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WCSU Opera Ensemble presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’

Engelbert Humperdinck opera to be performed at WCSU MainStage Theatre June 8, 9 and 10

Image from Hansel and GretelDANBURY, CONN. —   The Western Connecticut State University Opera Ensemble will present Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” in three performances from June 8 through 10 , 2018, at the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Evening performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. General admission is $20, with a ticket price of $15 for seniors and children under 12. Reservations may be made online at www.eventbrite.com/e/wcsu-opera-ensemble-presents-hansel-gretel-tickets-45302296388.

The WCSU Opera Ensemble cast, directed by Professor of Music Dr. Margaret Astrup, will perform the 19th century three-act opera based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are run off into the woods by their mother to pick strawberries after she returns home to find their chores not done. When their father comes home to find them gone, he warns their mother of a witch who lives in the woods and they set off in search of their children.

Lost and frightened, the siblings sleep through the night guarded by angels but the next day happen upon a house made of gingerbread, owned by a witch who turns children into gingerbread cookies. The witch captures Hansel and Gretel and fattens Hansel for baking, but the clever pair outsmart the witch by casting her in the oven and freeing all the children from their gingerbread captivity. The siblings’ parents arrive and lead the children in a concluding hymn of thanksgiving.

The title roles will be performed by Olivia Conforti, of Naugatuck, as Hansel; and Christine Manalo, of Watertown, as Gretel. The parents will be performed by Dan Satter, of Trumbull, as Peter; and Nicole Salamon, of Greenwich, as Gertrude. The witch will be portrayed by Sergio Mandujano, of Norwalk. Other cast members will include Amy Cerbie, of Meriden, and Callie Sorrento of Carmel, New York, who will alternate in performing the roles of the Dew Fairy and the Sandman.

The orchestra will be conducted by Associate Professor of Music Dr. Fernando Jimenez. The production cast also will include a children’s chorus from the greater Danbury area.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

Popular ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ returns to WCSU stage

Image from Peter and the StarcatcherDANBURY, CONN. — Ives Concert Park and the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series will present the Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” for a return engagement in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 24, 25 and 26, 2018. Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/peter-and-the-starcatcher-summer-encore-performance-tickets-45556230913. For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com.

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is based on the 2004 novel “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” (“Peter Pan”). The play provides a humorous backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch nemesis Captain Hook. In opening, audiences will be met by an orphaned child on the high seas named Boy. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly ­­­— the daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor. She is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the evil hands of Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship, Molly and Boy learn about love and friendship, and forge an unbreakable bond.

WCSU Professor of Theatre Arts Pam McDaniel, who directs the production, said, “Set your sails for excitement and magic that you’ll never forget. ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ is a story filled with heart, humor and harrowing adventures that follow the boy who never grew up, his fearsome pirate foe and a cast of colorful characters who join in on the journey.”

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

WCSU to host ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Fair & Contest

Students from 13 high schools to compete at May 31 American Mathematical Society event

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician logoDANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University will host students from 13 high schools in Connecticut and New York participating in the American Mathematical Society’s “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” Fair and Contest to be held at WCSU on Thursday, May 31, 2018, on the university’s Midtown campus in Danbury.

The WCSU Department of Mathematics is coordinating the local AMS-sponsored event, which marks the second “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” fair at WCSU. Each of the 13 high schools will be represented by one student who has qualified as a contestant in the competition testing mathematical knowledge and skills. The 13 contestants have been selected based on scores in a qualifying exam administered by high school mathematics teachers with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability and math history.

The AMS will award the winning contestant a guaranteed cash prize of $1,000, with the chance to earn an additional $2,000 in the bonus round. The second-place contestant will receive a $500 prize.

Connecticut participants in the event will include Danbury High School and Immaculate High School, of Danbury; Bethel High School; Brookfield High School; Greenwich High School; Kennedy High School, of Waterbury; Naugatuck High School; New Fairfield High School; New Milford High School; Newtown High School; Nonnewaug High School, of Woodbury; and Shepaug Valley School, of Washington. Pawling High School, of Dutchess County, New York, also will participate.

