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TIBETAN EXHIBIT 

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU in collaboration with Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association, will display a collection of historical Tibetan medical paintings during library hours from through Friday, Sept. 30, at the Ruth Haas Library. The famous Blue Beryl, a set of 80 medical paintings completed 300 years ago in Tibet, has been exactly recreated by Tibetan artists and physicians, and brought to the West. The exhibit will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Wesleyan University Professor of International Relations Mike Williams, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District, will discuss his plan to revive America's economy from 6 to 7 p.m. during a political science class in Room 023 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) 354-3521.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Sept. 15, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers, followed by the featured act, Hana Pestle, 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.

GOLDEN CIRCLE BRUNCH AND TEA

On Friday, Sept. 16, the annual Golden Circle Brunch and Tea to honor WestConn alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago will be at 11:30 a.m. in Fairfield Hall. The cost is $30. For more information, call the Alumni Office at x78298.

CONSTITUTION DAY DEBATE

On Friday, Sept. 16, Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Kevin Gutzman and Professor Emeritus of Justice and Law Administration Dr. Harold Schramm will debate Snyder v. Phelps, a case recently before the U.S. Supreme Court, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. The debate, held to commemorate Constitution Day, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

MFA VISUAL ARTS VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES 

On Tuesday, Sept 20, illustrator Robert Crawford 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 visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

INNOCENCE PROJECT LECTURE

On Thursday, Sept. 22, Fernando Bermudez, exonerated by the Innocence Project after 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, will speak about his experiences at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Also offering their input will be Attorneys Mary Ann Di Bari and Sidney L. Manes, who worked to achieve Bermudez's freedom. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78452.

TIBETAN MEDICINE WORKSHOP

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU in collaboration with Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association, will present "Tibetan Medicine: History, the Mind and Culture" at 7 p.m. in Warner Hall. The workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

RECITAL AND RECEPTION

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the WCSU department of music will host a recital and reception to celebrate the release of "Mad Dances: American Music for Saxophone and Piano," a CD featuring compositions and performances by WCSU music faculty Dr. Dan Goble, on saxophone, and Dr. Russell Hirshfield, on piano. Soprano Patty Goble also will perform. The concert will be at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall and will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Sept. 22, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers, followed by the featured act 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.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Sept. 24, WestConn will host a 7 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky 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 www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

GOLF OUTING

On Monday, Sept. 26, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a Golf Outing with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Richter Park Golf Club, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. The cost is $700 per foursome or $175 per person. The public is invited; reservations are required. For more information, call x78298 or visit www.wcsu.edu/alumni/Golf.asp.

SVPA GUEST ARTIST SERIES

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, pianist Peter Frankl will perform at noon in Ives Concert Hall. The concert, hosted by the School of Visual & Performing Arts, will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE 

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Dan Roberti, of Kent, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the Fifth Congressional District, will discuss America's economic recovery and his campaign from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 023 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) 354-3521.

MAC MILLER - THE BLUE SLIDE PARK TOUR 

On Thursday, Sept. 29, WCSU will host "Mac Miller - The Blue Slide Park Tour" at 7:30 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center. For tickets and information, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets or call x7TIXX.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Sept. 29, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers, followed by the featured act, Matt Barsalou, 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.

self defense for women

The WCSU Police Department will host two Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes for the WCSU community. The first class will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, from 4 to 10 p.m. AND Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center 202. The second will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Center 202. Parking is available in the White Street garage.There are only 24 seats available for each class so register early. Please contact Officer Maz Ongaro at x79300 or by email to register. This class is for women only and is free of charge. You must complete both days for certification. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, NO jewelry.

 

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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:
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).

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At-A-Glance

Sep-30

Tibetan exhibit. Featuring a collection of historical Tibetan medical paintings. Ruth Haas Library during library hours.

Sep12 Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. Purchase. Westside Athletic Stadium, 4 p.m.
Sep14 Men’s soccer. WCSU vs. Westfield State. Westside Athletic Stadium, 7 p.m.
Sep15

Political science lecture. Wesleyan University Professor of International Relations Mike Williams, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 5th Congressional District, to discuss his plan to revive America's economy. White Hall, Room 023, 6 to 7 p.m.

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

Sep16

Golden Circle brunch & tea. Warner Hall, 11:30 a.m. Cost: $35 per person. For more information, call x78298.

Constitution Day debate. Warner Hall, Room 102, 1:30 p.m. For more information, call x78486.

Sep17

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

 
Sep20

Artist lecture. Featuring illustrator Robert Crawford. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Sep22

Tibetan medicine workshop. "Tibetan Medicine: History, the Mind and Culture." Warner Hall, 7 p.m. The workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

Lecture. Featuring Fernando Bermudez, exonerated by the Innocence Project after 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Student Center Theater, 5:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78452.

Recital & Reception. “Mad Dances: American Music for Saxophone and Piano.” Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78350.

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

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct2

Community United Against Domestic Violence Walk
Westside Campus, Athletic Practice Field. Registration at 8:30 a.m.; Opening Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.; Walk begins at 10 a.m.

Oct12

Brown Bag Lunch Series: "What is Human?"
Student Center 202, noon

Oct14

One Book, One Community Film Screening & Discussion
"No Impact Man." Student Center Theater, 8 p.m.

FYI

UPBC meeting

The UPBC will meet in the Student Center 226 on Monday, Sept. 12 at 2:30. p.m.

new lunch catering service

West Wind Catering now offers a "Cater to Me" delivery lunch option. There will be a "Meal of the Week" which includes a main lunch item, whole fruit, dessert and beverage for $9.95 and delivered to your office. Call x78755 or visit www.westwindcatering.com for more information.

