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

March 29, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


Student Government Association Auction Surpasses Fundraising Goal to Benefit Homeless and Children

Author Discusses Experience
with the Lost Boys of Sudan

Worcester State College Hosts
UN Water Advisor for Global Water
Crisis Lecture This Thursday

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Sudha Swaminathan and Frank Lamelas (Physical and Earth Sciences) presented a lecture/demonstration at the Worcester Art Museum on March 18. They described the Physics in Art course at Worcester State (PY 112) and gave a short lecture on the principles of multi-spectral imaging. During the talk they demonstrated the use of a portable optical spectrometer, and they gave a hands-on demonstration of the use of infrared imaging in analyzing art objects. The presentation was attended by approximately 40 museum docents and staff.

Fortunata Songora Makene's (Sociology) paper on "The Impact of Intersecting Dimensions of Inequality and Identity on the Racial Status of Eastern African Immigrants" has been accepted for publication in the Sociological Forum. Professor Makene's co-authors are Drs. Katja M. Guenther and Sadie Pendaz (2010). In their paper they examine how immigrants from eastern Africa to the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area understand and navigate the American color line and its implications for non-whites. This project was funded in part by the National Science Foundation, Grant No. SES 0099145, a University of Minnesota Multicultural Faculty Research Award, and a University of Minnesota Life Course Center Grant.

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Save the Date: Tuesday, April 6
"Meeting David Wilson:
A Conversation About Race in America"

David A. Wilson, as a 28 year-old African-American journalist, traveled deep into his family's past to find the answers to America's racial divide. His journey resulted in the feature length documentary "Meeting David Wilson," which he wrote and co-directed. In researching his family's ancestry, David learned of a plantation in North Carolina where his family was once enslaved, and subsequently discovered that the plantation is owned today by a 62-year-old white man - also named David Wilson - who is a direct descendant of his family's slave Master. This discovery leads to a momentous encounter between these two men who share the same name, but whose ancestors were on the opposite sides of freedom. In his interactive, multimedia lecture, David shows pivotal moments from the film, including his conversations with the white David Wilson, and discusses the state of race relations today, how we got here? both literally and figuratively- and where we're headed.

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Celebrating Faculty and Student Research

This year's Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, set for April 28
from 3-5 in the Gym Building, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Submissions are already coming in, and members of the College's Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, and Alumni Board have been invited to attend.

The event will feature the best examples of work that faculty and students in each discipline have produced in the 2009-10 academic year. Faculty are asked to identify student projects and other work for this event. Each discipline's standards of excellence are to be the guide for inclusion. Posters, book chapters, books, photographs, DVDs, and other media are welcome.

The timeframe for accepted work is May 1, 2009, to April 28, 2010.

To ensure that student and faculty work is included in the event and the booklet of exhibits, please submit project details and a 200-word abstract
(if that is appropriate) at

Abstracts are due no later than April 5.

Direct questions about the event to Bill Hansen, He is coordinating it for Academic Affairs.

Look for further details about the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity on FacStaff and upcoming editions of eNews.

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State Ethics Training - Due April 2

On July 1, 2009, Governor Patrick signed into law Chapter 28 of the
 Acts of 2009, An Act to Improve the Laws Relating to Campaign Finance,
Ethics and Lobbying (the "Bill"). The Bill contains mandatory ethics training requirements for all public employees and imposes certain related obligations on City and Town Clerks. The State Ethics Training must be completed on or before April 2, 2010. Click here for the test. At the end of the test you will receive an online receipt that acknowledges you took the test. Copy and paste the receipt into the following WSC site so that the college is aware that you have taken the test.

Employee Recognition Event
The annual Employee Recognition event, hosted by the Human Resources Office, will be held on May 12, at 3 p.m. in the Blue Lounge. This yearly event recognizes employee milestones and those who have retired and is open to the entire campus community. The Human Resources Office is in the process of putting together the program. A list is currently available of those who will be recognized at this year's event.

Visit for a PDF of the list. Please check the list for any errors and omissions. If you have changes, please contact Carol Faron at ext. 8666 or email at

Worcester "Give a Book" Drive
**Only a few weeks left - books will be picked up in the coming weeks.** The goal of the city-wide book drive is to collect K-8 level books for distribution by the Worcester Public Schools to students who don't have the means to obtain adequate books for summer reading. New or gently used books would be greatly appreciated. Books will be collected until the end of April in the Public Relations and Marketing Office (Admin Building, Room 212). If you have any questions or need a helping hand getting them to the office, please call 508-929-8018.

Explore Greece - June 2011
Embark on a journey worthy of Homer's epics on this quest to Greece. Travel through Athens, Olympia and Cape Sounion, and ascend the mythical mountain perches of Greek gods and their temples. Come face-to-face with ancient relics, stand where the first Olympic athletes competed and visit the site where the Oracle once foretold the future.

This EF Tours trip will be led by Dr. Judy Jeon-Chapman, WSC Dept. of World Languages, and is open to all members of the WSC community (students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni) and their guest(s).

Sign-up by March 31st and receive a $100 discount for early enrollment. Contact with any questions. Click here for a flyer with more information.

Better Than a Birthday Present
Need a unique gift for someone? Want something they'll remember? The WSC Chorale will sing a Birthday-Gram for that special someone. A 4-part harmony arrangement of Happy Birthday they will never forget. Price $20 on WSC Campus; $35 off-campus (within 20 miles of Worcester). To arrange, call Steve at 508-251-2303 or email

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

Dean Bank awards scholarships to local students

D'Amato is now attending Worcester State College where she
is majoring in nursing

Projecting poetry - Olson honored this week in the city

This year, and particularly this week, the Worcester County Poetry Association and others ... and performances Saturday evening at
Worcester State College. ...

Movers & Shakers from the March 29, 2010 Issue

Worcester State College has appointed CHARLES CULLUM as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Cullum currently works as associate provost and ...

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Tues., Mar. 30

Baseball vs.
Endicott College

Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.

3:30 p.m.

Softball vs.
Rhode Island College

Rockwood Field

5 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 31

Women's Lacrosse
vs. UMass Dart.

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Thus., Apr. 1

Maude Barlow
"The Global Water
Crisis and the
Coming Battle for
the Right to Water"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

1 p.m.

Baseball vs.
UMass Boston

Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.

3:30 p.m.

Scholarship App
and Essays Due by
5 p.m. to Fin. Aid.


Tues., Apr. 6

David Wilson:
"A Conversation
about Race
in America"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Film: Food Inc.
Sullivan 146
2:30 - 5 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 8

Nobel Peace Prize
Activist Wahu Kaar

Student Center
Blue Lounge

1 p.m.

Student Art Show
Opening Night

Ghosh, 1st Floor
5:30 - 7 p.m.


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