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October 17, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


New York Times Bestselling Author
John Perkins to Talk at WSU

Julio Sanchez and Patricia
Alvarado Nunez to Speak at WSU

WSU to Host an "Evening of Excellence" with Renowned Women's Basketball Coaches

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Peter Bradley (Biology) is a co-author of a research paper published in Phycologia (2011 volume 50 (5): 541-547), a phycology (algae) journal. The paper, "Culture of the upper littoral zone marine alga Pseudendoclonium submarinum induces pathogenic interaction with the fungus Cladosporium cladosporioides" was co-authored with Daniel R. Cooley, Richard F. Mullins and Robert T. Wilce. This is a result of a research collaboration between the WSU Biology Department and the Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Suzanne Buglione, Jennifer Safford-Farquharson (both of Health Sciences & Sociology), with Laurie Ross of Clark University have published "Training the "Wizards:" A Model for Building Self Efficacy and Peer Networks Among Urban Youth Workers" in the journal, Child and Youth Services, September 2011. The article reflects their work training Urban Youth Workers in the Central MA area.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been accepted to exhibit a color lithograph and an artist's book at The Global Perspective, Juried Exhibition. Global Perspective is the inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated WSU Art Gallery. Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, October 20, 6-8 pm. The show will be on view from October 20 - December 1.

Heather Treseler (English) has published an essay, "Of Kin and Kindred: the Relational Poetics of John Matthias," about the contemporary poet and familial metaphors in The Salt Companion to John Matthias, which is now available in the U. S. and in England. Her four-part poem about a family illness, "Into the Apothecary," appears in the fall edition of Notre Dame Review. A memoir about her godmother, "Lucie and Me," has also been published this October, and Treseler has been invited to read from her poetry at the annual ALSCW (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers) conference at Boston University on October 14.

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Marc Elliot's Motto: Live and Let Live

Although it's been four months since Marc Elliot got his Tourette's Syndrome tics under control, he spoke honestly and humorously to nearly 50 WSU students, faculty and staff about his personal journey toward living by his longtime motto "live and let live" at the year's second Diversity Lecture Wed., Oct. 12.

Elliot explained that at the age of nine, he was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes him to make involuntary motor and vocal tics. As he grew older, his tics manifested in all different forms, ranging from "ticking" inappropriate words to head convulsions to blurting out random noises.

As people walked in the Blue Lounge, Elliot handed them cards, most of which explained Tourette's Syndrome and that he has it, but some had numbers and instructions. The numbers represented a length of time from the start of Elliot's lecture, and the instructions told each person what to say or do at that time. He wanted those people and the audience to feel what it's like to have Tourettes or be in a room with someone who can't help but bark or shout random words. "Humor is a really important part of my life," he said. "Tourette's Syndrome is absolutely crazy. It's a crazy disorder. It's like having 10 to 20 itches at one time." When he tics, he is scratching his internal itches. Later, he asked everyone in the room to stand up and do or shout something random.

Elliot also talked about being born with a rare birth defect, called Hirschsprung's disease, and living with the side affects of having only four feet of small intestines. He's had to endure many instances of intolerance in public restrooms. "We live in a culture where people don't like to go to the bathroom when other people are in the area," he said.

Elliot offered many accounts of intolerance by strangers over the years and talked about his own struggles with tolerance and his journey toward self-discovery--and its liberating result. Through it all, he came to realize that tolerance and intolerance come down to whether or not someone near him chooses to "live and let live."

It was a friend who pointed out to Elliot that he was the most intolerant person he knew because he passed judgment on people he came in contact with all the time. He realized that he would pass out the cards about Tourette's syndrome under the guise of making others more tolerant of him when in fact he was expecting them to be intolerant of him. Since then, Elliot has taken courses on joy and undergone treatments to improve his outlook on life and get his tics under control. For instance, he gets botox shots in his neck to keep his head from shaking. But he still chomps his teeth and strains his neck every so often. "Now I believe I can control my life," he said.

A student with Tourette's syndrome asked Elliot why his treatments greatly reduced his tics. Another student said, "Thank you for sharing. It's cool to see how many lives you're affecting."

