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ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, art curator John Arthur will discuss the landscape tradition in American painting and his perspective on contemporary images of nature 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.

DANCE TEAM AUDITIONS

The WCSU Dance team will hold a workshop and auditions. The workshop will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and the auditions will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. Both events will be at a campus location to be determined. In order to audition, dancers must be WestConn students and attend both the workshop and the auditions. For more information, visit wcsudanceteam.com or send an e-mail to wcsudanceteam@gmail.com.

STEVEN NEUWIRTH LECTURE

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, WestConn will honor the life and scholarship of the late Professor of English Dr. Steven D. Neuwirth with a screening of the documentary film "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" and discussion at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Abigail Disney, founder and president of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive, social change organization that makes grants to grassroots, community-based organizations, will be the featured speaker. Neuwirth was a specialist in Early American literature and American history, and made significant contributions to academic program development at WestConn from the 1980s until his retirement in 2003. This lecture in his memory will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Sept. 12, WestConn will host a 6:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Summer Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the summer sky, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus, from 7:30 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.

BRUNCH CRUISE

On Sunday, Sept. 13, WestConn will host a "Cruise Around the Big Apple" aboard World Yacht, New York's premier dining cruise line. The yacht will depart at 11 a.m. from the Pier at 81 West 41st St. in New York. The cost is $89 per person for the cruise or $109 for the cruise plus transportation to the pier and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call x78290.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Meeting

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and nine copies, at least two weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. The link to the required on-line training program can be found on the ERes page under Grant Programs and then to IACUC.  For questions, please contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061.

GRANT SEMINARS – ADVANCE YOUR RESEARCH AGENDA

The Grants Office will host seminars in Warner Hall, Room 315, from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays during the fall semester. Bring your lunch! Beverages and dessert will be provided. If you have questions, please contact Martha Palanzo at x78944. The seminars are as listed below:

  • Sept. 16: Introduction to Sponsored Programs and Research at WCSU
  • Sept. 30: Looking for Government Support for Your Project
  • Oct. 14: Looking for Foundation Funding
  • Oct. 28: Establishing a Need for Your Project — The “So What” Factor
  • Nov. 11: Tools for Establishing an Accurate Project Timeline — What Can You Realistically Achieve During the Project Period?
  • Dec. 9: Writing, Assembling and Reviewing Your CSU Research Grant

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The dinner will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) 2009-10 Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet on Wednesdays in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following days: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 27, 2010, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal plus 12 copies of the proposal, at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. IRB forms and the link to the required on-line training programs for protection of human subjects can be found on the ERes page under “Institutional Review Board.”  For questions, please contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Sept. 17, Tom Zarecki, former general manager of WestConn's WXCI, will discuss satellite and terrestrial radio and digital communications from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m., during a political science class in Room 209 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.

TELESCOPE VIEWING:

On Thursday, Sept. 17, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of the summer sky, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

GOLDEN CIRCLE LUNCHEON

On Friday, Sept. 18, the annual Golden Circle Luncheon to honor WestConn alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago will be at noon in Warner Hall. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call the Alumni Office at x78290.

IVES FAMILY FAIR

On Sunday, Sept. 20, the Ives Authority, under the auspices of the City of Danbury and in partnership with WestConn, will host "The Ives Family Fair," a day-long family event at Ives Concert Park. Gates will open at 2 p.m. This free, multicultural celebration of the arts salutes the diversity and rich history of the Greater Danbury area. Festivities will feature local performers such as the Philippine Cultural Group, Salsa Dancers, Sons of Portugal Folklore Dance Group, Ecuadorian Folk Dancers, Middle Eastern Belly Dancers and Polynesian Dancers, cultural drummers, a Marriachi band and the rousing Irish Mighty Ploughboys. There will be children's entertainment and strolling Civil War re-enactors. The day will culminate with a performance by the Ives Festival Orchestra. For more information, call x79227 or visit ivesconcertpark.com.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, illustrator Victor Juhasz 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.

