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


Worcester State College to Honor Philanthropists
and Community Leaders at 2009 Commencement



Payroll Deduction Simplifies Giving to Faculty/Staff Campaign

Colleges Wins Honorable Mention for
Admissions Viewbook and Radio Spot


Mini Grant Allows Nursing Students to Better Assist Patients with PDAs


Colleges of the Worcester Consortium Career Fair

CPR/First Aid Certification

Grant Lunch Workshops

Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Program

Borders Bookstore Education Appreciation Week

WSC e-news General Info



Douglas Frink (Visiting Professor, Physical and Earth Sciences) has just published two co-authored chapters in the Proceedings of the 12th Annual Meeting of the European Archaeological Association in Cracow, Poland, September 2006. The book, titled The Baden Complex and the Outside World, explores new work on the stone age to bronze age transition in central and southeastern Europe. The first article by Prof. Frink and his colleagues frames the central themes of the conference; the chapter is titled “Problems in the Archaeological Legacy:  The TRB/Lengyel-Baden Conundrum.”  The second article, “The Earthen Long Barrow of Dzban, Moravia, Czech Republic, and its Implications for the Interaction between the Nordic Funnel Beaker and the Southern Baden Culture,” examines the construction and taphonomic processes affecting long barrows and their implications for archaeological interpretation.

Chief Rosemary Naughton participated on a panel for the Worcester Consortium conference titled Promising Practices:  “Addressing Alcohol Use and Abuse in the College Population.” The conference was held at The College of Holy Cross on February 20, 2009. The panel discussed  “Building /Sustaining Successful Campus – Community Collaboratives.” Other panelists included Lieutenant James Johnson from Worcester Police Department and Judith Robinson, assistant dean for student development, Boston College. In the afternoon Chief Naughton and Lt. Johnson held a workshop with area college and local police departments to discuss pooling resources and working together with the college population to help reduce the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts)  will be representing Worcester State College at the Dual Action exhibition at Jewett  Art Center Gallery, Wellesley College. Dual Action is an invitational exhibition which highlights work by printmaking faculty from schools in New England. The exhibition title references the double creative lives that faculty lead as independent artists and educators. Works in the exhibition represent the diversity of both traditional and contemporary techniques of printmaking including etching, lithography, silkscreen, digital print media, monotypes and more.

Opening Reception: Wed., March. 18, 5:00-7:00pm
Exhibit Dates: March 2-29, 2009
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:15am-7pm, Weekends 12-5pm

Participating Schools:
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Boston University
College of the Holy Cross
Framingham State College
Franklin Pierce University
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Mount Holyoke College
Plymouth State University
Rhode Island School of Design
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Smith College
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of New Hampshire
University of Connecticut
Wellesley College
Worcester State College

Jewett Gallery, Art Department, Wellesley College,106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA, 02481 Website: http://www.wellesley.edu/Art. For more information, contact Gallery Director Clara Lieu at 781-283-2056 or at clieu@wellesley.edu

On February 23, Adam Zahler (Visual and Performing Arts) directed a staged reading of the play Darwin At Down as part of the New Voices at New Rep series. Darwin At Down, written by Gino DiIorio, theatre chair at Clark University, focuses on Charles Darwin’s decision to publish his “Big Book” and the illness of his daughter Anne. New Repertory Theatre of Watertown hosts the series as part of their initiative to help the development of new plays.



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Payroll Deduction Simplifies Giving
to Faculty/Staff Campaign

It is not too late to participate in the Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign’s special faculty/staff campaign, which is being co-chaired by Francis “Tuck” Amory, Carol Donnelly, Elaine Dukes, and Carolyn Dumais. Payroll deduction is a simple way to give to this campaign and support such programs as student scholarships. If you set up payroll deduction to give $5 per pay period, for example, then you would give a total of $130 per year. Oftentimes outside funders, particularly foundations, ask about a college’s internal support when they consider making a large gift.
This is one more reason the co-chairs would be pleased to see faculty and staff participation double by the conclusion of this special campaign on Thursday,
April 30.  

“Giving to WSC through payroll deduction allows me to set my preferences for where I want my donation to go and not have to worry about paying one more bill,” says Associate Professor of Business William O’Brien Jr. ’84, Ph.D. “Giving becomes part of my routine pay advice, and every two weeks, I get that glow that charitable contribution researchers say givers get when donating to desirable organizations. Setting up a payroll deduction plan is an easy and painless way to donate so that WSC students receive scholarship assistance. Of course, I can always give more through special fundraisers if needed, but payroll deduction never forgets to give.”

Sign up to give via payroll deduction by April 30 and your name will be entered in two drawings for a free iPod Shuffle, a $50 gift card to Jumpin’ Juice & Java, a $25 gift certificate to Roma’s, located on Harding Street. (Drawings will be held on Friday, May 1). Get your Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign packet, including a payroll deduction form, by contacting Christina Petruzzi at ext. 8872 or cpetruzzi1@worcester.edu.

Photo:  Associate Professor of Business William O’Brien in the classroom



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College Wins CASE Award for
Admissions Viewbook and Radio Spot

CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, has awarded Worcester State College two District I 2009 Communication Awards.

An honorable mention was received for the "You Found Your Place: Academic Strides Radio Spot" produced by Davis Advertising as well as an honorable mention for "You Found Your Place: Viewbook," also produced by Davis Advertising.

CASE District I Communication Awards recognize outstanding achievement in higher education, independent school, and non-profit organization communications. Judges assess overall design, content and writing, and use of photography, graphics, and technology.

CASE will present the awards in March at its northeast regional meeting in Boston.


