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Groundbreaking Data to be presented
from Health Care Study

WSC to present Advertising Consumer
Debt and the Credit Card Industry

Worcester State College completing largest
Solar Panel Installation in City



WSC to Honor Local Hunger Advocate with Lecture Series

Annual New England Undergraduate Research
Conference in Sociology to be held at WSC



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Lisa Krissoff Boehm was featured in an article in the Grand Rapids Press and interviewed for the Grand Valley State University NPR affiliate about her new book, Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration, which releases this month.  It is published by the University Press of Mississippi. 

 “This book by Lisa Krissoff Boehm offers an engaging and informative account of the great migration of peoples, attitudes, and skills in mid-twentieth-century America. Even more importantly, her portraits of women and their own words make for one of the most empathetic and revealing histories of domesticity, private lives, and public policies. This book is a must-buy for scholars, academic libraries, and all others interested in the words of women charged with holding many different families together.” —Susan Tucker, author of Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers and Their Employers in the Segregated South

Margaret "Peg" Bouchard (Education) was recently honored with the Celebrate Literacy Award on April 3, 2009, at the Massachusetts Reading Annual Conference held in Sturbridge, Mass. This award was given jointly by the International Reading Association and the Massachusetts Reading Association for Exemplary Service in the Promotion of Literacy and is given to only one individual in the state of Massachusetts each year. The award was presented at the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators Leo F. Hanley Luncheon. The award was presented to Peg by Terrie Marr, International Reading Association State Coordinator for her outstanding work in partnership with college students, Chandler Magnet School and Why Me? Sherry’s House as well as additional work done through a service learning grant. Professor Bouchard also helped to set up the Afterschool Program at Chandler Magnet School where WSC education students in ED 343 work in the program assisting and encouraging students to choose, read, critique and recommend trade books for the children at Why Me? Sherry’s House. Peg is to be commended for her on-going and tireless efforts to increase literacy among children across the state.

Dennis Brutus is a recipient of the War Resister's League's (WRL) 2009 Peace Prize (www.warresisters.org). The WRL is one, along with Amnesty International USA (Dennis is a board member), and the American Friends Service Committee, with which Dennis worked over the years on global human rights

Steven H. Corey (Urban Studies), Patrick O’Connor (Education), and Kevin Fenlon (Counseling Services) participated in the 2009 Humanities Scholars Collaborative held at Worcester State on Wednesday, April 1. The theme of this year’s program was “Americans’ Response to Crisis: Past, Present, and Future.” The Humanities Scholars Collaborative brings honors students from high schools throughout central Massachusetts to colleges in Worcester to hear faculty presentations and discuss topics with each other. Professor Corey presented "Garbage in the Sea: Water and the Waste Disposal Crisis in American History."

Fortunata Songora Makene (Sociology) was featured in The Radiant newspaper
(an independent newspaper published monthly in Worcester focusing on the African communities of Worcester) March 2009 edition (Community News). She was interviewed about the Kitchen Party: A rite many Tanzanian women pass through on their way to marriage.

On Monday, April 6, Maureen Power (Urban Studies)  attended  the Interactive thematic dialogue of the United Nations  General Assembly on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food. Maureen now shares this paradigm shift from Food Aid to the Right to Food with her class, Food For Thought. She was invited by Dave Andrews, the special advisor to the President of the General Assembly Rev. Miguel d”Escoto. Dave Andrews was the featured speaker at WSC on Feb 25. His talk  “The Politics of Food: an International Perspective” was well received  by a standing room only crowd. Dave Andrews was most impressed with WSC students and their  interest and attention to this issue. He enjoyed meeting the intergenerational Commonwealth Corps members and connecting with them around their hunger project.

Henry Theriault (Philosophy) delivered a paper titled, “The Albright-Cohen Report:  From Realpolitik Fantasy to Realist Ethics,” as part of a symposium presenting evaluations of the recent Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policymakers, the final report by the Genocide Prevention Task Force co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. The symposium was co-organized by the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (a division of the Zoryan Institute), and the editors of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.  The symposium was held on March 13, 2009, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. On March 15, 2009, Professor Theriault gave a talk titled, “The Challenges of Genocide Denial,” at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Mass.

The Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. held its third annual "Celebration of Higher Education in Central Massachusetts" on Monday, April 6. At the event two Worcester State College students received a Community Engagement Award.  Students Kathy Rutledge and Spencer Dismore carried out a service learning project entitled "Building Caring Communities Book by Book" that inspired Chandler Magnet School children to become readers and share their joy in reading with children at Sherry's House Shelter. The students work not only engaged students at the Magnet School in establishing a passion for reading and a critical engagement with the act of reading, but also offered them the experience of serving others in the community.

Worcester State College Department of Nursing is pleased to announce that our 2008 National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for 2008 was 98%: 44 out of 45 candidates qualified for licensing after their first time taking the examination. WSC is 6th highest among the 45 nursing programs in Massachusetts. The 2008 national pass rate for all nursing programs was 86.7%.

Entry into the practice of nursing in the United States and its territories is regulated by NCLEX which is a national examination. This exam is to ensure public protection measuring the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse R.N. We had a strong graduating class for 2008 and anticipate similar results for our 2009  graduates.  


