WSC Chorale Performs
Traditional Holiday Concert
Professor Tan Explores the
Phenomenon of Bioluminescent Bacteria
Call for Nominations - George
I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award
Two WSC Students Chosen for
Acting Award Competition
City of Worcester Winter
2008-2009 Inclement Weather Policy
WSC Chorale Release Christmas CD
WSC Toy Drive
WSC IN THE NEWS
WSC e-news General Info
(Nursing) presented four papers at the 136th Annual Meeting of the
American Public Health Association in
San Diego, Calif., in October 2008. She reported on research funded by the
United States Environmental Protection Agency on the following topics:
Global Climate Change: Partnerships for Public Health Action; Climate Change and
Healthy Public Policy: Opportunities for Advocacy; Public Health Without
Borders: Environmental Health Nursing and Climate Change.
Her fourth paper was on Risk of Sharps Injuries and Blood
Exposures Among Home Health Care Workers (paper co-authors Dr.
Margaret Quinn, Dr. Pia Markkanen of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr.
Hyun Kim of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Dr. Leticia David of
Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public
Health). The research was funded with a grant from the National Institute of
Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).
In September, Dr. Chalupka also presented results of her
research on efforts to address environmental health hazards in refugee and
immigrant populations, Multi-dimensional
Strategies to Reach High Risk Populations,
at the 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference in Baltimore, Md.
(paper co-author Dr. David Turcotte of the University of Massachusetts Lowell) Funded
by the United States Housing and Urban Development,
the project was designed to improve training, cross-training, cross
referrals and educational outreach among many community based and faith-based
organizations that currently visit children in Lowell's homes.
Allison Dunn (Physical/Earth Sciences) co-authored an article,
sensitivity of peat decomposition to climate change through water-table feedback,
in the October issue of the Journal of Nature Geoscience. Dr.
Dunn's article was referenced in a New York Times science section
article in October,
Rising Temperatures May Dry Up Peat Bogs, Causing Carbon Release.
Professors Linda Larrivee,
Susanna Meyer, Kenneth Melnick and
Ann Veneziano of the Communication Sciences and Disorders
department were among the featured speakers at the annual convention of the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), November 19-22 in Chicago,
IL. Along with
Katie Grady, M.S. SLP '08 and Olivia Howley,
M.S. SLP '08, Drs. Larrivee and Meyer spoke about second
language acquisition. Dr. Larrivee also
presented a paper with Dr. Melnick on the effects co-occurring fluency and
articulation intervention with Erin Getty
(current M.S., SLP candidate). Dr.
Meyer presented a second paper with her colleague Ruth Margulies (Northeastern
University) and Ann Smith (M.S.,
SLP '08) examining school-based
speech-language pathologists' knowledge of IQ tests.
Ann Veneziano presented two papers with a group of colleagues from
several northeastern colleges and universities. One of the papers addressed issues
in clinical supervision and the other with inter-institutional research.
Finally, Dr. Larrivee presented a seminar with several colleagues on individual
differences in successful intervention for language disorders: Dr. Larrivee
focused on reading disorders in children.
The ASHA convention, which annually attracts over 10,000
attendees, is the most comprehensive conference for speech-language
pathologists, audiologists, and
speech, language and hearing scientists.
The ASHA conference had a variety of educational sessions that
highlighted the latest developments in research and clinical practices for
professionals who provide services in schools, hospitals, health care centers,
rehabilitation clinics, and other practice settings.
Stephen A. Morreale
(Criminal Justice) presented and facilitated an all day seminar on November 21,
2008, entitled Organizational
Ethics and Ethical Leadership and Decision-making at the Vermont
Police Academy. In attendance were
police and sheriffs managers and executives from Vermont and Maine.
Professor Morreale also assisted and facilitated at the
recent conference entitled Re:Generation
at 50+: Lives Re-Defined, Communities Re-Imagined sponsored by the Colleges
of Worcester Consortium held at the Holiday In Crown Plaza in Worcester.
