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University Events: November and December 2014

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NOVEMBER EVENTS

Nov. 1 WCSU WOMEN'S RUGBY VS.PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY: 

The WCSU women's rugby team will take on Plymouth State University at 11 a.m. on the Recreation Field 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 shanksa@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 1 WCSU FOOTBALL VS. UMASS-DARTMOUTH: 

Near the top of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with two games to play, the WCSU football team will host UMass-Dartmouth in what could determine the Colonials' post-season chances. The game will be at noon at the Westside Athletic Complex on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury for the 2014 Homecoming game. 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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Nov. 1 WCSU VOLLEYBALL VS. PLYMOUTH STATE: 

Coach Don Ferguson's volleyball team is near the top of the Little East Conference standings and will face Plymouth State University in an important LEC match that will open up a tri-match at noon in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.  The Plymouth State Panthers will take on Lehman at 2 p.m. and Western will face the Lehman Lightning at 4 p.m. 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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Nov. 1 WCSU VOLLEYBALL VS. LEHMAN COLLEGE: 

Coach Don Ferguson's volleyball team is near the top of the Little East Conference standings and will face the Lehman College Lightning at 4 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center 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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Nov. 1 WCSU WOMEN'S SOCCER VS. UMASS-DARTMOUTH: 

The WCSU women's soccer team, Little East Conference leader near the end of October, will close out the regular season with a match against UMass-Dartmouth at 5 p.m. at 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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Nov. 1 PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING: 

WCSU will host a 6 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

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Nov. 1 HALLOWEEN PARTY (WCSU students only)

The Litchfield Hall Council, Program Activities Council and Student Government Association will host "Halloween 2K14, Let's Get Scary" from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This Halloween party, for WCSU students only, will feature a costume contest with prizes for funniest, scariest and most creative costumes. For more information, send an email to coopers@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 2 OPEN HOUSE: 

WCSU will host its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The day's events will include campus tours and information sessions. All the activities will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Office of University Admissions at (203) 837-9000 or (877) 837-WCSU, or visit www.wcsu.edu/openhouse/.

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Nov. 2 SWIM-A-THON FUNDRAISING EVENT: 

The WCSU women's swimming & diving team will host "Swim Strong for Shaun," a swim-a-thon to raise funds to support the Stand Strong for Shaun Fund, at 1 p.m. in the O'Neill Center Natatorium on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Shaun Bailey is an assistant coach with the WCSU women's soccer team who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. The public is  invited to pledge $5 to support a WCSU swimming and diving team member, or swim themselves for a $10 donation. Follow the fundraiser on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/622053984559791/ or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/wcsu_swim_dive. To make a direct donation, visit www.gofundme.com/frhtw8. For more information, send an email to cookj@wcsu.edu.

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Nov. 2 SUNDAY MASS: 

The Newman Center will host Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. in the center's chapel, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/index.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Nov. 3 FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST: 

The WCSU Women's Basketball Tip-Off Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The public is invited. There will be no admission charge, but participants will be encouraged to make "tip" donations. This is the annual fundraiser for the women's basketball team. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at (203) 837-9018.

Nov. 3 VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: 

Multi-disciplinary artist Amber Scoon 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 more information, call (203) 837-8403. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 3 DANBURY MUSIC CENTRE: 

The Danbury Music Centre will present the Danbury Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Featured on the program will be Beethoven's "Overture to Creatures of Prometheus;" Bach's "Double Violin Concerto;" and Symphony No. 2, the "Little Russian" by Tchaikovsky. The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, go to www.danbury.org/MusicCtr/calendar.htm#summer.

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Nov. 3 POETRY READING: 

U.S. Army veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner will read from his work at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Turner's book of poems, "Here, Bullet" was the first significant book by a veteran of the Iraq war, and his new memoir, "My Life as a Foreign Country," is based on his war experiences. Following the reading, Turner will lead a poetry workshop for a limited number of WCSU students. The reading will be free and open to the public; the workshop is for pre-registered WCSU students only. In order to register for the workshop, students should send an email to clementsb@wcsu.edu. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/BrianTurner-reading.asp.

