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January 24, 2012 

SHORTCUTS:
News
Noteworthy
Around Campus
Research
Announcements
In the News



NEWS:

WSU Gallery to Host
Boston Printmakers Show



Dr. Imo Aisiku '92 to Deliver 136th Worcester
State University Commencement Address



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NOTEWORTHY:

Lieutenant Daniel Devine and Officer Michael Hoschek of the Worcester State University Police were presented Special Recognition Awards at the MACLEA (Massachusetts Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators) Christmas/Awards Meeting on December 15, 2011. Lieutenant Devine received his award for the Data Fetch Program being used in the Residence Halls (automated information-gathering software that decodes both state licenses and the OneCard platforms and enters them into a spreadsheet/database). Officer Hoschek received his award for the Tip Soft Program (anonymous incident-reporting software that operates on a text-friendly platform), which informs the University Police of "crimes in progress." Both recipients received plaques and recognition from the membership for their dedication to the University community.



Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) has been selected to exhibit her prints at the LAPS printmaking exchange exhibition "From Dublin to LA & Back" organized by the Black Church Print Studio and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. The show opened on January 12, 2012 at the Monster Truck Gallery in Dublin. More info: www.laprintmaking.com/site/home.



Adam Zahler (Visual and Performing Arts) recorded an interview on Inquiry with Mark Lynch on WICN. Zahler was on to discuss the two Spring '12 productions at Worcester State Theatre: The Weir (Feb. 23-26) and Dead Man's Cell Phone (Apr. 19-22). The podcast can be heard on the WICN website at www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/adam-zahler-weir-and-dead-mans-cell-phone.

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AROUND CAMPUS:

1,500 Attend NOFA/Mass. Conference at WSU


About 1,500 people attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter Winter Conference at Worcester State University's Student Center on Saturday, January 14, 2012. They spent the day in workshops, listening to a keynote speech by Ecology Action's Executive Director John Jeavons, meeting more than 75 exhibitors and vendors, and enjoying an all-local organic meal catered by Worcester State University's dining services vendor, Chartwells. The event also featured a children's conference.

The Chartwells' menu, devised by Dining Services Director Rich Perna, was a display of local cheeses, vegetarian local-carrot bisque, hearty vegan stew with barley, beef stew with root vegetables from area farms and local beef, apple cobbler with fresh whipped cream, local apple cider, local cranberry juice and fresh rolls with butter from a local farm.

The event is one of the largest annual conferences on organic growing in the Northeast.

NOFA?s Massachusetts Chapter members include farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.

Jeavons is known internationally as the leading researcher and method developer, teacher, and consultant for the small-scale, sustainable agricultural method known as "grow biointensive" mini-farming. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 30 publications on this high-yielding, resource-conserving biointensive approach. Jeavons' food-raising methods are being used in 141 countries and by such organizations as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps. His keynote was titled "Food and Our Future: Exciting Solutions Through Biologically Intensive Gardening." He also offered an all-day seminar titled "Planning Your Garden/Mini-Farm for the Future."

The annual conference was held at Worcester Technical High School in previous years.



President Holds Spring Semester Meeting

On Thursday, January 19, President Barry Maloney welcomed back faculty and staff at his spring semester town hall meeting. President Maloney discussed strategic priorities, capital improvement projects and his vision for the semester. To read his spring semester message, click here.


Student Wins Citizens Bank Scholarship

Scholarship winner Brenda Morgan (2nd from left) pictured with President Barry Maloney, and from Citizens Bank representatives.

WSU First-year student Brendan Morgan was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Citizens Bank. The TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship awarded a total of $50,000 in college scholarships to 20 students in New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. Citizens created the college scholarship program as a way to recognize students whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in their communities. The winners were chosen based on the responsibility and leadership skills they have demonstrated through community service. Nearly 1,800 college students applied for the scholarships. Brendan volunteers as a mentor, coach and "buddy" to a developmentally disabled individual.


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RESEARCH:

WSU Foundation Expands Student
Research Fund to Include Grad Students


The Worcester State Foundation has expanded the scope of its Student Research Grant Fund to support graduate students as well as matriculated full- and part-time undergraduate students. The Research Fund will provide up to $10,000 each academic year to support research, scholarship and creative activity as well as travel related to the presentation at a regional or national conference.

