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NEWS

Over 100 Attend Foreclosure Panel Discussion at WSC

Local Agencies and Educators Attend
Workshop on Poverty

Susan G. Komen For The Cure's National
Education Tour To Visit WSC


NOTEWORTHY


AROUND CAMPUS

Professor Meyer Teaches the MP3 Generation About Hearing Health

Commonwealth Performance Recognition Awards
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


WSC IN THE NEWS

WSC e-news General Info


 

NOTEWORTHY

Julie Frechette (Communication) published the manuscript, "Understanding media literacy in the digital age" in the Journal of Media Literacy [Special Issue: The New Literacy Renaissance: Media Convergence and the Collective Community] Winter 2007, 54 (2&3), pp. 66-72. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, National Telemedia Council, Inc.

At the invitation of the school principal Marie Morse, Shiko Gathuo (Urban Studies) gave a talk and held a Q&A session with the teachers of Clark St. Community School in Worcester on Monday, March 17, 2008. The school has been admitting an increasing number of  immigrant students from African countries. The aim of the session was to provide the teachers with insights into the contemporary "African experience" for such children, and how the teachers might best serve the children. The talk centered on diversity in the African experience, the similarities and differences between African-raised and US-born/raised children, the academic preparation of students in English-speaking African countries among other things.

Rodney Oudan (Business Administration and Economics) recently published a paper titled Macromarketing and Market Orientation Effects on Economic Growth A Conceptualization Model, in the Journal of The Academy of Marketing Studies, Vol. 13 No. 1 (pp 41-58). Professor Oudan will be presenting the paper at the Allied Academics International Spring Conference in April. 

 

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AROUND CAMPUS

Professor Meyer Teaches the MP3 Generation
About Hearing Health

Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

If you don't have an 8-year-old daughter - or granddaughter - you may be forgiven for not knowing that Barbie now comes with an iPod. Check out the web and you'll find the Barbie iPod docking station as well as the Barbie MP3 player, Mattel's attempt to lure girls away from the Apple iPod.

Harmless, you say? Not according to Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders). Meyer deplores the marketing of iPods and MP3 players to such a young audience. She's concerned that the iPod generation will suffer irreparable hearing loss.

"The thing about noise-induced hearing loss is that it is totally preventable," said Meyer, who is an audiologist. "We think we're aging children's ears much more rapidly with all these sounds," she said.

Meyer points out that much of the hearing conversation research has been done among adults in industrial occupations. Her professional association recently turned its attention to hearing conservation in the iPod generation. Her 2007-2008 mini-grant, "Hearing Conservation in Preteens," focuses on even younger children, those 8 to 12 years old.

She, Aime St. Hilaire and Lorraine Arnold, the graduate students working with her, have developed a 45-minute presentation aimed at these youngsters that is "fun, informational and interactive."

Their project has involved 135 Worcester parochial school children in grades 3 to 6. "Eighty percent of the kids in this study are using iPods," St. Hilaire said.

The three administer a pre-test to learn how much children know about their ears and hearing. They then play a game to break down the parts of the ear, with children role-playing parts of the ear anatomy, and show a short PowerPoint presentation that explains how ears react to sound. Children also see how their whispers and shouts appear on a sound level meter.

The team also tested the hearing of the children in their study. None had hearing loss. "We didn't really expect to find hearing loss in this sample, Meyer said. The aim of the study is to teach children to learn to conserve their hearing.

"We wanted them to learn that if they move out of the noisy environment, the hair cells in their ears can recover," Meyer said. "No exposure to noise allows this recovery."

Six weeks later Meyer and her team return with a post-test to see what children have retained. They get it. They've learned that they can protect their hearing by turning the volume down, taking breaks, using earplugs and moving away from noise," St. Hilaire said.

Meyer and her team will submit abstracts of their research to two professional organizations, the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech Language Hearing Association next year. Picture courtesy of www.uneasysilence.com.

 

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Commonwealth Performance Recognition Awards

Everyone knows someone on campus who deserves to be recognized for their efforts. The annual Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program provides an opportunity for this time in the spotlight.

The state's Human Resources Division coordinates the program which gives formal recognition to Commonwealth employees who make meaningful contributions, which distinguish them from their peers. These special awards focus attention in consistent, positive achievements by both individuals and teams of state employees, and recognize those who demonstrate: innovation and dedication to their work, concern for the public trust and a commitment to excellence.

