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



WSC to Host 15th Annual Reverend
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Noted Author Angela Davis to Speak at WSC


National Grid Sets Up Staging Area at WSC During Weekend Storms

IUI to Host Elder Registration on January 15

Save the Date: WSC Teach-in on Global Warming


Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity


Call for Nominations - George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award

New England Board of Higher Ed to Host Conference in Worcester:
Bridging the Gap to Promote High School & College Alignment

City of Worcester Winter Parking Ban

2008-2009 WSC Inclement Weather Policy

WSC Chorale Release Christmas CD




WSC e-news General Info

Correction from December 8 e-news issue: The novel primers reported in Dr. Tan's poster presentation was for the small ribosomal RNA gene not bioluminescent gene. Click here to view the poster presentation as a pdf.



Richard Bisk (Mathematics) had a letter, Four years of math, but quality counts, published in the Opinion section of the Telegram & Gazette on Monday, December 8.  Click here for the letter.


Steven H. Corey (Urban Studies) and Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) have been extended a contract by Routledge Press for their book, The American Urban Reader:  History and Theory, which will be published in time for course adoption in the fall of 2010.  The book will also have a companion website.

Stephen A. Morreale
(Criminal Justice) attended and presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in St. Louis, Miss. The title of the paper and presentation was Lessons Learned and Recommended Training Modules for Police Organizations Across the Globe  and coauthored with Dr. Maria Haberfeld of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and Dr. P.J. Ortmeier from Grossmont College in San Diego, Calif.  Professor Morreale also presented a session, Hot Topics in Health Care Compliance, at the Compliance Officers Academy in Dallas, Texas, for the Health Care Compliance Association. The focus was on issues that health care professionals face with fraud, waste and abuse and the importance of vigilance with compliance and regulatory affairs.


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National Grid Sets Up Staging Area at
WSC During Weekend Storms

Worcester State College served as a staging area for National Grid over the weekend, hosting over 200 crews from Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio. National Grid Staging Area coordinator Pat Carmody (WSC Class of 1986) said they were brainstorming where to locate in an area close to the center of the city, and he thought of his alma mater.  We are very, very grateful to Worcester State College.  It went a long way to have our crews so close.  In fact, Carmody said National Grid and the visiting crews were able to restore power to more than 7700 local customers over the weekend. Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley said she was proud that the college could play a role in the effort.  We are so thankful for all the hard work and many long hours these crews have put in to restore power. 



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Save the Date: WSC Teach-in on Global Warming

On Thursday Feb. 5, Worcester State College will participate in the national teach-in on global warming solutions. Panel discussions are planned for the 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. course blocks that day. Faculty, please plan now to bring your students to one of these and consider participating on a panel yourself. Let Dr. Patricia Benjamin (pbenjamin@worcester.edu) know of your interest. Staff, please make the time to participate in one of these discussions. Come learn how WSC has made progress toward the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Everyone knows the college is going green. But that alone will not be enough to slow global warming. Find out what you can do. Also, plan now to attend the kickoff webcast on global warming solutions the evening of Wednesday Feb. 4, on campus. Details to come.


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IUI to Host Elder Registration on January 15

Worcester State College's Intergenerational Urban Institute will be hosting elder registration on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at 12:15 p.m., in the lobby of the Ghosh Science Center. Elder registration is for life-long learners, aged 60+, who are interested in signing up for spring 2009 semester courses at Worcester State College. Classes for the spring semester begin the week of January 19 and there is no tuition or fees for students aged 60+.

IUI invites you to come and meet your peers and enjoy an intergenerational classroom experience. The reception begins at 12:15 p.m. with refreshments, forms, and course information followed by course registration from 1:00 3:00 p.m., in the Registrars Office, room 212  in the Gym Building.

Those interested in registering are asked to bring a drivers license, senior ID card, or birth certificate. For more information contact Fran Langille or Gloria Labovitz at 508-929-8900.

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Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity   

Plan now to take part in the WSC Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity from 3-7 p.m., April 29. We encourage faculty, undergraduate and graduate student participation to showcase the breadth of scholarship and creativity here. The Student Center's Blue Lounge, North South Auditorium and exhibit area will be the venues for work done during the 2008-09 academic year. The student art exhibit in the Ghosh building will also be part of this celebration.


This event is open to the entire Worcester State community. We'll extend invitations to the college's trustees, foundation and alumni boards, and
Worcester State's neighbors.


Faculty are invited to a reception with the college's trustees from 6-7 p.m.
that evening in the Foster Room.


So that we may adequately plan the space for this celebration, we'll ask faculty in early February to let us know how many of you and your students will participate.  A month later, we'll ask faculty to complete an online form with more complete descriptions of the work so that we can develop an event program.  

Questions? Please send them to Barbara Zang at bzang@worcester.edu.


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    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 visit www.worcester.edu/alden.


    Please join leaders of education, business and government, along with regional and national policy experts, for this important daylong discussion. This conference will aim to supplement the ongoing conversation of "college readiness" to identify key partnerships and best practices between higher education institutions and K-12 throughout New England. Experts in the field will share deliberate actions leaders in both "segments" are taking in an effort to create seamless transitions to college and career.

    Registration fee: Cost is $149 for one registrant. Discounted rate for multiple registrants from the same organization: Cost is $129 per person. Click here to register online with a credit card. To pay by check, P.O. or credit card, download a registration form in Microsoft Word format from the NEBHE website. Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    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 declared.

    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 1st through April 30th there is no parking on one or both sides of the street between 2 AM and 6 AM and also when a snow emergency is declared, anytime day or night.

    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 is forecasted.

    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.

    The Worcester State College inclement weather policy can
    be found at www.worcester.edu/weatherpolicy.


    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.

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Worcester State College expresses its deepest sympathy to Patrick Killeen (Human Resources) for the loss of his mother, Jody M. Ryan Killeen, who died Tuesday, Dec. 9.  Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life, 59 Bobala Road, Holyoke, Mass., 01040. 

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no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

Education Forecast: Schools Struggle
to Prepare Grads for Tough Economy

Worcester Business Journal (12/21/08)
Excerpt: Marcia Eagleson, director of career services at Worcester State College, will encourage her business and finance students to look at companies in the clean ...

Monday, December 22, 2008



Dec. 25 - Jan. 1

College Closed
No Classes, Offices Closed


Wed., Dec. 31

Semester Ends


Sat., January 17

MLK Jr. Youth Breakfast
Gymnasium @ 8:30 a.m.
Call 508-929-8117 for tickets
$5pp or $50 for table of ten

Mon. January, 19

MLK Jr. Day Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed


Tues. January 20

Classes Begin

Tues., January 27

"Two Years with  a
Midwife in Mali"

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m.

Wed., January 28

Courageous Conversations
with Angela Davis

Sullivan Auditorium @ 7 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Book signing at 8:30 p.m.

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