"This fund, started last year, has already yielded great results for our undergraduate students," said WSU Provost Dr. Charles Cullum. "For example, one student traveled to a national conference where his research project received the third place award. Now the fund will be used even more effectively through sponsorship of our graduate students as well. We are very grateful to the Foundation for broadening the range of their support."

Each year, grant recipients will present the results of the research, scholarly, or creative project, or the presentation given at the regional or national conference attended, at the WSU Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Students may also be asked to present their research findings or presentation to the members of the Board of Directors of the Worcester State Foundation or the Board of Trustees of Worcester State University.

"Our students are extraordinarily hard-working and engaged in research across the curriculum," noted Vice President of Institutional Advancement Tom McNamara. "The Worcester State Foundation is committed to expanding possibilities for research experience for our students, at all levels, in anyway we can."

A call for proposals will be announced at the beginning of each semester. Proposals will be accepted for student projects in the spring and summer up until Feb. 15. Applications and criteria are available with each Department Chair, through the offices of the Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Dean, School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences, and the Office of Academic Affairs.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Jimmy Fund Council of Colleges and Universities

Kimberly Chisholm, associate director of The Jimmy Fund, is looking for students and faculty interested in being part of The Jimmy Fund Council of Colleges and Universities. The launch for this project is March 1, and will begin with a tour of their facilities at Dana Farber and an outline of the council project, a project that will accent collaboration, creativity, educational and leadership experience. Anyone interested can contact Mark Wagner in the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, x 8635. mwagner2@worcester.edu

Washington Center Internship - Recruiter Campus Visit
The New England recruiter from the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will be on campus February 6th and the 7th. This extraordinary internship program provides opportunities for all majors and significant financial assistance is available for students who meet certain criteria. WSU student Sean Dugan recently returned from his Washington Center internship. While there he blogged about his experience. Read about it here. Please email Marcia Eagleson if you are interested in having the Washington Center rep come to your class. Please email with your class room name, location, time, and approximate number of students in the class.

CD of Messiah (Christmas portion)
Last semester's performance of Handel's Messiah by the combined choruses of WSU, soloists and orchestra was extremely well done. They are offering a copy (CD) of the performance to anyone who would like to order a copy. If you would like one, please send a check (or cash) for $8.00 payable to the WSU Chorus. Please send to Dr. Christie Nigro, LRC-325, Dept of Visual and Performing Arts, or stop by the office. This performance is a testament to the musical talent found here at WSU.

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WSU IN THE NEWS:

Reno looks to revitalize Yale program

Yale Daily News 1/20/12
Over his career at WSC Reno compiled 140 total tackles, six sacks, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions according to WSC Sports Information Director Steven Miller. Brien Cullen, WSC?s head coach, said that Reno's experience as a high school quarterback helped him to control the team's defensive formations.


Warren: Middle class is central issue
Telegram & Gazette 1/20/12
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren visits the Nu Café yesterday with Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, and speaks with Worcester State University students Miranda Smith, left, and Michelle Slater.


Bubbe Brings Charm of Traditional
Jewish Cooking to Woonsocket

Woonsocket Patch 1/19/12
Honig, who has a communications degree from Worcester State College, realized the marketing potential of the online shows early on and is credited with ...

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Jan. 24


Spring Auditions
for WSU Chorale

Sullivan Aud.
7 p.m.




Thurs., Jan. 26

One Poem And...
Sullivan, Room S-305
3 p.m.

Opening Reception -
Boston Printmakers
Show
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
5-7 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. R.I. College

Gymnasium
6 p.m.

Gary McKinstry "Connections"
An Event with
the Medium

Student Center,
Blue Lounge
Ticket Info
7-9 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Anna Maria

Gymnasium
8 p.m.




Sat., Jan. 28

Boston Printmakers
Show
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
1-4 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Bridgewater State

Gymnasium
3:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey
vs. Salem State

Horgan Rink
4:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Framingham State

Gymnasium
5:30 p.m.



 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Jan. 31


Boston Printmakers
Show
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
1-4 p.m.




Thurs., Feb. 2

Boston Printmakers
Show
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
1-4 p.m.

Ice Hockey vs. UMass Dartmouth
Horgan Rink
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Wheaton

Gymnasium
7 p.m.




Sat., Feb. 4

Boston Printmakers
Show
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
1-4 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. MCLA

Gymnasium
3:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. MCLA

Gymnasium
5:30 p.m.




 


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