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NEWS

Second Entrepreneurship Program Announced

WSC to Host "Worcester Rising" Event for
Worcester Public High School Students

Scholarship Tea to Honor Leonard Morse, M.D.


NOTEWORTHY

AROUND CAMPUS

April is National Poetry Month

WSC Students to Present Auction Proceeds to Local Charities

Why Students Need to Know the Why? of Math

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WSC IN THE NEWS

WSC e-news General Info


 

NOTEWORTHY

The history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, held its annual Northern New England regional conference at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on April 12.  Worcester State Colleges Michael Smith presented a resourceful paper, Is Islam the Source of Modern Terrorism?  (Answer: Not so simple.  There are many sources, including state and non-state terrorism.)  Professor Joseph Baratta (History) commented in another panel on the Cold War, where students from Assumption and St. Anselm College presented papers on atomic testing in the Pacific, personalities of Stalin, Truman, Khrushchev and Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II in hastening the end of Communist party dictatorship in Poland.

Allison Dunn (Physical Geography) co-authored a paper with P. Mahadevan, SC Wofsy, DM Matross, et al, that was recently published in the Journal of Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Margaret Kerr (Chemistry) served as an advisor at the Biomedical Science Careers Program on Saturday, April 5 in Boston. Ten Worcester State College students also attended the program. This program drew over 850 students and 250 advisors from 25 states. The Biomedical Science Careers Program was founded in 1991 by the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Board of Higher Education. The objective of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the health professions and the biomedical sciences.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) has been accepted to exhibit  her art work at the 2008 Naestved Exhibition of Square Prints, Naestved, Denmark.

 

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AROUND CAMPUS

 

April is National Poetry Month

  • On Tuesday April 22, at 10:00 a.m. in Sullivan Room 307, Dr. Ken Gibbs will welcome two guest poets during his creative writing class. WSC's own Jonathan Blake (Languages and Literature) and widely published poet, will read and discuss his poetry. Stephen Campiglio '81, who has managed to pursue a career in publishing while maintaining an active life as a poet, will be reading and discussing his poetry in my class. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join in what promises to be an exciting and interesting event. 
     

  • On April 11, Professor Mark Wagner was a featured poet at a reading at the Spencer Public Library. He also performed two original songs. The reading was sponsored by the Friends of the Spencer Public Library. In 2001 Professor Wagner published a book of poems titled, A Cabin in a Field.
     

  • Melanie Wilcox (English '08) was recently chosen to represent Worcester State College in the Worcester County Poetry Association's first annual College Poetry Competition.  Melanie will be competing with finalists from other colleges in Worcester County for two prizes--one for a poetry manuscript, and one for oral performance.  The competition includes a Finalists' Reading at Worcester Public Library on Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Prizewinners will be announced at a reception immediately following the reading. Last fall, Melanie won first place in WSC's annual Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest.
     

  • On Thursday April 24 the film Stanley's House will be shown in Learning Resource Center, Room 121, at 2:30 p.m. The film is a documentary on the late poet Stanley Kunitz's home featuring readings by the poet. Kunitz was born and bred in Worcester and many of his poems are infused by the city and his time here. The film will be preceded by a brief talk about Kunitz's importance by Dr. Ken Gibbs of Languages and Literature. In addition there will also be student readings of Kunitz poems and followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker. A small reception with refreshments will also follow the event. The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

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WSC Students to Present Auction Proceeds
To Local Charities

The Worcester State College Student Government Association (SGA) will present proceeds from the 17th annual SGA auction to local charities, Thursday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Student Center Blue Lounge exhibit area at Worcester State College. 

Representatives from the SGA will present $21, 422.57 among the Mustard Seed Foundation, which provides food and emergency services for the citys homeless; Abbys House, a local shelter for homeless women and Sherrys House, a place for Central New England families of children with cancer. 

The auction was made possible by a group of volunteer students, staff, and alumni of Worcester State College. All of the items for the auction are donated by area businesses and families.  Auctions Chairs are Tracy Pilch - Student Government President Dana Lyford - Class of 2008 Senator and Rob Bilotta -  Commuter Senator.  Auction Committee Members are Liz Rooney - Class of 2010 Senator/Senate Treasurer Brandon Huggon - Student Trustee Lauren Kender - Resident Senator Lindsay Durell - Class of 2010 Senator.  The Auction Advisor is Andrea Wamboldt.

