Worcester State University

The University and the Museum: A Dynamic Relationship

Matthias Waschek
Worcester Art Museum

With about 32,000 students, Worcester has become a hub for higher education. A well-established institution with an extraordinary art collection of encyclopedic breadth, Worcester Art Museum can strengthen the teaching programs in the humanities and beyond, it can serve as an incubator for a shared arts center, it can become a highly dynamic university art museum, it can help attract students, faculty and staff. Sharing resources, planning responsibly and incrementally is the basis for measurable mid and long term success. WSU is an ideal partner to spearhead this endeavor.


City as Text: Using Global Cities in Urban Studies

Lisa Boehm
Professor and Chair, Urban Studies Department
Worcester State University

For over a decade, the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) has been promoting a program known as City as Text. City as Text allows honors students the opportunity to study the city in which the yearly NCHC conference is held, and to study on various campuses within the United States. This discussion will explore how the NCHC model can be paired with the exciting opportunity of study abroad in general, to create a sustainable program for our WSU honors, urban studies, and LASC program.

Sustainability: Expanding the Vision -- Past, Present, and Future

Steven Bandarra
Sustainability Coordinator

Robert Daniels
Associate Director/Environmental Health & Safety Officer

Richard Perna
Director of Dining Services, Worcester State University

This presentation will cover the history of sustainability projects at WSU, the efforts being made by our food services company, Chartwells as well as current and future sustainability efforts on campus. Additional topics covered will include solar photovoltaic arrays, building efficiencies, co-generation, food waste reduction and composting, local food initiatives, biodiesel production, recycling, student programs, community garden and much more.

The Engaged Student: The Impact of Research and Creativity

Patricia Marshall
Interim Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Worcester State University

This panel discussion will highlight the importance of undergraduate research as a "High-Impact Educational Practice" (AAC&U).   Building upon the Fifth Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity held in April, faculty members will share their reflections and advice on some of the inspiring and innovative collaborations that have engaged Worcester State students both in and outside of the classroom."

Student Study Away Returnee Round Table: Knowing You Can Do It!

Katey Palumbo
Interim Director, International Programs
Worcester State University

WSU students who have returned from abroad will discuss how their experience is within the grasp of all WSU students and the personal, professional and educational benefits of living and studying abroad.


Higher Education and the Future of Worcester: Worcester State University's Role in the City

Hank Stolz
Morning Show Host, WTAG

Panel members and presentation titles:

Planting Olive Trees, Matthew Johnsen, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair,
Sociology Department, Worcester State University


Making a Difference in the City of Worcester, Jack Foley, Vice President,
Govermental and Community Affairs, Clark University

The Role of the Creative Economy in Healthy Cities, Erin Williams,
Cultural Liaison, City of Worcester

Toward a Culture of Social Innovation, James Harrity, MS Nonprofit Management, Ed.D.


This is a two-part exploration of the role that higher education might play in affecting the city of Worcester. In Part I, a panel representing academic and city leaders present a vision of what roles higher education could play through the combined efforts of the colleges and universities, students, faculty, and alumni. In Part II, participants have an opportunity to discuss these ideas and to share their own visions of the ways in which higher education might transform the city.

Interdisciplinary Global Studies Program

Josna Rege
Director, Global Studies Program,
Worcester State University

This presentation will showcase the concentration and highlight the interdisciplinarity of the program as well as the diversity of our cross-listed courses, currently numbering more than 70 and growing every year. Mini-presentations on an array of courses will be given by members of the Global Studies faculty, including Dr. Carlos Fontes, who is teaching Introduction to Global Studies (GL150), the only required course for the concentration.



Worcester State, Human Rights and Dennis Brutus

Moderator: Aldo Garcia Guevara
Associate Professor, History Department
Coordinator of the Center for the Study of Human Rights
Worcester State University

This presentation will feature Joshua Rubenstein, former northeast regional director and current senior advisor, Amesty International, and recipient of an honorary doctorate from WSU in 1982. In addition, Henry Theriault, professor and chair, Sociology Department, will make brief remarks on the state and future of WSU's Dennis Brutus Collection.

How Does Your Garden Grow? School Gardens Creating Community Change

Maureen Power
Professor, Urban Studies Department
Executive Director of the Intergenerational Urban Institute,
Worcester State University.

Panel members: Worcester Food Policy Council: Liz Castro Sheehan, Regional Environmental Council: Casey Burns, Representative from Nuestro Huerto, Garden for ALL Ages: Pamella Saffer, Alex Salcedo, Sarah Decelles.

Worcester has a rich tapestry of urban gardens that are not only growing fresh vegetables for residents, but also cultivating community change. As WSU begins its own Garden for ALL Ages, it looks to this urban landscape of change makers.

Influences of Singapore on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)

Richard Bisk
Professor, Mathematics Department
Worcester State University

The Common Core is an initiative of the National Governor’s Association to create common standards for all states in mathematics and English language arts. After rigorous discussion and review, they have been adopted by 45 states including Massachusetts. Singapore students have been top performers in many international comparisons of math and science performance. Professor Bisk will describe key features of the Singapore approach to teaching math and how their influence can be found in the Common Core.

Ocean Soul

Brian Skerry '84
Underwater Photographer
National Geographic

Ocean Soul is a love story. It is a story of discovery. It is a story of hope. The story begins when a boy who loves the sea attends an event with underwater photographers and has an epiphany: “I had always wanted to explore the oceans, but I now understood how I would do this. I would do it with a camera.” With sheer deter­mination, hard work, and a little bit of luck the boy, named Brian Skerry, realized his dream with more than 20 awe-inspiring articles for National Geographic magazine. Now, with Ocean Soul, he showcases his stunning photography and describes his adventurous life in a gripping portrait of the ocean as a place of beauty and mystery, a place in trouble, and ultimately, a place of hope that will rebound with the proper attention and care.

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