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WSC Student Honored at Commonwealth Corps Finale at Fenway Park

Chorale and Friends Travel to Portugal




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Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) participated in the recent Northeastern Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, June 11 and 12, 2009.  

Professor Morreale presented a paper titled: 
Leadership Strategies and Theories in Policing: Cutting through the Morass.   

In addition, Professor Morreale, Professor John Tahiliani and Professor Jeffrey W. Cohen, from the WSC Criminal Justice Department, presented a paper titled Student Engagement Strategies in Criminal Justice: Applying Andragogy, Affective Learning, Integrative Course Design and Active Learning in Criminal Justice Courses.








WSC student honored at Commonwealth Corps
finale at
Fenway Park


On June 26, a contingent of WSC's Commonwealth Corps attended the grand finale hosted by Governor Deval Patrick at Fenway Park.  This special event included not only a celebration of Commonwealth Corps throughout the state, but also tours of Fenway Park and opportunities to share the successes of the first ever state-wide Corps.


WSC’s own Thea Aschkenase, elder student, Auschwitz survivor and Corps member in the Ending Hunger Together Program was the only Corps member to be singled out and recognized for her dedication and commitment to service.  Because Governor Deval Patrick was attending the funeral of a Massachusetts Iraq soldier, David Roach, Co-Chair of the Board presented the award to a very surprised Thea. 

Despite all the budget cutbacks, Commonwealth Corps will be funded for the next year and an intergenerational team of WSC students will continue the work of helping to get food on people’s tables.

Learn more about Thea:

Thea Aschkenase is a stalwart volunteer member of Commonwealth Corps “Ending Hunger Together” program at Worcester State College. Thea is an Auschwitz survivor and learned firsthand, in German concentration camps, the devastating effects of hunger. One of Thea’s passions is ending hunger and she has been at the forefront of all the Intergenerational Urban Institute hunger initiatives. 

When she came to the WSC campus as an elder student, in addition to taking courses, she volunteered in community service programs sponsored by the Intergenerational Urban Institute, became a core member of the IUI team and participated in many of their programs including the Teen Parent mentoring program. In 2007, after ten years as a student, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies. The theme of her senior thesis was Universal Breakfast.  She shared her story as a survivor with the students of the Youth Policy Council at South High and encouraged them to work for universal breakfast for all high school students. With the strong support of Maureen Binienda, now the Principal of South High, and the work of the Youth Policy Council, South High became the first high school in the Commonwealth to provide universal breakfast for their students. 

South High students were so inspired by Thea and her story that when they saw food being thrown away and wasted at lunch time they asked permission to create space in the cafeteria where students could leave food to be shared after school.  Today when you visit the South High cafeteria you will see signs on tables located around the room which say “Thea’s Sharing Table."  Many students at South High have more to eat because of Thea. 

When the Commonwealth Corps team was formed on campus to “End Hunger Together,” Thea was first in line to give of her time and energy.  She is part of the “SNAP Outreach Team” and together with Corps members she takes part in food stamp outreach to elders.  Thea remembers her early years in the United States as an immigrant and says: “I found Worcester a very friendly and welcoming city, and it was a proud day when after five years we were granted our citizenship. But I have not forgotten how hard life can be, I am trying to do my share to make life a little easier for other people.”  Thea was offered a stipend when the Commonwealth Corps began in the fall. She was offered one again in the spring. Her answer is always the same, “No, no I cannot take money, after all, this country has been so good to me.  It is my turn to give back.”  At age 85, Thea is the oldest member of Commonwealth Corps, this gentle loving woman is a staunch warrior in the battle against hunger, an inspiration to us all and a blessing in our midst.


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Chorale and Friends Travel to Portugal



The Chorale toured Portugal from May 18-26, singing at the most illustrious venues in the country. One of the most successful trips taken by the Chorale, students also had the opportunity to attend a soccer match, visit the Lisbon Aquarium, attend numerous art museums and churches, see the burial site of Vasco da Gama.


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Ralph Ricci’s daughter Tanya Tran gave birth to Sofia Maria Tran on June 27. Sofia weighed 7lbs 4oz and was 20.5 inches in height.  This is Ralph’s second grandchild.  Both mother and baby are doing great.


