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March 19, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU to Host Spring Artist Speaker Series

WSU Student Government to
Host 21st Annual Auction

50 Selected To 2011-12 MASCAC
Winter All-Academic Team

Softball Ranked #10 in
NEISCA Preseason Poll

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Professor Janice Yee (Economics) organized a session at the Eastern Economics Association Conference held on March 9 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. The session, "Issues and Economic Education," was well received and included three WSU faculty members and one WSU young alumnus.

Christina Foley '11 (Economics) presented her paper, "Financial Literacy and the College Experience." This paper was co-authored by Jessica LaVoice '11 (Economics) as part of an independent study project sponsored by Professors Yee and Elizabeth Wark (Business Administration and Economics) during the 2010-2011 academic year. This final version of the paper and research followed the preliminary results presented last spring at the WSU Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity and the Commonwealth Honors Conference.

Professors Yee and Wark presented a paper as well: "Student Perceptions of Market Fairness." This paper was a follow-up to earlier work that was sponsored by a faculty mini grant. Professor Bonnie Orcutt (Economics) served as the discussant for these two papers and Professor Wark served as the discussant for the only non-WSU paper at the session ("Assessment for Principles of Economics Classes: Face-to-Face vs. Online" by Professor Van Pham of Salem State).

Congratulations to Charles "Pat" Schmohl for his work at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in implementing new curriculum that will better prepare future firefighters. Schmohl is the assistant vice president for Academic Affairs at QCC and he will be graduating from the Worcester State MS program in Community & Public Health Nursing in May. Click here to view NECN's coverage of the story and an interview with Schmohl on Worcester News Tonight.

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Students Reflect on Their Semester Abroad

By Chelsea Tougas '12

Left Photo: Diana Ngo (left) and her friends in the International Studies Abroad program at Konkuk University in traditional hangboks before a Korean tea ceremony. Right Photo: Lorelei Quinones at the University of Worcester, England.

The study abroad program at Worcester State gives students many opportunities to travel, learn about different cultures, experience a new way of life, and be involved with academic classes while in a new country. WSU students interested in extended visits can study abroad for a semester, an academic year, or summer at almost any university or college in the world. There are many programs to choose from in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific, the Middle East, and across Europe. Once students get approval, they can go almost anywhere and earn credit in their major, minor, and for general education.

Lorelei Quinones '12 and Diana Ngo '15 are two WSU students who are currently studying abroad. Both Lorelei and Diana report having wonderful semesters so far at their host universities.

Lorelei, a double major in English and Psychology, is in England at the University of Worcester this semester. "I've always wanted to travel, and studying abroad is something I had always planned to do upon starting college," she says. "I felt it was important for me to take advantage of being able to travel while working towards my degrees because I might not have the same opportunities available to me after I graduate."

Three out of the four classes Lorelei is taking directly relate to her majors. Lorelei's fourth class is a third-year film class. "The higher education system in England is set up differently than in the U.S.," she says. "It's more structured around a student's major; however, this doesn't affect exchange students. I was a bit intimidated at first to show up in a third-year film class made up of students who have been studying this area intensively for the past few years, and never having taken a film class before, but now it's probably my favorite class this semester."

Diana, a Biotechnology major and Chemistry minor, is studying at the Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. Diana says she wanted to study abroad "to better my understanding of food science and the biomedical field. I also wanted the experience of dorming, having a roommate, being away from home, and still have the chance to travel outside the U.S." She is involved in Konkuk University's host program, which includes 130 exchange students from around the world.

Diana says she has really enjoyed her time as an exchange student, "especially since this is my very first time ever traveling overseas." She now understands "what the international students back at home would encounter," she adds. "It could be really challenging, registering for classes in a completely different language." She has had to adjust to "hearing a predominant language that is not English."

