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University Events: November and December 2014

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NOVEMBER EVENTS

Nov. 1 - 29 ART EXHIBITION: 

"Missing Links," a group exhibition by 12 area artists curated by Catherine Vanaria, chair of the WCSU Department of Art, will open with a reception from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, and will run through Saturday, Nov. 29, at The Gallery at the Institute Library, 847 Chapel St. in New Haven. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Several WCSU alumni and employees will have their works displayed in the exhibit. For more information, visit www.institutelibrary.org/.

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Nov. 1 - Dec. 7 ART EXHIBITION: 

"Corrugated Worlds: The Work of James Grashow," will be on display from noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends through Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Art Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Grashow is a renowned sculptor and woodcut artist known for his large-scale installations and delicate menageries constructed out of cardboard. The exhibition will be free and the public is invited. Please note that the gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 30. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Nov. 3 - 24 DONATION STATIONS: 

Sodexo will place Donation Stations in the Student Center Cafeteria on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and the Campus Center Cafeteria on theĀ  Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury, for the campus community to donate items needed by the Dorothy Day Hospitality House. Items needed include: paper towels, dishwashing liquid, dish towels, canned soup, coffee, canned vegetables, napkins, razors, silverware, canned gravy, toiletries, drink mix, toilet paper, adult socks, cookies and peanut butter. For more information, go to www.wcsucampusdining.com/.

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Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 ARCHIVES EXHIBITION: 

The WCSU Archives will host an exhibition, "100 Years Since the First World War," during library hours in the Ruth Haas Library on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. The exhibit will feature three cases of material from the university archives collection, ranging from political cartoons to memorial services -- offering a fascinating glimpse into America during WWI. The exhibition will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit http://archives.library.wcsu.edu/?p=539.

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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 and 13; 8 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22; with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 15, 16 and 22; and 10:30 a.m. performances on Dec. 4 and 5. The December performances are sold out. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/LittleWomen.asp. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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Nov. 24 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AND FILM SCREENING: 

The WCSU Department of World Languages & Literature and the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury will present a roundtable discussion and film screening, "Which Way Home: Latin Americans, Near and Far." The discussion will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Participants will include Ingrid Alvarez-DiMarzo, Connecticut Director of the Hispanic Federation; Andrea Contreras, deputy director of the Multicultural Center of Greater Danbury; WCSU Adjunct Professor of History Dr. Gregory Jackson; and WCSU alumna Carolina Bortolleto, coordinator of CT Students for a Dream. Following the discussion, the documentary film, "Which Way Home" will be screened. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to skars@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 24 PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE: 

University of Connecticut Professor of Educational Psychology Dr. James C. Kaufman and UConn-Avery Point Adjunct Professor of Marine Sciences Dr. Allison B. Kaufman will discuss "The Psychology of Animal Creativity" at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be presented as the annual Norine Jalbert Psychology Lecture. It will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to oconnorc@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 24 VIDEO EDITING WORKSHOP: 

The WCSU Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and the Student Government Association will host "Adobe After Effects Video Editing Workshop" from 8 to 10 p.m. in Room 012 of the Higgins Annex on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The workshop will provide information about After Effects basics and slow-motion editing. It will be free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to baronej@wcsu.edu.

Nov. 24 WINGS NIGHT (WCSU students only)

The Sigma Chi Fraternity will host "Wings Night" from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in The Daily Grind at the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Wings and other food will be available during the Monday Night Football game. The event will be free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to zoccano001@connect.wcsu.edu.

Nov. 25 WCSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. CONNECTICUT COLLEGE: 

The WCSU women's basketball team will face non-league opponent, the Connecticut College Camels, at 5:30 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. 25 WCSU MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. VASSAR COLLEGE: 

The WCSU men's basketball team will head into the Thanksgiving break following a game against non-league foe Vassar College at 7:30 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. 25 CHAMBER SINGERS AND CONCERT CHOIR: 

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. This performance is sold out. 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. 1 WINGS NIGHT (WCSU students only)

The Sigma Chi Fraternity will host "Wings Night" from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in The Daily Grind at the Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Wings and other food will be available during the Monday Night Football game. The event will be free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, send an email to zoccano001@connect.wcsu.edu.

