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April 11, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Students Among Awardees of
$430,000 in Tsongas Scholarships

Nursing Department to be Named in
Honor of Founder Dr. Lillian Goodman

Board of Trustees Vote to
Recommend New President

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Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) authored Selective Estrogen Modulators for the Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer which was published in the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nursing. Selective estrogen receptor modu­lators (SERMs), including toremifene, raloxifene, and tamoxifen, are competi­tive inhibitors of estrogen binding to es­trogen receptors (ERs). These SERMs can have mixed agonist and antagonist activity, depending on the target tissue. SERMS including raloxifene and tamoxifen have antiestrogenic activity in breast tissue, thereby reducing epithelial cell proliferation. Selective estrogen receptor modu­lators may offer a primary preventive strategy for breast cancer.

Susan Fisher (Visual & Performing Arts) has a mixed media sculpture piece in the juried exhibition ? Roots,? on view at the Goddard House in Worcester from April 10-May 8. More information can be found at the Goddard House website.

Ellen Rearick (Nursing) presented a poster titled "Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences with Social Support and Family Management" at the 23rd Annual Scientific Session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Philadelphia, PA, March 24, 2011.

WSU Criminal Justice major Jose Alegria Alberto took part in the city's intercollegiate poetry contest which was held at the Worcester Public Library yesterday and sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Jose won both the manuscript and performance categories (there are only two categories) in this year's contest. Institutions represented were Holy Cross, Assumption, QCC, Mass College of Pharmacy and Fitchburg State University.

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Theatre Welcomes Guest Director
Christopher Webb for Boy Gets Girl

Ruby Pontbriand '11 (Visual & Performing Arts/Theatre Intern)

Professional, yet down to earth, Christopher Webb is new in the director's chair at Worcester State University, but is no stranger to directing and acting in the professional circuit of the theater business. Christopher Webb began at WSU as adjunct theater faculty in February and will direct WSU Theatre's production of Rebecca Gilman's Boy Gets Girl on April 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m.

Webb is involved in multiple facets of the theater world. He has appeared in numerous performances on stage and on film, and has directed numerous professional performances. In addition to teaching at WSU, he is a professor at Boston Conservatory.

After seeing a performance of Everyman at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago as a senior in high school, Webb remembers thinking, "OK, that's what I want to do. I want to do that for the rest of my life. I want to get paid to do that." Fifteen years have passed since that time, and Webb has proudly held positions in theater, an inspiration to college students pursuing such a career.

In regard to his experience working on Boy Gets Girl and transitioning to Worcester State, Webb remarks, "It's funny coming from the professional world where we do this for a living, and then coming from Boston Conservatory where everything for my students is all very high-stakes, everything is so important constantly, and it's hard sometimes I think to create art in that environment."

As Worcester State's VPA major is just beginning, Webb says, "One of the best things about this experience so far, coming here, is that everyone is doing this because they want to, because they have a love for it." Coming into the program with experience that stretches across state lines and crosses the professional and educational boundary, Webb reflects on what it's like to work on this show. "Between Adam (Zahler) and Susan (Johnson-Hood) and John (Hood) and Sam (O'Connell), you've got these four people who are incredibly talented, and incredibly dedicated, and incredibly intelligent, who care about this and care about you guys. That environment is so wonderful to come into," he says.

Event to Celebrate Local and Global Projects

Worcester State University will celebrate the local and global community service provided by WSU faculty, staff and students on Thursday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge.

Whether in the villages of Nicaragua or on the streets of Main South, WSU is making an impact on social issues and in the lives of others. The event will highlight and recognize faculty, student and community partner projects through personal stories and a multi-media presentation. Music will be provided by the WSU Chorale.

The event is free and open to the campus community and the public. The celebration is hosted by the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and The Intergenerational Urban Institute. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Fran Langille at 508-929-8900 or Joyce Mandell at 508-929-8635.

Author and Community Leaders Discuss
School Meal Programs for Cy Topol Lecture

From left, panelists Maureen Binienda, principal of South High Community School; Justine Kahn, director of child nutrition outreach for Project Bread; Donna Lombardi, director of school food services for Worcester Public Schools; and author and sociology professor Jan Poppendieck with Maureen Power, Ph.D., professor of Urban Studies and executive director of the Intergenerational Urban Institute.

Jan Poppendieck spoke to a packed Blue Lounge about her book Free for All: Fixing School Food in America as part of the annual Cy Topol Memorial Lecture, which was followed by a panel discussion. Cy "was a stalwart Elder" student who "loved these forums" and would often ask controversial questions, Maureen Power noted. Cy's daughter Carole Topol Orland spoke briefly about her father. Poppendieck talked about the "signs of change" in public-school food programs across the nation, most notably a shift from menus dominated by processed bulk food to ones featuring more locally grown ingredients. She advocated for federally funded universal free school-meals programs in the nation's public schools. "I believe universal free school meals are the way to improve our school food," she said. Students from South High Community School attended, some of whom sat with Thea Aschkenase '07, who volunteers at the school.

Couldn't make it to the event?
Watch this lecture (part 1 & part 2) on the WSU YouTube channel.

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Celebration of Scholarship and
Creativity Slated for April 20

The fourth annual WSU Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity will feature more than 90 student and faculty exhibits and presentations on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Growth patterns of baby Northern Red-bellied Cooters (an endangered species of turtles) currently being fostered
    in our Biology Department

  • How GIS is used to identify areas vulnerable to future
    infestation of Asian Longhorned Beetles

  • The relationship between nutrient-laden runoff and the
    frequency of Red Tide

  • How social participation affects recovery from alcoholism

  • The design and construction of a Victorian costume consisting of a long-sleeved bodice with high collar and pleated back, draped overskirt, floor-length underskirt, and ruffled petticoat.

