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February 28, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU to Host Immigration Forum

Best Selling Author Randall Robinson
to Be Featured at Fourth Annual
"Courageous Conversations" Lecture

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Suzanne Buglione (Sociology, Health Science) and Jennifer Safford-Farquharson (Sociology, Health Science) recently published an article in the Spring 2010 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge dedicated to the theme "Teaching Transformations 2010." The article, The Difference Between You and Me: Faculty Identities at Play in the Classroom, focuses on Suzanne's and Jennifer's experiences as a racially diverse teaching team.

Kat O'Connor (Visual and Performing Arts) will be one of the featured poets at Worcester Women Poets Fifth Annual Reading, Monday March 7, from 7-9 p.m. The reading will take place at Quinsigamond Community College, Harrington Learning Center, Room 109A & B.

At the February 17 women's basketball game against Westfield State, 20 student-athletes in attendance were officially recognized for being selected to the 2010 MASCAC Fall All-Academic Team. To be named to the MASCAC Fall Academic Team, a student-athlete must have either a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or have a 3.2 grade point average in their semester of competition. It was decided by the conference athletic directors at their annual meeting to restart the policy of handing out certificates to deserving student-athletes. Worcester State had the second-most honorees in the conference with 68 student-athletes from eight different teams.

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Center for Global Studies to Hold Lecture and Seminar on Root Causes of Genocide

Clinical Professor of Medicine, from the University of British Columbia
Reva N. Adler, M.D., will deliver a lecture on Addressing the Root Causes
of Genocide at Home and Abroad: Gender, Behavior, and Public Health Tuesday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. The event is free and open to the public

Dr. Adler's practice and research focus on the interface between violence, trauma, and behavior. She is Principal Investigator on the study, Addressing the Root Causes of Genocide, working in Rwanda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and West Darfur state in Sudan, and has participated in a number of international advisory groups addressing genocide prevention.

Following the lecture, Dr. Adler will take part in a faculty forum and question and answer session featuring WSU Professor of Philosophy Henry Theriault, scholar of genocide studies and prevention. Also taking part in the forum is Ellen Foley, Ph.D., assistant professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University. Dr. Foley is a medical anthropologist working at the intersections of gender, global health, and international development in West Africa.

In the afternoon Dr. Adler will host a faculty seminar, "Just as Rain Falls and the River Fills" -- Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genocide Prevention from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. The faculty seminar is free and open to WSU and Consortium faculty.

Hector Giraldo Discusses US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement with Faculty and Students

Hector Giraldo, Secretary-General of the Union for Workers and Employees of Antioquia Department in Colombia, spoke to History, Ethics and Honors students as well as faculty and staff on the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement Wednesday, February 23 in the North/South Auditorium. His speech was sponsored by WSU's Center for Human Rights. Translation was provided by Danyal Najmi, a volunteer interpreter with the Boston Interpreters Collective. Check out Hector Giraldo's talk on the WSU YouTube Channel.

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The "R" Word

Please join the Office of Diversity / Affirmative Action and Compliance and the Office of Disability Services in taking the pledge to show respect by ending the use of the R-word. The word retarded hurts millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends. On March 2, 2011, join WSU and millions of others across the country by taking the pledge to end the use of the word retarded and help promote the new R-word: RESPECT. Additional information on the pledge to end the R-ward can be found at:

Red Sox Raffle Tickets
The SGA Auction Committee is selling raffle tickets for 2 bleacher seats to the Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game on September 20th at 7:10 p.m. to raise money for Abby's House, Mustard Seed and Sherry's House: Three worthy charities in Worcester. $4 for 1 ticket $7 for 2 tickets $10 for 3 tickets. Contact any of the co-chairs or committee members to purchase these tickets. The winner will be announced at the 20th Annual SGA Auction on March 25. Tickets on sale until the auction. Do not need to be present to win. For more information on raffle tickets or to purchase them call 508-929-8655 or Email,, or Thank you for all your support!!!

Retirement & Employee Service Recognition Program
--Last week for review--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 by March 4 at or ext. 8666.

Voting Open for "Best of Worcester"
Voting is now open for Worcester Magazine's annual "Best of Worcester." WSU has been honored five times in the last eight 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
Visit VITA on campus 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

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Brenda Bussey, Director of Procurement/Administrative Services

Betsy Lee Green-Baker, Staff Associate/Controller -- Worcester Center for Crafts, Administration and Finance


Michelle McGowan to Michelle Jarvis

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'The biggest secret in Worcester'

AAA Horizons Magazine 2/28/11
"We want to teach people the value of things that are made by hand," said interim director Carol Donnelly, noting that once you take a class in sculpture, you realize the effort it takes to create the bowl or vase before you.

The Pittsfield Colonials have signed Stronach 2/28/11
The 22nd round selection by New York (NL) in the 2006 draft out of Worcester State College, the 6'5" right-hander's best season came in 2007 with the ...

College art exhibition
Telegram & Gazette 2/27/11
Students receiving prizes were: ...Monique Engel, Worcester State University. The exhibition runs through March 3.

Web's 'ripple effect'
Telegram & Gazette 2/24/11
"It's almost like we're going back and adopting elements of different modes of communication," said Julie Frechette, professor of communications at Worcester State University. "With social media we're seeing kind of an interesting blend....

Worcester hosts family affair
Telegram & Gazette 2/24/11
It is happening here this year with the Quirks -- Cory of the Sharks and Ryan, a freshman at Worcester State. The two have seen each other play a lot this season, and since their family lives in Brockton, there are usually a lot of Quirks in the ...

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Tues., Mar. 2

Dining Etiquette and
the Job Interview

RSVP with
Dianne Matos


Tues., Mar. 8

Addressing the Root
Causes of Genocide
at Home and Abroad

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Perspectives on Immigration:
Myths & Realities

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

1 p.m.

Faculty Seminar:
Approaches to
Genocide Prevention

Student Center,
Blue Lounge
2:30 - 4 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 9

Conversation with
Randall Robison

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.


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