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November 28, 2011 

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News
Noteworthy
Around Campus
Announcements
In the News



NEWS:

Holiday Gift and Art Auction to
Feature City Year Co-Founder



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NOTEWORTHY:

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented "Evidence-based Case Study Materials to Support the ANA Environmental Health Nursing Practice Standard and Nurses and Standard/Universal Precautions: Analysis of Barriers Affecting Strict Compliance" at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Washington, DC.



Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) attended and presented at the recent Annual Conference of the American Society of Criminology in Washington, DC. The presentation titled "The Pracademic in Criminal Justice Education," focused on the benefits for faculty and students having a blend of academics and pracademics (academics with practical experience) in Criminal Justice departments.

Professor Morreale also recently created and facilitated an Executive Development Session with high ranking members of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (DOC) held at Roger Williams University in conjunction with the Justice Research and Training Institute. Sixty members of the DOC staff, including the director, wardens, deputy wardens and unit managers attended the session. The focus was on transforming the Department, problem identification, setting expectations, accountability, attitude, developing strategies for the future, and developing and engaging personnel. A great deal of time was spent on framing crucial and powerful conversations with staff. Additional training sessions are planned to continue the discussions surrounding vision, mission, and future improvements in the DOC.




Joseph Quattrucci (Chemistry) and Sudha Swaminathan (Physical and Earth Sciences) attended a New England American Physical Society Meeting on Climate Change and the Future of Nuclear Power at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Sudha Swaminathan gave a talk on November 19 on their research, titled Density Matrices in the Quenching of Positronium by Electron Exchange. The student collaborators on this project are Wyatt Merrill (Chemistry 2011) and Stephen Glynn (Chemistry 2011).



Worcester State Theatre is proud to announce the Irene Ryan Audition Scholarship nominees from the recent production of The Good Person of Setzuan: Tasha Matthews and Trang Le. They will attend the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), along with Adia Vellacio and John Karwaski, nominated from last spring's Boy Gets Girl. The KCACTF respondent to The Good Person of Setzuan also put forward the production's stage manager, Sharon Garceau, for her exemplary work. The Region 1 KCACTF festival is held during the last week of January and includes workshops, discussions, and the opportunity for students to have their work discussed by experts in all the disciplines of the theatre, including acting, directing, design, stage management, playwrighting, dramaturgy, and dramatic criticism.




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AROUND CAMPUS:

Peer-Mentor Program Advisors
Reflect on the Semester

Photo & Story by Chelsea Tougas '12

Reflecting on a semester of teaching and advising student peer-mentors, Jillian Anderson and Matthew Kelly hope the first-year students the program serves became more engaged in their learning and are better prepared for their future semesters at WSU.

Anderson, coordinator of Judicial Affairs, became an advisor for the peer-mentor program for the first time this year to help positively influence student learning and "get involved with the students in a leadership role." Kelly, a counselor in Counseling Services, was involved with the program last year, supervising two student mentors in a fourth-hour class. He said he signed up again because he enjoyed getting to know the students in his class and connecting with them in a different way. Both collaborate with Economics Professor Bonnie Orcutt, Ph.D.

Each teaches a class of mentors, twice a week, touching on various topics and leading discussions. They relay information and skills to the mentors that the mentors turn around and use in their fourth-hour classes with first-year students. These are one-hour class modules in which two peer-mentors co-facilitate presentations and discussions with about 40 students under the guidance of a faculty or staff advisor. More than 750 first-year students are involved in the program this semester.

"We tried our best to build on the earlier foundation because everything last year was brand new," Kelly said. "A lot of hard work went into designing it. This year we wanted to build upon that and make the program more predictable. A more engaging class with the mentors was our goal as well."

Anderson added, "We used the foundation and look of the program last year to build this year's program overall."

One of the most noticeable changes was the introduction of a new common reading initiative. To support the theme semester, Worcester in the World, first-year students and peer-mentors read "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins. The first-year students analyzed the book in fourth-hour classroom discussions led by peer-mentors. They were also required to attend Perkins' lecture in October.

Among the program's behind-the-scene changes are an expansion from one class a week to two and mentors now earning four credits instead of three. In addition, mentor training, applicant interviews and stipends for returning peer-mentors were introduced. Kelly and Anderson are also conducting more assessments of the peer-mentors.

The peer-mentor program has affected the first-year students in a very positive way. "The biggest benefit the first-year students have with the program is making the connection with their mentors," Kelly said. "I do think that the workshops and lectures have a lot of value with their connection to WSU, but I think the relationship with the mentors is more important because it helps them really connect with the school. Students who get involved in their first year at school tend to do better in their classes and stay in school till graduation."

Anderson agreed. "That role is definitely important, and gaining knowledge and tips from fellow students is crucial," she said. "Faculty members can't always share certain information, while mentors have been there and done everything that the first-year students are encountering on a daily basis."

Anderson said she now has a better appreciation of "how much effort and time has been put into the program." Kelly believes that the program has given him a better understanding of the development needs of first-year students. "It's a tough job to get 750 first-year students off on the best foot possible," he noted. He believes that the peer-mentors and first-year students have taught him a lot and he has grown from this knowledge.

Chelsea Tougas is a Communication major, president of WSU's Omega Psi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, student worker in the Student Affairs Office, and intern with the WSU Public Relations and Marketing Office. This is the second year she has been a peer-mentor.






In the war-torn region of Southern Sudan, Emmanuel Jal was born into the life of a child solider. Through unbelievable struggles, Emmanuel managed to survive and emerge as a world-famous recording artist with a hit record under his belt. Called an artist "with the potential of a young Bob Marley" by Peter Gabriel, he has performed at Live 8 and Nelson Mandela's 90th b-day concert. His music can be heard in major motion pictures, TV, and he's been featured in major outlets like TIME, USA Today, NPR, CNN, MTV, & the BBC. Emmanuel is also a spokesperson for Amnesty International and Oxfam, and created the charitable foundation, Gua Africa. Come hear Jal's message of hope.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP online at emmanueljal.eventbrite.com or call the WSU Center for the Study of Human Rights at 508-929-8871 to reserve a seat.

Check out Emmanuel Jal at:
www.emmanueljal.com
www.facebook.com/EmmanuelJal
www.twitter.com/emmanueljal
www.we-want-peace.com
Previous performance
Interview on NPR
Time Magazine article


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Worcester State University IUI Elder Registration

Worcester State University IUI will hold a mandatory Elder Pre-registration on January 12, from 12 -1 p.m., in the Blue Lounge of the Student Center. Following the meeting, registration will be held from 1 -3 p.m. in the Register's Office of the Administration Building. IUI offers classes that educate, engage, and energize elders. Classes will begin on January 17, and at no cost to Mass residents age 60 and over. For more information or questions, please call 508-929-8900 or visit our website www.worcester.edu/iui.

QuickTime Tutorial
Interested in creating video/audio files of your lectures, classroom tutorials and rants for consumption via Internet streaming? Professor Julian Berrian will provide a tutorial on the fundamentals of creating digital media via QuickTime for Internet streaming. A question and answer session will follow the tutorial. Date: December 8; Time: 2:30-4 p.m.; Location: LRC-117 Contact Professor Berrian at jberrian@worcester.edu for additional information.

AIDS Awareness Speaker
December is World AIDS Month, and the Student Nurses Association at Worcester State has decided to bring the Nursing Care of AIDS patients to light. Carol Jaffarian, a Nurse Practitioner from the UMASS Graduate School of Nursing, will be speaking on her nursing work with AIDS patients, focusing in on her work in Armenia. Aside from her international work, she was a pivotal member of the UMASS AIDS clinic as it was in its infancy in the late 80's and early 90's. Please join us for this FREE event in the Blue Lounge at 7 p.m. on December 5. All WSU students as well as faculty are welcome.

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WSU IN THE NEWS:

Milford's Asam earns top rookie defensive
honors in NEFC's Bogan Division

Boston Globe 11/27/11
After graduating from Milford High last spring, Tyler Asam arrived at Worcester State University's preseason football camp hoping to crack the lineup as a special-teams player. "I was just looking for a chance to show the coaches what I could do," he said.


Sexual assaults rise on campus
Telegram & Gazette 11/27/11
Worcester State University Police Chief Rosemary F. Naughton believes the system is finally working...


$3.4 billion state investment in region
Telegram & Gazette 11/25/11
$700,000 for design of a new Health Science and Athletic Center at Worcester State University that will clear the way for construction of the $40 million to $50 million campus complex.


Man performs CPR in Colonia while walking
from Boston to Washington

myCentralJersey.com 11/23/11
In the fall of 2004, he enrolled in a pre-med science program at Worcester State College, but because of his mother's illness and death, he put his school plans on hold. A graduate of Northeastern University and Worcester State College, ...


Leicester's coast-to-coast walker to meet Obama
Telegram & Gazette 11/26/11
Bobby Joe Hill is walking again and this time it looks as if he'll be reaching the destination he had in mind when he walked across America four years ago ? the White House.

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Nov. 29


International
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
Cyberbullying:
Psychological
Power Play

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3:30 - 5 p.m.




Thurs., Dec. 1

Poetry Reading
Sullivan,
Room 305

3-5 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Horgan Memorial Rink
Auburn, Mass.
Directions
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Clark

Gymnasium
7 p.m.




Fri., Dec. 2

Dance Company Show
"We Speak Up"

Sullivan Aud.
7-10 p.m.

Handel's Messiah
(Christmas portion)

All Saints
Episcopal Church
10 Irving Street
Worcester

7:30-10 p.m.



Sat., Dec. 3

Ice Hockey vs.
Plymouth State

Horgan Memorial Rink
Auburn, Mass.
Directions
4:30 p.m.




Sun., Dec. 4

Dance Company Show
"We Speak Up"

Sullivan Aud.
2-5 p.m.


 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Mon., Dec. 5


Joe Jencks: Music to
Change the World

Sullivan, Eager Aud.
(Room 146)

7 p.m.




Tues., Dec. 6

Worcester National
Stuttering Assoc.
Meeting

Science & Tech,
Room 122D

7 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Gymnasium
7 p.m.

Student Recital
w/WSU Jazz Band

Fuller Theater
7-8:15 p.m.




Wed., Dec. 7

Multicultural
Holiday Party

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

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




Fri., Dec. 9

All Classes End

Holiday Gift &
Art Auction

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6 p.m.




Sat. Dec. 10

Men's Basketball
vs. St. John Fisher

Gymnasium
1 p.m.




 


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