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March 26, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


Spring Artist Lecture Series
to feature Deborah Baronas

Worcester State University to
Honor Distinguished Alumni

Top Geography Students to Test
Skills at State Geographic Bee at WSU

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The Gallery at Worcester State University is pleased to announce that two Worcester State University alums, Anne Laprade-Seuthe '83 and Howard McGinn '83, have curated the upcoming exhibition for the Worcester Windows Program. Gallery Intern Bethany Strothers '12 has been assisting. Howard and Anne have worked closely with Erin Williams, cultural officer for the City of Worcester, to install a professional hanging system to better showcase the terrific art they have arranged for this exhibition cycle.

Over 39 artists from Massachusetts will have their work exhibited around the Worcester Common, including Worcester City Hall, 44 Front Street, 28 Franklin Street (Bay State Savings Bank), 60 Franklin Street, and the Hanover Theater. An opening reception for all Worcester Windows artists will be held at the Hanover Theater on Thursday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. All are welcome to attend the reception. This cycle will be on view from April 1 to August 1.

Stephen Morreale (Criminal Justice) attended, presented and served as panel chair and roundtable moderator at the recent Annual Conference for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) in New York City from March 14-16. Professor Morreale served as chair for a panel focusing on "Paradigms in Policing" and delivered a presentation on "Police Legitimacy in Procedural Justice," with Angela Workman-Stark, superintendent and director of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Intelligence Bureau in Ottawa, Canada and faculty at Athabasca University. He also presented with Lance Bohn, Community College of Allegheny County focusing on a study "Analyzing Adult Male Inmates in Disciplinary Housing in Large U.S. Jails." The research focused on the use of Disciplinary Units for inmates of large U.S. jails. In addition, Professor Morreale served as a discussant in a roundtable discussion session focusing on the "Importance of Practitioners Publishing," moderated by Matthew D. O'Deane, Kaplan University along with James Ness, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Phoenix, and James Adcock, Clayton State University. Professor Morreale also moderated a roundtable discussion session titled "Pracademic and Academics in Criminal Justice Education." The panel discussed recent survey research conducted by James E. McCabe, Sacred Heart University and Professor Morreale. The roundtable also included discussants George F. Cain and Dr. Michael O. Foley from Western Connecticut State University.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been invited to exhibit her watercolors at the 4th International Art Exhibition ? Day of Color. The show will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece and will travel to the Aegean islands of Chios and Skopelos during the summer, and in the city of Patras in September. The exhibition is part of a wide program of Visual and Performing Arts events in support of the future Pinacotheque of Colors.

Hansun To (Mathematics) worked to write a college textbook supplement during his sabbatical leave that is now available online. To is the sole author of the PowerPoint lecture presentations, which is an instructional manual accompanying the new Liberal Arts Mathematics textbook "Quantitative Literacy: Thinking Between the Lines" by Crauder, Evans, Johnson, and Noell, W.H. Freeman and Company.

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Hearing Aids now part of Services
at Speech-Language-Hearing Center

The Hearing Clinic at the WSU Speech-Language Hearing Center has expanded its services to including hearing aid dispensing, with support from a $73,460 grant from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts.

According to Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders Keith Darrow, Ph.D., "The grant enables us to offer complete audiologic services, including diagnostic evaluations, hearing aid consultation and dispensing services, and aural rehabilitation. In addition, we were able to purchase new equipment and hire Tina Coderre '79, a licensed and certified audiologist with more than 30 years experience in the field."

Interim Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences Linda Larrivee, Ph.D., notes, "National research shows that approximately 36 million Americans have hearing loss. It's the third most common chronic health condition in the United States. This grant enables us to help more people improve their hearing health."

The WSU Speech-Language-Hearing Center, which has been in existence more than 35 years, is the only center of its kind in Central Massachusetts. It serves approximately 175 clients each year who receive disorder-specific services from speech-language pathology graduate students under the supervision of licensed, certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. It also offers individualized services to people of all ages diagnosed with communication disorders and/or differences in articulation, fluency, voice, language, and hearing.

