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January 17, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


Standard & Poor's Upgrades
WSU's Rating from A- to A

Over 500 Attend WSU's 18th Annual
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Youth Breakfast

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Dirk Baker (Baseball) has authored an instructional baseball DVD, Mega Hitting Drills, which will be released this month. The DVD is produced by Championship Productions.

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is the author of Internet-based Outpatient Telerehabilitation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty which was recently published in the Journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Linda Fuller (Professor Emerita, Communication) has published The Christian Science Monitor: An Evolving Experiment in Journalism (Praeger, 2011). The story is about how a secular newspaper, founded in 1908 by a woman in her 88th year, evolved into becoming a unique, highly respected journalistic venture. The book features interviews with managers and writers of The Christian Science Monitor and case studies on topics of terrorism, international issues, gender and more.

Susanna Meyer (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Emily Soltano (Psychology), and Linda Larrivee (Communication Sciences and Disorders) were among the speakers at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) November 19-22 in San Diego, California. Professors Soltano, Meyer, and Larrivee along with Speech-Language Pathology Program graduate students Jennifer Kerr and Elizabeth Kappos presented a paper regarding speech-language pathologists' knowledge of and training in second language acquisition. Professors Soltano, Meyer, and Larrivee along with Speech-Language Pathology Program graduate students Kristina Catacchio and Jennifer Carroll presented a second paper on predictors of English-language acquisition in internationally adopted children. The ASHA convention, which annually attracts over 10,000 attendees, is the most comprehensive conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.  The ASHA conference had a variety of educational sessions that highlighted the latest developments in research and clinical practices for professionals who provide services in schools, hospitals, health care centers, rehabilitation clinics, and other practice settings. 

Water in the Desert: Paintings by Kat O'Connor (Visual & Performing Arts) is currently on display at The Franklin Square Society Salon Gallery at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. The exhibition runs until April 2, 2012. The gallery is open during ARTSWorcester Aurora hours. By appointment (please call 508-755-5142).

The WSU Police department hosted a workshop, Mandated Reporting for Sexual Abuse on College Campuses, at WSU for the Worcester Consortium. The members of the panel included: Alison Little Sabatello - Rubin and Rudman LLP, Lori Dawson (Academic Affairs), Deb Gaston (Counseling), Laura Murphy (Counseling) and Fran Manocchio (Disability Services Office). Calvin Hill (Diversity/Affirmative Action and Compliance) facilitated the discussion.  All of the Consortium colleges were represented at the workshop. Policies and best practices were discussed.

Heather Treseler (English) has been named a contributing editor at Boulevard Magazine, a national literary journal based in St. Louis. Treseler's poems first appeared in Boulevard in 2008, and she will be judging submissions of both poetry and non-fiction. Boulevard is one of the oldest continuous literary magazines in the United States, and it has recently featured poetry by Charles Simic and Gerald Stern as well as fiction by Joyce Carol Oates and the late John Updike.

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Students Work on Math Skills at WSU Game

For the fourth year the Worcester State women's basketball team hosted a "Math Madness" event for local elementary and middle school students. The event took place during the woman's basketball game against Keene State on January 12 and allowed local children the opportunity to enrich their math skills through basketball. Throughout the game, students answered questions that engaged them in solving problems related to players' statistics, scores, averages, court dimensions, the height of the basket from the floor and other math equations.

Thousands Turn Out for Job Fair at WSU

On January 9, Senator Scott Brown's office hosted a jobs fair at WSU. Approximately 3,013 people and 82 companies attended the event in the Student Center.

WSU Community Donates to Local Toy Drive

Worcester State University alumnus Paul LaCava helped deliver more than 5000 toys to children as part of a toy drive organized by the Plant a Seed Foundation. Foundation President Molly McCullough and Vice President Tommy Donoghue welcomed WSU President Barry M. Maloney and his children, who attended an event for the toy drive held at St. Matthew's Church December 22. Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance (CMHA) Director Grace Carmark also helped with the toy distribution, which was for families at the Village, a homeless shelter operated by CMHA.

WSU Celebrates Holiday Season with Marketplace and Food Drive

On the evening of December 16, WSU faculty and staff came together to celebrate the holiday season with a reception and marketplace. The marketplace offered last minute shopping, hand made items and numerous raffles. As part of the evening a food drive was held; a total of 400 pounds of food was collected for the Worcester County Food Bank.

