This Week In Honors

The week of April 18th, 2016

The Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity was a great day! Best of luck to those taking their show on the road to the UMass Undergraduate Research Conference!

Congratulations to all the Commonwealth Honors Scholars (just a few are pictured below) and to the winners of the 3rd Annual Commonwealth Honors Project Prize Competition

First Prize: Amy Angell (English)

The Goodbyemoon—A Memoir of Loss
(Dr. Elizabeth Bidinger)

Fun fact: AP Credit and LASC!

Did you know that you can earn LASC credit for AP courses? Contact the LASC Director, Dr. Anne Falke (afalke@worcester), if you have AP credits sitting in the "Other Courses" section of your DegreeAudit.

Honors Events

Student Thesis Art Show Opening

Date: Thursday, April 21st

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Art Gallery in Science and Tech, Room 113

Graduating seniors present their thesis work, a culmination of their growth and experience as visual and performing arts major at Worcester State.

UMass Undergraduate Research Conference

Date: Friday, April 22nd

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location: UMass Amherst – Lincoln Campus Center

Congratulations and best of luck to the presenters at the annual UMass Undergrad Research Conference.

Cuban Night @ WSU

Date: Friday, April 22nd

Time: 7 pm--9 pm

Location: Sheehan Multipurpose Room

Curious about Cuban culture? Looking to try some new food? Join WSU Enactus for Cuban Night! There will be a buffet of Cuban Cuisine catered by Cafe Reyes, music, dancing, and dominos to go around! Learn about Cafe Reyes's mission to support the Latino men in Worcester that have gone through substance abuse therapy and talk to some of the men that have changed their life around.

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Earth Day Clean-Up

Date: Friday, April 22nd

Time: 2:30-4:30

Location: Meet in front of Sullivan Auditorium, South Entrance

The Sustainability and Environmental club (S.E.E.D) will be having a campus community cleanup to celebrate Earth Day! FREE pizza and t-shirts! Come and go as you please from 2:30-4:30. Gloves and supplies are provided!

Trip to New England Aquarium

Date: Saturday, May 1st

Time: TBD

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston

The President of the Commonwealth Honors Student Committee invites you to a day in Boston on May 1st. Twenty students will be accommodated for throughout all the Massachusetts Colleges and Universities with Honors Programs. Two students per school are invited with everything paid for. This fun filled day will include options for students to explore the aquarium, see an IMAX film, and much more!

If you are interested in this great opportunity, contact Carolynn Dewitt at

The Finish Line is in sight!

Big project due dates and exams are coming up quickly. Here are a few tips to help you get through the rest of the semester!

  1. Plan out the rest of your semester to make sure you don't miss anything.
  2. Set check points. Set out goals and a time by which to accomplish them. This helps you turn one big task that seems endless into manageable bites.
  3. Make sleep a priority, because it does not matter how much you studied if you're too exhausted to focus on the exam.
  4. Avoid feeding your stress with too much junk food and coffee. Have healthy snacks on hand. Crunchy foods are great for keeping you awake!
  5. Hydrate. Exercise.
  6. Work with a classmate or friend to keep each other motivated.
  7. Take breaks that do not involve a computer or phone.
  8. Set work hours and a reward for afterwards.
  9. Remember, small steps are still progress! You've got this!

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 Ellen Snyder (

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