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WESTCONN SOCIETY LUNCHEON

On Wednesday, March 25, the WCSU Foundation will host its annual WestConn Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. To join the society or purchase a ticket for the luncheon, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at x78298.

SENIOR PORTRAITS

The WCSU Colonial Yearbook will host a free senior portrait session for graduating seniors on Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. The portrait session is open to graduating seniors only. For more information, call x73227.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 31, artist Don Kimes 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 will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - MIRA NAIR

On Tuesday, March 31, Mira Nair, acclaimed director of "The Namesake," "Monsoon Wedding" and "Mississippi Masala," will deliver the President's Lecture Series talk at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754.

NEWMAN DINNER

The Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, April 1. The dinner is open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

PIANO RECITAL

On Wednesday, April 1, students in WestConn's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

M.F.A. EXHIBITION

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Thesis Exhibition, featuring the paintings and illustrations of WestConn M.F.A. students, will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays from Thursday, April 2, through Friday, April 17, in the Higgins Gallery in Higgins Hall. There will be an artist reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78881.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, April 2, business consultant Paul Streitz will discuss immigration reform from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 102 of Berkshire 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, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, April 2, Dr. William R. Jacobs Jr., Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will discuss "Extremely Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis - Survival of the Fittest" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The bacterium that causes tuberculosis is one of the world's most successful pathogens, killing two to three million people every year. Jacobs, one of the world's leading researchers in the field, will discuss the disease and the development of novel treatments and vaccine strategies. 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.

HISTORY LECTURE

On Thursday, April 2, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host a discussion about "Wealthy Free Women of Color in Charleston, South Carolina During Slavery" at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. The discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to jflores005@gmail.com.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, April 2, WestConn will host a viewing of the first-quarter moon, the Orion nebula, Saturn, Mizar and the double star Alcor, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE

On Friday, April 3, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will discuss "Pathways Through Midlife: The Results of a 40-Year Study on Adult Personality Change" at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Theater. The talk is part of a series of "PsychMatters: Invited Lectures" to be offered by the psychology department this year. For more information, call x78476.

SCIENCE FAIR

On Friday, April 3, WestConn will host the Bethel Middle School Science Fair at 5 p.m. in the Atrium of the Science Building. Students in grades 6 through 8 will display posters reflecting their research and answer questions about their results. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Sunday, April 5, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be the Jazz Guitar Ensemble, the Scott I Combo, the Tomlinson II Combo and the Ruffels I Combo, playing original compositions and jazz standards like "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Stella by Starlight." The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE

On Tuesday, April 7, WestConn will host a Graduate Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Coordinators from each graduate program will be available to answer questions. The Open House will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Division of Graduate Studies at x78243.

BRIDGES OF PEACE AND HOPE CONCERT

On Tuesday, April 7, popular children's folksinger John Farrell and a cast of 280 community performers, including students from WestConn, Danbury High School and four elementary and middle schools, will present a "Bridges of Peace and Hope Concert" at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert marks the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between Danbury schools and the WestConn department of education on a project coordinated by Professor of Education Dr. Darla Shaw to expand and enhance Peace Curriculum instruction and to promote music education and literacy in the city's public school system. Singers from New Hope Baptist Church and a Nigerian drumming group also will perform. Admission will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

CAREER FAIR

On Wednesday, April 8, the Career Development Center (CDC) will host the 13th annual WCSU Career Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. More than 50 employers are expected to attend the fair, which will be free and open to WestConn students, alumni, faculty and staff. For more information, call the CDC at x78263.

DIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES

On Wednesday, April 8, Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law, will discuss "Covering: The Hidden Attack on Our Civil Rights" in a Diversity Lecture Series talk at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Yoshino previously was the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor of Law and Deputy Dean of Intellectual Life at Yale Law School, where he taught for a decade. 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, April 9, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy will discuss the American economic crisis from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 102 of Berkshire Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. 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, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, April 14, illustrator Michael Garland 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.

INVESTMENT SEMINAR

On Tuesday, April 14, WestConn will host an introduction to stock investing and portfolio building for college students at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The presentation by ING Direct, is sponsored by the Grasso Hall Council. It will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call (203) 616-7532.

WRITING CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

WestConn will host "Veterans' Voices: A Writing Conference and Workshop" on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15. A screening of "Jarhead" will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 14 in the Student Center Theater. From 1 to 3 p.m., a workshop about "Writing Conflict: Writing From the New Wartime Experience" will be open only to WCSU veterans, graduate students and students in the Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing program. A public reading and talk by Anthony Swofford, author of "Jarhead," will be at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The film screening and reading will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x73295.

BEATRICE NEMZER SYMPOSIUM

On Wednesday, April 15, the annual Beatrice K. Nemzer Social Work Symposium will be at 2:30 p.m. in Warner Hall on the WestConn Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This year's topic will be homelessness and affordable housing. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78410.

CHILD CARE CABARET

On Thursday, April 16, WestConn will present the Child Care Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. This fundraiser for the WCSU Child Care Center will bring performers from all corners of the campus together in an uplifting combination of music, dance and comedy. The public is invited. For tickets and information, call x78266.

lecturers needed

Spend an hour or two sharing your expertise with an appreciative audience at the Village at Brookfield Common and Ridgefield Crossings, two local senior living communities. This ongoing series of monthly faculty lectures has, since March 2006, built goodwill and good friends with our neighbors. If you’d like to volunteer your services or learn more, please call Sherri Hill at x78774 or send an e-mail to hills@wcsu.edu. Thank you.

If you plan to attend an event and would like to request disability accommodations, please contact the organizer as listed in the event listing.

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:
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At-A-Glance

Mar25

WestConn Society luncheon. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. To join the society or purchase a ticket for the luncheon, call x78298.

Mar28

Baseball. WCSU vs. Plymouth State. Westside Athletic Complex, noon.

Men’s Lacrosse. WCSU vs. Plymouth State. Westside Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.

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

Mar29

Softball. WCSU vs. Keene State. Westside Athletic Complex, 1 p.m.

AA meeting. Alumni Hall, 8 p.m. For students and the general public.

Mar31

Art slide lecture. Featuring artist Don Kimes. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Baseball. WCSU vs. Westfield State. Westside Athletic Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse. WCSU vs. Ramapo. Westside Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.

President’s lecture series. “Between Two Worlds: An Evening with Mira Nair.” Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

 

 
Apr1

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

Piano recital. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Hour of Power (holy hour). Newman Center, 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

Apr2

Political science lecture. Business consultant Paul Streitz will discuss immigration reform. Berkshire Hall, Room 102, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Women’s lacrosse. WCSU vs. Mount St. Vincent. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Softball. WCSU vs. Ramapo. Westside Athletic Complex, 5 p.m.

Baseball. WCSU vs. Purchase College. Westside Athletic Complex, 6 p.m.

 

Apr2-17

M.F.A. exhibit. Featuring the paintings and illustrations of WestConn M.F.A. students. On display from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays from Thursday, April 2, through Friday, April 17, in the Higgins Gallery, Higgins Hall.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr17

WestConn Opera - "The Marriage of Figaro"
April 17 and 18, Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
For tickets and information, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Apr25

Tri-State Weather Conference
Science Building

Apr30

Jazz Festival
Featuring three evening concerts in Ives Concert Hall.
For tickets and information, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

FYI

deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the purchasing department is April 15 for the academic departments and
May 15 for administrative departments. All goods must be delivered to the university by June 1.

If bidding is necessary, please allow sufficient time for a solicitation process.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Case at x78657 or Esther Boriss at x78758 in administrative services.

