Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University.

Our school is home to thirteen departments, twenty-one undergraduate majors and five graduate majors, and offers a wide variety of interesting ways for students to create unique combination of topics to further their intellectual endeavors. MSA&S on FACEBOOK

 

 

Upcoming Events:

March 22nd: Macricostas Lecture: Dr. Samuel Ortencio Flores

Dr. Flores will speak on how differences between who was “Greek” and who was “not Greek” influenced how ethnicity and identity were understood in the Ancient Greek world. He is a Greek philologist who specializes in ancient philosophy. This lecture will take place in the Midtown Student Center Theatre from 12:30 pm- 2:00 pm and is open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 26: Vision & Cognition Lab Open House

Tour the Psychology Department’s research lab investigating visuospatial performance and learning and memory from 1:00 pm – 5:00pm in Warner Hall 321A. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

March 26: Climate Change Lecture Series Pt. 2

The second presentation of the series, “Taking the Natural out of Natural Disaster: Some Historical Questions,” will be at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the Midtown campus. Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Joshua Rosenthal and Ashley Vairo will present the talk, which will be free and open to the public. For more information, send an email to wagenerm@wcsu.edu.

 

 

March 27: Vision & Cognition Lab Open House

Tour the Psychology Department’s research lab investigating visuospatial performance and learning and memory from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm in Warner Hall 321A. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

 

March 30-31: Northeast Writing Centers Association Annual Conference

The WCSU Writing Center will be hosting the Northeast Writing Centers Association annual conference on the Midtown Campus. This year’s theme is “Voices of Engagement: The Roles Writing Centers Play in Making Writing Meaningful”. For more information, contact Kelli Custer (custerk@wcsu.edu). 

 

 

 

 

 

 March 28th – April 8th: MFA Thesis Exhibition.

The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition will be on display from 12:00 pm to 4 pm, Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, through Monday, April 8, in the Art Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus. The exhibition will be free and the public is invited.

For more information, go to https://www.wcsu.edu/art/gallery/exhibitions/

 

 

April 2: Climate Change Lecture: The Impact of Climate Change of Arthropods

Dr. Rayda Krell and Jacob Bethin will present the third presentation of the series at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the Midtown Campus. This event will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Mitch Wagener (wagenerm@wcsu.edu)

 

April 9: Climate Change Lecture: Simple Things You Can Do

Susan DeMittio and students from Danbury High School will give the fourth presentation of the series  at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the Midtown Campus. This event will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Mitch Wagener (wagenerm@wcsu.edu). 

 

 

 

April 16: Climate Change Lecture: Human Costs

Dr. Mitch Wagener and Faizah Karim will present the fifth and final presentation of the series at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building on the Midtown Campus. This event will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Mitch Wagener (wagenerm@wcsu.edu)

 

The Spotlight: 

Gab & GROW: Tune in to hear our Dean, Dr. Michelle Brown, speak about her job as a dean and to learn more information about the Macricostas School! Please follow the link(https://soundcloud.com/wcsumedia/gab-grow-a-chat-with-the-dean-of-the-macricostas-school-of-arts-sciences) to hear Dr. Brown!

 

 

 

 

Dr. Tom Philbrick, WCSU Biology professor, discovers new species, Rhyncholaelia paulana, and names it after his wife!

https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/West-Conn-biologist-names-new-species-after-wife-13614121.php

 

 

 

Dr. Chris Kukk, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of Political Sciences, presented  at the Tedx Nashville on March 2, 2019 about compassion.

Check out his postcast, “The Compassionate Achiever”, on iTunes and Soundcloud!

 

 

 

 

Dean Michelle Brown was featured in the Newtown Bee! Check out her interview at the link provided (https://www.newtownbee.com/snapshot-michelle-brown/03222019)

Exciting Student News:

The English Department is proud to graduate Jillian Fernandez as a great student and a great athlete. Jillian at WCSU as a good student and a good athlete and her college career was progressing well until she was injured. Despite Jillian’s injury, she received a job as Student Manager and Event Coordinator at Western meanwhile coaching a high school soccer team to the State Championship.  Finally, and most importantly, Jill was one of only two English majors selected to represent Western at the invitation-only Connecticut State University Undergraduate English Conference.

 

 

Congratulations to WCSU recent Psychology graduate, Sarah Hoegler, for receiving  5 year guaranteed funding and monthly stipend at University of Notre Dame towards her PhD in Applied Development. Sarah worked closely with Dr. Mary Nelson while at WCSU.

 

 

 

Recent Events:

Pi Day, March 8th, 2019. The Math Club and Math Department hosted Pi Day, a little early, and had free t-shirts, arts and crafts, and Pi shaped cookies!

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Kelly lectures on “Privacy, Security, and Safety in a Social Media World” on November 14th, sponsored by the Macricostas Family Foundation. Pictured on the right: President Clark, Dean Brown, Provost Alexander, and Lecturer Chris Kelly.

Did you miss the Chris Kelly lecture? The link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGt74h6yKPQ) encompasses the lecture from November 14th!