This Week in Honors

Week of March 2nd

Wednesday is Monday!

In an effort to grapple with our unprecedented number of snow days, WSU has made a one-time change to the class schedule. Wednesday, March 4th will become a Monday in terms of the class schedule. All Monday classes will meet on Monday, March 2nd AND Wednesday, March 4th. In other words, the week of March 2 - 6 will have two Monday class days and no Wednesday class days.

Jennifer Pozner -- "Yes, All Women: Media, Misogyny, and Violence in America"

Tuesday, March 3rd @11:30am in the Blue Lounge

In this provocative multimedia presentation, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner, founder of Women In Media & News and author of "Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV," gives students the media literacy tools they need to unpack representations of violence in news, pop culture, and advertising. With high-profile gun violence and sexual assault incidents happening each year, there’s a crucial need to talk about the factors that shape such crimes and our reactions to them. Guided by Pozner, an adviser and commentator for the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation,” students and other community members will learn to engage more critically and thoughtfully with the media they consume every day, and how they can join concerned women and men using independent media, social media, satire, and media activism to challenge and change these dangerous tropes.

Black History Month Film Screening: Dear White People

Tuesday, March 3rd @6:00pm in S&T Rm 102

Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical drama film written and directed by Justin Simien and was invited to the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Controversy breaks out over an offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in “not-post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one path. Free and Open to Public. Snacks will be provided

Post film discussion to follow with Professor George Fourlas, Philosophy Department.

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 by March 4th (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!


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.

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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