Academic year 2019-2020 is off to a wonderful start—here on our campuses in Greater Boston and around the country where more than 1,300 students are enrolled online. The Regis footprint continues to grow: We exceeded enrollment goals in all categories—undergraduate, graduate on-campus, and graduate online, so our total enrollment this fall is more than 3,000 students.
Earlier this week, we celebrated Convocation—a beautiful tradition where we reflected on the Regis mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston and welcomed all our new students, including the Class of 2023, to the Regis family! Our theme was "(Dis)Connection," which was an important opportunity for all of us to put down our electronic devices and make genuine connections with fellow members of our community. In an age where digital communication is the norm (and oftentimes, a necessity), we inevitably give up some degree of personal connection in favor of a faster, more efficient communication. But in a close-knit community where we so highly value our dear neighbors and building relationships with those we serve and work with, it’s more important than ever to pause and reflect on that value by engaging with one another face-to-face.
Regis is thriving. With the continued generosity of its supporters, the university will be propelled to ever-greater heights. Thank you for your part as a valued member of our community, and best wishes for a prosperous academic year ahead.
Prior to the start of the school year, we welcomed 50 new undergraduate students for an early move-in program. The students connected with important campus resources, bonded and socialized with their peers, and gained knowledge to prepare them for the start of their first year of college. Incoming students who attended this program included those who identified as first-generation, those serving as Regis Diverse Educators, and students affiliated with the Pride Scholars Program, Presidential Catholic School Scholarship, and Honors Program.
Congratulations to two student athletes for receiving weekly GNAC awards this week: senior Maggie Mann was named Cross Country Female Runner of the Week, and freshman Sheridan Blaha earned Field Hockey Rookie of the Week honors.
We are hosting three soccer matches this weekend. On Saturday, women's soccer plays at noon, followed by the men's team at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the women are back in action at 12 p.m. Good luck to both teams!
Good luck to our men's tennis team who play their first match this Friday at 3:30 p.m. at home.
And good luck to the women's volleyball, women's tennis, and field hockey teams as they hit the road for key contests this weekend.
We officially cut the ribbon on the new Counseling Center, part of the Regis Community Health Services. I'm so grateful to have this new space for our students where they can feel comfortable seeking mental health professional assistance. In addition, the Center offers resources for remote students who cannot get to the Weston campus. Employees should be familiar with the Center and direct community members as needed and appropriate. Click here for more information about the Counseling Center's services and how to contact them. Click here to learn how the Center was funded through a generous donation.
Shari Litch Gray, associate professor of biology, attended a two-week Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Zebrafish development and genetics workshop for researchers in August. She was awarded the Thomas B. and Elizabeth F. Grave Scholarship from MBL and a scholarship from Zebrafish Husbandry Association to help cover the cost of tuition for the workshop.
Congratulations to Carol Patton, online DNP adjunct faculty, for contributing three chapters to the newly published text, Conducting the DNP project: Practical steps when the proposal is complete.
Founders' Day registration is officially open! Please don't wait to register as some sites fill up quickly. Click here to sign up today.
The President's Lecture Series on Health events for this fall cover some very interesting and timely topics. Registration is open now by clicking here.
I am proud to be among 37 college and university presidents to have co-signed an immigration letter that AICUM will be sending to the members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. The letter shares our concerns that recent developments in federal immigration policy are making it increasingly difficult for the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities to attract and retain international students, faculty and researchers.
The next edition of President's Notes will be out September 26.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN