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

Mon., January 25, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


Kweisi Mfume to Address "Obama's America: Where do we go from here?" at Third Annual WSC Courageous Conversations Lecture

Worcester State College Reaches Out
to Haiti Earthquake Victims

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Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) was cited as a Notable Nurse in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Nursing Spectrum. Professor Chalupka received a $897,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Health for Healthy Homes for "All: Improving Children's Health in Diverse Communities." The research will address environmental health issues arising in areas with a concentrated immigrant population and older substandard housing.

Professor Chalupka also presented three papers at the 137th Annual Meeting American Public Health Association. The papers presented at scientific sessions of the meeting were:

"Strengthening the Capacity of Public Health Nurses and Other Health Professionals Serving Minority and Low-Income Communities to Better Identify, Manage, and Prevent Environmental Health Risks"

"Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water: A Pilot-tested Online Learning Module"

"Core Action Strategies for Public Health Professionals to Decrease Contributions to Climate Change" (co-presented with John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor for Public Health at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

The APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.

Professor Chalupka's research was supported by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) has served as the guest editor for the the first special issue of The Journal of Urban History devoted to teaching urban history. She also contributed the introduction to the volume and the article "Adding Gender to American Urban History." See the Journal of Urban History, Vol. 36, No.1, 56-67 (2010).

Abstract: Urban history can be merged with other history subfields to create intriguing amalgamations that work well as the subject for college classes. In this article, the author explores the intellectual journey that led her to combine urban history and women's history, both in her own research and in her college classroom. The intricacies of the class "Gender and the City," are explored, including reading assignments, a courses exercise in mental mapping, and class participation in a community oral history project. Oral history proves to be an extremely malleable assignment, even when rigorously following the Oral History Association guidelines, and the methodology befits many kinds of urban history courses. Key Words: gender and urban history, oral history, women's history, mental mapping

Maria G. Fung (Mathematics) gave a talk at the national Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Francisco "A First Year Seminar on Exploring Data for Social Change" in the session MAA Session on Mathematics, Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice. See here: Search for Fung.

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Scholarship and Creativity

The annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity has become one of the highlights of the academic year. Plans are already underway for the 2010 event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 28. The celebration will showcase student and faculty work conducted between May 1, 2009, and April 28, 2010.

The project submission form for the 2010 celebration is available by clicking here.

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Chorale Singing Valentines

For those seeking a unique and unforgettable way for cupid's arrow to strike this Valentine's Day, the Worcester State College Chorale offers performance of an a cappella Singing Valentine. Singing Valentines may be booked at any location in the Worcester area at any time of day during Valentine's Day weekend February 12, 13, and 14. The Chorale will go to the location at the designated time and serenade the loved one with 2 love songs, deliver 3 roses and provide a personalized card. Trade in teddy bears and heart-shaped boxes for this unique Valentine's Day gift. Cupid's arrow may strike on a perfectly harmonized musical note by the WSC Chorale. To book a Singing Valentine, please contact Nicole Raczynski at 774-200-3056 or email

Got Clothes? *Clean out your closet*Save money
*Be green*Help raise money for WHM

On Saturday, February 13, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Worcester Historical Museum(WHM) will be holding a clothing swap event to benefit exhibits at WHM.

Admission is $3 for those who donate clothes; $5 for others.

How to donate: please deliver all clothes to WHM from February 1-10. Museum hours: Tuesday thru Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or bring your items before the swap on February 13 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Women's clothes and accessories only; clothes must be laundered and in excellent condition; full length mirrors will be provided; all remaining clothes will be donated to a local charity.

For more information and to arrange a clothing drop off, contact Vanessa Bumpus at 508-753-8278 x109.

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People on the Street: 01-21-10

Asked at Worcester State College - "How do you think President Obama has done during the first year of his term?" Photos by Matt Wright - WSC senior/Worcester Magazine Intern.

Worcester inauguration highlights

Also performing at the event was the Worcester State College Chorale,
under the direction of Christie Nigro.

Inauguration photos by Worcester Magazine, featuring the chorale, click here

Grab the umbrella

A student walks across the Worcester State College campus under the cover of an umbrella as rain fell this morning. (T&G Staff/DAN GOULD)

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Tues., Jan. 26

American Red Cross
Blood Drive

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WSC Chorale Auditions
Sullivan Aud.
7 - 8 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 28

One Poem
Barbara Pilon
Seminar Room,
Sullivan 305

3 - 5 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs.
Fitchburg State

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
Wheaton College

7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 30

Women's Basketball
vs. MCLA

3:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. MCLA

5:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs.
Westfield State

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

7:30 p.m.


Tues., Feb. 2

Dr. Kweisi Mfume
Sullivan Aud.
7 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 4

Ice Hockey vs.
Salem State

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 6

Women's Basketball vs. Framingham
State College

3:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs.
Plymouth State

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

4:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Framingham
State College

5:30 p.m.

Art Exhibition
Opening Night

ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery
660 Main St.
Worcester, Mass

6-9 p.m.


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