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Lt. Col. Sheehan '55 Receives Honorary Degree
In recognition of his outstanding service to the United States and Worcester State, Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan '55 received an honorary degree on April 28.
Students Display Projects at State Research Event
More than 1,000 undergraduate students—including 54 from WSU—presented academic projects at the Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.
Commonwealth Commitment Helps More Students Succeed
Commonwealth Commitment is an innovative college affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree.
Attention to Efficiencies Saves Money
Many projects—including swapping out thousands of bulbs for energy-saving LEDs—are expected to shave $50,000 off the University's electric bill.
New Mascot Costume Unveiled
The first-ever Lancer character mascot—Chandler H. Lancer—was unveiled amid the suits of armor at the Worcester Art Museum on April 21.
Day of Giving a Huge Success
The 2016 Day of Giving raised 698 gifts totaling $77,133, more than doubling the goal of 300 gifts in a 24-hour period. 
Scholarship Helped Senior Pursue Passion for Writing
Senior Madison Friend is exploring her passion for writing thanks to a Worcester State Foundation scholarship.
Aisiku Family to be Honored at Scholarship Tea
In recognition of their personal and professional accomplishments, the Aisiku family will be honored at the Scholarship Tea.
New Lancer Mascot to Be Unveiled
A new Lancer mascot will be unveiled at the Worcester Art Museum on Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. Alumni are also invited to help name the new Lancer.
Five Honored as Distinguished Alumni at Ceremony
The WSU Alumni Association will recognize the achievements of five outstanding alumni on Thursday, May 5.
Research Meets the Stage in CitySpeak
The WSU upcoming play, "CitySpeak," opens the discussion of what it means to live in a city.
Rosens Challenge Young Alumni
Gregg ’86 and Pamela ’87 Rosen want to encourage young alumni to participate in the Day of Giving and they are offering a generous challenge gift as an incentive.
Marge Piercy Featured in Poetry Series
Poet and author Marge Piercy will be featured at the second annual Judith O’Connell Hoyer ’65 Poetry Series.
Lt. Gov. to Speak at Commencement
Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito, will deliver the Commencement keynote address and receive an honorary degree on Saturday, May 14.
Help Students With the Alumni Advisor Network
Join the Alumni Advisor Network to share your experience with students and give them the advice you wish you'd had.
Alumna to Talk on Handling Stress
America’s stress doctor, Kristen Lee Costa, Ed.D., ’96, will talk about the best ways to handle stress on Wednesday, April 13, at 6 p.m. in Sheehan Hall.
Prof. Yang Publishes New Novel
After 36-years, English Professor Sharon Yang’s first novel Bait and Switch, is finally on the book shelves. 
Day of Giving Set for April 6
Social media ambassadors needed for this innovative 24-hour fundraising challenge.
All Yearbooks Now Online
The Worcester State University Library launched the first collection of digitized print WSU yearbooks, ranging from 1935 to 2011. 
StartUp Worcester Offers Help to Young Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurial students and young alumni can get legal advice, a space to work, and access to mentors from StartUp Worcester.
Concert Raises Record Amount
A recent benefit concert raised more than $4,500 for the Change Lives campaign, the largest amount ever raised for the campaign in a single event. 
Cornel West to Speak on Campus
CHANGE IN DATE: Dr. Cornel West will speak on Wednesday, March 30, at 10:30 a.m. in the May Street Building.
Submit to the Alumni Art Show
Worcester State University is hosting an Alumni Art Show to be on display in the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery from June 3 to June 23.
Professor Reveals Literary Truths of The X-Files
English Professor Sharon Yang study of literary references in the X-Files TV show is making her a go-to media resource.
Students Jump Start Reading with At-Risk Kids
WSU students volunteer  to read with at-risk children to improve language and literary skills as part of a new partnership.
VITA Program Helps with Tax Preparation
Qualified people can receive assistance with filing their taxes from Worcester State University’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
Institute Builds Communities
The Center for Teaching and Learning's Winter Institute builds learning communities within individual classrooms, across campus, and into Worcester.
Demand Growing for Green Chemists
Worcester State is preparing students for jobs in green chemistry, a specialty about to explode in demand.
Gifts From IRAs Tax-Free Again
For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts.
DeFeudis Challenge Met Handily
More than 700 donors gave $319,000 for the Wellness Center before Dec. 31, handily exceeding a challenge by Gene J. DeFeudis.
Cell Phones Vital in Refugee Camps
Cell phones are vital for Syrian refugees who desperately need information, according to Professor Madeline Otis Campbell.
D.C. Internship Lessons Extend Beyond Politics
Amy Randall and Zachary Pappas were Worcester State’s 57th and 58th students to intern with The Washington Center.
To Italy With Love Concert
Soprano Christina Luna and guest tenor Aaron Caruso will perform a special concert to benefit the Change Lives capital campaign on Saturday, Feb. 6
Leafy Green Machine on Campus
WSU is the first campus in New England to practice “freight farm to table,” where an acre’s worth of produce is grown in a 40-foot shipping container near the dining hall.
LEI Helps Latinos Achieve
The Latino Education Institute's recent successes are the result of its programming bearing fruit, according to Director Mary Jo Marion.

Phil Wasylean Matches $100 Gifts
A challenge grant from Phillip M. Wasylean II ’63 will match $100 gifts to the Change Lives campaign from graduates of the Classes of 2000 to 2015.
Nursing Students Get White Coats
Worcester State's inaugural Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing was held at the May Street Auditorium earlier this fall.
Grateful Students Thank Donors
Students signed 750 postcards to thank donors during the second annual Thank-a-Donor-Day on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Education Department to be Named for Barbara (Hickey) O’Brien
The Department of Education will be named for Barbara (Hickey) O’Brien, a 1957 graduate and a generous benefactor.
Distinguished Donors Honored
Donor generosity was honored at the Distinguished Donor Reception at Mechanics Hall on Thursday, Oct. 29. See the slideshow.
Take the New Virtual Campus Tour
Check out the WSU campus from anywhere using our new interactive map/virtual campus tour.
The New Worcester State Magazine
The first edition of Worcester State Magazine, formerly known as The Statement, is due in mailboxes soon.
A Colorful Start to Homecoming
Worcester State hosted a Splash of Color fun run before Homecoming and attracted a colorful bunch of enthusiastic runners. See the slideshow.
Homecoming 2015 in pictures
Hundreds of alumni returned to campus on Saturday, Oct. 24, to reconnect, have fun, and watch football during Homecoming 2015. See the slideshow.
Celebrating Giving and Receiving
Donors whose gifts provide essential scholarships met the grateful students their gifts support at the annual Scholarship Brunch. Slideshow and video.
Alumni honored on 40 Under 40 list
Three alumni and two students earned places on Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes leaders in the local business scene.
WSU Student Reaches for the Stars
Zachary Eilert built rockets and watched the New Horizon probe's flyby of Pluto as a paid intern at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Colorful Fun Run Coming to Campus
The latest trend in family-friendly running experiences is coming to Worcester State University on Saturday, Oct. 24, and it is sure to be a colorful sight.
An Evening of Song with Lloyd Cole
Alumni are invited to enjoy “An Evening of Song with Lloyd Cole” on Friday, Oct. 30, and at the same time raise funds for the Worcester State University Civic Corps.
Convocation Kicks Off New Year
More than 500 students turned out for WSU’s inaugural Academic Convocation, which marked the official start of their academic careers at Worcester State.
Student Nurses Receive White Coats
WSU will hold its first-ever White Coat Ceremony for Nursing, marking the official entrance of first-year students into the study of nursing.
Using Dance to Save Lives
Arianys De Jesus is passionate about raising awareness of teen depression and suicide. Her Dance to Live Foundation raises money for teens to participate in “expressive therapy."
New Bus Route Connects WSU with Holy Cross, Assumption
A new Worcester Regional Transit Authority College Route will enable Consortium students to access other campuses for the use of shared facilities and courses.



Celebrate Your Birthday at WSU with President Maloney
Aug. 28, 2015
Alumni with birthdays in September or October are invited to come back to campus to have brunch with President Barry Maloney on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. in Sheehan Hall.


