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October 3, 2011 

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In the News


WSU to Host Faces of Homelessness

WSU to Host Gallery Opening, "The Global Perspective: Understanding the Past,
Looking to the Future"

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Maryellen D. Brisbois (Nursing) was awarded a $30,000 Doctoral Degree Scholarship in Cancer Nursing for her dissertation study "Chemotherapy-induced premature menopause in Latina women with breast cancer" from the American Cancer Society.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) authored "Prepackaged Procedure Trays and Sharps Safety Standards," which was published in Nursing Management. In the United States each year, an estimated 380,000 to 800,000 healthcare workers based in hospitals are injured by sharps. Although sharps injuries have been associated with the transmission of at least 30 bloodborne pathogens, three of them--hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV-- present the greatest concerns.

Professor Chalupka's co-authors were Catherine Galligan, M.S., of the Sustainable Hospitals Program, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Angela Laramie, M.P.H., epidemiologist for the Sharps Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Letitia Davis, Sc.D., director of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This research was funded by Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Rodney Oudan and Gus Luprelli (Business Administration and Economics) recently published a summary of a study titled, "Marketing and Growth Strategies for Emerging Markets" in the International Business & Economics Research Journal (Volume 10, Number 10), a double blind, peer review journal. The paper describes the findings of their study on the changing role of the private sector and government in emerging markets to promote economic development. Three key sectors of these economies were identified: government, multinationals and indigenous firms. The changes include privatization, trade liberalization and the removal of protectionist policies to become market driven and more competitive in the global marketplace. Economic incentives by government authorities to encourage foreign direct investment and achieve long-term sustainable growth are working as these economies have adopted a strategic marketing approach, "Creating Shared Value." A case study of the Trinidad & Tobago economy was used as an example to support the authors' theory and application.

Margarita Perez (Education) was selected by the Governor's Office to be recognized for her contributions to educational excellence. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Education Month, the Patrick/Murray Administration will recognize Latino educators from across the Commonwealth who represent all facets of our public education system from Pre-K through higher education.

Governor Deval L. Patrick will honor Margarita with this recognition on Thursday, October 6 at the State House for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The Latino Educational Excellence recognition will be presented at this event.

Ellen Rearick (Nursing) is the primary author of "Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences with Social Support and Family Management." The article, reporting results of her dissertation research, was published in The Diabetes Educator (July-August issue). The purpose of this mixed-methods descriptive study was to explore parents' experiences with peer social support following the Social Support to Empower Parents (STEP) 12-month intervention and the usefulness of the Family Management Measure (FaMM) in this population. The findings illustrated that the STEP intervention was helpful, providing the participants with emotional, affirmational, and informational social support. The use of the FaMM was a first step in assessing family management in families with children with Type 1 diabetes. The article was co-authored by Susan Sullivan-Bolyai, Carol Bova, and Kathleen Knafl.

Najib E. Saliba (History and Political Science) presented on the current developments in Syria at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on September 13 and at Suffolk University on October 1.

The Fall 2011 The Good Person of Setzuan production has the largest cast of any production in the last six years, with a terrific array of talent. The 22-member cast is led by: Amanda Hoegen as Shen Te and her male alter-ego, Shui Ta; Samantha Abel as Wong and Robert Dookhran as Yang Sun. Also in the cast are Bobby Anderson, Christine Begin, Scott Bezoenik, Edikan Brown, Maggie Chestna, Katie O'Donohue, Kelsey Govoni, Sara Kendall, Denise Laroche, Trang Le, Devin Malko, Tasha Matthews, Kyle Maxwell '09, Joseph Nawn, Sara Penniman, Margarita Pignataro (Adjunct professor), Patti Stone, Michael Townsend, and Jarwinken Wiah. Dan Outerman (VPA major) is the musical director, composer, and musician for the production. His original music follows a folk and blues style. The production introduces Worcester State's theatre students to puppetry. Roxanne Myrhum, artistic director of Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, will be working with the cast as puppetry coach and instructor.

