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CAREER WORKSHOP

On Monday, Nov. 2, the WCSU Career Development Center will offer a Career Decision-Making Seminar at noon in Room 226 of the Student Center. Information about career choices and how majors fit with career options will be available for WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78263.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Monday, Nov. 2, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova and students involved in WestConn's study abroad program will discuss their experiences and upcoming study abroad opportunities at 4 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78734.

SPEED NETWORKING PROGRAM

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the WCSU Career Development Center will hold a "Speed Networking Program" at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The workshop will help students develop networking skills with alumni and professionals in a fast-paced environment. The event is open to WestConn students only and preregistration is required. For more information, call x78263.

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 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4; and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Nov. 6; and Saturday, Nov. 7. Tickets will be $10 on Nov. 4 and 5; $18 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and children on Nov.6; and $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children on Nov. 7. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

NEWMAN DINNERS

On Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The events will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

GUY FAWKES DAY

On Thursday, Nov. 5, Advocacy for Progressive Thinking, a WCSU student organization, will host "Guy Fawkes Day" from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. WestConn students will be joined by students from Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University to discuss government power, civil liberties and the U.S. Constitution. Associate Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Kevin Gutzman will be among the day's featured speakers. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 546-0746. 

LECTURE

On Thursday, Nov. 5, Jason Dunion, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, will discuss "Saharan Dust Storms and Atlantic Hurricanes" at 3:30 p.m. in Room 263 of the Science Building. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78552.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Nov. 5, Dan Connors of Solomon Technologies in Danbury, will discuss electric cars and solar technology 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 e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

DINNER-THEATRE EVENT

On Friday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a dinner-theatre event at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The $45 cost will include dinner and a ticket to the theatre arts department production of "City of Angels." For more information or to make a reservation, call x78290.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Friday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured performers will be the Scott I Combo, the Siegel Combo and the Ruffels Combo performing a variety of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards such as "Just Friends," "If I Were A Bell" and "Body and Soul." 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, Nov. 7, WestConn will host a 5:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Autumn and Early Winter Skies," followed by telescope viewing of Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, the autumn sky and the Pleiades star cluster, from 6:30 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.

HOLIDAY WINE TASTING

On Sunday, Nov. 8, WestConn will host its 11th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting to benefit student scholarships from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The cost is $50 per person and there will be a silent auction. Proceeds will support the Caraluzzi Scholarship Endowment. Reservations are limited. For more information or tickets, call x78832.

LECTURE (Lincoln Bicentennial event)

On Monday, Nov. 9, Associate Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Marcy May and Assistant Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Leslie Lindenauer will present "Today's Lincoln: The 16th President in Popular Culture" at 2:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78309.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, painter Susanna Coffey 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.

PIANO RECITAL

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, students in WestConn's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, WestConn will host a Veterans Day Observance at noon in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. A ribbon cutting for the new Veterans Room in the Midtown campus Student Center will follow in Room 208 of the Student Center. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78606.

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:

• 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

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova and students involved in WestConn's study abroad program will discuss their experiences and upcoming study abroad opportunities at noon in Room 102 of Warner Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78734.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, Nov. 12, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, the autumn sky and the Pleiades star cluster 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.

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. 13; and Saturday, Nov. 14. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Tickets will be $18 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and children on Nov.13; $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and children on Nov. 14; and $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children on Nov. 15.  Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP

On Saturday, Nov. 14, WestConn will offer a two-part Young Writers Workshop on "Memoir Writing" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 112 of White Hall. The workshops are open to students in grades 9 - 12 and cost $150 for the two sessions on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 21. To register or for more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/youngwriters/.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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 acepted. For more information, call x78350.  

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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Deadlines:
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At-A-Glance

Nov2

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

Study Abroad info session. Warner Hall, Room 102, 4 p.m.

Nov4

Speed Networking Program. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 7 p.m. Open to WestConn students only and preregistration is required. For more information, call x78263.

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

Theatre production. Featuring “City of Angels.” Performances: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4; and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday, Nov. 6; and Saturday, Nov. 7. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

 

 

 

 
Nov5

Guy Fawkes Day. Students to discuss government power, civil liberties and the U.S. Constitution. Student Center Theater, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 546-0746. 

Lecture. "Saharan Dust Storms and Atlantic Hurricanes" by Jason Dunion, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Science Building, Room 263, 3:30 p.m.

Political science lecture. Dan Connors, of Solomon Technologies in Danbury, to discuss electric cars and solar technology. 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.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, a WCSU faculty/staff talent showcase, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec1

Art Slide Lecture
Featuring Painter Bill Sullivan. White Hall Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m.

Dec9-11

Playfest of 10-Minute Plays
Directed by students. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 8 p.m., and at 6 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, Reimold Theatre, Berkshire Hall.

Dec11-12

Opera Production - "Amahl & The Night Visitors"
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

FYI   

Faculty Recognition Ceremony

The Faculty Recognition Ceremony will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 in Warner Hall. The formal part of the ceremony will begin at 4:15 p.m. when the third WCSU Teaching Excellence Award will be presented. This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. To learn more about the ceremony, visit www.wcsu.edu/facultystaff/recognition
/recognition-announcement.asp

UPBC Meeting

The next meeting of the UPBC will be held on Monday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 226. Submissions are due (electronically) by Friday, Oct. 23. Please send all submissions to gobled@wcsu.edu. Note: All budgetary items must first be reviewed by Sean Loughran prior to submission.

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 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, Nov. 9. Thanks in advance for your assistance with this project

Office of University Relations

CSUS Board of Trustees Meeting at WestConn

On Friday, Nov. 13, the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at WestConn in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with the open forums following at 11 a.m.

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. 3, Nov. 10, 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.

Yankee Gas burn-off

On Nov. 2, Yankee Gas will burn off small amounts of propane at the facility on Pahquioque Avenue in Danbury. The flames might be visible from WestConn’s Midtown campus.The work will be done under the supervision of the local fire department and the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control. In case of inclement weather, the burn-off will be postponed.

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 that all submissions are complete, including cover pages and appropriate signatures. A copy of curriculum procedure is available at www.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 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.

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.  

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

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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