The Student Activities and Disabilities Services offices sponsored Elliot's lecture. For more information about Tourette Syndrome, visit

Homecoming and Family Weekend
By Chelsea Tougas '12

Click here for a online gallery of Homecoming photos.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2011 began last Thursday with the annual Mr. Woo State competition in the Student Center, which was sponsored by the Student Senate, Class Officers and Student Event Committee. Nicholas L. Capone won the Mr. Woo State Competition. The Homecoming kickoff Pep Rally, sponsored by the Dance Team and SEC, followed on Friday to show off Lancer Pride. Later Friday evening, WSU welcomed back many top alumni-athletes at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction, which included a 25th anniversary reunion celebration (click here to read more). In the residence halls, students participated in the Sibling Sleepover and Family Movie Night, showing the "Wizard of Oz" to go along with this year's theme, There's No Place Like Homecoming.

Saturday morning began with a 5K Walk/Run, which was sponsored by the WSU Track & Field and Cross Country teams and the Central Massachusetts Striders. Following the 5K race was the President's Brunch at which students and parents could meet President Barry M. Maloney.

Athletic events continued with an alumni basketball game and WSU women's soccer game at 1 p.m. The soccer game resulted in a 6-0 win against Mass. Maritime. Alumni and friends gathered in the gym parking lot to reconnect and reminisce about the good times at WSU during tailgating prior to the football game. The tailgating site featured live music by Classic Trax, a moon bounce for children, a caricaturist, a Lancer Club tent, a bookstore tent, and a farmers' market. Though it did rain on and off for a few hours, the fun never stopped.

At 4:00 p.m. the South High Community Band performed on Coughlin Field before the start of the football game. The South High Marching Band has been selected to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., in 2012. The game against Bridgewater State kicked off at 4:30 p.m. The Lancer fans were very supportive of their football team even though it was an unfortunate turn of events at the last minute, with a score ending in a 34-23 loss. Immediately after the football game ended, fireworks were shot off over Coughlin Field in a grand display of Lancer pride.

The World in a Cup: Coffee and Globalization
By Chelsea Tougas '12

James Hayes-Bohanan, Ph.D., a professor of geography at Bridgewater State University, spoke to students and faculty about coffee and globalization Wednesday, October 12 in the North South Auditorium. The lecture, "The World in a Cup: Coffee and Globalization," was part of the Theme Semester Series and was based on Hayes-Bohanan's studies with the coffee industry in countries such as Nicaragua and Ethiopia.

After researching coffee and its industry for over 12 years, Hayes-Bohanan decided to make regular trips to Nicaragua with his classes and family to learn more about the process of producing coffee and how it is dealt with in the fair-trade market. With the in-depth data he was gathering, Hayes-Bohanan decided to teach classes on coffee and globalization. "I use coffee to teach geography and geography to teach coffee," he stated.

Hayes-Bohanan lectured on where coffee originated, which is Ethiopia, and how it spread across the globe so quickly. Ethiopia once was the only place on earth where coffee grew naturally. This is because of the hot climate and rainy seasons of the country. Since the globalization of coffee, it is now grown in Latin America, the tropics, Indonesia, Africa and India. All of these places are near the equator and do not have frost or cold seasons.

Hayes-Bohanan eventually decided to take his knowledge to small-growing industries in third-world countries and teach them about the fair-trade market. Many farmers he encountered did not know what coffee was worth, or how to completely produce coffee to its final stage of roasting. Hayes-Bohanan hopes, by teaching these farmers about fair trade and coffee pricings, the "coyotes" of their towns will stop taking advantage of them and they will stop losing massive amounts of money. He also works with fair-trade farm communities on programs called Coffee Kids and Grounds for Hope that support education in coffee-growing communities within the fair-trade market.

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Campus Events

"From Nuremberg to Tripoli " The Evolution
of International Criminal Justice"

Wednesday, October 19
1:30 p.m. :: Student Center, Blue Lounge

John Cerone, the Director of the Center for International Law and Policy and professor at New England College of Law, has been an advisor to a number of international organizations, including the International Criminal Court. His interactive lecture will evaluate the extent of progress in international criminal law since World War II. Free and open to the public.

