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


Massachusetts Secretary of Education
Paul Reville to Speak at WSC Wed., Feb 25

Angela Davis to Speak at WSC April 1, 2009



UN General Assembly Senior Advisor to
Speak on "Politics of Food" at WSC

Diversity Lecture Series to Present Anti-Racism Activist

WSC to Host Panel of Biomedical, Biotechnology
and Health Profession Companies to Discuss Workforce Needs

Student Government Association to Host 18th Annual Auction
to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need


   Discounted Tickets and a Chance to Win Dinner at Romas

Chorale Auctioning Trip to Portugal

Singing Birthday Grams by WSC Chorale Members

204 Students Invited to Join Phi Eta Sigma

City Wide "Give a Book" Drive

CPR/First Aid Certification

George I. Alden Nomination Deadline Extended - Mar. 1

Grant Lunch Workshops

Information to Pass Along to Students


WSC e-news General Info


Jennifer English, Associate Director of Financial Aid, has been elected to Executive Council of MASFAA (Massachusetts Association of Student Financial
Aid Administrators).

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) will exhibit her lithographs 
in the Field Report, a members exhibition of the Boston Printmakers,
at Hillyer Hall, Jannotta Gallery, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., from February 5-27.
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of its first members show, The Boston Printmakers present this traveling show of representative original prints from across North America. Exhibit hours: M-F 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sa 10:30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Febraury 21, Mark Wagner (IELI) was voted in as president of the Worcester County Poetry Association. Worcester County Poetry Association, established in 1971 by Michael True (Assumption College) and others, continues to publish The Worcester Review and The Issue and hosts many reading and cultural events in the county.  Mark follows outgoing president Elizabeth (Beth) Sweeney (Holy Cross) and invites all to share and take part in the events and publications the WCPA brings to Worcester County.



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UN General Assembly Senior Advisor to
Speak on "Politics of Food" at WSC

David Andrews of World Food and Water Watch, who has recently returned from the World Food Conference in Spain, will present a global perspective on the politics of food at Worcester State College, Wednesday, February 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Center North/South Auditorium. 

Andrews is the senior representative at Food and Water Watch in Washington, DC. He is also the senior advisor to the President of the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations.

This forum is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Intergenerational Urban Institute, the Department of Urban Studies, the Center for Human Rights and the Commonwealth Corps at WSC.


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Diversity Lecture Series to Present Anti-Racism Activist

The Diversity Lecture series presents: "The Power of One Voice - An Activist's Story" with Tammie Schnitzer at Worcester State College, Thursday, February 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge.

Tammie Schnitzer never set out to be a community activist, but as part of one of the very few Jewish families in Billings, Montana, she learned about racism first-hand, and was driven to act. After several frightening anti-Semitic incidents, Tammie acted proactively, and helped shine a light on the hatred aimed her way. She learned about the Power of One Voice, as the community drew together to send the message that bias and intolerance were not acceptable. Join Tammie as she shares her story about her fight against racism in her own community.

This event is a free and open to the public.

The Diversity Lecture Series is sponsored by the Student Center/Student Activities Office, Disability Services Office, Women's Studies, the Counseling Office, and the Student Events Committee.



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WSC to Host Panel of Biomedical, Biotechnology
and Health Profession Companies to Discuss
Workforce Needs

The Consortium Chief Academic Officers Committee will hold a panel discussion entitled "Interfacing Education with the Workforce in Biomedical, Biotechnology and Health Professions Fields," (BBHP) on Tuesday, February 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Worcester State College.

This event will explore the workforce needs of BBHP companies and the resources for educating that workforce. The discussion will outline regional and national workforce development needs and local higher education workforce resources. The following companies are among those invited to present: Abbott Labs, Bay State Medical Center, Biogen Idec, Blue Sky Bio Tech, Bristol Myers Squibb, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Genzyme, Life Science Initiative, Mass. Biomedical Initiatives, St. Vincent's Hospital and UMass Memorial Hospital. (Please note: Registration has closed on this event).



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Student Government Association to Hold 18th Annual
Auction to Benefit the Homeless & Children in Need

Every year approximately 3.5 million individuals experience homelessness. Homelessness does not discriminate. Families with children, single adults, teenagers, and elderly individuals of all races can be found struggling with the devastating effects of being homeless. The Student Government Association at Worcester State College has been fighting homelessness in Worcester since 1991 with the Annual SGA Auction.

Since the first auction, Worcester State College has raised and donated nearly $150,000 to the Mustard Seed and Abby's House. The Mustard Seed Foundation of Worcester provides food and emergency services for the city's homeless and also runs summer programs for children. Abby's house is a local shelter for homeless women. Two years ago, the SGA chose to add a third organization, Sherry's House. Sherry's House is a place where children and their families from all over the Central New England community can come and receive the social, emotional, educational and financial support they need, day in and day out, to overcome childhood cancer. Every item sold at the auctions has been donated by area businesses, families and individuals. All the organizing is done by the students, staff and alumni of Worcester State College.

Through the generosity of donors, SGA raised over $21,000 this past year. This coming year, their goal is $22,000. In order to reach this goal, donations of products, services or gift certificates is vital. If you are interested in donating to the auction, please contact the Student Senate office at 508-929-8655 or e-mail them at sgaauction@worcester.edu.

This year's auction will be held Thursday, March 26, 2009, in the Student Center Blue Lounge. The preview will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the auction commencing at 5:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the auction will be rescheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2009. This event is open to the college community and to the public. 


