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National Geographic Photojournalist and WSC Grad Brian Skerry Addresses Biology Honor Society Inductees

Lt. Governor Murray and President Ashley Recognize Worcester High School Students At Civic Camp

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Local Charities Thank Student Government Association for Donations

WSC & QCC Attend Latino Student Leadership Conference

Bringing H.E.L.P. to WSC Student Leaders

Thai Professor Observes WSC Classes During Month-Long U.S. Visit

Sarah Sharbach Memorial Lecture Discusses the Zapatista Movement

WSC Students Support 'Day of Silence'



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Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) presented to doctoral students of pharmacy (PharmD) at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Nearly 150 students from both the Worcester and Manchester, NH campuses were in attendance. The focus of the lecture was on the regulatory, enforcement and healthcare oversight climate in healthcare and pharmacy operations. The discussion centered on fraud, waste and abuse and was intended to help students detect and prevent such occurrences. 

Erika Sidor (Public Relations & Marketing) exhibited two photographs in the Turn on a Dime exhibition at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 2 from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information visit www.ARTSomerville.org.

An essay titled, Neo-Baroque Spectacle and the Female Body in the Work of Jenny Saville, Lisa Yuskavage, and John Currin by Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Visual and Performing Arts), has been published in a collection of essays Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, edited by Dr. Kelly Wacker, and published by Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

Janice Yee (Economics) and professors from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) recently published an article, "Social Capital and Economic Development: The Case for One Small Community," in the National Social Science Journal
(2008, 1). Click here to read the article



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Local Charities Thank Worcester State College Student Government Association for Donations

Representatives from three local charitable organizations thanked the Worcester State College Student Government Association (SGA) for donations from its 17th annual Auction at a ceremony in the Student Center Blue Lounge Thursday, April 24. The SGA presented checks to the organizations totaling $20,622.67.

Representatives from 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 thanked the SGA and explained ways the money will help with the people they serve. Youve been with us since the beginning, said Donna Domiziano of Mustard Seed, youve been a big part of our lives.  Edla Bloom from Abbys house reported that 89 cents of every dollar donated will go directly to the women and families they serve.  Thank you for your time, your talent, and your willingness to serve, she said.  Jeanne Gallagher of Sherrys House said, In todays world, you hear some really negative things about young people and you show what is best about young people.  We at Sherrys House really appreciate it.

Vice President of Student Services Dr. Sibyl Brownlee reported that the SGA has contributed over $140,000 in proceeds to those in need since the auction began 17 years ago. The SGA auction is the most highly organized event I have ever seen on our campus, she said.  The cataloging of items alone takes hundreds of  hours." 

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 Senators.  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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Students and Administrators from WSC & QCC Unite for Latino Student Leadership Conference

The Department of Multicultural Affairs recently provided the opportunity for WSC students, the Latino Education Institute and members of Quinsigamond Community College to attend the New England Latino Student Leadership Conference (NASPA) at Northeastern University on March 28 and 29.

The purpose of the New England Latino Student Leadership conference is to initiate and encourage connections between Latino student college leaders within the New England region.


This year's conference showcased practical as well as progressive approaches within the field of leadership development via workshop sessions and panel discussions. This conference successfully lead the best opportunities to network and initiate lifelong connections among some of the most talented and inspired student leaders in the Northeast. With attendees totaling over 300 from all over New England, the conference overflowed with energy.



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Bringing H.E.L.P. to WSC Student Leaders
Dana Lyford '08

Helping Emerging Leaders Progress (H.E.L.P) is a six-week interactive workshop sponsored by the Student Activities Office. It is designed to expose students, who have been identified as having leadership potential to a variety of different topics that will assist them both in and out of the classroom.

This spring has been the most successful year of H.E.L.P to date. With over 130 nominations submitted by various faculty and staff members, there were 37 students who successfully completed the program. Sarah Forti, assistant director of Student Activities and the coordinator of this program, attributes the success to the new track system that was implemented this year. The track system works by offering the program on both Wednesdays and Thursdays so that the students have a little more flexibility with their schedules.

The workshop also received a lot of positive feedback with comments such as, this was very useful and important to have in the work world. The Student Activities Office looks forward to another successful workshop next spring. If you'd like more information on the program, contact Sarah Forti at ext. 8672.


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Thai Professor Observes WSC Education and Science Classes During Month-Long U.S. Visit

Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Pornprom Chaichatpornsuk looked up from her plate in the upstairs cafeteria on Thursday and pronounced her lunch, Very delicious.  She's become a fan of Chartwells during her month-long visit to Worcester State.