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Nov. 4 GRADUATE SCHOOL WORKSHOP (WCSU students only)

The Philosophy Club will host a Graduate School Workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Stuart Dalton will present a workshop for WCSU students about getting into graduate school for philosophy majors/minors. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wcsuphilosophyclub or send an email to herring007@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Nov. 4 GREEK DINNER: 

Sodexo will host an authentic Greek dinner prepared by Chef Lazaro from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Cafeteria of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Students can use a meal swipe and faculty and staff can pay cash. For more information, go to www.wcsucampusdining.com/.

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Nov. 4 LIVE ELECTION COVERAGE: 

The WCSU Department of Communication & Media Arts and the National Broadcasting Society will host the award-winning "Election Connection," featuring live, local and national coverage of the 2014 election, from 8 to 11 p.m. on Charter Channel 192, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, WXCI-91.7 FM and on the Web at www.wcsu.edu/live. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/ElectionConnection2014.asp.

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Nov. 4 ELECTION CONNECTION CAMPUS VIEWING PARTY: 

The National Broadcasting Society at WCSU will host an "Election Connection 2014 Campus Viewing Party" from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The Election Connection 2014 live broadcast will be shown on large screens and the Ballroom will serve as the hub for Election Connection social media coverage throughout the evening. Students will have the opportunity to be part of the live audience, participate in social media and be eligible to win more than $150 worth of raffles and prizes, including an Amazon Fire HD. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/ElectionConnection2014.asp or send an email to baronej@wcsu.edu.

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Nov. 5 SENIOR PORTRAITS (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Campus and Student Centers board will host senior portraits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Appointments are required. Go to www.thorntonstudio.com and click on "schedule portrait sitting" and use school code 01380 or call (800) 883-9449. This event is open to senior WCSU students only. There is no sitting fee. Jostens will also have class rings on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Nov. 5 TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP (WCSU faculty, staff and students only)

The WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host a "Resume-writing and Professional Networking" workshop at noon in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The hour-long workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at (203) 837-9245 or visit www.wcsu.edu/trc/.

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Nov. 5 NEWMAN DINNER (WCSU campus community only)

The Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. at the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to the university community only. Featured will be homemade macaroni & cheese, salad, bread and cherry cobbler. 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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Nov. 5 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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Nov. 5 INTERNSHIP WORKSHOP (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Career Development Center and the Ancell School of Business will host "Internships: The Essential Tool to Your Career" at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The goal is to encourage students to learn about and plan for an internship experience. Ancell School of Business students are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, send an email to silkowskie@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 6 SENIOR PORTRAITS (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Campus and Student Centers board will host senior portraits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Appointments are required. Go to www.thorntonstudio.com and click on "schedule portrait sitting" and use school code 01380 or call (800) 883-9449. This event is open to senior WCSU students only. There is no sitting fee. Jostens will also have class rings on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Nov. 6 PHILOSOPHY CLUB DISCUSSION (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Philosophy Club will host a discussion about "The Future of Humanity and Technology" at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. WCSU students are invited to join a conversation about the implications of technological advancements on the human experience. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wcsuphilosophyclub or send an email to herring007@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Nov. 6 FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: 

A screening of "Microbirth: Revealing the Microscopic Events During Childbirth that Could Hold the Key to the Future of Humanity" will be at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Following the screening, Cathy Parisi, a certified midwife with the Connecticut Childbirth & Women's Center, will discuss the documentary film. The screening and discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to bandhauerc@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 6 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, Natalie Gelman, 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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Nov. 7 FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: 

WCSU Professor of Communication Karen Saunders will moderate a question-and-answer session with musician Tom Rush and Rob Stegman, director of "Tom Rush: No Regrets," after a screening of the documentary film about folksinger, songwriter and guitarist Tom Rush's unconventional career. There will be a reception at 7 p.m. and the screening at 8 p.m., followed by the Q&A session at The Palace Danbury, 165 Main St. in Danbury. Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at www.thepalacedanbury.com or by phone at (203) 794-9944. WCSU faculty and students can save $5 off the ticket price with a discount code that can be obtained by sending an email to pr@wcsu.edu.