Documentary Film & Photo Exhibit - "Hand Held"
Monday, October 24
7 p.m. :: Ghosh Science Center, Room 102

Hand Held, a documentary film produced and directed by two-time Academy AwardŽ-nominated filmmaker Don Hahn. This extraordinary motion picture is about one guy with a camera, a band of New Englanders, four hundred thousand orphans, and the unforgettable story of how they changed each other's lives forever.

Mike Carroll was one of the first photographers to travel to Romania after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. He captured the heart wrenching stories of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania. His incredible photographs ran in the Boston Globe and New York Times and opened the eyes of the western world to the plight of the Romanian children. Photographer Mike Carroll will be present to speak about the film and the organization, Romanian Children's Relief (, which he founded.

Sponsored by the Intergenerational Urban Institute and the Urban Studies Department, Theme Semester, the Center for Global Studies and the Center for the Study of Human Rights. Open to the public. Donations welcome.

"When Domestic Violence Leaves Home:
Work and Campus Issues and Solutions"

Wednesday, October 26
12:30 p.m. :: Student Center, North/South Aud.

The annual Women's Studies Program event in memory of
Candace A. Scola will include the following panelists:

Virginia C. McDonald
Senior Vice President/Director of Human Resources
Webster Five Cents Savings Bank, Auburn

Ginger Navickas
Department Director for Domestic Violence Services
and the Transitional Housing Service
Central Massachusetts YWCA

Rosemary Naughton
Worcester State University Police

"Migration of Former Slaves and their
Search for Equality in Worcester"

Wednesday, October 26
2 p.m. :: Ghosh Science Center, Room 102

In celebration of the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the United States Civil War, the WSU History Department welcomes Professor Janette Greenwood of Clark University to speak on "Migration of Former Slaves & their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts." Free and open to the public.

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Holocaust Survivor Lecture with Thea Aschkenase

On Tuesday, October 18 at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge, Holocaust Survivor Thea Aschkenase will be sharing her experience as a survivor of the Holocaust. Her story has been featured in Newsweek and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Classes are welcome. Sponsored by the Student Events Committee.

Enrollment Management Search - Open Campus Meetings
Open meetings will be held for the campus community to meet the candidates for the Enrollment Management position. Two candidates are scheduled to visit. The first meeting will be from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, October 20 in the Student Center Foster Room and the second meeting will be Tuesday, October 25 from 1-2 p.m. in the Student Center Fallon Room. More details about the candidates will be posted as the dates get closer.

Opportunities at American Antiquarian Society
Jackie Donovan Penny from the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester will be at WSU on Tuesday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sullivan Building Room 305 to talk about the opportunities for research, teaching, and learning offered by the resources of the American Antiquarian Society, including internships, access to the AAS's special collections, and the AAS Seminar for Worcester Consortium-College undergraduates -- a great talk for students and teachers of all educational levels. Click here to check out Jackie Penny's work on the web site she developed at the AAS. Light refreshments will be served.

Annual YWCA/Daybreak Breakfast
The annual YWCA/Daybreak Breakfast will take place on Monday, October 24 from 7:45 - 9:30 a.m. at the College of the Holy Cross. Tickets are $30. WSU faculty who plan to attend should contact Kristin Waters at or 508 929-8805 asap. If you want to support this event but cannot attend, please send Kristin your check for $30 by Wednesday, October 19th and they will fill the seat with a student and credit you for your support.

Civility on Campus Webinar
Please join members of the Student Affairs Division at a webinar, Civility on Campus: Promoting Respect and Tolerance Across Campus on October 19, 2011 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the Seven Hills Lounge in Wasylean Hall. Please RSVP to Sheila Jones at ext. 8077 or via e-mail

Fall Art Exhibit - Opening Reception
Please join the art faculty at the Opening Reception for The Global Perspective: Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future on Thursday Oct. 20th from 6-8 pm in ST113. Artists from Canada and the US have given powerful visual expression to some of the complex challenges and opportunities in our present moment of interdependent economies, cultures, and people. The Global Perspective is the visual artist's response to the Theme Semester, Worcester in the World. The reception is free and open to the public. All welcome, light refreshments served.

Book Release Reading
Book Release Reading: Mark Wagner, director of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at WSU, and Bill O'Connell, member of Group 18, Western Massachusetts, will read poems from their respective books, Homebuilding and Sakonnet Point on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Fallon Room (third floor). Books will be available for purchase and each poet will be available to sign books after the reading. Refreshments will be served. The reading is sponsored by the WSU English Department and the Worcester County Poetry Association. The even is free and open to the public.

WSU Facebook Pages & Twitter Accounts
If you are considering creating a Facebook and/or Twitter page for your department, program or center, please contact Rebecca DesRoches in Public Relations and Marketing before doing so for information/guidelines/advice on creating the right kind of page, maintaining, and WSU branding.

Frederick Douglass Play on WSU YouTube Channel
Did you miss out on the Frederick Douglass event or maybe you want to watch it again or show your class? Watch a quick clip here or the entire one-man play by Guy Peartree here on the WSU YouTube Channel.

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College Town

Telegram & Gazette 10/16/11
The Gallery at Worcester State University will reopen after its renovation with the show, "The Global Perspective: Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future," Oct. 20 through Dec. 1.

Blessed are the peacemakers
Telegram & Gazette 10/13/11
A comprehensive account of man's efforts to globalize its governmental systems is "The Politics of World Federation" by Mr. Baratta. He teaches at Worcester State University and is an expert on many aspects of global thinking.

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Tues., Oct. 18

Talk by Holocaust
Survivor Thea

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1 p.m.

FREE Zumba Lessons
Student Center,
Exhibit Area

5:30 p.m.

John Perkins
Sullivan Aud.
7 p.m.

Worcester National
Stuttering Assoc.

Science & Tech,
Room 122D

7 p.m.

Men's Soccer
vs. UMass Dartmouth

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 19

Worcester in the
World Wednesdays

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

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

"From Nuremberg
to Tripoli - The Evolution
of International
Criminal Justice

Student Center,
Blue Lounge
1:30 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 20

Art Show
Opening Reception

Ghosh Science &
Tech Center,
Art Gallery,
1st Floor

6 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 22

Women's Soccer
vs. Salem State

Coughlin Stadium
11 a.m.

Field Hockey vs.
Eastern CT State

Coughlin Stadium
3 p.m.


Mon., Oct. 24

Business in

Sullivan, Rm. 201
5:30-5:50 p.m.

Documentary Film "Hand Held" &
Photo Exhibit

Ghosh Center
Room 102

7 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 25

Witness for Peace
New England:
Julio Sanchez

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1 p.m.

Latino Voices in
the Media w/
Patricia Alvarado

Student Center,
Fallon Room

2:30 p.m.

"Black in Latin
America" Film
Series: Haiti and
Dominican Republic

Student Center,
One Lancer Place

5 p.m.

An Evening of
with Nationally
Renowned Coaches

Sullivan Aud.
7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 26

Business in

Sullivan, Rm. 202
12:30-12:50 p.m.
Sullivan 127 @ 2 p.m.
Sullivan 205 @
2:30 p.m.

"When Domestic
Violence Leaves
Home: Work and
Campus Issues
and Solutions"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

12:30 p.m.

"Migration of Former
Slaves and their
Search for Equality
in Worcester

Ghosh Center,
Room 102

2 p.m.

Men's Soccer
vs. WPI

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. Mass Maritime

7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 27

Barbara Pilon Poetry
Contest - Awards
Ceremony & Open
Mic Poetry Reading

Student Center,
President's Dining

3-5 p.m.

Sociology Film:

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

4 p.m.

Field Hockey vs.
Nichols College

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 29

Open House

Field Hockey vs.
Fitchburg State

Coughlin Stadium
11 a.m.

Men's Soccer vs.
Fitchburg State

Coughlin Stadium
2 p.m.


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