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Students, Faculty and Local Leaders Celebrated
at College's 132nd Commencement

Graduate Students Told to Embrace Joy
at Third Annual Hooding Ceremony

KCACTF Nominees from Spring 2008 Play Announced



Graduate Honor Society Celebrates First Anniversary

Freshman Wins $5000 National Honor Society Scholarship

Students Investigate Mock Crime Scene on Campus


Surviving Urban and Domestic Warfare



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Julie Frechette (Communication) has published an article titled "Crossing the (Digital) Line" in Insider Higher Ed (May 16). Click here to read it.




WSC Graduate Honor Society Celebrates
First Year Anniversary

Worcester State College has recently established a new international graduate reading and language arts honor society, Alpha Upsilon Alpha, Beta Mu Chapter.  This is an honor society of the International Reading Association serving the field of reading and language arts which strives to recognize and encourage scholarship, leadership and service in the field of reading; to stimulate interest in and understanding of reading and related research; to develop an appreciation for importance of reading in society, need for effective teaching of reading and ever-increasing literacy demands of modern society; and to broaden the understanding and enhance communication internationally as it relates to literacy.

This is the first honor society for graduate students at Worcester State College and only the third of its kind in the state of Massachusetts; the other two chapters include Boston College and Framingham State College. Worcester State College hosted an initiation ceremony for candidates, a presentation of the charter and installation of the officers on October 12, 2007.  Dr. Elaine Tateronis, Department of Education chairperson, delivered the official greetings and Dr. William White, dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, addressed the charter members and guests.  The Chapter Co- Advisors are Dr. Margaret Bouchard and Dr. Mary-Ellen Meegan.  The charter members are: Candace Anderson, Norma Baker, Sarah Connly, Robin M. Gibbons, Steven J. LaFountain, Jennifer Laverdure, Susan Lindsay, Laurie Parker, Lisa Papazian, Lisa Remiszewski, Diane M. Saad, H. Beth Thulin, Lynda Waller, Dr. Margaret Bouchard, Dr. Mary-Ellen Meegan, and Dr. Elaine Tateronis.  The Officers for this year are; President - Candace Anderson, Vice President – Norma Baker, Treasurer – Dianne Saad, Secretary – Lynda Waller. 

In keeping with AUA honor society’s motto “Scholarship, Service and Leadership," the Beta Mu Chapter has sponsored two service projects. This year, Beta Mu members sponsored the mentorship of WSC undergraduates who were preparing to take the Massachusetts Teacher’s Test in the Foundations of Reading. During the 2008-2009 academic year, the chapter will be participating in a service learning project that includes providing children’s literature and trade books for a Worcester elementary afterschool reading program and Childlife Children’s Medical Center at UMass Medical Center. The afterschool program under the direction of Dr. Margaret Bouchard, includes WSC Elementary Education majors who lead guided reading groups for third to sixth graders who participate by reading books, discussing the books in group and recommending which of the books to donate to a community agency.

Plans for the 2008-2009 year include the Second Annual Initiation Ceremony and Reception in October.  The college is very excited about the new honor society on campus and looks forward to seeing its growth and benefits in the years to come.

The Beta Mu Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha Nomination Committee is seeking qualified candidates for membership. Membership is based on character, academic and professional attainment of candidates who have completed at least 50 % of their graduate WSC program in Reading or as an alumni of the WSC Graduate Reading program and have maintained a 3.5 GPA in Reading courses and 3.5 in all graduate coursework.



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WSC Freshman Wins $5,000 National Honor
Society Scholarship
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Kolbe Heroux, the president of the WSC chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for first-year students, who just won a $5,000 scholarship from the national chapter.

Ms. Heroux was inducted into the chapter her freshman year. She is a communication sciences and disorders major with a double minor in psychology and information science. She's also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and she participates in the Commonwealth Scholars Honors Program. She's the vice president of the campus chapter of Manna International, which she helped form after she participated in the college's Alternative Spring Break program in Nicaragua last spring. She's also a member of the Worcester State Dance Company. She does all this while holding two jobs. The College community is delighted that she's received this scholarship and is a terrific example of an academic achiever who contributes a great deal to her community.


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Students Investigate Mock Crime Scene on Campus

Criminal Justice students wrapped up the semester in their Principals of Investigations class, taught by Professor Stephen Morreale, with a practical exercise.  An area outside the Learning Resource Center was cordoned off as a "Crime Scene" with yellow tape marked Police Scene-Do Not Cross.  Students combed the area for potential "evidence," photographed the scene, sketched, marked and collected the evidence in evidence bags, wearing gloves and working in teams.



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Surviving Urban and  Domestic Warfare:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children

Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Sue Foo (Education) noticed a trend in the reports her graduate students were submitting in her special education classes. These students, who teach in elementary, middle and high schools, were identifying behavior problems they called post-traumatic stress disorders.

“Children diagnosed with PTSD, which is a medical diagnosis, are being placed in special education,” Foo said of her graduate students’ examples. “They’re not getting the help they need because those teachers don’t have enough information to provide the needed support services.” 

Indeed, this sort of help isn’t something that is part of the special education teacher’s curriculum.

Foo’s 2007-08 mini-grant, “PTSD: Hidden Burden in Schools,” is her attempt to address that.

She first surveyed her former students who are now special education teachers and counselors throughout Worcester County. She crafted eight questions to find out what they knew about PTSD in their classrooms. She learned that they’ve heard of PTSD, but they don’t know much about it.

