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

April 26, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


WSC Selected as a "Green College"
by the Princeton Review

George Tetler to be Honored
at College's Scholarship Tea

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Peter Bradley (Biology) attended a symposium and presented a poster at the 49th annual Northeast Algal Symposium held April 16-18 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Identification of diatoms from the peat bog at Poutwater Pond suggest pH changes occurred during the Holocene. Benjamin Parmentier (M.S. '09), Adrienne Smyth (M.S. '06) were co-researchers on the project.

Donna Fitman, BS, RN, a student in the Master of Science in Community Health Nursing program, has completed the 2010 Nurse in Washington Internship Program as part of her graduate fieldwork. Through this program, nurses learn how to be effectively involved in, and influence, policy at the local and national level, and how to work effectively with legislative staff to advance policy agendas. While a Nurse in Washington Intern, Donna was able to visit Capitol Hill, meet with Senator Scott Brown and Representative James McGovern, and advocate for policies that promote public health in the area of childhood obesity.

Photo: Donna (right) is pictured with Representative James McGovern (D-MA 3rd District) and Anne Halliday BSN, RN, CPAN St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

Kathryn Fokas (Psychology Honors Student) and Professor Champika K. Soysa (Psychology) will present a poster titled "Personality and Coping Differentially Predict Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in College Students" at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston in May.

Champika K. Soysa (Psychology) was invited to speak on an international panel co-sponsored by the American Psychological Association, titled Women's Health and Mental Health in Times of Crisis: War, Epidemics and Natural Disasters, at the NGO Parallel Sessions of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women - 54 conference in New York City, March 2010.

Champika K. Soysa (Psychology), Kathryn Fokas (Psychology Honors Student), Jonida Theodharaqi '09 and Kasey Ciolfi will present a poster titled "Personality Supersedes College Environment in Predicting Psychological Well-Being Among College Students" at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston in May.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Worcester State Theatre are proud to announce that Ruby Pontbriand and Lynn Ranahan have been selected as nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition held during the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in January, 2011. Both students were in the cast of Tartuffe, Worcester State Theatre's SPRING 2010 production, and were selected for their acting by a representative of KCACTF who attended the play. As nominees, both actresses will have to performs scenes and monologues in competition with approximately 200 nominees in Region 1. The 2011 Festival will be hosted by Fitchburg State College. Selected as alternates were Robert Anderson and Sara Kendall.

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Student Leaders Attend State House Day

Eleven student leaders represented Worcester State College at State House Day on Tuesday, April 13. Lizz Rooney, Student Trustee, Lauren Kender, SGA President and Alex Hackathorn, Senate Parliamentarian coordinated the efforts. The students formed teams of two and three and met with many of the Central Massachusetts Senators and Representatives. They spoke to the Senators and Representatives about the need for tuition and fees to remain affordable, their concern for reduced state support for higher education, their support for university status for Worcester State College and asked them for their support for a new Health and Wellness facilities. The other students attending were Daniel Duclos, Colleen McKenna, Michael Baker, Kelly Wright, Patrick Hare, Amber Connors, Ricky Corbett and Sean Capuano. They were accompanied by two of their advisors, Kristie McNamara, Associate Director, Student Center/Student Activities, and Tim Sullivan, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs.

Save the Date: Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Celebration, May 12

President Janelle C. Ashley cordially invites the Worcester State College community to the Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Celebration and Reception on Wednesday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Please RSVP to 508-929-8666 by May 4.

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Students and Faculty to Showcase Cancer Research, Wind Farms, Heart Health and Much More at Third Annual Event

Please come and support your fellow colleagues and students at the third annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, Wednesday, April 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the gym. The annual student art show will also be open for viewing in the gallery on the first floor of the Ghosh Science and Technology Center.

Over 100 exhibits of scholarship and creativity will be on display. Here is just a sampling of what you will see:

  • Three projects feature the work of students in Professor Brad Bryan's classes. These projects build upon cancer research the students began last year. The projects include working to block blood vessel formation to starve tumors and the use of Rho kinaise proteins.

  • Students working with Professors Peter Bradley and Adrienne Smyth are studying a 5m core of peat from Poutwater Pond in Holden. They examined pollen grains and fluctuations in pH and climate at the site over the last 8,500 years.

  • Students working with Professor Bonnie Orcutt studied ways to draw the "unbanked" into the banking system. The project provided insight into why some populations under-utilize financial services available to them.

  • Professor Stephanie Chalupka studied the positive impact Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid has on preventing cardiovascular disease and also the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease.

  • Students working with Professor Allison Dunn studied carbon dynamics and the impact of the recent ice storm on the
    Harvard Forest.

  • Students working with Professor Stephen Healy examined the benefits of converting the Worcester Airport into a wind farm.

  • Students working with Professor Jolinda Smith studied cell phone use while driving among Worcester State College students.

  • Ever wonder how "green" your household cleaners are? Tests were conducted on several readily available household cleaners to validate their "green" claims.

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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 for scheduling and pricing.

Thank You for Your Book Donations
Thank you to everyone who donated to the "Give a Book" Drive. Thanks to your generosity we collected over 350 books. These books will be going to Worcester Public School students who don't have the means to obtain adequate books for summer reading.

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College Town: Green with(out) envy

Area colleges on the list are Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State College. ...

Briefing: Green Colleges

The Princeton Review recently released a new guide to environmentally friendly colleges and universities, picking 286 standouts, and five Central Massachusetts institutions made the cut.

Patriotic definition imperfect

Frank S. Minasian of Worcester State College said he is concerned that since the terrorist attacks in 2001, people running this country have operated with a ...

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Tues., Apr. 27

Student Art
Exhibit on display

Ghosh, First Floor
1-4 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Fitchburg State

Holy Cross Field
1 College St.

2 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Film: Arranged
Sullivan 146
2:30 - 5 p.m.

Softball vs.
Fitchburg State

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

Wed., Apr. 28

Celebration of
& 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.

4 p.m.

Sat., May 1

Earth Day
in Worcester

Castle Street Park
8 a.m. - Noon

Baseball vs.
Bridgewater State

Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.

Noon & 2:30 p.m.

Softball vs.
Bridgewater State

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.

8 p.m.

Sun., May 2

Just Dance!
Spring Show

Sullivan Aud.
2-4 p.m.

16th Annual
Scholarship Tea

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3-5 p.m.


Mon., May 3

Student Recital

Piano, Voice,
Flute, Guitar
Fuller Theatre
2nd Floor, Admin.

3-5 p.m.

Wed., May 5

All Classes End

Just Dance!
Spring Show

Sullivan Aud.
7-9 p.m.

Thurs., May 6

Reading Day

25th Annual
Distinguished Alumni
Awards Ceremony

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6-9 p.m.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
Honor Society
Induction Ceremony

Student Center,
Foster Room

6:30-8 p.m.

Fri., May 7

Final Exams begin


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