This last edition for Academic Year 2018-19 is chock-full of faculty and staff accomplishments. What a great way to start the summer!
Congratulations to recent nursing graduate Chigoziri “Chichi” Ojuka '19 for being honored with Whittier Health Center Clinic's 2019 president’s award. Chichi is the director of the clinic and the award is employee-generated by a peer nomination process and organization-wide vote. Chichi recently graduated from the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. You can read the full story here.
On June 13, we hosted our inaugural Regis North pinning ceremony for accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (ABSN) students in College Hall. I'm very proud of this first group to receive this degree in nursing at Regis North. It's an important part of our mission to bring more opportunities for higher education to the Merrimack Valley.
Aspiring writers in the Carole Remick New England High School Journalism Collaborative are on campus through June 29 for a summer workshop. Students throughout New England come together to learn to report, write, and edit for a newspaper, and produce multimedia projects for a website. Participants have the opportunity to work with professional reporters, editors, photographers, and designers from news organizations, including The Boston Globe. Here is a photo of the group with Colleen Malachowski, associate professor and communication program director, and Kelley Tuthill, VP of marketing and communications.
A little rain could not dampen the spirits at the 18th annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday at the Marlborough Country Club. Over 130 players took part in the tournament. After a great day on the course, participants enjoyed an awards ceremony with dinner and raffle prizes. The event was a big success and raised $50,000 to benefit athletics and student life! Thank you to all who helped support the goal to improve our athletic facilities, provide student leadership opportunities, and contribute to service-learning trips around the globe. Here are some photos of the event, including of the tournament sponsor, AGB Services, and our first all-male alumni foursome on the right.
Congratulations to Courtney Mulligan, director of The Office of Accessibility Services, who recently began her term as the president of the New England Association on Higher Education and Disability (NE-AHEAD). This organization seeks to strengthen the network and development of disability officers in the region. Courtney has been a staunch advocate for increasing accessibility on our campus for those with both physical and learning differences. Courtney will do an amazing job in helping the organization offer opportunities to further these goals.
Kate Edney, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Lauren Bent, associate professor of education, attended the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Convening at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in June. Lauren and Liz Conant, assistant professor of health and fitness studies, prepared a presentation, which Lauren presented at the Convening, based on the research they have done through the support of a Kaneb grant, entitled, "She persisted: An exploration of strategies employed by working mothers in Ed.D. programs."
In May, Julia Lisella, professor of English, coordinated two roundtables celebrating the publication of the new collection she co-edited, Modernist Women Writers and American Social Engagement Roundtable I: Interventions at Home and Abroad; and Modernist Women Writers and American Social Engagement Roundtable II: Reframing Public and Private Spheres. She presented her own work on the poems of Genevieve Taggard.
Also in May, Jeannine Foley, assistant professor of biology, and Shari Litch Gray, associate professor of biology, were poster award winners at the annual Human Anatomy and Physiology conference in Portland, OR, for their presentation “iPad Use for A&P Lab Practical Exams Does Not Have a Negative Impact on Exam Scores or Final Grades." Congrats!
Yesterday we hosted the second Coalition to Advance Patient Care in Haiti Summit with reps from Regis, Salem State, Elms College, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth College, Partners In Health, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, Build Health International, Haitian Ministry of Health, University of Haiti, Promoting Health in Haiti, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Equal Health. The impressive group reviewed our work on nursing education and practice in Haiti and collectively developed a plan for work over the next two years.
A group of 10 staff members participated in our first-ever service immersion trip to Puerto Rico last week. The group worked with Community Collaborations International to help with ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. Two years later, many Puerto Ricans lack the support to continue with their lives as they were before the natural disaster. Given our connection with the island and our mission, the Center for Ministry and Service will continue doing service immersion trips to Puerto Rico in future years. We hope many of you will be inspired to support the trip. While there, they were able to connect with Regis community members who live on the island including our admissions rep Mayra Garcia. Below is a group photo.
I was honored to accept an award from Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton recently on behalf of Regis that was honored for our long standing commitment to TCA. Regis supports a nurse practitioner to ensure TCA students receive access to the best health care. We received the Shields Award along with Catholic college partners, Boston College and Stonehill. Here I am with (from left) Jack Connors, Stonehill President Father Denning, and BC President Father Leahy.
We continue our partnership with Medical Development Group Boston by hosting monthly forums in the Fine Arts Center. Mark your calendars for a great upcoming forum on July 31 on “Transitioning into and within the medical device industry.” It's a great networking event for students who are interested in this industry. I encourage you all to attend and bring students. It's free for Regis students, faculty and staff. For details and a list of upcoming events, visit www.mdgboston.org.
Happy Independence Day to all! The next edition of President's Notes will be out July 25.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN
P.S. Please save the date for the fourth annual Let It Shine Gala on Wednesday, October 23 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Join us to support student scholarships and celebrate this year’s honoree, Patricia A. D'Amore '73, PhD, MBA. Learn more about sponsoring the Gala or buying a ticket through payroll deduction here.