Scholarly Workshops

The Tutoring Resource Center will sponsor scholarly workshops during the fall semester. All workshops, led by Adjunct Lecturer of Writing Jeanne Lakatos, are open to the public and begin promptly at 2 p.m. in Berkshire Hall, Room 104. To register, please call x79245.  The workshops this semester include:

  • Sept. 22:  Intricate Grammar Workshop
  • Oct. 6: Off-Campus Programs: Scholarships, Internships,            (Tony Ciarleglio, Guest Speaker)
  • Oct. 13: Strategies for Midterm Triumph
  • Nov. 17: Professional Networking & Writing Abstracts for professional conferences

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Seasonal flu clinics, sponsored by the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association, will be held during the fall semester. This is not the H1N1 flu shot. There is a $20 fee; for more information, visit danburyvna.org or call (203) 792-4120. The dates and locations of the clinics are listed below:

  • Wednesday, Sept.  23, Student Center, Midtown campus, noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 19, Westside Campus Center, noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, Student Center, Room 228 (during Health Fair), Midtown campus, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Fairfield University Professor of Biology Dr. James Biardi will discuss "Blood & Guts: Ground Squirrel Defenses to Rattlesnake Predation" 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 x78791.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Sept. 24, U.S. Senate candidate Merrick Alpert will discuss federal climate change legislation from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 209 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.

THEATRE PRODUCTION: "TROJAN WOMEN" (TROADES OF EURIPIDES)

On Friday, Sept. 25, director Leonidas Loizides will stage his world-touring production of the Greek tragedy "Trojan Women" (Troades of Euripides) at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The performance will be free and the public is invited. It is funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. For more information, call x78832.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Sept. 26, WestConn will host a 6:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Summer Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the first-quarter moon, summer sky and Jupiter, from 7:30 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.

FALL SEMESTER MASS SCHEDULE

During the fall semester, Mass will be held Sundays at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall and on Monday through Thursday in the Newman Center at noon. Mass will not be held Labor Day or during Thanksgiving recess. For further information, please contact the Newman Center at (203) 744-5846.

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

Sept8

Art slide lecture. Featuring art curator John Arthur. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Steven Neuwirth lecture. Film screening of "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" and discussion. Ives Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Featuring guest speaker Abigail Disney. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Volleyball. WCSU vs. John Jay. Westside Athletic Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sept9

Field hockey. WCSU vs. New Paltz. Westside Athletic Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sept10

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

Sept11

Deadline. Applications for faculty development funds for activity from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009.

General Education meeting. Haas Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2 p.m.

 
Sept12

Planetarium show & telescope viewing. “Summer Skies” show at 6:30 p.m., followed by a telescope viewing of the summer sky, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672.

AA meeting. Alumni Hall, 11 p.m.

Sept13
Brunch cruise. "Cruise Around the Big Apple" aboard World Yacht, New York's premier dining cruise line. Departure at 11 a.m. from the Pier at 81 West 41st St. in New York. Cost: $89 per person for the cruise or $109 for the cruise plus transportation to the pier. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call x78290.

AA meeting. Alumni Hall, 8 p.m.
Sept14
UPBC meeting. Student Center, Room 226, 2:30 p.m.

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. St. Joseph. Westside Athletic Stadium, 4 p.m.

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct7

Author Talk and Book Signing: Dr. Richard Frank, author of Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope. Warner Hall, 5 p.m. RSVP required – call x76556

Oct15

Science-at-Night Program: Author Talk and Book Signing: Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn Spiro, MD, authors of Divided Minds. Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m.

Oct16

CSU International Education Conference, WCSU Midtown campus

FYI

Deadlines for Faculty Development Funds

Deadlines for applications for the 2009-10 Faculty Development Funds are listed below. The application can be found in the Faculty Handbook on the WCSU Web site under Faculty and Staff, (click on Faculty Handbook, then click on View Table of Forms). Make sure to include a "WCSU Request for Professional Travel Worksheet" with your application. Late applications will not be accepted. Please contact Russell Hirshfield, chair of the Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, if you have any questions.

