WSU Fall 2011 Statement
Worcester State University Fall 2011 Statement
WS U PERSPECTIVE Dear Alumni and Friends of Worcester State University, I AM HONORED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY to serve as the 11th president of Worcester State University. I am grateful for the trust you have placed in me and determined to fulfill my responsibility to build on our current successes and to seek out new opportunities for growth. To that end, in my first months I have met with dozens of constituencies both on campus and off to discuss ideas for moving the institution forward. I look forward to forging partnerships with the greater community, and I welcome all conversations with a wide variety of partners as we develop strategies for making our University stronger. During my conversations, I have been extremely impressed by the many, many people who are deeply committed to Worcester State University. Among them are our faculty, who are instrumental in enabling this institution to stand as a leader in meeting the needs of students and the greater community. The broad spectrum of experiential learning opportunities that the University offers--from hands-on research to internships and other real-life experiences--are the direct result of our faculty's commitment to helping our students achieve their very best. You will find evidence of our faculty's commitment in the following pages of the Statement, in articles about student research projects, internships, and participation in regional and national conferences. The articles also illustrate the importance of alumni and donors to the University's success. Worcester State is very fortunate in having a large number of loyal alumni who are deeply committed to their alma mater. They give generously of their time and resources to volunteer, turn out for events, mentor current students, and support fundraising efforts. Their active participation in the University's affairs has made this institution stronger and benefitted our students in countless ways. We are fortunate, as well, to have many generous donors who are deeply committed to the University. They understand that state support for public universities falls short of meeting the cost of a 21st-century education. They have helped bridge the gap, enabling the University to keep public higher education excellent and accessible for thousands of students every year. Despite the hard work and dedication of the Worcester State University community, there is no question that we face some significant challenges. We must work on improving our student retention rate so that more students who enter the University go on to graduate within a reasonable timeframe. We must do a better job of meeting the educational needs of adult learners and other nontraditional student groups. We must expand opportunities for international studies for our students. And we must continue to be wise stewards of our financial resources. Going forward, I plan to work on our collective goals and challenges in a transparent, collaborative way. One of the advantages of working at Worcester State is that I am surrounded by bright, articulate people who think deeply about issues and offer innovative solutions. It is a tribute to the talent and dedication of the entire Worcester State family--students and parents, faculty and staff, and alumni and friends--that Worcester State is consistently recognized as an excellent institution of higher learning, both in local polls and by The Princeton Review. I value your commitment and look forward to working with all of you in the future. In closing, it is my pleasure to invite you to join me on October 14 and 15 for our Homecoming and Family Weekend. This will be a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy some fall festivities while celebrating the past and future of Worcester State University. Sincerely, "One of the advantages of working at Worcester State is that I am surrounded by bright, articulate people who think deeply about issues and offer innovative solutions." Barry M. Maloney Fall 2011 The Statement is published semi-annually in spring and fall. Features 10 Barry M. Maloney becomes 11th president of Worcester State University The new president explains his plans to build on strengths and expand opportunities for students. Chandler Magnet becomes innovation school WSU is a key partner in new model of school reform. Bright lights: spotlight on alumni John Hodgen '68 discusses the enduring relevance of poetry. Casey O'Malley '04 reveals the joys of working for NBC at the legendary 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Alumni gather for Reunion Weekend Members of the classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, and 1971 enjoy a memorable reunion. 12 14 16 Departments 2 8 18 20 24 26 Campus News Graduate and Continuing Education Giving Matters Alumni News Sports Class Notes Cover Editor Class Notes Development Office Contributing Photographers President Barry M. Maloney meets with students (l-r) Jordan Maxwell '14, Emily Perkins '14, Trevor Sansoucy '13, and Colleen McKenna '13 in front of the Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building. 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Under her leadership, Worcester State's nursing program was the first Bachelor of Science program for registered nurses in New England and the first to receive accreditation from the National League of Nursing. The tribute was part of the University's recognition of National Nurses Day and celebration of the 35th anniversary of the department's inaugural graduating class. The half-day event also featured a nursing symposium. Alumni speakers Stephanie (Chrzsiewski) Chalupka '80, EdD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAOHN, chair of WSU's Nursing Department; Cynthia T. French '80, MS, APRN, BC; and Marianne Matzo '82, PhD, GNP-BC, FPCN, FAAN, led breakout sessions. Dr. Lillian R. Goodman thanks attendees during the dedication ceremony in her honor. "When I hear Dr. Goodman's name, several adjectives immediately come to mind: exemplary leader, visionary, pioneer, mentor, philanthropist." Following the symposium, friends, family, and nursing alumni spanning three decades gathered in the foyer of the Ghosh Center for a celebratory dinner, where Ellen (Marszalek) Gaucher '76, MSN, MSPN, FAAN, delivered the keynote address. Several speakers took the opportunity to praise Goodman's many contributions to the University. Board of Trustees Chair John P. Brissette '88 noted, "Lillian Goodman has done so much for this institution since the founding of the department. I also want to commend everything Dr. Mary K. Alexander did to help make this a reality. They have both given so much to Worcester State University, both as nursing faculty and valued friends." Goodman and Alexander are both retired from WSU but remain active in the University, including serving as members of the Worcester State Foundation Board. They established the Drs. Lillian R. Goodman and Mary K. Alexander Endowed Nursing Scholarship at WSU in 1994, which awards four scholarships annually. In 2008, they also established the Drs. Lillian R. Goodman and Mary K. Alexander Faculty Fellowship Fund to provide financial assistance for nursing faculty who are pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing. "We are very fortunate to have Lillian and Mary K. part of the Worcester State family," Brissette added. Thomas M. McNamara '94, vice president of Institutional Advancement, said, "When I hear Dr. Goodman's name, several adjectives immediately come to mind: exemplary leader, visionary, pioneer, mentor, philanthropist. Her contributions have made a profound difference in the field of nursing and at Worcester State University." He added, "As the founding chair of the Worcester State University Nursing Department, Dr. Goodman led by example--strong in her convictions and dedicated to the department, its faculty, and always, always the students." Goodman, who served as Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, from 1991 to 1999, commented, "I learned from the great master of adult education, Malcolm Knowles. You've got to think differently. You've got to do things differently. And education has to be different. It has to respect older people. And that is what I have done--from the faculty to the students. That's what I believe in." Goodman also thanked the committee responsible for the effort to name the department for her: Anne Bourgeois '77, MEd '80, EdD, RN, former WSU Trustee Jean Campaniello '77, PhD, RNC, Gaucher, and Chalupka. She credited Alexander for helping them organize. Visit WSU's YouTube channel (youtube.com/worcesterstate) for videos of the ceremony and keynote address. View photos of the event at worcester.edu/photos. CAMPUS NEWS WS U 3 Students benefit from NASA program S PA C E G R A N T P RO G R A M S U PPO RTS R E S E A RC H O PPO RT U N I T I E S F O R S T U D E N TS MASSIVE PLUMES OF ANTIMATTER EXIST IN THE CENTER OF THE Milky Way. Scientific teams around the globe are working to understand the origin of this material and its role in the creation of the galaxy. One related research project has taken place at WSU, with support from NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. For several semesters, Associate Professor of Physics Sudha Swaminathan, Ph.D., worked with chemistry major Wyatt Merrill '11 to study positronium, an "exotic atom" that contains an orbiting electron and its corresponding antiparticle, a positron. When the electron and positron collide, they annihilate each other, releasing their energy in the form of gamma rays. Swaminathan and Merrill focused on calculating the rate of this phenomenon, information that may be relevant to the emission of gamma rays near the center of the Milky Way. Their project is one of several undergraduate research projects at WSU that have received Space Grant Program funding. family responsibilities. These grants give them a chance to concentrate on research, which is tremendously important when they apply to grad school. To be competitive, they need more than a high GPA. Their resumes are much more impressive if they can cite actual research experience." Furthermore, with faculty guidance, students themselves write their research proposals and final reports, giving them valuable experience in writing grant proposals. Lamelas said that six WSU academic programs participate in the Space Grant Program: biology, chemistry, computer science, geography and earth sciences, mathematics, and physics. Faculty select one strong project from each department each year to submit for funding. So far, six projects in addition to the antimatter research have received funding ranging from $1,250 to $5,250. One of those was a project that Lamelas worked on with chemistry major Keith Dusoe '12, investigating the shape of crystals at high pressure. "These grants give them a chance to concentrate on research, which is tremendously important when they apply to grad school." Using a pressure cell that Lamelas built in his home shop, their research was "related to understanding what happens inside a planet, as opposed to what happens on the surface," said Lamelas. He added, "We are building a culture of student research at Worcester State. Research requires a commitment of time and resources. It takes a while to build the infrastructure. But we are moving in the right direction. The new Dr. Imoigele Aisiku '92 fellowship in biology illustrates the growing recognition of the importance of providing research opportunities for our students." Underscoring the point, Swaminathan noted that Merrill received a prestigious fellowship at the University of Wisconsin's graduate chemistry program, in part because of his research experience at WSU. Another Space Grant participant, chemistry major Stephen Glynn '11, worked with Professor of Chemistry Margaret Kerr, Ph.D., on a green chemistry project and was accepted into a graduate program in chemistry at the University of Southern California. Swaminathan said, "The Space Grant Program plays an important role in supporting research opportunities for talented students." Their research experience at WSU helped Space Grant participants Wyatt Merrill (l) and Stephen Glynn gain acceptance to graduate school. Worcester State was accepted into the program in 2009, when it became a member of NASA's Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium. Swaminathan and Associate Professor of Physics Francisco Lamelas, Ph.D., were instrumental in facilitating the University's entry into the consortium and they serve as program coordinators at WSU. "Education is an important part of NASA's overall mission," Lamelas noted. "One of the strengths of the Space Grant Program is that grants go directly to students. This enables them to focus on their research." "Research requires a significant commitment of time," Swaminathan explained. "Many of our students have jobs and 4 WSU CAMPUS NEWS Speakers selected for diversity lecture series THREE NATIONALLY-KNOWN SPEAKERS WILL be featured in the fifth annual WSU Diversity Lecture Series: Marc Elliot on October 12, Daryl Davis on February 22, and Dave Stevens on March 6. Elliot, who was born with a rare birth defect and later developed Tourette's syndrome, conveys fundamental lessons about the importance of tolerance in his presentation "Overcoming the Odds." In his presentation "One Man's Journey to Infiltrate the KKK," Davis, author of Klan-Destine Relationships, shares his experience as a black man who infiltrated the Klu Klux Klan to empower audiences to confront their own prejudices and overcome their fears. Stevens, born in 1966 without legs, shares his inspiring story of becoming a three-sport athlete and the only congenital amputee to ever play college football or minor league baseball in his presentation "Impossible Dreams." For more information about the lecture series, which is free and open to the public, visit worcester.edu/diversitylectures. Computer science project earns conference recognition future plans for the End-User Driven LAUNCHING A SEARCH ON THE INTERNET Search solution is to integrate it as a plugcan lead to information overload--unfortuin to the web-server. This should enable nately, not all of it relevant to the search at customizing searches to serve the end users hand. But a research project by computer with greater control using the http protocol." science major Matthew Dellomo '12 could Dellomo added, "Professor Pendharkar someday result in more efficient and effectaught programming fundamentals in multive search outcomes. tiple major-required classes that inspired Dellomo's project, "End-User Driven the research. He then guided the project Search Solutions," earned third place in the with a proven research experience knowlhighly competitive Consortium for edge base, which enabled me to represent Computing Sciences in Colleges Central the University and present at the conferPlains Regional Conference hosted by the ence. The experience was an honor." University of Central Missouri this spring. "For a student to place in a nationally competitive conference speaks volumes about the quality of the project," said Dellomo's adviser, Associate Professor of Computer Science Hemant Pendharkar, Ph.D. "This is the type of project that the big search companies such as Yahoo and Google will be very interested in." Dellomo's project began in response to an assignment in a System Programming course taught by Pendharkar. Dellomo noted, "Traditional search utilities show efficiently in design but they leave the user without their desired Matthew Dellomo explains his award-winning research to results in real world usage. Kimberly Brothers-Caisse at WSU's Celebration of End-users will run multiple Scholarship and Creativity. random unsuccessful searches Dellomo's travel to the conference was with no idea of what they are doing wrong possible thanks to a Worcester State or how to re-submit their parameters to Foundation Student Research Grant Fund successfully locate relevant information." that was recently established to provide up Such searches tend to be resource intento $10,000 annually to support undergradsive and slow down computer servers. uate student research, scholarship, and creDellomo proposes a solution using multiative activity. Pendharkar received a Faculty ple techniques bringing search requests Mini-Grant in support of his attendance at from one independent technique to anoththe conference. er until the results are achieved. This is the second time that one of "Each custom search technique offers Pendharkar's students has won an underdifferent options that relate to the search graduate computer science research award criteria collectively, producing an efficient at a regional conference. search utility," he explained. "One of the WSU again designated "Best in Northeast" WSU has received a "Best in the Northeast" designation from The Princeton Review for the eighth year in a row, the only Massachusetts state university to do so. The profile for the University states: "With small class sizes, friendly faculty, and low in-state tuition costs, Worcester State has the feel of a pricey, private university but the cost is very manageable." CAMPUS NEWS WS U 5 Tackling the foreclosure crisis A LU M N U S A N D I N T E R N S T E A M U P TO H E L P H O M E OW N E R S LENDERS HAVE REPOSSESSED MORE THAN 3 MILLION U.S. HOMES since the housing boom ended in 2006. In 2010 alone, 1 million homes were lost to foreclosure. Many analysts predict that an additional 1.2 million homes will be repossessed this year and that the total could balloon to 6 million before the housing market begins to recover. In response to the crisis, students in the "Human Needs and Social Policy" class taught by Urban Studies Professor Maureen Power, Ph.D., have been engaged in service-learning work with the Oak Hill Community Development Corporation's Home Ownership Center. As an outgrowth of that, three of her students obtained paid internship positions that involved working with clients facing foreclosure. "The NeighborWorks� Home Ownership Center is a collaboration of local businesses and agencies working together to streamline the process of homeownership," explained Miguel Rivera '99, who was recently named Worcester's housing director. Rivera was involved with the center since its inception in 2002 and served as its managing director before becoming housing director with another agency this spring. "Services include everything from home inspections to financing to home improvements. It is also part of a national program called NeighborWorks� America, a network of organizations that provide a variety of affordable housing services." Worcester's new housing director, Miguel Rivera, is responsible for the development and stabilization of the city's housing stock. He is seen here in the Oak Hill CDC's Home Ownership Center. "When people feel proactive and in charge of their own destiny, they're better able to find a solution that works for them." According to Rivera, the Home Ownership Center began to notice a shift in the housing market in 2005. "We did a handful of refinancing packages and started seeing more adjustable rate mortgages," he recalled. "By 2007, the number of foreclosures really started to escalate." The center began focusing more of its resources on loan modifications and foreclosure mitigation counseling. When the student interns joined the center in 2010, they were assigned to work with a foreclosure prevention team. One of the interns, urban studies major Patricia Ginese '13, noted, "When I first started working at the center, I had an academic interest. Then I fell in love with the center. This is a difficult time for many people in Worcester County. When people fall behind on their mortgage, they're often dealing with a multitude of issues. Some have lost a job or a spouse. Sometimes they cry when they call us." She said that the center offers workshops and counseling so clients can review their options. "It's important to try to make them feel good about taking that first step," said Ginese. "When people feel proactive and in charge of their own destiny, they're better able to find a solution that works for them." According to Rivera, national statistics show that individuals who participate in foreclosure counseling have a 70 percent success rate of staying in their home. Locally, the success rate is closer to 50 to 60 percent, he said. Although the interns didn't provide direct counseling, they filled important supporting roles in the day-to-day operations of the center. "We have used WSU interns throughout the years, but some students aren't able to take advantage of internships without financial support," said Rivera. Last summer, he secured funding for three internship positions from AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), a national service program designed to fight poverty. TD Bank then stepped forward with a grant to cover the cost of the training, education, and internship credits. "I've never seen anyone tie up the components like that," observed Power. "I see this kind of program as a model I'd like the University to pursue. In this economy students need internship experience, and paid internship programs make sense." She added, "It is particularly gratifying that our students have been able to gain real-world experience while serving their community." 6 WSU CAMPUS NEWS Serving those who sacrifice so much A LU M N A PL A N S TO W O R K A S A C L I N I C A L PS YC H O L O G I S T W I T H M I L I TA RY FA M I L I E S Working with her adviser, Associate Professor of Psychology Champika Soysa, Ph.D., Weiss recruited 98 undergraduates to participate in the study. "We determined that increasing authoritarian parenting and decreasing authoritative parenting were each associated with increasing parent-focused perfectionism in women, but that both increasing authoritative and permissive parenting were associated with decreasing self-focused perfectionism in men," Weiss said. "In addition, authoritarian parenting was associated with self-focused perfectionism in both women and men." She added, "Our findings may be useful in identifying priorities for intervention among college students experiencing achievement-related anxiety." "This is the first year that such a grant was made available to students, and our contributing alums might be glad Andrea Weiss presents research findings at the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C., a significant factor in her acceptance into a doctoral program in clinical psychology. to know that their efforts are appreciated and well used." "Andrea's achievements epitomize what we try to do at WSU," Soysa observed. "Her honors research in psychology was completed in December 2010, and she presented her work at the Eastern Psychological Association conference, which was held in Boston this year. Her work was also accepted for presentation at the Association for Psychological Science--the premier scientific conference in our field--in Washington, D.C." Weiss was able to attend that conference with support from a Student Research Grant through the Office of Academic Affairs, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement. "Attending the conference was an awesome experience," said Weiss. "It was so motivating to be with other people who have similar interests and who are doing interesting research." "This is the first year that such a grant was made available to students," added Soysa, "and our contributing alums might be glad to know that their efforts are appreciated and well used." Because of the quality of her undergraduate work, Weiss received a summer internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where she was involved in research. From there, she heads to Uniformed Services University in Maryland, where she was accepted into the doctoral program in clinical psychology. "Just a few short years ago I dreamed of changing my life," Weiss said. "Now everything is happening so quickly it's almost hard to believe. I am truly grateful for all the support I received from the ROTC and from everyone at Worcester State." WHEN ANDREA WEISS '11 WAS COMMISSIONED AS A SECOND lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during commencement on May 14, the ceremony marked an important milestone in her determination to lead a life of service. Three years ago, Weiss was teaching dance classes and managing a restaurant. "I remember thinking this couldn't possibly be all there was for me," she recalled. "I wanted to go back to college, but I didn't see how I could afford it since I'd already earned a bachelor's degree in dance from Loyola Marymount." Then a co-worker told her about the Reserve Officer Training Corps. "It seemed like a great opportunity to serve my country, further my education, and see the world," said Weiss. After looking into the program, she enrolled at WSU as a psychology major and joined the AFROTC. "My goal is to be a psychologist in the Air Force working with children and families," Weiss said "I want to work with people who sacrifice so much. They deserve to have care and help with issues related to military life." To reach her goal, she knew she would need to go to graduate school, so she threw herself into her studies at WSU. She worked especially hard on a year-long psychology honors research project investigating the effects of parenting styles on students' academic anxiety. "Basically, we wanted to investigate how authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive parenting styles relate to academic procrastination, perfectionism, and debilitating achievement anxiety among students," Weiss explained. CAMPUS NEWS WS U 7 TLC for endangered turtles THE NORTHERN RED-BELLIED COOTER IS a federally endangered species with a near zero chance of surviving to adulthood in the wild. But WSU biology students are helping to improve the turtles' odds by participating in the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game's "headstart" program. Each fall, the program distributes hatchlings to participating schools, museums, and environmental agencies throughout the state, where the special care they receive enables them to grow at a rate 2-6 times faster than their counterparts in the wild. from the New England Aquarium. Future rearing efforts will draw on collaboration with the New England Aquarium in Boston and Alden Technologies in Holden in designing better housing and filtration systems. Students, under the supervision of Biology Department Chair and Professor Ellen Fynan, Ph.D., also studied the diversity of intestinal microbiota in the cooters. Intestinal samples were collected monthly and cultured The headstart program was launched in 1984 when the red bellied cooter population had dwindled to about 300 statewide. WSU Professor Emeritus Terry Graham, Ph.D., played an integral role in the early development of the program, having studied the turtles in the wild since 1969. As a result of the program, the population is showing signs of recovery. In brief... The Gallery at WSU presents "The Global Perspective: Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future," October 20-December 1, 2011. The show will feature work in a variety of media reflecting on the meaning of "global village" in a time when we are still connected to our local identities, but we feel the effects of economies, cultures, and people in remote corners of the planet. The University is launching a "Theme Semester" this fall, a new initiative that links a broad-based topic across courses so that students and faculty may better appreciate the interconnectedness of a variety of disciplines, thereby creating a community of integrated learners, teachers, and researchers. This fall's theme is Worcester in the World. Utilizing visual and performing arts, books, lectures, and discussion groups, the campus community will explore ways in which globalization is presenting new problems and opportunities. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at WSU helped taxpayers collect $633,071 in federal tax refunds this year. Coordinated by adjunct business professor Michael Shamgochian, J.D., 23 volunteers-- including WSU students and alumni as well as students from the College of the Holy Cross and community volunteers--prepared 472 federal tax returns and about the same number of state returns, for free, for low-tomoderate- income taxpayers. The 20th Annual Student Government Association Auction on March 25 raised more than $28,000 to benefit homeless people and children in need. Natasha Fuller, Matthew Tetreault, and Hieuhanh Nguyen present their research during WSU's 2011 Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, an event sponsored jointly by the offices of Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement. WSU received 11 four-week-old turtles last October and released them in April, according to Associate Professor of Biology Steven Oliver, Ph.D. "During that time, they grew from about the size of a quarter to about six inches across," he said. "That size protects them from most of their predators, such as raccoons, herons, and bullfrogs" In addition to helping the turtles survive, students involved in the project also had an opportunity to conduct some scientific research. Each week, the turtles were weighed, measured, and photographed to track their growth and any changes to their shell patterns. Growth patterns of the whole group and among individual cooters were compared. The WSU turtles fell in the middle of the growth ranges of other programs, but fell far behind the hatchlings in an effort to better understand the function of microorganisms residing in specific body areas and to track changes to the microfauna over the course of their development. Such studies, currently conducted only at WSU, may lead to better captive rearing success as the optimal microfauna are determined. "The turtle project gave students an opportunity to do some hands-on research while helping an endangered species," noted Oliver. Natasha Fuller '12, one of the participating students, said, "I liked the hands-on experience and knowing I'm saving part of the species." Matthew Tetreault '12 added, "This was my first experience working in a lab. It was a great experience, and it was nice to learn about an endangered species and how you can take care of them." 8 WSU GRADUATE AND CONTIN UING EDUCATION Serving youth and community D AY, C O N T I N U I N G E D U C AT I O N , A N D G R A D UAT E C O U R S E S H E L P FA M I LY R E A C H E D U C AT I O N A L G O A L S COMMENCEMENT 2011 WAS A BIG DAY FOR THE CORAZZINI family. Joseph Corazzini '06, M.S.'11, received a master's degree in nonprofit management. His sister received a bachelor's degree in business administration. And his mom celebrated the nearcompletion of a bachelor's degree in business administration, which she wrapped up after taking a calculus course this summer. "Worcester State has been very good to our family," says Corazzini, whose wife, Raquel Castro Corazzini '10, is also an alum. "The schedules and programs support traditional and nontraditional students alike. And the faculty and staff really try to help you reach your goals." Reaching goals is something Corazzini takes very seriously. He was a junior in high school when he and his then-girlfriend became the parents of twin daughters. That event might have derailed the young couple's dreams of building a bright future. Instead, it strengthened their resolve to earn college degrees and become contributing members of their community. "Dr. White told me to study what I loved, not what I thought would pay me well." Corazzini started working full-time in high school, often putting in eight-hour overnight shifts before heading to class. At Worcester State, he initially majored in computer science, motivated by the need to provide financial stability for his family. But his heart wasn't in it. A conversation with Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education William White, Ed.D., helped him focus more clearly on his goals. "Dr. White told me to study what I loved, not what I thought would pay me well," Corazzini recalls. "It was his words and advice that helped me to change my major in my senior year." Corazzini changed his major to history before going on to grad school. Today, he is the assistant project director for community organizing at the United Way of Central Massachusetts. He is a key player in the implementation of a $456,000 Main South Promise Neighborhood grant that United Way--along with Clark University, Main South CDC, Worcester Education Collaborative, and Worcester Public Schools--received from the federal government last September. One of only 21 Promise Neighborhood grants awarded across the nation, the funds are being used to create a strategic plan for the children of Main South, based on the Harlem Children's Zone model of combining education with wrap-around human services. "We're working to engage Main South families in the process of change," says Corazzini. "A big part of my job is getting fami- Joseph Corazzini and his mother, Terri Corazzini, agree on the importance of setting high standards for youth. lies involved so we can develop strategies to meet the challenges and overcome the systemic barriers that exist and build on the strengths of the community. We want to build a pipeline to success that will support kids from cradle to college and career." Prior to this, Corazzini served youth with a variety of organizations throughout Worcester, including Citizen Schools, the YMCA, and Dynamy. "Fifty-four of my Dynamy kids went on to college," he says. "Most of them were the first in their families to do so. Some of them are at Worcester State, getting support from the same people and programs that helped me and my wife when we were students." His mother, Terri Corazzini--who has worked as a secretary at WSU for about 10 years--says she was motivated to earn a bachelor's degree because "it's good to keep growing, to educate yourself." She notes, "My mother left a legacy of what she wanted her kids to become. We passed that on to our own kids. It is my faith in God that has allowed me to work hard and have ethics and values." Corazzini adds, "Youth love direction, learning how to meet standards. When people raise expectations and show a little faith, it's amazing what obstacles young people can overcome." GRADUATE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION WS U 9 Grad student founds Central Massachusetts Health Literacy Project BET KEY WONG, M.S.N. '12, AND FELLOW GRADUATE NURSING students founded the Central Massachusetts Health Literacy Project last year, under the guidance of Nursing Chair and Professor Stephanie Chalupka, Ed.D. CMHLP is a coalition of healthcare providers who share the vision of a healthier community through health literacy efforts. Wong was chosen as a Paul Ambrose Scholar from an extremely competitive pool of thousands of candidates from across the United States. This unique experience brings 40 to 50 students to Washington, D.C., to attend a three-day leadership symposium that guides them in their own implementation of a micro-grant funded, community-based health education project. The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program is sponsored by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. IHI Open School for Health Professions WSU'S M.S. IN NURSING PROGRAM HAS STARTED A CHAPTER OF the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School for Health Professions. The school is an interprofessional educational community, open to the greater Worcester healthcare community, that gives students and practicing professionals the skills to become change agents in healthcare improvement. According to chapter leader Patricia Moran, M.S.N. '13, "IHI exists to close the enormous gap between the healthcare we have and the healthcare we should have--a gap so large that the Institute of Medicine in 2001 called it a `quality chasm.'" She said that even though progress has been made, the current U.S. system remains flawed and increasingly costly. "Widespread inefficiencies waste precious resources, bestknown science is not reliably applied, and our patients too frequently suffer unintended harm and avoidable deaths," she explained. According to a 1999 report IHI chapter co-leader Ginny Combs, by the Institute of Medicine, M.S.N. '14, (l) and Patricia Moran between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die every year from mistakes in their care--more than the number dying from homicides, motor vehicle accidents, and all U.S. war operations since 1980. "Clearly, it's not enough for the next generation of healthcare leaders simply to try harder. We need to start doing things a new and better way," Moran added. "In our new chapter of Open School for Health Professionals, we will explore ways of doing that." Members of the Central Mass Literacy Project (from back left) Marlene Goodale, M.S.N. '13, Paul J. O'Connell, Greg Shuler, M.S.N. '13, and Bet Wong meet with Senator Harriet Chandler (front left). "As of today, CMHLP has organized a successful health literacy symposium that highlighted innovative health literacy tools for deaf and low literacy clients, developed a web site and a health literacy resource kit, and engaged communities in central Massachusetts to promote health literacy efforts," Wong said. CMHLP members are working on health literacy projects at healthcare facilities where they work and in communities where they live. CMHLP projects include developing health literacy tools for home healthcare providers and assessing the impact of regionalization of public health departments on health literacy. CMHLP has also attracted the attention of local politicians. Massachusetts Senator Harriet Chandler, chair of the Mass. Joint Committee on Public Health, has invited CMHLP members to present and discuss health literacy efforts in the region. Wong, a student in the Master of Science in NursingCommunity and Public Health program, is completing her first year as a Paul Ambrose Scholar. Through the program, she received a grant to address low health literacy skills and promote collaboration between healthcare workers, literacy educators, and community organizations to improve health outcomes in the city of Worcester. A longtime advocate of health literacy efforts, Wong served as a literacy volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Health Literacy Initiative. She also served on the Diversity Committee of the American Cancer Society to address health literacy and health disparity issues. 10 Barry M. Maloney becomes 11th president of WSU New president plans to build on strengths and expand opportunities for students hen Barry M. Maloney became the 11th president of Worcester State University on July 1, he embarked on a "listening tour" that entailed meeting "as many people as possible" during the first few weeks of his tenure. "I intend to work collaboratively, and to do that effectively I need to thoroughly understand the culture and the issues," he explains. Maloney describes himself as someone who puts people first and values thoughtful input. Still, as he takes time to familiarize himself with the institution and the broader community, he has some clear ideas about where he sees the University heading in the coming years. "Worcester State is poised for growth," Maloney says. "It has a well-earned reputation as an academic institution of distinction with a strong faculty and excellent programs. It has solid community partnerships and financial health built on fiscal prudence. This is an ideal time to build on the University's strengths as we meet the emerging challenges before us." An important strength of Worcester State, according to Maloney, is its distinctive blend of history and innovation. "The University retains its traditional focus on education but has also developed dynamic new programs to meet society's changing needs," he observes. "An obvious example of this is its exceptional programs in the life sciences, which are an area of strength in the Worcester community." The arts, says Maloney, are another area in which the University has demonstrated a spirit of innovation. "The new major in interdisciplinary visual and performing arts is unique in the region, preparing students for a wide range of arts-related career paths," he explains. "As the creative economies become increasingly important in the Worcester area, artists and artisans and the small businesses that cater to them will present new opportunities for graduates with skills in the arts." He cites the University's alliance with the Worcester Center for Crafts as another example of innovative thinking. "What a wonderful opportunity for our students," he says, "to have access to first-class studios in which their talents can really flourish. This partnership is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the community and to our students." Students, Maloney emphasizes, are at the top of his priority list. "It's important to always remember that students come first in everything we do," he notes. "Our primary purpose is to offer them an exceptional academic program and to support them in every way we can." W To do that, he says, the University needs to continue to finetune its academic programs. "The new core curriculum is an excellent example of adapting programs to meet student needs," he says. "The faculty and staff who worked on this project did an excellent job of refining our curriculum to broaden students' foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while at the same time allowing them to fulfill the requirements of their major in a more efficient and timely manner." He also hopes to expand opportunities for Worcester State students to broaden their horizons through national or international study programs. "Students have to think globally no matter what career they're preparing for," he notes. "I recognize that the cost can be daunting for some students, so we need to find ways to incorporate these opportunities into the curriculum." Experiential learning and research opportunities are also important elements of an excellent education, says Maloney. "The more hands-on experience students have, the more competitive they are in the workplace and in grad school," he notes. "Worcester State has done a fine job of developing these opportunities for students, and I anticipate that we will continue to expand these types of opportunities so more students can take advantage of them." In addition to excellent academics, Maloney says that student affairs play an important role in fostering a well-rounded education. "Athletics, clubs, events, student organizations, and a mul- (Clockwise from top left) President Maloney with his daughters Carden (far left) and Liv, son Bryce, and wife Laura; with Elizabeth "Betty" Mahan '53, M.Ed. '56, Ed.D., at a luncheon with members of the classes of 1952 through 1959 on August 10; with Assistant Professor of Theatre Adam Zahler at a reception on July 28; and with Director of Multicultural Affairs Marcela UribeJennings'82,M.Ed.'91, and Academic Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs Laxmi Bissoondial `02 at the July 28 reception. "This is an ideal time to build on the University's strengths as we meet the emerging challenges before us." titude of support services help students develop important life skills," he explains. "Our job is not only to keep students safe and help them acquire career skills. It is also to help them become life-long learners and capable members of society." Maloney notes that two building projects already in the planning stages--a new residence hall that will house 350 students and a new wellness center to replace WSU's outdated gym--will enhance student life while at the same time opening up the campus more to the community. Maloney's understanding of the importance of balancing academics and student affairs stems from his 20 years experience as an administrator at Westfield State University. He held leadership positions in almost every area of the campus, including serving twice as interim president and most recently as vice president of student affairs. "I served for 18 months in my most recent stint as interim president," says Maloney. "This allowed me to become involved in real-time activities, such as making academic decisions, hiring and other personnel decisions, and reporting to the board." He adds that although half of his career was spent in student affairs, he also has experience in alumni and community relations, advancement, and budgeting, and he taught a number of courses in the First-Year Experience program. "There are many similarities between Westfield State and Worcester State," he notes. "Much of my past experience is directly transferable, including my understanding of statewide issues that affect public higher education." All state universities are facing the same budget issues and the same demands in regard to fundraising, he notes. But Worcester State has an advantage in that its endowment is bigger than Westfield's, "which speaks volumes about alumni commitment to this institution," he says. "The alumni are undoubtedly one of our greatest assets, and I look forward to getting to know as many as possible over the next few months." Maloney and his wife, Laura, lived most of their life in the Springfield area before relocating with their young children to a house near the Worcester State campus. They are looking forward to putting down roots in the community. "I think that Worcester State has been fortunate in that it has a history of presidents who came and stayed a while, who put down roots and committed themselves to making the institution stronger," says Maloney. "I intend to follow in that tradition." 