Awards are given in three categories:

  • Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance

  • Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award

  • Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service

The Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance is given to six people from WSC. Selection criteria include: Attainment of high priority agency objectives; Exceptional managerial, organizational and/or communications achievements; Achievement of significant improvements in productivity and/or costs savings in agency operations. Last year's winners were: Rosemary Naughton, Kaine Thompson, Jackie Sproul, Don Vescio, Dr. Margaret Kerr and Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Mino.

The Manuel Carballo Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service is awarded to ten employees within the state or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service. Selection criteria include: Exceptional accomplishments; Exemplary leadership; Creativity and innovation; Achievement of significant improvements in productivity and/or costs savings in agency operations. The Governor will make the final selection decisions.

Eugene H. Rooney, Jr. Public Service Award highlights human resource development as a planned, continuous effort to provide personal and professional growth opportunities that will enhance employee competency levels. Such activities serve to improve an individual's performance on a currently held job; and/or provide new skills, knowledge and attitudes that will allow an individual to assume a new role in the organization. Any state, county, city or town employee who has worked in public service for 12 months as of May 16, 2008 is eligible. Selection criteria include: The nominee must demonstrate measurable accomplishments, which affect individual employees and the organization as a whole; The nominator must document the nature of the activity and provide a detailed description of the project, and its impact on the organization; Supervisor/senior manager must include supporting documentation, i.e., comments that corroborate the nominee's accomplishments.

Nomination forms for these awards are available in the Human Resources Office on campus (Admin. Village, Room 118). All nomination forms must be in to Carol Faron by Friday, May 16.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Worcester State College Police will host an open forum to view and discuss a film about violence in a workplace or college/university setting. The film provides examples of how to address a variety of situations. The forum will be held Monday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Blue Lounge.
     

  • Thank You to everyone who gave blood on Tuesday. At the end of the day, 59 people came to donate, and after deferrals, 48 pints of blood were collected.  Since each pint collected helps up to three hospital patients, you can see what a productive day it was!
     

  • BEGINNER POWERPOINT WORKSHOP with Eihab Jaber, Ph.D. This hands on workshop will show you the basics of working with PowerPoint as well as many of its special features. A FREE CD-ROM will be given to all participants to practice on their own after the class. Space is limited to 20 people, so reserve now. Contact Andrea Bilics at Andrea.Bilics@worcester.edu.
     

  • INTERMEDIATE POWERPOINT WORKSHOP with Eihab Jaber, Ph.D. Do you want to work with PowerPoint to create effective lessons? Tired of slides with just bulleted lists? Learn how to do more with your slides from animation to video and sound clips. Space is limited to 20 people, so reserve now. Contact Andrea Bilics at Andrea.Bilics@worcester.edu.
     

  • YEARBOOK MESSAGE: Would you like to leave a "goodbye/good luck/congrats" message for a graduating senior? If so, send your message to the yearbook at accolade@worcester.edu (100 word limit).
     

  • ACADEMIC ROBES: Please let Deb Quinn know if you need to rent academic robes for Commencement, please contact her at your
    earliest convenience.  She will need the following information: height/degree/academic institution. Contact Deb at ext. 8020.
     

  • TICKETS: Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus (May 3, show at 7 p.m. @ DCU Center) Tickets will be available now through April 10 at the Information Desk in the Student Center. Tickets are $14.50 per person (they are normally $18.50) - no difference between child/adult cost.
     

  • The Payroll/Benefits Office would like to thank everyone who attended the Employee Benefits fair on Thursday, March 27. The following is the list of winners from all the raffles:

Fair Raffle:

$50 Home Depot gift card Cherie Milosh
$25 Olive Garden gift card Joanne Harder
25 Best Buy gift card Janice St. Germain
$25 TGI Fridays gift card Stephanie Formica
25 Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card Robyn Marcin
Rolling Cooler (donated by SAMs Club) Ernie Rosa
Golf Umbrella (donated by TIAA-CREF) Carole Cronin
Soccer Snoopy (donated by MetLife) Carol Faron

Soccer Snoopy (donated by MetLife) Aparna Mahadev

Millbury Credit Union Raffle: Anthurium Plant Janice St. Germain
ING Raffle: Putter John MacDonald
Bank of America Raffle: Stadium Cooler with Seat Pads Joyce Danelius
Webster First Credit Union Raffle:  $50 US Savings Bond Leslie Aroian
BuyAmerica Benefits Raffle:  Entertainment Book Faith Audette
AFLAC Raffle:
Plush Duck Sopheap Chhoeuk
Plush Duck Paul Bouchard
Plush Duck Tina Sargent

 

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WSC IN THE NEWS

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Housing horror Forum aimed at foreclosure crisis
Telegram & Gazette (4-3-08)
Excerpt: Experts who gave information about Mr. and Mrs. Damon after a public forum on housing problems yesterday at Worcester State College, say they were among the first wave of area adjustable-rate mortgage victims, but there are services to help those caught in foreclosure.

