3rd Annual On Guard 5K

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for the On Guard 5K. Honors graduate Julie Broderick (’14) founded the On Guard Initiative as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project. Tommy Jacobsen, Dr. Jay Mahoney, and the Enactus group did a wonderful job with the local arrangements.



Spencer West, Tuesday 4/11 at 3 p.m.

Don’t miss the incredible speaker our department is co-sponsoring!  Spencer West lost his legs at the age of five, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – on his hands – in 2012, to raise $750,000 for clean water projects in Kenya.

Worcester State has the distinguished honor to host him on campus next Tuesday, April 7th, at 3:00 PM in the Sullivan Auditorium.

Check out these two AMAZING videos about Spencer’s story and his climb, and read more below:

– 90 second video about Spencer’s Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvzjdQc5_wk

– And a one-minute clip about his climb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enRgurMHsf8

Spencer West is an internationally recognized visionary, activist, and motivational speaker whose story has been featured on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, NPR, and in Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and a wide range of local, national, and global media. He has shared the stage with many Nobel Peace Prize winners and other renowned speakers such as the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Martin Luther King III, and many more.

Spencer’s journey has been marked by obstacles and incredible triumph. Despite having both legs amputated at age 5, Spencer has accomplished incredible feats, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro –on his hands – in 2012 to raise over $750,000 for clean water projects in Kenya. He has worked with Free the Children, an international non-profit focused on children’s rights – and the world’s largest network of children helping children – for years, helping to promote their partnered community development projects in over 40 countries.

For more information, please contact Professor White (shelley.white@worcester.edu) or student organizer, Krissy Kenney (kkenney@worcester.edu).

Fall 2015 preregistration!

Read on for all the important details:

Fall 2015 Preregistration


This Week in Honors: sign up for honors events!

Welcome back from Spring Break!

Check out This Week in Honors for all the exciting events in the second half of the semester.

University Keynote Series in the News!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Anand Giridharadas!


Commonwealth Honors Project makes art accessible to all at WAM!

Honors graduate and CSD major Alison Hickey worked on the clear speech research team as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project.

Read on to learn more about her work: https://wp.worcester.edu/eNews/docents-clear-speech-ensures-art-appreciation-by-all/

This Week in Honors

Don’t miss a thing!  Check out This Week in Honors!

Honors House selection: Friday, 2/20 at 1 pm

Just a friendly reminder about the Honors House Room Selection tomorrow (Friday, 2/20 at 1 pm in Sheehan Hall 109).  We’re glad to see so much interest and excitement about Honors House!  We’ve had a lot of questions, and so we wanted to remind students about the procedures to avoid disappointment and confusion.

Please see your room selection guide for details about opting into Honors House.  Honors House is only for honors students in good standing (in other words, you can’t pull friends from outside the program into your apartment).  There are 6 apartments set aside for Honors House in Wasylean Hall, and each apartment has 6 beds.

Complete groups of 6 will get priority.  Individual students may attend the selection session and may be able to join an incomplete group.  The apartments are either all men, all women, or mixed-gender (with same-sex bedrooms).

Please contact Jim Mournighan (jmournighan@worcester.edu) with any housing questions.  Please contact Dr. Weierman (kweierman@worcester.edu) with any questions about your honors status.

Check out the latest “This Week in Honors” message!

Don’t miss a thing: read the latest edition of “This Week in Honors.”

These weekly newsletters will replace our monthly flyers so you can get the most timely, updated information!

Consider applying to be a Presidential Ambassador!

The President’s Office is currently accepting applications online for the Presidential Student Ambassador Program.  This is a terrific opportunity to become more engaged with the university as well as to learn valuable leadership skills. We know our honors students are some of the best at WSU, so we think many of you would be great candidates for this program!

To learn more and to apply, visit the Presidential Student Ambassador Website (http://www.worcester.edu/Presidential-Student-Ambassadors/).  Applicants must meet the qualifications/eligibility.  Online applications must be submitted by February 27, 2015. The selection committee will review all applications and students will be notified if they are selected for an interview with the committee. Interviews will begin the week of March 23, 2015 and acceptance letters will be sent out April 24, 2015.

Please consider applying for this opportunity! If we can be of any help in the application process, don’t hesitate to ask.

— Dr. Weierman & Dr. Hood-DeGrenier


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