Weekly News for Faculty, Staff and Friends of the Worcester State College Community


WSC Professors Discuss Election on WTAG:

Economist Bill O'Brien Discusses
Congressional Vote on Financial Bailout

Professor Robert Smith Discusses
Vice Presidential Debate

WTAG Morning News Talks About "Cardboard Village"



Over 250 Students Learn About Green
Jobs at WSC Sustainability Fair

LASC Workshops Reminder


Students Experiment with Environment Friendly
Alternatives in Chemistry Labs


Media Coverage & Event Planning Workshop

Workshop on Social Host Liability, Underage Drinking...

Chorale Trip to Portugal

Energy Efficiency Workshop

MLK Breakfast Department Raffle



WSC e-news General Info


Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) has been accepted to exhibit her wood engravings at the show Identity at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.

Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Visual and Performing Arts) was invited to the Southeastern College Art Conference in New Orleans on October 25-27, to act as a respondent for the panel titled Artistic Rejuvenation. Papers investigated how artists have used their art to chart a new aesthetic direction, assert artistic independence from mentors, or creatively respond to personal trauma or illness. Artists include James McNeill Whistler, Jean-Antoine Gros, Hannah Wilke and Jo Spence.


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Over 250 Students Learn About
Green Jobs at WSC Sustainability Fair

Over 250 students learned about green career opportunities and practices at the WSC Sustainability Fair last Thursday. The next Bill Gates is going to be someone who can figure out how to combine green practices with good business practices, said Anthony Poore, Assistant Dean of the Southern New Hampshire University School of Community Economic Development.  According to Poore, WSC students are well prepared to enter this emerging field.  Some of the marketable skills in demand in today's marketplace include:

           Project management
     Financial management
     Organizational management
     Public relations
     Information technology
     Fundraising and development

Two WSC graduates currently working for the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission said they put skills they learned at WSC into practice every day on the job. Sheri (Dufour) Bean, transportation planner, and Renée Marion, GIS analyst, worked on a project utilizing GIS mapping to promote an environmentally friendly program that encouraged students to walk to school.   The project, Safe Routes to School, used accident data mapping to identify safe routes to school.  They said the skills they learned while obtaining their Geography degrees prepared them well.

WSC Associate Director of Facilities and Environmental health and Safety Officer Robert Daniels outlined college initiatives at WSC designed to reduce the colleges carbon footprint.  He pointed to the renovation of the Administration Building which will be a LEED certified building when it is complete; installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the LRC and purchase of a biodiesel processor to convert waste cooking oil into fuel among the projects his office oversees.  I consider myself a green collar worker, he said, If you have an interest and understanding of these initiatives, the job opportunities are endless. 

Throughout the fair, representatives from New England Biodiesel Equipment and Sales, the processors supplier, were on hand to discuss the display in front of the Student Center.  The processor allows Chartwells to convert waste cooking oil into usable biodiesel fuel for some WSC campus vehicles. 

Over 250 students visited employers exhibiting throughout the event to discuss career opportunities.


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LASC Workshops Reminder

Upcoming LASC Workshops:

Zen and the Art of Curricula Reform:  The Eightfold Way 
Monday, October 6, from 2:30 5:30 p.m., Sullivan Faculty Lounge

The Center for Teaching and Learning and LASC would like to invite you to attend the second part of a two-part workshop series led by Dr. Andrew G. De Rocco.  Attendance at the first session is not necessary for participation in session two.  Discussion will include examination of a multidisciplinary approach to LASC at the program versus course level and course design for LASC versus the major.  Breakout sessions and exercises will be focused on the design and/or redesign of student-centered courses not driven by the needs of the major or course content but focused on alignment of course specific SLOs with the overall learning objectives of LASC as well as the more detailed student learning objectives in one or more of the LASC content areas.

DAC:  Diversity Across the Curriculum
Wednesday, October 15, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
South Auditorium, Student Center
Details will be forthcoming.

MAC:  Math Across the Curriculum
Wednesday, November 19, 3 - 4:15 p.m.
South Auditorium, Student Center
Details will be forthcoming.

If you have a specific LASC related topic(s) you would like addressed or are interested in leading or co-leading a workshop on a specific LASC area, please contact Bonnie Orcutt at borcutt@worcester.edu or extension 8750.

