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WSC to Honor Local Hunger
Advocate with Lecture Series


NOTEWORTHY

AROUND CAMPUS

Campus to Celebrate Faculty and Student Research

Honor Society for First Year Students Inducts 89 Members


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NOTEWORTHY

Congratulations to Ellen Rearick (Nursing) and Julie Frechette (Communication) for receiving grants from the Whiting Foundation!  Out of 87 applications there were only 23 awards, with WSC receiving these two.

 

Professor Frechette will be using her grant to study at and participate in the Oxford University Symposium on Women in the Academy: Prospects and Promises during the Summer 2009 in England.


Professor Rearick will be using her grant to attend the 9th Annual Nursing Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland in June 2009.

 

 

At the invitation of the IREX International Media Partnerships Program, Professor Barbara Zang (Communication) participated in a mid-term conference in Moscow on March 12-13. Representatives of Russian media partnerships met with their foreign partners to review the partnerships, lessons learned and successes achieved. Zang has been working with journalism professors at the Russian Non-government Educational Institution University of The Russian Academy of Education Nizhny Novgorod Branch to develop a center for media and disabilities at that university. 

 

 

 

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AROUND CAMPUS

 

Campus to Celebrate Faculty and Student Research
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

*A computer-operated wheelchair.

*An online archive of Worcester history 1800-2000, Digital Worcester.

*A selection of student-composed music.

This is a small taste of the nearly 150 exhibits to be featured in the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity from 3:30-5:30 p.m. April 29.  

“The response of faculty and students has been wonderful,” said Dr. Maureen Shamgochian, interim vice president for academic affairs. “I’m looking forward to seeing all this work.”

Exhibits from all departments plus the Honors Program and Women’s Studies Program will be featured in the Blue Lounge, North-South Auditorium, and the exhibit area of the Student Center.

The annual student art show also will be open for viewing in the gallery on the first floor of the Ghosh building.

A few studies to whet your appetite for this event include:

-- the relationship of a student’s mathematical achievement at Worcester State College to the student’s likelihood of completing college;

--the impact of globalization on girls’ education in Tanzania;

--a monitoring of English phonology acquisition after international adoption;

--the design of a study of home health care nurses and aides; and

--tips on teaching difficult subject areas in psychology.

Plan now to set aside that block of time on April 29 to take a look at some of the best work faculty and students have produced during the 2008-09 academic year. 

If you have questions about this event, please direct them to Barbara Zang, bzang@worcester.edu.

 

 

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Honor Society for First Year
Students Inducts 89 Members

The Worcester State Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for first-year students, inducted 89 members in a ceremony that attracted an overflow audience of their family members and friends in the Student Center’s Blue Lounge on April 5.

The 88 student inductees represent all academic disciplines. They must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher during their first or second semester as first-year students to be eligible for membership.

The chapter inducted Dr. Lynn Bloomberg (Health Science) as an honorary member. Kolbe Heroux (Communication Sciences and Disorders ‘09), the chapter president, recognized Bloomberg’s service not only to students but also to the community. She also commended her work in science as well as in the arts. Bloomberg, whose academic specialty is public health, is an artist who also writes fiction and non-fiction.

Dr. Maureen Shamgochian, interim vice president for academic affairs, gave the keynote address, relating her positive experiences as a Worcester State undergraduate and inviting students to take full advantage of the opportunities the college offers them in undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning and internships.

Three years ago the chapter took on an international public service project, supporting six students—three boys and three girls---from a village in Tanzania by supplying their secondary school tuition and uniforms.

At the induction ceremony, chapter treasurer Deanna Lahey (Biology ‘09) presented a symbolic check for $3,000 to Dr. Patricia Benjamin (Physical and Earth Sciences) to support the last year of secondary school for these students as well as to contribute to the construction of housing for village primary school teachers. The primary school currently has 16 teachers and more than 1,200 students. 

Benjamin, who lived in this village while conducting her doctoral dissertation research, told Phi Eta Sigma members that their contribution would improve the education of the village’s children. “Additional teacher housing in the village means the government will supply additional teachers for the primary school,”
she said. 

The chapter welcomed its new faculty adviser, Dr. Janice Yee (Economics), who will replace Dr. Barbara Zang (Communication), who has served as chapter adviser for six years.

