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February 22, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


Colombian Labor Activist Hector Giraldo
to Speak at Worcester State University

Field Hockey Team Honored With
Highest GPA in Division III

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Dirk Baker (Athletics) spoke about base running at the annual NHHSBCA Coaches Clinic, held on Sunday, February 13, at Souhegan High School in Amherst. Approximately 100 high school coaches from around NH attended the clinic.

Shiko Gathuo (Urban Studies) presented two laptop donations to the Kenya Child Welfare Society (KCWS) during her trip to Kenya in December. The trip was partly funded through the WSU mini-grant program. The laptops were part of a larger donation from YOU Inc., where Shiko serves as a board member and the International Child Welfare Committee chair. For the last five years, the committee has been involved in helping to secure USAID funds for the resettlement of street children in Kenya." Photo: second from left - Executive Director of KCWS Irene Mureithi.

Katelyn Kieler received one of the Gamblin Awards at the Arches Student show. K. Kieler, A. Bell, M. Caras, B. Kirk, W. Rasku, J. Thulare have also been accepted to exhibit their prints. They were Professor Amaryllis Siniossoglou's AR230 Printmaking and AR 350 Intermediate Printmaking course students. The show is sponsored by Arches Paper Company and The Boston Printmakers and will take place at the Danforth Museum of Art, in Framingham, from February 27-April 10. An opening reception will be held at Danforth Museum of Art on Sunday, February 27 from 3 - 5 p.m. For more information visit

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been accepted to exhibit three of her landscape paintings at the International Painting and Mixed Media Competition at Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria, from December 15 until February 15. For more info click here.

Antonieto Tan (Biology) organized the Microbial Genome Annotation Network Training Workshop that was held at WSU on Oct. 23, 2010. The workshop was facilitated by Lori Scott, Ph.D. (Augustana College) and Christopher Kvaal, Ph.D. (St. Cloud State University). Professor Tan along with Drs. Scott and Kvaal were also participants of the 2010 ASM/JGI Functional Genomics Institute workshop on Connecting Bioinformatics-Driven Hypotheses to Wet-Lab Projects from June 6-10, 2010 at Hiram College in Hiram, OH.

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Networking Event a Hit with
Alums and Students

Taneisha Mings `13

Check out video from the event on the WSU Youtube Channel.

Marcia Eagleson (Career Services Office) hosted the second annual N.A.S.C.A.R (Network, Assess, Strategize, Collaborate, Align, and Research) Career Driver Event at WSU on February 15. The event attracted current students, alumni, and other members of the community. Students took advantage of the opportunity to obtain quality career advice from established career professionals.

Participants traveled clockwise through various "pit-stops" including Job Description Analysis, Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking & Information Interviewing, Dress For Success, Cover Letter, and Grad School, where they participated in hands-on interaction with the pit bosses. The event was designed to introduce current WSU students to former students of the university to effectively create a networking system. WSU alumni were passionate about coming back to the campus to mentor and give advice about the workplace.

"Pit-stop" leaders included David Bedard `74 (Foundation Board President), Sharon McDonald `86 (Alumni Advisory Board President), Gregg Rosen `86 (Foundation Board President), Amy Peterson `03 (Alumni Advisory Board and Director of Marketing at DCU), Kevin Hayes (Associate with Millbury Credit Union), Russell Vickstrom `73 (Human Resources), and William White (Graduate and Continuing Education).

The event was sponsored by the offices of Career Services, Institutional Advancement, and Alumni Affairs.

Spring Theatre Announces Cast

Worcester State Theatre and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the cast for the Spring production of Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman. Adia Vellaccio (Theresa), Morgan Tienhaara (Tony), John Karwaski (Mercer), Joe Aliberti (Les), Patrick Skelton (Howard), Ruby Pontbriand (Beck), and Lacey Melanson (Harriet).

Boy Gets Girl, a gripping play about a blind date that goes terribly wrong, is directed by Christopher Webb, who comes to Worcester State as a guest director from Boston Conservatory. Performances are April 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE: Dance Team Show
to Support Make-A-Wish Foundation

On Friday, February 25 the WSU Dance Team will be hosting dance teams from around Massachusetts for a show at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium. Come see some fantastic dance numbers and help support a great cause.
A dollar from each ticket will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (Inclement weather date: Feb. 26 at
7 p.m.). Tickets will be sold at the door. $4 with a Student ID, $6 for
general public.

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Submissions now being accepted for 2011 Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity

Student poster, panel and performance submissions are now being accepted for this year's Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, which is set for April 20. The timeframe for accepted work is May 1, 2010, to April 20, 2011. To ensure that student work is included in the event and the booklet of exhibits, please submit project details and a 150-word abstract (if that is appropriate) at no later than March 10.

Direct questions about the event to Maureen Shamgochian in Academic Affairs. Look for further details about the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity on FacStaff and upcoming editions of eNews.

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Win Tickets to Cirque Mechanics Boom Town

The Office of Institutional Advancement will give away tickets to the fabulous Cirque Mechanics Boom Town show at the Hanover Theater. Spend the evening of Saturday, April 2 being amazed by the acrobatics and sublime storytelling of the Cirque performers. See for more show details. We are pleased to offer this exciting incentive as part of the 2011 Faculty and Staff Annual Campaign. Now through March 25, all faculty or staff who donate for the first time through payroll deductions for gifts totaling $100 or more a year, as well as existing payroll donors who double their bi-weekly donations for a year, will be entered in a drawing for one of 5 prizes, consisting of 2 tickets each, to the April 2 Cirque performance at the Hanover. Please call Christina Petruzzi at ext. 8872 in the Office of Institutional Advancement for payroll deduction forms and details. Thank you for generosity and support of Worcester State University.

Faculty/Staff/Senior Yearbook Portraits
McGrath Photography will be on campus on February 24-25 for faculty/staff/senior portraits for the 2011 yearbook. There is no sitting fee for faculty and staff. Portraits will be take in the Student Center, Room 204 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information please contact the Yearbook staff at 508-929-8592 or email Sign-up online - password "WSC"

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Congratulations to:

Kristie McNamara (Student Center/Student Activities) and her husband, Brad, on the birth of their first child Brady. Brady was born on Monday, February 21 and weighed in at 7lbs 10oz.

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Goddard a case study in crisis

Telegram & Gazette 2/22/11
Indeed, it was this experience and these students that have allowed me to continue to teach --effectively I trust-- in my present position as professor of education at Worcester State University. I now have the responsibility to prepare ...

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Tues., Feb. 22

Women's Basketball (#4)
vs. Fitchburg State (#5)

MASCAC Tournament
7 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 23

Workers Rights
as Human Rights

Student Center,
N/S Aud.

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

Dance Team Show
Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.

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


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.


Wed., Mar. 2

Dining Etiquette and
the Job Interview

RSVP with
Dianne Matos

Tues., Mar. 8

Perspectives on Immigration:
Myths & Realities

Student Center,
North/South Aud

1 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 9

Conversation with
Randall Robison

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.


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