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March 21, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Board of Trustees Invite
Presidential Candidates to Campus

WSU Presidential Search:
Itinerary for Finalist Interviews

Student Government Association to
Host 20th Annual Have a Heart Auction

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Congratulations to the faculty who helped our Nursing students achieve 100% on the NCLEX. WSU's achievement is noteworthy as it is the only first baccalaureate program in the state to have 100% pass rate. All of the others in the 100% group were entry level MSN programs or second bachelors. Congratulations to all the Nursing students who took the exam!

Maryellen Brisbois (Nursing) is presenting at the 23rd Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Philadelphia, PA on March 24. Professor Brisbois's presentation, "Inclusion of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Intervention Research: Barriers, Motivators and Strategies," is part of a symposium identifying Methodological Challenges in Intervention Research.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) co-authored "Do your procedure trays meet sharps safety standards?" which was published in OR Nurse. Professor Chalupka's co-authors were Catherine Galligan (University of Massachusetts, Lowell), Angela Laramie (Massachusetts Department of Public Health), and Leticia Davis (Massachusetts Department of Public Health). Professor Chalupka's sharps injury prevention research was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; grant 1RO1 OH008229).

Allison Dunn (Physical Geography) co-authored a paper titled "Modeling acclimation of photosynthesis to temperature in evergreen conifer forests" that was published in the Journal New Phytologist in October 2010. Professor Dunn also attended the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 13-16 and presented two papers: "Legacies of an ice storm on the long-term carbon exchange of a temperate forest," co-authored with WSU undergraduate Kelly Morgan, and "Engaging secondary students in geoscience investigations through the use of low-cost instrumentation," co-authored with Professors William Hansen and Stephen Healy. In addition, Professor Dunn also co-authored a paper with Lucy Hutyra and other colleagues from Boston University titled "Terrestrial carbon dynamics across gradients of urbanization."

Robert Fink (Business Administration and Economics) had an article, "Macneil's Relational Norms and the Non-Mirrored Ends Proposition," accepted for publication by the Journal of Marketing Channels. Professor Fink co-authored the paper with Professor Kenneth Hatten, Boston University; Professor William James, Hofstra University; and Professor James Keeler, Kenyon College.

Janice Huff '09 had her article, "Adequacy of Wound Education in Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum," published in this month's Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. This research was Janice's MS Project while here at WSU.

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) recently attended and participated in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from March 1-3, 2011. Professor Morreale served as Chair of a Panel Discussion titled: Innovative Teaching Methods to Enhance Criminology and Criminal Justice Student Learning. He presented a paper titled "Bringing the Classroom Alive in Criminal Justice" which focused on innovations, assignments and techniques to engage students.

In addition, Professor Morreale presented a paper on Transformation of Police Organizations: Culture and Reform in collaboration with Angela Workman of Walden University/Athabasca University. The paper focused on the reform attempts of several major U.S. police agencies as well as reforms attempted in Northern Ireland, Jamaica and Canada. At the conference, Professor Morreale also served as Roundtable Moderator and Discussant on" Academics and Pracademics in Criminal Justice Programs" Part 2. Other discussants included Jim McCabe from Sacred Heart University, George Kain and Michael Foley from Western Connecticut State University. Professor Morreale also delivered a presentation entitled A Customer Service Mindset for Policing. The session offered ideas and opened a discussion about the potential role of higher education to engage students and police personnel to establish a customer service mindset in policing.

Christie Nigro (Visual & Performing Arts) has been invited to present a two-lecture series for the Music Guild of Worcester entitled, "Women in Music through the Ages." The lectures will focus on the contributions and compositions of female composers from the Middle Ages through Contemporary times with special emphasis on Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach and Laurie Anderson. The lectures will be held on April 6 and April 13 from 10am-12pm at the First Baptist Church of Worcester, on the corner of Park Avenue and Salisbury Street. The lectures are open to the public and members of the Music Guild.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) had her prints accepted for exhibit at the 30th Mini Print International of Cadaques. The prints that have been exhibited: Taller Galeria Fort, June 26 - September 30, 2010, Cadaques, Girona, Spain; Wingfield Barns, July 27- August 19, 2010, Suffolk, England; Fundacio Tharrats d'Art Grafic, October 8- November 7, 2010, Barcelona, Spain; Galerie d'Etang d'Art, November 7, 2010 ? January 16, 2011, Bages, France.

"The Mini Print International of Cadaqués is a print competition open to all printmaking techniques and tendencies, in which artists from all over the world participate. The exhibition usually includes around 650 artists from some 50 countries of all the continents. In each call, a qualified jury makes a selection of six works (12 for the first years). The award winning artists are invited to have a solo show the following summer in our Taller Galeria Fort in Cadaqués. The Mini Print International of Cadaqués is the most popular and longest running exhibition of miniprints in the world."

