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Tsongas Scholarship Recipients Honored at Statehouse


Mini Grant enables Yang to Publish Book on
Goddesses, Mages and Wise Women


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Workshop on Social Host Liability, Underage Drinking...

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Kyung Im Noh (Institutional Research & Assessment) will present on October 18 at the North American Association for Environmental Education's 37th Annual Conference in Wichita, Kan. The purpose of the project is to develop, pilot, and refine assessment materials for use in school service-learning programs in Florida. The presentation will include an overview of methods and results pertaining to the development, piloting, and refinement of assessments.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) has been invited to exhibit her prints during the Summer Printmaking Exhibition 08 at the Museum of Printmaking in Athens, Greece.



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Tsongas Scholarship Recipients Honored at Statehouse

Worcester State College President Dr. Janelle Ashley and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Sibyl Brownlee accompanied WSC students Franklin Rosenberg and Kaitlyn Brady to the Statehouse, Monday, October 6, where they were awarded the Senator Paul E. Tsongas Scholarship Award.  Malgorzata Malkowska and Kathryn Roy also received awards, but were unable to attend the Tsongas luncheon.

The Tsongas scholarship offers the states top students full scholarships covering in-state tuition and mandatory fees for up to four years, approximately $5,300 each year.  The awards, which are merit based, require that students maintain a 3.3 grade point average and fulfill requirements set by  the nine participating state colleges.  The scholarship program was launched in 1998 as a tribute to Paul E. Tsongas, United States Senator from Massachusetts, who died in 1997.


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Mini Grant Enables Yang to Publish Book on
Goddesses, Mages and Wise Women
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Sharon Yang knows full well the joy that comes from persistence in academic research. She's been studying the female pastoral figure in literature since she examined the figure in 19th century British novels for her dissertation.

I kept seeing the same figure over and over again, she said. The dissertation finished, she decided to examine the pastoral figure in sixteenth and seventeenth century British drama.

The female pastoral figure can take three different forms: the goddess; the mage or magician; or the wise woman who uses magic, witty game playing, advice, penance or tests of virtue to guide the other characters to a better understanding of themselves and their relationship to society. All have power.

The goddess Venus, for example---represents divine or courtly love, Yang said. Its a love in service to divinity.

The mage has studied alchemy and sacred arts, and so becomes more like a god, she said. The mage comes against the idea that women cant have power.

She notes that wise women, who are educated and know how to use language to maintain order, often employing magic to do so, are not usually depicted as sexual. The pastoral figure Felicia, for example, is modeled on Diana, the goddess of chastity.

The Faithful Shepherdess, one of the plays Yang has studied, includes a female pastoral guide who is chaste and wise and heals people. She gets her powers from Pan, the god.

My work shows that there aren't really monolithic ways of looking at gender roles, Yang said. There's negotiated space between the genders.

Yang's labor of love has taken seven years. She works on the manuscript each summer.

When you have a 4/4 teaching load, that's when you can write, she said.

Her 2007-08 mini-grant, Book Project: Goddesses, Mages and Wise Women: The Female Pastoral Guide in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century British Drama, enabled Yang to hire an editor to help prepare the manuscript for publication.

After several years of revising the 350-page manuscript, I needed a fresh and professional eye to review it, she said.

Yang joined the Worcester State faculty in 1999. In August 2007, Cambridge Scholars published a book she edited, The X-Files and Literature: Unweaving the Story, Unraveling the Lie to Find the Truth.  Its another book project she spent summers on.

Such a feat, two book projects in progress at the same time---requires passion. And perhaps a bit of magic.        



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    Need help planning the logistics of an event?  Are you interested in having the local media cover your event? Do you want the best attendance  possible for your event? If you answered YES to any of these questions you will want to reserve a seat at

    Media Spotlight on You: A Two Part Workshop on Media Coverage and Event Planning at Worcester State College Featuring the Office of Public Relations and Marketing, Conference and Event Services and College Police.  Join us on Wednesday, October 15, from 2-3p.m., in the Blue Lounge.

    This workshop is free and open to the campus community.
    Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Rebecca.senecal@worcester.edu or 508-929-8727.

    Presented by the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 2-4 p.m. at Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room. The workshop is sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition Train the Trainer workshop series and is open to coalition members and individuals who work with youth and families. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Cmunitybuild3@aol.com by Tuesday, October 14, 2008.

