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November 8, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


University to Host Hunger Awareness Day

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Bruce Cohen (History) chaired and commented at a session covering the Famine of 1847 and the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 at the annual meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture Association held at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston on October 23, 2010.

Sociology Department professors Matthew Johnsen and Joyce Mandell along with Amy Ebbeson, coordinator for the Next Step Program, presented at the New England Sociological Association meeting on November 6 in Durham, New Hampshire. Their presentation was titled: "Enacting Community: Mapping Organizations and Activists in a New England City."

Matthew Johnsen (Sociology) was interviewed by a reporter from Swiss National Radio last week about his views on the changing social and political climate in the U.S., and its effects on the electorate.

Rodney Oudan (Business and Economics) served as a member of the External Review Team for Johnson & Wales University's Academic Program Review of the Bachelor of Science in Retail Marketing degree program. Professor Oudan conducted an on-site evaluation and analysis of the College's Self Evaluation report and provided recommendations for development and growth of the program for the Providence campus.

Deborah Renholm '10, a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, is first author of "The Psychological Impact Of Disaster On Emergency Response Workers, Victims And Communities" published in the Healthcare Ledger,7, (6), 18-26. Ms. Renholm's co-author was Professor Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing). The article deals with the mental health consequences of emergencies including natural and human-made situations and examines psychological, physiological, biological, and behavioral reactions to emergencies, and risk factors for developing prolonged mental health sequelae including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Former Lancer Head Baseball Coach Paul Turco is a senior advisor for the World Champion San Francisco Giants. Turk coached the 1983 NCAA Team (82-84) which current coach Gerry Montiverdi played on. The assistant coach on that ?83 team was JP Ricciardi recently hired as Special Assistant with the NY Mets. That makes three former Lancers with World Series rings: Turco (2010), Ricciardi (1989 A's), and Shawn Moore (2002 D-Backs).

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Women's Soccer Capture Fifth
MASCAC Championship Crown

Steven Miller, Sports Information Director

Junior Danielle Clifford (Attleboro, MA) notched the game-winning goal in the 85th minute to help propel Worcester State to a 1-0 triumph over Bridgewater State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament on November 6 at Coughlin Field.

With the win the Lancers improve their record to 10-5-4 and will play Eastern Connecticut State University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue and Gold capture their fifth MASCAC Tournament title since the competition started in 2000. The Bears end their season at 6-10-2 overall.

Play in the opening stanza was even as both teams had great opportunities to go up early, but they both drew to a 0-0 score at the intermission.

In the 17th minute Bridgewater State junior Amber LaPorte (New Hartford, CT) had a great look at the open net as WSU's keeper was away from the play, but LaPorte's attempt was kicked out of harm's way by senior Nikki Scott (Berlin, MA).

The Lancers then had back-to-back chances 60 seconds apart just before the 30 minute mark, but the bid by freshman Kathleen Smith (Rehoboth, MA) was stopped by Bridgewater State keeper Kayla Grover (Haverhill, MA) and the attempt by sophomore Brianne Beckman (Lakeville, MA) was just to the right of the left post.

Following the break, Bridgewater State had a golden opportunity with a free kick by senior Amanda Vigneault (Ludlow, MA) 15-yards away 1 minutes into the second half, but the attempt was rejected by sophomore goalie Angieszaka Sychtysz (Warren, MA). After that the Bears had a trio of corner kick prospects, but the visitors did nothing to capitalize with their good fortune.

Over the next 20 minutes of game play the two team's battled back and forth, but good defense prevailed as neither team had a great chance to score from close range.

The Lancers then found a hole in the Bears back line when sophomore Mariah Messina (Tewksbury, MA) tossed a ball on the left side on a throw-in for Clifford who shot it in for the game-clinching tally. Clifford recorded her fifth marker of the season and second in as many games for tournament MVP honors.

BSU tried everything they could muster to score the equalizer ? including two corner kicks - but the Worcester State defense did not allow another shot in the final five minutes of regulation.

The Blue and Gold outshot the visitors 13-7 while the Bears had a 5-4 lead in corners (5-3 in second half). The contest was also a physical one as the two teams accounted for 31 combined fouls.

Sychtysz collected three saves in the triumph as she improved her record to 3-0-1 while Grover registered five stops.

CHEER ON THE WOMAN'S SOCCER TEAM: The Worcester State women's soccer team will play Eastern Connecticut State University as their first-round opponent on Saturday, November 13, at noon. Click here for further details. Directions to Eastern CT State.

University Addresses Reported Assaults

There has been a recent news report about a series of three alleged sexual assaults since the beginning of the fall semester at Worcester State University. WSU Police, Counseling Services, Residential Life and Student Affairs have made a concerted effort to communicate with the student and university community as soon as the alleged incidents were reported. In all three cases, the parties were known to each other and no formal charges were filed.

Since the beginning of the semester, University Police, Counseling, Residential Life and Student Affairs have reached out to students through formal and informal sessions at least ten times to educate students, parents, and families about the importance of personal safety and the importance of making reports to university police and counseling services in a timely fashion.

The program, "Sex Signals," is offered to all first year students through counseling services, which educates students about avoiding and handling situations that could put students at risk. The university takes the safety and well being of all of its students seriously and will continue to alert students and the greater community of incident notifications and will continue to provide access to educational and counseling services.