More than 400 students, teachers and family members from the participating high schools are expected to attend the event to support their contestants. The program also will feature a Math Fair that will include campus tours, presentations about the Kathwari Honors Program and scholarship opportunities at WCSU, and talks and displays showcasing research by WCSU mathematics students and alumni.

“Who Wants to Be a Mathematician,” created in 2001, is a game in which high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple-choice mathematics questions. Mike Breen, AMS public awareness officer and co-founder of the event as well as a onetime contestant on “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” said that the competition “values and encourages mathematical talent. While sports are usually celebrated, it is wonderful that students interested in mathematics can also be encouraged.”

WCSU Department of Mathematics Chair Dr. Stavros Christofi remarked that the event provides an entertaining and exciting showcase for math education.

“You really have to experience this contest to realize how fascinating it is!” Christofi said. “Mike Breen does an excellent job hosting it and the energy the student attendees from the high schools bring to the game is amazing. Imagine being at an excellent football game — only it’s a math competition!”

The AMS, a primary sponsor of the event, seeks to advance research and connect the diverse global mathematical community through publications, meetings, conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, and advocacy and awareness programs. Other event sponsors include Newtown Savings Bank, the Art of Problem Solving, Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, John Wiley and Sons, the WCSU Department of Mathematics and the WCSU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society chapter. Christofi expressed special thanks to the WCSU Math Planning Committee and to participating speakers, students, teachers and staff at the 13 high schools represented at the event and at WCSU.

For more information, contact Christofi at christofis@wcsu.edu or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

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WCSU National Society of Leadership and Success chapter welcomed 88 new members for spring semester

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) welcomed 88 new members during its biannual orientation in February at WestConn. NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. With 596 chapters, the society currently has 869,305 members nationwide.

In addition to honorable distinction, the society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive a leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country. Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and more.

On April 29, 2018, nearly half of the 88 members invited to participate had fulfilled their requirements and were officially inducted into the society for the 2017-18 academic year on the Westside campus in the Campus Center Ballroom.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

M.F.A. recipients at WCSU to exhibit works at New York gallery

Blue Mountain Gallery to host opening reception for six featured artists on June 21

DANBURY, CONN. — Six Western Connecticut State University graduate student recipients of the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2018 will present their works in the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition running from June 19 through July 7, 2018, at the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York.

An opening reception for the artists will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the gallery, located on the fourth floor at 530 W. 25th St. in Manhattan. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. The gallery will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The WCSU Department of Art organizes the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition each year as a capstone experience demonstrating the personal artistic direction and mastery of candidates for the M.F.A. in Visual Arts, expressed in the works they present for viewing. The following M.F.A. students will show their works in this year’s exhibition:

  • Jesse Navarra, of Stormville, New York, earned his B.A. in Illustration at WCSU and received the School of Visual and
    Image of TMNT by Jesse Navarra

    TMNT by Jesse Navarra

    Performing Arts Dean’s Award in 2016 for his initiatives to bridge disciplines in the Art and Theatre Arts departments. His M.F.A. thesis work explores nostalgia as expressed through cinema, creating vintage movie posters that evoke emotion through memories. Navarra observed that his works share the common theme of story-telling: “I take my childhood love of movies, sports and comics and use that as inspiration to create my work.” He has participated in juried exhibitions and art charity events in Connecticut and New York. The winter 2018 issue of Illustrators Journal published a feature describing the step-by-step progression of his creation of the work, “Plastic Ocean Project.”

