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

Mon., February 8, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


WSC Awarded $206K NIH Grant
for Cancer Research

Dr. Kweisi Mfume Urges Students to Define Themselves as part of the Third Annual Courageous Conversations Series

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Linda S. Larrivee (Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Emily S. Maloney (M.S., SLP '05) authored a chapter entitled "Individual Differences in Underlying Oral Language Competencies Associated with Learning to Read: Implications for Intervention." The chapter appears in the book Perspectives on Individual Differences Affecting Therapeutic Change in Communication Disorders edited by Amy Weiss and published by Psychology Press (2010, pp. 107-130). Larrivee and Maloney's chapter focuses on the complex linguistic and cognitive processes involved in reading acquisition and how deficits in certain areas of these processes impact an individual's ability to learn the phonological awareness, decoding, and comprehension skills necessary for skilled reading. The chapter also details implications for individualizing instruction for those who struggle with reading acquisition.

Susan Seibel (IELI) and Katey Palumbo (International Programs) gave a presentation on November 20th at the MACIE Conference (Massachusetts Council for International Education). The presentation was titled "What's a Pediatrician Doing Working at Dunkin Donuts?" "How Do we get the Pediatrician Fully Employed?" ...Runways to Professional Licensure." There is a tremendous need for programs that provide access to professional positions/licensure for non-native English speakers who possess credentials and experience in their native country. Susan and Katie shared their project: "Runways to Professional Licensure" which identifies the most commonly held professions by immigrant professionals and the resulting product, the Professional Licensure Guide. The guide contains the top 20 professions and outlines the necessary steps to gain licensure/certification in Massachusetts.

Adam Zahler (Visual & Performing Arts) is directing students at Clark University in Naomi Wallace's play, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. This striking and poetic work, set during the Great Depression, centers on two teenagers who plan to play chicken on a railway trestle against a 153 ton train. The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek is a powerful portrait of the destruction force that economics can have on families and individuals. The play runs Feb. 10 ? 20, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 at the Little Center, Michelson Theatre, Charlotte St. Worcester. For information call 508-793-7356.

Professor Zahler also attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 held at the University of New Hampshire January 26 - 30. As a member of the directing team, he participated in the selection of students for the directing competition and helped to organized that aspect of the Festival. Professor Zahler conducted a workshop called The Director's Dialectic: Effective Director/Actor Communication. The approximately 100 students attending the workshop were introduced to a Socratic technique of questioning by a director to help actors understand their characters, delve deeper into scenes and empower the actors as collaborators with the director. On the evening of January 28, Zahler directed the staged reading of MIA (Missing in Action) by New York playwright Bruce J. Robinson. He also served as host and moderator for Broadway Director David Wheeler Answers Your Questions. Wheeler, who founded and ran the famed Boston Theatre Company of the 1960s, worked with young up and coming actors such as Spaulding Grey, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner, Jon Voigt, Robert di Niro, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino.

Six Worcester State College students performed scenes at the 42nd Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1 at UNH Jan. 26-30. Emily Chestna, Ruby Pontbriand, and Ryan Purcell were nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition. Accompanying them were their scene partners Johnny Sanderski, Zack Brachman, and Jessica O'Brien. Emily Chestna was nominated for her performance as Cherie in Bus Stop (Fall 09), and Pontbriand and Purcell for their performances in The Pirates of Penzance (Spring 09). While there, the students participated in workshops. Johnny Sanderski also participated in the staged reading of a play by New York playwright Bruce Robinson.

Seven Worcester State College students have had their work accepted into the Sixth Annual Student Consortium Art Show at ARTSWorcester. Anastasia Caras won an Honorable Mention for her Untitled (mixed media).Other student work accepted into the show include Jacqueline Amarante, Untitled (photography), Alisha Connors, Portrait (work on paper), Lindsay Durrell, Untitled (mixed media), Darysobel Lopez, Untitled (photography), Malgorzata Malkowska, Monopoly (photography), and Lacey Rodgers, Untitled (photography).

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Find out about SNOW DAYS via
Email, Pager, Text, Cell

Worcester State College has selected Communicator! NXT as the automated emergency notification system to send simultaneous alerts to students, faculty and staff within minutes in the event of crisis, disaster or a campus closing due to inclement weather.

