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. 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. 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.
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. All Yearbooks Now Online The Worcester State University Library launched the first collection of digitized print WSU yearbooks, ranging from 1935 to 2011. 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. 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. Institute Builds Communities
The Center for Teaching and Learning's Winter Institute builds learning communities within individual classrooms, across campus, and into Worcester.
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. 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. Distinguished Donors Honored Donor generosity was honored at the Distinguished Donor Reception at Mechanics Hall on Thursday, Oct. 29. See the slideshow. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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