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european union panel discussion

On Monday, Nov. 16, a panel discussion on “The European Union: What is it For?”  will be held in Warner Hall, Room 102, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Panelists will include Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems Dr. Emilio Collar, Professor of Economics Dr. Oluwole Owoye, Assistant Professor of Geography Dr. Alex Standish and Adjunct Instructor Dr. Kristian Nielsen. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Damla Isik will moderate. This International Education Week discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, illustrator James Gurney will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall on the WestConn Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. 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.

international fellowships DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, a panel discussion about "International Fellowships in Your Future" will be at 11 a.m. in Room 304 of Old Main. Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore and Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk will lead a discussion that will include Stephen Price, a 2009 graduate who received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in France, and current Fulbright applicants Kevin Gaughan, Ashley Hyde, Robert Milburn and Adrienne Ostrove. This International Education Week discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Professional Networking and Writing Abstracts for Professional Conferences" at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

FACULTY EXHIBITION

Works by faculty in WestConn's art department will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Dec. 10, in The Higgins Gallery in Higgins Hall. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78410.

INFORMATION TABLE

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, information about WestConn's Roots & Shoots organization and the Save the World Forests initiative will be available from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. at a table in the Lobby of the Student Center. This International Education Week event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

ISEP DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, International Student Exchange Program Coordinator Dr. Rob Whittemore will discuss WestConn's ISEP program at 4 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. This International Education Week discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Berrien Moore III, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner, will discuss "Climate Change: A Crucial Environmental Issue Facing Modern Society" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Moore is a leader in the field of climate change, shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has authored more than 150 papers on the carbon cycle, as well as numerous policy documents about the global environment. Offered as part of the continuing "Science at Night" series, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78552.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT LECTURE

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the division of Justice and Law Administration and the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty will present "Seventeen Years to Freedom" at 7 p.m. in Room 127 of the Westside Campus Center. Juan Roberto Melendez-Colon, who spent 17 years on Florida's death row for a crime he did not commit, will discuss his ordeal, his exoneration and his release. Melendez-Colon was the 99th death row prisoner in the country to be exonerated and released between 1973 and 2002. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78514.

SYMPHONIC BAND AND WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 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.

PEACE CORPS DISCUSSION

On Thursday, Nov. 19, Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will discuss "Peace Corps: The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love" at 1 p.m. in Room 202A of the Student Center. Joining Whittemore will be Cassie Rowe, a 2010 Peace Corps applicant. This International Education Week discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP DISCUSSION

On Thursday, Nov. 19, a panel discussion about "Global Citizenship: Multi-Lingual Lives, Multinational Careers" will be at 4 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. Panelists will include Maite Dickinson of Dickinson Partners LLC, Karen Menendez of Global Performance Solutions at Cartus Corp., Thomas Dzimian of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York City and Roberto Vale of Client Services at Cartus Corp. International Services Coordinator Missy Gluckmann and Director of German Studies Dr. Renate Ludanyi will moderate. This International Education Week discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the WCSU Orchestra 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.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "CITY OF ANGELS"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present "City of Angels" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20; and Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets will be $18 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and children on Nov.20; and $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children on Nov. 21. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at (203) 837-8732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

OPEN HOUSE

On Friday, Nov. 20, the WCSU International Center will hold an Open House from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 109 of the Higgins Annex. This International Education Week event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

WEBINAR

On Friday, Nov. 20, a Webinar about "Boren Scholarships" will be at 2 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall. This International Education Week event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 21, WestConn will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Autumn and Early Winter Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and the autumn sky, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

CHOIR CONCERT

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the WCSU Concert Choir and the WCSU Chamber Singers 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.

HEALTH FAIR AND STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

On Monday, Nov. 30, the Health Promotion and Exercise Science Club and the Institute of Holistic Health Studies will hold the "2nd Annual Good Grief Stress Relief Health Fair" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Warner Hall. The fair will feature demonstrations and workshops. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78594.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, painter Bill Sullivan 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.

INTERNSHIP FAIR

On Thursday, Dec. 3, 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. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78612.

MASTER CLASS

On Friday, Dec. 4, guitarist and composer John Scofield will work with WestConn student combos in a Master Class setting from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall. Guests who purchase a ticket to the Jazz Combos concert scheduled at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, are invited to observe the master class. For more information, call x78350. To purchase a ticket, visit wcsu.edu/tickets or call x78499.

JAZZ LECTURE

On Friday, Dec. 4, guitarist and composer John Scofield will discuss his career as an internationally acclaimed jazz musician at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall. Guests who purchase a ticket to the Jazz Combos concert scheduled at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, are invited to attend the lecture. For more information, call x78350. To purchase a ticket, visit wcsu.edu/tickets or call x78499.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Friday, Dec. 4, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform with a guest artist at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Dec. 5, WestConn will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Winter Skies," followed by telescope viewing of Uranus, the winter sky and the Pleiades star cluster, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Monday, Dec. 7, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

FACULTY RECOGNITION CEREMONY

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, WestConn will host a Faculty Recognition Ceremony that will include the presentation of the third Teaching Excellence Award at a reception at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. The ceremony will be free and open to WestConn faculty and staff only. To learn more about the ceremony, visit www.wcsu.edu/facultystaff/recognition
/recognition-announcement.asp

GRANT SEMINAR – ADVANCE YOUR RESEARCH AGENDA

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Grants Office will host a seminar entitled “Writing, Assembling and Reviewing Your CSU Research Grant” in Warner Hall, Room 315, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Bring your lunch! Beverages and dessert will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Martha Palanzo at x78944.