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Nov. 7 INTERVIEW WORKSHOP (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Career Development Center will offer an interview workshop at 11 a.m. in Room 207 of the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The workshop will cover how to prepare for upcoming interviews, what to expect the day of the interview, strategies for fielding questions and important follow-up after the interview. It will be free and open to WCSU students only. Registration is required. To register, go to www.collegecentral.com/wcsu/Student.cfm. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/cdc/schedules/workshopsched.asp or call (203) 837-8263.

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Nov. 7 PAC MOVIE NIGHT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host PAC Movie Night with a screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy" 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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Nov. 8 PIANO COMPETITION: 

The first J.Y. Park Piano Competition will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Middle and high school students living and/or studying in Connecticut and in Westcheste, Putnam and Dutchess counties, New York, are eligible to participate. For more information about the event, go to www.jumyfoundation.org/competition/.

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Nov. 8 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 

The WCSU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Featured will be compositions by Beethoven, Bocherinni and others with Richard Vaudrey on cello. Fernando Jimenez will conduct. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 9 JAZZ COMBOS: 

The WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 3 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 9 SUNDAY MASS: 

The Newman Center will host Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. in the center's chapel, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/index.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Nov. 11 VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE: 

WCSU will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the flagpoles in front of the Old Main Building on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. A reception will follow on the first floor of Old Main. Also on Veterans Day, the National Roll Call reading of the names will take place at 1 p.m., with the National Moment of Silence at 2 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, send an email to dennisd@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 11 SUSTAINABILITY, CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS FORUM: 

The Ancell School of Business and the WCSU Center for Compassion will host Dr. Ron Nahser, a Senior Wicklander Fellow at DePaul University's Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, for a lecture about "Sustainable/Ethical Management, Corporate Responsibility and Marketing Strategy" at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Nahser lectures and consults with business and academic audiences worldwide about business values, vision, marketing strategy, branding, social responsibility and integrative sustainable management. The talk will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8511.

Nov. 11 FILM SCREENING: 

WCSU will host a screening of "Major 'Doc' Brown" at 7:30  p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The film is a 60-minute biography about World War II veteran, POW and oldest survivor of the Bataan Death March, Albert N. Brown. It exposes the horrors of war and the strength of the human spirit. It was produced, directed and edited by Professor of Communication & Media Arts Dr. JC Barone. The screening will be free and open to the public.

Nov. 11 PIANO STUDIO RECITAL: 

Students in Western's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 12 WAX HANDS CREATIONS (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host a "Wax Hands" event beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Lobby on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This novelty, which makes a great dorm decoration, will be free and available to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

Nov. 12 TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP (WCSU faculty, staff and students only)

The WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host a "Strategies for Final Exam Success" workshop at noon in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The hour-long workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only. Space is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at (203) 837-9245 or visit www.wcsu.edu/trc/.

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Nov. 12 STUDY-ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION: 

WCSU will present information about summer study-abroad opportunities in Spain at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall 103 on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The study-abroad program allows students to earn six credits in just four weeks while being completely immersed in Spanish language and culture. Classes fulfill general education and language requirements. The information session will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu or visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/.

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Nov. 12 SAXOPHONE CONCERT: 

The WCSU Saxophone Orchestra and Quartets will perform at 12:30 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The concert will celebrate the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 12 INNOCENCE PROJECT LECTURE: 

Fernando Bermudez, whose 1992 conviction for a New York City murder was overturned in 2009 in a case championed by the Innocence Project, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Bermudez, a Western alumnus, is an internationally sought-after speaker because of his wrongful incarceration. Joining Bermudez in speaking will be Stephen Saloom, strategic advisor at the Themis Fund, which supports anti-death penalty efforts nationwide. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/FernandoBermudez2014.asp

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Nov. 12 - Dec. 5 THEATRE PRODUCTION - "LITTLE WOMEN, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL": 

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "Little Women, the Broadway Musical" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" features the adventures of the lively quartet of sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March -- and their passage from childhood to womanhood during the Civil War. Julio Agustin Matos Jr. will direct. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 (Student Preview) and 13 (High School Night); 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 (VPAC MainStage Theatre Gala Opening), 15, 21 and 22; with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 16 and 22; and 10:30 a.m. performances on Dec. 4 and 5. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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Nov. 12 A CAPPELLA PERFORMANCE: 

WCSU's a cappella group, Play It By Ear, will perform "PIBE VIBES" at 8:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The performance will be free and the public is invited.

