Message from President Janelle C. Ashley, WSC Budget
Panelists Discuss Historical Triumphs and Challenges of
Harvard Medical Professor to Speak at WSC
Professor Johnsen Explores One Country's Quest
for Independence through a 'Singing Revolution'
Tickets and a Chance to Win Dinner at Romas
Visiting Fellowship Program
Programs for Research in Japan
Call for Proposals - AAC&U Conference
Grant Lunch Workshops
WSC e-news General Info
Chouki, a student in AR 230 Printmaking, taught by Professor Amaryllis
Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts), received the Arches Award
for his relief print during the prestigious Arches Print Competition in
Boston. Twelve prints from Worcester State College students were accepted and
represented in the show. For
Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice)
presented at the recent conference for the Western Society of Criminology (WSC)
in San Diego, Calif. Professor
Morreale presented a paper titled "Is Social Dominance Orientation a Factor in
Police Culture." The paper focused on
Social Dominance Theory and whether it can inform about police behavior
including cynicism and arrogance. Survey research will be focused on police
academy recruits, criminal justice students and police officers from New York,
New Jersey and New England. The
Dr. James McCabe from Sacred Heart University.
Professor Morreale also
presented a paper at the WSC Conference with
Dr. Matthew ODeane from Kaplan University and the San Diego District Attorneys
Office on the Efficacy of Gang Injunctions.
This paper evaluated past Gang Injunctions for 25 years in southern
California to test their effectiveness.
The study found that gang violence and calls for service were reduced from 11%
to 15% as a result of the injunction and attentive enforcement.
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A Message from President Janelle C. Ashley
WSC Budget Information
As you know, the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to face a severe economic downturn. The
projected shortfall for Worcester State Colleges 2010 operating budget is
significant, amounting to $4.9 million from FY 2009 levels. Part of this
reduction includes an additional college trust fund payment of fringe benefit
costs; this reduction does not include any inflation factor added
to the Colleges FY 2009 costs. In the current fiscal year, the College
experienced a $1.6 million reduction to the operating budget, as of January 31,
2009. Although savings have been achieved to balance our current budget
situation, they may not be sustainable to cover the projected shortfall for this
We all have been
reading the daily news updates regarding the federal economic stimulus package.
Worcester State College is watching these deliberations carefully and is
committed to participating in any efforts that could further improve our economy
and the education of our students. However, it would not be fiscally
responsible to rely on these funds to help put our FY 2010 budget in balance.
If these funds are allocated, they would be temporary in nature and likely be
targeted to specific projects and initiatives, and not to address current
these daunting challenges, we must continue to commit ourselves to the Colleges
Worcester State College is dedicated to offering high quality, affordable
undergraduate and graduate academic programs and to promoting the lifelong
intellectual growth, global awareness, and career opportunities of its
Now more than ever,
we must pull together as a community to identify the most strategic decisions we
collectively can make to manage our budget challenge, making as minimal impact
on our students as possible.
To do so, I am inviting
everyone to participate in this process. I am requesting
that each division form an advisory group to identify areas that could be
examined for efficiencies and cost savings within their area.
These ideas and suggestions need to be forwarded to me before March 16th
for consideration and review by the ELT. The Board of Trustees will be
informed of the work and suggestions of the advisory committees at their March
23rd meeting. The division vice presidents will provide
additional information on the formation of their respective advisory groups.
At this time,
everything is on the table for consideration in our efforts to achieve a
balanced budget and meet the needs of our students. Here is a list of some
of strategies that have been examined so far:
Cost containment and centralization of budget lines across the college.
Evaluation of typical spending patterns and significantly reduce, if not
temporarily eliminate, discretionary spending, while maintaining
essential cost items.
Maintain the frozen status of various positions across all divisions; at
this time, there are seven APA vacancies, one AFSCME vacancy, and five
tenure track faculty vacancies.
Use College reserves on a temporary basis for infrastructure re-investment.
This will free up operating dollars that can be used for the day to day
operational expenses of the College. (DHE performance measures require each
college campus to spend 5% of tuition and fee related revenues on adaptation
and renewal of infrastructure. In FY 2009 the budget for this was
An increase in student fees for 2009/2010 academic year will be considered.
The Colleges current policy will be to avoid general lay off of benefitted
employees in lieu of other measures mentioned above.
I know the task before
us is not an easy one, but I am confident in the strength and expertise of this
colleges faculty and staff. I look forward to your assistance as we face
this challenge together.
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Panelists Discuss the Historical Triumphs and
Challenges of Hunger Relief
On February 11,
students from WSC, the Youth Policy Council at South High and members of the
community heard the story of hunger in
since the Puritans. Panelists
Ken Crater, of Community Harvest Project;
Tom Conroy, formerly of the Worcester Historical Museum;
Steve Corey and Maureen Power, of Urban Studies, explained the triumphs and
horrors, the good works and the unmitigated disasters that have characterized
hunger relief in Central Mass. in the past 300
years. From pig farms to auctioning off poor people, the audience learned the
many ways Worcester
tried to take care of its own. The panelists covered the history of indoor and
outdoor relief in Worcester
and highlighted the development of the Worcester County Food bank and most
recently the emergence of Brigham Hill Farm which raises produce to feed hungry
people. Controversies over the role
government in alleviating hunger, including the current financial bail out, were discussed.
The forum was brought to life by the exhibit "Got Food?" which is on loan from
the Worcester Historical Museum,
and will be available for viewing in
the Student Center North/South Auditorium until the end of February. The panelists created the Got Food exhibit and
were eager to share their stories, energy and enthusiasm.
If you have questions about the exhibit, contact Steve Corey or Maureen
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Harvard Medical Professor to Speak at WSC
Faculty in Psychology at Harvard Medical School,
Dr. Jim Hopper will speak on "The Marijuana High and How it Works: Cognitive and
Brain Processes" on February 26, 2009,
at 11:30 a.m. in the Ghosh Science Center, Multimedia Room 102.
In popularity as a recreation drug,
marijuana is second only to alcohol. It is well known that alcohols
disinhibition of emotions and impulses accounts for its subjectively experienced
benefits (and many of its costs to individuals, families and society). But how
do marijuana's effects on the brain create its high? This lecture will present
a research-based model of some key cognitive and brain processes behind
marijuana intoxication. In a nutshell, the model posits that marijuana causes a
kind of cognitive disinhibition that brings both temporary freedom from habitual
thoughts and feelings and temporary freedom to have new ideas, perspectives, and
For additional information, please contact Dr. Amini-Kormi
Biology Department at 508-929-8718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Professor Johnsen Explores One Country's
for Independence through a 'Singing Revolution'
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.
Most of us enter this world with a scream.
Matt Johnsen probably entered with a
Music has been an
indelible part of Johnsen's life since childhood. I started piano lessons in
third grade in Baltimore, he said. In fourth grade, I added the baritone
Johnsen, an assistant
professor in the sociology department in his second year at the college, has
added instruments and other musical skills to his life. He's played the organ
and piano at his church for 30 years---no matter where he has lived. He's
directed choirs, too. He currently directs and sings in--- the Worcester Master
Singers to Go group.
Its no surprise then to
find that his 2008-09 mini-grant project is entitled The Singing Revolution:
Music and Social Change.
What is surprising is
that the singing revolution he's studying happened in Estonia, which used music
to gain its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
There was not one shot
fired, Johnsen said. Nor was a life lost. As someone interested in
non-violence and music---I find this an amazing revolution to study.
Estonians publicly sang
patriotic songs from 1987 to 1991. At the height of their singing revolution in
the summer of 1990, something like 28,000 singers and musicians plus more than
300,000 people listening to them sent a clear message of the desire for Estonian
These singers kept
alive the concept of Estonian nationalism, Johnsen said. You cant imagine
that music would have that kind of power, that it could free them from decades
of Soviet occupation.
He acknowledges that few
Americans know about this revolution. In fact, he didn't know about it until he
visited Tallinn, Estonia's capital, about five years ago for a conference. While
there, he learned of a singing festival that brings 25,000 singers to one stage.
The Estonian Song Festival started in 1869 and occurs every five years at the
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.
For a singer like
Johnsen, this sounded like heaven. One question led to another, which led to his
discovery of the singing revolution.
I wasn't aware of
this social movement that used music to achieve independence, he said.
Fascinated by what he
learned, Johnsen began collecting material about the revolution. Tallinn has a
museum devoted to the 1987-1991 period of singing.
