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January 31, 2011 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Alum, College President and
CEO Dr. John Connolly To Serve
as 2011 Commencement Speaker

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Patricia Moran, RN, BS (WSU MS In Nursing Student), who serves as a Staff Nurse II on the Solid Organ Transplant Unit at Children's Hospital Boston, was a presenter at the Pediatric Transplantation: Understanding the Challenges, Promoting Innovative Practice, and Preparing for the Future conference held on December 3-4 in Pittsburg, PA. The conference was sponsored by the International Transplant Nurses Society in collaboration with the International Pediatric Transplant Association

Patricia presented "Novel Teaching Strategies" with co-presenter Child Life Specialist Kirsten Getchell, MS, CCLS. This session described the problems encountered in teaching pediatric patients and their families how to care for their new transplants. Family assessment is the focus for this type of teaching as nurses must assess health literacy, cultural factors, fine motor skills, as well as willingness to learn and follow through with the plan of care. Patty presented innovative techniques for helping families to adapt complex medical procedures to the home setting and assisting the immunosuppressed child to successfully return to school.

Congratulations to A. Bell, M. Caras, B. Kirk, K. Kieler, W. Rasku, J. Thulare. These students, from Amaryllis Siniossoglou's (Visual & Performing Arts) AR230 Printmaking and AR350 Intermediate Printmaking, were accepted to the very competitive ARCHES Student Print show. WSU students competed with New England schools including Umass- Amherst, Smith College, Boston University, University of Rhode Island, The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Montserrat College of Art, University of Connecticut, College of the Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke, Plymouth State University, Franklin Pierce, Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, Framingham State University, New Hampshire Institute of Art. The show will take place February 27 - May 1, 2011 at the Danforth Museum along with the Boston Printmakers, North American Print Biennial. More info
Images: Left: Bill Rasku, Right: Tree by K. Kieler

Adam Zahler (Visual & Performing Arts) attended Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) January 24-30. As chair of the Directing Committee, Zahler organized the SDC Fellowship Program, a joint program for student directors that is sponsored by KCACTF and Stage Directors and Choreographers, the professional directors union (of which he is a member). Eleven student directors from New England and New York State presented scenes over the course of three days, receiving response on their work. Zahler worked closely with the respondents, who included Gia Forakis (professional director), Leigh Selting (Chair of Theatre and Dance, University of Wyoming), and Gregg Henry (KCACTF National Director).

In addition, he taught two sessions of a workshop (The Director's Dialectic); moderated a discussion (Collaboration Panel) with Daniel Burson (Dramaturg, Portland Stage Company), Jeff Modereger (Chair of Dept. of Theatre, University of Vermont), Barbara Waldinger (Artistic Director, HRC Showcase Theatre), and Bruce Robinson (Playwright); and hosted a discussion for student playwrights with Curt Columbus, Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company of Providence, RI.

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2011-2012 Directory Includes 18 New Academic Scholarships

Eighteen new scholarships have been added to the Worcester State University 2011-2012 academic scholarship directory, which will be available to students beginning Tuesday, February 1.

Applying for these annual scholarships can now be done online at Students can browse the available scholarships and apply from their computers. The last day to apply is Friday, April 1.

This year's directory features more than 110 named scholarships, some of which may be awarded to more than one applicant. The new scholarships include one in memory of Professor Emeritus of Business Administration Leonard Farrey, one for student leaders, and one established by the Class of 1969. Academic scholarships are available to a wide variety of class years, majors, backgrounds, and interests, as well as varying levels of academic success and financial need. For some scholarships, a FASFA is not required.

To be eligible for consideration, students must complete an application and individual essay for each scholarship they apply for, and in most cases, be a full-time student (unless otherwise specified). Scholarships that are awarded for full tuition are limited to the value of in-state tuition for state-supported credits.

WSU's academic scholarships are entirely the result of private funding from generous individuals and organizations, facilitated by the Office of Institutional Advancement and Financial Aid Office, and awarded after careful review by the Scholarship Committee. For more information, visit

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9/11 Commemoration Committee

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be this coming September. The Student Center/Student Activities is looking for faculty and staff who would be interested in working on events to commemorate that anniversary. If you are interested or have any thoughts on how the university should commemorate this event, please contact Tim Sullivan at or extension 8073.

Lost and Found
Lose Something? If so, come in, call or email the University Police Department's LOST AND FOUND, located on the first floor of Wasylean Hall. 508-929-8044 (recorded line) or email: Be sure to have a description of the lost item, time and location you last remember having it. Be sure to leave your name and contact number where you can be reached if the item is turned in. Spread the word, and get back what you have lost.

19th Annual Battle of the Brains
ATTENTION FACULTY: Please encourage your students to enter the annual Battle of the Brains. The Student Events Committee in conjunction with the Student Activities Office is sponsoring the 19th Annual Battle of the Brains, a fast paced academic quiz show loosely based on the old College Bowl TV show. Questions cover history, math, science, literature, geography, the arts, social sciences, sports and popular culture. Battle of the Brains will be held on February 23 at 7 p.m. The winning team will receive $300! Runners-up will receive a $150 second prize. There will be a limit of eight teams so get your team together soon. Teams may consist of 4-5 individual students from various departments or they may represent a student organization, a departmental organization or an academic honor society. Registration material and more information are available in the Student Activities Office, located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center. The deadline for sign-ups is February 16, 2011.

Craft Center Trunk Show
Come to the Craft Center, 25 Sagamore Road, to buy your Valentine gifts this year. On Saturday, February 5 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., there will be a trunk show of the work of four wonderful jewelers from Massachusetts College of Art. More details on our web site

Concert Reading of The Button Show
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will host the American Classic Theatre concert reading of a new musical, The Button Show, on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Fuller Theater. This concert reading will feature several WSU performers side by side with American Classic Theatre's professionals. Included are Robert Dookhran, Michael Sparks, Thomas Brennan, Dr. Matthew Johnsen, and VPA's own Ann Marie Shea. The Button Show, The Happy Depression Musical, is based on the play ?Button, Button? by Maurice Clark, adapted, and with book, music and lyrics by James B. Nicola. The concert reading is free and open to the public.

Free Tax Prep
Starting February 1, visit us for free, confidential tax help. Everyone with low to moderate income is welcome. Every volunteer is IRS-certified and every federal and state return is 100% quality reviewed. Bring all your tax forms and other relevant info. Get your refund in as few as eight days with direct deposit. Spread the word to students, friends and colleagues. The office is located in Sullivan 206 and will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from February 1 to April 16. Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Questions? 508-929-8424 or

Student Career Networking Event
ATTENTION FACULTY: Please let your students know about the N.A.S.C.A.R. networking event. 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.

Retirement & Employee Service Recognition Program
The Office of Human Resources will be hosting their annual Retirement and Employee Service Recognition event on Wednesday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Blue Lounge. Click here for a PDF list of those who will be recognized. If you find any errors or omissions, please contact Carol Faron at or ext. 8666.

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Best wishes in retirement to Carolyn Dumais after
31 years as the English Department secretary.


Welcome to Frances Manocchio who will be joining
the Office of Disability Services as Director.

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Packers' Philbin has deep Worcester roots

Telegram & Gazette 1/31/11
His wife, the former Mary Burke, was raised in Clinton and earned a degree in education from Worcester State in 1951. The couple moved to Western ...

Big road win for Worcester State
Telegram & Gazette 1/30/11
Senior defenseman Chris Wallin had two goals and an assist, Ryan Quirk had three assists and Bryan Kalczynski made 46 saves for the visiting Lancers

Around the Horn with ... Rachel Mattison, Andover Gymnastics
Eagle-Tribune 1/30/11
Her father, Jim, holds the Worcester State pole vault record and her brother is an up-and-coming musician. Rachel took time out to discuss her two brushes ...

Local author Ruth Cohen will be signing copies of her book
In City Times 1/28/11
Ruth is a licensed elementary school teacher and is a graduate of Worcester State College with a B.S. degree in elementary education and a M.E.D in Counselor Education. In addition, she has worked as a rehab specialist in facilities for ...

Rep. Giffords out of intensive care; begins therapy
Telegram & Gazette 1/27/11
The three-term Democratic lawmaker's ability to swallow safely could mean she won't need a tube feeding her much longer, said Dr. Imoigele Aisiku, director of neurocritical care at Memorial Hermann. (Imo Aisiku '92, M.D., is a Worcester State alum and son of Professor Emeritus of Education Dr. Joshua Unuigboje 'Oje' Aisiku.)

Good deal for nurses
Telegram & Gazette 1/26/11
Worcester State University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have inked a deal that allows nursing students to study at both schools.

Worcester State offers singing telegram
Telegram & Gazette 1/26/11
It's not too soon to think of warming up to Valentine's Day. The Worcester State University Chorale is taking reservations to perform singing telegrams to loved ones throughout the greater Worcester...

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Tues., Feb.1

Women's Basketball
vs. Westfield State

Live Stats/Live Video
6 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
Westfield State

Live Stats/Live Video
8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 5

Craft Center Trunk Show
Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Road

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Framingham State

@ Framingham State
3:30 p.m.
Live Stats

Men's Basketball vs.
Framingham State

@ Framingham State
5:30 p.m.
Live Stats

Men's Hockey vs.
Plymouth State

Live Stats/Video
@ Plymouth State
7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 6

5th Annual 6-Sunday
Baseball School

WSU Gymnasium
For more info on camps
and clinics, click here.


Tues., Feb. 8

Women's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

6 p.m.

Concert Reading of
The Button Show
Fuller Theater
2nd Floor,
Admin Building

7:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 9

Ice Hockey vs.
Assumption College

Memorial Rink
400 Oxford St. North
Auburn, Mass.

6:30 p.m

Thurs., Feb. 10

Women's Basketball
vs. Tufts Univ.

7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 12

Women's Basketball
vs. Bridgewater

3:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
Bridgewater State

5:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 13

5th Annual 6-Sunday
Baseball School

WSU Gymnasium
For more info on camps and clinics,
click here.


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