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WestConn News

This issue will be the last issue of the spring semester.
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REASONS FOR HOPE EVENT

On Monday May 4 though Wednesday, May 6, the WestConn Christian Ministry will host "Reasons for Hope," an artistic event illustrating global issues and the ways in which students can respond to them, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to li.mae.lu@gmail.com.

LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL EVENT

On Monday, May 4, Boston University Professor of History Dr. Nina Silber will discuss "Why Gender Matters for Understanding the Civil War" at 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. This Lincoln Bicentennial event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78309.

HONORS CONVOCATIONs

WestConn will host Honors Convocations on the following days: on Monday, May 4, the WestConn Ancell School of Business will host its Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Classroom Building; on Tuesday, May 5, the School of Arts & Sciences will host its Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall; and on Wednesday, May 6, the School of Professional Studies will host it Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The public is invited to these annual events at which scholarship and award recipients are honored. For more information, call x78521.

DOMESTIC ABUSE DISCUSSION

On Monday, May 4, WestConn and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury will host "Domestic Disturbia, Part 2," a discussion about relational violence and domestic abuse, at 7:30 p.m. in the lounge at Litchfield Hall. The event will feature a discussion about the recently publicized events between singers Chris Brown and Rihanna and what constitutes a healthy or abusive relationship. Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Averell Manes, a conflict resolution specialist, also will discuss the WCSU Conflict Resolution Project, a free campus resource for students to manage or resolve interpersonal conflict. The event will be free and open to WestConn faculty, staff and students only. For more information, send an e-mail to demasi008@student.wcsu.edu.

GENEVA EXPERIENCE DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, May 6, WestConn students who traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to study human rights will discuss their experiences at noon in the Student Center Theater. The event, which will feature a video and panel discussion, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to singer013@student.wcsu.edu.

NURSING SOCIETY RECEPTION

On Wednesday, May 6, WestConn will host a reception for nursing alumni and seniors graduating from the WCSU nursing program, at 4:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The event will be free and open to senior students and graduates of WestConn's nursing program only. For more information, call x78290.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, May 6, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The dinner will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

POLITICAL-SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, May 7, 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.

CENTENNIAL HALL CARNIVAL

On Friday, May 8, WestConn's Centennial Hall will host a carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. at the residence hall located at 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. At 8 p.m., the film "Coraline" will be shown on a large, outdoor screen. The events will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78850.

multicultural family fair

On Friday, May 8, WestConn will host the Danbury Multicultural Fair from 4 to 9 p.m. on the Midtown Quadrangle. The fair will feature foods, traditions and art of many countries, as well as a parade of flags and a display of written and artistic work by more than 200 local children. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 797-8088.

SAXOPHONE CONCERT

On Saturday, May 9, WestConn's music department will present "Saxofestivus," featuring WCSU Saxophone Quartets and the WCSU Saxophone Ensemble, at 3 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.

WEST FEST CONCERT

On Saturday, May 9, the WCSU Program Activities Council and the Student Government Association will present West Fest featuring Dropkick Murphys at 8 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the public is invited. General admission tickets will be $30; WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $15. Tickets are available at the Westside Campus Center Box Office, by calling x78499, or at www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

DANCE PERFORMANCE

On Sunday, May 10, the WCSU Dance Team will present "Earth & Sky" in collaboration with professional dancers and local dance schools at 6:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Proceeds will benefit the Khalda Logan Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to honoring the life of Khalda Logan-Eaton, the founder of the WCSU Dance Team. The foundation supports the education of students who pursue a career in education, media communication or dance through annual scholarships awarded at both WCSU and New York University. General admission tickets will be $10; senior and student tickets will be $5. The public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to wcsudanceteam@yahoo.com.

MACRICOSTAS ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE

On Tuesday, May 12, Douglas K. Mellinger, vice-chairman and co-founder of Foundation Source, a provider of support services for private foundations, will deliver the Macricostas Entrepreneurship Lecture funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. Mellinger will speak about "Succeeding as an Entrepreneur in Today's Challenging Economic Environment" at 7:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

MOCK TRIAL

On Wednesday, May 13, Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. Harold Schramm will conduct a mock trial at 5:30 p.m. in Room 212 of the Westside Campus Center. The trial will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x7-8486.

SYMPHONIC BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Wednesday, May 13, 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.

WESTCONN RESEARCH DAY

On Thursday, May 14, WestConn Research Day, enabling students from across the university to present their research to faculty and colleagues, will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Science Building Atrium. The event will feature faculty-endorsed student research presentations in a variety of academic disciplines and a keynote address by WCSU alumna Dr. Ana Ribeiro in Room 125 of the Science Building. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78799.

