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WestConn News

This issue will be the last issue of the fall semester.                      See you in the spring!

Internship fair

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.  

NEWMAN DINNER

The Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The dinner is open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.  

holiday party

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 Berkshire Theatre on Friday, Dec. 5, Saturday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 13 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. 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 and 7. 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 SHOWS AND TELESCOPE VIEWINGS

On Saturday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 13, 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.

SPIRITUAL DISCUSSION

On Saturday, Dec. 6, the student organization, Place Where He Provides, will host a "Romance Your Spirit" event at 7 p.m. in Warner Hall. The free event is open to WestConn faculty, staff and students who wish to discuss the concerns of their heart in a confidential setting with spiritual leaders and advisers from various denominations. A home-cooked meal will be served; reservations are requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call x78298.

HONORS PROGRAM LECTURE

On Monday, Dec. 8, Dr. Norton Mezvinsky, CSU professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, will discuss "Is a Two-State or a One-State Proposal the Best Approach to a Solution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?" at 7 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center South Ballroom. The talk, sponsored by the WCSU Honors Program, will be free and open to WestConn faculty, staff and students only. For more information, call x78486.

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 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 at 4:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on the Midtown campus. The ceremony will be free and open to WestConn faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78486.

OPERA PRODUCTION

The WCSU Opera will perform GianCarlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Ives Concert Hall. Music Professor Dr. Margaret Astrup will direct the 14th annual production of this holiday classic. Admission will be $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and 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.

HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT

On Sunday, Dec. 14, the WCSU Holiday Jazz concert will be at 3 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. 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. The program will feature traditional big band jazz standards and holiday classics such as "Sleigh Bells" and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland." It will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

LITERARY READINGs

Tthe WestConn Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing program will present the following readings on campus. The events will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78878.

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall
Veteran Poets and Open Mic
Followed by light refreshments
 
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, 7 p.m., Westside Classroom Building,          President’s Reception Room #218
James Lomuscio and Mark Sundeen Reading
Followed by book sale & light refreshments

Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, 7 p.m., Westside Campus Center Ballroom North
Irene Sherlock and Paola Corso Reading
Followed by book sale & light refreshments

IACUC Meeting

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. 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.

IRB Spring 2009 meetings

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays in the new year: Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal and 13 copies at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting date to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. IRB forms and the link to the required on-line training programs for protection of human subjects can be found on the Web at www.wcsu.edu/irb/. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.

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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.

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At-A-Glance

Dec2

Internship fair. Featuring an overview of internships done by students in the HPX department. Warner Hall, first floor, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free and open to public. For more information, call x78612.

Dec3

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.

Dec4

Holiday party. Westside Classroom Building, President’s Reception Room 218, 3:30 p.m.

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.

Dec5-6

Family theatre production. "A Christmas Carol." Berkshire Theatre, 7 p.m. For tickets, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Alumni trip. Alumni and friends will embark on an overnight trip to the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania and Delaware on Dec. 6 & 7. For more information, call x78290.

 
Dec5

Jazz Combos concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Dec6

Planetarium show & telescope viewing. “A Closer Look at Orion the Hunter” show at 3 and 5 p.m., followed by a telescope viewing of the moon, Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and the autumn sky from 6 to 8 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78671.

Spiritual discussion. "Romance Your Spirit," hosted by the student organization, Place Where He Provides. Warner Hall, 7 p.m. Free and open to WestConn faculty, staff and students who wish to discuss the concerns of their heart in a confidential setting with spiritual leaders and advisers from various denominations. A home-cooked meal will be served; reservations are requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call x78298.

AA meeting. Alumni Hall, 11 p.m. For students and the general public.

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Mark Your Calendars

Jan18

Feis Na Blian Nua Irish Dance Competition
Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center
Tickets: $12; senior citizens, $8 and children 12 and under will be admitted free. For more information, e-mail kellyosterny@aol.com or call (845) 598-3094.

