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April 17, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


Lecture to Highlight Eleanor Roosevelt's
Support for American Working Class

City of Worcester, Worcester State
University to Officially Dedicate
Lyons Baseball Diamond

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Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) and Master of Science in Nursing (Community and Public Health Nursing program) student Mary Moynihan co-authored "Traumatic Nail Gun Injuries in the Workplace." The article was published in the February 2012 issue of Workplace Health and Safety.

For more information on the exhibition, visit

Karen Tessmer (Athletics) was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Women in Public Higher Education, Inc. as a "Phenomenal Woman" at the spring conference on Friday, April 13, 2012. Karen was nominated because she is highly regarded and works tirelessly on behalf of the Worcester State University community.

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Service Recognized Among WSU
Students, Faculty and Community Members

By: Chelsea Tougas '12

The Celebration of Service Across the Ages showcased a variety of community service projects and recognized community partners, students and faculty with awards on Tuesday, April 10, in the Student Center's, Blue Lounge.

Worcester State University has been named to the 2012 U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by The Corporation for National and Community Service. The students, faculty and community members recognized at the event helped the University win this prestigious recognition.

"It is in our best interest to work collaboratively on service initiatives that are meaningful," said President Barry M. Maloney.

Lionel Carbonneau, master teacher, and Alicia Suenaert '12, program coordinator, with the Intergenerational Urban Institute's Elder Immigrant Tutoring Program were both granted awards for their dedication to the program and helping immigrant community members from Worcester. Words of appreciation were spoken from three individuals who were enrolled in the program: Aferdita Dishnica, Aristotle Mici and Ferat Kroi. Dishnica and her husband as well as Kroi said learning to speak, read and write English in the program enabled them to pass their U.S. citizenship tests and become U.S. citizens.

Keynote speaker Barbara Canyes, executive director for the Massachusetts Campus Compact, spoke to the audience about "service being a career path, not just an add-on." Service is important and it helps not only the community, but individuals as well, she said. "Many faculty members are trying to find a way to incorporate service into classes, while 20 years ago, it was very rare to see this." Canyes believes that service is now "part of this generation" and should continue to be significant in communities and universities alike.

Many awards were distributed throughout the ceremony to students, faculty and community members. The 2012 Newman Civic Fellows Award recipient was Patrick Hare '12, while the 2012 Community Engagement Award was given to Bill Fredricks, founder and owner of All Care Medical Supply, for his generous support of Dr. Kathryn Baldor's International Health Care Outreach in Belize. The Faculty-Staff Community Engagement Award went to Professor Ann Veneziano-Korzec, director of the Worcester State University Speech-Language-Hearing Center, for her dedication to clients, students and the center, and her passion for community service.

Student awards were given by faculty in the nursing, sociology, physical and earth sciences, history, nonprofit management, management, and urban studies programs. Students who worked for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program were also recognized. HOT Team Awards were also given to two students, Amanda Johnson and Helen Shuster.

Dr. Mark Wagner, director of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, performed a musical number with his Intensive English Language Institute students. Members of the WSU Chorale, directed by Dr. Christine Nigro, performed as well.

The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement recent alternative spring break trip to Heifer International/Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass., was acknowledged. The History Department and Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement also saluted the students who participated in the trip to Manna International in Nicaragua.

The celebration was sponsored by the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and The Intergenerational Urban Institute. To learn more about these organizations please visit: and

Libyan Rebel Returns to WSU for Talk

Mohamed Bayou, who earned a certificate in advanced English from Worcester State University's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) in 2008, returned to campus on Wednesday, April 11. He told a harrowing tale of his involvement in the overthrow of 42-year dictator Maummar Gaddafi, including how a border guard sympathetic to the rebel cause permitted Bayou through a checkpoint into Tunisia, how Bayou learned he is a good shot, and that he learned his 17-year-old brother, also a rebel fighter, died at the hands of Gaddafi's forces from a video clip on a cell phone confiscated from a Gaddafi loyalist whom Bayou's unit had captured. Bayou's talk was sponsored by IELI.

Thesis Show to Exhibit Student Work

The culminating work of five graduating seniors will be on view in the Gallery ST113 for our first Thesis Show on April 18th. Please join us at the Opening Reception April 18th 6-8 p.m.

Bethany Eddy is using historical costumes of important time periods to investigate their connections to today's art disciplines.

Kayla Feist has researched occult ideas and practices for the inspiration of her work. She finds great beauty in using natural materials like bones and moss in her art.

Lukas Godaire pairs oil paintings with his own music to create a multisensory environment for the viewer. His triptych landscape traces the light from dusk to night.

Brittni Kirk captures the essence of a person in linocut portraits that are accompanied by handmade books.

Bethany Strothers' oil paintings translate what she sees in the natural world into abstract imagery. Her paintings capture the essence of things beyond surface detail.

The show will be on view Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons from 1-4 pm, April 18-May 10 or by appointment. The Thesis Show will also be on view for the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity from 1-5 pm on April 18. Contact Catherine Wilcox-Titus for more information.

Dedication of Vescio Memorial Lounge

Family, friends and colleagues of Don and Elaine Vescio gathered to dedicate the new Tyrus, Dante and Daniel Memorial Lounge on the second floor of Wasylean Hall Thursday, April 12. The university is naming the lounge in honor of Don and Elaine's gift and in memory of their infant triplets, who died shortly after they were born. (April 8th would have been the triplets' seventh birthday.) "This is an meaningful gift on the part of the Vescio family," President Barry Maloney said. "This gift speaks volumes about the resilience and generosity of this remarkable family. In addition, we all know that Don has demonstrated great commitment to the success of all of our students to his work at the university."

Journalist and Author Speaks about
"Catastrophic Convergence"

Award-winning investigative journalist and author Christian Parenti encouraged students and faculty who filled Eager Auditorium to understand the roots of what he called the "catastrophic convergence" of Cold War militarism, neoliberal economic policies and climate change on Wednesday, April 11.

Parenti reviewed the geopolitical events of the 20th century that set the stage for this convergence. He used the recent violence in Uzbekistan, last year's Arab Spring uprisings, and drug violence in Juárez, Mexico as examples of violent situations that are really spurred by severe drought, record flooding and other environmental disasters.

"Now you see how environmental catastrophes can be masked as urban upheaval," he said.

"We have choices in how the U.S. responds to crises," said Physical and Earth Sciences Department Chair . She encouraged students to support cooperative solutions over militaristic action if the underlying cause of geopolitical problems is climate change.

Parenti's latest book, "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence," is based on more than six years of research and travel to deserts, war zones, slums and struggling states across the world. He is a professor at the School for International Training, a visiting scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center, a Puffin Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute.

The Global Studies program, Honors program, Departments of English, Philosophy, Physical and Earth Sciences and Sociology, Center for the Study of Human Rights and Theme Semester sponsored his lecture.

Presenters Share Story of the 54th
Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

By Chelsea Tougas '12

Worcester State University's History and Political Science Department hosted its final Civil War commemoration lecture of the year, which featured the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, on Thursday, April 12 in the Ghosh Center's multimedia room.

The 54th Regiment was the first officially sanctioned Northern black regiment to fight in the Civil War, according to Boston African American National Historic Site Park Ranger Ryan McNabb. Boston had a strong free black community at the time that advocated for early civil rights issues as well as abolition of slavery. Massachusetts was the first state to make slavery illegal, and Boston allowed interracial public schools at the time.

Frederick Douglass was the most prominent recruiter of the 54th Regiment in Massachusetts and neighboring states. Douglass was also the man who convinced President Abraham Lincoln to allow black men to fight in the Civil War. Lincoln later admitted that the 54th Regiment actually helped the country win the war. (It paved the way for 180,000 African American soldiers to fight for the Union.)

The 54th Regiment held 1,000 men, recruited from Massachusetts as well as New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and even as far away as Pennsylvania. Recruiting black men to fight in the Civil War was not a popular choice, and even illegal in some states, but by the end of the first recruiting month, the 1,000-men quota was met. Second and third regiments were filled within the year.

The 54th Regiment was finally called into the war after two months of waiting. It was sent to South Carolina to Charleston Harbor at Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. The battle killed many men on both sides, but the regiment was noted in the South Carolina press for its bravery. William H. Carney, who became the flag holder during the Fort Wagner battle, was the country's first black man to receive a Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award.

The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial was built in Boston to remind people ?what Boston was made of? and to remember the brave men who fought in the regiment, McNabb said.

Their legacy is also kept through presentations and memorial shows McNabb and Emmett Bell-Sykes, president of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company A, give at local elementary schools, battle reenactments, Memorial Day parades, programs in Boston Commons, Black History Month programs, and Juneteenth festivals, which mark the last time Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed the end of the Civil War and emancipation of the slaves in Galveston, Texas. The goals, McNabb said, are to ensure that ?the public will never forget the 54th Regiment and to focus on passing the history on to young black children.?

Governor Deval Patrick reactivated the 54th Massachusetts Regiment as part of the Massachusetts National Guard, Bell-Sykes said. The regiment's duties include commemorating veterans' and soldiers? funerals around the state. Now called the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment (Selected Honor Guard), it is led by Major General Joseph C. Carter, the adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, and made up of people of all races and genders. The group's biggest event to date was marching along side the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company A in the Inaugural Parade for President Barak Obama in 2009.

During Bell-Sykes' part of last Thursday's presentation, he recruited four students and a faculty member to perform a mandatory drill that recruits to the original 54th Regiment had to complete to become members. They had to do a 1-2 roll call, while standing in a straight line. This simple procedure was the only mandatory drill the men had to accomplish to become 54th Regiment members.

To learn more about the 54th Regiment and its history, please visit and

The History and Political Science Department's multi-year commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the U.S. Civil War will continue next fall with more guest speakers, films and performances. For details, visit as the fall semester approaches.

Scholarship Tea to Honor Merken

The Scholarship Tea Committee cordially invites the campus community to the 18th Annual Scholarship Tea honoring Professor Emeritus Melvin Merken, Ed.D. Merken retired from WSU in 2010 after 52 years of exemplary service. On Sunday, May 6 from 3 to 5 p.m., the University will celebrate his legacy. Merken is fondly remembered as a dynamic science professor, exceptional scholar, and effective leader within the WSU community. Please RSVP to Tara Hancock at 508-929-8141 or

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Day-Long Event Celebrates
Scholarship and Creativity

Come and celebrate the best examples of work that students in each discipline have produced in the 2011-12 academic year. The exposition brings the entire University community together to celebrate scholarly achievement and creative excellence. This event is free and open to the community.


Student Center, Blue Lounge


Student Center, Blue Lounge


Student Center, Blue Lounge


Student Center, Blue Lounge


Sullivan Building, Room 301

The Gallery at WSU, Ghosh Center, 1st Floor

Student Center, Blue Lounge & Exhibit Area
Over 90 posters will be on display exhibiting student and faculty research.

4:30-7:30 p.m. -- HAWAIIAN LUAU
Wasylean Hall patio
Chartwell's invites the entire campus community to a free luau.


Ghosh Auditorium (ST 102)

Undergraduate Research Talk

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences will host a talk on undergraduate research, Tuesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. in Sullivan, Room 310. The talk will be an informal gathering to explore the many different ways to support student research, in and out of the classroom. Undergraduates are expected to acquire research skills that will serve them well in careers and/or graduate work. Professors -- how do you approach this in your classes? Students -- what skills do you want to learn? This event is
open to all on campus. Refreshments will be served.

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Campus Workshop: "Building a House for Diversity"

The Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action and Compliance will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, April 19 at noon in the Student Center Fallon Room. The workshop "Building a House for Diversity," will define the meaning of social justice, and use a modern fable to have attendees explore their own sense of "agency." Bring your lunch. Cookies and soft drinks will be provided. Please register for the workshop by calling 508-929-8117.

Tickets for Spring Choral Concert on Sale
Tickets are now on sale for the Spring Choral Concert to be held on Saturday, May 5 at Our Lady of the Angels Church, 1222 Main Street, Worcester. Performing will be the Chorus, the Chorale and the newly-formed Alumni Singers of Worcester State University. The music will be a mixture of classical, popular, jazz, rock, and country selections by composers such as Caccini, Mendelssohn, Thompson, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton and Freddie Mercury. Tickets are $12 for the General Public and $5 for students and elders. Join us for an evening of great music, raffles and more. Tickets will be for sale at the door, or by stopping by the Dept of Visual and Performing Arts in LRC-325.

Children's Day, Thurs., Apr. 19
Commuter Services, SEC , CAB, and the Student Center/Student Activities Office are sponsoring Children's Day . Thursday, April 19th, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. North/South Auditorium, Student Center The event is open to everyone, especially commuters who have children. For those students without children it is okay to bring younger siblings, nieces and/or nephews. Be sure to check your calendar -- many children have the week off for April vacation. Please make sure your child is accompanied by an adult. The activities are designed for you to spend the day with your children. Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Movie Showing: Kung Fu Panda II With Ice cream and other kid friendly food. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Commuter Services at 508-929-8672.

Social Justice Academy Opens in June
The Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action & Compliance is excited to announce the opening of the Middle School Social Justice Academy for summer 2012. The purpose of the Social Justice Academy is to introduce students to topics regarding identity, equality, access, and equity. The 2012 SJA will provide participants with a diverse curriculum and a variety of age appropriate labs, activities and team-building exercises. The goals of the academy are to educate and engage students; establish friendships; and explore opportunities and careers in related fields.

The Middle School SJA is a weeklong education experience held from June 25-29. The program will run from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily on the campus of Worcester State University. Lunch will be provided daily in the campus dining hall. The Middle School SJA program cost is $200 and includes instruction, lunch, and a program T-shirt.

Children of Worcester State University employees will be awarded a $50.00 reduction. If you would like more information, please contact the Diversity/Affirmative Action & Compliance Office at Worcester State University by calling 508-929-8117 or email Application materials can be found at

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" Opens This Week
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: Apr 19, 20, 21 @ 8:00pm / Apr. 22 @ 2:00pm Tickets are available at the Student Center Info Desk and in the Fuller Theater Box Office. Mon/Wed/Thu 10am-4pm and Tue 12pm-4pm General Admission: $14.00 Seniors: $10.00 Students: $7.00 For information and reservations call 508-929-8843.

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Downtown Windows Featuring Art for Annual Exhibition
The show will feature the work of renowned Worcester artist Terri Preist and will be curated by two Worcester State University alumni, Howard McGinn and Anne Seuthe. Works include painting, sculpture, drawing and photography.

Worcester State University and City of Worcester to Dedicate Kevin D. Lyons Baseball Diamond at Rockwood Field
The City of Worcester in partnership with Worcester State University will formally dedicate the Baseball Diamond at Rockwood Field in honor of the late Kevin D. Lyons, '65, '71, the first baseball player inducted into the Worcester State University Hall of Fame in 1986.

Everson's one-hitter leads Worcester State sweep
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 14, Nichols 1: Hannah Everson allowed only one hit and struck out eight for the host Lancers (9-13) in the opener of a doubleheader sweep over the Bison (9-15)...

Telegram Town News
Telegram & Gazette
Stephen Sycks was among four honorees who received Worcester State University's 27th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards for their contributions to the education field, insurance and healthcare sectors, and the community on April 4 in the Student ...

Auburn's Swedberg wins Gardner homecoming
Telegram & Gazette
Swedberg, who had a Hall of Fame career at Worcester State, is one of the very few college players from New England in the last decade to play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. At Worcester State, he's still the all-time leader in home runs ...

Dan Ubele, Lancers walk off past the Judges
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 6, Brandeis 5: Dan Ubele scored the winning run on Jeff Bolio's fielder's choice in the ninth inning as the Lancers (6-18) walked off with a win over the visiting Judges (6-25). Bolio and Nick Gezotis both had two hits, ...

Genesis names WSU Chartwells Employer of Year
Telegram & Gazette
Genesis Club Inc. has named Chartwells at Worcester State University as its 2012 Employer of the Year.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette
Stephanie Pietal is Worcester State University?s first student to participate in the National Student Exchange Program. Ms. Pietal, a senior majoring in natural science, chose to study at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque this semester.

NH Native Named Coast Guard Person Of Year
WMUR New Hampshire Channel 9
Reed graduated with honors from Worcester State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and Health Education, and is currently enrolled ...

Business People
Telegram & Gazette
Catheryn McEvoy-Zdonczyk of Auburn and Stephen Sycks of Worcester were among four people who recently received Worcester State University's 27th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards for their contributions to health care and the community.

Bonofiglio key to Worcester State baseball sweep
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 3, MCLA 1; Worcester State 9, MCLA 2: Nick Bonofiglio pitched a complete-game five hitter and Kurt Sabacinski had two hits for the visiting Lancers (8-18) in the opener, while Nick Gezotis, Jeff Bolio and David Ruggiero each had two hits and an RBI in the nightcap.

Kurt Sabacinski pushes Lancers over AmCats
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 11, Anna Maria 3: Former St. Peter-Marian star junior Kurt Sabacinski went 4 for 5 with a double, three runs and two RBIs to lead the host Lancers (7-18) past the AmCats (15-11) in a nonconference matchup at Rockwood Park ? the four hits were a collegiate high.

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Tues., Apr. 17

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Western
Connecticut State

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 18

Celebration of
Scholarship &

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

Oral Presentations
begin at 10 a.m.
Posters 3-5 p.m.

Senior Thesis

Ghosh Center,
Art Gallery
Rm 113

1-5 p.m.

What You Can Do
with an English Major

Sullivan, Faculty
Lounge, Rm 310

3:30-5 p.m.

Chartwells Luau
Wasylean Hall Patio
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Senior Thesis
Opening Reception

Ghosh Center
Art Gallery
Rm 113

6-8 p.m.

"Grandma's Tattoos"
Documentary &
Panel Discussion

Ghosh Center
Room 102

7:45 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 19

Children's Day
Student Center,
North/South Aud.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Diversity Office
Workshop: "Social
Justice: Building a
House for Diversity"

Student Center,
Fallon Room


One Poem And...
Sullivan, Rm 305
3-5 p.m.

"Dead Man's
Cell Phone"

Admin Building,
Fuller Theater

8 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 20

"Dead Man's
Cell Phone"

Admin Building,
Fuller Theater

8 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 21

SGA Neighborhood
Clean-up Day

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dedication of Kevin
Lyons Baseball
Baseball Alumni Day

Rockwood Field
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

"Dead Man's
Cell Phone"

Admin Building,
Fuller Theater

8 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 22

"Dead Man's
Cell Phone"

Admin Building,
Fuller Theater

2 p.m.


Mon., Apr. 23

Sarah Sharbach
Memorial Lecture
Author Brigid O'Farrell

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

12:30-2 p.m.

Speaker Series:
Arlene McConagle

Ghosh Center,
Room 102

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Research Talk with
Author Brigid O'Farrell

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6-7 p.m.

Tues., Apr. 24

Baseball vs.
Fitchburg State (DH)

Rockwood Field
2 & 4:30 p.m.

Softball vs.
Fitchburg State (DH)

Rockwood Field
5 & 7 p.m.

Student Recital
Sullivan Auditorium
7-9:30 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 25

Baseball vs.
Newbury College

Rockwood Field
4 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Elms College

Coughlin Stadium
7 p.m.

Thurs., Apr. 26

Baseball vs.
Fisher College

Rockwood Field
4 p.m.

Softball vs.
Brandeis (DH)

Rockwood Field
7 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 27

Hearing Screenings

Ghosh Center,
Room 115

12-2 p.m.

Spring Dance Show
Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m.

Sun., Apr. 29

Spring Dance Show
Sullivan Auditorium
2 p.m.

Chorale Performance
Overlook Performing
Arts Center

2-3:15 p.m.


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