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

October 19, 2009 

Around Campus
In the News


Darder to Speak as part of
Courageous Conversations

2009 Candace Allen Scola Memorial
Lecture to feature Dr. Oliva Espin

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On October 5, Tej Kalia (Business Administration and Economics) and WeiPang Lee (Business Administration and Economics) presented findings of a collaborative research project on ?The Impact of the US National Debt on the US Dollar Index? at the 2009 Annual International Business and Economic Research Conference at Las Vegas, NV. The paper was well-received and applauded for its superior analytical techniques and presentation style. Tej and WeiPang have been working as a team of dedicated researchers for last several years. So far they have presented several papers in the professional conferences held in the USA as well as abroad.

Rodney Oudan (Business Administration and Economics) delivered a paper on social marketing at the quarterly meeting of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Nutrition Specialists, held at the Worcester Business Center on October 6. He presented ?Defining the Marketing Mix in a Social Marketing Effort to Change Behavior." Professor Oudan was assisted by Jessica Wright '08, a former Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) President.

On August 23, Henry Theriault (Philosophy) joined Bentley University professor Asbed Kochikian and University of Massachusetts, Lowell/Worcester State professor Levon Chorbajian at the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research in Belmont to discuss their participation in the Pan-Armenian Conference and perspectives on Armenian-Turkish relations.

Professor Theriault was also invited to deliver a related paper, titled "Restorative Justice and Alleviating the Consequences of Genocide," at the Armenian Genocide and International Law conference at Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon, September 2 to 4. The event was covered by regional electronic and print media, including a major Turkish newspaper and journalists from Egypt, Dubai, and elsewhere. Theriault's paper will be translated into Farsi and published in Iran. Other speakers included renowned Turkish journalist and dissident Ragip Zarakolu and former Secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee, UN Chief of Petitions, and senior lawyer with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Dr. Alfred de Zayas.

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SAVE THE DATE: Kids Count: Meeting
the Needs of Homeless Children

Moderator: Maureen Power, professor of Urban Studies and executive director of the Intergenerational Urban Institute

Discussant: Linda Weinreb, M.D. is the vice chair of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the medical director of the Homeless Families Program at the Family Health Center in Worcester.

Kate Kerr '08, will present "Introduction to Homeless Children: The View from The Village." The Village is a family shelter in Worcester. As an Urban Studies major, Kate became involved with Central Mass Housing Alliance (CMHA) while taking the ?Housing Dilemma? course in 2008. She went on to do an internship with CMHA and helped to develop Youth Against Homelessness (YAH) at South High. She now works as a child advocate at The Village and is developing YAH chapters at all high schools in Worcester.

Grace Carmark, executive director, Central Mass Housing Alliance (CMHA) will give an overview of the latest report on the National Commission Against Homelessness. From her vantage point as director of CMHA, she will give an overview of the shelter situation in Worcester.

Dr. Patricia McQuilken, assistant professor of Pediatrics at UMass Memorial Health Care, is the pediatrician for the Homeless Families program at Family Health Center in Worcester. She will discuss the impact of homelessness on children's health. She also volunteers in local free clinics, and is currently running a program which sends pediatric faculty and residents to a hospital in Liberia, West Africa.

Shirley Fan-Chan, chief of External Programs at Horizons for Homeless Children. She oversees the Training and Technical Assistance Program and the Policy and Advocacy Program. Shirley will discuss why early education and play space is so important for the growth and development of homeless children.

Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, research and policy director, Children's Health Awareness (formerly C-SNAP at Boston University Hospital). Children's Health Awareness is a pediatric research center which monitors the impact of economic conditions and public policies on young children's health and development. Stephanie will discuss the findings of their report ?In From the Cold? about Boston's hidden homeless children.

Judy Thompson, W M.Ed./CAGS, NCSP, coordinator of Counseling/Psychology and Community Outreach Services for the Worcester Public Schools. Judy will discuss initiatives from the school department to better understand and meet the needs of homeless children.

Danielle LaRiviere '08, will discuss her role as a housing counselor at CMHA and encourage the audience to assist homeless families by participating in a Donations Clearinghouse Drive on campus November 17. As an Urban Studies student she helped to organize a Donations Drive in Spring 2007, now that is part of her role at CMHA.

