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April 23, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


Dr. Imo Aisiku '92 to Deliver
2012 Commencement Address

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Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders) recently attended the national meeting of the American Academy of Audiology, AudiologyNow! 2012 in Boston. The theme of the conference was "audiology means business." This meeting was attended by about 7,000 audiologists from around the world. Professor Meyer presented research conducted with graduate student Erin Flynn on firefighters' hearing and with Aimee St. Hillaire and Lori Arnold regarding hearing conservations for preteens.

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Lyons Diamond Dedicated at Rockwood Park

Pictured here are members of the Lyons family at the dedication.

On Saturday, April 21, The City of Worcester and Worcester State University officially dedicated the Kevin D. Lyons Baseball Diamond at Rockwood Park, just before the squads MASCAC doubleheader against Bridgewater State University.

The Honorable Joseph Petty served as the master of ceremonies to an event that brought several state and local dignitaries, the Lyons friends and family together to mark the occasion.

"Events like this aren't built by accident, they are built with cooperation, people working together and that is exactly how this field was built," said Petty. ?We couldn't think of a better person to name it after than Kevin Lyons."

Lyons was a two-time graduate of Worcester State - with a bachelor's degree in 1965 and a masters degree in 1971, was a standout centerfielder and exceptional hitter on the 1964 and 1965 NESCAC Championship teams that posted a combined record of 26-1.

Lyons was inducted into the inaugural Worcester State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986 and he was an advocate for local youth and interscholastic athletic teams in the Worcester Community. He helped run the Press Box, a tavern on Lincoln Street, with his brother-in-law and helped make it a staple of the community.

Worcester State University and the Worcester State foundation contributed $540,000 toward 2.8 million, multi-year renovation project of Rockwood Field, which is city-owned property adjacent to the universities north parking lot.

WSU Students Bring Dance
Lessons to Chandler Magnet School

Friday, April 13 was a lucky day for grades K-6 at Chandler Magnet School because they danced their hearts out under the artistic direction of WSU choreographers, Nikki Beatrice '15, Spencer Hart '14, Lesli Patrock '15 and Delfi Vargas '13. As part of a service-learning experience in the Health Sciences Department, the choreographers taught the children a variety of dances, ranging from step dancing to hip hop to Latin to break dancing to free movement.

Chandler Magnet's Physical Education instructor, Christine McCarthy, welcomed the choreographers into four of her classes and provided a high level of assistance. The audience of more than 200 parents, fellow classmates, teachers and WSU students filled half the gym and provided that special attention performers love to make them shine.

"Works in Progress" began with the choreographers sharing some of their polished dance moves to a very appreciative audience. Vice Principal Christina Guertin, a dancer herself, was very supportive of the program and looks forward to seeing next fall's choreographers. Principal Ivonne Perez supported the dance project from beginning to end.

Students Help Local Residents
Collect $700k During Tax Season

By the end of the 2012 tax filing season, WSU student volunteers saw over 600 taxpayers, making this the most successful year ever. Thirteen WSU students and four Holy Cross students helped locals of all ages collect over $700,000 in federal refunds. The Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, which includes WSU and three other sites, filed for over $2.5 million in refunds this season. Students will receive official recognition from the IRS for their work, which saves Worcester taxpayers tens of thousands in tax preparation fees each year.

Photo of the Week: Senior Thesis Exhibit

Bethany Eddy '12 (left) poses with her exhibit models. Eddy is using historical costumes of important time periods to investigate their connections to today's art disciplines. Photo by Erika Anderson '13

The Senior Thesis art show opened last Wednesday evening featuring the culminating art work of Visual and Performing Arts seniors Bethany Eddy, Kayla Feist, Lukas Godaire, Brittni Kirk, and Bethany Strothers.

The show will be on view Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 pm, until May 10 or by appointment. Contact Catherine Wilcox-Titus for more information.

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Celebration Draws Over 90 Displays
of Student and Faculty Research

Over 90 students and faculty showcased posters in the Student Center Blue Lounge and Exhibit Area at the 5th Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity last Wednesday. This year's celebration included panel presentations that took place throughout campus, a senior thesis art exhibit and an evening documentary/panel discussion.

To read the abstracts on all the posters and presentations, visit the Celebration of Scholarship & Creativity webpage.

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Annual Employee Recognition Event

The annual Employee Recognition event, hosted by the Human Resources Office, will be held on May 9, at 3 p.m. in the Blue Lounge. This yearly event recognizes employee milestones and retirements and is open to the entire campus community. The Human Resources Office is in the process of putting together the program. A list is currently available of those who will be recognized at this year's event.

Visit for a PDF of the list. Please check the list for any errors and omissions. If you have changes to the list or would like to RSVP to the event, please contact Carol Faron at ext. 8666 or email at

Social Justice Summer Academy
Discount for Children of WSU Employees

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity is excited to announce the opening of the Middle School Social Justice Academy for summer 2012. The purpose of the Social Justice Academy is to introduce students to topics regarding identity, equality, access, and equity. The 2012 SJA will provide participants with a diverse curriculum and a variety of age appropriate labs, activities and team-building exercises. The goals of the academy are to educate and engage students; establish friendships; and explore opportunities and careers in related fields.

