“Worcester State University changes lives because it provides opportunities outside of the classroom for students to learn,” says Sebastian Velez, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, who teaches courses in biology and genetics. Each year, Dr. Velez takes a group of WSU students to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to work with the non-governmental organization Children of the Border. He likens his job as a
professor to being an astronaut: “Everyone wants to be one, very few get to do it, and it is actually that cool.” For more information about the Change Lives campaign, visit changelives.worcester.edu.
For Brittany Rheault ’07, traveling with the WSU basketball team changed her life, especially when the team played and volunteered in places such as Bermuda, where her team helped clean up an orphanage and then competed against the Bermuda national team. “A lot of the trips we went on, the only way for me to go on them was to fundraise,” says Brittany, who is now a sports coordinator for United Social
Sports in Washington, DC. “These trips were life changing and without donors, I wouldn’t have been able to be a part of them. I can’t thank them enough.” For more information about the Change Lives campaign, visit changelives.worcester.edu.
“Worcester State definitely shaped me and changed me into the man you see today,” says Bryan Narcisse ’15, a health education major and football All-American. Bryan says he learned time-management and leadership skills and gained confidence in himself during his educational journey. For more information about the Change Lives campaign, visit changelives.worcester.edu.