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ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — FILM SCREENING

On Monday, Oct. 5, there will be a film screening followed by a discussion of "Awakenings" in the Student Center Theater at 7 p.m. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Suffolk University Professor of English and James Baldwin scholar Dr. Quentin Miller will discuss "No Room of One's Own: The Law in James Baldwin's Early Writings" at 12:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. The talk, part of the WCSU English department's Faculty Lecture Series, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x79329.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOPS

The Tutoring Resource Center will sponsor scholarly workshops during the fall semester. All workshops, led by Adjunct Lecturer of Writing Jeanne Lakatos, are open to the public and begin promptly at 2 p.m. in Berkshire Hall, Room 104. To register, please call x79245.  The workshops this semester include:

• Oct. 6: Off-Campus Programs: Scholarships, Internships,
(Tony Ciarleglio, Guest Speaker)
• Oct. 13: Strategies for Midterm Triumph
• Nov. 17: Professional Networking & Writing Abstracts for Professional Conferences

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENTS — BOOK DISCUSSIONS

WestConn, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Schools have partnered to create "One Book, One Community," a series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. Listed below are the upcoming community discussions in which the public are encouraged to attend to discuss this year’s chosen book. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

• Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., Haas Library.
• Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15 Backus Ave., Danbury.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, WestConn will host a panel discussion about the Henry Louis Gates incident at 6:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The panel will include Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Education Dr. George Coleman; Danbury Police Chief Al Baker; Glenn Cassis, from the Connecticut African-American Affairs Commission; David Dear, publisher of The News-Times; WCSU Professor of Economics Dr. Oluwole Owoye; Kerri Forrest, a senior producer for The Early Show and CBS News; community leader Alice Hyman; and WCSU Professor Emeritus of Justice & Law Administration Dr. Harold Schramm. The discussion, "The American Divide?" will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

LECTURE

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, University of Tartu Professor Kristian Nielsen will discuss "The Strategic Choice for Europe: The EU-Russia Power Struggle in the Eastern Neighborhood" at 2 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — AUTHOR TALK

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, oncologist Dr. Richard Frank will discuss his book "Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope" at 5 p.m. in Warner Hall. Seating is limited; RSVP is required. For more information, call x78556 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

NEWMAN DINNERS

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., Danbury. The events will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Plainville resident Justin Bernier, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat in the 5th Congressional District, will discuss America's trade deficit from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 209 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.

LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL EVENT

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Yale University Professor of History Dr. David Blight will discuss "Slave No More: The Problem of Emancipation in American Memory" at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The talk, sponsored by the Danbury Public Schools' Teaching American History grant program, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78309.

AUTOGRAPH PARTY

On Friday, Oct. 9, WestConn will host an "Autograph Party" for participants from the summer 2009 WCSU Young Writers Conference at 4:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The party will celebrate the publication of the 2009 Young Writers Conference Journal, which is the result of workshops the participants attended during the conference. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73215.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Friday, Oct. 9, the WCSU Jazz Combos 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.

CULINARY INSTITUTE BUS TRIP

On Saturday, Oct. 10, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a bus trip for lunch at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. The bus will depart at 9:30 a.m. from University Hall. Enjoy a four-course luncheon banquet at The American Bounty Restaurant. The price of $79/person includes lunch, gratuity and transportation via motor coach. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call x78290.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Oct. 10, WestConn will host a 6:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Early Autumn Skies," followed by telescope viewing of Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and the autumn sky, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, painter Lynette Lombard 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.

Etiquette Dinner

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Career Development Center (CDC) is once again sponsoring "Putting Your Best Fork Forward” Etiquette Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. Ms. Ann Marie Sabath, a professional etiquette consultant and national speaker, will be presenting such topics as "Key Ways for Enhancing Your Professional Style" and "Dining Etiquette". This is a fun and informative evening for students to learn the ins and outs of dining and professional etiquette. Tips for successful networking and effective communication for a global society will also be presented. This program should be of special interest to seniors as they embark on their professional job search, as well as students who want to gain a competitive edge in the workforce.  Pre-registration is required and SPACE IS LIMITED, so students should register now at the CDC, Student Center 227. There is a discounted student rate of $8 for dinner, which is payable by check/cash at the time of registration. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 6. Professional attire is required. For more information, contact the CDC at x78263.

GRANT SEMINARS – ADVANCE YOUR RESEARCH AGENDA

The Grants Office will host seminars in Warner Hall, Room 315, from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays during the fall semester. Bring your lunch! Beverages and dessert will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Martha Palanzo at x78944. The seminars are as listed below:

• Oct. 14: Looking for Foundation Funding
• Oct. 28: Establishing a Need for Your Project — The “So What” Factor
• Nov. 11: Tools for Establishing an Accurate Project Timeline — What 
   Can You Realistically Achieve During the Project Period?
• Dec. 9: Writing, Assembling and Reviewing Your CSU Research Grant

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Danbury High School communication arts department will host improvisational games and activities to explore themes of mental illness at 7 p.m. in the Danbury High School Media Center, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury. No acting experience is required; the event is appropriate for ages 14 and over. The workshop, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

RETIREMENT CEREMONY

On Thursday, Oct. 15, WestConn will host a ceremony to honor retiring faculty and staff at 5 p.m. in Warner Hall. The event will be free and open to WestConn faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78279.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Stamford trade attorney Paul Edelberg will discuss China's economy from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 209 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.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, Oct. 15, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and the autumn sky from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

JAZZ FACULTY CONCERT

On Thursday, Oct. 15, members of the WestConn jazz faculty will perform a concert at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call the music department at x78350.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT/ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT

On Thursday, Oct. 15, Dr. Carolyn Spiro and Pamela Spiro Wagner, authors of "Divided Minds," will discuss their personal experiences with schizophrenia at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The authors are identical twins, one of whom is schizophrenic and the other is a psychiatrist. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. For more information, call x78754 or visit http://onebookdanbury.org/documents/DividedMinds.pdf

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION CONFERENCE

On Friday, Oct. 16, Caron Treatment Centers, WCSU, MCCA and Insight Counseling will host "New Hope for Healing and Recovery: Treating Substance Abuse and Addiction in Adolescents and Young Adults" from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center. Pre-registration is $150 before Wednesday, Sept. 30, and $170 after Sept. 30. To register or for more information, call (203) 431-9726 or visit www.wcsu.edu/CHOICES/index.htm.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE

On Friday, Oct. 16, WestConn will host the Connecticut State University (CCSU) System International Education Conference: "International Perspectives: What Do We Mean by Green?" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center and Warner Hall. The keynote speaker will be Michael Despines, Climate Resilience Campaign Coordinator for Friends of the Earth. The conference will be free and open to CCSU faculty and staff, and students are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit www.ctstateu.edu/academics/conferences.htm

 THEATRE PRODUCTION

The WestConn theatre arts department will present David Ives' "Mere Mortals" at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and 2 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Ticket prices will be $10; WCSU students with valid I.D. will be admitted free. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

SAXOPHONE CONCERT

On Sunday, Oct. 18, saxophone player Joe Murphy will perform at 3 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited; contributions to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

GRAVEYARD CRAWL 5K RACE AND FAMILY FUN WALK

On Sunday, Oct. 18, WestConn will host a 5K Race and Family Fun Walk, "The Graveyard Crawl," which will begin at 4 p.m. and will take place entirely on the university's Westside campus. For registration fees and information, call x78609.

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Seasonal flu clinics, sponsored by the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association, will be held during the fall semester. This is not the H1N1 flu shot. There is a $20 fee; for more information, visit danburyvna.org or call (203) 792-4120. The dates and locations of the clinics are listed below:
• Monday, Oct. 19, Westside Campus Center, noon to 2 p.m. 
• Wednesday, Oct. 21, Student Center, Room 228 (during Health Fair), Midtown campus, noon to 2 p.m. 

