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September 26, 2011 

SHORTCUTS:
News
Noteworthy
Around Campus
Announcements
In the News



NEWS:

WSU Announces 2011-2012
Diversity Lecture Series



WSU to Commemorate 150th
Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War



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NOTEWORTHY:


Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) was invited to submit her prints to the 2011 Open Print Competition The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society in England. The exhibition ran from August 28-September 12, 2011, followed by a virtual on-line gallery and a selection of the work being shown at the Zea Mays, Florence, Massachusetts towards the end of 2011. More info visit www.thepoly.org and zeamaysprintmaking.com.


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AROUND CAMPUS:

Sustainability Fair Draws Hundreds

Ene Idoko '11, (Communication major)

Several hundred students gathered at lectures, visited a vendor marketplace and shopped at a farmers' market offered during the fourth annual Sustainability Fair Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Student Center.

Haiti Projects was a featured organization in the 4th Annual Sustainability Fair. Chantal Healey, their Director of US Operations, spoke to students and faculty about their Artisanat Cooperative. The cooperative was created in 1994 by their founder Sarah Hackett, after she realized that Haitian women had amazing embroidery skills but lacked the resources to use them. 17 years later the Artisanat Cooperative employees about 100 women who create handcrafted goods of "impeccable quality". These goods are sold online, in stores, and at events held in Haiti and the United States.

But why would such an organization be at the Sustainability Fair? Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has encountered a long history of financial instability and political upheaval coupled with constant hurricanes and earthquakes. Haiti Projects only provides the resources to the artisans to make the embroidered products. The Artisanat Cooperative is not a charity, it is a social enterprise dedicated to helping Haitians help Haiti. "Our mission is to empower women to lead sustainable lives, and build communities" stated Chantal Healey.

Haiti Projects plans to keep expanding. They would like to attract younger consumers, update the product line, develop a precise business plan, and further train their artisans. For more information or to buy these goods, visit www.haitiprojects.org.

A two-part lecture on the topic of conserving the environment for all generations featured speakers Arthur Neill, a volunteer with the Senior Environment Corps, and Dr. MaryBeth Smuts, the regional air toxicologist for the Environmental Protection Agency's Boston office. Neill gave an overview of the Senior Environmental Corps' many projects, which include educational outreach, monitoring and research, and protection and restoration of wildlife, land and vegetation on Cape Cod. Smuts gave an overview of the EPA's public health work and student research internship opportunities. Paid internships are available at the Boston office, and the main office in Washington, D.C., runs a summer jobs program for college students.

Faculty lectures and panels were also held throughout the day. Dr. Mark Wagner spoke about "How to Solar Your Home;" a panel featuring Dr. Allison Dunn, Dr. Meghna Dilip, and Dr. Maura Pavao focused on "Climate Change and Response;" a panel with Dr. Charlotte Haller, Dr. William Hansen, and Dr. Patricia Benjamin reviewed "Sustainable Food and Agriculture;" and a panel with Dr. Margaret Kerr, Robert Daniels, Rich Perna, and Marcia Eagleson discussed sustainability initiatives at the university. To view presentations from the lectures and panels, visit www.worcester.edu/greening.

The fair was co-sponsored by Career Services, Campus Ministry, Physical and Earth Sciences, Chartwells, Facilities, and the Alumni Office.



Students Register to Vote on Campus

WSU students were able to register to vote as part of the Kiss 108
and Jam'n 94.5 Campus Invasion Voter Registration Tour. The stations
also had student give-aways and music.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Nominations Sought for George I. Alden
Excellence in Teaching Award: Due, Nov. 1, 2011

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. Although two full-time tenured or tenure-track professors will be honored, the award is intended to honor all educators on our campus who are committed to teaching excellence.

All students, alumni, and faculty are eligible to nominate a full-time tenured or tenure-track professor. Please join us in celebrating the culture of teaching excellence on our campus through your faculty nomination. For more information and a nomination form, visit www.worcester.edu/alden.


Texas Roadhouse Night to Support SGA Auction
On Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 3:30-9:30 p.m., the SGA Auction will be hosting a fundraising night at the Texas Roadhouse in Worcester (Lincoln Plaza). If you present an invitation on the 6th, the Texas Roadhouse will donate 20% of the total food bill to the SGA Auction. Help the auction committee reach their goal of $30,000. Please email Josh Katz, at jkatz1@worcester.edu, and he will send you an electronic flyer to print out and bring with you on October 6th. Thank you in advance for helping out the 21st Annual SGA Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need!