New Event for Graduates of the Last Five Years
Aug. 26, 2015
Have you graduated in the last five years? Come back to campus for Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 24, and enjoy the first-ever Backyard Games & Barbecue Reunion for the Classes of 2010-2015.


Princeton Review Names WSU a Best in the Northeast
Aug. 7, 2015
The Princeton Review has named Worcester State University one of 225 colleges on its “Best in the Northeast” list for 2016. This is the twelfth year in a row that WSU has earned the distinction.


Gift Expands Bike Share Program to Nu Cafe and Crafts Center
Aug. 5, 2015
Thanks to a generous gift from Gregg '86 and Pamela '87 Rosen, the campus Bike Share program has expanded to Nu Café on Chandler Street and the Worcester Center for Crafts on Sagamore Road.


DeFeudis Challenge Doubles Wellness Center Gifts
July 30, 2015
When is a $100 gift worth $200? It is when you give it to the Wellness Center campaign between now and the end of the year, thanks to a generous matching grant from Worcester State University friend and steadfast supporter Gene J. DeFeudis.


New Event Celebrates Academic Beginnings
July 30, 2015
Just as Commencement celebrates the end of a student’s academic career at WSU, Convocation, a new event that will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1, celebrates the beginning.


New Centers Connect WSU Initiatives to the Community
July  30, 2015
The School of Education, Health, and Natural Sciences has established three new centers, which will better connect Worcester State initiatives to the community and position faculty and the University to attract external grant funding.


Wellness Center Construction Continues
Jan. 6, 2016
Construction continues on the new Wellness Center, scheduled to open in Summer 2016. See a slideshow of progress to date.


Nominations Sought for Distinguished Alumni and Advisory Board Members
July 27, 2015
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest non-degree recognition bestowed by the University on an alumnus or alumna, and the Alumni Association’s Advisory Board.


T&G: Worcester Students Get Exposure to Green Chemistry
July 20, 2015
Worcester State University and Worcester public schools recently joined forces to use "green chemistry" to educate students on how to make environmentally friendly consumer choices.


Classmates Reconnect at Reunion Weekend
June 25, 2015
Reunion weekend brought more than 350 alumni back to campus on May 29-31 to reminisce and reconnect with classmates, and see firsthand the many changes happening on campus.

Temple Emanuel Building Purchase Now Official
June 24, 2015
A long-standing relationship has come full circle with the purchase of the Temple Emanuel building by the Worcester State Foundation on Wednesday, June 24.


Sunny Skies for 22nd Annual Golf Tournament
June 25, 2015
Sunny skies blessed the 22nd Annual Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament on Monday, June 22, as almost 250 golfers teed off at Kettle Brook Golf Club and Wachusett Country Club for a good cause.

Chemistry Club Hosts Fun-Filled Event for Middle Schoolers
June 23, 2015
The WSU Chemistry Club hosted an event filled with fun and science for 75 of Chandler Magnet School's fifth grade students.

Greenfield Community College Joins $30K Club
June 19, 2015
Incoming full-time Greenfield Community College students may enroll in a program to complete their GCC associate’s degrees and Worcester State University bachelor’s degrees in four years for approximately $30,000.

Phil Wasylean Honored With Freelander Award
June 10, 2015
Phillip M. Wasylean II ’63 received the 2015 I. Robert Freeland Award at the Worcester State Foundation’s annual meeting in recognition of his steadfast philanthropic support of WSU. Eight new board members were also elected.


140th Celebration Kicks Off Change Lives Campaign
May 18, 2015
Worcester State University celebrated the 140th anniversary of the founding of WSU and kicked off Change Lives, a comprehensive capital campaign that will fund key priorities for the future.

Pride and Excitement at Commencement 2015
May 17, 2015
More than 1,100  Worcester State University undergraduates and 200 graduate students became WSU's newest alumni at Commencement exercises on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16.

Grant from Santander Universities funds study abroad opportunities
May 13, 2015
A three-year agreement recently signed with Santander Bank, N.A., will help more Worcester State University students study abroad, addressing a signature goal of President Barry M. Maloney to quadruple international educational opportunities for WSU students by 2018.

Five Recognized at Distinguished Alumni Awards
May 8, 2015
The WSU Alumni Association recognized the achievements of five outstanding alumni at its Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday, May 7. The awards are the highest non-degree recognition the University bestows on alumni.

