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

Wed., Feb. 17, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


Pop Music Historian Tom Ingrassia to speak
on "Motown and the Civil Rights Movement"
at Worcester State College

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Mark Wagner (Adjunct, English) has recently published The Immediate Field with VDM Verlag. The Immediate Field is a series of interlocking, historical essays about how we have understood the gestures of face and hands and eyes. The book explores how these understandings relate to education.

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Save the Date: "Meeting David Wilson: A Conversation about Race in America"

David A. Wilson, as a 28 year-old African-American journalist, traveled deep into his family's past to find the answers to America's racial divide. His journey resulted in the feature length documentary "Meeting David Wilson," which he wrote and co-directed. In researching his family's ancestry, David learned of a plantation in North Carolina where his family was once enslaved, and subsequently discovered that the plantation is owned today by a 62-year-old white man - also named David Wilson - who is a direct descendant of his family's slave Master. This discovery leads to a momentous encounter between these two men who share the same name, but whose ancestors were on the opposite sides of freedom. In his interactive, multimedia lecture, David shows pivotal moments from the film, including his conversations with the white David Wilson, and discusses the state of race relations today, how we got here -- both literally and figuratively
-- and where we're headed. Sponsored by Student Center/Student Activities, Disability Services and Flagship Bank.

George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination Deadline Extended

Worcester State College began as a teachers' college and recognizes that teaching is still at the heart of what we do. Through the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award, the College has a public way of acknowledging the role of good teachers in students? lives by honoring those who have most inspired them and contributed the most to their success through teaching excellence.

Today, teaching remains the foundation upon which the integrity of our institution rests. The Center for Teaching and Learning has created the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Awards as a means to provide the College with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge professors who have made a difference in students' lives through their teaching excellence. Although two full-time tenured or tenure-track professors will be honored, the award is intended to honor all educators on our campus who are committed to teaching excellence.

All students, alumni, and faculty are eligible to nominate a full-time tenured or tenure-track professor. No self nominations will be accepted. Since this award is designed to honor professors whose teaching makes a difference in the lives of our students, we ask nominators to reflect on the aspects of teaching that comprise excellence through the criteria listed below.

A committee comprised of student, alumni representatives, and faculty will review and judge the nominees' materials in time for commencement in May, at which time the faculty members selected for the two awards will be honored. Please join us in celebrating the culture of teaching excellence on our campus through your faculty nomination. The nomination form can be found at

WSC Student Wins Competition to Sing with Broadway Stars at Hanover Theatre

Ashley Beck (middle) is pictured with Composer/Lyricist Neil Berg and Broadway Actress/Singer Rita Harvey.

Elementary Education major Ashley Beck was selected as the winner in Neil Berg's Singing with the Broadway Stars contest for the Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway performance at Hanover Theatre on February 14. Ashley was invited to sing on stage during the concert finale with five Broadway stars. She sang the female solo in "Seasons of Love" from Rent.

Ashley writes, "It was the most amazing time of my life! I have been in many shows but this one tops it. Neil did an amazing job producing this show--and everybody at the Hanover Theatre was wonderful to all of us. I will continue to peruse my dream of being on Broadway. I hope to someday be an inspiration to the young kids that Broadway is the best. I have always loved all of the Broadway songs from a very young age, many of my friends didn't understand my love for the live Broadway shows. The more I kept singing and winning competitions such as this one they are beginning to understand.

Outside of being a full time student at Worcester State College, I have run local summer classes with the youth of my town to inspire them by having "Broadway Kids Singing Workshops." They love it! It was so nice to hear Neil talk about getting youth involved."

Check out Ashley's YouTube audition video for some of her amazing performances.

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DGCE 2010 Summer I and Summer II Semester Dates

Summer I - Begins May 24 - Ends July 2
Summer II - Begins July 6 - Ends August 13

The DGCE Office hopes to begin the registration process using a tentative target date of March 8th. We encourage students and faculty to watch the college homepage for a link to summer. When the link is up, we have started the registration process.

Sweatshirt Sale and Baked Goods Sale for Haiti Relief
The Criminal Justice Club is currently selling hooded sweatshirts. The sweatshirts are grey, with the WSC logo and the words "criminal justice" on the front. The back has an image of the "scales of justice" with the quote "If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us." The sweatshirts cost $25 ($30 if you want a name on the sleeve). You can sign-up and pay for your sweatshirt in the Criminal Justice Department office (LRC 120). Payment can be either cash or check. If paying by check, please make the check payable to SATF and place "WSC CJ Club" in the memo. The last day to purchase sweatshirts is March 1st, 2010. Half of all proceeds go to support the WSC Haiti Relief Effort

The Criminal Justice club will also be selling baked goods on February 25th in the Sullivan building. Half of all proceeds go to support the WSC Haiti Relief Effort.

Auction Raffle for Red Sox Tickets
The 19th Annual SGA Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need in holding a raffle for two (2) bleacher seats in Section 36, row 24 to see the Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers on Thursday, April 22 at 7:10 p.m.

Raffle Ticket Prices:
1 ticket--$3.00
2 tickets--$5.00
5 tickets (1 book)--$10.00

Drawing will be held the night of the 19th Annual SGA Auction: Friday, March, 26,2010. All Proceeds will benefit the Mustard Seed, Abby's House, and Sherry's House. Get your tickets from Josh Katz in Residence Life (WH-104)or Andrea Wamboldt in the Academic Success Center (A-119). *NEED NOT BE PRESENT AT DRAWING TO WIN* Go to for more info on the auction.

Lancer Baseball Team Notes
Members of the baseball team volunteered at the 16th annual Hitting Clinic February 15-17 for kids ages 8-18. This is the longest running event of its kind in Central Mass. The team also had its best-ever semester in the classroom in the last 15 years. Seventeen of 32 players earned a 3.0 GPA or higher (eight made the Dean's List) and finished with a cumulative GPA of 2.92. They open up the 2010 season at perennial power William Paterson University in NJ (two-time National Champ) on March 6.

2010-2011 Scholarship Directory Online
Please let your students know that they can visit to get 2010-2011 academic scholarship information. This site features the scholarship donor profiles and criteria, application and essay forms, helpful hints, and more. The directory currently features more than 100 named scholarships offered for the 2010-2011 academic year. (Students can click on the Available Scholarships button to check them out.) 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. To be eligible for consideration, students must complete an application and individual essay for each scholarship they apply for and submit them to the Financial Aid Office by Thursday, April 1. The application and essay forms can be downloaded at For more information, students may contact the Financial Aid Office at 508-929-8056.

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**Please Note - Links to online articles may
no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

WSC given $206k grant

Worcester State College has received its first research grant from the National Institutes of ...

Love is in the air on Valentine's Day

The couple met as students at Worcester State College in 1955. Outside the campus library while walking up Elm Street, they began chatting, which ultimately ...

From the Region

Low- to moderate-income taxpayers are eligible for free tax help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Worcester State College. ...

Catherine and John Stover

They met rather accidentally at a hockey game between the University of New Haven and Worcester State College when a wayward puck flew into the Worcester ...

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Wed., Feb. 17

"Motown and
the Civil Right

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.


Mon., Feb. 22

Service Learning 101
Sullivan 122
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Humor for Haiti
featuring Jeff Havens

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

$2 suggested donation
7-8 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 25

David Wilson:
"A Conversation
about Race in

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Joystick Soldiers:
History and future of
video games, pop
culture and
the military

Ghosh, Room 102
3-4:30 p.m.


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