2009 Worcester State Universities President's Annual Report
Worcester State Universities President's Annual Report 2009
Embracing the Future Worcester State College 2009 President's Annual Report Message from the President College Officers 2008-2009 Janelle C. Ashley, Ph.D. President Maureen D. Shamgochian '80, Ph.D. Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs Sibyl Brownlee, Ph.D. Vice President, Student Affairs Kathleen Eichelroth, CPA Vice President, Administration and Finance Thomas M. McNamara '94 Vice President, Institutional Advancement Trustees 2008-2009 George W. Tetler III Chair It is my pleasure to present the Worcester State College annual report for 2008-2009. Our faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have worked diligently to ensure that we continue to provide our students an excellent education of exceptional value. Despite the challenging economic environment, the past year was one of significant accomplishment. We completed the first major revisions to our core curriculum in 30 years. The revised curriculum is designed to better prepare students for the changing realities of the twenty-first century and to give them greater flexibility to fulfill the requirements of their major. We also received approval from the Department of Higher Education to introduce a new undergraduate major in Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Arts. The program was developed in response to numerous requests from students and in recognition of the growing importance of creative economies. Coincident with the introduction of our new major, the College entered into an alliance with the Worcester Center for Crafts, an innovative partnership that will expand opportunity for creative expression for all our students. Undergraduate student research was another area of continued accomplishment last year. This spring, we celebrated student and faculty research in an exposition that featured more than 140 exhibits representing disciplines across the curriculum. In addition, we expanded opportunities for service learning and strengthened community partnerships. The talent and dedication of our entire Worcester State College community have not gone unrecognized. For the sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named us a Best Northeastern College. For the fourth year, Worcester Magazine readers named us the Best College in Worcester. Both awards are a tribute to the hard work of many, many people who dedicate themselves to providing an excellent, well-rounded education that prepares our students for the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. Finally, I want to extend my personal appreciation to all of you who support the College with your time, energy, and financial gifts. Support for our Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign has continued to be strong despite the economic downturn. Volunteers have continued to enrich the educational experience of our students. With the kind and generous support of our alumni and friends, the College remains poised to successfully meet emerging challenges and to embrace the future with confidence. John P. Brissette '88 Vice Chair Jean A. Campaniello '77 Vice Chair George H. Albro '65, M.Ed. '68 Jeffrey L. Busha '90 Lisa M. Giarrusso Stephen Paige Elizabeth Rooney '10 Richard A. Sheppard Ronald R. Valerio '75 Worcester State Foundation Board 2008-2009 David E. Bedard '74 President Gregg H. Rosen '86 Vice President Mary C. Ritter Vice President Edward L. Sherr Treasurer Kathleen Eichelroth, CPA Assistant Treasurer Thomas M. McNamara '94 Clerk Directors George H. Albro '65, M.Ed. '68 Mary K. Alexander, Ed.D Janelle C. Ashley, Ph.D. Lee J. Beaudoin '73 Keith E. Blanchette '98, CPA Jean M. Borgatti, Ph.D. Stephen J. Bostic '77, M.Ed. '86 Craig A. Bovaird '77 John P. Brissette '88 Thank you for all that you do. Judy L. Carmody '88, Ph.D. Jill C. Dagilis '78 Andrew Davis Gene J. DeFeudis Janelle C. Ashley Julia Dvorko, Ph.D. Monica Escobar Lowell James C. Garvey James D. Glickman Lillian R. Goodman, Ed.D. Richard E. Greene '54, M.Ed. '58, Ed.D. Kenneth P. Heekin Gregory O. Hunter '84 Brendan J. King, Esq. Charlotte Z. Klein '75 George P. Leasca '77 Peter M. Mantegazza Robert McCann '80 Howard D. McGinn '83 Janet Wilson Moore, Esq. Vincent V. Nieroda '68 William F. O'Neil, M.Ed. '63, Ed.D. David H. Quist. Ed.D Robert J. Spain, Jr. '78 George W. Tetler, III, Esq. Richard E. Thomas Steven J. Ward '76 Alumni Association's Advisory Board 2008-2009 Steven J. Ward '76 President Sharon S. McDonald '86 Vice President Maryanne M. Hammond '69, M.Ed. '72 Secretary Mark A. Aucoin '86, M.Ed. '00 Executive Committee Amy L. Peterson '03 Executive Committee Directors Derek S. Brindisi '99 Camilla H. Caffrey Gordie O. Daniels '91, Esq. Louis E. DiMuzio '91 Margaret C. Farrey '54, M.Ed. '78 Donald J. Howard '51, M.Ed. '56 * Joshua L. Katz '06 Vincent J. Matulaitis '66 Catheryn C. McEvoy-Zdonczyk '95 Dana J. Murphy '01 Reza A. Namin '82, M.Ed. '85, C.A.G.S. '88, Ph.D. Richard J. Quinlivan '69 Maureen D. Shamgochian '80, Ph.D. Nicole E. Valentine '96 Tamara J. Yurkenas '02 2009 President's Annual Report Worcester State College Embracing the Future The Year in Review 2 Up Close at WSC 10 Financial Report 16 Opportunity for a Lifetime 17 Faces of Philanthropy 18 Donor Honor Roll 24 Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees Ronald R. Valerio '75 SGA President/Student Representative Laura Kender '10 * Deceased Embracing the Future T oday's college students are coming of age in a rapidly changing world--one characterized by shifting economic realities, ongoing environmental pressures, and the evolving impact of globalization. In response, academic year 2008-2009 was one of assessment, planning, and change at Worcester State College. We have modified our core curriculum, expanded academic and enrichment opportunities, and laid the groundwork for organizational adjustments. Our priority has been to take those steps necessary to fully prepare students for success in the world of today and tomorrow-- and to empower them to embrace the future with confidence. An exuberant mood prevailed at the College's 133rd Commencement on May 17 at the DCU Center. WSC awarded 891 undergraduate degrees and 231 graduate degrees. Dottie Manning, M.Ed. '88, delivered the keynote address. Associate Professor of Communication Julie Frechette, Ph.D., received the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award. The College reorganized the Department of Languages and Literature to create a separate English Department and Department of World Languages effective fall 2009. Core Curriculum Updated The first revision of our general education program in more than 30 years has been implemented with incoming freshmen in fall 2009. The faculty-driven revision process, begun under President Kalyan K. Ghosh and completed this spring, reduces the number of required general education credits from 60 to 49. The move, in keeping with recommendations from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, is designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet twenty-first century challenges. Courses will be interdisciplinary and thematic, with focus on key content areas: � quantitative reasoning � scientific experiences � global perspectives � the United States and its role in the world personal and community responsibility creative expression � writing At least 12 general education credits must be at the 200 level or higher, and courses will require students to apply math, writing, and diversity knowledge and skills across the curriculum. The revised curriculum also gives students greater flexibility to fulfill the requirements of their major. The total number of credits required for a bachelor's degree remains 120. � � Dean System Implemented The Office of Academic Affairs has added academic deans to its organizational structure. The deans will provide greater support for department chairs, advocate for faculty and student needs, and participate in administrative decision-making to support academic excellence at the College. Former Education Department Chair Elaine Tateronis '63, M.Ed. '74, Ed.D., was appointed Dean of Education this spring. The position was a priority because there are 28 different programs in the Education Department alone and licensure regulations have become increasingly complex. A search for a Dean of Arts and Sciences will be conducted in-house this fall. After careful evaluation, a third dean position may be created in the future. 