12 Chandler Magnet becomes an innovation school WSU plays a key role in new model of school reform handler Magnet School--a public elementary school directly across the street from WSU-- opened its doors this fall as an innovation school, a new model of public school authorized by Governor Deval Patrick in 2010 education reform legislation. The Achievement Gap Act allows school districts to create charter-like schools that operate with greater autonomy and flexibility while keeping school funding within districts. One of 27 schools across the state to receive planning grants under the legislation, Chandler Magnet invited WSU to become a partner in the development and implementation of new strategies for student success. Elaine Tateronis discusses some of the issues facing educators today. C Here, Elaine Tateronis '63, M.Ed. '74, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Education, Natural Sciences, and Health Sciences, describes the role that Worcester State will play and discusses some of the issues facing educators today. What is the definition of an innovation school? It's a new model of public school that incorporates some of the autonomy of charter schools while operating as an in-district school. Charter schools have a great deal of flexibility in their ability to tailor curriculum, schedule, budget, and staffing to meet the needs of their students. But they operate outside district budgets and reduce district revenues. Innovation schools operate within district budgets but by definition have greater autonomy than their mainstream counterparts. Teachers or other school designers can propose the waiver of district rules and contract provisions in order to achieve their goals. Who decides how innovation schools are run? The stakeholders do--faculty and staff, the governance council, parents, and other community members. One of the most exciting aspects of innovation schools is that they empower stakeholders to have a say in everything from curriculum to the length of the school day to student discipline. Rather than operating within a more traditional top-down framework, they encourage full ownership of the process of educating students. How was Chandler Magnet selected as an innovation school? The school was chosen on the strength of its application. It's no secret that Chandler Magnet has struggled to close the achievement gap, to lift up children who are lagging behind. When the governor announced the creation of innovation schools, Chandler Magnet put together a broad-based planning team to think strategically and creatively about what could be done to improve learning outcomes. They put forward an outstanding plan for the future success for all students in the school. What will be different about Chandler Magnet now that it's an innovation school? This proposal plans to accelerate literacy and language development for all students across all classrooms, grade levels, and curricula areas. Chandler Magnet will develop and implement best practices to build professional capacity in literacy and content instruction. Vocabulary development, writing exercises and instruction, and interactive read-alouds will all be utilized. ELL strategies combined with these processes make for powerful literacy and language instructional tools in all content areas. It is further proposed that a Dual Language Program be introduced. The school has selected a 50-50 model, which gives students the opportunity to learn content in both languages, while receiving language support in their native languages. This will provide parents of K-1 students in the monolingual program the prospect of choosing a dual language track for their children and the opportunity to acquire a second language that is so necessary in our global economy. This approach allows students to become fully bilingual. In addition, the new curriculum plan includes clear, measurable goals that will be reviewed annually by the Worcester School Department. An enthusiastic group of WSU students and staff spruce up the Chandler Magnet School library. In the right photo are (front to back): Molly Hein '12, Robyn Linscott '12, Head Athletic Trainer Jessica Meany, M.Ed. '01, and Kathleen Foley '12. What is Worcester State's role in all this? Our involvement is pretty terrific. The Latino Education Institute will continue to be involved with enrichment programs, after school, and tutorial programs. A number of education faculty will be presenting information, holding classes, and doing tutorials, after school programs, and workshops at the school. Students from other departments across the campus will also have opportunities to become involved as it's a University-wide commitment. While the Education Department is very involved in this proposal, it is important to remember that the plan belongs to the Chandler Magnet community. Our role is to support its success in every way we can. Why did Worcester State make this commitment? We've had a close relationship with Chandler Magnet for many years. It was our first professional development school and is one of seven schools where our students do pre-practicum and student teaching. This spring and summer, a group of students volunteered to help renovate the library, which had become outdated. Under the supervision of WSU licensure officer Martha Scheffer, the Student Education Association cleaned and painted and organized materials. They are also involved in soliciting books to donate to the library collection. Our partnership in the innovation school initiative is an extension of the good relationship we have always had with Chandler Magnet and the Worcester Public Schools. How does our involvement with Chandler Magnet benefit our students? There are multiple benefits. They get first-hand experience working with children from diverse backgrounds. There are more than 10 languages spoken at Chandler Magnet at any given time, providing a very rich experience for the many practicum and prepracticum students interacting at the school. Our students also have an opportunity to learn in a creative and diverse environment where innovative teaching methods and strategies are being explored and implemented. Students are gaining a deeper understanding of many of the issues facing educators today. What are some of the issues facing educators? There's a greater emphasis on addressing social issues such as bullying and poverty. In some cases, we're trying to make up for a lack of preparation. Some children have never seen a book. Some have walked hundreds of miles to get to the United States. More than 100 languages are spoken in the city of Worcester, and that impacts what goes on in classrooms and schools. With a shrinking economy, parents are providing the best they can, but some children don't receive the support or have the resources they need at home. There's also a greater emphasis on standardized testing which, if not carefully used, can serve to narrow the curriculum and not fully provide a picture of the whole child. Haven't we always had testing? Yes, but there are certain cycles we go through in education. In the past, there was more emphasis on informal assessment, but now we're into high stakes testing and increased reporting and data collection on district, state, and federal levels. The government wants to know how children are doing from the day they enter school through college. Tracking student progress has improved tremendously, thanks in part to increased uses of technology. I'm a believer in testing, but I think too much credence is given to standardized test scores alone. We're not looking enough at the whole picture. We should also look at the profitability of the testing industry and see how much money is going into testing profits. Could some of that money be used to enrich classrooms and provide needed resources to students? How do you prepare students for the challenges they'll face in the classroom? There is no question that there are additional pressures on today's teachers. Fortunately, our faculty is very experienced and very aware of the expectations of classroom teachers. Our students need to understand assessment and all the social issues out there. They must master their content areas and become proficient in the art of teaching. They need to develop strategies for classroom management and for drawing children into the learning process. We have a lot to do before we send students out. The good news is that every child in the classroom is being offered supportive opportunities to learn. There's an increased urgency to help every child succeed. 14 BRIGHT LIGHTS: SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI The enduring relevance of poetry JOHN HODGEN '68 FIRST FELT THE power of poetry when he was a high school student. Soon after his father died of a heart attack, a teacher read Robert Frost's poem "Birches" to the class. "I connected with it immediately," Hodgen recalls, "the desire to escape the world for a while and then return. It was the first poem I fell in love with." He's been in love with poetry ever since. Hodgen has published four books of poetry and received numerous awards including the Bluestem Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. He has given hundreds of readings throughout New England. He is active in the Worcester County Poetry Association and a long-time member of a Cambridge writers' group. "Poetry is more relevant today than it has ever been," Hodgen asserts. "We're so overwhelmed by the confusion and fear in this world, it's helpful to know that someone else feels the way you do. Song lyrics and other forms of poetry help us connect, to respond to the things of the world that can range from deep sorrow to overwhelming joy." Hodgen's poetic talents flourished at Worcester State, where he was in the audience when Allen Ginsberg performed poetry in the auditorium to the beat of bongo drums. An English major with a minor in secondary education, Hodgen recalls, "There were people in the English Department who were among the finest teachers I've ever encountered. I took every course Robert Todd ever taught. He was brilliant. It really mattered what he had to say about a paper you wrote." Hodgen became one of the founding members of Todd's storefront theater on Pleasant Street, where the cast performed plays by Samuel Beckett and other contemporary playwrights. Kathryn O'Donnell was another favorite professor. "She was strict and demanding," says Hodgen, "and one day truly frightening. On that day she strode into the classroom and launched into a passionate recitation of John Donne's poem that begins `For God's sake hold your tongue and let me love.' To hear this old woman pour her heart out was unforgettable. She was so generous, a remarkable teacher." He adds, "I think teaching is at the core of what Worcester State means to me. If you wanted to learn, Worcester State was a great place, a wonderful place, with professors who disciplined and encouraged us." Hodgen has enjoyed his own successful teaching career, as an English teacher at Shrewsbury High School for 31 years and as a visiting assistant professor of English at Assumption College for the past 10 years. He incorporates writing workshops into his classrooms and has inspired a love of poetry in many students, including some who have gone on to writing careers. Hodgen's writing career gained momentum with his first published poem, which appeared in Yankee Magazine more than 30 years ago: For Mr. Grimes Who Tried To Teach Me Physics After My Father Died He spoke of ellipses, of things coming round again. He spoke of resistance, of the forces that act upon us. He spoke of gravity, of the earth that draws us to itself. He said the mass of the earth, the changes of state. He said that a body at rest would remain at rest. He said that a boy standing at the end of a moving train could toss the red ball of his life up into the heavy air and catch it again. Being published in Yankee was a "major moment," he recalls, reinforcing his commitment to creating works that nurture our capacity to connect and heal. "Poetry helps us connect, to respond to the things of the world that can range from deep sorrow to overwhelming joy." 15 BRIGHT LIGHTS: SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI On the job at 30 Rockefeller Plaza FOR CASEY O'MALLEY '04, 30 ROCK is more than a TV show. It's the building where she reports to work each day for her position as NBC broadcast entertainment research manager. O'Malley, who majored in communication and Spanish at WSU, is part of a small group that distributes program ratings to the rest of the company. "We receive daily input from the Nielsen Company," she explains. "We analyze the data related to prime time entertainment programs. We want to know how many and what types of people are watching each show. We also compare the anticipated audience with the actual audience after the show airs." The information her team provides helps determine the fate of individual shows and influences everything from scheduling to programming decisions. "In some ways it's like a typical 9-5 office job," she says. "But there are lots of perks." For instance, O'Malley gets to attend private screenings where employees discuss which shows NBC should pick up. She travels to Los Angeles to meet with West Coast co-workers. She attends NBC's annual "Upfront Presentation Party," during which "talent from the shows announce the new fall schedule." And she regularly encounters celebrities as part of the job. "Sometimes I share an elevator with SNL cast members or other well-known personalities," she says. "Brian Williams often moderates our Town Hall Updates, which are company meetings that keep us all informed about what's going on. He's very funny." O'Malley landed her job after going to graduate school at NYU. "I got an internship in the department I'm working in, and I was very lucky in that a position opened up right after I graduated," she recalls. "I just celebrated my fifth anniversary on the job." A native of Clinton, O'Malley says her WSU experiences helped prepare her for life in the Big Apple. "I've always loved media and TV. Majoring in communication was a way to learn more about the field and find a way into it," she explains. "I also had an opportunity to study abroad in Madrid one summer. That opened my eyes up to the rest of the world and helped me develop a lot of independence." As a WSU student, O'Malley was very involved in campus life. She was active in the Honors Program and student government. In addition, she was an orientation leader and a peer adviser in the Academic Success Center. "I love Worcester State. I had a great time there, and the school will always be really important to me," she says. "But the best thing about it was the friends I made there. They're still some of my very best friends. I love going home to visit them and having them come visit me. They're people I'm going to have in my life forever." When