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November 12, 2020

So much as happened since the last time President's Notes went out two weeks ago. America voted for our first female Vice President and we are closer to a COVID-19 vaccine. As you likely heard, Regis was once again named to the Top 100 Women-Led Business in Massachusetts list, coming in at #39! Things are looking up.

I hope you read the letter from the Board of Trustees this week. As a member of the Board myself, I echo the words so lovely sent by our Trustees. Thank you for the many months of sacrifice and hard work that you have put into keeping Regis moving forward despite the challenges the pandemic has created. The higher education industry is a lot better off than many businesses and organizations that cannot operate remotely. As VP Mary Erina Driscoll said in a recent Administrative Council meeting, we've almost forgotten how lucky we are. In this season of thanks, let's look to the future with hope and gratitude.

Student News

Last Monday, the First-Gen Taskforce hosted a panel discussion in celebration of National First Generation College Student Day. The panelist were Dariel Henry, Henry Kronner, Jonathan Fitzgerald, and Samantha Pereira' 22. They each shared their experience as first generation students and the ways in which higher ed professionals can best support students who are the first in their family to go to college. Samantha, who serves as a student representative in the First-Gen Taskforce, talked about her experience at Regis and shared her experience this semester serving as a traveling nurse in Hawaii in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adam Davis '22, an air force veteran, performed at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Veterans Day with his dog Charlie.

Faculty and Staff News

The MSW program completed its fall site visit with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) this week. This visit is the next (and almost final) step toward the MSW program achieving initial accreditation – a process that takes three years to complete. The site visit went very well with the commissioner reporting that the program is on track to achieve initial accreditation at the February 2021 CSWE meeting. The commissioner also noted that the MSW program embodies Regis' mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph, has a strong faculty team, a robust and diverse student body, excellent support from college administration, and a dedicated commitment to preparing graduates to be clinical social work practitioners and leaders. Congratulations and thank you to the faculty: Donette Considine, Ruth Gerritsen-McKane, Lisa Gray, Tameca Harris-Jackson, Henry Kronner, Mininder Sodhi and Dean of Health Sciences Laura Burke.

Congratulations to Jennifer Potts, assistant professor of humanities, who was awarded first prize in Rhode Island International Film Festival's 2020 Screenplay Competition in the horror category for her screenplay Writer's Retreat.

Four current and former faculty, Michelle Cook, Cathy Fuller, Patricia McCauley, and Janis Tuxbury, presented a poster titled “Interprofessional Education Using Simulation and Digital Storytelling” at the Massachusetts-Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN) conference in October. The project was the result of a Kaneb grant project which has been implemented at Regis. This poster will also be presented nationally at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) fall faculty forum in December. Congratulations, all!

On October 31, three humanities professors co-organized and presented joint papers at the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Conference at Sacred Heart College in a panel titled “Forming the Whole Person and Teaching Against Oppression." Their papers were:

  • Joseph Draper, associate professor and chair of humanities: “Designed Oppression in Higher Education: Theories from the Catholic Intellectual Tradition”
  • Heather Jossleyn-Cranson, Sister Margaret William McCarthy endowed chair of music: "Broadening the Inquisitive Gaze: How the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Opens the Canon"
  • Jonathan Fitzgerald, assistant professor of humanities: “The Centrality of the Humanities to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition”

Edna Pressler, instructional designer, hosted a roundtable discussion at the Fall 2020 New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference on "UDL-Enriched Relationship-Rich Education."

The next edition of President's Notes will be out December 3.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN
President