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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 until Friday, April 17, in the Higgins Gallery in Higgins Hall. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call x78881.

LITERARY DISCUSSION

On Monday, April 6, Kean University Coordinator of Secondary Education Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir will discuss "From the Library to the Red Box: Literature into Film" at 11 a.m. in Room 114 of Higgins Hall. Cahir has written "Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton" and "Literature into Film: Theory and Practical Approaches," as well as numerous articles, book chapters and reviews in the areas of literature and film studies. The discussion will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x79120.

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.

NEWMAN DINNERs

On Wednesday, April 8 and 22, the Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The evenst will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

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.

poetry READING

On Monday, April 13, WestConn's department of writing, linguistics and creative process will present a reading by faculty poets James Scrimgeour, Irene Sherlock, Lynne Paris-Purtle, Elizabeth Cohen and Brian Clements at  3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The National Poetry Month event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78878.

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.

TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY

On Thursday, April 16, WestConn will host Take Our Children to Work Day events beginning at 8:45 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Children of faculty and staff ages 8 and up will participate in age-appropriate activities from 8:45 to 2 p.m. The events are open to WestConn faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78486.

INTERACTIVE CHEMISTRY SHOW

On Thursday, April 16, WestConn's Chemistry Club will present a "Wizards of Chemistry" show at 1 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The public is invited to the free show, which will feature demonstrations of interactive chemical activities geared toward the young and young at heart. For more information, call x78486.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATIOn

On Thursday, April 16, James Gorman, editor of Science Times and deputy science editor for The New York Times, will discuss "Evolutionary Surprises: Pets, Hot Sauce and Other Side Effects of Natural Selection" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Not all results of evolution are direct products of natural selection or survival of the fittest. Does music have a role in survival or is it a happy accident? What about the human love of pets? Dogs might have helped out in the hunt but why do people keep snakes? 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.

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.

OPERA PRODUCTION

The WCSU Opera will present "The Marriage of Figaro" at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18. The opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. WCSU students will be admitted free with valid I.D. For tickets and information, call x78499 or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday, April 18, WestConn will host an Open House for high school juniors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. The day's events will include campus tours and information sessions. All activities will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Office of University Admissions at x79000.

SOCIAL WORK ALUMNI RECEPTION

On Saturday, April 18, WestConn will host a reception for social work alumni at 6 p.m. in Warner Hall. The event will be open to social work alumni and will cost $10 per person. For more information, send an e-mail to mconderino@yahoo.com.

COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL

The eighth annual WestConn computer animation festival, AniFest '09, will feature continuous showings of student-produced computer animation short features daily from April 20 through 25 in the Student Center Theater. Other highlights of the festival will include an "Art of Animation" poster exhibition in the Student Center and a lecture by a guest speaker at a date and time to be announced. Admission will be free and the public is invited. For information, visit the AniFest '09 Web page at http://cs.wcsu.edu/cgr/festival09 or contact Center for Graphics Research Director Dr. William Joel at x79353.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

A photography exhibit of images from China and India will be on display from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday, April 20, through Friday, May 1, in Warner Hall. The exhibit will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73919.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Monday, April 20, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be "Windstone Suite" by Jared Spears, "Blue Rhythm Quintet," "Jubilee" by David Long, "Gate to Heaven" by David Gillingham, "Desperate Attitudes" by Gordon Stout and more. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

EMERITI LUNCHEON

On Tuesday, April 21, WestConn will host a luncheon for emeriti faculty at 11:30 a.m. in Warner Hall. The luncheon is by invitation only. For more information, call x78460.

WOLF CONSERVATION CENTER SPEAKER

On Tuesday, April 21, Atka, an Arctic gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center, will visit WestConn at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Atka will be accompanied by a Wolf Conservation Center staffer who will talk about wolf behavior, habitat and more. The event, sponsored by WCSU Roots & Shoots to celebrate Earth Day, will be free with a suggested donation of $5. For more information, call x73260.

GHOST HUNTER LORRAINE WARREN

On Tuesday, April 21, the WCSU Program Activities Council will present a talk by famed ghost hunter Lorraine Warren at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The public is invited. Tickets will be $20 for the public and $5 for WestConn students with valid I.D. They will be available at the Westside Campus Center Info Desk or online at www.wcsu.edu/tickets. For more information, call x78499.

PIANO CONCERT

On Wednesday, April 22, the Transcontinental Piano Duo will perform at noon in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The duo features Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson, both acclaimed pianists. They have given workshops, master classes and performances nationwide since 1992. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, April 22, Vincent T. Breslin, associate professor in the department of science education and environmental studies at Southern Connecticut State University, will discuss "Sediment Metal Contamination in Connecticut Harbors: Does it Harm Marine Organisms?" 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.

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.

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Deadlines:
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At-A-Glance

Apr-17

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

Apr6

Literary discussion. "From the Library to the Red Box: Literature into Film" by Dr. Linda Costanzo Cahir. Higgins Hall, Room 114, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

UPBC meeting. Student Center, Room 226, 2:30 p.m.

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. Bard. Westside Athletic Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Apr7

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. Bridgewater State. Westside Athletic Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Softball. WCSU vs. Wesleyan. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Graduate open house. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Baseball. WCSU vs. Trinity. Westside Athletic Complex, 5 p.m.

Bridges of Peace and Hope concert. Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

 
Apr8

Career fair. Feldman Arena, William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to WestConn students, alumni, faculty and staff only.

Diversity lecture series event. "Covering: The Hidden Attack on Our Civil Rights" by Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law. Student Center Theater, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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

Apr9

Political science lecture. U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy to discuss the American economic crisis. Berkshire Hall, Room 102, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. For more information, call x79700.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr29

Tri-State Weather Conference
Science Building, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May2

University Ball - A Beacon on Main
Feldman Arena, William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center,
7 p.m. For tickets and other information, call x78298.

May12

Macricostas Entrepreneurship Lecture
"Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today's Challenging Environment" by Douglas K. Mellinger
Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m.

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.

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: April 7; April 28; May 12; and May 26.

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