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November 1, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


Worcester State Theatre presents
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Public Higher Education Leaders
Meet, Outline New "Vision"

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Peter Holloran (History) received the President's Award for his contributions and service to the Popular Culture/American Culture Association (PCAACA) at the annual conference of the Northeast PCA/ACA in Boston on October 23.

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) was recently elected as treasurer for the Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS). NEACJS is the regional affiliate organization for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). NEACJS sponsors an annual conference for members from New Jersey and New York, New England and the eastern provinces of Canada at Roger Williams University in June each year.

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Campus Celebrates University Status

President Janelle Ashley and George Albro '65, vice-chair,
Board of Trustees, at the university day celebration.

Over 500 students faculty and staff gathered in the Student Center last Tuesday to celebrate the official designation of the institution as a university.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law legislation granting university status to Massachusetts State Colleges last July, but the change became official, Tuesday, October 26.

The new status will not raise tuition or fees or change admissions standards. "The college you have always trusted will now become a university," said President Janelle Ashley, who attended the bill signing ceremony at the Statehouse this past summer. "This is terrific news for our students, alumni and faculty," said Chair of the Board of Trustees John Brissette, who accompanied President Ashley and a delegation of students, faculty and staff from Worcester to Boston for the bill signing. "Our students are entering a very competitive job market and this will help them. This will also help us attract more federal grant dollars to support faculty research," said Brissette. "I am so proud, as chair of the trustees, and as an alum, added Brissette, "and I am so grateful to Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray and the legislature for ensuring that this historic measure is now law."

Under the new law, the six comprehensive state colleges have adopted name changes: Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University. The three specialized institutions -- Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Massachusetts Maritime Academy -- will retain their existing names but will refer to themselves as universities and part of the "Massachusetts State University System."

350 Attend Evening of Celebration

Mary Rose Spellman '10 expresses her gratitude for the
scholarships she received as a student.

Over 350 friends of Worcester State University gathered at Mechanics Hall on Thursday evening to celebrate the success of the Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign, Worcester State University, and President Janelle Ashley's leadership at the annual Distinguished Donors Reception.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Thomas M. McNamara '94 told the gathering that the campaign surpassed all expectations. "Our goal was to raise $10 million for academic development, scholarship and the endowment," he said. "Not only did we reach that goal, but we exceeded our stretch goal of $12 million. This extraordinary accomplishment was the result of our collective efforts, and each and every one of you who championed our cause."

Chair of the Worcester State University Board of Trustees, John P. Brissette '88, noted that over 7,700 donors contributed to the campaign, representing gifts from members of the Class of 1933 through the Class of 2010. "We are here because of you. We asked for your help, and you answered with an overwhelming response."

Mary Rose Spellman '10 told the crowd that scholarship and donor support saw her through her journey at WSU. She received dual bachelor's degrees in elementary education and Spanish last spring and is now a first grade teacher at Woodland Street School in Worcester. "I believe that I am most thankful to all the people who have assisted me in developing into the young woman that I am today," said Mary Rose. "Many of these good, giving and kind people are part of this University."

Vincent '66 and Rosanne '65 Matulaitis spoke on behalf of benefactors and noted "we've been involved in two ways: both giving money, which we feel is a good investment, and giving of ourselves on committees." Vincent currently serves as secretary of the Alumni Association's Advisory Board and is a member of the Class of 1966 Reunion Committee. Rosanne is a member of the Scholarship Tea Committee and a past member of the 1965 Reunion Planning Committee and the 1965 45th Reunion Gift Committee. In recognition of their unwavering support of Worcester State, Vincent and Rosanne received the 2008 Outstanding Service to Alma Mater Distinguished Alumni Award.

Brissette thanked President Ashley for her leadership. "We applaud and salute your leadership and thank you from the dedicated alums and friends of Worcester State University." McNamara added, "We are eternally grateful to you, President Ashley, for your guidance, your grace and your immeasurable kindnesses extended to us all throughout your presidency." President Ashley has announced her intent to retire, effective June 30, 2011.

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Hundreds Join in Homecoming Festivities

Fans cheer as they watch our Football team prevail over Fitchburg State. The final score was a 41-6.

Students and alumni alike joined in a variety of festivities throughout Homecoming Weekend.

Students kicked off Hallowicked Homecoming with a pep rally on the Dowden Hall quad on Friday, October 29. The afternoon rally featured fun contests and games as well as performances by the WSU Dance Company and the Dance Team.

Homecoming Day began with a 5K Walk/Run sponsored by the WSU Track, Field and Cross-Country teams and the Central Massachusetts Striders and the annual President's Brunch. The President's Brunch was a success, noted Vice President of Student Affairs Sibyl Brownlee, with over 150 students and parents attending. Brownlee presented achievement awards to students participating in athletics, clubs and organizations who maintained a 3.2 and above GPA last year. This year, 117 students were honored. The guests also enjoyed a performance by the WSU Chorale. Proceeds from this brunch benefit an emergency fund that assists students in need.

