Fairlawn Rehabilitation Extends
for Nursing Students
TD Banknorth Contributes $10,000
Upward Bound Academy
College Honors Outstanding
Newly Elected Board Members
Singapore Math Conference Draws Teachers from Across
Extraordinary Dedication Award Nominations
Students to Research on Exotic Creatures
WSC IN THE NEWS
WSC e-news General Info
On May 19,
was a guest of the sixth grade class at Hopedale
Memorial School, Hopedale, where she read and talked about her children's book
Tay and the Form 1A's at St. Claire's.
(Mathematics) and his advisee Brian Tinger (CS Major),
attended the Mathematical Association of America spring meeting at St. Michael's
College, Vt, on May 30, 2008. Tinger presented his
research The Subgraphs in the Undergraduate Research session.
Paul Joseph '70
(History) presented a seminar at the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., July 7-11, 2008.
His presentation, The Handling, Care, and Sale of Rare Coins and
Currency at Auction, will also provide 3 CEU credits for auctioneers seeking
continuing education credits within the auction industry.
Paul retired from WSC in June 2002 after 31 years in
administration, and became a full time auctioneer in December of that year.
He is the principal auctioneer for Grey Ghost Auctions & Appraisals,
in Dudley, Mass., specializing in black tie benefit and rare coin/currency
auctions. For the past several years
he has been an instructor in the WSC First Year Seminar fall program, teaching
United States Coins: History in Your Hands."
He has also taught Understanding Learning Styles using the MBTI to
at-risk freshmen in the spring.
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College Honors Outstanding Alumni
Worcester State College has acknowledged the outstanding
service to the College, volunteerism, dedication to education, professional
achievement, early-career excellence of six alumni with the 23rd
annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards are the highest non-degree
recognition bestowed by WSC on alumni.
WSC recognized the decades-long service of Rosanne and
Vincent Matulaitis, members of the classes of 1965 and 1966,
respectively, by bestowing the couple with the Outstanding Service to Alma Mater
Award. The decades of volunteering for local, national, and international causes
by 1952 graduate Ruth Rubin were acknowledged with the
Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Community Award. Dorothy Petralis,
a 1963 graduate, received the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Education
Award for her decades of service to teaching in Worcester schools. Craig
Bovaird, a 1977 graduate, was honored with the Distinguished
Professional Achievement Award for his successful leadership of Built-Rite Tool
& Die and its Reliance Engineering Division in Lancaster. Kimberly
Harmon, a 1995 graduate, was honored with the Outstanding Young Alumna
Award for owning a business, Harmon Home Health Inc., that is an emerging leader
in Central Massachusetts while under age 40.
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Newly Elected Board Members Announced
Margaret C. Farrey '54, M.Ed. '78, a retired
educator, Joshua L. Katz '06, the residence director of
Wasylean Hall at WSC, Vincent J. Matulaitis '66, a retired
educator, and Nicole E. Valentine '96, the director of emergency services and
public affairs at the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, were elected
to the Worcester State College Alumni Associations Advisory Board, effective
David E. Bedard '74, president of Bedard
Industries, was elected president of the Worcester State Foundation Board of
Directors, effective July 1. Mary C. Ritter, vice president of
strategy and planning at Fallon Community Health Plan, was elected board vice
president and joins current board Vice President Gregg H. Rosen
86, president of NES Group. Edward L. Sherr, senior vice
president of Carl P. Sherr & Co. LLC, was elected board treasurer. In addition,
Lee J. Beaudoin '73, a consultant with LJB & Associates Inc.;
Craig A. Bovaird '77, president of Built-Rite Tool and Die
Inc.; Julia Dvorko, Ph.D., Central Massachusetts program
director of Massachusetts Export Center; Monica Escobar Lowell,
vice president of community relations for UMass Memorial Health Care Inc.; and
Steven J. Ward '76, director of public health for the town of
Watertown and president of the AAAB, are newly elected board members.
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Math Conference Draws
Teachers From Across the U.S.
Adam Lyons '09
After attending a recent week-long professional development
conference at Worcester State College, Prema Vora, a sixth grade teacher from
New York City, is counting the days until her school year begins.
This has gotten me even more excited because I feel I have
learned a different way to teach, Vora said. I feel like I have a whole new
repertoire of tools to use. I have a
lot of challenging problems to present to my students. I cant wait to get back
in the fall.
