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January 19, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Hosts 17th Annual
Rev. Dr. King Jr. Youth Breakfast

WSU and MCPHS to
Announce Joint Agreement

$125K Boston Foundation Grant Supports
New "Vision" For MA Public Higher Ed

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Beth Axelson (Admissions) has been invited to be a member of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education College Participation Advisory Group. The group will advise on the development, communication and implementation of statewide college readiness and college participation goals, objectives, strategic initiatives and policies that intersect both the K-12 and higher education sectors and would make recommendations concerning: alignment of high school graduation and college entrance requirements, implementation of new higher education admissions standards, advancement of college connected activities along the pre-postsecondary continuum, definition and communication of college readiness, advancement of college (participation) knowledge and approaches to raise college participation rates among targeted population subgroups.

Shiko Gathuo (Urban Studies) published a review of Paul Giffords's book, Christianity, Politics and Public Life in Kenya (Columbia University Press, 2009). The review appeared in the African Studies Review, (Dec. 2010),
Vol. 53, No. 3.

Joseph Klimavich (adjunct, Communication) was recently honored by the Mohegan Council, Boy Scouts of America, with their Spotlight on Leadership award during their 100th Anniversary gala at Mechanics Hall. Click here for Telegram's coverage of the event.

Caitlin Stover (Nursing) published a paper, "Use of a Confluent Education Strategy to Develop Empathy in Nursing Students" in the Journal of Nursing Education (Dec 2010). The paper was published in the innovative teaching strategy section of the journal. Professor Stover discusses the use of a simulated teaching activity to increase empathy in nursing students. Focused on patients who have an ostomy, this activity discusses the use of other innovative strategies to address the emotional needs of patients in nursing care.

Adam Zahler (Visual and Performing Arts) participated in the Directors Roundtable at Central Square Theater in Cambridge. The Directors Roundtable was a two hour, in-depth discussion with the Artistic Directors of The Nora Theater and Underground Railway Theater about the the present state and possible future course of theatre in Greater Boston. Adam joined Bridget O'Leary of New Repertory Theatre; freelance director and adjunct professor at UMass Boston, Daniel Gidron; and the Director of BU's School of Theatre and Artistic Director of the Olney Theatre, Jim Petrosa.

The Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has awarded the Occupational Therapy Department a 10-year certificate of accreditation. We are especially pleased and proud the Council recognized the strengths of the program and awarded the longest accreditation period available. The occupational therapy faculty and staff thank all of those who supported us in the reaccreditation process. - Joanne Gallagher (Occupational Therapy)

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WSU Women's Hoop Team Hosts "Math
Madness" Event for Local School Children

The Worcester State University women's basketball team hosted more than 600 local students at a "Math Madness" event at their basketball game on January 5 vs. Western New England College.

The event was designed to offer the students an opportunity to work on math skills while enjoying a college basketball game.

The Worcester State University Athletics, Math and Education Departments coordinated the event.

Prior to the game, all students received a grade-appropriate math packet with questions pertaining to the women's basketball game. Students answered questions on scores, court dimensions, player statistics, and other math equations.

The students from May Street School, Chandler Magnet School and Forest Grove Middle School joined their teachers and principals at the event. They also had the opportunity to meet players from both teams following the game.

Junior Kaleigh Charette (Worcester, MA) notched 20 points and eight rebounds while senior Kathleen Foley (Hudson, NH) drained 15 points as they both helped lead Worcester State to a 67-60 victory over Western New England.

Annual Christmas Toy Drive
Distributes over 5000 Toys to Children

(Left to Right: Paul LaCava, Tommy Donoghue, Bobby Price, President Janelle Ashley, Santa, Gilbert Figueroa, Laura Jette, Molly McCullough, and David Tivnan)

Worcester State University President Janelle Ashley and WSU Alumnus Paul LaCava helped to deliver toys to more than 100 children at St. Mathew's Church, Tuesday December 21, in Worcester as part of a toy drive organized by the Plant a Seed Foundation. Over 5000 toys are being distributed throughout the community as part of the annual toy drive event that began when LaCava (Class of 1977) began collecting toys for children when he was a student at Worcester State College. This year's drive surpassed last year's drive by more than 1000 toys. WSU was one of more than 30 collection sites for the toy drive around the community. Worcester Firefighters Bobby Price and Gilbert Figueroa helped Santa distribute toys to the children.

Plant a Seed Foundation Vice President Tommy Donoghue said the need this year was great. "We could see that a lot of working families are really struggling to make it," he observed. "The need gets greater every year." President Molly McCullough said the toy drive is just part of what the organization does. In addition to the toy drive, Plant a Seed collects school supplies for children, funds summer camp opportunities, and many other initiatives.

Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA) Director Grace Carmark was also on hand for the toy distribution at St. Mathew's for families at the Village, a homeless shelter for families operated by CMHA. She said CMHA works with Plant a Seed Foundation in many other ways to support families. "For example," she said, "We had a mom who was going to school for phlebotomy. She secured an internship, but just could not afford the uniform. We were able to help pay for that. Sometimes it is something seemingly small like that, or the cost of textbooks that make a real difference in moving families to self-sufficiency."

Planting the Seed Foundation is a 100% volunteer, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and their families. For more information, visit:

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Special Pricing on Tickets to Opening Night of Mamma Mia!