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    ******LAST CHANCE ******
    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 ext. 8020 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, February 27, 2009.


    The raffle winner will be announced Friday, March 6.


    The WSC Chorale is auctioning off a trip to Portugal, May 18-26.  The trip includes roundtrip airfare, seven night accommodation (double), luxury motor coach and tour guide, all breakfasts, three dinners and sightseeing.  The trip, which is usually priced for nearly $2700, may go for a song!  Bidding begins immediately and goes until Friday, February 27 at 5 pm.  You will be notified if you are outbid before the deadline.  The bidding begins at the reserve amount of $1500.

    All bids should be submitted to Dr. Christie Nigro at cnigro@worcester.edu.  If you would like an itinerary, please let her know at the same email address, or call 508-929-8824.  Existing travelers are not eligible. Bidders should have a current passport.

    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


    Last week letters were sent to 204 students inviting them to join Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for first-year students in all majors. These invitees were either first-year students in the spring 2008 semester or the fall 2008 semester who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Parents of the students have been notified of their eligibility for membership in Phi Eta Sigma. In the six years that Professor Barbara Zang has been chapter adviser, this is the greatest number of eligible students that have been invited to membership. (The usual number is about 150.) Please encourage your students to accept this honor. They will be inducted into the WSC chapter on April 5. Many thanks for the work you do to further their academic achievement.


    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 dont 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, relatives and students. Books will be collected until Monday, April 13.


    The Worcester State College Police Department is currently working with the The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), through its Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), and the American Heart Association (AHA), to improve the chances of survival for those who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest on campus by becoming a designated 'Heart Safe Community'. For more information on what a 'Heart Safe Community' is, please click here.


    As part of this process, we would like to discover who among staff, faculty or students currently hold CPR Certification.


    Please take a moment to complete a brief form at http://www.worcester.edu/Police/Shared%20Documents/CPR.aspx. Completion of the form does not further obligate you in any way.


    If you have any questions please contact:


    David St.Martin,

    WSC Emergency Coordinator



    George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination Deadline Extended: March 1, 2009 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. The nomination form can be found at  www.worcester.edu/alden


    February 24, 2009
    Grant Administration at WSC
    This workshop will cover such topics as setting up an account, initiating a purchase order, hiring, check requests, and reporting.

    March 3, 2009

    Electronic Submissions

    How to make electronic submissions through places such as Grants.gov, ERACommons, NSF Fastlane, etc. will be discussed during this workshop.


    March 10, 2009

    Research Compliance

    We will discuss how human subjects, hazardous materials and other compliance issues relate to grants and what you need to do.


    This is a series of brown bag lunches. All workshops will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Center for Teaching and Learning (Sullivan Room 117). The Center for Teaching and Learning will be providing coffee, tea, and water.


    Please pre-register with Andrea Bilics at:

    Andrea.Bilics@worcester.edu or cteachlearn@worcester.edu



      The Academic Tutoring Center is open Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have students in need of tutoring services please refer them to us. We provide individual & group tutoring, time management and study skills workshops. Please contact us at 508-929-8043/8530.


      15th Annual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference Encourage your students to build their resumes and present their research at this conference. Friday, May 1, 2009 at UMass, Amherst. Featuring presentations on: Thesis Research, Independent Study, Community Service, Creative Work and Study Abroad. Deadline for Applications: Monday, March 2, 2009. For help with your application and more information, go to the conference website: www.comcol.umass.edu/conference or email Josna Rege (WSC campus contact): josna.rege@worcester.edu


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no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

Shrewsbury coach sets goals
Telegram & Gazette (2/19/09)
... in quarterfinals both years, said Ms. Largess, who went on to play two years of college basketball at both Wheaton College and Worcester State College. ...

Visiting Nurse Association Gets Clinical Leader
Worcester Business Journal (2/17/09)
Puccetti, a registered nurse, has undergraduate degrees from Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College. She is now pursuing her nurse ...

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Monday, February 23, 2009



Mon., Feb. 23

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "The Road to War"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 24

Community Based
Organization Forum

Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

W. Basketball vs. MCLA MASCAC Quarterfinals
Gym - 7 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 25

The Politics of Food, an
International Perspective

Student Center,
North/South Auditorium
2-4 p.m.

Mass. Secretary of
Education Paul Reville

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3:30 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 26

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

The Marijuana High
and How It Works:
Cognitive and Brain
Ghosh Science Center,
Room 102
11:30 a.m.


Consortium Art Show
Aurora Art Gallery
660 Main Street, Worcester
Art Show ends on Feb. 27


Mon., Mar. 2

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "Dunkirk"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.

Tues., Mar. 3

Battle of the Student Chefs

Lancers Loft Cafe
Student Center (3rd Floor)
5-7 p.m.

Mon., Mar. 9

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.

Mar. 16 - 20

Spring Break
No Classes, Offices Open

Mon., Mar. 23

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "The Battle of the

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.

Music and Social Change:
Pete Seeger: The Power

of Song

Student Center, Blue Lounge
7-9 p.m.

Tues, Mar. 24

Diversity Lecture Series:
"Overcoming Depression
and Achieving Your Dreams:

A Hollywood Success Story"

Student Center, Blue Lounge
11 a.m.

Thurs., Mar. 26

SGA Auction
Student Center, Blue Lounge
4:30 p.m. Preview
5:30 p.m. Auction

WSC Night at Hanover
Theatre Opening Night of
The Rat Pack is Back

Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts -
2 Southbridge St., Worcester
7:30 p.m.

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