This Week In Honors

The week of September 28th

Honors Lounge: LRC 216

Reminder: The Honors Lounge is open to all Honors students whenever the library is open. Use your WSU ID for swipe card entry. The lounge is a great quiet place to study, socialize, and work on group projects.

"Merchants of Doubt" Movie Screening

Tuesday, September 29th, 7:00-9:00pm
Sci&Tech Room 102

Merchants of Doubt is a documentary about a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities, yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Honors "Tech Tools for Academic Success" Workshop with Dr. Hangen

Wednesday, September 30th, 2:30-3:45pm
Wasylean Hall Room 109

A workshop led by tech guru Dr. Tona Hangen (History, previous honors assistant director).

Come learn some tools and tricks for organizing yourself, managing projects and papers, and getting the most out of your semester. This session will focus on smarter ways to use technology in and out of the classroom for writing, note-taking, research, and time management. Bring your laptop or tablet!

"Beyond the Finish Line: A Conversation with Jeff Bauman"

Wednesday, September 30th, 11:30 am- 1:30 pm
May Street Auditorium

Join Jeff Bauman as he shares his amazing, inspirational story of perseverance and hope. On April 15, 2013, Jeff stood at the finish line of the Boston Marathon eagerly awaiting his girlfriend Erin, who was running in support of a local charity. As he waited, an ominous looking man dressed in dark clothing appeared, and Jeff immediately had a sinking feeling. The man who seemed so out of place on such a festive day dropped a black back pack, only feet away from Bauman and moments later, the first of two explosions rocked Boylston Street. Jeff was gravely injured, losing both of his legs along with other serious injuries. When the smoke cleared and Jeff realized what had happened, he immediately thought he was going to die. Then, amongst the smoke and carnage appeared Carlos Arrendondo, a peace activist who was at the marathon that day to hand out American flags in honor of his fallen sons. Carlos, now known as the man in the cowboy hat, quickly lifted Jeff and got him to an ambulance, saving his life. Later that day, a photo of Jeff and Carlos surfaced and is now the most iconic image of the marathon tragedy. Jeff recently published a book recounting his experiences called Stronger and he has remained a beacon of hope, strength and resilience since that tragic day.

The Bookstore will be selling his book at the lecture, and Jeff will sign books following the lecture.

Lecture by Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey

Thursday, October 1st
Brooks School, North Andover, NH

A lecture by Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Enrique’s Journey, the story of a young boy’s journey from Central America to the United States to reunite with his mother after 11 years of separation. This timely topic dealing with the issues of immigration, exploitation and child abuse is part of larger narrative on the challenges faced by Latino/Latina communities in Oregon and beyond. Advance registration required--contact Dr. Aldo Guevara ( for trip details.

The Path to a Climate-Friendly and Socially-Just Transportation Future

Thursday October 1st, 4:00-5:00pm
Tilton Hall, Clark University

Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture - Kristina Egan serves as the Director for Transportation for Massachusetts, with oversight of all coalition activities. She has an established career in transportation, working to address climate change and building social equity. Before joining the coalition in 2010, she served for four years as the Director of the South Coast Rail project, and was the first Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. Ms. Egan holds a M.A. in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A from Wesleyan University.

The format is a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion. Interaction with speakers is encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided.

Student Support Network Training

Friday October 2nd, 11:30am -12:30pm

The Counseling Center is offering a training series called the Student Support Network. Participants will receive weekly training on various topics regarding mental health including depression and anxiety, stress management, support and leadership skills, among others. This is a great opportunity for you to learn valuable skills that you can apply directly to your daily life, your roles at WSU, and to your future career. The series consists of 6 sessions, 1-hour per week.
If you are interested please RSVP Dianna Aquafresca at Thanks for your interest!

Use the RSVP form to earn honors events credit

Remember that honors students need to attend two events per semester. These events may be sponsored by our program or by other campus organizations. Please consult the honors calendar on the blog and web site (or even embed the honors calendar in your own google calendar) and respond using our online RSVP form. Please let us know if there are any events on campus we’ve missed; we are always glad to add events to the calendar. The RSVP records are maintained by the graduate assistants; please address any questions to Beth Powis (

Contact Us

Commonwealth Honors Program at Worcester State University

Dr. Karen Woods Weierman, Director
Dr. Jennifer Hood-DeGrenier, Assistant Director
Mary Flibbert, Honors Assistant
Ellen Snyder, Graduate Assistant
Beth Powis, Graduate Assistant