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March 14, 2019

I am pleased to announce we have found a home for the Regis College Dental Center. We have signed a lease at 1432 Main Street in Waltham. This location, near the Market Basket plaza, offers easy access to Route 128 and public transportation. It is just 3.5 miles from our Weston campus and we will provide transportation through our shuttle service. Our hope is to be ready to welcome patients in the new location this fall. We are in the process of obtaining all of the required permits and regulatory permissions in order to begin construction of the new space. In the meantime, the clinic will remain open on our Regis Newton campus. We will keep you posted once we have a firm opening date. Thanks to everyone who is working so hard on this project.

I am also pleased to share with you that we received an excellent report from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) about our five-year interim visit in November. The report praises our progress over the last five years. The accreditors lauded our commitment to the mission and how we embrace a culture of assessment. NECHE does not plan to return until our comprehensive review in 2023. We will provide updates on our graduate and online enrollments in the interim. Congratulations to all and thank you for all your hard work. I'd like to particularly thank my Administrative Council members for their preparation of our self-study and participation in the site visit. Go Regis!


I am pleased to recognize three recipients who were awarded the Patricia Korzendorfer Scholarship for 2018-2019: Shane Romanchick '19, Jordan Sterenberg '22 and Victoria Carcamo '20. The scholarship was established in 2017 in memory of Patricia Korzendorfer ’68, who was a math major and leader of her class. Congratulations to these deserving students!

Photo of the Found in Translation staff webpage for Maria Vetkin

Congratulations to alumna Maria Vertkin '11 for being nominated for a People's Voice DVF Award! Maria started Found in Translation, a program which helps low-income and homeless multilingual women to become professional medical interpreters. The DVF Awards, supported by The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, are given annually to provide recipients with the exposure and resources necessary to extend their efforts on behalf of women all over the world. The DVF Awards were conceived by Diane von Furstenberg in 2010 with the goal of honoring women who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to their causes. The award is chosen by popular vote so please support her by casting your vote here. So proud of you, Maria!

Regis students presenting at AMSA convention

Four senior biology and neuroscience students attended the 2019 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) convention in Washington, D.C., last week with Kristen Willems, pre-med advisor. Shari Litch Gray, associate professor of biology, attended to assist Ikhiaosen Ukhuedoba and Laura Arias resent their zebrafish research. Amari Powell presented the Ribbons for a Reason project through the Regis AMSA club. Emma Morales presented her honors thesis research on a novel treatment for traumatic brain injury from Steve Threlkeld’s neuroscience lab. While there, Emma met with a congressional aide from the office of Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ). Rep. Pascrell leads the national task force on brain injury.

Regis students at the NEURON conference

Several senior neuroscience students recently attended the Northeast Undergraduate Research on Neuroscience Conference (NEURON) at Quinnipiac University to present their senior research projects. Pictured here from left are: Steven Threlkeld (faculty), Andriana Harris, Pauline Seremetis, Kailine Polanco, Dan Laflamme and McKenzi Hammond. Dan and Pauline presented research that was conducted on our campus; Kailine and McKenzi presented research completed in partnership with labs at McLean Hospital; and Andriana presented research from her research internship at Harvard Medical school.

Below is a photo of the Glee Singers at the Redwood Library in Newport where they performed during spring break.

Regis Glee Singers at Redwood Library


Congrats to senior Katasha Jarvis and junior Ariana McCormack for setting a new women's tennis record with their 19th career victory as a doubles tandem during the team's spring break trip to Florida. Katasha will be honored in a senior day presentation during a match next week.

The women's lacrosse team has designated this Saturday, March 16, as the Lax 4 Life match. The team is joining with the organization to raise awareness of young adult and adolescent suicide prevention. Members of the team will be tabling outside the dining hall tomorrow during lunch with information about Lax 4 Life.

Good luck to the men's volleyball and lacrosse teams in action this Saturday!

Faculty And Staff

An article featuring our Haiti Project is published in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, thanks to former director Nancy Street, and current faculty members Leslie Mandel and Lynne Man along with Laura Bermudez. You may read "Human Resources for Health: Advancing Nursing in Haiti—A Qualitative Evaluation of a Master's Level Nursing Faculty Development Project" here.

Deborah Breen, assistant professor of digital humanities, has been selected to participate in The Civil War in American Memory seminar at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University this June. She is one of only 25 faculty members selected for this prestigious seminar. Congratulations, Deborah!

VP Kara Kolomitz and Laura Bertonazzi, dean of UG enrollment and retention, were published in the 2019 NASPA Knowledge Community Publication. This annual publication highlights key programs and research initiatives from the various constituencies within the student affairs industry. NASPA is the governing association for student affairs practitioners. Their article, “Enrollment Practices: Bringing Student Affairs Principles of Practice Into the Admission Process” describes how the formation of our division of undergraduate student affairs and enrollment aligned NASPA best practices in our enrollment strategies.

cover for the book Modernist Women Writers and American Social Engagement

Faculty members continue to be busy with scholarship. The book Modernist Women Writers and American Social Engagement, edited by Julia Lisella, associate professor of English, has been released by Lexington Books.

Margherite Matteis, associate professor of nursing, completed the review of a manuscript for the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and a review of a continuing education article for the Journal of the American Nurses' Association.

Dean of the School and Arts and Sciences Kate Edney attended the EAB Arts and Sciences Deans Summit in Washington, D.C., last week to participate in sessions on “Transcending Departmental Boundaries” and “Overcoming Barriers to Equity in Student Success.”

President's Office

I hosted a group of women from the Massachusetts Women's Forum for dinner this week at Morrison House. MWF is a community of top women leaders from all sectors of society, from business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. It was a wonderful evening with an accomplished group of women.

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