Nov. 13 DANBURY-AREA COALITION OF CLERGY VETERANS TRAINING: 

WCSU and the Veteran-Friendly House of Worship Initiative will host "Welcome Home: How to Meet the Specialized Needs of Returning Veterans and their Families as They Re-Enter Civilian Life with Pastoral Care at Your Own House of Worship" from noon to 5 p.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Connecticut National Guard Chaplain David Nutt will present the keynote address. There also will be a number of presentations and panel discussions. For more information, send an email to fcdanbury@att.net.

Nov. 13 RESUME WORKSHOP (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Career Development Center will offer a resume workshop at noon in Room 207 of the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The workshop will cover resume content, styles and formats, and how to successfully market yourself through your resume. It will be free and open to WCSU students only. Registration is required. To register, go to www.collegecentral.com/wcsu/Student.cfm. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/cdc/schedules/workshopsched.asp or call (203) 837-8263.

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Nov. 13 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 Nick DiMaria Quartet, 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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Nov. 14 OPERA TRIP (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Opera Club will host a trip to see "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The bus will leave the Midtown campus at 4 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets will be $31 and the trip is open to the first 30 WCSU students who respond. For more information, send an email to carrozza006@connect.wcsu.edu.

Nov. 14 REGIONAL ALUMNI SPORTING RECEPTION: 

The WCSU Alumni Association will host an alumni regional sporting reception, "WesterNetwork," at 6 p.m. at Westfield State University, 577 Western Ave. in Westfield, Massachusetts. The reception will be held during halftime of the 7 p.m. football game between the Colonials and the Westfield State Owls. It will be free and open to WCSU alumni. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2014WesterNetwork.asp or email alumni@wcsu.edu.

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Nov. 14 MAINSTAGE THEATRE GALA OPENING - "LITTLE WOMEN, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL": 

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will have a MainStage Theatre Gala Opening featuring "Little Women, the Broadway Musical" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. "Little Women" composer Jason Howland will be at a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. and a post-show "talk-back." Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22; with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 16 and 22; and 10:30 a.m. performances on Dec. 4 and 5. Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" features the adventures of the lively quartet of sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March -- and their passage from childhood to womanhood during the Civil War. Julio Agustin Matos Jr. will direct. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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Nov. 15 PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING: 

WCSU will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

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Nov. 15 SAXOPHONE CONCERT: 

Four WCSU Saxophone Quartets and the WCSU Saxophone Orchestra will perform at 4:30 p.m. at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th St. in New York City. The concert will celebrate the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. The performance will mark the debut of the WCSU Saxophone Orchestra, which includes six different types of saxophones, from the tiny sopranino to the giant bass. Selections will include "Toccata and Fugue" by J.S. Bach, "Irish Tune from County Derry" by Percy Grainger, "Jazz Suite for Saxophone Quartet" by Nick Ayoub and "Quatour" by Alfred Desenclos, as well as a special birthday tribute to Adolphe Sax. The performance will be free and the public is invited.

Nov. 16 DANBURY CONCERT ASSOCIATION: 

The Danbury Concert Association will present Prima, a clarinet, violin and piano trio, with guest cellist Adrian Duarov, at 7:30 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. This is a DCA subscription event. For more information, go to www.danburyconcert.org/index.shtml.

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Nov. 16 SUNDAY MASS: 

The Newman Center will host Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. in the center's chapel, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/index.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Nov. 17 VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: 

Painter and art critic John Goodrich 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 more information, call (203) 837-8403. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 17 RESUME CRITIQUE SESSION (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Career Development Center will offer a resume critique session from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 207 of the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The two-hour window provides open times for individual student resume critiques on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is not required. Bring a completed resume to the critique session. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/cdc/schedules/workshopsched.asp or call (203) 837-8263.

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Nov. 18 AROUND-THE-WORLD LUNCH: 

Sodexo will host an "Around-the-World Lunch" from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. in the Cafeteria of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Featured will be food items from Japan, Egypt, Australia, Belgium, Venezuela and Canada in recognition of International Education Week. Students can use a meal swipe and faculty and staff can pay cash. For more information, go to www.wcsucampusdining.com/.