Working with the Director of the Gerontology Program, Dr. Kelly Niles-Yokum,
Dr. Morreale served as facilitator in several breakout sessions, with
themes for creating a livable community for all ages by developing opportunities
and pathways for those 50+ in Workforce Development;
Civic Engagement; Lifelong
Learning; and Housing, Health and
The conference was attended by more than 100 academics,
heath care and social services professionals from throughout Eastern and Central
Massachusetts. Congressman James
McGovern was the keynote speaker.
senior mathematics major, presented his research project Acute Triangles in
the undergraduate research session at the Mathematical Association of America
meeting on November 21 at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.
Two mathematics majors teams
-- Derrick Bennett, Meghan Coyne, Joseph Fredette, Andrew Gallant, Marsel Hako
and Kenneth Sanderson -- participated in the NES/MAA Collegiate Mathematics
Competition 2008. Professor Hansun To (Mathematics), advised the teams and
attended the conference.
Barbara Zang (Communication) was
an invited guest of the journalism faculty at the
University of The Russian Academy of Education Nizhny Novgorod Branch, November
24-28. Zang participated in two roundtable discussions, a press conference and a
visit to the mayor of Nizhny Novgorods office related to the Media and
Disabilities Center that the journalism faculty is developing at the university.
The Disabled Divide, Zangs award-winning stories for The (Santa Fe) New
Mexican, was the focus of one
roundtable discussion. Faculty, students, journalists and people from the
disabilities community participated in these discussions.
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WSC Chorale & Chorus Perform Holiday Concert
On Saturday, December 6, the WSC Chorale and Chorus, under the direction of
Professor Christie Nigro, performed a traditional holiday
concert at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Worcester. Music was featured by
Bairstow, Rutter, Verdi, Dowland and others.
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Professor Tan Explores the Marine
of Bioluminescent Bacteria
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.
Tan, professor of biology, devised an efficient, productive way to
spend his sabbatical during the fall 2007 semester. He stayed at Worcester State
and used the biology laboratory facilities to study bioluminescent marine
I took one
semester of sabbatical leave, he said, and wanted to do research that I could
accomplish during that time and still have time for writing.
The result of
his sabbatical work? A June 2008 poster presentation at the annual meeting of
the American Society for Microbiology in Boston. Tans poster, Rapid
Identification and Phylogenetic Inference of the Genera of Luminous Bacteria
Based on the DNA Sequence of the Amplified 16S rRNA Gene Using Novel PCR
Primers, was one of more than a thousand presented at that meeting.
Bioluminescent bacteria are creatures that produce light in certain situations,
Tan said, such as during crowded conditions. Many of these bacteria are marine.
Theyre available from organisms like fish and squid as they live in the gut.
Others are free living and live on the outside of fish.
was to construct new primers to amplify part of the gene responsible for
bioluminescence to help identify these creatures.
He tested the constructed primers on standardized samples secured from
the bacteria culture bank, American Type Culture Collection.
The DNA sequencing facility at the University of
Massachusetts Medical School then sequenced the purified amplicons, which are
pieces of DNA that have been synthesized.
My primers worked, Tan said. Anyone can use them to
replicate this research for validation.
With more resources, he added, all this work could be done
at the college.
A 2007-08 mini-grant, Survey of Bioluminescent Marine
Bacteria from Fresh Marine Organisms, supported Tans research.
Tan, who has been at the college for about 16 years, serves
on the biology departments honors committee, which is developing an honors
program. Tan hopes that such a program will enable more researchers to involve
students in their work.
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I. ALDEN EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD -
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - DUE FEBRUARY 13, 2009
Worcester State College began as a teachers' college and
recognizes that teaching is still at the heart of what we do. Through the
George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award, students have a public way of
acknowledging the role of good teachers in their lives by honoring those who
have most inspired them and contributed the most to their success. Today,
teaching remains the foundation upon which the integrity of our institution
rests. The Center for Teaching and Learning has created this award as a
means to provide students and alumni with the opportunity to publicly
acknowledge professors who have made a difference in their lives through
their teaching excellence. Although one full-time tenured or tenure track
professor will be honored annually, the award is intended to honor all
educators on our campus who are committed to teaching excellence.
