Congratulations to our amazing faculty and staff in the Young School of Nursing for receiving national recognition in the 2019 Nursing Schools Almanac. They collected data on more than 3,000 institutions, and only 6% made the list of the best public and private nursing schools in the nation. Regis placed #70 nationwide among private nursing schools, #15 overall in the New England region, and #8 overall in Massachusetts. Read more about the ranking.
The first cohort of the master’s in clinical nurse leader (CNL) program celebrated their last day of class on December 3. Eleven graduates successfully passed the CNL certification exam on December 6 and two students will be taking the exam in 2020. The CNL program is in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The students will be celebrating their graduation at BWH on January 16 and will also participate at commencement in May. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Kimberly Shea for successfully defended her DNP project titled “Barriers to retention and progression in practical nursing students.”
Students cramming for finals last week in the library enjoyed complimentary snacks and drinks courtesy of Alex Fernandez, new Aramark general manager. I think the “cram cart” was a big hit. Thanks to Alex and the whole Aramark team!
Congrats to the following student-athletes for receiving weekly awards last week - Pam Gonzalez (GNAC and NEWBA women's basketball rookie of the week), Sarah Leonard (NEISDA female Swimmer of the week), Elisabeth McQuaid (NEISDA female diver of the week), and Brendan Pike (GNAC and NEISDA male swimmer of the week).
Join the Pride at the start of 2020 for several home events:
Congratulations to Mark Clemente, associate athletic director; Steve Sedman, ITS helpdesk manager; Jennie Moore Marshall, senior director of marketing, Kelly Brochu, associate director of residence life; and Mary Gallagher, accounting manager; who recently completed a six-session management skills development training at Brandeis University. The series was held throughout the semester and focused on leadership styles, legal considerations of management, and the future landscape of higher education.
Last week Regis hosted the plan design and wellness committee of Ed Health on campus. AVP of Human Resources Joan Sullivan and Benefits Manager Jessica Szymczak Roy are members of the committee, comprised of representatives from 20 Ed Health schools. The committee heard updates from executives of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan regarding their anticipated merger and how this is expected to affect member organizations and employees. More information on this significant merger will be available in late summer, 2020.
Congrats also to two Clinical Resource and Simulation Center faculty who received their master's in nursing degree this month: Tom Borland received his clinical nurse specialist degree and Kristen Holly received her clinical nurse leader degree.
The Dental Hygiene advisory board met last week at their first meeting in the new Dental Center. One of their agenda items was to plan the upcoming Give Kids A Smile project for this spring. Pictured here from left are: Gail Weisburg, Jeanne Chambers, Jeff Lowenstein, Denise Tetreault, Jasmine Khedkar, Jackie Ventura, Charles Seitz, Karen Hallisey-Pesa, (kneeling): Marcy Foreman, and Ashley Brown.
I had the pleasure of celebrating Christmas last weekend in New York City with our 1927 Society leadership donors. Graciously hosted by Eileen McCormick Langenus '78 and trustee Peter Langenus, it was a great event that included an inspiring speech from nursing major and scholarship recipient Bernice Boateng ’20, as well as a special toast to our tremendous accomplishments of 2019—especially the completion of the Now We Fly Campaign!
In the spirit of the season of giving, I received a wonderful note from Operation Paperback, one of the Founders' Day service projects. A recipient of our packages wrote, "We’re all so thankful for all the books that we have received. Our son’s reading has really improved since receiving such an awesome amount of different genres of books and he has been reading every night ever since we starting getting the boxes of books! I also love the books that I’ve received, it’s nice when a mom gets goodies for herself in the mail!"
I was honored to be featured in the alumni magazine from my alma mater, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis. You can read the article online.
The last line reads that I have no plans to slow down anytime soon. That is definitely the case and I'm excited to announce that the Regis College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend my presidency until 2023. I am humbled by the confidence the trustees have in me, and I am grateful for their service as well as the dedication of the administration, faculty, staff and students of our great university. Together we will continue to grow Regis and produce graduates who have the knowledge and compassion to improve our global condition.
May you all have a wonderful Christmas and very happy New Year!
The next edition of President's Notes will be out January 16, 2020.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN