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LAW-RELATED EDUCATION CONFERENCE

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the WCSU education and educational psychology department, and the Connecticut Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education will host the 2008 Law-Related Education Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center. Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz will be the keynote speaker and a series of workshops will follow. Conference attendance will be $15; it will be free for WestConn students with valid I.D. For more information or to register, go to www.cclce.org.

art slide lecture

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, illustrator Jerry Pinkney will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. 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 x78881.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, WestConn will host a Presidential Debate at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Participants will include Former U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont, representing the Democratic viewpoint, and State Party Chair Rep. Chris Healy, for the Republican perspective. A panel of local media professionals and WCSU students will pose questions about major policy areas. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Jim Bellano will moderate. The debate will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73282.

GHOSTHUNTERS

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the WCSU Program Activities Council will present Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson from the Sci-Fi Network show, "Ghosthunters," at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The public is invited. Tickets will be $20; WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $5. For tickets, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOPS

The WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the following workshops for students during the fall semester: "English Idioms" on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and "Sophomore, Junior and Senior Years at WestConn: An Overview of Opportunities" on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The hour-long workshops will be held at 1 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.  

upcoming NEWMAN DINNERS

The Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Wednesday, Nov. 5, and Wednesday, Nov. 19. The dinners are open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.  

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURES

Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin will hold guest lectures during his political science classes. Upcoming speakers include: Stamford attorney Paul Edelberg, who will discuss China's economy on Thursday, Oct. 23; radio consultant Tom Zarecki will discuss satellite and terrestrial radio on Thursday, Nov. 6; WestConn President James W. Schmotter will discuss Connecticut's economy on Thursday, Nov. 13; and business consultant Paul Streitz will discuss immigration reform on Thursday, Nov. 20. All lectures will be held from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. in Room 201 of White Hall. The discussions will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Benjamin at (860) 210-2146, ext. 129.

HEALTH FAIR/FLU SHOTS

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, WestConn's Health Services and the WCSU Counseling Center will host a health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center. The event, which is open to WestConn faculty, staff and students only, will feature a number of participants, including CVS; the WCSU health promotion and exercise sciences department; the Office of AccessAbility; the Women's Center of Greater Danbury; Danbury Hospital; the Visiting Nurse Association; police, EMT and safety personnel; the American Cancer Society and the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury. The Danbury Visiting Nurse Association will also be giving flu shots for faculty, staff and students on the second floor of the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the flu shots, please call the DVNA at (203) 730-5270 or www.danburyvna.org. For more information about the health fair, call x78594.

MEET AND GREET POLITICAL EVENT

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the WCSU College Republicans, a student organization, will hold a "Meet and Greet" event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the Student Center. The event is intended to allow Republican candidates to interact with WestConn students and provide students the opportunity to ask questions. The event will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, e-mail wcsu.republican@gmail.com.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Tiffany Doan, associate professor of biology at Central Connecticut State University, will speak at 4 p.m. in Room 219 of the Science Building. 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, call x78793.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT LECTURE

On Thursday, Oct. 23, the WCSU English department and the Ruth Haas Library will present Dr. Rosemarie Morgan, founding president of the Thomas Hardy Association, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Warner Hall. Morgan will discuss "Tying the Knot: Consanguinity and Affinity in Hardy's 'Wessex'." The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x79122 or x79048.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT

On Thursday, Oct. 23, Dr. Johan Varekamp, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Sciences at Wesleyan University, will discuss "Acid Crater Lakes: Colored Windows into Active Volcanoes" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Crater lakes are fed by extremely acidic liquids from below ground that form when surface water captures volcanic gases. Varekamp has worked on crater lakes in Indonesia, Japan, Argentina and Vanuatu. Offered as part of the continuing "Science at Night" series, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78796.

DEBATE TOURNAMENT

WestConn's Roger Sherman Debate Society will host the Hat City Debates from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Warner Hall. The question being debated will be: "Resolved: that the United States Federal Government should substantially reduce its agricultural support, at least eliminating nearly all of the domestic subsidies for biofuels, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, corn, cotton, dairy, fisheries, rice, soybeans, sugar and/or wheat." The debates will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit the debate team Web site at http://debate.wcsu.edu or call x78565.

diwali celebration

On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a Diwali celebration in Berkshire Hall at 1 p.m. This event is part of the “One Book, One Community" program that WestConn, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Schools have partnered to create: a series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

CULINARY INSTITUTE BUS TRIP

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the WestConn Office of Alumni Relations will host a bus trip for lunch at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. The bus will depart at 10 a.m. from the Exit 1 Commuter Lot on I-84. The cost will be $89 per person and will include lunch, gratuity and transportation. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call x78290.

