The fourth annual Let It Shine scholarship gala was a huge success! Thanks to the generosity of our entire community and wonderful donors. We honored world-renowned researcher Dr. Patricia D’Amore ’73 with the Shining Example Award for her groundbreaking research at Mass Eye and Ear. You can read about Pat and her accomplishments here.
I'm also thrilled to share that Regis was one of four colleges featured in a WBUR Edify series about private higher education in Massachusetts. Our nursing program was highlighted, including the ABSN program at Regis North. You can read the story or catch it running throughout today on 90.9 FM radio. Special thanks to Brenda Lormil, nursing lecturer at Regis North, for her part in this great story. As the article says, I'm "confident in where Regis is now," thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.
Regis nursing alums were featured in an article about MetroWest Medical Center's new nursing residency program. Marissa Troy and Alyssa Wilkinson, RNs who both graduated in 2018 are working in the Beautiful Beginnings Birth Center.
Several neuroscience students attended the international Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago with Steve Threlkeld, program director. This meeting brings together more than 30,000 neuroscience researchers, educators, students and industry representatives to present advances in the field. Elaine Kearney, Miranda Hernandez, Luke Theriault and postdoctoral fellow Aaron Bradford presented their research "Effects of early anti-inflammatory treatment and timing of working memory training on long-term cognitive outcomes in a model of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia." What a great achievement for our students! Aaron also presented with professor Danqing Xiao which you can read in a faculty entry below.
Students in the dental hygiene public and community health course visited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School in Dorchester last week for a K-2 oral health presentation. Here is a nice group photo. I'm grateful that our students continue to serve our dear neighbors.
Visitors from Ulster University are on campus for a two-week exchange program. Sonja McIlfatrick, head of Ulster's School of Nursing, and Bernie Reid, nursing lecturer, are traveling with four senior nursing students. While here, they are attending classes, touring the clinical resource and simulation centers and participating in hospital- and community-based clinical experiences. Special thanks to all the faculty, and especially Lisa Fardy, associate professor of nursing and public health and global nursing coordinator, for taking special care of our guests.
Congratulations to the members of the women's tennis team for their postseason GNAC honors: sophomore Katelyn Mogelnicki (first team all-GNAC singles), senior Ariana McCormack (second team all-GNAC singles and doubles), junior Carly Donovan (second team all-GNAC singles and doubles), and sophomore Kaitlyn Colby (GNAC all-sportsmanship team).
Good luck to our swimmers and divers who have their first home meet this Saturday!
Dean of Nursing Diane Welsh was in Washington, D.C., this week for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) annual meeting. As the grassroots liaison for the Mass. chapter (MACN), Diane took a delegation of nursing deans from Mass. to the Capitol to meet with Senator Warren and Senator Markey's offices and several Mass. representatives to discuss several issues including nursing education, student loan support and nursing faculty development.
The Center for Ministry and Service hosted its 3rd annual Kairos retreat with 15 students and seven team members at Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, MA. The retreat is designed to allow participants to decompress from the stresses of daily life to explore and deepen one’s relationship with God. Student and staff participants included: Isabel Gomez-Hernandez, Chukwuezi Cherish Munachiso, Wildnese Leveque, Juan Correa, Claudia Diaz, Felicia McGinnis, Carla Faura, Maryah Morel, Julie Tapia, Matthew DeLuca, Mirriam Mananah, Lourdes Jean-Louis, Shayla Weekes, Taylor Correia-Podolske, Nick Pastore, JV Suarez, Juliane Jorge, Samantina Vidaud, Steven Reyes- Tlamtzi, Courtney Mulligan, Gabby Telemaque, Hallie Douglas, and Dan Leahy.
Thanks to Regis Police and Fire Safety Officer Dan Lopez for conducting a fire extinguisher training program recently with our residence life and facilities staff as part of Fire Safety month. Dan taught the group the proper method of using a fire extinguisher and the conditions when specific types of extinguishers are effective.
October is also breast cancer awareness month. Kelley Tuthill, VP of marketing and communications, was featured in a public service announcement in Forbes magazine with her daughter, Scarlett RCC'20, for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as part of her role as an advisory board member. We're so proud of you, Kelley!
The annual La Feria del Libro festival in Lawrence took place a couple of weeks ago. This annual event celebrates Hispanic arts and literature and promotes reading across generations. Manuel Cifuentes, associate professor of public health and nursing, attended along with Kate Edney, dean of Arts and Sciences. Here is Manuel with event honoree Oscar Stagnaro, winner of four Grammy awards and professor at Berklee College of Music.
And, congratulations are in order for Kate Edney for having her assessment poster session proposal “Re-imagining and re-implementing undergraduate ePortfolios” at the NECHE 2019 annual meeting in December in Boston.
Danqing Xiao, assistant professor of biology, and Aaron Bradford, neuroscience postdoctoral fellow, presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience conference titled “Addition of a central handbook on neuroscience, biology and psychology to college level neurobiology lab.” The poster attracted many neuroscientists and program directors, including the founder of the School of Neuroscience at Virginia Tech, who are interested in linked lab courses to meet the needs of students with a diverse background.
Professors Jennifer Martin, Helen Consiglio, and Jason Clemence attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) conference last week in Texas. The theme was "crossing borders and boundaries," and focused on global citizenship and education, and bolstering institutional support for minority, first-generation, and undocumented undergrad students. I look forward to hearing about how this learning can be incorporated into the writing, first-year seminar, honors, and PRIDE curricula here at Regis!
I had a lovely visit this week with Patricia McNerney Kelleher '52 from Fredericksburg, VA. She donated her set of Wedgewood dinner plates with a picture of College Hall, the Norman Tower, and the steps of St. Mary in Aracoili (signed by the Reverend Cushing, Archbishop of Boston from 1944-1970). Pat received the dishes as a gift from two of her classmates many years ago. She told me about how Regis was her introduction to Catholic education, and as a result of this great experience, Catholic education has been significant in her life. She is currently teaches online classes for the University of Dayton. Here she is on the right, with her son John on the left.
The next edition of President's Notes will be out November 7.
Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN