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May 9, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


Barry Maloney to Serve as 11th President

WSU Student Among 29 to be Honored
by Governor Patrick at State House

Softball Captures First-Ever
MASCAC Championship

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Linda Fuller (Professor Emerita, Communication) recently edited Tsunami Communication (Hampton Press, 2010). Professor Champika Soysa (Psychology) was a contributor to the book.

Kat O'Connor (Visual and Performing Arts) had two paintings accepted to The Cultural Arts Alliance of Hopkinton's Arts in Bloom exhibit. Her oil painting, Adjust, won first place. The juror was Deborah Davidson.

Ellen Rearick (Nursing) recently received a research grant from Sigma Theta Tau International Iota Phi Chapter-at-Large to support her dissertation research, "Parents of Children Newly Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes: Experiences with Social Support and Family Management." 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

Mark Wagner (IELI) will chair the Stanley Kunitz panel at the 22nd Annual American Literature Association Conference May 24-26 in Boston. Panelists include Dr. James Colcola of WPI and Dr. Judith Ferrara (Retired: Fitchburg State).

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Outreach to Teach:
Chandler Magnet School Library Makeover

Martha M. Scheffer, Education Department

Many thanks to the numerous individual students, pre-service teachers, student groups, and athletes who volunteered their time on Saturday, April 16th. to renovate the library at Chandler Magnet School. The Worcester State University (WSU) Student Education Association of Massachusetts (SEAM) organized this community service outreach project under the auspices of the National Education Association (NEA). Each year SEAM chooses a high-need public school to revitalize. This year Chandler Magnet School was chosen not only because of its socio-economic status, but also because it is a Professional Development School for the WSU Education Department. Additional thanks go to the WSU Alumni Association's Advisory Board for providing grant funds to purchase new book collections and match book donations. A shelf will be dedicated to WSU Alumni when the library reopens in the fall.

Reaching Out to Veteran Students
Sheila Jones, Office of Student Affairs

One of the tasks completed at the 2010 Student Affairs Spring Retreat was setting up working groups within the division. Staff indicated interest in, and were assigned to, one of the following committees: Hospitality; Professional Development; Policy Development; Bridging the Gap and the Committee to Build WSU as a Veteran Friendly Campus.

The Student Affairs Veterans' Committee, with James Mournighan, chair, Sheila Jones, Ruth McGinn and Laura Murphy, has grown beyond Student Affairs and now also includes Andrea Bilics (Center for Teaching and Learning/OT), Cindy Donohue (Nursing), Christopher Dooley (Admissions), Alan Jackson (Facilities) and Cherie Milosh (Certifying Agent/Registrar's Office). The Committee's first goal was to reach out to our Veteran students and assist them in organizing a Student Government recognized group on campus. The committee composed an on-line survey and e-mailed it to student veterans to gauge support for a student-led veterans' organization on campus. With the assistance of Tim Sullivan (Student Activities) some veteran students set up an information table in the Sullivan T, collected names of interested students, faculty and staff and are working on developing a special interest club for the fall.

Another outreach project was to send packages of useful items to our current students who have had to delay their educational plans because of military deployment. On April 26 the committee got together to package up the items donated by the campus community and they were mailed to our students last week. A grant from the WSU Alumni Association's Advisory Board, which was greatly appreciated, will fund this project. Thank you all for your generosity and support.

Eighteen Students Inducted Into WSU
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Bobbi Kyle, Graduate and Continuing Education

On Thursday, May 5, the Worcester State University Lambda Kappa chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society held its 2011 induction ceremony. Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society that recognizes students who attend a significant number of classes during the evening and who earn a grade point average of 3.7 or higher after 30 credits or more at the university.

This year's inductees have demonstrated leadership and scholarship while balancing academics, home and family, their professional lives and community involvement. Dr. Bobbi Kyle, chapter councilor and associate dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, welcomed the students and conducted the induction ceremony. Dr. William H. White, associate vice president for Continuing Education and Outreach and Dean of the Graduate School, spoke to the students about the importance of sharing their education with the community and the world. The following students were inducted at this year's event: Noera Alam, John F. Armstrong, Kristine L. Caveney, Kelly Marie Giorgi, Maryann J. Jackson, Aliona Jordhani, Ahenebah Nez Lane, Beth H. Posner-Waldron, Gregory K. Shuler and Carolyn J. Wilcomb. Also inducted, but unable to attend the ceremony were: Ana K. Coulouras, Rasheeda S. Denning, Donna Campanale Dunkum, Jason Hall, Katie E. Joyce, Paul Lenkarski, Grazyna Mieczkowska and Diana Shannon Salathe.