Henry Theriault (Philosophy) accepted an invitation to join the Academic Board at the Seyfo Center (Assyrian Genocide Research Center). Click here for an interview that Professor Theriault did with Seyfo Center to raise awareness on Assyrian Genocide.

Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Visual & Performing Arts) has had two of her photographs accepted into local juried art exhibitions. One of her photographs, Mystify the Space, was accepted into the juried exhibition at the Center Yourself exhibition at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Another titled Triumvirate, has been accepted into the juried Roots show at the Goddard Homestead exhibition on view from April 10-May 8.

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Robinson Urges Audience to Become
More Informed Citizens

Check out Randall Robinson's lecture on the WSU YouTube Channel.

Randall Robinson, founder and president of TransAfrica, law professor at Penn State University, best-selling author, and social justice advocate, urged his audience to renew their commitment to their democratic role of citizens and become more informed about the world around them. Robinson spoke at the fourth annual Courageous Conversations lecture in the Sullivan Auditorium on Wednesday, March 9.

"I want to talk about democracy and our responsibility and our role in it," Robinson said. "In a democracy, the citizenry has to be enlightened. One has to know those things for which and those things against which one is voting, which means that we all must be informed. This is not easy to do in the United States. We think we have entire information about the world in which we live. It's incredibly difficult to know the things you have not been told."

He gave Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and the founding of the American southwest as examples.

Robinson would like to see "multicultural education from kindergarten on so that we understand something about the world." This would ensure that we know something about people in countries the U.S. is involved in and who believe the U.S. has caused trouble for their country as well as help us know more about our own nation, he explained.

Part of his talk focused on the recent history of Haiti -- his involvement in the "abduction of President Aristide" and his wife, a Haitian American, and the United States" current attempt to block Aristide's return to Haiti. "You have got to know what is being done in our name," he said, repeating that it's hard for Americans to do. As an example, he said that no major U.S. news outlet has mentioned anything about the Aristide situation other than that he fled to South Africa.

Americans have a "lack of familiarity and understanding of" so many societies and what they contributed to world culture," Robinson said. "Leading among them is the extraordinarily artistic culture of Haiti. I don't think there is any peoples on the face of the earth who are more tenacious about keeping their culture than the people of Haiti."

Robinson closed by saying that he is afraid the U.S. has become a "very mean political society" and our main source of information, mainstream media, "has become corporatized." "Question everything," he said, and "always, always verify."

Courageous Conversations is sponsored by Third World Alliance, WSU President's Office, Multicultural Affairs, Affirmative Action & Compliance, Center for Human Rights, Latino Education Institute, Public Relations, and the Amnesty Club.

Scholar Shares Root Causes of Genocide

From left, Clark University Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change Ellen Foley, Ph.D., WSU Professor of Philosophy Henry Theriault, Ph.D., and Reva N. Adler, M.D., clinical professor, faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada, discuss genocide prevention techniques and research.

Reva N. Adler, M.D., clinical professor, faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada, thanked the students, faculty and staff who filled the Blue Lounge on Tuesday, March 8 for coming out to "hear someone talk about genocide prevention: Arguably one of the world's grimmest but paradoxically perhaps one of our most hopeful subjects."

Adler is the principal investigator on the study, "Addressing the Root Causes of Genocide," based in Rwanda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and West Darfur state in Sudan, and she works with several international advisory groups on genocide prevention.

In her 30-minute lecture, entitled "Addressing the Root Causes of Genocide at Home and Abroad: Gender, Behavior, and Public Health," Adler focused on the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Using a mix of statistics, research data, and testimony from perpetrators, supporters, and survivors, Adler outlined the environmental, psychological, sociological, and historical factors that led to the mass killing of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans. She also touched on the gender roles that "might be applicable to these sort of issues."

Adler was then joined for a panel discussion by WSU Professor of Philosophy Henry Theriault, Ph.D., scholar of genocide studies and prevention, and Clark University Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change Ellen Foley, Ph.D., a medical anthropologist studying gender, global health, and development in West Africa.

"One of the challenges of the prevention of genocide is real prevention has to happen before anyone is aware that really that many problems are coming," Theriault noted.

Adler later led a faculty seminar entitled "Just as Rain Falls and the River Fills: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genocide Prevention." It was open to all Colleges of Worcester Consortium faculty and graduate students.

WSU Associate Professor of English and Global Studies Program Director Josna Rege, Ph.D., coordinated both events.

Check out Dr. Adler's lecture on the WSU YouTube Channel.

