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May 2, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Selected as "Green College"
by the Princeton Review

WSU Named "Best College" For
Sixth Time by Worcester Magazine

Worcester State University to
Honor Distinguished Alumni

Nursing Symposium and
Dedication Slated for May 6

Students Urged to Imagine Their
Future at Dr. Aisiku Lecture

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Suzanne M. Buglione (Health Sciences & Sociology) co-presented a poster session at the 8th Excellence in Nursing Conference at the University of Massachusetts Medical School on April 26, 2011. The work, titled "Quality Improvement: Recruit, develop and retain qualified nursing faculty in Worcester, Mass." was co-authored by Suzanne Buglione, Elaine Parker, Mary K. Alexander (Nursing Emerita, WSU Foundation Board) and Robyn Leo (Nursing). The research is focused on the factors perceived by local faculty and potential faculty that influence decisions to pursue Nursing faculty positions and the pilot strategies selected to recruit, develop and retain qualified nursing faculty in Worcester.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is the author of "Bisphenol A: A Precautionary Approach" which was recently published in the AAOHN Journal. Professor Chalupka examines the controversy about human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical and building block for polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. BPA can be found in many products, including hard plastic water bottles, plastic baby bottles, pacifiers and baby toys, certain microwavable or reusable food and drink containers, the lining of metal food and drink cans, dental sealants, paints, adhesives, enamels, and health care devices. BPA is an endocrine disruptor (also known as an endocrine-disrupting chemical compound). Endocrine disruptors are exogenous substances that act like hormones in the endocrine system and disrupt the physiologic function of endogenous hormones. Although early research focused on the estrogenic effect of BPA and its ability to cause developmental and reproductive problems, more recent reports have suggested that even low doses of the chemical may, over time, damage the liver, disrupt the function of insulin-making cells in the pancreas, disrupt thyroid hormones, and promote obesity in humans.

Meghna Dilip (Chemistry) attended and presented an invited paper titled "Understanding separations through undergraduate research: Applications of ionic liquid based aqueous biphasic systems," at the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting in Anaheim, CA (March 27 - March 31). The paper included work done by WSU undergraduate students Keith Dusoe, Bradord Spencer and Mitch Sumner (Holy Cross).

David St. Martin (University Police) was re-appointed as a Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff through the Reserve Deputy Sheriff's Association on April 30, 2011. Reserve Deputies have all the powers, duties, authority, responsibility and honors of a Deputy Sheriff when called upon by the High Sheriff.

Caitlin Stover (Nursing) received a research grant from Sigma Theta Tau International Iota Phi Chapter at Large to support her current dissertation research, "Exploring health care experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students using community-based participatory research."

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The vision of the Sigma Theta Tau International is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world's people.

William Shakalis (Library) was inducted into the Inaugural Austin Preparatory School Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements in track. William was also recently accepted for the Fall semester into the PhD/Library and Information Science program at Simmons College, Graduate School of Information Science, Boston, Mass.

The Nursing Department would like to congratulate "Dr." Caitlin Stover. She successfully defended her dissertation on April 29 titled, "Health care experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual college students."

Congratulations to three sophomore nursing majors who were elected to positions on the Massachusetts Student Nurses Association (MASNA). Allison Mamishian (WSU-Student Nurses Association (SNA) president) was elected to the position of Community Outreach Chair. Stephanie Caldarola, (WSU-SNA Treasurer) was elected to the position of Representative Chair. Kaitlyn Blais (WSU-SNA historian/photographer) was elected to the position of Media Chair.

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WSU Students Attend State House Day

Students from the nine Massachusetts state universities, including Worcester State University, spent the day on Beacon Hill on Monday, April 25. Seven students from the Student Government Association traveled to the State House to speak with many of the Central Massachusetts Senators and Representatives on a variety of topics including the three amendments to the budget that would increase higher education funding.

Student Government Association (SGA) Advisor Josh Katz, far left, attended State House Day with SGA members, left to right, Senator Amber Connors, Senator Colleen McKenna, SGA President Dan Duclos, Senator Elora Orazio, Student Trustee Abby Chmielecki; FRONT ROW left to right, Senator Pat Hare and Senator Isaiah Goss. Not pictured Dr. Sibyl Brownlee.

Students from Over 20 Countries
to Receive IELI Certificates

The campus community is invited to attend the annual Intensive English Language Institute Certificate Ceremony on Friday, May at 9 a.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. The Ceremony will celebrate and confer certificates to students, from over 20 countries represented, who have passed their courses in the Intensive English program. Each year the highlight of the event is students who reflect on their experience in the program. At this year's event, a graduate of IELI, who is now a matriculated WSU student, will also speak. Dr. Charles Cullum will welcome and congratulate the IELI certificate recipients. After their completion of the IELI program, some students will matriculate at WSU, others will continue on in IELI, and others will return home.

