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

May 3, 2010 

Around Campus
In the News


WSC to Award Honorary Degree to
Alumnus Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell
at 2010 Commencement

College to Honor Distinguished Alumni

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Steven H. Corey (Urban Studies) presented the paper "Banking on Brownfields, Landfills, and History: Toxic Waste and Urban Renewal in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1986-Present," and participated in a roundtable discussion "Teaching Urban Studies" with his colleague Professor Lisa Krissoff Boehm, at Reconsidering the City: A Conference on Urban History held at SUNY Fredonia, April 23-24, 2010. He also presented "Rambling Around and Rummaging Through Industrial Ruins: Active Learning and Environmental History," at the 2010 joint meeting of the American Society for Environmental History and the National Council of Public History in Portland Oregon, March 11-13, 2010.

Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) gave the invited lecture "Reconsidering the Second Great Migration: African American Women Reflect on their Journey, Work, and Urban Life," for the April 15 meeting of the Chicago Urban History Seminar at the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. On April 24, Krissoff Boehm presented her paper, "Reverend Charles A. Hill's Leftist-Activism on Behalf of African American Women Workers in Detroit, 1940-1943," as well as chairing a panel and speaking on a roundtable devoted to teaching urban history at the Reconsidering the City conference at SUNY Fredonia. She has also published a book review of the work by Timuel Black, Bridges of Memory: Chicago's Second Generation of Black Migration, Volume 2, Northwestern University Press, in the latest issue of the Oral History Review.

Rodney Oudan (Business Administration and Economics) recently had a paper published in the 2nd Quarter Spring 2010 issue of International Journal of Management & Information Systems (Volume 14, Number 2, pp19-26). The paper "Strategic Decision-Making in the Emerging Field of E-commerce" discusses how the nature of electronic commerce affects strategic decision-making. First, some features of electronic commerce are identified that distinguish it from traditional business- new markets and knowledge-based competition. This is followed by a review of literature on the theoretical background of e-commerce an academic consideration on what are e-commerce strategies. The paper analyzes some of the most common strategic tools used in decision-making, concepts for creating competitive advantage and value chains. Porter's Value Chain Theory, Five Forces Model is examined in the emerging world of e-commerce, as well as generic competitive strategies.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been accepted to exhibit her artwork the Panorama of Greek Printmaking in Thessaloniki, Greece. The show was organized by the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts.

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Worcester State Theatre announces
plays for 2010/2011

Worcester State Theatre and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts announce the plays for the 2010/2011 academic year.

The Fall production is William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. The power of Shakespeare's most political play lies in its continued pertinence to modern events. With Julius Caesar, a charismatic and controversial leader, set to gain power, a group of politicians plot his assassination, and rival factions vie for control of Rome.

Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman is the production for Spring 2011. Theresa, a successful journalist, goes on a couple of dates with Tony and decides that's enough. He doesn't take the hint and soon Theresa's life is spinning out of control. Rebecca Gilman takes us on a harrowing ride through the landscape of stalking, in this strikingly relevant, 21st century play.

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: November 18-21, 2010
Boy Gets Girl: April 14-17, 2011

For more info call Adam Zahler 508-929-8538.

Chartwells Brings Hollywood to WSC

As a way to say "thank you" to the students, the Chartwells team created a huge upscale event that brought Hollywood to Worcester on April 13. The Chartwells team spared no creative detail from decorations to an ice carving showcase.

The Hollywood menu included shrimp cocktail, hand crafted hors d? oeuvres, carved steamship of roast beef, crepe station, mocktail station, frozen drinks, chicken Oscar topped with fresh lobster, grilled pizza, burger slider bar, chocolate dipped strawberries and baked Alaska for desserts.

Over 750 faculty, staff and students attended the event including Chartwells Executive Vice President Greg Coady, who liked the idea so much that he is now making it a required event for all his regional accounts.

Did you know WSC Chartwells is on Facebook?
Click here to check out their page.