2 2009 President's Annual Report Year in Review New Major Introduced After several years of diligent preparation, the College has won approval from the Department of Higher Education to introduce a new major--a bachelor of arts in Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Arts. The major will build on an already vibrant arts program at the College in which students can earn a minor in music, theatre, or visual art. The new major will provide students with a robust foundation for their own creative work, prepare them for expanding employment opportunities in the arts, and serve as a stepping-stone to graduate studies. Surveys have shown significant interest among students in the new major, which will utilize existing resources. These include an expanded Applied Music program, a large art gallery, a new sculpture studio, and an extensively renovated Fuller Theatre in the Administration Building. In addition, a new partnership with the Worcester Center for Crafts will enable the department to increase course offerings and expand studio space. New courses required by the major will be offered beginning in spring 2010, with the full first-year curriculum initiated that fall. In the past academic year, the Financial Aid Office processed more than $24 million in financial aid and worked with the Admissions Office and Scholarship Committee to distribute a total of $678,747 in scholarship funds. Preliminary Plan Completed Five 18-member subcommittees drawn from a broad spectrum of the College community have completed preliminary work on a five-year strategic plan for the College, to be implemented in 2010. Using objective data, the subcommittees identified five strategic opportunities: ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, PRIORITIES, AND PERSONNEL. The changing needs of students, employers, and the Commonwealth, as well as increasing global challenges will necessitate shifts in academic offerings. ATTRACTING, ENGAGING, AND RETAINING QUALIFIED STUDENTS. A continued decline in the population of traditional college age students will require changes in student recruitment efforts and student services. LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT. The state government and general public will increasingly demand evidence of educational impact and cost efficiency as justification for public financing. Core infrastructure. Substantial ongoing support of facility and technology initiatives will be necessary to expand the quality of learning and meet the needs and expectations of students, faculty, and staff. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. The College must increase its capacity to generate resources that will allow it to pursue strategic, transformational goals. A steering committee will evaluate and prioritize the findings, which will form the basis of the College's 2010-2014 strategic plan. A dazzling production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance was among the many memorable achievements of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The art gallery was the site of four exhibitions in the last academic year. 2009 President's Annual Report 3 Year in Review The Student Center buzzed with intellectual energy during the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Advancing Student Research Thanks to our exceptional and deeply committed faculty, opportunities for students to engage in hands-on research continue to expand across the curriculum. We recognize that through active engagement in the pursuit of knowledge, students experience a deep transformative learning beyond what takes place in the classroom. Several events this year promoted student and faculty research, including the following: CELEBRATION OF SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVITY. Nearly 150 exhibits representing research from across the curriculum were showcased on April 29. Topics were wide-ranging and included a novel pharmacological therapeutic in inhibiting melanoma cancer; computational studies of biodiesel; the global turn in the alternative media movement; the role of identity in high school peer relationships; public transportation in the greater Worcester area; and creating an urban arts district from Worcester's brownfields. The exhibition coincided with the annual student art show. FIFTEENTH ANNUAL MASS. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE. More than 20 WSC students traveled to UMass, Amherst, to participate in this annual event on May 1, with 550 students from all over the Commonwealth. Our students gave individual and group poster presentations. Eleven faculty members from five different departments sponsored the student presentations, many of which had grown out of research conducted in independent studies. THE ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE IN SOCIOLOGY. The Sociology Department hosted this event on April 17, with more than 40 students from New England colleges and universities presenting their work. This conference provides a meaningful opportunity for students in the social sciences to share their work. Centers of Excellence Each year, scholarship at the College is enriched by a wide range of programs and speakers sponsored by our diverse centers. The following initiatives from the past year are among the many ways that centers foster a community of scholars and learners: THE CENTER FOR SERVICE LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT sponsored two community forums designed to educate students about community issues, introduce them to opportunities to get involved, and build meaningful partnerships with participating organizations. The Boys and Girls Club, Horizons for Homeless Children, Seven Hills, Friendly House, and the Main South and Oakhill Community Development Centers were among the participants. Our Conference and Events Department facilitated 6,875 events in 2008-2009, more than twice the number of events in the previous year. THE CENTER FOR STUDY OF HUMAN RIGHTS sponsored a number of thought-provoking speakers, including radio producer and author David Barsamian. The center also hosted a four-day forum featuring South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus. Professor Emeritus Merrill Goldwyn, Ph.D., who co-founded the center in 1982, was honored at the culminating event. THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING launched its semiannual online journal�Currents in 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. 4 2009 President's Annual Report Year in Review Community Partnerships Students benefit from our commitment to community service. Through our many partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations, students have opportunities to apply their knowledge to real life situations and practice active citizenship. The following are just a few of the many ways that students, faculty, and staff served the greater community last year. HUNGER INITIATIVES. The Intergenerational Urban Institute (IUI) and the Urban Studies Department hosted several initiatives to end hunger. A forum on November 18 served as the launch for Commonwealth Corps, a state grant-funded initiative supporting projects including food stamp outreach to elders, volunteer development for Brigham Hill Community Farm, development of a hunger curriculum for urban schools, and a hunger website. IUI implemented a new program, Ending Hunger Together, one of the first programs to receive support from Commonwealth Corps. Guest Speakers Make an Impact Campus life was enriched by a wide range of speakers over the academic year. The Diversity Lecture Series, sponsored by Student Activities and other campus groups, featured seven notable speakers including Native American musician and storyteller Bill Miller and author and former Peace Corps Volunteer Kris Holloway. The student group Third World Alliance, with support from others, sponsored the second annual Courageous Conversations lecture, featuring author Angela Davis. The College was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year--one of only 10 institutions in Massachusetts to receive the national award two years in a row. ROBERT F. KENNEDY CHILDREN ACTION CORPS. The Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement worked with the R.F.K. Children Action Corps to develop a scholarship/internship program for WSC seniors. Up to six students can be accepted into the program and receive full-time summer jobs before their senior year. A senior year fellowship includes tuition and a paid internship. PUBLIC SCHOOL OUTREACH. The College expanded its many partnerships with public schools by initiating a program with University Park Campus School to provide college-bound seniors extra support over the summer. We also hosted numerous events on campus, including a Humanities Scholars Collaborative that drew 140 high school juniors, and we continued our Kids to College program with sixth grade students from Gates Lane and Belmont Street schools. UPWARD BOUND. Our residential academy, which prepares urban, minority, or low-income students for their transition to the next grade level, drew 18 high school students. Twelve were seniors, and all will be attending college. One will be attending Princeton University on a full scholarship, while other students have been accepted at Anna Maria, Emerson, Seton Hall, Suffolk, the University of Maine, UMass, and WSC. Angela Davis (top), Bill Miller (bottom), and Kris Holloway are among the many speakers who brought fresh perspectives and thought-provoking ideas to the College last year. 2009 President's Annual Report 5 Year in Review International Programs Preparing our students for successful participation in an increasingly globalized marketplace continues to be a priority at WSC. Fifty-four students last year took advantage of wide-ranging opportunities to study and learn in overseas locations including Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Spain. These students engaged in rigorous academic programs, performed community service in disadvantaged regions of the world, and expanded their appreciation of the visual and performing arts. During their highly successful tour of Portugal this May, the WSC Chorale performed in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palacio Foz (Foz Palace), a breath-taking palace in the heart of Lisbon, to a capacity audience of more than 200 people. The Chorale also sang and received standing ovations at Palmela Castle and at the Convent de la Remedios in Evora. During the tour, students had an opportunity to attend a soccer match, visit the Lisbon Aquarium, attend numerous art museums and churches, see the burial site of Vasco da Gama, and spend a day at the ocean. Lancer Pride Lancer teams had an outstanding year, with our baseball