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WELCOME WEEK 

WestConn will host "Welcome Week" for new and returning students from Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 5, at various locations on the Midtown campus. Part of the university's Orientation Program, "Welcome Week" provides incoming students and their families with a set of shared experiences, setting the tone for student academic success and personal growth while facilitating the transition to university life. For more information, call x79700.

NEWMAN CLUB WELCOME DINNER

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Newman Center will host a free welcome dinner at 6 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.

Coffeehouse

On Thursday, Sept. 2, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, acoustic guitarist Tyler Cohen, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Sept. 5, 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.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the WCSU Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The meeting is open to graduates of the university only. For more information, call x78298.

DANCE TEAM AUDITIONS

The WCSU Dance team will hold a workshop and auditions. The workshop will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom on Tuesday, Sept. 7, and the auditions will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bill Williams Gymnasium in Berkshire Hall on Sunday, Sept. 12. In order to audition, dancers must be WestConn students and attend both the workshop and the auditions. For more information, visit wcsudanceteam.com or send an e-mail to wcsudanceteam@gmail.com.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Thursday, Sept. 9, painter Ying Li 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.

Coffeehouse

On Thursday, Sept. 9, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, singer/songwriter Natalie Gelman, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 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.

FINE ARTS AND FAMILY SERIES: THE MANHATTAN STRING QUARTET

On Sunday, Sept. 12, the Manhattan String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. at the Ives Concert Park. Tickets will be $20 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Family Four-Packs are available for $40. For tickets, visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

NEWMAN CLUB DINNER

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, 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.

Coffeehouse

On Thursday, Sept. 16, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, the WCSU Jazz Quartet, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

GOLDEN CIRCLE LUNCHEON

On Friday, Sept. 17, the annual Golden Circle Luncheon to honor WestConn alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago will be at noon in Warner Hall. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call the Alumni Office at x78290.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Sept. 18, WestConn will host a 7 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Jupiter, Beta Cygni and the Ring Nebula from 8 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 or visit wcsu.edu/starwatch.

IVES FAMILY FAIR 

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the Ives Authority, under the auspices of the City of Danbury and in partnership with WestConn, will host "The Ives Family Fair," a daylong family event at Ives Concert Park. Gates will open at 2 p.m. This free, multicultural celebration of the arts salutes the diversity and rich history of the Greater Danbury area. Festivities will feature local performers and children's entertainment. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Sept. 19, 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Monday, Sept. 20, State Sen. Sam Caligiuri will discuss his economic program from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 214 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one of several scheduled during the semester for the American Government 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.

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. 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

Sept1

Newman Club Welcome dinner. Newman Center, 6 p.m. Free and open to WCSU students and staff only.

Sept2

Coffeehouse. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, acoustic guitarist Tyler Cohen, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.

Sept4

Men’s Soccer. WCSU vs. MA College of Liberal Arts. Westside Athletic Stadium, noon.

Sept5

Field hockey. WCSU vs. Wheelock. Westside Athletic Stadium, noon.

Sunday Mass. Alumni Hall, 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept7

Alumni Association annual meeting. Alumni Hall, 6 p.m. Open to graduates of the university only. For more information, call x78298.

Dance team auditions workshop. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. In order to audition, dancers must be WestConn students and attend both the workshop and the auditions. For more information, visit wcsudanceteam.com.

 

Sept9

Art slide lecture. Featuring painter Ying Li. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Women’s Soccer. WCSU vs. WPI. Westside Athletic Stadium, 6 p.m.

Coffeehouse. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, singer/songwriter Natalie Gelman, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept23

Science-at-Night Presentation
"Invasive Plants: Threats to the Biota of Connecticut" by Dr. Leslie Mehrhoff, director of the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England at the University of Connecticut. Science Buidling, Room 125, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sept24-26

Greater Danbury Irish Festival
Ives Concert Park. For tickets and additional information, visit www.danburyirishfestival.com/.

Oct5

Panel Discussion: "Coming Home"
Featuring Veterans from various wars. Alumni Hall, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

FYI

ING Financial Adviser on campus

WestConn’s ING Financial Adviser, Marilyn Timbers, will be on campus this fall to conduct employee retirement counseling sessions or to discuss your retirement portfolio. These individual sessions are by appointment only. Please contact her 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: Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, and Dec. 28.

Senate Meeting

The first University Senate meeting for the 2010-11 school year will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201. Please send all agenda items to D.L. Stephenson no later than Wednesday, Sept. 8.

