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Worcester State University

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For other "Worcester Colleges," see Worcester College (disambiguation).
Worcester State University
Established 1874
Type Public
President Barry M. Maloney
Provost Charles Cullum
Dean Lori Dawson (Humanities and Social Sciences), Elaine Tateronis (Education, Health and Natural Sciences), William White (Graduate and Continuing Education)
Academic staff 168 full-time, 201 part-time
Undergraduates 4,665
Postgraduates 805
Location Worcester, MA, USA
42°16′03″N 71°50′38″W / 42.267586°N 71.843760°W / 42.267586; -71.843760Coordinates: 42°16′03″N 71°50′38″W / 42.267586°N 71.843760°W / 42.267586; -71.843760
Campus Urban, 58 acres (0.2 km²)

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Mascot Lancers
Website www.worcester.edu/
Coughlin Stadium at Worcester State University

Worcester State University is a public, four-year college founded in 1874 as Worcester Normal School in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. Although WSC traditionally has an emphasis on education, business, and biotechnology, the College offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in over 20 academic disciplines. Barry M. Maloney is the University's eleventh president.It is a liberal arts college, with no religious affiliation, though it has ministries services available for a variety of religions on campus. Worcester state university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as programs for continuing education. It is apart of the Worcester Consortium, founded in 1968, in which students from Worcester State University and eight other colleges in and around Worcester, are allowed access to all of the participating schools facilities and classes they have to offer. Other colleges in the Worcester Consortium includes Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Cummings school of Veterinary Medicine, Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Nichols College, Quinsigamond Community College, UMass Medical School, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


[edit] History

Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building at Night

In 1874, Worcester Normal School was founded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a teacher-training school. The school started offering the Bachelor of Science Education in 1921. In 1932 the name was changed to Worcester State Teachers College and relocated to its present location on Chandler Street. The college offered its first graduate degree, the Master of Science in Education, in 1952. In 1963, its name was changed to Worcester State College since it had transitioned to include studies in liberal arts and sciences.[1] In July 2010, both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate voted to grant the school state university status and change its name to Worcester State University. The measure was signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on July 28, 2010. In January 2010, the University was divided into two schools - the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences comprises the departments of Business Administration and Economics, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, History and Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. The School of Education, Health and Natural Sciences comprises the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Education, Health Science, Mathematics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical and Earth Sciences.

[edit] Campus Layout

Administration Building: The Administration Building seeks to practice responsible citizenship and exemplary customer service. The building consists of multiple offices that are very important to the success of Worcester State University students. These offices are; Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Student Affairs, Human Resources, Payroll, Public Relations and Marketing, Institutional Research, Institutional Assessment, Bursar’s Office, One Card Office, Diversity and Affirmative Action Office, and the Academic Success Center. These are all crucial pieces in the success of Worcester State University.

Ghosh Science and Technology Center: The Ghosh Science and Technology Building is located on the North Entrance of campus. It specializes in the Sciences at Worcester State University. Some subjects that are studied in this building include, Biology and Chemistry. Many Laboratory based classes are taught in this building.

Sullivan Academic Center: The Sullivan Academic Center is located on the South Entrance of campus. It offers classes for all subjects other than the sciences. The Sullivan Building is set up of manly classrooms and is separated floor and wing by subject. Some subjects include Mathematics, English, and Foreign Languages are taught in this building.

Student Center: The Student Center is a place for the entire campus community to go. The first floor has a Snack Bar and dining area, a bookstore, information desk, and a print center. It also has places for meetings and programs such as North/South Auditorium, Blue Lounge, Exhibit Area, and One Lancer Place. The second floor has the Student Center/Student Activities office, Commuter Services/Weekend Programming, and Disability Services. It also has small meeting rooms like; WSCW Radio Station, the main commuter lounge, and The Living Room. The third floor has multiple Student Affairs offices including the Vice President of Student Affairs, Career Services, Counseling Office, Dining Services, Judicial Affairs, and Multicultural Affairs. Student organization offices are also on this floor and the main cafeteria is also there too.

Library: The Library is a place for the students, faculty, and staff of Worcester State to find information they need to function successfully as a learning community. The library has flexible hours during the week, and shortened hours on the weekend so all the resources are readily available for everyone. You can access the library’s catalog from home, and from anywhere on campus making it easier to find books and information for research.

Dowden Hall Dowden Hall is a dormitory building consisting of all freshmen. Each bedroom typically consists of two students. The C-Store is a convenience store located in the lobby of the dormitory building.

Chandler Village Chandler Village is "apartment style" living which consists of multiple bedrooms, full living room, and two full baths.

Wasylean Hall Wesleyan is a dormitory building consisting of suite style living. Each suite consists of typically 6 students, each with 2 full baths and 4 bedrooms. Java Junction is a coffee shop located in the lobby of the dormitory building.

[edit] Athletics

Worcester State University Athletics is Division III and a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). WSU is also a member of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).

The Worcester State University athletic department currently sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, and soccer, and women's intercollegiate basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Intramural sports offered at WSU include coed soccer, coed flag football, street hockey, dodgeball, wiffle ball, floor hockey, stickball, indoor soccer, ultimate, and softball.

[edit] Awards

  • Worcester State University was the only Massachusetts state college to be placed on the Princeton Review's list of "Best Northeastern Colleges" in 2008. It also made their list in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009.
  • WSU was named one of "America's Best Value Colleges" by the Princeton Review in 2007.
  • WSU was voted "Best College in Worcester" by Worcester Magazine in 2002, 2006, and 2007.

[edit] Notable alumni

  • Tyler Boudreau is an American author who writes about his experiences in the Marine Corps and in the Iraq War, especially the impact the war had on himself and the other Marines. Boudreau served for twelve and a half years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
  • Henry Brauner is an American–Filipino soccer player who plays as a central midfielder. He is unattached and has also represented the Philippines at international level.
  • Brooke Brodack aka Brookers, is an American viral video comedian mainly known for her short videos on YouTube, which have received 49 million views and led to a contract from the mainstream media.[1] The New Yorker called her "the first real YouTube star."[2]
  • Kevin T. Campbell Lieutenant General Kevin T. Campbell is the current commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. He assumed command on December 18, 2006, replacing Lieutenant General Larry J. Dodgen.
  • Mark J. Carron, (attended), member of the Mass. House of Representatives (served 1999 - 2007)
  • John Dufresne is an American author of French Canadian descent born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Worcester State College in 1970 and the University of Arkansas in 1984. [1] He is a professor in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program of the English Department at Florida International University.
  • Mary Fell is an American poet and academic.
  • Daniel Garvey is an American academic and administrator. He is president of Prescott College in Arizona.
  • Raymond Mariano better known as Ray Mariano, is the current Executive Director of the Worcester Housing Authority. Prior to his service as Executive Director of the WHA, Ray served as Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts.[1]
  • Brian Skerry, graduate, B.S. photojournalist who works all over the world, mainly with National Geographic
  • John Dufresne, graduate, American author of French Canadian descent, professor in the Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program of the English Department at Florida International University

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