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


College Again Named to Presidential
Honor Roll for Community Service



WSC Students Take Second Place and
Honorable Mentions at Consortium Art Show

WSC Chorale Says Send Your Loved One a
Singing Telegram on Valentine's Weekend



Computer Science Professors Awarded Three Year CAITE Grant


Discounted Tickets and a Chance to Win Dinner at Romas

Singing Birthday Grams by WSC Chorale Members

 George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award -
Call for Nominations - Due Feb. 13

Consortium to Host Conference on Alcohol Use and Abuse

Assessment Teleconference - Feb. 12

Scholarship and Job Opportunities for Students


WSC e-news General Info


A play by Steven Barkhimer (Visual and Performing Arts) was selected for consideration at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  A Hard Rain, Barkhimers one-act play, was entered in the Region One (New England) Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held the last week of January in Fitchburg.  A Hard Rain was the only one-act to move to next level, the National Festival held at the Kennedy Center in April.  Only eight plays are selected, one from each of the Regional Festivals.  The winner at the National Festival receives a professional workshop production and the John Cauble Award for Best One-Act Play in the KCACTF.

Paul Joseph '70 (retired, adjunct faculty FYS program) was recently awarded the GPPA (Graduate Personal Property Appraiser) designation by the Appraisal Foundation and the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).  GPPA is a national certification recognized by the federal government and required by the IRS. The certification is awarded following courses in Personal Property Appraisal and The Appraiser as Expert Witness in Las Vegas, Nev., and USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices) in Rockland, ME.


Paul is a licensed auctioneer and the owner of Grey Ghost Auctions & Appraisals, specializing in rare coin & currency auctions and black tie benefit auctions. He has donated his time as the auctioneer for every WSC SGA Auction for the Homeless since it began sixteen years ago. 


Mary Jo Marion (Latino Education Institute) has been appointed to Governor Patricks Education Policy Group. On July 9, 2008, Governor Patrick signed Executive Order 503, Integrating Immigrants and Refugees into the Commonwealth, and launched the New Americans Agenda for Massachusetts. The Executive Order calls for the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (MORI) and the Governors Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants (GACRI) to develop and deliver policy recommendations by July 2009 that emphasize the positive integration of these communities into the economic and civic life of the Commonwealth. 



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WSC Students Take Second Place and Honorable Mentions at Consortium Art Show

At the opening night reception, this past Friday, Michael Fontaine (right) won second prize for a charcoal drawing of his grandfather (left) in the Fifth Annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Art Exhibition. Michael also had a second piece in the show, a painting titled Francois. Both of his works demonstrated technical strength as well as a novel conceptual approach to his subjects.

Three WSC students also took home honorable mentions: Alicia Arsenault, Tea Pot I
(a sculpture of found objects), Joyce Michaud, Holga Connection (artists book) and Jaclyn Hubacz, Luminary (bent wood and paper sculpture).

College participation is coordinated by Catherine Wilcox-Titus, PhD, assistant professor of art history at Worcester State College. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. and is free and open to the public.

The ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery (660 Main Street) is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended hours are available by appointment. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.


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Over 200 Letters Signed by Students to
Senator Kerry During Climate Teach-In

Over 555 students heard presentations from more than 24 WSC faculty and energy and environmental experts at the second annual National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions last Wednesday and Thursday. Over 229 students signed letters to U.S. Senator John Kerry urging the following:

  • Base the economic recovery on green jobs and a sustainable economy. 

  • Use federal dollars to retool America
    for the 21st century: 

    -build and upgrade structures and infrastructure for energy efficiency;
    -build a renewable energy system;
    -prioritize mass transit;
    -educate the public.

  • Legislate mandatory U.S. emissions cuts of at least 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  (25% is a minimum.  40% would be better.)

  • Commit the U.S. to an official policy goal of achieving atmospheric CO2 concentrations of 350 ppm.  (Its currently 386 ppm.)



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WSC Chorale Says Send Your Loved One a
Singing Telegram on Valentine's Weekend

The Worcester State College Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Christie Nigro, is now taking reservations to perform singing telegrams throughout the greater Worcester area during the upcoming Valentines Day weekend.

For a donation of $30 (on campus) or $45 (off campus), Chorale members will come to your location at a pre-arranged time, present your loved one with a Valentine card and a carnation, and perform two a capella love songs from their current repertoire.

