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WSC to Honor Community Leaders at
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Worcester State College Faculty and Students
present Exciting Display of Scholarship

WSC Philosophy Professor Delivers Keynote Address at United States Congressional Armenian Genocide Commemoration


Book Drive a Success Thanks to WSC Community

Mother's Day Grams Offered by WSC Chorale on May 10

"Every Nose Needs a Home" Benefit for Sterling Animal Shelter

Faculty, please remind your students...

Summer All-Sports Camp

May is Mental Health Month





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Peter Bradley (Biology) attended the 48th Northeast Algal Symposium over the weekend of April 17-19 held at the University Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has attended at least 27 consecutive annual symposium meetings and was the Society Secretary for 10 years.  After announcing a student award at the symposium he was surprised and honored to receive the Society’s Frank Shipley Collins award for meritorious and exceptional service to the Society and to Phychology. Much to everyone’s amusement, the presentation was followed by a slide show of photos provided in secret by his wife Rosslyn Bradley ’93. 

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) co-authored the paper Procedure trays: A call to action for sharps safety. The paper reports the results of her research collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

In the United States each year, an estimated 380,000 to 800,000 healthcare workers based in hospitals are injured by sharps including needles and scalpels. In Massachusetts hospitals, more than 3,000 sharps injuries per year are reported to the Massachusetts Sharps Injury Surveillance System.

Sharps injuries are associated with the transmission of at least 30 blood borne pathogens, among them—hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and HIV-present the greatest concerns.

Chalupka and her colleagues examined the use of equipment that lacked engineered safety features as a risk factor for sharps injuries.

Chalupka's research in sharps injury was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The paper was published in the journal Nursing 2009.

Professors Bruce Cohen, Aldo Garcia Guevara, and Peter Holloran of WSC’s History Department all chaired panels at the New England Historical Association’s (NEHA) Spring 2009 Conference held April 25, 2009, at the University of Southern Maine. Professor Cohen was also re-elected Treasurer of NEHA.

The WSC Computer Science programming team (Ian Bollinger, Andrew Gallant and Brian Tinger) took the third place in the programming competition sponsored by the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Region at Plattsburgh, New York.  The competition was held as part of the annual April conference of the consortium.  There were 27 teams competing from all over the northeastern region.  Dr. Aparna Mahadev is the programming team coach. Congratulations to the students on their achievement. 

Allison Dunn (Physical and Earth Sciences)had her paper, Landscape heterogeneity, soil climate, and carbon exchange in a boreal black spruce forest, published in the journal Ecological Applications

Roberta Kyle's (Graduate and Continuing Education) poem “My Mother’s Hands” was recently published in the Single Mothers By Choice, Spring 2009 (Issue 108) publication. 

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) presented at two seminars for Police Mid-managers and First Line Supervisors at Roger Williams University. The Mid-managers seminar was attended by lieutenants and captains of police agencies at the state, county, local and college/university agencies throughout New England. The First-line supervisor seminar attracts newly promoted corporals and sergeants from state, county, and college/university policing agencies throughout New England. The series is sponsored by the Justice Systems Research and Training Institute, in conjunction with the New England Chiefs of Police Association.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) was invited to exhibit her prints during the Panorama of Greek Printmaking, at Technopolis in Athens, Greece. A catalogue was published for the event.

At the invitation of US Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), Henry Theriault (Philosophy) was the keynote speaker at the United States Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues’ Armenian Genocide Observance.  The program was held on Capitol Hill, in the Cannon Caucus Room, the evening of April 22, 2009.  Other speakers included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

On April 17, Professor Theriault presented “The Challenge of Denial for Post-Genocide Reconciliation and Justice” as part of the University of Massachusetts – Boston’s “Remembering Rwanda 1994-2009:  Genocide and Its Aftermath” symposium.  On April 20, Professor Theriault was a featured speaker on the “Subjects & Citizens:  (Un)even Relations Among Turks, Kurds, and Armenians” panel held at Bentley University and sponsored by the Bentley Global Studies Department.




