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April 2, 2020

Regis is sad to learn about the first positive COVID-19 case in our community and pray for that individual's return to health. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis daily and update our FAQ page with information for students regarding precautions, guidelines, and a compilation of frequently asked questions.

I’m writing to you from campus where there are sadly just a handful of undergraduates left along with a small number of resident staff members. I miss you all and hope you and your families are in good health. We pray in a special way for the members of our community including many alums who are serving on the front line in health care. Regis is doing what we can to offer support including donating any available Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) from our STEM and neuroscience labs. Thank you to Steven Threlkeld, neuroscience program director, who picked up and delivered the supplies to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency yesterday. Previously, the Young School of Nursing and the Dental Center donated their supplies of PPEs.

As you may have noticed, President’s Notes has a new image above, a photo of our beautiful grotto on campus. During these days of fear and much uncertainty, we are reminded deeply of our interconnectedness with each other and those we call our “dear neighbor.” Our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, inspire us to meet the needs of the times with care, compassion, and creativity by calling upon each of us to do what we can do to reach out and assist those in need.

The leadership team and I have established eight presidential priorities and assigned a working task force to address each of them. Each task force is charged with providing support to ensure our university continues to move forward.

The Care for the Dear Neighbor task force was established in response to the COVID-19 crisis to provide outreach and support to our Regis community and beyond. The group will find creative ways to offer spiritual and religious support; address physical and emotional needs; make sure inclusivity and sense of belonging ensues; and continue the work of mission integration in all that we do as a Catholic institution of higher education.

Meet the Care for the Dear Neighbor task force:

Inclusive Excellence

Welcome to New Member of Regis Community

Audrey Grace head shotAudrey Grace joined us last week and will serve as our new associate vice president of inclusive excellence. Watch a video and read a Q&A with Audrey where she shares the reasons behind her passion to create authentically inclusive communities that celebrate diversity and ways we can all come together to help.

Audrey will also be sharing regular tips for fostering inclusion during these rapidly evolving times. Check out her first video tip on how to update your name and pronouns in Zoom. Be sure to follow the Center for Inclusive Excellence on social media @regisinclusion. You can also reach her directly at

Spiritual Resources and Reflections

Photo of Father Paul with the text "Reflections on Holy Week and Easter with Father Paul"

As we navigate our faith during this challenging, unprecedented time, Father Paul invites you to join our community in prayer and reflection throughout Holy Week. Fr. Paul will offer prayer and reflection for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Follow along on the Regis Ministry Instagram (@regisministry) and Twitter, Facebook or sign up here.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston are still praying for us. Send your intentions to them here, and they will pray for your concerns!

Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: may love, not fear, go viral. Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon, You, the Holy One, breathing within us, breathing among us, breathing around us, in our beautiful yet wounded world.
Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

Above is a prayer that Sister Mary Murphy, CSJ, came across and wanted to share with you. If you are looking for daily sources of prayer and reflection, please reach out to the Dear Neighbor task force members for their recommendations. Fr. Paul enjoys and recommends this one from Notre Dame Daily Gospel Reflections.

Care of the Whole Person

We continue to care for our dear neighbors, the whole person, body, mind, spirit. Please support the Hospitality Center by purchasing items on this Amazon Wish List to help keep it stocked for those who remain on campus and need a little extra support. If you would like to financially contribute to the Dear Neighbor Fund you may donate here. If you have any other questions on how you can help, contact Dan Leahy. Thank you for your generosity.

Dear Neighbor Service Opportunities

Local Mask Making Group Seeking Assistance

Members of the Natick/Sherborn mask making group have been working on creating headbands that the mask can be attached to for greater comfort. They are in need of buttons to put onto the headbands. Buttons should be about 3/4" - 1" in diameter and can be any color. If you have any to donate, please contact the group to arrange for pickup or drop off.

The Dear Neighbor Task Force Wants to Hear From You

Their task is outreach to our Dear Neighbors and everyone in our Regis community. How can they help you? Please email any one of the task force members by clicking their picture above, and let them know how they can advocate for your personal and professional needs and support you during this challenging time.

Student, Faculty and Staff News

Outbreak Culture book coverWatch WGN-TV Chicago's interview of Lara Salahi '19 EdD alumna and co-author of the book Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis And The Next Epidemic about the COVID-19 pandemic and if there’s still time to change its course.

Congratulations to online DNP student Stephanie Dorisca for successfully defending her DNP scholarly practice project, "Implementation of the Pulmonary Residence Program for New Graduate Nurses to Address Knowledge of VAP Bundle." Stephanie has the distinction of being the first online DNP student to defend her project to the Regis community via Zoom.

Shari Harding head shotShari Harding, assistant professor of nursing, was featured in a Forbes article about the negative mental health consequences of videos touting doomsday and the apocalypse being prominently promoted across social media and streaming platforms. Well done, Shari.

Congratulations Donna Glynn, associate dean of pre-licensure nursing, for contributing two chapters on peptic ulcer disease and cirrhosis to the recent addition of Primary Care: Interprofessional Collaborative Practice 6th edition.

And congrats to Carol Eliadi and Edith Claros, nursing adjunct faculty, for recently publishing an article in the Journal of Substance Use titled "Using the multi-theory model of health behavior change to identify correlates of change in substance use behavior in a mental health clinic-based sample."

I hope you enjoyed the new sections and information in this edition of President's Notes. They are included to help ease any stress you may have and offer ways we can stay connected.

Please take care of yourself, continue physical distancing and follow the direction of government and health care experts. Be well and stay in touch.

The next edition of President's Notes will be out April 16, 2020.