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ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, illustrator Raymond Verdaguer 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.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the WCSU Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a screening of "10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America: Freedom Summer" at noon in the Student Center Theater. The screening, part of the university's Black History Month Film Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 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.

FILM SCREENING

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, WestConn will host a screening of "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Videographer Bill Wallauer, who shot the 2002 documentary, will answer questions following the screening. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78798.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Feb. 11, U.S. Senate candidate Merrick Alpert will discuss federal climate change legislation from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 of White 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.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, Feb. 11, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Mars and the winter sky from 6:30 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.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, Feb. 11, Bill Wallauer, videographer for the Jane Goodall Institute, will discuss "Up Close and Personal with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, Studying Wildlife Through a Lens" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Offered as part of the continuing "Science at Night" series, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78773.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, the WCSU Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a screening of "Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom" at noon in the Student Center Theater. The screening, part of the university's Black History Month Film Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278.

RAD CLASS

The WestConn Police Department will host a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class for the WCSU community on Friday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. There are 24 seats available so register early.  To register, please contact Officer Maz Ongaro at x79300. This class is for women only and is free of charge.  You must complete both days for certification. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and no jewelry. RAD objective: "To develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Feb. 20, WestConn will host a 5:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Winter Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the moon, the winter sky and Mars, 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.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Feb. 21, the Newman Center will host a Mass at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The worship service will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER BUS TRIP

On Monday, Feb. 22, WestConn's Center for the Study of Culture and Values will host a bus trip to the Onassis Cultural Center in New York for a guided tour of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete. The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. from outside of University Hall and will return at approximately 10 p.m. The trip and tour will be free and open the public; reservations are required and there are a limited number of seats on the bus. It is funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. For more information or to make a reservation, send an e-mail to bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Richard Varner, Aerospace Education Specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will present science and technology training for elementary and middle school teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Varner will demonstrate activities that teachers can bring back to their classrooms to engage students in learning about the Hubble Space Telescope, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its launch. This event will be free and open to elementary and middle school teachers only. CEU credit is available; pre-registration is required to earn CEUs. For more information, call x78486.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, painter Susan Walp 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.

 BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the WCSU Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a screening of “Martin Luther King Jr. — The Man & the Dream" at noon in the Student Center Theater. The screening, part of the university's Black History Month Film Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the WCSU Office of AccessAbility Services will hold a workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to students at 4 p.m. in Room 207 of the Student Center. Information provided will include the differences between accommodations in high school and college; the types of classroom, housing and campus accommodations, services and assistive technology that are available; how to request accommodations and services; and more. The workshop will be free and open to new and prospective students and their families. For more information and to RSVP, call x78225.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Plainville resident Justin Bernier, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat in the 5th Congressional District, will discuss the federal budget deficit from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 of White 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.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, Feb. 25, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of the moon, Mars and the winter sky from 6:30 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.

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CONCERT

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the WCSU International Services Office and the German Studies Center will host German techno-pop band Dyko at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 26, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Jamie Begian; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dave Scott; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Newman Center will host a Mass at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The worship service will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

If you plan to attend an event and would like to request disability accommodations, please contact the organizer as listed in the event listing.

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At-A-Glance

Feb9

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

Feb10

Black history month film. "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America: Freedom Summer." Student Center Theater, noon. Free and open to the public.

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

Film screening. "Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees." Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. Videographer Bill Wallauer, who shot the 2002 documentary, will answer questions following the screening. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78798.

Feb11

Political science lecture. U.S. Senate candidate Merrick Alpert to discuss federal climate change legislation. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (860) 210-2146, ext. 129, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Telescope viewing. Viewing of Mars and the winter sky. Westside Observatory & Planetarium, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call x78671.

Science-at-Night presentation. "Up Close and Personal with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, Studying Wildlife Through a Lens" by videographer Bill Wallauer. Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78773.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, vocalist Shayna Zaid, 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.

 
Feb13

Women’s basketball. WCSU vs. Keene State. Westside Athletic Complex, 1 p.m.

Men’s basketball. WCSU vs. Keene State. Westside Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.

AA meeting. Open discussion. Alumni Hall, 11 p.m. For students and the general public. For more information, call x78899.

Feb14

AA meeting. Open discussion. Alumni Hall, 8 p.m. For students and the general public. For more information, call x78899.

Feb17

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

Black history month film. “Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom." Student Center Theater, noon. Free and open to the public.

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

Feb18

CUCAS meeting. Student Center, Room 202, 9:30 a.m.

Political science lecture. Former Stamford mayor Dan Malloy, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, to discuss Connecticut's economy. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (860) 210-2146, ext. 129, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, the WCSU gospel choir “Reality,” 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

Mar1

Harlem Globetrotters
Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 7 p.m. Tickets are available at x78499 or www.wcsu.edu/tickets

Mar3

“A Flea in Her Ear” Theatre Production Opening Weekend
Berkshire Theatre, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 3; 8 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 4, Friday, Mar. 5; and Saturday, Mar. 6; and 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Mar. 7

Mar19

WestConn Society Luncheon
Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. For more information, call x78298

FYI

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION

From the Office of Dr. Linda Rinker, Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs

MINUTES & BYLAWS

Please submit a copy of department (also library, coaching and counseling staff) minutes and any revision of bylaws to Academic Affairs c/o Michelle Ramey as soon as they become available.

REPORTING OF AAUP FACULTY CONSULTING AND RESEARCH WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ENTITIES

In order to maintain compliance with Public Act 07-166 and CSUS Board of Trustees Resolution (BR#07-55) concerning faculty consulting and research with private and public entities, AAUP faculty must fill out the form located at www.wcsu.edu/academics/research-reporting.asp and forwarded to the Provost/V.P. for Academic Affairs for review.

