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WSC Voted "Best College" for the
4th Time by Worcester Magazine

WSC Faculty and Student Scholarship on Display

Worcester State College Scholarship Tea to
Honor James and Maryanne Kenary



WSC Spring Musical a Hit with Over 800 Tickets Sold

Theatre Class to present Student Directed Ten Minute Plays





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Steven Barkhimer (adjunct, Visual and Performing Arts) is the recipient of the John Cauble Award for Best Short Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his play, A Hard Rain. A Hard Rain was selected as the Region One winner for the 2009 Festival in January, which sent it on the National Festival as one of eight plays from around the country. The John Cauble Award comes with membership to the Dramatist Guild and publication of the play by Samuel French, Inc.


The Biology Department has recently published a research article in the journal BIOS published by Beta Beta Beta the national biological honor society.  Several students and faculty participated in this research project during a two year period. Ellen Fynan, Meagan Hunt, Philip Dowling, Jensen Auguste, Adrienne Smyth and Peter Bradley are co-authors of "Natural antibiotic resistance of bacteria from a peat bog at Poutwater Pond, Holden, Mass."  BIOS 80(1) 2-13:  2009. This research effort was supported by faculty mini-grants to Ellen Fynan and Peter Bradley.

Janice Huff and Carrie Whyte, students in the Worcester State College Community Health Nursing Program, have recently completed the Nurse in Washington Internship Program.

The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) is sponsored by the Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA). This program provides nurses with an opportunity to learn advocacy strategies to advance issues of importance to professional nursing and public health through the legislative and regulatory processes. NIWI participants are given an opportunity to learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with nurses from across the United States, and visit members of Congress.

Carrie Whyte has distinguished herself as an expert clinician, an adjunct professor of Parish Nursing at Anna Maria College, and as a visionary leader in hospice care.

Janice Huff is a nationally certified Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses who is an emerging leader in her professional organization, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society.

Margaret Kerr (Chemistry) was featured in an article, Green Chemistry in the Heart of Massachusetts, in the May issue of The Nucleus (Northeast section of American Chemical Society).

Erika Sidor's (Public Relations & Marketing) photography has been accepted into three exhibitions: ARTSWorcester Biennial 2009 (showing from April 16 - May 29 at the Aurora Gallery, 660 Main Street, Worcester); a juried exhibition at the Nave Gallery in Sommerville (opening May 7); and at the Women Authors in New England event at WPI on April 27.



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WSC Spring Musical a Hit with Over 800 Tickets Sold

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts congratulates the cast and crew of The Pirates of Penzance, the Spring play produced by Worcester State Theatre and Worcester State Music.  Pirates enjoyed a successful run this past weekend, with over 850 tickets sold for the four performances, April 16-19. 

Scott Gagnon, the respondent from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, attended the Sunday performance and spoke with the cast and crew afterwards. Two nominees, Ruby Pontbriand and Ryan Purcell, were selected for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Audition competition to be held at the KCACTF Region One Festival at the University of New Hampshire in January, 2010.  In addition, Thomas Rene Brennan and Derek Sylvester were selected as Irene Ryan alternates.




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Theatre Class to present Student
Directed Ten Minute Plays


On Monday, May 4, seven student directors will be presenting an evening of
10-minute plays beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Sullivan Auditorium. Come support these talented young directors and their casts in the presentation of their final projects for Worcester State Theatre Directing class.  Free and open to the public.


Anything for You by Cathy Celesia

Directed by Johnny Sanderski


Ho Ho Ho by Joseph Sorentino

Directed by Emily Chestna


Outlaws by E.H. Wasserman

Directed by Emily Kiesiner


The Wedding Story by Julianne Homokay

Directed by Kelly Sheen


The DMV One  by Nick Zagone

Directed by Lynn Ranahan


Moses by Alan Brody

Directed by Lauren Cook


Oral Report by Jack Neary
Directed by Derrick Willand


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With finals and the end of the semester rapidly approaching, don’t forget to remind your students to visit the Worcester State Tutoring and Academic Success centers. The centers are available to any student who may need extra help. Remind those who are in danger of failing that they can always go to the centers for guidance. The centers are open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Tutoring Center thanks you for your help.


Athletics will be hosting their All Sports Camp from July 27-31. The camp is open to kids ages 8-13. The aim is to teach the essentials of the many sports: baseball, football, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, track, stickball, and soccer. Kids are separated into groups of their own age. Each camper is taught the fundamentals of each sport through a series of talks, demonstrations and drills. Games are played each morning and afternoon. Campers leave a harder worker, with better skills, and more confidence. All sessions are designed for individual improvement. Camp structure allows equal time for instruction and enjoyment. Kids have a blast! Click here for a brochure or call Coach Dirk Baker at 508-929-8852.


 Be an activist and help reduce mental health stigma!

"Stigma results in fear, mistrust, and violence against people living with mental illnesses. Stigma prevents people from receiving needed mental health services. Stigma is a barrier and discourages individuals from getting the help they need due to fear of being discriminated against." -SAMHSA

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Timothy P. Lojko
Institutional Security Officer II
Campus Police

Revathi O’Neal

Clerk IV
Registrar’s Office

Jason L. St. Amand
Institutional Security Officer II
Campus Police

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Campus Notes
Telegram & Gazette (4/22/09)
Many area players were honored at the Worcester Area College Basketball Association awards banquet held Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester. Some of the female players who attended included,...Worcester State’s Alexis George. The men included... Worcester State’s Maurice Horton...

MacDonald, Collins compete for Board of Health seat
Marshfield Mariner (4/21/09)
Collins was born in Worcester and went to Worcester State College, where he majored in health studies. He has lived in Marshfield four years, ...

Applications up for volunteerism
MetroWest Daily News
Excerpt: Lyford is a Worcester native - and Worcester State College graduate - who has spent the past year coordinating service projects with the United Way of ...

Acclaimed poet Brutus, 84, honoured
Weekend Post - Port Elizabeth, South Africa (4/21/09)

Excerpt: He has been invited as a “writer in residence” to the Worcester State College in the US between June and August, where he will assist young writers. ...

Worcester State College gets solar energy system
Telegram & Gazette (4/15/09)
“Solar panel-wise, it’s nice to be the first,” said Robert P. Daniels Jr., Worcester State College’s associate director of facilities and environmental ...

Worcester schools go green
NECN.com (4/14/09)
Excerpt: Solar panels being installed on the roof of the learning resource center at Worcester State college is the latest ...

Our Ancestors Were No Swingers
Science Now (4/13/09)

Excerpt: To try to get a leg up on the issue, Jeremy DeSilva, an anthropologist at Worcester State College in Massachusetts, filmed wild chimpanzees as they scaled ...

Early Humans Were Poor Climbers
Live Science (4/13/09)
The evidence: Early humans lacked the ankle structure that assists chimps in climbing, according to anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva of Worcester State College ...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009



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.

Celebration of National
Poetry Month

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


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)


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.

Evening of Ten Minute Plays
Sullivan Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
7:00 p.m.

Tues., May 5

Retirement and Employee
Service Recognition
Celebration & Reception
Student Center, Blue Lounge
3 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.

Thurs., May 14

Class of 2009 Nurses
Pinning Ceremony
Sullivan Auditorium
6 p.m.

Fri., May 15

Graduate School
Hooding Ceremony
Student Center Blue Lounge &
Sullivan Auditorium
Click here for more info

Sun., May 17

Click here for details

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