Ann Veneziano-Korzec, director of the center, states, "The services we can provide, thanks to this grant, are unique in that we pair hearing aid dispensing with complimentary communication therapy on how to use the aids and how to communicate effectively."

Complimentary hearing screenings will be held from 12-2 p.m. on March 30, April 27, and June 8 in the Speech-Language-Hearing Center in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Room 115.

SGA Auction Looks to Raise $30,000
in 21st Year for Local Organizations

The Worcester State University Student Government Association (SGA) will host the 21st Annual Have a Heart Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need, Friday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. (preview begins at 5:00 p.m.) in the Student Center Blue Lounge.

Come out and support this great event and help the SGA reach their goal of $30,000 in donations to the Mustard Seed Shelter, Abby's House, and Sherry's House.

There are lots of great items including, gift certificates, sports memorabilia, museum passes and much more. For a complete list of auction items and more information on the auction, visit;

Active Minds Guest Speaker Anna Arroyo

The WSU Chapter of Active Minds will host a talk by Anna Arroyo, Wednesday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Admission is free and open to the public.

Active Minds at WSU was recently officially recognized by the Student Government Association. The WSU chapter is part of a national organization that utilizes the student voice on campus to increase awareness of mental health issues and whose goal is to encourage students to speak openly and seek help relative to such issues. We work to provide education and resources and empower students to positively engage their peers regarding mental health issues on our campus. In addition, our hope is to reduce the associated stigma of mental illness.

Anna Arroyo was born and raised in southern Florida. She came from a multi-ethnic background, her mother is Costa Rican and her father was Jewish-American. This unique cultural heritage always made Anna feel different. Although it seemed like she had the "perfect" family, her father took his own life when she was six years old. After his death his mental health issues were never discussed.

Anna was always know in school for being "upbeat and bubbly." She graduated in the top of her high school class. When Anna decided to move across the country from Los Angeles to California to attend the University of Southern California, she found the transition to be very difficult for her emotionally. During college Anna was diagnosed with a binge-eating disorder and depression. Through reaching out to the counseling services at her university she eventually recovered and was inspired to enroll in graduate school to psychology and help others who were struggling with mental health.

Anna hopes by sharing her story she leaves students with the message that seeking help for transitional times in a student's life or even "normal" life problems is invaluable. She also emphasizes that being able to accept yourself is a sometimes difficult process, but it's well worth it.

Photo of the Week: Costa Rica

Erika Anderson '13 traveled with Suzanne Gainer (Communication) and the WSU Photo Class to Costa Rica for a 9-day adventure of photography during spring break. To see more photos from their adventure, visit their Facebook page.

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Computer Science Faculty and Students
Work to Increase Retention Rates

Aparna Mahadev, Computer Science

Aparna Mahadev (Computer Science) and two Computer Science students, James Forkey and Trevor Hodde made a poster presentation on peer mentoring at the National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Washington, D.C. on March 21.

Professor Karl Wurst (Computer Science) and Mahadev are campus investigators for a NSF grant, Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE), with University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst as the principal investigator of the grant. As part of this grant, WSU has worked for the past three years with other public higher education campuses across Massachusetts to increase retention and to increase student success in the Computer Science major. WSU is the only state university that is part of this grant along with the UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, and many Massachusetts community colleges. As part of this effort, there is a mentor assigned for each section of CS 101 and CS 140, our "gateway" courses. Mentors are usually upperclassmen who took these courses at our campus. Mentors run a 1 1/2 hour informal session each week where students have an opportunity to participate in additional learning activities that will expand upon the material covered in class. There is qualitative evidence that this effort is certainly improving our retention rates in our gateway courses.

James Forkey has been a mentor for the past three years for both CS 101 and CS 140 and Trevor Hodde has been mentoring since Fall 2011 for CS 101. UMass is currently in the process of securing a new grant and WSU will continue to play a role if the grant gets funded. The poster presentation on Peer Mentoring was one of the 12 posters presented as part of the reverse site visit by NSF.

Last Week for Submissions to Celebration
of Scholarship and Creativity

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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Opportunity to Meet Rob Gronkowski Tues., March 27

The SGA Auction Committee is proud to be able to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity-A Meet and Greet with New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski at his public autograph appearance Tuesday, March 27 in Warwick, RI. Bid on the chance for you and (1) guest to attend Gronk's autograph event Tuesday, March 27 at Agaves Mexican Grill (444 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI). This prize consists of a photo opportunity with Gronk and (1) autograph on an 8x10 photo for each person (max total of 2 autographs). Opening Bid is $90. To bid on this item email Josh Katz at by 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 27, with your bid amount and phone number in which you can be reached at. The winner will be notified via phone around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27. ** Winner must be able to attend the event in Warwick, RI, Tuesday, March 27. The winner can arrive at 8:00 p.m. and will get the meet and greet after the public signing is complete.**

English and World Languages Department Open House
Interested in literature, writing, Spanish, and French? Are you majoring or minoring in English or another language, or are you thinking about it? If so, you are invited to an English and World Languages Open House on Wednesday, April 4, in Sullivan 303 and 304 from 11:30-3:30. Come to enjoy refreshments, to take away some free books, to socialize with fellow students and professors in your major, or to check out our departments and make new friends.

Win Premium Club Boston Celtics Tickets
Take a chance to win Boston Celtics Premium Club tickets while supporting students. The Office of Institutional Advancement has four Premium Club suite tickets for Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. game vs. Milwaukee. Ticket chances are $10 each with the proceeds benefiting the Student Emergency Fund. You can enter as often as you like. Contact Christina Petruzzi at ext. 8872 or to take advantage of this great opportunity while helping our students.

Consortium Career Fair
Faculty, reminder your students of the Consortium Career Fair happening on Tuesday, March 27 from 12-3:30 P.M. at the Beechwood Hotel (363 Plantation St., Worcester). Seventy employers and graduate schools attended Career Fair 2011 including: Reliant Medical Group,  US Department of State, MEDITECH,  UMass Medical School, UPS,  Y.O.U., Inc. For a complete employer listing, visit

Community Stormwater Solutions Conference, Apr. 12
The Massachusetts Watershed Coalition will host a meeting about solutions to local storm runoff problems on Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 8:30 pm at the Sullivan Academic Center of Worcester State University.

EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding is the keynote speaker, and he will share stormwater updates with a focus on EPA's Soak up the Rain Campaign to help people cleanse polluted runoff. The meeting will feature workshops about low-cost runoff remedies, aquatic ecosystems, stormwater utilities, erosion control, porous paving, BMP performance ratings, how to disconnect streets from streams, and more. Expert speakers will supply practical guidance for municipal officials, watershed groups, lake associations, highway departments, home builders, engineers and concerned citizens. The $10 registration ($5 for students) includes meeting materials and refreshments. Please register online at or telephone (978) 534-0379.

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College Town

Telegram & Gazette 3/25/12
The Worcester State University Student Government Association will host the 21st annual Have a Heart Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need at 6 p.m. on Friday March 30.

Good Deeds
Telegram & Gazette 3/25/12
...Worcester State University was one of 642 schools nation wide to be named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll...

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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

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.


Mon., Apr. 2

Artist Speaker
Series presents Deborah Baronas

Ghosh Center,
Room 102

5:30 p.m.

Tues., Apr. 3

Baseball vs.
Rhode Island College

Rockwood Field
3:30 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 4

Active Minds
Guest Speaker
Anna Arroyo

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

English & World
Open House

Room 303 & 304

11:30 a.m.

Thurs., Apr. 5

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Fitchburg State

Coughlin Stadium
4 p.m.


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