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The opening meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Immediately following the meeting, all university employees are invited to attend the annual university picnic on the quad. Please join us!


The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The subsequent meetings will be held in the same room but from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal and 12 copies at least 2 weeks in advance to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. Forms and a link to the required online training programs for protection of human subjects can be found on the ERes page under “Institutional Review Board.” For questions, contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.


WestConn will host “Welcome Week” for new and returning students from Saturday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 7, at various locations on the Midtown campus. 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, call x78215.


WCSU will host a student art exhibition, “Inspired Images: WestConn Students Give Back Through Their Art,” from Saturday, Aug. 30, through Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Alumni Hall. Students Adam Schwarz and Bryn Gillette were each inspired by trips abroad earlier this year:Schwarz went to Ghana on a trip sponsored by the university’s Humanitarian Travel Club and Gillette traveled to Haiti. They hope to raise awareness and funds through sales of their work to make a difference in the lives of orphans they encountered in their travels. There will be a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Alumni Hall. The show and reception will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.


On Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1:30 p.m., new students will be welcomed with the “Entering the Gates” ceremony followed by the opening ceremony on the Quad. All faculty and staff wishing to participate in the procession should gather in full regalia on the sidewalk in front of Old Main at 1:15 p.m. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Ives Concert Hall. To ensure enough seating on stage we would appreciate if those planning to participate in the procession could RSVP to x79700 or email selvarajb@wcsu.edu.


On Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7., WestConn will host the 12th Annual Greater Danbury Irish Festival at the Ives Concert Park. The event will feature Irish entertainment, imports, cultural exhibits, food and beverages, and Ceili and Set Dancing. For tickets and additional information, call the Danbury Ancient Order of Hibernians at (203) 730-8211.


On Thursday, Sept. 11, WestConn will host a solemn ceremony of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America at noon on the Quadrangle. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78696.


On Thursday, Sept. 11, WestConn will host the hit off-Broadway production “Platanos and Collard Greens” at 5 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The play is a romantic comedy that tactfully addresses stereotypes, prejudices and urban myths that exist between African Americans and Latinos, within the context of Hip-Hop, humor and satire. The performance will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278. [Download Flyer]


On Friday, Sept. 12, the annual Golden Circle Luncheon to honor WestConn alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago will be at noon in Warner Hall. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call the Alumni Office at x78290.


On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Marcelo Suarez Orozco, of the Harvard Immigration Project, will discuss “Rethinking Immigration” in a Diversity Lecture Series talk at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. A reception will follow in the Faculty Dining Room. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action. Admission will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78278. [Download Flyer]


On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and 9 copies, at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. The link to the required on-line training program can be found on the ERes page under Grant Programs and then to IACUC. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061. A u g . 2 7 , 2 0 0 8 E-mail: WestConn_report@wcsu.edu Fax: 837-8865 Mail: Old

From the Provost


Faculty members who wish to apply for sabbatical leave for 2009-10 should submit seven (7) copies of all application materials to the Academic Leave Committee, c/o Esther Boriss, Administrative Services UH 009, no later than Sept. 29, by 4:30 p.m. Please contact Esther Boriss at x78758 if you have any questions. Also, no later than Sept. 29, submit one copy of the application to the appropriate departmental leave committee and one copy to the appropriate Dean, Director, or supervisor. Details of the application procedures are in the Faculty Handbook, or can be obtained from Terry Buzaid (x78275).


I am pleased to announce the following faculty members have been granted promotion and/or tenure beginning in the 2008-09 academic year: To Professor: Brian Clements, Tara Kuther, Paula Secondo, Robert Veneziano To Associate Professor: Patrice Boily, Karen Crouse, Edward Duncanson, Ruth Gyure, Genevieve Innes, George Kain, Pamela McDaniel, Michael Nolan, David Skora, Edwin Wong Tenure: Brian Clements, Karen Crouse, Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox, Genevieve Innes, Amanda Lubell, Patricia O’Neill Promotion to Coach III: John Burrell, John Susi On behalf of the university community, I extend sincere congratulations.


Fall 2008: Ms. Monica Frizzell, Dr. Kevin Gutzman, Dr. Tara Kuther, Dr. Yuan Mei- Ratliff, Dr. Zuohong Pan, Dr. Ingrid Pruss Spring 2009: Dr. Joseph Aina, Dr. Joseph Cillizza, Dr. Dennis Dawson, Dr. Ruth Gyure, Dr. Edward Hagan, Dr. Steven Ward


The 2008-09 Academic Calendar is available online. The 2008-09 Faculty Handbook is currently being updated. As soon as it is online, an email announcement will go out to the university community. DEC rosters will be mailed to all chairpersons and spokespersons separately. Please note that Faculty Rosters and Committee Rosters will be emailed to you. Please contact Academic Affairs at x78275 if you are not online and wish to receive a hard copy. Also note that the Academic Planning Calendar is online at www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/acad.asp


Faculty and administrators are reminded that no tests, quizzes or the like, nor major meetings or events, are usually scheduled during the observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. This year Rosh Hashanah is celebrated Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Yom Kippur is observed Oct. 8 – 9. Your cooperation is appreciated.


