Regis University Provost

Regis University Provost


Welcome Raeann Ramos who is assisting in the Provost's Office for the summer before she returns to her regular Regis position in the new academic year as administrative assistant in the RC Department of English.

A glimpse into the life of Regis University's Provost Janet Houser. A place to share, connect, learn and grow.

Operating as usual


Big congratulations to Tony Ortega on his beautiful show at the Denver Botanic Gardens: Raices y Ramas - Roots and Branches. I'm grateful to have been able to see it in person.


Fr. Jim Guyer, SJ has officially moved to St. Louis. Thank you, Fr. Guyer, for everything you have given to Regis University! We miss you already!


Here's a little something to (literally) brighten your day. Thank you, Michael Cahill, for keeping us chuckling in a difficult year. The pants and shoes were additions from last year; who knows what might be coming in 2021! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all! Regis faculty and staff: enjoy the gift of time!


Time to vote-- who wore it best? Michael Cahill or Ronnie Kaiser? Sometimes we randomly show up to worked dressed as twins.


Who knew that Michael Cahill had a cartoon doppelganger hiding out in our recent cybersecurity training videos?


Congratulations to Dr. Marie Friedemann on her well-deserved promotion to the rank of full Professor. Thank you, Marie, for your significant contributions to the education of our students and to the enhancement of our learning community. Your dedication to students living on the margins, and your untiring work within Jesuit Worldwide Learning deserves the utmost respect. Congratulations on this important achievement!


ABC News Live

Dr. Nicki Gonzales is featured in this ABC News Prime story "The Road to Renaming". Nicki was recently named to Colorado's Geographic Naming Advisory Board.

ABC News' Clayton Sandell travels across the state of Colorado to different communities grappling with changing names of locations with racially problematic names or history.

"There's a new reckoning for names and symbols that conjure racism in America's past." 08/06/2020

2020 Commencement

A hearty congratulations to all of our 2020 graduates! It was a pleasure and a privilege to be with many of our graduates over the weekend. There is much to celebrate! This video captures well the wonderful, albeit socially-distanced spirit of the ceremonies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University conducted 2020 Commencement ceremonies on July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 in compliance with public health directives. Videos of each ceremony are available below. 07/09/2020

July 8, 2020: Efforts In Colorado To Remove Names And Statues Of Controversial Figures

Congratulations to Dr. Nicki Gonzales, Vice-Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of History, who was interviewed on Colorado Public Radio yesterday. The whole show is really thought-provoking and well done. You can hear her interview starting at about 6:30. Efforts are underway to officially change the name of Denver’s Columbus Park to La Raza Park. Then, why do people create monuments and who decides which version of history is told? Also, how federal money helped Colorado’s small businesses. Later, an essay from a listener titled “My Dear White...


Diversity at Regis

The work of Jesuit education-- which educates both the mind and the heart-- feels especially relevant these days- as we come face to face with the sin of racism in its many forms. Our prayers go out to the families of those lost to this 400-year old legacy of institutional racism and white supremacy, just as our convictions and our Jesuit values propel us to action.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today. Their violent deaths are devastating and unacceptable outcomes of racism and institutional and systemic white supremacy. These lives, and all Black Lives, matter to us. In the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, we aspire to help our neighbors shape our communities, and the world, as they ought to be. It is not enough to mourn the loss of George, Breonna, Sean, and Ahmaud and countless others; it is not enough to say their names. Let us make a commitment - to reflect on this recent loss and our responsibilities to educate ourselves, to inform others, and to take action to effect the changes we wish to, and need to see. Take care of yourselves and each other.
The links below are a good place to start.

Remember George Floyd:

Support and donate to anti-white supremacy initiatives: Soul2Soul Sisters Racial Justice Organization the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, the NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, United Negro College Fund, Black Youth Project 100, Color of Change, The Sentencing Project, Families against Mandatory Minimums, A New Way of Life, and Dream Defenders.

Learn how police violence affects your community:
and Learn how to safely document police miscondutc:

Call or write to state legislators to require racial impact statements be required for all criminal justice bills. Most states already require fiscal and environmental impact statements for certain legislation. Racial impact statements evaluate if a bill may create or exacerbate racial disparities should the bill become law. Check out the status of your state’s legislation surrounding these statements here:

Understand our history: 05/19/2020

May 18, 2020: Higher Education In The Pandemic; Handling Stress With ‘The Wedge’ How is the pandemic reshaping higher education, from in-person learning to the entire college experience? Plus, the outlook for college graduates facing an uncertain job market. Then, exposing ourselves to stress in order to better manage our anxiety, using a concept called "The Wedge." And new musi...


I hope you have had a chance to read Alyse Knorr's beautiful poem in honor of the Regis University Class of 2020.


I hope you can join in this important conversation- about the impact of bias and hatred during this time of COVID-19.


Glad to have some good news to share...Thanks to Judy Gardner from our Fine Arts Department, we are working on using a 3-D printer to make masks that are not single-use. We are hopeful we can gather all the needed supplies-- your prayers would be appreciated!