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Nov. 18 STUDY-ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION: 

WCSU will present information about summer study-abroad opportunities in Spain at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall 102 on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The study-abroad program allows students to earn six credits in just four weeks while being completely immersed in Spanish language and culture. Classes fulfill general education and language requirements. The information session will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu or visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/.

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Nov. 18 FILM SCREENING: 

WCSU and the United Way of Western Connecticut will screen the documentary film "Paycheck to Paycheck" at 5:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The screening will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to kopfstein@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 19 RESEARCH SEMINAR: 

Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Michelle Monette will discuss "Salt and Water Balance in Euryhaline Fishes: From Molecule to Whole Organism" at 4 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Offered as part of the continuing "Research Seminar" series hosted by the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to connallyn@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 19 NEWMAN DINNER (WCSU campus community only)

The Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. at the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. 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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Nov. 19 ENTREPRENEURSHIP PANEL DISCUSSION: 

The Ancell School of Business will host "The Entrepreneurship Arc: A Panel Discussion with Successful Local Business Leaders" at 6 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Classroom Building on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Participants will include WCSU alumnus Jeffrey LaCava, CEO/Founder of TotalHousehold.com; WCSU alumna Lisa Scails, executive director of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut; and Dawn Reshen-Doty, president of Benay Enterprises Inc. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to lindenmayerk@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-8511.

Nov. 20 EXHIBITING ARTIST LECTURE: 

Exhibiting artist James Grashow, creator of "Corrugated Worlds," will discuss his work at 7 p.m. in Room 108 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. For more information, call (203) 837-8403. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 20 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, Dan Mustin's Drum Circle, 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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Nov. 21 BOSTON TRIP (WCSU students and guests)

The WCSU International Student Association and Student Government Association will host a trip to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts. The bus will depart the Midtown campus at 9 a.m. and leave Boston at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for WCSU students and $46 for guests and are on sale now at the Information Desk in the Midtown Student Center, 181 White St. in Danbury. Ticket prices include round-trip bus transportation and admission to the JFK Library. For more information, go to
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Nov. 21 MUSICAL THEATRE MASTER CLASS: 

Tony Award-winning actress Cady Huffman will conduct a Musical Theatre Audition Master Class from noon to 4 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Huffman will provide tips for some of the university's music and musical theatre majors who hope to pursue careers in the industry. The public is invited to observe the Master Class. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

Nov. 21 DINNER-THEATRE EVENT: 

The WCSU Alumni Association will host a dinner-theatre event at 5:30 p.m. in the President's Reception Room on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The $55 cost will include dinner and a ticket to "Little Women, the Broadway Musical." For more information or to make a reservation, call (203) 837-8298 or go to www.wcsu.edu/alumni/events.asp.

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Nov. 21 AN EVENING AT SKY ZONE (WCSU students only)

The Newman Club will host "An Evening at Sky Zone," an indoor trampoline park, at 13 Francis J. Clarke Circle in Bethel. Students who wish to participate must reserve a spot in advance by calling the Newman Center at (203) 744-5846 or sending an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu. This event will be open to WCSU students only and space is limited. Tickets are $10 and transportation to and from Sky Zone will be provided. For more information, call (203) 744-5846 or send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 21 PAC MOVIE NIGHT: 

The WCSU Program Activities Council will host PAC Movie Night with a screening of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 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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Nov. 23 SYMPHONIC BAND AND NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE: 

The WCSU Symphonic Band, conducted by Timothy Wiggins, and New Music Ensemble, conducted by Fernando Jimenez, will perform at 3 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The program, "Earth Dancing," will feature a journey into the rituals of dance to the joys of the earth with modern works by David Maslanka, Eric Whitacre, Douglas O'Grady, Aaron Copland, David Hauser and Warren Benson. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 23 SUNDAY MASS: 

The Newman Center will host Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. in the center's chapel, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/index.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Nov. 25 CHAMBER SINGERS: 

The WCSU Chamber Singers, conducted by Kevin Jay Isaacs, and the Concert Choir, conducted by Cory Ganschow, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The program will feature choral music that is diverse in era, tonal color and style. Steel guitar, a string quartet and African percussion are likely to be performed as well. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 26 - 30 THANKSGIVING RECESS: 

No classes.