Boston Printmakers Show Coming to Gallery

The Gallery at Worcester State University will host a selection of prints from the Boston Printmakers Show of 2010. Printmakers frequently hear questions such as "How are prints made?" "Please explain this technique," or "How many steps does that involve?" This show aims to answer these questions as well as to highlight the rich talent of their membership. Each print is accompanied by a ?recipe card? sharing its inspiration and process. Over 60 prints in all variety of print media will be on display from
Jan. 26-Feb. 23.

The Opening Reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-4 pm (free and open to the public) or by appointment. Contact Catherine Wilcox-Titus for more information.

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Gmail Has a New Look

Many of you will notice that we are using a New Version of Gmail. Two documents that can help you get familiar with the changes have been posted on our IT website under the Gmail/Google category. The "New Look for WSU Gmail" is an excellent guide to the basic changes. The "Take a Tour of WSU Gmail's New Look" provides a link to a Google video posted on YouTube demonstrating the changes and text that explains the "Tour" (button) you might notice in your Gmail Inbox window.

Teach-in on Economy/Occupy Movement, February 18
In partnership with the larger Worcester community, WSU will be hosting a teach-in on Saturday, February 18, covering a broad range of topics to help students and citizens understand and respond to; current issues and events related to the economy and the occupy movement. This is an exciting opportunity for faculty, students and staff to be agents of social change. Please consider offering students extra credit to attend, attending yourself, offering a workshop, or getting involved in some way. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Time to Be the Change!

Faculty and Staff Welcome to Join WSU Chorus
WSU faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the University Chorus alongside students. The chorus meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45 in Sullivan Auditorium throughout the semester.  This semester they will be singing an eclectic mix of music drawn from the choral literature... something for everyone, from classical to pop music.  Join the ranks of some of your colleagues, spend your lunch hour, and have great fun!  For more information, email

Faculty...please let your students know about..

Global Gateways: Alternative Spring Break

The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is sponsoring an alternative, two-night program for student leaders with Heifer International in Rutland, MA. The program, called Global Gateways, will take place on March 18 - 20 or 19 - 21, and will be located at Overlook Farm in Rutland, approximately 30 minutes from WSU. The cost, including room and board, will be approximately $140, and there are a limited number of spots. During the course of the program, participants experience an educational program about the interconnectedness of the global food chain and about the daily struggles of people in poverty. The challenge continues on into the night as they sleep in simple housing, such as a Tibetan yurt made from yak hair. Participants in the two night program gain a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture and life on Overlook Farm by participating in farm chores and touring all of the farm facilities at Heifer International in Rutland. By living the lessons of poverty first-hand, participants will come to see their connection in creating change that brings possibility and hope to millions around the world. Deadline for registration is February 24. Students should contact Dr. Mark Wagner at or call 508-929-8635.

Career/Networking Opportunities

There are numerous career/job fair and networking events coming up this semester for students to explore. Send them to

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Welcome to:

Steve Bandarra
Staff Assistant/Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities

Joan Graney
Staff Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Carl Herrin
Assistant to the President for International, Community and Government Affairs

Best of luck in retirement to:

Sheila Jones, Student Affairs
Don Hochstetler, Library
Lou Houde, History Dept
Dr. Pearl Mosher-Ashley, Psychology
Dr. Andrea J. Wallen, Nursing

Title Change

Don Vescio
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management

Lateral Transfers

Gina Lavalle
Clerk III, History/Political Science

Collette Kalogeropoulos
Clerk III, Urban Studies/Sociology

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It's about advancing everyone

Telegram & Gazette 1/16/12
King Youth Breakfast at Worcester State University. Mr. Corazinni is the assistant project director of community organizing for Main South Promise ...

Ordinary people, extraordinary impact: at the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference 1/15/12
Farmers get up early. By 8:30 am yesterday, 900 of them had descended on Worcester State University for the Northeastern Organic Farming Association- Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) 25th Annual Winter Conference.

Young poets honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Telegram & Gazette 1/14/12
Soloist Vanessa Ford sings "My Hero" as MLK Youth Service Award recipients Joseph and Raquel Castro Corazzini, left, and Tiffany Lillie, right, applaud during the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast Celebration at Worcester State University.

Charter TV3 coverage of Math Madness at WSU
Charter TV3 1/14/12
Charter TV3 reports on the Math Madness event at the WSU Woman's basketball game. Click here for Charter TV3 game coverage.

TCNJ's Henderson captures 400th coaching victory 1/14/12
She has also coached at Worcester State College in Massachusetts? She is among the top 50 active coaches in Division III for most career victories.

Hall of Fame calls Notre Dame's Patty Provost
Telegram & Gazette 1/13/12
WSU Lancer Hall of Famer Patty Provost was inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Philadelphia, an honor usually reserved for college field hockey coaches.

Yale Puts Its Trust In New Head Coach Tony Reno 1/13/12
...Reno earned a degree in history at Worcester State in 1997 before completing a master's of science in health education there in 2000. We trust that as a three-year starter at free safety, his team was league champion in his junior ... additional stories at, Torrington Register Citizen,, Yale Daily News, Yale Alumni Magazine

Locally produced film about troubled teen to premiere on Lifetime this weekend
Telegram & Gazette 1/13/12
Co-producer Andrea Ajemian said that shooting locations included Worcester State University, Worcester Academy, Burncoat Senior High School, Ralph's Diner, ...

Awards to be presented at MLK youth breakfast
Telegram & Gazette 1/12/12
More than 500 people have signed up to attend the annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Breakfast at Worcester State University Saturday, and there is a waiting list for others.

Pioneering Worcester actor takes stage in 'Uncle Vanya'
Telegram & Gazette 1/10/12
Between her studies, teaching -- nearly 40 years at Worcester State University -- and numerous productions (including "The Tempest" and "Richard III" at Worcester's Redfeather Theatre, "My Fair Lady" at Stoneham Theatre and the recent Dan Hunter play ...

Sen. Brown holds job fair in Worcester, Mass. 1/9/12
3,013 people attended a job fair on Tuesday sponsored by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown --- about 1,000 more attended a similar event in October. Potential job-seekers stood elbow-to-elbow at Worcester State University.

Monty Tech enhances nursing program 1/8/12
S. Holly LaFrance MS, RN, director of the Practical Nursing Program at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, recently announced that an agreement has been reached with officials from Fitchburg and Worcester state universities ... Additional stories at Advance for Nurses and Telegram & Gazette

Green and growing
Telegram & Gazette 1/8/12
Rich Perna, director of dining services at Worcester State University, will provide a lunch menu using fresh local ingredients for the Northeast Organic Farming Association's winter conference Saturday.

Brown To Host Job Fair at Worcester State 1/4/12
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown will host a jobs fair Monday at Worcester State University to connect job seekers with dozens of Massachusetts employers who have committed to attend the networking and recruitment event, the senator's office announced.

Worcester State University's rating is upgraded
Telegram & Gazette 12/22/11
Worcester State University today said Standard & Poor's Rating Services upgraded its rating from A- to A, calling its outlook "stable."

Life lessons help others get inspired
Telegram & Gazette 12/19/11
At 28 years old, Dante Comparetto, a Worcester native and urban studies student at Worcester State University, has a remarkable community involvement résumé ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 12/18/11
Worcester State University, along with Fitchburg State University, Mount Wachusett Community College, and Quinsigamond Community College, has received a $12,000 grant from the Davis Foundation to support a collaborative student writing assessment project.

Crisis Unit Director 'Calm in a Sea of Chaos' 12/18/11
His father's opposition to that career path led him to start studying another interest, computers, at Worcester State College, now Worcester State University. A combination of factors -- among them a stress management class he found intriguing, ...

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Thurs., Jan. 19

Women's Basketball
vs. Bridgewater State

6 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Bridgewater State

8 p.m.


Tues., Jan. 24

Spring Auditions
for WSU Chorale

Sullivan Aud.
7 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 26

One Poem And...
Sullivan, Room S-305
3 p.m.

Opening Reception -
Boston Printmakers Show
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
5-7 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. R.I. College

6 p.m.

Gary McKinstry "Connections"
An Event with
the Medium

Student Center
Blue Lounge
Ticket Info
7-9 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Anna Maria

8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 28

Boston Printmakers Show at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
1-4 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Bridgewater State

3:30 p.m.

Ice Hockey
vs. Salem State

Horgan Rink
4:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Framingham State

5:30 p.m.


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