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November 1, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


Speech-Language-Hearing Center
Receives HFCM Grant to Expand
Audiology Services

Hunger Awareness Day to
Feature Panel, Fundraiser

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Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented "The Impact of Environmental and Occupational Exposures on Reproductive Health" at a webinar that was broadcast internationally by the National Perinatal Information Center. The webinar addressed environmental and occupational exposures during critical periods of susceptibility in utero which may result in lifelong or intergenerational adverse health effects. The results of the research conducted by Professor Chalupka and Andrew N. Chalupka (Harvard Medical School) were previously published in Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.

Funding for this research presented in the webinar was provided by a grant awarded to Professor Chalupka by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Children's Health.

John Goodchild's (Chemistry) edited article was recently published by Humana Press (part of Springer Science+Business Media). The title is "Therapeutic Oligonucleotides" and is part of the "Methods in Molecular Biology" series.

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Students Lend a Hand in the Local
Community for Make a Difference Day

WSU students with Congressman Jim McGovern at Food Day.

On Saturday, October 22, 21 Worcester State students took part in Make a Difference Day, a national day of service. Sponsored by The Office of Residence Life and The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, four crews of students took part in one of four civic actions with some of Worcester State's community partners. The four crews were led by group leaders, Carleigh Murphy (Business), Princela Boahene (Communication Sciences & Disorders), and first-year students Melissa Edberg and Margarita Ponciano. The crews engaged in actions such as cleaning up the yard of a battered women's shelter, painting a room for a low-income family, putting in some hours at Habitat for Humanity, and gathering at Food Day with the Regional Environmental Council, where students painted faces, conducted surveys, and, even dressed up as vegetables.

Make a Difference Day can be considered a high-impact learning experience. Many colleges and universities in America have begun to emphasize courses and programs that help students explore cultures, life experiences, and worldviews different from their own. This diversity and global focus in learning often explore what George D. Kuh of the Association of American College and Universities recently called "difficult differences." We live in a world of racial, ethnic, and gender inequality, of continuing struggles around the globe and in our immediate neighborhood for human rights, freedom, and, as the case may be, simple things like healthy food.

At Worcester State University, The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement was formed in 2006 and has continued to develop field-based experiential learning with community partners as an instructional strategy. A key element in these programs is the opportunity students have to apply the communication, social, and intellectual skills they are learning in real-world settings. These high-impact learning models can be seen as good preparation for citizenship, work, and life, both in the local community and in the emerging global, interconnected world. Along the way, these types of actions also have a positive effect on a community, and some fun might happen as well.

Meet the 'Real Fighters'
Chelsea Tougas '12

Brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund will share the story about their lives as "real fighters" in the boxing industry, made famous by the Academy Award-winning film The Fighter, on Wed., Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium.

Their intense and riveting story will be told in an intimate interview session and illustrated by video clips. Ward and Eklund will tell their life experiences of triumph, loyalty, brotherly love, pain, depression and anxiety, battling drug addiction, and family tribulations. They aim to inspire people to stand up for what they believe in and never give up on their dreams. Their interview will be conducted by the screenwriter of The Fighter, Richard Farrell.

This event is free with a WSU ID and $2 for the general public. This event is sponsored by The Student Events Committee. All proceeds will be donated to the 21st Annual SGA Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need. All proceeds will be given to Sherry's House, Abby's House and the Mustard Seed.

No One is Alone: Domestic
Violence Affects Everyone

Ene Idoko '11

Society is made aware of domestic violence, typically, through stories of a murder at the hands of the abuser. But domestic violence is far more complex than a "punch;" it can be sexual, physiological as well as physical. Domestic violence is all about the abuser's control, manipulation, and isolation of the victim. Men, women, and children can all be victims.

On Wednesday, October 26 the annual Candace Allen Scola Lecture Series entitled "When Domestic Violence Leaves Home: Work and Campus Issues and Solutions" was held from 12:30- 1:30 p.m. in the Blue Lounge of the Student Center. The discussion was led by panelists Virginia C. McDonald, senior vice president and director of human resources at Webster Five Savings Bank in Auburn, and WSU Police Chief Rosemary Naughton. The Candace Allen Scola Lecture series focuses on educating the WSU community about domestic violence. This year's panelists focused on educating the WSU community about all the solutions and services available to victims of domestic violence.

McDonald told the story of the murder of Deborah Daigle, a Webster Five Cent Savings Bank employee, by her estranged husband. This tragic story inspired McDonald to serve on the board of directors for Employers Against Domestic Violence and implement a domestic violence clause in the Webster Five Cents Savings Bank's violence policy. "Most of us do understand that domestic violence is an important issue in our society, but we do not realize how perverse until it affects someone we know," she said. Many employers do go the "extra mile" to help their employees who are victims of domestic violence. McDonald said that victims are essential employees of their companies, and their employers usually have policies in affect to help them.

Not only can employers assist victims, but the University campus as well. Rosemary Naughton described all the services available on and off the WSU campus for domestic violence victims. "Domestic violence is a constant challenge for society; WSU has a lot of resources on campus, and Day Break off campus. You are never alone," she said. WSU provides safe rooms on campus, an anonymous text tip line, WSU police assistance, caring faculty, counseling services, and emergency restraining orders. WSU does not tolerate domestic violence between college students, employees, or faculty. Help does not stop on campus; the Daybreak program offered at the YWCA is an excellent resource for domestic violence victims. Daybreak uses a program called "When" in which it implements an escape plan for the victim when he or she is ready to leave an abuser. The "When" program also offers legal services designed to reduce the number of times a victim must recant the abuse. Many resources are available to victims of domestic violence, but education of what is domestic violence is essential.

Naughton explained that many victims do not come forward because there are no physical marks or because of injuries are on non-visible parts of the body. "Domestic violence is a gradual cycle that always begins with isolation. The abuser wants to break down the mental state of the victim. But domestic violence never decreases it only increases," she said. The panelists opened the floor for an open discussion. Many students and faculty asked questions and expressed their views on domestic violence. "It's important for people in abusive relationships to understand that they are in an abusive relationship and to know the services available to them," said Katelyn O'Brien '12 (Communication). The discussion came to a close with a powerful and inspirational speech from Assistant Professor of Sociology Michelle Corbin. Her words captivated the audience and were rewarded with a loud applause. "Do not look at the woman and ask her why she does not leave, but look at society for reasons of why a man thinks it is okay to hit her. When your friend confides in you, you must empower her, do not tell her what to do. Domestic violence is all about control and domination, and you do not want to be one more person making her feel stupid or incapable to think independently. Only she knows when she is ready to leave, so just be a source of encouragement and support, and more than anything, just believe her," she said.

Pilon Poetry Contest

Winners of the annual Dr. A. Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest were recognized at a ceremony Thurs., Oct. 27. Pictured, from left are, first place winner Jeff Siegrist '12, second place winner Tracy Ulrich '14 and third place winner Stevie Wilkes '11. An open-mic poetry reading followed. The contest is named in memory of the late Dr. A. Barbara Pilon, WSU professor emerita, author and poet.

WSU Shower Facilities Available
to Those Impacted by Storm

Worcester State University is opening its doors to neighbors and residents without power to use showers in the gymnasium. Showers will be available this evening and tomorrow evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although Worcester State University did not lose power during the weekend snow storm, the campus was impacted. Several branches did come down and facilities reports they will be cleaned up later this week. Phone service to the campus for incoming calls was restored by early this morning. The outage was due to a problem on WSU's provider's end.

The campus was closed Monday due to the extensive power outage in the region.

IP Office Explores Opportunities in China

WSU International Programs staff Carl Herrin and Katey Palumbo were recently in China exploring long and short-term opportunities for faculty and students. While there they also built relationships with existing partners, with prospective new institutions, and with educational alternatives beyond traditional university partnerships (i.e. private K-12 institutions).

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Spring Registration - English Theatre (TH-399)

As registration for the spring semester approaches, please encourage your students to register for TH 399 - English Theatre. This course will include a Spring Break trip to London which will feature at least three shows, theatre workshops, and historical tours of a variety of English theatres. There will be an information session Wednesday, November 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Worcester State Theatre Design Studio (A 368). If your students are interested in going on the trip or registering for TH-399 English Theatre in the spring semester, please encourage them to stop by with any questions. Registration forms will be available at the meeting.

Spring Break in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon,
March 17-24, 2012; open to WSU Faculty and Staff

Join Worcester State Theatre's Adam Zahler and Sam O'Connell for Spring Break in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, March 17-24, 2012. Tours of London, see three plays, backstage tours at the National Theatre and the Royal Opera, tour and workshop at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, visit to Shakespeare's hometown, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The cost is $3099 for a group of 15; $2799 for a group of 20; $2599 for a group of 25. Airfare, hotels, breakfasts, and 3 dinners are included. Registration forms are available in the International Programs Office (A159), the Theatre Design Studio (A368), or the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (L325). For more information contact Sam O'Connell ( or Adam Zahler (

Funding Available for Projects
Involving and Benefiting WSU Students

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 Thursday, November 10, 2011. To request the 2011-2012 AAAB Application for Funding or for more information, please contact Nicole Losavio in the Office of Alumni at

Chorale's 2013 Concert Tour of Europe
Help support the arts at WSU. The WSU Chorale will be offering leaf-raking services to raise money for their 2013 concert tour of Europe. The group will charge $150 per half-acre yard or $50 per hour and is booking into mid-November. For more information, please call Cassie McGarrigle at 508-345-8904 or email

Intergenerational Workshop
The Fall Professional Development Seminar "Intergenerational Workshop" will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at Clark University. The "Intergenerational Workshop" is being presented by Rockie Blunt, Ed.D., Blunt Consulting Group and can accommodate 30 participants. The deadline to sign-up for this seminar is Thursday, November 3 at noon. Please contact Carol Faron in HR at to receive a flyer.

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Lancers storm to victory over Falcons

Telegram & Gazette 10/30/11
Five players scored touchdowns for Worcester State as it rolled to a 35-0 New England Football Conference Bogan Division win over Sterling Cup rival Fitchburg State yesterday at snowy Elliot Field. Photo Slideshow

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 10/30/11 Worcester State University in the Sullivan Auditorium. Mr. Ward and Mr. Eklund will speak about their life experiences of triumph, loyalty, ...

Lancers clinch field hockey playoff berth
Telegram & Gazette 10/30/11
Worcester State 3, Fitchburg State 1: Samantha Janda of Sterling had a goal and an assist, and Kelli McPherson and Lauren Daley also scored for the host Lancers (10-7, 6-5 Little East), who clinched their first conference playoff berth since 2008.

College football
Telegram & Gazette 10/28/11
When Marcus Price breaks Worcester State's all-time rushing record " he needs 101 yards with two regular-season games left " the Lancers' offensive line will celebrate the milestone with him. "If he breaks the record, it's kind of like us doing it ...

Occupy Wall Street: A Gift for the Economy 10/27/11
Stephen Healy is an assistant professor of geography at Worcester State University and is a member of the Community Economies Collective. ...

Auriemma: D-1 Sports Aren't for Everybody 10/27/11
UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma was in Worcester, Massachusetts on Tuesday night, speaking as part of a panel on the "Evening of Excellence" program at Worcester State. And as often happens, Auriemma didn't patronize his audience by sugar-coating the ...

UConn coach: Div. 1 players lose out on fun
Telegram & Gazette 10/26/11
UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, left, talks to Bentley coach Barbara Stevens, center, and Worcester State athletic director Sue Chapman before last night's 'Evening of Excellence' program at Worcester State.

Worcester State's Tokarz Named As New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week 10/24/11
Worcester State senior quarterback Tony Tokarz (Holden, MA/Wachusett) has been selected as this week's NEFC ...

More are choosing state schools 10/19/11
"It's easier to get funding for a state school than a private school, ... University jumped by 15% and enrollment at Worcester State University grew by 9%.

Enrollment in Massachusetts's public colleges and universities up 23 percent in past decade 10/18/11
During the past year, Framingham State University's enrollment increased 15 percent, and Worcester State University's enrollment grew by 9 percent, ...

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Tues., Nov. 1

"Black in Latin
America" Film Series:
Mexico & Peru

Student Center,
One Lancer Place

5-6:30 p.m.

Worcester National
Stuttering Assoc.

Ghosh Building,
Room 122D

7-8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 2

Worcester in the
World Wednesdays

Center for Teaching
& Learning

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

Micky Ward &
Dicky Eklund
from "The Fighter"

Sullivan Aud.
8 p.m.


Tues., Nov. 8

"Black in Latin
America" Film
Series: Brazil

Student Center,
One Lancer Place

5 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 9

Showing & Talk
of Ciclovida

Sullivan Building,
Eager Aud.

2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 10

WSU Hunger
Awareness Day

Public Forum
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

10 a.m.

Empty Bowl

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 11

Veterans Day:
No Classes,
University Closed


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