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Regent University Law Clinic Provides Free Legal Aid to 1,000 Families

Regent Law Norfolk Law Clinic - Kathleen McKee, Director
Kathleen McKee, Clinic Director (Standing)

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (July 28, 2020) – In September 2019, Regent University School of Law opened a satellite campus law clinic in downtown Norfolk, Virginia to provide pro bono legal aid to the Hampton Roads community. Since its inception, the clinic has served 1,000 households.

“At Regent Law, we are humbled and honored to serve the Hampton Roads community by extending legal expertise to the underserved, completely free of charge,” said Regent University School of Law dean, Mark Martin.

The mission of the Regent Law clinic is to serve low income households in the Hampton Roads community with free legal representation for civil matters. The clinic handles cases in the areas of consumer issues, domestic relations, landlord/tenant matters, government benefits, and guardianships.

“The work of the law clinic is vitally important because, statistically, there is only one legal aid attorney for every 7,000-plus low-income persons in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said clinic director and associate professor at Regent University School of Law, Kathleen McKee, LL.M. “Our clinic is helping to fill that gap.”

A significant component of the clinic’s work is to assist victims of domestic abuse. The clinic advises abuse victims on how to navigate the legal system to secure protective orders, how to protect credit, how to secure releases from joint leases, and how to prepare for custody and support hearings.

“Regent University is deeply committed to providing world-class, Christ-centered education that equips Christian leaders to change the world,” said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Regent University. “The extraordinary work of our law clinic is one example among many of how Regent integrates real world learning into its academic programs for a world-class education.”

 

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Regent Law’s more than 3,300 graduates practice law in 49 states and over 20 countries and include 38 currently sitting judges. The School of Law currently ranks in the top 25 percent of all law schools for obtaining judicial clerkships and ranked 20th in the nation for Ultimate Bar Passage in 2019. The school offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) in three-year and part-time formats, an online M.A. in Law, an online M.A. in Financial Planning & Law, an on-campus and online LL.M. in Human Rights and an on-campus and online LL.M. in American Legal Studies.

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication, the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

What is an Honors College?

By Chloe Mayhew

Earlier this year, Regent University announced the establishment of a new Honors College, giving incoming freshmen in fall 2020 to be the college’s first class. However, one may ask – What is an Honors College?

In short, an honors college is part of an already-existing college or university. This college within a college consists of the top students who have applied and been accepted to both the institution and the Honors College each year. These students will be a focused group of individuals who are completing the requirements of their respective majors, while also enrolling in extra courses that are focused on their high level of thinking and academic achievement.

Benefits of an Honors College

Additionally, within an honors college, students are exposed to mentorship opportunities, networking opportunities with leaders in many different fields from around the country, while also having more stringent academic requirements than other students. These students are oftentimes some of the most driven and successful students within the college or university who are searching for an extra load of academic rigor and opportunity as part of their collegiate experience.

So, How Does Regent University’s Honors College Fit?

With the establishment of The Honors College at Regent University, students will be exposed to an even broader world for which they are being trained to serve. This Honors College will follow the L.I.F.E. model, which stands for great Learning, Instruction, Faculty, and Expectations.

Regent Honors College students will learn through phenomenal and rigorous instruction by remarkable faculty. With that, The Honors College students will be challenged to continue to excel in the classroom, as they embrace added academic rigor.

While Regent’s on-campus student body as a whole is small, the Honors College is even more intimate. Students in The Honors College will benefit greatly from the tight-knit classes and the even closer relationships they will have the opportunity to develop with their professors and classmates.

“Christian Leadership to Change the World” is the motto of Regent University. And, through the opportunities given to our Honors College students, and the exposure to higher levels of thought, learning, and scholarship, Regent looks forward to producing even more of those Christian leaders representing our 135+ areas of study.

Why Choose an Honors College?

