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September 12, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Secures Largest Vision Project Grant

WSU Named "Best in the Northeast"
Eight Years in a Row

Over 300 Attend 9/11 Memorial Events

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With the opening of the film "The Help," the work of Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies), "Making a Way out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration" (Mississippi, 2009), was featured on NPR's "The Takeaway" on August 12. Click here to listen to her talk on the WSU YouTube Channel.

TD Wealth Management, a subsidiary of TD Bank N.A., has promoted Trustee Stephen Bostic '77, M.Ed. '86, to Northern New England Team Leader. A Vice President based in Portsmouth, N.H., he will lead the sales service private banking team throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York Bostic has 32 years of experience in wealth management, financial services, lending and retail banking. He joined TD Bank in 1999 and most recently served as a Small Business Market Manager for Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Suzanne M. Buglione and Jennifer Safford-Farquharson (Health Sciences and Sociology) presented the session "Facebooking with First-Year Students" at the Teaching for Transformation and Educational Technology Conference on May 12, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. This session reviewed the integrated use of Facebook with students in three WSU First-Year Seminars last fall and its impact on retention outcomes.

On July 16, 2011, Julie Frechette (Communication), her husband Darryll, and their youngest son Connor, represented WSU in honor of Candace Allen Scola by raising funds and running the 4th annual 5k "Nicole's Run." Nicole's Run is a charity that benefits Caring Unlimited, York County's Domestic Violence Support Services. While on vacation, Frechette and her family had been moved by the story of Nicole Oliver, who was killed by her husband in July 2007. They had an opportunity to meet Nicole's grandmother and relay their support for the cause. Together, runners and walkers, sponsors and donors raised $20,000 to benefit women, children and men in York County, Maine whose lives are affected by domestic abuse and violence.

Frank Lamelas (Physical and Earth Sciences) attended the 2011 Gordon Conference on Thin Films and Crystal Growth Mechanisms during July. He presented a talk and a poster titled "Morphology of Ammonium Iodide Grown at 5 kbar." This work had student co-authors, Ira Male (WSU Biology) and Keith Dusoe (WSU Chemistry).

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) was an invited speaker at the Jacksonville, FL Chapter for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in August 2011. Professor Morreale provided a presentation titled: "Leadership and Communications Across the Enterprise." More than 60 Certified Fraud Examiners were in attendance representing state, federal, corporate and private investigative and regulatory agencies, as well as Bank, Securities, Mortgage, Health Care, Tax, Cyber and Identity Theft Fraud Examiners. The Annual event provides practical, up-to-date information for continuing education for Certified Fraud Examiners.

Congratulations to Annmarie Samar (Nursing) for receiving the Commonwealth's Dual Enrollment Grant for the 4th year in a row. WSU will be offering high school students courses in Chemistry, Biology, English and Mathematics in FY12.

Sudha Swaminathan (Physical and Earth Sciences) received her ninth travel grant from the American Physical Society Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. The grant will reimburse travel expenses for one of two women speakers who have been invited to WSU to speak on their research. Andrea Kirsh (Art Conservation and Museum Studies Scholar, Winterthur University of Delaware and Georgetown University, and author of Seeing Through Paintings) has agreed to speak to the Physics in Art (PY 112) class in Fall 2011. Izabela Stroe (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Department of Physics) has agreed to speak in Spring 2012.

Henry Theriault (Philosophy) had an article The 'Neutrality' of Genocide Denial: A Response to Pam Steiner, published in the June 4th issue of The Armenian Weekly.

Adam Zahler (Visual & Performing Arts) spent a week working on the independent film, "Thinking With Richard," which was shooting in Shrewsbury in June of this year. He had a minor roll and performed along side former WSU student, Kyle Maxwell.

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Gaining a Worldly Perspective

Worcester State students are now among the thousands across the state who have had the opportunity to learn about the earth from an inflatable model that's 22 feet in diameter and two stories tall. Stationed in the Student Center's exhibit area on Sept. 7, EarthView kicked off Worcester State's first-ever theme semester, "Worcester in the World." Speaking just minutes after viewing the globe from the inside, President Barry Maloney noted the timeliness of "Worcester in the World." It underscores for our students the fact that today's "world is flat" and for a Worcester State education the need to prepare students to succeed in this "flatter" world.