team finishing first in Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) regular season play for the seventh time since the league was formed in 1971. The women's track and cross country team finished second in MASCAC all three track seasons. In addition, four teams--field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, and baseball--competed post-season in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the nation's largest athletic conference. Our student-athletes were equally impressive in the classroom and the community. For example, the women's basketball team worked on "Math Madness" with Worcester Public Schools, an innovative program that combines math with basketball. The team also raised money for breast cancer awareness. The men's basketball team participated in the Big Brothers Program at Chandler Magnet School and did weekly reading to pre-schoolers at the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester/Webster. Ten teams earned an average GPA of 3.30 and above. The combined fall GPA for all teams was 2.92, while 171 students made the StudentAthlete Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.0 and above. Career Services In support of the College's commitment to preparing students for satisfying careers, the Career Services Department partnered with several other campus groups to initiate a Sustainability Fair, which introduced students to emerging opportunities in the "green economy." The event drew more than 400 students and other attendees, with more than 22 employers, agencies, vendors, and advocacy groups providing information. Career Services also initiated resume walk-in hours for students and alumni and continued to maintain Lancerlink, a job site for students and alumni. The baseball team was among four Lancer teams that qualified for the New England ECAC tournament. 6 2009 President's Annual Report Year in Review Division of Graduate and Continuing Education The Graduate School recognized 186 master's degree graduates and candidates at its fourth annual hooding ceremony on May 15. Professor of Education Joshua Aisiku, Ph.D., served as the faculty speaker--his last official assignment before returning to his home country, Nigeria, to serve as president of a new institution of higher education. Kristine Miele, M.Ed. '08, one of the first three graduate students since the late 1980s to receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology, was the student speaker. The Graduate School also hosted the annual Massachusetts State Colleges Graduate Symposium on April 17. More than 60 THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (IELI) served more than 200 students who are studying English as a second language. Students' native languages included Chinese, Arabic, Polish, Spanish, Thai, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Albanian, and Turkish�to name a few. In addition to conducting classes in China, the institute returned to Putnam, Conn., for a second year, providing expanded offerings in ESL to the Putnam Science Academy. The IELI program also expanded and redesigned the Bridge to College program. The program helps ESL students who are advanced in their language studies to begin taking collegecredit classes in anticipation of being accepted into Worcester State College as matriculated undergraduate students. For the LEI ribbon-cutting ceremony, children made a paper chain with hand-written messages. WSC Board of Trustees Chair George Tetler read one of the messages to the crowd: "LEI is fun because we get to do our homework and make new friends." graduate students from all over the state convened in the Learning Resource Center to celebrate a day of scholarship and collegiality through the presentations of student research and poster sessions. Professor Raynold Lewis, Ph.D., chair of the Education Department, gave the keynote address. THE LATINO EDUCATION INSTITUTE (LEI) welcomed more than 150 students, families, and friends to a dedication of its new location at 537 Chandler Street on October 29. The LEI works with children and their families to strengthen English skills, offer homework help, and foster a love of learning. LEI Executive Director Mary Jo Marion and a group of children presented a thank you gift to Worcester State Foundation Vice Chair Gregg Rosen, whose leadership in the purchase of the house made the new location possible. Campus Security Members of our College Police Department are fully committed to maintaining the safety and security of the campus community. Last year, they completed more than 800 hours of training in topics including CPR, Defensive Tactics, Domestic Violence Training, EMT Refresher Training, Firearms Training and Qualifications, and Sexual Assault Investigations. The department participated in all parent and student orientations to improve safety awareness and knowledge. In addition, College Police joined other departments including Information Technology to implement a College Wide Notification System. 2009 President's Annual Report 7 Year in Review Campus Upgrades The past year has seen many significant upgrades to our buildings and grounds. Renovations to the Administration Building were completed, including the installation of all mechanical, structural, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure as well as improvements to most interior and exterior surfaces. The building will allow us to serve our students better by creating a "student mall" that houses essential student services including our academic advising, bursar, financial aid, and registrar offices. Solar panels on the roof of the LRC generate 140,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to supply electricity to 20 homes of about 2,800 square feet each. Our athletic complex received significant updates last year. The artificial turf at Coughlin Field was replaced with a new mono-filament fiber surface, the track was resurfaced, and lighting was upgraded with energy efficient fixtures. The stadium's press box was also refurbished. Organic recycling was implemented last November by forming a partnership with a local pig farmer. To date, nearly six tons of food waste from campus dining services have been diverted from our municipal solid waste stream. � Conservation efforts in the dining area included the elimination of cafeteria trays and the installation of high efficiency valves, reducing hot water used in dishwashing by 166,000 gallons a year. In addition, a recently purchased biodiesel processor will begin converting waste cooking oil to fuel this fall. � The building has received a Green Building of America Award from the publication Real Estate and Construction Review, chosen from more than 2,500 nominated projects, and will be featured in the Northeast Green Success Stories edition. SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS. The College's commitment to sustainability was evident in several important projects completed or initiated over the past year: � Five hundred and forty solar panels were installed on the roof of the Learning Resource Center, the largest photovoltaic installation on any college campus in the state, and the largest in central Massachusetts. The array will generate over 140,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The photovoltaic array is funded by IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) and a grant from the Mass Technology Collaborative. � The single stream recycling program remains on track, averaging approximately 80 tons of material recycled each year. Since its inception in October 2006, nearly half a million pounds of assorted paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal have been recycled. Work began on a 172-bed expansion to Dowden Hall, with completion and occupancy slated for fall 2010. College purchasing now requires recycled content in paper products, trash bags, paper clips and staples. The recycled content in paper office supplies (except photocopy paper) has been increased from 30% to 100% and toilet paper and paper towels are Green Seal certified. � The College received a $57,000 grant from the Massachusetts Lead by Example program to perform energy audits on campus buildings and to upgrade bathroom fixtures to those that use less water. � A task force was formed to assist with development of a Climate Action Plan. This is the next step in complying with requirements of the America College and Universities President's Climate Commitment. � 8 2009 President's Annual Report Year in Review Giving Stable Despite Weak Economy Alumni and friends showed impressive support for the College despite the economic downturn. Overall donations for fiscal year 2009 were on par with previous annual levels. The Worcester State Foundation endowment received gifts from 3,529 donors totaling $1,992,844. These resulted from a renewed focus on annual giving and major gifts to the Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign. Thirty-seven percent of donations came from alumni, 34 percent from foundations, 15 percent from friends of WSC, and 14 percent from corporations. Sound stewardship of all gifts--in good times and bad--is a priority of the Foundation board of directors and the Office of Institutional Advancement. Quick action was taken last fall to protect the endowment from the stock market downturn, and new gifts were placed in certificates of deposit to preserve principal. At the end of October, the Foundation's portfolio was down 18 percent. By the close of FY09, the endowment was down 15.9%. The Worcester State Foundation transferred $1,253,795 to the College. More than 17.5 percent went to scholarship aid. Another $624,646 