LASC Team Site:

LASC documents and other LASC related information will be available at www.worcester.edu/teamsites/LASC/default.aspx.



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Students Experiment with Environment
Friendly Alternatives in Chemistry Labs
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

John Goodchild has spent the past five years working to solve a straightforward problem in chemistry: How to create a new way to form nucleosides, chemical compounds that are present in all living cells and are widely used to treat viruses and cancers.

As he does this, he also ponders an incredibly complex question: How did these nucleosides get together to create DNA?

Three billion nucleosides form our genetic code, our DNA. A number of them have become the basis of drugs, AZT, for example, one of the first drugs used in AIDS treatment. 

Nucleosides are made up of a base and sugar. Goodchild seeks a greener approach to their creation.  He uses a substance that acts like sugar but isn't sugar.

Sugar needs heavy metals or other toxic materials to create nucleosides during the chemical reaction, he said. The sugar substitutes, which react like sugar, may not. Thus, the nucleoside experiments may offer a greener way of making nucleosides.

We've done preliminary studies to see whether the sugar substitutes react with the base, he said. It looks promising.

The we includes some 27 undergraduates who have worked with Goodchild either as independent study students or as researcher pairs during the last four weeks of an organic chemistry class lab. 

Goodchild used his 2007-2008 mini-grant, A New Way of Making Nucleosides, to purchase chemicals and glassware for this research.

The nucleosides they are developing may have uses in the creation of new drugs, Goodchild said. That's the promise of this research. The student researchers are getting closer to this as they continue experimenting with sugar substitutes in the equation.

Godchild's progress on the more complex question isn't as promising. He wonders how nucleosides were made before there were any living things.

Scientists trying to figure out how any life started on earth need to grapple with that problem. It'll take more than a mini-grant to solve it.



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    Need help planning the logistics of an event?  Are you interested in having the local media cover your event? Do you want the best attendance  possible for your event? If you answered YES to any of these questions you will want to reserve a seat at

    Media Spotlight on You: A Two Part Workshop on Media Coverage and Event Planning at Worcester State College Featuring the Office of Public Relations and Marketing, Conference and Event Services and College Police.  Join us on Wednesday, October 15, from 2-3p.m., in the Blue Lounge.

    This workshop is free and open to the campus community.
    Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by October 8 to Rebecca.senecal@worcester.edu or 508-929-8727.

    Presented by the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. at Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room. The workshop is sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition Train the Trainer workshop series and is open to coalition members and individuals who work with youth and families. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Cmunitybuild3@aol.com by Tuesday, October 14, 2008.

    The WSC Chorale would like to invite faculty, staff, administration and friends to accompany them on the next Chorale concert tour, May 19- 26, 2009.  Many people keep coming back on these trips because we have such a fabulous time, both singers and non-singers alike. The Chorale is a fun-loving bunch!

    This time our travels take us to Portugal, for 9-days/7 nights.  Included are round-trip airfare, accommodations, breakfasts, 3 dinners, sightseeing, a luxury tour-bus, and an English-speaking guide.  We will be spending all our evenings in Lisbon(at the same hotel throughout), and fan out from that central locations for daily excursions to such places as Evora, Sintra, Estoril, and Palmela.  Portugal is warm and sunny at that time of year, and quite beautiful!


    The cost of the trip is $2299, excluding mandatory insurance and airline taxes, which will be assessed later.  Also not included is the cost of lunches, a few dinners and tips.  A payment schedule is available.  While we encourage our fellow-travelers to come to our concerts, it is not mandatory.


    If you would like to see a preliminary itinerary, please contact
    Dr. Christie Nigro
    at cnigro@worcester.edu or call 508-929-8824.
    Spots are going fast, so register soon.


    Join us on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Eager Auditorium to learn more about how you can increase energy efficiency in your home.  Save cash while reducing your energy consumption. Well have dynamic presentations from:
    -- Michael Berry: Home Energy Efficiency expert and contractor
    -- Citizens Bank: Efficiency low-interest loans
    -- Percys: Discounted and rebated efficiency appliances
    -- The Solar Store: Specializing in efficiency products for your home

    You can connect onsite with these presenters to get the upgrades you need in time for winter.
    Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
    RSVP to Lilah Glick at 857-998-8509 or lglick@cleanwater.org.

