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April 30, 2012 

Around Campus
In the News


WSU's Dr. Stephanie Chalupka
Receives Charlotte Brody Award

Melvin Merken to Be Honored at Worcester
State University's Scholarship Tea

WSU Receives Worcester Magazine
"Best College" Accolade for Seventh Year

WSU Student Among "29 Who Shine"

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Peter Holloran (History) organized and chaired a panel on New England Studies at the national conference of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association in Boston last month. He also organized and chaired a panel on New England Economic History at the New England Historical Association conference in Nashua in April with Bruce Cohen (History) as the commentator.

Gary Marnin '12 (Sociology) has been awarded full funding for a Ph.D. in the Sociology program at Washington State University. Marnin has co-taught classes at WPI and will be a teacher's assistant when he begins his program in the fall. He gave an oral presentation at the recent Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, "History Moves in Spirals: Subsistence Technology and Social Movements." Gary's adviser is Matthew Johnsen (Sociology).

Worcester State Theatre and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nominees from the recent production of Dead Man's Cell Phone. Christine Begin and Joe Aliberti have been nominated for the Ryans and are eligible to attend the Region 1 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival January 29 - February 3, 2013. Also nominated was Stage Manager Sharon Garceau for recognition of her handling of the show. Cast members Matthew Cunsolo and Sara Penniman were selected as Irene Ryan alternates. Dead Man's Cell Phone was performed for 398 people April 19-22, 2012

The Worcester State University Programming Team took 4th place (out of 27) at the CCSCNE 2012 programming competition at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. The members of the programming team were Chad Day Jr., Dillon Murphy, and David Thompson, coached by Professor Aparna Mahadev (Computer Science). The team completed four out of six of the programming problems.

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Annual Auction Raises Over $32K in
Proceeds for Community Organizations

The three co-chairs of the the SGA's 21st Annual "Have a Heart" Auction to Benefit the Homeless and Children in Need, Sarah Fulginiti '12 (left), Erin Desmarais '13 (center) and Trevor Sansoucy '14 (right), presented checks to representatives the community organizations the auction supports, Abby's House, Sherry's House and The Mustard Seed. The auction raised a record of more than $32,000.

Alumnus Returns to WSU to Share
Experience Building a School in Africa

The WSU Chapter of Amnesty International hosted a talk by Abdi Lidonde '93, founder of the Beverly Lidonde School of Kenya. Lidonde, the uncle of chapter Secretary Camilla Lidonde, began building the school six years ago and opened it three years ago. He told the audience gathered in the Student Center's North/South Auditorium that he founded the school to alleviate poverty in Africa. "I want to build a school that is no where else in this world," he said. "I want to build a school that will sustain itself." Throughout his story, Abdi Lidonde pointed out that every challenge he faced actually brought him closer to realizing his dream to build this school. Because of this, he encouraged students to respect others because "you never know how they will open doors for you."

Chemistry Club Demonstrates for
Fifth and Sixth Graders at May Street School

On Thursday, April 26, the Chemistry Club performed chemistry demonstrations and explained physical and chemical properties for the fifth and sixth grade classes of May Street Elementary School. The members present were club President Tiffany Hatstat, Vice President Jonathan McGree, Secretary Paige Dupre, Lisa Enman, Erin Williams, Brittany Kubaska, Holly Collins, Megan Botti-Marino, and Shaun Polissack. The faculty advisers to the Chemistry Club are Dr. Joseph Quattrucci (on the right, near the door) and Dr. Jeff Nichols. Some of the experiments performed were elephant toothpaste, oscillating clock reaction, burning salts and disappearing rainbow. Demonstrations were also performed with liquid nitrogen and dry ice.

Author Raises Awareness of Roosevelt's
Advocacy for Unions, Women's Issues

Brigid O'Farrell's lecture on Monday, April 23 was part of her initiative to put Eleanor Roosevelt's "commitment to labor unions and women's rights in the national dialog," she told students, faculty and members of the community gathered in the Blue Lounge for the Women's Studies Department's annual Sharbach Lecture.

O'Farrell said she broke new ground by researching this aspect of Roosevelt's life. "It took me a long time to put this story together," she said. What she learned is that "while circumstances have changed, the arguments she made have held steadfast."

Roosevelt, a woman born into privilege, the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt and the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, advocated for unionized labor, fair labor practices, women's issues and right to work, human rights, and eventually the Equal Rights Amendment over the course of 26 years. O'Farrell noted that she wrote 27 books and more than 8,000 newspaper columns titled "My Day," gave more than 50 speeches a year, and had one of the first television shows in 1958.

As a syndicated columnist, she joined the Newspaper Guild. "It would be extraordinary for a First Lady to be a member of a union today; it was in 1936," O'Farrell said.

Roosevelt's most notable and lasting accomplishment was her work as a UN delegate appointed by President Harry Truman. When she became the chair of the UN's Human Rights Commission, she helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

She agreed with leaders of the AFL and CIO unions that economic and social rights should be recognized alongside human and civil rights in the declaration, O'Farrell explained. She also advocated that the declaration be written in language ordinary people could understand. It passed 48-0 with the Soviet Union abstaining.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy once again made her a delegate to the United Nations, and he selected her to serve as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Roosevelt's activism earned her the careful attention of the FBI under Director J. Edgar Hoover; she had one of the largest FBI files dating back to the 1920s, O'Farrell said. The Ku Klux Klan also had a bounty on her head.

After the lecture, O'Farrell signed copies of her book "She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker." She gave a second lecture, "The Challenge of Archives and Audiences, Union and Universities," during which she discussed her research methods later that night.

The lecture series was named after the late Dr. Sarah Sharbach, who taught history at WSU. During her time here, she was a human rights activist for abuse and violence. Her commitment continued even after she learned that she had breast cancer in 2000. She passed away in 2004, but her legacy lives on through this lecture series.

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Honors Program Students
present at Regional Conference

From left, Kelsey Hopkins '14, Mary Laycox '13 and Abby Chmielecki '12 at Baltimore's inner harbor during their trip to present at the regional conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council in Baltimore April 12-15. Kelsey and Mary presented "The Expansion of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Worcester State University," and Abby presented "The Social and Class Implications of Wedding Attire in Nineteenth Century America," which she researched for her American Antiquarian Society Seminar during the fall 2011 semester.

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Campus Climate Survey

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity would like your assistance in assessing campus climate related to diversity. Please log into the community web page. There, you will find a link to our survey. The survey should take approx 30?45 minutes for you to complete. Your thoughtful responses will assist us in fostering a campus climate conducive to the success of our entire community. Thanks in advance for your time.

Local Farmer's Market
From Mid-June until the end of October, Worcester Farmer's Markets holds markets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., at 306 Chandler in the Beaver Brook Parking Lot; Thursday at Salem Covenant Church, 215 East Mountain St., from 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Come shake the hand of the farmers who grow your food! For more information or to reserve a table, call Andrew O'Keefe, 508-753-7761.

Social Justice Summer Academy
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity 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 Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity at Worcester State University by calling 508-929-8117 or email Application materials can be found at

Road Race to Support WPS Health & Wellness Programs
The Worcester Educational Development Foundation is proud to offer the Foley 5K Road Race on Sunday, May 6 to promote fitness in the community, while also raising valuable funds for health and wellness programs in the Worcester Public Schools. Proceeds from race entry fees go directly towards supplying the necessary equipment to enhance programs in the Worcester Public Schools such as the acquisition of jump ropes and balls for recess, equipment for physical education and funds for movement type clubs. Not a runner? No problem! There is also a 2-mile walker-friendly course that allows you to participate in the fun without having to train for a full 5K.

The race starts and finishes at Foley Stadium, Commerce Bank Field, 305 Chandler St, Worcester. Register on line at or visit

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WSU Named "Best College" by 2012
Worcester Magazine Readers Poll

Worcester Magazine

Worcester State sweeps away Fitchburg State
Sentinel & Enterprise
The Fitchburg State baseball team fell twice to MASCAC rival Worcester State University Tuesday, dropping the first contest of the day 3-2 and...

Exam school proposal picks up support
Telegram & Gazette
Other speakers at the press conference included City Councilor-at-Large Kathleen M. Toomey, who supported the idea of an exam school while she was a School Committee member; Worcester resident and Worcester State University board Chairman John P. Brissette...

Pottery Invitational returns to Worcester Center for Crafts
Telegram & Gazette
Then in June of 2009 the center, one of the oldest crafts institutions in the country, was saved when Worcester State University stepped forward and offered ...

A prescription for term limits
Sentinel & Enterprise
Speakers at Saturday's forum will include Alfredson, Helena Semerjian, chairwoman of the department of health sciences at Worcester State University, ...

Health Care Without Harm Announces 2012 Nurses Awards
"Dr. Chalupka's life work embodies the spirit of the Charlotte Brody Award," stated Kelli Barber, RN, MN, Co-chair of the Nurses Work Group for Health Care Without Harm. "Her work in the field of environmental health spans two decades and includes...

Worcester State wins MASCAC regular-season title
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State 9, Mass. Maritime 0; Worcester State 12, Mass. Maritime 1: Sophomore Carolyn Hassett of Charlton had five hits and three RBIs as the Lancers (21-15, 12-2) captured their first outright MASCAC regular-season title since 1987 with a sweep in Buzzards Bay.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester State University, Worcester: Dr. Imoigele P. Aisiku, vice chairman and chief of critical care in the neurosurgery department of the University of Texas Medical School at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in Houston, will serve as the keynote speaker at WSU?s commencement...

Hassett's Five Hits Lift Worcester State To MASCAC Crown With Sweep Of Massachusetts Maritime
Sophomore Carolyn Hassett (Charlton, Mass.) rapped out five hits and drove in three runs as Worcester State captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference softball regular season championship with a twinbill sweep of Massachusetts Maritime...

Worcester State Claims Second MASCAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Three Years
Worcester State University captured its second Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track & Field championship in three years on Saturday afternoon, as the Lancers posted a 49-point victory over runner-up and host Westfield State University at the 2012 league championships that took place at the Jerry Gravel Track.

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Mon., Apr. 30

Softball vs.
Trinity College (DH)

Rockwood Field
5 & 7 p.m.

Tues., May 1

All Classes End

Wed., May 2

Reading Day

May 3-11

Final Exams
(Day Classes)

Sat., May 5

Spring Choral Concert
Our Lady of
the Angels Church
1222 Main St., Worcester

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sun., May 6

Graduate School
Brunch & Commencement

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Scholarship Tea Honoring
Dr. Melvin Merken

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.


Wed., May 9

Recognition Event

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3 p.m.

Thurs., May 10

Nurses Pinning Ceremony
Sullivan Auditorium
6 p.m.

Sat., May 12

DCU Center
More Info

WSU Chorale
in Concert

Brookfield, Mass.
7-9 p.m.

May 19-20

Reunion Weekend

Golden Grads


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