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

November 23, 2009 

Around Campus
In the News


Artists Discuss Challenges and
Opportunities for Local Creative
Economy at WSC "Art Works" Event

Dr. Dean Hamer Speaks to WSC
Students about The Gay Gene and
Shows Documentary "Out in the Silence"

WSC Students Recognized At Senator
Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship Luncheon

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Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented "Pollution Prevention: A Cross-Sector Approach to Minimizing Their Environmental Disposition of Pharmaceuticals" at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Nurses Association in October 2009. The "cross-sector" approach offers a systems perspective that includes all individuals and organizations involved with the production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of pharmaceutical medicine. For pharmaceutical pollution, the solution calls upon all sectors involved in health care - pharmaceutical developers and manufacturers, hospitals, individual prescribers and all those involved in the health care system, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, waste management agencies, consumers, environmental protection organizations, and governmental agencies - to participate in preventing pharmaceutical pollution. Dr. Chalupka's research was supported by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Professor Chalupka is also the author of "Challenges in Hearing Conservation: The Hearing-Impaired Worker" which appeared in the August 2009 issue of the AAOHN Journal.

Laurie A. Dahlin (Business and Economics) and Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) recently presented a paper at the Northeast Business and Economics Association (NBEA) at the Annual Conference held in Worcester. The presentation focused on pedagogical methods titled "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Course Delivery: Fraud Examination Course Shared by the Criminal Justice and Business Department at Worcester State College."

Professor Morreale also delivered a paper during the leadership session of the NBEA Conference titled "Preparing Leaders for Public Administration." Professor Morreale also collaborated on a paper with colleagues Dr. Maki Haberfeld from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and Dr. P.J. Ortmeier from Grossmont College in San Diego. The paper titled "Police Leadership in a Time of Deepening Recession" was presented at the recent American Society of Criminology Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) and Steve Corey (Urban Studies) will join the steering committee for the establishment of the Worcester County Prevention Research Center (PRC) at UMass Worcester. The PRC will be funded by the Centers for Disease Control; Boehm and Corey both offered letters of support for the grant application to the CDC last spring.

Professor Boehm was also invited to speak with the History Department of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, on November 9, 2009. She spoke about her book, Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration, and attended two history classes.

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Announcing the Fall 2009 Issue
of Currents in Teaching and Learning

Volume 2, Number 1, of Currents in Teaching and Learning, WSC's new peer-reviewed electronic journal, is now online at www.worcester.edu/currents and can be viewed by clicking on the "Current Issue" link on the Currents homepage.

Currents was launched one year ago in the fall of 2008 by the Center for Teaching and Learning to foster exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines, to explore issues and challenges facing teachers today, and to improve teaching and learning in higher education. Published twice a year, Currents carries short teaching reports, longer research, theoretical, or conceptual essays, book reviews, announcements of work in progress, and selected "Current Clips & Links" featuring interesting teaching-and-learning-related websites.

Currents is reaching out to centers and networks of teaching and learning in the Worcester Consortium, the region, and the world beyond. It is now receiving submissions from across the United States and from abroad as well.

Topics covered in the Fall 2009 issue of Currents include, among others: an essay on the functional utility of technology to directly facilitate student participation, a teaching report on the interdisciplinary integration of law and literature in liberal arts pedagogy, and the introduction of a new category highlighted by an essay on rebuilding a foreign language program by emphasizing the interactive cultural experience.

We invite you to subscribe to Currents by clicking here, or by going to our website and click on the "subscribe here" link. You will be notified when each new issue becomes available online, and will receive our occasional Calls for Submissions and other announcements.

We also invite you to contribute to Currents in Teaching and Learning. The submissions deadline for the Spring 2010 issue has been extended to November 30, 2009, but submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please send any inquiries to Editor Josna Rege, at currents@worcester.edu.

WSC Students Selected for Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival

Worcester State Theatre and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts are proud to announce the Irene Ryan nominee and alternates for BUS STOP. Emily Chestna is the Irene Ryan nominee, and will be joining Ruby Pontbriand and Ryan Purcell (the nominees from the Spring production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE) at the Region 1 competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in January.

The Irene Ryan Scholarship is an acting competition that takes place regionally across the country. The regional winners advance to the nationals held at the Kennedy Center is Washington, DC.

Ms. Chestna, Ms. Pontbriand, and Mr. Purcell will be attending the Region 1 Festival, which will be held at the University of New Hampshire, where they and their scene partners will compete against over 300 other Irene Ryan nominees. The Irene Ryan alternates from BUS STOP are Robert Anderson and Justin Guzzetti.

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Thank You Blood Donors

The American Red Cross Blood Drive saw 79 people and collected
62 pints of blood! The demand for blood continues to grow and your
time and donation are appreciated.

Festival of Crafts at Worcester Center for Crafts
Friday, November 27, 10-5;
Saturday, November 28, 10-5
Sunday, November 29, 11-4

Holiday shopping, food, demonstrations, fun!!!

Please join over 55 artisans and 100 volunteers to celebrate the reopening of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Admissions $5.00 Present a WSC ID and get a free raffle ticket!!

Secret Santas of Worcester
Once Again the Secret Santas of Worcester will sponsor A Holiday Party for needy children and their Families. If you would like to donate a gift please drop it off to the President's Office, Room 255, Administration Building prior to December 10th.

If gifts are wrapped please label girl or boy and include the age.

Toys will be distributed to the following to name just a few:

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps; Worcester Boys and Girls Club; Daybreak; Worcester Probate Court; Aids Project; Worcester Needy families in Worcester's Neighborhoods.

This year the requests are extremely high. Last year over 4,000 toys were collected and the demand will be at least equal to last year's requests.

Again, many thanks for your continued generosity and support of this most worthwhile program!

Anyone interested is welcome to join on December 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Worcester Fitness Center, Grove Street to witness firsthand the support for this program. Food, raffles, DJ - lots of fun.

Tour Quebec City (Open to Faculty, Staff and Students)
Tour Quebec City from May 20-23, 2010, with Dr. Judy Jeon-Chapman and Professor Yvonne LaFleur through the Smithsonian Student Travel company. This tour is open faculty, staff and students of the WSC community and their adult guests.

Here are just a few of the trip activities: walking tour of Quebec City, Museum at the Plains of Abraham, Discovery Pavillion, Ghost Tour of Quebec, Guided Sightseeing of Quebec City, Guided Tour of Chateau Frontenac, Musee de la Civilisation, evening lantern tour, Montmorency Falls, chocolate factory, sugar shack and much more.

Participants must have a valid passport.

Click here for a PDF flyer with all the details.

Deadline to sign up is Dec. 18, 2009.

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Panel Grapples With Art's Impact On Economy

That was one of the questions tackled Wednesday night at a panel discussion hosted at Worcester State College. "I think it's very important that Worcester ...

Briefing: Mass. Readiness Centers

... has three primary partners: Fitchburg State College, Worcester State College and the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals' Association. ...

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Tues., Nov. 24

Farmers Market
Student Center,
Near Food Court

All proceeds to
Sherry's House
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Faculty Art Exhibit
on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.

Nov. 25-27



Mon., Nov. 30

Women's Basketball
vs. Babson College

7 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 1

Faculty Art Exhibit
on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 2

Holiday Party

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 3

Faculty Art
Exhibit on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs. UMass Dartmouth
Horgan Rink,
400 Oxford St. North,
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Clark Univ.

7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 4

WSC Chorus/Chorale
Holiday Concert

Our Lady of the
Angels Church
1222 Main St.,
Worcester, Mass.

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 5

WSC Men's
Basketball vs.
Regis College

4:30 p.m.


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