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Scope of Celebration of Scholarship
and Creativity Expands

The annual WSU Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, set for April 20, 2011, will incorporate panel presentations, performances, and poster exhibits representing student and faculty work across the curriculum. According to Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Charles Cullum, "This year, we are pleased to expand the scope of the event by including readings of critical papers, discussions, and performances, as well as poster presentations."

The plan, he said, is to hold an event that more accurately reflects the wide range of academic and artistic projects going on across campus. Posters will be exhibited in the Student Center from 3-5, and a faculty committee will develop a schedule for times and locations of panels and performances once all submissions are in.

Faculty-guided student projects and faculty work done between May 1, 2010, and April 20, 2011, are eligible for this year's event. To ensure that work is included in the booklet of exhibits, please submit project details and a 150-word abstract or description, as appropriate, to no later than March 22. Address questions about the event to Maureen Shamgochian ( in Academic Affairs.

Cullum added, "We are looking forward to a great day of presentations and performances!"

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Outreach to Deployed Students

The Committee to Build WSU as a Veteran Friendly Campus will be sending packages to our currently deployed students the second week in April. We are requesting donations of needed items (partial list below) to make up the packages from the campus community. E-mail for a complete list of items needed.

-- Envelopes, paper, pens, stamps
-- Gum, hard candy, throat drops
--Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
-- Instant coffee, creamer, sugar, powdered drink mixes
-- Granola bars, beef jerky, pop-top fruits or meals, Pop-tarts,
instant oatmeal, small cereal boxes
-- Games, CDs, DVDs, playing cards,
puzzle books, books, newspapers, magazines
-- Toiletries (plastic bottles), combs, hairbrushes, Q-tips, tissues
-- Zip lock bags, batteries, duct tape, disposable cameras

Collection boxes will be available throughout the campus beginning March 21. Some locations are: Office of Residence Life and Housing (Wasylean Hall -- First Floor), Counseling and Career Services Office (Student Center -- Third floor), Registrar's Office (Administration Building -- First floor), Center for Teaching and Learning (Sullivan Building -- First Floor). Future notices will include updates of collection locations.

If you have a son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter, sister/brother or parent who is currently deployed we would like to send a package to them as well. Please send their name(s) and mailing information to Please join this effort to support our community members who are serving our Country.

Tickets On Sale for Spring Play
Tickets are now on sale for BOY GETS GIRL at the Fuller Theater box office, second floor of the Administration Building. Performances: April 14, 15, 16 at 8pm / April 17 at 2pm. Students $7 / Seniors (65+) $10 / General $14.

Relevant, striking and contemporary, Rebecca Gilman's BOY GETS GIRL reveals what happens when a blind date takes a turn for the worse. Theresa Bedell is a career woman who's got everything figured out, until she goes on a few blind dates with Tony. After rejecting his offer for a third date, Theresa soon discovers that Tony's unrelenting attention is escalating; from a flurry of flowers, to witty apologies, and then threatening voicemails. Theresa realizes she must find a way out before it's too late.

A panel discussion will follow the the performance Friday, April 15. A limited number of tickets are available at the Student Center Info Desk. For Reservations call x8843.

Call for Nominations: Extraordinary Dedication Awards
Each year during our Opening Day Conference, we take a moment to recognize faculty and staff who go that extra mile for our students and colleagues. Recipients of the WSU Extraordinary Dedication Awards are nominated by their co-workers and have shown a consistent commitment to advancing the mission of the university.

Please consider nominating a colleague for this prestigious award. Nominations should be sent via email to or through campus mail until Friday, May 13, 2011. Please include information as to why you believe this individual is deserving of this honor.

Six individuals will be recognized in three categories: faculty, administrators (exempt and APA) and staff (AFSCME, Unit 1 and Unit 2). The nominees will be reviewed by a committee comprised of last year's recipients and their recommendation will be forwarded directly to me. Announcement of the awardees will be kept confidential until our program on Thursday, September 1, 2011.

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.

Diversity Office Workshop: Safe Zone: An Ally in You
The Diversity Office will be hosting their last training workshop of the semester. Safe Zone: An Ally in You is a workshop designed to increase awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues on campus. This workshop will be activity based and is designed to help attendees understand the importance of safe zones on campus. You are welcome to bring your own lunch; cookies and soft drinks will be provided. The workshop will take place at noon in the Student Center Fallon Room. Call ext. 8117 to register.

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Have a Heart Auction at Worcester State U

Telegram & Gazette 3/19/11
The Worcester State University Student Government Association will host the 20th annual Have a Heart Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need at ...

