This Week In Honors

The week of May 2nd, 2016

Thank you from the Honors Directors

Dear Honors students,

We wanted to announce that our terms as Honors Directors will be ending in June. Thank you for giving us the best job on campus. It has been our great pleasure to work with you all, and we are very proud of your achievements.

Please note that this isn't goodbye: we look forward to seeing you in our classrooms and around campus next year!

Do great things on your final exams, and congratulations to all the graduates.

With gratitude,
Dr. Weierman and Dr. Hood-DeGrenier

Volunteer Opportunity: Honors Orientation

The Honors Program is seeking volunteers for the Honors Orientation breakfasts during the summer. If you live nearby and would be willing to volunteer a little bit of your time, we would be very grateful. It's a great chance to welcome new students and catch up with/get ahead with your honors events credit.


Dates: 6/21, 6/24, and 6/28

Time: 8:15-9:00am

Location: Private Dining in Sheehan POD

Honors Events

Study Break!

Date: Monday, May 2nd

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: 7 Hills Lounge, Wasylean


Stop by 7 Hills for some snacks, coloring, and several different games to give your brain a break before finals begin!


Hosted by Ellen Snyder, Honors Grad Assistant.

Extreme Art-ery Events

Come out and support fellow students performing at any or all of the following musical events:


May 2nd:

  • Woodwind Ensemble from 12:00-12:30 in the Student Center.
  • Spring Student Recital starting at 7:00 pm in the Sullivan Auditorium, admission is free.


May 3rd:

  • Unplugged Orchestra from 3:00-3:30 in the Student Center.


May 4th:

  • Guitar Performance starting at 1:00 pm in the Student Center.


May 5th

  • Now, That's A Capella performance at 7:00 in the Fuller Theater, admission is free.

A few ways to decrease stress during finals week

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Controlled breathing and deepening the breath.

Visualization (combined with controlled breathing).

Progressive muscle relaxation.

Exercise and/or go outside.

Engage Socially.

Accept the things you cannot change.

Make a cup of tea or coffee.

Make a yummy, but healthy snack.

Play with a pet.

Work in a garden.

Do a yoga practice.

Plan a massage and get a massage.

Make time to curl up with a good book.

Listen to music...and sing along, or dance and sing!

Watch a comedy - Laughter is the best medication.

Take a walk or go for a bike ride.

Spend time in nature.

Call a good friend.

Light scented candles.

Write in a journal.

What's Wrong with Pulling an All-Nighter?

Pulling an all-nighter may sound like a good idea, but it comes with many negative side effects. Please think twice before cutting sleep out of the equation!


  1. It stresses you out, and your body produces more cortisol, the "stress hormone."
  2. Lack of sleep will make you hungrier and increase risk of weight gain, because the hormones (Leptin and Ghrelin) that regulate appetite are out of sync.
  3. Your frontal lobes slow down, and concentration becomes increasingly difficult.
  4. Your working memory, which is connected to your frontal lobe, is harmed by a lack of sleep.
  5. Multi-tasking becomes even harder because of the decreased concentration.
  6. Remembering what a person said is even harder, which is connected to your pre-frontal lobe being adversely affected during sleep deprivation.
  7. It can cause mood swings and make you "emotionally irrational" because it causes you to overreact to negative experiences, and the pre-frontal lobe is not effectively regulating emotions.
  8. It puts you at risk for diabetes if sleep deprivation is not addressed.
  9. It makes it easier for you to get sick, and recovery time takes longer.

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.

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 (esnyder@worcester.edu).

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