This Week in Honors

Week of March 9th

Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity: deadline, March 11th

The Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity (Wed, April 15th) is an annual tradition that gives the Worcester State University community the opportunity to showcase the outstanding work that our students and faculty are doing in research, scholarship, and creative projects. With poster presentations, critical papers, panel discussions, performances, and exhibits, this daylong event illuminates the best examples of work from across all academic disciplines on our campus and clearly reflects our commitment to student achievement in scholarship and creativity. Judging for the Commonwealth Honors Project Prize competition will take place at this event.

Please submit your abstracts by Wednesday, March 11th.

Speakers From The Brain Injury Association

Monday, March 9th @ 3:30pm in S&T Rm 102

Did You Know... Traumatic Brain Injuries Are One of the Most Common Causes of Death & Disability?

Speakers from the Brain Injury Association will be at Worcester State each sharing their unique experience of how they lived through and survived a traumatic brain injury

Please email with any questions!

CLEWS Conversation: Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Campaign Skills School

Tuesday, March 10th @5:00-8:00 pm in the Student Center, Fallon Room, Third Floor

MWPC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization aimed at getting people elected to public office here in the Commonwealth. A particular focus is working with women interested in becoming engaged in all levels of government, from municipal to federal. Founded over forty years ago, MWPC hosts trainings that will feature a panel of area legislators, flash sessions on campaign 101, messaging, and fundraising, and finally networking. The campaign trainings are free and open to the public, regardless of gender or party, and are geared towards overcoming the specific barriers women face when running for elected office. Light refreshments will be served.

U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Wednesday, March 11th @ 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the Blue Lounge

A lecture by Dr. Nina Silber, professor of History and Director of the American and New England Studies Program at Boston University. Dr. Silber will provide a summation of the U.S. Civil War.

This is the last in a four-year series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War. Worcester community members, students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to attend this free event.

Sarah Sharbach Memorial Lecture: Women's Studies Mini-Conference

Thursday, March 12th @11:30-12:45 pm in the Blue Lounge

Dr. Charlotte Haller (Department of History)-
Family Dinner, Social Change, and the Gender Division of Labor in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Dr. Lisa Boehm (Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences)-
Muse: Gender, Ethnicity, and Domestic Concerns in 1930s Musical Theater

Dr. Janelle Cornwell (Department of Earth, Environment, and Physics)-
Diverse Economies: Gender and Performativity

Amy Ebbeson, MSW (Graduate and Continuing Education)-
The Impact of Inequality on Mental Health

Green Careers Fair

Thursday, March 12th @ 12-4 pm in the Sheehan Lobby

Hosted by DEEP and Career Services.

The following environmental employers will be represented: Mass DEP, US Army Corps of Engineers, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mass Audubon, AECOM, Tighe & Bond, EBI Consulting, Worcester DPW, Aquatic Control Technologies.

From 2:30-3:30 representatives from AECOM, Tighe & Bond, NCRS and USACE will participate in a panel discussion about green careers.

Students in all majors are encouraged to stop by and learn more about doing environmental work. For more information please contact DEEP at 508-929-8583.

Calling all May 2015 graduates!

If you plan to graduate in May 2015, please be sure to fill out the Honors Graduation Form found on the Honors web site immediately (if you haven't already done so).

You must complete this form if you wish your honors status to be included on your transcript. Commonwealth Honors Scholars are also recognized in the commencement program.

Please note that this form is just for the Honors Program; it is in addition to the Intent to Graduate form you submitted to the registrar.

Sign up for future honors events!

President's Dinner and Theatre Night

You are cordially invited to the Honors President’s Dinner and Theatre Night on Thursday, April 16th, 2015.

6:30 p.m.: Join President Maloney for a catered dinner in the Fallon Room, Student Center.

8:00 p.m.: Worcester State Theatre presents Beast on the Moon in the Fuller Theater.

Suggested dress: business casual or theatre chic

We are President Maloney’s guests for the evening and can accommodate the first 25 people from WSU who respond (we will also maintain an active waitlist).

RSVP by 4/1 using the online RSVP form. Please e-mail Mary Flibbert ( regarding any dietary restrictions or food allergies.

Play Synopsis:

The Armenian genocide of the early 1900s tore families apart and decimated the Armenian population. Some who survived moved to America. One survivor, Aram, moved to Milwaukee. Desperate to recreate the family he lost, he sends away for a mail order bride. While his bride, Seta, turns out not be the bride he ordered, these two wounded immigrants attempt to move forward and begin their own family.

Worcester State Theatre and the Visual and Performing Arts Department are proud to present this emotional and popular play to commemorate the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. - See more at:

Third Annual "On Guard 5K" Run/Walk

Sunday, April 26th @Worcester State University.

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

Live music, food, and awards right after race!

Honors graduate Julie Broderick established the "On Guard 5K" as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project. The Honors Program is sponsoring a team: the first twenty runners who sign up by March 25th will have their entrance fee paid and get a race t-shirt. Please stop by the Honors Lounge (L216) to sign up and initial the race waiver. Friends and family can sign up individually at

Come help Cal White (top finisher in 2014) and Dylan Weierman (top under-12 finisher) defend their titles!

Need money for college?

The Worcester State Foundation awards more than $250,000 in scholarships each year, and Honors students are always competitive applicants. Submit your applications by April 15th.

Tips: Use Spring Break to get started. Consult the Honors Directors for feedback on your essays.


Be sure to fill out the online RSVP form for events you plan to attend!

Remember you are required to attend two honors events per semester.

Giridharadas on the challenges to Jeb Bush's "Americanness"

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Commonwealth Honors Program at Worcester State University

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