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May 7, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Celebrates First Graduate School
Commencement; Undergraduate Ceremony
to take place May 12

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Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Humanities and Social Sciences) gave an invited talk at the Seminar on the City dinner and discussion, held in the Faculty House at Columbia University on May 1st. Boehm's talk "Marching in the Rain: African American Women Workers in Detroit During World War II," drew from her current research. Boehm also published a book review in the April 2012 edition of the American Historical Review of Luther Adams' book, Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is the author of "Trenching and Excavation: Preventing Workplace Fatalities" which was recently published in the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) participated and presented at a Criminal Justice Conference in celebration of Massasoit Community College's 40th anniversary of offering Criminal Justice programs. The conference was held on April 27, 2012 at the Massasoit Conference Center in Brockton.

Professor Morreale presented a paper titled "The State of Criminal Justice Education," covering the evolution and growth of the Criminal Justice discipline, along with Professor Patricia Gavin from Anna Maria College.

In addition, he presented and moderated on a panel focused on exploring the possibility of creating a Criminal Justice Education Association in Massachusetts. The panel consisted of Dr. Robert Jerin of Endicott College, Dr. Marcel Beausoliel of Fitchburg State University and Professor Dawn Couture, from Dean College. More than 125 were in attendance representing community colleges, state and private colleges and universities. It was agreed to begin the process of creating the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Education Association (MCJEA) to include professors and students.

Maureen Power (Urban Studies and Intergenerational Urban Institute) was an invited speaker at the World Health Day 2012 conference: Population Aging and Urbanization...A Meeting of the Minds. It was held at Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston. The program featured the Executive Director of the World Health Organization, professors from Harvard, Tufts, the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. While other speakers focused on the biological aspects of aging, Professor Power's presentation, "Educated Engaged Energized: Elders Creating Secure Communities," focused on the social aspects. It highlighted WSU's age-integrated campus and identified how elders are connected with younger students to create change in community. The presentation was very well received and she has been invited to present to the staff at the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been selected to present her artists' books at the National Book Arts Exhibition organized by ARA- Greece (Les Amis de la Reliure d'Art). The exhibition will take place at the Municipal Kalithea Pinacotheque, in Athens, Greece from May 3-15, 2012.

David St. Martin (University Police) was re-appointed as a Worcester County reserve deputy sheriff through the Reserve Deputy Sheriff's Association on April 28, 2012. Reserve deputies have all the powers, duties, authority, responsibility and honors of a deputy sheriff when called upon by the High Sheriff.

Henry Theriault (Philosophy) is the author of Post-Denial Denial, which was published on April 30 in The Armenian Weekly.

On April 21, 2012, Danielle Paige, sophomore English major, represented Worcester State at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference at Assumption College: "Shakespeare Recycled." In the session "Re-Reeling Shakespeare," Danielle presented and successfully fielded questions on "Shakespeare on the Waterfront," an exploration of Elia Kazan's adapting the revenge tragedy framework of character and conflict in Hamlet to his study of corruption and redemption in "On the Waterfront." The undergraduate conference is highly competitive, and Danielle's paper was selected for presentation along with the work of students from colleges in the Consortium (Clark, Holy, Cross, Fitchburg State, and Assumption), as well as from across New England (Bentley University; UMass Boston, Dartmouth, and Amherst; Boston University; University of New Hampshire; and Bridgewater State) and as far away as Kenyon College and Ohio State University.

For the second year in a row, Worcester State University faculty and family members participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Research 5K/10K run/walk, held in Westborough on Sunday April 29, in honor of past family and colleagues who had this disease. In particular we were thinking about our past friend and colleague Jim Lyons this year. A group of Jim's closest family members joined the Worcester State team; some traveled from New York for the event. Our team leader Maura Pavao ran the 10K and everyone else ran or walked the 5K route. The event raised more than $75,000. We would like to thank our friends who encouraged us to do this and who gave us pledges and donations. We hope that the Worcester State team grows for next year.

Photo front row, left to right: Jacqueline Jeon-Chapman, Malcolm Barnard (age 6), Daron Barnard, Frances Fynan, Judith Jeon-Chapman and Mary Kreitinger. Middle row: Peter Bradley, Helga Lyons, Aidan Pavao, Maura Pavao, Latifeh Amini-Kormi, Rosslyn Bradley '92, Ellen Fynan. Back row: Joseph Lyons, Joseph Kreitinger and Mike Lyons. Jim's brother Joseph was also present but is not in the photo.

For the second year in a row, WSU has earned Worcester Community Action Council's Donor of the Month for May 2012, for participation in the Worcester Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

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Anticipating 'Contagion' --
Next Year's Theme Semester

By Chelsea Tougas '12

Worcester State University's upcoming theme semester for the 2012-2013 academic year will be "Contagion: How Things and Ideas Spread and Evolve."

The topic of contagion was chosen to highlight how ideas and opinions spread and relate to all subjects, not just the health discipline. The current list of classes being offered next fall as part of Theme Semester includes: Art Since Mid-Century, Medical Microbiology, Patterns in Criminality, Planned Change in Criminal Justice, Crime and the Media, History of Criminal Justice, Contagion: People and Crime, International Trade, Social Studies and Multiculturalism, Geographic Information Systems, It's Going Viral, Food in America, Dictatorship and Revolution in Latin America, Modern Latin America, American Revolutionary Period, Calculus I, Probability, Integrated Science, Genocide and Human Rights, History of Modern Philosophy, The Psychology of the Simpsons, Fads and Fashions: Innovation and Diffusion, Research Methods, Social Networks and Social Network Analysis, Rehearsal and Performance, Theatre Practicum, Devised Theatre, and Technology, Public Policy and Urban Society.

"Having a wide variety courses will hopefully encourage students to connect the topic of contagion to many different subject areas," said Dr. Robert Brooks (Criminal Justice), director of Theme Semester.

In addition, the common book for first-year students will be The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. According to, "this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the 'colored' ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta's small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew."

The purpose of Theme Semester is to integrate student learning around a single topic, while making connections across courses, Brooks explained. Cross-departmental learning is also key to this program. Faculty and students alike also get to know each other better, even though they are in different fields of study.

Honor Society Celebrates 17 New Inductees

On Monday, April 30, the Worcester State University Lambda Kappa chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society held its 2012 induction ceremony. Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society that recognizes students who attend a significant number of classes during the evening and who earn a grade point average of 3.7 or higher after 30 credits or more at the university. This year's inductees have demonstrated leadership and scholarship while balancing academics, home and family, their professional lives and community involvement.

Dr. Bobbi Kyle, chapter councilor and associate dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, welcomed the students and performed the induction ceremony. Dr. William H. White, associate vice president for Continuing Education and Outreach and dean of the Graduate School, spoke to the students about what motivates us to continue learning and the importance of sharing their education with the community and the world. Karen Brammer, from the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, assisted in planning the ceremony and welcoming students and their families.

The following students were inducted at this year's event: Hiam Altali, John J. Balco, David W. Cote, Bettina Jung-Drew, Jonathan R. Kendall, Peter M. LaPointe, Jacqueline A. Lucero, Robert E. Lucier, Rachel Marie Mickens and Lorraine Swanson. Also inducted, but unable to attend the ceremony were Noor Ain, Melissa Carlman, Tina E. Kelly, Logan Meola, Monique Pierangeli, Natallia Shapira, and Amy R. Silberman.

WSU Celebrates Academic Achievement

Hundreds of students, friends and family attended the annual Academic Achievement Awards ceremony at Mechanics Hall last Tuesday. The steadfast support of our alumni provides critical support for the funding of the academic major awards. WSU alumni are dedicated to assisting today's students, tomorrow's alumni, with their contributions of financial resources, time and talent. The alumni are pleased and proud to honor and reward the highest ranking students in each of the academic disciplines.

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WSU Students Present Papers, Posters
at 18th Annual Statewide Undergraduate
Research Conference

Josna Rege, Department of English, WSU Campus Contact,
MA Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference

Professor Holly Ketterer (left) and Alicia Leland presented on "Family Environment and Impulsivity in Adolescence" at UMass Amherst.

On Friday, April 27, 2012, eight WSU students presented their research at the 18th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst. Two students delivered papers and six more gave poster presentations, sponsored by six WSU faculty members from four different departments.

This year the Psychology Department had the largest number of presenters, with two papers and four posters. Jennifer Gardner (faculty sponsor: Champika Soysa) presented a paper entitled, "Predictors of Stress and Well-Being: Social Capital, Self-Esteem, Popularity, and Technology Use." Carolyn Wilcomb (also sponsored by Professor Soysa) presented a paper titled, "Differential Prediction of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Self-Efficacy." Also in Psychology, Alicia Leland gave a poster presentation on "Family Environment and Impulsivity in Adolescence" and Emily Tripp gave a presentation on "Coping Skills and Impulsivity in Late Adolescence." Professor Holly Ketterer was the faculty sponsor for both students. Professor Seth Surgan served as the faculty sponsor for two student presenters: Elizabeth Howard, whose project was "Video Game Habits and Personality," and Amber Goulart, whose project was, "Check You Out: Facial Symmetry and Self-Esteem Among College Women."

Smbat Defterderian and Hurley Kane, two Marketing students sponsored by Professor Jay Mahoney, presented a poster on their project, the "Worcester State Hockey Fan Bus." Biology Major--and 2012 Class Marshall--Veronica Adams, sponsored by Professor Randall Tracy, presented a poster on "Emergency Department Research: An Undergraduate's Experience Volunteering in the Emergency Department."

