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University Events: August and September 2014

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AUGUST EVENTS

Aug. 25 FALL SEMESTER BEGINS: 

The fall 2014 semester begins today.

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Aug. 25 WELCOME WEEK: 

WCSU will host "Welcome Week" for new and returning students from Monday, Aug. 25, through Monday, Sept. 1, at various locations on the Midtown campus, 181 White St., and the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Part of the university's Orientation Program, "Welcome Week" provides incoming students and their families with a set of shared experiences, setting the tone for student academic success and personal growth while facilitating the transition to university life. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/orientation/ww14.asp.

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Aug. 25 ALUMNI LEGACY PHOTO (Welcome Week event): 

Incoming students whose parents or grandparents attended WCSU are invited to join a "next generation" photo with their relatives who are alumni at noon on the steps of the Old Main Building on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/orientation/full-schedule-ww.asp.

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Aug. 25 ENTERING THE GATES CEREMONY (Welcome Week event): 

WCSU will hold its traditional "Entering the Gates" ceremony at 1:30 p.m. through the gates on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Faculty, staff, alumni and new and returning students will take the ceremonial walk through the gates to signify the start of another school year. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/orientation/ww14.asp or call (203) 837-9700.

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Aug. 25 PAC ENTERTAINMENT (Welcome Week event): 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host illusionist Joel Meyers at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The performance is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Aug. 26 OPENING FACULTY MEETING (WCSU faculty and staff only)

3 p.m., Visual and Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, Westside campus

Aug. 26 RECFEST '14 (Welcome Week event): 

RecFest '14 will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Quad, the lawn outside Fairfield Hall and the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Available activities will include volleyball or dodgeball in the gym; bungee, a rock wall, a mechanical shark and a wrecking ball on the lawn; water wars and a flash photo booth. RecFest is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/orientation/full-schedule-ww.asp.

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Aug. 26 PAC ENTERTAINMENT (Welcome Week event): 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host Cover Drive at 9:30 p.m. in the plaza outside the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Aug. 27 CLUBS CARNIVAL (Welcome Week event): 

The WCSU Student Government Association will host the Clubs Carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. on the lawn outside Fairfield Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Western's student organizations will provide information about their activities. The carnival is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/orientation/full-schedule-ww.asp.

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Aug. 27 BARBECUE (Welcome Week event): 

The WCSU Student Government Association will host a barbecue for students from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn outside Fairfield Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/orientation/full-schedule-ww.asp.

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Aug. 27 PAC ENTERTAINMENT (Welcome Week event): 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host comedic duo Frangela at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The performance is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Aug. 28 COFFEEHOUSE: 

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by an A Cappella Evening, featuring the university's a cappella groups, The Parallel Fifths, Martini Glass and Play It By Ear, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

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Aug. 28 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES: 

Fall semester classes begin today.

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Aug. 28 NEWMAN DINNER (WCSU campus community only)

The Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. The welcome back dinner will feature spaghetti. The event will be free and open to the university community only. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/dinners.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Aug. 28 BANACHEK (Welcome Week event): 

The Inter-Residence Hall Association will host mentalist Banachek at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The performance is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/orientation/full-schedule-ww.asp.

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Aug. 29 WCSU VOLLEYBALL WESTERN INVITATIONAL: 

The Western women's volleyball team will open the 2014 season by hosting the Western Invitational in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The five team round-robin tournament will begin at 3 p.m. with competition between WCSU, Purchase, Brandeis, Rivier and Mount Ida College. The event is free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Aug. 29 PAC MOVIE NIGHT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host PAC Movie Night with a screening of "Neighbors" at 10 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The movie is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Aug. 30 WCSU VOLLEYBALL WESTERN INVITATIONAL: 

The Western women's volleyball team will host the Western Invitational in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Day two of the five team round-robin tournament will begin at 10 a.m. as competition continues between WCSU, Purchase, Brandeis, Rivier and Mount Ida College. The event is free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Aug. 30 WCSU MEN'S SOCCER VS. CURRY COLLEGE: 

The Western men's soccer team opens its 2014 campaign against Curry College at 5 p.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Sep. 1 LABOR DAY: 

No classes; university offices are closed.