The Office of Grant Programs (Academic Affairs) promotes extramural funding of research and scholarly activity, curriculum development, and University initiatives. The grants office is a resource for faculty and staff, providing information on all aspects of external funding, including identification of funding sources, notification of upcoming grant/fellowship deadlines, assistance with proposal preparation and submission, liaison with funding agencies, workshops and individual consultations, and post-award assistance. For more information, please contact Mrs. Patricia C. Zibluk, J.D., Interim Director of Grant Programs, at x26801 or iblukp1@southernct.edu. Grant/fellowship-related information may be found by searching SPIN or registering for SMARTS/GENIUS at http://www.infoed.org/new_spin/spinmain.asp and click on the link to GENIUS.


All research projects that involve the use of human subjects and/or vertebrate animals must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB; human subjects) and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC; vertebrates). This requirement applies to full- and parttime faculty, staff, and students. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review requirement. IRB forms are posted on ERes (please see “Office of Grant Programs,” above); the IACUC forms may also be found on ERes. Please be sure that you are using the most recent version (2006) of the forms.WestConn faculty, students, and staff who are doing research with human subjects or supervising research with human subjects or with vertebrate animals must complete the CITI training program, NIH or NIH-approved training. The URL for the NIH site is www.nihtraining.com/ohsrsite/ and the URL for the CITI site is www.citiprogram.org. A copy of your certificate should be sent to the Office of Grant Programs where it will be kept on file. For further information, regarding the IRB, please see the Faculty Handbook or contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398. For further information regarding the IACUC, please see the Faculty Handbook or contact Ms. Martha Palanzo at x78944.


Summer stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. NEH limits the university to two proposals. A one page abstract of the intended proposal, along with a biographical sketch of no more than two pages that supports the faculty member’s ability to perform the proposed work must be submitted to Dean Vaden-Goad by Aug. 25 in order for the project to be considered for nomination. The nominations will be announced on Sept.10. Program Link: www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html; Limit: Two nominations; Intent to Submit Deadline: Aug. 25, 2008; Internal Screening Deadline: Aug. 25, 2008; Sponsor Letter of Intent Due: N/A; Sponsor deadline: Oct. 1, 2008; Submit e-proposals to: vadengoadl@wcsu.edu by Aug. 25. For further information, call Mrs. Patricia C. Zibluk, J.D., at x26801.


Proposals that involve a commitment of University resources (e.g., personnel, facilities, and/or equipment) must be submitted through the Office of Grant Programs. A review and routing procedure has been established to ensure that each proposal or application is reviewed and endorsed by the responsible persons and that the proposal is in compliance with the sponsor’s, the university’s, and the state’s policies. Routing forms are available at ERes, the Grants office Web site at www.wcsu.edu/grants/forms.asp or from the Office of Grant Programs. Please be sure to use the most recent version (2006). If an application has been submitted without the approval of all appropriate WestConn officers (e.g., chair, dean, vice presidents), the university reserves the right to refuse the award.


  1. Faculty must comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to ensure that information on grades, class standing, or the like, of any student may in no way be shared by the faculty member with any other student. This means that the following practices will NOT be utilized: a. Posting course, exam or term paper grades even if names are omitted and codes are used. b. Giving the paper or test of one student to another for delivery unless there is a signed request to do so. c. Putting papers, tests, etc. in a common place for student pickup.
  2. Confidentiality laws prohibit anyone from divulging the grade of any student to the student’s parents or any other individuals.
  3. Attendance requirements as related to grades awarded: Supreme Court rulings indicate that grades may be lowered for nonattendance only when a direct relationship between academic progress and attendance can be demonstrated. The arbitrary lowering of an earned grade for a given numbers of class absences did not meet the Court’s legal tests. (Faculty Handbook). NOTE: WestConn’s undergraduate catalog states “Students are required to observe the attendance regulations announced by the instructors for those courses in which they are enrolled.”


As you prepare syllabi for the fall term, instructors are reminded that no final examination is to be scheduled during any time period other than the final exam period. In April, 1989, the Senate reaffirmed the following: “All final exams may be given only during the final examination week. The reaffirmation intends to include all day and evening, undergraduate and graduate courses” (see current undergraduate catalog).


Faculty Development Funds can be applied for by groups, and full-time or part-time members of AAUP, for the purpose of developing, disseminating, and adopting materials for the in-service use of faculty on new approaches, teaching techniques and strategies in university teaching. (FD&R Committee Bylaws) Priority for awards is given to activities which support the spirit of learning and enhancement of teaching expertise. Projects which affect many faculty and benefit the university community will receive priority, with weight given to learning opportunities which will enrich the teaching role. Also, new learning opportunities and first time requests will be reviewed more favorably than repeat activities/conferences, etc. Specific application procedures and the application form are available in the Faculty Handbook. Faculty Development individual grants will be limited to a maximum of $1,200 for full-time faculty and $600 for part-time faculty for the coming year. In addition, the committee has set some application deadlines, as follows:


Sept. 12 Oct. 1-Dec. 31 Dec. 5 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 Feb. 6 March 1-May 31 April 24 June 1-Sept. 30 AAUP travel funds should be used as a first source for activities which involve travel for professional meetings and workshops with the primary purpose of presentations. Faculty Development Fund applications of this type should show evidence of having applied elsewhere, and will receive lower priority than other activities.