The Middle School SJA is a weeklong education experience held from June 25-29. The program will run from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily on the campus of Worcester State University. Lunch will be provided daily in the campus dining hall. The Middle School SJA program cost is $200 and includes instruction, lunch, and a program T-shirt.

Children of Worcester State University employees will be awarded a $50.00 reduction. If you would like more information, please contact the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity at Worcester State University by calling 508-929-8117 or email Application materials can be found at

Book Drive for K-8 Summer Reading
Worcester State University will once again participate in the annual Worcester "Give A Book" Drive. The drive is put on by "Worcester: The City that Reads" committee, which is led by Worcester school committee member John Monfredo '64, M.Ed. '67. 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 May 15 in the Public Relations and Marketing Office (Shaughnessy Administration 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!

Road Race to Support WPS Health & Wellness Programs
The Worcester Educational Development Foundation is proud to offer the Foley 5K Road Race on Sunday, May 6 to promote fitness in the community, while also raising valuable funds for health and wellness programs in the Worcester Public Schools. Proceeds from race entry fees go directly towards supplying the necessary equipment to enhance programs in the Worcester Public Schools such as the acquisition of jump ropes and balls for recess, equipment for physical education and funds for movement type clubs. Not a runner? No problem! There is also a 2-mile walker-friendly course that allows you to participate in the fun without having to train for a full 5K.

The race starts and finishes at Foley Stadium, Commerce Bank Field, 305 Chandler St, Worcester. Register on line at or visit

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Worcester State baseball team home at last

Telegram & Gazette
The Worcester State baseball team has earned four NCAA Division 3 Tournament berths over the last 10 seasons while playing "home" games at Tivnan Field, Assumption College, WPI, Holy Cross, ...

Champion of the Week
Leominster Champion
Worcester State senior and Leominster resident Erica Cordio has been named MASCAC Player of the Week for helping lead the Lancers to a 4-2 week. Cordio batted .429 with nine RBIs and 10 runs scored as she played flawless defense at ...

Nick Gezotis hit caps Lancers' eighth-inning rally
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 7, Becker 5: Junior Nick Gezotis drove in the go-ahead run to cap a four-run eighth inning as the Lancers (10-21) defeated the Hawks (15-14) at Rochdale Park in Leicester. Worcester State trailed, 4-2, entering the eighth, ...

Worcester Art Gallery Celebrates its 10th Annual Opening
"We have quite a few students from Worcester State and Clark. In addition, part of the jury was professors from those two schools," she said. According to Naylor, choosing the show's topic each year is a very difficult task and is done with the artists ...

Worcester State's Hannah Everson throws perfect game
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 2, Bridgewater State 1: Junior Hannah Everson threw the first perfect game in school history, striking out 12 in the opener for the Lancers (16-14, 8-2 MASCAC) at Rockwood Field.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette
Chartwells at Worcester State University was named 2012 Employer of the Year by Genesis Club Inc. for providing important transitional employment in the dining room and kitchen at the University.

Inside Guide: The Worcester Center for Crafts
While supporting entrepreneurship in the arts, Worcester Center for crafts also promotes an appreciation for the art itself throughout the region and enjoys an alliance with Worcester State University.

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Mon., Apr. 23

Speaker Series:
Arlene McConagle

Ghosh Center,
Room 102

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Research Talk with
Author Brigid O'Farrell

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6-7 p.m.

Tues., Apr. 24

Baseball vs.
Fitchburg State (DH)

Rockwood Field
2 & 4:30 p.m.

Softball vs.
Fitchburg State (DH)

Rockwood Field
5 & 7 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 25

Baseball vs.
Newbury College

Rockwood Field
4 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Elms College

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 26

Poetry Reading
Student Center,
Fallon Room

3 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Fisher College

Rockwood Field
4 p.m.

Softball vs.
Brandeis (DH)

Rockwood Field
5 & 7 p.m.

Student Recital
Sullivan Auditorium
7-9:30 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 27

Hearing Screenings

Ghosh Center,
Room 115

12-2 p.m.

Spring Dance Show
Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 29

Spring Dance Show
Sullivan Auditorium
2 p.m.

Chorale Performance
Overlook Performing
Arts Center

2-3:15 p.m.


Mon., Apr. 30

Softball vs.
Trinity College (DH)

Rockwood Field
5 & 7 p.m.

Tues., May 1

All Classes End

Wed., May 2

Reading Day

May 3-May 11

Final Exams
(Day Classes)

Sat., May 5

Spring Choral Concert
Our Lady of
the Angels Church
1222 Main St., Worcester

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sun., May 6

Graduate School
Brunch & Commencement


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