    Worcester State College is proud to host the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Breakfast on Saturday, January 17. The breakfast brings together children and adults from local communities and celebrates the creative talents of area school children and honors the memory of Dr. King.

    At the breakfast, theme gift baskets will be raffled off and judged. Each WSC office has the opportunity to create a basket. The winning basket, as judged by those at the breakfast, will receive a $100 gift certificate to Jumpin' Juice and Java, a brand new cafe on Chandler Street that is owned by two WSC seniors. All proceeds from the basket raffle will go towards the MLK Youth Breakfast. Each office can be as creative as they'd like with their basket. Some suggestions: a movie theme, art, camping, snow day basket, tropical getaway basket, etc.

    Baskets can be dropped off on or before Friday, November 14, in the Diversity Office (Admin Village-Room 107). Please include the departments name. The winning office will be notified January 20, 2009. If you have any questions, call Robyn Marcin at ext. 8117.


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Welcome to...

Jeffrey Boyer
College Police Officer
College Police

Kevin Fenlon
Staff Assistant/Counselor
Counseling Services

Lisa Rawinkski
College Police Officer
College Police

Good Luck to...

Doris Little (Clerk III - Human Resources)
on her retirement after over 20 years of service to the college.



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Five to join Lancers' Hall
Telegram & Gazette (
Excerpt: Worcester State will induct five former athletes into its Hall of Fame on Oct. 17. The class will include Alexander Fotiades, Julie (Pramas) Kazarian, Kevin Gniadek, Peggy (Seymour) Hummel and Mark Bockus.

High school students learned civic lessons well
Telegram & Gazette (10/1/08)
Excerpt: The 11 Worcester public high school students who spent their spring school vacation week at a special civics camp at Worcester State College certainly took ...

Monday, October 6, 2008



Tues., Oct. 7

W. Tennis vs.
Johnson & Wales
3:30 p.m. @ Becker College
Directions to Becker

Field Hockey vs.

4 p.m. - Athletic Field

Volleyball vs.
Bridgewater State

6 p.m. - Gym - Video

Wed., Oct. 8

M. Soccer @ Western CT
7 p.m. - Directions to Western CT

Thurs., Oct. 9

W. Tennis @ MCLA
3 p.m. - Directions to MCLA

W. Soccer @ Western CT
7 p.m. - Directions to Western CT

Field Hockey vs.
Univ. of New England

7 p.m. - Athletic Field - Live Stats

Fri., Oct. 10

Volleyball vs.
Univ. of Maine- Farmington
7 p.m.  - Directions to U.Maine Farmington

Sat., Oct. 11

Volleyball vs. Mass Maritime
10 a.m. @ Univ. of Maine - Farmington
Directions to U.Maine Farmington

Field Hockey vs.
Salem State
10 a.m. - Athletic Field
Live Stats/Video

M. Soccer @
Bridgewater State
11 a.m. - Directions to Bridgewater State

Volleyball vs. Thomas

Noon @ Univ. of Maine - Farmington
Directions to U.Maine Farmington

Football vs.
Maine Maritime

1 p.m. - Athletic Field
Live Stats/Video

W. Soccer vs.
Bridgewater State

6 p.m. - Athletic Field
Live Stats/Video


Mon., Oct. 13

Columbus Day Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed

Fri., Oct. 17

Andres Torres presents
"Latino Identities, Latino Futures"

Student Center, North/South Auditorium
11:30 a.m.

Tues., Oct. 21

Native American Storytelling
and Music with Bill Miller

Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:30 a.m.

An Evening of Music
with Bill Miller

Student Center, Blue Lounge
7 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 28

Energy Efficiency Workshop
Sullivan Building, Eager Auditorium
6:30 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 30

Faculty Art Exhibition
Opening Reception

Ghosh Science Center, Art Gallery
5 - 7 p.m.
Exhibition will run until December 10
Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. (or by appt.)

Pilon Poetry Open Mic/Awards
Student Center, Blue Lounge
7-8:30 p.m.

Nov.1 & 2

Thriller of a Weekend
Homecoming/Family Wknd


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