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HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

On Monday, Feb. 23, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will display their usual fun and high-spirited showmanship during a game at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Tickets will range from $28 to $84 and are available at x78499 or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE AND SCREENING

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host Emmy Award-winning producer and director Simcha Jacobovici, better known as Vision TV's "The Naked Archaeologist," at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. Jacobovici's talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, e-mail jflores005@gmail.com.

THE VILLAGE AT BROOKFIELD COMMON UNIVERSITY/RIDGEFIELD CROSSINGS UNIVERSITY EVENT

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, WestConn Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova will discuss "Global Studies in the Age of Change" at a Brookfield Common University (BCU) event at 10 a.m. at The Village at Brookfield Common, 246A Federal Road in Brookfield and again at 2 p.m. at Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. The events are free and the public is invited. BCU and RCU are partnerships between WestConn and the senior living communities in Brookfield and Ridgefield, which aim to provide continuing education opportunities for residents and the public. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, illustrator Riley Brewster 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. 25, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop “Intricate Grammar” at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Rachel Yehuda, professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at Mount Sinai and the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will discuss "Psychobiology of Trauma" at 4 p.m. in Room 219 of the Science Building. Offered as part of the continuing "Research Seminar" series hosted by the department of biological and environmental sciences, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78793.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

WestConn will present the 13th annual Festival of African Films in celebration of Black History Month. "Si-Gueriki" (The Queen Mother) by Idrissou Mora Kpai will be screened at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and again at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in the Student Center Theater. This 2003 film is from Benin. Kpai sets out to pay film tribute to the nobility of his late father, rediscovering instead the authority and resourcefulness of female kin. Modernity among the Borgu people of northern Benin calls for the reinvention of his mother's position as queen mother, from a ritual actor to an activist struggling for women's education, family planning, and AIDS education. The screenings will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Feb. 26, World Conference of Religions for Peace Deputy Secretary General Stein Villumstad will discuss "Religion as a Missing Link to Diplomacy" at 4 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall. Villumstad has extensive experience in international development, conflict transformation and human rights. The talk, sponsored by the International Services Office, the WCSU International Center, the Honors Program and the Newman Center, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

political science lectures

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele will discuss the state's budget crisis, future employment opportunities and his recent trade mission and on Thursday, March 5, Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, director of WestConn's Cooperative Education program, will discuss career development options. The discussions, which will be held from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 102 of Berkshire Hall, are free and open to the public and are two 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 e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, Feb 26, the WCSU Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 27, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White 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.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, March 3, 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 the public is invited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

FILM SCREENING

On Tuesday, March 3, WestConn will host a screening of "The Education of Shelby Knox" at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The film tells the story of a Texas teen's fight for sexual education. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

upcoming newman dinners

The Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 18. The dinners are open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, March 4, the WCSU Ancell School of Business, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center will offer the "Fundamentals of Running Your Small Business" workshop at 5 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall. The public is invited to this free workshop. Seating is limited; to register, call (203) 743-5565 or e-mail info@danburychamber.com.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Wednesday, March 4, WestConn will host a viewing of the first-quarter moon, the Orion nebula, the Beehive star cluster and Saturn, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "THE TEMPEST"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4; and 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6; Saturday, March 7; Thursday, March 12; Friday, March 13; and Saturday, March 14. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 14. Ticket prices will be $18 for adults, and $15 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.

FACULTY BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION

A Women's History Month faculty book signing and discussion will held on Wednesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. Featured will be Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Burton Peretti, who will read from "Lift Every Voice: The History of African American Music;" Professor of Psychology Dr. Nicholas Gallucci, who will read from "Sport Psychology: Performance Enhancement, Performance Inhibition, Individuals and Teams;" and Associate Professor of English Dr. Shouhua Qi, who will read from "The Pearl Jacket." This Women's History Month event will be free and the public is invited. Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call x78486.

Debate

On Wednesday, March 11, WestConn will host "Political Fight Night," a discussion about the merits of abstinence versus comprehensive sexual education at 7:30 p.m. in The Club at the Westside Campus Center. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Friday, March 13, the WCSU Jazz Combos 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.

lecturers needed

Spend an hour or two sharing your expertise with an appreciative audience at the Village at Brookfield Common and Ridgefield Crossings, two local senior living communities. This ongoing series of monthly faculty lectures has, since March 2006, built goodwill and good friends with our neighbors. If you’d like to volunteer your services or learn more, please call Sherri Hill at x78774 or send an e-mail to hills@wcsu.edu. Thank you.

If you plan to attend an event and would like to request disability accommodations, please contact the organizer as listed in the event listing.

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At-A-Glance

Feb23

Violin and piano recital. Featuring Dr. Russell Hirshfield and Richard Rood, first violinist of the New York City Opera and leading member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ives Concert Hall, noon.

Harlem Globetrotters. O’Neill Center, Feldman Arena, 7 p.m. Tickets will range from $28 to $84 and are available at x78499 or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Biblical Archaeology lecture and screening. The WCSU Graduate Student Union will host Emmy Award-winning producer and director Simcha Jacobovici, better known as Vision TV's "The Naked Archaeologist," at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to jflores005@gmail.com.

Feb24

The Village at Brookfield Common University Event. "Global Studies in the Age of Change" by Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova. The Village at Brookfield Common, 246A Federal Road in Brookfield, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

Art slide lecture. Featuring illustrator Riley Brewster. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Ridgefield Crossings University Event. "Global Studies in the Age of Change" by Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova. Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

Dance performance. “Love Story,” presented by the WCSU Dance Team. Ives Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Admission: $5; WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $3. For more information, e-mail loughran005@student.wcsu.edu.