The Office of Institutional Advancement has a limited number of tickets available for purchase to the opening night of Mamma Mia! at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, January 21, 2011. Tickets for this event are located in the Orchestra Rear Left section and include a pre-show Viennese dessert buffet at 6:30 p.m. This special ticket package, valued at $80/person, is available to you for $60/person. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund. For more information contact Nicole Losavio at 508-929-8279 or

Student Career Networking Event
ATTENTION FACULTY: Please announce this event to your students.

The Offices of Alumni Affairs and Career Services are once again holding their "Career Driver Game of Life" N.A.S.C.A.R. networking event. This is a chance for students to learn how to manage their career and internship application process and decisions, meet key alumni mentors, and receive tips for a successful job/internship search.

Event Race Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011; Race Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Track Location: Student Center, Blue Lounge; Qualifying Drivers: All WSU Students. Students can sign-up by contacting Marcia Eagleson via email at, phone 508-929-8072, or stop by the Career Services Office located in Room 300 of the Student Center by Thursday, February 10, 2011.

CSCLE Has a New Home
The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement has now moved to the LRC325. Stop by and visit! Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook.

Travel with the Chorale to Germany
A few spots remain open on the trip/concert tour of Germany (Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig) with the WSU Chorale this spring, May 16-24, 2011. They will be trying to fill those spots by the end of January. Fellow-travelers who come with the Chorale always have a wonderful time. Music opens some doors that are not always available on group tours. If you would like information on the itinerary, costs, etc. it is not too late. Please email Christie Nigro at and she will send information out to you.
 Don't miss out on this trip, which is shaping up to be one of the best ever!

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Welcome to:

Sarah Whitney, Clerk III/Admissions

William Shakalis, Assistant Librarian, Library

New Appointment

At the November Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to appoint
Lori Dawson, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Best wishes in retirement to:

Louise Storey, Director of Procurement/Business Manager,
Administration and Finance. Louise has been with the WSU
community since 2005.

Krishna DasGupta, Senior Librarian, Library.
Krishna has been with the WSU community since 1969.

Kevin Kristolaitis, Head of Grounds, Facilities.
Kevin has been with the WSU community since 1999.

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Agreement aids students

Telegram & Gazette 1/18/11
A new agreement will allow nursing students to start their studies at Worcester State University and finish up at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Honoring MLK
Telegram & Gazette 1/16/11
It was the 17th year the college hosted the event. More than 300 local students and their families attended and were treated to a large, traditional breakfast and music and drama presentations.

Lancers sharp, upend Rams
Telegram & Gazette 1/16/11
Monte Goodwin scored 23 points, Dave Douillette added 14 points and 15 rebounds, and the visiting Lancers (3-12, 1-2) built a 41-25 halftime lead and shot 30 of 58 from the field to post their first MASCAC victory of the season.

New year, busy year for New Works winner
Newburyports Arts Blog 1/9/11
Shea, who took her doctorate in theater education at New York University in
1984, 'dabbled' at playwriting while teaching at Worcester State College, but ? decided to go at it in a more...

Math Madness - Sports Stats Hold a Key to Mathematics
Telegram & Gazette 1/6/11
Local students worked on their math skills during the WSU women's game against Western New England College. More than 500 students from Chandler, May Street, Forest Grove Middle schools participated.

People to Watch in 2011 - Allie Simone
Pulse Magazine 1/11/11
Simone, a resident of West Boylston with a degree in business from Worcester State College, began working at WARL as an undergrad. She loved the animals and her work ethic helped her move up quickly through the ranks.

Kidney saved many
Telegram & Gazette 12/30/10
They both were Worcester State Teachers College students and another Worcester State student who worked at the newsstand introduced them, because she knew ...

World's first organ donor dies at 79
Boston Globe 12/29/10
A few months earlier, he had started attending Worcester State College. "It was just one of those things that was kind of out of this world, I thought," he ...

WSU president, alumnus help with toy delivery
Telegram & Gazette 12/28/10
Worcester State University President Janelle Ashley and alumnus Paul LaCava helped deliver toys to more than 100 children at St. Mathew's Church yesterday as part of a toy drive organized by the Plant a Seed Foundation.

Getting in: The college-application process
Telegram & Gazette 12/26/10
Winter vacation brings holiday gifts, family gatherings, and for at least 69 percent of the nation's high school seniors, a last push to finish college applications due next month.

Worcester State search heats up next month
Telegram & Gazette 12/19/10
Candidates to be the next president of Worcester State University have until Jan. 28 to submit their applications, according to an advertisement from the board of trustees.

Lancers score a difficult hat trick
Telegram & Gazette 12/14/10
When the 2010-11 college hockey season started, Worcester State coach John Guiney was not quite sure what to expect. He and assistant coaches John Coughlin and Marvin Degon had worked hard to bring in new players who, they hoped, would bring a new, hardworking attitude to the Lancers.

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Thurs., Jan. 20

Ice Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Horgan Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North,
Auburn, MA

5:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 22

Ice Hockey vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Horgan Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North,
Auburn, MA

4:30 p.m.


Mon., Jan. 24

Board of
Trustees Meeting

Student Center,
Foster Room
6:30 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 25

Women's Basketball
vs. Salem State

6 p.m.

Auditions for
WSU Chorale

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Salem State

8 p.m.


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