This week we welcomed six members of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accreditation team to conduct our five-year interim site visit. This process provides public assurance about the quality of our academic programs. As we stated in our self-study report to NECHE, the state of our university is strong with the development of innovative programs providing excellence in education. The team praised the welcoming and cordial atmosphere they experienced the entire time they were here. Thank you to everyone who attended the meetings with the team on short notice. They were impressed with how we universally adopt our mission and live it every day. Overall it was a very positive visit and I look forward to receiving the written report.
Last week we welcomed the Commissioner from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for the first visit in the Master of Social Work accreditation process. Thank you to the social work faculty who have been working hard to prepare for this. We will hear from CSWE in early spring.
A team from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) was here at the end of October to evaluate our DNP program. We did very well with all standards in compliance and the visitors emphasized that they repeatedly heard how the strength of the program is due to our faculty. We will have a final report and recommendations by Spring 2019.
Thank you to everyone across the entire Regis community who participated in meetings and helped with the planning and data collection. It was a great team effort and I'm very proud of you all!
Members of student affairs and student leaders spent last weekend learning about campus programming at the National Association of Campus Activities Northeast Conference. Erica Devine, director of the Center for Student Engagement, presented two educational sessions, hosted two affinity group chats and served on the conference’s planning committee as the diversity initiatives coordinator. Steeve Laborde, programming coordinator for commuter life and multicultural student programs, also hosted an affinity group chat. Pictured here from left (top row) are Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Kirk Lee, Maria Russello, Arianna Woodley, Steeve Laborde, Cacia Weekes-Christopher, Shoshanna Onyiriuka, (bottom row) Brandy Blaise, Amari Powell, and Erica Devine.
Congratulations to Dr. David Crisci for successfully defending his dissertation in practice entitled "Faculty-led Short-term Study Abroad: An Exploration of Experiential Learning Strategies." Here he is with committee members Dr. Lauren Bent and Dr. Priscilla Boerger.
Congratulations to the 12 fall sports student-athletes who received All-GNAC honors for their exemplary performances in competition this season! And congrats to Elisabeth McQuaid '20 who has twice rewritten her own school record for highest score in one-meter diving, including a total of 238.65 points on Nov. 3 against Gordon.
I'm excited that the basketball teams are about to open their 2018-19 seasons next week. The first home games are Nov. 28 (women) and Nov. 29 (men). Our swimming and diving teams will host the Regis Invitational all day Dec. 1. Best of luck to all!
Steve Threlkeld, director of neuroscience, and a group of his students visited the MIT Museum exhibit “The Beautiful Brain.” The exhibit highlights over 80 original nervous system drawings produced by the 1906 Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal, often referred to as the founder of modern neuroscience. Pictured here from left are Asha Felice, Mirriam Mananah, MacKensie Orchard, Pauline Seremetis, Elaine Kearney, Rhedise Basss and Professor Threlkeld. Thanks, Steve.
Nursing Clinical Resource and Simulation Center faculty presented their simulation, "Addressing Contemporary Issues in the Community," at the Mass-Rhode Island League for Nursing conference. Here they are from left Liz Duca, Joan Dorr, Mary Lou Cullen, Pat McCauley, Sharon Wong, and Jan Tuxbury. Nice job!
Chris Kubik, professor of management, attended the annual conference of the Financial Education Association in San Antonio, TX, where he presented a paper along with his colleagues titled "Closing Time: Insights from the Closure of Mount Ida College and Lessons for Other Small Colleges to Consider." The paper focused on three key areas: financial information, the role and ethics of marketing a college when it is under financial duress, and the human resources laws and best practices for addressing financial challenges or under closings.
I hope you can join the Center for Ministry and Service and the Alumni community to celebrate our annual Memorial Mass this Sunday at 10 a.m. In this special tradition we honor the lives of all the alumni we have lost in the past year. This year we will remember Stephanie Boaventura '18 in a special way. Brunch will be served following the Mass.
Next Monday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m., we will be honoring our veterans at a Veterans Day Commemoration in College Hall Foyer. This is a wonderful opportunity to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Please accept my very best wishes for a peaceful Thanksgiving with your families. I am grateful for all you do for Regis. The Center for Ministry and Service is hosting a Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer Service on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Peace Room with dessert to follow.
The next issue of President’s Notes will be out November 29.