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Career Development seminar

On Monday, Nov. 3, the WCSU Career Development Center will offer a Career Decision-Making Seminar at noon in Room 201 of the Student Center. Information about career choices and how majors fit with career options will be available for WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78263.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, painter Selina Trieff 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.

CAREER DROP-IN SESSION

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the WCSU Career Development Center will hold drop-in hours from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 300E of the Westside Campus Center. WestConn students, faculty and staff are invited to stop in and ask questions about careers, have a resume critiqued, or to learn more about CDC programs and services. For more information, call x78263.

"CLEANING UP THE DIGITAL DIRT" WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, the WCSU Career Development Center will present a "Cleaning up the Digital Dirt" workshop at 1 p.m. in Room 228 of the Student Center. WestConn students, faculty and staff are invited to learn about who is looking at their Facebook or MySpace pages and the techniques they should use to make a positive impression. For more information, call x78263.

upcoming NEWMAN DINNERS

The Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 19. The dinners are open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

jhumpa lahiri book discussion

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall, "The Namesake" author Jhumpa Lahiri will discuss her work. This event is part of the “One Book, One Community" program in which WestConn, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Schools have partnered to create a series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Namesake," by Jhumpa Lahiri. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

employee supplemental benefits fair and ing financial workshop

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the human resources department will sponsor a supplemental benefits fair in the Student Center, Rooms 201 and 202A, from 9:30 a.m. to noon for emplyees to learn more about the supplemental benefits available to state employees. A finanical planning workshop titled "Retirement Planning for Women" will be presented by ING Financial Advisers, LLC, and will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the same location. All employees are invited to attend. For more information, contact Lisa Lengel at x78666.

CAREER PRESENTATION

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Career Development Center will present a talk by a successful WestConn alumnus who will share how he put his degree to work in a unique career at 1:30 p.m. in Room 212 of the Westside Campus Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78263.

SOCIAL SCIENCES SOCIAL HOUR SEMINAR

On Thursday, Nov. 6, graduates from the WCSU department of social sciences will discuss how their degrees positively influenced their graduate school choices and career paths, from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall. The Social Hour Seminar will be free and the public is invited. for more information, call x78453.

Swimming power relay fundraising event

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Women’s Swimming & Diving team, along with those from more than 70 other colleges, universities, high schools and clubs throughout the country, will be participating in the Third Annual “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power for Cancer Research at 5 p.m. in the O’Neill Center Natatorium. In honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who died in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, a rare, soft-tissue cancer, this event unifies swimming and diving teams in a simultaneous-cross-country effort to raise team spirit for, and awareness and philanthropic support of, sarcoma research. For more information about the Hour of Power Relay and information on sarcoma, please visit http://go.carleton.edu/HourofPower or contact Jill Cook at x78624.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURES

Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin will hold guest lectures during his political-science classes. Upcoming speakers include: Radio consultant Tom Zarecki, who will discuss satellite and terrestrial radio on Thursday, Nov. 6; WestConn President James W. Schmotter, discussing Connecticut's economy on Thursday, Nov. 13; and business consultant Paul Streitz, who will discuss immigration reform on Thursday, Nov. 20. All lectures will be held from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. in Room 201 of White Hall. The discussions will be free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Benjamin at (860) 210-2146, ext. 129.

POLITICAL DISCUSSION

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Richard Shenkman, who will discuss "Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter" at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Shenkman also is an associate professor of history at George Mason University and editor of George Mason's History News Network. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to read05@student.wcsu.edu.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "CABARET"

The WestConn theatre arts department, in cooperation with the music department, will present "Cabaret" in the Berkshire Theatre. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7; Saturday, Nov. 8; Thursday, Nov. 13; Friday, Nov. 14; Saturday, Nov. 15; Friday, Nov. 21; and Saturday, Nov. 22; and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Ticket prices will be $22 for adults, and $18 for senior citizens and non-WestConn students. WestConn students will be admitted free with valid ID. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

PIANO CONCERT

On Thursday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Keyboard Club, music department and Student Government Association will present pianist David Allen Wehr at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and non-WestConn students. WestConn faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with valid I.D. For information, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

