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BREAKFAST

On Monday, Nov. 8, the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners, will host Breakfast-on-the-Go from 8 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Student Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

KRISTALLNACHT

On Monday, Nov. 8, Lore Wallburg-McCarthy, author of "In Search of New Horizons: A Young Girl's Journey from Nazi Germany to America," will speak at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Wallburg-McCarthy is the daughter of famed German-Jewish actor and comedian Otto Wallburg, who was prevented from appearing in German films after the Nazi's rose to power in Germany. He died in Auschwitz in 1944. Her talk will include a screening of part of her father's 1931 film, "The Congress Dances." This event commemorates the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," in November 1938. It will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78483.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the WCSU Women's Basketball Tip-Off Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The public is invited. There will be no admission charge, but participants will be encouraged to make "tip" donations. This is the annual fund-raiser for the women's basketball team. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

JFK DISPLAY

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., the 50th anniversary of the election and inauguration of President John F. Kennedy will be celebrated with the observation of JFK50 in the Ruth Haas Library. Former Danbury Mayor James E. Dyer, a collector of Kennedy memorabilia since the age of 10, will show authentic campaign and inauguration artifacts, Kennedy election flyers, JFK autographs and other items. The display will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

LUNCH

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners, will host Lunch-on-the-Go from noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

PIANO RECITAL

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 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.

FILM SCREENING

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, there will be a screening of the communication/ media arts film, "Acceptance," at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. This original, 60-minute film created by Western faculty and students for Pearson Education, explores college life, relationships and interpersonal communication. The screening will be free and the public is invited. For more information, e-mail baronej@wcsu.edu.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m., in Room 017 o Higgins Annex, the WCSU Office of AccessAbility Services will hold a workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to student. 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, Nov. 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.

DINNER-on-the-go

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners, will host Dinner-on-the-Go from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Daily Grind in the Westside Campus Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION PROGRAM

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, WestConn will host a Student Scholarship Recognition Reception at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall and a ceremony at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The event will be free and open to WestConn alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents only. For more information, call x78800.

ANTI-WAR DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, Justin Raimondo, editor and co-founder of Antiwar.com, will discuss "The Future of the American Antiwar Movement and Why We Should Care" at 6:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Classroom Building. The discussion will be free and the public is invited. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call x78452.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

On Thursday, Nov. 11, WestConn will host a Veterans Day Observance at noon in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Patriotic music performed by WCSU students and remarks commemorating Veteran's Day will be followed by the laying of a wreath of remembrance. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78606.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 11, 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, indie artist Shwa Losben, 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.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

PIANO RECITAL

On Friday, Nov. 12, guest artist Fred Hersch will perform a piano recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The public is invited. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. They are available at wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling x7TIXX. For more information, call x78350.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 13, WestConn will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Jupiter, M31, Double Cluster, Gamma Andromedae and Pleiades 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 or visit wcsu.edu/starwatch.

WORLD MUSIC CONCERT

On Saturday, Nov. 13, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots organization and Bridges of Peace and Hope will present "Joining Hands Around the World," an evening of world music, dance and stories, at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The event will feature Thula Sizwe, a 10-man Zulu song and dance group from South Africa; Ghanaian drummer Kofi Donkor; international drum and dance ensemble Sankofa; and singer-songwriter and peace educator John Farrell. Local elementary school students also will perform. The event will include presentation of the 2010 Bridges of Peace and Hope Heroes Award to Pamela Rogalin, a teacher at Whisconier Middle School in Brookfield. The public is invited; a suggested donation of $10-$15 per person or $35 per family will be accepted. For more information, contact John Farrell at hoperivermusic@yahoo.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

The WCSU Photography Club, FOCUS, will display images taken by members from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday, Nov. 14, through Tuesday, Nov. 23, in Warner Hall. The exhibit will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73919.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 3 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be the Begian Combo, The Scott I Combo, the Siegel Combo and the Tomlinson II Combo. The program will include standards such as "Just Friends," "I'll Remember April," "Bye Bye Blackbird" and vocal jazz classics such as "All The Things You Are" and "It Could Happen to You." 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, Nov. 14, 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.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Monday, Nov. 15, an expert on zebra mussels will speak 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, illustrator Jerry Pinkney 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.

NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, WestConn's Nontraditional Student Organization, Older, Wiser Learners, will host a Counseling Center Resource Workshop from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 228 of the Student Center. The workshop will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78415.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, Nov. 18, Dru Bacon, a solar energy specialist, will discuss "Viability of Alternative Energy" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Bacon's talk will compare costs and environmental impacts of solar and wind energy to coal, oil and natural gas. 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, Nov. 18, 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 Brianne Chasanoff, 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.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, Nov. 18, the WCSU Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The program will feature Suite No. 1 from "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, "Ma Mere L'Oye" (Five Pieces for Children) by Maurice Ravel, "Hymn for Strings" by Charles Ives and Symphony No. 102 in B flat Major by Franz Joseph Haydn. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

SELF-DEFENSE COURSE

The WCSU Police Department will offer a Rape-Aggression-Defense course for two consecutive days from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Room 201 of the Student Center. The class will teach attendees about date and acquaintance rape, provide useful information about alcohol and other drugs as they pertain to rape, and offer strategies and simulations to avoid assault. The free course is open to female WestConn students, faculty and staff only. Pre-registration is required. You must complete both days for certification. For more information, call x79300.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in the Berkshire Theatre. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19 and 20. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 20, WestConn will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of Jupiter, the moon, M31, Double Cluster, Gamma Andromedae, Pleiades and Mira 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 or visit wcsu.edu/starwatch.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Nov. 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.

