MAY 5, 2003
Three to receive awards at Trustees to select
commencement president this week
P lastican President John R. Clementi, Leominister Mayor Dean J.
Mazzarella, and Mary Patricia Couig, a 1979 graduate of the college who is cur-
rently the youngest rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, will be honored with awards at
The trustees will meet tomorrow
(May 6) at 6 p.m. in Miller Oval Room
Fitchburg State College’s 107th commencement exercises on May 24. to select the college's next president.
The three finalists are:
John R. Clementi, who will receive an honorary degree, has for many years Robert V. Antonucci, president
been president of Plastican Inc. and Holiday Housewares Inc., both of Leominster. of Riverdeep-The Learning Company
He was a trustee at Fitchburg State for 10 years, serving as chairman of the aca-
demic affairs committee.
Clementi’s other current trusteeships include UMass Memorial Hospitals, Inc., Linda K. Goldberg, provost and
and HealthAlliance, where he formerly served as chairman of the board of trustees. vice president for academic affairs at
He is a former trustee of Leominster Hospital, Fitchburg Art Museum and the Ital- Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
ian American Cultural Society, and is past treasurer of the North Central Massachu- W. Hubert Keen, special assis-
setts Chamber of Commerce. A director of the Enterprise Bank & Trust Company, tant to the system provost at State
he is former director of Safety Fund National Bank. University of New York in Albany.
Clementi is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar
Association, and the Society of Plastics Engineers. He is chairman of the board of
directors of the Plastic Shipping Container Institute. Dean J. Mazzarella, who was elected
A graduate of Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College, Clementi has served mayor of Leominster in 1993, will be
both institutions in volunteer roles. He earned his law degree from Boston College. presented with the Community Service
Award. For 10 years, he was a member
Mary Patricia Couig will be presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. of the Leominster Police Department and
A graduate of Fitchburg State’s nursing program, which this year celebrates its 40th is a former small business owner.
anniversary, Couig is chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. She over- Among Mazzarella’s many accom-
sees more than 5,000 nurses, provides public health policy advice to the surgeon plishments as mayor was spearheading
general, and collaborates with state, national and international nursing and public a grassroots effort to save from develop-
health representatives. ment Sholan Farms, a 169-acre property
Before being assigned to that post, Couig was associate director of the Food and that was home to the last apple orchard
Drug Administration’s MedWatch, the FDA’s medical reporting and safety informa- in the home of Johnny Appleseed. The
tion program. city ultimately purchased the land, which
For the past 20 years, Couig has been actively engaged in nursing at the local, is being restored with a working apple
state, national, and international levels. She began her Public Health Service career orchard, as well as hiking and biking
as a clinical nurse in the Indian Health Service at Fort Defiance, Arizona. From there trails.
she transferred to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, where she worked in the Emer- Mazzarella’s other accomplishments
gency/Outpatient Department and as the acting nursing service director for quality include eliminating a nearly $2 million
assurance and infection control. After a break in service to obtain a graduate de- deficit. He is also credited with creating
gree, she served as associate director for nursing affairs at the FDA’s Office of Health teams of city employees to attack such
Affairs. There she developed, implemented, and managed FDA’s nursing liaison pro- problems as crime and abandoned build-
gram–the first agency program to coordinate all nursing-related activities. ings. Leominster ’s recycling program
Couig’s special assignments have included working with the Rwandan Minister has received a national award.
of Health in the wake of that country’s genocide and assisting the World Health Mazzarella is a member of the Mass
Organization’s chief nurse scientist with a review of infection control policies. In ad- Mayor’s Association, the Mass Munici-
dition to her degree from Fitchburg State, Couig earned a master’s degree in public pal Association’s Advisory Board, and
health from The John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. the U.S Conference of Mayors Small Cit-
HONORING HIGH SCHOOLERS
In brief Four Massachusetts high school stu- More than 550 high school students
dents and three middle school students from throughout North Central Massa-
were honored at a dinner on campus for chusetts competed in the recent 23rd
!Good news on fall enrollment their award–winning entries in the Annual Elizabeth M. Haskins Mathemat-
projections. According to Admis- college’s 24 th Annual High School/ ics Contest sponsored by the Mathemat-
sions Director Lynn Petrillo, we Middle School Writing Competition. ics Department.
are about 17 percent ahead in The competition, sponsored by the Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 took
English Department, generated 307 en- a 50-question, two-hour exam devel-
freshman deposits and 12 per- tries from 43 schools throughout the oped by the college’s mathematics pro-
cent ahead in total undergradu- state in the four categories of essay, po- fessors. Areas of knowledge tested
ate deposits (which includes etry, short story and the work of Rob- included algebra, geometry, number
transfers). These numbers will ert Cormier. theory and general mathematics theory.
High school winners received certifi- Problems ranged from relatively
remain fluid for a time, but they
cates and $100 each. Middle school win- simple arithmetic, algebra and geomet-
are nonetheless encouraging. ners received certificates and $50 each. ric questions to the more sophisticated
All winning entries were published in a thought-provoking variety.