The event, slated for Wednesday, April 20, will feature posters in the Blue Lounge and Exhibit Area of the Student Center from 3-5 p.m. The planning committee is finalizing a schedule of presentations and panel discussions for earlier in the day.

The celebration is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Worcester State community to share learning across the curriculum. Faculty members are urged to encourage their students to attend this event and explore work from a variety of disciplines.

Refreshments will be available.

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Birth Announcement

Jeremy Krauss, Associate Director of Admissions, and his wife welcomed
a baby girl, Greta, on Monday, April 11.

Nursing Class to Donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths
The nursing junior's are anxiously awaiting their new hairdo's! They will be cutting their hair on Sunday, April 17 and donating it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths foundation! If you have already donated to their cause then thank you so much for your generosity. If you have not, please consider donating $1, $5, $10 to the nursing class of 2012. Every dollar counts and it's promoting a great thing that all nurses have set out to do - give back to others. Cash is accepted and Checks can be made out to SATF and given to Cindy Donahue in the Nursing office.

Books Needed for Summer Reading
Worcester State University will once again participate in the annual Worcester "Give A Book" Drive. Thanks to your generosity, WSU has donated over 1300 books in the last three years. The drive is put on by "Worcester: The City that Reads" committee which is led by school committee member John Monfredo. The goal of the city-wide book drive is to collect K-8 level books for distribution by the Worcester Public Schools to students who don't have the means to obtain adequate books for summer reading. New or gently used books would be greatly appreciated. Books will be collected until the end of April in the Public Relations and Marketing Office (Admin Building, Room 231). If you have any questions or need a helping hand getting them to the office, please call 508-929-8018. Thank you!

Call for Nominations - Ella May Whitney Award
Nominations are currently being accepted for the Ella May Whitney Award. This award is announced during the Commencement ceremony and is awarded to a senior. Criteria for selection include scholarship, social aptitude, personality, leadership, executive ability, growth, integrity and above all else, a participation in school activities. A minimum GPA is required for consideration. A cash prize is awarded along with the honor. Nominations are currently being accepted by faculty, staff and students until Friday, April 22. Nominations can be obtained by going to visiting the Student Center/Student Activities department website and clicking on the Ella May Whitney Award or by requesting a form to be sent to you by emailing The selection process has been revised this year and we are looking for a few faculty and/or staff who would be interested in being a member of the selection committee. Please let me know if you may be interested.

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English can be learned many ways

Telegram & Gazette 4/11/11
Mary Jo Marion, executive director of the Latino Education Institute, believes the dual language approach provides a faster, more proficient route to English proficiency.

Lancer runs away with 400 hurdles
Telegram & Gazette 4/10/11
Freshman Kevin Maciel won the 400-meter hurdles (56.44) and qualified for the ECAC Championship for Worcester State (161 points), which won the team title over host UMass-Dartmouth (131) and seven other teams.

Who's packing? Keeping the peace on campus
Telegram & Gazette 4/10/11
"Students have to understand we're here to protect them " who knows the campus best" Campus police," Chief Naughton said.

Area college students duel for poetry prize
Telegram & Gazette 4/9/11
Jose Alegria Alberto of Worcester State University...The students will perform one of the poems they have submitted in their poetry manuscripts and will be judged by local poets Bob Gill, Carle A. Johnson, and Diane Mulligan on

WSU Presidential Selection Press Coverage

Telegram & Gazette
Worcester Business Journal
Boston Herald

The Rise of Lyme
Worcester Magazine 3/30/11
"Ticks are actually pretty cool," says Tze Hei Yong, a professor of insect ecology at Worcester State. "They have eight legs, so they are not insects. They are more closely related to spiders."

Inquiry: ADAM ZAHLER: Breaking The Code
90.5 FM WICN Public Radio 3/23/11
Inquiry welcomes back Stage Director and professor ADAM ZAHLER to talk about his next project directing Hugh Whitemore's BREAKING THE CODE at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge April 7 to May 8.

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Wed., Apr. 13

Softball vs. WPI
Rockwood Field
4 p.m.

Poetry Reading
Student Center,
Fallon Room

7 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 14

Celebration of
Service Across
the Campus

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1 p.m.

Artist Speaker:
Willie Cole

LRC, Room 121
5 p.m.

WSU Theatre:
"Boy Gets Girl"

Fuller Theater
8 p.m.

Songs from the
Great American
Songbook with
the WSU Chorale

Nick's Bar & Rest.
124 Millbury St.,

8 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 15

WSU Theatre:
"Boy Gets Girl"

Fuller Theater
8 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 16

New England Historical Association Conference
Student Center
Pre-register by April 8
8 a.m.

Softball vs. MCLA
Rockwood Field

WSU Theatre:
"Boy Gets Girl"

Fuller Theater
8 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 17

WSU Theatre:
"Boy Gets Girl"

Fuller Theater
2 p.m.


Mon., Apr. 18

Patriot's Day Holiday
No Classes
Offices Closed

Wed., Apr. 20

Celebration of
Scholarship &

Student Center,
Exhibit Area &
Blue Lounge

Full schedule TBA
Posters; 3-5 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Bridgewater St.

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 21

Artist Speaker:
Lindsey Guile

LRC, Room 121
5-6:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading
Student Center,
Fallon Room

7 p.m.


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