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Titanic Visual Effects Producer
Camille Celluci to Speak at WSC



WSC Students Meet with Congressman McGovern in D.C.

Annual Conference Celebrates International
Women's Day and Women's History Month

Over 100 Displays of Scholarship and Creativity
to be Showcased at April 29 Celebration


Faculty to Publish Urban History Book Together


Colleges of the Worcester Consortium Career Fair

QCC Dental Clinic

Center for Community Media Newsletter

Grant Lunch Workshops

Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Program

Borders Bookstore Education Appreciation Week




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Corey Dolgon has just completed his speaking tour in New Jersey and New York. Professor Dolgon gave two singing lectures on folk songs and the U.S. labor movement titled In Search of One Big Union at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ and at William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ. He also presented a workshop on service learning and civic engagement titled "From Service to Community-Based Learning: Critiques and Approaches," at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. 


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WSC Students Meet with Congressman McGovern
in Washington D.C.

Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Three Worcester State students were among some 12,000 college and high school students from every state and 120 other countries who converged in Washington the weekend of Feb. 27 to March 2 for Power Shift, an event that offered workshops on climate change, lobbying, civil disobedience and more. 

Emily Dennstedt (Biology ’10), Mike Procacini (Geography ’11) and Michael Rosati (Sociology ’10) spent the weekend learning from experts about climate change solutions, marching with 2,500 other students to the coal-powered plant that serves the capital in the hope of shutting it down, and meeting with Rep. James McGovern to discuss their concerns about green jobs.

“I’ve never had an opportunity to make my voice heard like that,” Procacini said of their sit-down visit with the Congressman. “He wants Worcester to be a green city and he really listened to us.”

“He told us that Worcester led the Industrial Revolution, so why can’t it lead the Green Revolution?” Rosati added. “Rep. McGovern told us to come home and start the green revolution, and he’d back us.”

The three split up and participated in as many workshops as they could fit in. The highlights? “Getting to the Truth: Pulling the Curtain Back on False Solutions to our Energy Crisis,” “Cap Carbon and Trade? Invest? Auction? Dividend? A Conversation that Explores All the Options” and “The Road to Copenhagen: The Future of International Climate Legislation.”

The last workshop included actions students could take before the December international climate summit in Copenhagen.

“We’d like America to be a leader this time,” Procacini said. “and not repeat our past failure with the Kyoto Protocol.” 

Rosati, who participated in Power Shift 2007, said he was impressed with the workshop “Greening the Curriculum: Climate Action Perspectives for High School Students.”  He brought home ideas for greening the college and the city.

“We need to make WSC students aware of how much they waste and get them to recycle more,” he said. “We’re also planning a clean-up of University Park on March 28. Before we can make it green, we’ve got to make it clean.”

They’ll also contact their fellow Power Shift participants at Worcester Consortium colleges to sponsor a green jobs fair later this spring.

“For every $1 million invested in coal, five jobs are created,” Dennstedt said. “That same investment in green jobs creates 17 jobs.”

The three were practically strangers until Friday morning when they hopped in Procacini’s car for the drive to Washington. Dennstedt and Rosati run WSC campaigns on global warming solutions and recycling as members of MassPIRG. Procacini recently joined the organization.

“We didn’t know we were going until Thursday night,” Dennstedt explained. They’d tried to get funding from the college, but they’d been unsuccessful. No funds are available to support such student activities.

Ten WSC faculty and two staff members chipped in about $350 to support the students’ trip. When that money ran out, they slept on the floor of the hotel rooms of other Power Shift participants.

“A lot of schools sent a lot of students,” Rosati said. “Our professors contributed to make it possible for us to go.”

Dr. Patricia Benjamin (Geography) said it was important for WSC students to participate in Power Shift because the campus had been a participant in the national teach-in on global warming solutions on Feb. 5. “This was the next step,” she said.

Such experience is invaluable as students learn to take action on the values they’re developing at the college. “Being part of a larger movement makes you feel empowered and less isolated,” she said.

Empowered is a word the students used often to describe their Power Shift experiences.

“There were holes in my understanding of climate change,” Dennstedt said. “I work at Tufts in infectious diseases on tick research. Already we’re starting to see in ticks an effect of the climate changes in central Massachusetts.”

She wanted to learn about policy solutions and strategies to achieve them. 

“Our generation won’t stand for piecemeal solutions,” she said. “The climate change situation connects everything---from the economy to the international situation. We want to tackle it all.”

If you’re interested in having one or all of these students speak to your classes, just ask them. They learned a lot and have plenty to share.


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Annual Conference Celebrates International
Women's Day and Women's History Month

The Women’s Studies Program at Worcester State College hosted its second annual conference on Thursday, March 5, 2009. The event was organized to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8), which is celebrated around the world, and Women’s History Month (March), observed in the United States. The event was advertised locally at WSC and the Consortium through fliers and posters designed by Lilly Ditto, the Women’s Studies graduate assistant. For the first time this year, the WSC Women’s Studies conference was highlighted on www.internationalwomensday.com, a website that provided information on activities marking this day around the globe.

Dr. K. Soysa, director of Women’s Studies, welcomed the audience, and thanked her predecessors for paving the way for Women’s Studies at Worcester State College. Last year, at the inaugural conference, there were six presenters. This year, there were 11 presenters across five departments, namely Urban Studies, Languages and Literature, Philosophy, History, and Psychology. The speakers this year were Dr. Lisa Krissoff-Boehm, Dr. Lori Dawson, Dr. Kristin Waters, Dr. Judy Jeon-Chapman, Dr. Karen Woods Weierman, Dr. Josna Rege, Dr. Aldo Garcia Guevara, Dr. Andrea Dottolo, Dr. Sandra McEvoy, Dr. Barry DeCoster and Dr. Champika K. Soysa. The event was very well attended throughout the day by students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Worcester community.

The Women’s Studies Program is interdisciplinary, and its faculty members represent many departments, including Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Criminal Justice, Health, History, Languages & Literature, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical and Earth Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts.  The program offers about 25 classes every semester, and students can complete the Women’s Studies Concentration by taking just five classes. Many of these classes also count towards distribution requirements, so students can add a concentration without having to take extra courses.

As pre-registration for Fall 2009 approaches, the Women’s Studies Advisory Board will call on advisors to recruit students to the concentration.  Please address your questions about the program to K. Soysa, at x8703 or csoysa@worcester.edu. The student organization, the Women’s Forum, welcomes new members.  Please contact Valerie Goguen vgoguen@worcester.edu or Mary Jane Rosati mrosati@worcester.edu  for more information. The Women’s Studies Program thanks the campus community for their support of this event.


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Over 100 Displays of Scholarship and Creativity
to be Showcased at April 29 Celebration

If you’re at all curious about the work faculty and students have been doing this academic year, then put the April 29 Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity on your calendar.

More than 100 posters of student and faculty research, and two dozen books, book chapters and published articles will be on display from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Musical and theatrical performances, DVDs and other media presentations round out the offerings.

“We’re attracting a wide variety of scholarship and creative work from the college’s departments and programs,” said Maureen Shamgochian, interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I’m looking forward to seeing all this work.”

The Student Center’s Blue Lounge, North/South Auditorium and exhibit area will be the venues. The annual student art show, which will be open then, will be in the first floor gallery of the Science and Technology building.

Invitations to this event are being extended to the college’s trustees, foundation and alumni board members, and Worcester State’s neighbors.  

A reception for faculty, trustees, and board members will be from 5-6 p.m. in the Foster Room.

“This is an opportunity for our faculty to meet the college’s trustees and board members,” Shamgochian said. “And for those people to meet faculty.”

Direct questions about the event to Barbara Zang, bzang@worcester.edu, who is coordinating the event for the Office of Academic Affairs.


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Faculty to Publish Urban History Book Together
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.


Routledge, a publisher of academic books, lists on its website a compelling title, “The American Urban Reader: History and Theory.”

Just below the site’s little “Add to Cart” button is the publication date: August 1, 2010, which is about a year and a half from now.

If you’re Steven Corey or Lisa Krissoff Boehm of the Urban Studies department, that date seems as close as tomorrow.

They’re the editors of this volume, and since they got the Routledge contract for it, they’ve been plowing ahead on the 594-page collection.

“Lisa and I always wanted to write a US-based text together,” Corey said. “We’re both urban historians and between us, we have more than 35 years of teaching experience. We have a good feeling for what’s needed in the field.”

The road from idea to contract was relatively swift, as these things go.

Publishers had been seeking ideas for texts from both professors. Last January, the pair appeared on a panel at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting. Their topic was “teaching urban history.”

“It’s rare to have people from the same institution on a panel together,” Corey said. “Afterward, the editor of the Journal of Urban History asked us to turn the panel presentations into an entire journal issue.”

The November 2009 edition of the Journal of Urban History will be the first-ever issue devoted to teaching. Krissoff Boehm is that volume’s editor. Both professors contributed articles.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this,” she said.

Meanwhile, they decided to pitch a joint book project to the publishers seeking manuscript ideas from them separately. “This was a much stronger book proposal because we’re drawing on our collective teaching experience,” Krissoff Boehm said.

“Each of us regularly teaches about a dozen different Urban Studies courses, so we’ve read widely in the field,” she added. “We’re in a great position to select material for the book.”

A 2008-09 mini-grant allowed the two to do preliminary research for the book proposal. It paid for their travel to the Urban History Association conference in Houston in November. There, they talked about their book idea and asked professors their needs for the courses they teach.

Many professors of urban history, Corey and Krissoff Boehm included, use “The City Reader,” a collection of readings that spans the globe temporally and topically. “It’s a classic,” Corey said.

The Corey-Krissoff Boehm collection will focus American urban scholarship from colonial times to the present.                                                

“There’s enough interdisciplinary that we don’t have to stray hard from the field of history,” Corey said. “We’re identifying dynamically written essays that are accessible to our projected audience, which ranges from advanced high school students to academic scholars.”

The project is moving along.

“We have a pretty complete table of contents now,” Krissoff Boehm said. The volume will contain 35 essays, primary documents and a bibliography. “The American Urban Reader” will also have a companion website, which is unusual for such a book.

The two have split up the work, dividing the projected 10 chapters of the book between them. Each will edit five chapters then they’ll swap chapters and do the editing again. Together they’ll write an introduction to the book and to each chapter.

“Right now we’re in this tedious process of getting approvals to use previously published work,” Corey said.

They’ll work throughout this summer on the project and will use the remaining funds in their mini-grant to travel to conferences in Chicago and New York in search of additional material. Corey has a sabbatical in the fall 2009 semester, so he’ll devote that period to polishing the manuscript.

Worcester State colleagues have been helpful. “Don Vescio set up a sharepoint site for our use,” Corey said. “My jump drive is chock full, so this is extremely helpful as a place to store data.”

They also may include the work of Corey Dolgon of WSC’s sociology department. “We hope to have him in it,” Corey said. “His work on the Hamptons is awesome.” Dolgon’s book is “The End of the Hamptons: Scenes from the Class Struggle in America’s Paradise.”

The chair of the Urban Studies department, Corey came to the college in 1995. Krissoff Boehm joined the department five years later. “We see this book as an important contribution to the field of urban history,” she said. “We’re delighted to finally have a chance to do it.”

The mini-grant was essential.

“There’s no other way to fund this preliminary work,” Corey said. “We’re grateful for the assistance. It’s been critical to our project.”


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    Faculty, please let your students know about this upcoming career fair.
    Wednesday, March 25 at the DCU Center Ballroom, 1-4:30 p.m.
    All majors and class years are welcome--there will be something for everyone. There will be100 organizations including: Amica Mutual Insurance Company, IPG Photonics Corporation, John Hancock, MEDITECH- Medical Information Technology, Inc, Staples, Inc, Target, UMass Medical School, UPS and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc (Y.O.U., Inc.). For more info, visit http://www.cowcworks.org/career/StudentInfo2.asp


    Did you know that Quinsigamond
    Community College
    offers a dental hygiene clinic to the public? In addition to their low cost services they are offering a $5 discount to college faculty, staff and students. Click here to learn more about the clinic, their hours and services offered.


