News for Faculty, Staff and Friends of the Worcester State College Community


Boys State and Girls State Convene
at WSC for Historic Joint Session

Historical Reunion Weekend at Worcester State College

Nelson Selected in MLB Draft By Toronto



College Donates to Troops for Memorial Day

Summer Fun at WSC


Faculty Build Intensive Spanish Language Program in Mexico



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Bruce Cohen (History/Political Science) has published an article titled, "The 'Chinese of the East?': The French-Canadians in Massachusetts 1865-1930"  in The New England Journal of History 64 (2008): 46-59.

Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) gave a special address on her research on African American women and the Second Great Migration at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in April, 2009.  She was also invited by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities to present at their conference, Sustaining the Future of Massachusetts History, which was held at College of the Holy Cross on June 9. Professor Krissoff Boehm discussed oral history community projects, including bi-lingual initiatives.

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice)
presented at the 32nd Annual North Eastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference held on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Professor Morreale delivered one presentation titled "Expanding and Managing the Boundaries of Policing: The Effect of Collaboration and Leadership for Community Issues" in concert with Dr. Brenda J. Bond from Suffolk University. This paper focused on the need for agencies to adjust to increased scrutiny and expectations of citizens.  In the current climate, police agencies have to work to attain transparency, and shed the singular, insular approach to service.  As a result, departments have found the necessity of collaborating and cooperating with social service and non-profit agencies, which has the effect of expanding the boundaries of the police agencies.
    Professor Morreale presented a second paper, co-authored by Dr. James E. McCabe from Sacred Heart University, titled "The "Pracademic" and the Academic in Criminal Justice."  This paper aims at understanding the debate over the benefit and differences of having traditional academic faculty compared with faculty having practical experience combined with doctoral degrees.  There is a clear need for the skill sets of both the academic and pracademic and can complement each other, through collaboration.

CLASS OF 2012: The Admissions department is pleased to report that Worcester State College has had another strong year of freshmen recruitment. As of June 10, the freshmen class is full and exceeded Admission's target numbers. Any freshmen admission applications completed as of June 10 or after will be processed for wait-list status only. It is anticipated that transfer students will be accepted until July 15.  Thank you for your support.


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College Donates to Troops for Memorial Day

Ten boxes of donated goods were sent to the E_Company (1_502nd 2nd Brigade Combat Team), of the 101st Airborne for Memorial Day. Magazines, books, toiletries and recreational toys were just some of the items sent overseas. The collection was organized by Cindy Carvill (Fiscal Affairs) who's daughter, Sgt. Melissa Toledo (middle back row), is stationed with E Company in Iraq. (Side note: The banner in the back of the picture is a 'thank you' to Worcester State College for the donation.)


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Summer Fun at WSC

  • Young Professionals Program :: July 14-25

    The Young Professionals Program is a two week summer day camp held on campus for young people entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grades next fall. The program offers two weeks of fun, inspiration, and imagination that will strengthen core academic, personal, and creative skills. It offers great exposure to college and professions.

    The Young Professionals Program is taught by experienced and engaging certified teachers, who are assisted and guided by Worcester State College faculty. For further info click here

  • All Sports Camp :: July 21-25

    Now in its third year, the All Sports Camp continues to offer a vast array of sporting activities for boys and girls ages 8-13. From street hockey to volleyball, from ultimate frisbee to disc golf, the All Sports Camp provides something for every child. Guided by an experienced and enthusiastic staff of instructors and counselors, the All Sports Camp is a must for every local youngster. Sign up your child today.

    For more camp information and registration brochure, please click here.
    For additional assistance, contact Coach Dirk Baker at or call 508-929-8852.

  • Girls Basketball Camp :: July 21-25

    Now in its 12th year, the WSC Girl's Basketball Camp, for girls ages 7 to 16, offers campers exposure to intense fundamental instruction, motivation and a competitive atmosphere. The camp is guided by an experienced and enthusiastic staff of WSC coaches and college players.

    Each day consists of fundamental instruction/drills, one on one competitions, team practice, three on three tournaments, special contests, guest speakers and concludes with team games. Campers will leave having had an enjoyable and rewarding experience along with improved skills, enthusiasm and motivation for basketball.

    For more camp information and registration brochure, please click here.
    For additional assistance, contact Coach Karen Tessmer at or call 508-929-8769.



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Faculty Build Intensive Language and Society Program in Mexico for 2009
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Hallmark cards used to have an advertising campaign with the tag line When you care enough to send the very best

Juan Orbe and Guillermina Elissondo (Languages and Literatures) have done a riff on that line for their 2007-2008 mini-grant, Creation of a Language & Society Program in Mexico Graduate, Undergraduate and Community.

They're designing an intensive Spanish language program in Puebla, Mexico, at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, or BUAP, for July 2009. We were frustrated sending our students to someone else's program, Orbe said. This is our baby. We've created it.

BUAP, with 55,000 students, is a research university in Puebla, a city that has, as Worcester does, multiple colleges and universities. BUAP is the equivalent of a University of Michigan or University of Wisconsin, he said. Its recognized by the AAUP, and it is one of two universities in Mexico with the highest SATs.