Nov. 27 - 28 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: 

University offices are closed.

DECEMBER EVENTS

Dec. 2 PHILOSOPHY CLUB DISCUSSION (WCSU students only)

The WCSU Philosophy Club will host a discussion about "The Philosophy of Modernism" at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. WCSU students are invited to join a conversation about modernism and the implications seen in American culture. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/wcsuphilosophyclub or send an email to herring007@connect.wcsu.edu.

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Dec. 2 FRANKENSAX AND WCSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE: 

Frankensax and the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Jimmy Greene and Andrew Beals, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 3 NEWMAN DINNER (WCSU campus community only)

The Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. at the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. 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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Dec. 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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Dec. 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 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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Dec. 5 CONCERT HALL GALA OPENING - AN EVENING OF JAZZ WITH THE JIMMY GREENE QUARTET: 

The Visual and Performing Arts Center will have a Concert Hall Gala Opening featuring an evening of jazz with the Jimmy Greene Quartet at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Greene will perform with his quartet, featuring pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. The concert will celebrate the release of Greene's long-awaited recording, "Beautiful Life," on Mack Avenue Records. For tickets, go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets or call (203) 837-TIXX. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 6 CLEP TESTING: 

The WCSU Testing Center will host a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test at 9 a.m. in the Computer Center of the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. CLEP exams provide the opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge already acquired. The exam is open to the public. For more information or to register, go to www.wcsu.edu/testing/clep.htm or send an email to academictesting@wcsu.edu.

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Dec. 6 PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING: 

WCSU will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

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Dec. 6 OPENING GALA - OPERA SCENES: 

"Opera Scenes," featuring the WCSU Opera Ensemble and accomplished WCSU alumni in favorite opera scenes and excerpts, will be at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Margaret Astrup will direct. For tickets, go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets or call (203) 837-TIXX. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 7 HOLIDAY JAZZ: 

"Holiday Jazz," featuring the WCSU Jazz Orchestra with Jamie Begian conducting, will be at 3 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The program will include a salute to the classic holiday television variety shows of the late '60s including holiday music associated with vocalist Andy Williams and pop music of that era from artists such as Laura Nyro, Jimmy Webb and the 5th Dimension. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 7 DANBURY MUSIC CENTRE: 

The Danbury Music Centre will present the Danbury Community Orchestra at 7 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Featured on the "Sounds of the Americas" program will be "Symphonic Sketches" by Chadwick, "Sinfonietta" by Moncayo and some of Dvorak's "New World Symphony." The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, go to www.danbury.org/MusicCtr/calendar.htm#summer.

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Dec. 7 SUNDAY MASS: 

The Newman Center will host Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. in the center's chapel, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/index.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Dec. 8 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: 

The WCSU Percussion Ensemble, conducted by David Smith, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 9 STUDENT ELECTRO ACOUSTIC RECITAL: 

Students will perform an Electro Acoustic Recital at 8 p.m. in Room 108 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. Donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 10 MAKE-UP/READING DAY: 

Make-up/Reading Day

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Dec. 10 - Dec. 12 TEN-MINUTE PLAYS: 

The WCSU Theatre Arts Department will present a 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring plays directed by students, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 11; and at 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, in the Studio Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 11 - Dec. 17 FINAL EXAMS: 

Fall semester final exams.

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Dec. 12 PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT: 

The Eighth Annual Danbury Project Homeless Connect will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event is a one-stop housing and service fair that brings together more than 80 area agencies to provide immediate assistance to individuals who are homeless or in need of housing and social service assistance. Opening ceremonies will be at 11 a.m. and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 796-1504 or email s.zaborowski@danbury-ct.gov.

Dec. 14 SUNDAY MASS: 

The Newman Center will host Sunday Mass at 8 p.m. in the center's chapel, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/catholic/index.html, send an email to hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

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Dec. 17 FALL SEMESTER ENDS: 

The fall 2014 semester ends today.

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Dec. 18 INTERSESSION BEGINS: 

The winter intersession begins.

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Dec. 25 CHRISTMAS DAY: 

No classes; university offices are closed.

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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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