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Regis University

Regis University
File:Regis seal.PNG
Jesuit University of Colorado
Latin: Universitas Regisiana
Former names
Las Vegas College (1877)
College of the Sacred Heart (1887)
Regis College (1921-1991)
Motto Men and Women in Service of Others
Established 1877
Type Private Nonprofit
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Endowment $50 Million[1]
President Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J.
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 9,722
Location Denver, Colorado, United States
Campus Urban, Script error: No such module "convert".
Fight song "Hail Regis"
Colors Blue & Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IIRMAC
Sports 12 varsity sports teams[2]
(5 men's and 7 women's)
Nickname Template:If empty
Mascot Roamin'
Affiliations AJCU ACCU

Regis University, formerly known as Regis College, is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic, Jesuit university in the United States. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.[3][4] Based in Denver, Colorado, Regis University is divided into three colleges: Regis College, The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, and the College for Professional Studies.[5] The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[6] In 2013 the University web site stated that it had obtained a top tier ranking as one of the best colleges and universities in the United States for 19 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.[7]


Regis University was established by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits in 1877 in Las Vegas, New Mexico.[8] That institution was named Las Vegas College.[8]

In 1884, the Bishop of Denver invited the Jesuits to create a college at Morrison where Sacred Heart College was opened. In 1887, the two colleges merged and moved once again to the present location of Regis University. The name from then on was College of the Sacred Heart. In 1921 it adopted the name of Regis College in honor of Saint John Francis Regis, a 17th-century Jesuit who worked with prostitutes and the poor in the mountains of Southern France, and the prep section was separated to become the present-day Regis Jesuit High School. In 1991 it was renamed Regis University.

Regis University, in accordance with its Jesuit heritage, has a long tradition of charitable service, which includes the Father Woody Projects, which originated with the Archdiocese of Denver. This project runs the Father Woody Christmas Party for the homeless.[9]

Regis College is a small, liberal arts, undergraduate/graduate, more selective school located on the Lowell Campus.[10] Its approximately 1,600 students are high school graduates from over 40 states.[citation needed]

Regis University operates a radio station, KRCX[11] Other media programs include a weekly student-run newspaper, the Highlander.[12] The school also fields 12 varsity athletic teams the Rangers.[13] Regis competes at the NCAA Division II level and is part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Men's basketball coach, Lonnie Porter,[14] has the record for most won games as a basketball coach in Colorado history (505).

Many students participate in service learning by volunteering with various organizations throughout the Denver area.

Regis University played host to the rock icon, Jimi Hendrix, as well as the British rock band Queen (band), that played their first concert in the United States (April 16, 1974).[citation needed]

Regis academic programs expanded with partnerships with the National University of Ireland, Galway, and with ITESO, the Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Mexico, for the first online bilingual joint MBA degree program.[15]

Father Michael Sheeran, S.J. stepped down as the university's president, effective June 1, 2012, and was succeeded by Fr. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., the 24th president.[16]

Notable guest speakers

Perhaps the most visible work for Regis comes from the internationally known speakers invited to the Regis University campus, most notably Nobel Peace Prize recipients. One of the first guests of the University was Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in November 1998, following in the footsteps of Betty Williams of Northern Ireland, who became the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to speak on the Regis University campus, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1993.

Since 1998, Regis has upheld this tradition and continues to invite Nobel Peace Laureates and other influential speakers to visit the Denver community. Welcomed, among others, Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel in 2001, former President of Poland Lech Walesa in 2003, and most recently, David Trimble of Northern Ireland in 2006. Altogether, 13 Nobel Peace Prize recipients have visited Regis University since 1996.

Papal visit

On August 12, 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the Lowell campus of Regis University, where he met with President Bill Clinton for the first time. They greeted about 150 visitors, who had been chosen through a lottery system, and met privately for an hour in the President’s Dining Room of Carroll Hall.