If you are looking for an academic program with more rigor than others, an honors college may be the right choice for you. Not only will an honors college challenge you academically, it will also challenge your way of thinking, and your ability to learn, understand, and apply what you are learning. Giving you multiple views on an idea and giving you the opportunities to explore many different concepts, the honors college experience is a holistic one – and an experience that you will carry on far beyond your time as a student.

What are Honors College Requirements?

Typically, honors colleges require above-average grades, showing that the students applying have excelled in the classroom while in high school.

At Regent University, our requirements for acceptance into The Honors College are as follows:

  1. You must be an accepted student to Regent for the fall semester. Your Honors College application must be completed by March 31 for consideration preceding the semester of desired entry.
  2. You must be a high school senior to apply.
  3. 1250 SAT, 3.7 High School GPA.

And, while these requirements are the starting point, additional qualities that Regent believes will set Honors College students up for the most success include:

  1. Teachability: A desire to learn and be mentored, which is rooted in the acknowledgment of God as Creator, Sustainer and Source of Wisdom, and expressed in humility.
  2. Intentionality: A commitment to cultivate character, a sense of duty, studiousness, as well as the ability to anticipate future needs and challenges.
  3. Integrative Thinking: A capacity to think creatively within and across the academic disciplines while integrating God’s truth into all fields of knowledge and areas of one’s life.

Honors College Scholarships

Each Honors College student at Regent is awarded a significant annual scholarship – generally along with a merit scholarship as well. Students are encouraged to apply for other financial aid and external scholarships, which could be determined by either merit or need.

Visit regent.edu/honors to learn how you could be a part of Christian Leadership to Change the World.

About Regent University

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Va., and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication, the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

 

 

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https://www.regent.edu/honors-college/

Regent University Emergency Remote-Work and Self-Quarantine Policy

During an emergency situation in which the university remains open for business, as part of our continuity plan, supervisors can require employees to work from home at the discretion of the supervisor. If an employee is required to work from home (for any reason), they will receive direction from their supervisor on what provisions and requirements will exist for remote-work job functions. The university encourages quick decisions on approval of medical leave or working from home temporarily.

An employee who is unable to work from home, or who has special technological limitations, should contact their supervisor as soon as an emergency situation is declared. If no accommodation can reasonably be made to allow remote working, the employee may use paid medical or vacation leave balances to avoid loss of pay or take unpaid leave if no paid leave is available. All leave requests must be approved by the supervisor.

An employee who has personally traveled (or someone living in the employee’s home has traveled) to a destination where a widespread medical emergency, epidemic, or pandemic has been declared, will be required to notify the supervisor and Human Resources immediately upon return to the local area. This will include, but is not limited to, attendance at conferences or meetings, and personal travel. This policy will apply whether or not any symptoms or contact with exposed individuals can be confirmed.

The employee will be required to work from home for at least 14 days following the trip, or if remote work is not possible, the employee will be required to stay at home using any available medical leave or vacation, or unpaid leave. The employee may be required to provide documentation of a negative test result to Human Resources before returning to work on campus. All personal medical information will be kept confidential by Human Resources under HIPPAA guidelines.

In some cases, extended paid medical leave may be allowed during a time of a widespread medical emergency.

The Human Resources department will serve as central liaison for all employees on medical leave or working from home due to possible exposure to a medical condition declared to be an epidemic or pandemic.

Employees should contact Human Resources with any concerns regarding increased risk for infection due to underlying health conditions.

During an emergency, information will be posted and updated regularly on the Regent University home page at https://www.regent.edu/ . Employees should check the site daily for relevant documents and updates during any emergency situation.

What is the Difference Between Theology and Divinity?

Interested in Christian studies and the difference between divinity and theology? Choosing to study to become a pastor can lead to a meaningful ministry in which you can serve God, lead a church, and make a difference in your community and the world. Choosing a vocation in which you lead a congregation can help to bring the Word of God to more people and more hope as well. As the pastor of a church, you can make an impact on families and individuals and assist them in making choices that can impact the direction of their lives.

Among the courses that prepare students for a vocation in the Church are methods to study the Bible and be an effective teacher. Students may examine the languages of the Old and New Testaments and choose areas of biblical study that will assist them in their vocation. However, you might ask yourself, “What is the Difference Between Theology and Divinity?”

What is Theology?

Theology is the study of religion. It examines what faith means to different people and cultures. Theologians think about and debate the nature of God, including the questions about the meaning of religion. More importantly theology is the study of God’s nature and the belief in religion. Theology has three distinct aspects:

  • What God teaches us
  • Doctrines that teach of God
  • Paths that lead to God

There are many references in the New Testament that speak of supernatural beings appearing to humans to communicate truth and the promise of a Savior:

Luke 1:26 “God sent the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, one of the descendants of David. The angel greeted Mary and told her that the Lord was with her, and she was favored by God.”

Luke 1:35 “The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, and she would bear a holy child who would be called the Son of God.”

Matthew 1:20 “Joseph was troubled when he found out Mary would bear a child. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because the child was from the Holy Spirit.”

Christian theology is the study of Christian beliefs and practices. The Old and New Testaments are primary texts in this study. Theology makes it more productive to grasp the concepts of Christian doctrine and to make comparisons between Christianity and other religious traditions. Theologians can draw on their beliefs to facilitate reforms in the Church to bring people into the Christian faith. They also may draw on the resources of the Christian tradition to address needs within the Church and social needs in the community.

What is Divinity?

Divinity refers to the quality or nature of God’s being. In Christianity, divinity belongs to God alone. Orthodox Christians believe that Jesus is divine as well as human. Jesus is God and man, and the second person of the Trinity; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son, Jesus, is the radiance of all God’s glory. Divinity may be referred to as the study of one or more religions.

What are the Similarities?

While there are differences between divinity and theology, the terms in academia often are treated in a similar manner. This might cause confusion as you consider which area to pursue. Divinity is a reference to all things that come from God, which are considered sacred. Theology is the study of Gods or deities and religions based on beliefs.

From an academic perspective, courses in divinity and theology are a reference to studying traditions of Christianity from different viewpoints, which may be doctrinal, historical, or textual. Another similarity is the studies of divinity and theology both prepare students as teachers, in different contexts.

A master’s degree in divinity is often a stepping stone for assuming pastoral duties, equipping you to lead a church, ministry, parachurch organization or nonprofit. A master’s degree in theology is often a step toward pursuing a doctoral theology degree and specific study of Scripture and, perhaps, other religions.

What a Degree in Divinity Offers

When you have a calling to serve Christ in the Church or in the workplace, you may start with a theological studies and Christian ministry foundation. This provides a strong foundation in Bible and apologetics, as well as discipleship and church history. Your coursework will provide the skills that you need to be an effective Christian leader. The master’s level opens up further study and tools to help you experience spiritual transformation and prepare to develop others and lead the Church.

The faculty at Regent University helps students grow in faith, knowledge, and development of leadership skills needed to lead a church, teach, work in mission, or accept a position in the secular workplace. After graduation, students will have the training, skills, and knowledge that is needed for a Christ-centered vocation.

What’s Next?

Did learning about the difference between theology and divinity interest you? Learn more about the different degree options for students in the field of Divinity and Theology offered at Regent University.

Bachelor of Biblical & Theological Studies

Regent University’s B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies (offered online and on-campus in Virginia Beach) offers a strong foundation in Church history, how to understand and share God’s Word, and how to apply the Bible to contemporary issues.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry

The B.A. in Christian Ministry (offered online and on-campus in Virginia Beach) focuses on developing skills in coaching, mentoring and communication, as well as employing practical strategies for evangelism and missions.

Master of Divinity

Regent University’s Master of Divinity (offered online and on-campus in Virginia Beach) incorporates elements of the Master of Theological Studies and M.A. in Practical Theology to equip you to lead a church, ministry, parachurch organization or nonprofit. The M.Div. program can also lead to ordination or ministry licensure. You’ll become well-versed in Christian history, biblical writings and scriptural interpretations. Choose the concentration option that best meets your interests and ministry goals. Regent’s School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and its M.Div. program is approved by it.

Master of Theology

Earn a fully accredited Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree online in just under two years, with no required on-campus residency. Through this post-graduate program, you will acquire specialized knowledge to enhance your professional competence in a specific area of study. Your focused studies, intensive research and methodology will equip you for greater ministry impact and prepare you for entry into a doctoral program.

Other degrees are available in Church Leadership, Apologetics & Cosmogony, Christian Spirituality & Formation, Practical Theology, Theological Studies, and Renewal Theology.

Regent University’s admissions counselors are ready to answer questions and help you work through financial aid so you can move ahead in this promising field. Whether you’re ready to take the leap, or simply want some more information, you can reach them at 800.373.5504.

Judge Ken Starr Speaks to the Federalist Society Amid Teaching Regent Law Students

Judge Ken Starr speaks to Regent University Law StudentsVIRGINIA BEACH, VA (January 30, 2020) – Judge Ken Starr, J.D., Regent University’s newest senior lecturing fellow for the School of Law, spoke to a packed house on Tuesday, January 28, in a premier event hosted by the Federalist Society on Regent’s Virginia Beach campus. Law students, members of the local community and honored guests, including Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia and Regent Law alumnus, were in attendance.

Starr, who argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, has had a distinguished career in academia, public service and the law. He served as U.S. Solicitor General, United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, Counselor and Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, and law clerk to both Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and to Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer. He was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater. He also served as president and chancellor of Baylor University and dean of the Pepperdine School of Law and is a New York Times best-selling author.

Just weeks ago, Starr was announced as a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team for his Senate Impeachment Trial.

Starr spoke about his defense of the president at the impeachment trial, what constitutes an impeachable offense, and the importance of protecting our Constitution. “You are called to be warriors for the law,” he challenged Regent Law students.

Citing parts of the preamble of the Constitution … “We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect union, establish justice … and secure the Blessings of Liberty” … Starr stressed that “there will be no ‘domestic tranquility’ if we don’t have justice.”

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina Mark Martin, who resigned from the bench to become dean of the School of Law, introduced Starr, highlighting his remarkable career and the experience he brings to the school and students. Starr acknowledged, “Regent lawyers are everywhere now. … I came here to teach because I was inspired by Regent’s vision for the law. Religious freedom needs the type of law students Regent is producing.”

Regent Law walked into 2020 with a powerhouse of activity, with momentum building. In less than one year Martin has added more than 10 senior lecturing fellows to its already well-anchored law faculty. When asked about adding Starr, yet another high-profile expert to Regent Law, Martin said: “It’s a tremendous honor to have Judge Starr here with us. We are so pleased that he is teaching our students. Opportunities like this, which when you put them all together, have become a series of distinguished speakers. It’s also become the new norm here and something that sets us apart.”

Regent Professor James Duane, J.D., who is co-teaching the religious liberty seminar with Starr added: “His presence here on our campus is a tremendous blessing for all of our university community. He has a simply stellar record of professional achievement.” Duane noted that Starr’s willingness to share his lifetime of legal experience and insight with Regent Law students speaks to the school’s commitment to provide a world-class legal education. His presence further positions Regent Law as a fierce competitor in the field of law.

ABOUT REGENT UNIVERSITY AND THE SCHOOL OF LAW

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication and the arts, cybersecurity and technology, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing and healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

Regent Law’s more than 3,300 graduates practice law in 49 states and over 20 countries and include 38 currently sitting judges. Regent Law ranks 20th in the U.S. in ultimate bar passage rates as determined by the American Bar Association. Twenty-six percent of the graduates in the Regent Law Class of 2019 serve as federal and state law clerks. The Regent Law full-time faculty includes graduates from Harvard, Yale, University of Chicago, and other prestigious colleges and universities. Extended faculty include federal and state appellate judges, and distinguished attorneys such as former Solicitor General Ken Starr and former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Justice Sam Alito Teaches Regent Law Students in Washington, D.C.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Samuel A. Alito Jr. taught 16 Regent University School of Law students during a special three-day jurisprudence seminar titled “Select Issues in Constitutional Interpretation.” The seminar, held at the National Center for State Courts in Washington, D.C., took place on January 13-15, 2020.

Alito, who serves as a Senior Lecturing Fellow with the School of Law, co-taught the seminar with Regent Law Dean Mark D. Martin, formerly Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Chief Justice Martin stated: “What a tremendous opportunity for our second- and third-year law students. We are grateful to Justice Alito for his commitment to the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.”

Alito was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 by President George W. Bush and was confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate in January 2006. He had previously served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. He has served as U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey; deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice; assistant to the solicitor general in the U.S. Department of Justice under the Reagan administration; and assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey.

Alito holds a law degree from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge Leonard Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Regent Law’s more than 3,300 graduates practice law in 49 states and over 20 countries and include 38 currently sitting judges. Regent Law ranks 20th in the U.S. in ultimate bar passage rates as determined by the American Bar Association. Twenty-six percent of the graduates in the Regent Law Class of 2019 serve as federal and state law clerks. The Regent Law full-time faculty includes graduates from Harvard, Yale, University of Chicago, and other prestigious colleges and universities. Extended faculty include Justice Alito; other federal and state appellate and trial judges; and distinguished attorneys such as former Solicitor General Ken Starr and former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Institute for Cybersecurity wins CertNexus’ Most Innovative Training Partners of the Year Award

January 9, 2020 – CertNexus announced that Institute for Cybersecurity was named the 2019 Most Innovative ATP of the Year at the inaugural Partner Meeting and Award Ceremony in Rochester, NY.

Awarded to exemplary CertNexus Authorized Training Partners (ATP), the ceremony was designed to recognize partners with consistent representation of CertNexus products and committed to outstanding performance.

“The Institute for Cybersecurity has shown themselves to be a leader in cybersecurity space,” said Jeff Felice, President of CertNexus, “Their multifaceted approach to cybersecurity education, including teaching our CyberSec First Responder certification, equips their students with the skills they need to make an impact in the IT industry.”

“Integration of the DoD 8570 approved CyberSec First Responder (CFR) into our turn-key Certified Cyber Practitioner (CCP™) workforce development training program enabled us to convert Incident Response (IR) and Blue Team tactic theory into hands-on experience in the cyber-range, giving trainees an advantage in the fast moving world of cybersecurity. The result of our cross disciplinary outcome-based training program(s) is the development of a robust cybersecurity workforce capable of demonstrating their proficiency in cyber defense and we are honored to be recognized as CertNexus’ Most Innovative Training Partner of the Year,” said Stephanie Butts, Executive Director of the Institute for Cybersecurity

About The Institute for Cybersecurity

The Institute for Cybersecurity powered by Regent University is a commercially available cyber range providing on-demand cyber services featuring GSE and Cyber Guardian-certified trainers to support cyber training and testing requirements for enterprise, government and military. Located in Virginia Beach, VA, the Institute offers on-premise or remote training across three critical areas: Cyber Range as a Service (CRaaS), Hyper-Realistic Adversary Emulation and Cross-disciplinary Outcome Based Training. To learn more visit cyber-institute.com

About CertNexus

CertNexus is the global purveyor of vendor neutral, emerging technology certifications and micro-credentials for IT, Business and Security professionals. CertNexus’ exams meet the most rigorous development standards possible which outline a global framework for developing personnel certification programs to narrow the widening skills gap. CertNexus partners with highly knowledgeable and talented industry experts to ensure the integrity and quality of each exam, with all exams following a rigorous development process. Two CertNexus exams—CyberSec First Responder® (CFR) and Certified Internet of Things Practitioner (CIoTP)—are accredited under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024:2012 standard. For more information, connect with CertNexus at http://certnexus.com

Regent University Earns 10-Year Reaffirmation of Accreditation from SACSCOC

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (DECEMBER 11, 2019) – Regent University has earned a 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, founder, chancellor and CEO of the university, made the announcement today.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for Regent University,” said Robertson. “The full 10-year accreditation is the highest level that a university can be awarded from SACSCOC. This achievement demonstrates the commitment of our faculty and staff to Regent’s mission of providing the very highest standards of academic excellence.”

This renewed accreditation comes on the heels of the university’s successful Strategic Growth Initiative, which included a significant expansion of high-quality, in-demand academic programs and significant revenue growth over five years. Regent’s student population grew from 5,900 students in 2014 to over 10,000, nearly doubling in size, due to focused investments in academic programs, enhanced student support systems, new faculty and enrollment marketing.

SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and in several international locations.

Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano, executive vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “We are deeply grateful for the entire university team who worked for several years in preparation for the rigorous reaffirmation process, a process that included extensive applications and multiple on-and off-site visits and peer evaluations, in order to bring this outstanding achievement to Regent University. We are excited at the prospect of continuing to serve for many years to come as a destination of choice for thousands of students preparing to become Christian leaders to change the world.”

The extensive quality review process involves the submission of a Compliance Certification and a Quality Enhancement Plan, in addition to both on- and off-site reviews by SACSCOC peer evaluators. The criteria for accreditation includes over 70 standards assessing a wide spectrum of an institution’s mission, governance, academic and operational realities.

Regent first received full accreditation from SACSCOC in 1984. The next reaffirmation for the university will take place in 2029.

 

ABOUT REGENT UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication and the arts, divinity, education, government, healthcare and nursing, law, leadership, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

New Faculty Member Barbara Nicolosi Harrington is Raising the Bar for Christian Cinema Through Regent University’s Script and Screenwriting Program

Regent University new faculty member Barbara Nicolosi

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (October 22, 2019) – Barbara Nicolosi Harrington, Ph.D., has been named associate professor and coordinator of script and screenwriting programs within the Media & Visual Arts department of the School of Communication & the Arts at Regent University. Harrington will work with both graduate and undergraduate students. Peter Fraser, Ph.D., director of the School of Communication & the Arts made the announcement.

“Dr. Harrington’s expertise will anchor and enhance our existing curriculum and help us develop the nation’s premier script and screenwriting program. We are thrilled to have her on our team,” said Fraser.

Harrington was founder and is Chair Emeritus of the globally recognized Act One program, a nonprofit educational program to train and mentor Christians for careers as Hollywood producers, screenwriters, and directors. She has had an esteemed career in the entertainment industry as a writer, producer, script analyst and production company executive. She is a member of The Writers Guild of America-West and has written screenplays for production companies in and beyond Hollywood. Her screenplay Fatima, scheduled for release in early 2020, is being directed by Marco Pontecorvo and produced by Rose Pictures.

“Dr. Harrington is one of the most prominent Christian screenwriters in the country, and she will be instrumental in training Regent students to tell redemptive stories at the highest level of excellence,” said Peggy Southerland, professional-in-residence and department chair for Performing Arts & Music within the School of Communication & the Arts.

Harrington notes that while movies produced by Christians have become more and more technically proficient, they share a common affliction with secular projects. “Storytelling, in general, is lacking in films today. Forty years of formulaic blockbusters where spectacle comes first, and the theme and story come last, has led to a loss of the depth, wisdom and shared values that great stories produce. We have to retrain the next generation in classical storytelling principles, married to state-of-the-art technical mastery. We simply must prepare our young people to create profound stories, not just nice-looking ones.”