This summer marks the
20th anniversary of the successful singing revolution, he said. The
best choruses in Estonia, 865 of them, will be on that stage at the same time.
Johnsen will be there,
too. His mini-grant will support travel to Estonia for a week. He's constructing
a sociological interpretation of what happened during the revolution. He hopes
to make the story more accessible by publishing articles and making
presentations on this nonviolent movement for independence.
Hes already sharing his
knowledge with students. He teaches a freshman seminar on Music and Social
Change as well as a special topics course in sociology with the same name.
The other part of his
mini-grant project is a series of campus events this spring. The theme? Music
and Social Change. On March 9,
guitarist, singer and composer Jim Scott will perform with Master Singers to
Go. Scotts music incorporates elements of the green revolution.
March 23, The Power of Song,
a movie about the life of Pete Seeger, will be shown. Seeger is in his 90s,
and his life exemplifies the use of song in social movements in this
April 6, singer and songwriter
Joe Jencks will relate labor movement history along with the Master Singers
April 13, Worcester States
Corey Dolgon, chair of the sociology department, singer and songwriter, will
The series culminates
April 27 with a screening of the
documentary The Singing Revolution by Jim and Maureen Tusty, which focuses on
the Estonian movement for independence.
Check the campus
calendar for venues and times for these events.
Should you go to the
concerts, know that singing is not only allowed but encouraged.
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WSC FACULTY AND STAFF -
DON'T MISS OUT ON DISCOUNTED
TICKETS AND A CHANCE TO WIN A DINNER AT ROMAS
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
email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to buy these discounted tickets is Friday, February 27, 2009.
The raffle winner will be announced Friday, March 6.
RESEARCH ASSOCIATESHIP PROGRAM
Agency: National Research Council
Next Deadline: May 01, 2009
Makes awards through agreements with several
federal agencies for recent Ph.D.s & Sr.
investigators to engage in basic & applied
at over 100 federal labs & research
Stipends support research in: chemistry; earth
atmospheric sciences; engineering & applied
sciences; biological, health & behavioral
neuroscience; biotech; math; space & planetary
sciences; & physics. Deadlines are 2/1, 5/1,
11/1 but not all labs participate in all four
for details. E-mail:
Contact: Research Associateship Programs
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
COLLABORATIVE VISITING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Agency: Social Science Research Council
Next Deadline: March 20, 2009
Fellowship for scholars from the Americas to
& engage in collaborative activities with
of ESRC-supported projects in the UK, or for
scholars at ESRC-supported projects to visit
collaborators in the Americas. Applicants
have received a Ph.D. in one of the social
by the time the proposed visiting fellowship
for details. E-mail:
Contact: Program Office
One Pierrepont Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
INVITATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS FOR RESEARCH
Agency: Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science
Next Deadline: May 12, 2009
Provides short-term & long-term fellowships to
promote international cooperation & mutual
understanding in scientific research between
and other countries. U.S. candidates must
invited by scientists at Japanese institutions
be recommended by NIH, the approved nominating
authority for the U.S.
All fields of the
humanities, social sciences, & natural
for details. E-mail:
Contact: Hideyuki Yamaguchi, US Liaison Office
JSPS Washington Liaison Office
1800 K Street, NW, Suite 920
Washington, DC 20006
CALL FOR PROPOSALS -
Integrative Learning: Addressing the Complexities
October 22-24, 2009
Deadline for submission of proposals: March
AAC&U's Network for Academic Renewal invites proposals that analyze the
purposes, designs, and institutional supports for integrative learning; the
assessment of integrative learning; and approaches to helping students
connect their learning across discrete domains of knowledge.
Submit your proposal online by
filling in each field of the submission form as directed. For more
information, please call 202.387.3760 or write to
here for more info.
Please submit your LASC course proposals to ACC by
March 1 for guaranteed consideration by the UCC for Fall 2009.
Proposal forms can be found at
To check to make sure the ACC has received and forwarded your
proposal to the UCC, please visit
Department chairs have received a memo from Rick Kimball,
Chair, UCC regarding the governance course approval process.
