Sister Jane Poetry Book Project Contributions


Sister Jane Gerety joined Salve Regina in July 2009, bringing with her clear direction for the University and providing our community with a vision deeply rooted in the University mission and the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns. In her ten years at the helm, she has helped Salve Regina weather a tumultuous environment in higher education and national politics, helping our community to interpret local and national events through an ethical and philosophical framework of the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic social thought.

Sister Jane has inspired us with her grace, kindness, and embodiment of the mission of Salve Regina. The strength of Sister Jane’s impact lies in how she lives and in the words she uses, carefully considered to communicate and inspire. People at Salve have remarked that she has a habit of beginning meetings or speeches with a prayer or poem. Poetry has special meaning for her, and she has made it a part of her daily life. Her doctoral dissertation, Poetry and Magic: A Study Of Yeats’s Poems Of Meditation, was an investigation of Yeats’ studies of magic and its influence on his poetry, especially his meditative poems.

In her own words, Sister Jane says, “The meaning in poetry often exists between the words or in a new thing that happens when words collide. In poetry there is the deeper understanding we experience when we grasp something that individual words cannot express. Prayer, too, often in a surprising way taps into something I didn’t know was there, touches a feeling that surprises me. Often I pray with the psalms—that poetry of the Old Testament which expresses wonder, rage, gratitude, need. I believe that God works with what’s real in me and I get in touch with what’s real through the words and what’s between the words.”

For her retirement, the Salve community would like to give a gift that responds in kind, with poetry we love or that we composed, or with art that communicates our love and gratitude for what she has done for us. Please use this submission template to share a poem or prayer that moves you and conveys your thoughts for Sister Jane. If you feel your original art would better convey your thoughts, please share that. These pages will be compiled into a book to give to Sister Jane, to read and contemplate as she continues on to her next adventure.

Submission Example

Please use this submission template to contribute a favorite poem, photograph, or other piece of art (yours or someone else’s), and write a personal note to Sister Jane. Return the completed sheets to:

    • McKillop Library’s circulation desk;
    • scanned and emailed to [email protected];
    • or to the address below:

Poetry Book Project
McKillop Library
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

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International Open Access Week – Oct. 22-26


Visit the first floor of the library to view our informational display on Open Access and what it means for researchers, students, professors/teachers, scientists, the general public — in short, all of us who want access to scholarly research. While you’re here, take a handout, start a discussion by leaving a PostIt! comment on the display and grab a button and bookmark to show your support!


Open Access Week, a global event, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Open Access (OA) to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, libraries, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.

Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

The McKillop Library supports Open Access via the Digital Commons institutional repository through which both faculty and students can make their research freely available. If you are interested in contributing your research to Digital Commons you can do so at .

For more information on Digital Commons and the impact of Open Access you can view the webinar Open Access – 100 Stories of Impact: one year later.

Open Access (OA) Resources
Educational materials about OA
Open Access Directory

Open Educational Resources (OERs)
OER Commons
OpenStax –
MIT Open Courseware
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Project Gutenburg
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Webmed Central
World Digital Library

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Be Heard – Vote Nov 6, 2018


The 2018 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. These midterm elections will take place in the middle of Republican President Donald Trump’s first term. All 470 seats (35 Senate seats and 435 House of Representatives seats) in the U.S. Congress are up for election.

Need an absentee ballot? There’s still time to get yours in! The library has absentee ballot applications for NY, RI, MA, and CT. We’ll even provide the envelope and stamp! For other states, see a librarian for assistance and/or find more info at

See our Guide to Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections which contains links to voting information from various state government sites and Ballotpedia.

Use your voice and make your choice– Vote!

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Salve Receives Grant to Digitize 18th Century Slavery Documents


The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded Salve Regina University a $750 grant from the Joseph O’Neill Ott Fund to support the creation of a digital collection of eighteenth-century documents related to slavery. The project, Documenting Slavery in South Kingstown’s Colonial Records, will describe each page of several years of probate records digitized from the South Kingstown Town Records office. Each image and its description will be available through Salve Regina’s digital collections in JStor Forum.

The records include probate and town council records dated 1704-1742, a rich corpus of wills, probate inventories, and town council decrees, all of which provide evidence addressing how slavery was conceived of, recorded, and carried out in colonial Rhode Island.

The presence and practice of slavery in New England in the 1700s is often left undiscussed in history classes and in museums. Rhode Island in particular was the central hub of finance for the slave trade. Enslaved people lived, worked, and died in the region, working in large-scale farms, known as the Narragansett Plantations, as well as the homes of traders and artisans in the urban centers of Newport and Providence. This project affords the opportunity to preserve vital information addressing slavery in Rhode Island.

This project emerged from collaborations between faculty members Dr. Jon Marcoux in Cultural and Historic Preservation and Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns in Modern and Classical Languages, who have taught a University Seminar using these primary sources. University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea will provide the technical guidance for the project.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded $43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit

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