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Students Inducted to Sigma Beta Delta

At a ceremony on September 29, 2011, 25 students were inducted into the WSU chapter of Sigma Beta Delta (International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration). Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.

The new inductees into the WSU chapter are: Shatu Abubakar, Grazyna Mieczkowska, Amanda Antanavica, Oceana Montalvo, Daniel Boucher, Jennifer Mulcahy, Kristen Breen, Tyler Noga, Paul Conceison, Jeffrey Paula, Christine Corcoran, Audra Perry, Ilse Damkoehler, Paul Richard, Jessica Dempsey, Lindsey Serafini, Christopher Galli, Gregory Shuler, Brett Heino, Erika Stone, Samantha Jepson, Tyler Stratton, Kayla Kershaw, Jessica Tea, and Nicole Lavely.

Genocide of LGBT: An International Epidemic

A heart-wrenching account from a Cameroonian woman who fled persecution in her country for being a lesbian was part the panel discussion that kicked off this year's Diversity Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

The woman, who left her three children behind when she decided to escape constant harassment and torture by community members and police, sought asylum in the U.S. After she arrived, she was connected with the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Asylum Support Task Force by political asylum lawyer Lisa Laurel Weinberg.

Living in a country where homosexuality is taboo, the woman said, through interpretation provided by Associate Professor of World Languages Judith Jeon-Chapman, that she led a double life. First, her father pressured her to marry, and then her husband asked her to get over her attraction to women because he loved her and she was the mother of his children. It wasn't until her girlfriend's parents found out about their relationship that police began arresting and torturing her. After her boutique was set ablaze, the woman's Cameroonian lawyer advised her to flee. (She asked not to be identified to keep her family from being targeted.)

"I want to thank you for coming and speaking," said Meghan Johnson, president of WSU's student LGBT group. "You're very brave."

Weinberg explained that Cameroon is one of 80 countries where homosexuality is illegal and that allow mistreatment, imprisonment and capital punishment of homosexuals. "There is a genocide going on against homosexuals," she said. "Because it's not in one place, it's not being seen as a genocide."

Homosexuals can seek asylum in 80 countries under the "social groups" clause of the Geneva Convention, Weinberg said. Cases are difficult to prove, as there is typically little evidence because homosexuals want to hide their sexual orientation and relationships in their hostile homeland.

Pastor Judy Hanlon from Hadwen Park Church, United Church of Christ, said the church helped start the task force because LGBT asylum seekers need shelter, food and friends to get through the six- to nine-month asylum process.

Linford Cunningham, who was making a second appearance at WSU, said he was motivated to co-found the task force when he sought asylum from Jamaica. He wanted asylum seekers who came after him to have a better experience, he said.

The Diversity Lecture Series is sponsored by the Student Center/Student Activities Office and Disability Services.

Theme Semester Event Celebrates
Personal Stories of "The World In Worcester"

Photo: (L to R) Xuan Doan, Margarita Pignataro and Mark Wagner.

On September 26 and 27, supported by a faculty mini-grant and co-sponsored by the Global Studies Program and the Worcester in the World Theme Semester, Professor Josna Rege organized a storytelling workshop and a story slam on the theme of "The World in Worcester."

The workshop on September 27, "How to Tell a Five-Minute Personal Story," was attended by more than a dozen people from both Worcester State and the Worcester community and led by Norah Dooley, storyteller, author, and founder of massmouth, a Massachusetts nonprofit promoting the art of storytelling.

Several participants in the storytelling workshop also attended the next night's massmouth story slam at the Sahara Cafe and Restaurant. Massmouth is holding its third season of highly successful story slams in the Boston area, but this was the first one to be held in Worcester. Thirteen people signed up to tell a five-minute personal story on the theme of The World in Worcester, including Xuan Doan, Margarita Pignataro, and Robert Brooks of Worcester State. Professor Brooks is also the director of this fall's Theme Semester. The event was emceed by local community and arts activist Julius Jones and two of the three judges were WSU's Mark Wagner and Elizabeth Bidinger. The winner of the slam was presented with a gift certificate generously donated by the Sahara Cafe and Restaurant and along with the runner-up, moves ahead to massmouth's state semi-finals. The winner of the "Big Mouth-off," to be held in April 2012 at the Boston Public Library, will win a week at a villa in Tuscany, Italy.