A highly sought public speaker on art, culture, media, and spirituality, Harrington has delivered hundreds of addresses at universities, conferences, and churches all over the world. She has been a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, a judge for the Gabriel Awards of the Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals, a Blue-Ribbon Panelist for the Angelus and Windrider student film festivals, and a reader for the prestigious Humanitas Prize for screenwriting.

Prior to coming to Regent, Harrington spent six years on the founding faculty of the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. She also has served as a faculty member at the Los Angeles Film Study Center and was a guest lecturer at the Catholic University of Valencia, in Spain, and the Catholic University of Milan.

“Regent understands and values its authentic vocation of reason and faith and is committed to fighting the good fight,” said Harrington. “I am privileged join a university that upholds biblical integrity as well as academic excellence, and I am passionate about developing students who understand that they are not only meant to do work that will sell, but more urgently, work that will bring to the audience gifts of insight and encouragement – work that honors God.”

Harrington won Catholic Press Awards in 2001 and 2002 for her contributions to various Catholic magazines. She is the co-author of the 2015 release by Michael Wiese Press, “Notes: Making the Most of Feedback on Your Screenplay.” She is the co-editor with Spencer Lewerenz of the Baker Books 2006 release, Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture. She is a contributor to several other books including: the 2012 Our Sunday Visitor release, Style, Sex and Substance, the 2010 Baker Books release, For the Beauty of the Church, the 2001 Augustinian Press release, Back to the Drawing Board: The Future of the Pro-Life Movement, and Loyola Press’ The Best Catholic Writing of 2005.

Additionally, Harrington has received many awards for her work in media and culture. In 2004, she was selected as the Lay Apostle of the Year by the Legatus International Association. She won the 2006 Spirit Award from the Windrider Forum at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2010, she received the Gravitas Award for Cultural Impact from the Diocese of Trenton for her work in media in the spirit of Blessed Pope John Paul the Second. In 2013 she was honored with the Vitae Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago for leadership in the Culture of Life. Most recently, she has won numerous film festival awards for the short film, In Memory, which she executive produced.

Harrington earned a doctorate in creative writing from historic Bath Spa University in Bath, UK. She has a master’s in Film and Television from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and a B.A. from the Great Books program at Magdalen College (now Northeast Catholic College) in Warner, NH. She also studied children’s media, animation, and documentary production at UCLA.

ABOUT REGENT UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication and the arts, cybersecurity and technology, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing and healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.

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Military Times names Regent University as “Best for Vets: Colleges 2020”

On Thursday, October 31, Military Times named Regent University among the top institutions in the “Online & Nontraditional Schools” category of “Best for Vets: Colleges.”

This is the third year Regent has received this prestigious distinction.

The Military Times generates the study each year to recognize institutions of higher education for providing excellent educational opportunities for America’s veterans. The publication evaluates schools using a 120+ question survey alongside data from the Veterans Affairs Department and three education department databases.

At fourth on the list, Regent sits among other notable universities such as Saint Leo University.

“We are committed to fulfilling the promise of being military friendly,” said Senior Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Bob Habib. “Regent’s Military Resource Center empowers the military community. We provide support and resources to help students transition to academic life and promote professional and spiritual growth.”

The secret sauce of the Military Resource Center is the one-stop experience it provides. The team creates a military-supportive environment where service members, veterans and military family member can achieve their academic, transitional and spiritual goals.

“We understand the unique benefits and challenges associated with this student population, and we streamline whatever we can to help them succeed.”

In addition to this accolade, Regent has also been recognized as one of the Top 10 Gold Military Friendly schools by Military Friendly® for the university’s success in creating sustainable benefits important to the military community.

Regent’s consistent reputation has also earned Aurora Foundation’s Green Zone designation for its exceptional faculty and staff who ensure assistance to military students.

Learn more about Regent University’s Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.