Overflow Crowd Honors Dr. Stefanini at Scholarship Tea
May 5, 2015
Longtime Professor Maureen Stefanini ’58, M.Ed. ’61, Ed.D., was honored at the annual Scholarship Tea on Sunday, May 3, by an overflow crowd of 300 alumni, students, family and friends.


Coghlin Brothers Awarded Honorary Degrees
May 4, 2015
Worcester State University presented honorary degrees to the late Edwin B. “Ted” Coghlin Jr. and his brother James W. Coughlin Sr., who are well known in the Worcester area for their contributions to many local charitable organizations that help improve lives in the community.


Entrepreneurial Contest Winners Love Sneakers and Greek Food
April 28, 2015
Two proposals to start new businesses—one selling limited-edition, high-end sneakers and the other to start a food truck selling Greek food—won top honors in the third-annual Robert K. O’Brien ’58 Next Big Idea Contest.


Seeking Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations
April 22, 2015
The Worcester State University Hall of Fame Committee is actively seeking to identify individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Worcester State athletics.


Harrity to Receive Honorary Degree at Graduate Commencement
April 15, 2015
Sheila M. Harrity, '93 M.Ed., Ed.D., will serve as the commencement speaker for graduate commencement exercises on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. She will also receive an honorary doctorate at the event.


Honoring a Life Devoted to Community Service
April 10, 2015
An overflow crowd of family, friends, and politicians gathered in the Blue Lounge for the official renaming ceremony for the Honorable John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement on Thursday, April 9.


Harpoon CEO Kenary to Speak at Commencement
April 6, 2015
Boston’s Harpoon Brewery co-founder and CEO Dan Kenary will serve as the commencement speaker for undergraduate commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester.


Day of Giving Challenge a Huge Success
April 3, 2015
The second annual Day of Giving challenge on Wednesday, April 1, was a huge success, with 536 donors giving $162,050, far exceeding the goal of 300 gifts in a single day.

Maureen Stefanini ’58 to Be Honored at Scholarship Tea
March 27, 2015
Professor Maureen Stefanini ’58, M.Ed. '61, Ed.D, will be honored at the 21st annual Scholarship Tea on Sunday, May 3, at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.


Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony Honors Five
March 27, 2015
The WSU Alumni Association will recognize the achievements of five outstanding alumni at its Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday, May 7. 



Educational Exchange Program Established with Ireland
March 16, 2015
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and WSU have established an international academic exchange program for WSU nursing students with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in County Donegal, Ireland.

WSU Participates in $30K Commitment to Students
March 20, 2015
A new collaboration among Central Massachusetts’ four institutions of public higher education, including Worcester State University, will guarantee qualifying students their associate’s and bachelor’s degrees for $30,000 in four years.


Auschwitz death camp survivor publishes memoir
March 11, 2015
Thea Aschkenase '07, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camps and now a stalwart member the Intergenerational Urban Institute Hunger Outreach Team, recently published a memoir.

Vote Now for WSU Student Video in NESN Competition

March 9, 2015
Senior Matt Collamer and recent alumnus Andrew O’Connor, both communication majors, produced a video that has made it to the final round of “NESN Next Producer.”

Baseball Field Wins National Award for Field Maintenance

March 4, 2015
The Kevin Lyons Baseball Diamond at Rockwood Park, the home of the WSU baseball team since 2012, recently received national recognition as the best maintained college field in the country.

Signing the Beam

February 17, 2015
Members of the Worcester State University community gathered to mark a milestone in the construction of the Wellness Center on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, signing a ceremonial beam that will soon be hoisted to the highest spot on the building.

Resolve and Scholarship Help Lead Student to Italy

February 17, 2015
Determined to attend college and be an inspiration for others, junior Jasmin Correa is the epitome of an active and engaged Worcester State student—thanks in part to scholarship support. 


Awards, Accolades, and Honors
Celebrate the wonderful things Worcester State students, faculty and staff do wonderful things every day! From research to presentations and more, see recent noteworthy accomplishments here. 
Your Alma Mater in the News
Check out where your alma mater was featured in various new articles this month.
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