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — FILM SCREENING

On Monday, Oct. 19, there will be a film screening followed by a discussion of "Girl, Interrupted" in the Student Center Theater at 7 p.m. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, WestConn will host a Student Scholarship Recognition Reception at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall and a Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The event will be free and open to WestConn alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents only. For more information, call x78832.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT – HEALTH FAIR

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, there will be a Health and Wellness Fair in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information about depression, anxiety, addictions, interpersonal violence and safety will be available, along with health care information and services like massages. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Hurry Down Sunshine" by Michael Greenberg. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

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:
Irene Sherlock, associate director, UP&D
Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

Deadlines:
Content deadline is Thursday at noon prior to the Monday publication date. All efforts are made to include content that is supplied, however, all submissions are subject to a strict editing process. Additionally, where and when available, photos and print/Web marketing materials created for an event will be available as either a link (in the case of a Web page) or download (in the case of print materials).

Contacting us:
The editorial staff of the WestConn Report can be contacted most efficiently via e-mail. Please send to westconn_report@wcsu.edu. You may also send content via inter-campus mail addressed to “WestConn Report / UP&D – Old Main 202”. Please allow sufficient time. Please do not call the office and leave a voice message with your request.

At-A-Glance

Oct5

Deadline. Applications for the Hancock Student Leadership Program. For more information, visit wcsu.edu/hslp.

One Book, One Community film screening/discussion. Featuring “Awakenings.” Student Center Theater, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Oct6

Workshop. “Off-Campus Programs: Scholarships, Internships,” featuring guest speaker Tony Ciarleglio. Tutoring Resource Center, Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 2 p.m. To register, call x79245.

Lecture. "No Room of One's Own: The Law in James Baldwin's Early Writings" by Suffolk University Professor of English and James Baldwin scholar Dr. Quentin Miller. Warner Hall, Room 102, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. Bridgewater State. Westside Athletic Stadium, 4 p.m.

One Book, One Community book discussion. Haas Library, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

Field hockey. WCSU vs. Framingham State. Westside Athletic Stadium, 6 p.m.

Panel discussion. Featuring a panel discussion about the Henry Louis Gates incident. Ives Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m.

   
 
Oct7

Lecture. "The Strategic Choice for Europe: The EU-Russia Power Struggle in the Eastern Neighborhood" by University of Tartu Professor Kristian Nielsen. Student Center Theater, 2 p.m.

Author talk. Featuring Dr. Richard Frank, author of "Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope." Warner Hall, 5 p.m. RSVP required; please call x78556 to register or for more information.

Newman dinner. Newman Center, 5 p.m. Free and open to WCSU students and staff only.

One Book, One Community book discussion. Barnes & Noble, 15 Backus Ave., Danbury, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Oct8

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. Rutgers-Newark. Westside Athletic Stadium, 4 p.m.

Political science lecture. Justin Bernier, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat in the 5th Congressional District, to discuss America's trade deficit. Berkshire Hall, Room 209, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Lincoln Bicentennial event. "Slave No More: The Problem of Emancipation in American Memory" by Yale University Professor of History Dr. David Blight. Student Center Theater, 7 p.m.

See more events

Mark Your Calendars

Oct24

Homecoming Weekend
Football game at noon, Westside campus. For a list of events, go to www.wcsu.edu/homecoming

Oct28

Michael Greenberg, Author of Hurry Down Sunshine
Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Nov4-12

Theatre Arts Department Presents “City of Angels”
Berkshire Theatre. For tickets and more info, call x78732 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets

FYI

IACUC FALL 2009 meeting

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. 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.

WCSU Experts Guide

We are currently updating the WCSU Experts Guide, a resource for media professionals that allows them to take full advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experience here at the university. The guide will be organized so that when an important issue or breaking news story arises, the media can be quickly and easily connected with a WCSU expert on that specific topic of interest.

To be included in the guide, please provide your full name, title, phone number, e-mail address and a description of the areas of expertise about which you are qualified to speak. Please note any projects, publications or any other information that sets your experience apart.

