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WSC Trustee Michael K. Thomas Chosen to
Lead New England Board of Higher Education

WSC to Host "Got Food?" Event



Chorale Hosts Leaf Raking Fundraiser for Portugal Trip

Women's Studies to Present a Panel on "Women and Education"

Athletics Launches New Website with Presto Sports

"Stubborn Hope: A Celebration of Commitment and Action
Towards Human Rights" featuring Dennis Brutus


2008-2009 Inclement Weather Policy

Upcoming LASC Workshops - MAC - "Math Across the Curriculum"

WSC Toy Drive


WSC e-news General Info



Steve Corey (Urban Studies) and Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) spoke at a round-table entitled "Teaching Urban History" at the bi-annual Urban History Association meeting in Houston, Texas on November 8.  The panel drew on findings from their textbook in process, The American City Reader:  An Urban History Anthology, and the upcoming edition of The Journal of Urban History to which they both contributed and Professor Krissoff Boehm edited.  Professor Corey also chaired a panel at the conference on New York City and Public Space.  

Robert C. Fink (Business Administration and Economics) had four refereed journal articles published this year - The Effects of Performance, Environmental Uncertainty and Relational Norms on Customer Commitments to Suppliers over the Duration of Customer-Supplier Relationships, International Journal of Management and Decision Making; The Duration of Relational Exchanges Choices: Time Based Effects of Customer Performance and Environmental Uncertainty on Relational Choice, Industrial Marketing Management; Supplier Strategies for Increasing Customer Purchases, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing; and "Practical Views of Supply Chain Relationships in the Electronics Manufacturing Industry,  Journal of Relationship Marketing. Professor Fink co-authored the articles with Dr. William James, Hofstra University and Dr. Kenneth Hatten, Boston University.

Peter Holloran (History) and Andrew Hunt published Social History of the United States: 1980s (ABC-Clio Press)."This ten-volume encyclopedia explores the social history of 20th-century America in rich, authoritative detail, decade by decade, through the eyes of its everyday citizens." To learn more about the book, click here.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) was among the selected artists to exhibit their Artists Books in the competition Qubec Relie Comme Jamais, at the Bibliothque de l'Assemble Nationale in  Montreal, Canada.







Chorale Hosts Leaf Raking Fundraiser for Portugal Trip

Members of the WSC Chorale have been out and about raking leaves this fall to raise money for their concert tour to Portugal next May. Photo by Joe Klimavich - (left to right) Dan Murphy, John Dougherty, Matt Monopoli, Kathryn Magdis, Sarah Wilson and Derek Sylvester.

When doing your holiday online shopping in the coming weeks, don't forget to shop numerous stores via www.visitourmall.com/wscchorale. Just buy what you need and the chorale gets paid.


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Women's Studies to Present a Panel
on Women and Education

On Tuesday, December 2, from 3-4 p.m. (location to be announced), Women's Studies will present a panel of WSC faculty who will discuss "Women and Education."

Dr. Fortunata Songora Makene from Sociology will present a talk titled "A Glance at What Shapes Human History: Globalization and its Impact on Girls' Education in Tanzania."

Dr. Andrea Dottolo from Psychology will present a talk titled "'Feeling Like a Freak': Working Class Narratives from Inside Academia."



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Athletics Launches New Website with Presto Sports

Worcester State College, a member of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), has launched its new website at www.wsclancerathletics.com in partnership with PrestoSports, based out of Rockville, Md.

We are very excited about the launch of our new website, said Sue Chapman director of Athletics. Our old website was outdated and while it had served us well we needed to upgrade and move forward. PrestoSports, who is known for its cutting edge technology, took all of our ideas and created exactly what we were looking for.

Wsclancers.com incorporates PrestoSports latest web site features which include complete schedule networking, a calendar of events, conference standings, an efficient content management system along with several interactive features for student-athletes, parents, alumni, prospective students and fans.

The athletics department will also take full advantage of PrestoSports live stats for some of their fall, winter and spring sports which will include, football, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball.

PrestoSports also hosts the MASCAC homepage at www.mascac.com as well as conference members Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

Worcester State also fields men's golf, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's ice hockey, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track along with cheerleading.  