ALUMNI SPRING WEEKEND

WestConn will host a weekend full of activities for alumni from 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, through 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. For information about the times, locations and costs for events, visit www.wcsu.edu/alumni/spring_weekend.asp or call x78290.

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

On Friday, May 22, the WestConn Division of Graduate Studies will host a commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Graduate students who are eligible to receive their master's degrees in January, May or August this year and their guests will be invited to the commencement ceremony, with a reception to follow. For more information, call x78244.

UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

On Sunday, May 24, WestConn will host its Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex Stadium on the university's Westside campus, Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. The public is invited. For more information, call x78800.

WCSU OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTION

On Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30, the WestConn theatre arts department will present "Tongues" and "Savage Love" by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin at 8 p.m. at the TBG Theatre, 312 W. 36th St. in Manhattan.Tickets will be $15; WCSU students with valid I.D. will be admitted free. To purchase tickets, call x78732.

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.

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At-A-Glance

May4

Reasons for Hope event. Hosted by the WestConn Christian Ministry. An artistic event illustrating global issues and the ways in which students can respond to them. Alumni Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to li.mae.lu@gmail.com.

Employee of the Semester Award presentation. Honoring Charlie Alexander. Westside Campus Center Ballroom South, noon.

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

Lincoln Bicentennial event. "Why Gender Matters for Understanding the Civil War" by Boston University Professor of History Dr. Nina Silber. Alumni Hall, 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78309.

Honors Convocation. Honoring scholarship and award recipients from the Ancell School of Business. Westside Classroom Building, Room 218, 7:30 p.m. For more information, call x78521.

Domestic abuse discussion. "Domestic Disturbia, Part 2,"  hosted by WestConn and the Women's Center of Greater Danbury. Litchfield Hall  lounge, 7:30 p.m. Featuring a discussion about the recently publicized events between singers Chris Brown and Rihanna and what constitutes a healthy or abusive relationship. Free and open to WestConn faculty, staff and students only. For more information, send an e-mail to demasi008@student.wcsu.edu.

May5

Honors Convocation. Honoring scholarship and award recipients from the School of Arts & Sciences. Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. For more information, call x79401.

 

May6

Geneva experience discussion. WestConn students who traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to study human rights will discuss their experiences. Student Center Theater, noon. Free and open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to singer013@student.wcsu.edu.

Nursing society reception. For nursing alumni and seniors graduating from the WCSU nursing program. Westside Campus Center ballroom, 4:30 p.m. Free and open to senior students and graduates of WestConn's nursing program only. For more information, call x78290.

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

Honors Convocation. Honoring scholarship and award recipients from the School of Professional Studies. Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. For more information, call x79401.

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

May7

Political science lecture. Business consultant Paul Streitz to discuss immigration reform. 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, WCSU alumna Brianne Chasanoff, 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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FYI

clerical union voting

A ratification vote regarding the concession agreement for clerical employees will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 228. Please allow your clerical employees the necessary time away from their responsibilities to vote on this important issue. If you have any questions please call x78665.

ratification vote for SUAOF personnel

A ratification vote regarding the concession agreement for SUAOF personnel has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Westside Campus Center, Room 212
and Wednesday, May 6 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. Please allow SUOAF employees the necessary time away from their responsibilities to attend these important sessions.

Employee of the Semester Award for Spring 2009

Charlie Alexander, University Judicial Officer, has been selected to be honored as the winner of the Employee of the Semester Award for Spring 2009.
 Charlie began working for WCSU as an Assistant to the Director of Residence Life/Resident Director in July of 2000. In May of 2001 Charlie was promoted to the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life for Judicial Affairs and Residential Education.  Lastly, in February of 2007 Charlie was promoted to his current position of University Judicial Officer. On Monday, May 4, 2009 at noon in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom South, Charlie will be presented with the Employee of the Semester Award from Dr. Schmotter. This presentation is open for all to attend. Please congradulate Charlie on this well deserved honor.

financial workshops

During the month of May, American Consumer Credit Counseling in association with Solutions EAP and WCSU will present a series of workshops on various financial topics. The workshops will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Cente, Room 202. Feel free to bring your lunch. The sessions are free. You are welcome to attend as many workshops as your schedule permits.
 
Thursday, May 7 – Identity Theft
 
Thursday, May 14 – To Do List for the Economic Downturn
 
Thursday, May 21 – Budgeting Skills
 
Thursday, May 28 – Credit

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: May 12; May 26, June 9, July 7, Aug. 4, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 8, and Sept. 29.

deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the purchasing department is
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.

IRB Meetings

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on 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 at x79398.

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.

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