This Week In Honors

The week of October 12th

Admissions Open House: Call for Volunteers

We are seeking 5-6 volunteers for each of the Admissions Open Houses for the Class of 2020. All volunteers will receive credit for an honors activity. Please help us recruit the next cohort of honors students!

The details:
When: Saturday, October 17th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. OR
Saturday, November 14th, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Resource Fair, Sheehan Multipurpose Room
Dress code: business casual
Format: informal Q&A with prospective students and their families

Please fill out our online RSVP form for the date you wish to attend.

Thank you for your service to the program! Our students are our strongest recruiting tool!

Honors President's Dinner and Theatre Night (free!)

You are cordially invited to the Honors President’s Dinner and Theatre Night on Thursday, November 19th, 2015.

6:30 p.m.: Join President Maloney for dinner in the Private Dining area of the Sheehan dining hall.

8:00 p.m.: Worcester State Theatre presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) in the Fuller Theater.

The feminist revolution reaches back in time, taking Shakespeare to task as Constance Ledbelly, a Shakespearian critic, mystically finds herself face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet. In pushing these women to be heroines instead of victims, Constance discovers her own inner rebel and inner lover.

We are President Maloney’s guests for the evening and can accommodate the first 25 students who respond (we will also maintain an active waitlist). We will also be welcoming prospective honors students from QCC and the Worcester Public Schools to this popular Honors tradition.

RSVP by 10/19 using the online RSVP form. Please e-mail Mary Flibbert ( regarding any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Dream Catchers with Honors RA's

Thursday, October 15th, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Seven Hills Lounge, Wasylean Hall

Make your own dream catchers with colorful feathers, beads, and strings.
Snacks and refreshment provided.

Film Screening: Abrazos: A Journey in Search of One's Identity

Wednesday, October 14th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Seven Hills Lounge

ABRAZOS narrates story of the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to visit their parents' homeland and meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity.

Post film discussion with Professor Aldo Guevara-Garcia (Sociology Department)

Latin Heritage Speaker: Maria Hinojosa 'Race & Borders'

Thursday, October 15th, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
May Street Auditorium

Hinojosa has worked as an anchor and reporter for PBS "Need to Know" series and the talk show Maria Hinojosa: One to One from WGBH/La Plaza, as a senior correspondent at Now on PBS and for NPR, and for eight years as CNN's urban affairs correspondent.

Hinojosa has documented hundreds of stories--from immigrant work camps in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to the poor in Alabama and youth violence in urban communities. In addition to producing Latinos USA, she is developing America by the Numbers which will be the first national programming dedicated to documenting and demystifying the demographic changes that are occurring in the U.S. and examine the new American mainstream-growing ethnic groups: Latinos, Asians, African Americans, and Multiracial families.

Microbiome of Materials in Ancient Burial Sites. Lecture by Dr. Archana Vasanthakumar

Thursday, October 15th, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Sci&Tech Room 102

Dr. Vasanthakumar is a research associate at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Biodeterioration is a commonly occurring phenomenon on materials of historic and cultural heritage significance. Microorganisms are the primary agents that cause biodeterioration in these settings. The damage caused by microbially mediated processes can range from staining on ancient manuscripts, to disfigurement of wall paintings, to crumbling of marble, to corrosion of metal. In this talk, she will present an overview of the types of challenges faced in the conservation of such materials, with reference to biodeterioration. She will briefly describe the breadth of research in this field and go on to present in detail two case studies, both on materials from ancient burial sites – one in Egypt and the other in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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