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College to Hold 33rd Annual Nurse Pinning Ceremony

WSC to Recognize Master's Degree Grads
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Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Holds 2009 Induction Ceremony

SGA Auction Exceeds Goal, Raises $23k for Three Local Shelters

Over 20 WSC Students Participate in 15th Annual
Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference


Free Household Electronics Recycling Event

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Summer All-Sports Camp

Girls Basketball Summer Camp

May is Mental Health Month



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Christina Bebas (Education) lead a three hour long workshop, "Get Lost in Japan," on April 28 for Professional Development Teachers. The workshop allowed teachers to become immersed in the Japanese Culture in order to learn about the schools, teaching practices, and customs of Japan through Ms. Bebas’experience as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher (JFMF) Program. The JFMF Program, which is sponsored by the Government of Japan, provides U.S. educators with fully-funded study tours of Japan in order to increase the understanding between the people of Japan and the United States. The educators who participate in the program share their experiences with fellow Americans upon return to the U.S. 

The “Get Lost in Japan” Workshop included a presentation of Ms. Bebas’ experiences in Tokyo, Nagasaki, and Unzen, Japan. She discussed Japan schools, Americans’ misconceptions about Japanese culture, and delved into such topics as school curricula, industry, history, and religion. 

Through the workshop, teachers will have hopefully gained a better understanding of Japanese Culture and acquired the knowledge and skills to go back to their classrooms and implement a unit on Japan.

Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) has published her new book, Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration (University Press of Mississippi, 2009.)  Boehm presented a poster on the book at the Worcester Colleges Consortium Research Event on March 26, and gave a talk at Schuler Bookstore in Grand Rapids Michigan on April 7, and a talk at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on April 9. On April 20, Boehm spoke at the Worcester Women’s History Project Research Celebration at Assumption College.  On April 6, an interview was broadcast on Grand Rapids Public Radio about the book.  She has also been granted support from the American Antiquarian Society for picture and document research on The American Urban Reader: History and Theory, which Boehm is co-editing with Steven Corey (Urban Studies).

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) provided a presentation at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  The presentation was focused on regulation, compliance and fraud in the pharmacy and pharmaceutical industries.  In attendance were students in the Masters and Doctor of Pharmacy programs from both the Worcester and Manchester, NH campuses.  Professor Morreale also presented at the 2009 Compliance Institute of the Health Care Compliance Association in Las Vegas, NV.  Professor Morreale presented “Cost Conscious Compliance: Promoting Integrity and Maximizing Results with Limited Resources.”  Attendees included Health Care Compliance Officers, Internal Auditors, Medicare and Medicaid regulators, Corporate Attorneys, Medical Directors, Health Care Attorneys, Nursing Managers and Billing Compliance Mangers.

Franklin Rosenberg, Catherine Milkowski, and Joan Safford, all students in UR 103 Introduction to Women’s Studies, gave talks based on their oral history research at the Worcester Women’s History Project Research Celebration at Assumption College, Monday, April 20. Their oral histories, part of the Worcester Women’s History Project oral history initiative, will be archived at the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, at Harvard University.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) will have her first New York solo show “Segments” at Kouros Gallery from May 14 –June 1. The opening reception for the artist will be on Thursday, May 14, 6-8 p.m., Kouros Gallery, 23 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021, telephone 210-288-5888.
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A paper by Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Visual and Performing Arts), titled “Adel Abdessemed: Human Gestures, Political Realities,” has been accepted at the Southeastern College Art Conference for the annual conference in Mobile, Alabama, in October. The panel addresses how artists respond to social issues. This paper examines Abdessemed’s attempts to navigate the troubling and sometimes absurd collisions of the vulnerabilities of human bodies with larger historical forces, in this case the conflict that originate in the Middle East. Like much of the best contemporary political art, his work avoids polemics for an exploration of the complexities and nuances of the present moment.




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Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society
Holds 2009 Induction Ceremony

The Worcester State College Lambda Kappa chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society held its 2009 induction ceremony last Thursday.  This year’s inductees have demonstrated leadership and scholarship while balancing academics, family, professional lives and community involvement.  

The following students were inducted at this year’s event: Jean Paul Ahearn, Debora Franco, Golda Guella, Cindy Krainski, Justin Leroux, Nguyen Nguyen, Megan Oliver, Joshua Sawyer and Linda St. Germain. Also inducted, but unable to attend the ceremony were Bonita Decker, Rudi Hauptmann, Timothy Johnson, Susan Olson and Reagan Savas. 

Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society the recognizes students who attend a significant number of classes during the evening and who earn a grade point average of 3.7 or higher after 30 credits or more at the college.  Dr. Bobbi Kyle, Chapter Councilor and Associate Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education and Dr. William H. White, Associate Vice President for Continuing Education and Outreach and Dean of the Graduate School, presided over the event. 





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SGA Auction Exceeds Goal, Raises $23k
for Three Local Shelters

Despite the economy, the Worcester State College Student Government Association (SGA) hosted their 18th auction on March 26th in a standing-room-only Blue Lounge and exceeded their goal of $22,000. Donations continued to come in after the auction and on April 27 the auction chairs presented all the proceeds to three local shelters.


Representatives from the SGA presented $23,079 among the Mustard Seed Foundation, which provides food and emergency services for the city’s homeless; Abby’s House, a local shelter for homeless women and Sherry’s House, a place for Central New England families of children with cancer. 

The auction was made possible by a group of volunteer students, staff, and alumni of Worcester State College. All of the items for the auction are donated by area businesses and families. Auction chairs are Lindsay Durell, Melissa Greenlaw, and Elizabeth Rooney. The Auction Advisor is Andrea Wamboldt.

SGA is a student run government organization at Worcester State College that serves as a delegate for the entire population of undergraduate students. SGA serves as the primary advocate of students’ rights and is involved with forming the College policy.



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Over 20 WSC Students Participate in 15th Annual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference

On Friday, May 1, 22 Worcester State College students traveled to UMass Amherst to participate in the 15th Annual Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference—the biggest one yet, with 550 students from all over the Commonwealth. WSC students gave individual and group poster presentations and  delivered talks, describing their projects and responded to questions articulately and with great enthusiasm.

Eleven faculty members from five different departments sponsored the student presentations, many of which  had grown out of research conducted in independent studies.

The Chemistry Department put forward the largest number of students, with Cooper King, Ryan Knihtila, Jason Kost, Christina Lovell, Wyatt Merrill, Lucas Miller, Margaret Nguyen, and Patrick Sargent all giving poster presentations sponsored by Professor Eihab Jaber. Also from Chemistry, Keith Dusoe gave an oral presentation, sponsored by Professor Meghna Dilip. Jessica Sargent and Adham Chebbani presented a poster under the guidance of Professor Margaret Kerr. Poster presentations by Hawa Fall and Ericca Lucht were sponsored by Professors John Goodchild and Jeffry Nichols respectively.

Three English majors gave oral presentations: Karl Hartshorn, Steven Smyth, and Lori Stokes, sponsored by Professors Josna Rege, Kenneth Gibbs, and Sharon Yang respectively.

Economics major Katie Seller also gave an oral presentation, sponsored by Professor William O’Brien.

Communication students Paraskevi Berdos, Lauren Burgess, Christopher Hanks, and Ilyse Sugar gave a joint poster presentation under the guidance of Professor Carlos Fontes.

From the Geography Department, Dariusz Chlebica gave a poster presentation, sponsored by Professor Douglas Frink.

Professor Josna Rege, Department of Languages and Literature, served as the WSC campus contact for the conference. Thanks to all the participants, students and faculty alike, who made extraordinary efforts at an extremely busy time of year, and congratulations to the graduating seniors.


Top photo (l to r): Christina Lovell, Jessica Sargent, Keith Dusoe, Margaret Nguyen, Adham Chebbani; Bottom photo: Professor Carlos Fontes, Paraskevi Berdos, Ilyse Sugar, Lauren Burgess, Christopher Hanks. Photos by Josna Rege.



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WHERE: Worcester State College, First Floor of the Parking Garage
    Rain or Shine—Drive Through and Drop Off

WHEN: Friday, May 15 from 1-5 p.m.

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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 (dbaker1@worcester.edu).


The WSC women's basketball team will be hosting their 13th annual Girls Basketball Camp, July 20-24 for girls ages 7-16. The coaching staff and players are committed to providing campers with personal attention to improve their fundamentals, and develop their skills and teamwork during game situations. Kids leave camp with improved skills, enthusiasm and motivation for basketball! Click here for a brochure or call Coach Karen Tessmer at 508-929-8769 (ktessmer@worcester.edu).


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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Monday, May 11, 2009



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

Free Household Electronics
Recycling Event

1st Floor Parking Garage
1-5 p.m.

Sun., May 17

Click here for details

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