DINNER-THEATRE EVENT

On Friday, Nov. 7, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a dinner-theatre event at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The $45 cost will include dinner and a ticket to the theatre arts department production of "Cabaret." For more information or to make a reservation, call x78290.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Friday, Nov. 7, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be the Jazz Guitar Ensemble, the Tomlinson II Combo, the Weisz I Combo, the Begian Combo and the Morrison Combo. The program will include a variety of original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards such as "Just Friends," "If I Were a Bell" and "Body and Soul." The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 8, WestConn will host a planetarium show, "A Closer Look at Draco the Dragon," at 3 and 5 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, the asteroid Vesta and the autumn sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Sunday, Nov. 9, the WCSU Orchestra will perform at 2 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.

ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM

On Sunday, Nov. 9, renowned environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall will speak at a symposium about the international water crisis, at 6 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Hosted by the university and Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, the symposium will feature a panel that will address water conservation, sanitation and access. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73260.

VETERAN'S DAY OBSERVANCE

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, WestConn will host a Veteran's Day observance, featuring a keynote address by author Dr. Jefferson Wiggins at noon in Ives Concert Hall. WCSU student and National Guardsman Derek Roy will offer commentary, followed by the laying of a wreath of remembrance and the reciting of the Gettysburg Address at the flag pole outside Old Main on the Midtown campus. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78606.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOPS

The WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the following workshop for students during the fall semester: "Sophomore, Junior and Senior Years at WestConn: An Overview of Opportunities" on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The hour-long workshop will be held at 1 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall and is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE

On Thursday, Nov. 13, Dr. Philip Hineline of Temple University will discuss "Early Interventions for Autism" at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The talk is part of a series of "PsychMatters: Invited Lectures" to be offered by the psychology department this year. For more information, call x78476.

PIANO RECITAL

On Thursday, Nov. 13, students in WestConn's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, painter 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 slide lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

LECTURE AND CHORAL SINGING

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the WCSU German Studies Center will present "German Singing Societies" at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Commemorating 400 years of German history in the United States, the program will explore the contributions of German Singing Societies and will include a demonstration of choral singing by the Arion Singing Society of Danbury. The performance and discussion will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 792-2795.

SYMPHONIC BAND & WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the WCSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble 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.

HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

On Thursday, Nov. 20, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host author and attorney Diane Rapaport, who will discuss her award-winning books "The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England" and "New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians" at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information,e-mail read05@student.wcsu.edu.

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At-A-Glance

Nov3

Deadline. Applications for the faculty recognition ceremony and the WCSU Teaching Excellence Award is 9 a.m.

Career Development seminar. Career Decision-Making Seminar, hosted by the CDC. Student Center, Room 201, noon. Open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78263.

Nov4

Art slide lecture. Featuring painter Selina Trieff. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78881.

Career drop-in session. Westside Campus Center, Room 300E. Open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78263.

ING retirement counseling. To make an appointment, contact WestConn’s ING representative Marilyn Timbers at 800-784-6386, ext. 4003363.

Nov5

"Cleaning up the Digital Dirt" workshop. Student Center, Room 228, 1 p.m. For more information, call x78263.

Newman Dinner. Newman Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only.


Guest author lecture. Featuring “The Namesake” author Jhumpa Lahiri. Ives Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78754 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org


Hour of Power (holy hour). Newman Center, 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

Nov6

Deadline. For applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards for the 2009-10 academic year.


Social hour seminar. Graduates from the department of social sciences will discuss how their degrees positively influenced their graduate school choices and career paths. Warner Hall, Room 103, noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call x78453.

Career presentation. Westside Campus Center, Room 212. Open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78263.


Swimming power relay. O’Neill Center, 5 p.m. Fundraiser for the Third Annual “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power for Cancer Research. For more information, contact Jill Cook at x78624.


Political science lecture. Radio consultant Tom Zarecki to discuss satellite and terrestrial radio. White Hall, Room 201, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Political discussion. “Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter,” by Emmy-Award-winning investigative journalist Richard Shenkman. Student Center Theater, 7 p.m. Hosted by the WCSU Graduate Student Union. For more information, e-mail read05@student.wcsu.edu.