 The chorale is available to perform on Friday, February 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 15, from 1 to 8 p.m.  To arrange a performance, contact Nicole Raczynski at 774-200-3056 or by email at nraczynski@gmail.com. 

The group will deliver your message of love to any location within roughly a 15 mile radius of the college, says Dr. Nigro. Over the years, our singers have performed in local homes, businesses and college dorm rooms and we've provided the soundtrack for many romantic Valentine dinners.

Reservations for this very popular offering will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Professor Nigro says the annual fundraiser helps support the Chorales international concert tours, including their upcoming trip to Portugal in May.

The Worcester State College Chorale was founded by Dr. Nigro in 1989, who envisioned creating a high-caliber a cappella ensemble for non-music majors. In that year, she auditioned a small group of singers with just such a vision. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Chorale is considered by many to be one of the best choral ensembles in Worcester County.

A highly-polished, semi-professional a cappella choir, the Chorale has gained an international reputation. The group has traveled world wide to destinations such as the Czech Republic, Austria, England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Argentina, Poland, and Greece.

In addition to their tours and campus performances, the Chorale also performs at banquets, weddings, concerts, and various events throughout Worcester and the New England area.


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Computer Science Professors
Awarded Three Year CAITE Grant

Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

If you've heard a rumor that computer science is dead, that all the jobs have been outsourced to Mumbai, you need to update your own data.

The Massachusetts Department of Workforce Developments March 2008 annual profile lists software engineering-related positions in the top three jobs for 2004-2014, said Karl Wurst, chair of the Computer Science Department. These jobs are not being outsourced because they require close contact between software engineers and those who need large software programs.

Retrofitting the Prius to run on electricity is one such need. David Cash, assistant secretary for policy in the executive office of energy and environmental affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, told students during his Global Warming Solutions campus talk Feb. 5 that his office is enthusiastic about such retrofitting.

Who figures out how to do this retrofitting? The software engineer.

Monitoring and control of energy systems is another area that needs capable software engineers, Wurst said. As the state and national economies turn green, software engineers will be in even greater demand.

To help meet this demand, Wurst and Aparna Mahadev, a professor in the Computer Science department, have received a three-year grant to work with Worcester Public Schools high school teachers and guidance counselors to broaden their understanding of the computer science field and increase their computer science teaching skills.

Guidance counselors seem to have gotten the message that the field is dead, Wurst said. Its very much alive. We need to get out the word that this is a worthwhile and interesting field to go into.

It isn't only worthwhile and interesting. Undergraduate students enrolled in public universities and colleges in the Commonwealth may apply for the Commonwealth Covenant Fund, a program that provides accessible tuition loan repayments for those majoring in computer science, among other fields of science and mathematics.

Wurst and Mahadev will organize summer workshops for teachers and guidance counselors to illustrate computer science teaching techniques and explore employment opportunities in the computing field.

There currently isn't a good K-12 to college pipeline for those interested in computer science, Wurst said. No one really knows what computer science does, so they don't actually teach it. That's what this grant aims to improve.

Another facet of the grant incorporates work with Quinsigamond Community College to ensure that students there can complete two years of computer science courses then transfer to WSC as juniors and be on track to graduate.

Currently, QCC does not offer an associates degree in computer science. 

The Worcester State team is working with QCC faculty to match up the courses that each institution offers. They'll then figure out what courses QCC might add so its students can keep up with WSC computer science students.

The Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education, CAITE for short, invited Worcester State to join its efforts last spring. The alliance had a previous National Science Foundation grant to bring more women and under-represented students into computing education and careers.

Worcester States participation in this NSF renewal grant to CAITE will extend the alliances work into central Massachusetts. The region has a growing percentage of families living below the poverty level, minorities and immigrants, and it has low percentages of students graduating from high school, going to four-year colleges and participating in the knowledge economy.

This new funding allows us to expand the project at a time when many people are choosing to pursue education at our public institutions, said Rick Adrion, CAITE director and professor of computer science at UMass Amherst. Information technology remains a vital industry in Massachusetts, and employers are seeking workers who represent the diversity of the population.

Resident students who attend public institutions are the primary focus of the grant, and this is indeed good news for the Commonwealth. These students tend to stay in state in larger numbers after graduation.

And if the Workforce Development offices projections are correct, Massachusetts will need as many software engineers as Worcester State can produce. That's got to be good news for computer science students in this economy.




