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March 12, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU's Civil War Anniversary
Commemoration Continues with
"Harriet Tubman" Performance

Field Hockey Team Honored With NFHCA
SGI/Gladiator Academic Team Award

Lemaire Named Women's Indoor
Track New England Coach of the Year

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Andrea Bilics (Occupational Therapy) was elected chairperson of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA) Commission on Education. The Commission on Education chairperson is responsible for promoting the quality of education for occupational therapy practitioners relative to educator and student needs. The chairperson works to identify, review, prioritize, and take action on education-related issues, maintain and approve standards, regulate educational materials, and analyze trends in the academic setting. Professor Bilics has been an AOTA member since 1971.

Maryellen Brisbois (Nursing) will be presenting a poster "Chemotherapy-induced Premature Menopause and Latinas with Breast Cancer: The State of the Science" at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 24th Annual Scientific Session at Yale University March 29.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is the author of "Lockout and Tagout Procedures to Prevent Occupational Injury and Fatality" which was recently published in the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) recently had an article published in ACJS Now (January 2012) titled "The "Pracademic" in Criminal Justice Education." The article focuses on the issues and benefits of a balanced faculty for student learning and research. Professor Morreale co-authored the piece with Dr. James E. McCabe, Sacred Heart University. (ACJS Now, Vol. 6, Issue2, January 2012.)

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been selected to exhibit her artwork at the Painting and Mixed Media Competition 2011 at Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.

On March 3, 36 high school girls from four Worcester public high schools came to campus to take part in the 4th annual Math Day for High School Girls. Mathematics majors Jenny Post, Emmalee Small, Stephanie Akman, and Marie Jezierski held hands-on sessions on Large Numbers, Quilts, Voting Methods, and Problem Solving. The event was very well received. It was supported by a Tensor Grant for Women in Mathematics awarded to Maria Fung (Mathematics) by the Mathematical Association of America.

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Student Exhibit on Display in The Gallery

Students in the Life Studio and Drawing 1 class this semester worked on this drawing from an image of the Neptune Fountain by Bartolomeo Ammannati in Florence, Italy.

The student artists are Noor Aim, Maciej Baczek, Mary Ball, Erin Buckley, Anthony Bourget, Sean Conners, Aimee Cotnoir, Courtney Crowley, Tyson Cox (pictured), Scott Danelius, Jess Dewitt, Steve Ferelli, Amy Gaddis, Joe Geagea, Bridgette Hains, Raul Hassett, John Hawk, Jyothi Khawani, Siera Lamontagne, Robyn Linscott, Sarah Mckenzie, Aija Nicholopoulos, Mark Owen (pictured), Stacy Rivera, Isaac Ruiz, Dan Shanahan, Asia Simpson, Stephen Stark, Brittany Tolman, and Matt Turgiss.

This is among the student artwork on display in The Gallery (Ghosh Building, First Floor) through Thursday, April 5. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 pm.

Dave Stevens Encourages
Students to Follow Their Dreams

By: Chelsea Tougas '12

After viewing a 20-minute inspiring video about his life as a congenital amputee, Dave Stevens told students, "You can do anything you set your mind to." Stevens gave his "Impossible Dream" lecture Wednesday, March 6 in the Student Center's Blue Lounge.

"I never knew what it was like to have legs, so I do not wish I had them," said Stevens, who was born in 1966 without legs due to his birth mother taking thalidomide while she was pregnant. He reminded the students that they are leaders and they "can shape and mold the world." He also encouraged them to "never give up, keep fighting, keep battling, and always go for your dreams." Stevens said he is very thankful to his adoptive parents and for his three sons, ages 8, 6 and 4, whom he is raising alone.

Even though he had a disability, Stevens was a three-sport athlete (football, baseball and wrestling) at Wickenburg High School in Arizona. While there, he set three Arizona state records--most takedowns in a single wrestling season (118), most career baseball walks (96) that was previously held by Bob Horner, and the season record for walks (46). He went on to attend Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was a varsity letterman in football from 1987-90. He was also a varsity letterman in baseball in 1987, a year his team played in the Division III national tournament.

While attending Augsburg College, Stevens fulfilled another dream: He got a job at a local television station as a newscaster. People would only see him from the waist up when he was on television so he would appear "normal to society." Though Stevens doesn't care what other people think of him, he said he still tells his children and everyone around him to "not judge a book by its cover." Stevens said he does not want anyone to treat him differently, but does want people to realize that they are lucky to have simple things, like walking on legs, and not to take such things for granted.

After college, Stevens played for the St. Paul Saints, a Minor League Baseball team. To this date he is the only congenital amputee to ever play college football or Minor League Baseball. He said, "I feel blessed. Lots of opportunities have come my way."

He is currently working for ESPN as manager of the assignment desk, and his team is responsible for coordinating coverage for all sports teams in the United States. This is his 17th year at ESPN, and, Stevens said, he loves every day of his job.

Stevens said that many challenges come into his life every day, but he does not wish things to be any different. Before he wrapped up his lecture, he told the audience, "Be thankful for the people in your life."