O'Malley isn't working or hanging out with friends, she enjoys watching television and running. She has run two halfmarathons and is training for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., in October. "I've heard it's a good first-time marathon," she says. "I hope to do the New York marathon next year." She says that someday she might like to move into a more creative department at NBC, but for now she's extremely happy with where she is. "I always wanted to live in Manhattan and work in television," she says. "I live in a very small apartment, but I love it. And what could be better than going to work every day at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one of the most iconic buildings in the history of broadcasting?" The information O'Malley's team provides helps determine the fate of individual shows. A LU M N I G AT H E R F O R A J O A LU M N I G AT H E R F O R A J O H Bernadette (Morgan) Malloy '56, her husband, Thomas (l), and Alumni Association's Advisory Board member Col. Joseph C. Deely, U.S.A.F. Ret, '56, M.Ed. '58 at The Hanover Theatre reception. ugs, laughter, and personal stories made for a memorable 2011 reunion as more than 100 members of the Classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, and 1971 reunited at events held throughout the special weekend. Classmates and their guests first gathered at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 20. It was the first time that WSU held a kickoff reception for Reunion Weekend at the theatre, a beautiful setting that drew rave reviews from attendees. Saturday morning saw the arrival of nearly 40 alumni and guests for the annual reunion champagne brunch in the refurbished rotunda of the Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building. Tours of the campus took place in the afternoon, with many in Bernardine (Rourke) Strom '61 presents the Class of 1961 gift to Dr. Janelle Ashley toward the class' endowed scholarship. Robert Miller and Winifred (Rushford) Savulis '46 at the Golden Grads Luncheon. Kelton Johnson '56, M.Ed. '58, and his wife, Beverly, at the reception for all the reunion classes. Paul Pelletier '66 and his wife, Judith, at the cocktail reception at The Hanover Theatre. Richard Herbst '51 and Theodore Guertin '51, M.Ed. '55, at the Golden Grads Luncheon. OO Y O U S RR E U N OO N W E E E K E N D OYOUS EUNII N W EKEND attendance expressing amazement at how the campus has grown. That evening, alumni and guests gathered once again for a fun-filled reception in the Student Center, which was followed by traditional class dinners. A highlight of the evening was each class' gift presentation to retiring President Janelle Ashley. Celebrating their 50th reunion in grand style, members of the class of '61 created an endowed scholarship with their gifts. This sets them in exclusive company with only a few other classes. On Sunday morning, members of the classes of 1961, 1956, 1951, 1946, and earlier were honored at the Golden Grads Luncheon. It featured a special "Yellow Rose of Texas" theme in honor of Dr. Ashley's service. Evelyn (Langton) Ferris '56, M.Ed. '77, Charles Simon '56, and (standing) Madeline (Cavanaugh) Horan '55 at the Golden Grads Luncheon. Bernardine (Rourke) Strom '61, Pauline (Berube) Binkley '61, Page Binkley, Drucilla (Bickford) Morton '61, and Carol (Person) Robbins '61 at the reception before the reunion class dinners. Nancy (Carney) Corcoran '61 and Nancy (Fletcher) Bourgeois '61, M.Ed. '79, at The Hanover Theatre reception. Janice (Hokanson) Baronoski '66, M.Ed. '75, and Marilyn Polito '66, M.Ed. '69, at the reception in the Student Center. Gathered for an evening of fun and reminiscing are (front row, from left) Karin (Fairbanks) Reidy '71, William Murphy, Edward Kursonis, Margaret (Couhig) Kursonis '71, M.Ed. '97, Elaine (Salerno) Marzilli '71, M.Ed. '76, (standing, from left) John Halpin, Elaine (Power) Halpin '71, Joanne (Shea) Frew '71, M.Ed. '80, and Anthony Marzilli. 18 WS U GIVI NG MATTE RS Education Department and alums create student PD fund THE F U N D H E L PS S T U D E N TS AT T E N D W O R K S H O PS , C O N F E R E N C E S , A N D S E M I N A R S EMMALEE SMALL '12 AND KIMBERLY NICKLE '14 HAD NEVER BEEN to a national conference before this summer. But with support from a new Education Department Professional Development Fund, the future teachers had the opportunity to attend the National Education Association's student leadership conference in Chicago in June. It was an experience that both women say has increased their commitment to their chosen careers. Nickle, who is majoring in early childhood education, said, "The conference was amazing. It was exciting to learn about what's going on in education today and exchange ideas with so many people from across the country." Small, who has a double major in elementary education and math, was equally impressed with the conference. As the newly elected president of the WSU chapter of the Student Education Association, she noted, "I loved getting ideas from everybody. We discussed ways to build our chapter and worked on our communication and leadership skills." "It's inspiring to know there are thousands and thousands of people who are working to improve the future of education." Sue Foo helped initiate the Student Professional Development Fund. But the best thing about the conference, she said, "was just being with so many people who want the same things for students, who have the same vision. It's inspiring to know there are thousands and thousands of people who are working to improve the future of education." Small added, "It was awesome and a little humbling to be the first recipients of the Education Department grant. We might not have been able to attend without that support." The fund was the brainchild of Associate Professor of Education Sue Foo, Ed.D., and received immediate strong support from other faculty in the department. "The teaching profession places a strong emphasis on professional development," Foo explained. "Certified teachers must attend workshops, seminars, and conferences throughout their careers. I thought we should give our prospective teachers the same kinds of experiences." Foo and other faculty members pitched in to establish the fund. Working with the Office of Institutional Advancement, they also sent letters to Education Department alumni to explain the fund's purpose and request support. According to Foo, "We were shocked by the response. In little more than a year, we have raised more than $20,000." Stanley Starr '70, M.Ed. '74, was glad to contribute. An investment advisor who taught for a few years before moving into the financial field, he noted, "Worcester State remains a part of my being. It gave me the basis on which to build a very satisfying life. When I heard about the professional development fund, I thought it was a great idea. You get fresh ideas and knowledge when you get out there and meet new people who share your interests. This is a superb opportunity for today's students." Kelley (Gallagher) Joseph '87, M.Ed. '90, felt the same way. "Worcester State gave me a road map to a wonderful career," she noted. A literacy specialist in the Nashoba Regional School District, she explained, "I'm proud to be an alumna. I left the institution believing I could make a difference in the field of education." She contributed to the fund, she said, "because it will enable today's students to further enhance and strengthen their background. Students need to have experiences that will help them be more competitive when they enter the job market." Foo noted, "When I was a graduate student, I was able to attend conferences and seminars because my mentor had set up her own fund to provide professional development opportunities. In a way, I think that what our alumni have done is a grander gesture. When the economy is so slow and many people are uncertain about the future, they still chose to support our students. It's truly wonderful." You can make a tax-deductible gift at www.worcester.edu/ annualfund. Be sure to put "Education Department" in the comments field. 20 WSU ALUM NI NEWS Expanded tournament raises over $95K for scholarships WSU CALENDAR 2011 September 22 Class Agent Kick-Off Meeting 25 Scholarship Donor and Recipient Brunch October 5 5 11 14 14 15 17 20 20 21 5 Alumni Foxwoods Resort & Casino Trip Guy Peartree as Frederick Douglass AAAB Meeting Hall of Fame Dinner Worcester Center for Crafts: Art of Dining Homecoming Board of Trustees Meeting Distinguished Donors Reception The Gallery at WSU: Opening Reception Retired Professors Association Luncheon In front, from left, are Ed DeFeudis, presenting sponsor and former Worcester State Foundation Board member Gene DeFeudis, John Pichierri, and Kyle Raynor, and in back, from left, are Ron DeFusco, Brian Beaton, Matt Beaton, and Shea Womack at the dinner and awards ceremony at Wachusett Country Club. November Communication Sciences & Disorders Alumni Breakfast 7 Board of Trustees Meeting 8 AAAB Meeting 10 Hunger Awareness Day 12 Young Alumni Foxwoods Trip 15 Foundation Board Meeting 17 Alumni Tiffany Gates Event 25-27 Worcester Center for Crafts: Annual Festival of Crafts GOLFERS AT THE 18TH ANNUAL ALUMNI Scholarship Golf Tournament on June 27 couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The sun shone brightly and conditions on Kettle Brook Golf Club and Wachusett Country Club courses were perfect. Even better, participants raised a record amount: more than $95,000 to benefit student scholarships. "This was an historic year for our tournament," said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Thomas M. McNamara '94. "This is the first year we played an expanded tournament on two courses. I am thrilled with all of the support from our alumni and friends because our students need their support now more than ever." Elizabeth Bitar '11, who received the Class of 2003 Student Leader Scholarship and plans to attend law school, told golfers at the close of the tournament that their support is very meaningful for Worcester State's hardworking students. Bitar, like many WSU students, worked two part-time jobs to help fund her education. As a scholarship recipient, she was able to turn her attention to volunteerism and her studies. "When I found out I was the recipient of this scholarship, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was that I could continue to do all the things that matter to me most, like volunteering and remaining a student leader my senior year," she said. "This scholarship allowed me to quit my second job, and participate in an internship at the Fitchburg courthouse, where I was able to gain real-life experience, something that cannot be taught in a classroom." The scholarship also allowed her to focus on her educational goal of a 3.5 GPA, which she achieved the semester prior to her graduation. Worcester State Foundation Board President Gregg H. Rosen '86 told golfers, "You are doing a tremendous service for our students by playing with us today. Your presence enables us to strengthen our scholarship program, thereby helping our students succeed in the classroom by relieving the burden of increased loans or work obligations." Sponsors of the tournament included Presenting Sponsor Gene J. DeFeudis; Gold Sponsor Chartwells; Silver Sponsors Charter Business, Coca-Cola, Follett Higher Education Group, Liberty Mutual, and Tiger Press; Dinner Sponsors Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Digital Federal Credit Union; Bronze Sponsors Bollus Lynch and Dunkin' Donuts. The date for the 2012 tournament has been set for June 25, 2012. For information about top performers, contest winners, and all sponsors, visit worcester.edu/alumnigolf. December 10 President's Circle Society Event 2012 January 17 AAAB Meeting 21 Alumni Family Event at The Hanover Theatre: "Sesame Street Live" 23 Board of Trustees Meeting February 21 Career Driver Event March 2 Lancer Club Bus Trip to Celtics Game 13 AAAB Meeting 13 Foundation Board Meeting 30 SGA Auction April 2 Board of Trustees Meeting 4 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner 19 Class Agent Meeting and Thank-a-Thon 26 Boston Regional Alumni Reception For information about these and other events, visit worcester.edu/calendar. ALUM NI NEWS WS U 21 New AAAB leadership welcomes board's newest members THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION'S ADVISORY Board selected new leaders as four new members joined the board, effective July 1: Michael J. Borowiec '10, Hugh F. Donohue '70, Danielle M. (Williamson) Horn '03, and Amanda M. Riik '02. "I'm looking forward to an activity-filled year, and the Alumni Association overall is excited about working with President Maloney," said incoming Michael Borowiec AAAB President Vincent J. Matulaitis '66. "This year, the board will be holding regional events to allow more alumni an opportunity to meet and become involved with the University and Alumni Association," he added. "We will also have our eye on the future as we begin working with undergraduate classes to foster future alumni participation." Assisting Matulaitis in leading the board are Kristina M. Jackson '93 as vice president, Patricia A. (Fell) Pennucci '62, M.Ed. '67 as secretary, and executive committee members Margaret C. (McMaster) Farrey '54, M.Ed. '78 and John J. Brown III '02. Borowiec graduated from WSU in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Health Education. He is a staff assistant for the city of Worcester's Emergency Management Department. He first interned for the city of Worcester, assisting with several H1N1 flu clinics. A former member of the WSU baseball team, Borowiec is now a loyal supporter of Lancer baseball. Since graduating in 1970 with a degree in Education, Donohue has enjoyed a successful career in banking. He recently joined Mortgage Financial, Inc. of Tewksbury, Mass., as a senior mortgage officer. He previously held a similar position with Leader Bank of Arlington, Mass. In addition to serving as president and CEO of First American Corp. in Greenwich, Conn., and of First Hugh Donohue Danielle Horn Amanda Riik Northern Bank in Keene, N.H., Donohue co-founded Mortgage Service Center of New England in Vermont and served as its senior vice president and chief operating officer. By the time Horn graduated in 2003 with a degree in English, she had an established journalism career. She has been a reporter for the Telegram & Gazette as well as the MetroWest Daily News and the Milford Daily News. Horn currently is the associate regional editor for the metro-west region of Patch.com, AOL's local news venture. She helps manage the editors and content of 10 news websites. Riik earned a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies in 2002. As the public relations manager for Veterans Inc., she promotes the Worcester-based organization's services and events for veterans and their families across New England. Riik also sits on the board of directors for the Worcester Arts Council, Women in Development, Department of Transitional Assistance's Advisory Council, and the Young Professional Women's Association. SGA President Patrick Hare also joined the board as the student