College theater takes the city stage
Worcester Magazine 3/18/11
"For students, many of whom have seen no or little theater beyond their high schools, these plays are an important part of their education. A production that is entertaining will grab their attention, but it is the ideas that stay with them," adds Zahler.

Worcester State announces presidential finalists 3/17/11
The list of candidates to become the next president of Worcester State University has been whittled to four. Trustees on Wednesday announced that the finalists are...

SCSU Interim President Vying For Job In Worcester
WTIC News 3/17/11
The list of candidates to become the next president of Worcester State University has been whittled to four. Trustees on Wednesday announced that the finalists are...

Worcester State announces presidential finalists 3/17/11
Trustees on Wednesday announced that the finalists are Mark Bilotta, chief executive officer of the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium Inc.; Stanley Battle, interim president of Southern Connecticut State University;....

WSU Announces Four Presidential Finalists
Worcester Business Journal 3/16/11
Worcester State University has four finalists to fill the president spot, including local candidate Mark P. Bilotta, CEO of the Colleges of Worcester ...

WSU candidates narrowed to 4
Worcester Telegram 3/17/11
According to college officials, the board of trustees hopes to interview the candidates over the next two weeks and a decision will be made at the trustees' April 4 meeting.

Worcester State announces presidential finalists
Boston Herald 3/17/11
The list of candidates to become the next president of Worcester State University has been whittled to four. Trustees on Wednesday announced that the finalists are Mark Bilotta, chief executive officer of the Colleges of the ...

Bilotta, head of college group, is finalist for...
Telegram & Gazette 3/16/11
Mark P. Bilotta, the head of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, is one of four finalists for the president's post at Worcester State University.

Standing tall after 125 years
Telegram & Gazette 3/13/11
Led by WPI freshman Sylvia Farol and Worcester State University student Tiffany Lillie, Ms. Cavaioli describes it as a safe place for young people to gain support and be exposed to ideas outside their school community. "There is an adult facilitator," ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 3/13/11
Worcester State University business adjunct professor Michael Shamgochian oversees a group of about 26 volunteers, comprised of current students, alumni and community members, who prepare state and federal tax returns for free in Sullivan 206 on the ...

Armenians in Japan Discuss Earthquake, Aftermath
The Armenian Weekly 3/15/11
Theriault, a professor of philosophy at Worcester State College, said the earthquake had brought out the best in Japanese society. "Even in the midst of this great crisis, so many Japanese people are setting an example for the rest of ...

High school science fair, robotics contest at WPI
Telegram & Gazette 3/11/11
Other colleges in the city offer dual enrollment programs to Worcester public school students, in which high school students can take one or more college courses while still enrolled in their high school. The most popular have been Worcester State University...

Class of '99 graduates return as teachers
Community Advocate 3/11/11
While in the Coast Guard Academy, Cullen studied engineering but later left and attended Worcester State University, where he graduated with a major in psychology. He then moved to Canada for a few years, spending time managing several restaurants. ...

At Worcester State, panelists call for
understanding on immigration

Telegram & Gazette 3/9/11
Sarang Sekhavat of the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition speaks during a forum at Worcester State University yesterday. ...

Gas price pain
Telegram & Gazette 3/7/11
Worcester State University student Juliette Pinto said she takes the train to Boston when traveling. Being young, driving with friends is something she enjoys, but gas prices are cutting into her time on the road. "It's just too expensive and since I'm ...

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Tues., Mar. 22

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Rhode Island College

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 23

Diversity Office Workshop
Safe Zone: An Ally in You
Student Center,
Fallon Room


SEC Comedy Series:
Dave & Ethan

Student Center
Blue Lounge

8 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 24

Presidential Candidate:
James F. Conneely
Campus Schedule

"Hypnosis Gone Wild"
Comedy Night with
Dan Candell

Sponsored by WSU
Student Education Assoc.
Chandler Magnet
School Auditorium

7 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 25

20th Annual Auction to
Benefit Homeless
& Children in Need

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

Preview at 5 p.m.
Auction at 6 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Westfield State

Coughlin Stadium

Sat., Mar. 26

Worcester City Meet
Coughlin Stadium
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Tues., Mar. 29

Presidential Candidate:
Mark P. Bilotta
Campus Schedule

Wed., Mar. 30

Presidential Candidate:
Barry M. Maloney
Campus Schedule

Jim Keady
"Behind the Swoosh:
Sweatshops and
Social Justice"

Student Center
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Mar. 31

Presidential Candidate:
Stanley F. Battle
Campus Schedule

Sat., Apr. 2

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Westfield State

Coughlin Field

Softball vs.
Westfield State

Rockwood Field

TWA Multicultural
Show: 'E Pluribus

Sullivan Aud.
6 p.m.


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