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One experience can change your life. For Madelon Morin that experience was a service immersion trip to the Dominican Republic, which gave her new perspective and a growing sense of direction. She returned to the DR each summer during college, teaching special education and photography at an orphanage. These experiences transformed her time at Regis as well. She took a major in international business and became even more dedicated to service.

After graduating in 2012, Madelon volunteered at the same Dominican orphanage for a year. And today she is the communications and community specialist for a USAID-funded initiative that serves at-risk youth in the DR.


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Practice makes perfect, right? Inside the 12-room Simulated Health Center, students get their first taste of patient care. Future nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists put their classroom lessons to work and flex some critical-thinking muscle solving real-world problems.

With the help of technology and the very tools they will someday use on the job, they hone their skills evaluating simulated patients, performing common procedures and collaborating as part of a health care team. To them, it’s more than an exercise. It’s valuable experience – the push they need to start them on their journey toward moving patient care forward.


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In his senior year at Regis Mike Ferro was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor. Shortly thereafter, he learned he had testicular cancer, too. While his friends were enjoying their last months of college, Mike was having multiple surgeries. During that time, he prayed a lot and did plenty of soul searching.

In those darkest hours, Mike made himself an extraordinary promise – “If I survive this,” he said, “I’m going to do something to help people with cancer.” Five cancer-free years later, he is making good on that promise. Last year Mike cofounded a nonprofit organization that offers outdoor adventure camp therapy and community building to cancer survivors.


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How many universities offer education to people living in refugee camps? Not many. But Regis University believes that education should be accessible to those on the margins.

That’s why Regis has taken a leadership role in Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, a global partnership of Jesuit-affiliated groups dedicated to bringing opportunity to refugees. Regis faculty members have driven curriculum development and taught online courses, and Regis also serves as the diploma-granting institution. In fall 2013, the first 52 refugees graduated from the program. And hundreds more students in Jordan, Kenya and Malawi are in the process of following in these courageous graduates’ footsteps.


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She calls the experience life changing. After traveling to Ethiopia on a service learning trip in 2009 while studying for her master’s degree in Regis’ Family Nurse Practitioner program, Amber Karsian found herself even more fired up about patient care.

She funneled that motivation into her work at the Denver Health Medical Center, starting a specialty team of nurses with expertise in placing IVs. Her goal was simple: raise the bar on patient care. Karsian said her Regis experience taught her about living an intentional life, as well as the importance of kindness, listening and collaborating and the role they play in achieving goals.