Succeed in 4 Training Workshop
On Thursday, September 29, from 1-2 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge there will be a Succeed in 4 Training for University staff. The SUCCEED in 4 Initiative is to improve student retention and graduation. The Office of Academic Affairs is conducting training workshops for staff members from across campus on basic academic curricular requirements and policies. This training will help any staff member from any office on campus respond to a student's questions or issues about these basic academic requirements and policies. The workshop is designed to be just one-hour long. Refreshments will be served. Feel free to drop in. Please send an RSVP to Monique Labelle mlabelle@worcester.edu. In the coming weeks, there will also be an online video of the workshop for those who were not able to attend a session. An announcement will be made when the video is available.

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WSU IN THE NEWS:

At College: Lakeville's Brianne Beckman making an impression at Worcester State

SouthCoastToday.com, 9/22/11
Judging by her play this season for the Worcester State women's soccer team, one would never know that Brianne Beckman found the adjustment from high school to college challenging.


College Savings 101 Can Be Valuable
GraftonPatch.com, 9/23/11
The great thing about a college ID is that it gets you into plenty of free or nearly free activities on campus. These include soccer and football games and a film screening next month at Worcester State University...


Samantha Janda leads Worcester State past Becker
Telegram & Gazette 9/23/11
Worcester State 5, Becker 0: Senior forward Samantha Janda of Sterling had two goals and an assist for the visiting Lancers (5-2), who outshot the Hawks, 21-2.

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Mon., Sept. 26


Worcester in the
World: How to Tell a
5 Min. Personal Story

Student Center,
Fallon Room

2:30 - 4 p.m.




Tues., Sept. 27

Part-Time and Work
Study Job Fair

Student Center,
Exhibit Area
11 a.m.

Diversity Lecture
"Genocide of LGBT:
An International
Epidemic"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Women's Tennis vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Clark Univ. Campus
3:30 p.m.

FREE Zumba Lessons
Student Center,
Exhibit Area

5:30 p.m.

Worcester in the
World: "The World
in Worcester"
Story Slam

Sahara Cafe & Rest.
143 Highland St.
Worcester

7-9 p.m.




Wed., Sept. 28

Worcester in the
World Wednesdays

Center for Teaching
and Learning
Science & Tech,
Room 210D

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Counseling Center:
Professional Juggling

Student Affairs
Conference Room,
Third Floor,
Student Center

Noon - 1 p.m.

Sociology Dept.
Film Series:
"Freedom Riders"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

1:30 p.m.

Sociology Dept.
Film Series:
"Freedom Riders"

Sullivan Building
Eager Aud.(Rm. 146)

5:30 p.m.

Field Hockey vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.




Thurs., Sept. 29

Women's Soccer
vs. Keene State

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.




Sat., Oct. 1

Football vs.
Maine Maritime

Coughlin Stadium
Noon

Men's Soccer vs.
Bridgewater State

Coughlin Stadium
4 p.m.




Sun. Oct. 2

Senior Capping & Fall
Honors Convocation

Sullivan Aud.
11 a.m.



 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Mon., Oct. 3


Sociology Dept.
Film Series:
"Let Freedom Sing"

Sullivan Building,
Eager Aud.(Rm.146)

2:30 & 6 p.m.




Tues., Oct. 4

Worcester in the
World: Study
Abroad Fair

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Worcester in the
World: "World Cafe"
Discussion

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

1-2:30 p.m.

FREE Zumba Lessons
Student Center,
Exhibit Area

5:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. Simmons College

Gymnasium
6 p.m.

Worcester National
Stuttering Assoc.
Meeting

Science & Tech,
Room 122D

7 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs.
Western CT State

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.




Wed., Oct. 5

Frederick Douglass -
Stories Are A Tellin'

Sullivan Aud.
10 a.m.

Worcester in the
World Wednesdays

Center for Teaching
and Learning
Science & Tech,
Room 210D

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Faces of Homelessness
Student C
enter,
North/South Aud.

12:30 p.m.

Dramatic Story
Telling as Window
into History

Sullivan Building,
Eager Aud.(Rm. 146)

2 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs.
Western CT State

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Frederick Douglass -
Stories Are A Tellin'

Science & Tech
Building, Room 102

7:30 p.m.




Sat., Oct. 8

Field Hockey vs.
Keene State

Coughlin Stadium
11 a.m.

Women's Tennis vs.
Plymouth State

@ Assumption
College

1 p.m.




 


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