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Sep. 3 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEETING (WCSU alumni only)

The WCSU Alumni Association will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The meeting is open to graduates of the university only. For more information or to RSVP, call (203) 837-8298 or send an email to alumni@wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 3 WCSU WOMEN'S SOCCER VS. WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY: 

The Western women's soccer team will host the Western New England University Golden Bears in its home opener at 6 p.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Sep. 3 WCSU VOLLEYBALL VS. EMMANUEL COLLEGE: 

The Colonials will host Emmanuel College in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Sep. 3 PAC ENTERTAINMENT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host The Well Reds at 8 p.m. on the quadrangle on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to  pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 4 RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY: 

WCSU will hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the West Lobby of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The ceremony will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.asp

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Sep. 4 COFFEEHOUSE: 

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, Arildo De Souza, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

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Sep. 5 PAC MOVIE NIGHT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host PAC Movie Night with a screening of "The Fault in Our Stars" at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The movie is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 6 PAC TRIP: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host a trip to the Bronx to see the New York Yankees take on the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. The bus will depart from the Midtown campus at 1:30 p.m. for a 4:05 game. Tickets will be $30 for WCSU students with ID and $90 for guests of students. For more information, send an email to theriault011@connect.wcsu.edu.

Sep. 6 WCSU FIELD HOCKEY VS. RIVIER UNIVERISTY: 

The Western field hockey team, under the guidance of ninth-year coach Dani McDonnell, will open its home slate by hosting Rivier University at 11 a.m. at the Westside Athletic Complex on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event is free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Sep. 6 REGIONAL ALUMNI SPORTING RECEPTION: 

The WCSU Alumni Association will host an alumni regional sporting reception, "WesterNetwork," at noon at the University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave. in West Hartford. The reception will precede the 1 p.m. women's soccer game between the Colonials and the St. Joseph Bluejays. It will be free and open to WCSU alumni. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/alumni/westernetwork-stjoes.asp. To RSVP, email alumni@wcsu.edu by Friday, Aug. 29.

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Sep. 6 WCSU FOOTBALL VS. HARTWICK COLLEGE: 

The Western football team will begin its defense of its ECAC Northeast Bowl Championship when it opens the season against Hartwick College at 5 p.m. at the Westside Athletic Complex on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The Colonials are coming off an 8-2 season and the ECAC title in 2013. Admission is free for WCSU faculty, staff and students. The public is invited and tickets can be purchased at the stadium. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Sep. 7 ZUMBA FUNDRAISING EVENT: 

Club 24 and Susan G. Komen Connecticut will host "The World's Largest Zumba Party" to raise money to fight breast cancer. The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The entry fee is $5. For more information, go to www.club24gyms.com/#!zumba/c8x7.

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Sep. 7 WCSU MEN'S SOCCER VS. JOHN JAY COLLEGE: 

The men's soccer team continues its non-conference slate when it hosts the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Bloodhounds at 1 p.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event is free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to amess@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-9014.

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Sep. 8 VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: 

Illustrator Zina Saunders will discuss her work at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Sep. 10 ANCELL DAY: 

WCSU students majoring in business, justice and law administration or those who are still undecided about a major are invited to learn more about Ancell School of Business clubs, activities and opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the south plaza outside the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will include food, games and more. For more information, send an email to silkowskie@wcsu.edu.

Sep. 11 COFFEEHOUSE: 

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, the Western Improv Group, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

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Sep. 12 - Sep. 14 CONSIGNMENT EVENT: 

The Connecticut Kids Closet will hold a fall consignment event in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. From 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, there will be a pre-sale for charity. Entry will be gained with a $10 donation or a bag of non-perishable groceries. The public will be admitted for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The event will include thousands of new and second-hand children's clothes, shoes, toys, games, bikes, books, strollers, high chairs, changing tables, gliders, bedding, baby gear and more. For information, visit www.ctkidscloset.com or call (860) 350-6260.

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Sep. 12 PAC MOVIE NIGHT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host PAC Movie Night with a screening of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" at 8 p.m. on the Quadrangle on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The movie is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 13 TASTING EVENT: 

Townsquare Media will host "Connecticut on Tap" from 3 to 10 p.m. at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate. VIP tickets are available for $55. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, go to http://i95rock.com/connecticut-on-tap-faq/ or ivesconcertpark.com.

