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February 14, 2019

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Davis as Chief of Campus Police. Formerly the Chief of Police for the Town of Ashland, Craig is known for his collaborative and innovative leadership style that led to dramatic changes for the town’s police department. As a senior command officer for most of his career, Craig’s leadership, integrity and significant experience make him the ideal candidate to serve as our new Chief of Police. He has a reputation for fairness and I am confident in his ability to build relationships within our community while providing the administrative expertise to run our campus police department. He will be joining us at the end of March.


Lauren Camella standing in front of a table promoting Lauren's Super Services

The N-Squared Innovation District of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce held its first annual student entrepreneurship competition, Innovate 128, last week. Entrepreneurs from area colleges and universities -- Regis, Babson, UMass, Boston College, Brandeis, Bentley, Olin and Lasell -- competed for prizes including mentoring from the founders of Trip Advisor and Big Belly Solar; legal consulting support from Gennari Aronson, LLC; and office/work space at the Newton Innovation Center. Representing Regis was first-year marketing and communications student Lauren Camella who pitched her rapidly growing startup household services firm, Lauren’s Super Services. Lauren earned high marks for her business’ strong commitment to social justice and systematic expansion plan. She intends to use the feedback she received to expand her business from New Hampshire to Massachusetts and add additional services and pricing options. Congrats Lauren!

Molly Perkins, a junior English major and film studies minor, held a table reading of her screenplay Sailor, Take Warning with FAC Director and Assistant Professor Jen Potts and about 20 of her classmates. This was a great opportunity for Molly to hear her words performed for the first time with her peers taking on the various speaking roles. She plans to incorporate the feedback into revising her script. I am impressed that this table reading occurred outside of any formal class which demonstrates the passion our students have for the creative arts and for learning!

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a stipend for their internships from the Flatley Foundation: McKenzi Hammond, Elisabeth Cooke, Kailine Polanco, Andriana Harris and Isabella Howells. Undergraduate students who wish to apply for a stipend for a summer internship should attend the next info session on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 12:30 in CH 209.


Congratulations to Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams James Sweeney who was selected for the Scholar All-America award from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America! Thanks to our amazing coaches, Pride student athletes have the opportunity to thrive in and out of the classroom!

Faculty And Staff

Margherite Matteis, associate professor of nursing, presented at the Transcultural Nursing Society northeast chapter meeting in New York along with her colleagues. Their presentation was titled "Living in the Digital Age: Role of Nurses in Using Social Media to Enhance Transcultural Nursing."

Congratulations to Mary Lou Cullen, coordinator of the nursing resource room, for becoming a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)!

Hellenic staff/faculty with Karen, Lisanne and Maribeth Martin

Karen Miranda, director of grad counseling programs, and Lisanne Hann, grad partnership specialist, were recently invited to Hellenic College to speak to their human development psychology students about pursuing their masters in counseling psychology Regis. This comes as part of a continued effort to grow academic partnerships across the region, which have yielded dozens of students enrolling into our grad programs. Karen and Lisanne also met with Hellenic faculty to discuss ways to extend partnership benefits for students. Pictured above are members of Hellenic staff/faculty with Karen, Lisanne and Maribeth Martin, Regis counseling psych student.

Our corporate partnerships continue to grow, thanks to the tremendous efforts of our strategic partnerships team Amy Etheridge and Lisanne Hann. Our most recent new partners include Emerson Hospital, Lowell General Hospital, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Covenant Health and Spectrum Health Systems. Please click here to visit the web page to familiarize yourself with this strategic initiative. You can all help us open doors. If you know of an organization that would make a great partner, please reach out to Amy by email at

Regalos - Supporting Regis Service Around the Globe

The Center for Ministry and Service invites faculty and staff to the annual fundraiser Regalos: Supporting Regis Service Around the Globe. As our service immersion programs grow, so does the need to fund them and make them accessible to all our students. Regalos has become the most essential fundraiser to continuing our global commitment to service. Please consider attending this fantastic night filled with stories from our students about their encounters and service to the Dear Neighbor, heavy hors-d'oeuvres, complimentary bar, a raffle and live auction. Tickets are available for purchase here. If you are unable to join us but would like to donate to the Regalos Fund, you can do so here. Thank you as always for your support.

Priscilla Boerger standing beside a sign for the 36th annual Academic Chairperson Conference

Priscilla Boerger, chair of education, attended the 36th annual Academic Chairperson Conference in Houston to network with other chairs and deans from colleges and universities across the country. She attended forums on Women in Leadership (Pathways, Problem-Solving and Advocacy), New Challenges Facing Colleges and Academic Leaders, Using Technology to Facilitate Faculty Evaluation, and Workplace Bullying in Higher Education.

Heather Josselyn-Cranson poses with Jade Zhang

Last week, Heather Josselyn-Cranson, associate professor of music, hosted a student from Bates College (Maine) as part of the student's job shadow program. A Bates alum, Heather was happy to host Jade Zhang, a history and theater double major, who is considering teaching in the arts or working in arts administration. Thank you to Heather and all FAC staff and faculty for welcoming Jade and showing her a worthwhile experience at Regis.

President's Office

The Lower Cost Model Consortium (LCMC), in which Regis is a member, was featured in a recent Forbes article "What To Do About The High Costs Of Higher Education: One Model Of School Collaboration".

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day. I love that our student wellness group is hosting a smile event today from noon - 2 p.m. in front of the dining hall. Making someone smile goes a long way. HR is hosting National Wear Red Day today from 2-3 p.m. in CH Foyer for faculty and staff. Please stop by both events to spread love and positive affirmations!

The next issue of President’s Notes will be out February 28.