IRB Meeting Schedule and Important Changes

Starting immediately, the WCSU IRB is moving to an electronic submission system. Please send completed proposals (see guidelines) as an attachment to IRB@wcsu.edu. HUM-1 forms with signatures may also be emailed as pdf files to the same address. Alternatively, hard copies of completed HUM-1 forms may be delivered to Martha Palanzo in the Office of Grant Programs, Warner Hall 321. Note that there is a new HUM-1 form that must be used. Please check the IRB website at wcsu.edu/irb/.

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011 Meetings

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 15; Oct. 20; Nov. 17; Dec. 15; Feb. 16, 2011; March 16; April 20; and May 18. IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Karen Daley, at x78563.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 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, Sept. 30. 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.  For questions, please contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061.

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, DR. LINDA RINKER

 Sabbatical leave

Faculty members who wish to apply for sabbatical leave for 2011-12 shall submit seven (7) copies of all application materials to the Academic Leave Committee, c/o Mike Palica, assistant to the director of fiscal affairs, UH 222, no later than Sept. 28, by 4:30 p.m. Please contact Mike Palica at x78892 if you have any questions.  Also, no later than Sept. 28, submit one copy of the application to the appropriate departmental leave committee and one copy to the appropriate dean, director, or supervisor. Details of the application procedures are found in the Faculty Handbook staging.westconn.edu/facultystaff/handbook-edit/pages/aca-le-fac.asp.

Sabbatic leaves 2010-11
Fall 2010:  Dr. Brian Clements, Dr. Neil Dworkin, Dr. Samuel Lightwood, Dr. Barry Mittag, Dr. Shane Murphy, Dr. William Petkanas

Spring 2011:  Dr. Daniel Barrett, Mr. Robert Eisenson, Dr. Dan Goble, Dr. Todor Ivanov, Dr. Samuel Lightwood, Dr. Lydia Novozhilova, Dr. Darla Shaw

Promotion & Tenure
I am pleased to announce the following faculty members have been granted promotion and/or tenure.  They are:

  • Tenure awarded effective Spring 2010:  Marjorie Portnow
  • Tenure effective Fall 2010:  Daniel Barrett, Donald Gagnon, Thomas Lonergan, Thomas Monks, Joan Palladino, Theodora Pinou, Joshua Rosenthal
  • Promotion to Associate Professor effective AY 2010-11: Galina Bakhtiarova
  • Promotion to Professor effective AY 2010-11:  Patrice Boily, Kevin Gutzman, Russell Hirshfield, Yan Mei-Ratliff
  • Promotion to Librarian effective AY 2010-11:  Russell Gladstone
  • Promotion to Trainer III effective AY 2010-11:  Peter Algarin

Faculty Recognition Ceremony
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. 2, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall.  At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010 will be recognized. The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Oct. 20.  This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only.  Please make every effort to be included in this important event.  Further information will be forthcoming.
–Russell Hirshfield, Chair, Faculty Development and Recognition Committee

Calendars
The 2010-11 Academic Calendar is available online at wcsu.edu/newsevents/currentacadcal.asp.

The Faculty Handbook for 2010-11 is now online.  A PDF version will be available soon.

The 2010-11 Academic Planning Calendar is online at wcsu.edu/newsevents/acad.asp

Rosters
The DEC rosters will be mailed to all chairpersons and spokespersons separately.

Please note the Faculty Roster and Committee Roster will be emailed to you.  Please contact The Office of Academic Affairs at x78275 if you are not online and wish to receive a hard copy.

Jewish High Holy Days 2010
Faculty and administrators are reminded that no tests, quizzes or the like, or major meetings or events, are usually scheduled during the observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. This year Rosh Hashanah is celebrated Sept. 8-10. Yom Kippur is observed Sept. 17-18. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Office of Grant Programs
The Office of Grant Programs (Academic Affairs) promotes extramural funding of research and scholarly activity, curriculum development, and university initiatives.  The grants office is a resource for faculty and staff, providing information on all aspects of external funding, including identification of funding sources, notification of upcoming grant/fellowship deadlines, assistance with proposal preparation and submission, liaison with funding agencies, workshops and individual consultations, and post-award assistance. For more information, please contact Patricia C. Zibluk, J.D., interim director of grant programs, at x26801 or ziblukp1@southernct.edu.

Grant/fellowship-related information may be found by searching Pro-Quest. Please use the following instructions: SCSU website, research, SPAR, Funding Opportunity, and then register from WCSU. Please enter key words for the information you are requesting.

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