representative. To learn more about the AAAB and becoming a candidate for the board, visit www.worcester.com/aaabnomination. Call for nominations for the Alumni Trustee Worcester State University is seeking nominations for the position on the Worcester State University Board of Trustees being vacated by Ronald R. Valerio '75. According to General Laws, Chapter 15A Section 21, the person to fill this position shall be elected thereto by the Alumni Advisory Board and will serve a five-year term. Upon appointment by the Governor of the Commonwealth and taking the "Oath of Office", the elected alumnus will be a full-voting member of the Worcester State University Board of Trustees. Trustees advise the University on a variety of matters, including programs and policies. Meetings are held a minimum of five times a year and sub-committees are held more frequently. All Worcester State University Alumni are eligible to run for this fiveyear position with the following exceptions: � Any member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education � Any individual employed within the public higher education system of the Commonwealth If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this position, please send a letter of intent and a current resume and any other supporting documentation to: Tara A. Hancock, Director of Alumni Worcester State University 486 Chandler Street Worcester, Massachusetts 01602 Deadline for nominations is February 11, 2012 22 WSU ALUM NI NEWS Young alumni meet for a fun time at Fenway Survey says... OF THE MORE THAN 900 ALUMNI WHO PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT survey about their alma mater, nearly 90 percent expressed a positive attitude toward WSU and more than 90 percent said they would recommend WSU to a relative or friend. "I want to thank everybody who participated in the survey. We had phenomenal feedback," said Director of Alumni Tara Hancock, M.S. '06. "The overall feeling is that our alumni think very highly of us. But there are ways we can improve the programs and information we provide our alumni." She said the results showed that alumni would like the University to offer more professional development opportunities, lectures, and networking events, and that reunions continue to be an important part of the alumni experience. "In response to alumni feedback, we are making reunions more flexible by offering cluster reunions," Hancock said. "Reunion classes are able to invite other classes near their graduation year. This way, they can include friends who may have graduated a few years before or after them." She added, "We will be analyzing the results more carefully in the coming weeks and adapt our program offerings to better reflect alumni interests." The survey was conducted by Eduventures, a higher education research firm. For more information about survey results, visit worcester.imodules.com/2011alumnisurvey. Top, from left, Amanda Sturchio '11, Sarah Gorton '10, Joshua Katz '06, and Dan Duclos '11 among the WSU alumni and guests at Fenway Park; Right, Christopher Wilson '07 (left) and Mark Houle MORE THAN 55 YOUNG ALUMNI AND GUESTS MET AT FENWAY Park on June 3 to cheer on the Red Sox, meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and enjoy the Fenway atmosphere. To top off a fun evening, the Sox beat the Oakland A's 8-6, ending a four-game losing streak. "I loved the event because it truly showed how the bonds of so many friendships from Woo State never changed, even after graduation," said Ashley Sturchio '09. "It allowed you to enjoy a wonderful baseball game as well as meet graduates from various years." Alumni Association's Advisory Board member Joshua Katz '06 agreed. "Plus, we could take advantage of a discounted ticket price," he noted. "To save money and see a sold-out game was awesome. It was an exciting game. I can't wait to go again next year!" The Red Sox were down four runs early, but came back to take a 5-4 lead after the third inning. Oakland tied it with a run in the fourth before taking a 6-5 lead in the fifth. The Sox regained the lead in the seventh inning when Carl Crawford hit a two-run single to center field. Then Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a home run in the eighth. All Worcester State graduates from the past 10 years are considered young alumni and can participate in special programs and events organized by the Office of Alumni. In fact, the Alumni Association's Advisory Board's Young Alumni and Student Engagement Committee would love to hear your thoughts on future events. Send your suggestions to Assistant Director of Alumni Nicole Losavio at email@example.com or call 508-929-8141. To see more photos of this event, visit the Worcester State Alumni Facebook page: www.facebook.com/worcesterstatealumni. Season of Magic, Allegory, and the Supernatural Worcester State Theatre and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts are pleased to announce three exciting productions for the 2011/2012 season: The Good Person of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht Nov. 17-20, 2011: an allegory filled with passion, music, and humor about the ethical perils of economic success. The Weir by Conor McPherson Feb. 23-26, 2012: tales of ghosts and a haunted house revealed in a rural Irish pub. Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl Apr. 19-22, 2012: a comedy tinged with magical realism exploring human identity and the thin line between life and death. All plays are performed by WSU students and presented in the newly renovated, 166-seat Fuller Theater. ALUM NI NEWS WS U 23 '90s graduates reunite A NIGHT IN CHANDLER VILLAGE, STICKBALL IN THE QUAD, AN '80s cover band, and good times with good friends helped make the '90s Reunion on June 4 a smashing success. Over 65 alumni and guests--some from as far away as California and Florida-- gathered in the Student Center's Blue Lounge for the 1980s-themed reunion. Classmates caught up, searched their yearbooks for embarrassing photos, and got a little "footloose" on the dance floor to the tunes of The Flock, a local '80s cover band whose members dressed for the era. They played hits from that decade, including "Call Me" by Blondie, "I Melt With You" by Modern English, "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure, and "Rio" by Duran Duran. "We had a blast! I felt like a college kid again!" commented Matt Driscoll '92. Jeff Turgeon '91 agreed. "Everyone really enjoyed the chance to get back on campus and to connect with old friends," he said. "We even got a chance to spend another night up in the dorms." Credit for this successful reunion goes to planning committee members, former Alumni Association's Advisory Board members Lou DiMuzio '91, Turgeon, and Becky (Torento) Canty '92. They decided to incorporate a new "cluster reunion" format that allowed the class of '91 to invite the classes of '92, '93, '94,' and '95 to share their reunion with even more friends. "The committee's dedication to planning this event is what made it so fun," noted Director of Alumni Tara Hancock, M.S. '06. "It was thrilling to see it all unfold." "This group set a great example of what recent Worcester State alumni can accomplish to reconnect with classmates," added Assistant Director of Alumni Nicole Losavio. Lisa Martin '91 (l) and Catherine (Foppiano) McGrath '91 share memories at the 1980s-themed reunion. "As a graduate of the Class of 1991, I thank the WSU Alumni Association for their efforts and hospitality for our 20th reunion," DiMuzio said. "It was also great that we could incorporate other classes from the early '90s to be a part of our day. I look forward to our 25th reunion." If you wish to serve on the 2012 '80s and '90s Reunion planning committee, please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit worcester.edu/reunion. To view more photos of this event, check out the photo gallery at www.worcester.edu/photos. Save the Date! WORCESTER S TATE U NIVERSITY CELEBRATES THE GENEROSITY OF OUR D ISTINGUISHED D ONORS AND CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION . October 20, 2011 Mechanics Hall ~ Worcester, Mass. The Distinguished Donor Reception recognizes our generous annual contributors of $250 or more. --Kimberly '99 and Derek '99 Brindisi Director, Alumni Association's Advisory Board and Worcester State Foundation Board " " We donate to Worcester State University because WSU provided us with exceptional educations and, because of that education, we have been able to establish great careers here in the city. It is tremendously rewarding to be able to witness the wonderful improvements to the campus and student life, and to know that we have been able to be part of it. 24 WS U SPORTS Lancer spirit shines in winter and spring seasons WINTER Women's Indoor Track and Field Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Mat Lemaire, the Lancers broke five team and relay records as they captured their second-straight MASCAC championship at Southern Maine. Four individuals earned MASCAC titles: junior Mara Kralian (long jump), first-year teammates Amanda Holden (triple jump), Christy Deininger (55 meter hurdles), and Hannah Werneth (shot put). Kralian earned AllDivision III New England team honors in the long jump, 55 meters and 200 meters. Men's Indoor Track and Field The men's indoor track and field team under the tutelage of 12th-year head coach Al Halper placed third at the MASCAC Indoor Championships held at Southern Maine. Four individuals had top finishes: senior RJ Stahelski (600 meters), sophomore Todd Paquin (long jump), and freshman teammates Andrew Johnson (high jump) and Devlin Crawford (400 meters). The 4x400 meter relay team also shattered the school mark at the MASCAC meet, Open New England meet, and at the ECACs. Women's Basketball (13-14) The women's basketball team posted a strong 13-14 season under 17th-year head coach Karen Tessmer. All-MASCAC honoree Kaleigh Charette led the team in points (10.3 PPG) while sophomore Meaghan O'Keefe grabbed the most rebounds (6.6 RPG). Senior Alexis George wrapped up her career 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,051 points as classmate Kathleen Foley finished her four years with the second-most three-pointers in program history (159). Ice Hockey (11-12-3) The ice hockey squad under the direction of 19th-year head coach John Guiney had a breakthrough season as they posted an 11-12-3 record (7-10-1 MASCAC) � an improvement of six wins from a year ago and the first-double digit win-total since the 2000-01 season. The squad was propelled by junior teammates Nick Asterito (11 goals � 18 assists) and John Cahalane (15 goals � 18 assists) and senior Chris Wallin (10 goals � 14 assists). Men's Basketball (6-20) With a cast of veterans, transfers, and firstyear collegiate players, the men's basketball team never found its rhythm as the squad ended the season with an overall record of 6-20 (4-8 MASCAC). Under the guidance of 17th-year head coach Dave Lindberg, senior Dave Douillette recorded teamhighs in points (13.7 PPG) and rebounds (8.1 RPG) as he earned All-MASCAC honors and a nod to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast team. Michaella Mahoney Mahoney who led the conference in batting (.406), RBIs (40), walks (25) and earned run average (1.37). Mahoney was honored as the MASCAC Player of the Year and on the All-New England team. Baseball (23-15) The baseball team had another successful season under 17th-year head coach Dirk Baker, Ed.D. The Lancers qualified for their ninth conference tournament as they were ousted in the semifinals in an 8-7 setback to Westfield State. The Blue and Gold also earned a berth to the ECAC's, but were handed a 7-4 setback in the first round by Coast Guard. The squad was paced by senior D3baseball.com All-American Corey S PR I N G Softball (29-11) Under the tutelage of third-year head coach Jen Kapenas, the softball team enjoyed a tremendous season as they set the school record for wins in a season while they were the co-regular season champions of the MASCAC, tying Westfield State with a 122 record in conference play. After the Lancers captured their first-ever MASCAC Tournament crown, they earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they were eventually ousted by Coast Guard. The squad was led by senior Michaella Kaleigh Charette Nick Fluegge Visit www.wsulancers.com for complete, up-to-date sports information. SPORTS WS U 25 McDonald, who batted .473 with five homers and 42 runs scored while classmate Nick Fluegge hit for a .366 clip with nine homers and 38 RBIs to earn All-New England honors. Men's Outdoor Track & Field The Lancers finished in third place at the MASCAC Championships while they took home fourth in the New England Alliance standings. The 4x100 meter relay team, sophomore Todd Paquin (Long Jump), senior RJ Stahelski (400 meters) and freshman Kevin Maciel (400 meter hurdles) all captured MASCAC titles. Those earning Division III All-New England honors included the 4x400 meter relay squad, Paquin (long jump and 200 meters), Stahelski (400 meters), and freshman Andrew Johnson (high jump). Women's Outdoor Track & Field The Lancers were denied their secondstraight MASCAC title as they lost by just nine points to Westfield State, but the squad did finish as runners-up in the New England Alliance standings. At the meet, the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams shattered school and conference records with top finishes while Mara Kralian (Long Jump), Hannah Werneth (Shot Put), Amanda Holden (100 meter hurdles), Erin Donohue (5,000 meters), and Ali Barett (10,000 meters). The 4x100 relay team also reset the school mark in the event at the ECAC's. Golf Under the tutelage of 13th-year head coach Rich Korzec, senior Bob Bruso ended his outstanding Worcester State career by earning medalist honors at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational in a one-hole playoff while classmate Chris Brunelle was given a silver medal for placing second at the Erin Donohue Rhode Island College Invitational. Women's Lacrosse (2-10) The Lancers had a disappointing season as they finished their 2011 campaign at 2-10 overall and 2-5 in the NEWLA under the direction of fifth-year head coach Deb Draper. The squad was paced by senior Colleen Manning who netted 31 goals and dished out six assists while freshman Shawna Strazzere tallied 31 points (25 G � 9 A). Junior goalie Haley Erickson also recorded a career-best 119 saves. Devlin Crawford Hall of Fame honorees named Five top athletes and one contributor will be inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame on October 14: Chad Cosby '03, W. M. "Mack" Hill, Cean Oksanish '04, Amy (Ruffo) Panechelli '00, Lisa Stockdale '00 and Paul Welcome '61, M.Ed.'64. Cosby was a standout pitcher who helped lead the Lancers to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2002 and finished as the career leader in strikeouts. Hill, a longtime math professor, was one of the University's first sports information directors, helped organize the former pep club, and served for several years on the athletic council. Oksanish Cosby Hill Oksanish Panechelli Stockdale Welcome led the football team to three consecutive ECAC Division III Bowl games as the starting quarterback and ended his four-years as Worcester State's career leader in touchdowns and passing yards. Panechelli was a four-time All-MASCAC selection who helped lead the Lancers softball team to a co-regular season MASCAC Championship and the ECAC Division III North semifinals in 1997 and to the ECAC Tournament in 1999. Stockdale was an outstanding field hockey forward who led her squad to their first-ever MASCAC regular season title in 1998 as she finished her career fifth on the all-time list in points. Welcome helped lead four squads to the New England Teachers Conference Tournament championship game as his 1956-57 team won the regular season and tournament title. 