Diana is experiencing the differences between the United States and South Korean cultures. Though it is challenging at times, she recalls a memorable event that has changed her perspective of cultures overseas. "I was on the busy subway with one of my exchange friends (also from the U.S.)," she explains, "and one elderly Korean gentleman stood up and gave his seat to me and my friend so that we could sit. I've never seen that kind of act of kindness before, and it's probably something I will never forget."

Lorelei and Diana are two of 15 WSU students studying abroad this semester. WSU also has a presence at the following universities: two more students at University of Worcester, one student at University of Kent in England, one student at Regents College in London, two students at MacGuarie University in Australia, two students at University of Granada in Spain, one student at University of Sevilla in Spain, one student at University of Wellington in New Zealand, one student at University of Belgrano in Argentina, and one student at University of Autonoma in Spain. Other students are on faculty-led trips this week in Nicaragua, Belize, and Costa Rica during spring break.

To learn more about WSU's International Programs, including shorter faculty-led trip options, please contact Interim Director of International Programs Katey Palumbo at, or visit

'Courageous Conversation' on Immigration
Draws Hundreds to Blue Lounge

By Chelsea Tougas '12

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, this year's Courageous Conversations guest speaker, said that since co-founding the organization Define American 10 months ago, he has collected more than 500 videos that show that no one has the same idea of what makes someone an American. He gave the lecture, titled "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," to more than 300 students, faculty, staff, public school students and teachers, and members of the general public on Wednesday, March 15 in the Student Center's Blue Lounge.

Vargas was born in the Philippines and sent by his mother to live in the United States with his grandparents when he was 12. Vargas found out he was an undocumented immigrant when he was 16 and decided to obtain a driver's license. When his green card was denied at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Vargas went to his grandfather to question him. His grandfather told him not to show his green card to people anymore, and that he was not a legal immigrant in the U.S. Vargas did not know how to take this news and was very confused, so he hid the fact he was undocumented until later in life.

When Vargas turned 17, he decided to become a journalist. He said that, "journalism helped validate my existence," and it "helped make sense of the world around me." Vargas believed journalism "helped connect the dots of knowing where I came from." After graduating from high school and college, he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and an activist. He wrote for some of the most prestigious new organizations in the country, including The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. He has received esteemed recognition for work by the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and also appeared on programs such as CNN, ABC News, the Colbert Report, and PBS Newshour, among others.

Vargas' essay in the New York Times Magazine in June 2011 titled "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" disclosed his story, stunning the media and political circles and attracting worldwide coverage. The essay was the top read story on Google for two weeks in a row, prompting many people to tell their own stories about undocumented immigration.

Vargas saw how people were reacting to his story and decided to start an organization with three friends called, "Define American." The goal of the organization is to talk about immigration and encourage people to think about the complexities of the subject. "We were all immigrants at one time; we all came here from somewhere," Vargas said. He also said that in 1890, the U.S. was made up of 15% immigrants compared to 12% today. Yet, Vargas said the media promotes the idea that immigrants are taking over the country and taking away jobs from "real" Americans, he added.

Vargas showed several videos, including one of a teenager telling how her best friend was in the U.S. illegally and another of a woman whose husband was killed in an automobile accident in which the other driver was an undocumented immigrant. "An American is someone who is in the country for the love of freedom; that's why we are Americans," she said, adding that race, color, religion, or ethnic background should not define whether people are American.

"We all have a role to play," Vargas told the standing-room-only audience. He encouraged documented young Americans in the audience to "value being here and having your citizenship."

During the question-and-answer segment, a woman who said she was a graduate of WSU stood up and told Vargas, "Your story inspired me to not be afraid to be who I am." She then made an emotional confession that she too is an undocumented immigrant. Truly moved, many in the audience applauded as she walked to her seat.

This lecture was sponsored by Third World Alliance, Office of Multicultural Affairs, International Programs Office, Amnesty International, and the Dennis Brutus/Merrill Goldwyn Center for the Study of Human Rights.

