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

Monday, December 7, 2009 

Around Campus
In the News


Students Debut Robots During National Computer Science Education Week

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In October, Barry DeCoster (Philosophy) presented a paper titled "Who Knows Why I'm Sick?: Rethinking Epistemic Agency and Authority in Medical Communities," as part of the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Washington, DC. DeCoster also served as moderator of a panel on "Visual Images, Health, and the Body."

Linda Larrivee (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders), and Emily Soltano (Psychology) were among the speakers at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), November 18-21 in New Orleans, LA. Along with Ann Alexopoulos and Jennifer Ray (M.S. SLP '09), Professors Larrivee , Meyer, and Soltano spoke about second language acquisition. Professor Larrivee also presented a paper with Professor Meyer on the effectiveness of a hearing conservation program for preteens with Aimee St. Hilaire and Lori Arnold (M.S. SLP '09). Professor Meyer presented a third paper with Dena Elghazzawi and Kristen Diggins (M.S., SLP '08) examining Efficacy of Specific Language Impairment Websites. Finally, Professor Larrivee organized and presented a seminar with several colleagues from other universities entitled "Teaching Speech Sound Disorders: Keeping Up With Research and Reality."

The ASHA convention, which annually attracts over 10,000 attendees, is the most comprehensive conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists. The ASHA conference had a variety of educational sessions that highlighted the latest developments in research and clinical practices for professionals who provide services in schools, hospitals, health care centers, rehabilitation clinics, and other practice settings.

Professor Larrivee also served on the "Speech Sound Disorders in Children" subcommittee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Committee membership included reviewing numerous submissions for seminar or poster presentations during the summer of 2009 for possible decisions regarding November 2009 convention.

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Interns Pursue Community
Outreach via Broadcast

The Communication Department Internship Program and the Center for Community Media is now broadcasting their second season of Esperanza y su Exito, a Spanish-language television show designed for the 65,000+ Hispanic community of Worcester County. The goal of the show is to educate and entertain Latino viewers by discussing topics such as health, parenting, civics, food preparation, money management and cultural arts, all in their native language. Hosted by local activist Esperanza Donovan-Pendzic and featuring special guests who work in the Greater Worcester area, each episode is thirty minutes in length and shot on digital video tape. The show airs on Charter Cable Company (WCTR-TV Channel 3) on Sundays from 9-9:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10-10:30 a.m.

Communication Department students not only gain valuable work experience that will advance them in their field but also become actively involved in our local community and learn to produce alternative (activist) media products using widely available and relatively inexpensive digital technology as a means for community outreach.

Production of the third season will begin in the spring semester of 2010 with interns from both the Communication Department and the Department of Languages and Literature. For any additional information, please contact Professors Alta Carroll or Julian Berrian.

WSC Students to Receive MLK Scholarships

Two Worcester State College students will receive Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships at the 16th Annual MLK Youth Breakfast honoring the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Worcester State College, Saturday, January 16.

Deborah Binkley, a psychology major with a 4.0 GPA, and Jaclyn Glover, a history major with a 3.941 GPA, will be honored at the all youth program, held at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

The event features skits, music, and readings based on Dr. King's life and teachings. All honorees, speakers and award recipients (Community Service and MLK Poetry Contest Winners) will be youth from the region that are selected by their peers.

The Martin Luther King Community Breakfast has become one of the premier community events of the year for local youth. The MLK Youth Breakfast is a program for youth, by youth and is designed to instill in students the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first annual event drew 200 youth and today the number has grown to over 500.

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Planning for 2010 Celebration Underway

The annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity has become one of the highlights of the academic year. Plans are already underway for the 2010 event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 28. The celebration will showcase student and faculty work conducted between May 1, 2009, and April 28, 2010.

"Last year's event was tremendously successful in showcasing the wide range of scholarly research and artistic endeavors taking place at the college," said Maureen Shamgochian, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. "We anticipate that next year's event will attract even more exhibits."

She added, "The celebration is a wonderful opportunity for the entire campus community to come together to share their work and learn from each other. The range of intellectual and creative accomplishment on this campus is truly remarkable."

According to Shamgochian, "We are still in the early planning stages for the celebration, and there are a number of minor details to be ironed out. But we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the upcoming event so they can start planning for it."

Watch for further details about the 2010 Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity in upcoming editions of e-news.

The project submission form for the 2010 celebration is available by clicking here.

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VPAA/Provost Candidate Schedule for Dr. Charles Cullum

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

9:00--10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Vice Presidents (A201)

10:00--11:00 a.m.
Dr. Ashley (A255)

11:30 a.m. -- 12:45 p.m.
Lunch with VPAA Report Staff (PDR/SC)

1:00 -- 2:00 p.m.
Search Committee (A201)

2:30 -- 3:30 p.m.
Faculty/Staff/Student Forum (ST102)

3:30 -- 4:30 p.m.
Faculty Union Executive Board (Faculty Lounge S310)

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Norwich Bulletin Sports

Putnam Science Academy made a very smart move by bringing Tom Espinosa on to its staff as director of athletics and its varsity basketball coach. In a few short years, the former captain of the Worcester State College Lancers has taken the program from a club team to a champion in the Coastal Prep League.

Lauren Saylor Leads Worcester State

Worcester State College senior Lauren Saylor has had an outstanding volleyball career the past four years consistently leading ...

Time for sharing

Worcester State College student volunteer Brittany Guilmet and volunteer Pedro Rondon of Worcester sort through the thousands of pounds of donated food...

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Tues., Dec. 8

DCH Furniture &
Household Goods

outside Sullivan Aud.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
UMass Dartmouth

7 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 9

National Computer
Science Education
Week Celebration

Ghosh Lobby
10:20 Cake
2-4 p.m. Robotics

All Classes End

Thurs., Dec. 10

Reading Day

Dec. 11-18

Final Exams


Dec. 25 - Jan.1

Holiday Break
No Classes,
Offices Closed

Mon., Jan. 4

College Re-Opens
Offices Open

Tues., Jan. 5


Wed., Jan. 6

Women's Basketball
vs. Eastern CT Univ.

7 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 7

Men's Basketball vs.
Salve Regina Univ.

7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 9

Major League
Baseball @ WSC
Forum & Clinic

Ghosh & Gymnasium
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
More Info

Tues., Jan. 12

Women's Basketball
vs. Westfield State

6 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
Westfield State

8 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 14

Women's Basketball
vs. Keene State


Men's Basketball vs.
Anna Maria College

2 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 15

Wintersession Ends

Sat., Jan. 16

Rev. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Youth

8:30 a.m.

Mon., Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
No Classes;
Offices Closed

Tues., Jan. 19

Classes begin: day,
evening, graduate


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