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WSC to Honor Local Hunger Advocate
with Lecture Series

Congressman James McGovern, chair of the Hunger Caucus and co-chair of the Congressional Hunger Center, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Worcester State College Cyrus Topol Memorial Lecture, Wednesday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m., in the Student Center Blue Lounge.  "Cy Topol served his country, his family and his community with such dedication and humor," said Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley.  "We are proud to honor his life through this lecture series."  

“Cy” was a staunch advocate of hunger prevention and he was actively involved in volunteering at Rachel’s Table for many years. In addition, he collected food from local vendors to distribute to Rachel's table and the Mustard seed--often bringing family members along to help continue the tradition of alleviating hunger. 

As an elder student, he enjoyed participating at WSC and frequently attended the forums hosted by the Intergenerational Urban Institute. He served as chair of the Worcester State College Elder Advocates Program and received the Salute to Seniors Award from the City of Worcester in 1999.  He also received the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Worcester Democratic Committee in 2000 and was presented with a Key to the City. 

Cy served in the U.S. Navy as a Gunner's Mate First Class on the USS Missouri, which was assigned to the Pacific campaign and received five medals and three battle stars for his service.  He was an eyewitness to the signing of the Japanese surrender onboard the ship anchored in Tokyo Bay.

"He enjoyed sharing his ideas with people of all ages"" said Dr. Maureen Power, Executive Director of The Intergenerational Urban Institute.  "We are honored to join with Cy’s daughter, Carole Orland, in celebrating his legacy of hunger awareness through this lecture series," said Power.



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Annual New England Undergraduate Research
Conference in Sociology to be held at WSC

The Annual New England Undergraduate Research Conference in Sociology will be hosted by the Department of Sociology at Worcester State College on Friday, April 17, from 8:30-4:30 pm at various location in the Student Center and Sullivan.  This conference provides a great opportunity for students in Sociology and the Social Sciences to share their work with each other.  More than 40 students from New England colleges and Universities will present their work at the conference. The conference provides a nurturing and supportive atmosphere for students to present their first professional paper.  The keynote address will be Bob Zellner (you can see his stuff at website:  http://www.bobzellner.com/index.cfm)

Bob Zellner has a new memoir out about his life in the civil rights movement (first white field secretary for SNCC). He will share his life story about being a sociology undergraduate at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and getting an assignment to do on race relations. He and his friend in the class decided to go to MLK's church and meet with him--which they did. He and his friend got suspended for having visited a black church. Bob was also a graduate student in sociology at Brandeis University while still working for the movement.



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Telegram & Gazette
Students Kathy Rutledge and Spencer Dismore initiated Building Caring Communities Book by Book and inspired Worcester’s Chandler Magnet School..

Monday, April 13, 2009



Mon., Apr. 13

BBC History of WWII Film Series: "D-Day-Reflections
of Courage"

Sullivan, Eager Aud. Rm 146
Free and Open to the Public
6 p.m.

Music and Social Change
featuring Corey Dolgon

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the public
7 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 15

Blood Drive
Student Center, Exhibit Area
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free t-shirt and register
to win Red Sox tickets

Cyrus Topol Memorial Lecture,
"Ending Hunger Together"

w/special guest
Congressman McGovern
Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
2 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 16

Immigrant Workers in
Mass. Health Care Industry

Student Center, North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
8 - 10:30 a.m.

Sut Jhally presents
"Advertising Consumer Debt
and the Credit Card Industry"

Sullivan, Room 125
Free and Open to the Public
4-5:15 p.m.

Sut Jhally presents
"Occupation of the
American Mind"

Ghosh Science Center, Rm 102
Free and Open to the Public
7-8:30 p.m.

Opening Night -
Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or Purchase
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission

Fri., Apr. 17

State Colleges Graduate Research Symposium
LRC - Various Locations
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Day of Silence
Student Center, Exhibit Area
12-3 p.m.

Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or Purchase
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission

Sat., Apr. 18

Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or Purchase
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission

Sun., Apr. 19

Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
2 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or On Sale
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission


Student Art Show
Open Wed. & Thurs., 3-5 p.m.
Show runs until Apr. 30th
Free and Open to the Public
Ghosh Science Center,
Art Gallery (1st Floor)


Mon., Apr. 20

Patriots Day Holiday
College Closed

Mon. Apr. 27

Music and Social Change:
Movie -
The Singing Revolution
Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
7 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 29

Celebration of Scholarship
and Creativity

Student Center (various locations)
Free and Open to the Public
3:30-5:30 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 30

Academic Achievement
Awards Ceremony
Mechanics Hall
6 p.m.

Sun., May 3

15th Annual Scholarship Tea
Student Center, Blue Lounge
3 p.m.

Mon., May 4

Student Recital Workshop
Sullivan Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
2:30 p.m.

Wed., May 6

Classes End

Thurs., May 7

Reading Day

Fri., May 8

Exams Begin

Sat., May 9

Bon Voyage/Mothers Day
Chorale Concert

Our Lady of the Angels Church
1222 Main Street, Worcester
$10 general admission/
$5 students and elders
7:30 p.m.

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