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


Human Rights Fund and Scholarship
announced at Dennis Brutus Event


Gov. Deval Patrick Attends "Got Food" Hunger Forum

WSC Student Talks of His Refugee Experience

Clara Rodriguez Discusses Latinos in Mainstream Media

Central Links Presidents Honor Retiring Senators

WSC Theatre UpClose Performs to Four Sell-Out Houses


Alumni Assoc. Advisory Board Opportunity for Funding

2008-2009 Inclement Weather Policy

WSC Chorale Release Christmas CD

Pirates of Penzance Auditions - Open to Faculty, Staff & Students

WSC Toy Drive

WSC e-news General Info




Gov. Deval Patrick Attends WSC Got Food Hunger Forum

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick attended a Got Food? forum at Worcester State College Tuesday, November 18. The event, hosted by
the Urban Studies Department and the Intergenerational Urban Institute, served as the launch for Commonwealth Corps, a grant funded initiative of twelve members ages 18-85 who will work over this year on a variety of projects to help end hunger in our community, including food stamp outreach to elders, volunteer development for Brigham Hill Community Farm, development of hunger curriculum for urban schools, and a hunger website. Commonwealth Corps is a new initiative of Governor Patrick to involve people of all ages in service. Worcester State College is honored to be among the first recipients of this grant. 

Thank you all for bringing such a strong sense of service to this community, said Governor Patrick to the more than 150 attendees.  I am confident that the spirit of service is what will lift us up.

Commonwealth Corps Board Co-Chair David Roach praised participants. Because of your creative leadership here in Worcester, you are two to three years ahead of the rest of the Commonwealth.  What you are doing here now, we envisioned communities developing three years in the future.

Featured panelists included Christa Drew, Director of the Hunger Free and Healthy Initiative in Worcester, Jean McMurray, Executive Director of the Worcester County Food Bank, Katherine Shocas, Director of Special Projects at UMass Memorial, and Ken Crater, Brigham Hill Community Farm.

The panel was followed by an empty bowl event with soup donated by Chartwells and bread donated by Panera. Bowls of soup were sold ($5.00 for students, $10.00 for faculty and staff) and a raffle featuring sports tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and iPods and more was held. Over $950 was raised and will benefit  Worcester County Food Bank, Brigham Hill Community Farm, Worcester Food Policy Council and the South Worcester Neighborhood Center.


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WSC Student Talks of His Refugee Experience

WSC student Jenkins Macedo gave a talk, "From a Refugee Camp Experience to a New Life in the U.S.," on November 20, as part of the Diversity Lecture Series.

On December 24, 1989, Macedo and his brothers and sisters were separated from their mother at the start of the Liberian Civil War. Jenkins and his siblings traveled together seeking refuge. They spent the next 14 years of their life as Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast, and Ghana. In 2006 he was finally able to reunite with his mother in the United States.

Jenkins has always had a deep commitment to the West African youth. While he was at the refugee camp he took on many positions and projects in youth organizations. Before leaving Ghana, he served as program coordinator for RESPECT Ghana, an associate of RESPECT International, creating awareness and education of refugee issues amongst local and international non-refugee students. He used his experiences as a refugee to overcome the pains and sufferings that he and his siblings endured during the civil war which tore the West African nation of Liberia into civil unrest. Jenkins believes in creating social, economic and political change through passive non-violent approach to aggression, force and suppression.

At 21, Jenkins holds an Associate Degree in Agriculture Education from the AHEAD/West Africa College for Sustainable Development in Accra, Ghana, and a Higher National Diploma in Biblical Studies from the International Bible Institute located in Cape Town, South Africa. He currently resides in Worcester and is pursuing a degree at Worcester State majoring in sociology and minor in international development studies.

Looking to help? Jenkins has initiated a Book Drive for Africa (BDA), to send books to needy students in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana in West Africa. He has already collected more than 1,000 books on a range of topics and is looking to send many more to these regions. If you have new or slightly used books, there is a drop off point in the Student Center near the Information Desk.