  • Sept. 11, 2009 is the deadline for activity from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009
  • Dec. 4, 2009 is the deadline for activity from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2010
  • Feb. 5, 2010 is the deadline for activity from March 1 to May 31, 2010
  • April 23, 2010 is the deadline for activity from June 1 to Sept. 30, 2010

WCSU RETIREES

The following people have retired from WCSU, for the period ending June 30, 2009:

Maureen Alviti, Aram Aslanian, Gale Bienvenue, Winston Blake, Walter Boelke, Jim Bucko, Linda Carpenter, Joe Cillizza, Paul Collins, Tony Cunha, Gloria Folan, Loretta Gentile, Bill Hawkins, Rolf Johnson, Cheryl Lynch, Debbie Maffeo, Hugh McCarney, Tom Millard, Elaine Miller, Howard Russock, Bob Simpson, Maryellen Smith, Ah-Mei Tompsett, Dick Van Houten, John Wallace, Fred Zarnowski

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AND VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, DR. LINDA RINKER

Faculty members who wish to apply for sabbatical leave for 2010-11 shall submit seven (7) copies of all application materials to the Academic Leave Committee, c/o Mike Palica, assistant to the director of fiscal affairs, UH 222, no later than Sept. 28, by 4:30 p.m. Please contact Mike Palica at x78892 if you have any questions.  Also, no later than Sept. 28, submit one copy of the application to the appropriate departmental leave committee and one copy to the appropriate dean, director, or supervisor.  Details of the application procedures are found in the Faculty Handbook, or can be obtained from Terry Buzaid (x78275).

Promotion & Tenure

I am pleased to announce the following faculty members have been granted promotion and/or tenure. They are:

Tenure awarded effective Spring 2009:

Xiaomei Gong

Promotion to Associate Professor, effective academic year 2009-10:

Daniel Barrett, Ming Ling Chuang, Donald Gagnon, Xiaomei Gong, Robyn Housemann, Samuel Lightwood, Theodora Pinou, Joshua Rosenthal, Stacey Alba Skar

Promotion to Professor, effective academic year 2009-10:

Daryle Brown, Karen Burke, John Coleman, James Donegan, Martha May, Margaret Murray, Shouhua Qi, Catherine Rice, Stephen Wagener

Tenure, effective academic year 2009-10:

Patrice Boily, Karen Burke, Edward Duncanson, Robyn Housemann, Samuel Lightwood, Pamela McDaniel, Michael Nolan, Stacey Alba Skar, David Skora

On behalf of the university community, I extend sincere congratulations.

Sabbatic leaves

Fall 2009:  Rick Bassett, James Donegan, Nicholas Gallucci, James Scrimgeour, Laurie Weinstein

Spring 2010:  Alice Chance, Marsha Daria, Robin Flanagan, Russell Hirshfield, Olowole Owoye, James Scrimgeour, Paula Secondo, Cigdem Usekes

The 2009-10 Academic Calendar is available online at:

wcsu.edu/newsevents/currentacadcal.asp
The Faculty Handbook is currently being updated. As soon as it is online, an e-mail announcement will go out to the university community.

DEC rosters will be mailed to all chairpersons and spokespersons separately.

Please note that Faculty Rosters and Committee Rosters will be e-mailed to you.  Please contact Academic Affairs at x78275 if you are not online and wish to receive a hard copy.

Also note that the Academic Planning Calendar is online at wcsu.edu/newsevents/acad.asp

faculty recognition ceremony 2009

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee (FDRC) in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony (FRC) will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall.  At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2008 – May 31, 2009 will be recognized. The Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the wcsu.edu Web site. Please note that applications will be accepted only electronically. Where supporting documentation of an activity is requested, it should be submitted as an attachment to the electronically submitted application. This year’s ceremony will include the third annual “WCSU Teaching Excellence Award.” Please see the link to the Provost’s announcement for the criteria and nomination process for this award.  Details concerning the format of the FRC can be found through a link at wcsu.edu as well. This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Oct. 26. Please make every effort to be included in this important event.

–Russell Hirshfield, Chair, Faculty Development and Recognition Committee

Hancock student leadership program applications

The Hancock Student Leadership Program is requesting applications for the 2009-10 cohort. The deadline for online applications is midnight on Oct. 5. The program is designed to foster and acknowledge excellence in student leadership, and it provides students with training, mentoring, networking, a certificate of completion and numerous other benefits. Please encourage student leaders from all across campus to apply for this worthwhile program. For more information please visit wcsu.edu/hslp or contact Walter Bernstein at x78600 or Averell Manes at x78452. 

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