supported the purchase of equipment, Thirty-two faculty research projects received full or partial funding from $100,000 allocated for Faculty Mini-Grants, a joint program of the offices of Institutional Advancement and Academic Affairs. Maryanne Kenary, M.Ed. '81, President Ashley, James Kenary, and Worcester Mayor Konstantina Lukes at the 15th annual Scholarship Tea, which honored the Kenarys for their many contributions to the community. The Tea raised more than $12,000, most of which benefited the Vera Dowden Baldwin Scholarship Fund. Robert and Linda Bilodeau, parents of the late Jill Bilodeau '98, with recipients of the scholarship they established in Jill's memory, Spencer Steeves (l) and Alyssa Amidon, at the 2008 Scholarship Donor and Recipient Brunch. $178,365 was directed to program support, $129,600 to faculty support, and $101,550 to property expenses. The Foundation supported capital projects, including the planned renovation of the library entrance and completion of the Rockwood Field reconstruction. DONOR APPRECIATION. Hundreds of alumni and friends were praised for their remarkable generosity at our annual donor recognition events--Distinguished Donors Reception, Scholarship Donor and Recipient Brunch, Tiffany Gates Society Dinner, President's Circle Society Holiday Party, and Pillar Society Luncheon. ALUMNI RECONNECT. The College was thrilled to welcome many alumni back to campus and to chapter events throughout the year. Reunion Weekend, Homecoming and Family Weekend, and "socials by major" were all well attended. The first WSC Night at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts drew many alumni, faculty, staff, and friends for a performance of THE RAT PACK IS BACK! A fundraiser for student scholarships, the event was sponsored by theatre co-owners Edward Madaus, M.Ed. '72, and Paul Demoga '67. 9 2009 President's Annual Report Up Close at WSC Lifelong learner now national healthcare expert ohn Connolly '62, Ed.D., went from Eventually, he was named president of being a classroom teacher to being the Dutchess Community College in nation's foremost expert on identifying top Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a position he held for physicians. 10 years. He also became very active in As president and CEO of Castle community service. Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of conConnolly was serving on the board of sumer guides to help people find the best New York Medical College in Valhalla, healthcare, he is a frequent guest on televiN.Y., when the board of trustees, chaired by sion and radio shows including Today, Good John K. Castle, asked if he would consider Morning America, and 20/20. His compataking over as president. The college, the ny's books and articles are widely read. nation's second largest private medical colConnolly attributes much of his suclege, was struggling at the time. Connolly, cess to the fact that he has "always been along with Castle, other trustees, and faculopen to learning new things"--a quality ty and administrative leaders, turned it that was evident even while a student at around in 18 months. He served a total of Worcester State Teachers College. The quo10 years as president. tation beside his college yearbook photo "By then, I'd spent 20 years as a college John Connolly's books include America's Top reads: "I grow old learning something new president and was beginning to think it was Doctors� and America's Top Doctors� for every day." time to do something different," Connolly Cancer. Connolly was trained as a science recalls. "John Castle suggested we found a teacher and retains fond memories of many company to help people find excellent docof his professors, including Chemistry Professor Melvin Merken, tors, since people were always asking us for advice about finding Ed.D. good doctors. We thought if our friends and colleagues were asking us, a lot of other people probably needed the same information." Through books, articles, conferences, and a website that displays 2 million physician profiles a month (www.castleconnolly.com), the company gives people the tools and information they need to find the best health care, according to Connolly. "We do extensive research to identify the best primary care doctors and specialists both regionally and nationally," he explains. "We don't claim to identify every excellent doctor out there, but we are careful to recommend only those who meet our highest While he was teaching at Worcester's Chandler Junior High standards." School, he earned a master's degree in counseling psychology Connolly is frequently asked how consumers can go about from the University of Connecticut. "By then I was becoming finding excellent doctors on their own. "The most important interested in the community college movement," recalls thing is to be an assertive shopper," he advises. "Check on board Connolly. "It was an exciting new thing offering people an certification and disciplinary history. Have an outline of quesopportunity to go to school for two years and either seek tions you want to ask. And consider your needs. If you're lookemployment in their chosen field or continue their education." ing for the best surgeon, the doctor's personality probably doesConnolly took a position as director of admissions and regn't matter. But if you're looking for a primary care doctor, you istrar at Sullivan County Community College in New York and want someone you feel comfortable with." began working on a doctorate in college and university adminisGood advice from someone who has devoted his life to edutration from Teacher's College, Columbia University. cation--and learning. J Connolly attributes much of his success to the fact that he has "always been open to learning new things." 10 2009 President's Annual Report Up Close at WSC Patience, flexibility pay off Angelique Torres's WSC awards included the George F. and Sybil H. ngelique Torres '05 has some advice for today's job-seekers: Have an open mind, give any opportunity a second look, think positive, and be patient. These are tools that she herself used during a "challenging" job search that ultimately led her to Genzyme Corporation, a leading biotech firm that specializes in developing treatments for life-threatening diseases. Torres, who majored in communication at WSC, is a senior human resources administrator in the company's University Relations and Diversity Programs. She returned to her alma mater last February to take part in a panel discussion about the biotechnology industry. "There's no question that these are challenging times," she told the audience of current students and faculty. "Prospective employees face stiff competition. Even in the biotech field, employers want people who are good communicators and whose background includes a range of experiences." Those are qualities that Torres brought to her position at Genzyme. Throughout her years as a student, she was involved in a wide variety of activities. She served as a freshmen orientation leader, a tutor and mentor in the Upward Bound program, and president of the Third World Alliance. She also studied for a semester in Seville, Spain--the fulfillment of a dream, she says, to get closer to her own family heritage. "I really can't say enough about the opportunities at Worcester State," Torres says. "There are so many ways to broaden your horizons." She is especially enthusiastic about internship opportunities. "I did two internships," she recalls, "one at United Way of A Fuller Scholarship, the Helen M. Smith Scholarship, and the Robert Ivor O'Brien Scholarship. Central Massachusetts and the other at Intel Corporation. I didn't know if I wanted to go into the public or private sector. Those internships helped me decide which direction was best for me." Following graduation, Torres earned a master's degree in organizational and corporate communication from Emerson College. Despite compiling an outstanding academic record and a number of awards from both WSC and Emerson, she says, "The job hunt after graduation was a challenge. It was the old story. I was either too qualified because of my degrees or not qualified enough because of my lack of experience." She made the best of a difficult situation by taking on whatever temporary jobs she could find. She also used a number of web-based resources and built a professional network. Most important, she says, she stayed open to possibilities. "Many job seekers have a fixed vision of where they see themselves," Torres explains. "I learned that it can take patience to get there, and what might not seem like a good opportunity can turn out to be a stepping stone along the way." Her position at Genzyme is a perfect example. The job description didn't match the role she had envisioned for herself, but she decided to go for the interview anyway. "I learned that there was more meat to this position than was advertised," she says. "As I have grown, my responsibilities have grown." She attributes her openness to possibilities at least in part to her education at WSC. "All the experiences I had as a student really opened my eyes to new experiences and new opportunities," Torres explains. "They helped me to grow as an individual and gave me a foundation for life to build upon." 11 2009 President's Annual Report Photo courtesy Genzyme Corporation "I really can't say enough about the opportunities at Worcester State. There are so many ways to broaden your horizons." Up Close at WSC Nanoparticles object of student research Eihab Jaber with the Beowulf cluster, built to handle complex chemical computations. E The research is done through computer modeling, a process that requires high