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November 21, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Receives Green Light
to Build  New Wellness Center

Women's Soccer Team Honored with
MASCAC Player of the Year
and Coach of the Year

International Hip Hop Artist and Former Child
Soldier Emmanuel Jal Coming to WSU

WSU to Host Session on
Bullying and Cyberbullying

Five Student-Athletes Named
To All-MASCAC Men's Soccer Team

Four Student-Athletes Tabbed To
All-MASCAC Women's Volleyball Team

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Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) was inducted into the National Academies of Practice at a recent ceremony in Washington, DC. The National Academies of Practice, which is limited to only 150 members at any given time, is comprised of distinguished practitioners and scholars from all of the primary health professions. Professor Chalupka was elected to the National Academies as a Distinguished Scholar in recognition of her research in environmental health.

Najib E. Saliba (History/Political Science) gave an hour-long interview on November 12 to the "Arabic Hour" of Boston on the topic of the Middle East, with special focus on Syria. The interview will air within two weeks.

Emily Soltano (Psychology), Linda Larrivee, (Communication Sciences and Disorders), and Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders) presented a talk at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (NECTOP) on Friday, October 29 in Fairfield, Connecticut at Fairfield University. Their talk, titled "No Pain, No Gain: Working with Students on Interdisciplinary Research," highlighted the benefits and setbacks to faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students associated with working on a team, especially when the team crossed disciplines. Ultimately, the benefits to both students and faculty far outweigh the setbacks. Soltano, Larrivee, and Meyer were able to offer suggestions to faculty members on other campuses about starting this type of collaboration. The NECTOP conference hosts psychology teachers from the region to participate in workshops and discussions about pedagogical issues.

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Thanksgiving Message from
President Barry M. Maloney

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to take this opportunity to let all of you know how very thankful I am to be leading such a generous and engaged institution.

You may have already heard the very exciting news that Worcester State University has been given the green light to build a $45.5 million Health Science & Athletic Center, which is expected to open in Fall of 2015. The facility will feature athletic space, instructional space, studio space, student health facilities and community space. Our student athletes and the general student population will benefit greatly from this new facility. Not only will it support our educational programs, athletic programs and student fitness, it will be a terrific community resource. I am very thankful for all of the hard work of our WSU team that is bringing this project to fruition.

I have been very impressed with our students, faculty and staff and their efforts to make their communities better. In the spirit of the season, the Intergenerational Urban Institute and Student Government Association teamed up to support Hunger Awareness day with the "Who's Hungry?" panel discussion and the "Empty Bowl Event and Raffle," November 10th. Not only did students, faculty and staff learn about all of the complex causes and history of hunger from our panelists, but they raised $903 to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank, St. Paul's Food Pantry, Pernet Food Pantry and the Community Harvest Project.

In October, four crews of our students participated in, "Make a Difference Day," by cleaning up the yard at a battered women's shelter, painting a room for a low income family, worked at Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at Food Day at the Regional Environmental Council. Our Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement not only participates in terrific community events such as these, but engages our university in the greater community here, and across the globe, throughout the year. The center runs three international programs, two in health care outreach in Belize and Nicaragua. Our center sends students to alternative breaks, leadership trainings, and provides a variety of volunteer opportunities.

The WSU chapter of NSSLHA (National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association) is collecting items to send to soldiers oversees through Adopt-A-Platoon and The Residence Hall Programming Council in cooperation with The Guild of St. Agnes is collecting toys for children this holiday season as part of The Snowflake Project. The WSU chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma is extending a hand to Aids Project Worcester for a food and toy drive. Children's toys and non-perishable food items will be accepted through Dec. 9. Donation boxes will be located on the 1st floor of Ghosh Science and Technology Center and near the ATM in Wasylean Hall. The Planting the Seed Foundation will also sponsor a holiday toy drive. Last year, over 5,000 toys were donated to children in Worcester County. The deadline for delivery of the toys to the president's office is December 13

There are many, many more examples of your engagement and generosity and for that, I am very thankful. In that spirit, we will be celebrating the holidays at a gathering December 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will be incorporating a food drive as part of the event, so that we can all share non-perishable food items with the Worcester County Food Bank. More information will follow.

On behalf of myself and my family, enjoy your Thanksgiving and know how very grateful I am for all of your efforts.

Worcester State Students
Celebrate Diverse Cultures

Photos & Story by Chelsea Tougas '12

Worcester State University students celebrated their diversity Thursday, November 17 with cultural food dishes, traditional dress, music, and artifacts.

In the Lancer Loft Café, students had a chance to taste "Flavors Around the World." This was the first time Third World Alliance and WSU's Dining Service, which is managed by Chartwells, collaborated to serve multicultural food and beverages with music, dancing, artifacts, and decorations as a backdrop in Lancer Loft.

All of the food featured at this event was made from popular ethnic recipes submitted by multicultural students, faculty and staff members. Thirty-one different countries were represented in the food and beverage selections. Several students wore traditional outfits of their native countries.

A table full of artifacts and specialty items was set up near the entrance of the cafeteria to show the cultures represented at the event. Flyers with facts and statistics about a foreign country were displayed on each table.

Festive music was also played to show off certain cultures' music and rhythms to the crowd, and many people danced.

A raffle was held at the front entrance in which patrons could win prizes such as an iPod Nano, movie tickets, or a private dining experience with Chartwells. Patrons could also submit their favorite food served at the event. The dishes with the most votes will be featured on Chartwells' dinner menu in the coming weeks.

The "Flavors Around the World" event was meant to represent different countries? cultures and give people a better understanding of multiculturalism and diversity, explained Geovanna Diaz, president of Third World Alliance. She added that TWA members were very excited to work collaboratively with Chartwells on a multicultural event.

"It was a great opportunity to have a chance to 'flavor the world' at Worcester State," Diaz said. She hopes that this event will open the eyes of the Worcester State community to the different cultures around the world.

Meanwhile, the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) held an international food tasting in the Student Center's Exhibit Area. Ten tables of food representing 19 countries--including Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Vietnam, Korea, Lebanon, Armenia, Greece, Colombia, Peru, India, Laos, and Thailand--were set up. IELI students provided the food as well as 15-minute language lessons in Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, and Hungarian. They also wore traditional outfits of their countries.

University Theatre Opens Season
with "The Good Person of Setzuan"

Worcester State Theatre's production of The Good Person of Setzuan completed a successful run this weekend. Over the four days of performances, 456 people came to Fuller Theater for what was, in many ways, the largest, most involved production in the program's recent history. In addition to the 21 members of the cast, the The Good Person of Setzuan included: original music composed and performed by Dan Outerson (VPA, Music); puppetry performed by members of the cast under the tutelage of Roxanna Myhrum, Artistic Director of Brookline's Puppet Showplace Theatre; costumes designed by Susan Johnson-Hood; and a two level bamboo set designed by John Hood and constructed by students under the program's new technical director, Nathan Le.

Project Have Hope: Survivor Shares
Experience of Northern Uganda War

On October 13, Grace Ayaa, an artisan and community organizer in Uganda, visited Worcester State University as part of a Worcester-in-the-World theme semester event sponsored by the Urban Studies department and the Nonprofit Management graduate program. Over 90 students and faculty attended her presentation, which consisted of a slideshow on her experience as a survivor of the civil war in Northern Uganda. She also talked about Project Have Hope, a nonprofit that provides economic opportunity to the survivors of the war. Ms. Ayaa demonstrated how to craft jewelry from recycled paper. Students and faculty supported Project Have Hope by purchasing jewelry made by the nonprofit's members.

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WSU is Going 'Green' for the Holidays

WSU is collecting donations of holiday decorations for the employee holiday party. Please ensure the items are clean and in good condition. All the decorations will be incorporated in the event and become part of the WSU holiday décor assortment. Please bring your donated items to the Conference and Event Services Department by Monday, December 5. If you would like to donate items or for more information please contact Shauna Gendron at

Planning Calendar Meeting
There will be a meeting to update the annual Planning Calendar on Monday, December 12 at 11 a.m. in the Fallon Room. Please attend if you have any spring semester changes or additions you would like to make to the Planning Calendar developed last spring. For more information or questions please contact Tim Sullivan at

The Snowflake Project: Bringing the
Holiday Season to children in Worcester

The Residence Hall Programming Council in cooperation with The Guild of St. Agnes present The Snowflake Project. Through the Snowflake Project, gifts are provided to children in need who would otherwise be left out this holiday season. Last year, with the generous support from the students, faculty and staff from WSU, we were able to donate over 300 gifts to children in need. The project will run from November 21 to December 9. If you are interested in participating, select a mitten from the tree display in the Student Center and shop for the child selected. Gifts should be unwrapped and with the original mitten attached. Please label each present with the selected child’s name and code number. Bring the gifts to Residence Life, Wasylean Hall 103, by Friday, December 9. For more information, questions, or to request a gift pick-up, please contact Kristen Nelson at

Fifth Annual Multicultural Holiday Party
The 5th Annual Multicultural Holiday Party will be held on Wednesday, December 7, from 11:30-2:30pm in the Student Center Exhibit Area. The holiday party explores how different cultures celebrate the holiday season through food sampling, live music, make your own holiday ornaments, picture snow globes, and picture postcards from around the world.

Black Friday Baseball Clinic; Sunday Softball Clinics
Softball Fall Hitting Clinics will be held on Sundays: 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 Coach Jen Kapenas at 508-929-8216 or 508-397-5573.

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 Coach Dirk Baker at 508-929-8852 or email

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Welcome to:

Terren Flanders
Biology Department


Monique Labelle to the office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

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College Town

Telegram & Gazette 11/20/11
At the age of 7, Emmanuel Jal was a solider in the Sudanese rebel army. He found comfort in music and began singing as a way to ease the pain. Mr. Jal will share his message of hope at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Fuller Theater at Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.

With messages from average Americans, man walks to D.C.
A graduate of Northeastern University and Worcester State College, Hill is an IT network administrator for Children's Friend, a nonprofit in Worcester, Mass. But he said he also loves writing human interest stories and has blogged about his adventures ...

State OKs health science, athletic centers
for Worcester State

Telegram & Gazette 11/19/11
Worcester State University has been given approval from the state to build a new health science and athletic center on campus.

Jennings propels Lancers to tourney win
Telegram & Gazette 11/19/11
Worcester State 73, Becker 30: Cheyenne Jennings led all players with 16 points and Veronica Norman came off the bench to score 12 and grab seven rebounds as the Lancers (1-1) cruised in the opening game of the 31st Worcester City Tip-Off Tournament...

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Mon., Nov. 21

Sociology Film:
Singing Revolution

Eager Aud.
(Room 146)

2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 22

Women's Basketball
vs. UMass Dart.

6 p.m.

Nov. 23-26


Fri., Nov. 25

Offices Closed


Tues., Nov. 29

Hip-hop Artist
& Ex-Child Soldier
Emmanuel Jal

Click here
to RSVP online

Fuller Theater
Admin. Building
(2nd Floor)

7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 30

Bullying and
Power Play

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3:30 - 5 p.m.


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