WSU Chorale Has Busy Concert Season

The Chorale of Worcester State University is in constant demand each year, performing not only for many activities on campus, but also doing guest performances at a variety of different venues in the Community. This semester is no exception. The Chorale is a first-rate a cappella ensemble, which was founded in 1989. The Chorale performs an eclectic repertoire, consisting of Classical, Jazz, Pop, Spirituals, Madrigals and Doo-Wop.

The Chorale will be performing in these venues during the Spring semester:

Saturday, March 31: Spaghetti Dinner and Performance by the WSU Chorale at the Boylston Masonic Lodge, 12 Church Street, West Boylston beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and the proceeds will help the Chorale finance its upcoming tour of Italy in May, 2013.

Sunday, April 29: The Worcester State University Chorale in concert at the Overlook Nursing Home in Charlton at 2 p.m. The concert is open to the public.

Saturday, May 5: The Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents a Spring Choral Concert featuring the Chorus, Chorale and Alumni Singers of Worcester State University at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Students and Elders and $12 for the General Public. The concert will take place at Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main Street, Worcester.

Saturday, May 12: The WSU Chorale in Concert at the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church concert series at 7 p.m., 9 Upper River Street, on the common in Brookfield. Admission is $10 per person, $8 for seniors and students.

Sunday, May 13: The Chorale will deliver Mother's Day Singing Telegrams to your mother, grandmother, or favorite lady all afternoon. Email Christie Nigro at for more information on rates and times.

Storyteller Brings "Harriet Tubman"
to Life During Performance

As Harriet Tubman, Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti told the story of Harriet's life and involvement in the Underground Railroad to life for Worcester State and Worcester middle- and high-school students on Wednesday, March 14 in the Sullivan Auditorium. Her performance was part of the Department of History and Political Science's multi-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War. "The culture of the United States today was affected by this horrific event, the American Civil War," said department chair Frank Minasian. Later in the day, Quezaire-Presutti also led a biographical presentation workshop in Eager Auditorium

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Submissions for Celebration of
Scholarship and Creativity Due Next Week

As a reminder, the fifth annual WSU Celebration of Scholarship and
Creativity is scheduled for April 18, 2012. Posters will be exhibited in the Student Center from 3-5 p.m., and the Celebration committee will develop the schedule for times and locations of panels and performances once all submissions are in. To ensure that work is included in the booklet of exhibits and that a schedule can be posted, please submit project details and a
150-word abstract or description, as appropriate, to no later than March 29. Faculty-guided student projects and faculty work done between May 1, 2011, and April 18, 2012, are eligible for this year's event. Address questions to Maureen Shamgochian ( in Academic Affairs.

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Discount Tickets at Hanover Theatre

WSU employees can receive 20% off of tickets to Celtic Crossroads at The Hanover Theatre on Sunday, March 25. Use coupon code EMPLOYEE on the order summary screen to open and apply the discount option. Nominal fees apply for all phone and online orders. Offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. Receive 10% off the following upcoming shows: He said She Said - Thursday 3/29/12 8 p.m.; Chris Botti - Friday 3/30/12 8 p.m.; Loretta LaRoche - Saturday 3/31/12 8 p.m.; Peter Yarrow - Sunday 4/1/12 1 p.m.; One Night of Queen - Thursday 4/5/12 7:30 p.m. Please note that certain shows may have greater corporate sponsor discounts. Please call the box office Monday - Saturday 10:00AM - 6:00PM at 1.877.571.SHOW (7469) or use coupon code EMPLOYEE on the order summary checkout screen.

Book Drive for K-8 Summer Reading
Worcester State University will once again participate in the annual Worcester "Give A Book" Drive. The drive is put on by "Worcester: The City that Reads" committee which is led by school committee member John Monfredo. The goal of the city-wide book drive is to collect K-8 level books for distribution by the Worcester Public Schools to students who don't have the means to obtain adequate books for summer reading. New or gently used books would be greatly appreciated. Books will be collected until May 15th in the Public Relations and Marketing Office (Admin Building, Room 231). If you have any questions or need a helping hand getting them to the office, please call 508-929-8018. Thank you!

Trench Coats, Umbrellas and Cell Phones Needed
Worcester State Theatre is producing "Dead Man's Cell Phone," to open in April. We have a limited budget and a pressing need for the following items: Umbrellas in muted colors that are non-collapsible (old school), Grey trench coats, men's and women's, and cell phones you don't use anymore. We ask that if you have one or more of these items that you please donate them. A little wear & tear are not a problem. These items will be non-returnable, due to the needs of the production. Kindly email John Hood so that a time can be set up to bring in the items.

Tickets on Sale for April Production
Tickets are now on sale for "Dead Man's Cell Phone" by Sarah Ruhl, Worcester State Theatre's next production. Come support this remarkable cast: Christine Begin, Joe Aliberti, Tasha Matthews, Sara Penniman, Kelsey Govoni, and Matt Cunsolo. One of America's freshest and most highly regarded young playwrights, Sarah Ruhl, presents us with a quirky, thoughtful comedy tinged with magical realism. Dead Man's Cell Phone explores human identity and how we connect in the digital age. When the man at the next table refuses to answer his cell phone, Jean discovers he is dead. Taking the phone, she becomes his self-appointed secretary and sets out to heal the rifts in his family - but on the way, finds that the real transformation may be within her. Performances: April 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Student Center Info Desk and in the Fuller Theater Box Office. The Box Office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Tuesdays from Noon-4 p.m. General Admission $14, Seniors $10, Students $7. For information and reservations call 508-929-8843.

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Welcome to:

Angela Quitadamo, Director of Retention, Academic Affairs

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Career planning begins early in Seven Hills program

Telegram & Gazette 3/17/12
The students spend their entire first week of school on a college campus. For the 2011-2012 school year, this effort was achieved with cooperation from Worcester State University, where the elementary students occupied 25 classrooms and got a taste of campus life.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Speaks at Worcester State 3/16/12
Hundreds piled into the Blue Lounge of Worcester State University's student center yesterday to hear from a decorated, but controversial journalist.

Worcester lines up for the latest iPad
Telegram & Gazette 3/16/12
Worcester State University senior and chemistry major Danielle M. Standring of Charlton waited for Best Buy to open today so she could purchase a 16-gigabyte iPad with Wi-Fi, her first Apple product.

Prize-winning illegal immigrant draws
crowd at Worcester State

Telegram & Gazette 3/15/12
Jose Antonio Vargas, who disclosed in a New York Times magazine article his status as an undocumented immigrant, spoke at Worcester State University today.

Spectrum Health Systems Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees 3/15/12
Ms. Harmon is currently a member of the Board of Directors for FLICŪ (Female Leadership Interest Council, Inc.), a member of the Worcester State University Foundation Board..

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Mar. 19-24

Spring Break
No Classes

Mon., Mar. 19

LPN to BS in Nursing
Info Session

Assabet Valley H.S.
215 Fitchburg Street
Marlborough, Mass.

6-7:30 p.m.


Student Art Show
in The Gallery
Ghosh Center,
1st Floor
, until Apr. 5
Tues-Sat, 1-4 p.m.


Tues., Mar. 27

Baseball vs.
Endicott College

Rockwood Field
3:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. UMass Dart.

Coughlin Stadium
4 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 28

Baseball vs. WPI
Rockwood Field
3:30 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 29

Baseball vs.
UMass Boston

Rockwood Field
3:30 p.m.

(DH) Softball vs.
Rhode Island College

Rockwood Field
4 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Book Readings
Student Center,
Fallon Room

7-8 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 30

Free Hearing Screenings
Hearing Center
Ghosh Center,
Room 115

12-2 p.m.

Annual SGA Auction
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

Preview @ 5 p.m.
Auction @ 6 p.m.

Sat., Mar. 31

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Salem State

Coughlin Stadium

Chorale Spaghetti
Dinner & Concert

Masonic Lodge
12 Church Street
West Boylston

6-9 p.m.


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