Prestosports features a full-time staff with more than 40 years of combined experience in college athletics and collegiate marketing solutions. From former coaches, sports information directors and conference administrators, to staff experienced collegiate marketing solutions. Founded in 2002, PrestoSports is focused on creating innovative web solutions as unique as each of its clients.



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"Stubborn Hope: A Celebration of Commitment
and Action towards Human Rights"
featuring Dennis Brutus

The long relationship between Worcester State College and renowned poet and human rights activist Dennis Brutus began on May 28, 1982, when he delivered the inaugural address for the newly created Center for the Study of Human Rights. The Center was co-founded by English Professor Merrill Goldwyn and Worcester resident Reverend Paul Ferrin, with the goal of bringing a strong human rights program to the College.

The following day, the College awarded Brutus an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

These events occurred as Brutus was locked in a desperate struggle for political asylum in the United States. 

Brutus was born in Southern Rhodesia in 1924. When the National Party government of South Africa came to power in 1948, it imposed a rigid system of apartheid. Brutus participated in many anti-apartheid campaigns, focusing much of his attention on sports policies. The South African government banned him from attending political and social meetings and made it illegal for any of his writings to be published in South Africa.

Brutus was arrested in 1963 for attending a sports meeting. When he was released on bail he attempted to make his way to Germany to meet with the world Olympic executive committee. He was captured and returned to the South African security police.

During a desperate attempt to escape, Brutus was shot in the back on a Johannesburg street. He was subsequently sentenced to 18 months on Robben Island, a maximum security prison that also held Nelson Mandela.

After completing his sentence, Brutus was allowed to leave South Africa with his family, on conditions that made it illegal for him to return.

AA year after Brutus's appearances at WSC, he was granted political asylum in the United States. Since then, he has visited the campus frequently and he continues to donate personal papers and other items to the Center./p>

South Africa was barred from participating in the Olympic Games from 1964 to 1992. It abolished the apartheid system in 1993.

Brutus is as well-known for his poetry as for his political activism. He has published 12 collections of poetry, including Stubborn Hope in 1978, from which this selection is taken:

Stubborn Hope

Endurance is a passive quality,
transforms nothing, contests nothing
can change no state to something better
and is worthy of no high esteem;
and so it seems to me my own persistence
deserves,  if not contempt, impatience.

Yet somewhere lingers the stubborn hope
thus to endure can be a kind of fight,
preserve some value, assert some faith
and even have a kind of worth.

The College campus is invited to attend the week of social justice events in honor of the return of Dennis Brutus to Worcester State College. Scheduled activities include:

Tuesday, November 18, 11:30 a.m., Student Center North/South Auditorium: Brutus Collection archivist Wayne Kamin, Center for the Study of Human Rights Founder Merrill Goldwyn, and Brutus will discuss human rights at the college.


Wednesday, November 19, 11:30 a.m., Student Center Blue Lounge: A panel including Brutus and Josh Rubenstein of Amnesty International will discuss political prisoners.

Thursday, November 20, 2:15 p.m., Ghosh Center for Science and Technology Multi-Media Auditorium: A panel including Brutus and representatives from surrounding universities will discuss the effects of government and financial institutions on human rights.


Thursday, November 20, 6:00 p.m., Ghosh Center for Science and Technology Multi-Media Auditorium: Dennis Brutus, Marjorie Agosin, Gertrude Halstead, and other leading poets will read from their work to celebrate art and the struggle for social justice. 



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    If a decision is made to close for the day or to open later, notice will be made to the following outlets:


    College Homepage -  http://www.worcester.edu


    Email to all Worcester State College addresses


    Campus Phone - 508-929-8000 - To hear the inclement weather message, press 1 and then press 2 (from a touch-tone telephone only). 


    as this ties up the phone
    line for emergency calls.