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Flu Clinic For Faculty and Staff

There will be a walk-in flu clinic for all WSU students, faculty and staff in Student Health Services, G-209 on Tuesday, November 9 from 10am to 12 noon. The cost is $7.00 for the injection.

Get Your Tickets -- ten days until Julius Caesar
Tickets are now on sale for JULIUS CAESAR, Worcester State Theatre's fall production. Performances are Nov. 18, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm, and Nov 21 at 2:00. Tickets are $14 General Admission, $10 Seniors, $7 Students and are available at the Fuller Theatre Box Office (Mon/Wed 10:00 - 2:15 and Tue/Thu 11:30 - 4:00) and at the Student Center Info Desk. For reservations and information call x8843

Apps Due This Friday: Funding Available for
Projects that Involve and Benefit WSU Students

Each year the Worcester State University Alumni Association's Advisory Board (AAAB) awards funding to university and community endeavors to help further the Board's work as a liaison between alumni and the University community. There are limited amount of funds available; therefore the AAAB's funding process is competitive. Applications are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, November 12. To request the 2010-2011 AAAB Application for Funding or for more information, please contact Tara Hancock in the Alumni Office at

Deadline Extended for Alden Award Nominations
Due: November 15

Worcester State University began as a teachers' college and recognizes that teaching is still at the heart of what we do. Through the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award, the University has a public way of acknowledging the role of good teachers in students' lives by honoring those who have most inspired them and contributed the most to their success through teaching excellence. For more information and a nomination form, visit

Save These Dates: Chorus/Chorale Concerts
Sunday, November 21: The Worcester State University Chorale will be holding a concert at the Greendale People's Church (25 Francis Street, Worcester, Mass.) on November 21 at 3 the sanctuary. Don't miss out on this concert as the chorale kicks off their 2010-2011 concert season and prepare to travel to Germany in May. Proceeds from the concert will be shared between the church and the chorale. Admission is $10. Advance sales through the chorale members or by calling the church at 508-852-7727. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Saturday, December 4: The chorus and chorale will be performing their annual Holiday Pops Concert at Our Lady of the Angels Church (1222 Main Street, Worcester, Mass.) on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Christie Nigro will be accompanied by Sima Kustanovich on piano and the Chamber Orchestra. Works by Rutter, Franck, Copland, Bach, Gabrieli, Coldplay and more. Tickets are $12 general admission and $7 for students and elders. For information/tickets, call 508-929-8824 or email

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Welcome to Nicole Losavio. Nicole has joined the Institutional
Advancement Division as the Assistant Director of Alumni.

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Large influx of new players has Worcester State
coach hopeful; 11/3/10
Thirteen new players, including four new goalies, have Worcester State coach John Guiney hopeful for a turnaround season. "Overall, we should be stronger up front with more offensive skill," he said. "On defense, we will be more experienced."

Lancers take it to Falcons
Telegram & Gazette; 10/31/10
Worcester State sophomore Graham Asum got pretty accustomed to scoring touchdowns as a two-way star at Marlboro High. Yesterday against Fitchburg State, it was like old times for Asum, who scooped up a fumble and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown in the Lancers' 41-6 Homecoming rout.

Lancers have talent for turnaround
Telegram & Gazette; 11/2/10
The Worcester State hockey team will look to use a combination of experienced defense, some skilled forwards and improved goaltending to be more competitive in the MASCAC.

Lancers' Brown is top rookie
Telegram & Gazette; 11/4/10
Worcester State women's volleyball player Megan Brown has been named the MASCAC Rookie of the Year and was selected to the conference first-team.

UCLA Reparations Conference Looks at Legal, Ethical, Political Aspects of Justice for Genocide
Armenian Weekly; 11/4/10
The report study group was led by Dr. Henry Theriault, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, at Worcester State University. Theriault's work explores the ethics of reparations for crimes against humanity. He joined Auzenne in opening the conference with an introduction to the report and its authors.

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Mon., Nov. 8

WSU Board of
Trustees Meeting

Student Center,
Foster Room

6:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 10

Film: In America
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Francophone Fair
Student Center,
Exhibit Area
9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 11

Veteran's Day
No Classes;
Offices Closed

Ice Hockey vs.
Western New England

Tournament - Game 2
Horgan Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

7:30 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 13

Ice Hockey @ Pepperidge Farm Tournament
Horgan Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

Time & Opponent TBD
Check Hockey schedule
for latest updates

Women's Soccer
vs. Eastern CT

NCAA Tournament
Round 1

Directions to ECSU


Art Exhibit "In-Between"
on display until Dec. 2.
Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m.
Tue/Thurs/Sat or by
Ghosh, First Floor


Tues., Nov. 16

WSU Hunger
Awareness Day

Student Center,
North/South Aud.,
& Exhibit Area

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 17

John Elder Robison
"Look Me in the Eye:
Illuminating Insights
on Austism, From a
Life with Aspergers"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 18

Ice Hockey vs.
Franklin Pierce
Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

5:30 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 18
to Sun., Nov. 21

WSU Theatre presents:
"The Tragedy of
Julius Caesar"

Admin Building
Fuller Theater

2nd Floor
Thurs-Sat @ 8 p.m.
Sun @ 2 p.m.


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