 
Feb25

African film festival. "Si-Gueriki" (The Queen Mother) by Idrissou Mora Kpai. Student Center Theater, noon. Free and open to the public.

Ash Wednesday Mass. Newman Center, noon.

Workshop. “Intricate Grammar.” Tutoring Resource Center, Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 2 p.m. To register, call x79245. Free and open to the public.

Research seminar. "Psychobiology of Trauma” by Rachel Yehuda, professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at Mount Sinai and the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Science Building, Room 129, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Entrepreneurial education workshop. "Writing a Business Plan: Your Company's Roadmap," presented by WCSU Ancell School of Business, the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center. Warner Hall, Room 103, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; to register, call (203) 743-5565 or e-mail info@danburychamber.com.

Hour of Power (holy hour). Newman Center, 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

See more events

Mark Your Calendars

Mar18

Science-At-Night Presentation
"How Do We Know the Climate is Changing?"
Presented by Dr. Mitch Wagener
Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m.

Mar31

President's Lecture Series
"Between Two Worlds: An Evening with Mira Nair"
Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Apr25

Tri-State Weather Conference
Science Building

FYI


Employee Supplemental Benefits Fair


On Tuesday, March 10, an employee supplemental benefits fair will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
in the Student Center, Room 202.
The following vendors will be on campus to provide employees with information regarding supplemental insurance products, with the premiums paid through the ease of a payroll deduction: 

Colonial Life – short term disability insurance
Liberty Mutual – auto and homeowners insurance
MetLife – long term care insurance
ING Benefits/ReliaStar Life Insurance Company – universal life insurance

If you are interested in learning more about the products offered, or would like to review an existing policy please stop by to visit a representative. This event is sponsored by the Human Resources Department. For more information, contact Lisa Lengel at x78666.

SAVE THE DATE!

The university is excited to announce the second annual 2009 Take Our Children To Work® Day on Thursday, April 16. This event is an opportunity for girls and boys to learn about the world of work, the challenges their parents face, and how the schoolwork they do today will help them to begin building partnerships to educate and empower in order to shape the future for a new generation at work. This event is open to all WCSU employees. You may bring your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, mentees, etc. The only requirement is that the girls and boys must be between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age. We look forward to welcoming all of the children to campus again this year for all new activities. Please note that the date has been changed to fall on the vacation week for many area school systems. This decision was made based on parent feedback and to accommodate as many of your children as possible.

If you are interested in participating either by bringing your child(ren) or volunteering for the day of the event, please contact Lisa Temkin Carrozza at temkinl@wcsu.edu. Please let Lisa know the name(s) and age(s) of the child(ren) you will be bringing. More information including permission slips will be distributed closer to the day of the event. Also, if you know of any WCSU students who would be interested in volunteering, please let Lisa know as well.

The day will consist of:
Welcoming Breakfast; Campus Tours;
Classroom Visits; Group Activities;
Luncheon; Wrap up activity; Job Shadow with Parent/Guardian*

*The parent/guardian will join their child(ren) for the welcoming breakfast and then again at the luncheon. They will bring their child back to their work location for job shadowing for the remainder of their work day following our wrap up activity. If there are scheduling issues with work/classes, please contact Lisa via email or by phone at x78264 to discuss possibilities.
This event is sponsored by Human Resources, Student Affairs and University Events.

Proposals for Summer Curriculum Grants

Proposals for summer curriculum grants must be submitted to the dean of your school by March 1.  For details, see "Summer Curriculum Related Activities" on page 186 of the Faculty Handbook.

name correction

In the new telephone directory, Dr. Senan Hayes' name was listed incorrectly.

For students who have aetna health insurance through the university

An AETNA representative will be available to assist all students who are enrolled in AETNA student health insurance offered through the university. The rep will help with questions on claims, eligibility and benefits every Tuesday starting Feb. 10 through May 12 in the Midtown Student Center  Room 202 B, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEER for the Spring Phonathon!

This past fall, alumni and parents welcomed us into their homes via the telephone during our annual phonathon program. More than 15 student callers, working together as a strong and supportive team, reached out to WestConn alumni, friends and family in support of the university’s Annual Fund. In the toughest of financial times, the fall phonathon was able to raise $17,723.00. That represents 44.3 percent of our $40,000 fundraising goal. Today, given the economic climate, state universities are relying more and more on fundraising to build student scholarships and support programs and initiatives that are not covered by tuition and state appropriations. Please join us for at least one evening of calling now through April 30. Phonathon blackout dates are Feb. 25, March 17, and April 9. For more informatin or to sign up, stop by the Office of Institutional Advancement
or call x78298 or send an email to alumni@wcsu.edu. Looking forward to seeing you during our spring phonathon!

mileage reimbursement rate change

Effective Feb. 12, 2009, the mileage reimbursement rate will change from 58.5 to 55 cents per mile. Any required corrections to the mileage rate for previously submitted travel authorizations will be made in the travel office. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Mark Case at x78657 or Kim Spinelli at x78505.

NEWMAN CENTER DAILY MASS

During the spring semester, Mass will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in the Newman Center Chapel in addition to the Sunday Masses held in Alumni Hall each week at 5 p.m. The services are free and open to the public.

EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COUNSELING SESSIONS

WestConn’s ING Financial Adviser, Marilyn Timbers, will be on campus this spring to conduct employee retirement counseling sessions or to discuss your retirement portfolio. Sessions are by appointment only. Please contact Timbers at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.COM (preferred form of contact) or voicemail at (800) 784-6386, ext. 4003363 to schedule an appointment. Sessions will be held in the Student Center, Room 228 on the following dates: Feb. 24; March 10; March 24; April 7; April 28; May 12; and May 26.

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