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GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE

On Tuesday, April 6, WestConn will host a Graduate Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Coordinators from each graduate program will be available to answer questions. The Open House will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Division of Graduate Studies at x78243. 

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, April 6, WestConn will screen "Crossing Borders" at 6 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. A discussion with director Arnd Wachter and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Damla Isik will follow. The film documents four American and four Moroccan college students as they travel together for eight days through Morocco, and, in the process of discovering "the other" culture, they discover themselves. Through frank and emotional discussions, the students come to terms with the complex implications of the supposed "clash of civilizations" between the Muslim and Western worlds. The screening will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

CAREER FAIR

On Wednesday, April 7, the Career Development Center (CDC) will host the 15th annual WCSU Career Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. More than 50 employers are expected to attend the fair, which will be free and open to WestConn students, alumni, faculty and staff. For more information, call the CDC at x78263.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

On Wednesday, April 7, the WCSU Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting, at which the alumni board of directors will be elected, at 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The meeting is open to graduates of the university only. For more information, call x78290. 

LYME DISEASE SEMINAR AND HEALTH FAIR

On Wednesday, April 7, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies will host a Lyme Disease Health Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center. Information about Lyme Disease prevention and treatment will be available. At 7 p.m., speakers including Dr. Richard Horowitz, a board-certified internist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases; Pat Smith, president of the Lyme Disease Association Inc.; and Jennifer Reid, community coordinator for the BLAST Lyme Disease Prevention Program, will share their expertise. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78882.

WESTERN CONNECTION CELEBRATION

On Thursday, April 8, the Danbury Public Schools and WestConn will host a celebration of the success of the Western Connection program from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Western Connection is a partnership between 10 Danbury area school districts and the university. The event will be free and the public is invited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, April 5, at x78575.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, April 8, Rob Michalik, district director for U.S. Rep Chris Murphy, will discuss the American economy from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 of White 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 send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu .

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, April 8, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, ambient rock band The Files and Fires, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

SCIENCE FAIR

On Friday, April 9, WestConn will host the Bethel Middle School Science Fair at 5 p.m. in the Atrium of the Science Building. Students in grades 6 through 8 will display posters reflecting their research and answer questions about their results. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78576.

CMEA RECEPTION

On Friday, April 9, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a reception at 6 p.m. in the Riverside Lounge of the Connecticut Convention Center for graduates of the university who are attending the Connecticut Music Educators Association Conference in Hartford, Conn. This event is free and open to WCSU alumni only. For more information, call x78290. 

KAPPA CARNIVAL

On Saturday, April 10, WestConn's Kappa Chi Alpha sorority will host a "Kappa Carnival" to raise funds for Dream Come True of Western Connecticut from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The carnival will feature simple games, food for purchase and more. The public is invited and tickets will be sold at the event. For more information, call (203) 709-0334.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, April 10, WestConn will host a 7:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Spring Skies," followed by telescope viewing of Mars, Saturn and the spring sky from 8:30 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch

HEALTH/DISABILITY CONFERENCE

On Sunday, April 11, Artists in Transition, an organization that works with visual and performing artists facing physical and/or mental health issues, will hold a conference from noon to 5 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center. Connecticut architect/sculptor Tom Luckey, who had an accident resulting in quadriplegia at the height of his career, will be the keynote speaker. The conference is open to the public; there is a $25 fee to attend. WCSU faculty, staff and students with valid I.D. will be admitted free. For more information or to register, visit www.artistsintransitionUSA.blogspot.com

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Sunday, April 11, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 3 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. 

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, April 11, the Newman Center will host a Mass at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The worship service will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 744-5846. 

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Monday, April 12, illustrator David Johnson 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.

Poetry READING

On Monday, April 12, David Lehman, poet and editor of the annual Best American Poetry series of anthologies, will read from his work at 6:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The reading, part of the Spring Writing Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78878. 

CONCERT

On Monday, April 12, composer and pianist Piet Swerts will perform with WestConn students, faculty and guest artists at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and non-WestConn students. Admission will be free for WestConn students with valid I.D. For tickets and more information, call x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets. 

READING

On Tuesday, April 13, poet, author and journalist Paola Corso will read from her fiction at 6:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The reading, part of the Spring Writing Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78878. 

CSU DAY

On Wednesday, April 14, visitors to the state Capitol will be greeted by displays from the four Connecticut state universities on the day designated as "CSU Day" by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Each university will present information about the school's history as well as new offerings, and representatives will be available to answer questions. For more information, call x78486.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, April 14, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846. 

FILM SCREENING

On Wednesday, April 14, the WCSU Photo Club will host a discussion and screening of "An Unlikely Weapon - The Eddie Adams Story" at 7 p.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Marcy May will discuss the power of photography and the accuracy of the images depicted in the film. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73919.

WATER RIGHTS FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

On Thursday, April 15, in celebration of World Water Day, WestConn will host a screening of "Flow (For the Love of Water)" from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. At 7 p.m., Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk will lead a discussion about water rights and issues, also in Warner Hall. The screening and the talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78734.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Thursday, April 15, a roundtable discussion about "The Future of News" will be at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Panelists will include national investigative journalist Russ Baker; Jason Leopold, editor of The Public Record online news site; WCSU Director of University Relations Paul Steinmetz; Keith Whamond, executive producer of Hearst Connecticut Media Group Interactive; Art Cummings, executive editor of The News-Times; and Central Connecticut State University Professor of Journalism Vivian Martin. The discussion, part of the Spring Writing Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78878. 

CABARET

On Thursday, April 15, WestConn will present the Child Care Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. This fundraiser for the WCSU Child Care Center will bring performers from all corners of the campus together in an uplifting combination of music, dance and comedy. The public is invited; tickets will be $15. WCSU students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $5. For more information, call x78266.

OPERA PRODUCTION - "THE MAGIC FLUTE"

The WCSU Opera will present "The Magic Flute" at 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 16 and 17, with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 17 in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. WCSU students will be admitted free with valid I.D. For tickets and information, call x78499 or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, April 15, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will feature quiet music and board games. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, April 15, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Mars, Saturn and the spring sky from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Friday, April 16, a panel discussion about "Magazine Writing" will be at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Panelists will include editor and writer James Lomuscio, Connecticut Magazine editor Charlie Monagan and Geoff Morris, editor of five local magazines. The discussion, part of the Spring Writing Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78878. 

MACRICOSTAS LECTURE SERIES - ERIC METAXAS

On Friday, April 16, New York Times best-selling author Eric Metaxas will deliver a talk in the lecture series funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. Metaxas will speak about "Cultures of the World" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486. 

OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday, April 17, WestConn will host its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. The day's events will include campus tours and information sessions. All the activities will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Office of University Admissions at x79000 or 1-877-837-WCSU.

COMMUNITY FUN WALK/RUN AND HEALTH FAIR

On Saturday, April 17, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) and the HPX Club will host a 5K walk/run and a health fair to benefit IHHS scholarships and fund future events and programs, beginning at 11 a.m. from the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The walk/run will be open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to housemannr@wcsu.edu.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, April 18, the Newman Center will host a Mass at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The worship service will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 744-5846. 

ANIMATION FESTIVAL

The ninth annual WestConn computer animation festival, AniFest '10, will feature continuous showings of student-produced computer animation short features daily from April 19 through 23 in the Student Center Theater. Other highlights of the festival will include an "Art of Animation" poster exhibition in the Student Center and a lecture at 7 p.m. on April 22 in the Student Center Theater. Admission will be free and the public is invited. For information, visit the AniFest '10 Web page at http://cs.wcsu.edu/cgr/festival10 or contact Center for Graphics Research Director Dr. William Joel at x79353. 

Department of Social Work Annual B.K. Nemzer Symposium

On Monday, April 19, WestConn's Department of Social Work will hold its Annual B.K. Nemzer Symposium on “Taking Care of Our Older Teenagers: Public Services and Resources,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Warner Hall, first floor. A panel of presenters from the Department of Children and Families/State of CT, and the Public Defender Office Hartford and  Juvenile Court, will present updates on the impact of the recent change in Juvenile Court age inclusion, and information about public child welfare resources for older “at risk” teens. This event is open to WCSU students and the general public; seating is limited. To reserve a space, please call x78410 by April 13.