The associate director for administration of the demonstration secondary school at Chulalongkorn University, she has spent the month of April visiting middle and high schools in Central Massachusetts, observing education and science classes at Worcester State, talking with faculty about education philosophies and practices, and visiting the Pipeline Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Chulalongkorn, in the heart of Bangkok, is the highest-ranking university in Thailand as well as the country's first university. Margaret Kerr (Chemistry) was a Fulbright Senior Scholar there last fall. She is the faculty host for Pornprom, who also teaches education courses at the university.

The similarities between Thai and U.S. education systems outweigh the differences, Pornprom says. Thai schools offer science, mathematics, art, health, physical education, and professional and technical skills. The Thai system groups grades 7-12 in secondary schools. There are no middle schools.

The students in her demonstration school are similar to those in public schools in higher income areas of the United States. Half the students in the demonstration secondary school are children of university faculty. The other half are from Bangkok. Its very competitive, she said. There are 20 applicants for every seat in these classes.

Pornprom noted one difference in the education of teachers. In Thailand, university students pursuing careers as teachers spend four years studying teaching and spending time in elementary or secondary classrooms each semester. They then must pass a licensing examination before spending another year doing supervised teaching.

"They spend one semester as a classroom teacher at the university demonstration school, she said. Then they spend a second semester at another school in Bangkok or elsewhere in the country.

This is Pornproms first visit to the United States. Its unusual for Thai women to travel alone, particularly abroad.  She has missed her family, but thanks to the Internet and the telephone, she's kept in touch.

She's made the most of her time here. In addition to classroom observations, she's visited New York City twice and Boston. Shell make a weeklong stopover in Chicago on her return to Bangkok to visit a university colleague conducting research. 

Maureen Shamgochian, associate vice president for academic affairs, and Steve Chao, director of international programs, helped with arrangements for her campus visit. Photo by Erika Sidor.


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The Zapatista Movement: Sarah Sharbach Memorial Lecture Discusses The Struggle of Native Mexicans
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Who I am here at home informs my work in other places.

Thats how Dianne Rocheleau opened the Sarah Sharbach Memorial Lecture on April 23 in Ghosh Science Center Auditorium. Rocheleau, associate professor of geography at Clark University, is a first-generation college graduate, a founding member of Worcester Peace Works and a resident of Main South in Worcester. She has been at Clark since 1989.

Rocheleaus academic interests include environment and development, political ecology, forestry, agriculture and landscape change. Gender, class and popular vs. formal science in resource allocation and land use are further intellectual interests.

The work she discussed Thursday night was entitled Women in Social Movements in Oaxaca and Chiapas: Making Another World in which Many Worlds are Possible.   About 80 students, faculty and community people heard her lecture.

Land useand ownershipare the basis of the indigenous movements in the two Mexican states. The Zapatista struggle in Chiapas is tied to land rights and indigenous autonomy and has been going on for decades. The struggle became visible January 1, 1994, the date NAFTA went into effect and the Zapatistas staged protests.

In the early days of the Zapatista movement, which is closely tied to liberation theology in the Catholic Church, women were allowed to join convents to work with bishops. Their literacy levels increased, Rocheleau said. They learned Spanish and were translating documents into their indigenous languages.

Thus, women began to have leadership roles not only in the church but also in civil society. They were trained as community organizers and established schools, hospitals and clinics.  In their indigenous communities, there is a long tradition of women healers and spiritual leaders, Rocheleau said. The churchand liberation theologybuilt on this.

Women--and womens leadership and activismhave been incorporated into these social movements.  The Zapatistas accepted women in the insurgency, she said. And these women entered the insurgency on their own terms.

The Zapatistas want a world where lots of different worlds can live together, Rocheleau said. They want the freedom to live the way they want, which includes letting women live the way they want.

In Oaxaca, women and womens groups have also joined the movement for social and economic change. Women have retained their indigenous culture while moving into the public sphere, taking over radio stations, performing civil disobedience and conducting cultural demonstrations even as paramilitary forces have taken over their cities and towns. Women there also have equal representation in the local governing bodies.

What have we in the United States heard of the involvement of women in these movements? Rocheleau asked. Nothing.

She and her husband, an ecologist, spent their sabbatical year in 2006-07 working on sustainable forestry projects in these two Mexican states. Through this experience, Rocheleau met women involved in these movements and learned of their resistance, courage and resilience.

Letting people outside of Mexico know of the political repression in these states, the indigenous movements against that repression, and womens involvement in these movements is Rocheleaus mission.

It is one that Sarah Sharbach, a faculty member in the Worcester State College history department until her untimely death in 2004, would have shared. Sharbachs research interest was Latin America and her passion was social justice. Each year around the time of her April 1 birthday, the Womens Studies program sponsors a lecture in her honor.  Sharbach was a founding member of the WSC Womens Studies program. 


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WSC Students Support National 'Day of Silence'


The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. This years event was held in memory of Lawrence King, a California 8th-grader who was shot and killed February 12 by a classmate because of his sexual orientation and gender expression. Hundreds of thousands of students came together on April 25 to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior. Photo by Erika Sidor.