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Mini Grant Allows Nursing Students to
Better Assist Patients with PDAs
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

One of the best kept secrets in American health care today is the amount of health care families provide for ill family members.

“Patients are discharged from the hospital with so many unmet needs,” said Maryellen Brisbois, an instructor in the Worcester State nursing department. A community and public health nurse herself, she supervises nursing students in the community nursing rotation who visit families in central Massachusetts and a 400-square-mile area that stretches into Connecticut. 

“These students need to be able to access a wealth of medical information quickly and efficiently,” she said. This is information they probably don’t have in their heads.

Enter the PDA.

PDAs are hand-held reference devices that enable users to check for up-to-date information quickly at the point of patient care.

A 2008-09 mini-grant from the college enabled the nursing department to purchase 14 PDAs loaded with seven software programs. These include medical information databases, laboratory standards data, nursing procedures and a Spanish-English dictionary.

Last fall, WSC nursing students used PDAs to check possible drug interactions, drug side effects and other technical aspects related to patient care during skilled home visits and community clinical settings.

“Other nurses in the community health setting were drawn to these devices,” Brisbois said. “They’d ask our students to look things up for them.”

At least two of the 11 senior students who used PDAs last fall have purchased their own PDAs. They’ll be on the cutting edge of nursing informatics as they enter the job market.

An American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2002 report encouraged nursing programs to incorporate technology in their education of the next generation of nurses, Brisbois said. Technology can enhance patient safety. Elderly patients, for example, often take many medications. The possibility of drug interactions is immense.

Teaching opportunities exist in the home setting that can be enhanced with immediate access to current data, she added.

The goal of the mini-grant project was to make nursing students comfortable with using PDA technology. Using a survey instrument developed at Kent State University, Brisbois learned that getting used to using the PDA was problematic for some. Others reported that the cost of the device, about $500, kept them from using it. “They didn’t want to lose it,” she said.

In general, students liked the devices. “Everything was there when they needed it,” Brisbois said.

This spring semester, 13 juniors in the medical-surgical and pediatrics rotations in hospital settings are using the PDAs, to which software for those specialties was added. These students seem to have quickly adapted to the devices.  

Brisbois, who is in her second year of full-time teaching at Worcester State, is also a full-time doctoral student in the nursing program at UMass-Worcester. Although she is pleased with the results they’ve gotten so far from the PDA experiment, she cautions that the PDA can’t solve every problem.  

“We can’t prepare students for everything they’ll face in a community nursing setting,” she said. Reflecting on the situations that her students may face as they visit patients in their homes, she added,  “It can be overwhelming, but having current information at your fingertips can help smooth the transition.”



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    Faculty, please let your students know about this upcoming career fair.
    Wednesday, March 25 at the DCU Center Ballroom, 1-4:30 p.m.
    All majors and class years are welcome--there will be something for everyone! 100 organizations including: Amica Mutual Insurance Company, IPG Photonics Corporation, John Hancock, MEDITECH- Medical Information Technology, Inc, Staples, Inc, Target, UMass Medical School, UPS and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc (Y.O.U., Inc.). For more info, visit


    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



    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 annual WSC Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Program will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Each year retiring faculty and staff along with employees marking their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 year anniversary are recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Human Resources Department. This event is free and open to the college community. Formal invitations will be sent in the coming months. To see a list of those who will be recognized, click on this link (PDF). If you feel there is an error in the list, please contact Carol Faron at ext. 8666 as soon as possible.


    Borders bookstore will be hosting their Educators Appreciation week from
    March 19 - 25. Current and retired educators can save 25% off list price of books, CDs, DVDs and more* on purchases for personal and classroom use. *May not be combined with sale pricing; coupons; or corporate, classroom, or other group discounts.  Excludes previous and online purchases; all electronics, including the Sony Reader and the Zune; gift cards, periodicals, comics, non-stock special orders; and shipping.  www.BorderStores.com


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**Please Note - Links to online articles may
no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

City hires new superintendent
www.keepmecurrent.com (3/2/09)
He earned a master’s in education and a bachelor of science degree from Worcester State College, and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame ....

'Tough' teaching climate
Telegram & Gazette (2/26/09)
Excerpt: Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville spent most of his talk at Worcester State College yesterday urging new and prospective teachers to challenge and remake their profession, but Worcester State senior Shannon K. Fitzpatrick had a more immediate worry: “What is the climate for me to be hired?” she asked the secretary.

Windham-Bannister Advocates for Intern Funding
Worcester Business Journal (2/25/09)
Excerpt: Tuesday at Worcester State College, she told those attending a panel discussion on workforce and education concerns related to the biomedical, ...

Integrating education with the life sciences workforce
www.cowc.org (2/24/09)
Excerpt: The Consortium Chief Academic Officers Committee sponsored a timely panel discussion entitled "Interfacing Education with the Workforce in Biomedical, Biotechnology and Health Professions Fields," on February 24 at Worcester State College.

Bound for camp: Parents need to prepare kids
for their first summer sleepaway adventure

Lowell Sun (2/23/09)
First, determine whether your child is ready, said Stephanie Chalupka, a professor of public health medicine at Worcester State College.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009



Thurs., Mar. 5

Women's Studies Conference
Student Center, Blue Lounge
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 7

The Vagina Monologues
Student Center, North/South Aud.
7-9:15 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

Sat. Mar. 21

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Thomas College
WSC John Coughlin Stadium/


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.

Wed., Mar. 25

WSC Baseball vs.
Albertus Magnus College

WPI - Alumni Field
100 Institute Road, Worcester
3:30 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 26

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

WSC Women's Lacrosse
vs. Rhode Island College

WSC John Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

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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