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Worcester State College Faculty and Students present Exciting Display of Scholarship

Over 400 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the Second Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity and annual student art show, Wednesday, April 29.  “It was wonderful to see our students so excited about their work,” said Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley.  She was struck by not only how central the work was to their WSC career, but how much students saw it as part of their future.  “I spoke to two students who plan to go on to medical school and another who is planning a career in law and they all strongly felt this experience would help them meet their future goals,” said Ashley.

The event was a vibrant one, buzzing with questions and conversations. Barbara Zang, who steered the planning for the event noted that many attendees remarked on the “energy” at the event.  “It was great because it was a bit of a role reversal for the students,” she explained.  “After being used to being students in class, now they were the experts explaining their work.” Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Shamgochian agreed. “You could feel the students’ excitement,” she said, “they presented as professionals and experts in their field.”

The students and faculty put months of work into the presentations and fielded a variety of questions from inquisitive on-lookers.  A steady stream of attendees talked with presenters for over two hours.

Christine Becerra, a senior majoring in psychology, said her work studying stress in students was a real eye-opener. “It made me analyze myself. I am a bit of a perfectionist.”  She also said the project prepared her for her future academic career.  Becerra has already been accepted into a graduate program where she will receive a research assistantship.  “I don’t think I would have been ready for it without the experience I have had here at Worcester State College.”

Some of the presentations included:

·    In the lab project, "Cancer Biology," students tested the effectiveness of a novel pharmacological therapeutic in inhibiting melanoma cancer.  Their data suggests the treatment may be an effective treatment for melanoma cancer. 

·    Students collecting core pollen samples from a Poutwater Pond in Holden discovered changes in vegetation at this site since the end of the last Ice Age.  

·    A collaborative digital archive of Worcester history from 1800 to 2000 was created for this project making these photos and archival resources text searchable an available on-line at www.digitalworcester.org 

·     A study of public transportation in the Greater Worcester area using a GIS database shows that only 1.2 percent of person trips in the city are taken on public transit. 

·    Is it possible to turn the old Junction Machine Shop on Beacon Street in Worcester--an EPA "brownfield"--into a thriving arts district?  Students in the Urban Studies program examined this possibility.   

·    What is the future of the Worcester Airport?  This project examines past and current problems with the site as well as possible future uses including use as a wind energy turbine facility.  

·    Ever wonder how "green" your household cleaners are?  Tests were conducted on several readily available household cleaners to validate their "green" claims.  

To review an entire list of projects, click here for the program [pdf]





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WSC Philosophy Professor Delivers Keynote
Address at United States Congressional Armenian
Genocide Commemoration

On April 22, Associate Professor Henry Theriault of Worcester State’s Philosophy Department delivered remarks as the keynote speaker at the US Congress’s Caucus on Armenian Issues’ Armenian Genocide Observance.  Theriault was invited by the Caucus’s Co-Chairs, US Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and US Representative Mark Kirk (R-IL).  More than a dozen Congressional leaders, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and including Worcester’s own Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), made remarks at the program, as did Armenian Ambassador to the United States Tatoul Markarian. The Congressional Armenian Caucus has well over 100 members, including Congressman McGovern, who has been an active and prominent member as part of his broader commitment to human rights such as his effort to end today’s genocide in Sudan. The program was held in on Capitol Hill, in the Cannon House Office Building’s historic Caucus Room. More than 400 people from around the United States attended the commemoration.

