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May 16, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


Worcester State Celebrates First
Graduating Class as a University

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Congratulations to:

Dr. Allison Dunn of Physical Earth Sciences and Dr. Caitlin M. Stover,
M.S. '07, '08, of Nursing; both received the George I. Alden Excellence
in Teaching Award.

Vice President of the Class of 2011 Elizabeth A. Bitar received
the Ella M. Whitney Award.

Senior Librarian Krishna DasGupta was recognized with emeritus status.

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Criminal Justice National Honor
Society Inducts 19 Students

Stephen A. Morreale, Criminal Justice

On April 26, 2011, 19 Criminal Justice students were inducted in to the Lambda Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice National Honor Society. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes students who achieve a 3.2 GPA or higher after 30 credits have been earned at WSU.

This year's inductees demonstrated leadership and scholarship while balancing academics, home and family, and their work lives. Dr. Stephen A. Morreale, chapter advisor, welcomed the students, family and friends and conducted the induction ceremony. Dr. Robert Brooks, Criminal Justice chair, offered words of encouragement and pride and spoke to the students about the importance of taking advantage of their education and inspiring social change.

The following students were inducted at the 2011 induction:

Tina Brideau, Adam Hiatt, Samantha Celko, Kristopher LaCroix, Ryan Clark, Samuel Loretta, Steven Delage, Shannon Mayhew, Frank Deluca, Christopher Miller, Alyssa Eveland, Rebecca Mullen, Taylor Fritschy, Matthew Place, Andrew Frigon, Stephanie Smith, Carl Herrera, Brian Soscia and Gilbert Ynastroza.

Several CJ students remain active members and were inducted last year in the Charter member induction including:

Elizabeth Bitar, Ashley Bornstein, Michael Deveau, Scott Ellis, Matthew Fallon, Nathan Hawkins, Emily Lanier, Katie Palmieri and Allyson Pereira.

WSU Student Brings Art to Vacant
Business Windows in Worcester

Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Visual and Performing Arts

Bethany Strothers (VPA '12), has curated this semester's art show for the Worcester Windows Program. Worcester Windows is currently managed by The Gallery at Worcester State University and uses vacant downtown business windows as exhibition venues for area artists and Worcester State University students. Bethany has worked with the Worcester Arts Council representative Erin Williams, and Professor Catherine Wilcox-Titus, and Gallery volunteer Howard McGinn '83, to install over 47 works by 40 artists. This semester's theme was Dreaming in Color, and the artists responded by submitting work that celebrated the return of the colors of spring and summer. This cycle of Worcester Windows includes an installation of art work in the windows of 44 Front Street by Worcester State University students Erin Buckley, Nicholas Charette, Alexandria DeRosa, Kayla Feist, Tiffany Hatstat, and Aida Rodriguez.

Bethany was successful in expanding the locations to include a beautiful side window at the Hanover Theatre, Z Café (389 Main St.), Theatre Café (529 Main St.), and Bay State Savings (32-26 Franklin St.), as well as our usual windows at Commerce Bank (386 Main St.), the Department of Developmental Services (24 Southbridge Services), and Worcester Credit Union (315 Main St.) and others.

In addition, the Gallery has extended exhibition venues to include interior venues. With assistance from Professor Wilcox-Titus and Howard McGinn, our first art concentrator in the VPA major, Emily Nelson, installed 28 works at the Worcester Academy of Music (11 Irving Street) for her Senior Thesis exhibition. The director of the Academy, Sarah Kelly, has generously partnered with Worcester State University to allow students to use the walls and spaces of the practice rooms for the exhibition of their art. The public is invited to go to the Academy during normal business hours to view the work.

This cycle of Worcester Windows will be on view until the end of July. The next cycle will an invitational art exhibition in the above venues and will be available until Dec. 1st. Please take some time to enjoy the art in the downtown businesses of the Worcester Windows Program presented by the Gallery at Worcester State University.

Campus Community Takes
a STAND Against Racism

Third World Alliance, Office of Multicultural Affairs,
Office of Affirmative Action and Compliance

In collaboration with the YWCA, Third World Alliance, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Affirmative Action & Compliance participated in a nation-wide effort to STAND Against Racism. STAND is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through this annual event. On Thursday, April 28, these offices held a public speak-out in the Exhibit Area of the Student Center, inviting students, faculty, and staff to sign a "Stand Against Racism" banner, perform poetry and or spoken word. Over 100 members of the WSU community participated.

On Friday, April 29, the YWCA of Central Massachusetts and its participating sponsors held their annual public stand. Members of the community gathered at Worcester's City Hall and enjoyed spoken word and dance performances from local activist groups. Local Worcester Public School students also performed their dance routines to select music and themes. Third World Alliance proudly held the Worcester State University banner throughout this event.

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University Police Offering R.A.D. Classes

The Worcester State University Police Department is offering a R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) class to any female WSU faculty and staff. The class is limited to 12 people. First come, first serve will be utilized. There is no cost to the participant. Sgt. Portalatin (University Police) is presenting this class with the help of staff member Kim Albro (Psychology). The class will take place over the course of six days: May 24, 26, 31, June 2, 7 and 9 from 5-7 p.m. in LRC 116. If interested please e-mail

"PowerPoint Basics 2010" Workshop at WSU
Roberta Sibulkin will be offering a workshop for faculty and staff members of the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium at WSU on PowerPoint Basics 2010 on Thursday, May 19 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Business & Economics Computer Lab (Sullivan 206). The workshop introduces the skills necessary to create a basic PowerPoint presentation using standard design methods. Click here for more information and the registration form.

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 G. Shaughnessy Administration Bldg.

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'Change' is theme for WSU grads

Telegram & Gazette 5/15/11
Change was the focus of yesterday's Worcester State University commencement exercises at the DCU Center.

Here and There 5/15/11
Worcester State University seniors Michaela Mahoney of Shrewsbury and Corey McDonald of Hudson swept softball and baseball Player of the Year honors in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Eagles season ends in Providence 5/14/11
Husson University fell 10-2 to Worcester State in six in game five at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship...

Hazards of Bed Bugs' and of Getting Rid of Them
PLoS Blog :: Diverse Perspectives on Science and Medicine 5/11/11 fact almost none of these chemicals have been tested on humans,"  says Stephanie Chalupka, an environmental and occupational health expert in Massachusetts at Worcester State College and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston

Loaded Lancers set for tourney
Telegram & Gazette 5/11/11
Aimee Lamoureux delivered the winning hit for Worcester State in its MASCAC tournament championship victory over Westfield State...

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Thurs., May 19

PowerPoint Basics
2010 Workshop

Sullivan Room 206
12:30-3:30 p.m.

May 21-22

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

Jun. 27-30

Summer Content

Number and Operations
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
More Info

July 6-8

Summer Content

Where Content
Meets Pedagogy

More Info

July 18-22

Girls Basketball
Camp @ WSU

Ages 7-16
More Info

Wed., Aug. 31

IUI Elder Registration
for Fall Classes


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