Awards to the University and alumni

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Main Hall at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
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Carroll Hall from the side.
  • Two nursing students in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions received the Fuld Fellowship.[1]
  • In 2009 William Gohl was named the second American Rhodes Scholar in the history of Regis University.[17]
  • Two students, Hung Pham and Charity Sunshine TIllemann-Dick, were selected for the USA Today College All-Academic Team.[18]
  • The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Regis College the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship two times.[19]
  • Four years in succession, Regis University professors were awarded Fulbright professorships.[1]
  • Regis University has won the National Parliamentary Debate Championships twice (one of only three schools).
  • Basketball Coach Lonnie Porter holds the record for most victories as a college basketball coach (at any level) in Colorado history with 505 wins. Additionally, the basketball team maintains a 95 percent graduation rate among players.[20]
  • Since 2000, the Lowell campus has been designated an arboretum with more than 500 trees and shrubs, including three championship trees.[21]


Regis College

Regis College houses the traditional, undergraduate (and Master's of Art in Education & Master's of Science in Biomedical Sciences) programs. These programs are designed for recent high school graduates, or transfer students, with little or no professional work experience. Regis college offers a choice of majors, minors, emphases, and pre-professional tracts. Students wishing to enter the nursing, physical therapy, or pharmacy programs often enter Regis College to complete pre-requisite requirements.[22]

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

When Regis absorbed her sister school, Loretto Heights College, the Rueckert Hartman College for Health Professions was born.[23] Regis operates a nationally-recognized nursing program, and one of the premiere physical therapist programs.[24] The school is divided into three schools and two departments: Loretto Heights School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Physical Therapy, Department of Health Care Ethics, and Department of Health Services Administration. The college offers three doctoral programs, Doctor of Nursing Practice (entirely on-line), Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Doctor of Pharmacy.[25]

College for Professional Studies

In 2007, the School for Professional Studies was renamed the College for Professional Studies (CPS), with the mission of providing a values-centered Jesuit education designed for the adult learner. CPS students are working professionals, parents and spouses with work, school and family commitments seeking a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited university. CPS serves over 9,000 adult students worldwide and offers campus-based, online and directed study formats. CPS consists of four distinct schools: the School of Management, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the School of Computer & Information Sciences and the School of Education & Counseling. Each of the schools offers bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs.[26] CPS has been named a Top Military Friendly School for 2012 by GI Jobs.[27]


Main article: Regis Rangers
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A distant view of the athletic fields, Field House, and Main Hall.

Regis University is in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference along with Adams State, Black Hills State, Chadron State, Colorado Christian, Colorado Mines, CSU-Pueblo, Fort Lewis, Colorado Mesa, Metro State, New Mexico Highlands, South Dakota Mines, UC-Colorado Springs, Western New Mexico, and Western State Colorado. The university offers women's lacrosse, men and women's soccer, baseball, softball, men and women's basketball, volleyball, men and women's cross country, men and women's golf, and forensics.[citation needed]

Capital improvement campaign

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Rowan Gillespie's Ripples of Ulysses at the Coors Life Directions Centre.
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Carroll Hall from the garden to the north.

In the fall/autumn of 2007, Regis completed a landmark five-year, US$82.7 million capital campaign billed as "The Campaign for Regis University, Writing the Next Chapter."[28] The school long owned more property than was used for educational purposes at the Lowell campus; this was incorporated into the main campus as sports fields, a new parking lot, and a new chapel. A Main Hall reopened its top floors for the first time in decades.[citation needed] The Science Building, Carroll Hall and St. Peter Claver Hall (formerly the Adult Learning Center) were also renovated.[citation needed] In 2012 Regis University opened the new four-story building Clarke Hall, which houses the College for Professional Studies.[29]

Notable alumni

Institute on the Common Good

Founded in 1997 by Father Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University says: "...[it] serves the providing a safe and effective space for community dialogue, communal discernment, and public deliberation...All [these concepts] reflect the Roman Catholic and Jesuit heritage of Regis University and the Institute."[39]


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  2. ^ "Regis University Sports". 
  3. ^ Regis University: About Regis
  4. ^ Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: List of Member Institutions
  5. ^ Regis University: Schools/Colleges
  6. ^ "Regis University Accreditation". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
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  9. ^ Archdiocese of Denver: Remembering Father Woody
  10. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2008: Regis University: At a glance". 
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  19. ^ The Henry Luce Foundation: Directory of CBL Professors
  20. ^ Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference: Hall of Fame Profile for Lonnie Porter
  21. ^ Ecological History of Lowell Campus
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  23. ^ About Regis: Loretto Heights College Timeline
  24. ^ U.S. News & World Report: Best Schools for Nursing
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  28. ^ The Council of Independent Colleges: Independent Online Newsletter (Fall '07)
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  30. ^ "Biographical Profile for Jillian Balow". Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  31. ^ Regis Office of Alumni and Parent Relations: Service Learning and Journalism Unite
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  36. ^ "Founder of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps movement dies". Catholic Sentinel. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
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  39. ^ Institute on the Common Good web site ( Retrieved from

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