Robert Brooks, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice and director of Worcester in the World, learned of EarthView as he was planning programs from Susan Seibel, director of the Intensive English Language Institute. It is owned by Bridgewater State University and the EarthView team was thrilled to share it with a sister university. Brooks thought it would be the perfect way to launch the initiative. For more information on theme semester, visit

President Maloney Hosts First Opening Day

A standing-room only crowd was on hand when President Barry Maloney hosted his first Opening Day, Thursday, September 1. He praised faculty and staff for securing the 8th consecutive "Best in the Northeast" recognition from the Princeton Review. "Your continued pursuit of excellence continues to draw accolades and you should be very proud particularly of this ranking because it is the result of completely independent surveys of our students," said Maloney. WSU is welcoming over 750 first-year students and over 450 transfer students to campus--this represents the largest number of transfer students ever.

He also praised campus efforts to launch the university's first-ever theme semester, "Worcester in the World." "This is a very timely topic," said Maloney. "The world is getting smaller. Our students need to think globally--no matter what career they are preparing for. In addition to everything you do to bring the world to our students through this year's theme, I also salute everyone who has worked to show our students the world." He also praised the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) and International Programs for creating new opportunities of discovery for WSU students. "Our students visited Ecuador, Italy, Greece, Nicaragua, Belize and Germany in faculty-led programs and students visited England, Australia, Italy, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Peru, India and South Korea as part of exchange or partner programs," noted President Maloney. "I am committed to expanding exchange experiences for our students-both internationally and nationally."

President Maloney attended the IELI's certificate ceremony earlier this summer. From fall 2010 through summer 2011, 173 students from 24 countries participated in the program. "In addition to improving their language skills, they also contributed greatly to our campus," President Maloney said.

He also praised the campus community for its student-centered focus and praised the work of the enrollment management team for its "Succeed in Four" initiative designed to improve student graduation rates. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles Cullum outlined highlights of the initiative, which has just been given a boost from the recently awarded Visions Project Grant (see related story). To learn more about the effort, visit

Also, as part of Opening Day each year we take a moment to recognize faculty and staff who go that extra mile for our students and colleagues. Recipients of the Extraordinary Dedication Awards are nominated by their
co-workers and have shown a consistent commitment to advancing the mission of the university. The 2011 awardees are: Dr. Stephanie Chalupka, Marcia Eagleson, Elaine Knott, Dr. Patricia Marshall, Elaine Knott and Denise Thomas. To see photos from the event as well as the the Employee Recognition event from May, visit

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Women's Basketball Team Trip to Hawaii

Last call for anyone interested in joining the women's basketball team on their trip to Hawaii, Dec. 15th-22nd. Coach Tessmer has three airline tickets left. Contact her for info at 508-929-8769

Sing the Messiah with the WSU Chorus
Faculty, staff and administrators: If you sing and have always wanted to do Handel's Messiah, consider joining in with the WSU Chorus and learning the "Christmas" portion of the work. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-1:45 throughout the semester, culminating in two evening rehearsals with a chamber orchestra and the performance in early December. If you would like to sing, please just show up on Monday in Sullivan Auditorium (on your lunch hour?) and join us. You need not be a great singer, just be able to sing in tune, and we would love to have you. For more info email

Diversity Office to Offer Training Workshops
A series of workshops are being offered by the Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action and Compliance to address key diversity/harassment issues across campus. Diversity initiatives such as these are known to improve the quality of an organizations workforce and can be a catalyst for a more inclusive community. We invite you to participate in these "dialogues" as we seek to understand the business imperative behind embracing diversity and educational imperative.

The first workshop of the semester will be, Title IX: Compliance: A Guide to Compliance, on Thursday, September 22 at noon in the Student Center Fallon Room. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all facets of education. Dr. Calvin Hill will discuss policies and the University's internal process. Learn about your rights and responsibilities under Title IX. For more information and the full list of upcoming workshops, visit the Diversity Office website at

Writing Center Opens this Week
The Writing Center will be staffed and open beginning Monday, September 12. Please let your students know that they may call ahead for an appointment or walk-in to speak with a tutor. Also, if you would like a representative from the Writing Center to come in and speak to your class about how we can help them become more confident and more effective writers please call to schedule a classroom visit. Alternatively, feel free to call ahead and bring your class to the Writing Center so your students will always know how to find us. Our number is 929-8112.

Washington Center for Internships to Visit Oct. 3
The New England recruiter from the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will be coming to campus on October 3, 2011. The representative will be coming again on campus to talk about this program. This extraordinary internship program provides opportunities for all majors and significant financial assistance is available for students who meet certain criteria. Please email if you are interested in having the recruiter come to your class. Please email with your class room name, location, time, and approximate number of students in the class.

Fall Intramurals Open to Faculty/Staff
Intramural teams for Flag Football, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee start September 21. Leagues are Men, Women, Co-Ed. Rosters are due 24 hours before Game 1. The master game schedule will be posted on web once all rosters are finalized. For game times, rosters and rules, click here.