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    Worcester State College faculty and staff who purchase discounted tickets to the first-ever Worcester State College Night at The Hanover Theatre and opening night of THE RAT PACK IS BACK! on Thursday, March 26, will be entered into a drawing to win dinner for four at Romas, located on Harding Street. A portion of all tickets sold will benefit WSC student scholarships.

    Faculty and staff can buy tickets at the special prices of $52, $42, and $32. (Prices include the restoration and handling fees and a $10 discount.) For show tickets, contact Deb Quinn in the Presidents Office at ext. 8020 or debquinn@worcester.edu. Tickets to the pre-show cocktail reception (cash bar) are sold separately at the Alumni Office. For details, call x8141 or send an email to alumni@worcester.edu. The deadline to buy these discounted tickets is Friday, February 27, 2009.


    The raffle winner will be announced Friday, March 6.

    Need a unique gift for someone? Want something they'll remember? The WSC Chorale will sing a birthday-gram for you! A 4-part harmony arrangement of Happy Birthday they will never forget. Price is $15 on campus and $30 off-campus (within 20 miles of WSC). To arrange a birthday gram, call Steve at 508-251-2303 or email wscchorale@gmail.com or rbudzyna@worcester.edu


    All students and alumni are eligible to nominate a full-time tenured or tenure-track professor. For a nomination form, please visit www.worcester.edu/alden.

    The Consortium Chief Student Affairs Officers Committee will host a conference on "Promising Practices: Addressing Alcohol Use and Abuse in the College Population," on Friday, February 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross. The keynote speaker will be Brandon Busteed, founder and CEO of Outside the Classroom.
    Fees: Consortium-related attendees - $25; non-Consortium attendees - $50.
    Registration Information: RSVP online by February 13, 2009 at: http://www.cowcworks.org/02-20-09rsvp/
    Address registration questions to Gail Dupuis at 508-754-6829 ext. 3022 or gdupuis@cowc.org. For more information about the conference,
    contact Dr. Susan Wyckoff at 508-754-6829 ext. 3029 or swyckoff@cowc.org.

    ASSESSMENT TELECONFERENCE - Thurs., Feb. 12 @ 2 p.m.
    The Office of Institutional Assessment will be offering a teleconference on Thursday, February 12, at 2 p.m. to familiarize participants with the major features of the new College Portrait application - Version 3. Please refer
    to the Institutional Assessment website for further information:


    Worcester State Colleges 2009-2010 Academic Scholarships.
    This years directory features 93 named scholarships, some of which may be awarded to more than one applicant. They are available to a wide variety of class years, majors, backgrounds, and interests, as well as varying levels of academic success and financial need. For some scholarships, a FASFA is not required. Learn more by getting your very own copy of the Colleges 2009-2010 scholarship directory at the Financial Aid Office. It is also available online at
    www.worcester.edu/FinancialAid. To be eligible for consideration, students must complete an application and individual essay for each scholarship they apply for. Careful review of the qualifications is strongly encouraged, and applicants should note that all scholarships require full-time attendance unless otherwise specified. Scholarships that are awarded for full tuition are limited to the value of in-state tuition for state-supported credits. Applications and essays are due to the Financial Aid Office on Wednesday, April 1. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at 508-929-8056

    Americorps HealthCorps Job Opportunity for Graduating Seniors.
    The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and the program sponsor, the National Association of Community Health Centers, will be accepting applications for the Americorp HealthCorps program starting May 1, 2009.
    Graduating seniors are invited to apply. Individuals who join this program commit to performing programmatic services at one of the 52 health centers throughout Massachusetts.  Americorps will be accepting applications starting May 1, 2009.  All applications are submitted online at www.americorps.org. If you have any questions, you may contact the program coordinator at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers at 617-988-2217 or email jbrathwaite@massleague.org.

    Robert F. Kennedy Scholarship/Internship Information Session.
    The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Worcester State College, in partnership with the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, offers a fellowship to students completing their junior year.

    The RFK Children's Action Corps will provide paid internships for WSC seniors in their residential facilities in Lancaster and/or Westborough, Mass. The intern will be paid an hourly rate as agreed upon by the RFK Children's Action Corps and participating students. Additionally, the RFK Children's Action Corps will pay a portion of tuition costs and some fees in exchange for full-time employment after graduation. Students will be eligible to receive up to nine independent study credits over the course of the academic year.

