Human Rights Fund and Scholarship
at Dennis Brutus Event
Gov. Deval Patrick Attends "Got
Food" Hunger Forum
WSC Student Talks of His Refugee Experience
Clara Rodriguez Discusses Latinos in
Central Links Presidents Honor Retiring
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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ALUMNI ASSOC. ADVISORY BOARD OPPORTUNITY FOR
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
2008-2009 INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
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
If a decision is made to close for the day or to
open later, notice will be made to the following outlets:
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).
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COLLEGE POLICE TO FIND OUT
COLLEGE IS OPEN, CLOSED OR DELAYED, as
this ties up the phone
line for emergency calls.
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||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.
WSC CHORALE RELEASES CHRISTMAS CD
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:
Dong, Merrily on High
2. I Wonder
as I Wander
3. Riu, riu,
4. I Sing of
5. Good King
Kong (PDQ Bach)
Sweeter Music (John Rutter)
7. Pie Jesu
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.
SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS, DECEMBER 4
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: email@example.com.
WSC TOY DRIVE
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,
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wed., Nov. 26 to
Friday, Nov. 28
Thurs., November 27
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
Wed., Dec. 4
Auditions for Pirates
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
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
WSC Dance Co. Show
7 p.m., Tickets at door
Dec. 12 - Dec. 18