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WestConn News

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Monday, Feb. 7, WestConn's International Services Office will discuss summer study abroad opportunities in Spain at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/ or call x73270.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Monday, Feb. 7, the WCSU Office of AccessAbility Services will hold a workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to students at 4:30 p.m. in Room 017 of Higgins Annex. 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, artist representative Janet DeCarlo 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.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Sociolinguistic Workshop I - International Language Variation" 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.

NEWMAN CLUB DINNER

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, 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. 10, Tom Zarecki, former program director at WCXI, will discuss social networking and satellite radio 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 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.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Feb. 10, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include an entire evening of open mic performers. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

HOME SHOW

WestConn will host the Western New England Home Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Feldman Arena in the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Home improvement companies will display their products and answer questions during the two-day event. Tickets will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Call (860) 563-2111 or visit www.osbornejenks.com/wnehome.html
for more information.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING 

On Saturday, Feb. 12, WestConn will host a 5 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Feb. 13, 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.

ART EXHIBIT

An exhibition of works by recently retired WCSU Professor of Art John Wallace will be displayed from Thursday, Feb. 17, through Thursday, March 10, at the Higgins Hall Gallery in Room 101 of Higgins Hall. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and is open to the public. There will be an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. The exhibition, "John Wallace — 60 Years of Painting," will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE 

On Thursday, Feb. 17, State Rep. Joe Taborsak will discuss Connecticut's economy 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 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.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, Feb. 17, Meteorologist Jim Bishop will discuss "Storm Chasing: Behind the Scenes" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Bishop has been storm chasing since 1999 and has seen more than 50 tornadoes in his chasing career -- many of which were some of the largest and most destructive of the last decade. 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, Feb. 17, 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 Ensemble, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.as for more information.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, painter William Bailey 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.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Strategies for midterm triumph" 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.

NEWMAN CLUB DINNER

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, 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.

POETRY READING

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Elizabeth Alexander, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, will speak at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. There will be a booksigning after the talk. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Feb. 24, 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, contemporary country artists Post No Bills, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 25, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Andrew Beals; 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.

DEBATE TOURNAMENT

On Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27, WestConn's Roger Sherman Debate Society will host the Hat City Debates from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. For more information, call x78565.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Feb. 13, 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.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "THREE SISTERS"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2 - 3; at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 4 - 5; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. Future performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 9 - 11, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

FILM SCREENING

On Thursday, March 3, WestConn will host a screening of "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and the inspiration for a 2008 U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, this film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of conflict. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 3, 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, salsa band Orquestra Afinke, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

FILM SCREENING

On Friday, March 4, the WCSU German Studies Center will host a screening of "Hildegarde de Bingen" at 7 p.m. in Screening Room 1 in White Hall. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 792-2795.

SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT

On Monday, March 7, the WCSU Symphonic Band 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 8, artist representative Pat Lindgren 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.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

On Wednesday, March 9, the WCSU Chamber Ensembles 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.

If you have upcoming events that you would like publicized, please send them to pr@wcsu. Please be sure to indicate if you want the event promoted only to the university community or if you want the general public to be notified, too. Please include ALL the following information: Name of the event and a brief description (What will participants be doing? Who will be speaking? etc.); time, date and location (room number, building name, etc.) of the event; cost, if any; contact person and phone number; and any other relevant information (Is the public invited? Who is sponsoring/organizing the event? etc.).    

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

Mar7

Study abroad information session. To discuss summer study abroad opportunities in Spain. Warner Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Accessibility workshop. Explaining the types of accommodations and services available to students. Higgins Annex, Room 017, 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be free and open to new and prospective students and their families. For more information and to RSVP, call x78225.

Mar8

Art slide lecture. Featuring artist representative Janet DeCarlo. White Hall Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m.

Workshop. “Sociolinguistic Workshop I – International Language Variation.” Tutoring Resource Center, Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 2 p.m. To register, call x79245. Free and open to the public.

Mar9

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

 
Feb10

Political science lecture. Tom Zarecki, former program director at WCXI, will discuss social networking and satellite radio. White Hall, Room 214, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Coffeehouse. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. The coffeehouse will include an entire evening of open mic performers starting at 8 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.

