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January 30, 2012 

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Noteworthy
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Research
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In the News



NEWS:

Alumnus to Present "Liberia:
Peace Corps to Peace Prize"



WSU Offers Free Tax Preparation
by IRS Certified Volunteers



WSU Continues Commemoration of
150th Anniversary of U.S. Civil War



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NOTEWORTHY:


Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented "Climate Change: Health Impact and Catholic Mission" at a nationally broadcast webinar. Professor Chalupka discussed the impacts of climate change (including extreme weather, infectious disease and air and water quality) on human health, the cost of climate change impacts (including costs of asthma and poor birth outcomes), and opportunities for health care providers in clinical practice and disaster preparedness. The webinar was sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The Catholic Health Association of the Unites States is comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,400 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states. It is the largest group of non-profit health care providers in the nation.




The WSU Dance team recently competed at the 2012 Universal Dance Association (UDA) Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship held in Walt Disney World. This was the team's first year attending. They competed in the Open Jazz Division and placed 17th, out of 23 Division II and Division III colleges and universities from across the country.

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AROUND CAMPUS:

Art Gallery Opens Spring Semester
with Boston Printmakers Exhibit


The Gallery at WSU's Boston Printmakers Show opened last Thursday. Students, past and present faculty and staff, and President Maloney and his family attended the opening reception. Over 60 prints in a variety of print media will be on display through Thursday, February 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1-4 pm or by appointment (free and open to the public). Contact Catherine Wilcox-Titus at cwilcoxtitus@worcester.edu for more information.


April Symposium -- Combat to Campus:
Supporting the diverse psychosocial needs
of veterans in higher education settings


On Friday, April 13, Worcester State University Counseling Services and Veterans' Committee and Riverside Trauma Center will host a day-long symposium designed for college/university counseling center staff, disability coordinators, other higher education student service personnel, faculty members, and anyone else looking to better understand and respond to the specific psychosocial needs of combat veterans as they return to higher education.

Confirmed and Planned Topics:

-- Making the adjustment from warrior to civilian
-- Suicide prevention outreach services for veterans
-- Traumatic brain injury and learning
-- How to engage with veterans who have post traumatic stress injury and help them to thrive in the educational setting
-- Addressing addictions with veterans

The cost per person is $25 and pre-registration will be required. Registration material will be made available soon. For further information, please contact BSuttle@riversidecc.org.

CEUs pending for Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors. 5 hours continuing education will be available for Psychologists and Nurses.

Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.





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RESEARCH:

MSN Student Researches Health and
Safety Hazards in Wind Industry


Mary Moynihan BS, RN, (MSN student in Community/Public Health Nursing) is doing an internship at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). She is working with Dr. Letitia Davis and Michael Fiore, MS, in the Mass DPH Occupational Health Surveillance Program.

Mary is researching the occupational health and safety hazards which confront technicians and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers working in wind turbines.

While the wind industry is innovative in its approach to electricity generation, there are currently no occupational health and safety standards established for workers in wind technology. Companies are improvising with approaches borrowed from other groups that may not be adequate. DPH and OSHA aim to ensure that wind energy workers of any group are protected from preventable injuries and death. Mary's internship includes the development of a white paper to supply DPH and OSHA with information necessary to inform the development of standards that will protect the health and safety of workers in the wind technology industry.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Sports Events Coming to City of Worcester in 2012

2012 is shaping up to be an impressive year for the City of Worcester, given the number of large sporting events scheduled over the next seven months. It kicks off February 4-5 with the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, participating in the Fed Cup at the DCU Center. Here's a partial list: Fed Cup: USA vs. the Republic of Belarus (February 4-5), US Synchronized Skating National Championship (February 29 - March 3), Special Olympics Winter Games (March 10-11), NCAA Hockey Division I Men's Hockey Regional Championship (March 24-25), New England Rowing Championships
(May 5), ECAC National Invitation Rowing Championships (May 11), EARC Sprints (May 13), George Street Bike Challenge (July 22), Little League Senior Girls' Softball Eastern Regional (July 28-August 2), US Rowing Masters National Championships (August 7-12)


Alumni Singers Group Open to Campus and Community
The newly-founded Alumni Singers will be resuming rehearsals on February 2 in Sullivan Auditorium from 7-9:30 p.m. The group is open to anyone who loves to sing, alums (former Chorus and Chorale members), faculty and staff, and community. The groups rehearses only twice a month on Thursday evenings. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Christie Nigro at cnigro@worcester.edu. Rehearsals this semester will be February 2, 16; March 1, 15 and 29; April 12, 26; May 10, 17. To join, just show up on February 2!

National Wear Red Day/Info Session on Heart Disease
The WSU Office of Health and Wellness would like to make the campus community aware that Friday, February 3, is National Wear Red Day. The American Heart Association's "Go Red For Women" movement works every day to raise awareness about heart disease among women. On February 3, the campus community is invited to join their mission and rally support to fight this silent killer. How to support the mission: wear RED on February 3; join the Office of Health and Wellness for a brown bag lunch in the Student Center, North Auditorium anytime from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for information and health screenings; attend a lecture at 11:30 in the Student Center, North Auditorium. A guest speaker from UMASS Medical School will share information about heart disease and how you can fight back.