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Daniel Devine (University Police) and his wife Theresa welcomed a baby boy, Landon Robert Devine, into their family on May 20, 2011.



Brenda Bussey
Director of Procurement/Administrative Services
Administration and Finance

Daniel Duffy
Technical Assistant II

Eric Fournier
Maintainer I

Shauna Gendron
Staff Assistant, Event Coordinator
Conference and Event Services Office

Cornelia Godfrey
Staff Assistant/Dismissal Appeal Specialist
Academic Success Center

Betsy Lee Green-Baker
Staff Associate/Controller
Worcester Center for Crafts
Administration and Finance

Susan Johnson-Hood
Staff Assistant/Costume Designer
Visual & Performing Arts

Gina Lavallee
Clerk III
Sociology/Urban Studies

Nathan Lee
Staff Assistant/Theatre Technical Director
Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Carol Lerch
Assistant Vice President
for Assessment and Planning

John Lima
HVAC Mechanic I

Nicole Losavio
Assistant Director of Alumni
Institutional Advancement

Deborah Malone
Clerk III
Disability Services

Frances Manocchio
Director of Disability Services

Sean Marrier
Maintainer I

Michael Martin
Maintainer I

Jodie McDaniel
Maintainer I

Matthew MacDougall
Maintainer I

Cuong Nguyen
Technical Specialist I
Information Technologies

Katey Palumbo
Interim Director of International Affairs

Suzanne Powers
Director, Center for Business and Industry
Graduate and Continuing Education

Kathleen Rancourt
Staff Assistant to Dean of
Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Affairs

Dr. Kristina Rearick
Staff Assistant, Database Coordinator/Research Analyst
Academic Affairs and Information Technologies

Jennifer Russell
Receiving Teller
Bursar's Office

Karen Sharpe
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement

LeighAnn Soucy
Staff Assistant/Residence Director
Residence Life and Housing

Colleen Wheaton
Coordinator of Academic Tutoring
Academic Success

Sara Whitney
Clerk III


Dr. Sonya Conner

Dr. Michelle Corbin

Dr. Nirvana Filoramo

Dr. Hy Ginsberg

Dr. Aphroditi Gouvousis
Communication Sciences & Disorders

Dr. Vrinda Kalia

Dr. Matthew Ortoleva

Joseph Quattrucci

William Shakalis

Dr. Alison Terry

Dr. Heather Treseler


Dr. Maureen Asten

Dr. Mariana Calle
Health Science

Dr. Janelle Cornwell
Physical and Earth Sciences

Patricia Coz

Dr. Valerie DeCrescenzo

Dr. Eileen McGowan

Dr. Eileen Perez

Dr. David Resendes

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Candlelight vigil

Telegram & Gazette9/11/11
The Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums lead a procession from a candlelight vigil this evening at Wasylean Hall at Worcester State University to the Robin Kaplan '90 Memorial Park.

World changed
Telegram & Gazette 9/11/11
A 4-by-6-foot American flag he flew at his forward operating base in Jalalabad and carried in his backpack on some missions will be raised tomorrow morning on the flagpole at Worcester State University, where he is a student along with two other members of his National Guard unit.

Local ground zero workers, They answered the call
Metrowest Daily News 9/11/11
Federal agent Stephen Morreale of Southborough had handled fatal crashes, shootings and suicides. None of those experiences could compare to the World Trade Center.

Briefing: Performance Incentive Fund
Worcester Business Journal 9/11/11
Worcester State University will receive $233,417 for several initiatives, including collaborations with Quinsigamond Community College and Fitchburg State University and a Teaching Corps Program aimed at...

Lancers finally end hex of WPI
Telegram & Gazette 9/10/11
WPI had a stranglehold on Worcester State for nearly a decade. Last night, the Lancers finally broke their long losing streak against the crosstown rival Engineers.

Higher education awarded
Worcester Magazine 9/9/11
Worcester State University, receiving the most money of any school - $233,417 - will use funds in five different areas...

Central Mass 9-11 events
Telegram & Gazette 9/9/11
Robin Kaplan, Worcester State University class of 1990, was killed on American Airlines Flight 11. The TJX/Robin Kaplan Scholarship at WSU honors her memory.

President poised for growth
Telegram & Gazette 9/8/11
Barry M. Maloney is the 11th president of Worcester State University (WSU). Formerly an administrator at Westfield State University, Mr. Maloney and his family recently moved to Worcester from....

