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Ellen Rearick ( Nursing) recently presented "Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences with Social Support and Family Management" at the annual Research Meeting of the Iota Phi at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. The mission of Sigma Theta Tau International is to "support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide."
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Panelists Shed Light on "Who's Hungry?"
Prior to Empty Bowl Event
By Ene Idoko '11
Students, faculty, and staff filled the Blue Lounge and Exhibit Area of the Student Center on Thursday, November 10 in observance of Hunger Day Awareness. A forum titled
"Who's Hungry?" ran from 10-11:15 a.m. in the Blue Lounge; the annual Empty Bowl Event, which followed from 11:30-2 p.m. in the Exhibit Area, raised $903 to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank, St. Paul's Food Pantry, Pernet Food Pantry, and Community Harvest Project.
Six panelists addressed the forum's title "Who's Hungry?" by reviewing the history of hunger in Worcester and strategies used to end hunger. Behind the speakers were posters from Worcester Historical Museum's Got Food? exhibit. Professor of Urban Studies Maureen Power, Ph.D., who is the executive director of the Intergenerational Urban Institute (IUI), began the discussion by offering many facts about hunger, including that 660,000 Massachusetts residents are chronically hungry, a 20 percent increase from last year.
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies Tom Conroy, Ph.D., covered the early history of hunger in the 1600s to early 1900s. Hunger has been a long and reoccurring issue in history, leading the early settlers in New England to carry over the English Heritage Laws that provided a community focus on hunger issues, he explained.
"The solution to hunger is making communities responsible for taking care of their own," he said.
Professor of Urban Studies Steve Corey, Ph.D., discussed food distribution changes with the emergence of the Industrial Era. Millions of immigrants migrated into the cities, which caused a significant loss of agrarian ways of life. This shift led to a dependency on the marketplace as opposed to farms for sources of food. The Industrial Era created a booming and bursting economic cycle, correlating with increased poverty of residents.
"The poverty forced the community to create scientific charities; the charity followed a business model where resources were pooled together, essentially forming community gardens," he said.
Power discussed the mindset of "I work hard, why don't they?" that so many people hold when hunger is discussed. In actuality, she said, the majority of families that are hungry in Massachusetts are two-income families.
"The system is not working. Rather than pointing fingers, we (should) stop and say,
'Wow, we need an overhaul of the current system,'" she said. Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy discovered that the system was not working, and their presidencies resulted in the formation of new programs, frameworks focused on community, such as social security and food stamps.
Kristin Bafaro, executive director of the Community Harvest Project, explained that her organization takes an initiative approach to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the Worcester Food Bank. The organization uses volunteers to grow the vegetables and fruits.
"Volunteers get a hands-on experience in farming," she said. So far, about 86,000 people and 150 pantries have been served, she added.
Elizabeth Sheehan Castro, project manager for the Worcester County Food Bank's Hunger Free & Healthy Project, spoke about how it addresses the systemic problem of the food system, from production to processing to consumption to disposal.
"Hunger is not due to lack of food, but lack of access to food. Food is more than abundant," she said. The program is a five-year project that formed from researching where people get their food and determining that schools are the greatest provider of food to children. This led to the creation of
"universal breakfast" programs and school gardens in over 16 schools were poverty is the highest. The food bank also provides many services, from helping people apply for SNAP to participating in farmers' markets to offering cooking classes to policy advocacy.
Steve Fischer, executive director of the Regional Environment Council of Worcester, reviewed the ways the organization has been building healthy, sustainable and just communities for 40 years. It has an UGROW initiative (Urban Garden Resources of Worcester) that enables residents of Worcester to have access to healthy and fresh foods through 52 community gardens.
"Access to healthy food is a universal right," he said. Their second initiative is YouthGROW (Youth Growing and Raising Organics in Worcester), which began in 2003. YouthGROW is based on an empowerment model, employing roughly 40-50 urban youth to grow fresh vegetables and fruits. The foods grown go to three places: home with the youth, donated to food banks, and sold at famers' markets. The sales proceeds fund the program. The council also works to bring farmers' markets to urban areas and participates in the Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters program. It is developing the concept of creating mobile farmers' markets.
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WSU Employee Discounts
Hanover Theatre - 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.
Movie Tickets - $7.75, Good any time of the day. Purchase in the Human Resources Office (Admin Building, Room 313).
WSU Bookstore - Regular full-time employees receive a 10% discount on purchases by showing their university ID card.
Some additional discounts include: free admission to WSU Lancer home games (requires WSU ID), discounted computer repair by WSU IT specialists, discounted travel booked through Collette Vacation, discounted tickets to select performances at the DCU Center, and discounted passes to Wachusett Mountain with the GPS Group Savings when you purchase by Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Enter "Worcester State University" in the "Group Name" field.
Check out the Payroll and Benefits site for even more discounts!
Athletics Department Sponsors Fall Clinics
Softball Fall Hitting Clinics will be held on Sundays: November 20, November 27, December 4, and December 11. Two sessions will be held each day for $90 per session. The first session will run from 8
- 9:15 a.m. and the second session will run from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. For more information, please contact Head Coach Jen Kapenas at 508-929-8216 or 508-397-5573.
Two baseball clinics will be held this fall. A Black Friday Baseball Clinic focused on skills, drills, and games will be held on November 25 from 9- 3 p.m. for children ages 8 -13. A Holiday Clinic will be held on December 27 (hitting), December 28 (pitching/defense), and December 29 (base running/conditioning) for players ages 8-18. For more information, please call 508-929-8852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff and Employee Holiday Marketplace
On Friday, December 16, WSU will host a Faculty and Staff Employee Marketplace alongside the campus Holiday Reception. The Marketplace will be an enjoyable way to showcase the creative talents and businesses of WSU employees and as such, the primary vendors will be the members of our campus community. The Marketplace will open at 5 p.m. Tables will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to reserve a table is December 2. If you are interested in having a table at this festive event, please email email@example.com
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WSU IN THE NEWS:
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Telegram & Gazette 11/14/11
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Telegram & Gazette 11/13/11
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