To learn more about Stevens and watch the video shown during his lecture, visit

WSU Hosts ALANA Conference

On Saturday, February 11, Worcester State University and the Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium ALANA Support Network Crossing Boundaries conference. Each year, this conference provides ALANA students the opportunity to network, to develop leadership skills, and to better understand themselves as it relates to their academic and professional career goals. This year, nearly 100 students from across the city participated in a five-hour-long conference titled; "Who Am I?: Empowering Me To Be Me" with WSU faculty guest speaker Professor Guillermina Elissondo (World Languages). Other guest lecturers included Prof. Fisher (Holy Cross) and Bonnie Hall (WPI Admissions), as well as recent COWC ALANA alums Che Anderson '11 (Holy Cross) and Jesus Torres Nunez '11 (Anna Maria College). Keynote speakers included Becker College President, Dr. Robert Johnson and Worcester NAACP President, Dr. Ravi Perry.

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Summer Registration Begins Tuesday, March 13

The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education will begin Summer I and Summer II registration on Tuesday, March 13. A link to registration can be found on the WSU home page. On the registration site, students will be able to view the schedule and register. Students can either register on-line or in the DGCE Office on or after March 13 and payment is expected at the time of registration.

Nominations Sought for 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 20. Nominations can be obtained online or requesting a form to be sent to you by emailing Tim Sullivan at 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.

Academic Success Center Recruiting for Peer Tutors
The Academic Success Center is currently recruiting peer tutors. By becoming a tutor, students gain excellent leadership experience, acquire tutor certification, and develop their presentation skills. Among many other benefits, including part-time employment on campus, students also act as role models who provide guidance to others. The application can be picked up in the Academic Success Center (A-130), or found online. The application is due back to the Academic Success Center by 2pm on Friday, March 30. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, be enrolled in a degree program, and have a letter grade of B or higher in the classes they wish to tutor. We are looking for enthusiastic students who demonstrate flexibility, creativity, humor, dedication and professionalism. If you know of any students who meet these standards, please encourage them to apply!

Workshop: The Impact of Stereotyping & Prejudice
The Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action and Compliance will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, March 15 at noon in the Student Center Fallon Room. The workshop "The Impact of Stereotyping and Prejudice," will examine theoretical views regarding the origins of stereotyping cultures and religions, and the effects of communities. Bring your lunch. Cookies and soft drinks will be provided. Please register for the workshop by calling 508-929-8117.

Scholarship & Creativity Research Projects Due by 3/29
As a reminder, the fifth annual WSU Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity is scheduled for April 18, 2012. Posters will be exhibited in the Student Center from 3-5 p.m., and the Celebration committee will develop the schedule for times and locations of panels and performances once all submissions are in. To ensure that work is included in the booklet of exhibits and that a schedule can be posted, please submit project details and a 150-word abstract or description, as appropriate, to no later than March 29. Faculty-guided student projects and faculty work done between May 1, 2011, and April 18, 2012, are eligible for this year's event. Address questions to Maureen Shamgochian ( in Academic Affairs.

Presidential Student Ambassadors Program Launches
Faculty and Staff, please let your students know about the WSU Presidential Student Ambassadors program. This stellar group of undergraduate students will expand their engagements with the University and will develop resume and career building skills. The Presidential Student Ambassadors will serve as student representatives of the University at events both on and off campus, and will participate in a variety of community service initiatives. They will also be afforded the opportunity to communicate and work with community and business leaders while building lifelong career skills and networking prospects. The Ambassadors will attend social functions, provide tours with visiting dignitaries, and speak about student life and academic experiences. They will have the opportunity to learn from and work with the Worcester State University President, Board of Trustees, Worcester State Foundation, and Alumni. For more information and to apply online, please visit

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College Town

Telegram & Gazette 3/11/12
Worcester State University will host one of those for whom an increase in visibility brought an increase in fear. Jose Antonio Vargas will speak about the issue of immigration at 10 a.m. March 15 in WSU?s student center.

Special Olympians go for gold
Telegram & Gazette 3/11/12
Overall, some 2,400 athletes stormed the region for the Massachusetts Special Olympics? largest event of the is at...Worcester State University...

Worcester State's Wise, Richard shine at D3 NCAAs
Telegram & Gazette 3/10/12
Junior Briana Wise of Worcester State, a Burncoat High graduate, placed 12th yesterday in the 60 meters at the NCAA Division 3 Indoor Track Championships in Grinnell, Iowa.

Free tax assistance offered at Worcester State
Telegram & Gazette 3/7/12
Worcester State University students, alumni and volunteers are again offering free, confidential tax preparation to taxpayers with incomes of $50,000 and under.

Indoor Track and Field
Little Falls Times 3/7/12
Brianna Wise, a Worcester State University junior who was seeded fastest at 24.40 seconds, set a meet record with her winning time of 24.69.

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Wed., Mar. 14

Harriet Tubman:
One Woman Play

Sullivan Aud.
10 a.m.

"Green Chemistry:
Sustainability with
Nature's Resources"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

10:30 a.m.

Harriet Tubman:

Sullivan, Eager Aud.
(Rm 146)

2 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Plymouth State

Coughlin Stadium
4 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 15

"Define American:
My Life as an

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

10 a.m.

One Poem And...
Sullivan, Rm. 305
3 p.m.

Sun., Mar. 18

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Husson College

Coughlin Stadium


Student Art Show
in The Gallery
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
, until Apr. 5
Tues-Sat, 1-4 p.m.


Mar. 19-24

Spring Break
No Classes

Mon., Mar. 19

LPN to BS in Nursing
Info Session

Assabet Valley H.S.
215 Fitchburg Street
Marlborough, Mass.

6-7:30 p.m.


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