All students and alumni are eligible to nominate a
full-time tenured or tenure-track professor. For a nomination form, please
STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR ACTING AWARD COMPETITION
Following the performance of Lysistrata by Worcester State Theatre
students, two more nominees were chosen to compete in the Kennedy Center
American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Award competition.
Emily Chestna, who played Lysistrata, and Danielle
St. Amand, who played Myrrhine, will attend the KCACTF Region I
Festival in Fitchburg, Mass. in January to compete in the Irene Ryans.
They will be joining Johnny Sanderski and Kyle
Maxwell, nominated from the spring 2008 production of All In
The Timing. Lysistratas Rebecca Belmont
and Ryan Purcell were selected as alternates.
The Irene Ryan competition is a nationwide affair, in
which winners at the regional level are selected to compete in Washington,
DC, at the Kennedy Center in April.
CITY OF WORCESTER WINTER PARKING BAN
The City of Worcester Department of Public Works has announced that the
Winter Parking Ban will be in effect beginning today, Monday December 1,
2008. Public Streets fall under two categories: permanent and
A PERMANENT BAN will remain in effect on
Emergency Arteries, WRTA Bus Routes and streets that are critical to the
flow of traffic. The permanent ban means that from December 1 through April
30, there is no parking on one or both sides of the street between 2 a.m.
and 6 a.m. and also when a snow emergency is declared, anytime day or
A DECLARED BAN will be in effect on all remaining
city streets. The declared ban means that parking is allowed on both sides
of the street until the winter parking ban is put into effect. You can
expect the winter parking ban to go into effect whenever inclement weather
You may search the City of Worcester winter parking ban
database by street name. Please select the street name by clicking on the
link below. The search results provide information on the ban type, ban zone
and no parking side.
Need Assistance? Call 508-929-1300.
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.
|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.
WSC CHORALE RELEASES CHRISTMAS CD
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:
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.
WSC TOY DRIVE
Once again the Secret Santa's 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 Children's 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,
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Welcome to Issac Tesfay who is joining the Multicultural
Affairs office as a Staff Assistant/Upward Bound Coordinator.
Congratulations to Joyce Adubofour on her retirement from the
Registrar's Office after over 30 years of service to Worcester State College
Worcester State College expresses its deepest
Ralph Ricci (Purchasing/Central Receiving)
for the loss of his sister, Mary (Ricci) Darling, 58, of Wheelwright, formerly
of Worcester, who passed away November 29.
Christine Pulsifer (Student Center) for the loss of her father,
Bruce A. Houghton, Sr., of New Bedford, who passed away November 28.
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WSC IN THE NEWS
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Movers & Shakers
Worcester Business Journal (12/8/08)
The New England Board of Higher Education has chosen Michael K. Thomas, a
trustee of Worcester State College, as its new president and CEO. ...
Horton sparks Lancers
Telegram & Gazette (12/5/08)
If this years Worcester State College basketball team is a work in progress,
then the Lancers took a giant step in ...
Concert fundraiser for trip to Belize
Telegram & Gazette (12/5/08)
Worcester State Colleges
Nursing Department will host a concert this weekend to raise money for two
outreach trips to Belize in the spring. ...
Attack spurs community to speak out against hate
Telegram & Gazette (12/3/08)
Edna Spencer, director of affirmative action and diversity at
Worcester State College, said she was just one of many activists and citizens in
Worcester who ...
The Volume Factor: Study Reveals Worcester Noise
Worcester Medicine (Nov/Dec. 08 issue)
Christopher Noonan '08, William Hansen, PhD, and
Renee Marion '07 had an article published in the November/December
issue of Worcester Medicine on a noise study they conducted as part of
the NSF Green Campus grant.
Telegram & Gazette (11/30/08)
Deval L. Patrick launched the Commonwealth Corps at Worcester State College
recently at a Got Food? fundraiser to help fight hunger in the area. ...