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

Mon., March 8, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


Student Run Auction Looks to
Raise $24k for Local Organizations

Massachusetts Pledges to Significantly Increase College Completion by 2020

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On February 28, Catharine Street (left), Alissa Routhier (right), and Emily Dennsted (middle), three students from the laboratory of Professor Brad Bryan (Biology), presented their research findings at a poster session for the New England Science Symposium held at Harvard Medical School. Among the notable personalities that our students had a chance to meet and converse with were the Director of Undergraduate Research for the National Institutes of Health, the Director of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Dean of Medicine from the University of Connecticut.

Richard Bisk (Mathematics) has been named to the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. Professor Bisk will be serving on the Teacher Development Subcommittee which will focus on training, recruitment, and retention.

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WSC Student Nurses to Host
Dresses That Cure Event

Dresses that Cure and the Student Nurses Association at WSC are collecting gently used dresses to benefit local cancer outreach and education programs. All dresses, including proms, bridesmaid, wedding, cocktail, semi-formal, business and casual dresses (children to adult sizes) are being collected. Shoes, evening bags, jewelry, shawls, etc are also being collected. Look for boxes on campus or in the department of nursing.

On Saturday, March 13, from 1-4 p.m., a Dresses that Cure event will be held in the Blue Lounge in the Student Center. It will be open to the public. Dresses and accessories will be for sale with proceeds going to local cancer outreach and education programs.

WSC Student Receives Community Engagement Award

The Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. presented its annual Community Engagement Awards as part of community-based learning workshop held at Clark University on March 2.

Jenkins Macedo was recognized for contributing over 200 service hours in the fall working with children of African refugees and immigrants as a mentor for the African Children Education Organization (ACE). Jenkins also inspired his fellow students to be involved in some of the causes he was working on for their Social Change course such as Teach Someone About Refugees Day, a clothing drive for ACE Children and a letter he wrote to the Mayor of Worcester concerning the placement of refugee students within the Worcester Public Schools. Jenkins came to the U.S. as a refugee himself where being involved in programs like ACE has helped him succeed.

Community Engagement Awards were presented to students from Consortium member institutions that provided exemplary service to their communities within the last year.

Photo: Jenkins Macedo (right) is pictured with Dr. Randy Stoecker, professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who facilitated the workshop.

WSC Faculty to take part in Local Poet's Three-Day Centenary Celebration

The Worcester County Poetry Association will be hosting The Charles Olson Centenary from March 24-27. This celebration of the poet's 100th anniversary of his birth will include workshops, film, performances and a symposium. Mark Wagner, (English) serves as the program chair for the event and will be moderating the workshops along with Stephen Gilson, Jonathan Blake, and Ken Gibbs also of the English department.

The closing event on Saturday, March 27, will take place at 7 p.m. in the WSC Fuller Theatre. This event is free and open to the public and includes a performance by Ed Sanders, a presentation of Olson's Apollonius of Tyana and music by Bob Jordan, Mark Wagner and Adam Zelny. If you are interested in registering for the conference or would like to find out more, click here.

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Mental Health Workshops

The Counseling Center will be sponsoring the following Mental Health Workshops open to faculty, staff and students.

"Anxiety in College: You are not alone"
Wednesday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, Fallon Room
This workshop will focus on the common stressors that college students experience that create anxiety. Participants will learn both long and short term ways of coping.

"Surviving a Loss"
Wednesday, March 24, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Center, North Aud.
Here's an opportunity to explore what it's been like for you after someone who matters to you - a friend, a grandparent, another relative, even a pet that has passed on. Learn about typical grief reactions, and also some strategies that have helped others. If you have some pictures, you may want to bring those along too.

H1N1 Flu Vaccine Available at Health Services
WSC-Student Health Services has a limited amount of H1N1 Flu vaccine available. The vaccine is available at this time to any Worcester State College student. Please call, 508-929-8875, to schedule an appointment for the H1N1 Flu vaccine in Student Health Services, Room 209, Gym Building. There is no cost for the vaccine.

Tickets on Sale for Spring Play
Tickets are now on sale at the Fuller Theater box office for Worcester State Theatre's production of TARTUFFE. A scathing satire on religious charlatans, set against the background of greed, stupidity, and sexual hijinks, TARTUFFE is considered one of the greatest comedies ever written. TARTUFFE, by Molière in a translation by Richard Wilbur, runs April 15-17 at 8 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. in the newly renovated Fuller Theater, 2nd floor Admin Building. Students $7, Seniors $10, General $14. Box office hours for Spring 2010 are: Monday 12:00-3:00 p.m.; Tuesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Wednesday 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m./2:00-3:30 p.m.; Thursday 1:00-3:30 p.m.

ACS Relay for Life Coming to WSC
The American Cancer Society is looking for committee members and teams to help make the first Worcester State College Relay For Life a HUGE success. Come along and find out how to be a part of the fight against cancer. The first meeting will be held March 3 at 3pm in S220. If you can't make the meeting, you can join or start a team at
For more information, call 508-270-4638 or email

Hunger Hurts Food Drive
Worcester Local First and Fallon Community Health Plan are teaming up for a community-wide campaign to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank. Worcester State College is a drop-off site with boxes near the Student Center Info Desk and the lobby of the Administration Building. Non-perishable food items will be accepted March 1 through April 3.

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Family ties bring joy of sport home

Bri Flanders knows. A senior basketball player at Div. III Worcester State College, Bri harbors no professional delusions, and believed last week she could keep

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Tues., Mar. 9

Lecture featuring
Debra Davis,
Transgender Educator,
Author, Activist

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Wed., Mar. 10

Photo Op with World
Series Trophies

Student Center,
One Lancer Place
(Near Food Court)

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$2 per person

Thurs., Mar. 11

Chasing Childhood
Student Center,
North/South Aud.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 13

Dresses That
Cure Event

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1-4 p.m.
Open to the Public


Mar. 15 -19

Spring Break:

Tues., Mar. 23

Joan Hecht presents
"Journey of the
Lost Boys"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Fri., Mar. 26

Jarvis Green
Autograph Signing

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Have a Heart
Auction Preview

Student Center
Blue Lounge

5-6 p.m.

Have a Heart Auction
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6 p.m.

Tues., Mar. 30

"Women in Politics:
Igniting the Leader
within Me"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

10:30 a.m.


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