Promotion and Tenure Committee Information Sessions

Promotion & Tenure Committe* informational sessions will be held onTuesday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201 and on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom South. For more information, contact George Kain, Promotion & Tenure Committee Chairman.

IRB meetings for 2011-12

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center 228 from 8 to 9:30 A.M. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 21; Oct. 19; Nov. 16; Dec. 14; Jan. 18; Feb. 15; March 21; April 18; and May 16. The WCSU IRB no longer requires hard copies of IRB materials. A completed HUM-1 form must accompany all submitted proposals. Digital images of signatures are acceptable on the HUM-1 if you use the Adobe format. If you are unable to provide such a signature(s), you can scan the manually signed signature page and include it with your completed application. The IRB requires all completed proposals be submitted via email to IRB@wcsu.edu. IRB forms and the link to the required on-line training programs for protection of human subjects can be found online at wcsu.edu/irb/.  IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Dr. Jessica Eckstein, at x78873. All proposals are due in full by the first of the month for consideration at the next IRB meeting.  Any proposal submitted after the first of the month, will not be considered until the following month’s meeting.  

senate meeting

The first meeting of the University Senate for the fall 2011 semester will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center 201. Please send all agenda items electronically to D.L. Stephenson no later than Sept. 12.

CUCAS meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS (Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards) is Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center 202. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Sept. 8 at noon. Proposals are now to be submitted online; please submit CUCAS proposals on paper only if they received PRC/ERC approval on paper.
UPBC, all the School Review Committees, and the ERC should now begin to review curriculum proposals solely from online submissions. There may be a few paper submissions as we transition and old proposals work their way through the system. These committee chairs may want to schedule training for themselves and their committees with Lourdes Cruz and/or Patty O’Neill. The online system will mean that everyone in the university community can view the proposals. Individuals, departments and other entities are now responsible for reviewing proposals to see if their programs are affected. To create or review a proposal: Log onto Westconduit; Select the Academic Tools Tab; click on Curriculum Development Proposals. Log on using your current username and passwords. For submissions, work in draft mode until you are finished. Proposals can be reviewed by looking at “Submissions” or “Archives.” Contact University Computing or Lourdes Cruz, if you need assistance.

CSUS Board of Trustees Meeting at Western

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom beginning at 10 a.m.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)meeting

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 8 in the Student Center, Rm. 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and nine copies, at least two 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 Ext. 79061.

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, DR. JANE MCBRIDE GATES

 Sabbatical leave

Faculty members who wish to apply for sabbatical leave for 2012-13 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.

Sabbatic leaves 2011-12
Fall 2011: Dr. Ming-Ling (Cindy) Chuang, Dr. Donald P. Gagnon, Dr. Anam Govardhan, Ms. Marjorie Portnow

Spring 2012: Dr. Theodora Pinou, Dr. Stacey Alba D. Skar, Dr. Annie Wong

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

  • Tenure awarded effective Spring 2011:  Albert Owino
  • Tenure effective Fall 2011:  Katherine Allocco, Galina Bakhtiarova, John Begian, Emilio Collar, Jr., Kathleen Hinga, Patrick Ryan
  • Promotion to Associate Professor effective 2011-12: Katherine Allocco, Emilio Collar, Jr., Leslie Lindenauer, Joan Palladino, Alexander Standish
  • Promotion to Professor effective 2011-12:  Michael Foley, Michele Ganon, Christopher Kukk, Shane Murphy, Charles Rocca, Jr., Cigdem Usekes
  • Promotion to Librarian effective AY 2011-12:  Veronica Kenausis

Faculty Recognition Ceremony 2011
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 Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011 will be recognized. The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Oct. 24.  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 2011-12 Academic Calendar is available online at wcsu.edu/newsevents/currentacadcal.asp.

The Faculty Handbook for 2011-12 is now online.  A PDF version will be available soon.

The 2011-12 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 Academic Affairs at x78275 if you are not online and wish to receive a hard copy.

Jewish High Holy Days
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. 28-30. Yom Kippur is observed Oct. 7-8. 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.

HUMAN SUBJECTS AND VERTEBRATE ANIMALS

All research projects that involve the use of human subjects and/or vertebrate animals must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB; human subjects) and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC; vertebrates).  This requirement applies to full- and part-time faculty, staff, and students. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review requirement. IRB forms are posted the IRB website.  The IACUC forms may also be found on ERes (please see “Office of Grant Programs”). Please be sure that you are using the most recent version of the forms. WestConn faculty, students, and staff who are doing research with human subjects or supervising research with human subjects or with vertebrate animals must complete the CITI training program. The URL for the CITI site is www.citiprogram.org. For further information, regarding the IRB, please see the Faculty Handbook or contact Dr. Jessica Eckstein at x78873. For further information regarding the IACUC, please see the Faculty Handbook or contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061.

PROPOSAL REVIEW REQUIREMENTS

Proposals that involve a commitment of University resources (e.g., personnel, facilities, and/or equipment) must be submitted through the Office of Grant Programs. A review and routing procedure has been established to ensure that each proposal or application is reviewed and endorsed by the responsible persons and that the proposal is in compliance with the sponsor’s, the university’s, and the state’s policies. Routing forms are available at ERes, the Grants office web site at www.wcsu.edu/grants/forms.asp or from the Office of Grant Programs. Please be sure to use the most recent version (2006). If an application has been submitted without the approval of all appropriate WestConn officers (e.g., chair, dean, vice presidents), the university reserves the right to refuse the award.

NEWMAN CENTER DAILY MASS

The Newman Center will offer daily Mass during the fall semester at noon in the Newman Center Chapel, Monday through Thursday. On Sundays, Mass will be held in Alumni Hall at 5 p.m. Holy hour will be held every Wednesday eviening in the Newman Center from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. All are wlecome to attend.

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