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art slide lecture

On Tuesday, March 10, illustrator John Cuneo 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 will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

ECONOMIC SUMMIT

On Tuesday, March 10, a panel of area business people will discuss current economic conditions, expectations for the future and ways to improve them, at a discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Classroom Building. Panel members will include: Allen Morton, dean of the Ancell School of Business; John Kline, CEO, Union Savings Bank; Stephen Bull, president, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce; Gary Hawley, president, Hawley Construction; Scott Sanderude, vice president, marketing and development, Praxair; Brian Raabe, partner, Empirical Research Partners; and Chris Bruhl, president and CEO, Business Council of Fairfield County. The discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENTs - movie screenings

On Tuesday, March 10, WestConn will host a screening followed by a discussion of "Salaam Bombay!" and on Tuesday, March 17, WestConn will host a screening followed by a discussion of "Monsoon Wedding." Both screenings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The films were directed by Mira Nair, the director of "The Namesake." The events will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

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.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

On Wednesday, March 11, the WCSU chamber music program will present a concert 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.

COMPUTER FORENSICS CAREER PROGRAM

On Thursday, March 12, WestConn will host a panel presentation about "Computer Forensics in the Technology Age" featuring Attorney General Richard Blumenthal; Forensic Computer Crimes Investigator Matthew Brodacki, a WCSU alumnus; and State's Attorney Richard Colangelo at 1 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The panelists will discuss their respective career paths, types of cases they have worked on, and what they foresee for the future of forensics and technology. The discussion will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78265.

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 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12; Friday, March 13; and Saturday, March 14. There also 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.

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.

THE VILLAGE AT BROOKFIELD COMMON UNIVERSITY/RIDGEFIELD CROSSINGS UNIVERSITY EVENT

On Monday, March 16, WestConn Adjunct Instructor of Communication Jeanne Christie will discuss "The Value of the Narrative: Our Veterans' Stories" at a Brookfield Common University (BCU) event at 10:30 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.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, March 17, WestConn will host a panel discussion about "Women and the Economy" at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The panelists will include Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Carina Bandhauer, Assistant Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Jennifer Nugent Duffy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Damla Isik and Associate Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Martha May. Lunch will be served. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

Tutoring Resource Center workshop

On Tuesday, March 17, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, director of Cooperative Education in WestConn's Career Development Center, who will present the workshop "Off-Campus Programs, Scholarships, Internships and Graduate Research" 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.

newman dinner

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

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Wednesday, March 18, WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Mitch Wagener will discuss "How Do We Know the Climate is Changing?" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. A large majority of scientists now believe that the earth's climate is warming and human activity has played a prominent role. How do scientists study climate change and its ecological effects? Wagener, WCSU ecologist, will lead the audience through the science. Offered as part of the continuing "Science at Night" series, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78773.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Macrh 19, Stamford trade attorney Paul Edelberg will discuss China's economy from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 102 of Berkshire Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one 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.

WESTCONN SOCIETY LUNCHEON

On Wednesday, March 25, the WCSU Foundation will host its annual WestConn Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. To join the society or purchase a ticket for the luncheon, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at x78298.

SENIOR PORTRAITS

The WCSU Colonial Yearbook will host a free senior portrait session for graduating seniors on Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. The portrait session is open to graduating seniors only. For more information, call x73227.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 31, artist Don Kimes 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 will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - MIRA NAIR

On Tuesday, March 31, Mira Nair, acclaimed director of "The Namesake," "Monsoon Wedding" and "Mississippi Masala," will deliver the President's Lecture Series talk at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754.

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.

WestConn Report is published online for the WestConn community by University Publications & Design (UP&D) biweekly during the academic year. The first issue of each semester is also printed and mailed to all members of the WCSU community. Each issue is archived on the WCSU Web site.

Editorial & Design Staff:
Irene Sherlock, associate director, UP&D
Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

Deadlines:
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At-A-Glance

Oct9

UPBC meeting. Student Center, Room 226, 2:30 p.m.