26 WSU CLASS NOTES 1948 CLASS AGENT: Helen R. (Adamowicz) Alisch Rose M. (Kaletski) Barker, M.Ed. '53, C.A.G.S., was featured in the July 17, 2011 "Out & About" article in the Telegram & Gazette. In the article, Rose and her husband, David, were pictured enjoying a day at the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra concert. (Favreau) Wardzala, and Nancy E. (Peterson) Weissinger have gathered monthly for over 25 years. On May 3, 2011, many of these women were in attendance as Mary Jane hosted a birthday brunch to celebrate several of their 80th birthdays. 1957 CLASS AGENTS: Elaine F. (Curran) Cousineau, Claire H. (Cavanaugh) Cunningham Paul Davis, M.Ed. '59, Ed.D., and his wife Barbara A. (Michaelian) Davis '71, M.Ed. '73, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a surprise dinner party at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston on June 4, 2011. 1952 CLASS AGENTS: Patricia A. (Herbst) Cooney, Rosemary Norton, Ruth R. (Sadick) Rubin Jean M. (Boyce) Abbott, M.Ed. '55, a retired teacher who has been a kindergarten volunteer for 30 years, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. 1959 CLASS AGENTS: Joan L. (Lavin) Trainor, Elizabeth A. (Lunney) Zeena Eugene F. McCarthy, M.Ed. '64, and his wife, Anne, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 15, 2011. The family commemorated this milestone with a Mass at St. Peter's Church in Worcester. Lucy L. (Manning) Linden and her husband, Bob, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 5, 2011. Joseph M. Moran, M.Ed., a literacy tutor at Gates Lane School of International Studies, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. Ann M. (Holohan) O'Leary, M.Ed. '62, Joan A. (Dunford) Banks, Estelle H. (Connor) Blake, Sally A. (Dunbar) Deptula, Nunny J. George, Jr., Joan R. Moreschi, Mary C. O'Connell, M.Ed. '63, Paula M. (Maloney) O'Neill, Betty A. (Looney) Ouellette, M.Ed. '62, and Janice F. (Burlingame) Sohlman attended WSU's Golden Grad Luncheon on May 22, 2011. Ann looks forward to seeing everyone again next May! Betty A. (Looney) Ouellette, M.Ed. '62, Joan R. Moreschi, Mary C. O'Connell, 1953 CLASS AGENTS: Mary P. (Cahill) Grant, Elizabeth A. Mahan Barbara (Kelleher) Argento, Joan (Conley) Burke, Joan T. (Barry) Durkin, M.Ed. '56, Patricia C. (Callahan) Early, Ann R. (Whalen) Gaine, M.Ed. '64, Alyce D. (Donnelly) Giaquinto, M.Ed. '56, Mary P (Cahill) Grant, M.Ed. '56, Mary Jane . (Harvey) Howard, Joan (Rindfleisch) Lane, Elizabeth A. Mahan, M.Ed. '56, Ed.D., Dorothy A. McGauley, M.Ed. '56, Claire A. (Loughlin) McManus, Kathryn (Labovites) Milio, Mary C. (Mahan) Murphy, Jean M. 1960 CLASS AGENTS: Mary C. O'Connell, Ann M. (Holohan) O'Leary, Elizabeth A. (Looney) Ouellette Nicholas A. DiBuono, M.Ed. '64, was re-elected to a three-year term as a director for St. Mary's Credit Union in Marlborough. Nicholas is an educational fundraising consultant. M.Ed. '63, and Ann M. (Holohan) O'Leary, M.Ed. '62, enjoyed a flower arranging class led by Joan at the Worcester Senior Center. 1964 CLASS AGENTS: Jo-Anne L. Cronin, John F. Monfredo, Donald W. Packard Joanne R. Alinovi, M.Ed. '67, is happy to share that she continues to learn something new every day. Joanne is married with two daughters. John F. Monfredo, M.Ed. '67, and AnneMarie (Bernier) Monfredo, M.Ed. '74, spearheaded the Fifth Annual Worcester: The City that Reads book drive in May. More than 25,000 books were collected to help promote literacy among Worcester children. Class of '52 birthday brunch CLASS NOTES WS U 27 1966 CLASS AGENTS: Janice E. (Hokanson) Baronoski, Gerald E. Daley, Kathleen A. (Murray) Lyons Janice E. (Hokanson) Baronoski, M.Ed. '75, welcomes Andrew Tuccio, Jr. to her extended family. Andrew was born on June 12, 2011. 1970 CLASS AGENTS: Hugh F. Donohue, Mary E. (O'Connel) Trainor Gail E. (Smith) Carberry, Ed.D., was a panelist at the Women's Leadership Forum, which was held in honor of Women's History Month on March 24, 2011 at the Publick House in Sturbridge. The forum was sponsored by Woman in Business, Inc. and The Central Mass. South Chamber of Commerce. On May 5, 2011, Gail received the "Action Heroes" award, which was bestowed by the Worcester Community Action Council. This award recognizes those who contribute money or services to the council's anti-poverty efforts. Rosemary E. (McNamara) Quirk, an English and social studies teacher at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, was featured in an article in the Milford Daily News. In the article, she shared her inspiration for becoming a teacher. Association (APA). Richard was honored for his research on the impact of Miranda warnings on adults, juveniles and Spanishspeaking defendants. Richard has also received the APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research in 2008. This is only the third time in APA history that a recipient has been honored with both awards. 1968 CLASS AGENT: Frances P. (Petralis) Bitteker Janet E. (Allard) Caissie-Williams, M.Ed. '81, is a kindergarten instructional assistant. This transition comes after years of public school teaching, directing a child-care center, and owning a child-care center. Janet now has more time to spend with her family, including her three grandchildren: Elias, Maya, and Lillian. John M. O'Toole's article, "From Worcester to Wall Street," was featured in the June 28, 2011 edition of the Telegram & Gazette. In the article, John shares his research about former Worcester resident Edward Jones, who co-founded the Dow Jones Industrial Average and The Wall Street Journal with his partners Charles Dow and Charles Bergstresser. 1973 CLASS AGENT: Patricia E. (Murray) Canali, Theresa M. Dorsey, William C. Mattrick My Juvies, by Ruth Cohen, M.Ed. '76, has been published by CreateSpace and can be purchased at createspace.com/ 3505361. My Juvies is a murder mystery involving boys from a juvenile justice program. The novel is pure fiction; however, the idea came from Ruth's experience as the director of a group home for juvenile offenders. 1977 Kathleen C. Powers, M.Ed. '79, who retired from City View Discover School this year, received a Thomas Jefferson award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. 1971 CLASS AGENT: Jean M. Taylor Ellen (McDonnell) Daly, of Thorndyke Road School, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. 1969 CLASS AGENTS: Michaela H. (McGrath) Finnegan, Deborah J. (Ledoux) Foster, Maryanne M. (Ballantine) Hammond, Margaret M. (Murray) Madaus, Kathleen M. (Zaterka) Napoli, Paula D. (Protano) Police, Beth Sannella, Janice A. (Moossa) Sullivan Beth Sannella, M.Ed. '73, was featured in the May 18, 2011 Telegram & Gazette article, "Historic Re-location: North High Getting New Home at Last." In the article, Beth reflects fondly on her years as a student at Worcester's North High School. 1978 CLASS AGENTS: Donna M. Canesi, Jill C. (Reina) Dagilis Serena M. Shields, the director of philanthropy and community relations at Holy Trinity Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, joined the Worcester Animal Rescue League's Board of Directors in April, bringing years of experience in the community relations field to the board. Colonel John M. Sullivan, Jr. retired on July 1, 2011 after more than 32 years of active duty in the Marine Corps. His final assignment was as commander, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command on Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. 1972 CLASS AGENT: John E. Coleman III Edna J. (Campaniello) Hanson, of Columbus Park Preparatory Academy, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. Richard Rogers, Ph.D., regents professor of psychology at the University of North Texas, received the 2011 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy from the American Psychological Save the Date! Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 WSU Hall of Fame Members Reunion Dinner 25th Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony Call Christina Petruzzi '97 at 508-929-8872 or email email@example.com for tickets and information. & 28 WSU CLASS NOTES 1979 William S. Burgey received a master's degree in advertising from Boston University on May 22, 2011. Barbara J. (Howard) Cherecwich, Au.D., a former Worcester State women's basketball standout, led the Massachusetts Miracles to a gold medal in the 50+ division of the Women's Three-on-Three basketball competition at the National Senior Games in Houston, Texas. Nancy M. Mattus, M.Ed., of Midland Street School, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. sored by Woman in Business, Inc. and The Central Mass. South Chamber of Commerce. In a Worcester Business Journal "ShopTalk" feature, "Helping the Neediest," Bonnie shared stories of growth and lessons learned during her 30-year career with Rehabilitative Resources, Inc., which operates out of Sturbridge. Mary Kathryn Villare, media director for the Massachusetts School of Law, accepted a Gracie Award when she took top honors for the television show "When Everything Courtesy of Alliance for Women in Media will sell gently used sports equipment to student athletes of all ages and from any town for a suggested donation. The store will be opened in memory of John's son, Michael T. Ellsessar. 1984 Kevin M. Quinlivan, M.Ed., was appointed chief information officer of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service. 1986 CLASS AGENT: Lisa A. (Fazio) Leger State Representative Anne M. Gobi was the keynote speaker at the Women's Leadership Forum, which was held in honor of Women's History Month on March 24, 2011 at the Publick House in Sturbridge. The forum was sponsored by Woman in Business, Inc. and The Central Mass. South Chamber of Commerce. Michael P Levesque appeared in an . episode of the ABC television show Wipeout, which aired on June 30, 2011. 1980 CLASS AGENT: Dora M. (Roseberry) Capite-Tkal William J. Bowes was named head coach for the women's ice hockey team and the men's golf team at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. Bill was inducted into the Worcester State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 as a member of the 1977 men's ice hockey championshipwinning team. Claire M. Simpson, M.Ed., of Roosevelt School, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. Changes: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to Present" in 2011. This is the fourth consecutive year that Kathy has received a Gracie Award in honor of her realistic portrayals of women. 1982 CLASS AGENT: Leo A. Nalivaika Gholamreza A. Namin, M.Ed. '85, C.A.G.S. '88, Ph.D., was named superintendent of SpencerEast Brookfield Regional School District. Gholamreza was one of five finalists for the 2011 National Superintendent of the Year award given by the National Association of School Superintendents. 1987 CLASS AGENT: Kenneth J. Brissette Siobhan M. Petrella, a social studies teacher at Worcester Technical High School, received the Teacher of the Year award at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. Siobhan, who has also earned a law degree, shared her excitement for her work with attendees. Kerry L. (Cutting) Riedle received her master's degree in elementary education from Anna Maria College in May 2010. Kerry lives in Rutland with her husband, Tracy, and their three children. 1981 CLASS AGENT: David B. Ross Charles J. Atchue was elected to serve a 10-year term as corporator for Millbury Savings Bank. Charles owns and operates Atchue Opticians in Millbury and is a cofounder of the St. Mary School Alumni Association in Shrewsbury. Bonnie J. Keefe-Layden was a panelist at the Women's Leadership Forum, which was held in honor of Women's History Month on March 24, 2011 at the Publick House in Sturbridge. The forum was spon- 1983 CLASS AGENT: Theresa A. Smith Thomas M. Brindisi received the John Adams Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. John M. Ellsessar was featured in a June 5, 2011, Telegram & Gazette article detailing a plan to open Mike's Sporting Spirit, a sporting goods and equipment store that 1988 CLASS AGENT: Tina M. (Manoogian) Healey Brian D. Dougal, M.Ed., received a Thomas Jefferson award for outstanding service to the Burncoat Alumni Association at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. CLASS NOTES WS U 29 1989 Katherine J. Fairbanks, M.S. '06, established Dirty Girl Disposal, a Millburybased rubbish removal company with the mission to empower and employ women who have little education, skills, or selfconfidence. Katherine, who also owns Millbury Rubbish Removal, hopes Dirty Girl Disposal will become a national model. Brenda J. Looney was appointed director of pupil services and special education by the Tantasqua Regional School District superintendent. Brenda's career in special education services began over 30 years ago. She stepped into her new role on July 1, 2011. Andrea K. Roth, author of My Diabetic Soul � An Autobiography, visited the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum in North Oxford on August 20, 2011 for a book signing. My Diabetic Soul An Autobiography, published by Prismatic Publishing, addresses Andrea's daily struggle with diabetes. The book is available for purchase at mydiabeticsoul.com. 1993 CLASS AGENT: David C. Frederici Sherry L. Kellaher, M.S. '96, was featured in the March 28, 2011 Telegram & Gazette article, "The Voice Within: `The King's Speech' Poses Issues Familiar to Many." In the article, Sherry, a speech pathologist for the Auburn public schools, expresses her hope that the movie "The King's Speech" will raise public awareness of speech defects. 1995 Catheryn C. McEvoy-Zdonczyk was named vice president for central and western Massachusetts at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She is responsible for developing strategies and plans to increase the health insurer's membership in central and western Massachusetts. 1997 Tara M. (Tokarz) D'Andrea and her husband, Brian, welcomed a daughter, Sophia Grace, on April 7, 2011. Mark W. Millette was promoted to assistant vice president of learning and development at St. Mary's Credit Union. 1994 CLASS AGENT: Thomas M. McNamara Craig N. Dottin, M.Ed. '02, of Gerald Creamer Center, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. James M. Lewis is principal of the Winchester School, in Winchester, N.H. James completed his master's of education degree at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. and certificate of advanced graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire. Jim will pursue his doctorate in education this fall. He is married and has two daughters, Jennifer and Erica. 