    The Center for Teaching and Learning and LASC would like to invite you to attend the second part of a two-part workshop series led by Dr. Andrew G. De Rocco.  Attendance at the first session is not necessary for participation in session two.  Discussion will include examination of a multidisciplinary approach to LASC at the program versus course level and course design for LASC versus the major.  Breakout sessions and exercises will be focused on the design and/or redesign of student-centered courses not driven by the needs of the major or course content but focused on alignment of course specific SLOs with the overall learning objectives of LASC as well as the more detailed student learning objectives in one or more of the LASC content areas.

    DAC:  Diversity Across the Curriculum
    Wednesday, October 15, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
    South Auditorium, Student Center
    Details will be forthcoming.

    MAC:  Math Across the Curriculum
    Wednesday, November 19, 3 - 4:15 p.m.
    South Auditorium, Student Center
    Details will be forthcoming.

    If you have a specific LASC related topic(s) you would like addressed or are interested in leading or co-leading a workshop on a specific LASC area, please contact Bonnie Orcutt at borcutt@worcester.edu or extension 8750.

    LASC Team Site:

    LASC documents and other LASC related information will be available at www.worcester.edu/teamsites/LASC/default.aspx.

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Dispatchers hope for chance to join force
Milford Daily News (
Excerpt: Pinto came here when he was 5, and has a criminal justice degree from Worcester State College - something he said gives him a competitive boost. ...

2 Worcester men visiting Liberia
Telegram & Gazette (10/13/08)
In fact, Mr. LaCava, an adjunct professor in the Business Administration Department at Worcester State College, frankly admitted that health issues were...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (10/12/08)
Excerpt: Worcester State Colleges Month Without Violence series features the Candace Allen Scola Memorial Lecture, which honors Candace Allen Scola, slain former ...

Campus Notes - Athletics
Telegram & Gazette (10/8/08)

Registration drives brings in droves of new voters
Telegram & Gazette (10/7/08)
Excerpt:  Worcester may have one qualified teenage poll worker per precinct. The students attended a civics camp earlier this year at Worcester State College, ...

City teen wins dance contest
Telegram & Gazette (10/7/08)
Mr. Pace said he plans to transfer to Worcester State College eventually to study management with a view to opening a performing arts center some day. ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008



Wed., Oct. 17

Men's Golf @
Franklin Pierce
Noon @ Shattuck Golf Club
Directions to Shattuck

M. Soccer @ Becker
7 p.m. - Directions to Becker

Field Hockey @ Nichols
7 p.m. - Directions to Nichols

Thurs., Oct. 16

Neurobiology of
Learning Not to Fear

Ghosh Science Center - Room 102
10 a.m.

One Poem and...
Barbara Pilon Seminar Room
Sullivan Room 305
2:45 p.m.

Volleyball @ Salem State
7 p.m. Directions to Salem State


Fri., Oct. 17

Andres Torres presents
"Latino Identities,

Latino Futures"
Student Center, North/South Aud.
11:30 a.m.

Cross Country Invitational
@ Emmanuel College
4 p.m. - Franklin Park - Boston
Directions to Franklin Park

W. Soccer @ Westfield State
7 p.m. Directions to Westfield State


Sat., Oct. 18

Volleyball @ Westfield State
11 a.m. Directions to Westfield State

Volleyball vs.
Framingham State

1 p.m. @ Westfield State
Directions to Westfield State

Football @ Fitchburg State
1:30 p.m. Directions to Fitchburg State

Field Hockey @ Keene State
1:30 p.m. Directions to Keene State

M. Soccer vs. Westfield State
Noon - Athletic Field
Live Stats/Video


Tues., Oct. 21

Native American Storytelling
and Music with Bill Miller

Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:30 a.m.

Concert w/Grammy Award
Winner Bill Miller

Student Center, Blue Lounge
7 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 28

Energy Efficiency Workshop
Sullivan Building, Eager Aud.
6:30 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 30

Faculty Art Exhibition
Opening Reception

Ghosh Science Center,
Art Gallery (First Floor)
5 - 7 p.m.

Pilon Poetry Awards/Open Mic
Student Center, Blue Lounge
7 - 9 p.m.

Nov.1 & 2

Thriller of a Weekend
Homecoming/Family Wknd

Tues., Nov. 4

Election Day

Tues., Nov. 11

Veterans Day Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed

Nov. 13-15

WSC Theatre UpClose
presents Lysistrata

Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 16

WSC Theatre UpClose
presents Lysistrata

Sullivan Auditorium
2 p.m.

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