The mid-morning also featured the Women's Soccer team playing Fitchburg State, a Men's Alumni Basketball Game in the gym, and Lancer Baseball alumni playing a game of softball on Rockwood Field's new softball field. Our women's soccer team prevailed with a 3-0 shutout over Fitchburg State, earning our team a home game in the first round of the MASCAC Tournament. Meanwhile, 30 former players from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and 2000s gathered for a game of basketball. The players inclded Jim McSherry '53 and seven members of the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. After the game, the alumni enjoyed a meal together and talked about the old glory days when the game seemed to be a lot easier, according to Men's Basketball Coach Dave Lindberg '91. "It was great to see so many generations of Lancers together," he said.

Revelers, who had accompanied their children in the Family Fun area in the gym parking lot, reconnected with classmates in the Reunion at Homecoming tent, or had been tailgating, enjoyed a mid-day football game, watching the Lancers improve their record to 5-4 with a 41-6 win over Fitchburg State. (See all the Homecoming Weekend sports coverage at

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DA's Office Discusses Anti-bullying Law

Ellen Miller, of the Worcester DA's Office, discussed the new Massachusetts anti-bullying law and the impact of technology on bullying.

Massachusetts enacted a new anti-bullying law May 4, 2010, that strengthens anti-bullying education in student handbooks and classroom instruction, creates new rules for reporting incidents of bullying, and provides training for all adults in schools on how to identify, prevent, and manage incidents of bullying. Ellen Miller from the office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.'s Community and School Outreach Program, told a WSU audience of current and future educators what the new law means and how educators can advocate for and protect students from bullying.

She stressed the importance of conveying to students the impact of technology on bullying. "Once you click 'post' or 'send,'" Miller said, "You should imagine how you would feel if that post were in your principal's office or on your refrigerator at home." She noted that many people say and post things on line that they would never say face-to-face. She said she counsels young people to report bullying or harassment to an adult they trust. In speaking to WSU students studying to be teachers and current educators, Miller noted that they are, or will be, those adults to be trusted. 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.

Cyberbullying has dramatically changed the nature of bullying according to Miller. "It used to be, that if you were bullied at school, you could at least go home and feel safe," said Miller. "Not anymore. When victims of bullying go home after school, they have not entered a haven. They may open their Facebook page and find mean messages on their wall, or receive bullying text messages on their phone."

Miller shared resources with the group to learn more:

Miller's talk was sponsored by the
Worcester State University Education Department.

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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.



Deadline Extended for Alden Award Nominations
Due: November 15

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

EAP Monthly Newsletter
The ESI Employee Assistance Group, a service/benefit accessible to all WSU employees, produces a monthly newsletter. Click here for their November issue or visit to learn more about what services they provide and/or previous newsletters.

Writing Center Classroom Visits
The Writing Center at Worcester State University is now offering classroom visits for all disciplines to inform students about our resources, hours of operation and our online writing lab. Visits will take approximately 5 minutes and can be done either at the beginning of your class or the end. The Writing Center staff is committed to helping students of any level, in any discipline, in any stage of the writing process. To schedule a visit, please email Jonathan Blake at with your request. Please provide date, time and place of visit so we might schedule you.

Professors Night at Worcester Art Museum
Attention Faculty: You are cordially invited to Professors Night at the Worcester Art Museum November 16. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., desserts and program 6-8 p.m. Five area college professors will give short talks about how they use specific works in their teaching. Presenters include: Professor Toby Norris (Art, Music, Theatre, Assumption College), Professor Dona Kercher (Modern and Classical Languages, Assumption), Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Visual and Performing Arts, Worcester State), Professor Mark Freeman (Psychology, Holy Cross), and Professor Todd Lewis (Religious Studies, Holy Cross). Museum Director Jim Welu will talk about the Dead Toreador by Edouard Manet, on loan to the Worcester Art Museum from the National Gallery, Washington, DC. Please RSVP to Debby Aframe by Nov. 11,

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Framingham's Ameresco signs solar agreements

Milford Daily News 10/28/10
The systems will be installed on the rooftops of two Massport Logan Airport terminals,...Worcester State College...

Name change becomes official today
Telegram & Gazette
Fitchburg State University and Worcester State University will hold ceremonies today to mark the official renaming of the institutions from colleges to universities.

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Tues., Nov. 2

Get out and vote! Massachusetts
Election Day

For info on the
candidates and polling
locations click here.

Free Latin
Dance Lessons

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

7 p.m.


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

Tues., Nov. 16

WSU Hunger
Awareness Day

Student Center,
North/South Aud.,
& Exhibit Area

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 17

John Elder Robison
"Look Me in the Eye:
Illuminating Insights
on Austism, From a
Life with Aspergers"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 18
to Sun., Nov. 21

WSU Theatre presents:
"The Tragedy of
Julius Caesar"

Admin Building
Fuller Theater

2nd Floor
Thurs-Sat @ 8 p.m.
Sun @ 2 p.m.


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