We hope to feature as many WCSU faculty members as possible in this guide. Please contact us at pr@wcsu.edu no later than Monday, Oct. 5.

Thanks in advance for your assistance with this project.

Office of University Relations

General Education Committee meeting

The next meeting of the General Education Committee is on Friday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Haas Library. All agenda items must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 2 to Chuck Rocca, Higgins 102B or at roccac@wcsu.edu.  Electronic submissions are preferred.

CUCAS MEETING

The next meeting of CUCAS (Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards) is Thursday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center. The deadline for submission is noon on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Please submit items (21 copies) for CUCAS consideration to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hall.  
 Please make sure that all submissions are complete, including cover pages and appropriate signatures. Please consult the online faculty handbook for more details on submitting proposals to CUCAS at wcsu.edu/facultystaff/handbook/.

Promotion & Tenure (p & T) Committee Web site

The P & T Committee is happy to announce its Web site, found at wcsu.edu/committees/ptc/.

FOR FULL-TIME AAUP FACULTY — DEADLINE FOR REASSIGNED TIME FOR RESEARCH AWARDS

The deadline for applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards for the 2009-10 academic year is Nov. 6. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for further information. The Research and Development (R&D) Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the provost/vice president for academic affairs. Be sure to use the most current version of the application form found in the on-line version of the Faculty Handbook. Recipients of previous reassigned time awards must submit a final report before applying for additional reassigned time. Please send reports to the R&D Committee c/o Provost Rinker, Academic Affairs.  

Senate meeting

The next meeting of the University Senate will be Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201. The agenda and other documents relating to the Senate meeting are available for you to read or download from the Senate Web site at wcsu.edu/senate.  You are very welcome to attend the meeting and express your views.

Institutional Review Board 2009-10 Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet on Wednesdays in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following days: Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 27, 2010, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal plus 12 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 on the ERes page under “Institutional Review Board.” For questions, please contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.

Deadlines for Faculty Development Funds

Deadlines for applications for the 2009-10 Faculty Development Funds are listed below. The application can be found in the Faculty Handbook on the WCSU Web site under Faculty and Staff, (click on Faculty Handbook, then click on View Table of Forms). Make sure to include a "WCSU Request for Professional Travel Worksheet" with your application. Late applications will not be accepted. Please contact Russell Hirshfield, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, if you have any questions.

  • Dec. 4, 2009 is the deadline for activity from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2010
  • Feb. 5, 2010 is the deadline for activity from March 1 to May 31, 2010
  • April 23, 2010 is the deadline for activity from June 1 to Sept. 30, 2010

faculty recognition ceremony 2009

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee (FDRC) in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony (FRC) will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall.  At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2008 – May 31, 2009 will be recognized. The Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the wcsu.edu Web site. Please note that applications will be accepted only electronically. Where supporting documentation of an activity is requested, it should be submitted as an attachment to the electronically submitted application. This year’s ceremony will include the third annual “WCSU Teaching Excellence Award.” Please see the link to the Provost’s announcement for the criteria and nomination process for this award.  Details concerning the format of the FRC can be found through a link at wcsu.edu as well. This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Oct. 26. Please make every effort to be included in this important event.

–Russell Hirshfield, Chair, Faculty Development and Recognition Committee

Hancock student leadership program applications

The Hancock Student Leadership Program is requesting applications for the 2009-10 cohort. The deadline for online applications is midnight on Oct. 5. The program is designed to foster and acknowledge excellence in student leadership, and it provides students with training, mentoring, networking, a certificate of completion and numerous other benefits. Please encourage student leaders from all across campus to apply for this worthwhile program. For more information please visit wcsu.edu/hslp or contact Walter Bernstein at x78600 or Averell Manes at x78452. 

FALL SEMESTER MASS SCHEDULE

During the fall semester, Mass will be held Sundays at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall and on Monday through Thursday in the Newman Center at noon. Mass will not be held Labor Day or during Thanksgiving recess. For further information, please contact the Newman Center at (203) 744-5846.

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