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art slide lecture

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, artist Barbara Grossman 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. 

research seminar

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, James E. Biardi, assistant professor in the department of biology at Fairfield University, will discuss “Blood and 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 x78793. 

upcoming newman dinners

The Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 11. The dinners are open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

new student orientation

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, WestConn will host New Student Orientation from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/orientation/jan09.asp.

telescope viewing

On Monday, Feb. 2, WestConn will host a viewing of Venus, the first-quarter moon, Gamma Andromedae, the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion nebula, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

lecture

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Iona College Professor Dr. Jane Francis Amler, author of “Christopher Columbus’ Jewish Roots,” will speak at 2:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78734.

home show

WestConn will host the Western New England Home Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Feldman Arena in the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center on Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8. Home improvement companies will display their products and answer questions during the two-day event. Tickets will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Attendees can save $1 off the cost of an adult ticket by bringing a nonperishable food item for the Giving Pantry to the event. For more information, call Kathy Barnas at (860) 563-2111.

saxophone and piano concert

On Monday, Feb. 9, Albert Regni, principal saxophonist with the New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestras, will perform works for saxophone and piano with pianists Alan Farnham and Russell Hirshfield at noon in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

art slide lecture

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, award-winning illustrator Tom Kidd 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. 10, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop “Shakespearean Rhetoric” 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.

international student work and career workshop

On Wedneday, Feb. 11, the WCSU International Services Office and the Career Development Center wil host a workshop for international students about F1 visa regulations, off-campus employment and career development tools and services at noon in Room 226 of the Student Center. The free workshop is open to WCSU international students only. For more information, call x73270.

diversity lecture series

On Wedneday, Feb. 11, The Rev. DeForest Blake “Buster” Soaries Jr. will discuss “The New Promised Land: Martin Luther King’s Dream and its Reality in the Age of the Obama Presidency” in a Diversity Lecture Series talk at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Soaries is a Baptist minister, politician, author and former chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission. He also served as New Jersey’s Secretary of State from 1999 to 2002. The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action, will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78278.

diversity theater presentation

On Thursday, Feb. 12, WestConn will host the stage play “Voices: Those That Wore the Shoe” at 5 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The play is based on the stories and memories of former slaves as told to the 1934 Federal Writers’ Project. The performance will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278.

science-at-night presentation

On Thursday, Feb. 12, WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Richard Halliburton will discuss “Charles Darwin: His Life, Work and Influence” at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Feb. 12 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth Evolutionary principles that developed from Darwin’s ideas are fundamental to biology, medicine, agriculture and scientific understanding of life on earth. This year, 2009, has been proclaimed the “Year of Evolution.” Halliburton will discuss Darwin’s life and work, the state of modern evolutionary biology, and its impact on modern science and society. 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.

bridal show

On Sunday, Feb. 15, WestConn will host the “Wedding Steps Valentine Bridal Extravaganza” from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Feldman Arena in the William O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Vendors will display products and services for weddings. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 746-1648.

political science lecture

On Thursday, Feb. 19, radio consultant Tom Zarecki will discuss Internet, satellite and terrestrial radio 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.

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.

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At-A-Glance

Jan26

First day of classes.

Jan27

IACUC meeting. Student Center, Room 228, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Art slide lecture. Featuring artist Barbara Grossman. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Jan28

Research seminar. “Blood and Guts: Ground Squirrel Defenses to Rattlesnake Predation" by guest speaker James E. Biardi, assistant professor in the department of biology at Fairfield University. Science Building, Room 219, 4 p.m.

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

New student orientation. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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

Jan29

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, the WCSU Jazz Quartet, 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.

 
Feb1

Sunday Mass. Alumni Hall, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

Feb2

Deadline. For submission of CSU AAUP Research Grants to Martha Palanzo, Grants Office, Warner Hall 321.

Telescope viewing. . Viewing of Venus, the first-quarter moon, Gamma Andromedae, the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion nebula. Westside Observatory & Planetarium, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call x78671.

Feb4

Lecture. Featuring Iona College Professor Dr. Jane Francis Amler, author of "Christopher Columbus' Jewish Roots." Warner Hall, 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Opening Meeting. Science Building, Room 125, 3:30 p.m.

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

Feb5

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, acoustic guitarist Lara Herscovitch, 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.

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb24

Art slide lecture
Featuring illustrator Riley Brewster. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m.

 

Feb25

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 219, 4 p.m.

Mar31

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

FYI

spring semester opening meeting

The Spring Semester Opening Meeting has been postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Science Building, Lecture Hall Room 125, at 3:30 p.m.

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, Ms. 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 ccontact Ms. Marilyn Timbers at email 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: Jan. 27; Feb. 10; Feb. 24; March 10; March 24; April 7; April 28; May 12; and May 26.

upcoming events

If you have upcoming events from March 1 through April 31 that you would like publicized, please send them to pr@wcsu.edu before Sunday, Feb. 1. Be sure to indicate if you want the event promoted only to the university community or if you would like the general public to be notified, too. Please include ALL the following information: name of the event and a brief description; time, date and location (room number, building name, etc.); cost, if any; contact person and phone number; and any other relevant information.

westcafe cancelled

Westcafe will not be held this semester.

president's day holidays

The February 2009 President’s Holidays will be observed as follows:

AAUP, SUOAF-AFSCME, AFSCME
Clerical, and Management/Confidential Employees: Lincoln’s Birthday will be observed on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009;
Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.

Maintenance Employees: Although
Thursday, Feb. 12 is designated as the holiday for Lincoln’s Birthday, for these employees, most, if not all, will be required to work on this day because classes will be in session. Therefore, these employees will earn a compensatory holiday which may be used at a later date. Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 16, the same as for all other bargaining units.

A & R Employees & Protective Services
Employees: If required to work on Thursday, Feb.12, employees will receive a compensatory day off and will be paid at time and one-half for all hours worked on the holiday. This compensatory day can be used at a later date. Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 16, the same as for all other bargaining units.

If you have questions, please contact
human resources at x78662.

CSU-AAUP Research grants deadline

The deadline for submission of CSU-AAUP Research Grants is Monday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. Five copies of your proposal need to be submitted to Martha Palanzo, Grants Office, Warner Hall 321.

UPBC meeting

Please send any agenda items for the next UPBC meeting to Dr. James Donegan at doneganj@wcsu.edu by Tuesday, Jan. 27.

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