Three students who had poster presentations accepted were unable to attend the conference: Huong Doan and Christin Harrington, both sponsored by Chemistry Professor Meghna Dilip, and Julie Broderick, sponsored by Management Professor Jay Mahoney. Nevertheless, they are to be commended for having carried out their research projects and prepared posters.

Congratulations to all the student participants on their hard work and initiative, and many thanks to their faculty sponsors.

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2012 Road Bowl Walking Challenge

WSU will be participating in the Road Bowl Walking Challenge again this year. The Road Bowl Walking Challenge begins on October 1 and ends on October 26. If you would like to take part in this event again this year please start getting your teams and your team captain ready and signed up. Also, please e-mail either Johanie Rodriguez or Carol Faron in the HR office with any questions. Please remember that teams are limited to 5 people. More information will be made available as it comes in. Good Luck!

VPA Senior to Present Capstone Performance
Sara Kendall, a graduating senior in Visual & Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre, is presenting her capstone performance at 7 p.m. in Fuller Theater. The performance, based on the work of Charlie Chaplin, is a short play conceived, written by, directed by and starring Ms. Kendall. In addition, she will be performing a one-woman piece conceived from Hamlet and created in an Independent Study with Dr. Sam O'Connell. The performances are free and open to the public.

Nominations Sought for Extraordinary Dedication Award
Each year during our Opening Day Conference, we take a moment to recognize faculty and staff who go that extra mile for our students and colleagues. Recipients of our Extraordinary Dedication Awards are nominated by their co-workers and have shown a consistent commitment to advancing the mission of the college.

The campus community is encouraged to nominate a colleague for this prestigious award. Nominations will be received in the President's Office via email to or through campus mail until Thursday, May 31. Please include information as to why you believe this individual is deserving of this honor.

We will recognize six individuals in three categories: faculty, administrators (exempt and APA) and staff (AFSCME, Unit 1 and Unit 2). The nominees will be reviewed by a committee comprised of last year's recipients and their recommendation will be forwarded directly to me. Announcement of the awardees will be kept confidential until our program on September 4.

Speech-Language-Hearing Center Open House
The Speech-Language-Hearing Center will be hosting an informational session on hearing, hearing loss and aids on Monday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Ghosh Center for Science and Technology, Room 115. Complimentary hearing screenings will be available during their open house, May 15-18, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Local Student on '29 Who Shine' List

North Andover Patch
Abigail Chmielecki is the honoree for Worcester State University. Chmielecki is a history major with a Spanish minor in the Commonwealth Honors Program at that school...

2012 PNG Young Numismatist Scholarship Winner Announced
Coin Update
He just completed his junior year at Worcester State University, and says he's now looking forward to learning about coin grading at the ANA Summer Seminar.

Worcester State University Choral to perform at Brookfield church concert series
Telegram & Gazette Towns
The Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church Concert Series presents the Worcester State University Choral, under the direction of Dr. Christie Nigro at 7 p.m. May 12.

Lancers host tourney
Telegram & Gazette
The Worcester State softball team shared the 2011 MASCAC regular-season title with Westfield State, captured the MASCAC Tournament, and won a game in the NCAAs.

Local Pens: Liz Steele
Worcester Magazine
I graduated from Worcester State College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology ... After working as a special education teacher for several years, I decided to follow my passion for writing.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette
The Worcester State University Chorale will travel anywhere within a half hour of Worcester and will sing two prepared songs for moms or other special women on Mother's Day. The fee of $75 also includes a flower, and a card. To book a Mother's Day Gram ...

Holy Cross Naval ROTC battalion holds President's Revue
Community Advocate
... includes midshipman not only from The College of the Holy Cross, but from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University as well.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette
It's the legacy of Mr. Merken, who retired from WSU in 2010 after 52 years of service that College Town wants to mention. Today, Worcester State University will honor the professor emeritus at the 18th annual Scholarship Tea ...

Vetros still has passion for education
Coulter Press
Vetros took a graduate program at Worcester State College, to become an administrator, and was named the assistant principal in 1992.

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Wed., May 9

Recognition Event

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.

"Help Wanted"
(Short Play by
Sara Kendall '12)

Admin. Building,
Fuller Theater

7 p.m.

Thurs., May 10

Nurses Pinning

Sullivan Auditorium
6 p.m.

Sat., May 12

DCU Center
More Info

WSU Chorale
in Concert

Brookfield, Mass.
7-9 p.m.

May 19-20

Reunion Weekend

Golden Grads


Sat., May 26

A Dialogue of the
Performing Arts:
What to teach.
What to learn.
Thomas Brennan '12
Holy Name H.S.
8 p.m.


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