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

November 9, 2009 

SHORTCUTS:
News
Noteworthy
Around Campus
Announcements
In the News



NEWS:

Congressman McGovern to Launch
WSC Empty Bowl Event to Fight Hunger



Fuller Theatre to be Dedicated
on Opening Night of 'Bus Stop'



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NOTEWORTHY:
 
Catherine Cocks, Peter C. Holloran (History) and Alan Lessoff published a new paperback edition of The A to Z of the Progressive Era (Scarecrow Press).

 
Joseph Baratta (History & Political Science) recently attended the annual meeting of the Council of the World Federalist Movement (WFM) in New York. WFM is a non-governmental organization accredited to the United Nations. Under its executive director, Bill Pace, WFM was instrumental in establishing the International Criminal Court (1998). Its current projects include managing the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, implementing the new norm of the responsibility to protect, advancing U.N. reform with the International Democratic Governance project, supporting the U.N.'s Peace Building Commission, and starting up the U.N.?s Genocide Prevention Office. WFM now has a budget of $5.2 million and is one of the leading NGOs in the U.N. community. At the council meeting, all were treated to a penetrating address by Assistant Secretary-General Jomo Kwame Sundaram on "The U.N., Global Economic Governance, and the World Economic and Financial Crisis." Professor Baratta sold three copies of his book, The Politics of World Federation (Praeger, 2004), and was put on the co-option list for membership in the council by next year in Buenos Aires.

 
As mentioned in the October 19th issue of WSC e-News, Professors Tej Kalia and WeiPang Lee, both of the Business Administration and Economics department, recently presented a paper on "A study of the Impact of the US National Debt on the US Dollar Index" at the 2009 Annual International Business and Economics Research Conference in October. They are happy to announce that the paper has won the Best Paper Award. This is the third time Professors Kalia and Lee have won his coveted award.

 
On November 4, Mark Wagner (IELI, English adjunct) taught a workshop for sixth graders at the Grafton St. School. The workshop is a collaboration between Worcester County Poetry Association and My City, a program within Worcester Public Schools. The workshop aims at having students write about symbols and images and cultural icons. On November 18th, the students will take a field trip with Mark to WCCA-TV to observe how a television program is made. Some of the students will read their work, while some will observe how a television program is taped and edited.

 
William White (Grad & Continuing Ed.) received the Outstanding Service to Continuing Education Award in recognition of exemplary service to University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). UCEA New England states "Bill White has served UCEA and The New England Region with distinction for more than twenty years. He has been a most active member of our regional UCEA community. In the region he has served as the Regional Chair, Regional Board of Directors Representative, Program Chair, Membership Committee Chairs and on the executive committee. He has also served on the program planning committee for many years, as well as on the nominating committee. At the national level he served on the National Regional Cabinet, the Learning, Instruction, and Technology Commission, the national membership committee, and the national nomination and election committee. He has garnered the respect of his peers, been mentor to many, and has been an inspiration to our entire UCEA community."

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AROUND CAMPUS:

WSC to Keep Legacy of
Distinguished Author Alive

 
WSC is proud to be the future home of the Milton Meltzer Collection, as the estate of the late Milton Meltzer, a distinguished author of nearly 100 books for children who was raised in Worcester, has given his personal library of over 5,000 volumes to the College.

Milton, a graduate of Classical High School, won a scholarship to Columbia University at age 17 and lived and worked in New York City. His young adult works address such issues as poverty, religion, crime, peace, discrimination, and slavery. Milton's literary accolades include the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. Five of his books have been finalists for the National Book Award.

His daughter Amy of Cambridge attended a 2007 dedication in the library, which coincided with the release of Meltzer's novel Tough Times. "Surprise, delight, direction, all these are the strength of books," Milton wrote (and Amy read on his behalf) for the occasion. "And best of all, the longer I live, the truer it is that books do not age, the way I do. They continue to speak, long after the writers and the readers of their own time are gone."

Sadly, Milton passed away this fall, but his legacy will live on at Worcester State through his collection.




Bus Stop Takes the Stage, Thursday-Sunday
 

The newly renovated Fuller Theater at Worcester State College will open this Thursday with its first production, Bus Stop, the warm-hearted, romantic comedy by William Inge.