Change in Governance Procedures for Course
following change was approved at ACC on 2/10/2009 and is effective
In order to expedite the governance process, reduce
waste, and reduce confusion, ACC will no longer require a signed hardcopy of
proposals being submitted. The
appropriate agents name on the document, sent in an email from a WSC
account will suffice. In the
case of proposals requiring department chair approval, only proposals coming
from the Chairs email (or that of the Chairs official designee (i.e.
department secretary)) will suffice.
This change will only apply to the 2008-2009 year and would need to
be reestablished by the 2009-2010 ACC.
Across the Curriculum and Constitutions Course
The course approval rubrics for the Across the Curriculum areas and the
Constitutions area will be forthcoming.
Faculty that have already submitted a course proposal requesting
approval in one of these areas will have to complete the appropriate rubric
and submit it to the ACC.
Please indicate the assigned course proposal tracking number which you can
find on the ACC governance site.
Because courses may be selected from the LASC, the major field, or an
elective, proposals need to be accompanied by the course proposal document
and the appropriate Across the Curriculum or Constitutions course approval
rubric. If you are submitting a
course for approval as an Across the Curriculum or Constitutions course AND
as a LASC course, you must also submit the appropriate content area rubric
and the overarching objectives rubric.
Faculty Advising Leaders:
The Davis Educational Foundation Grant has provided funding for four
faculty advising leaders to take the initiative in facilitating the
development of a program of advising for the LASC and to assist and
familiarize faculty and others in the use of the degree audit program
(currently being developed by Datatel) for on-line advising.
The faculty advising leaders are:
Charlotte Haller, History and
Richard Kimball, Psychology
Patricia Marshall, Languages and Literature
Daniel Shartin, Philosophy
Faculty, staff and/or administrators interested in
working directly with the faculty advising leaders, should contact Bonnie
The Academic Affairs Office has provided funding for a faculty
assessment fellow, Elena Braynova, Computer Science, to
work with the faculty on facilitating the development of an assessment
program for the LASC. Faculty
interested in participating in the development of an assessment program for
the LASC should contact Bonnie Orcutt at
Faculty interested in attending conferences related to the
implementation of LASC (new course development or course redesign for
the LASC, assessment and/or advising for the LASC), are encouraged to apply
for funding through the Davis Educational Foundation Grant.
Applications for funding can be found at
Upcoming Workshops and Activities:
Establishing a Program of Advising for the Liberal Arts and
The Roles of the Campus Community
Wednesday, February 18,
from 3-4:30 p.m. in the South Auditorium.
A flyer with additional details was sent out through the Center
for Teaching and Learning.
Round Table Book Discussion Series:
A New Agenda for Higher Education:
Shaping a Life of the Mind for Practice, by William
M. Sullivan and Matthew S. Rosin
Jim Foley, Languages and Literature
Steve Morreale, Criminal
Dan Shartin, Philosophy
Over 40 faculty, administrative and staff are currently registered.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Andrea
email@example.com to register and receive a free copy of the
book. The discussion series
will begin in March.
Specific dates, times, and locations will be announced by the Center for
Teaching and Learning.
Two-Day Work Shop
Designing Courses for Significant Learning. Lead Facilitator:
Stewart Ross, Ph.D. Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March
from 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. in the North-South Auditorium.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please
contact Andrea Bilics at
firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Space is limited.
Come and join your fellow faculty members and learn
about grants at WSC. This workshop is part of the Grant Lunch Series
presented by WSC Grants Coordinator, Linda M. Crocker. Topics will include
how to explore the WSC grant homepage and the process of submitting a grant
February 17, 2009
Grant Narratives & Budgets
This workshop will focus on how to create a budget. It
will also cover general budget items and procedures for budgets at WSC.
February 24, 2009
Grant Administration at WSC
This workshop will cover such topics as setting up an
account, initiating a purchase order, hiring, check requests, and reporting.
March 3, 2009
How to make electronic submissions through places such
as Grants.gov, ERACommons, NSF Fastlane, etc. will be discussed during this
March 10, 2009
We will discuss how human subjects, hazardous materials
and other compliance issues relate to grants and what you need to do.
This is a series of brown bag lunches. All workshops
will take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Center for Teaching
and Learning (Sullivan Room 117). The Center for Teaching and Learning will
be providing coffee, tea, and water.
Please pre-register with Andrea Bilics at:
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WSC IN THE NEWS
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Ready For Stimulus
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