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

Mon., Sept. 14, 2009 

Around Campus
In the News


Students Return to New Major, New Curriculum and Renovated Building

Travis Roy to Kick Off Third
Annual Diversity Lecture Series

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In June, Joseph P. Baratta (History and Political Science), received an important review of his book, The Politics of World Federation (2004), from Thomas G. Weiss, president of the International Studies Association. In February, Weiss gave a presidential address on the subject, "What Happened to the Idea of World Government?" In June, the International Studies Quarterly published an annotated version in the lead position.

After years of state and scholarly hostility to the idea of world government, this article represents a breakthrough into the elite heights of American scholarship on foreign policy and international affairs. Weiss squarely aims to return to once respected discussion of the fundamental alternative of what he correctly terms "world federal government." He provides a critical account of the rise of the "half-way house" of global governance, and then plainly defends the "necessity" and "feasibility" of world government. Weiss quotes from Baratta's history, The Politics of World Federation, for two pages running, which gratifies him for imaging years ago that history might contribute to a restoration of the idea of world federal government to respectability. The idea does not offer a blueprint for simply copying in the future, but a vision that greater things are possible than the current drift of national policy.

Notation: Thomas G. Weiss, "What Happened to the Idea of World Government?" International Studies Quarterly (2009) 53: 253-271.

Orpha James '06 and Peter Bradley (Biology) published an article in the July 2009 issue of Convergent Technologies published by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry publications. The article is titled "Determining the Biocompatibility of Nanomaterials" and can be found in Volume 1 (number 1) pages 26-29. The link is www.mddi-digital.com/mddi/ct/. This paper is based on material in James' M.S. (Biotechnology) thesis and shows that thermoplastics that contain nanoparticles can be used to grow green monkey tissue culture cells in the laboratory. Some photos from the Worcester State College scanning electron microscope are also included in the article.

Mary Ellen Brisbois (Nursing) published a book titled Why I Hated Pink: Confessions of a Breast Cancer Survivor. The book was released on July 10, and was published by CreateSpace.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented "Assessment of Blood Exposures Among Home Healthcare Workers: Linking Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for More Precise Exposure Estimation" at the Sixth International Conference on Innovations in Exposure Assessment held in Boston on August 18, 2009. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety.

Professor Chalupka also presented "Environmental Stewardship of Drugs: Minimizing Their Environmental Disposition While Promoting Human Health" at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Nurses Association in June 2009. Professor Chalupka's research was supported by a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

FLORA: Photographic Works by Suzanne Gainer (Visual and Performing Arts) will be on display until September 26 at Gallery Seven, 7 Nason Street, in Maynard, Mass. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 7-9 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Michael Hachey (Visual and Performing Arts) served as an artist/responder for Clark University's Senior Thesis Review in studio art in April. In May, he was a panelist for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation's Pierce Art Scholarsip Awards; and in June, he was a juror for the selection of works included in the Worcester Cultural Commission's Art in the Park installation.

Sudha Swaminathan (Physical and Earth Sciences) received a travel grant from the American Physical Society Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, to reimburse travel expenses for one of two women speakers who have been invited to WSC to speak on their research in physics. Dr. Emanuela Barberis, a particle physicist from Northeastern University, and Dr. Elizabeth Beise, a nuclear physicist from the University of Maryland, have agreed to speak during the 2009-2010 academic year.

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WSC was awarded "Readers' Choice
Best Regional College" by the Holden Landmark


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WSC Senior Given Hands-on Summer Research Opportunity with Professor Frink


In July, Dr. Douglas Frink and senior Dariusz Chlebica, both of the Physical and Earth Sciences Department, participated in an archaeological and soil assessment study in the mountains of North Carolina for the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department in Cullowhee, NC.

Dariusz wrote of his experience: "As a Geo-science major at WSC I have attended hundreds of lectures in many disciplines but lacked real-world, hands-on experience until this summer when I was given the opportunity to participate in a soil characterization and archeological study of the Judaculla Rock State Archeological Site in North Carolina. This site is sacred to the Cherokee Indians living in the area. It was the doorway to their upland hunting grounds and a quarry for steatite bowls.