Debate on Election and Education Policy

On Monday, Oct. 27, Dr. Steven Ward and Dr. Alex Standish of the department of social sciences will host a debate on “Election 2008: What Choice for Education Reform?” in Warner Hall, Room 103 at 3:30 p.m. The significance of education to American society seems to grow by the year. Yet, barely a week goes by without a report or survey highlighting problems with America’s schools. This round-table discussion will examine at the main issues being debated by both Republicans and Democrats and consider the potential of each issue to make a meaningful difference to students’ education. This includes: Should “No Child Left Behind” be renewed or axed?; How successful has the standards movement been?; Does parental choice result in better schools or just different standards?; What are the pros and cons of local versus state governance for schools?; Do schools need more external accountability or would teachers do a better job given more autonomy?; Should students be paid for examination results and good behavior?; and Does the curriculum need to be reformed for the Twenty-First Century? Students and faculty are welcome. For more information or some suggested articles, contact Dr. Alex Standish.

DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR

Students from Spanish language and culture classes in the department of world languages and literature will display a Day of the Dead altar in Warner Hall. The altar will be available for viewing on Tuesday, Oct. 28 through Thursday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the public is invited. For more information, call x78734.

THE VILLAGE AT BROOKFIELD COMMON UNIVERSITY/      ridgefield crossings university EVENT

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, WestConn assistant professors of nursing Joan Palladino and Pat Moreland will discuss "Look Who is Talking Now: A Demonstration of Simulated Patient Manikins to Teach Nursing" at a Brookfield Common University (BCU) event at 11 a.m. at The Village at Brookfield Common, 246A Federal Road in Brookfield and again at 2 p.m. at Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. The event will be free and the public is invited. BCU and RCU are partnerships between WestConn and the senior living communities in Brookfield and Ridgefield, which aim to provide continuing education opportunities for residents and the public. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT WALK

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Women's Center of Greater Danbury and the Delta Gamma Phi sorority will hold a "Take Back the Night" walk to raise awareness about violence at 7 p.m. on the Midtown campus quad. For more information, call (203) 837-3939.

“The namesake” film screening

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, there will be a screening followed by a discussion of "The Namesake" in Ives Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m This event is part of the “One Book, One Community" program that WestConn, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Schools have partnered to create: a series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org

DIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Loung Ung, author of "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," will share her account of surviving the Khmer Rouge 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.

OKTOBERFEST JAZZ

On Friday, Oct. 31, WestConn will host its annual Oktoberfest Jazz concert at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Concertgoers are invited to attend in Halloween costumes. The Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Frankensax will perform. Featured selections will include "Fun Time" and "Once Around," as well as some surprises. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

MANHATTAN STRING QUARTET CONCERT

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Manhattan String Quartet will celebrate the music of Charles Ives at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The public is invited. Tickets will be $25 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, non-WCSU students, and WestConn faculty and staff. WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted free. For more information, call x78350.

OPEN HOUSE

On Sunday, Nov. 2, WestConn will host its annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. 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 x79000.

DOUBLE REED DAY

On Sunday, Nov. 2, WestConn's music department will host "Double Reed Day" from 1 to 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Music faculty Gina Cuffari, a bassoonist, and Mark Snyder, an oboist, will present masterclasses on audition preparation for regional and all-state auditions, as well as on reed making. Kristin Bertrand, of Kristin Bertrand Woodwind Repair, will be available for minor instrument adjustments and will present a session on instrument maintenance. Cuffai and Snyder will perform works by Mozart and Poulenc at 4 p.m. The Music Source, one of the event's sponsors, will have oboe and bassoon supplies, and double reed music available for purchase. The event will be free and the public is invited. Call x78614 to reserve a space by Monday, Oct. 27.

HOLIDAY WINE TASTING

On Sunday, Nov. 2, WestConn will host its 10th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting to benefit student scholarships from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the university's Westside campus, Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. The cost is $50 per person, and there will be a silent auction. Proceeds will support the Caraluzzi Scholarship Endowment. Reservations are limited. For more information or tickets, call (203) 837-8832.

ALUMNI TRIP - REFLECTIONS OF ITALY

Alumni and friends will embark on a 10-day trip to Italy from Nov. 3 through 10, 2008. Highlights will include: Rome, Colosseum, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, San Gimignano, Florence, San Marino, Venice, Murano Island and Como. For more information, call x78290.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, painter Selina Trieff will discuss her work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. 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 x78881.

jhumpa lahiri book discussion

On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall, "The Namesake" author Jhumpa Lahiri will discuss her work. This event is part of the “One Book, One Community" program that WestConn, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Schools have partnered to create a series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

employee supplemental benefits fair and ing financial workshop

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the human resources department will sponsor a supplemental benefits fair in the Student Center, Rooms 201 and 202A from 9:30 a.m. to noon for emplyees to learn more about the supplemental benefits available to state employees. A finanical planning workshop titled "Retirement Planning for Women" will be presented by ING Financial Advisers, LLC and will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the same location. All employees are invited to attend.For more information, contact Lisa Lengel at x78666.

 

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At-A-Glance

Oct21

Law-related education conference. Westside Campus Center, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register, visit www.cclce.org.

Art slide lecture. Featuring illustrator Jerry Pinkney. White Hall Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m.

Tutoring Resource Center workshop. “English Idioms." Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 1 p.m. To reserve a seat, call x79245.

Presidential debate. Student Center Theater, 3:30 p.m.

Ghosthunters. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Oct22

Health fair. Student Center, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meet and greet political event. Student Center, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Research seminar. Featuring guest speaker Tiffany Doan from CCSU. Science Building, Room 219, 4 p.m.