WSC Announces Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance

Dr. Ashley is pleased to announced the appointment of Dr. Calvin Hill as the Director of Affirmative Action and Compliance for the Office of Diversity.
Dr. Hill will begin May 24.

Hill, whose Ph.D. is in Political Science from Howard University, has 15 years of higher education administrative and teaching experience across nine colleges and universities in three states. He currently serves as the Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

Previously he had performed roles, with increasing responsibility, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he held the position of Director of Minority Affairs and then Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity Programs. Hill has also served as an adjunct professor since 2002 at many local colleges including WSC in the fall of 2007.

Academic Achievement Awards

Worcester State College President Janelle Ashley welcomed hundreds of students, friends and family to the annual Academic Achievement Awards ceremony at Mechanics Hall last Thursday. For details on all of the outstanding students recognized at the event, click here to see the program.

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Celebration of Scholarship and Research

Brian Burgess and Gretchen Milesi of the Speech Language Pathology Graduate program showcased their research project at the Third Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, last Wednesday. Under the guidance of Professor Ann Veneziano-Korzec (Communication Sciences
& Disorders), Brian and Gretchen travelled to public and private
kindergarten classrooms to teach children how to take care of their
ears and voice.

Over 125 student and faculty exhibits were featured. To read
abstracts on other projects, click here.

Spring 2010 Issue of Currents in Teaching and Learning Now Available

This is to announce the publication of the Spring 2010 issue of Currents in Teaching and Learning, Currents Volume 2, Number 2. To download a PDF file of either the full issue or individual articles, go to and click on the "Full Issue," or "Table of Contents" links under the announcement for the new issue.

You are invited to subscribe to Currents by going to our website and clicking on the "subscribe here" link. As a member of our listserv, you will be notified when each new issue becomes available online, and will receive our semi-annual Calls for Submissions.

Please forward this message to interested friends, colleagues, or students. We are piloting a new comment and discussion feature which you can access by clicking on the link at the end of the editorial on page 3, and we invite you to send us your feedback or to enter into discussion with the authors and fellow-readers.

We hope you enjoy the issue and will consider participating in Currents next year, whether by posting to our discussion group, submitting an essay or teaching report, writing a book review, or serving as a referee for submissions.

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Summer 2010 Author Institute

The Author Institute is held each year at the end of June and features notable and award winning authors who present to graduate students and teachers from across New England. It takes place over a one week period and features a different children's author each day. The presenters/authors work diligently to present not only their literature, but also a variety of genre's and literacy elements, ways to motivate and develop student interest in literature and authoring and formalizes teacher based activities and creativity for classroom use and interest in writing by both teachers and students.

The day consists of author presentations, background to the literature being presented, roundtable discussions and activities, personal insight into author process and life experience and author signing. Author and book interest and readability levels span from K through the middle grades/school. For more information, visit

Summer Camps
Athletics will once again host their annual All-Sports Camp and Girls Basketball Camp during the week of July 19-23. For more information on both camps, visit the Athletics website at

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She graduated from Worcester State College, works in human resources and is working on her...

Business People

The Better Business Bureau of Central New England ( has hired Meghann M. Zack of Worcester as director of business development and public relations. She has a...bachelor's degree in business management from Worcester State College.

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Wed., May 5

All Classes End

Just Dance!
Spring Show

Sullivan Aud.
7-9 p.m.

Thurs., May 6

Reading Day

25th Annual
Distinguished Alumni
Awards Ceremony

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6-9 p.m.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
Honor Society
Induction Ceremony

Student Center,
Foster Room

6:30-8 p.m.

Fri., May 7

Final Exams begin


May 10-14

Final Exams

Wed., May 12

Retirement and
Employee Service
Celebration &

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.

Thurs., May 13

Nurses Pinning
Sullivan Aud.
6-8 p.m.

Fri., May 14

Grad School
Hooding Ceremony

Student Center,
Blue Lounge
& Sullivan Aud.

5:15-8:15 p.m.

Sat., May 15

Helen G.
Building Dedication


3 p.m.

Sun., May 16

DCU Center


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