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Reunion Revamp Coming Soon Reunion weekend is being revamped for 2018 to coincide with the undergraduate Commencement ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 19. Children's Literature Institute Returns Worcester State’s renowned Children's Literature Institute—formerly the Author’s Institute—returns to campus for the 17th time this summer starting Monday, June 26. Foundation Board Members Elected Greta Bajrami Campoverde, Geovanna I. Diaz ’12, M.A. ’14, Meaghan Dougherty ’19, and Sharen C. Shipley ’74 were elected on June 8. Dollars for Scholars Online Auction Worcester State University is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise money for students, scholarships, research funds, book funds, and money for unforeseen emergencies. Final Day of Giving Results More than 633 alumni, students, and friends contributed more than $72,000 to support a wide range of causes across the entire university community. Memories Rekindled at Reunion 2017 Members of the Worcester State Classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1977 came back to campus to celebrate Reunion Weekend 2017 on May 19-21. Moving Beyond Textbooks A pilot program encompassing 10 classes allowed students to use resources outside of traditional textbooks in order to save money while learning the same material. Equestrian Club Wins Big The WSU Equestrian Club fought its way to the top of two spring shows and placed third in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s regional competitions. Poets Share Their Craft Katie Kinkel, B.K. Fischer, and Kevin Prufer shared their poetry at the Judith O’Connell Hoyer ’65 Poetry Reading on Wednesday, April 12. Backpack to Briefcase (slideshow) The Alumni Office, Enactus, and the WSU Business Club teamed up to provide four days of career shaping advice and workshops for students. Find Out About Enactus Watch this great video about the WSU group Enactus, a national community service organization. Alumni Art Show Returns Call for submissions! The deadline to submit entries to the second annual Alumni Art Show is Friday, Feb. 17. United Way Helps LEI Improve Outcomes Grants from the United Way of Central Massachusetts are helping WSU’s Latino Education Institute (LEI) offer high-quality English language learning opportunities. Working a Crime Scene on Campus Students in the criminal justice program visited a crime scene on campus recently—but it was purely for educational reasons. Absorbing Art Into the Curriculum Adjunct Professor Susan Fisher is working with the Columbus Park Preparatory Academy to help teachers absorb art into the school’s curriculum. Generating More Than Just Sweat When students exercise in the Fitness Center, they are actually generating electricity that is going back into the power grid. Fans Enjoy Madness at Midnight More than 1,500 fans filled the Wellness Center to standing room only during a raucous Midnight Madness basketball game. Hall of Fame to Honor Seven Five former student athletes, one honorary member, and one team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 5. Babel: Junk Re-imagined 'Babel,' a modern sculpture exhibit using recycled materials and other items, will be on display in the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery. The Crowd Goes Wild for Homecoming Worcester State University gathered in support of the Lancers for their 2016 Homecoming event, which included the Splash of Color 5k Fun Run, tailgating, and tours of the new Wellness Center. Mullin Gift to Support Music at WSU A generous gift from Robert E. Mullin '53 will endow a fund to support music at WSU. The first beneficiary of this fund will be Worcester State University Chorale. OT Alumni to Honor Brennan, Hart Occupational Therapy alumni will reunite on Oct. 18 to honor the achievements of retiring faculty members Jacqueline R. Brennan and Margaret D. Hart. Splash of Color 5k Run Returns To kick off Homecoming on Oct. 15, Worcester State University will once again host the Splash of Color 5k Fun Run/Walk. Come Back for Homecoming This year’s Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 15, is packed with exciting events and activities for the whole family. Four Alumni Featured as 40 Under 40 Four Worcester State alumni are featured in the Worcester Business Journal’s 2016 “40 Under 40,” an annual listing that honors young professionals. First Look at the Wellness Center Athletes returning in the middle of August to start preparing for the fall season got their first look at the brand new Wellness Center. News from the Nursing Department Health screenings in El Salvador, a visit from faculty of Ireland’s Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and a partnership with Bay State Bank. Alumni Gather on Cape Cod Almost 100 alumni and friends gathered for a Worcester State alumni event on Cape Cod. See a slideshow. Fall 2016 Athletics Schedules The Lancers athletic teams will host 30 days of action over the fall season with the opening night slated for Thursday, Sept. 1. Lt. Col. Sheehan Honored in Florida President Maloney and V.P. of University Advancement Tom McNamara traveled to Flagler Beach, Fla., to present an honorary degree hood to Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan. Golfers Raise Money for Students More than 240 golfers teed off at Kettle Brook Golf Club and Wachusett Country Club during the 23rd annual Worcester State Foundation Golf Tournament. Alumni Art Show a Success Artists and their supporters attended a reception for the first-ever Alumni Art Show on Thursday, June 2, at the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery. Alumni Return for Reunion Fun Giving was definitely part of the season when alumni from the Classes of 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, and 1976 returned to campus to celebrate and reminisce. Author’s Institute Returns Worcester State University will offer its 16th annual Author’s Institute, now called the Children’s Literature Institute, in June. Scholarship Tea Honors Aisikus The Aisiku family was honored at the Scholarship Tea for their educational accomplishments, professional successes, and special WSU connection. Thank-a-Donor Day Wins Award WSU received the 2016 CASE District I Silver Excellence Award in the Donor Stewardship Category for Thank-a-Donor Day. The Next Big Idea May Help Realtors An app to keep Realtors safer at open houses while at the same time efficiently organizing contact information won the top prize at the 2016 Robert K. O’Brien ’58 Next Big Idea contest. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.