Oct10

Economic summit. A panel of area business people will discuss current economic conditions, expectations for the future, and ways to improve them. Westside Classroom Building, Room 218, 5 to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Film screening. “Salaam Bombay!” Student Center Theater, 7 p.m. Discussion to follow the viewing. Part of the 2008 “One Book, One Community” program. For more information, call x78486 or visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

Oct11

Faculty book signing and discussion. A Women's History Month faculty book signing and discussion. Warner Hall Lobby, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Men’s Lacrosse. WCSU vs. Trinity. Westside Athletic Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Debate. "Political Fight Night," featuring a discussion about the merits of abstinence versus comprehensive sexual education. The Club at the Westside Campus Center, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

Chamber music concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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

 
Oct12

Computer forensics career program. "Computer Forensics in the Technology Age" featuring Attorney General Richard Blumenthal; Forensic Computer Crimes Investigator Matthew Brodacki, a WCSU alumnus; and State's Attorney Richard Colangelo. Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center, 1 p.m. Free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78265.

Women’s Lacrosse. WCSU vs. Kean. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. For more information, call x79700.

Oct12-14

Theatre production. “The Tempest,” presented by the WCSU Theatre Arts Department. Performances at 8 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 14. Admission: $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.

Oct13

Jazz combos concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr7

Graduate Open House
Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Apr16

Child Care Cabaret
Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Apr25

Tri-State Weather Conference
Science Building

FYI

deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the purchasing department is April 15 for the academic departments and
May 15 for administrative departments. All goods must be delivered to the university by June 1.

If bidding is necessary, please allow sufficient time for a solicitation process.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Case at x78657 or Esther Boriss at x78758 in administrative services.

CUCAS MEETING

The next meeting of CUCAS will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. Please submit 21 copies of all pertinent documents with appropriate signatures to Terry Buzaid in Academic Affairs by noon on Wednesday, March 11. Please attend the meeting to discuss your proposal and to answer questions from CUCAS members. Neither incomplete nor late submissions will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Chappell, CUCAS Chair, at chappellm@wcsu.edu or x79366.


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.

Employee of the Semester Award for the Fall 2008

Director of Administrative Services Mark Case has been selected to be honored as the winner of the Employee of the Semester Award for the fall 2008 semester. Mark began working for WCSU as the associate director for institutional services in March of 2000. In 2006, he was promoted to his current position as director of administrative services. In addition to his administrative position, Mark has been an adjunct faculty member in the management department since 2001.
On Friday, March 20, Mark will be presented with the Employee of the Semester Award from Dr. Schmotter at noon in the Student Center, Room 202. A reception will immediately follow the presentation. Both the award presentation and the reception are open to all.

Operation Care-Package

Several campus departments and community organizations including university computing and the WCSU Veterans Task Force have teamed up to send care packages to American soldiers deployed overseas. “Operation Care-Package” will start immediately and end at a later date. For the next month or so, please visit any one of the four staffed computer centers at WestConn and drop off your care-package items.  
 
The location of the computer centers is as follows:
-Westside Computer Center: near bookstore in the WS Classroom Building
-Campus Center Computer Center: 3rd floor of the WS Campus Center
-Midtown Campus Computer Center: 1st floor of the MT Haas Library
-Student Technology Training Center: 2nd floor of the MT Student Center
 
Please encourage your friends, family, colleagues and peers to become involved in “Operation Care-Package."  
 
See the flyer on this site for a list of recommended items. If you have any questions, please contact Derek Roy at x78304.

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 e-mail or by phone at x78264 to discuss possibilities.
This event is sponsored by Human Resources, Student Affairs and University Events.

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 until 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. For more informatin or to sign up, stop by the Office of Institutional Advancement
or call x78298 or send an e-mail to alumni@wcsu.edu. Looking forward to seeing you during our spring phonathon!

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: March 10; March 24; April 7; April 28; May 12; and May 26.

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