Get Outdoors Massachusetts Mobile App Contest
Faculty, please feel free to pass along this information to your students. This month the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) launched a mobile app contest that invites smart phone mobile application developers to create applications to help the public find outdoor recreation hot spots in Massachusetts. The Get Outdoors Massachusetts Mobile Apps Contest is open to the public and seeks participation from application developers to create mobile apps that feature Massachusetts outdoor and natural resources. The contest began on January 12, the submission deadline is March 30, and registration is free. Entrants will compete for prizes including a free MBTA LinkPass, a chance to join biologists on a black bear expedition and the opportunity to showcase their work to local technology executives. EEA will announce the winners on April 18. For contest rules and information visit www.mass.gov/eea/mobileappcontest/.
For the official press release, click here.


Consortium Art Exhibit Begins Feb. 3
The 8th Annual Colleges of the Worcester Consortium Art Exhibit is a juried group exhibition culled from the best student artwork within the Consortium and will include works in painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, and new media. This year's exhibition will be juried by Susan Heideman, Professor of Art at Smith College, and will run through March 2, 2012. The opening reception, Friday, February 3, from 6-8 p.m., is free and open to the public. The ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery is located at 660 Main Street, Worcester. Gallery hours are Tuesday 1 - 4 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday 1 - 4 pm or by appointment (call or email).

Give the Gift of Song for Valentine's Day
Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable gift for Valentine's Day? Consider hiring the incomparable WSU Chorale to serenade your loved one. The Chorale will deliver two love songs, a card and a flower in Worcester and the outlying towns. Times are available on Friday through Tuesday, February 10-14 by appointment. The group will go to private homes, restaurants, nursing homes and hospitals. Telegrams are $60 off campus and $40 on campus. For more information, or to book your Valentine, please contact: Tamara at 774-276-0237 or Anne at anne@pianoanne.com.

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TRANSITIONS:

Appointments

Lisa Boehm, Interim Dean, School of Humanities &
Social Sciences in the Academic Affairs Division

Eihab Jaber, Interim Chief Information Officer in
the Information Technologies Department

Linda Larrivee, Interim Dean, School of Education,
Health & Natural Sciences in the Academic Affairs Division

Raynold Lewis, Interim Assistant Dean, for Education,
School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences in the
Academic Affairs Division

Welcome to:

Bridget Joiner, Staff Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs

Sokol Ballta, University Police I, University Police

Johanie Rodriguez, Clerk IV, Human Resources

Kathleen Murphy, Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Lyman Persico, Assistant Professor, Physical & Earth Sciences


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WSU IN THE NEWS:

Beacon Hill Chat with Senator Harriette Chandler

www.wccatv.com -- Video
Senator Chandler welcomes the new president of Worcester State University, Barry Maloney and the president of Quinsigamond Community College, Dr Gail Carberry. They discuss a partnership that has been developed with the Visions Performance project grant.


Millbury teen sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff
Telegram & Gazette 1/30/12
Ms. Irr turned 18 on Oct. 27, 2011. Weeks later, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis swore her in as a reserve deputy sheriff... She wants to be a teacher one day, and will attend Worcester State University in the fall.


Making strides: Schools reach out Latinos
Telegram & Gazette 1/29/12
...but more needs to be done, said Mary Jo Marion, executive director of the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University.


The battle over jobless benefits
Telegram & Gazette 1/29/12
Hundreds of job-seekers attend a recent jobs fair at Worcester State University.


Walker named Fitchburg High football coach
Telegram & Gazette 1/28/12
Walker also has been an assistant coach at Worcester State College, where he lettered in football and baseball. ?Dan will bright great energy and passion to ...


Breast cancer survivor's story
Fox 25/MyFoxBoston.com 1/25/12 -- Video
Maryellen Brisbois (Nursing) grew up loving the color pink, as most little girls do. But in 2006 her perspective of "pink" changed when she found it representing an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis.


Worcester Tornadoes have new manager
Telegram & Gazette 1/20/12
Plante, a former Worcester State baseball coach, has been an assistant with the Tornadoes. His long baseball career includes stops at Bates College and Princeton University. He was a standout player at Bates.

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THIS WEEK:
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Tues., Jan. 31


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




Thurs., Feb. 2

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

Ice Hockey vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Horgan Rink
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Wheaton

Gymnasium
7 p.m.




Fri., Feb. 3

Heart Disease Info
& Health Screenings

Student Center,
North Aud.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Heart Disease Lecture
Student Center,
North Aud.

11:30 a.m.

Colleges of the Worcester
Consortium Art Exhibit -
Opening Reception

Arts Aurora Gallery
6-8 p.m.




Sat., Feb. 4

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

Women's Basketball
vs. MCLA

Gymnasium
3:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. MCLA

Gymnasium
5:30 p.m.



 
COMING UP:
www.worcester.edu/calendar

Mon., Feb. 6

Worcester in the World: "Providing
Global Education:
Standards
& Options"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

2:30 p.m.




Tues., Feb. 7

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

Men's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

Gymnasium
6 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

Gymnasium
8 p.m.




Thurs., Feb. 9

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




Sat., Feb. 11

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

Ice Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Horgan Rink
6:30 p.m.




 


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