Over the week of June 23, Vora, along with 27 other teachers
from across the United States traveled to Worcester State College to attend
Mathematics Department Chair Richard Bisk's annual Singapore Math Summer
Bisk had the privilege of working with educators from all over
the United States, coming from as far as Hawaii, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.
In past years Bisk's conferences had been primarily attended by
Massachusetts residents; however this time around, just three of the 28 were
from the Commonwealth.
Since 2000, Bisk has been doing everything he can to make
students interested in Math, working at length
with K-12 teachers, providing professional development using the Singapore Math
Singapore Math, which stresses
learning concepts and understanding the material, also devotes more
time to each topic with fewer topics being covered during the year.
Although the week-long conference is meant to teach educators
the philosophies of Singapore Math, one of the main goals is to make sure that
they have a deeper understanding of the material that they are teaching, so that
they can effectively present the subject matter to their students.
Strengthening your understanding will help you to be more
effective as a teacher. This program provides a supportive, yet challenging
environment for professionals working together, said Bisk.
Francis A. I. Varga, a preschool teacher from New Jersey, is
looking forward to answering the age old question that most math students have.
This was for us to understand
why we do this, Varga said.
Were often told as students that this is why we do it this way and
that's it. But with Singapore Math,
it answers the question why.
Many of the teachers in attendance found Bisk through the
I was looking to research more about Singapore Math and I
Googled it and Professor Bisk's class came up, said Tracey Carter, a third
grade teacher from Chicago.
Jean Wiley, an elementary school teacher from Michigan, drove
17 hours to learn about Singapore Math and couldn't have been happier with
everything about her experience at Worcester State.
Everything was wonderful, Wiley said. Dr. Bisk was very
patient with all of our questions and the facilities here at Worcester State
were very impressive.
Wiley was one of 22 students who stayed in the Wasleyan
residence halls for the week.
The staff and police at Worcester State couldn't have been
more courteous, Wiley said.
Bob Appleyard, a special education teacher from Norwood, was
the lone local teacher earning graduate credits this year.
He was impressed with Bisk and plans on spreading the word.
He (Bisk) has great content knowledge on the subject,
Appleyard said. I definitely will
recommend this class to my colleagues. It really opens your eyes to the ways we
should be teaching Math.
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Call for Nominations -
Extraordinary Dedication Awards
As part of Opening Day Conference, September 2, President Janelle C.
Ashley will once again recognize faculty and staff who have demonstrated
extraordinary dedication, to the mission of the college. Awards will be
presented in three categories: faculty, administrators (exempt and APA) and
staff (AFSCME, Unit 1 and Unit 2). Please take a moment to nominate a colleague
who you believe embodies extraordinary dedication. A committee comprised of
last years honorees will serve as the award selection committee, chaired by
Send an e-mail to Judy St. Amand at
email@example.com and write a
brief essay in no more than 250 words describing why your nominee is deserving
of this recognition. Please be specific and include examples. If you
prefer to submit a hard copy of your nomination, they will be accepted in the
Presidents Office. Winners will be recognized by President Ashley at Opening
Day, September 2. Nomination Deadline is August 8, at 5 p.m.
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Professor Introduces Students to Research
on Exotic Mediterranean Creatures
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.
Jeffry Nichols (Chemistry) researches a protein from what
might be considered
an exotic creature from the Mediterranean.
To study hemoglobin molecules, which are the oxygen-carrying
protein part of the blood, Nichols uses the appropriately named blood clam,
which comes from the Mediterranean.
This research is fundamental rather than exotic. Nichols
studies how these molecules bind and carry oxygen. He and his undergraduate
student researchers manipulate parts of the protein to discover how the protein
Hemoglobin binds oxygen and takes it to tissues, he said.
The question is: How quickly does it do this? And which part of the protein
affects the speed and quality of this transmission?
Using his 2007-08 mini-grant, Hemoglobin Kinetics of
Scapharca Mutants, Nichols and his students are changing the blood clams
hemoglobin molecules to see what these changes do to the oxygen binding in the
One student worked with him during the spring 2008 semester to
set up these experiments and relevant equipment. This gives students a better
idea of how the parts work as a whole, he said. Students can get a better feel
for the experiment by actually setting up the instruments.
Nichols says through this work he is teaching students to be
scientists rather than technicians. They learn to think about what it is they're
trying to accomplish in the lab, and through this, they learn to troubleshoot
and to analyze whether the data they're getting is correct.