The next stage of Professor Rege's faculty mini-grant project will be to hold another storytelling workshop on October 25, 2011, for Worcester-area high-school English teachers and selected Secondary Education majors, to be followed in Spring 2012 by another story slam for high-school students, as part of massmouth's StoriesLiveŽ program. Please contact Josna Rege for more information.

Seniors Told to Take Chances to Succeed
By Chelsea Tougas '12

More than 150 Worcester State University seniors celebrated the beginning of their final academic year at one of the largest Senior Capping ceremony's the University has ever seen on Sunday, Oct. 2 in the Sullivan Auditorium. The Senior Capping ceremony also allowed their family and friends and the WSU community to recognize them as they began the last leg of their undergraduate journey. Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Sibyl Brownlee welcomed and congratulated the seniors on reaching this milestone.

Nicole Valentine, who graduated in1996 and was the keynote speaker, commended the senior class on making it to the final stretch of their college experience. "As you make your way around, I ask you to remember a few things," she said. "You are young. Be patient. Everything will make sense in due time. Opportunity will always knock. Look for the signs and answer them. Life is about chances. Take them. We are all human, and you will fail. Look for the opportunity to learn from others. When you are successful, and you will all be successful, help to show others the way. I know I am who I am today because of my mentors."

Valentine, a member of the Alumni Association's Advisory Board, works for the City of Worcester in the Division of Public Health as its public relations director and coordinator of chronic disease prevention. Before that, she worked for 15 years at the Red Cross of Central Massachusetts as director of emergency services-public affairs. She said that she started off small, but built her career as she went. She encouraged the senior class to never give up and to not turn down any experience, no matter how small the job looks. While working for the Red Cross, she gained knowledge in dealing with national disasters, fires, floods, and some events that hit very close to home. Working long hours, she never gave up, or stopped trying. Valentine encouraged everyone to follow their dreams and to never give up, even if life does not go as expected. "Be well, be happy and most importantly, be the successful person Worcester State University has prepared you to be," she concluded.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Thomas McNamara, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Student Activities/Student Center Timothy Sullivan, Professor of Business Administration Laurie Dahlin, and other faculty and staff applauded the senior class on all of their accomplishments and achievements throughout their years at WSU. Sullivan also announced those seniors named to the 2011-2012 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Senior Capping is one of the longest lasting traditions at Worcester State. Each year this event formally recognizes the members of the senior class, the beginning of their last academic year, and celebrates the scholarship recipients and new Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities members. The ceremony also gave the Class of 2012 the opportunity to formally wear their caps and gowns for the first time.

WSU seniors named 2011-2012 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities: Veronica L. Adams, Nicholas M. Asterito, Kristin R. Baskowski, Kerri A. Bichekas, Erin M. Borglund, Thomas R. Brennan, Andrea J. Cashman, Elizabeth A. Chapman, Kaleigh E. Charette, Abigail J. Chmielecki, Christine M. Corcoran, Erica L. Cordio, Jessica Dempsey, Geovanna I. Diaz, Sarah A. Doiron, Timothy J. D'Orazio, Erica M. Dunton, Alyssa C. D'Urso, Jennifer A. Erickson, Ian Fields, James M. Forkey, Jennifer M. Gardner, Leora Gavel, Joseph Geagea, Alexander R. Hackathorn, Patrick D. Hare, Molly J. Hein, Trevor R. Hodde, Kerri M. Hommel, Alexandra R. Humiston, Jaime L. Jacobs, Tara A. Jacobsen, Shelley N. Kaliszewski, Kevin K. Karanja, Elizabeth J. Klein, Spencer Long, Daniel J. Milano, Alicia M. Moorhouse, Stephanie E. Mullen, Chukwunwike Osakwe, Alicia N. Penta, Stephanie E. Perkins, Brittany M. Pomales, Victoria L. Reiszner, Alexandra A. Salcedo, Dana A. Shaffer, Noelle M. Silsbee, Asia L. Simpson, Jessica M. Strazdas, Danielle M. Tacey, Ashley Taylor, Sabrina Tordoff, Chelsea L. Tougas, Carolyn J. Wilcomb, and Kimberly A. Zelas.

