This Week In Honors

The week of March 28th, 2016

Advising Begins--see the Honors Preregistration flyer

Important Sign-ups (events credit!)

Honors Voter Registration Drive at the "Learning into Action" Fair

Date: Thursday, March 31st
Location: Sheehan Multipurpose Room
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Honors Program will be running a voter registration drive at the "Learning into Action" Fair after Spring Break. We encourage you to stop by and register to vote.

We are also seeking student volunteers to staff the tables (along with Honors faculty and a representative from the Worcester Election Commission). Please sign up here.

Congratulations Day: recruit the Honors Class of 2020

Honors "Meet and Greet" for the Honors Class of 2020
Date: Saturday, April 9th
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Blue Lounge, Student Center

An informal reception for prospective honors students and their families. Please come and share your experiences with the Honors Program and WSU. Our current students are our strongest recruiting tool, and we can use as many volunteers as we can get.

Dress code: WSU gear or WooBlue.

Please sign up using the online RSVP form.

4th Annual "On Guard" 5K Run/Walk

Sunday, May 1st @ Worcester State University.

Registration 10:00am, Race Start 11:00am

Live music, food, and awards right after race!

Honors graduate Julie Broderick (Class of '14) established the On Guard Initiative, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention among correction officers, as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project.

The Honors Program is sponsoring a team once again this year: runners who sign up by April 1st will have their entrance fee paid and get a race t-shirt.

Please click here to sign up.

Friends and family are most welcome and can sign up individually at

Free Bus to the UMass Conference!

WSU will be providing free bus transportation for students attending the UMass Conference. Seats will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Patrick Hare ( in the President's Office to sign up.

Honors Events

Spring Green Cleaning

Date: Tuesday, March 29th

Location: Sheehan Multipurpose Room

Time: 2:30-3:30pm

Steve Bandarra, Sustainability Coordinator and LEED Green Associate, will be teaching us how to make a non-toxic green cleaner. He will also be educating us on some of the toxins in the cleaners most of us have around the home.

Hosted by Ellen Snyder, Honors GA.

Dr. Cornel West: “The American Dream Reimagined: Race, Ethnicity, and Education"

Date: Wednesday, March 30th

Location: May Street Building

Time: 10:30am - 12:00 pm

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Dr. Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking and teaching weave together the traditions of the Black Baptist Church, progressive politics and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision." He burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy.

The lecture is part of the Third World Alliance’s “Courageous Conversations” series, which is in its 10th year.

Learning into Action Fair

Date: Thursday, March 31st
Location: Sheehan Lobby and Multipurpose room.
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The event is open to the campus community and will showcase the academic programs, co-curricular programs, and student groups on campus whose focus surround social justice and action.

• Informational tables showcasing the work of various academic programs (or even classes), community projects, student organizations, study abroad trips, etc. that address issues of social, economic, and environmental justice.

• Short “TED talks” by students, faculty, or community members.

Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Human Rights — in coordination with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Deans' Offices.

The Worcester Armenian Film Festival

Date: Saturday, April 2nd

Location: Science and Tech Building, Room 102

Time: 12:30-5:00pm

Go Green!

Easy Ways to Help the Environment

  • Buy from local famers markets
  • Use reusable bags instead of using disposable plastic bags, which adds to the landfill
  • If possible, dry laundry outside to reduce the amount electricity used
  • Print double sided and reuse scrap paper
  • Pay bills online and opt for online bank statements
  • Turn off lights when leaving a room
  • Carpool whenever possible
  • Stop buying plastic water bottles and use a reusable water bottle
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Take shorter showers
  • Recycle electronics
  • Change lightbulbs to CFLs
  • Unplug laptops and other applications when not in use

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