  • Image of Gold by Jennifer Oliveira Florio

    Gold by Jennifer Oliveira Florio

    Jennifer Oliveira-Florio, of North Haven, earned her B.A. in Painting from Central Connecticut State University, where she received the Capstone Show Award in 2016. Her three-dimensional, abstract and gestural works shown in the thesis exhibition incorporate acrylics, mixed media and encaustic, a painting technique that involves melting beeswax and resin to create a medium typically mixed with pigments and applied with heat. Oliveira-Florio has gained experience in her specialization at encaustic workshops in New England and as a regular contributor to the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts, since 2015. “As a painter, I have always been concerned with process, surface and materials,” she said. “The practice of encaustic has become an extension of my own vision, to the point where technique and esthetic have fused like the paintings themselves.” She has participated in several exhibitions in Connecticut and in the Community Central Mosaic project in New Britain, “48 Artists, 48 Feet, 48 Hours.”

  • Jonathan Schreyer, of Monroe, earned his B.A. in Illustration at WCSU. He has shown his works at several local
    Image of Final Breath by Jonathan Schreyer

    Final Breath by Jonathan Schreyer

    galleries and has served as a WCSU Gallery assistant as well as a studio assistant for Ross MacDonald, internationally acclaimed illustrator, graphic designer and printmaker. Schreyer uses oil paint, clay, wood, plaster and wire to create works of portraiture as well as mixed-media works in three-dimensional form. He described his creative process as based on observation of reality but also incorporating the subconscious and unreal. “We are aware of an outer world, and at the same time we exist in an internal space,” he said. “My handling of material is intended to portray the clash of dualities and speaks to the tension between these worlds.”

  • Barbara Sinisi, of Wethersfield, earned her B.A. in Illustration at WCSU and has focused
    Image of The Void by Barbara Sinisi

    The Void by Barbara Sinisi

    on painting during her M.F.A. studies. Her works in various media including acrylics, pastels, spray paint and charcoal draw upon reminiscences of her extensive travels during her youth in North America and Europe, including summer visits to Poland and spelunking adventures. “As an escape from the nonsense of reality, I create portals to other dimensions from the nonsense in my head,” Sinisi said. Her works use the organic shapes found in plants “to convey a sense of mystery and magic,” inspiring exploration of themes drawn from fantasy and cartoon storytelling, she said. “Cartoons can be mature and childish all at once, full of contradiction, whimsy, joy and darkness.”

  • Alyssa Voytek, of New Milford, received her B.A. in Painting at WCSU as well as honors
    Image of Storage Orchestra Number 1 by Alyssa Voytek

    Storage Orchestra Number 1 by Alyssa Voytek

    including the Alberetti Award for Excellence in Painting. Works completed during her M.F.A. program have included oils on canvas, gouache on board and large-scale charcoal drawings on paper. “I aim to push the boundaries of still-life painting,” Voytek observed. “I am inspired by the quiet, unstaged, usually unseen moments of beauty in our everyday lives. These moments of light, organic repetition or reflection often find their way into my finished work.” She has served as a teaching assistant at WCSU and has participated in exhibitions at several Connecticut venues including Art & Frame Gallery, the Silo Gallery and the Kent Art Association.

  • Erin Walrath, of Roxbury, is an assemblage and collage artist who has participated in more than 40 solo and group exhibitions during the past two decades. A graduate of the
    Image of Unto (The Blue Study) by Erin Walrath

    Unto (The Blue Study) by Erin Walrath

    European Honors Program in Rome and a B.F.A. recipient from the Rhode Island School of Design, she spent several years in Italy, England and Brooklyn before returning to her native Danbury in 2004 to establish her present studio. She has shown widely across New York, Connecticut and New England, and is represented by John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, where she also presented a solo exhibition this spring. “I see incidental beauty in the worn surface of objects, such as discarded books, that have been battered by time and will soon be rendered obsolete,” Walrath said. “I dismantle and distill them in the studio, ending up with pieces that feel to me like pixels, brush strokes or individual figures that may then be gathered together to invoke new meaning. In this way, my studio practice often feels like an homage to the comforting processes of nature.”

