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May 9, 2019

Regis students pose with their Kente stoles

The Kente Stole ceremony last night was wonderful and inspirational. The symbol of this year's kente is two conjoined crocodiles that represent “unity in diversity.” This symbol identifies unity among different religions and cultural tolerance that make up the fabric of our special community. The hard work, dedication and perseverance by our students make Regis what it is today, and help shape it for the future. I am so proud of all our graduating students.

Tonight we will be hooding our graduate students and tomorrow we will celebrate baccalaureate and hear from the valedictorian Stephanie Bitsoli. Just a reminder for Commencement this Saturday, volunteers must arrive at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion by 8 a.m. and should enter through the VIP/Trustee/Staff/Faculty entrance.


Congratulations to Marissa Bennett '18, a student in the Regis Zebrafish Research Facility last year. She was accepted into the biotechnology master's program at Brown University for this fall. She plans to keep studying until she earns her PhD! Way to go, Marissa!

Good news for two Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) members. Janessa DeCata and Rachel Bartels received $1,200 scholarships from the honor society. DES awarded only 13 undergrad scholarships and nine grad fellowships, earning Janessa and Rachel a spot on an elite list.

A photo of the labyrinth path from the Peace Pole on the Regis Quad

Students in the Exploring Humanities class recently visited Boston College to walk the Memorial Labyrinth, led by Deborah Breen, assistant professor of digital humanities, as part of a unit on how labyrinths reflect the human experience through myth, history, and materials. Students concluded their semester’s work by building a temporary labyrinth around the Peace Pole in our Quad. Thanks to Dan Leahy and Chanelle Garcia of the Center for Ministry and Service who helped organize the event.

Emma Morales Cestero poses with Steven Threlkeld

Congratulations to Emma Morales Cestero for successfully defending her neuroscience honors thesis titled, "Effects of Lubricin on glial scarring after traumatic brain injury." Emma is the first undergraduate student to complete a departmental honors thesis in the School of Health Sciences. Here she is with department chair Steven Threlkeld.


Regis track and field teams pose while volunteering at the mile 14 hydration station of the 2019 Boston Marathon

Thanks so much to members of the track and field teams who volunteered at the mile 14 hydration station at this year's Boston Marathon. Special thanks to Cassie Froio for coordinating the volunteers. Pictured here are Madison Boucias, Karen Di, Cassie Froio, Lourdes Jean-Louis, Desiree Jones, Ashleigh Kelley, Erin Kelley, Hannah Plamondon, Jovan Sematimba, and Erin Sheehan.

Congrats to the women's outdoor track and field team for winning its second straight GNAC Championship! They were led by two seniors: Fatima St. Hilaire with four individual titles and Liz Ksepka with two individual conference championships. On the men's side, two seniors won individual titles: Dan LaFlamme in the shot put and discus and Matthew Malone in the 110 meter hurdles.

Congratulations also to the women's lacrosse team for advancing to the championship match of the GNAC Tournament! The team finished with a 15-3 overall record, the best winning percentage in program history, and placed seven players on one of the All-GNAC teams. Junior Meghan Sargent was named GNAC Defender of the Year, sophomore Brittany McPherson earned GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year honors, and head coach Courtney Duggan was voted GNAC Coach of the Year by her peers.

Thank you to all of our student-athletes for representing Regis with class and pride during the 2018-19 academic year! I look forward to welcoming our returning players as well as our newcomers to campus next fall.

Faculty And Staff

Regis nursing staff pose with flowers and a present

We received notification from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing that our doctorate nursing program has been granted continuing accreditation. ACEN thanked us for our commitment to quality nursing education. Congratulations to Dean Diane Welsh and the nursing faculty for this outstanding achievement!

Angela Kulesza, associate professor of nursing, and Shari Harding, assistant professor of nursing, recently attended the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners conference. Shari gave a presentation “Management of Anxiety and Depression in Adolescence," and Angela was honored at the awards ceremony with the Distinguished NP of the Year award for her contributions to excellence in health care service and NP education. What a great honor, especially during National Nurses Week!

Boston Red Sox presents Nurses Week, this year's national anthem sun by Charlene C. Hollins, RN, BS - BWH emergency medicine at it's best

In honor of Nurses Week, the Red Sox will dedicate the pre-game ceremony next Wednesday, May 15 to nurses. Our very own Donna Glynn, associate dean of pre-licensure nursing, will be on the field along with nursing student Charlene Hollins who will sing the National Anthem!