The e-mail address for all students, faculty and staff is automatically imported into the emergency notification system. Each faculty and staff's WSC phone number has also been imported into the system. Your Worcester e-mail address remains as the primary/default address in the system.

Multiple Contact Options: You have the option of modifying your profile so that the system also sends emergency messages to your other modes of communication (i.e. cell phone). The information you provide will only be used for the Emergency Notification System. It will be kept private and confidential, and not shared with any other entities.

Go to to update your profile with your cell phone, pager or personal Email addresses.

Please Note: The information you provide will only be used for the Emergency Notification System. It will be kept private and confidential, and not shared with any other entities.

For the full inclement weather policy, please visit

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Thai Students Conduct Research on
Campus Through Exchange Program

Four students from the exchange program between WSC and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok were on campus from October through the end of January to work on their senior research projects.

This was a collaborative project between Dr. Margaret Kerr (Chemistry) and Dr. Supawan Tantayanon at Chulalongkorn. The students joined Dr. Kerr's research class, Fundamentals of Chemical Research (CH 495) in the fall with nine other WSC students. The four exchange students then continued on the project after the semester ended.

Dr. Kerr and the exchange students are working on a project titled "Synthesis of Greener Polymers." The purpose of the work is to make photoactive polymers that have solubility in water. These can be used for photo resists and other types of applications that would require this type of property. Water solubility is important as it saves having to 'etch' the polymer in production with an organic solvent (also known as VOC's). Once the polymer is manufactured and turned into the desired form, it is then irradiated with UV light to make an insoluble polymer that still retains the photoactive properties.

Funding for the project came from the mini grant program and equipment was purchased by the Stoddard grant.

The work that was done by the Thai students and WSC students will be presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco in March. Dr. Kerr currently has three WSC students working on the project as independent study.

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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

2010-2011 Scholarship Applications Now Available
Please spread the word to your students. It's time for students to apply for Worcester State College's 2010-2011 academic scholarships. This year's directory features more than 100 named scholarships. They are available to a wide variety of class years, majors, backgrounds, and interests, as well as varying levels of academic success and financial need. Please tell your students that they can learn more by getting their very own copy of the 2010-2011 scholarship directory at the Financial Aid Office. It is also available online at To be eligible for consideration, students must complete an application and individual essay for each scholarship they apply for. Applications and essays are due to the Financial Aid Office on Thursday, April 1. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 508-929-8056.

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Business People

Worcester State College of Worcester ( has named Charles Cullum Ph.D. as provost/vice president for academic affairs, effective July 1. ...

Art proves to be child's play

College participation is coordinated each year by Catherine Wilcox-Titus, assistant professor of art history at Worcester State College. ...

School looks to Far East for math skills

"Mathematics by nature is highly sequential," said Richard Bisk, chairman of the math department at Worcester State College in Massachusetts, ...

Worcester Center for Crafts has a new lease on art

As part of its reorganization, the center formed a partnership with Worcester State College. Donnelly served as a professor of education at WSC for more ...

Former head of NAACP urges critical eye

Mr. Mfume was at the Sullivan part of the college's Courageous Conversations series.

A life honored for dedication to doing right

... she told me shortly after retiring from her position as director of diversity and affirmative action officer at Worcester State College last month. ...

Be my friend...then vote for me - How social media are changing political campaigns

"It's one of several tools in the political arsenal, but you can't rely on it alone. And if you don't use it in a professional or ethical way it could be a disadvantage for a campaign," says Frechette.

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Tues., Feb. 9

Women's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

6 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 13

Ice Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

7:30 p.m.


Mon., Feb. 15

President's Day:
No Classes,
College Closed

Tues., Feb. 16

Dunya Mikhail,
Iraqi Poet

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1 p.m.

Inclusion of Special
Needs Students in
the Classroom

Sullivan 306
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 17

Tom Ingrassia
presents "Motown
& the Civil Rights

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

5:30 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 18

Ice Hockey vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Horgan Rink,
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 20

Women's Basketball
vs. Salem State

4 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Salem State

6 p.m.


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