1998 CLASS AGENTS: Christie T. Cruz, Erin M. (Redfern) Wallace Congratulations to Daniel P Germain . and his wife, Cheryl, on the birth of their daughter, Maci Margaret Germain, on April 25, 2011. Daniel is the grants manager/office manager for The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, a grant-making organization in Worcester. 1991 CLASS AGENTS: William J. Cahillane II, Louis E. DiMuzio, Daniel M. Harrington, Catherine R. (Foppiano) McGrath, Jeffrey T. Turgeon Sherryl J. (Picone) Hascall was promoted to special education coordinator for Salem High School in Salem, N.H. William R. Nay, of Doherty Memorial High School, and his wife, Debra, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. David J. St. Martin was re-appointed as a Worcester County reserve deputy sheriff through the Reserve Deputy Sheriff 's Association. David also serves on MEMA's Emergency Management Directors Advisory Committee and is the emergency coordinator for the Worcester State University Police Department. Do you know an alumna or alumnus who deserves recognition? The Alumni Office is seeking nominations for the 27th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. Any WSU alumna or alumnus is eligible to receive one of five prestigious awards*: � Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Community � Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Education � Distinguished Professional Achievement � Outstanding Service to Alma Mater � Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna An online nomination form is available at worcester.edu/daanomination. Or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to have a form emailed to you. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2012. * Current members of the Board of Trustees or Alumni Association's Advisory Board are ineligible for nomination. 30 WSU CLASS NOTES Todd P Girard was featured in a . Charlton Villager article highlighting his appointment as the Town of Charlton's conservation agent. In the article, Todd details the many ways in which water affects everyday life. Todd is currently enrolled in a master's program at the University of Massachusetts, where he is studying soil science. Sherrie L. Maker was promoted to assistant vice president of human resources at St. Mary's Credit Union of Marlboro. selected for this honor owing to success in their professions and community involvements. Amanda also serves as a member of the Alumni Association's Advisory Board. 2003 CLASS AGENTS: Monica A. (Labbe) Davis, Carrie A. (Stewart) Piermarini Theresa M. (Yahn) Eckstrom, M.S., a licensed social worker with a degree in non-profit management, joined Auburn Visiting Nurse Association Health Network as the director of health services. Janice E. Gallagher, M.Ed., was named principal of Clough Elementary School in Mendon-Upton. The Milford Daily News featured Janice in an article entitled "Putting Focus on Students: New Mendon Principal Has Long History as a Classroom Teacher." Kristin L. Wilczynski received her master's degree in public administration from Anna Maria College in December 2010. Robin A. Hengen, a registered nurse at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, was pictured utilizing `eICU' capabilities in a July 10, 2011 Telegram & Gazette article. The article notes that due to a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center (UMass), patients in the Harrington Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit can be monitored by UMass doctors via two-way video technology. Harrington was the first independent hospital to join an eICU partnership with UMass. 2000 CLASS AGENTS: Jennifer A. Minko, Chrissy Remian Gilda T. D'Agostino's book Praying for a Miracle: A Mother's Story of Tragedy, Hope and Triumph has been published by Ambassador Books. The book can be purchased at ambassadorbooks.com. Gilda and her husband, Tony, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Maura K. (Cushing) Hackenson and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Maura Hackenson, on May 28, 2011. Christine F. Monteiro was promoted to assistant vice president-branch manager at the Hudson branch of St. Mary's Credit Union. 2006 CLASS AGENTS: Jamie A. Gwosch, Joshua L. Katz Casey M. Cullen is a history teacher at his alma mater, Westborough High School. Gary M. Laakso married Jennifer Elaine Hansen on August 28, 2010, in Newport, R.I. Gary is a sales consultant for the Boston Sports Club. Patricia E. Padilla, M.Ed., received a Francis Perkins Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. 2004 CLASS AGENTS: David D. Cairns, Melissa J. (Moore) Fleming, Michael P. McCarthy Craig R. McCoskery is a math teacher at his alma mater, Westborough High School. Christopher M. Nemirow, Ph.D., earned his doctorate degree in physical chemistry from the University of Southern California on April 29, 2011 and received the Outstanding Researcher in Physical Chemistry award on April 25, 2011. Christopher currently works at DCG Systems in Freemont, Calif. 2007 CLASS AGENTS: Anne M. Kalashian, Brittany N. Rheault Thea Aschkenase was featured in the May 26, 2011, Worcester Magazine article "Holocaust Memories: Two Worcester Residents Remember, So We Don't Forget." Thea, who is very involved in the Worcester community, was instrumental in developing a universal breakfast program for several Worcester schools. She also works with the Worcester State University Hunger Outreach Team (HOT), which assists with feeding the elderly. In the article, Thea shares that her commitment to hunger awareness derives from her experience surviving the Holocaust. Thea frequently speaks at local schools about her experiences in an effort to bring hunger awareness to the community and to help Worcester youth never forget the Holocaust. 2001 CLASS AGENTS: Shawn Gersbach, Matthew C. Porter Linda A. Delamere, M.Ed., of Goddard School of Science and Technology, received a Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding service at the Worcester Public Schools' annual Evening of Celebration on May 26, 2011. Congratulations to Michael F. and Amy L. (Ruffo) Panechelli on the birth of their son, Nico, on June 1, 2011. The couple also has a two-year-old son, Rocco. 2002 CLASS AGENTS: John J. Brown III, Tamara J. (Yurkenas) Nowak, Magdalena (Wielgorecki) Pater Amanda M. Riik was recently named one of the "Forty Under 40" individuals featured in the Worcester Business Journal. Forty people under the age of 40 are 2005 CLASS AGENTS: Kerry A. Hurley, Larry A. Lopez, Barbara A. O'Leary Nabgh Abdulky was featured in a July 31, 2011, Telegram & Gazette article addressing his unique educational journey and the work he now does with the Massachusetts State Police as a systems analyst. CLASS NOTES WS U 31 Maryellen Brisbois, M.S. '07, is entering her fifth year as a member of the WSU nursing faculty. Maryellen, author of Why I Hated Pink: Confessions of a Breast Cancer Survivor, published by Vantage Point, volunteers as a spokesperson for the 15-40 Connection, an early cancer detection awareness organization. Why I Hated Pink can be purchased at amazon.com. Robert J. Fournier, Jr. was featured in a March 27, 2011, article in The Call. In the article, Robert reflects on his two-year mission as a Peace Corps volunteer. During his term of service from 2008-2010, he worked as a community health development facilitator in West Africa. 2008 CLASS AGENTS: Brandon Huggon, Dana S. Lyford Cathleen M. Liberty, health agent for the Town of Webster, was profiled in the "On the Job" feature in the Telegram & Gazette on May 2, 2011. In the article, Cathleen explains how she has prepared for this position, discusses her Worcester State University education, and shares her favorite aspects of this role. Cathleen is a member of the Alumni Association's Advisory Board. Congratulations to Allyson E. MacKenna on her graduation from the Western New England College School of Law on May 21, 2011. Allyson graduated cum laude. Ryan P Marshall was named vice presi. dent of finance at AllCom Credit Union, where he has been employed since 2007. Rhys A. Simmons was profiled in the "On the Job" feature in the Telegram & Gazette on July 11, 2011. Rhys is the coordinator of agriculture and men's crafts at Old Sturbridge Village. Congratulations to Kimberly A. (Clover) and Keith P Taverna who recently cele. brated their first wedding anniversary. The two were married on August 22, 2010, at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston. Brian J. Taylor was named Rookie of the Year and received the Massachusetts Best Performance Award from his employer, Castle Windows, where he is a sales representative. This award is bestowed upon an employee who is new to the industry, often with little or no sales or window experience, but who has learned the trade and excelled. Shane P Walsh completed U.S. Navy . basic training with honors. The training took place at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. 2010 Maryann Sabetti-Gramajo, M.S., travelled to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala to participate in an exchange with a group of Guatemalan midwives, health promoters and community leaders in July 2011. Maryann worked with the Association of Highland Women to follow up on a health assessment administered in two villages and supported the efforts to develop a Maya Health Center and Maternity House. 2011 CLASS AGENT: Elizabeth A. Bitar Elizabeth A. Bitar spoke about the impact of scholarships on her WSU experience at the 18th Annual Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament awards dinner on June 27, 2011. Elizabeth is excited to begin her journey as a Worcester State alumna. Kelly L. Harder is attending the School of Counseling program at Assumption College's graduate school. Kelly works, through Alternatives Unlimited, as the coordinator at Crystal House Clubhouse in Gardner. Be sure to visit the WSU online community at alumni.worcester.edu. John T. Latino, Jr. was promoted to assistant vice president at Millbury National Bank. Susan M. Lopez, M.Ed., has been in the education field for 16 years. On July 1, 2011, Susan stepped into her new role as the principal of Julia Bancroft Elementary School in Auburn. Danielle A. (Bridgeo) Phillips and her brother, Ben, were featured in an April 19, 2011, Southbridge Evening News article highlighting their athletic accomplishments. Danielle is currently pursuing her master's degree at Framingham State University while teaching fifth grade at Burgess Elementary School in Sturbridge. Mark E. Therrien joined the Nichols College sports information staff as the department's first sports information graduate assistant. Mark brings six years of athletics communications experience to this position. 2009 Maureen L. Donelan, M.Ed., has been appointed principal of the Montague Elementary Schools, which include the Sheffield and Hildcress elementary schools. Maureen has taught in the Narragansett School District and Petersham Elementary School and served as principal in Hubbardston. Ketline Etienne Vilma and her husband, Dony, are working to establish a community health center in Haiti. Bonnie B. Losavio, executive director of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, is playing a key role in the ongoing efforts to provide relief to those affected by the June 1, 2011, tornadoes in the tri-community area. facebook linkedin twitter youtube 32 WSU I N ME MORIAM Philip S. Dalton, a professor of history and political science for 12 years, passed away on June 7, 2011. In addition to being a historian, he was passionate about sailing and devoted to his family. A graduate Boston College and Rutgers University, Philip retired from WSU in 2000. He is survived by two daughters, a grandson, and a brother. Maryanne N. Kenary, M.Ed. '81, who was jointly honored with her dear husband, James, at the 2009 Scholarship Tea, passed away on April 1, 2011. Maryanne, who received her bachelor's degree from Regis College, taught second grade in Braintree and Worcester, raised her children, and then worked for 22 years in the guidance department of St. John's High School. When she sought formal training in guidance counseling, she turned to Worcester State University and earned a Master of Education in counseling. Maryanne was active in the Worcester community and a benevolent supporter of WSU. In 2009, Maryanne and James, along with their children and grandchildren, dedicated the Business Administration and Economics faculty suite in loving memory of their son, the late James B. Kenary III. The couple had made a generous gift in his memory to WSU's Opportunity for a Lifetime campaign. She is survived by James, three children and their families, and a sister. James V. Lyons, an associate professor of physical and earth science for 22 years, passed away on June 4, 2011. In addition to being a scholar of earth science, he was an accomplished musician and enjoyed storytelling. He conducted hands-on research while climbing volcanoes and glaciers as well as presented papers and published articles in scholarly journals. His WSU students were the beneficiaries of his passion for sharing his expertise in physical and human geography. James received his bachelor's degree from George Washington University, a master's degree in education from State University of New York New Paltz, a second master's degree in geography from SUNY Binghamton, and a doctorate degree in geography from Clark University. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and five siblings. Eleanor (Podles) Laffey '37 March 24, 2011 Thelma (Moseley) Pearce '38 March 27, 2011 Elizabeth E. (Wilson) Holbrook '39 February 6, 2011 Shirley R. (Sigel) Cotzin '40, M.Ed. '59 June 28, 2011 Mary T. (Londergan) Casavant '48 April 20, 2011 James H. Looney, Jr. '50, M.Ed. '52 June 8, 2011 William W. McGovern, M.Ed. '50 April 5, 2011 Dorothy R. Potter '54, M.Ed. '65 March 30, 2011 Eva (Andreopoulis) Stoupis '54 May 31, 2011 Thomas F. Severance '55, M.Ed. '57 May 15, 2011 Helena (Fitzgibbon) Quilty '56 May 19, 2011 Beverly A. (Heeley) Amazeen '59 July 24, 2011 Janice R. Andrews, M.Ed. '61 May 3, 2011 Genie E. Dubar '61 June 5, 2011 Robert W. Kirby, M.Ed. '62 May 21, 2011 Elaine F. (Swenson) Koehler '63 April 21, 2011 JoAnn Lysik '65, M.Ed. '70 May 4, 2011 David R. Miner, M.Ed. '66 May 24, 2011 Lynn B. (Davidson) Fisher '71, M.S. '92 July 26, 2011 Paula J. (Dolan) Gentile '71 March 18, 2011 Frances A. Donahue, M.Ed. '75 May 30, 2011 Franklin D. Mathews '77 June 14, 2011 Nelson C. Lambert '79 May 24, 2011 Maryanne N. Kenary, M.Ed. '81 April 1, 2011 Walter L. Gilleo '82 May 11, 2011 Madelyn Sheahan, M.Ed. '85 May 15, 2011 Sally A. Bell '86 May 5, 2011 Deborah A. Sondrini '87 May 14, 2011 Helen M. Seery, M.S. '90 May 9, 2011 Julie A. Thomasgard '92 June 23, 2011 Jean E. Rudolph '93 July 19, 2011 Debra M. LeDuc Meadows '94 May 7, 2011 James M. Rice, M.Ed. '94 May 7, 2011 John A. Flanagan '95 July 9, 2011 Jennifer L. Robinson '95 May 3, 2011 Catherine Burgholzer, M.Ed. '00 May 1, 2011 Joseph P Macon '05 . 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