Local Students to Attend Civil War Commemoration Event

As part of a multi-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the Worcester State University History and Political Science Department is featuring the one-man play, "Frederick Douglass: Stories are A Tellin'," by Guy Peartree of Boston, Wed., October 5 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Students from Burncoat High, University Park, North High, and Claremont Academy will come to watch the event as Peartree dramatizes the life and times of Frederick Douglass.

Set in 1859, when Frederick Douglass, a relentless anti-slavery orator, was being sought for arrest by the state of Virginia for his alleged activity in John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Peartree's one-man play encompasses Douglass' life from his birth into slavery, his relationships and experiences on the slave plantation, his education, escape from slavery, and ascendancy as America's foremost black abolitionist.

The 10 a.m. performance, which is open to the campus community and Worcester area schools, will be held in the Sullivan Auditorium. A second evening performance at 7:30 p.m. will be held in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center Auditorium (Room 102).

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Discounted tickets at Hanover Theatre

As a Worcester State University Employee you can receive the corporate employee discount (normally 10% off) to the following upcoming shows at Hanover Theatre.

Receive 25% off tickets for: Beatlemania Again -
The World's Premier Beatles Stage Show

Receive 10% off tickets for: Young Frankenstein, Diana Ross Now: The Greatest Hits Tour, Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Tour, Max & Ruby: Bunny Party, The Phantom of the Opera: Silent film accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

Please call the box office Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 877-571-7469 or use coupon code EMPLOYEE on the order summary checkout screen. Please note that certain shows may have greater corporate sponsor discounts. Check with your Employee Discount Program liaison.

Spring Trip to London and Stratford-Upon-Avon
Adam Zahler and Sam O'Connell, from Worcester State Theatre Department, will be hosting a spring break trip to London and Stratford-Upon-Avon on March 17-24, 2012. The trip will consist of tours of London; attending three plays, backstage tours of the National Theatre and the Royal Opera; a tour and workshop at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre; visit to Shakespeare's hometown and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Registration forms are available in the International Programs Office (A159), the Theatre Design Studio (A368), or the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (L325). Register by Oct. 7 for a deposit of $500. After Oct. 7, deposit of $1500 required. Cost: $3099 for a group of 15; $2799 for a group of 20; $2599 for a group of 25. Airfare, hotels, breakfasts, and 3 dinners included.

For more information contact Sam O'Connell ( or Adam Zahler (

Auditions for winter production, THE WEIR
Worcester State's winter production of THE WEIR is written by Connor McPherson. THE WEIR is set in a small Irish pub where a group of local men try to impress a woman from Dublin with ghost stories. Numerous reviews have noted the production as "sheer theatrical magic". The play calls for 4 men and 1 woman. Portions of the script will be available in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (L325). Auditions are open to all; no experience necessary.

Audition: October 11 at 6 p.m. in the Fuller Theater
Rehearsals: (beginning November 28) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 6-9 p.m.
Performance: February 23-26
For more information contact Professor Adam Zahler -

Texas Roadhouse Night to Support SGA Auction
On Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 3:30-9:30 p.m., the SGA Auction will be hosting a fundraising night at the Texas Roadhouse in Worcester (Lincoln Plaza). If you present an invitation on the 6th, the Texas Roadhouse will donate 20% of the total food bill to the SGA Auction. Help the auction committee reach their goal of $30,000. Please email Josh Katz, at, and he will send you an electronic flyer to print out and bring with you on October 6th. Thank you in advance for helping out the 21st Annual SGA Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need!

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Tokarz, Price help Lancers improve to 5-0

Telegram & Gazette 10/2/11
As good as Worcester State University has played in its first four games, none of it would mean much if it couldn't derail Bogan Division foe and first place co-leader Maine Maritime. Yesterday, at John F. Coughlin Field, WSU did just that.