Diane Welsh poses with Cassandra Godzik in front of Senator Elizabeth Warren's office

Dean of Nursing Diane Welsh attended the AACN Deans annual meeting in Washington, DC, that was held in conjunction with the AACN Student Policy Summit. All deans and students visited Capitol Hill together. Here is a photo of Diane with Cassandra Godzik, assistant professor and former nursing student, at Senator Elizabeth Warren's office.

Maswood Akhter, Fulbright scholar in the humanities department, represented Regis at the American Security: Economic and Food Solutions seminar organized by the U.S. Department of State recently. He participated in various discussions throughout the seminar and discussed Regis’ volunteerism. Thank you, Maswood!

On behalf of the Faculty Development and Research Committee, I am pleased to announce that the following projects have been awarded funding as a 2019-2020 Virginia Pyne Kaneb Faculty Scholars Program Grant or 2019-2020 Faculty Development Grant.

  • Deborah Breen, assistant professor of digital humanities
    “Humanities in Action: Video Conversations with Scholars and Students at Regis Colleges”
  • Helen Consiglio, psychology program director; Jason Clemence, assistant professor of education and humanities; and Edward Hunt, assistant professor of political science
    “PRIDE Scholars: High Impact Problem Solving”
  • Annela Kelly, assistant professor of math
    “School of Arts and Sciences Scholarly and Creative Work Showcase”
  • Angela Kulesza, associate professor of nursing; Lisa Krikorian, assistant professor of nursing; and Sheryl Kelleher, assistant professor of nursing
    “Educating the Nurse Practitioner Preceptor: A Series of Continuing Education Events”
  • Brian Plouffe, biomedical engineering program director
    “Attendance at the ABET Fundamentals of Program Assessment Workshop”
  • Jonathan Fitzgerald, assistant professor of general education, and Deborah Breen
    “A Vision for Digital Humanities at Regis College”
  • Courtney Cole, assistant professor of communication
    National Communication Association Conference

Ericka Hollis poses with members of the Northeast Regional Quality Matters team

Associate Dean of Online Graduate Nursing Karen Crowley and Associate Dean of Online Assessment and Faculty Development Ericka Hollis represented Regis at the Northeast Regional Quality Matters (QM) Conference at Berkeley College in New York recently. Karen presented a session entitled, "A caring faculty environment and success online: Staying true to the college mission." Ericka holds multiple certifications and roles with QM and served on the event committee. In this photo is Ericka with members of the QM team.

Congratulations to Joyce McNickles, visiting professor of politics and social justice and coordinator of women’s and gender studies, for receiving the YWCA of Central Massachusetts Katharine F. Erskine Award! The award recognizes women who have demonstrated leadership and reached exemplary levels of achievement in their professions and communities. Recipients show a commitment to the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Deb Breen was invited to give the keynote address at the recent ANZAC Day commemorative service organized by the New England branch of the American-Australian Association. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates the contributions of those who served in war. In the United States, it is observed by Australian and New Zealand communities on the Saturday closest to April 25th, the anniversary of the landing of Allied forces at Gallipoli-Çannakale in Turkey in 1915. The American-Australian Association is the largest non-profit organization devoted to strengthening relations between the United States and Australia.

Danqing Xiao and Steve Threlkeld pose behind their Neuroscience outreach and education table in Framingham

Danqing Xiao, assistant professor of biology, and Steve Threlkeld ran a Neuroscience outreach and education table at the Science on State Street festival in Framingham recently. Several hundred community members attended and were amazed by the microscope images of brain cells they displayed. Danqing and Steve handed out kid-friendly brain education workbooks donated to Regis by Dr. Stephanie Maddox and Dr. Sabina Berretta from the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital.

The May 2019 issue of School Administrator magazine carries a lead book review by Priscilla Boerger, chair of education. his issue goes to 20,000 school system leaders and is available online.

Kelly Brochu, Erica Devine and Kirk Lee pose with their NASPA certificates

Throughout the spring 2019 semester, Kelly Brochu, associate director of residence life; Erica Devine, director of the Center for Student Engagement; and Kirk Lee, assistant dean of student affairs, served as mentors for new professionals across New England through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) 2019 New Professional Mentorship Institute. As mentors, Kelly, Erica and Kirk provided insight and guidance through professional development sessions and individual conversations with assigned mentees who are new professionals in the field of student affairs.

The next edition of President's Notes will be out May 239.

Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN