Weekly News for Faculty, Staff and Friends of the Worcester State College Community


WSC to Join Nation Wide Teach-In on Global
Warming Solutions - Feb. 4 & 5

Peace Studies Scholar Michael T. Klare to Speak at WSC



Acclaimed Author Tells of Two-Year Journey in Mali

College to Host Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity

Consortium Art Show - Opening Reception Feb. 6

WSC Chorale Says Send Your Loved One a
Singing Telegram on Valentine's Weekend



Weierman Investigates the Case of the Slave-Child, Med


Get Your Tickets Today for First-Ever WSC Night at Hanover Theatre

Give a Book Drive

Singing Birthday Grams by WSC Chorale Members

Upcoming WSC Baseball Camps and Clinics

George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award -
Call for Nominations - Due Feb. 13

Edward Nuhfer to Address Faculty Development Workshop


WSC e-news General Info


Stephanie Chalupka
(Nursing) co-authored the paper,
Studying home health care nurses and aides: research design and challenges. The paper was published in the Journal of Research in Nursing.

Fortunata Makene
(Sociology) was interviewed by Voice of American Broadcasting Swahili Service on a program which aired on October 19, 2008. You can listen through internet at www.voanews.com/swahili then click on jioni. The program featured Professor Makene and three other Tanzanian women discussing how modernization has affected the traditional kitchen party women only education given to young women when they reach puberty.

Rodney Oudan (Business Administration and Economics) had his case study, Nestl New Product Development Company Case, published by Pearson Education Prentice Hall.  The case study is published in a new textbook, Introduction to Marketing - The Works, authored by Dr. Michael Levens. The case study describes the controllable and uncontrollable elements that  Nestl encountered in entering global  markets for its brand of Nesfit (a thirst quencher with vitamins and minerals to replace lost energy) as well as the major sources of risks involved.

Congratulations to Professor Siniossoglou's AR 230 printmaking students: Emily Nelson, Michelle Jiddens, Christopher Medeiros, Sarah Tiesdel, Breana Meade, Ashley Griffin, John Fanelli,  Van Ly, Elias Chouki. Each student's submitted art work has been accepted to the Arches Student Print Show.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, February 15, 2009, from 3-5 p.m. at Boston University 808 Gallery in conjunction with The Boston Printmakers 2009 North American Biennial.

The 20 participating schools include: Art Institute of Boston (Leslie University), Boston University, Brandeis University, Framingham State College, Franklin Pierce, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mount Holyoke College, Montserrat College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The New England School of Art and Design (Suffolk University), New Hampshire Institute of Art, Plymouth State University, Smith College, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, Wellesley College, Worcester State College

Image by Van Ly. For more info: http://www.bostonprintmakers.org/07arches.htm


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Acclaimed Author Tells of Two-Year Journey in Mali

What began as service in the Peace Corps blossomed into an enduring friendship and support of a cause to improve the health of women and children a world away. Kris Holloway, the acclaimed author of Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali, told of her journey and her friendship as part of the Worcester State College Diversity Lecture Series, last Tuesday. 


When Holloway found herself in Mali as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer in 1989, she met Monique, a 24-year-old midwife.  She quickly learned of Monique's value to her village. Despite her 6th grade education, she obtained nine months of medical training and served as not only the villages midwife, but its only healthcare worker to over 1,400 people.  This was a daunting task in a place where women worked 16 to 17 hours in the fields every day and gave birth to six to seven children, on average. Two out of five babies die there before their fifth birthday.  After helping her at the births of hundreds of babies and working side-by-side with Monique weighing babies and watching and assisting Monique consult with village women on how to keep their children healthy despite bouts of malnutrition and malaria, they became very close.


Holloway was impressed by Monique's chutzpah.  She was the first woman in the village to demand a salary for her work.  She was the first to question the practice of genital cutting of little girls, said Holloway.


After her Peace Corps work was completed in 1991, Holloway and Monique kept in touch.  Holloway was also successful in bringing Monique to the U.S. for a visit, where she enjoyed, popcorn, pizza, wearing pants and driving.  After their visit they kept in touch through letters and sending audio cassettes back and forth.  Holloway was sad to learn that Monique died in 1998 while giving birth to her fifth child.  Holloway returned to Mali and connected with her family, conducting hours of interviews which evolved into her book. 


Since Monique's death, her favorite cousin, Maxime Dembele, a village health worker, founded the rural health clinic Cabinet de Soins Monique, or Clinique Monique.  Profits from Holloways book fund the clinic which aims to improve the health and well-being of women, children and families in Mali, Wes Africa. 


For more information on the clinic and Monique and the Mango rains, visit www.moniquemangorains.com


The event was sponsored by Student Center/Student Activities, Disability Services, Counseling Office, Women's Studies, and the Student Events Committee.



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College to Host Celebration of
Scholarship and Creativity

Mark your calendar. Worcester State Colleges Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity is Wednesday April 29 from 3-7 p.m.

This exhibit will showcase faculty and undergraduate and graduate student work produced during the 2008-09 academic year.

We expect a wide variety of scholarship and creative work---posters, papers, books, book chapters, musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, said Maureen Shamgochian, interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Student Centers Blue Lounge and North/South Auditorium will be the venues. The student art exhibit, which will be open then, will be in the first floor gallery of the Science and Technology building.

The colleges trustees, foundation and alumni board members, and Worcester States neighbors will be invited to see the work of the college community.

Faculty are invited to a reception from 6-7 p.m. in the Foster Room.

This will give our faculty a chance to meet the colleges trustees, Shamgochian said. And for the trustees to meet them.

Faculty will be asked to identify student projects and other work for this event.

Direct questions about the event to Barbara Zang, bzang@worcester.edu. She is coordinating it for Academic Affairs.

Look for further details about the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity in upcoming editions of e-news.



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Consortium Art Show to be Displayed
at ARTSWorcester - Opening Night Reception - Feb. 6

The Fifth Annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Art Exhibition will be on display at ARTSWorcester (Aurora Gallery) from February 6 through February 27, 2009.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature refreshments and music.

The show is a juried group exhibition culled from emerging student artists within the Consortium and will include works in mixed media, photography, works on paper, sculpture and painting. This exhibition, which began in 2005, highlights the wealth of artistic talent that exists within the local higher education community. Participating institutions are Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Atlantic Union College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State College.

College participation is coordinated by Catherine Wilcox-Titus, PhD, assistant professor of art history at Worcester State College. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. and is free and open to the public.

Works for the show will be chosen by jurors Susan Stoops, curator of contemporary art at the Worcester Art Museum and Antonio Fonseca, accomplished artist and director of education at Sevengaits Studio School in Southbridge.

The ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery (660 Main Street) is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours are available by appointment. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. (Press release courtesy of www.cowc.org website)


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WSC Chorale Says Send Your Loved One a
Singing Telegram on Valentine's Weekend

The Worcester State College Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Christie Nigro, is now taking reservations to perform singing telegrams throughout the greater Worcester area during the upcoming Valentines Day weekend.

For a donation of $30 (on campus) or $45 (off campus), Chorale members will come to your location at a pre-arranged time, present your loved one with a Valentine card and a carnation, and perform two a capella love songs from their current repertoire.

 The chorale is available to perform on Friday, February 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 15, from 1 to 8 p.m.  To arrange a performance, contact Nicole Raczynski at 774-200-3056 or by email at nraczynski@gmail.com. 

The group will deliver your message of love to any location within roughly a 15 mile radius of the college, says Dr. Nigro. Over the years, our singers have performed in local homes, businesses and college dorm rooms and we've provided the soundtrack for many romantic Valentine dinners.

Reservations for this very popular offering will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Professor Nigro says the annual fundraiser helps support the Chorales international concert tours, including their upcoming trip to Portugal in May.

The Worcester State College Chorale was founded by Dr. Nigro in 1989, who envisioned creating a high-caliber a cappella ensemble for non-music majors. In that year, she auditioned a small group of singers with just such a vision. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Chorale is considered by many to be one of the best choral ensembles in Worcester County.

A highly-polished, semi-professional a cappella choir, the Chorale has gained an international reputation. The group has traveled world wide to destinations such as the Czech Republic, Austria, England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Argentina, Poland, and Greece.

In addition to their tours and campus performances, the Chorale also performs at banquets, weddings, concerts, and various events throughout Worcester and the New England area.


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Weierman Investigates the Case of the Slave-Child, Med
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Karen Woods Weierman (Languages and Literature) calls herself a stealth historian.

With a background in American Studies, she finds that the world just doesn't fit in neat little boxes. Her research requires sleuthing in literary history as well as in legal documents, personal papers and museum collections.

At the moment, Weierman is trying to figure out what happened to Med, a six-year-old slave brought to Boston by her New Orleans mistress in 1836.

In August of that year the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society learned that Med was in the city on her mistress's family visit.  Massachusetts was a free state, and the status of slaves in transit had not yet been settled by the courts.

To be against slavery in Boston during that time was to be an outsider and unpopular. Mobs had broken up meetings of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society the year before. Undaunted, the women went undercover to investigate the Med situation.

They posed as recruiters for a Sunday school class, Weierman said. That got them into the home for tea and conversation. Once there, they noted that Med, a slave girl, was indeed in residence.

Armed with this evidence, the women went to a lawyer, who petitioned for a writ of habeus corpus. A judge granted the writ, and the man who held little Med in custody was brought up for trial.

The court had to decide the connection between geography and liberty, Weierman said. Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that slaves brought to the state by their owners were automatically free.

The ruling did not apply to fugitives. But it did have a broader impact. Judge Shaw's decision was incorporated into the law of almost every free state and a wave of freedom cases followed.

Thus little Med was a free child. She did not, however, have much of a chance to enjoy her freedom. Less than two years after Judge Shaws ruling, she died in the Samaritan Asylum for Colored Orphans. 

The central focus of Wireman's work is what happened to Med during those two years. A legal triumph seems a personal tragedy for one little girl. But was it?

Her 2009-10 sabbatical project is entitled The Case of the Slave-Child, Med: The Geography of Freedom in Antebellum Boston. The research will entail work in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Antiquarian Society, the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the Boston Public Library and the Museum of African American History.

I plan to let the sources determine the scope and structure of this book project, said Weierman, who joined the Worcester State College faculty in 2000.

The book project itself got a boost from a 2008-09 mini-grant from the college.

 Id been invited to present a paper last summer at Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth Century American Women Writers in Great Britain, Ireland and Europe, an academic conference in Oxford, England, she said. The mini-grant made travel to that conference possible.

As she prepared her conference paper on Lydia Maria Childs Political Thought in the 1830s, she discovered Med. 

Conference participants were enthusiastic about the case of Med, Weierman said. Many had heard of her and had lots of questions. They suggested that there might be a book project here.

The case of Med appeals not only to scholars but also to a wider range of people. 

I spoke with about 125 Worcester High School students last April in the Humanities Scholars Collaborative, she said. This group got me really excited about Med and the possibilities of more research about her.

In addition, the Boston Public Library invited her to present her Med scholarship on Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the McKim Building in conjunction with the library's exhibit Right and Wrong in Boston: The Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society, which is open until March 31.

Of course, the story of Med is more than the story of what happened to a freed slave child. Weierman hopes her sleuthing will flesh out the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and its legal actions, the role of the Boston activist black community during this time, the legal careers of the various lawyers and judges involved in the case, and the coverage of the case not only in the anti-slavery press, but also in the mainstream press in Louisiana and the African American press.

I'm looking at this one event from various perspectives, she said. Its a micro history.

To prepare for her sabbatical leave, Weierman is applying for grants to support her archival research.

I'm an archival detective, and I need to make a specific case for why I want access to a particular collection, she said. Having to articulate the project to these various audiences is really valuable.



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    Worcester State College faculty and staff who purchase discounted tickets to the first-ever Worcester State College Night at The Hanover Theatre and opening night of THE RAT PACK IS BACK! on Thursday, March 26 will be entered into a drawing to win dinner for four at Romas, located on Harding Street.

    A portion of all tickets sold will benefit WSC student scholarships. Faculty and staff can buy tickets at the special prices of $52, $42, and $32. (Prices include the restoration and handling fees and a $10 discount.)

    For show tickets, contact Deb Quinn in the Presidents Office at x8020 or debquinn@worcester.edu. Tickets to the pre-show cocktail reception (cash bar) are sold separately at the Alumni Office. For details, call x8141 or send an email to alumni@worcester.edu. The deadline to buy these discounted tickets is Friday, Feb. 27. The winner of the drawing will be announced Friday, March 6.

    WSC alumni and friends can also take advantage of this limited time offer that supports the student scholarship program. Through Feb. 27, $88-, $55-, $45-,
    or $35-level tickets to opening night of THE RAT PACK IS BACK! are available at http://worcester.imodules.com/hanover09 or the Hanover Box Office by calling 1-877-571-7469. (This ticket prices dont include restoration, handling, and order fees.) Tickets at the $88 level include premium seating and the pre-show cocktail reception.

    Details about attending the cocktail reception only or without a premium-level ticket are available at the WSC Alumni Office at alumni@worcester.edu or 1-888-WSC-ALUM.THE RAT PACK IS BACK! transports the audience back through time and space to a balmy night circa 1960 when four show-business legends, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin, converged at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas for the first time. These stars delivered style with substance, swing with swagger, and a non-stop party to which everyone wanted access.

    The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the cocktail reception at 6 p.m.

    Worcester State College will once again participate in the annual Worcester Give A Book drive. The goal of the city-wide book drive is to collect K-8 level books for distribution by the Worcester Public Schools to children who don't have the means to obtain adequate books for summer reading. A number of Consortium institutions participated last year and thousands of books were donated to local students! We continue to have an overwhelming response from the college community each year -- so this year we are starting early. Please bring new or gently used books (K-8 level) to the Public Relations & Marketing Office (Admin Village Room 107). Please also spread the word to your friends and relatives. Books will be collected until Monday, April 13.

    Need a unique gift for someone? Want something they'll remember? The WSC Chorale will sing a birthday-gram for you! A 4-part harmony arrangement of Happy Birthday they will never forget. Price is $15 on campus and $30 off-campus (within 20 miles of WSC). To arrange a birthday gram, call Steve at 508-251-2303 or email wscchorale@gmail.com or rbudzyna@worcester.edu


    Catchers Clinic
    Featuring Rich Gedman - February 20 for ages 9-18
    3rd Annual Sunday Baseball School
    Pitching & Hitting
    1 Hr Sessions from Jan. 25-March 1 for Grades 1-12

    14th Annual Hitting Clinic - February 16-17-18 for ages 8-18.
    8th Annual Pitchers-Catchers Clinic - April 21 & 23 for ages 8-18 
    4th Annual All-Sports Camp - July 27-31 for ages 8-13
    For more info, please call 508-929-8852 or visit wsclancerathletics.com and click on camps and clinics. 


    Worcester State College began as a teachers' college and recognizes that teaching is still at the heart of what we do. Through the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award, students have a public way of acknowledging the role of good teachers in their lives by honoring those who have most inspired them and contributed the most to their success. Today, teaching remains the foundation upon which the integrity of our institution rests. The Center for Teaching and Learning has created this award as a means to provide students and alumni with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge professors who have made a difference in their lives through their teaching excellence. Although one full-time tenured or tenure track professor will be honored annually, the award is intended to honor all educators on our campus who are committed to teaching excellence. All students and alumni are eligible to nominate a full-time tenured or tenure-track professor. For a nomination form, please visit www.worcester.edu/alden.


    The Faculty Development Committee of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. welcomes Edward Nuhfer, PhD, for a workshop, "Affective Domain in the Classroom," on Friday, February 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event from 3 to 4 p.m.
    Faculty members: Did you ever wonder why some classes feel "very average," and some are absolutely tedious and onerous? As educators, we all wish our classes could "connect" with students in ways that make them positive, memorable experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime. One way to accomplish this is to attend to the Affective Domain as it relates to teaching and learning. The Affective Domain refers to feelings that are internally consistent with qualities of character and conscience.

    This event is free to employees and graduate students of Consortium member institutions. The fee for non-Consortium attendees is $40. All attendees, both paying and non-paying, must register online by February 6. Payment by non-Consortium members must be made by credit card through PayPal.  For more information about the workshop click here.


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Holmes the who, not Horton
Telegram & Gazette (1/28/09)
Excerpt: When Worcester States Maurice Horton gets a one-minute blow to catch his breath on the bench, you'd think he ...

Monday, February 2, 2009



Tues., Feb. 3

W.Basketball vs.
Westfield State College
Gym, 6 p.m.

M.Basketball vs.
Westfield State College
Gym, 8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 4

Webcast: Solutions
for the First 100 Days

Ghosh Science Center,
Multimedia Room 102
7 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 5

WSC National Teach-In
on Global Warming

Various Locations

M.Basketball vs.
Becker College

Gym, 7 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6

Consortium Art Show
Opening Night Reception
Aurora Art Gallery
660 Main Street, Worcester
6 - 9 p.m.


Tues., Feb. 10

Michael T. Klare
"The Permanent
Energy Crisis"

Student Center,
North/South Auditorium
11:30 a.m.

Faculty Forum with
Michael T. Klare

Faculty Lounge
2;30 - 3:30 p.m.

W.Basketball vs.
Fitchburg State College

Gym, 6 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 26

"The Power of One Voice - An Activist's Story"
Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:30 a.m.

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