What's Happening At Woo U!


Every week, the What's Happening at Woo U Newsletter shares upcoming events, programs, and opportunities with students, staff, and faculty.

To post your very own announcement on our What's Happening At Woo U newsletter, click here! Submissions due each week by noon on Tuesday. To add a picture, a form, or a video to your announcement, please email it to studentinvolvement@worcester.edu.

In This Issue

  • Personalized Digital Caricatures
  • Trivia Night Over Zoom
  • Active Minds Virtual Paint Night
  • $2500 Entrepreneurship Scholarships for All Majors
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Summer Class
  • Virtual Recreation & Wellness Programming
  • Woo Blue Wednesday
  • Career Chats
  • Woo State Runs the World: A (Social) Distance Project
  • Registration Info for "Visual Arts in the Schools" Course
  • Campus Ambassadors Virtual Events
  • Spring Back with Student Affairs
  • Upcoming Governance Statement
  • Declare a Concentration in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies!
  • VPA Presents: Virtual Student Thesis Exhibit, opens online edition of Extreme ART-ery
  • Meditation Zoom Meeting
  • Rep. Kennedy's Calls to Seniors Campaign
  • Naloxone Phone Survey - Paid Study
  • Virtual Disney World Tour
  • WSU Celebration Week

Personalized Digital Caricatures

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Trivia Night Over Zoom

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Active Minds Virtual Paint Night

Name: Benjamin Morin
Email: bmorin2@worcester.edu

Active Minds is hosting a virtual paint night, this friday (5/1) from 8pm-9pm on Zoom! This will be a relaxed and fun event where people can use whatever supplies they have at home, whether it be crayons, colored pencils or paint to draw something creative! Feel free to invite your friends too! :) Our zoom link and ID is -


Meeting ID: 491 687 6411
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$2500 Entrepreneurship Scholarships for All Majors

Name: Elaine Vescio
Email: evescio@worcester.edu

Accepting applications for $2500 entrepreneurship scholarships for the upcoming school year. Incoming and returning students from all majors are encouraged to apply. If you have financial need and an interest in learning about innovation and entrepreneurship, apply here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmXb_sw11vg9QFnG0DGTUfF71MaXGgPf25Pl48wUxvrpJjvg/viewform

Thank you.
Elaine Vescio, Director Center for Entrepreneurship

Graduate and Undergraduate Summer Class

Email: jlynch@worcester.edu

Hello, students,
I hope everyone is well during these strange times! I wanted to pitch my summer class to you. I am teaching a graduate and undergraduate Summer 1 class on how to sell your writing. Although I have sold mostly films in my career, I will also share my experience with finding the best places to send short stories, novels and plays. Even if you are just interested in learning how writers get published, join us!

Stay well!

Professor John Lynch
EN-998-AL2 (086314) ST: Marketing Your Writing
EN-190-AL (086312) ST: Marketing Your Writing

Virtual Recreation & Wellness Programming

Name: Dean Bowen
Email: dbowen2@worcester.edu

Looking for some Wellness activities? Workouts, Classes, Mindfulness, Coloring, Virtual Tours- you name it we are sharing it. We are actively building additions to this set of virtual resources that are designed to enhance your wellness. Check back often and be sure to follow us on social media @WSU_RecWellness for the latest offerings and activities for you and the whole family. We will always be adding more! https://www.wsulancers.com/Wellness/Virtual_Recreation_-_Wellness

Woo Blue Wednesday

Name: Rachael Baril
Email: rbaril@worcester.edu

Missing Woo Pride Wednesday? We are. And we need your help to bring it back!

Show off your social distancing Woo Pride by submitting your pictures at home in your Worcester State finest. Feel free to include your family or furry friends!

Pictures can be submitted to social@worcester.edu, or you can DM them directly to @worcesterstate on Instagram!

Career Chats

Name: Joanne Marie LaMorticelli
Email: jlamorticelli@worcester.edu

Join the Career Services team for Career Chats every Tuesday and Friday throughout the month of May.
Tuesdays @ 8pm: https://worcester.zoom.us/j/91642510270
Fridays @ 12pm: https://worcester.zoom.us/j/98850851175
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Woo State Runs the World: A (Social) Distance Project

Name: Brittany Rende
Email: brende@worcester.edu

We made it to Quebec team! As the weather gets nicer and we're able to get outside more don't forget to record your miles to help us cross the USA or even circle the world! Submit your miles logged here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiG2mJ1JCrFIHbcalQUVNlFOkCtb1gCSUYCE_Z1yvzGPrdQA/viewform?usp=sf_link) and if you haven't been keeping up no worries send the total number in together!

Registration Info for "Visual Arts in the Schools" Course

Name: Andrea Binnick
Email: abinnick@worcester.edu

Did you know? Students can register for "Visual Arts in the Schools" course "AR 260 01." Professor Susan Fisher helps students explore a variety of materials in relation to their expressive potential and appropriate use with children. Art making, history and theory will all be covered. Students can create a diverse portfolio of diverse projects. The class is scheduled for Tuesdays from 1:15 - 3:45 p.m. No art experience is needed. This course is offered once a year. Contact sfisher@worcester.edu for more information.

Campus Ambassador Virtual Events

Name: Elizabeth Cernoia
Email: ecernoia@worcester.edu

Campus Ambassadors Christian Community wants you to stay connected. Pop in and say hello!

Tuesday Hangout!
Come hang out and catch up with WSU/FSU friends. Maybe we'll talk about corona, maybe we'll talk about the fact that a group of penguins on land is called a waddle ?? Who knows?! Join us.

Wednesday Prayer!
Join us as we come together to pray. (Or just DM your prayer needs to us on Instagram and we have you covered. #WooStateCA)

Thursday Hangout!
One hangout just wasn't enough. Same idea as Tuesday hangouts, just another one at a different time. Join us.