Special Guests: Youth Policy council of South High School

SAVE THE DATE: 20th-Year Reunion
Concert of the WSC Chorale

The WSC Chorale has always been a very close-knit group. To mark the 20th anniversary of its inception, Visual and Performing Arts Professor Christie Nigro, Ph.D., is planning a reunion to bring past and current members together.

"There's a kind of intimacy about a cappella singing," said Nigro. "We become almost like a family." The reunion will include a free public concert on Saturday, November 7 at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Exhibit Area followed by a dinner at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston.

"This reunion will be an opportunity for an incredible group of people to reconnect and celebrate a special time in their lives," she said. "It will be wonderful to be together again."

If you would like to attend the Reunion Dinner at Cyprian Keyes (with cash bar and karaoke) the cost is $35 per person. Contact Christie Nigro at cnigro@worcester.edu for details or reservations.

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Let us know

If you know of some interesting student research happening at WSC that you'd like to see in the spotlight, please let us know.

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Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness Program

Wed., October 21, 2-4 p.m., Student Center, North/South Aud.

Suicide Prevention Training for faculty administrators, and staff.

This training will be provided by Dr. Nadja Reilly of Children's Hospital. Sponsored by the Counseling Center, Residence Life and Student Activities. Please email Laura Murphy if you wish to attend.

Wed., November 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Student Center, Blue Lounge

The Educational Theater of New England presents "The Key" a one person play about depression awareness. This program is specifically geared toward the college student population. The play is open to all students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Let your students know: Speed Networking for
Careers in College Student Affairs

Do you know of any students who are thinking about a
future in College Student Affairs?

Come celebrate the National Careers in Student Affairs Month by participating in our Speed Networking event with area Higher Education Student Affairs professionals. Student Affairs leaders will engage in career speed networking with students who want to learn more about careers in Student Affairs. This program is open for any undergraduates who would like to explore these professions.

Sign up is required in advance by October 26th.

Please contact Marcia Eagleson at marcia.eagleson@worcester.edu or
call 508.929.8072 or stop by the Career Services Office, Student Center,
Room C300

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"I used to call it Worchester?"
College freshmen get schooled in the city, and vice versa

Sometimes it doesn't take traveling across the country to experience a completely new scene, which happened to Cape Cod native Alyssa Eveland when she started her freshman year at Worcester State College this fall.

How to Improve National Math Scores

Richard Bisk is professor and chair of the Mathematics Department at Worcester State College. He was an adviser to the Massachusetts Department of Education in the development of the ?Guidelines for the Mathematical Preparation of ...

Business People

Training Resources of America of Worcester ( www.tra-inc.org), which provides education, employment, training and workforce development services for disadvantaged youth and adults, has named Kim Harmon of Shrewsbury as its president. Working at the organization since 1985, she has served in a variety of roles including vice president of operations and compliance, Worcester training site manager and regional resource manager for its 10 locations. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Worcester State College.

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Tues., Oct. 20

Haider Hamza
"Talk to an Iraqi"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 21

From Good Schools
to Great Schools

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3:30 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 22

"Breaking Silence:
Issues of Culture
and Power in
the Academy"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

10 a.m.

"Women Crossing Boundaries: Gender, Immigration and
Domestic Violence"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

A Conversation
w/ Antonia Darder

President's Dining Room, Third Floor, Student Center
1:15 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 23

Field Hockey vs.
Plymouth State

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 24

Football vs.
Coast Guard

Coughlin Field

Women's Soccer
vs. Mass Maritime

Coughlin Field
4 p.m.


Tues., Oct. 27

Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest - Open Mic & Awards Ceremony
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 28

Kids Count:
Meeting the Needs of
Homeless Children

Student Center
Blue Lounge

2 p.m.

Speed Networking: Careers in College Student Affairs
*Open to students*
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.

Field Hockey vs.
Nichols College

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 29

Faculty Art Show
Opening Night

Ghosh - First Floor
5-7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 30

Ice Hockey vs.
Monroe Jr. College

Horgan Rink,
400 Oxford St. North,
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 31

Field Hockey
vs. Eastern CT

Coughlin Field
11 a.m.

Women's Soccer
vs. Salem State

Coughlin Field
2 p.m.

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