This Week In Honors

The week of April 11th , 2016

Register for Fall 2016 classes this week!

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.

Honors Events

Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity

Date: Wednesday, April 13th
Time: 3:00-5:00 (Set up is 2:00-2:45)
Location: May Street Auditorium

The Celebration is fast approaching!

The 3rd Annual Sheehan CHP Prize Competition will be judged at the conference. Come support your fellow honors students (and earn events credit).

A few reminders for presenters:

Posters must be mounted on tri-fold boards to be displayed on your table.
Dress professionally: think business dress or dressing for an interview.
Make sure to stand next to your poster, not directly in front of it.
Show enthusiasm for your topic and emphasize important points for a general audience.
Smile! You've survived the hard part; now it's time to show off your work!

Manisha Sinha - The Slave's Cause

Date: Monday, April 11th

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Location: Sheehan Multipurpose Room

A lecture based on Sinha's recent book of the same name. Sinha explores the abolitionist movement, describing it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor.

Josh Fox's Gasland Film Screening

Date: Monday, April 11th

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: ST 102

When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown

Make The Most Of Your Stress

Date: Wednesday, April 13th
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Sheehan Multipurpose Room

The Worcester State University Alumni Association presents Reset: Make The Most Of Your Stress, Your 24/7 Plan For Well-Being. Learn Ways To Navigate Academic and Work Stress, featuring WSU alumna and nationally-recognized stress expert Dr. Kristen Lee Costa '96. This is a FREE event for young alumni and students.

There will be a $50 Visa Gift Card raffled off as a door prize!

To attend contact the Alumni Office: 508-929-814.

Can Graffiti Save Our Cities?

Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 11:30-12:45
Location: LRC 117

Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement at the Worcester Art Museum, will provide his own answer as he explores how vibrant citizen art can enliven and enrich public spaces.

Pack Up Your Sorrows Screening

Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 2:30-3:30
Location: ST 102

Pack Up Your Sorrows is a story of illness, hope and transformation told through the lens of singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson. In this film, she interviews leading minds on issues of mental wellness such as Kay Redfield Jamison and Scott Stossel, and explores alternative therapies with such luminaries as Lama Migmar Tseten, Harvard Buddhist Chaplain & Director of The Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies. Hutchinson weaves together a story of Bipolar Disorder, hope and transformation, illuminated by her music and stunning images of the natural world, to guide us through this unique and moving meditation on achieving wellness.

Trip to New England Aquarium

Date: Saturday, May 1st

Time: TBD

Location: New England Aquarium, Boston

The President of the Commonwealth Honors Student Committee invites you to a day in Boston on May 1st. Twenty students will be accommodated for throughout all the Massachusetts Colleges and Universities with Honors Programs. Two students per school are invited with everything paid for. This fun filled day will include options for students to explore the aquarium, see an IMAX film, and much more!

If you are interested in this great opportunity, contact Carolynn Dewitt at

You're in the Home Stretch! Don't Stop Now!

Big project due dates and exams are coming up quickly. Here are a few tips to help you get through the rest of the semester!

  1. Plan out the rest of your semester to make sure you don't miss anything.
  2. Make manageable goals to check off. This will allow you to see the progress you are making.
  3. Try to keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible.
  4. Avoid feeding your stress with too much junk food and coffee.
  5. Hydrate. Exercise.
  6. Work with a classmate or friend to keep each other motivated.
  7. Take breaks that do not involve a computer or phone.
  8. Remember, small steps are still progress! You've got this!

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