performance computers. Jaber, a computational chemist by training, has invested substantial sums of his own money into acquiring the necessary computer equipment. Donations from Astra Zeneca and IBM, as well as WSC minigrants, also helped him build a Beowulf cluster--a "super computer" comprised of 22 connected computers powerful enough to handle the complex computations. "I love doing research with undergraduates," Jaber says. "I like them to see how science is practiced in the real world. And it does a lot for them when they enter the workplace or apply to graduate school." Jaber also enjoys working in Upward Bound, a program for high school students from challenging socio-economic backgrounds. In the summer, he teaches chemistry to high school students enrolled in the College's Dual Enrollment program, which allows them to earn college credit. ihab Jaber, Ph.D., is inspiring students of all ages to get excited about science. An assistant professor of chemistry who joined the WSC faculty in 2006, Jaber engages undergraduate students in meaningful research. This spring, 13 of them presented their research at conferences. He also teaches science in a number of WSC programs for younger kids. Much of Jaber's work focuses on the properties and interactions of nanoparticles, chemical compounds so small that 50,000 of them lined up in a row roughly equal the diameter of a human hair. "One of my students is investigating the interaction of melamine molecule complexes, the chemicals that caused the problems in tainted milk and pet food in the new last year in China," Jaber says. "When these particles form weak interactions, they become toxic. If we can figure out how to break these interactions, we can minimize this risk." His students are also looking into the use of magnetic nanoparticles in treating breast cancer, a treatment method in which polymer-coated iron oxide nanoparticles target tumor cells. These coated nanoparticles are known to break up the tumor structural cell walls by guided magnetic induced movement, leading to tumor cellular death. "Our research involves determining how well different size polymer chain lengths will stick to the cobalt," Eihab explains. "It's important that the polymer-coating doesn't break down and release cobalt, which is toxic, into the body." "I love doing research with undergraduates. It does a lot for them when they enter the workplace or apply to graduate school." Several times each year, Jaber puts on a "chemistry magic show" for younger kids who visit the campus as part of such programs as Kids to College and Junior Achievement. His routine includes making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, making slime and silly putty, and demonstrating a levitating magnet. "Once I get the kids' interest, I can explain the properties of the chemicals involved," says Jaber. "It's a way of getting them excited about science." Jaber's commitment to students of all ages stems from his own experiences. As a kid growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., "college wasn't really a possibility for me," he says. "Programs for kids are what showed me I could go to college. I got scholarships that allowed me to follow my dreams." He thought he was going to become an accountant, but in his first semester at Hunter College he fell in love with chemistry, thanks to an inspiring professor. "Dr. Tony Nichols saw potential in me and allowed me to do research with him," he says. "I knew then and there that I wanted to be a chemistry professor. I want to give back." 12 2009 President's Annual Report Up Close at WSC Fluidity of time inspires artist " 'm just a person who makes things using color, shape, and form," says Amaryllis Siniossoglou, M.F.A., associate professor of Visual and Performing Arts. The award-winning artist, a native of Greece, trained in Athens, Paris, and London, as well as at UMass, Amherst. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for 20 years: since 2005 alone she has exhibited in New York City, Denmark, Lithuania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Egypt, Brazil, France, and Boston. Her work is included in museums and private collections around the globe. Yet she remains humble about her accomplishments. "I have a big resume," she admits, "but it doesn't change what's in my heart. I feel very humble about what I do. I have a very long way to go." Teaching is an integral part of what she does. "There's a synergy that happens in teaching. The more you give to your students, the more you get back," explains Siniossoglou. "As I do research for classes I learn more things. And the more I do in my art, the better teacher I become." Siniossoglou enjoys introducing new assignments to her classes, saying, "Constant development of assignments and teaching approaches brings more energy and motivation to the classroom. I am fortunate to receive tremendous support from the College, including Faculty Mini-Grants and the Alden Fellowship." I Amaryllis Siniossoglou at work on a portrait of her father. "It's my job to challenge and bring out the best in each student." Three years ago she introduced printmaking to students in her computer art class. "I started with a single assignment, to see how students would respond," she recalls. Since then, she has developed Printmaking 1 and 2, and students are urging her to offer Printmaking 3. Many of her students have had their work accepted at the prestigious ARCHES Print juried show in Boston. Some received awards and even sold their prints. "Students are often afraid that they're not `artistic,'" she notes. "But when they walk through our studio doors, they are considered artists no matter what their major is. It's my goal to challenge and bring out the best in each student. I am so thankful I had teachers who did this for me." Siniossoglou was exposed to art at an early age. Her father is a painter and her uncle was a sculptor. "As a child I spent some time in his studio, playing with clay. He was an inspiration. I still remember him working these impressive life size marble figurative sculptures listening to classical music," she recalls. Siniossoglou's artwork involves painting, printmaking, sculpture, artist's books, and digital media. She finds inspiration not from any particular location but, instead, from what is inside her. "The thematic starting point of my artwork is the human experience of the fluidity of time," she explains. "By means of a versatile visual vocabulary, I am trying to gain a deeper understanding of this tragically dominating force: Time. My goal is to render as clearly as possible the clash between the isolation of the inner world of feelings and dreams and the outer world of reality." Some of her recent work includes a series of oil sketches of her ailing grandmother, "colorful and bright confronting physical death with dignity and serenity," Siniossoglou says. "The feeling of nostalgia and loss, affected by time, along with the existential agony of the human soul is the creative impetus for my work. It is the motivating power to understand and express myself in an attempt of catharsis." With a laugh, she adds, "That's the little world I'm trying to define." 13 2009 President's Annual Report Up Close at WSC New horizons for tenth-generation farmer "I miss some aspects of running a dairy farm, but biology is a good field to be going into. There are a lot of possibilities." B Benjamin Shepard with a few beef cattle, following the sale of 80 dairy cows. enjamin Shepard '09, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, believes that his strong work ethic comes from being a tenth-generation farmer. The senior from Warren, Mass., grew up on 335 acres that successive generations of his family have farmed since 1715. "There was milking to do before and after school, and haying all summer," Shepard says. "We had 80 cows, with just my grandfather, father, and younger brother and me to do all the work." He did manual labor, operated heavy machinery, and fed, cleaned, and provided veterinary care for the dairy herd. Last spring, the bottom fell out of milk prices and the family was forced to sell its cows. Shepard arrived home from school one day to see the last of them being led away. "The farm hadn't been profitable for a long time, and it reached a point where we couldn't keep it going," he explains. "Now, we have a few beef cattle to keep the pastures down. We're looking into ways to hold onto the land." His father is exploring the possibility of leasing some of the land for wind turbines or cell towers. In the meantime, Shepard is focusing on a building a strong foundation for a career related to ecology. "I plan to go to grad school," he says, "and eventually do something with biology in systems, or the impact of habitat on species. When I was growing up, I was always outside, so that kind of work will be a better fit for me than lab science." Shepard came to WSC as a transfer student from UMass, Amherst. "That school was too big for me and I wasn't getting enough out of it," he recalls. "Worcester State has a brand new science and technology building, and the professors here really like teaching. I have had nothing but good experiences with my professors here." He has thrived, earning the 2009 Dr. Marlin B. Kreider Biology Award for excellence in his major. He also received the Drs. Kalyan K. and Abbha P. Ghosh Endowed Scholarship. And he has been active on campus. He helps keep the Living Room in the Student Center running smoothly and serves as a peer academic advisor for fellow students. He has also served as a peer mentor and tutor as well as a member of the Student Government