PROPOSAL REVIEW

This is a reminder that all proposals for external funding (including proposals submitted electronically) that involve a commitment of university resources (personnel, facilities, hardware, etc.) must be reviewed by the appropriate chair, dean, the director of grant programs, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, and the vice president for finance and administration.  Projects involving student affairs must also be reviewed by the vice president for student affairs.  Forms (routing sheets) may be found in the faculty handbook, on ERes, or from the Office of Grant Programs.  A guide to preparing proposals (“Pre-Award Guidelines”) is also available on ERes or you may call (x78944; x78281) or e-mail the grants office to request a copy.

Please note that if an application is submitted without the approval of the appropriate sign-off officers, the university reserves the right to refuse the award. 

FEDERAL GRADING GUIDELINES

1.  Faculty must comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to ensure that information on grades, class standing, or the like, of any student may in no way be shared by the faculty member with any other student. This means that the following practices will NOT be utilized:

a.  Posting course, exams or paper grades even if names are omitted and codes are used.

b.  Giving the paper or test of one student to another for delivery unless there is a signed request to do so.

c.  Putting papers, tests, etc. in a common place for student pickup.

2.  Recent confidentiality laws prohibit anyone from divulging the grade of any student to the student’s parents or any other individuals.

3.  Attendance requirements as related to grades awarded:  Supreme Court rulings indicated that grades may be lowered for nonattendance only when a direct relationship between academic progress and attendance can be demonstrated. The arbitrary lowering of an earned grade for given numbers of class absences did not meet the court’s legal tests.  (2009 Faculty Handbook, p. 111).

NOTE:  WestConn’s Undergraduate Catalog states “Students are required to observe the attendance regulations announced by the instructors for those courses in which they are enrolled.” (page 37 of the 2008-10 Undergraduate Catalog)

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

As you prepare syllabi for the spring term, instructors are reminded that no final examination is to be scheduled during any time period other than the final exam period.  In April 1989, the Senate reaffirmed the following:  “All final exams may be given only during the final examination week.  The reaffirmation intends to include all day and evening, undergraduate and graduate courses.”

SUMMER CURRICULUM-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Your attention is directed to Article 9.6 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides for stipends during the summer for curriculum-related activities.  Individuals should address their requests to the Dean.  Faculty deadline is March 1, 2010.  The dean must submit requests to the provost/vice president by March 5, 2010.  An advisory group of the CUCAS will then review the proposals.

ADVISING & PROGRAM SHEETS

During the summer, undergraduate program sheets were corrected (where necessary).  THESE ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL PROGRAM SHEETS. Only these sheets are to be used when advising newly admitted students. As the catalog is being revised, revisions of the program sheets are appropriate. Such revisions should be routed to the dean; he/she in turn will submit them to Office of Academic Affairs. New program sheets will be prepared and readied for the next fall term.

HUMAN SUBJECTS

Faculty (full- and part-time), staff, and students who are doing research projects that involve human subjects must submit the appropriate forms to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The forms are available online at the IRB Web site. Please be sure to use the current forms. Everyone doing research or supervising research with human subjects is required to complete CITI online training. A copy of your certificate of completion should be sent to the IRB in care of the Office of Grant Programs, Warner Hall, Room 321. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review and training requirements.

VERTEBRATE ANIMALS

Faculty (full- and part-time), staff, and students who are doing projects with vertebrate animals must submit a request for review.  IACUC information and the forms are available on ERes, the library’s electronic reserve system. Click on GRP009 and then to IACUC forms.  At the very bottom of the form it says updated on 8/15/2006.  You may call Martha Palanzo at x78944 or x78281 in the grants office. Everyone doing research or supervising research with vertebrate animals is required to complete CITI online training. Please contact the grants office x78944) for information.  The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review requirement.

CUCAS Meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS (Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards) will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb.10 at noon.
Please submit items (21 copies) for CUCAS consideration to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hall. Please make sure all submissions are complete, including appropriate cover pages and signatures.  A copy of curriculum modification 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.

Purchasing & Accounts Payable Open Training Sessions

To help provide the WCSU Community a better understanding of the purchasing and accounts payable processes, open training sessions have been scheduled to offer overviews processes, the regulations governing these processes, and procedures for users to utilize these functions.  The open training sessions are scheduled as follows:  
Midtown Campus
 
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Warner Hall Lyceum, Room 103
 
Thursday, March 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Warner Hall Lyceum, Room 103
  
Westside Campus
 
Tuesday, March 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Westside Classroom Building, Room  218
 
Please direct any questions to either Mark Case in Administrative Services at x78657 or Sean Loughran in Fiscal Affairs at x79330.  

One-on-one employee retirement sessions

Marilyn Timbers, WestConn’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 Feb. 16, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 27, May 11, 25, 2010. Contact Marilyn Timbers to set an appointment via e-mail (preferred) at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.comor call (860) 580-2126 or (800) 784-6386. Sessions can benefit any employee in the Alternate Retirement Plan (five percent employee and eight percent state), or 403(b), Roth 403(b) or 457 ING Supplemental Retirement Plan.

mileage reimbursement rate

Effective Jan. 29, 2010, the mileage reimbursement rate will change from 55 to 50 cents per mile. Any required corrections to previously submitted paperwork related to travel will be made in the travel office. Please direct any questions regarding this change to Mark Case at x78657 or Kim Spinelli at x78505 in the Administrative Services Office.  

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
Spring 2010 meeting

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

 

 

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