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Sep. 13 FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER: 

The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies (JGC) at WCSU will host a Farm-to-Table Dinner, with food from local farmers and wineries, at 6 p.m. in the garden of the Science Building on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The dinner is a fundraising event in support of the JGC Permaculture Garden Project. Tickets are $100 per person and the public is invited. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/Farm-to-Table-Dinner.asp. To RSVP, send an email to janegoodallcenter@wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 14 FINE ARTS & FAMILY SERIES - PICKIN' AT THE IVES: 

As part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, Ives Concert Park will present "Pickin' at The Ives with Greensky Bluegrass and Cabinet" at 2 p.m. at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. For tickets, go to http://america-on-tap.ticketleap.com/pickin-at-ives/. For more information, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com.

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Sep. 17 CONSTITUTION DAY LECTURE: 

Fordham University Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Robert J. Hume will discuss "Our Many American Constitutions: Same-Sex Marriage and the Struggle for Social Reform" at 6 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. His research focuses on law and policy, with a particular emphasis on the impact of court decisions.  His first book, "How Courts Impact Federal Administrative Behavior," won the 2010 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award in Professional Studies. His second book, "Courthouse Democracy and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Marriage in the States," is available at Oxford University Press. Hume's research has appeared in numerous academic journals, including American Politics Research, the Law & Society Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Justice System Journal and Publius. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information,  call (203) 837-9406.

Sep. 18 COFFEEHOUSE: 

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will feature an all-night open mic sponsored by the CHOICES Office. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

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Sep. 23 ANCELL MENTOR KICK-OFF EVENT: 

The Ancell School of Business will host an Ancell Mentor Kick-Off event at 6 p.m. at a location to be determined on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Students who are majoring in business are encouraged to attend to find out more about the program, meet potential mentors and practice their networking skills. For more information, send an email to silkowskie@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-8567.

Sep. 23 PAC ENTERTAINMENT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host comedienne Jen Kober at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 25 VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: 

Multi-disciplinary artist Ray DiCapua will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Sep. 25 COFFEEHOUSE: 

WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, Rebecca Pronsky, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

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Sep. 26 PAC MOVIE NIGHT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host PAC Movie Night with a screening of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" at 8 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The movie is free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 28 BEHIND-THE-SCENES GALA OPENING: 

WCSU will hold a "Behind the Scenes" Gala Opening at 1:30 p.m. at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The gala will be free and the public is invited. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Sep. 29 GOLF OUTING: 

The WCSU Alumni Association will host The Neil Wagner Golf Outing with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Richter Park Golf Club, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. The cost is $700 per foursome or $175 per person. The public is invited; reservations are required. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/alumni/Golf.asp, call (203) 837-8298 or send an email to alumni@wcsu.edu.

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Sep. 30 ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE: 

The Jane Goodall Center at WCSU will host Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for a lecture at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Kennedy's reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. He was named one of Time magazine's "Heroes for the Planet" for his success in helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group's achievement helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. The public is invited. General admission tickets will be $10. Tickets for a post-lecture VIP reception will be $30. WCSU students with valid I.D. may attend the lecture at no cost or the VIP event for $10. To purchase tickets, go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets or call (203) 837-TIXX. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/RFKennedyJr.asp.

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VISITOR PARKING ADVISORY: Western Connecticut State University offers several convenient, centrally located parking spaces for visitors to the university’s Midtown and Westside campuses in Danbury. Midtown visitor parking is in the lot next to Old Main and in designated spaces next to University Hall. Parking in the university’s White Street and Fifth Avenue garages is restricted to students, faculty and staff with hang-tags and/or parking stickers from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; visitors are welcome to park in the garages all other times. Westside visitor parking is on University Boulevard. Visitors who cannot be accommodated in these parking areas are asked to call the University Police Department to make other arrangements.

Up-to-date university parking rules and regulations, color-coded campus maps that show parking areas and shuttle bus stops, and shuttle bus schedules are available at www.wcsu.edu/parking. Call the University Police Department at (203) 837-9300 for more information about the parking rules and regulations.


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Sherri Hill, Associate Director, University Relations
Phone: (203) 837-8486 Fax: (203) 837-8530
E-Mail: pr@wcsu.edu

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