Concluding chapter
Gush out for another winning campaign

Telegram & Gazette (4-1-08)
Excerpt: Chris Gusha was a freshman in 2005 and watched most of Worcester States run to the NCAA Tournament from the bench, but the experience was one hell never forget. I think about it every day, Gusha said.

He communicates through visual medium
Amherst Bulletin (3-28-08)
Excerpt: Shimmering trees, pink and lavender sunsets, and rushing water were some of the images videographer Carlos Fontes of Shutesbury used to portray the elements and echo dancers at a recent Amherst Ballet production.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (3-30-08)

 

Friday, April 4, 2008

 

 

THIS WEEK

 


Sunday, Apr. 6


Recital for Cello and Piano
featuring Professor Nigro,
Razzo Hall @ Clark Univ.,
Free and Open to the Public
3 p.m.

Monday, Apr. 7

Symposium: Democracy:
South and North

Student Center, North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Film/Forum: Violence
in the Workplace

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Open to WSC Community
2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 8

Talk: Renewable Energy
for the 21st Century,

Student Center, North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
8:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Diversity Lecture:
Lyena Strelkoff presents
"Caterpillar Soup"
Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Fitchburg State College
6 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 9

Nonprofit Fair
Student Center, Exhibit Area
Free and Open to Students
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 10

Talk:
Invited Artist
Richard Yard,

Ghosh Center, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public
3 p.m.

Film: Kilowatt Ours &
Solar Energy: Saved by the Sun

Ghosh Center, Room 318
Free and Open to the Public
4:30 p.m.

Student Art Exhibition
Opening Night

Ghosh Center, Lobby
Exhibit runs until May 7
5 - 6:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Roger Williams University
NEWLA Conference Game
6 p.m.

Apr. 10-12

WSC Theatre UpClose

presents:
All in the Timing,
Six One-Act Comedies
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 11

Talk: Hidden Destruction of the Appalachian Mountains,
Worcester Public Library
Free and Open to the Public
3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 12

POGIL Workshop in
Chemical Education

Sullivan Building, Room 310
Registration Required
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 13

Consortium Gerontology
Studies Program Annual Intergenerational
Dance & Food Drive

Hogan Ballroom @ Holy Cross
1 p.m.

Baseball vs. Nichols College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
1 p.m.

WSC Theatre UpClose
presents:
All in the Timing,
Six One-Act Comedies
Sullivan Auditorium
2 p.m.


COMING UP

Monday, Apr. 14

Film: Invisible Children
Student Center, North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 15

Film:  Invisible Children
Student Center, North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
12:30 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Fitchburg State College
Double Header
MASCAC Game

2 p.m.

Softball vs.
Fitchburg State College
Double Header
5 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 16

Celebration of Service
Across the Ages

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
2 p.m.

Baseball vs. Salve Regina
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
4 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 17

Baseball
vs. Suffolk University
Laska Gym @ Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester
3:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Nichols College
Double Header
5 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 19

Shakespeare Conference

Student Center, Blue Lounge &
Sullivan Academic Building
Registration: $10
9:a.m. - 5 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Westfield State College
Noon

Sunday, Apr. 20

Baseball
vs. Eastern CT State
Laska Gym @ Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester
1 p.m.

Monday, Apr. 21

Patriots' Day Holiday

No Classes, Offices Closed

Tuesday, Apr. 22

Golf
WSC Invitational @
Sterling Country Club

Softball vs. Becker College
5 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 23

Baseball
vs.
Rhode Island College
4 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 24

Baseball
vs. Becker College
Double Header
2 p.m.

Talk: Invited Artist
Nina Fletcher

Ghosh Center, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public
3 p.m.

Film: The Great Warming,
Ghosh Center, Room 318
Free and Open to the Public
4:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
UMASS-Dartmouth
7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 25

Talk: Assessment with
Scott Jaschik

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 26

Talk: Learn to Ride a Bike
Free and Open to the Public
Registration Required
9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Baseball vs.
Framingham State College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
Double Header
MASCAC Game

Noon

Softball vs.
Framingham State College
Double Header
MASCAC Conference Game

Noon

Sunday, Apr. 27

Baseball
vs.
Colby-Sawyer College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
Noon

 


 

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