Professor Frink and I teamed up with renowned rock art specialist Johannes Loubser of Stratum Unlimited to assess the geomorphic and soil processes affecting the archaeological potential and preservation of this site. It was a great opportunity to witness two professionals working alongside, always open to each other's remarks and thoughts about the site. As a participant, I was involved in describing soil profiles. This brought to life the Soil Science course I took last spring, allowing me to see different stages of pedogenesis first hand. Being able to identify and describe soil horizons has provided valuable outside-the-classroom experience, and witnessing how field work is actually conducted has opened new career possibilities for me."

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Online Events Calendar

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2010 Campus Phonebook - Please Review
The Human Resources office asks that you please review the 2010 Campus Phonebook before it goes to print for any errors or omissions. Click here for the website www.worcester.edu/2010PhoneBookDraft. Please contact Carol Faron at ext. 8666 or Carol.Faron@worcester.edu with any changes.

WSC Goes Green Online
Did you know that WSC has a website that generates live data from the solar panels installed on the roof of the LRC? Click here for the site. For more information on the installation that took place this summer, click here for a press release.

Learn Word 2007 Mail Merge
The first Professional Development Seminar is "Word 2007 Mail Merge" to be presented by Roberta Sibulkin, staff associate/technical training and support in the Information Technologies office. The date is Wednesday, October 7 from 1-4 p.m. in the LRC, Room 112 at WSC. If anyone is interested, please pick up a flyer in the HR office or call
Carol Faron at ext. 8666.

Fall Theatre Auditions - Faculty/Staff Welcome
Worcester State Theatre is holding auditions on Monday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Fuller Theatre, Administration Building-259, for BUS STOP, a romantic comedy. BUS STOP will be the first play in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Fuller Theatre. No experience necessary. Sides (portions of the script) will be available for perusal at the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, LRC, Room 132. Rehearsals will be on Mon/Wed/Thu beginning September 21 with added Fridays beginning October 23. Performances will be on November 12-15. For more information, contact Professor Adam Zahler - azahler@worcester.edu. Faculty and staff are welcome.(Please note that students will have priority in casting.)

Campus Maps and Directions
Do you need some updated campus maps for your office? Contact Goldie Guella at ext. 8018 or golda.guella@worcester.edu. If you need to inform campus visitors with map/directions info, please direct them to www.worcester.edu/directions.

WSC Chorale Auditions - Faculty/Staff Welcome
All students and WSC employees are invited to audition for the internationally acclaimed a cappella group, the WSC Chorale. The audition piece can be picked up in LRC-132 in the Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts.

Openings this Fall are in all voice parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. The Chorale has just returned from a highly successful tour of Portugal. It is not necessary to read music, but beautiful voice quality and musicianship are desired.

Rehearsals during the academic year are on Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. and alternate Sunday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Credit is available on acceptance.

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Welcome to...

James Alberque, Instructor, Mathematics
Tammy Bourakis-Nigosian, Director of Fiscal Affairs,
Worcester Center for Crafts
Dr. Douglas Dawson, Education,
Susan Gilligan,Bursar/OneCard
Pamela Hayes, Clerk III, Disability Services/Financial Aid
Suzanne Kiniry, Instructor, Nursing
Dr. Joyce Mandell, Assistant Professor, Sociology/Urban Studies
Eileen Perez, Staff Asst., Math Lab Coordinator, Mathematics
Dr. Vasfiye Hande Tuzel, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Tze-Hei Yong, Assistant Professor, Biology

Best Wishes to...

Dr. Mary Ellen Meegan (Education) on her retirement. Mary Ellen has been a part of the Worcester State College family since 1971.

Congratulations to..

Tara Hancock (Alumni) on the birth of her daughter Anna Grace. Anna was born on September 9 and weighed in at 6lbs 3oz. Mom and daughter are doing fine.

Faculty Promotions

Dr. Lisa Boehm, Full Professor, Urban Studies
Dr. Robert Brooks, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Dr. Anne Falke, Professor, Chemistry
Dr. Robert Fink, Professor, Business Administration, Economics
Dr. Mary Fowler, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. William Hansen, Associate Professor, Physical & Earth Sciences
Dr. Matthew Johnsen, Associate Professor, Sociology
Dr. Patricia Marshall, Associate Professor, Languages & Literature
Dr. Kenneth Melnick, Associate Professor,
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Dr. Susanna Meyer, Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Dr. William O'Brien, Professor, Business Administration/Economics
Dr. Carey Smitherman, Associate Professor, Languages & Literature
Dr. Hansun To, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Dr. Henry Theriault, Professor, Philosophy
Dr. Michael Winders, Associate Professor, Mathematics

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Making the grade: New math standards for teachers

At Worcester State College, we've developed three courses to meet the new guidelines. However, many of our prospective elementary teachers still aren't ...

