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February 14, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


Harvard Law Professor and Author
Randall Kennedy to Speak at WSU

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On February 12, Peter Bradley (Biology) attended the First Nanosymposium sponsored by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium and Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. During the symposium Peter Bradley and Orpha James '08 (a graduate of our M.S. Biotechnology program) presented a research poster: "Some thermoplastics containing nanomaterials can be safe for the growth of cultured green monkey (VERO) cells."

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented "Toxic-Free Newborns: Strategies For Reducing Exposures And Related Health Risks" at the Annual Convention of the Association of Women's Health & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Professor Chalupka's presentation addressed the environmental toxicants that have the potential to adversely impact reproductive health and reproductive outcomes. Professor Chalupka has also developed an online continuing education course with Andrew Chalupka (Harvard Medical School) for the Association of Women's Health & Neonatal Nurses based on The Impact of Environmental and Occupational Exposures on Reproductive Health by Chalupka, S. & Chalupka, A.N. (2010) which appeared in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 39, 84-102.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) had a one person show at Gallery7 in Athens, Greece from January 11-29, 2011. The exhibited works included large scale figure paintings and landscapes. The show was very well received with positive reviews in the press and was presented by Public Radio. This is Professor Siniossoglou's fifth one person show following her 2007 show in New York.

American Classic Theatre's concert reading of THE BUTTON SHOW, sponsored by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts on Tuesday Feb. 8 was performed for an audience of 25 in Fuller Theater. THE BUTTON SHOW, was written and composed by ACT Artistic Director and Worcester native, James Nichols. The cast featured local performers together with several WSU students and faculty.

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Students to Network with Alumni and Administrators at Career Event

On Tuesday, February 15, over 30 students and young alumni are expected to attend a speed networking event where they will speak one-on-one with alumni professionals and WSU administrators on career topics ranging from resume writing to job searching. The N.A.S.C.A.R. (Network Assess Strategize Collaborate Align Research) Race Event, sponsored by the offices of Alumni Affairs and Career Services is a great hands-on opportunity for students to branch out beyond typical career fairs and gain the necessary skills that they will need to move one step closer towards their career.

The following alumni and administrators will be sharing their expertise:

Job Description Analysis
Dave Bedard '74
; Foundation Board; President, Bedard Enterprises

Resume Writing
Sharon McDonald '86
; Alumni Advisory Board; Consultant

Gregg Rosen '86
; Foundation Board; President, NES Group

Networking & Informational Interviewing
Amy Peterson '03
; Alumni Advisory Board; Director of Marketing, DCU

Dress for Success
Kevin Hayes; associate w/Millbury Federal Credit Union

Cover Letters
Russ Vickstrom '73
; Director of Human Resources, WSU

Grad School
Bill White
; Associate VP Continuing Education & Outreach, WSU

Career Assessment Planning
John Brown III '02; Alumni Advisory Board; Application Specialist, Meditech Corporation and Louis DiMuzio '91; Alumni Advisory Board; Managing Partner, ACE Consulting Group, LLC

Winter Sports Wrap-up

Congrats to:

Women's Track Team
Our women's track team had an outstanding weekend after they captured their second straight MASCAC Indoor Championship. Two individuals broke school records (Shot put -3,000 meter run) and two relay teams (4x200 and 4x400) eclipsed school marks while several qualified for the Division III New England Championships this weekend at MIT. Click here to read more.

Men's Track Team
The men's team placed third at the MASCAC Championships, but they still had a lot of noteworthy performances including a student-athlete who broke the school record in the 600 meters. Click here to read more.

Seniors Kathleen Foley, Alexis George and Becca Giguere who were honored for their four-year contributions to Worcester State on "Senior Day" before their game against Bridgewater State on Saturday. To read more about each player's contributions over their career, click here.

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Best of Worcester 2011 - Vote Today!

Voting is now open for Worcester Magazine's annual "Best of Worcester" - WSU has been honored 5x in the last 8 years with "Best College." Help us make it #6!! Best College is #67 on the list (you must vote for at least 15 categories).

Free Tax Prep
Starting February 1, visit us for free, confidential tax help. Everyone with low to moderate income is welcome. Every volunteer is IRS-certified and every federal and state return is 100% quality reviewed. Bring all your tax forms and other relevant info. Get your refund in as few as eight days with direct deposit. Spread the word to students, friends and colleagues. The office is located in Sullivan 206 and will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from February 1 to April 16. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Questions? 508-929-8424 or

Retirement & Employee Service Recognition Program
The Office of Human Resources will be hosting their annual Retirement and Employee Service Recognition event on Wednesday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Blue Lounge. Click here for a PDF list of those who will be recognized. If you find any errors or omissions, please contact Carol Faron at or ext. 8666.

Support SGA Auction at Uno Chicago Grill - Feb. 17
Help the SGA Auction committee raise some additional "dough" for the 20th Annual Auction for Homeless and Children in Need. On Thursday, February 17, visit Uno Chicago Grill at the Millbury Shoppes for dine-in or take-out,. Present this ticket to your server and UNOs will donate up to 20% of the proceeds to the SGA Auction. (Valid only on Feb. 17 at the Millbury Unos)

2011 Phonebook Available Online - New Format
The 2011 WSU Campus Phone Directory will be arriving to your desk shortly but in the mean time, you can check out the online version. Take a look -
a new format allows you to turn pages instead of scrolling.

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Chorale delivers a gift that lifts on day of hearts

Telegram & Gazette 2/14/11
Article & Video
More than a dozen singers from Worcester State University arrived at the Allens' Millbury home, filed into the dining room and sang two love songs. ...

Local grad treats Giffords
Telegram & Gazette 2/13/11
Dr. Imoigele P. Aisiku one of the physicians treating Ms. Giffords, is a 1992 graduate of Worcester State University, formerly Worcester State College, ...

Lancers' George scores 1,000th point
Telegram & Gazette 2/9/11
Senior Alexis George became the 16th women's basketball player in Worcester State history to score 1,000 career points last night as the Lancers

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Tues., Feb. 15

N.A.S.C.A.R. Career
Networking Event

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Study Abroad Fair
Student Center,
Exhibit Area
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 16

Diversity Workshop:
Social Justice: Building
a House for Diversity

Student Center,
Fallon Room


Thurs., Feb. 17

Worcester Center for
Crafts Photo Exhibit
"Center Yourself"

Opening Night
25 Sagamore Road
5-8 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Westfield State
Live Stats/Live Video
6 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Westfield State

Live Stats/Live Video
8 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 19

Ice Hockey vs.
Fitchburg State

Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

7:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 20

5th Annual 6-Sunday
Baseball School

WSU Gymnasium
Clinic Info.


Consortium College
Juried Art Show

660 Main Street

On display until March 4
Hours: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Sat 1-4 p.m.


Mon., Feb. 21

President's Day
No Classes,
Offices Closed

16th Annual
3-Day Hitting Clinic

Clinic Details

Tues., Feb. 22

Randall Kennedy:
"Sellout: The Politics
of Racial Betrayal"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Feb. 24

Yearbook Portraits
by McGrath Studios

Student Center,
Room 204

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sign-up online - password "WSC"

One Poem
Pilon Seminar Room
Sullivan S-305

3-5 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs.
Westfield State

Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 25

Yearbook Portraits
by McGrath Studios

Student Center,
Room 204

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sign-up online - password "WSC"

3rd Annual 1-day
Catchers Clinic

Clinic Info

Sat., Feb. 26

Ice Hockey vs.
Salem State

Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

4:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 27

Baseball School

Clinic Info


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