The event marked the 94th Anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, on April 24, 1915.  Within about a year, the Ottoman Turkish government, controlled by the Committee of Union and Progress, a radical Turkish nationalist group led by Talaat Bey, Enver Pasha, and Jemal Pasha, systematically murdered more than 1 million Armenian children, women, and men.  By 1923, the death toll had reached roughly 1.5 million Armenians and hundreds of thousands of Assyrians and Pontian Greeks.  The U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, made heroic efforts to save Armenians and publicize their plight to the world.  U.S. organizations raised millions of dollars for relief efforts to help the hundreds of thousands of survivors who reached refugee camps, including a large number of orphans.  Many of Worcester’s thousands of Armenians trace their recent family histories to this horrific event.

The links of the Armenian Genocide to the Holocaust are significant.  Germany, the Ottoman Empire’s main ally in World War I, committed military personnel and diplomatic support to the genocide effort.  Some of the German junior officers later rose to senior positions in the Nazi regime and participated in the Holocaust.

In his speech, Theriault emphasized the importance of recognizing that Assyrians and Pontian Greeks were victims of “the same genocidal machinery, often alongside Armenians.”  He also praised “the many Turks, Kurds, and other Muslims who resisted the Genocide, who out of friendship and respect for justice and human life, and in keeping with the true principles of Islam, refused to carry out orders from the perpetrators to commit genocide or sheltered Armenians, often at great cost or risk to themselves.”

Theriault highlighted the importance of the struggle against denial of the Armenian Genocide.  To this day, no government of Turkey since 1915 has acknowledged what is widely recognized as one of the major genocides of the 20th Century.  Turkey’s aggressive denial campaign includes millions of dollars for lobbying and “public relations” propaganda and involves hundreds of diplomatic personnel and academics in Turkey, the United States, and beyond.  As a result of attempts to install denialist professors in American universities, a number of states have passed legislation preventing state higher education institutions from accepting from foreign governments donations “with strings attached.”

Theriault also stressed that ending denial is not enough.  “Denial is, after all, merely a diversion,” said Theriault, adding that it is often difficult to see this because for so long so many Armenians and non-Armenians have made such an effort just to get the Armenian Genocide recognized by the US government and others.  For Theriault, it is once denial has ended that the real challenge of resolving the Armenian Genocide issue will come.  This will require meaningfully addressing the “many and deep” harms inflicted through the Genocide, which have had “a devastating impact on the victim group, with consequences that are powerful today and in fact have become stronger through time.”

Theriault emphasized that his goal was not to “single out or demonize Turkey” and called on other governments and societies to recognize the genocides they have committed.  This includes the United States:  “Lest we recognize genocide somewhere else without, as United States citizens, facing up to our own moral challenge, so should we finally take responsibility for the US roles in the East Timor Genocide, the Guatemalan genocide of Mayans, and other cases – and most of all for our own genocidal treatment of Native Americans across the continent.”

Theriault ended his remarks with a strong plea to end current genocides and other mass violence around the world today, most notably in the Darfur region of Sudan.  “If we can stop this and other genocides today, there will be no need to discuss tomorrow how we are to repair the damage genocide has done in the 21st Century as we must do for the 20th and 19th and 18th and . . .” Photo submitted by Henry Theriault.


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Thank you to everyone who donated to the Worcester “Give A Book” drive. Over 270 books were collected this year. The goal of the city-wide book drive is to collect K-8 level books for distribution by the Worcester Public Schools to children who don’t have the means to obtain adequate books for summer reading. Collectively, seven participating colleges and the Consortium office, donated approximately 2,200 books to the cause.




Let the Worcester State College Chorale help in honoring your mother on Mother's Day. They will come to your location and present her with lovely a cappella songs, along with a choice of a special gift selected with her in mind.  What a unique way of showing your love and appreciation to this wonderful woman in your life.  For a $100 donation, this is truly a memorable occasion for families to share.  For a reservation, contact Valerie at vgoguen@worcester.edu or call: 


WSCW radio station will be hosting a silent auction, concert and car wash to support Sterling Animal Shelter.  SILENT AUCTION: May 5th and 9th from
12 - 5 p.m. outside of the Student Center. Bid on autographed 8 x 10 photos of: Ray Bourque (retired from Boston Bruins), Benjamin Watson of the New England Patriots, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins and three mystery items. BENEFIT CONCERT on May 5, from 7 - 10 p.m., at the Wasylean Hall courtyard featuring live local bands. CAR WASH on May 9 at Jumpin' Juice and Java on Chandler Street. $10 a vehicle. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the shelter.