SGA Surpasses Goal for 20th Auction

Thanks to the many generous contributions from the community and the hard work of the students, the Student Government Association (SGA) Auction Committee was able to meet and surpass their goal of $27,000. Between the auction night and additional fundraising events, students raised a total of $28,174 for Abby's House, Mustard Seed and Sherry's House. On April 26, the Auction Committee presented a check to representatives from each organization. Abby's House received $9,674, Mustard Seed - $9,049 and Sherry's House - $9,944.

Academic Achievement Awards

Hundreds of students, friends and family attended the annual Academic Achievement Awards ceremony at Mechanics Hall last Wednesday. Trustee and Worcester State Foundation Board member George Albro '65, M.Ed. '68 and Lillian Albro '65, M.Ed. '78, present their award for academic excellence in education to Katelyn Friend '12.

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Nominations Sought for Extraordinary Dedication Awards

Each year during our Opening Day Conference, we take a moment to recognize faculty and staff who go that extra mile for our students and colleagues. Recipients of the WSU Extraordinary Dedication Awards are nominated by their co-workers and have shown a consistent commitment to advancing the mission of the university.

Please consider nominating a colleague for this prestigious award. Nominations should be sent via email to or through campus mail until Friday, May 13, 2011. Please include information as to why you believe this individual is deserving of this honor.

Six individuals will be recognized in three categories: faculty, administrators (exempt and APA) and staff (AFSCME, Unit 1 and Unit 2). The nominees will be reviewed by a committee comprised of last year's recipients and their recommendation will be forwarded directly to me. Announcement of the awardees will be kept confidential until our program on Thursday, September 1, 2011.

Retirement and Employee Service
President Ashley invites the campus community to the annual Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Celebration and Reception on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Please RSVP to x8666 by May 4. Hot buffet to be served. To see a list of those who will be recognized, please click here or copy and paste the following url into your browser:

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Welcome to:

Michael Martin, Maintainer I/Facilities

Sean Marrier, Maintainer I/Facilities

Jodie McDaniel, Maintainer I/Facilities

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On the job: Cathleen M. Liberty, health agent,
town of Webster

Telegram & Gazette 5/2/11
"Worcester State (University). I just graduated (in 2008). I was a nontraditional student. ...I have two interns now from Worcester State with me, which is pretty exciting. I'm utilizing Worcester State to try to give back a little bit."

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 5/1/11
The Princeton Review has listed ... Worcester State University...among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. They were included in the just-released, second annual edition of the "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."

Strong heart for helping
Telegram & Gazette 4/28/11
Dr. Aisiku, one of several doctors working with Ms. Giffords, was in Worcester yesterday to speak at one of his alma maters, Worcester State University, and to present two research awards he established for biology majors there.

Board of Higher Education interviews WSU hopeful
Telegram & Gazette 4/27/11
The Board of Higher Education yesterday interviewed Barry M. Maloney, the candidate recommended by the Worcester State University trustees to become the school's new president. The board is expected to vote next week on whether to hire him.

Gardner's Slattery sets Lancers' saves record
Telegram & Gazette 4/27/11
Shaun Slattery saved both games for the visiting Lancers (21-10, 8-4 MASCAC), giving him eight saves this year and breaking the school record of seven set last year by Kevin Hayes.

Local Colleges Get Green Stamp Of Approval
Worcester Business Journal 4/26/11
Five local universities have made The Princeton Review's latest list of 311 Green Colleges. In Worcester...Worcester State University made the list. Framingham State University also joined the Central Massachusetts contingent in the directory.

Mayor's commission to help Latinos succeed
Worcester Magazine 4/20/11
The combination of high population growth and low academic achievement of Latino students has concerned many Worcester policy makers. Mary Jo Marion*, co-chair of the Mayor's Commission on Latino Excellence, reveals that poor Latino academic performance has future consequences. "In this economy, if you don't complete high school, you have no future," she asserts. "Close to half of Latinos in Worcester do not [finish school]. It is a crisis for the future of Worcester if there isn't an educated group contributing to the workforce." *Mary Jo Marion is the director of the Latino Education Institute.

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May 3

All Classes End

Poetry Reading
Student Center,
Fallon Room

7 p.m.

May 4

Reading Day

May 5-13

Final Exams

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.

May 6

Nursing Symposium
Ghosh Center
Room 102

3-8 p.m.

May 7

Bon Voyage Concert-
Germany Bound

All Saints
Episcopal Church
10 Irving Street

8 p.m.

May 8

Mother's Day
Singing Telegrams

Worcester Area


Wed., May 11

Central Mass Health
Literacy Symposium

Ghosh Science Center
5-7 p.m.

Thurs., May 12

Nurses Pinning

Sullivan Aud.
6 p.m.

Fri., May 13

Graduate School
Hooding Ceremony

Student Center
Blue Lounge &
Sullivan Aud.

5:15 p.m.

Sat., May 14

DCU Center
Click here for
Commencement day


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