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. Frankensax will perform "White Christmas," arranged by Charlie Parker and adapted by Andrew Beals; "Bongo Beep," by Charlie Parker and arranged by Andrew Beals; and "Crazeology" by Benny Harris, arranged by Andrew Beals. 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 GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST (WCSU campus community only)

Sodexo will host a "Gingerbread House Decorating Contest" from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected by students during the Dec. 3 Holiday Dinner. It will be open to the WCSU campus community only. For more information, go to www.wcsucampusdining.com/.

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Dec. 3 HOLIDAY DINNER (WCSU campus community only)

Sodexo will host a Holiday Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Cafeteria on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension 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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Dec. 3 NEWMAN DINNER (WCSU campus community only)

The Newman Center will host a free dinner of baked shrimp, potatoes, glazed carrots and Rice Krispie treats 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 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (WCSU campus community only)

Sodexo will host "Breakfast with Santa" from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Student Center Cafeteria on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Participants are encouraged to bring gently used clothing, coats and new, unwrapped toys to have a picture taken with Santa. Canned goods donations are welcome, too. For more information, go to www.wcsucampusdining.com/.

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Dec. 4 CELT OPEN HOUSE (WCSU faculty and staff only)

The WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. in the new CELT Office and Teaching and Learning Room, Room 508 of the Ruth Haas Library on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. WCSU faculty and staff are invited to drop by for a snack and share ideas for programs, workshops and materials CELT might sponsor to support innovative teaching and learning at Western. There will be a chance to win door prizes, as well. For more information, send an email to lindenauerl@wcsu.edu.

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, 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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Dec. 5 STAKEHOLDERS STRATEGIC PLANNING CONFERENCE (WCSU campus community only)

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will hold a Stakeholders Strategic Planning Conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The primary purpose of the conference is to solicit comments on the university Mission. The university community is encouraged to participate. For more information, send an email to barrettd@wcsu.edu or atkinsona@wcsu.edu.

Dec. 5 WCSU ICE HOCKEY VS. CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY: 

The Colonials will host Central Connecticut State University at 7:50 p.m. at the Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury. Adult admission is $5; there is no charge for WCSU students, faculty and staff. For more information, go to www.wcsuhockey.com/.

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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. This performance is sold out. 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 WCSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SOUTHERN MAINE: 

The WCSU women's basketball team will face Southern Maine in a conference game at 1 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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Dec. 6 WCSU MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. SOUTHERN MAINE: 

The WCSU men's basketball team will face Southern Maine in a conference game at 3 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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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 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. To reserve a seat, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/wcsu-opera-scenes-tickets-14549980383?aff=eac2. For a complete list of similar SVPA events, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/events.asp.

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Dec. 7 VERONICA HAGMAN CONCERT HALL DEDICATION AND NAMING CONCERT: 

"Holiday Jazz," 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, will feature the WCSU Jazz Orchestra with Jamie Begian conducting, 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. To reserve a seat, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-jazz-tickets-14425690629. 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. 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 WCSU MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. PINE MANOR: 

The WCSU men's basketball team will face Pine Manor at 6 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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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. Steel drums will be featured for the first time in a program that will include a combination of several standard works for percussion ensemble, followed by two xylophone ragtime pieces. Adjunct Professor Doug Perry will be featured playing jazz vibraphone with the steel band. 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. 10 MAKE-UP/READING DAY: 

Make-up/Reading Day

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Dec. 10 - Dec. 12 STUDENT-DIRECTED PLAYS: 

The WCSU Theatre Arts Department will present a 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring plays directed by students, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 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 more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/10-MinutePlayFestival.asp. 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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