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

May 10, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


Worcester State College to Recognize
Paul LaCava for Community Service

WSC Nursing Graduates to be
Honored at Pinning Ceremony

WSC to Honor Graduate Students
at Hooding Ceremony

Board of Higher Education Approves Vision
Project, Sets New Agenda for Public Higher
Education in Massachusetts

Baseball Captures Fourth MASCAC Tournament Championship

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WSC Junior Christina Foley has been selected by a panel of Economics Insiders, in consultation with employees of Pearson, as one of twelve (12) finalists in the 2010 National Economics Insider Symposium Contest. The prize trip consists of a two-day, two-night trip to Washington, D.C., on June 11-June 13. Janice Yee (Business Administration & Economics) is the nominating instructor and will accompany her on the trip. At the National Economics Insider Symposium, the twelve finalists will actually meet and present their ideas to the very movers and shakers in the field - Pearson's current Economics Insiders.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) has two paintings accepted at the show "www.expressiveartherapy" at Marran Gallery. The show is organized by the Expressive Therapies Division Art Therapy Specialization & Alumni Relations Office, Lesley University.

Kristin Waters (Philosophy) presented a paper, "Swimming against the Tide: Crossing the Curriculum in Women's Studies," at the New England Historical Association conference at Salem State College in April during a session on Margaret Fuller and Her "Friends": Women in the American Renaissance. The presentation highlighted the writings and speeches of 19th century African American activist Maria W. Stewart, providing models of how to incorporate her work into courses across disciplines such as history, philosophy, sociology, communication, and American literature. In March, Dr. Waters organized and chaired a panel, Violence against Women: Local Activism and Global Connections, at a conference at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center celebrating Women's History Month. Among the panel members was Henry Theriault (Philosophy), genocide scholar and activist, who spoke on "Individual Violence against Women as Mass Violence against Women."

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Women in Business Class welcomes former
60 Minutes Producer as a Guest Speaker

Student Stephanie Wilson (left) prepares the multi-media presentation
for guest speaker Suzanne St. Pierre.

The Women In Business (BA/WO 482) class met on Wednesday afternoons this semester and were privileged to be introduced to many women who had rich and varied careers. For the final session, Stephanie Wilson, one of our students, introduced her great aunt Suzanne St. Pierre. She is a former producer of news magazines and over 50 segments of the well-known CBS news program, 60 minutes. She produced segments for Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Diane Sawyer, Lesley Stahl and Meredith Vieira.

Among the many awards she has received are four Emmys, three Columbia-du-Ponts, a Peabody and an American Women in Radio and Television Award. Several movies have been based on her segments for 60 Minutes including, "In the Best Interest of the Children" with Sara Jessica Parker, "True Believer" with James Woods, "Rain Man" with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, and "The Marva Collins Story" with Cecily Tyson.

Suzanne grew up in Worcester and graduated from Smith College at a time when careers in media for women were practically non-existent. She spent many years working her way up from secretarial jobs through a variety of positions at NBC, ABC, and CBS, thus giving the students the impression that they need to be aggressive yet patient, to always be well-prepared and to follow their dreams.

She shared many wonderful stories about the work that went into the research and building of the many segments of "60 Minutes" and the human interest and moral justice that the stories portrayed. She herself is a great story teller. Ms St. Pierre showed us a clip of a segment of "Marva," an extraordinary teacher in the slums of west side Chicago who used such positive reinforcement that the children in grade school read and understood Shakespeare and a wide range of authors we typically read at the college level. She followed up with interviews with the students who were later in college and law school.

She also recommended that we read the new publication by Nancy Collins.

WSC students are fortunate that there are community role models graciously willing to share their career stories. This should help students learn how to negotiate in the workplace. We are all most appreciative of the time that our guests have given and of the information they've shared.

Other guests who have brought us so many valuable lessons from their experiences are:

    Katie Quinn
    political aide and campaign consultant

    Jill Dagillis '78, executive director
    Worcester Community Action Council

    Tanya Scott
    meeting planner and activities director

    Kate McAvoy-Zdonczyk '95, senior director
    Government and Community Relations,
    Fallon Community Health

    Stephanie Smith Tenore, senior marketing manager
    Audit 7 Enterprise
    Deloitte, LLC

    Sibyl Brownlee, vice president, Student Affairs,
    Worcester State College

    Maryann McArthy
    former corporate executive in the high tech industry,
    current owner of a sheep farm.

Alpha Sigma Lambda

On May 6, the Worcester State College Lambda Kappa chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society held its 2010 induction ceremony. Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society that recognizes students who attend a significant number of classes during the evening and who earn a grade point average of 3.7 or higher after 30 credits or more at the college. This year's inductees have demonstrated leadership and scholarship while balancing academics, home and family, their professional lives and community involvement.

Dr. Bobbi Kyle, chapter councilor and associate dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, welcomed the students and performed the induction ceremony. Dr. William H. White, associate vice president for Continuing Education and Outreach and dean of the Graduate School, spoke to the students about the importance of sharing their education with the community and the world.

