This Week In Honors

The week of November 16th, 2015

Registration this week!

Graduating in December?

Congratulations to all our December 2015 graduates! One last task for the home stretch: please be sure to fill out the Honors Graduation Form found on the Honors student portal by November 15th.

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.

Honors Events

Honors President's Dinner and Theatre Night--a few seats left!

You are cordially invited to the Honors President’s Dinner and Theatre Night on Thursday, November 19th, 2015.

Laugh, cry, be tripped out at Worcester State Theatre’s production of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. The feminist revolution reaches back in time, taking Shakespeare to task as Constance Ledbelly, a Shakespearian scholar, mystically finds herself face-to-face with Desdemona and Juliet. In pushing these women to be heroines instead of victims, Constance discovers her own inner rebel and inner lover.

6:30 p.m.: Join President Maloney for dinner in the Private Dining area of the Sheehan dining hall.

8:00 p.m.: Worcester State Theatre presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) in the Fuller Theater, starring Honors student Caitlyn Brennan!

See an interview with Caitlyn here!

We are President Maloney’s guests for the evening and can accommodate the first 25 students who respond (we will also maintain an active waitlist). We will also be welcoming prospective honors students from QCC and the Worcester Public Schools to this popular Honors tradition.

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

Global Awareness Week


Monday, November 16th, 4:30-7:00pm

Sheehan Hall Lobby

Students are organizing a Meatless Mondays campaign, to highlight connections between our food consumption and global food security/sovereignty issues. Please join us to learn more, take a pledge to practice Meatless Mondays, and sign a campaign petition!

To learn more, or join efforts, please


Tuesday, November 17th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Student Center Exhibit Area

Students will be tabling about various global water challenges, including privatization of water resources in Lagos, Nigeria. They have petitions and campaigns focused on water justice, including taking on the sustainability challenges of bottled water.

To learn more, or join efforts, please email: toconnell2@worcester.ed


Wednesday November 18th, 8:30am-1:00pm

Student Center Exhibit Area

Students will be holding a Fair Trade coffee tasting and will be asking for signees to the Social Justice Coalition’s ongoing campaign requesting more Fair Trade products here at WSU. Note: This will be co-located with the Sustainability Office’s LED bulb exchange.

To learn more, or join efforts, please email:


Get ready early! Starting Wednesday, 11/18 at 11:00am, students will be taking a VOW OF SILENCE for 24 hours, in solidarity with those whose voice is silenced by a lack of access to education globally.

Students will break their silence with a “school building” ceremony from 11:00am-12:00pm Thursday at Sheehan Hall Patio.

To learn more, or join efforts, please email:

Cultural Bazaar

Tuesday, November 17th 3:00-5:00pm
Foster Room, Student Center

Climate Film: This Changes Everything

Tuesday, November 17th 7:00-8:00pm
Sci&Tech Room 102

Join us for this, the last of our Environmental Film Night screenings for the fall. Based on the book by Naomi Klein

"Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better."

Sponsored by Mass and the following WSU departments: DEEP, Nursing, Urban Studies, IUI, Sustainability Office

Empty Bowl Event

Wednesday, November 18th 10:00am-2:00pm
Blue Lounge, Student Center

The WSU Hunger Awareness Day begins at 10 a.m. with the film: "Fed UP" in the Blue Lounge, Student Center. The "Empty Bowl," a fundraiser to benefit local food relief organizations, follows from 11:15 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For the "Empty Bowl", you are invited to buy a bowl of soup and help feed the community. The cost for faculty, staff and the general public is $10, which includes bread donated by Panera, apples by Niecwicz farms, soup by Chartwells served in a porcelain take away bowl, and two raffle tickets. For students, the cost is $3 and includes two raffle tickets.

Raffle prizes include gift certificates, grocery cards, theater tickets and more. All proceeds will benefit St. Paul's Food Pantry, Pernet Food Pantry, Worcester County Food Bank, Community Harvest Project and St. John's Food Program.

Global Jeopardy

Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00-9:00pm
3rd floor Student Center

Cultural Presentations and Open Mic Night

Thursday, November 19th 3:00-8:00pm
Sheehan Multipurpose Room

Poetry Reading

Thursday, 11/19/15, 3:00-5:00pm
in the Pilon Seminar room, S-305.

Read your own poems or poems of others that sustain you. Come, and if you prefer, listen to others. The reading is open to all in the WSU community (students, faculty, and staff) and the community at large. Let’s celebrate what can be found in poems. One Poem …series is meant to foster a community of writers, readers, and listeners. Please join us.

INK: A Creative Writers’ Group

First Meeting: Friday, November 20th at 2:00 in Sullivan 309

All creative writers on campus urged to attend

Officers will be elected

Club structure and details formed

Faculty Advisor: Prof. Elizabeth Bidinger (English Department)

The New Worcester Spy Call for Submissions

There is a new podcast on The New Worcester Spy called "Wormtown Story Slam." The Spy staff is soliciting short email pitches of 100-200 words for personal stories about Worcester from students, faculty, staff, community members etd. People whose pitches are selected will get to tell their stories live on WSUR and be featured on the Spy website. Pitches should be emailed to with "Wormtown story slam" in the subject line.

Rolling Call for Submissions
The New Worcester Spy is currently accepting submissions to be
considered for publication in the following categories. Submissions
should be sent to by the indicated
deadline. Include the topic and your name in the subject line, and
attach your piece as a doc or docx file. Submissions accompanied by an
original photo or original artwork are more likely to be published.

Honors Student Grants for Research and Travel

Need money for academic research and travel? The Honors Program provides a limited number of grants ($300) to support student travel and research needs related to honors work. We also award three $1000 study abroad scholarships each year for students spending a semester abroad. Go to for details, and be sure to consult the honors directors about your ideas.

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 Beth Powis (

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
Beth Powis, Graduate Assistant