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

April 20, 2010 

SHORTCUTS:
News
Noteworthy
Around Campus
Research
Announcements
In the News



NEWS:

WSC Names Colonel Marian J. McGovern
as 2010 Commencement Speaker



WSC Research and Scholarship On Display:
Cancer Research, Wind Farms and Heart
Health Among Topics



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NOTEWORTHY:

"Majority Rule: The Dynamic Tension Between Majority and Minority" was the theme for the 2009-2010 Humanities Scholars Collaborative (HSC) that met at Worcester State College on April 7. One hundred and twenty high school students convened in the North/South Auditorium for a discourse with faculty on different approaches to this year's theme. Chair of the Philosophy Department Professor Kristin Waters (Philosophy) addressed current healthcare reform in her presentation, "J.S. Mill, Lani Guinier and the United States Congress" drawing on concepts of procedural justice found in Guinier's landmark book, The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy.

Director of the Commonwealth Honors Program Professor Lisa Boehm (Urban Studies) spoke about "Rosie the Riveter: Race, Gender and Industry during WW II.? Boehm drew on her research about African Americans in Michigan to explore minority representation as laborers. Both Professors Boehm and Waters are HSC veterans and longtime contributors to the program. The organizers from the Worcester Public Schools, Gale Nigrosh and James Hedlund, were delighted to welcome newcomer, Professor Tona Hangen,(History and Political Science), who engaged with the students on the topic, "On the Wrong Side of History - Taking Sides in School Desegregation, 1954-1976." Hangen used photographs and paintings to explore issues of perspective in writing history.

The Humanities Scholars Collaborative helps to prepare students from the region for college studies, and provides an opportunity for the colleges to recruit local students by showcasing our faculty teaching and research. The HSC, now in its 14th year, is a local and growing grass-roots initiative that brings together a team of high school teachers of American history/culture and students from eleven area school districts. The group visits four college campuses over the academic year: The College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Worcester State College and Assumption College.


The students and faculty of the OT Department at Worcester State College were recognized and thanked by the Worcester Public School Committee meeting this week for their generous donation following the unfortunate vandalism attack on the Belmont Street Community School earlier this year.

The occupational therapists of the Worcester Public Schools have been generous in allowing WSC students to shadow and participate in fieldwork experiences and by offering their knowledge and experience through guest lectures. The OT faculty and students wanted to reciprocate in whatever way they could.

Since nearly one third of practicing occupational therapists in the USA are employed by facilities providing services to children, and a great number of these are with public schools across the nation, WSC OT is acutely aware of how necessary various materials are to instruction and acquisition of skills applicable to school and extra-curricular activities. Hearing of the destruction of even the most basic items, the students were motivated to collect funds which were then matched by the Department faculty. Students raised $241, mostly from personal donations, and faculty matched this to garner a total of $500 which was been sent to the WPS Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Brian Allen.

The OT students and faculty are hopeful that this money will make a small dent in the need to replace so many items for the benefit of the children and staff of the Belmont Street Community School; we also trust that the staff of the Worcester Public Schools will be able to restore not only the physical contents of the school but also its spirit and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.


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AROUND CAMPUS:

Chorale Performance of Missa Gaia, May 1


Mark your calendars now for a rare treat to be presented by the Chorus and Chorale of Worcester State on May 1. They will be performing Missa Gaia/Earth Mass: A Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth by Paul Winter, Jim Scott, Paul Halley and friends. The performance will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Irving Street in Worcester (corner of Pleasant and Irving) at 8 p.m. on the evening of May 1.

Missa Gaia, written in 1981, has become a classic work for twentieth century choruses, and draws from the Classical, Jazz, Gospel and New Age styles. The piece is written for SATB Chorus, instrumental ensemble of pipe organ, oboe/English horn, cello, soprano sax, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and the sounds of the Alaskan Tundra Wolf, Humpback Whale, Loons and other animal voices, and solo tenor and mezzo-soprano.

If you want to hear something entirely different and inspiring, you should not miss this performance. This work should be of special interest to all interested in saving our planet and who love nature. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students and elders. They are available at the door, or in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. For tickets of more information email: cnigro@worcester.edu.



WSC Students Take to the Stage with Moliere's Comedy Tartuffe

Worcester State Theatre's Spring 2010 production, TARTUFFE, played to
443 people in five performances this past week. Included were 24 students and 4 teachers from Burncoat High School, who attended a special High School matinee at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 16, followed by a discussion with the cast and the creative team. To view a slideshow of images from the production, click here.