Emmanuel Guinding and Alan O'Gara have joined the
   Facilities Department as Maintainers

Michael Sidoti is the new Director of Disability Services

Gail Tebo has joined the College Police Department as a Police Officer


Good luck to Frances William who retired from the Library



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

Evans, Armenian Community, and Others Critical
of "Preventing Genocide" Report
The Armenian Weekly.com (7/10/09)
Henry C. Theriault, an IAGS Executive Board member and associate professor of philosophy at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Worcester State College, rebutted the panelists' position. “This report refers to the Armenians ...

Portsmouth Regional Hospital Announces New CEO
Seacoastonline.com (7/8/09)
Anne received a bachelor's degree from Worcester State College, an MBA from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA, and a Juris Doctor from Massachusetts School ...

Montreal Repatriate Araz Artinian Raises $250,000 for Yerevan Schools
The Armenian Weekly.com (7/6/09)
Dr. Henry Theriault, associate professor of philosophy at Worcester State College, says of Artinian's work, “There exists just a small initial literature on such topics as the intergenerational transfer of genocide trauma. ...

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (7/5/09)
“Understanding the expanding role of the arts in Worcester's economy, Worcester State College has taken the timely step of enhancing its offerings to meet ...

Hold the line - Local colleges struggle to keep costs down
Worcester Business Journal (7/6/09)
That means students at Fitchburg State College, Framingham State College and Worcester State College will see tuition remain at $970 for the year, ...

The kids in the middle - Hanover reaches out through AVID
Telegram & Gazette (6/28/09)
Excerpt: AVID trains not only teachers but college tutors. More than 150 from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, Anna Maria and Worcester ...

Citizenship is key with Frances Meringolo
Holden Landmark (6/25/09)
She majored in history at Assumption College, where she received her undergraduate degree, and earned her master's degree at Worcester State College. ...

Hub hoops coach pens book for young ballers
The Bay State Banner (6/25/09)
He left Worcester State after three standout years and headed overseas in pursuit of his hoop dreams...

36 Students and 10 Organizations Honored....
at WCCA's Youth Media Honor Awards

WCCAtv.com  (6/24/09)
Worcester Youth Center, YMCA, YWCA, Girls & Boys Club, Project Triumph, Worcester State College, Dynamy Inc, Community College Connection, Greater Worcester Community Foundation and Worcester Cultural Commission ...

Starship Adventures launches Friday Summer reading program underway
The Nantucket Independent (6/24/09)
He graduated from Worcester State College with a bachelor's degree in health education. The reading program will kick off with a collaboration between the ...

'Creative Economy' Target of New Worcester State Degree
Worcester Business Journal (6/23/09)
Excerpt: Worcester State College will begin enrolling students in a new interdisciplinary visual and performing arts degree this fall now that ...

Solmonese picks a new leader
The Sun Chronicle (6/23/09)
Bolton said she has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Worcester State College and a master's degree in computers and education from Lesley ...

Ware superintendent picks principal for Ware Middle School
MassLive.com (6/22/09)
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Salem State College and a master's degree in education from Worcester State College. Prior to coming to the Ware ...

Hanover, Colleges Boost Public School Programs
Worcester Business Journal & prnewswire.com (6/22/09)
Anna Maria College, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State College have agreed to provide more than 100 student ...

Hanover gives school $500k
Donation aids AVID program

Telegram & Gazette (6/21/09)
Worcester State, the first area college to participate in AVID, has committed 40 students.

Airport Authority has qualms about flag artist's proposal
Citizen.com  (6/19/09)
... of the Great American Flag project, an effort he began in 1998, when he wanted to do something to liven up a blank wall in front of Worcester College. ...

Crafts Center, WSC Union Official
Worcester Business Journal (6/19/09)
Excerpt: The Worcester Center for Crafts Board of Trustees has officially agreed to an alliance with Worcester State College that will keep the center open.

Patrick nominates lawyer to Juvenile Court
Telegram & Gazette, Wicked Local Bedford & Bedford Minuteman (6/11/09)
Excerpt: She has a bachelor's degree from Worcester State College and a master's degree from Assumption College. Ms. Capuano opened her law practice at 11 West Main ...

July 15, 2009


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