SGA is a student run government organization at Worcester State College that serves as a delegate for the entire population of undergraduate students. SGA serves as the primary advocate of students rights and is involved with forming the College policy.

 

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Why Students Need to Know the Why? of Math
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

By now, its old news that U.S. students are behind their Asian counterparts when it comes to science and math performance.

Whats new is the urgent attention that mathematics education is getting at the national level. And a Worcester State College professor is helping focus that attention.

Richard Bisk, chair of the Worcester State College mathematics department, spoke to the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington on April 16. This is an organization of state commissioners of education.  

The speaking invitation from the Asia Society, which organized the meeting, cited Bisks expertise on the use of Singapore Math in the United States and noted your contributions would contribute much to our scheduled discussion.

The education commissioners are very much interested in performance in math, Bisk said. They realize that as a country were in terrible shape.

Bisk discovered what has become known as Singapore Math when he was asked to do a two-week summer course for teachers on this topic in 2000.

I liked how crystal clear and succinct the approach was, Bisk said. The books really help students gain an understanding of deep mathematical ideas. 

Singapore emphasizes mastery of core mathematical concepts. Its students perform significantly better than U.S. students in international comparisons.

Why Singapore? It isnt as if other Asian countries arent ahead of the United States in mathematics education. The textbooks used in Singapore are in English, which makes them easily adapted to U.S. classrooms. Japanese, or Korean, texts would be much more difficult to use here.

About two months ago, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, whose members President George W. Bush appointed, delivered its verdict on the state of mathematics education in the United States.

Among its findings?  The panel called for U.S. students to have a deeper understanding of basic math skills, including fluency with numbers and fractions. Furthermore, the panel noted, most U.S. math textbooks are too easy, especially at the elementary school level. Mathematics texts in Singapore are much better at presenting concepts and helping students to understand math, which is something Bisk noticed when he first used these texts.

Bisk, a former co-chair of the Massachusetts Math and Science Advisory Council, practices what he preaches.

In our professional development program, we use the Singapore Math texts to help teachers gain a deep understanding of math so that they can then teach for understanding, he said.

We also use Singapore Math in our first course for Worcester State education majors, he added. And Mary Fowler is using it in the geometry class.

Last summer Bisk organized a Singapore Math Summer Content Institute at Worcester State College. The 2008 Singapore Math Institute will run from June 23-27 for K-8 teachers from throughout Massachusetts. Those who want to earn graduate credit will sign up for an additional two and a half days, June 30, July 1-2.

For further details about the Singapore Math Summer Content Institute, see http://wwwfac.worcester.edu/smip/

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • COMMONWEALTH AWARDS - Don't forget to nominate someone. Awards are given in three categories: Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance, Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award and the Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service
    Nomination forms for these awards are available in the Human Resources Office on campus (Admin. Village, Room 118). All nomination forms must be in to Carol Faron by Friday, May 16.
     

  • Do you know a graduating senior who will be missed? Show them just how proud you are of their great accomplishments by placing a Friend Ad in the 2008 Yearbook. It's FREE. 100 words or less. Deadline for submissions is April 25. Email message to accolade@worcester.edu. Please note: messages may be edited for content and/or space.
     

  • RED SOX TICKETS: Auction: Now open for bidding on 2 Tickets for the Thursday, April 24, 2008 RED SOX vs ANGELS game.

    Lower Bleacher Seats, Section 26, Row 24 Center Field Game starts at 1:35pm Bidding starts at: $60.00 (the price of the two tickets) Please email bidding@worcester.edu to place your bid. Bidding closes at 4:00pm on Monday, April 21, 2008. Make sure to put BID FOR RED SOX TICKETS in the subject field of the email so we know what the email is about.

    In order to obtain the tickets, the winning bidder must present the winning bid, either cash, check or credit card to the Office of Institutional Advancement (A-210) to get the tickets. Checks need to be made payable to the Worcester State Foundation with Cindy Blair Memorial Scholarship in the memo field of the check. Please feel free to contact Louise (8033) or Donna (8812) for the highest bid. ANYONE IS WELCOME TO BID
     

  • BOOKSTORE BOOK ORDERS: Faculty - the campus bookstore still needs your book orders. Only 30% of the orders in. This also includes Summer. For the students to receive the most money for their books, the bookstore needs at least 80%! Buyback starts in 2 weeks. Even if your text has not been used on campus before, they can still can decrease student cost by sourcing for used texts.
     

