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April 25, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


CEO Dr. John Connolly to Serve as WSU
Commencement Speaker; Dr. William F. O'Neil to Receive 2011 Community
Service Award

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Peter Bradley (Biology) attended the 50th Northeast Algal Symposium over the weekend of April 15-17, held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Cape Cod. The theme of this year's symposium was "The past, present and future of Phycology." The "past" was presented by a new publication and all attendees received a copy: "A History of the Northeast Algal Society (NEAS)," 2011, second edition, by H. William Johansen (Clark University) and Peter M. Bradley (Worcester State University) 71 pages, ISBN 978-1460973202.

Rosemary Naughton (University Police) participated in a panel, "Recognizing Bullying," at the College of the Holy Cross on April 21. Additional panelists included Ellen Miller from the District Attorney's Office and Grace Blunt, director of Human Resources at Assumption College. The presentation was moderated by Tim Mines, general counsel of Holy Cross and was sponsored by the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium. The panel addressed concerns relative to workplace bullying, recognizing the difference between bullying and performance management (generational supervision), and bullying issues that affect employees outside of the workplace (e.g. children in school, social networking, etc.).

The Spring Conference of the New England Historical Association was held Saturday, April 16, at Worcester State University. Faculty participants from WSU included Lisa K. Boehm and Steven Corey (Urban Studies), Joseph Baratta, Bruce Cohen, Aldo Garcia Guevara, Michael Gesin, Tona Hangen, Peter Holloran, Tanya Mears, Emmett Shea, Charlotte Haller, and Robert Smith (History). Several WSU students, including James Flynn Jr. and Gina Lavallee helped at the registration desk. Provost Charles Cullum gave opening remarks and the Office of Academic Affairs presented a continental breakfast for all attendees. The conference was the 86th meeting of the NEHA and the first held at Worcester State University.

Stephen Healy (Physical/Earth Sciences) delivered a paper, "Science, Hysteria, and the Politics of Jouissance: The Promise of Psychoanalysis and Actor Network Theory," at the Association of American Geographers, as well as participating in and acting as chair on several panels that concerned sustainable economic development. Next month Professor Healy will be participating in the Historical Materialism conference at the New School in New York.

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WSU to Host Distinguished Lecture
by Alumnus Dr. Imo Aisiku on April 27

Worcester State University will be hosting Dr. Imo Aisiku, a member of the neurosurgical team leading the care for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, for a distinguished lecture titled "Developments in Medicine and Neuroscience: A Physician's Perspective" at 9 a.m. in the Fuller Theater located in the Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building.

Dr. Aisiku is a 1992 graduate of Worcester State, and credits our biology program with transforming his life's direction from the idea of becoming a law enforcement officer to pursuing a career in medicine. Dr. Aisiku likewise credits his medical school experience at UMass for his success in becoming a highly-skilled, renowned neurosurgeon with multiple degrees. Today, as director of neurocritical care at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann, Dr. Aisiku has claimed nationwide attention for his care of Rep. Giffords and her own transformative recovery.

Your attendance at this lecture is welcomed - if you are planning on attending please email Louise Taylor at

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Nursing Students Raise Money and Cut
Hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths Charity

After a suggestion from Cindy Donahue (Nursing), eight junior nursing students (including the class officers) grew their hair starting last April to donate to Pantene Beautiful lengths. They raised over $700 and donated several inches of hair to the cause. Pantene Beautiful Lengths encourages women and men to grow, cut, and donate their hair to make real hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. The following students are to be commended for their dedication to the cause.

Rachel Wormann
Lindsey Glass
Margaux Brosnahan
Mairead Coleman
Colette Goudreau
Lindsay Wilson
Krystal Calcano
Kathryn Christo

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Over 100 Faculty and Students present Scholarly and Creative Work

Student Wyatt Merrill (far right) showcased his research project, "Calculation of Quenching Fractions in Positronium Collisions," (faculty adviser Professor Sudha Swaminathan) at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, last Wednesday.

Over 80 faculty and students showcased posters in the Student Center Blue Lounge and Exhibit Area. This year's celebration included panel presentations that took place throughout campus and a performance from the WSU Jazz Band.

To read the abstracts on all the posters and presentations, visit the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity website.

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'Stand Against Racism' Event & Photo Opportunity

EVENT: 'STAND AGAINST RACISM' is a movement of the YWCAs with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life across the country to raise awareness that racism still exists. Worcester State University has joined this formal movement and has registered as a participating site in hosting a STAND AGAINST RACISM.

Third World Alliance and the Office of Affirmative Action & Compliance will be sponsoring a peaceful observation of this movement. The office has created a banner that states 'WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY TAKES A STAND AGAINST RACISM' and would like to invite the campus community come by and sign the banner on April 28 from 12-2 p.m., in the Student Center Exhibit Area. Snacks will be provided.

The banner will be brought to Worcester City Hall on April 29 from 3-5 p.m. for the Worcester Community's Public Stand.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The WSU Stand Against Racism group photo will take place on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. (estimated to take 15 - 20 min) on the steps of the Administration Building (Chandler Street side). Photo participants will receive a Stand Against Racism T-shirt (to be worn during photo). NOTE: sizes are limited first come first serve.

The Office of Diversity, Affirmative Action and Compliance is looking for approximately 20 faculty and staff to join in this photo opportunity. Please email if you are interested. The office will take the first 20 faculty and staff, and the first 25 - 30 students.