The Diversity Lecture Series is sponsored by the Student Center/Student Activities Office, Disability Services Office, Women's Studies, Counseling Office and the Student Events Committee.



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Clara Rodriguez Discusses Latinos in Mainstream Media

Mainstream media and film do not accurately portray the Latino community according to Dr. Clara E. Rodriguez, professor of Sociology at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. She addressed a standing-room only crowd of students, faculty and staff in the North-South Auditorium Thursday, November 20.  Research indicates that in 2005, of 67 primetime television programs that were examined, only 3.5 percent of the characters were Latino.  This, despite the fact that Latinos made up 12.5 percent of the population at the time. "This is what people see on TV and this is what people come to expect,"  Rodriguez said.  "Whether we like it or not, TV is an educator."

Rodriguez explained that Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S. with a total population of 44.3 million--or 15 percent of the population. In Worcester County, Latinos make-up 18 percent of the population. Projections show that Latinos will comprise 24 percent of the U.S. population by 2050. 

Despite this significant growth, she says Latinos continue to be under represented in the media, even in news coverage. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) tracked 16,000 news stories and found that less than one percent were exclusively about Latinos and that in non-Latino stories only about 1.7 percent quoted Latinos.

She also said that television and film tends to portray Latinos as, "lazy, verbally aggressive and less intelligent."  She said another common stereotype is that most Latino characters are portrayed as living in poverty, while 22 percent of Latinos live in poverty.

The talk was sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Third World Alliance, Languages and Literature Department, History Department and the Latino Education Institute. Rodriguez is the author of ten books including Heroes, Lovers and Others; Changing Race: Latinos, The Census and the History of Ethnicity in the United States; Hispanics in the Labor Force: Issues and Policies; Puerto Ricans: Born in the USA, and Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media. She has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, MIT and Yale University. She has also been a consultant to a number of television shows and documentaries, most recently, "Dora, the Explorer" and "Sesame Street," and is a member of the National Council of La Raza Board of Directors.



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Central Links Presidents Honor Retiring Senators

Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley recently joined her fellow Central Links Presidents at a farewell reception honoring retiring Senators Robert Antonioni, Edward Augustus, Jr., and Pamela Resor for their years of dedicated support of public higher education. We are grateful that you have championed our cause, said Ashley of the senators, because investment in these colleges means investing in our future leaders.

The Central Links Public Higher Education alliance is comprised of Fitchburg State College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College.


Photo: (From l to r): Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino, Quinsigamond Community College President Gail E. Carberry, Senator Pamela Resor, Worcester State College President Janelle C. Ashley and Fitchburg State College President Robert V. Antonucci.




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WSC Theatre UpClose Performs to Four Sell-Out Houses

Lysistrata, the fall play produced by Worcester State Theatre UpClose, performed to enthusiastic, sell-out houses at all four performances between November 13-16. Our apologies to everyone who was not able to get in to see it; there just wasn't room for everyone. The cast received a very positive evaluation from Milton Schmidt, the respondent from the American College Theatre Festival. He congratulated the cast and the designers on presenting an entertaining production that still carries an important message. - Professor Adam Zahler




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    Each year the Worcester State College Alumni Associations Advisory Board (AAAB) awards funding to college and community endeavors to help further the Boards work as a liaison between alumni and the College community. There are limited funds available; therefore the AAABs funding process is competitive. Applications are due by 12:00 pm on Monday,  December 1, 2008. To request the 2008- 2009 AAAB Application for Funding or for more information, please contact Tara Hancock in the Alumni Office at thancock@worcester.edu


    A decision to close the College or open later will generally be made between 5:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M. by the President or the President's designee in consultation with other members of the College staff.


    If a decision is made to close for the day or to open later, notice will be made to the following outlets:


    College Homepage -  http://www.worcester.edu


    Email to all Worcester State College addresses


    Campus Phone - 508-929-8000 - To hear the inclement weather message, press 1 and then press 2 (from a touch-tone telephone only). 


    as this ties up the phone
    line for emergency calls.