  • The Student Center/Student Activities Office would like to thank all faculty, staff and students who supported the new Diversity Lecture Series this year.  We had six terrific lecturers with close to 700 total attendees.  Thanks to all of our co-sponsors as well: Flagship Bank, Student Events Committee, Third World Alliance, Student Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational Therapy Dept., Disability Services, Counseling Office,  Women's Studies, Health Science Department, and Health Services.  If any office, group or department would like to co-sponsor for next year, please let me know.  Also, if anyone has any suggestions for diversity speakers for next year feel free to let Kristie DeSanctis know at ext. 8073.  Thanks again for your support!
     

  • HOW TO WRITE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES - Understanding the difference between departmental goals, learning objectives and outcomes. This forum will be presented by Andrea Bilics and Maureen Erickson on Tuesday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the Student Center North/South Auditorium. Space is limited. Please bring your own syllabi.
    To reserve a space please contact Andrea Bilics at: Andrea.Bilics@worcester.edu or cteachlearn@worcester.edu

 

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WSC IN THE NEWS

Films from the Middle East screened at Clark and WSC
Telegram & Gazette (4-15-08)
 

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Friday, April 18, 2008

 

 

THIS WEEK
 

Friday, Apr. 18

Middle East Film
Series Presents: Offside

Ghosh Center, Room 102
7 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 19

Shakespeare Conference

Student Center, Blue Lounge &
Sullivan Academic Building
Registration: $10
9:a.m. - 5 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Westfield State College
Noon

Middle East Film
Series Presents:
Bosta
Clark University
Razzo Hall
7 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 20

Baseball
vs. Eastern CT State
Laska Gym @ Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester
1 p.m.

Monday, Apr. 21

Patriots' Day Holiday

No Classes, Offices Closed

Tuesday, Apr. 22

Golf
WSC Invitational @
Sterling Country Club

Softball vs. Becker College
5 p.m.

Film: Trade
Sullivan Academic Building
Eager Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
7 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 23

Film: Trade
Sullivan Academic Building,
Eager Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
3 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Rhode Island College
4 p.m.

Talk: Sarah Sharbach
Memorial Lecture

Ghosh Center, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public
4 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 24

Baseball
vs. Becker College
Double Header
2 p.m.

Film/Reading:
Stanley's House
Learning Resource Center
Room 121
Free and Open to the Public
2:30 p.m.

Talk: Invited Artist
Nina Fletcher

Ghosh Center, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public
3 p.m.

Film: The Great Warming,
Ghosh Center, Room 318
Free and Open to the Public
4:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
UMASS-Dartmouth
7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 25

Talk: Assessment with
Scott Jaschik

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
1 - 3 p.m.

 


COMING UP

Saturday, Apr. 26

Talk: Learn to Ride a Bike
Free and Open to the Public
Registration Required
9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Baseball vs.
Framingham State College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
Double Header
MASCAC Game

Noon

Softball vs.
Framingham State College
Double Header
MASCAC Conference Game

Noon

Sunday, Apr. 27

Baseball
vs.
Colby-Sawyer College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
Noon

Consortium presents
Verdi Requiem

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester
3 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 29

A More Perfect Union?
What Does Obama's Race
Speech Mean to You?
Ghosh Center, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Talk: Jack Levin and
James Alan Fox
,
authors of Extreme Killing -
making sense of senseless murders

Student Center, North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
1 -3 p.m.

 

Thursday, May 1

VPA presents Jephte
United Congregational Church
6 Institute Road, Worcester
7 p.m.

Monday, May 5

Criminal Justice
Opportunity Fair
Student Center, Exhibit Area &
North/South Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6

Film: Everything's Cool
Ghosh Center, Room 318
Free and Open to the Public
4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

All Classes End

Tuesday, May 8

Reading Day

May 9-16

Final Exams

Tuesday, May 13

Talk: How to Write Student
Learning Outcomes

Student Center, North/South Aud.
10 - 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 18

Commencement

DCU Center
 

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