Saturday Movie Nights:
We're hosting Netflix Watch Parties.

Sunday Mornings:
We want you to stay connected to local churches. We have a list of churches that are hosting devotionals and online streaming

YouVersion Bible plans:
We're going through Bible plans together. Check out the options with the link below.

Here is the link that will get you to all the info in one place:

Spring Back with Student Affairs

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Dear Students,

Please mark your calendars for the following "Spring" back with Student Affairs: Virtual Vitality series. We hope you will join us to hear about how to access our services remotely, answer any questions you may have, or just to have some "face time" with your fellow WSU Lancers. It is so important that you stay connected during this difficult time and we want to make this as easy as possible for you.

We also ask that you send in any questions you may have ahead of time so that we may answer them during the zoom call. Don't worry, we won't announce your name, we'll just answer the question(s) you submit so everyone can benefit.

Please send your questions for collection to Bridget Joiner at Bjoiner@worcester.edu.

Friday, May 8, 1-2pm:
Health and Wellness: How to stay active while staying in place.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://worcester.zoom.us/j/510827558
*Join by Conference Call: 1-646-876-9923/Meeting ID: 510 827 558 (Press # twice)

*Please note if you choose to attend any of the events in the Virtual Vitality series by conference call, your phone number may display to all members attending.

All the Best,
The Student Affairs Team

Upcoming Governance Meeting

Upcoming Governance Meeting: The next meeting of the All University Committee has been scheduled as shown below. All members of the WSU community are welcome to attend.


Professor Michelle Corbin, Chair

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Time: 2:30 – 4:00

Agenda: Details will be shared when available.

Zoom Link: Will be provided when available.

An updated list of members and the dates, times, and locations of future meetings is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1w_7zDFJ352Txz7HOSv89oGaytgnOJVy2

Declare a Concentration in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies!

Name: Vicki Gruzynski
Email: vgruzynski@worcester.edu

While you're registering for the Fall 2020 semester, consider declaring a concentration in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies! WGSS courses can double-dip with major/minor requirements and LASC requirements, making it easier to complete the concentration. If you'd like to know more, please contact Vicki Gruzynski, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at vgruzynski@worcester.edu or wgss@worcester.edu.

VPA Presents: Virtual Student Thesis Exhibit, opens online edition of Extreme ART-ery

Name: Andrea Binnick
Email: abinnick@worcester.edu

The Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery are presenting a virtual edition of the 2020 Student Thesis Exhibition, an online video featuring artwork by Seniors Madeline Bastug, Alyaa Dawood, Sara DiBello, Hannah Muggeo, Meaghan Riedle, Judy Roy, Katelyn Seguin, and Danielle Williams. In addition to showcasing the students' visual art, we're pleased to feature original music composition by VPA Music Seniors Anthony Marzilli and Renae Rehnihan, with additional music composition by VPA student Jacob Poitras '22. To watch this moving exhibit, please visit: https://www.worcester.edu/Mary-Cosgrove-Dolphin-Gallery/.

The 2020 Student Thesis Exhibition opens VPA's virtual edition of Extreme ART-ery, an initiative that aims to bring a variety of visual and performing arts pieces, collections, and stories - from our homes to yours during these unprecedented times - through May 5 via our social media pages. The work from our students and professors will be made available on Facebook @VPAatWorcesterState, and on Instagram and Twitter @WSUVPA.

Meditation Zoom Meeting - All Welcome to Attend!

Lopon Pema Wangdak, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar from Namdroling Monastery in India, will be leading a zoom call meditation on Saturday May 2nd at 11am. Please use the attached link to connect with the meeting at that time and to join us in some much needed meditation and mindfulness!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact Michaela White at mwhite11@worcester.edu.

Rep. Kennedy's Calls to Seniors Campaign

Name: Binienda Center for Civic Engagement
Email: Wsu_biniendacenter@worcester.edu

Rep. Joe Kennnedy is gathering a group of folks to call senior citizens to check in and see how they are doing through the stay at home orders. There will be a Zoom information training for the WSU community next Tuesday (May 5th) at 1pm. Please let me know if you would like to work on this collaboration and I will enroll you in the Check in Training.
Kennedy Community Check In Training: To sign up: mwagner2@worcester.edu

Naloxone Phone Survey - Paid Study

Name: Vicki Gruzynski
Email: vgruzynski@worcester.edu

Researchers from West Virginia University are currently recruiting participants for a 30-minute phone survey about naloxone (aka. Narcan). We are looking for people currently living in Massachusetts who might have reason to purchase or otherwise obtain naloxone. Please contact us at 617-320-3334 or rebecca.joyce@hsc.wvu.edu to see if you are eligible.

Rebecca Joyce, MPH
Project Coordinator, Massachusetts Naloxone Study
Injury Control Research Center, West Virginia University
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Virtual Disney World Tour

We will be hosting a virtual Disney World Tour at 5pm on Thursday! We will be touring the Magic Kingdom, and discussing our favorite Disney rides and characters! Go to the OSILD Instagram to find the Zoom link for this event! @WSU_OSILD

WSU Celebration Week

Happy Last Week of Classes!

OSILD is hosting a WSU Celebration Week! We want to see your favorite memories from this year at WSU! Email any pictures from this year to studentinvolvement@worcester.edu and your pictures will be featured on a slideshow on our Instagram at the end of the week!

The Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Development

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development provides a comprehensive co-curricular student experience through leadership development, involvement opportunities, and a diverse array of social, cultural, and educational programs for the entire Worcester State community. All of our programs challenge and encourage students to become empowered, inclusive, and knowledgeable future community and global leaders.