The following students were inducted at this year's event: Rona L. Balco, Samuel Bowler, Joan E. Elliott, Tin Huynh, Stephen Rosenlund and Janice M. Wolverton. Also inducted, but unable to attend the ceremony were Stephen J. Comtois II and Jessica L. Molt.

Criminal Justice Honor Society
Inducts 24 Charter Members

On April 26, 24 Criminal Justice students were inducted as Charter Members of Lambda Rho Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honors Society, Alpha Phi Sigma.

The following seniors were inducted at this year's event: Christopher Takacs, Chelsea O'Gara, Kendra Kellett, Matthew McCusker, Dan D'Amico, Luis Torres, Catherine Ellis, Damaris Diaz, and Michael Galante. Other students included: Nathan Hawkins, Robert Lemire, Matthew McCusker, Elizabeth Bitar, Scott Ellis, Matthew Fallon, Michael Deveau, Christopher Restighini, Erica Lyman, Emily Lanier, Ashley Bornstein, Katie Palmieri, Allyson Periera, Bruce Cardinal, and Stella Moraitis.

The Chapter Advisor is Dr. Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice).

Administration Building to be Dedicated

Saturday, May 15 will be a very special day in the history of WSC. That afternoon, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Administration Building will be formally dedicated in memory of the late Helen G. Shaughnessy '43.

The highlight of the program will be a tea, a fitting tribute to an alumna not only synonymous with the College, but also its elegant Scholarship Tea.

It is said that for more than 40 years, Mrs. Shaughnessy had a love affair with WSC and with all who passed through its storied doors. She had a significant impact on countless lives, as mentor, teacher, classmate, relative, colleague, and treasured friend. She had a joy for living that was contagious, and gave tirelessly of her time, expertise, and talents.

President of her senior class, Mrs. Shaughnessy subsequently enjoyed a notable career as an elementary school teacher, elementary supervisor, and WSC associate professor, administrator, Foundation Board member, and volunteer. She received an honorary doctorate degree in 1986, a Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater in 1990, and was the 2003 Scholarship Tea honoree. She established an endowed scholarship for Education majors in 1999.

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May is...

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)

This annual event provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. The ASHA website has many resources to help you celebrate BHSM everyday.

May is also...

Mental Health Month

Be an activist and help reduce mental health stigma. "Stigma results in fear, mistrust, and violence against people living with mental illnesses. Stigma prevents people from receiving needed mental health services. Stigma is a barrier and discourages individuals from getting the help they need due to fear of being discriminated against." -SAMHSA

Greece 2011 - Chance for $2k off of trip cost
For every application received (starting April 27, 2010) EF Tours will enter that participant's name into a raffle for a chance to get $2,000 off the price of the tour for everyone who is enrolled on the tour by May 11,2010. This means any friends, family or colleagues who enroll now will go into this raffle drawing. The pool is small so the chances are high. If a traveler from the WSC group gets drawn EACH traveler will get $2,000 off the program fee.

To view tour information and itinerary, go to: Contact Professor Judy Jeon-Chapman for more information:

Summer Camps
Athletics will once again host their annual All-Sports Camp and Girls Basketball Camp during the week of July 19-23. For more information on both camps, visit the Athletics website at

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Best of Worcester 2010

Worcester State College was once again chosen as the "Best College" in Worcester Mag's Best of Worcester readers' poll. WSC has been chosen a "Best of" College for five out of the past eight years and was a runner up in 2008.

College Town

Chartwells, which provides the food services on the Worcester State College campus, gave a special thanks to students last month by 'going Hollywood' in the ...

Environmental Chemistry Symposium On Green Revolution

Two speakers, Dr. Margaret Kerr of Worcester State College and Dr. Martin Walker of SUNY Potsdam, will focus on the incorporation of green chemistry into ...

Theriault: The Global Reparations Movement
and Meaningful ...

In 2005, for instance, Massachusetts' Worcester State College held an international conference on reparations featuring renowned human rights activist Dennis Brutus, with papers on reparations for South African Apartheid; ...

Worcester State has new affirmative action chief

Janelle Ashley, president of Worcester State College, has announced the appointment of Calvin Hill as director of affirmative action and compliance for the ...

Fr. Jack Butler, S.J., Named Mission &
Ministry Vice President

"I am confident he will continue doing great work at Boston College."
Fr. Devino holds a bachelor's degree from Worcester State College and a master's of ...

WSC Addresses College Fees

College Spokeswoman Lea Ann Scales discusses
college fees with NECN's Katie Daly.

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May 10-14

Finals Week

Wed., May 12

Retirement and
Employee Service
Celebration &

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.

Thurs., May 13

Nurses Pinning
Sullivan Aud.
6-8 p.m.

Fri., May 14

Grad School
Hooding Ceremony

Student Center,
Blue Lounge
& Sullivan Aud.

5:15-8:15 p.m.

Sat., May 15

Helen G.
Building Dedication


3 p.m.

Sun., May 16

DCU Center


May 21-23

Reunion Weekend


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