FILM SCREENING

On Monday, April 19, WestConn's Roots & Shoots club will screen the documentary "Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price" at 7 p.m. in Room 114 of Higgins Hall. The screening, part of Earth Week activities, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PANEL

On Tuesday, April 20, WestConn will host a discussion about "Women in Science and Engineering" at 8 a.m. in the Science Building. Part of the university's Hubble Week celebration, the panel will provide information for girls and young women about careers in science and technology. Featured speakers will be Kerri Cahoy, an astrobiologist working with NASA; Suzanne Woll, lead systems engineer on the Sabatier System at Hamilton Sundstrand; Valentina Lugo, a mechanical design engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand; and Rachel Manzer, a science coach in the Suffield School District who is in training as a NASA teacher astronaut. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/hubble/.

WOLF CONSERVATION CENTER SPEAKER

On Tuesday, April 20, Atka, an Arctic gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center, will visit WestConn at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. Atka will be accompanied by a Wolf Conservation Center staffer who will talk about wolf behavior, habitat and more. The event, sponsored by WCSU Roots & Shoots to celebrate Earth Week, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY SYMPOSIUM

On Tuesday, April 20, WestConn's Division of Justice and Law Administration (JLA) will host an Anti-Death Penalty Symposium at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Participating in the panel discussion will be Assistant Professor of JLA Terry Dwyer, a retired New York State Police major crimes investigator; the Hon. Charles Gill, a Connecticut Superior Court judge; John DeCarlo, chief of the Branford, Conn., Police Department; Gregg Everett, former chairman of the Connecticut Board of Parole; the Rev. Walter Everett, a retired Methodist minister and surviving family member of a homicide victim; Ben Jones, a member of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty; and Assistant Professor of JLA Dr. George Kain, a Ridgefield, Conn., police commissioner. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78514.

FILM SCREENING

On Tuesday, April 20, WestConn's Roots & Shoots club will screen the documentary "Food Inc." at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of Science Building. The screening, part of Earth Week activities, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE

On Wednesday, April 21, WestConn will host a roundtable discussion about "Aerospace in the 21st Century" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Part of the university's Hubble Week celebration, the panel will include Edward Francis, vice president and general manager of HS Energy, Space & Defense at Hamilton Sundstrand; Jim Larwood, division president at Kaman Precision Products; and Dr. Mark Stier, director of Optical Programs at Goodrich ISR. Douglas A. Comstock, director of NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program, will be the keynote speaker. Admission to the event will be $25 and lunch will be provided. For more information, call x78486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/hubble/

BENEFIT CONCERT

On Wednesday, April 21, the Manhattan String Quartet will perform a benefit concert to support WestConn's "WCSU Hearts Haiti" fundraising campaign at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The concert will be open to the public; seating is limited. There is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, call x78754.

TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY

On Thursday, April 22, WestConn will host Take Our Children to Work Day events beginning at 8:45 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Children of faculty and staff ages 8 and up will participate in age-appropriate activities from 8:45 to 2 p.m. The events are open to WestConn faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78486.

CAMPUS PRIDE DAY

On Thursday, April 22, an Earth Day Campus Pride event will be from noon to 6 p.m. on the WestConn Midtown campus. Throughout the day, students will clean up areas of campus and plant flower beds. The event, sponsored by WCSU Roots & Shoots to celebrate Earth Week, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - DR. STORY MUSGRAVE

On Thursday, April 22, NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave will discuss "The Beauty of Nature — The Art of Technology" as the President's Lecture Series speaker at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486. 

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, April 22, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, singer/songwriter Don Lowe, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

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At-A-Glance

Apr5

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. Bard. Westside Athletic Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Apr6

Softball. WCSU vs. Wesleyan. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Graduate open house. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Film screening & discussion. "Crossing Borders" film screening at 6 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building, followed by discussion. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x73270.

