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February 7, 2011 

SHORTCUTS:
News
Noteworthy
Around Campus
Announcements
Transitions
In the News



NEWS:

WSU to Expand its Annual Celebration
of Scholarship and Creativity



Worcester State Foundation Establishes
Student Research Grant Fund



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NOTEWORTHY:

Former Worcester State Ice Hockey standout and current assistant
coach Marvin Degon was recently inducted into the inaugural class
of the Worcester Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The class was introduced at
the January 22 Worcester Sharks game against the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers. To read more, click here.




We are happy to announce that eight WSU student artists have had 20 works accepted into the Seventh Annual Juried Consortium College Art Show hosted at ARTSWorcester and coordinated by Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Visual & Performing Arts). Congratulations to Monique Engel, Kayla Feist, Karen Finnegan, Jessica Gains, Taylor Hopking, Jacqueline Martinez, Jack McAuliffe, and Cailin Nickerson. Monique Engel won an Honorable Mention for her photograph, Moore Slant.


The show is on view at ARTSWorcester, 660 Main Street until March 4th. Hours: Tuesday 1-4 p.m., Wed-Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat. 1-4 p.m.


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AROUND CAMPUS:

Sneakers to Stilettos


The WSU Woman's Basketball program, Athletic Department and Career Services Office will host a networking event for women student-athletes on Thursday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the WSU Gymnasium Lounge.

The event will feature prominent businesswoman from the University, local community as well as alumni to share career insights and networking tips with junior and senior women student-athletes.

All those in attendance are then invited to stay and cheer on the WSU Women's Basketball team at 7 p.m. as they battle Tufts University. The game will be a nationally recognized "Pink Zone" event, which supports breast cancer research and awareness. Wearing pink is encouraged!

If you are interested in being a part of the event, please contact Karen Tessmer at 508-929-8769 or ktessmer@worceter.edu



Save the Date for these Upcoming
Spring Semester Events


"Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal"
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 22 @ 11:30 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Blue Lounge
Cost: FREE EVENT

Harvard Law professor and best-selling author Randall Kennedy is known for his fearlessness in tackling sensitive racial issues, Kennedy brings the divisive issues that plague black America to the forefront of mass culture. For a black person, few things are worse than being called a "sellout" -- a volatile term, loaded with the stigma of racial betrayal. "Sellout" -- the modern-day cousin to terms such as Uncle Tom and Oreo -- continues to dog many prominent blacks, from Oprah Winfrey to Barack Obama. In this extraordinary talk, Randall Kennedy tackles this highly charged issue head-on.
Learn more about this event.



Courageous Conversation:
An Evening with Randall Robinson

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9 @ 7 p.m.
Location: Sullivan Auditorium
Cost: FREE EVENT

Randall Robinson an internationally respected social justice advocate and author, is also a professor of law at Penn State University. In 1979, he established TransAfrica, the mandate of which is to promote enlightened, progressive U.S. policies towards Africa and the Caribbean. Through his writings, congressional testimony, television appearances and civil disobedience campaigns, Mr. Robinson was actively involved in efforts to expose the brutality of the Mengistu regime in Ethiopia; the corruption in Nigeria during that country's era of military dictatorships; and he fought to thwart US attempts to end the Caribbean's access to the European banana market. FACULTY -- If you would like to bring your class to the event, please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 508-929-8049 to reserve seats.
Learn more about this event.



20th Annual SGA Auction to Benefit
Homeless & Children in Need

Date & Time: Friday, March 25; Preview @ 5 p.m., Auction @ 6 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Blue Lounge
Cost: FREE to Attend; No Reserve or Buyers Fee

In March of 2010, the SGA Auction for the Homeless raised over $26,000 for the Mustard Seed Shelter, Abby's House, and Sherry's House, three organizations that serve the Worcester community. This year they hope to match that amount with a goal of $27,000 to be given to the organizations. Snow Date: Saturday, March 26. To learn more about this event, visit www.worcester.edu/SGAauction.



"Behind the Swoosh: Sweatshops and Social Justice"
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 30 @ 11:30 a.m.
Location: Student Center, Blue Lounge
Cost: FREE EVENT

Jim Keady, theologian, activist, educator, and elected official, is a founding director of Educating for Justice, Inc. In this multimedia presentation, Jim details the month he spent in an Indonesian factory workers' slum living on $1.25 a day, a typical wage paid to Nike's subcontracted workers. Along with personal accounts, he includes the latest information on Nike's horrible labor and environmental practices and challenges the audience to deal in human terms with the women, men and sometimes children, who are the foundation of global manufacturing.



Celebration of Scholarship & Creativity
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 20; Poster Presentations 3-5 p.m.
Full schedule to be announced at a later date
Location: Student Center & Ghosh Science & Tech Lobby
Cost: FREE EVENT

Come and celebrate the best examples of work that students in each discipline have produced in the 2010-11 academic year. The exposition this year will be an day-long campus-wide event with presentations, publications, and artistic exhibits from across the curriculum, bringing the entire University community together to celebrate scholarly achievement and creative excellence.





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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Give the Gift of Song: Chorale to Perform Singing Telegrams on Valentine's Day Weekend

The Worcester State University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Christie Nigro, is now taking reservations to perform singing telegrams throughout the greater Worcester area during the upcoming Valentine's Day weekend.

For a donation of $75 Chorale members will come to your off-campus location at a pre-arranged time, present your loved one with a Valentine card and a flower, and perform two a cappella love songs from their current repertoire. For requests on the WSU campus, the donation is $50.

The chorale is available to perform on Friday, February 11 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 12 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday February 13 from 1 to 8 p.m. and Monday, February 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. To arrange a performance, call or sent a text message to Sarah Wilson at 413-320-9530 or by email at swilson4@worcester.edu.

"The group will deliver your message of love to any location within roughly a 15 mile radius of the university," says Dr. Nigro. "Over the years, our singers have performed in local homes, businesses and college dorm rooms and we've provided the soundtrack for many romantic Valentine dinners"

Reservations for this very popular offering will be made on a first-come,
 first-served basis. The annual fundraiser helps support the Chorale's international concert tours, including their upcoming trip to Germany in May.


Faculty Yearbook Portraits
McGrath Photography will be on campus on February 24-25 for senior and faculty portraits for the 2011 yearbook. There is no sitting fee for faculty. Student Center, Fallon Room from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information please contact the Yearbook staff at 508-929-8592 or email accolade@worcester.edu.

Annual Have-A-Heart Sale to Support SGA Auction
The Annual Have a Heart Sale is taking place this week. Swing by and support the SGA Auction and buy a heart to have displayed in the Student Center. All money collected is donated to Abby's House, Sherry's House and The Mustard Seed. Stop by and you can make a difference. Tuesday 2/8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Sullivan T; Wednesday 2/9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the LRC Cafe. Pink hearts $1 Blue hearts $2 Red hearts $5 Gold hearts $10.

Win Tickets to Cirque Mechanics Boom Town
The Office of Institutional Advancement will give away tickets to the fabulous Cirque Mechanics Boom Town show at the Hanover Theater. Spend the evening of Saturday, April 2 being amazed by the acrobatics and sublime storytelling of the Cirque performers. See www.thehanovertheatre.org for more show details. We are pleased to offer this exciting incentive as part of the 2011 Faculty and Staff Annual Campaign. Now through March 25, all faculty or staff who donate for the first time through payroll deductions for gifts totaling $100 or more a year, as well as existing payroll donors who double their bi-weekly donations for a year, will be entered in a drawing for one of 5 prizes, consisting of 2 tickets each, to the April 2 Cirque performance at the Hanover. Please call Christina Petruzzi at ext. 8872 in the Office of Institutional Advancement for payroll deduction forms and details. Thank you for generosity and support of Worcester State University.

Mass. Undergrad Research Conference
--ATTENTION WSU FACULTY-- Please encourage your students to present their work at the 17th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass Amherst, on Friday, April 22, 2011. The submission process has been streamlined and it's not too late for students to prepare an abstract. The abstracts & registration deadline is Friday, February 18, 2011. Students may present their: Thesis Research Independent Study Community Service Creative Work Study Abroad This is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their best work and build both their confidence and their resumes. For online registration and applications, go to the conference website: For more information, email Josna Rege (WSU campus contact): josna.rege@worcester.edu



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TRANSITIONS:

Retirement

Best wishes in retirement to Robert Crompton (Facilities)
who has been with the university since 1978.



Welcome:

Welcome to Cuong Nguyen who will be joining the
Information Technologies Department.






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WSU IN THE NEWS:

Dynamy academy counselor, mentor receives Hine Award

Telegram & Gazette 2/1/11
After graduating from North High School, where she transferred, she earned a full scholarship to Worcester State College and began her unconventional ...


Inside pitch for snowbound players
Telegram & Gazette 2/6/11
Worcester State University coach Dirk Baker demonstrates the proper batting stance inside the Auburn SportsPlex.


WSU Names Commencement Speaker
Worcester Business Journal 2/1/11
John Connolly, an author of medical consumer guides and a 1962 graduate of Worcester State College, will give the university's commencement address this spring.

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar

Tues., Feb. 8

Women's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

Live Stats/Live Video
Gymnasium
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

Live Stats/Live Video
Gymnasium
8 p.m.




Wed., Feb. 9

Ice Hockey vs.
Assumption College

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

6:30 p.m




Thurs., Feb. 10

Women's Basketball
vs. Tufts Univ.

Live Stats/Live Video
Gymnasium
7 p.m.




Sat., Feb. 12

Women's Basketball
vs. Bridgewater

Live Stats/Live Video
Gymnasium
3:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs.
Bridgewater State

Live Stats/Live Video
Gymnasium
5:30 p.m.




Sun., Feb. 13

5th Annual 6-Sunday
Baseball School

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




ON-GOING

Consortium College
Juried Art Show

ARTSWorcester
660 Main Street
Worcester


On display until March 4
Hours: Tuesday 1-4 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.;
Sat 1-4 p.m.



 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Feb. 15


N.A.S.C.A.R. Career
Networking Event

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

5:30-7:30 p.m.




Thurs., Feb. 17

Women's Basketball
vs. Westfield State

Gymnasium
6 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Westfield State

Gymnasium
8 p.m.




Sat., Feb. 19

Ice Hockey vs.
Fitchburg State

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

7:30 p.m.




Sun., Feb. 20

5th Annual 6-Sunday
Baseball School

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




 


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