Produced by Worcester State Theatre and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Bus Stop will be performed at 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, November 12, 13, 14 and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors; $14 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Student Center Info Desk, at the door or at the Fuller Theatre Box Office (2nd Floor Admin. Building with hours Monday & Wednesday 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.). For reservations call 508-929-8843.

A snow storm leaves a bus load of travelers trapped at Grace's Diner in a small Nebraska town, with the roads blocked and telephone lines down. There's the bus driver with a hankering for Grace; the dissolute former professor with eyes for the diner's young waitress; and the night club singer trying to escape from the cowboy's plans on marrying her. Inge's classic, American, romantic comedy explores the full spectrum of romantic relationships with a warm, touching humor that has pleased audiences since it first opened in 1955.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Soles4Souls Collects Over 600 Pairs of Shoes

The WSC shoe drive for Soles4Souls? resulted in a total donation of 636 pairs of shoes! Many thanks to the Student Affairs Division, Ruth McGinn of the campus ministry for sponsoring the drive, and all who contributed generously to this worthy cause. Alex Diaz's target goal of 100,000 pairs, the largest individual collection, has netted 52,000 pairs to date. Future donations can be dropped off at one of the UPS stores on Park Ave, Worcester, Auburn, or Holden until Feb 2010. Become a part of this community event and remember Thanks4giving!

Fall Issue of Currents in Teaching and Learning Available
The publication of the Fall 2009 issue of Currents in Teaching and Learning is now available. To download a PDF file of either the full issue or individual articles, go to www.worcester.edu/currents and click on the ?Full Issue,? or ?Table of Contents? links under the announcement for the new issue, to be taken directly to each page. You are invited to subscribe to Currents by going to the website and clicking on the ?subscribe here? link. As a member of listserv, you will be notified when each new issue becomes available online, and will receive biannual 'Calls for Submissions.'

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WSC IN THE NEWS:

College Town


US Rep James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, will launch the second annual Worcester State College Empty Bowl event and discuss ending child hunger, ...


Designer Warehouse - fetching attire at attractive prices

Born in Weymouth, Woodbury attended Worcester State College, where she majored in biology with an eye toward a career working with animals. ...


Big Brothers Big Sisters Appoints Board of Directors

Terri DiGrigoli....has a Worcester State College Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Education with a concentration in guidance from Cambridge College. ...

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Nov. 10


Empty Bowl Event
Student Center,
Exhibit Area

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Public Forum -
Kids Count: End
Child Hunger Now

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

2-3:30 p.m.

Faculty Art Exhibit
on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.

MTEL Test
Workshop

Sullivan 314
3-4:30 p.m.




Wed., Nov. 11

Veterans Day:
No Classes;
Offices Closed




Thurs., Nov. 12

Faculty Art Exhibit
on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.

WSC Theater
presents "Bus Stop"

Fuller Theater
(Admin. Building)

8 p.m.




Fri., Nov. 13

WSC Ice Hockey vs.
Wentworth Inst.

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn

5:00 p.m.

WSC Theater
presents "Bus Stop"

Fuller Theater
(Admin. Building)

8 p.m.





Sat., Nov. 14

Admissions
Open House
8:15 a.m.


WSC Theater
presents "Bus Stop"

Fuller Theater
(Admin. Building)

8 p.m.




Sun., Nov. 15

WSC Theater
presents "Bus Stop"

Fuller Theater
(Admin. Building)

2 p.m.




 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar

Mon., Nov. 16

American Red
Cross Blood Drive

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.




Tues., Nov. 17

Faculty Art Exhibit
on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.

WSC Ice Hockey vs. Plymouth State Univ.
Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn

5:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Springfield

Gymnasium
7 p.m.




Wed., Nov. 18

Dr. Dean Hamer -
"The Gay Gene and the God Gene"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

ArtWorks! A public
forum on creative
economies in Central
Massachusetts

Ghosh Center,
Room 102

4:30-6 p.m.




Thurs., Nov. 19

Faculty Art Exhibit
on display

Ghosh, 1st Floor
3-5 p.m.




Fri., Nov. 20

Women's Basketball
vs. Becker College

Gymnasium
7:30 p.m.




Sat., Nov. 21

WSC Ice Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Horgan Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn

7 p.m.




 
 
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