The chapter’s next fundraising event is a bake sale on April 16. Watch for it in the Sullivan T that morning.

 

 

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TRANSFORMATIONS



Welcome to Revathi O'Neal who has joined the WSC community
on March 29 as a Clerk IV in the Registrar's Office.

 

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WSC IN THE NEWS

**Please Note - Links to online articles may
no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

Finalist for URI's top post builds consensus for excellence
www.projo.com
(4/6/09)
Excerpt:
She graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts in 1975 and earned her doctorate from Arizona State University in 1981.

Collegiate Tour
Telegram & Gazette (4/5/09)
Excerpt: ... Becker College, Worcester State College and Assumption College hosted 48 guidance counselors from throughout the greater New England area. ...

Radical tweak
Telegram & Gazette (4/3/09)
Excerpt:
Taking the stage at the Sullivan Auditorium of Worcester State College Wednesday night in front of a sizeable audience, radical activist and professor Angela Y. Davis just couldn’t resist

Small town news organization goes online
NECN.com
(3/31/09)
Excerpt:
Barbara Zang is a communications professor at Worcester State College. She says while local online websites provide useful information, it remains to be seen if they'll ...

Monday, April 6, 2009

 

THIS WEEK
 
www.worcester.edu/calendar

Mon., Apr. 6

Baseball vs. WPI
POSTPONED

Game to be played at the
College of the Holy Cross

3:30 p.m.

BBC History of WWII Film
Series: "Battlefields"

Sullivan Building
Eager Auditorium, Rm 146
Free and Open to the Public
5-7 p.m.

Music and Social Change
featuring Joe Jencks

Free Concert
Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
7-9 p.m.


Tues., Apr. 7

Sarah Sharbach Memorial
Lecture: "Revisiting Global
Women's Movements"

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Softball vs. Clark Univ.
Doubleheader
WSC Campus
5 p.m.

Lacrosse vs.
Emerson College
WSC Campus
7 p.m.


Wed., Apr. 8

Lecture with Author
John Robison

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m.

Baseball vs.
Anna Maria College

Game will be played at the
College of the Holy Cross

3:30 p.m.


Thurs., Apr. 9

"Disagreeing on Everything:
A Debate on Attaining Peace
in the Middle East"

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m.

Softball vs. Western CT
State University
Doubleheader
WSC Campus
5 p.m.

Lacrosse vs.
Framingham State College
WSC Campus
7 p.m.


Fri., Apr. 10

Baseball vs.
Salem State College

Doubleheader
Game to be played at WPI

2:30 p.m.


ON GOING

Student Art Show
Open Wed. & Thurs., 3-5 p.m.
Show runs until Apr. 30th
Ghosh Science Center,
Art Gallery (1st Floor)


 

COMING UP
www.worcester.edu/calendar

Mon., Apr. 13

BBC History of WWII Film Series: "D-Day-Reflections
of Courage"

Sullivan, Eager Aud. Rm 146
6 p.m.

Music and Social Change
featuring Corey Dolgon

Student Center, Blue Lounge
7 p.m.


Wed., Apr. 15

Blood Drive
Student Center, Exhibit Area
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free t-shirt and register
to win Red Sox tickets

Cyrus Topol Memorial Lecture,
"Ending Hunger Together"

w/special guest
Congressman McGovern
Student Center, Blue Lounge
2 p.m.


Thurs., Apr. 16

Sut Jhally presents
"Advertising Consumer Debt
and the Credit Card Industry"

Sullivan, Room 125
4-5:15 p.m.

Sut Jhally presents
"Occupation of the
American Mind"

Ghosh Science Center, Rm 102
7-8:30 p.m.

Opening Night -
Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or On Sale
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission


Fri., Apr. 17

State Colleges Graduate Research Symposium
LRC - Various Locations
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Day of Silence
Student Center, Exhibit Area
12-3 p.m.

Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or On Sale
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission


Sat., Apr. 18

Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
8 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or On Sale
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission


Sun., Apr. 19

Pirates of Penzance
Sullivan Auditorium
2 p.m.
Tickets at the Door or On Sale
at the Student Center Info Desk

$6 Students/ $12 General Admission


Mon., Apr. 20

Patriots Day Holiday
College Closed

 

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