The deadline for applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards for the 2009-10 academic year is Nov. 6. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for further information. The Research and Development Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.


  1. Accurate attendance records must be kept (Faculty Handbook). The registrar will provide a process for faculty to take attendance. This process will be sent to all faculty by means of a letter outlining the procedure.
  2. The instructor “meets all assigned classes regularly and, in the event of absence, arranges coverage through the department chairperson.” (Faculty Handbook)
  3. Concerning student absences due to university sponsored events, see senate resolution R-04-04-02 in the faculty handbook.


During the summer, undergraduate program sheets were updated (where necessary) and are now available in the dean’s office and also on the K Drive/temp shared folder/program sheets. These are the official program sheets that correspond with the current undergraduate catalog. Only these sheets are to be used when advising students. Since the catalog is revised in the spring, revisions of the program sheets are appropriate with the changes made the preceding 2007 spring and fall semesters’ Administrative Approval of CUCAS Actions. Such revisions were routed to the appropriate dean; he/she in turn then submitted them to the provost’s office. New program sheets were prepared for the 2008 fall term during June and July (faculty handbook). See next page for form for Regarding the Policy Concerning the Assigning of Faculty Authored Textbooks to Students Taught by Same Faculty.

WestConn Report is published online for the WestConn community by University Publications & Design (UP&D) biweekly during the academic year. The first issue of each semester is also printed and mailed to all members of the WCSU community. Each issue is archived on the WCSU Web site.

Editorial & Design Staff:
Irene Sherlock, associate director, UP&D
Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

Content deadline is Thursday at noon prior to the Monday publication date. All efforts are made to include content that is supplied, however, all submissions are subject to a strict editing process. Additionally, where and when available, photos and print/Web marketing materials created for an event will be available as either a link (in the case of a Web page) or download (in the case of print materials).

Contacting us:
The editorial content staff of the WestConn Report can be contacted most efficiently via e-mail. Please send to westconn_report@wcsu.edu. You may also send content via inter-campus mail addressed to “WestConn Report / UP&D – Old Main 202”. Please allow sufficient time. You may also fax your request to 837-8865. Please do not call the office and leave a voice message with your request.


Aug 27
IRB meeting. Student Center, Room 228, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Summer Session III grades due.
Aug 28
Opening meeting. Ives Concert Hall, 3:30 p.m.

Annual university picnic.
Quad, Midtown campus, 4:30 p.m. Open to all university employees.
Men’s soccer. WCSU vs. Fitchburg State. Westside Athletic Complex, 1 p.m.

Entering the Gates ceremony.
Midtown campus, 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Art show.
“Inspired Images: WestConn Students Give Back Through Their Art.” Alumni Hall. A reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Alumni Hall. The show and reception will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.
Mass. Alumni Hall, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Mass. Newman Chapel, noon. Free and open to the public.

Women’s soccer.
WCSU vs. WPI. Westside Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.
Field hockey. WCSU vs. Stevens Tech. Westside Athletic Complex, 6 p.m.
Mass. Newman Chapel, noon. Free and open to the public.

Midtown Coffeehouse
. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.
Volleyball invitational. Westside Athletic Complex, 5 and 7 p.m.

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Since last semester, WestConn has hired the following people: Pleasant Paschael, Library Technical Assistant,Haas Library; Ron Mason, Interim Director, Housing & Residence Life; Dana Simmons, Major Gifts Associate, Institutional Advancement; Patrick Schwartz, parttime Custodian, Waterbury campus; Lourdes Cruz, Registrar, Registar’s Office; Antonio Alves, Custodian, Facilities & Env. Services Dept.; Adalberto (Berto) DeLeon, Custodian, Facilities & Env. Services Dept.; Sonnie Council, Custodian, Facilities & Env. Services Dept.; Torshia Maxwell, Assistant to the Director of Housing and Res. Life/ Resident Director, Residence Life Office; Samantha DiFalco, Assistant to the Director of Housing & Residence Life/Resident Director, Residence Life Office; Jose Vega, Custodian, Facilities & Env. Services Dept.; and Lissette Delgado, Custodian, Facilities & Env. Services Dept.


Effective Aug. 29, the mileage reimbursement rate has changed to 58.5 cents per mile. If you have any questions, please call Kim Spinelli at x78505.


On campus, we have students from all over the world who would like to experience Thanksgiving with a local family. If you’re interested in opening your home and hosting one or more students for dinner, please contact Missy Gluckmann at gluckmannm@wcsu.edu or at x73270.


Applications for Academic Leave are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29. All applications should be sent to Esther Boriss, Administrative Services, UH 009. Please contact Esther Boriss at x78758 if you have any questions.

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