He himself has an arrangement with UMass-Worcester Medical
School, where he works in the summer on his own research. I wanted to set up a
subset of that work for students at Worcester State, he said.
Last summer, a WSC student worked with him at UMass. This
summer, three WSC students have joined Nichols UMass research team as
I'm able to introduce them to more research techniques there
than I can here, he said.
Nichols just finished his second year on the WSC faculty. The
mini-grant was a start to be able to do something here, he said. It gave me an
opportunity to include undergraduates in research.
That said, he would love to do more. Equipment, space and time
are obstacles that little by little, he is tackling.
We can do research with used equipment, he said. A colleague
from Rice University, where he did his doctoral work in biochemistry, donated
used lab equipment.
Worcester State isn't set up to purchase used equipment, he
added. If I had to purchase everything new, the mini-grant certainly would not
Nichols hope that the college might figure out a way to
enable its scientists to purchase used equipment has its connections to the
ideas of green chemistry. Why buy new when something used is serviceable and
While he awaits that day, Nichols, like the hemoglobin
molecules he studies, plans to have one undergraduate independent study research
student each semester that he then transports to his UMass lab for summer work.
For a WSC student, that is indeed an exotic venue.
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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."
- 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
- 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.
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Staff Associate Clinical Director
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Public Relations & Marketing
Staff Assistant/Math Lab
Dr. Roberta L. Kyle
and Continuing Education
Student Support Services
Lisa M. MacGillivray
Staff Assistant, Residence Director/Dowden Hall
Residence Life and Housing
Mary Jo Marion
Assistant Vice President
Dr. Maureen Shamgochian
President for Academic Affairs
Staff Assistant/Supervisor of Administrative Services
Staff Associate/Associate Controller
Division of Administration and Finance
Campus Police Officer I
Staff Assistant/Residence Director/Chandler
Residence Life and Housing
Good Luck to...
Donald G. Lightfoot, Director of Development,
on his retirement
The College community expresses its deepest sympathy to...
the family and former colleagues of Robert F. McGraw, 88,
(Professor Emeritus) who passed away at home on Friday, July 11, 2008.
Jerry Sorge (Academic Affairs) for the loss of his wife Maureen
(McDermott) Sorge, 47, who passed away July 9, 2008, after a sudden illness. In
lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Maureen's memory
to the Worcester State College/Maureen Sorge Academic Achievement Fund, Office
of Institutional Advancement, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602.
Dr. Maura Pavao (Biology) on the loss of her mother,
Collins, who passed away, July 3, 2008.
Julie Kazarian (Student Affairs/Residential Housing) on the
loss of her mother, Anne Pramas, who passed away, July 2, 2008, after a
Denise Thomas (Business Administration &
Economics) on the loss of her mother, Bernice (McDonough) Murphy, who
passed away on June 28, 2008.
Steve Flaherty (Facilities) on the loss of
his mother, Sally (Rennicks) Flaherty, who passed away on Wednesday, June 18,
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
American Heart Association, 20 Speen St.,
Framingham, MA 01701.
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WSC IN THE NEWS
LaHair hero of the night
Telegram & Gazette (7-22-08)
former Holy Name and Worcester State College star delivered his fourth
career walk-off hit as his single up the middle scored Chuck Jeroloman to give
Telegram & Gazette (7-21-08)
Excerpt: Worcester State College President
Janelle C. Ashley and Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital CEO Peter M. Mantegazza
announce the continuation of the collaborative partnership..
turn to a friend
Worcester picks an interim leader
Telegram & Gazette (7-18-08)
Ms. Loughlin worked for the Worcester public schools for 42 years and retired in
2002. She teaches administration at Worcester State College. ...
New fitness biz is a sister act
Westboro studio focuses on women
Telegram & Gazette (7-13-08)
Excerpt: Ms. Chaffee, 32, of Shrewsbury received...
a bachelors with a concentration in health education, from Worcester
Last lesson: Leave them wanting more
Milford Daily News (7-5-08)
Excerpt: "I always wanted to become a teacher, ever since I was very young,''
said Grady, who graduated from Worcester State College in 1969. ...
LaHair planning to coach
Telegram & Gazette (6-26-08)
nice to be able to give what I get here from these coaches and all the players
and give it back to Worcester State and the college players.
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