Newman Dinner. Newman Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only.

Hour of Power (holy hour). Newman Center, 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 
Oct23

Social sciences social hour seminar. Warner Hall, Room 103, noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call x78453.

English department lecture. "Tying the Knot: Consanguinity and Affinity in Hardy's 'Wessex'" by Dr. Rosemarie Morgan. Warner Hall, Room 101, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x79048.

Political science lecture. Stamford attorney Paul Edelberg to dicuss China’s economy. White Hall, Room 201, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Women’s soccer. WCSU vs. Western New England. Westside Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.

Science-at-Night lecture. “Acid Crater Lakes: Colored Windows into Active Volcanoes,” by Dr. Johan Varekamp. Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. 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.

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov6-8

“Cabaret” Theatre Production Opening Weekend
Berkshire Theatre, 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6; and 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7; and Saturday, Nov. 8.

Nov9

Environmental Symposium featuring Jane Goodall
Sunday, Nov. 9, Ives Concert Hall, 6 p.m.

Nov13

Psychology Lecture on Autism by Dr. Philip Hineline of Temple University

Thursday, Nov. 13, Student Center Theater, 4 p.m.

Nov15

Comedy Dinner  – Women's Lacrosse Fundraising Event

Saturday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Westside Campus Center Ballroom

Nov21

CSU International Education Conference
Friday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., CCSU, New Britain

FYI

police survey

WestConn Police ask for your help to improve their service to everyone on campus. Please go to www.wcsu.edu/police to fill out a survey. The results will guide administrators as they continue to examine safety and education issues for students, faculty and staff on campus.

2008 FACULTY RECOGNITION CEREMONY

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the 2008 Faculty Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and will recognize faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008. The Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the WCSU Web site.  Please note that applications will be accepted electronically only. Where supporting documentation of activity is requested, it should be submitted as an attachment to the electronically submitted application. This year’s ceremony will include the second “WCSU Teaching Excellence Award.”  To access information about the criteria and nomination process for this award, click on the link for the Faculty Recognition Ceremony at www.wcsu.edu. DEADLINE FOR BOTH SUBMISSIONS IS 9 A.M. ON NOV. 3.  Please make every effort to be included in this important event.

YOGA

Yoga instructor Eliza Littrell is teaching Hatha Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings, now through Nov. 19, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall. Beginners and advanced students are welcome and mats will be provided. Tony Zatzick also is currently teaching a series of Kundalini yoga classes on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, now through Dec. 2. For that class, please bring your own mat.

CSUS Nanotechnology Committee

The Connecticut State University System (CSUS) is discussing the option of creating a system-wide minor in the general area of nanotechnology. Representatives from the four CSUS campuses have been meeting to create an action plan, and the CSUS Nanotechnology Committee would like to meet with interested faculty to discuss ideas you may have to introduce to campus the concept of nanotechnology, either through formal coursework or scholarly research. The committee will host an open discussion on the WCSU campus on Monday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 263.  Interested faculty are invited to meet with the committee and chairs (or their representatives) of the science, math and computer science departments. All interested department representatives are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Tom Lonergan at x79894.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) fall meeting

On Monday, Oct. 27, 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 nine copies, at least two 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.

Columbus Day Holiday

Monday, Oct. 13 is the Columbus Day holiday for classified employees (clerical, maintenance, A&R, and protective services) as well as for administrative faculty (SUOAF) and management/confidential employees. However, because classes will be in session that day, some departments will remain open and employees will be required to work. Any employee who is required to work will receive compensatory and/or overtime pay in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed for the Morning Glory breakfast program, which feeds the homeless a healthy breakfast on Tuesday mornings from 6:45 to 9:45 a.m. For more information, contact
Kelly Sniffin.

Hosting a student for thanksgiving

On campus, students from all over the world 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.

IRB Fall 2008 meetings

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal and 12 copies at least two 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.

DEADLINE FOR REASSIGNED TIME FOR RESEARCH AWARDS

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.

ING Retirement Counseling  Opportunity

ING Financial Advisers will be on campus to conduct one-to-one retirement counseling sessions on the following dates: Oct. 28; Nov. 4; Nov. 11; and Nov. 25. If you participate in the Alternate Retirement Plan, or any of the ING supplemental retirement plans (403(b), Roth 403(b) or 457 plans), this is an opportunity for you to talk with an ING representative regarding your portfolio. Perhaps it’s time to adjust your asset allocations or simply join a supplemental retirement plan. Join a supplement plan with as little as $20 deducted from each paycheck. To set an appointment with WestConn’s ING representative, Ms. Marilyn Timbers, CFP, please send her an email at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.COM or call her at 800-784-6386 Ext. 4003363. This program is sponsored by the Human Resources Department,; please contact Lisa Lengel at x78666 for more information.

BOT Academic Affairs Committee Meeting

On Wed., Oct. 22nd, the BOT Academic Affairs Committee will hold their monthly meeting in Warner Hall, Lyceum 102. After their meeting, at 11 a.m., the faculty are invited to discuss any issues or concerns they might have.

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