Her respondents said that they saw certain behaviors, but they did not know the underlying reasons for those behaviors. A child can be dealing with flashbacks, for example, and the teacher doesn’t seem able to help.

Some of these PTSD-diagnosed children have experienced physical abuse. Others have been sexually abused and are in foster care. Still others have witnessed violence. Each child requires special treatment in terms of the specific trauma.

“Most often, these children are medicated as a way to deal with their behavior problems,” Foo said.

So far, she has not discovered any place in Worcester that has the expertise to deal effectively with PTSD-related classroom problems.

“There’s lots more data about Iraq war veterans,” Foo said, “and very little about PTSD and children.” 

Furthermore, it’s hard to know whether interventions used for adults will be effective for children.

Last fall, as part of her mini-grant project, Foo participated in a two-day workshop, “New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment,” to learn more about PTSD.

This spring, she is organizing focus groups with teachers and school counselors to find out what they know about PTSD, how they deal with it and what kind of help they need to address it.

From there, she hopes to be able to provide workshop help for special education teachers who have in their classrooms children diagnosed with PTSD. She may also design a new course to help teachers help these children.

The extent of the problem is not fully known. But it is growing.

“We’re also seeing children diagnosed with PTSD in regular classrooms,” Foo said. “These children are referred to the school counselor when their academic performance drops.”

 Their PTSD gets labeled a “disorder,” so that the children can get some help. They wind up in special education services. And, as Foo notes, they’re not getting any help there either.

She hopes to change that.

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  • Ms. Elizabeth Rooney, Class of 2010, Communication Sciences & Disorders major has been elected as the next Student Trustee. Ms. Rooney will take the place of Brandon Huggon '08 who served during the 2007-2008 academic year.

  • OPEN ENROLLMENT for Health Insurance for Non-Benefited Employees

    Part-time, non-benefited employees who do not have health insurance (or want to change health plans) may enroll through the Massachusetts Health Connector during the open enrollment period from May 1 to May 31. The coverage will be effective July 1.

    Under the Health Care Reform law, all Commonwealth employees must carry health insurance or be subject to a penalty when they file their state income tax return.

    If you are already covered under a health plan other than through the Connector, you must complete a HIRD Form before July 1 and provide proof of coverage (copy of your health insurance card). These forms are available in the Payroll Office. Please contact Mary Zona (ext. 8491, or mzona@worcester.edu) to obtain a form. The College is required to obtain a new HIRD form every year from all employees who are not insured through the GIC or the Connector; and we are required to keep them on file for 3 years.

    To view FAQ’s about this health insurance benefit, please visit the GIC’s website at www.mass.gov/gic. To get an idea of the costs and various plans offered through the Connector or to enroll in a plan, please visit the Connector’s website at www.mahealthconnector.org. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Employer ID # is 149683 – you will need this number to enroll.

  • WSC GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP: July 21-25, ages 7-16, 9 am - 3 p.m. The camp will cover skill development and include team games. Cost is $175 with a $10 discount for WSC employees.  Contact Karen Tessmer for brochure at ext. 8769 or check the WSC Athletic Department website to get brochure.

  • BRIDGE TO HER FUTURE AWARD: The WSC Women's Forum received a matching grant of $500 to help fund their first annual "Bridge To Her Future" award.  For each additional dollar raised by the Women's Forum from now through May 30, the donor will match the contribution dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $500. Donations are continuing to flow in and if the matching grant is realized, the Women's Forum will be very close to their overall fundraising target of $2000. Contact Bonnie Orcutt at borcutt@worcester.edu.

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Smiles, pride dominate DCU Center
Grads urged to seize opportunities

Telegram & Gazette (5-19-08)
Frame shops of greater Worcester take note: 655 freshly printed Worcester State College diplomas hit the streets yesterday afternoon.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (5-18-08)
Worcester State College juniors Jack D. Wilson of Clinton and Anthony M. Archambault of Gardner are taking the associate’s degrees in business administration they received from Mount Wachusett Community College last year and are opening a Jumpin’ Juice & Java, “the hippest drinks on earth,” in 3,500 square feet at 335 Chandler St.

Jobs for youth worth a million
State ups ante for summer

Telegram & Gazette (5-15-08)
Excerpt: Audrey, who will attend Worcester State College, said UMass Memorial has offered her a position if she wants to return..
Local players shine on Worcester diamond
Wicked Local Brockton (5-14-08)
The Worcester State College baseball team has reached the NCAA Div. 3 tournament with the help of two area players.

Never too late - Lancers come off the deck
Telegram & Gazette (5-14-08)
Excerpt: It was the beginning of April and Worcester State was 6-13, struggling and dealing with some discord, but Lancers senior Chris Gusha hadn’t given up on the team.

Pay of professors at Mass. state colleges trails peers
Boston.com (5-14-08)
Excerpt: The study, conducted by Sibson Consulting, surveyed professors at Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, Salem, Westfield, and Worcester state colleges, ...

A tip of the hat..
Telegram & Gazette (5-13-08)
… to Arthur and Martha Pappas, recognized with Worcester State College’s Community Service Award as leaders “in community improvement in education, medicine, athletics, recreation and culture.”

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May 21 - July 2

Summer Session I

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day
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Reunion Weekend

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Alumni Association's
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Scholarship Golf

Tuesday, June 17

Boys State/Girls State

June 23-27

Author Institute

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Independence Day
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