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  • COLLEGE POLICE PRESENTATION FOR EMPLOYEES: The college police department invite all faculty and staff to attend one of two sessions of a presentation on Active Shooter in Workplace  being offered on Thursday May 8 in Ghosh Science Center Room 102. This presentation will include a twenty minute film and discussion to follow for approximately 40 minutes. The first session will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. The second session will be at 2:00 p.m. All supervisors are strongly encouraged to allow employees to attend one of these sessions.

  • 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.

  • SUPER SENIOR SEND-OFF BBQ: The campus community is invited to join the seniors and their families for a send-off bbq. The meal includes shrimp, rib eye steak, ribs, bbq chicken, salads, baked potato bar, corn on the cob and a make-your-own sundae dessert bar. There will be caricaturists, wacky photos, psychics and music. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased through the Student Center Information Desk or by calling extension 8073. Checks can be made payable to WSC Student Activity Trust Fund. Please order your tickets by Friday, May 9, 2008.


  • 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.


  • 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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**Please Note - Links to online newspaper articles may no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

Tribute paid to Armenian 'martyrs'

Providence Journal (4-28-08)
Guest speaker Henry Theriault, a professor of philosophy at Worcester State College and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention, said the fierce opposition displayed during the last six months by the Turkish government shows the degree to which hatred of Armenians still exists in Turkey and why it is not just an argument about overcoming denial.

Leadership 101
Civics camp a step toward forming a more perfect city

Telegram & Gazette (4-28-08)
Last weeks high school civics camp at Worcester State College could be a life-changing experience for the young participants.

Conn. school outsources ESL
Putnam Science Academy's $100,000 contract with WSC

Telegram & Gazette (4-28-08)
This school year, Putnam Science Academy decided to essentially outsource the English as a second language program to Worcester State Colleges Intensive English Language Institute.

NFL bound?
Wicked Local Wareham (4-24-08)
Excerpt: Following his playing days in Wareham, Gabriel spent two years playing at Dean Junior College before transferring to Worcester State College, where he could not only kick, but also saw some time at wide receiver for the Lancers.

Crowd control
Alcohol safety key part of RA job
Telegram & Gazette (4-24-08)
Visitors were coming, so Brandon P. Huggon asked his eight suite mates, all freshmen, to clean up the common areas of their pad in Chandler Village at Worcester State College. As a result, all the dirty dishes were in the sink, and all the video game controllers were lined up neatly on the television.

Green thinking is important, including at the molecular level
Telegram & Gazette (4-23-08)
Op-Ed piece by Chemistry Professor Margaret Kerr

High school students place focus on leadership
Civics camp offers lessons about involvement

Telegram & Gazette (4-23-08)
Excerpt: Instead of sleeping in or hanging out, a group of high school juniors is spending April vacation....at the four-day Civics Camp, organized by Worcester State Colleges Urban Studies Department.

Legacy of vet will never be forgotten
Telegram & Gazette (4-21-08)
Excerpt: Mr. Mencow, in fact, interrupted his college studies to fight in the war....When he was 65 years old, he sold his business and enrolled at Worcester State College.

Civics camp insight could help produce future city leaders
Telegram & Gazette (4-20-08)
Excerpt: Mr. Rushford said Worcester State College is playing an instrumental role in making the civics camp possible by underwriting its cost, serving as the host site and freeing up faculty members from its Urban Studies Department to participate in it.


Monday, April 28, 2008




Monday, Apr. 28

A More Perfect Union?
What Does Obama's
Speech On Race
Mean to You?

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

Tuesday, Apr. 29

A More Perfect Union?
What Does Obama's
Speechon Race
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.

Wednesday, Apr. 30

Celebration of Student
Research & Creativity

Ghosh Science Center
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 1

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



Sunday, May 4

WSC Dance Company
Spring Show

Sullivan Auditorium
Tickets @ door
2 p.m.

Monday, May 5

Retirement & Employee
Service Recognition

Blue Lounge
3 p.m.

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.

Wednesday, May 7

All Classes End

Thursday, May 8

Reading Day

Film/Talk: College Police
Presentation on
Active Shooter in the

Ghosh Center, Room 102
Open to all Faculty & Staff
10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

WSC Dance Company
Spring Show

Sullivan Auditorium
Tickets @ door
7 p.m.

May 9-16

Final Exams

Tuesday, May 13

Talk: How to Write Student
Learning Outcomes

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

Thursday, May 15

Nursing Pinning

Friday, May 16

Graduate Dinner/
Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, May 17

Senior Send-Off BBQ
Student Center
Open to Campus Community
Purchase tickets @
Student Center Info Desk

Sunday, May 18


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