The next WestConn Report will be posted and dated Tuesday, Dec. 2, and it will be the last issue of the fall semester.
INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE PANEL
On Monday, Nov. 17, multilingual professionals will discuss using their language skills in their work as part of "International Language Panel: The Importance of Language in Today's World" at 11 a.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. Languages such as Spanish, Russian, French, English and Portuguese will be represented. The discussion, hosted by the Career Development Center, the department of world languages and the International Services Office, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.
On Monday, Nov. 17, WestConn will host a screening of "The Singing Revolution" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The film depicts how the Estonian people peacefully gained their freedom and helped topple an empire along the way. Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk and Maureen Castle Tusty, the film's director/producer, will answer questions following the screening. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.
ART SLIDE LECTURE
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, painter Robert Crawford 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.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, author Todd Oppenheimer will discuss "The Role of Computers in Education: Myths and Realities" at 7 p.m. in Warner Hall. Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. WestConn students and staff with valid I.D. will receive a ticket discount when purchasing tickets in advance at the Westside Campus Center Box Office. The lecture will be presented by the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School and the public is invited. For tickets, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets. For more information, call (203) 364-1113.
upcoming NEWMAN DINNERS
The Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Dec. 3. The dinners are open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.
LECTURE AND CHORAL SINGING
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the WCSU German Studies Center will present "German Singing Societies" at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Commemorating 400 years of German history in the United States, the program will explore the contributions of German Singing Societies and will include a demonstration of choral singing by the Arion Singing Society of Danbury. The performance and discussion will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 792-2795.
SYMPHONIC BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT
On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the WCSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.
POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE
On Thursday, Nov. 20, business consultant Paul Streitz will discuss immigration reform from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 201 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one of several scheduled during the semester for the World Governments, Economies and Cultures course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 210-2146, ext. 129.
On Thursday, Nov. 20, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host author and attorney Diane Rapaport, who will discuss her award-winning books "The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England" and "New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians" at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
CSU INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
On Friday, Nov. 21, the Connecticut State University System will hold an International Education Conference, "Strengthening International Education Across the Connecticut State University System," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Central Connecticut State University campus, 1615 Stanley St. in New Britain. The daylong conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Philip Altbach, the J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor of Higher Education and director, Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College; and presentations from participants representing the four CSU campuses. For more information, visit www.ccsu.edu/csuiec/default.htm.
THEATRE PRODUCTION - "CABARET"
The WestConn theatre arts department, in cooperation with the music department, will present "Cabaret" in the Berkshire Theatre. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. Ticket prices will be $22 for adults, and $18 for senior citizens and non-WestConn students. WestConn students will be admitted free with valid ID. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING
On Saturday, Nov. 22, WestConn will host a planetarium show, "A Closer Look at Draco the Dragon," at 3 and 5 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, the asteroid Vesta and the autumn sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.
CONCERT CHOIR AND CHAMBER SINGERS CONCERT
On Monday, Nov. 24, the WCSU Concert Choir and the WCSU Chamber Singers will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The program will include 20 compositions of music from around the world, with students singing in nine languages representing composers, melodies and texts from 15 different countries. It will conclude with a rousing performance of the USA for Africa theme song, "We Are the World." Professor of Music Dr. Kevin Jay Isaacs will conduct, with Adjunct Professor of Music Patricia Lutnes at the piano. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, student interns in WestConn's health promotion and exercise sciences department will present an overview of their internship experiences from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of Warner Hall. At present, 22 students in this department are participating in internships this semester. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78612.
The annual Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Westside Classroom Building, President’s Reception Room 218. This event is open to all university faculty and staff only.
FAMILY THEATRE PRODUCTION
WestConn, in cooperation with LaMar Productions, will present the family theatre production "A Christmas Carol" at 7 p.m. in the Berkshire Theatre on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. The public is invited. For tickets, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT
On Friday, Dec. 5, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The program will include a variety of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.
ALUMNI TRIP - BRANDYWINE VALLEY
Alumni and friends will embark on an overnight trip to the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania and Delaware on Dec. 6 & 7, 2008. Highlights will include: Winterhur, a museum and American country estate, and Longwood Gardens. Overnight accomodations will be at the elegant Mendenhall Inn. For more information, call x78290.
planetarium show telescope viewing
On Saturday, Dec. 6, WestConn will host a planetarium show, "A Closer Look at Orion the Hunter," at 3 and 5 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and the autumn sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus, Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 837-8672.
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT
On Monday, Dec. 8, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will feature works by Lepak, Helble, Coleman, Gillingham, Mancini and others. Two WCSU faculty members also will perform as soloists in the "Concerto for Drumset, Timpani and Percussion Ensemble" by David Mancini. Patrick Smith will be the timpani soloist and Jeff Siegel will be the drumset soloist. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.
ART SLIDE LECTURE
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, painter Judy Glantzman 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.
FACULTY RECOGNITION CEREMONY
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, WestConn will host a Faculty Recognition Ceremony that will include the presentation of the second Teaching Excellence Award at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The ceremony will be free and open to WestConn faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78486.
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GianCarlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
Performed by the WCSU Opera. 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, Ives Concert Hall. Admission will be $10 for adults, and $5 for senior citizens, students and children under 12. WestConn students will be admitted free with valid I.D. For more information, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
Planetarium show & telescope viewing
"A Closer Look at Orion the Hunter," at 3 and 5 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of moon, Neptune, Uranus and the late autumn sky, from 6 to 8 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672.
Holiday Jazz Concert
Performing will be award-winning Frankensax, conducted by Andrew Beals; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dave Scott; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian. Ives Concert Hall, 3 p.m.
Patricia Zibluk, J.D., will return to WestConn to provide leadership with
grant opportunities. She will begin her work with us Wednesday, Nov. 19 and will be in the grants office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thereafter, Patricia will be on campus every Wednesday from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Parking Rules and Regulations updated
The Western Connecticut State University Police Department announced that the university has approved an update to the current Parking Rules and Regulations for 2008 - 2009. Due to the limited parking available on the Midtown campus, persons with contractor permits or who who work for outside agencies or vendors providing services to campus, as well as those who work under outside contracts, may park only in the White Street Parking Garage. If the need arises to park elsewhere at midtown, specific authorization must be obtained from University Police. The shift supervisor or OIC on duty may grant permission for contractor loading and unloading of tools, gear and equipment.
Yoga instructor Eliza Littrell is teaching Hatha Yoga classes 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.
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
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 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.
ING Retirement Counseling Opportunity
ING Financial Advisers will be on campus to conduct one-to-one retirement counseling sessions on Tuesday, 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 contact 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.