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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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE 

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, illustrator Randall Enos 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.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, WestConn's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host the workshop "Enhancing Student Learning Through Creative Technology: A Musical Approach Across the Curriculum" at 2 p.m. in Room 411 of the Haas Library. The workshop will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78869.

GREEK LIFE PANEL DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Sigma Chi at WCSU will host the panel discussion "Why I Joined Sigma Chi" at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Focusing on the positive aspects of Greek life and personal experiences of alumni and current Sigma Chi members, the event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 240-6671.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATIOn 

On Thursday, Sept. 23, Dr. Leslie Mehrhoff, director of the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England at the University of Connecticut, will discuss "Invasive Plants: Threats to the Biota of Connecticut" 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.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Sept. 23, 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, Arildo de Sousa, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustainthe Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

Irish Festival

The Greater Danbury Irish Festival will be at the Ives Concert Park on Friday, Sept. 24 through SUnday, Sept. 26. The event will feature Irish entertainment, imports, cultural exhibits, food and beverages, and Ceili and Set Dancing. For tickets and additional information, call the Danbury Ancient Order of Hibernians at (203) 748-7844 or visit danburyirishfestival.com.  

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWINg 

On Saturday, Sept. 25, WestConn will host a 7 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of Epsilon Lyrae, the Wild Duck Cluster, Albireo, the moon and Jupiter 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.

SUNDAY MASS 

On Sunday, Sept. 26, 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. 27, U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon will discuss her economic program from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in the Student Center Theater. 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.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP 

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Intricate Grammar" at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

 COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Sept. 30, 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 Sharaya, 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.

CULINARY INSTITUTE BUS TRIP 

On Friday, Oct. 1, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a bus trip for lunch at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Enjoy dinner at the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. The price of $91/person includes dinner, gratuity, a tour of the Culinary Institute and transportation via motor coach. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call x78298.

 

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At-A-Glance

Sept13

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

Sept15

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

General Education Committee meeting. Haas Library, 2nd floor conference room, 1:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Sept16

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. New Paltz. Westside Courts, 4 p.m.

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

Volleyball. WCSU vs. Wentworth Tech. O’Neill Center, 7 p.m.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sept17

Golden Circle luncheon. Warner Hall, noon. Cost: $35 per person. For more information, call x78290.

 

Sept18

Men’s soccer. WCSU vs. ECSU. Westside Athletic Stadium, noon.

Volleyball. WCSU vs. Plymouth State. O’Neill Center, noon.

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. UMass Boston. Westside Courts, 1 p.m.

Volleyball. WCSU vs. St. Joseph. O’Neill Center, 4 p.m.

Planetarium show & telescope viewing. Planetarium show at 7 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Jupiter, Beta Cygni and the Ring Nebula from 8 to 10 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672.

Sept19

Ives Family Fair. Ives Concert Park, 2 p.m. A 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. Alumni Hall, 5 p.m.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct6

Entrepreneurship Day: Luncheon & Lecture
The Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon, honoring Paul Dinto, Westside Campus Center Ballroom, noon. Tickets: $50 per person or $500 per table and reservations are required. For more information, call x78297. The lecture, featuring Barry Moltz at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre, is free and open to the public.

Oct9

Dr. Jane Goodall Lecture
"Gombe and Beyond: The Next 50 Years." O'Neill Center, 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call x78499 or visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

Oct26

One Book One Community Author Talk: Tim O'Brien
Ives Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

FYI

CSUS Board of Trustees Meeting at WCSU

On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at WCSU in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom beginning at 10 a.m.

WCSU CELT Classroom Teaching Technology Grants

This academic year, up to two $2,000 grants may be awarded for initiatives in technology and teaching to full time continuing or tenured faculty. Class Tech grants seek to encourage the development of innovative, creative uses of emerging technologies in the classroom or virtual learning environment. All kinds of technology and approaches are welcome. This program is for innovations using technologies already existing in our system (not to purchase new equipment or programs). Examples of possible technologies are: blogs, text messaging, class file sharing, web publishing, instant messaging, online discussion or group projects, HTTP based lit reviews, visual literacy software, and social networking.
 
Process

1.  Fall Semester:  Faculty members interested in a ClassTech project submit a proposal to the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching .
  
2.  Proposals are reviewed by a committee composed of CELT advisory committee members, who will invite expertise when necessary.  Deadline for proposals is October 15, 2010.
  
3.  A decision regarding proposals will be made by the end of the Fall semester.
  
4.  The proposal is implemented in the classroom in Spring 2011.

Apply

Contact Dan Barrett at x78869 with questions, and go to www.wcsu.edu/celt/grants.asp for the grant application.

CELT New Faculty Mentor Program

CELT is once again sponsoring the New Faculty Mentor Program in which we match new faculty with existing faculty who serve as mentors. Over the years many of you have been mentors and some of you have had one. This program does not substitute for the training and ongoing information provided by departments; it matches up new faculty with someone who has been here for a while and knows the ropes who is not in the same department. The Mentor Program helps create a sense of connection across disciplines which is more social than academic. However, there are times when a new faculty member may want to ask an academic or procedural question of someone outside their department. There are no specific tasks required – it's up to you and the new faculty member to decide. If you would consider being a mentor, please contact Dan Barrett at x78869.

Hancock Student Leadership Program

The Hancock Student Leadership Program is requesting applications for the 2010-11 cohort. The deadline for on-line applications is midnight on Oct. 4. 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 students leaders from all across campus to apply for this worthwhile program. For more information please visit wcsu.edu/hslp or contact Walter Bernstein, x78600 or Averell Manes, x78452.

General Education Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the General Education Committee will be held on Wednesday Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Haas Library, 2nd floor conference room. All agenda items must be submitted by Friday Sept. 10 to Chuck Rocca, in Higgins 102B or at roccac@wcsu.edu. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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. 21, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, and Dec. 28.

Faculty Recognition Ceremony

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 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 Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the wcsu.edu website. Please note that applications will be accepted only electronically. This year’s ceremony will include the fourth annual “WCSU Teaching Excellence Award.”  Please see the link to the Provost’s announcement for the criteria and nomination process for this award under the Faculty Recognition Ceremony button on wcsu.edu.
This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only.

The deadline for submissions is
9 a.m. on Oct. 20. Please make every effort to be included in this important event.

For AAUP faculty

Information sessions specifically for DEC members have been scheduled.
Both sessions are scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Midtown: Wednesday, Sept. 22, Haas Library, Room 508
 
Westside: Thursday, Sept. 23, Campus Center, Room 212/214

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 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 at staging.www.wcsu.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

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 e-mailed to you. Please contact The Office of Academic Affairs at x78275 if you 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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