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RESEARCH:

Graduate Nursing Student Selected as
Paul Ambrose Scholar

 
Bet Key Wong, a graduate student in the Department of Nursing, has been selected as a 2010-2011 Paul Ambrose Scholar. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Through the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program, Bet has received a grant to address low health literacy skills and promote collaboration between health care workers, literacy educators, and community organizations to improve health outcomes in the city of Worcester.

As part of her participation in this highly-selective program, Bet will travel to Washington, D.C., to attend a leadership symposium which provides skills-based training by leaders in public health. Past speakers have included Surgeons General, public health officials, industry experts, and veteran public health practitioners.

Through her year as a Paul Ambrose Fellow, Bet will implement her grant funded, community-based health education project. Bet will be mentored in her research project by her sponsor Dr. Stephanie Chalupka.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Unique Mother's Day Gift

Are you looking for a unique gift for Mother's Day that she will never forget? The Worcester State College Chorale offers Singing Mother's Day Telegrams. The Chorale will serenade the most important woman in your life with two love songs a capella, beautiful spring flowers and a personalized card. Please contact Bethany Fiske at bfiske@worcester.edu for scheduling and pricing.

Relay for Life at WSC Cancelled
The Relay for Life event scheduled to take place at WSC on April 23-24 has been cancelled. The American Cancer Society and Clark University have extended an invitation to anyone interested in taking part in the relay to join them at the Clark University Relay for Life, April 23-24 at 6pm.

Student Art Exhibit on Display Until April 29
The WSC Student Art show is a selective show of the best student artwork, juried by Visual and Performing Arts Department faculty ? Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Stacey Parker, and Susan Fisher. Over 100 students are represented and the show reflects their outstanding work in the past academic year. All media are represented including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, multimedia work, photography, and installation work. The Gallery will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 p.m. until April 29 or by appointment. For the month of May the Gallery is open by appointment only. Contact Catherine Wilcox-Titus cwilcoxtitus@worcester.edu or Stacey Parker sparker1@worcester.edu.

Children's Day
Wednesday, April 21, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
North/South Auditorium, Student Center
The event is open to everyone.

Activities of the day:
Arts and Crafts
Pizza, Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Movie: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Commuter Services at 508-929-8672. Sponsored by: Commuter Services, SEC, CAB, Student Ed Association and the Student Center/Student Activities Office

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WSC IN THE NEWS:

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College Town


Worcester State College has named Col. Marian J. McGovern as speaker at the school's May 16 commencement. Col. McGovern began a three-decade career with the ...


Not today, taxpayers

Worcester State College accounting major Timothy Auger of Rutland asks Barbara O'Handley of Paxton about one of her tax documents....


Brockton's Lucier keeps on winning for
Worcester State baseball team


Worcester State College pitcher Joey Lucier of Brockton ... top pitchers in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference for Worcester State College ...

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Wed., Apr. 21


Children's Day
Student Center,
North/South Aud.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Rhode Island College

Holy Cross Field
1 College St.
Worcester

4 p.m.




Thurs., Apr. 22

Student Art
Exhibit on display

Ghosh, First Floor
1-4 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Becker College

Lake Park/Tivnan
Field, Hamilton Street
and Lake Avenue
Worcester

4 p.m.

Softball vs.
Becker College

Doubleheader
Rockwood Field
5 p.m. & 7 p.m.




Sat., Apr. 24

Baseball vs.
Framingham State

Holy Cross Field
1 College St.
Worcester

Noon & 2:30 p.m.




 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Apr. 27


Student Art
Exhibit on display

Ghosh, First Floor
1-4 p.m.

Softball vs.
Fitchburg State

Doubleheader
Rockwood Field
5 p.m. & 7 p.m.




Wed., Apr. 28

Celebration of
Scholarship
& Creativity

Gym Building
3-5 p.m.




Thurs., Apr. 29

Student Art
Exhibit on display

Ghosh, First Floor
1-4 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Fisher College

Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.
Worcester

4 p.m.




Sat. May 1

Baseball vs.
Bridgewater State

Doubleheader
Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.
Worcester

Noon & 2:30 p.m.

Softball vs.
Bridgewater State

Doubleheader
Rockwood Field
Noon and 2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Castleton State

Coughlin Stadium
1 p.m.

Missa Gaia
Chorale Performance
All Saints
Episcopal Church
10 Irving St.
Worcester

8 p.m.







 


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