    Information sessions will be held: Tuesday, February 10th and Thursday, March 5th, 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Sullivan Room 220. Questions: David Tivnan, human resource manager for RFK Children's Action Corps can be reached at 978-365-2803 or Corey Dolgon, chair of the Sociology Department and director for Service Learning and Civic Engagement at WSC 508-929-8534. http://www.rfkchildren.org/


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Welcome to:

Michael Mayko
Assistant II, Biology

Wai-Chung H. Lo
Assistant Professor
Business Administration/Economics

Susan Schmoyer
Assistant Professor

Issac Tesfay
Staff Assistant/Upward Bound Coordinator
Multicultural Affairs


Good Luck to:

Joyce Adubofour on her retirement from the Registrars Office.



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On the job
Dr. Jennifer W. Downe,
Associate veterinarian,
Holden Veterinary Clinic
Telegram & Gazette (2/9/09)
So I went to Worcester State College for occupational
therapy so I could combine my interest in art and psychology.
I started working here as an assistant ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (2/8/09)
Excerpt: Fitchburg State College, Worcester Polytechnic
Institute and Worcester State College participated in last weeks ...

Averil Capers named T&G marketing head
Telegram & Gazette (2/8/09)
She is a graduate of Worcester State College.
Ms. Dwinell joined the newspaper in 1990 and has worked
in the advertising and circulation departments.

State holds line on college tuition, but fees likely to rise
The Boston Globe (2/6/09)
For example, students at Worcester State College
pay $970 in annual tuition, but $4894 in fees. While tuition
payments flow to the state, fees support the ...

Friendly House leader saluted
Telegram & Gazette (2/6/09)
She also was a founder of the Worcester State College
Latino House. Gordon P. Hargrove, her boss at Friendly House,
marvels at Ms. Velez. ...

Worcester proposes dorm tax to close budget gap
www.wbztv.com (2/5/09)
"I think it's absolutely crude and uncalled for," says Chris Hoey,
a member of the student senate at Worcester State College.
"I mean students themselves ...

Worcester addresses rising cost of college
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education met
Thursday at Worcester State College as government both at
the state and local level wrestles with the ...

Patrick targets agency lobbyists
The Boston Globe (2/4/09)
Paul Pezzella, the lobbyist for Worcester State College,
 said the measure will "merit real consideration because of fiscal concerns. ...

Claflin Hills orchestrates a revival
Metrowest Daily News (1/29/09)
Surapine is a faculty member of College of the
Holy Cross, Clark University, Worcester State College,
the Rhode Island Philharmonic School of Music in ...

Monday, February 9, 2009



Mon., Feb. 9

BBC History of WWII Film Series: "The Nazis:
A Warning from History"
Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium Rm 146
5 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10

Study Abroad Fair
Student Center, Exhibit Area
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Michael T. Klare
"The Permanent
Energy Crisis"

Student Center,
North/South Auditorium
11:30 a.m.

Faculty Forum with
Michael T. Klare

Sullivan Faculty Lounge
2:30 p.m.

W.Basketball vs.
Fitchburg State College

Gym, 6 p.m.

M.Basketball vs
Fitchburg State College

Gym, 8 p.m.


Wed., Feb. 11

300 Years of Triumphs &
Horrors of Hunger Relief
in Central Mass.

Student Center
North/South Auditorium
2-4 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 12

Faculty Lunch Forum:
The Case of the Slave
Child Med: The Geography

of Freedom in
Antebellum Boston

Student Center, South Aud
11:30 a.m.
Limited Seating
RSVP at x8038

Sat., Feb. 14

W.Basketball vs.
Bridgewater State College
Pink Zone Game

Gym, 4 p.m.

M.Basketball vs.
Bridgewater State College

Gym, 6 p.m.


Consortium Art Show
Aurora Art Gallery
660 Main Street


Mon., Feb. 16

Presidents Day Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed


Wed, Feb. 18

BBC History of WWII Film Series: "The Nazis: A Warning from History" continued
Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium Rm 146
6-8 p.m.


Mon., Feb. 23

"Looking at Service
Learning Through a
Human Rights Lens"
Brown Bag Lunch w/
Kathleen Modrowski

Sullivan Faculty Lounge
12:30 p.m.

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "The Road to War"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.


Tues., Feb. 24

Community Based
Organization Forum

Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 26

"The Power of One Voice -
An Activist's Story"
Student Center, Blue Lounge
11:30 a.m.

The Marijuana High
and How It Works:
Cognitive and Brain
Ghosh Science Center, Room 102
11:30 a.m.

Mon., Mar. 2

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "Dunkirk"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.

Mon., Mar. 9

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
6-8 p.m.

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