Association Auction Committee and the Student Center Advisory Board. "The people in Student Activities make it easy to get involved on campus," says Shepard. "Being active is a good way to become part of the community, and it gives you an edge when you're applying for jobs or grad school." Shepard is proud of his family's long tradition of farming. "There's a book with all the family names and dates in it," he notes. But his eyes are fixed firmly on the future. "I miss some aspects of running a dairy farm, but biology is a good field to be going into," he says. "There are a lot of possibilities. And whatever the future holds, I'm getting the foundation I need to make the most of it." 14 2009 President's Annual Report Up Close at WSC Tutor discovers passion for writing K ristin Yeager '09 didn't give college much thought when she was a high school student in Framingham, Mass. Nobody in her family had gone to college, and although she did fine academically, her focus was on holding down a job. She did work study throughout high school, graduated at 16, and soon began working full-time, sometimes up to 60 hours a week. A year later, she realized that something was missing in her life. She decided to give college a try and chose WSC primarily "because it was close." It was an inspired decision. Yeager not only thrived. She discovered a passion for writing that she hopes will lead to a fulfilling career as an English professor and writing center director. "I didn't know anything about college when I first arrived here," Yeager recalls. "It was a little intimidating at first." Lacking a clear sense of direction and remembering an exceptionally engaging seventh-grade English teacher, she decided to become an English major. "I'm so glad I did," she says. "The entire English Department is amazing. They're wonderful, supportive people." French club. But her most memorable experiences came as a tutor in the WSC Writing Center, where she worked for two and a half years. "A lot of students dread writing papers," she says, "but I see it as a creative process. When I work with students, I'm always intrigued by what they present. There are so many ways they can go with it. It's fun to explore the possibilities and help them find solutions to the problems in the paper." She found the guidance of Writing Center Director Carey Smitherman, Ph.D., especially inspiring. "She's become a mentor," Yeager explains. "I'm amazed by everything she's done, and I would love to run my own writing center someday." Yeager has applied to graduate schools and is working 40 hours or more a week as manager at a CVS store, but she is also "A lot of students dread writing papers, but I see it as a creative process. I would love to run my own writing center someday." As Yeager settled into college life as a full-time student, she continued to maintain a grueling work schedule. "There were many times that I held down three jobs at a time," she recalls. "But I made school my number one priority." Her hard work paid off. She was awarded the Dr. A. Barbara Pilon Endowed Scholarship and earned the 2009 Alumni/Academic Major Award in English with a 3.88 cumulative G.P.A. In addition, she was inducted into the national honor society, Phi Eta Sigma, and the WSC chapters of the French and English honors societies--Alpha Mu Gamma and Lambda Iota Tau. Yeager, who has a French minor, also found time to serve as a peer academic advisor and as vice president of the College's Krisitn Yeager, with a few of the resources available in the Writing Center. pursuing other interests. "Lately, I've been on a jewelry making kick," she explains. She markets her products at flea markets and other venues. "It's all about getting in touch with the expressive side of my nature," she says. "If I hadn't come to Worcester State College and had such wonderful professors, this might not have happened. I really feel like life is opening up with all kinds of possibilities." 2009 President's Annual Report 15 Financial report At the conclusion of Fiscal Year 2008, the assets of Worcester State College exceeded its liabilities by $62,555,432. Of this amount, $14,388,882 is classified as unrestricted net assets. These unrestricted net assets may be used to meet the College's ongoing obligations to its stakeholders. $1,200,000 of these net assets had been designated for future capital improvements. The designated funds have since been appropriated by the Board of Trustees to fund the build out of office space as part of the Dowden Hall expansion project. As of June 30, 2008, total net assets increased by $4,884,315. The majority of this increase is the result of the investment of state appropriated capital funds for the ongoing renovation of the Sullivan Academic Building and an infusion of deferred maintenance funds. The FY2009 budget process was directed by the Executive Leadership Team with each Vice President bringing together division representatives for focus group discussions surrounding current goals and objectives within the reporting areas. Division representatives recognized that growth in student population has increased demands on many areas that had not been identified for funding priority in previous years. At the same time other areas have experienced shifts in responsibilities and restructuring which have not been identified or addressed in previous budget cycles. State funding was increased by 3% when the final budget of the commonwealth was approved in late June 2008. New initiatives including the establishment of an academic dean reporting structure, sustainability and conferencing staff, and a significant investment in equipment and campus technology were funded in the budget. The net cost of implementing the initiatives was $1.5 million, requiring an annual increase to the undergraduate general fee of $256. The final budget for FY2009 was $59,563,766, of which 39% was funded by state appropriations. Revenues Total: $69,987,964 State Operating and Capital Appropriations $32,966,011 Tuition and Fees $28,246,121 Other Income $2,069,010 Federal Grants and Contracts $3,132,314 Private Gifts, Grants and Contracts $2,150,368 State and Local Grants and Contracts $1,424,140 Expenses Total: $65,013,088 Depreciation and Debt Service $3,578,831 Instruction $27,257,287 Public Service $469,185 Scholarship $6,050,227 Operation and Maintenance of Plant $7,905,309 Academic Support $5,227,239 Institutional Support $8,436,653 Student Services $6,088,357 16 2009 President's Annual Report Historic campaign surges ahead Since Opportunity for a Lifetime: A Campaign for the Future of Worcester State College was unveiled to the public last October, a steady pace of gifts and pledges $4,000,000 has continued on behalf of advancing student scholarships and academic programs. $3,500,000 The highly successful public launch at Mechanics Hall featured the announcement of the $3,000,000 College's largest gift, $2 million for the unrestricted endowment, by Steven '63 and Jacqueline Keenan $2,500,000 and was well-publicized by local media. Gifts from $2,000,000 thousands of alumni and friends had raised over $7 million by then. $1,500,000 Meanwhile, the campaign invited members of the faculty and staff to join thousands of donors in $1,000,000 helping this historic fundraising effort reach exceptional levels of participation. The Faculty/Staff $500,000 Campaign was led by Co-Chairs Carol Donnelly, Francis "Tuck" Amory, Elaine Dukes, and Carolyn $0 Dumais, who were assisted by Associate Professor of Business William O'Brien Jr. '84, Ph.D., and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Student Center and Student Activities Timothy Sullivan. More than two-thirds of the faculty and 40 percent of staff participated in this campaign. The continuous flow of gifts and pledges of all sizes propelled the campaign to more than $9 million, well within reach of its $10 million goal. The following pages recognize all of the individuals and organizations that gave generously to this Campaign Goals & Performance Goal To Date $3,487,410 $4,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,287,427 Scholarships $2,264,986 Academic Development Endowment unprecedented effort last fiscal year, including gifts from classmates, students, friends, and colleagues of Helen Shaughnessy for the naming of the Administration Building, a $350,000 grant from The George I. Alden Trust for the library, $25,000 from Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Shamgochian '80, Ph.D., and her husband, Edward, for an undergraduate research fund for Biology students, and $25,000 from Sharen Shipley '74 for a scholarship. The campaign enjoys solid support from College board members. To date, participation by members of the Board of Trustees, Worcester State Foundation Board, and Alumni Association's Advisory Board is 94 percent. Alumni are instrumental in the campaign's success. They are 60 percent of the nearly 6,580 donors who have made gifts and pledges to the campaign to date. Reunion is a popular time for alumni to support the College financially. This past Reunion Weekend saw the work of the very first reunion gift committee, which was affiliated with the Class of 1959 Reunion Planning Committee. Under the leadership of Shirley Steele, the gift committee raised over $13,000 for the class to reach its goal of $25,000 for scholarships. The classes of 1954, 1964, and 1969 also presented gifts to President Ashley, and several alumni were recognized for making significant gifts in honor of their reunions. Alumni and friends are proven, reliable benefactors, despite the severe economic crisis, and have positioned the College and Foundation to reach the campaign's goal. Their generosity is providing "opportunities for a lifetime" to the best, brightest, and neediest Worcester State College students. 