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February 6, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU Diversity Lecture
Series Continues

New Scholarship Supports
Graduate Nursing Students

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Julie Frechette (Communication) published the chapter "Multiple Literacies for the Age of the Internet" for the book "Literacy Practices in Late Modernity: Mastering Technological and Cultural Convergences" edited by Svein Osterud, Barbara Gentikow, Egil Skogseth (2012, Hampton Press). The book was the culmination of a research summit held at the University of Bergen, Norway, which drew from international scholars in the field. Prior to this book's publication, Professor Frechette had been invited to present scholarship from her own book "Developing Media Literacy in Cyberspace: Pedagogy and Critical Learning for the Twenty-First-Century Classroom." She was awarded a fellowship and served as a visiting scholar among students and faculty from the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo. She is one of two Americans to contribute to the book, along with Paul Messaris, professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

Worcester State Theatre students, faculty and staff attended Region 1 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival last week in Fitchburg. Professors Adam Zahler and John Hood brought twelve current students and one recent graduate to the festival for workshops and events to further their education in acting, directing and design for the theatre.

Students who were recognized in design categories included David Higginbottom, received a Certificate of Merit for his work as assistant scenic and lighting designer on the Spring 2011 production of Boy Gets Girl; Sharon Garceau, was nominated for her work as stage manager on the Fall 2011 production of The Good Person of Setzuan; and Erica Hall (VPA '11) was nominated as costume designer for Boy Gets Girl. Four students, accompanied by scene partners, were nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships. John Karwaski (Joseph Aliberti, partner) was the first WSU student to advance to the second round. The other acting students were Amanda Hoegen (Sara Penniman, partner), Trang Le (Christine Begin, partner), and Tasha Matthews (Kathleen O'Donaghue, partner).

Professor Zahler, who is chair of directing for Region 1, oversaw the SDC Fellowship Program at the Festival. In addition, he conducted a roundtable discussion, "The Director's Dilemma," addressing specific problems faced by stage directors. He was also the interviewer/moderator for "A Conversation with Evan Yionoulis," one of America's noted directors and adjunct professor of acting at Yale University.

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President Maloney On-Air with WTAG

WSU President Barry Maloney was a guest on WTAG's Jordan Levy Show Tuesday, January 31st. The president outlined plans for a new Wellness Center, Residence Hall and also addressed other university topics. Visit the WSU YouTube Channel to listen to the on-air interview.

Chinese Educators Visit WSU

President Maloney welcomed three educators from the Country Garden School in Guangdong Province, China to Worcester State last Wednesday as part of exploratory talks about developing new exchange programs for faculty and students.

The visit continues discussions that began last fall when Carl Herrin, assistant to the president for international, community and government affairs, and Katey Palumbo, interim director of international programs, visited Country Garden School.

"We need to expose our students to the world, and we also want to bring people from other countries to our campus," President Maloney said.

Country Garden School Headmaster David Li explained that school officials are interested in expanding the number of U.S. universities its faculty may attend for professional development. The school is an International Baccalaureate school, and its curriculum is offered in English.

Worcester State University is exploring the possibility of Country Garden School, a private boarding school for children age 3 to 18, being an international post-graduate teaching site for Education majors and a site for a short-term study abroad program for Education majors.

Prior to meeting with President Maloney, Student Government Association President Patrick Hare '12 led Li and his colleagues, Deputy Headmaster Li Laixiang and Supervisor Linsey Lin, on a tour of the campus.

The delegation joined Raynold Lewis, interim assistant Dean for Education, School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences, and Sara Young, assistant professor of Education and coordinator for the middle and secondary education graduate program, for lunch. They also met area school representatives for an informal roundtable discussion about education and visited Worcester Academy.

Li, Laixiang and Lin visited Abby Kelley Foster Charter School last Thursday before departing for San Francisco.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
WSU to Honor Female Athletes

Worcester State University will hold an evening networking event, Sneakers to Stilettos, on February 7 in honor of the 26th Annual "National Girls and Women in Sports Day." Each year in February thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, students, and parents across the country show their support of the day. The theme this year is "Title IX at 40: In it for the Long Run."

Sneakers to Stilettos will unite WSU junior and senior women student-athletes with professional businesswomen from the local community as well as WSU alumni, faculty and staff. The Athletic Department would be honored to have any WSU women faculty, staff and administrators at the event. The reception and networking begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Gym Lounge.

All attendees are invited to attend the women's basketball game as they take on Fitchburg State University at 8 p.m. During half-time the Athletic Department will be recognizing the academic and athletic accomplishments of all WSU women student-athletes. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the event, please contact Coach Karen Tessmer in Athletics at 508-929-8769

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Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for 2013-2014 is open

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2013-2014 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 specific academic disciplines as well as 167 awards open to all disciplines.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to participate in one of our weekly webinars. Each deals with a topic germane to the 2013-2014 competition, from regional and discipline information to how to fill out an application. For more information, visit our website at

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2012. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit the website or contact them at

If you have any questions about the program, contact Barbara Zang at 508-929-8015 or

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

Call for Proposals, Undergrad Research Conference
The call for proposals of the 18th Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference will take place on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. at UMass Amherst. Encourage your students to showcase their best work and build their resumes.

The presentations can include thesis research, independent study, community service, creative work and study abroad. The deadline to submit proposal abstracts is February 15, 2012.

For more information, please contact Professor Josna Rege at or you may go to the conference website: for guidelines for proposals and registration.

Career Mentoring Event for Students
Faculty -- please encourage your students to attend the Third Annual Career Mentoring event on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 (Snow date: February 28, 2012) in the Student Center, Blue Lounge from 5:30 ? 7:30 p.m.

Break-out Sessions include:

-- Exploring your options: work, grad school, entrepreneurship
-- Social Media and Networking 101
-- What does Facebook say about you? Make meaningful connections
-- Know Yourself, Find Your Way
-- Reflection, Self-Assessment, Discover Your Path

Enjoy dinner with WSU alumni and staff. Bring your resume to enter a drawing for one of two $25 WSU gift certificates! Enter to win one of two $25 gift cards just for attending! For further information and resources, please visit or Please contact Marcia Eagleson, director of Career Services at 508-929-8965 or by email at if you would like to attend.

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Worcester Consortium show at ARTSWorcester

Telegram & Gazette 2/2/12
Students submitted 227 artworks in a variety of mediums, including photography, sculpture, works on paper and new media. Participating colleges this year were...Worcester State University...

Scholars Call for Israeli Recognition of the Assyrian Genocide 2/1/12
Signatories to the Letter...Dr. Henry Theriault, Worcester State College (Massachusetts, United States), and Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

Indoor track team hits the ground running
Leominster Champion 1/27/12
He ran four years of track while attending Leominster High, then ran for four years at Worcester State University. "I love coaching," said Delgiudice.

Giffords' doctor to speak at WSU graduation
Telegram & Gazette 1/25/12
Dr. Imoigele ?Imo? P. Aisiku, who helped care for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, will be the speaker at Worcester State University's commencement May 12 at the DCU Center.

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Tues., Feb. 7

Men's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

6 p.m.

Sneakers to Stilettos
Gym Lounge
6:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Fitchburg State

8 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 11

Ice Hockey vs.
Framingham State

Horgan Rink
6:30 p.m.


Boston Printmakers
at The Gallery
at Worcester State
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
Until Feb. 23

1-4 p.m.


Tues., Feb. 14

"Liberia: Peace Corps to Peace Prize, a 50-year Journey"
Student Center,
North/South Aud.

1-2 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 15

"Abraham Lincoln"
A One-Man Play

Sullivan Aud.
10 a.m.

"Abraham Lincoln"

Sullivan, Eager Aud.
(Room 146)

2 p.m.

"Abraham Lincoln"
A One-Man Play

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 16

One Poem And...
(Room 305)

3-5 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 18

Education for
Power Teach-in

Sullivan, Eager Aud.
(Room 146)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Women's Basketball
vs. Salem State

4 p.m.

Men's Basketball
vs. Salem State

6 p.m.


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