    WSRS 96.1 FM CBS - Channel 4
    WTAG 580 AM WCVB - Channel 5
    WTAG 94.9 FM WHDH - Channel 7
    WRKO 680 AM WSBK - Channel 38
    WBZ 1030 AM WLVI - Channel 56



    Closing During Normal Office/Class Hours* 


    If, during normal office/class hours on a work/class day, the President or her designee determines that the College should be closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances, all offices will be notified of the time and duration of cancellation of normal activity. Normal routine will be expected to commence on the next regular class/work day, unless notified otherwise.


    * Normal hours are defined as Monday - Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

    The Chorale of Worcester State College  has just released a new Christmas CD in time for the holidays titled, "Songs of Christmas."  The collection contains some familiar carols as well as some lesser-known music. The CD is now for sale for $10.  If you are interested in getting one in time for the holidays, please contact Christie Nigro at cnigro@worcester, 508-929-8824 or stop by the Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts (LRC-132). This would make an excellent holiday gift.  Selections on the CD include:

    1.  Ding Dong, Merrily on High

    2.  I Wonder as I Wander

    3.  Riu, riu, chiu

    4.  I Sing of a Maiden

    5.  Good King Kong (PDQ Bach)

    6.  What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)

    7.  Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber)

    8.  Hallelujah Chorus

    9.  Pastorcito Santo (Rodrigo)

    10. Out of the Orient Crystal Skies

    11. The Infant King

    12. I'll Be Home for Christmas

    13. Sir Christmas


    Please support WSC's excellent a cappella choir.  Checks can be payable to WSC Chorale.

    Auditions for Worcester State Colleges production of Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan will be held on Thursday, December 4, from 4-6 p.m. and
    7-9 p.m. in Sullivan Auditorium. Auditions are open to WSC Students, Faculty and Alumni, and students from the Consortium Colleges of Worcester.  The operetta will run performances April 16-19, 2009.  Music for lead solos is available in the Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts (LRC-132) or by calling
    508-929-8824 or email:  cnigro@worcester.edu.

    Once again the Secret Santas of Worcester will sponsor a toy drive for NEEDY Children and their families. In 2007, over 3,000 toys were delivered to happy children all over Worcester county.


    If you would like to donate a gift  - please drop it off to the Presidents Office - Room 111, Administration Village, prior to December 11. Please wrap all gifts and label girl or boy and age (infant to 18 years - teenagers love a gift card).


    Donations will be distributed to the following agencies:


    UMass Hospital Children's Unit

    Robert F. Kennedy Childrens Action Corps
    Worcester Boys and Girls Club Daybreak
    Worcester Probate Court
    Needy families in Worcester neighborhoods


    Many thanks for your continued generosity!


    A party to collect all donations will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 5:15 - 8:30 p.m., 440 Grove Street, Worcester, Mass.

Monday, November 24, 2008




Wed., Nov. 26 to
Friday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Recess
No Classes


Thurs., November 27

Thanksgiving Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed



Faculty Art Exhibition
Ghosh Science Center
1st Floor Art Gallery
Tues-Fri from 2-5 p.m. (or by appt.)


Tues., Dec. 2

Multicultural Holiday Party
Student Center, Exhibit Area
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Women and Education:
Tanzania and the U.S.

Sullivan, Room 310
3 p.m.


Wed., Dec. 4

Auditions for Pirates
of Penzance,
WSC Spring Musical

Sullivan Auditorium Stage
4 - 9 p.m.


Sat. Dec. 6

Traditional Holiday Concert
Our Lady of the Angels Church
1222 Main Street, Worcester
7:30 p.m., $10 public/
$5 students and elders


Sun., Dec. 7

WSC Dance Co. Show
Sullivan Auditorium
2p.m., Tickets at door


Mon., Dec. 8

Student Recital Workshop
Sullivan Auditorium Stage
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 10

All Classes End

Thurs., Dec. 11

Reading Day

WSC Dance Co. Show

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m., Tickets at door

Dec. 12 - Dec. 18

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