Congratulations to Dr. Mark Reinking and Dr. Ira Gorman for their recent well-deserved recognitions in the field of Physical Therapy. Dr. Mark Reinking was recognized for lifetime contributions to the field and inducted into the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Hall of Fame. Dr. Ira Gorman was recognized for outstanding service from the Section on Health Policy and Administration. He was also recently appointed by Colorado Governor Polis to the Physical Therapy Board.


Congratulations to Bryan Hall, Darryl Palmer, Chris Pramuk, Andrea Rexilius and Rick Rokosz for their recent publications. What fun to gather in their honor and hear excerpts from their works!


Thanks to all of our Academic Affairs folks for coming to last week's Town Hall updates. As a reminder, please reach out to [email protected] if you have questions or concerns to share.


We were blessed to have some wonderful visitors from Homeboy Industries on Friday. Many thanks to Hector Verdugo for making this a yearly tradition-- and to Branden and Carlos for joining him this year.


We had a furry visitor yesterday at office hours! Coco belongs to brand new CCLS Faculty member, Eilene Wollslager. Welcome Eilene and Coco!

[01/13/20]   Welcome to spring semester! Office hours will be starting back up this Thursday, Jan. 16, 3:30 to 5pm in the Provost's Pit, Main Hall 214. Join us for homemade cookies & chocolate milk, wine & cheese, and good conversation. Hope to see you there!


Michael Cahill surprised us all today with his very, VERY festive attire. Fr. Pat Quinn, SJ was seen scouring it for his next beard do. Just another day in the Provost's Office Suite.


The halls are officially decked in the Provost's Office. We're showing off our Regis pride! If you look closely, you'll see something unexpected but apropos.
Thanks to our decorators extraordinaire: Sandy, Andrea & Alan!


Who wore it best?


What’s your story? Dear World is taking photos today until 4pm in the Student Center. Come share your story via a photo. And when you see Nicki Gonzales, ask her about her amazing Grandfather! #dearworld, #dearregis


2019 Regis Halloween Costume Contest

Guess who took home the 1st place trophy at the Regis Halloween Costume Contest? The Addams Family, of course. We changed the lyrics a bit...
We're goofy and we're freaky
And just a little creepy
And altogether geeky
The Provost's Office Suite

We lived through cybergeddon
And happy where we're headin'
We've got a working printer
In the Provost's Office Suite

So get a witch's shawl on
A broomstick you can crawl on
We're gonna pay a call on
The Provost's Office Suite

So all of us are hopin'
Though our door is hard to open
That you will come and visit
The Provost's Office Suite


Hope to see many of you at the Halloween costume contest tomorrow! It's sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, but students, staff & faculty are all welcome to participate! Contestant check in as at 11:30am in the Student Center, and the contest begins at noon in Walker's Pub. It's an awesome Regis tradition! See you there!


We are so proud of all of the amazing teachers at Regis University! Thanks to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for giving students an opportunity to express their gratitude!

Is there a current Regis teacher, coach, adviser, mentor or tutor who has made a positive impact on you? Take a minute to submit a thank-you note online.

Learn more about CETL’s Thank a Teacher program:

#thisisregis #jesuiteducated


If you are able to help re-stock our student food pantry, we'd appreciate the support for our students.

The Cupboard, sponsored by Regis Military and Veteran Services, is so successful that more non-perishable food and hygiene products are needed to restock the shelves.

What is needed (everything must be non-perishable):

Canned fruit, vegetables and meat, such as tuna or chicken
Non-refrigerated beverages, such as small containers of milk, orange juice and V8
Evaporated milk, tea
Uncle Ben’s rice, macaroni and cheese bowls
Flour, sugar
Pasta sauce
Toiletries, such as small-sized hand sanitizers, lip balm, tissues and bath soap

The Northwest Denver Campus drop-off locations are the library lobby, the chapel, the Military and Veteran Resource Center in 241A Clarke Hall and the Provost’s office in Main Hall.

The Cupboard - located on the 1st floor of the library - is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Great turnout for the Rally of Unity yesterday, organized by RUSGA. Rangers look out for each other!


Yesterday, we kicked off the 2019-2020 Mentoring Program! Since 1997, this program has been helping Regis faculty and staff to connect with one another for professional development, support and relationship building across the colleges. Welcome to our newest 19 mentor/protege pairs!

[09/05/19]   Hope to see you at office hours today! Come by the Provost's Pit for some homemade cookies, chocolate milk, wine and cheese! We'll be in Main Hall 217 from 3:30-5pm.


Hope you can make it by today!


“Clapping in” the class of 2023 at Convocation 2019. #ThisisRegis #RegisUniversity #RegisStrong


Convocation 2019.
#ThisisRegis #RegisUniversity #RegisStrong

[08/24/19]   Regis University faculty who need a copy of class rosters may obtain paper copies Monday and Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of Clarke Hall or 3rd floor hallway of Claver Hall.

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2019 Regis Halloween Costume Contest



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