With finals and the end of the semester rapidly approaching, don’t forget to remind your students to visit the Worcester State Tutoring and Academic Success centers. The centers are available to any student who may need extra help. Remind those who are in danger of failing that they can always go to the centers for guidance. The centers are open 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Fridays. The Tutoring Center thanks you for your help.


Athletics will be hosting their All Sports Camp from July 27-31. The camp is open to kids ages 8-13. The aim is to teach the essentials of the many sports: baseball, football, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, track, stickball, and soccer. Kids are separated into groups of their own age. Each camper is taught the fundamentals of each sport through a series of talks, demonstrations and drills. Games are played each morning and afternoon. Campers leave a harder worker, with better skills, and more confidence. All sessions are designed for individual improvement. Camp structure allows equal time for instruction and enjoyment. Kids have a blast! Click here for a brochure or call Coach Dirk Baker at 508-929-8852.


 Be an activist and help reduce mental health stigma!

"Stigma results in fear, mistrust, and violence against people living with mental illnesses. Stigma prevents people from receiving needed mental health services. Stigma is a barrier and discourages individuals from getting the help they need due to fear of being discriminated against." -SAMHSA

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Michelle McGowan  (Receiving Teller, Bursar’s Office) gave birth to a baby girl, Ayana Jazlyn Jarvis on April 27, 2009.  She was 5 lbs 15 oz--18 ½ inches long.  Mom and baby are doing very well.

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

WSC votes to craft an arts ally
Telegram & Gazette (5/2/09)
The Worcester Center for Crafts took a giant step from the brink yesterday when the Worcester State ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (5/3/09)
Excerpt: Worcester State College’s 133rd Commencement: 1 p.m. May 17, at the DCU Center. Commencement speaker: Alumna Dottie Manning, founder of Worcester’s “Walk to Cure Cancer.”

He found his niche: Gaw reflects on 3 decades of teaching
Wicked Local.com (5/1/09)
After graduating from Worcester State College, his career working with kids started as an employee for the Department of Youth Services at the Lancaster ...

WSC, craft center to discuss alliance
Telegram & Gazette (5/1/09)
The Worcester State College Board of Trustees plans to discuss a possible alliance with the struggling Worcester Center for Crafts at a trustees ...

School task force introduced: Hiring practices to be scrutinized
Telegram & Gazette (5/1/09)
Excerpt: ...
of human resources at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Nicole Brown, assistant dean of graduate and continuing education at Worcester State College; ...

'Save the public health services,' city coalition urges
Telegram & Gazette (4/30/09)
Excerpt: ... restoring these services,” said Stephanie Chalupka, a professor and coordinator of the public health nursing program at Worcester State College....

Monday, May 4, 2009



Mon., May 4

Evening of Ten Minute Plays
Sullivan Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
7:00 p.m.

Tues., May 5

Retirement and Employee
Service Recognition
Celebration & Reception
Student Center, Blue Lounge
3 p.m.

Wed., May 6

Classes End

Thurs., May 7

Reading Day

Fri., May 8

Exams Begin

Sat., May 9

Bon Voyage/Mothers Day
Chorale Concert

Our Lady of the Angels Church
1222 Main Street, Worcester
$10 general admission/
$5 students and elders

7:30 p.m.

Thurs., May 14

Class of 2009 Nurses
Pinning Ceremony
Sullivan Auditorium
6 p.m.

Fri., May 15

Graduate School
Hooding Ceremony
Student Center Blue Lounge &
Sullivan Auditorium
Click here for more info

Sun., May 17

Click here for details

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