17 2009 President's Annual Report $3,000,000 Faces of Philanthropy Administration Building to bear new names The oldest building on campus has a new entrance (above) and will be renamed in memory of Helen G. Shaughnessy (l). Right: Alumni and friends get a tour of the building before its official re-opening, with architect Jay Higginbottom (front left) providing details of the renovations. "Our donors are helping to create a state-of-the-art learning environment." Pledges and gifts from Shaughnessy's classmates, students, friends, and colleagues�including Albert Pilon and Mary McAuliffe '43--in her memory brought the proposal before the Trustees. Additional gifts and pledges are expected this year. Built in 1932 as Worcester State Teachers College, the Administration Building's renovation began in 2006. It features an "academic mall" for student services on the first floor, administrative offices on the second and third floors, and the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education on the fourth floor. It reopened in July. The Trustees also voted to name the building's theatre, located on the second floor, The Fuller Theatre in recognition of The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation's $500,000 grant to renovate the theatre. The Fuller Foundation's grant helped the College prepare to offer a Visual and Performing Arts major. The grant covered the artistic renovations and equipment for a first-class, intimate theatre. First restored in 1999, this time much of the theatre's backstage, backstage stairs, sound and light equipment, and scenery and costume shops were reconstructed or added. President Ashley expressed appreciation for donor support of facility renovations, noting, "Our donors are helping to create a state-of-the-art learning environment for our students." The Board of Trustees decided in their June meeting that the newly renovated Administration Building should be renamed for the late Helen G. Shaughnessy, a beloved alumna and esteemed College professor and administrator, and its theatre for The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. "Not only is naming the Administration Building for Helen Shaughnessy the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do. There is great interest among our alumni and donors to do this," said President Ashley. "Helen took classes in this building, socialized with her friends in this building, and taught and mentored countless education students in this building, for over 40 years." Shaughnessy, a member of the Class of 1943, was an active and loyal member of the College community for more than 60 years. President of her senior class, she subsequently enjoyed a notable career as an elementary school teacher, elementary supervisor, and WSC associate professor, administrator, Foundation Board member, and volunteer par excellence. Shaughnessy received an honorary doctorate degree in 1986, a Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater in 1990, and was the 2003 Scholarship Tea honoree. She established an endowed scholarship for education majors in 1999. 18 2009 President's Annual Report Endowment Unrestricted gifts support alliance With support from the Worcester State Foundation Board, the Board of Trustees and the College's executive team began working with the Worcester Center for Crafts on an alliance that would enhance studio space for student and community artists alike. The center's trustees approved the partnership in June. The Center for Crafts closed last January in the face of mounting debt. Conversations between the two Worcester institutions about the possibility of rescuing the center and enhancing the College's Visual Arts program began last winter. The Foundation's unrestricted endowment is playing a crucial role in the alliance. The purpose of this part of the endowment, which is 16 percent of the Foundation's total endowment, is to help the College address immediate needs and top priorities. The Foundation Board has unanimously approved using unrestricted funds to make a $412,500, fiveyear loan to the Center to cover some of its debt. "These two institutions have meant so much to the region," noted Board of Trustees Chair George President Ashley, Board of Trustees Chair George Tetler, and Worcester State Foundation Tetler. "The College, established in 1874 as the President David Bedard '74 visit a studio in the Worcester Center for Crafts. Worcester Normal School, and the Craft Center, established in 1856 as the Women's Employment Society, have been so important to the academic, cultural, and economic development of our region. The opportunity this alliance presents is truly exciting." "The timing of this alliance couldn't have been better," said Foundation Board President David Bedard '74. "It will provide an added dimension to the College's new major in Interdisciplinary Visual and Performing Arts. I'm delighted that the Foundation is able to help bring this partnership to fruition." He added, "Our student artists-in-training and the arts community in general are the true beneficiaries." The deal quickly and affordably creates more studio and classroom space for art students and eases the worries the Worcester art community had about losing studio and training space. Students will begin taking classes at the center in the fall 2009 semester, when classes for community artists and crafters will also resume. Meanwhile, theatre students start enjoying the renovated Fuller Theatre this semester as well. The special campaign to continue modernizing the new art gallery in the Ghosh Center for Science and Technology will go on, and naming opportunities are still available for the seating area and foyer of the Fuller Theatre. "Our student artists-in-training and the arts community in general are the true beneficiaries." 2009 President's Annual Report 19 Faces of Philanthropy Alden grant launches library renewal A $350,000 grant from The George I. Alden Trust to update the entrance of the 39-year-old Learning Resource Center will kick off a multi-year revitalization project. The grant will transform the main entrance and foyer into a wireless internet "caf�" and study lounge and update the circulation desk. "These changes coincide with the implementation of our new interdisciplinary general education curriculum." Envisioned is an inviting entrance and open space with comfortable seating for reading and group study by students, faculty, and other library visitors. The internet caf�'s design will entice students to linger, talk about their studies, and work on group projects. Initial plans call for two wall-mounted video screens, which would allow sharing of information and be tools for learning. The architectural designs will be prepared this year, and the renovations are expected to begin in the summer of 2010. "These changes coincide with the implementation of our new interdisciplinary general education curriculum," notes Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Shamgochian '80, Ph.D. "We hope these welcoming new spaces in the library will bring students from various disciplines together to learn about how to gain access to reliable information using new technologies at a time when information is proliferating at unprecedented rates." Once completed, the refurbished entrance and circulation desk as well as the new caf� area and study lounges will serve as catalysts to creating a state-of-the-art academic library and renewing library services. The long-range goal is to renovate the entire first and second floors to create an academic student center and learning commons. As the library's appearance changes, more databases will be added and access to online research materials will be enhanced. Meanwhile, library services for students and faculty will be updated to ensure that they meet all of the needs of the WSC community. With more to do to modernize the library, a variety of naming opportunities exist for gifts to this College priority. For a gift of $750,000, the College offers naming rights for the library. With a gift of $25,000, a special collections area can be named. A gift of $10,000 can establish an endowed library media, acquisitions, or subscriptions fund. 20 The Learning Resource Center, built in 1970, will be transformed into a 21stcentury academic library, with upgrades to the main entrance and foyer beginning next summer. 2009 President's Annual Report Academic Development Professors emeritae inspire alumna Alexandria Singh '85 feels fortunate to have found professors who understood the complexity of being an older student, inspired her to master new patient-care techniques, and helped her reach her goal of building on her associate's degree in nursing to earn a bachelor's degree in the field. So much so that she is helping two of her former professors, Lillian Goodman, Ed.D., and Mary K. Alexander, Ed.D., implement a creative approach to the current nursing faculty shortage. "I was an older student. I had children. It was a bit rough," Lexi says about entering the Track 2 Nursing program. At the time, she was devoting much of her time to raising four children while her husband, GB, ran a medical practice in Webster, Mass. "My professors accepted that their students had to work and go to school, and they were flexible," she adds. "I got a wonderful, wonderful education." Through her studies and clinical courses, Lexi developed a passion for community health. "I didn't realize how much I loved it," she says. "It was a concept that was not as prolific as it is today." When Lexi learned about Goodman's and Alexander's nursing faculty fellowship, which they established in 2008, she wanted to help. The Dr. GB & Lexi Singh Faculty Fellowship will provide financial assistance for faculty in the Nursing department who are pursuing a doctorate in nursing. "I want to see more highly qualified nursing faculty, too," Lexi says. "My husband and I both decided that we could help, and we're happy that we could do this." GB and Alexandria Singh, seen here in their garden, were inspired by Lillian Goodman, Ed.D., and Mary K. Alexander, Ed.D., to establish a nursing faculty fellowship. Innovative fund supports undergraduate research In academia, it is common knowledge that internships and hands-on research can be transformative experiences for students. Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Shamgochian '80, Ph.D., had such an experience as a biology major at WSC. To help future biology and biotechnology students reap these benefits, she and her husband, Edward, have pledged $25,000 to establish The Shamgochian Undergraduate Research Fund. It is the College's first fund for undergraduate research. "As a senior, I did an internship at UMass Medical Center, and that was a lifechanging experience for me," Maureen explains. "I made up my mind at that point that I wanted to go on to graduate school." The fund will provide a stipend to a student who works with a biology or biotechnology faculty member on a research project during the summer. A similar program at The College of the Holy Cross was the genesis of Maureen's idea. "During the Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign, when faculty and staff were being asked to help, I thought this would be the perfect thing to do," she says. Often, WSC students must work their way to a degree by holding down multiple jobs. "Especially over the summer, students feel they have to work and earn money," Maureen says. This can make the task of applying for internships and similar programs a difficult decision for many students. But a decision to forgo an experiential learning opportunity means missing hands-on training, mentoring, and networking. "This is just a start," Maureen notes. "I would like to see this grow with support from corporations, foundations, and other individuals." 2009 President's Annual Report Edward and Maureen Shamgochian, seen here in her new office in the Administration Building, want to make it easier for students to take advantage of research opportunities. 21 Faces of Philanthropy New scholarships offer a helping hand Sharen (Cutting) Shipley Sharen (Cutting) Shipley '74 arrived at WSC in 1970 with an ambition to excel. In 1974, she realized her dream of earning a bachelor's degree with a double major in psychology and communications disorders, graduating cum laude. "It was always my hope to graduate from college," Sharen says. "When the time came for my college career to begin, it was necessary for me to finance the cost of my education." The young woman took the unassuming positions of hotel maid, secretary, and department store sales clerk to finance her undergraduate education. She went on to earn a master's degree in psychology and counseling from Assumption College and worked her way up the corporate ladder at Beecham Products, Glaxo-SmithKline, Helene Curtis Industries, and Unilever. "My education at Worcester State College, which provided an ideal foundation for my business career, is something I value above all the other achievements in my life," says Sharen. "Having financed it myself is what I am most proud of." Joseph Deely, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, honors his wife's memory by establishing a scholarship for nursing students. Joseph C. Deely With a gift of $30,000, Retired Col. Joseph Deely '56, M.Ed. '58, has established an endowed scholarship in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth, for students who need financial assistance to attain a degree in nursing. "Betty would have been unable to go to nursing school were it not for the Cadet Nurse Corps program," Joe says. Through this program, Betty attended the Saint Vincent Hospital School of Nursing at no charge. World War II was over when she graduated in 1948, so Betty worked in the private sector. Over the years, she worked with Worcester District Nurses, Saint Vincent Hospital, and as a private duty nurse. In 1949, Betty married Joe, a discharged, enlisted veteran of WWII and a newly appointed second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. Betty and Joe were married for 57 years, and they raised eight children together. Following his return from WWII, Joe enrolled at Worcester State Teachers College, but withdrew for full-time employment. He was called to active duty in the Air Force and served 11 months in Korea. Upon his return, Joe re-enrolled at WSTC. Betty's income allowed Joe to pursue a bachelor's degree in elementary education. "I would never have been able to get through Worcester State without her," he says. Joe was an elementary school teacher for two years, but found military service was his true calling. He served in the Air Force Reserves or on active duty until his retirement in 1983. President Ashley thanks Sharen Shipley for her kind generosity at the Class of 1974 reunion class dinner. After retiring from Unilever and becoming a consultant, Sharen resolved to help future WSC students finance the cost of their college education. She fulfilled that dream last May when she presented a $25,000 check for an endowed scholarship to President Ashley at her 35th reunion class dinner. "In these economic times, it is not always possible for a student to follow the path that I took," Sharen says. "My hope is that my gift will enable other students to achieve their educational ambitions. I feel very privileged to be in a position to make this gift to Worcester State College." 22 2009 President's Annual Report Scholarships Phillip M. Wasylean II Phillip M. Wasylean II '63 has pledged $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for secondary education students. It is the latest example of his deep, longstanding commitment to his alma mater. In the past, he established a $50,000 challenge grant to encourage donor support, matched gifts of Phillip Wasylean, seen here in $100 or higher to the Wasylean Hall, says that alumni Class of 1963's 45th reunion gift appeal, given giving is having a positive effect on the College. to the 2009 Annual Fund, supported fund drives, and led alumni events. In recognition of his leadership $1 million gift, the second-largest in the College's history, the state-of-the-art Wasylean Hall was named in his honor in November 2004. Richard and Dolores Greene's scholarship was announced during the Center for the Study of Human Rights' week-long celebration of the work of noted South African poet and human rights activist Dennis Brutus. Richard and Dolores (Manning) Greene Since serving as president of St. Thomas University in Miami, Richard Greene '54, M.Ed. '58, Ed.D., and his wife, Dolores (Manning) Greene '55, have been interested in helping individuals from countries where dictators, military governments, and rebel militias abuse human rights. They are also loyal supporters of their alma mater, giving of their time and resources toward the education of today's WSC students. While at St. Thomas, Dick joined exiled Cuban diplomat, lawyer, and political prisoner Andr�s Vargas G�mez and law professor Dr. Siegfried Wiessner to found the university's International Human Rights Institute. During the two decades since, the institute has flourished to offer master's and doctorate law degrees in human rights. "I was thinking about that when we decided to do something for our 55th reunion," says Dick, who is a Worcester State Foundation Board member. He also wanted to help WSC emulate St. Thomas' international student body. "With students from 100 nations, St. Thomas was very diversified," he notes. Originally, Dick and Dolores established an endowed fund to support a lecture series on human rights with a gift of $10,400. That blossomed last year into a $25,000 pledge to endow a scholarship. "We want the students who receive this scholarship to come from nations with documented human rights violations," Dick explains. "This is an attempt to reach out to those students... and to create more of an international student body here." In particular, The Richard and Dolores Greene International Student Human Rights Scholarship aims to assist students from Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. "Through our experience with the Haitian community in Miami, we learned there were very serious issues there," Dick says. 23 "It's important to me to help other students have the same opportunities I had." Phil is motivated by his belief that alumni are living proof that the College has provided opportunities to students for over 130 years. "I want to encourage more of my fellow alumni to give back. Our philanthropy is having a positive effect on the College," he says. Phil, the first in his family to attend college, chose WSC because it was small and economical. "I could pay for my own education because I went to Worcester State College," says Phil. "Now that I'm in a position to give back, I feel it's important to make sure that the College has the means to retain this personal approach. It's important to me to help other students have the same opportunities I had." During his 41-year teaching career, Phil says he applied the personalized attention he received at WSC to his own students. 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