Nursing Department Named in
Honor of Founder Lillian Goodman

On Friday, May 6, WSU recognized National Nurses Day and the 35th anniversary of the Department of Nursing's Inaugural Graduating Class with a Nursing Symposium and dedication of the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Department of Nursing in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center.

The Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department Naming Initiative has established an endowed fund that will provide support for undergraduate nursing student research, faculty development and other creative endeavors for generations to come.

Goodman, widely recognized for her visionary leadership in nursing education, was the founder and chair of the WSU Nursing Department from 1973 to 1991.

Lecture Series to Address Current State of Health Literacy in Central Massachusetts
The WSU Master of Science in Nursing Program and the Central Massachusetts Health Literacy Project will be hosting the first in a
series of lectures addressing the current state of health literacy in Central Massachusetts on Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m. in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center.

Introduction to the Central Massachusetts Health Literacy Project
Bet Key Wong, MS, RN, MSN (c)
Lahey Clinic, Department of Nursing


Current Health Literacy Legislation and Policies
Affecting Health Care Organizations

Fredrik Oestberg, RN, BSN, MSN (c)
Worcester State University, Department of Nursing

Challenges and Innovative Solutions for Educating
Self-Care Skills to Deaf and Low Literacy Clients

Gregory K. Shuler, RN, MSN (c), BC
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse
Deaf Unit Charge Nurse, Worcester State Hospital

Moderated by Professor Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHN Coordinator, Master of Science in Nursing Program.

This symposium is supported by a micro-grant from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) Paul Ambrose Scholars Program, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Worcester State University, Master of Science in Nursing Program.

Registration and contact info @ or Registration is free to the public. 2.0 Contact Hours awarded through MAPHN. MAPHN is a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by MARN an accredited approver by ANCC.

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Sixteen Students Present at Statewide
Undergraduate Research Conference

Josna Rege, Associate Professor, English; WSU Campus Contact,
Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference

Christina Foley (left), Professor Elizabeth Wark (middle) and Jessica LaVoice at the
17th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.
For more images from the event click here.

On Friday, April 22, sixteen students presented their research at the 17th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst. Seven students gave papers and nine gave poster presentations, sponsored by eight WSU faculty members from five different departments.

Maureen Carroll (faculty sponsor: Stephen Healy, Geography), presented a paper titled, "Empowering Development: Strategies for building functional group spaces in worker cooperatives." Professor Douglas Frink, also of the Geography Department, attended the conference in her support.

Sociology student Gary A. Marinin (faculty sponsor: Matthew Johnsen) gave a presentation titled, "Poverty and Inequality."

Jessica L. LaVoice and Christina M. Foley presented a paper on "The Financial Literacy of College Students." They were sponsored by Elizabeth Wark and Janice Yee of the Business Administration and Economics Department. Also in Economics, Brendan Hannen (faculty sponsor, William O'Brien) gave a presentation titled, "The Predictive Power of the U.S. Auto Market."

In Chemistry, Jonathan M. Gorky (faculty sponsor: Eihab Jaber) presented on "Thermodynamics of the Bifurcated Hydrogen Bonding Formations of Guanine Tetrameres" and in the same session, Mitchell J. Sumner, a Holy Cross student studying with Professor Meghna Dilip, presented "Partitioning Heavy Metals Using Aqueous Biphasic Systems."

Several Chemistry students also gave poster presentations of their research. Professor Eihab Jaber sponsored the following students:

    Kweku Acquah, "Stabilization Studies of Metal-Chelating
    Complexes via Computational Method"

    Nicole M. Hanna, "Metal Chelating Molecular Modeling of
    N,N'-di-2-picolyl-1,3-Propanediamine Structures"

    Kyle C. O'Donnell, "A Computational Study on the Formation
    of Carbon Monoxide Polymeric Chains"

    Nitya L. Durvasula (Holy Cross), "Molecular Modeling of
    Catalytic Ozone Destruction by the Hydroxyl Radical"

    Elias D. Morroe, "Computational Analysis of the
    Confirmation of Heme iHemoglobin"

Also in Chemistry, Professor Meghna Dilip sponsored:

    Bradford Spencer, "Partitioning of metals using ionic
    liquid based aqueous biphasic systems"

    Jonathan M. Parrella, "Caffeine Extraction Using Supercritical CO2"

    Keith Dusoe, "Solvatochromic Studies of Salt-salt
    Aqueous Biphasic Systems"

Psychology student Leah M. Ritacco, sponsored by Professor Seth Surgan, gave a poster presentation of her research titled, "Gendered Patterns of Facebook Usage: An Analysis of Social Capital."

Congratulations to all the energetic and articulate student participants and to their faculty sponsors.

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Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Celebration

President Ashley invites the campus community to the annual Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Celebration and Reception on Wed.,
May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. 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:

Salient Point Exhibition Opening Reception
The Worcester Center for Crafts invites the WSU Community to the annual exhibit of Resident Artists work. The Opening Reception is Thursday, May 12, 5-8 p.m., in the Krikorian Gallery of the Worcester Center for Crafts. For more information, click here.

IUI Elder Registration: Fall 2011
The Intergenerational Urban Institute will be hosting Elder Registration for fall classes on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 from 12-3 p.m. WSU generously offers free tuition courses (on a space available basis) to Massachusetts residents age 60 and older. Proof of age required: driver's license, birth certificate or senior ID.

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Orientation for elders sponsored by the Intergenerational Urban Institute (IUI). Meet and greet other "life-long learners." Get updates on IUI programs on and off campus and learn more about a Certificate in Aging Studies. The IUI team will help with course selections and registration forms.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Registration in the Registrar's Office, Room 107, Helen Shaughnessy Administration Bldg.

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Lancers win first MASCAC softball title

Telegram & Gazette 5/9/11
Worcester State 2, Westfield State 1: Tournament MVP Michaella Mahoney pitched a three-hitter and Aimee Lamoureux lined a two-run triple to lead the Lancers in the MASCAC Tournament championship game in Westfield.

Second Seeded Worcester State Captures First MASCAC Softball Tournament Title With 2-1 Victory Over Top Seeded Westfield State In 2011 Championship Game 5/8/11
Tournament MVP Michaella Mahoney pitched a three-hitter and Aimee Lamoreaux lined a two-run triple to lead Worcester State University to a 2-1 victory over Westfield State University in the championship game of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) softball tournament.

Lancers, Westfield St. tied in suspended semi
Telegram & Gazette 5/8/11
Worcester State 14, Salem State 0; Worcester State 7, Westfield State 7 (suspended): Senior Bobby DeVito of Webster pitched a three-hit shutout and senior Nick Fluegge of Ware was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs as the second-seeded Lancers (23-13) staved off elimination by beating the fourth-seeded Vikings (16-20) in a MASCAC tournament elimination game in Westfield.

Jackson is Weekley twin
Telegram & Gazette 5/8/11
Jackson, 26, grew up in Columbus, Ohio, moved to Deerfield 12 years ago and played golf for a year at Worcester State before turning pro. He passed his player-ability test on his first try at Green Hill in September of 2009. ...

Lancers blow away Salem
Telegram & Gazette 5/6/11
Worcester State 8, Salem State 0: Michaella Mahoney of Shrewsbury tossed her sixth shutout of the season, and the second-seeded Lancers (25-10) erupted for seven runs in the fifth inning in a mercy-rule-shortened victory over the third-seeded Vikings ...

Maloney confirmed as WSU president
Telegram & Gazette 5/3/11
The state Board of Higher Education today unanimously approved the ...
of Barry M. Maloney as the new president of Worcester State University. ...

Nursing a strong partnership
Telegram & Gazette 5/4/11
According to The Research Bureau 44 percent of our region's workforce is employed in either higher education or health care Worcester State University and ...

College musicians rise to 'Armed Man'
Telegram & Gazette 5/3/11
...and a superbly trained chorus of 268 college students from Anna Maria, Assumption, Clark, Holy Cross, Worcester State and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Making words worthwhile
Worcester Magazine 4/29/11
The workshop will benefit both men and women. According to director of Domestic Violence Services for the YWCA Ginger Navickas, the idea for this series started about four years ago, with the first Women Authors night, the brainchild of Dr. Jean King of UMass Medical School and professor Kristin Waters of Worcester State University, along with their committee. It was designed to literally celebrate women's words.

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Wed., May 11

Central Mass Health
Literacy Symposium

Ghosh Science Center
5-7 p.m.

Thurs., May 12

Softball vs.
Rhode Island College

First-Round NCAA

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


Sat., May 21

Reunion Festivities

Fri., Jun. 3

Young Alumni
Red Sox Event

Sat., Jun. 4

80s and 90s
Reunion Event

Mon., Jun. 13

WSU Board of
Trustees Meeting

Student Center,
Foster Room

6:30 p.m.

Jun. 23

Author Institute
Dates: June 23,
24, 27, 28, 29

Mon., Jun. 27

18th Annual Alumni
Scholarship Golf

Wed., Aug. 31

IUI Elder Registration for Fall Classes


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