peter Langenus for hosting this special Christmas reception and dinner each year! See the group photo below. I returned to New York City yesterday to attend the Health eVillages Board meeting and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 50th Anniversary Ripple of Hope awards dinner.

If I don't see you at my Open House later today, please accept my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out January 17.

The Regis Board of Trustees and Administrative Council pose on stairs decorated for Christmas in New York City