Annual Planning Calendar Meeting
The annual Planning Calendar meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 at 1 p.m. in the North/South Auditorium. Reserve rooms and dates for your events at this time. Representatives from student organizations and departments should bring dates (and alternate dates) for any events and meetings you would like to reserve space for during the 2011-12 academic year. Space reserved at this meeting will be put on hold and any events will be added to the Planning Calendar that is distributed to all student organizations and departments.

Podcasting Tutorial
Curious about what digital podcasting entails? Interested in creating a podcast of your very own to educate, inform and/or entertain via the World Wide Web? Join Julian Berrian (Communication) for an hour long tutorial and Q&A session which will cover the fundamentals and finer points of creating, uploading and publishing podcasts on a Mac-based platform. The tutorial and Q&A session will be held in Room 117 of Worcester State University's Learning Resource Center on Monday, May 2nd, from 3pm -
4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Communication Department's Center for Community Media, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julian Berrian at 508-929-8980.

EAP May Newsletter - Avoid Cyber Nightmares
The ESI Employee Assistance Group, a service/benefit accessible to all WSU employees, produces a monthly newsletter. Click here for their May issue or visit to learn more about what services they provide and/or previous newsletters.

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Geek God: Alan Turing gets his own play

Wicked Local Dedham
Five years ago, he became an assistant professor in the theater department at Worcester State University, and now he's directing Underground Railway ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 4/24/11
Almost half of those participating in athletics in fall 2010 at Worcester State University achieved a 3.0 grade-point or higher, and the university recently ...

Creen powers Lancers past Hawks
Telegram & Gazette 4/22/11
Worcester State 17, Becker 3: Sophomore Chris Creen fell a home run shy of the cycle as the Lancers (18-9) hit 10 doubles in defeating the visiting Hawks (17-8) at Tivnan Field.

Thai educators visit Douglas public schools
Blackstone Valley Tribune 4/22/11
Four educators from Thailand, accompanied by Dr. Margaret Kerr, Chemistry Professor from Worcester State University, visited Douglas Intermediate Elementary School and Douglas High School on Tuesday, April 12.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 4/21/11
John Connolly '62, Ed.D., who will serve as the keynote speaker at the commencement at Worcester State University, scheduled for noon May 14 at the DCU Center.

Baseball Frown Turned Upside Down
Telegram Towns-Rutland 4/21/11
Dr. Dirk Baker runs the baseball program at Worcester State University (formerly Worcester State College). Dr. Baker runs an amazing program there and his baseball clinics for kids are by far the best we've ever seen.

Tony Brown and Faro to perform at Worcester State University 4/20/11
Tony Brown, long-time Worcester, MA poet and slammer; and bass player, Steve Lanning-Cafara, known as 'Faro', will be performing amazing "Duende," original poems rapped smoothly to music, on Thursday, April 21, 2011 in the Fallon Room at Worcester State University from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Daddy did it
Telegram & Gazette 4/20/11
The first thing Worcester State senior Johno Hinkell does after every Lancers baseball game is call his 3-year-old son, Connor. Connor always starts the conversation with the same question -- "Daddy, did you hit a home run for me?" After last Thursday's game against Nichols, Hinkell drove out to North Adams, where Connor lives with his mom, to tell him the good news in person.

Grafton resident Kralian named women's field athlete of the week by MASCAC
The Daily Grafton 4/18/11
Grafton resident Mara Kralian, a junior at Worcester State University, has been named this week's MASCAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week for helping lead Worcester State at the MIT Spring Invitational.

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Wed., Apr. 27

Lecture with
Dr. Imo Aisiku - "Developments in
Medicine and
A Physician's

Fuller Theater
Please RSVP with
Louise Taylor at
or 508.929.8033
9 a.m.

Cheaper By
The Hour

Book Lecture

Sullivan Building
Room 326

2:30 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Newbury College

Lake Park/
Tivnan Field

Hamilton St. &
Lake Ave.
4 p.m.

Poetry Reading
Student Center,
Fallon Room

7 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 28

'Stand Against

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

Noon-2 p.m.

Concert of Classical
Guitar Music

Fuller Theater
8 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 29

Dance Company 10th
Anniversary Show

Sullivan Aud.
7 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 30

Baseball vs.
Mass Maritime

Lake Park/
Tivnan Field

Hamilton St. &
Lake Ave.

Softball vs.
Mass Maritime

Rockwood Field

Chorale in Concert
Brookfield Unitarian
9 Upper River Street
On the Common
Brookfield, Mass

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sun., May 1

Dance Company 10th
Anniversary Show

Sullivan Aud.
11 a.m.

Baseball vs. MIT
Lake Park/Tivnan Field
Hamilton St./Lake Ave

1 p.m.

Choruses of Worcester
Consortium present:
The Armed Man,
A Mass for Peace

Mechanics Hall
321 Main St.

4:30 p.m.


Tues., May 3

All Classes End

Poetry Reading
Student Center,
Fallon Room
7 p.m.

Wed., May 4

Reading Day

May 5-13

Final Exams

Thurs., May 5

Film & Conversation
with Filmmaker

Ghosh Center
Room 102

5:30 p.m.
Ticket Info

Student Recital
Administration Bldg
Fuller Theater

7 p.m.

Fri., May 6

Nursing Symposium
Ghosh Center
Room 102

3-8 p.m.

Sat., May 7

Bon Voyage Concert-
Germany Bound

All Saints
Episcopal Church
10 Irving Street

8 p.m.

Sun., May 8

Mother's Day
Singing Telegrams

Worcester Area


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