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October 25, 2010 

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Maryellen Brisbois (Nursing) had an article published in the July, 2010 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal titled, "Overtime Work-Related to Increased Risk of Incident Coronary Heart Disease" co-authored with Professor Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing). Also, her book 'Why I Hated Pink' was reviewed in the October/December 2010 Family & Community Health Journal and featured in the October issue of
Bay State Parent.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is the author of "Gestational Weight Gain to Promote Optimal Outcomes" which was published in the AAOHN Journal. In the past two decades, many changes have occurred in the health of women of childbearing age. This population now includes a higher proportion of women representing diverse ethnic and racial subgroups. Also, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased among American women of childbearing age. In population subgroups that are at risk for poor maternal and child health outcomes, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is particularly problematic. Finally, American women are becoming pregnant at an older age and therefore may also have a wide variety of chronic health conditions (e.g., diabetes and hypertension) that place them at risk for complications during and after pregnancy. Professor Chalupka's article reviews evidence-based clinical guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy.

Bruce Cohen (History) presented a scholarly paper, "The Worcester Machinists' Strike of 1915," at the fall meeting of the New England Historical Association held October 16, 2010 at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Professor Cohen also chaired and commented at a session devoted to late 19th century American social and cultural history at the same meeting.

Richard Kimball (Psychology) served on the site visit team for the NEASC comprehensive accreditation review of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT, October 17-20.

On October 14, Henry Theriault (Philosophy) and Ambassador Ara Papian joined reporters on a press conference call to preview the UCLA conference, "Genocide and Then What? The Law, Ethics, and Politics of Making Amends." The conference, which took place on October 23, featured a soon to be released report exploring the issue of reparations as it relates to the Armenian Genocide. The report outlines the legal and ethical foundation for a political process for reparations. The UCLA conference discussed this report and explored the issue in the broader framework of reparations for crimes against humanity.

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THIS WEEK: Bullying and Cyberbullying

Wed., October 27 @ 4 p.m., Student Center, Blue Lounge

Bullying is widespread in American schools today. The Department of Education reports that 25 percent of American students say they are bullied at least once a day. Children who bully are at risk for engaging in more serious violent and criminal behaviors. Victims of bullying are at risk of thinking about or attempting suicide. Bullying is not a rite of passage. It is a school safety issue that must be resolved. A safe school environment is critical to our children's academic success.

Presentation topics include:

Defining Bullying and Cyberbullying
Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law
Emerging and Existing Technology

Bullying and Cyberbullying is a presentation by the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. Community and School Outreach Program and sponsored by the Worcester State University Education Department.


Seniors Encouraged to Create
Their Own Path to Graduation

Members of the first graduating class of Worcester State University were praised and reminded that they create their path to graduation at the Senior Capping and Honors Convocation Ceremony Thursday, October 21.

"You have the ability to create anything you want for yourself and your life," keynote speaker Kimberly Harmon `95, R.N., told the seniors and their families and friends gathered for the ceremony in The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. "As long as you remember to be true to you and make your dreams your future. Remember, you create the path to graduation.

Harmon encouraged seniors to be open to learning more than what is in textbooks and in the classroom.
"These lessons...are priceless and you too will soon come to realize this," she said.

Harmon credits her nursing professors for teaching her this valuable lesson.
"I learned how to be a 'real nurse.' I learned that it's OK to sit by your patient's bedside and hold their hand," she said.

Though the foundation for her career in healthcare was laid at Worcester State University, Harmon offered seniors five of her
"coaching tips" that she's embraced over the years and shares with her students, employees, fellow entrepreneurs, and her children: be coachable, be uncomfortable, be fearless, be unreasonable, be successful, and be authentic.

Harmon serves as CEO of Auburn VNA, where she focuses on providing home health services to those in need. She embarked on her mission to become a nurse first at Becker College, where she earned a medical assisting degree in 1989, and then at Worcester State University, where she earned her B.S. in Nursing in 1995.

Senior Capping is a special ceremony held each fall at WSU. This annual event formally recognizes members of the senior class, marks the beginning of the new academic year, and celebrates scholarship recipients. The tradition also marks the first time that seniors may wear their academic caps and gowns.

Former Massachusetts State Senator
Cheryl Jacques Speaks on Gay Rights

"Full equality for gay Americans will be achieved," said former Massachusetts State Senator and national gay civil rights leader Cheryl Jacques at Worcester State University (WSU) last week. "It's a question of 'when,' not, 'if,'" she said. Her remarks were part the WSU Diversity Lecture Series, sponsored by the Student Center/Student Activities Office, Disability Services Office, WSU Pride Alliance, Third World Alliance and People's United Bank.

Jacques noted that more than half of Americans support some recognition of civil unions and that significant gains have been made for gay rights. She said that corporate America has been ahead of the courts and government in supporting equal rights. "That's a bottom line decision," she explained, "If the best and brightest engineer happens to be gay, you had better treat them equally," she said.