!Future plans for the city and the booklet and given to each student. Winners among sophomores were:
college will be the focus of “Re- First place winners in the high school Michael Zupancic of Bromfield High
division were Christine Surka of School, first place; Alison Piasecki of
imagining Fitchburg,” a follow-up Hopkinton High School for her essay Bromfield High, second place; and
to the recent “Civic Engagement entitled Life; Amelia Mason of Melrose Kristin Squires of Nashoba High School,
Forum,” today (May 5) at 3:30 p.m. High School for her poem titled Charon’s third place.
in Ellis White Lecture Hall Gate; Nicole Dellasanta from Tahanto Winners among juniors were: Kristin
Regional Middle/High School in Ricci of Bromfield High, first place; An-
(Hammond). Scheduled to be on
Boylston for her short story The Bridge drew Eisenberg of Bromfield High, sec-
hand are Michael Lanava, execu- Between; and Theresa Dold from Bishop ond place; and Jeffrey Niemira of
tive director of the city’s eco- Feehan High School, Attleboro for her Bromfield High, third place.
nomic development office, Mary Robert Cormier entry Sequel to the In the senior student category, the
Chapin Durling (Cultural Affairs), Chocolate War – Chapter 37. An honor- winners were: Sae-Won Kim of Mahar
able mention was given in the short High School, first place; Greg Vesper of
chair of the Riverfront Park story category to Daniel Smaltz from North Middlesex Regional High School,
Citizen’s Committee, and Wachusett Regional High School in second place; and David Butterfield of
Fitchburg Planning Coordinator Holden for his entry The Creator. Bromfield High, third place.
David Streb. All are welcome. In the middle school division, first Other high schools participating in-
place prizes were awarded to Charlotte cluded: Auburn, Bromfield, Clinton,
!The annual spring choral con- Bergin from Wellesley Middle School for Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster,
her essay titled A Day in Paradise; Eliza Lunenburg, Mahar, Narragansett,
cert with the college’s concert
Chang of Weston Middle School for her Nashoba, North Middlesex, St.
choir and chamber choir is to- poem Infinite; and Sonya Freeman from Bernard’s, Tyngsboro and West
night (May 5) at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Middle School in Newton for her Boylston. The largest contingent was
Weston Auditorium. Admission is short story Opening Night. Honorable from Tyngsboro and was led by Frank
free. mentions were awarded to Elizabeth Bianco, a 1991 Fitchburg State math-
Byerly of Wellesley Middle School for ematics graduate.
her essay My Perception of Family Time In a ceremony following the compe-
and Krystal Blevins of Turkey Hill tition, the winners received plaques. Cer-
Middle School in Lunenburg for her tificates of Achievement were awarded
short story Leon’s Locket. to students ranking in the top 15 per-
The entries were judged by mem- cent. Names of the top scorers are en-
bers of the English Department and Mas- graved in a permanent plaque in the
sachusetts high school and middle school college’s Mathematics Department.
teachers. In addition to test-taking, the
daylong event included a mathematical
presentation on “Careers for the 21st
Century” by Lucy Dechene. It was an
overview of career opportunities for
mathematics and related majors, includ-
ing relationships between various math-
ematics areas and specific careers.
Also featured was a contest problem
The first segment of a $6.4 million renovation of Russell Towers and the Authority Drive section of campus will begin in the
coming weeks with construction of a new lobby and entrance for Russell, as well as a significant re-landscaping of the area in
front of the building.
solution session with Barry Light. The sored by Harvard and the National Ital-
activities concluded with an awards cer-
emony in Weston Auditorium.
Faculty news ian American Foundation, the project is
an effort to “Teach the Teachers” about
Michael Bloomfield (Behavioral Sci-
The contest was created in 1980 to Italian- American studies. Workshops
ences) presented “Best Practices in Divi-
stimulate interest in mathematics, to will be presented in history, literature,
sions” at the annual Leadership
provide high school students with infor- film, art and creative writing. Moore is
Conference of the American Association
mation about career opportunities for currently teaching Italian culture at the
for Marriage and Family Therapy
college mathematics majors, and to give college and a course in the Italian lan-
(AAMFT) in Washington, D.C. As presi-
recognition to talented high school stu- guage at Leominster High.
dent of the Massachusetts division of
dents. The event is organized and di- The Behavioral Sciences Department
AAMFT, he also represented the state at
rected by Gerald Higdon of the was well represented at the annual con-
the Capitol, lobbying in Senators
Mathematics Department. ference of the New England Organiza-
Kennedy and Kerry’s offices for family
tion for Human Services Education in
therapy-related federal bills that fund
Holyoke. Lynne Kellner and student
Medicare inclusion and individuals with
Viva Italia disabilities in education.