CHOIR CONCERT

On Monday, Nov. 22, the WCSU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will present a concert at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The Chamber Singers will perform compositions from the Austro-German Romantic Era, including works by Bruckner, Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms. Professor of Music Dr. Kevin Jay Isaacs will conduct with Adjunct Professor Patricia Lutnes at the piano. The Concert Choir, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Kathleen Theisen, will perform familiar folk songs, spirituals, humorous songs, madrigals and great choruses from opera and oratorio, including works by Billy Joel, Harry Burleigh, and Giuseppe Verdi. Amaryllis Iglesias Glass, Dr. Russell Hirshfield and members of the WCSU percussion studio will provide the instrumental accompaniment. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

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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:
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At-A-Glance

Nov8

Breakfast-on-the-Go. Hosted by the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners. Student Center lobby, 8 to 9 a.m. Free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

Kristallnacht. "In Search of New Horizons: A Young Girl's Journey from Nazi Germany to America," by author Lore Wallburg-McCarthy. Student Center Theater, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Nov9

Annual Women's Basketball Tip-Off Breakfast. Westside Campus Center ballroom, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The public is invited. There will be no admission charge, but participants will be encouraged to make "tip" donations. Reservations are required; to make reservations or for more information, call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

JFK display. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the election and inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Ruth Haas Library, 10 a.m.

Lunch-on-the-Go. Hosted by the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners. Student Center lobby, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov9

Murder Mystery. Sponsored by PAC and the Newman Club. Warner Hall, 8 p.m. Appetizers will be served. Cost: $5; call the Box Office at x7TIXX.

Film screening. “Acceptance,” a 60-minute film created by Western faculty and students for Pearson Education that explores college life, relationships and interpersonal communication. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail baronej@wcsu.edu.

Nov10

Accessibility workshop. Explaining the types of accommodations and services available to students. Higgins Annex, Room 017, 4:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, call x78225.

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

Dinner-on-the-Go. Hosted by the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners. Westside Campus Center’s Daily Grind, 5 to 6 p.m. Free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

Student Scholarship Recognition Program. A reception at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall and a ceremony at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Free and open to WestConn alumni, faculty, staff, students and parents only. For more information, call x78800.

Anti-War discussion. "The Future of the American Antiwar Movement and Why We Should Care" by Justin Raimondo, editor and co-founder of Antiwar.com. Westside Classroom Building, Room 218, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec2

Faculty Recognition Ceremony
Warner Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to WestConn faculty and staff only

Dec5

Annual Holiday Wine Tasting
Westside Campus Center Grand Ballroom, 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Proceeds will support the Caraluzzi Scholarship Endowment. Reservations are limited. For more information or tickets, call x78279.

Dec10-11

WCSU Opera: "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. For tickets and information, call x78499 or go
to wcsu.edu/tickets.

FYI

CUCAS meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS (Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards) is Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. Please submit items (21 copies) for CUCAS consideration to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hal by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10. No incomplete proposals will be placed on the agenda.

Hancock Student Leadership Program

The Hancock Student Leadership Program seeks highly motivated and dedicated students who want to learn more about leadership, and who are willing to meet the program’s rigorous expectations, including the challenge to develop a full year leadership project.  This year, to achieve this  goal, the program admitted fewer students with the hope of providing greater focus and enhanced interaction with mentors.  The program accepts only those Hancock  Student Leaders who want to challenge themselves and are  driven to become better leaders and better human beings
 
The Steering Committee of the Hancock Student Leadership Program is pleased to announce the names of the 2010-11 cohort of Hancock Student Leaders:
 
Ms. Alexandria Almeida, Secondary English Education
Mr. Matthew Bellagamba, Justice and Law Administration
Ms. Diana Frascone, Communication
Ms. Alanna Katz, Business Management
Ms, Brianne LaCombe, Elementary Education/Social Sciences
Ms. Laurie Lawless, Professional Writing:  Journalism
Ms. Kayana McCalla, Political Science
Ms. Adaobi Ogbenta, Nursing
Ms. Susan Owino, Management
Mr. Daniel Ravizza, Secondary English Education
 
 
We congratulate them, and are looking forward to beginning our work together.

CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research

Information is now available regarding the competition for the 2010-2011 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research. All materials are posted online at ct.edu/faculty/teaching-research/. Tenured and non-tenured assistant and associate professors are eligible for these awards. The deadline for all complete nominations and applications to the local review committee at WCSU is Dec. 11, 2010.

Child Care Center Openings

A few spaces are available in the WCSU Child Care Center, an NAEYC accredited early childhood program for children 3 to 5 years old. Please contact the Child Care Center Director Bruni Edwards, at x78733 for further information. The WCSU Child Care Center is located in Alumni Hall, lower level.

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 — one 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.

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: 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, 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.

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: 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, Dec. 2. 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.

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