International Conference on Genocide
and International Law Concludes

Dr. Henry Theriault, from the Worcester State College, discussed restorative justice and alleviating the consequences of genocide. And finally, Dr. Richard ...

Loud & Proud and saving music

He was a student at Worcester State College and worked in security at The Palladium. Early beneficiaries of these efforts included the American Red Cross, ...

New principal starts at Solmonese School in Norton

She earned her bachelor's of arts at Worcester State College and her master's of arts from Lesley College in Cambridge. Having worked as an elementary ...

Farmington Valley Arts Center Closes For Restructuring

That center closed late last year under similar circumstances but recently reopened under a partnership agreement with Worcester State College. ...

Survival kits

At Worcester State College, Lea Ann Erickson, assistant vice president of public relations and marketing, said the college has an incident response team ...

2009 40 Under Forty: Shannon Coro

In 2005, I enrolled in the master's in health care administration program at Worcester State College, and after graduating, I became the administrator. ...

Weighty challenge

... for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk in Worcester, this year on October 18, at Worcester State College; the Condons are chairing this year's event. ...

Mary Louise "Lou" Charette is the new
principal at Cashman

Charette earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood education at Framingham State College, her master's degree at Worcester State College, ...

Therapist helps patients take one day at a time

It's a career she followed since her high school days in Avon and quickly fulfilled after graduating from Worcester State College. ...

Tokarz family tree branches out at Worcester State

The Tokarz brothers have reunited this fall and both will be major factors for Worcester State College. It was really really hard on us last year said Tony ...

Shrewsbury author pays tribute to neglected Irish hero

About 10 years ago, Rooney learned senior citizens could take courses at Worcester State College for free and decided to enroll in class about the history ...

3 colleges to offer combined curricula

The Colleges of Worcester, a 12-school cooperative including Holy Cross, Clark University, and Worcester State College, is considering the creation of ...

13-year-old Babe Ruth team hoping to
win World Series in Utah

"The competition is real good," said Worcester State College senior infielder Magnell, recalling his experience playing in the World Series. ...

Botanical beauty in photo show at
Maynard's Gallery Seven

In a sense, the exhibit is a step back in time for Gainer ? an associate professor of photography at Worcester State College -- who recalled a world of ...

Eclectic art brings park-goers together in Worcester

Mcnamara said project coordinator Carolyn Lewenberg and jurors Michael Hachey, chairman of Worcester State College's visual and performing arts department; ...

Teacher scores

Mrs. Seaver was born and raised in Milford, and is a graduate of Milford High School and Worcester State College. Mrs. Seaver began her teaching career at ...

WSC professor goes 'green' in Thailand

Worcester State College Professor Margaret Kerr is in Thailand this summer, teaching a graduate course in "green chemistry." We caught up with her...

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Tues., Sept. 15

Invisible Children
Student Center
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Women's Soccer
vs. WPI

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 16

Invisible Children
Student Center
Blue Lounge

10:30 a.m.

Cardboard Village
Student Center


WAM 101
Worcester Art Museum
6 pm

Men's Soccer
vs. Trinity
Coughlin Field
7 pm

Thu. Sept. 17

Red Cross
Blood Drive

Student Center
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 19

Men's Soccer vs.
Fitchburg State

Coughlin Field
11 a.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. Southern Maine

1 p.m.

Field Hockey vs. Fitchburg State
Coughlin Field
2:30 p.m.


Tues., Sept. 22

Sustainability Fair
Student Center
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Field Hockey

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Chorale Auditions
Sullivan Aud.
7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 23

Travis Roy
Student Center
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Latino Family
College Fair

Student Center
Blue Lounge,

5:30 - 8 p.m.

Thu., Sept. 24

Women's Tennis vs.
Nichols College

WSC Tennis Courts
3:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. WNEC

7 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 26

Field Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Coughlin Field
11 a.m.

Women's Tennis
vs. MCLA

WSC Tennis Courts
1 p.m.

Women's Soccer
vs. MCLA

Coughlin Field
2 p.m.

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