Christine Howard presented “The
ABC’s of Information and Referral.” An-
Renowned pianist Ferdinando Barbara Scott Cammuso (Nursing)
other student, Pamela Arndt, presented
Argenti and his seven-piece ensemble presented a research paper, “The Imple-
“Adventures in Internship.” Richard
will perform on campus as part of a ben- mentation of Strategies to Develop Criti-
Spencer stepped down from his position
efit for the college’s Center for Italian cal Thinking Skills in Freshmen Nursing
as president of NEOHSE, and John
Culture. Students” at the Neuman Systems Sym-
Hancock was elected membership chair-
The event, which will also feature a posium in Philadelphia.
person. Mary King also attended the
reception, special dinner and awards, is Ronald Colbert (Education) lead a
conference, as well as the New England
scheduled for Saturday, May 17. The re- two-day conference session at the Asso-
Regional Campus Compact Conference
ception begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at ciation of Childhood Education Interna-
at Holy Cross, where she facilitated a
6 p.m., both in Holmes Dining Com- tional Conference in Phoenix. The
discussion group on “Engaging Faculty
mons. Tickets are $75, which includes the session provided training to teacher
for the Massachusetts Campus Com-
concert. Tickets for the concert only, educators preparing reports for NCATE
pact” during the day-long professional
which begins at 8 p.m. in Percival Audi- Elementary Education Reviews. In late
development institute for community
torium, are $30. Concert tickets will be March, Colbert conducted training ses-
service and service learning administra-
available at the door on the evening of sions in Pittsburgh for the School of Edu-
the performance. For tickets to the ben- cation faculty at Duquesne University
Students in Diana Suskind’s (Educa-
efit reception, dinner and program, call and in Baltimore for the State Depart-
tion) classes have been conducting their
(978) 665-4555. ment of Education and faculty at Villa
Ferdinando Argenti has performed Julie College. Both of these training pro-
throughout the world, both with his grams were to assist NCATE-accredited
own ensemble and with such noted jazz programs in preparing for positive
musicians as Chet Baker, Lee Konitz and NCATE reviews.
Kenny Wheeler. He recently released a Jeanne H. Moore (Humanities) has
CD titled Argenti. been chosen as one of 15 teachers and
professors of Italian to participate in a
workshop at Harvard University. Spon-
pre-practicum at The Hands-On Art Mu- Mud and boulders poured into the hall. velvet spread—they could soon press
seum in Shirley. We’re going to go, Jackie thought. Oh, their palms against the ceiling. The bed
Jiang Yu (Geo/Physical Sciences) is
my God, what a hell of a way for the also moved toward the glass wall. The
the author of a chapter in the book
Implementing Global Science Literacy, pub- four of us to die together. two teenagers got off, to try to control
lished by The Ohio State University The parents’ bedroom was on the far the motion, and were pinned between
Press. The chapter, “The Application of side of the house. Bob Genofile was in the bed’s brass railing and the wall.
GSL Philosophy to Science Education in there kicking through white satin drap- Boulders went up against the railing,
the People’s Republic of China” exam- eries at the panelled glass, smashing it pressed it into their legs, and held them
ines the philosophy and potential of the
to provide an outlet for water, when fast. Bob dived into the muck to try to
Global Science Literacy theory against
China’s cultural, economic, and social the three others ran in to join him. The move the boulders, but he failed. The
background for promoting and improv- walls of the house neither moved nor debris flow, entering through windows
ing science education in that country. shook. As a general contractor, Bob had as well as doors, continued to rise. Es-
built dams, department stores, hospi- cape was still possible for the parents
tals, six schools, seven churches, and but not for the children. The parents
Quote of the week this house. It was made of concrete block looked at each other and did not stir.
"In geology, it would be known with steel reinforcement, sixteen inches Each reached for and held one of the
as a debris flow. Debris flows amass on center. His wife had said it was children. Their mother felt suddenly re-
in stream valleys and more or less re- stronger than any dam in California. signed, sure that her son and daughter
semble fresh concrete. They consist of His crew had called it 'the fort.' In would die and she and her husband
water mixed with a good deal of solid those days, twenty years before, the would quickly follow. The house became
material, most of which is above sand Genofiles’ acre was close by the edge of buried to the eaves. Boulders sat on the
size. Some of it is Chevrolet size. Boul- the mountain brush, but a developer roof. Thirteen automobiles were packed
ders bigger than cars ride long dis- had come along since then and knocked around the building, including five in
tances in debris flows. Boulders down thousands of trees and put Pine the pool. A din of rocks kept banging
grouped like fish eggs pour downhill Cone Road up the slope. Now Bob against them. The stuck horn of a bur-
in debris flows. The dark material com- Genofile was thinking, I hope the roof ied car was blaring. The family in the
ing toward the Genofiles was not only holds. I hope the roof is strong enough darkness in their fixed tableau watched
full of boulders; it was so full of auto- to hold. Debris was flowing over it. He one another by the light of a directional
mobiles it was like bread dough mixed told Scott to shut the bedroom door. signal, endlessly blinking. The house
with raisins. On its way down Pine No sooner was the door closed than it had filled up in six minutes, and the
Cone Road, it plucked up cars from was battered down and fell into the mud stopped rising near the children’s
driveways and the street. When it room. Mud, rock, water poured in. It chins."
crashed into the Genofiles’ house, the pushed everybody against the far wall. —John McPhee, "Los Angeles
shattering of safety glass made terrific 'Jump on the bed,' Bob said. The bed Against the Mountains"
explosive sounds. A door burst open. began to rise. Kneeling on it—on a gold