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February 27, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


Diversity Lecture Series to feature
Amputee Athlete Dave Stevens

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WSU President Barry Maloney and the University Incident Management Team attended the Senior Officials Workshop for All Hazards Preparedness that was held at WSU on February 14. The event brought together over 30 personnel from all levels of the University including, but not limited to, Academic Affairs, Students Affairs, Information Technology, University Police, Public Relations and Marketing, Facilities, and Residence Life and Housing. The day-long workshop provided a forum to discuss strategic- and executive-level issues related to disaster preparedness, share proven strategies and best practices and enhance coordination among officials responsible for emergency response to a disaster. The six-hour workshop was organized by WSU Emergency Coordinator David St. Martin and Chief of University Police Rosemary Naughton. The workshop was presented by Ronald Taylor and Steven Keim from the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) of Texas A&M University and was funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Linda Larrivee (Interim Dean, School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences), Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Emily Soltano (Psychology), and Karen Vine (WSU-SLP graduate BS, MS) recently published a research article in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The article, titled "English Phonology Development after International Adoption: A Case Study," is part of Soltano, Meyer, and Larrivee's longitudinal interdisciplinary research. Overall, their research has focused on English language development in young internationally adopted children. This article focused on a case study designed to determine changes and developmental patterns of English phonology and phonological patterns used by a young native Tagalog speaker. Results suggested that normal versus disordered patterns of second language phonology acquisition can be used to guide speech-language pathologists (SLP) in diagnosing phonological disorders in children learning English as their second language after international adoption.

Nathan Lee's (Visual & Performing Arts) scenic design of Uncle Vanya this past December at Apollinaire Theater Company, in Chelsea, Mass., is nominated for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award. Nathan is in the running for Best Set Design in the Small Theatre category. The IRNE awards ceremony will be held on April 23, 2012.

Worcester State Theatre's production of The Weir played to 440 people over this past weekend. The day before the opening, one of the cast, Joe Aliberti became ill. Kyle Maxwell, an alumnus, agreed to step in and with one rehearsal performed the role of Jim with book in hand. Sadly Joe was unable to return and Kyle continued in the role for the entire weekend.

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Career Event Raised Students'
Awareness About Future Careers

By Chelsea Tougas '12

The 3rd Annual Career Mentoring Event, "Piecing Together Your Career," brought Worcester State University students to the Student Center's Blue Lounge to listen to career advice and tips from WSU alumni, faculty and staff on Tuesday, February 21.

A panel of four business people started off the program by answering WSU students' questions and each panel member discussing their career paths and positions. Alumni Association's Advisory Board Vice President Kristina Jackson '93, Worcester State Foundation Board President Gregg Rosen '86, and Foundation Board members Dan Mastrototaro and Kerri Melley made up the esteemed panel.

Jackson discussed how to always "look for someone who could possibly be a mentor at your work" so they can help you grow as an employee and become a better businessperson. She spoke about her past mentors and how they always made her strive to be better, encouraged her to get her master's degree and higher up job positions in her place of work. Rosen revealed to the students that "networking is key" and to "become an expert at what you do" to succeed in your field of work.

After the panel discussion, dinner was served while the students mingled with the faculty, staff and alumni. Three break-out sessions followed the dinner, each lasting 20 minutes, to discuss relevant topics: "Know Yourself, Find Your Way -- Reflection, Self Assessment and Discovering Your Path," "Social Media and Networking 101," and "Exploring Your Options -- Work, Grad School and Entrepreneurship."

Each student who attended rotated between the three different sessions to experience and learn from the alumni, faculty and staff who were leading each group discussion. Overall, the students were able to connect in a positive way with the presenters as well as to get a better understanding of what will happen after graduation.

This career event helped me personally, being a student who is graduating in May, to be more prepared about what is to come. I liked the personal experiences that were given by the panelists about their current positions and how they moved through their career. It was nice to hear that it wasn't simple to begin their career and that they're still on their career journey. The panelists simply encouraged the students to do what they love, work hard and be focused on their career path. Even if a job won't last forever, all experiences can have a positive spin to them. In my opinion, the event was a huge success and helped the students have a better understanding of their future beyond WSU.

The next career event involving WSU will be the Colleges of Worcester Consortium Career Fair 2012. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at the Beechwood Hotel on Plantation Street in Worcester from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. The career fair will offer jobs, co-ops, internships and networking opportunities. Over 70 employers will be attending the career fair this year. For more information on this career fair, please visit:

Author Tells Tale of Conquering
Racism Through Friendships

Daryl Davis' quest to find out why some people think they are superior to others simply because of their skin color began in 1968, he told a rapt audience of students, faculty, staff, and community residents in the Student Center's Blue Lounge on Wednesday, February 22.

That was when, as a member of the Belmont, Mass. Cub Scouts, he was pelted with rocks, bottles and other things as he walked with his troop in a Patriots Day parade from Lexington to Concord. "My first inclination was they were angry at the Cub Scouts," Davis said. "It was incomprehensible to me that someone who never met me...would want to hurt me."

Even when his parents told him that white people were throwing things at him because he was black, Davis said he didn't believe them. But it was 1968, a "very turbulent year" in the Civil Rights Movement. Rather than be traumatized by the incident, Davis said he began reading every book that he could find on people of any race who thought their skin color made them superior. "I knew then that you are not born with this ideology," he said. He noticed that white men wrote all but two books about the Ku Klux Klan. Black men wrote the other two from the perspective of escaping a lynching.

An accomplished blues and R&B musician who graduated from Howard University with a degree in music, Davis told how his music brought him into contact with a Klan member and eventually launched his research for his book "Klan-Destine Relationships."

