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
WSC IN THE NEWS
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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
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
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
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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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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.
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.
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
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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
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WSC IN THE NEWS
Smiles, pride dominate DCU Center
Grads urged to seize opportunities
WORCESTER STATE COLLEGE GRADUATION
Telegram & Gazette
Frame shops of greater Worcester take note: 655 freshly
printed Worcester State College diplomas hit the streets
Telegram & Gazette (5-18-08)
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
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
Local players shine on Worcester diamond
Wicked Local Brockton
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
The study, conducted by Sibson Consulting, surveyed
professors at Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, Salem, Westfield, and
Worcester state colleges, ...
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
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