Orbe and Elissondo plan to take 18 graduate students and Spanish teachers to Puebla next summer. These students will earn either professional development points or six graduate credits from Worcester State. They'll all live with families. There are no dorm options, Orbe said.

These students will be in class from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the three-week program. From 6-9 p.m. each evening, they'll engage in a variety of cultural enrichment activities, such as learning local woodcarving techniques, Mexican dancing, and traditional clothing design. Puebla techniques date back to pre-Columbian times, he said.

They've planned three weekend trips: To Teotihuacan, Oaxaca and Mexico City, each nearby and selected for a particular reason, be it natural beauty, access to indigenous communities or abundant art museums.

Puebla itself is one of the oldest inhabited areas of the Americas, and culturally it is second to Mexico City in importance. Its library was built in 1630; its holdings are in Latin. Hundreds of churches and monasteries dot the city. And the art there is glorious, Orbe said.

A short, inexpensive public transportation ride away is the Pyramid of Cholula. Which is the largest pyramid on the planet, he added.

Cholula's main market, which is on the outskirts of Puebla, is a little more than 2,000 years old, he continued. In addition, Puebla's center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The July 2009 program will be the pilot. The following summer, they plan to add undergraduate students to the mix. In 2011, they'll add a health professions program, which Patricia Marshall, their colleague in Languages and Literature, will direct.

BUAP has the best school of health administration in Mexico, Orbe said. The university itself hosts 29 libraries.

Puebla also has a large high-tech industry. Volkswagen and Hewlett Packard have offices there. This is important for the future, Orbe said. There are possibilities for bilingual internships in business and Spanish.

The two also envision faculty and student exchanges between BUAP and WSC, although these are several years down the road. The first summer intensive course, however, will incorporate lectures from BUAP faculty.  

So they've settled on Puebla, a culturally rich city of one and a half million that, at 7,000 feet, enjoys eternal spring weather.  

Puebla is the best deal for those interested in Pan-American studies, Orbe said, and the best deal for students on a budget.  Flying from Boston to Puebla is cheaper than flying to Mexico City. Public transport in Puebla is a jewel.    

Orbe has been at Worcester State for 12 years; Elissondo has been here for nine. We anticipate that this is a long-term deal, he said. They've done their very best to create a comprehensive program, using their mini-grant funds for a site visit and teaching materials. Already students are lining up to claim one of next summers spots.


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CAMPUS EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS: The College community can now also dial 8911 for an on campus emergency. Chief Rosemary Naughton urges use of this number, rather than dialing 911. "The problem with dialing 911, explained Chief Naughton, "is that the call is sent to the State Police - then to Worcester Police, which creates some delay. Then, when officers do respond to an emergency at Worcester State College, they arrive on campus without knowing which location on campus is appropriate. By calling us, we work with local emergency personnel to ensure the most timely response."

HOUSING NEEDED: With many new faculty joining us in the Fall, many will be searching for housing.  If anyone is aware of quality housing available at an affordable price, please pass that information along to Carol Faron at ext. 8666 in the Human Resources department.

CHARTWELLS SUMMER HOURS:  The Lancer Loft Cafe (3rd Floor Student Center) is open Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 for $4.00. Lunch is held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for $5.50. Come to the Chartwells offices to purchase a summer meal plan. Thirty meals for $150 dollars.


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Opportunity knocks for 700 youths
Telegram & Gazette (6-19-08)
Excerpt:  Mr. Murray, enthusiastically welcomed by the more than 700 high school juniors beginning a week of running a mock state government at Worcester State College, said Tuesday night that political leadership is much more complex than snapping your fingers and giving orders.

His life behind the camera
Boston Globe (West) (6-15-08)
Feature article on Communication department adjunct faculty
member Stephen Minichiello '75.

Family, politics were his life
Posthumous honor for Shea

Telegram & Gazette (6-15-08)
Feature article on WSC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Frank Shea '71.

Former LHS star named to NCAA All-Tourney baseball team
Leominster Champion (6-6-08)
Excerpt: In Worcester State College's second game of the NCAA New England Division III regional, LaPrade went off, hitting a grand slam, another homer, and a double. He racked up seven RBI on the day, a 14-4 win over St. Joseph's of Maine.

Winter of nurturing over, turtles splash into wild
Program aims to raise survival odds

Boston Globe (6-5-08)
Excerpt: A summer school class in wildlife investigative techniques, taught at Worcester State College by Steven Oliver, stopped on its way to laying some traps for ...

Pappases honored with community service award
The Auburn News (6-4-08) page 3
Excerpt: In recognition of their leadership in community improvement in education, medicine, athletics, recreation, and culture, Worcester State College honored Drs. Arthur and Martha Pappas with the 2008 Community Service Award at Commencement Sunday, May 18.

Monday, June 23, 2008



Monday, June 23
Author Institute

Lecture: Judaculla Rock:
A Portal Between Worlds

Ghosh Science Center
Room 323
2 p.m.

Friday, July 4
Independence Day
College Closed

July 14-25
Young Professionals

July 21-25
Summer All Sports Camp

July 21-25
Girls Basketball Camp


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