As a pianist in a country western band, Davis met the man when he played at what he called an all-white lounge in Frederick, Maryland. The man came over and said, "This is the first time I've heard a black man play like Jerry Lee Lewis." He didn't believe Davis when he said Jerry Lee Lewis learned his piano-playing style from black musicians. After inviting Davis over to his table for a drink, he said, "This is the first time I've had a drink with a black guy." Davis asked him why, and the man said he was a member of the KKK. "I burst out laughing," Davis said. They became friends, with the man coming to see Davis' band whenever they played at the lounge.

Eight years later, Davis decided to begin work on a book about the KKK and called his friend for help. He wanted to interview Roger Kelly, Maryland's Grand Dragon at the time and who later became Imperial Wizard.

"In my meeting with Roger Kelly, I learned that ignorance breeds fear," Davis said. They also became friends, with Kelly eventually visiting Davis in his home without a bodyguard and Kelly inviting Davis to Klan rallies. CNN found out about their friendship at a rally and did a story on them, which resulted in Davis getting a deal to publish "Klan-Destine Relationships."

While Kelly told CNN he believed in "separation of the races" despite his friendship with Davis, he told Klan members at a rally shown in the clip that he respected Davis because he listened to him. Davis told the audience to challenge those who disagree with them politely but firmly. "Chances are they will reciprocate."

Kelly has since quit the Klan and gave his robes, masks and hoods to Davis, which he showed the crowd.

Davis ended his lecture by playing a song on a keyboard similar to what he played the night he met the first Klansmen.

The Diversity Lecture Series is sponsored by the Student Center/Student Activities and Disability Services Offices.

Save the Date: Award-Winning Author,
Scholar and Investigative Journalist

Award-winning investigative journalist and author Christian Parenti will speak about his recent book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence on March 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center North/South Auditorium. Parenti is a professor at the School for International Training, a visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Puffin Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute.

He is the author of Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror, and The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq. His latest book, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, is based on more than six years of research and travel to deserts, war zones, slums, and struggling states across the world.

This event is sponsored by the WSU Global Studies program, Honors program, Departments of English, Philosophy, Physical and Earth Sciences and Sociology, Center for the Study of Human Rights and Theme Semester.

Save the Date: Civil Rights Beyond Black
and White: American Citizenship Policy

Research Associate and Professor Alexandra Filindra will speak about American citizenship policy on March 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Filindra is an assistant professor of Political Science at William Paterson University and a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Her field of interest is American public policy, immigration policy, race and ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, the Urban Affairs Review, International Migration, and other leading journals.

This event is sponsored by the WSU Honors program, Global Studies program, Departments of Urban Studies, Criminal Justice, History, Philosophy, English and Sociology and the Center for the Study of Human Rights.

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Academic Scholarships

It's time for students to apply for our 2012-2013 academic scholarships!
This year's directory features more than 120 named scholarships.
They are available to a wide variety of class years, majors, backgrounds, and interests, as well as varying levels of academic success and financial need. Please tell your students that they can learn more and apply at Students will use a new and improved electronic application form that will automatically recommend scholarships based on information they provide. The deadline is Monday, April 16 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, visit

Consortium Student Engagement Awards
On March 28, from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. at the Worcester Public Library, the Colleges of Worcester Consortium is hosting a student conference -- From Access to Success -- that will include Community Engagement Awards. Each participating school is asked to select a student or group of students who are doing work of value to both their host school and a community organization. We are hoping that this selection process will be a collaborative effort that reaches across each campus and includes multiple departments. Nominations are due March 5, 2012. If you know of exemplary work by and with students that involves community-based learning, please send a brief statement of nomination to

Summer Internship with PGA Tour Playoff Event
Do you know a Worcester State University student looking for a summer internship? Check out the Deutsche Bank Championship Summer Internship Program! The Deutsche Bank Championship's internship program is an extremely hands-on experience where students will have the opportunity to play a major role in the execution of a PGA Tour Playoff event. Championship interns become an extension of the full-time staff at the Deutsche Bank Championship and are given the chance to really experience the field of Sports and Event Management. Deadline to apply is February 29, 2012. For more information, click here.

Bookstore Leap Year Sale
ONE DAY ONLY! Wednesday, February 29. The bookstore is having a Leap Year sale and offering 25% off hoodies, MV Sport thermafleece, sweatpants, cold weather accessories, outerwear and clearance merchandise. Some restrictions apply; see store for details.

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Track and Field/All-New England Championship

Telegram & Gazette 2/26/12
Junior Briana Wise of Worcester won the 200-meter dash to become the first Worcester State woman to capture an event at the All-New Englands.

Lancers ice Falcons for first playoff win since 1977
Telegram & Gazette 2/26/12
A pair of third-period penalties on Worcester State actually doomed Fitchburg State's chances for a comeback as the Lancers prevailed, 4-1, in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference hockey...

Innovation, collegiate style
Telegram & Gazette 2/22/12
And Worcester State University has embraced a master plan designed to recapture green space, promote ride sharing, and reduce the paved area on campus.

Worcester State University Offers Free Tax Preparation 2/22/12
Preparing your taxes can be a labor-intensive task and quite complicated. Worcester State University is helping to ease the burden for area residents.

Fitchburg State knocked out by Lancers 2/26/12
Unfortunately for the hosts, familiar scoring problems plagued fourth-seeded Fitchburg State in Saturday's 4-1 loss to No. 5 Worcester State University at the Wallace Civic Center.

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Thurs., Mar. 1

Journalist & Author
Christian Parenti

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

11:30 a.m.

Fri., Mar. 2

Civil Rights Beyond
Black & White

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

10:30 a.m.


Tues., Mar. 6

Dave Stevens
"Impossible Dream"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.


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