For more information, visit the Blue Mountain Gallery website at www.bluemountaingallery.org, or call the WCSU Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

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Juried Fine Art and Crafts show at Ives Concert Park features local talent

WCSU art alumni and students invited to exhibit their submissions at show

Image of Ives gazebo

Ives Concert Park is the backdrop for the Juried Fine Art and Crafts Show

DANBURY, CONN. — Five recent Western Connecticut State University Master of Fine Arts graduates, four current M.F.A. students and one undergraduate art student have been awarded Art at Ives scholarships that will enable them to display their work alongside professional artists during the third annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 2018, at Ives Concert Park in Danbury.

M.F.A. candidates who received their degrees at commencement ceremonies on May 20 and will exhibit their paintings, illustrations and mixed-media works will include Jesse Navarra, of Stormville, New York; Jennifer Oliveira-Florio, of North Haven; Jonathan Schreyer, of Monroe; Barbara Sinisi, of Wethersfield; and Alyssa Voytek, of New Milford.

Current M.F.A. students who will exhibit their paintings and illustrations will include Brett Marie Colon, of West Stafford; Brian Ferreira, of Bethel; Rima Rahal, of Delmar, New York; and Andrea Rios, of New Fairfield.

Undergraduate art student Daniela Pontaza-Santander, of Sandy Hook, also will exhibit her photography.

The WCSU artists were selected to participate in the event after submitting an application and images of their work. Those selected received a “scholarship” in the form of a free booth to exhibit and sell their creations. All the WestConn artists will be featured together in booth numbers two through five on “Warhol Way” on the festival grounds.

The Friends of the Ives nonprofit organization will host the show at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The two-day event will feature high-quality original works from more than 70 artists in a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category.

Food and music, along with art demonstrations and children’s events, also will be included. New this year is a wine tasting hosted by Max Wine & Spirits and an immersive exhibit of beautiful, live butterflies.

The event will take place rain or shine with gates open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $5 for each day for the art show only; Wine tasting tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include admission to the art show. Children under 16 are admitted free to the art show.

For tickets and information, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

Ives Concert Park summer season is underway

DANBURY, CONN. — Spring is finally here and Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus kicked off its summer season last weekend at the venue located at 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Saturday, May 13, 2018, featured the Brews & BBQ Festival hosted by Townsquare Media featuring Doyle Bramhall II & Amy Helm. If you missed it, no worries — there’s more to come at Ives.

On Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24 – 26, prepare to be mesmerized by the WCSU Department of Theatre Arts production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, across the road from Ives Concert Park. Performances will be at 7 p.m. all three nights. Part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, this production, which is a prequel to “Peter Pan,” received rave reviews during its April 2018 run at WestConn. Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/peter-and-the-starcatcher-summer-encore-performance-tickets-45556230913.

Saturday and Sunday, June 2 & 3, will feature the third annual Art at Ives, Juried Fine Art & Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This two-day event will feature a wide variety of high-quality original works and a diverse scope of art forms representing every major category. Food and live music, along with art classes, demonstrations and children’s activities, also will be included. New this year is a wine tasting presented by Max Wine & Spirits. The event, sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank, will be rain or shine and tickets range from $5 to $20. Children 16 and under are free. Go to www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1681190 for tickets.

On Sunday, July 15, dance will be the featured performance at 7:30 p.m. for the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series at Ives. The Connecticut Ballet will present “Ballet under the Stars” featuring “Pulse” by Darrell Grand Moultrie, one of the works to be performed. A free onstage Ballroom Class will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. with Ted Thomas instructing. Bring comfortable shoes or sneakers. General Admission tickets are $10; children 12 and under are $5. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 18, at www.ivesconcertpark.com. 

Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21, will mark the return of the second annual “MockStock” tribute band music festival from 5 to 10:30 p.m., with Friday night designated “Purple,” featuring bands playing the songs of Prince, Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone; and Saturday focusing on “Metal” in a nod to AC/DC, Guns n’ Roses and Metallica. Get tickets at www.ivesconcertpark.com/mockstock-tribute-band-fest-friday-saturday-july-20-21/.  MockStock Tribute Band Fest is powered by New Belgium Brewing and produced by Promotions in Motion and Ives Concert Park.

July events will wrap up with the always-popular Westside Reggae Festival hosted by Heart & Soul Entertainment on Saturday, July 28. Gates will open at 1 p.m. Featured artists will include Culture, Wayne Wonder, Anthem Band, Half Pint, Derrick Barnett, Tales of Joy and more. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-westside-reggae-festival-tickets-45137779313.

August will feature the following events:

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 & 11, will see the fourth annual Forever Grateful Music Festival, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday night and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Some of the bands scheduled to perform include Shakedown, performing the Grateful Dead; Legion of Jerry, performing Jerry Garcia Band; Brothers of The Road, performing The Allman Brothers; Ianbassa and members of MSE, performing Bob Marley & The Wailers; Jen Durkin & The Business; Union Rail; The Annual Hat City Jam (collaboration of festival artists); The Red Hots; Atom Family Band and Blackthorn Grove (members of Phoenix Tree). For tickets, go to www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1680608.

Sunday, Aug. 12, Ecuadorian Festival (tickets available at the gate).

Danbury Auto Spring & Welding will host a Big Blocks & BBQ Car Show on Sunday, Aug. 19. Ticket info coming soon.

Sunday, Aug. 26, will see the Chicha Latin Music Fest at Ives. Ticket info coming soon.

Summer may be over when September starts, but the entertainment at Ives Concert Park will continue.

Heart and Soul Entertainment will return to Ives to host its popular Jerk Fest on Sunday, Sept. 2, featuring the best in Caribbean cuisine, culture and performers. Ticket info coming soon.

Saturday, Oct. 6, will feature the Fore ‘n’ Aft Benefit Reunion to raise funds for the ALS Association, National Adoption Foundation, Hillside Food Outreach and Ann’s Place of Danbury. Live performances are expected from Rat Race Choir, Richie Scarlet, the Doug Wahlberg Band, Future Tense, the Hey Baby Band, Limelight, Paralax and Whitewood, with special guest appearances. Get tickets at https://fore-n-aft-reunion.ticketleap.com/reunion2018/.

No food, beverages or coolers are allowed in the park for these events. Food, soft drinks, water, beer and wine are available for purchase. All bags will be checked at the front gate.

For more information, visit ivesconcertpark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/ivesconcertpark and twitter.com/ivesconcertpark.

 

 

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WCSU prepares for 120th commencement, announces speaker

Image of Abigail Lynch

Commencement speaker Abigail Lynch

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University graduating nursing student Abigail Lynch, of Seymour, will deliver the university’s 120th commencement address on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St. in Bridgeport. Lynch, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the ceremony, was selected as the commencement speaker by a committee of administrators and WCSU President Dr. John Clark.

Graduating students who had received Dean’s Awards from each of WestConn’s four schools — the Ancell School of Business, Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences, School of Professional Studies and School of Visual and Performing Arts — as well as students who had submitted applications to be considered for Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards comprised the pool of commencement speaker candidates. The students were invited to submit in writing and deliver a proposed commencement address to members of the committee.

Lynch was selected as commencement speaker based on her proposed speech, which focuses not only on what she learned during her four years at WestConn, but also how she plans to apply that knowledge upon graduation. A Kathwari Honors Program participant, Lynch also is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Nursing Honors Society; vice president of the Honors Students of Compassion; a member of the Student Nurses Association, a WCSU Orientation Leader and a participant in the WCSU Shadow Program run by the Office of Admissions. As a student, she participated in numerous fundraising and awareness events including the March of Dimes Walk, Western Day of Service, Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease and Relay for Life.