    The Communication Department's Center for Community Media Spring newsletter is now available. The faculty and students of the center welcome the WSC community to support the center's mission and participate in the program.




    Once you click the link, you will need Adobe reader to access the newsletter.  For more information, contact Julie Frechette: jfrechette@worcester.edu



    March 10, 2009

    “Research Compliance”

    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:

    Andrea.Bilics@worcester.edu or cteachlearn@worcester.edu




    The annual WSC Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Program will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Each year retiring faculty and staff along with employees marking their 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 year anniversary are recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Human Resources Department. This event is free and open to the college community. Formal invitations will be sent in the coming months. To see a list of those who will be recognized, please click here. If you feel there is an error in the list, please contact
    Carol Faron at ext. 8666 as soon as possible.



    Borders bookstore will be hosting their Educators Appreciation week from
    March 19 - 25. Current and retired educators can save 25% off list price of books, CDs, DVDs and more* on purchases for personal and classroom use. *May not be combined with sale pricing; coupons; or corporate, classroom, or other group discounts.  Excludes previous and online purchases; all electronics, including the Sony Reader and the Zune; gift cards, periodicals, comics, non-stock special orders; and shipping.  www.borders.com/educators


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Worcester State College offers sincere condolences to the family of Vera Dowden Baldwin.

Vera Dowden Baldwin, 96, died of pneumonia March 3, 2009 at St. Mary Health Care Center in Worcester, MA. She was the wife of the Reverend Langford Baldwin, to whom she was married for 27 years, and who predeceased her in August 2008.

Born Easter Day, April 7, 1912, in Risca, Wales, she was the daughter of Arthur Dowden and Mary Jane (Russell) Dowden. She immigrated to Worcester in 1919, where she lived the rest of her life.

A retired teacher and college administrator, she graduated from South High School and from Worcester Teacher's School, class of 1934. She taught at public schools in Rochdale, Leicester and Worcester. In 1957 she joined the faculty at Worcester State College, became Dean of Women in 1963, and in 1969, the first Dean of Students. She retired in 1972. In 1978 Worcester State awarded her an honorary degree: Doctor of Humane Letters. In 1990, by vote of the trustees, faculty, alumni, and students, a new dormitory at the college was named Dowden Hall in her honor.

Vera served as Senior Warden at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Worcester, and volunteered at the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, the Audio Journal, and the National Cathedral Association. She served on the Board of Trustees of Becker College and on the Board of Visitors at Washburn House. In 1984 she was awarded the Worcester Art Museum's 4th annual Members' Council Award of Merit. She was a member of the Wittenagemot Club and the Worcester Women's Club.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Vera Dowden Baldwin Scholarship Fund at Worcester State College, Institutional Advancement, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602.


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New principal of Cashman School introduces herself
Newburyport News (3/5/09)
Charette....received a master's of education degree as a consultant teacher of reading, kindergarten through grade 12, at Worcester State College...

Monday, March 9, 2009



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.

Music and Social Change featuring Jim Scott
FREE Concert
Student Center, Blue Lounge
7 p.m.


Mar. 16 - 20

Spring Break
No Classes, Offices Open

Sat. Mar. 21

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Thomas College
WSC John Coughlin Stadium/


Mon., Mar. 23

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "The Battle of the

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

Music and Social Change:
Pete Seeger: The Power

of Song

Student Center, Blue Lounge
7-9 p.m.

Tues, Mar. 24

Diversity Lecture Series:
"Overcoming Depression
and Achieving Your Dreams:

A Hollywood Success Story"

Student Center, Blue Lounge
11 a.m.

Wed., Mar. 25

WSC Baseball vs.
Albertus Magnus College

WPI - Alumni Field
100 Institute Road, Worcester
3:30 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 26

SGA Auction
Student Center, Blue Lounge
4:30 p.m. Preview
5:30 p.m. Auction

WSC Women's Lacrosse
vs. Rhode Island College

WSC John Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

WSC Night at Hanover
Theatre Opening Night of
The Rat Pack is Back

Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts -
2 Southbridge St., Worcester
7:30 p.m.


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