Jan25

College Goal Sunday
Westside Classroom Building, Room 218, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
College-bound high school seniors and their families will receive assistance from financial aid professionals in completing the FAFSA form online. For more information, call x78582 or x78276.

Jan28

Research Seminar
Science Building, Room 219, 4 p.m.
James E. Biardi, assistant professor in the department of biology at Fairfield University, will discuss "Blood and Guts: Ground Squirrel Defenses to Rattlesnake Predation" For more information, call x78793.

FYI

Sew What's Child Care Center Quilt

This year's raffle of the beautiful Sew What's Child Care Center Quilt is quickly approaching and time is running out to purchase your tickets! The raffle will be held at the WCSU Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 4. Please contact one of the Sew What's members (see list below) to purchase your tickets. Thank you for your support of this very worthy cause!

Sew What's Members
Peggy Boyle - Human Resources - University Hall; Kim Spinelli - Administrative Services - University Hall; Helen Bechard (Masterson) - University Relations - Old Main;
Lisa Peck - Academic Advisement - Higgins Hall; Martha Palanzo - Grants Office - Warner Hall; Shirley Hatch - Police Department; Ana Cangialosi - Education - Ancell Building

Jim MCNIFF MEMORIAL FUND

Jim McNiff will always have a special place here at WestConn. In honor of his life and his time here at the university, we would like to dedicate a tree and a brick on campus in his name.
The university community is invited to attend the tree planting ceremony at the Higgins Annex Patio (located across from Roberts Avenue School) with a reception to follow in the Berkshire Gymnasium on May 8, 2009, Jim’s birthday. Please save the date.
If you would like make a donation towards Jim’s tree and brick, you may do so through the WCSU Foundation. Please make checks payable to the WCSU Foundation/Jim McNiff Memorial Fund and mail it to the WCSU Foundation, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810. You can also call x78279 to pay by credit card. Thank you for helping us honor our friend and all he has done for WestConn!

last irb meeting for fall

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 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.

cucas meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS will be Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. Please submit 21 copies of all pertinent documents with appropriate signatures to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hall, by noon, Wednesday, Dec. 10. Please attend the meeting to discuss your proposal and to answer questions from CUCAS members. Neither incomplete nor late submissions will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Chappell at x79366.

lincoln now at wcsu

2009 will be the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Governor Rell has asked the CSU community, as well as other state agencies, to recognize the occasion with events that will be of value to us today. A group of professors at WestConn have formed a planning committee for the Lincoln commemoration. We welcome anyone from the community who would like to join. Please contact Burt Peretti if you are interested in participating. A Web site also has been created for the planning process; the site includes a window in which you may post your ideas for events, activities, lectures, etc. Please visit and contribute to the site at www.westconn.edu/lincoln/.

vanpool

Save money, reduce stress and receive reward points through Nuride. The vanpool leaves Waterbury at 7:10 a.m. (pick-up in the commuter lot off I-84 at the Chase Pkwy, Exit 17) and leaves the Midtown campus at 4:35 p.m. The cost per month is $87 for part-time (2 days a week) and $142 for full-time (3 to 5 days a week). For more information, contact Melissa Stephens at x78582 or Cyndi Berry at x78581.

Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is now available on-line through the Library's Web site. Individual issues of the Chronicle may be browsed back through 1995, while the entire site may be searched back through 1989. WestConn's faculty, staff, and students may gain access by going to the WCSU Web site and clicking on "Library."

tps training

It has been a little over five (5) years since the Time Processing System (TPS) was implemented at WCSU. Since there have been many revisions to the procedures and forms, informational sessions will be held so that supervisors can ask any questions regarding the use of the TPS or the student employment process in general. These training sessions will be conducted by representatives of human resources, payroll, and financial aid and will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m., in the Midtown Student Center, Room 201B or 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center, Room 213. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Lisa Hammersley.

Event Posters  PDF

Midtown Coffeehouse