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


Piano concert. Featuring pianist David Allen Wehr. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and non-WestConn students. WestConn faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with valid I.D. For information, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov21

CSU International Education Conference

"Strengthening International Education Across the Connecticut State University System"

Central Connecticut State University campus, 1615 Stanley St., New Britain, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.ccsu.edu/csuiec/default.htm.

Nov22

Planetarium show & telescope viewing

"A Closer Look at Draco the Dragon," at 3 and 5 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, the asteroid Vesta and the autumn sky, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672.

Nov24

WCSU Concert choir and chamber singers concert

Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

FYI

Parking Rules and Regulations updated

The Western Connecticut State University Police Department announced today that the university has approved an addition to the current Parking Rules and Regulations for 2008 and 2009. Due to the limited parking available on the Midtown campus, persons with contractor permits or who who work for outside agencies or vendors providing services on campus, as well as those who work for limited time periods under outside contracts, may only park in the White Street garage. If the need should arise to park elsewhere on the Midtown campus, specific authorization must be obtained from the police department. The shift supervisor or OIC on duty at the police department may grant permission for contractor loading and unloading of tools, gear and equipment.

2008 FACULTY RECOGNITION CEREMONY

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the 2008 Faculty Recognition Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and will recognize faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008. The Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the WCSU Web site. Please note that applications will be accepted electronically only. Where supporting documentation of activity is requested, it should be submitted as an attachment to the electronically submitted application. This year’s ceremony will include the second WCSU Teaching Excellence Award. To access information about the criteria and nomination process for this award, visit the faculty recognition Web page. DEADLINE FOR BOTH SUBMISSIONS IS 9 A.M. ON NOV. 3. Please make every effort to be included in this important event.

DEADLINE FOR REASSIGNED TIME FOR RESEARCH AWARDS

The deadline for applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards for the 2009-10 academic year is Nov. 6. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for further information. The Research and Development Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the provost/vice president for academic affairs.

police survey

WestConn Police ask for your help to improve their service to everyone on campus. Please go to www.wcsu.edu/police to fill out a survey. The results will guide administrators as they continue to examine safety and education issues for students, faculty and staff on campus.

YOGA

Yoga instructor Eliza Littrell is teaching Hatha Yoga classes on Wednesday mornings through Nov. 19, from 8 to 8:50 a.m. in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall. Beginners and advanced students are welcome and mats will be provided. Tony Zatzick also is currently teaching a series of Kundalini yoga classes on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall, now through Dec. 2. For that class, please bring your own mat.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Volunteers are needed for the Morning Glory breakfast program, which feeds the homeless a healthy breakfast on Tuesday mornings from 6:45 to 9:45 a.m. For more information, contact
Kelly Sniffin.

Hosting a student for thanksgiving

On campus, students from all over the world would like to experience Thanksgiving with a local family. If you’re interested in opening your home and hosting one or more students for dinner, please contact Missy Gluckmann at x73270.

IRB Fall 2008 meetings

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 10. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal and 12 copies, at least two weeks in advance, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. Forms and a link to the required online training programs for protection of human subjects can be found on the ERes page under “Institutional Review Board.” For questions, contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.

ING Retirement Counseling  Opportunity

ING financial advisers will be on campus to conduct one-to-one retirement counseling sessions on the following dates: Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 25. If you participate in the Alternate Retirement Plan, or in any of the ING supplemental retirement plans (403(b), Roth 403(b) or 457), this is an opportunity for you to talk with an ING representative regarding your portfolio. Perhaps it’s time to adjust your asset allocations or simply join a supplemental retirement plan. Join a supplement plan with as little as $20 deducted from each paycheck. To set an appointment with WestConn’s ING representative, Ms. Marilyn Timbers, CFP, please send her an email or call her at (800) 784-6386 Ext. 4003363. This program is sponsored by the Human Resources Department. Please contact Lisa Lengel at x78666 if you would like more information.

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