Community of peace blooms
Telegram & Gazette 10/2/11
... using the raw land that was available," said Mr. Shanley, who has taught courses on the philosophy of nonviolence at Worcester State University and Anna ...

Business People
Telegram & Gazette 10/2/11
Rosemary Naughton of Worcester State University police was elected president of the Massachusetts Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators and ...

College football: Run-only Mariners to test Worcester State's Cam Jones
Telegram & Gazette 9/30/11
Cam Jones is known at Worcester State as one of the quietest and most laid back and easy-going guys on campus. Then the senior linebacker steps on to the football field.

Six straight wins for Worcester State soccer team
Telegram & Gazette 9/30/11
Freshmen Cassie Giardinia and Therese Morss and sophomore Makayla Moran of Leominster scored, while senior Angiezaka Sychtysz of Warren made five saves for the host Lancers (6-2-1), who won their sixth straight.

Latino learning study favors culture of support
Telegram & Gazette 9/28/11
That misleading "college preparation" label can make it harder for families to choose the best courses, said Mary Jo Marion, executive director of the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University and co-chair of the commission.

Shrewsbury residents invited to WSU Lecture
The Shrewsbury Lantern 9/27/11
As part of a multi-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the Worcester State University History and Political Science Department is featuring the one man play...

1st Worcester MA Story Slam
massmouth blog 9/28/11
Thanks in particular to those of you who had the courage to stand up and tell a story in front of a mic for the very first time. And a big thanks to Worcester State University, to massmouth, and...
Worcester Magazine coverage and photo gallery, click here.

Beacon Hill Chat with President Maloney
President Maloney made a guest appearance on Beacon Hill Chat, a television talk show hosted by Massachusetts State Senator Harriette Chandler.

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Mon., Oct. 3

Sociology Dept.
Film Series:
"Let Freedom Sing"

Sullivan Building,
Eager Aud. (Rm.146)

2:30 & 6 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 4

Worcester in the
World: Study
Abroad Fair

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Worcester in the
World: "World Cafe"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1-2:30 p.m.

FREE Zumba Lessons
Student Center,
Exhibit Area

5:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. Simmons College

6 p.m.

Worcester National
Stuttering Assoc.

Science & Tech,
Room 122D

7 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs.
Western CT State

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 5

Frederick Douglass -
Stories Are A Tellin'

Sullivan Aud.
10 a.m.

Worcester in the
World Wednesdays

Center for Teaching
and Learning
Science & Tech,
Room 210D

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

Faces of

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

12:30 p.m.

Dramatic Story
Telling as Window
into History

Sullivan Building,
Eager Aud.(Rm. 146)

2 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs.
Western CT State

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Frederick Douglass -
Stories Are A Tellin'

Science & Tech
Building, Room 102

7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 6

Tennis vs.
Bridgewater State

at Shrewsbury
High School
3:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 8

Field Hockey vs.
Keene State

Coughlin Stadium
11 a.m.

Women's Tennis vs.
Plymouth State

@ Assumption

1 p.m.


Mon., Oct. 10

Columbus Day:
No Classes,
Offices Closed

Tues., Oct. 11

Race and Black
American Culture in
Germany Today

Student Center,
North Auditorium

11:30 a.m.

FREE Zumba Lessons
Student Center,
Exhibit Area

5:30 p.m.

Parker Palmer
Webcast: "Doing
Inside Out"

Ghosh Science Center (Rm.102)
8 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 12

Worcester in the World: "The World in
a Cup: Coffee and

Student Center,
North/South Aud.
9:30 a.m.

Diversity Lecture:
with Marc Elliot - "Overcoming
the Odds"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 13

Volleyball vs.
Becker College

7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 14

Homecoming &
Family Weekend

Pep Rally &
Sibling Sleepover
Click here for
a full schedule

Sat., Oct. 15

Homecoming &
Family Weekend

Athletic Games,
Family Fun, Live
Band, Farmers
Market and more
Click here for
a full schedule


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