Worcester State gets largest grant
Telegram & Gazette 9/8/11
The state is handing out $2.5 million in grants to 18 state colleges and universities based on their plans to boost academic performance. The largest grant, $233,417, will go to five projects at Worcester State University.

State Gives 2.5M For Higher Education
Telegram & Gazette 9/6/11
Worcester State University, Framingham State University and Quinsigamond Community College were among 18 public higher education institutions that received...

HEALTHY HABITS: Get back to school...for your health
Worcester Business Journal 9/6/11
Every semester, about 10 students from Regis College, Worcester State and Mass. General Hospital's Institute of Applied Health Professions complete a ...

Locals lead Lancers? rout of AmCats
Metrowest Daily News 9/6/11
After going three-and-out on its first possession of the season, things could only get better for the Worcester State football team. Photo Gallery

2011 40 Under Forty: Ryan Marshall
Telegram & Gazette 9/4/11
Worcester State was a great experience and during one of my classes an opportunity for a part-time job was presented. I applied to be the accounting assistant here at AllCom and was lucky enough to get the job. Since then, I've had the good fortune to be able to work my way up to my current position.

For starters, experienced Lancers ready to roll
Worcester Business Journal 8/29/11
The Worcester State football team has a lot of familiar faces this season, and they're all smiling. The Lancers return 10 of 11 starters on offense and nine of 11 on defense, the most in Brien Cullen's 29 seasons as head coach.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 8/28/11
At Worcester State University more than 750 first-year students and more than 450 transfer students are enrolled. This is the largest number of transfer students ever for the institution.

Mother and Daughter Make Perfect Match on the Court
Telegram & Gazette 8/28/11
Lee was on the tennis team at Hamden Hall and played at Worcester State University, where she had the distinction of playing on both the women's and men's ?

Lifelong learning is WISE 8/26/11
Instructors are often current or retired professors from Assumption, Worcester State, Holy Cross, WPI, Clark, Brown, Nichols, secondary teachers from local ...

Lancers' records on Marcus Price's to-do list
Telegram & Gazette 8/26/11
Former Doherty running back Marcus Price is sixth in Worcester State history with 1698 rushing yards entering his senior season.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 8/22/11
The Princeton Review recommends 220 institutions in its "Best in the Northeast" feature, posted Aug. 1 on its website, under "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region." Area institutions making that list....Worcester State University.

'The Help' brings focus to Grafton author's book
The Daily Grafton 8/12/11
When Grafton resident Lisa Krissoff Boehm picked up Kathryn Stockett's "The Help" for the first time, she found the tale incredibly familiar -- almost like, in some way, she'd lived it. Boehm, a professor of urban studies at Worcester State University, is an oral historian.

Senior Center authors to hold book signing event
The Daily Shrewsbury 6/13/11
Tom took courses at Worcester State under the direction of the late Jake Powers, who had reams of material pertaining to Tobias Boland. Prior to taking these courses...

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Tues., Sept. 13

WAM 101 College Night at
Worcester Art Museum

5:30 p.m.

11th Annual Latino Family
College Fair & Workshop

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

5:30-8 p.m.

Worcester in the World:
Sociology Dept. Film Series
presents "Collapse

Sullivan Building,
Eager Auditorium,
Room 146

6 p.m.

Auditions for
WSU Chorale

Sullivan Auditorium
7-8 p.m.

Volleyball vs. MCLA
7 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs.
Trinity (Conn.)

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 14

Worcester in the World:
International Students
Meet & Greet BBQ

Campus Welcome
Ministry House
4-6 p.m.

Auditions for The Good
Person of Setzuan

Admin. Build
(2nd Floor)

6-9 p.m.

WSU Institute for Health
Care Improvement Open
School Chapter Meeting

Ghosh, Rm 217
7 p.m.

Women's Soccer
vs. WPI

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 15

Volleyball vs.
Anna Maria

6 p.m.

Football vs. Nichols
Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 17

Field Hockey vs.
Plymouth State

Coughlin Stadium

Women's Soccer
vs. MCLA

Coughlin Stadium
3 p.m.


Tues., Sept. 20

Field Hockey
vs. WPI

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 21

Dance Team Auditions
Sullivan Auditorium
6:30-9 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 22

4th Annual
Sustainability Fair
and Food Drive

Student Center,
Blue Lounge, N/S Aud., Exhibit Area

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Diversity Workshop:
Title IX: A Guide
to Compliance

Student Center,
Fallon Room


Alumni Singers

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 24

Men's Soccer vs.
Framingham State

Coughlin Stadium
10 a.m.

Sun., Sept. 25

Dance Team
Master Class

Sullivan Auditorium
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


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