Among the many things about Regis that make me proud, the deep sense of community is certainly towards the top of the list. The togetherness, support, and appreciation we share with one another was very much evident during Random Acts of Kindness week. Nearly 100 notes of positivity, encouragement, and gratitude were delivered as members of the Regis community celebrated each other -- their Dear Neighbors. I heard from many of you that the simple gesture brightened someone's day. Cultivating gratitude in our every day lives can lead to many benefits. Thank you to the Center for Student Engagement for coordinating this endeavor.
Congratulations to the following Regis North students who were granted Flatley Scholarships this semester, which provides stipends for students who complete an unpaid, off-campus internship.
Questions about the Flatley Scholars program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pride of Christ student club has been very busy this year hosting virtual events and weekly Bible Study meetings that have brought students closer to connecting with their faith. The club put a lot of effort into making their events fun and interactive - like hosting a Bible Bingo night. Fr. Michael Zimmerman attended a special Bible Study recently and shared tips for reading the Bible and applying God’s Word to our daily lives. Follow the Pride of Christ on Instagram @regis_prideofchrist to see more of what they are up to. All members of the Regis community are welcome at any of the events.
Earlier this month, the Mass. Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) hosted a successful virtual Student Night with 80 participants including 20 of Regis' own pediatric NP students. Also in attendance were representatives from MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston College, and Northeastern University. The alumni panel featured three Regis alums Heather Pomella '19, Rebecca Lebel '19, and Jess Kennen '19. They shared their words of wisdom with the future PNPs and tips for success in areas such as salary negotiation, orientation, credentialing process, and preparing for the certification exam. Michele Pedulla, associate professor and online pediatric nurse practitioner program director, said our alums did a fantastic job sharing their journey with the current students.
Similarly, the Regis education department partnered with the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations to host a virtual education panel event recently. Education alums Caitlin Burns ’18, ’19, Kylie Homen ’17, ’18, Jennifer Ostayan ’06, and Shannon Tonelli ’10,’14 delivered noteworthy advice with current education students and tips on how to stand out in a job interview. For departments and programs looking to have a similar program in collaboration with alumni relations, please email email@example.com.
In addition, the education department co-hosted a diverse educators event with the Center for Inclusive Excellence this week. Moderated by Dariel “DT” Henry, the Diverse Educators: Why We Need Them panel featured educators representative of all levels from K-12 and higher education, and functional areas including special education and reading specialist. The group, that also included Regis EdD alum Conway Campbell and current EdD student Felicia Andre, discussed the challenges they face as educators and the impact of the pandemic on teaching. The display of pride and dedication that educators have in developing our future leaders was impressive.
Andrew Martin, associate professor of online graduate nursing, told his story about why he enrolled in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial in this article posted on the Texas Nurses Association website.
Elizabeth Conant, assistant professor of health and fitness studies and NCAA faculty athletic rep, was a featured speaker at this event to celebrate National Girls And Women In Sports Day along with alum Samantha Salamone ‘16.
A frequent theme in this edition is advice. You read about adult professionals and alums giving advice to current students. Sharing of personal stories and experiences is so important, especially in an educational institution. This collaborative engagement is straight from our mission -- to educate the whole person.
Don’t forget about the upcoming President’s Lecture on Health on March 10th. The topic is Universal Health Care: Policy and Politics. It is the 14th annual lecture dedicated to health care policy and reform.
The next edition of President's Notes will be out March 11.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN