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Administration Building to be named after
Esteemed Alumna and Its Theatre for the
George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation

Worcester Entrepreneur and WSC Nursing Graduate Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine



Commencement Photo Galleries

Spring Volume of Peer Reviewed Online Journal Launched

Summer 2009: Author Institute


Healthy Homes for All: Dr. Chalupka Receives Grant from the
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development



Event Planning Calendar for 2009-2010

Chartwells Summer Hours/Meal Plans

Get Payroll and Benefits Announcements Sent to your Inbox

Summer All-Sports Camp

Girls Basketball Summer Camp



WSC e-news General Info



In honor of 'May is Better Hearing and Speech Month,' the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) partnered on a project with Deb Cashman, speech-language pathologist at Chandler Magnet School. Graduate students from the CSD Department presented an 'Ears are For Listening: Voices are for Speaking' (ELVS) program to third grade students from Chandler Magnet School. Several students drew posters that are now hanging in the hallway outside room 115 in the Ghosh Science Center. CSD students judged the posters and the top 3 vote-getters received gift certificates to Barnes and Nobel.

A Simulation User’s Network (SUN) Group workshop hosted by the WSC Department of Nursing this past Friday was a great success. The Vital Sim Workshop was attended by representatives of nine regional colleges, Blackstone Valley Vocational High School and Brockton Hospital School of Nursing. The educational sessions were run by Shaun McGovern and Tara Landry of Laerdal Medical Corporation. Participants reviewed the use of Vital Sim scenarios during two hands-on break-out sessions. Many compliments were received for the Ghosh Science Center and the Departments’ Health Assessment and Skills labs. There are plans for future SUN workshops to be hosted by other participants.

Rodney Oudan (Business Administration/Economics) recently published an article titled 'Advertising Advantage' in the Worcester Business Journal. The article provides advice on how to plan an effective advertising campaign and the key elements necessary for a successful campaign. The article offers good recommendations for senior management personnel in these difficult economic times.








Photo Galleries

To see photo galleries from the Class of 2009 commencement, pinning
and hooding ceremonies click here.


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Spring Volume of Peer-Reviewed Online Journal Launched

Volume 1, Number 2 of Currents in Teaching and Learning, WSC’s new peer-reviewed electronic journal, is now online at www.worcester.edu/currents. Individual articles can be read online or the entire issue can be downloaded.


Currents was launched in Fall 2008 by the Worcester State College Center for Teaching and Learning to foster exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines, to explore issues and challenges facing teachers today, and to improve teaching and learning in higher education.


Published twice a year, Currents carries short teaching reports, longer research, theoretical, or conceptual essays, book reviews, announcements of work in progress, and selected “Current Clips & Links” featuring interesting teaching-and-learning-related websites.


Currents is reaching out to centers and networks of teaching and learning within the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium, the region, and the wide world beyond. Submissions come in from all across the United States and from abroad as well.


The spring 2009 issue carries articles, reports, and reviews from contributors in Connecticut and Massachusetts (including Worcester State College and Fitchburg State College), Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and Nevada. There are also links to websites created at colleges, universities, and other non-profit institutions from Maine to Singapore.


Topics covered in the spring 2009 issue of Currents include, among others: a “basic toolkit” for new and early-career faculty with advice and resources for managing a whole range of challenging classroom situations; a case for the importance of writing across the curriculum, and a teaching report making a case and offering a strategy for teaching reading across the disciplines.


Interested in receiving a free subscription to CurrentsClick here to subscribe. You will then be notified when each new issue becomes available online, and will receive (very infrequent) calls for submissions and other announcements. 




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Summer 2009: Author Institute



Dates: June 24 -26, 29 & 30

Time: 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $650.00 - Graduate and professional development credit awarded

Location: Student Center - Blue Lounge


Authors for 2009

Wednesday, June 24 – Barry Moser

Thursday, June 25 – TBA

Friday, June 26 – Marissa Moss

Monday, June 29 – Vera Williams

Tuesday, June 30 – Mary Ann Hoberman


Course Description

The Author Institute is held each year at the end of June and features notable and award winning authors who present to graduate students and teachers from across New England. It takes place over a one week period and features a different children’s author each day. The presenters/authors work diligently to present not only their literature, but also a variety of genre’s and literacy elements, ways to motivate and develop student interest in literature and authoring and formalizes teacher based activities and creativity for classroom use and interest in writing by both teachers and students. The day consists of author presentations, background to the literature being presented, roundtable discussions and activities, personal insight into author process and life experience and author signing. Author and book interest and readability levels span from K through the middle grades/school.


For more info and registration, click here.



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Healthy Homes for All: Dr. Chalupka Receives Grant
from the United States Department of Housing and
Urban Development

A three-year $897,000 grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will aid Dr. Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) and Dr. David Turcotte, of UMass Lowell, with their initiative Healthy Homes for All:  Improving Children’s Health in Diverse Communities.

ABSTRACT: A major challenge faced by current efforts to reach at-risk families with healthy homes messages and remediation is that among those groups most urgently needing these interventions and education are the highly diverse new immigrant groups in the United States.  The number of immigrant households is rapidly increasing, particularly where healthy homes problems are most acute, such as in inner cities and low income neighborhoods.  If healthy homes interventions are to be successful and sustainable, then we must discover better ways to reach these diverse groups.   

The partnership proposing this project is highly experienced in working with diverse communities; the partnership brings together the outreach arm of the city’s only university, the housing authority, the largest CDC, multi-service community action agency and community health center, a first time home buyers education program and a multi-member faith-based organization. 

The proposed demonstration draws on our team’s unique experience in developing cross-cultural healthy homes interventions and impacting the quality of housing to: 

  1. Show how our institutional partners can further develop their capacity to improve residential environments of low income, diverse families with young asthmatic children by providing training and technical assistance to their staff.

  2. Show how interventions with these diverse families can lower exposures to in-home hazards and improve the health of children.

  3. Show how increased knowledge and capacity among our institutional partners, diverse first time home buyers and tenants leads to sustainable and healthy change and outcomes.

The planned demonstration will take place in Lowell, Massachusetts.  Lowell is an ideal community in which to test out these procedures because (a) the population is highly diverse and includes many different immigrant groups from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, (b) the immigrant first time homeowner and landlord population is rapidly growing, (c) the quality of the housing stock suffers from chronic deficiencies, and (d) Lowell has a health infrastructure including a community health center that are strongly committed to addressing the health-related problems caused by poor housing conditions.


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The  annual Planning Calendar meeting was held on May 7th and has been completed. Instead of distributing via paper memo you may access it at http://www.worcester.edu/StudentActivities/Shared%20Documents/planningcalendar.pdf.

Many student organizations and departments have reserved dates for the upcoming year. Please use this calendar in planning any future events to try and avoid similar events on the same day or major events that may conflict with other events already being planned.


For those of you who attended please carefully double check the calendar to make sure it is accurate. In some cases a room change had to be made but just about every event that was brought up at the meeting was able to be scheduled.


Academic and administrative departments should contact Lynda Shusta at lshusta@worcester.edu with any changes or questions. Student organizations and their advisors should contact Tim Sullivan.


Don't forget to add your event to the online campus calendar and contact
the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at ext. 8018 to help promote your event on campus and to the local press.




Lancers Loft Dining Hall will be open for summer hours starting on
Monday, May 18th.


Door rates and hours of operation will be as follows:


8:30 -10:15 a.m. Breakfast $4.25 (Cooked to Order)
10:15 -11:30 a.m. Continental
11:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Lunch $5.75


*Special Offer* Purchase a 30-lunch only meal plan for $160 ($5.33 per meal)



Did you know you can now get announcements from the Payroll and Benefits office sent to your Microsoft Outlook 2007 inbox through an RSS feed?

Go to www.worcester.edu/Payroll.

Click on the orange "RSS" symbol

Then click "subscribe to this feed"

Whenever Payroll and Benefits posts an announcement it will automatically come to your RSS feed folder in Outlook. Not sure where your Outlook RSS Feed folder is? In Outlook, look in your left column of Mail Folders and look for the orange RSS Feeds symbol.


Athletics will be hosting their All Sports Camp from July 27-31. The camp is open to kids ages 8-13. The aim is to teach the essentials of the many sports: baseball, football, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, track, stickball, and soccer. Kids are separated into groups of their own age. Each camper is taught the fundamentals of each sport through a series of talks, demonstrations and drills. Games are played each morning and afternoon. Campers leave a harder worker, with better skills, and more confidence. All sessions are designed for individual improvement. Camp structure allows equal time for instruction and enjoyment. Kids have a blast! Click here for a brochure or call Coach Dirk Baker at 508-929-8852 (dbaker1@worcester.edu).


The WSC women's basketball team will be hosting their 13th annual Girls Basketball Camp, July 20-24 for girls ages 7-16. The coaching staff and players are committed to providing campers with personal attention to improve their fundamentals, and develop their skills and teamwork during game situations. Kids leave camp with improved skills, enthusiasm and motivation for basketball! Click here for a brochure or call Coach Karen Tessmer at 508-929-8769 (ktessmer@worcester.edu).

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Congratulations to Julie Carmel on the birth of her twin boys on May 15.
Aidan Stephen born 10:37 p.m., 5lbs 7 oz
Dylan George born 10:39 p.m., 5 lbs 8 oz


Good luck to Dennis Lindblom, Director of Disability Services and Dr. Joshua Aisiku (Education) on their retirement from Worcester State College.



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**Please Note - Links to online articles may
no longer be available after a certain period of time.**

WSC to name building for noted alumna
Worcester Business Journal (6/8/09)
Worcester State College plans to name its newly renovated administration building after alumna, professor and administrator Helen G. ...

WSC building, theater to get names
Telegram & Gazette (6/8/09)
The Worcester State College Board of Trustees is expected to vote tonight to name the college's ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (6/7/09)
The Sol Boskind Award was presented to students Mary Jane Rosati of Worcester State College, ....

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (5/31/09)
Excerpt: Worcester State College nursing graduate Kimberly Harmon, founder and CEO of Harmon Home Health in Worcester, is one of three female entrepreneurs profiled ...

Easton's Hart, East Bridgewater's Dowd earn college baseball honors
Enterprise (5/28/09)
Two local college baseball standouts received significant honors
on Wednesday for their accomplishments this season. Worcester State College ...

Searching for early man
Telegram & Gazette (5/27/09)
...Jeremy M. DeSilva, assistant professor of biology and an anthropologist at Worcester State College, thinks there’s one thing they could not do like chimpanzees.
Climb trees.

Advertising Advantage
Worcester Business Journal (5/25/09)
Rodney Oudan is an associate professor of marketing at Worcester State College. He can be reached at......

More college baseball honors for Easton's Hart
Easton Journal (5/23/09)
Excerpt: The honors keep piling up for Worcester State College center fielder Matt Hart of Easton following his sensational senior season. ...

The challenge of the Armenian Genocide for the 21st century
The Armenian Reporter (5/21/09)
Mr. Theriault, an associate professor of philosophy at Worcester State College, delivered these remarks on April 22, at the Armenian Genocide ...

Nicely knit
Crafts center agreement a nice fit

Telegram & Gazette (5/20/09)
One has college students, the other has crafts studios. Put them together and you have a creative deal being worked out between Worcester State College and ...

Easton's Hart had a baseball season to remember at Worcester State
Enterprise (5/20/09)
Excerpt: Matt Hart of Easton batted .426 with 69 hits in 44 games and stole 27 bases in 27 attempts for Worcester State College. By Jim Fenton Matt Hart was not ...

Rona Balco chosen as Unsung Heroine of 2009
The Bolton Common (5/19/09)
She and her husband, John, have enjoyed taking courses at Worcester State College. Rona scored a 98 on an exam in Plants and Society, and — at last — took a ...

Mass. officials make available renewable energy bonds
The Journal of New England Technology (5/19/09)
Excerpt: Others, including solar installations at state universities such as Worcester State College, Mount Wachusett Community College, North Shore Community ...

Salute to Nurses 2009
An example to her students - Faculty Honoree: Barbara Giguere

Boston Globe (5/14/09)
Barbara Giguere wrote her doctoral thesis on nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, and for many students over her nearly 30-year teaching career, Giguere has been a similarly inspiring and illuminating influence.

'Hobbit' was a dwarf with large feet [pdf]
NatureNews.com (5/6/09)
Excerpt: "It is a fascinating specimen — a combination of puzzling features never seen together before," says Jeremy DeSilva, a palaeoanthropologist at Worcester State College

June 10, 2009


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