She pointed to acceptance of civil unions as a sign that the movement is gaining steam. She pointed to the military's
"don't ask, don't tell" policy and gay marriage rights as areas where activists are still working for change.

"This is our generation's civil rights battle," she said and urged students to support gay rights, even if they are straight. "Three-quarters of the Mississippi Freedom Riders were white," she said. She also urged students to raise the issue in their communities. She urged the audience to refrain from using phrases such as, 'that's so gay." She explained that no politician can survive making a racist statement. She asked the question, "Would you say, 'that's so Jewish?' or 'that's so black?'"

She does have a lot of optimism for the issue, quoting Martin Luther King, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

As a state senator, Jacques successfully pushed for the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Commonwealth's Hate Crimes Statute in 1996. She also passed legislation establishing standby guardianship provisions to protect the children of AIDS patients and other chronically ill individuals. She has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian youth in Massachusetts. She was a leading Senate advocate on civil rights, consumer protection, criminal justice and victim's rights. In 2002, Jacques led a bi-partisan coalition of legislators to defeat the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts. Jacques formerly served as president and executive director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Jacques led HRC through the successful defeat of the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment.

The next Diversity Lecture will feature John Elder Robison, author of bestselling memoir "Look Me in the Eye, Illuminating Insights on Autism, From a Life with Asperger's,"  Wed., Nov. 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. For information on the entire series, visit:

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MassDEP Survey About Your Commuting Habits

Worcester State University (WSU) and The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are both increasingly pursuing "greener" practices to be more environmentally responsible and more cost efficient. WSU implemented several environmentally friendly initiatives including installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Learning Resource Center, single stream recycling, use of biodiesel fuel in grounds equipment and water conservation projects, to name a few. The Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) is promoting its Rideshare initiative to reduce use of fossil fuels in transportation. To that end, they require state agencies, including universities and colleges, to survey students and staff about their transportation habits.

Please complete this brief --one to two minute--survey about your commuting habits for the week of October 18-22, 2010. You can access the specific survey for your group below.

FACULTY - Please let your students know that completing the survey is mandatory for students to access Spring 2011 registration. Thank you for your cooperation and participating in this DEP-mandated survey.



2010 MTEL Teacher Test Workshop
The workshop will meet on consecutive Tuesdays
in November from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

11/2   :: Sullivan 307 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Resources; mechanics
11/9   :: Sullivan 307 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Reading skills; summary
11/16 :: Sullivan 307 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Essay; mechanics

Registration will be at the Writing Center (Sullivan 306) during regular hours of operation, on a first come/first served basis, from 10/22-11/1. There is a limit of 24 participants for the workshop.

CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Sharon Yang, Sullivan 304F,

Call for Nominations: Alden Excellence in Teaching Award
Due November 1, 2010

Worcester State University 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, the University has a public way of acknowledging the role of good teachers in students' lives by honoring those who have most inspired them and contributed the most to their success through teaching excellence. For more information and a nomination form, visit

Funding Available for Projects that Involve
and Benefit WSU Students, Due November 12, 2010

Each year the Worcester State University Alumni Association's Advisory Board (AAAB) awards funding to university and community endeavors to help further the Board's work as a liaison between alumni and the University community. There are limited amount of funds available therefore the AAAB's funding process is competitive. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 12. To request the 2010-2011 AAAB Application for Funding or for more information, please contact Tara Hancock in the Alumni Office at

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Price, Lancers run down Golden Bears
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester St. 31, Coast Guard 7: Former Doherty High running back Marcus Price, a junior, had 27 carries for a career-high 203 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as...

WSU, Others To Get Solar Installations
Worcester Business Journal 10/21/10
Five solar power systems will be installed on state rooftops, including at Worcester State University, under a 20-year agreement brokered by Framingham-based Ameresco Inc. and the state Department of Energy Resources.

Happy 10'th birthday, Worcester Senior Center!
In-City Times 10/18/10
..take college classes for free at Worcester State College and encourage many to graduate from college. This was also a time when many senior professionals were encouraged to..

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Tues., Oct. 26

Women's Soccer vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

University Day

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 27

Bullying and

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

4-5 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 28

Treats! No Tricks
Bake Sale

Sullivan "T"
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Barbara Pilon
Poetry Contest
Award Ceremony

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3-5 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 29


Wasylean Patio
3-6 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 30

Click here for
all the details


Art Exhibit "In-Between"
on display until Dec. 2.
Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m.
Tue/Thurs/Sat or by
Ghosh, First Floor


Mon., Nov. 8

WSU Board of
Trustees Meeting

Student Center,
Foster Room

6:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 10

Film: In America
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 11

Veteran's Day
No Classes;
Offices Closed


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