Feb11

Ice hockey. WCSU vs. Keene. Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way, Danbury, 7:50 p.m.

Feb12

Planetarium show & telescope viewing. Planetarium show at 5 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6 to 8 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

AA meeting. “Young People’s Open Meeting.” Alumni Hall, 11 p.m.

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar14

Steven Neuwirth lecture — Featuring author Sherman Alexie
Ives Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

Mar23

Harlem Globetrotters
William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 7 p.m. Tickets are available at x7TIXX or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Mar29

President's Lecture Series — Dr. Mel Goldstein
7:30 p.m., Science Building, Room 125

FYI

Brown Bag Lunch program

The spring semester “Brown Bag” lunch programs will all deal with the impact of pop culture on our lives. This program is designed to bring together, informally, faculty-students-staff to discuss topics of interest and import to the campus community. Bring your lunch, bring your thoughts and come and enjoy the discussion. The next program will be held on Wednesday, March 9, “The Impact of Movies and Film on Pop Culture” with Profs. Scott Gerschwer and Jay Brower, in the Student Center, Room 202, at noon. Upcoming programs will be on Thursday, April 7, “The Impact of Radio and other Media on Pop Culture” with Prof. Tom Zarecki, in the Student Center, Room 201, at noon and on Thursday, May 12, “The Impact of Music on Pop Culture” with Prof. Eric Lewis, in the Student Center, Room 202, at noon.

Accounts Payable Training sessions

To help provide the WCSU community with a better understanding of the Purchasing and Accounts Payable processes, open training sessions have been scheduled on both campuses. This training is designed to offer overviews of the Purchasing and Accounts Payable processes, the regulations governing these processes, and procedures for users to utilize these functions. The open training sessions are scheduled as follows: Midtown Campus: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Warner Hall Room 103 and Thursday, March 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Warner Hall Room 103; and the Westside Campus: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Westside Classroom Building, Room 218.

UPBC meeting

The next UPBC meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 226.

CUCAS Meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS (Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards) will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202.  Proposals are now accepted online. We would strongly prefer to receive online submissions. From now on, only submit your proposals in paper if they received PRC/ERC approval on paper last semester.

University senate meeting

The first meeting of the University Senate for the spring 2011 semester will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201. Please send all agenda items via e-mail to D.L. Stephenson no later than Monday, Feb. 7.

MILEAGE RATE CHANGE

Effective January 28, 2011, the mileage reimbursement rate will change from 50 to 51 cents per mile. Any required corrections to the mileage rate for previously submitted travel authorizations will be made by the travel office.

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.

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: 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.

ING Financial Adviser on campus

Marilyn Timbers, ING Financial Adviser, will be on campus to conduct employee retirement counseling There will be two quick enrollment sessions, with no appointment necessary on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Center, Room 228.  For employees who want to open a supplemental retirement account, but have not, individual counseling sessions are available by appointment only on the following dates: March 8, March 22, March 29, April 12, April 26, May 10, and May 24. To schedule a counseling session contact Ms. Timbers directly: e-mail (preferred) Marilyn.Timbers@INGFP.COM or telephone: 800-784-6386.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION from
Dr. Roy Stewart,
Interim Provost and
VP 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 found here and forward it to the Provost/VP 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 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. See the 2010-11 Faculty Handbook.

NOTE:  Western’s Undergraduate Catalog states “Students are required to observe the attendance regulations announced by the instructors for those courses in which they are enrolled.”

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, 2011.  The Dean must submit requests to the Provost/ Vice President by March 7, 2011.  An advisory group of CUCAS and Graduate Council 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 (Dec.-Jan.), revisions of the program sheets are appropriate. Such revisions should be routed to the Dean; he/she in turn will submit them to the Provost Office. 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, 321 Warner Hall. 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 Ms. Martha Palanzo at x78944 or e-mail palanzom@wcsu.edu 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 at x78944 for information. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review requirement.

The form regarding the Policy Concerning the Assigning of Faculty Authored Textbooks to Students Taught by Same Faculty is listed to the right of this column under PDFS.

 

 

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