PLAYFEST OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS

The WestConn theatre arts department will present "Playfest of 10-Minute Plays" directed by students at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10, and at 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Admission will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, Dec. 10, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Uranus, the Pleiades star cluster, the Orion nebula and the winter sky from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

OPERA PRODUCTION - "AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS"

The WCSU Opera will perform the annual holiday classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Tickets will be $10 for adults, and $5 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 wcsu.edu/tickets.

 

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At-A-Glance

Nov16

European Union panel discussion. “The European Union: What is it For?”  Warner Hall, Room 102, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Nov17

Art slide lecture. Featuring illustrator James Gurney. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

International Fellowships discussion. "International Fellowships in Your Future." Old Main, Room 304, 11 a.m. For more information, call x73270.

Faculty exhibition. Featuring works by faculty in WestConn's art department. Higgins Gallery, noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Dec. 10. There will be a reception at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Free and open to the public.

Workshop. “Professional Networking & Writing Abstracts for Professional Conferences.” Tutoring Resource Center, Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 2 p.m. To register, call x79245. Free and open to the public.

 
 
Nov18

IRB meeting. Student Center, Room 228, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Information table. Featuring information about about WestConn's Roots & Shoots organization and the Save the World Forests initiative. Student Center Lobby, 2:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Senate meeting. Student Center, Room 201, 3:30 p.m.

ISEP discussion. Warner Hall, Room 102, 4 p.m.

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

Science-at-Night presentation. "Climate Change: A Crucial Environmental Issue Facing Modern Society" by Berrien Moore III, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Capital punishment lecture. "Seventeen Years to Freedom," featuring Juan Roberto Melendez-Colon, who spent 17 years on Florida's death row for a crime he did not commit. Westside Campus Center, Roomm 127, 7 p.m.

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec1

Family Holiday Musical
Berkshire Theatre, 2 p.m. General admission tickets will be
$10 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call
(203) 778-3344.

Dec9-11

WCSU Holiday Jazz concert
Ives Concert Hall, 3 p.m. Featuring traditional big band jazz standards and holiday classics such as "Sleigh Bells" and "Walking in a Winter Wonderland." Free and open to the public.

Dec11-12

Planetarium Show & Telescope Viewing
Westside Observatory and Planetarium, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

FYI   

Commuter Student
E-Newsletter

The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce a new e-publication, a monthly Commuter Student E-Newsletter, created to communicate university-wide information to all commuter students. Our goal is to better connect students with staff, programs and campus resources. We welcome contributing articles from faculty and staff. Please e-mail them to Daryle Dennis.  

One Book, One Community

Our 2009 One Book, One Community read was incredibly successful. Over 1,700 copies of Hurry Down Sunshine were distributed on campus and many faculty incorporated the book into their classes and encouraged students to take advantage of the many programs. In addition, many community individuals were actively engaged in multiple OBOC events. Now it’s time to select our 2010 read and the One Book, One Community committee is eager to hear your recommendations.  The book selected for the 2010 One Book common read shall be: fiction; rich in content and themes that will fuel lively discussions and the exploration of values and issues; of wide appeal to WCSU students; and written by someone who is willing to speak on campus and in the community. Please submit your recommendations to our online form at http://onebookdanbury.org/suggestions.html A book will be selected sometime in December 2009.  Thank you for your support and participation in the One Book, One Community initiative.  

— Dr. Linda Rinker  

UPBC MEETING

The next meeting of the University Planning and Budget Committee will be held on Monday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Student Center, Room 226. Please send all agenda items, in electronic (PDF preferred) format, no later than Tuesday, Nov. 24, by 5 p.m. to Dan Goble. It is highly recommended that any budgetary figures related to Phase I Planning proposals be reconciled by Sean Loughran in Fiscal Affairs prior to submission.

One-on-one employee retirement sessions

Marilyn Timbers, Western’s ING representative, will be on campus to conduct one-on-one employee retirement sessions. Sessions will be held in the Student Center, Room 228, on the following days: Nov. 24, Dec. 8, and Dec. 22. Contact Marilyn Timbers to set an appointment via e-mail (preferred) at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.com at call (860) 580-2126 or (800) 784-6386. Sessions can benefit any employee in the Alternate Retirement Plan (5 percent employee and 8 percent state), or 403(b), Roth 403(b) or 457 ING Supplemental Retirement Plan. 

Employee Supplemental Benefits Fair

On Tuesday, Nov.17, there will be an Employee Supplemental Benefits Fair in the Student Center, Room 202A, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Attending vendors include:  AFLAC – Cancer Insurance; Colonial Life – Short term disability insurance; Liberty Mutual – Auto & Homeowners Insurance; MetLife – Long Term Care Insurance; ING Benefits/ReliaStar Life Insurance Company – Universal Life Insurance. If you are interested in learning more about the products offered, or would like to review an existing policy please stop by. Premiums can be paid through payroll deduction. For more information, contact Lisa Lengel at x78666.

CUCAS MEETING

The next meeting of CUCAS will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 11 at noon. Please submit items (21 copies) for CUCAS consideration to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hall. Please make sure submissions are complete, and include cover pages and appropriate signatures. A copy of curriculum procedure is available at wcsu.edu/facultystaff/handbook/pages/sum-curr.asp. Please consult the faculty handbook for more details on submitting proposals to CUCAS (wcsu.edu/facultystaff/handbook/).

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 nine copies, at least two 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.

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: 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

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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