    WSRS 96.1 FM CBS - Channel 4
    WTAG 580 AM WCVB - Channel 5
    WTAG 94.9 FM WHDH - Channel 7
    WRKO 680 AM WSBK - Channel 38
    WBZ 1030 AM WLVI - Channel 56



    Closing During Normal Office/Class Hours* 


    If, during normal office/class hours on a work/class day, the President or her designee determines that the College should be closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances, all offices will be notified of the time and duration of cancellation of normal activity. Normal routine will be expected to commence on the next regular class/work day, unless notified otherwise.


    * Normal hours are defined as Monday - Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

    LASC WORKSHOP - "MAC -Math Across the Curriculum"

    MAC:  Math Across the Curriculum

    Wednesday, November 19, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    South Auditorium, Student Center

    Workshop Leader:  Mary Fowler, Department of Mathematics

    Faculty Participants:  Steve Corey from Urban Studies,  Eihab Jaber from Chemistry and Elizabeth (Lisa) Wark from Business Admin/Economics.

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

    The Center for Teaching and Learning and LASC are sponsoring a series of Walk-in Support Sessions for LASC Course Approval. All of the walk-in support sessions will take place in the Center for Teaching and Learning - Sullivan - Room117. To see a full schedule of the sessions click here.


    Once again the Secret Santas of Worcester will sponsor a toy drive for NEEDY Children and their families. In 2007, over 3,000 toys were delivered to happy children all over Worcester county.


    If you would like to donate a gift  - please drop it off to the Presidents Office - Room 111, Administration Village, prior to December 11. Please wrap all gifts and label girl or boy and age (infant to 18 years - teenagers love a gift card)


    Donations will be distributed to the following agencies:


    UMass Hospital Children's Unit

    Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps
    Worcester Boys and Girls Club Daybreak
    Worcester Probate Court
    Needy families in Worcester neighborhoods


    Many thanks for your continued generosity!


    A party to collect all donations will be held on Thursday, December 11th 
    from 5:15 - 8:30 p.m., 440 Grove Street, Worcester, Mass.

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South High to address hunger issues
Telegram & Gazette (11/17/08)
The hunger awareness week at South High coincides with related events at Worcester State. Tomorrow, the colleges Urban Studies Department and the ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (11/16/08)
Worcester State College will welcome South African poet and human rights activist Dennis Brutus to its campus this week for a series of events focusing on social justice

Monday, November 17, 2008



Tues., Nov. 18

The Marijuana High and
How It Works: Cognitive
and Brain Processes

Got Food? Forum
Student Center, Blue Lounge
10-11:30 a.m.

Human Rights at WSC:
Past and Present

Student Center, North/South Aud.
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Wed., Nov. 19

Amnesty International's Struggle For Human Rights
Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Thurs., Nov. 20

Clara Rodriguez presents
"Latinos on Prime-Time Television"

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

"From a Refugee Camp Experience to a New Life
in the U.S.
Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:30 a.m.

Global Poverty and Inequality
as a Human Rights Issue

Ghosh Science Center, Room 102
2:15 - 4 p.m.

One Poem and...
Sullivan Building, Room 305
2:45 - 5 p.m.

Art and the Struggle for
Social Justice

Ghosh Science Center, Room 102
6-9 p.m.


Faculty Art Exhibition
Ghosh Science Center
1st Floor Art Gallery
Tues-Fri from 2-5 p.m. (or by appt.)



Wed., Nov. 26 to
Friday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Recess
No Classes


Thurs., Nov. 27

Thanksgiving Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed


Tues., Dec.2

Multicultural Holiday Party
Student Center, Exhibit Area
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Women and Education
Location TBA
3 - 4 p.m.


Wed., Dec.4

Auditions for Pirates
of Penzance,
WSC Spring Musical

Sullivan Auditorium Stage
4 - 9 p.m.


Sat. Dec. 6

Traditional Holiday Concert
Our Lady of the Angels Church
1222 Main Street, Worcester
7:30 p.m., $10 public/
$5 students and elders


Sun., Dec. 7

WSC Dance Co. Show
Sullivan Auditorium
2p.m., Tickets at door


Mon., Dec. 8

Student Recital Workshop
Sullivan Auditorium Stage
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 10

All Classes End

Thurs., Dec. 11

Reading Day

WSC Dance Co. Show

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m., Tickets at door

Dec. 12 - Dec. 18

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