Lynch was employed full time as a student nurse associate at Danbury Hospital while pursuing her degree. While juggling the demands of her job, the requirements of the Honors Program and the rigor of the nursing curriculum, Lynch was able to maintain a 3.87 GPA. A study-abroad opportunity through WestConn’s Department of Nursing enabled Lynch to spend her recent spring break in Thessaloniki, Greece, to study global health care in nursing.

“I discovered that nurses are involved in creating policies to improve refugees’ qualities of life and they also work on the monetary level to determine the allocation of resources for the refugees,” she explained in her proposed speech. “This reminded me that nursing is not just a science and an art, but that we are involved in politics, business and global affairs. We can go anywhere and do anything.”

Lynch plans to build upon her education and experiences to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing before seeking work with the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders. In the short term, she expects to work as a registered nurse on an oncology unit while furthering her education.

The commencement speech will be part of the larger May 20 ceremony during which WCSU will confer 1,211 degrees. They include 10 associate degrees, 1,059 bachelor’s degrees, 133 master’s degrees and nine doctorate of education degrees, eight of which are Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership and one Ed.D. in Nursing Education.

For more information, call (203) 837-8800 or visit www.wcsu.edu/commencement.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

‘Sip & Sketch’ evening at WCSU pairs art with wine and refreshments

Guests of all artistic levels invited to participate in May 18 event

DANBURY, CONN. — An entertaining and creative evening that pairs the experience of drawing from a live model with wine and refreshments will be offered in the “Sip and Sketch” series event to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Western Connecticut State University.

Guests of all artistic skill levels are invited to create original drawings as they enjoy wine and assorted snacks during the “Sip and Sketch” evening in the Drawing Studio, Room 241 of the WCSU Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The ticket fee of $25 per person includes admission and refreshments as well as basic art supplies including charcoal and paper. Attendees are welcome to bring their own drawing supplies if they wish.

Admission to the event is open to adults 21 years of age and older. Tickets may be purchased at the VPAC ticket office or online at www.wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com. The “Sip and Sketch” series is sponsored by the Department of Art and the WCSU Alumni Association.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403 or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

WCSU to host Western Connecticut Trauma Conference on May 21

Psychologist Julian Ford to give keynote talk on effective treatment strategies for trauma cases

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University will host the Western Connecticut Trauma Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018, in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

The conference, cosponsored by the WCSU departments of Social Work and of Education and Educational Psychology, will feature talks and panel discussions presented by internationally prominent leaders in the fields of trauma treatment, neuroscience and integrated health care. The conference has been coordinated by WCSU Professor of Counseling Dr. Gabriel Lomas and has been funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Julian Ford, a board-certified clinical psychologist and professor of Psychiatry in the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Drawing upon recent developments in neuroscience and psychotherapy research, Ford will discuss how these findings provide a framework for understanding psychological trauma and for designing effective preventive and clinical intervention strategies. His talk will offer insights into how such intervention can help children, adults and families to recover from the complex impact of trauma on physical and mental health, personal relationships and quality of life.

Ford is the author or editor of 10 books, serves as associate editor of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and has published more than 250 articles and book chapters about subjects related to trauma and stress disorders, specializing in disorders affecting children, adolescents, young adults and families. He has led a task force on child trauma for the Division of Trauma Psychology of the American Psychological Association and has served on the board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Other conference lectures and panels will present specialists in neuroscience, mental health and trauma treatment who will address diverse topics including play therapy in trauma treatment, writing as a tool for trauma intervention, and trauma-informed strategies for integrated health management.

Admission is open to the public, and topics to be addressed are especially appropriate for professionals in the health care, mental health and education fields. The general admission fee is $50, with a discounted fee of $20 for WCSU students with valid ID. Lunch will be included and Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for professionals. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or at WCSU at the Midtown Student Center and Westside Campus Center box offices.

For more information and registration inquiries, send an email to thomasr@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-8512.

 

 

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