Apr7

Career fair. Feldman Arena, William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call x78263.

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. Albertus Magnus. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Baseball. WCSU vs. Purchase. Westside Athletic Complex, 6 p.m.

Alumni Association annual meeting. Alumni Hall, 6 p.m. Open to graduates of the university only. For more information, call x78290.

Lyme Disease Seminar & Health Fair. Westside Campus Center, 6 to 9 p.m. Information about Lyme Disease prevention and treatment will be available as well as guest speakers. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78882.

 
Apr8

Western Connection celebration. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 1 to 3 p.m. Western Connection is a partnership between 10 Danbury area school districts and the university. The event will be free and the public is invited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, April 5, at x78575.

Women’s lacrosse. WCSU vs. Framingham State. Westside Athletic Complex, 4:30 p.m.

Softball. WCSU vs. Worcester State. Westside Athletic Complex, 5 p.m.

Political science lecture. Rob Michalik, district director for U.S. Rep Chris Murphy, will discuss the American economy. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (860) 210-2146, ext. 129, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, ambient rock band The Files and Fires, 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.

Apr9

Science fair. Bethel Middle School Science Fair. Science Building Atrium, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78576.

CMEA reception. Hosted by the WCSU Alumni Association, a reception for graduates of the university who are attending the Connecticut Music Educators Association Conference in Hartford, Conn. Free and open to WCSU alumni only. For more information, call x78290.

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr24

Science and Technology Fair
Featuring demonstrations, vendors, experiments, tours of the Science Building, NASA giveaways, a NASA spacesuit and a one-fifth scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope. Science Building, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Apr29

Jazz Fest Opening Night

For tickets and information, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets or call x78499.

May1

University Gala

Midtown Quad, 7 p.m. For tickets and other information, call x78298.

FYI

  Bracelets and Blue Jeans

Do you have your WCSU Hearts Haiti bracelet yet? Red, white, and blue are the colors of the Haitian flag and for a minimum donation of $1 you can proudly support the campaign. Bracelets can be bought in the Student Center, the Newman Center, Admissions, the Multicultural Affairs Office, Higgins Hall 214 or Room 107 in the O'Neill Center.

A second “Blue Jeans Day” will be held on Wednesday, April 7. If you would like to participate and come to work in jeans, please contact Birte Selvaraj at x79700 to register. The cost is $5.

General Education Committee meeting

The next meeting of the General Education Committee will be held on Friday Apr. 9 at 3 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Haas Library. All agenda items must be submitted by Friday, Apr. 2 to Chuck Rocca, in Higgins 102B or at roccac@wcsu.edu. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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 14 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 the Administrative Services Office.

One-on-one employee retirement sessions

Marilyn Timbers, Western’s ING representative, will be on campus to conduct one-on-one employee retirement sessions. Sessions will be held in the Student Center, Room 228, on April 6, April 13, April 27, May 11, and May 25. Contact Marilyn Timbers to set an appointment via e-mail (preferred) at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.comor call (860) 580-2126 or (800) 784-6386. Sessions can benefit any employee in the Alternate Retirement Plan (five percent employee and eight percent state), or 403(b), Roth 403(b) or 457 ING Supplemental Retirement Plan.

One man up program

A new group program, “One Man Up,” is focused on addressing men’s role in ending relationship violence. In collaboration with a WCSU faculty member, the program has been designed for students to openly discuss and learn about issues of sexuality, relationships, and masculinity. The goal is to empower men on campus, who do not condone violence, to speak up and be heard. The goal of the program is to create a real conversation between men. However, we invite women to participate, because the topic deals with healthy relationships in general.
 
One Man Up meets at 5:30 p.m. in Higgins Hall A-105-C on the following Wednesdays: 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, and 5/5. It is important students commit to attend as many as possible. Sessions run about 90 minutes, and are NOT lectures, but intriguing group discussion and activities. Food provided. Students should RSVP to mens.initiative@yahoo.com or call x73939.

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