Operation Care-Package

Several campus departments and community organizations including university computing and the WCSU Veterans Task Force have teamed up to send care packages to American soldiers deployed overseas. “Operation Care-Package” will start immediately and end at a later date. For the next month or so, please visit any one of the four staffed computer centers at WestConn and drop off your care-package items.  
 
The location of the computer centers is as follows:
-Westside Computer Center: near bookstore in the WS Classroom Building
-Campus Center Computer Center: 3rd floor of the WS Campus Center
-Midtown Campus Computer Center: 1st floor of the MT Haas Library
-Student Technology Training Center: 2nd floor of the MT Student Center
 
Please encourage your friends, family, colleagues and peers to become involved in “Operation Care-Package."  
 
See the flyer on this site for a list of recommended items. If you have any questions, please contact Derek Roy at x78304.

IRB Meetings

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 and Wednesday, May 20. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal and 13 copies of the proposal, at least two 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 online at www.wcsu.edu/irb/. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Shane Murphy atx79398.

SAVE THE DATE!

The university is excited to announce the second annual 2009 Take Our Children To Work® Day on Thursday, April 16. This event is an opportunity for girls and boys to learn about the world of work, the challenges their parents face, and how the schoolwork they do today will help them to begin building partnerships to educate and empower in order to shape the future for a new generation at work. This event is open to all WCSU employees. You may bring your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, mentees, etc. The only requirement is that the girls and boys must be between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age. We look forward to welcoming all of the children to campus again this year for all new activities. Please note that the date has been changed to fall on the vacation week for many area school systems. This decision was made based on parent feedback and to accommodate as many of your children as possible.

If you are interested in participating either by bringing your child(ren) or volunteering for the day of the event, please contact Lisa Temkin Carrozza at temkinl@wcsu.edu. Please let Lisa know the name(s) and age(s) of the child(ren) you will be bringing. More information including permission slips will be distributed closer to the day of the event. Also, if you know of any WCSU students who would be interested in volunteering, please let Lisa know as well.

The day will consist of:
Welcoming Breakfast; Campus Tours;
Classroom Visits; Group Activities;
Luncheon; Wrap up activity; Job Shadow with Parent/Guardian*

*The parent/guardian will join their child(ren) for the welcoming breakfast and then again at the luncheon. They will bring their child back to their work location for job shadowing for the remainder of their work day following our wrap up activity. If there are scheduling issues with work/classes, please contact Lisa via e-mail or by phone at x78264 to discuss possibilities.
This event is sponsored by Human Resources, Student Affairs and University Events.

For students who have aetna health insurance through the university

An AETNA representative will be available to assist all students who are enrolled in AETNA student health insurance offered through the university. The rep will help with questions on claims, eligibility and benefits every Tuesday until May 12 in the Midtown Student Center, Room 202 B, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEER for the Spring Phonathon!

This past fall, alumni and parents welcomed us into their homes via the telephone during our annual phonathon program. More than 15 student callers, working together as a strong and supportive team, reached out to WestConn alumni, friends and family in support of the university’s Annual Fund. In the toughest of financial times, the fall phonathon was able to raise $17,723.00. That represents 44.3 percent of our $40,000 fundraising goal. Today, given the economic climate, state universities are relying more and more on fundraising to build student scholarships and support programs and initiatives that are not covered by tuition and state appropriations. Please join us for at least one evening of calling now through April 30. For more information or to sign up, stop by the Office of Institutional Advancement
or call x78298 or send an e-mail to alumni@wcsu.edu. Looking forward to seeing you during our spring phonathon!

EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COUNSELING SESSIONS

WestConn’s ING Financial Adviser, Marilyn Timbers, will be on campus this spring to conduct employee retirement counseling sessions or to discuss your retirement portfolio. Sessions are by appointment only. Please contact Timbers at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.COM (preferred form of contact) or voicemail at (800) 784-6386, ext. 4003363 to schedule an appointment. Sessions will be held in the Student Center, Room 228 on the following dates: March 24; April 7; April 28; May 12; and May 26.

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