TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP
On Monday, May 3, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Professional Networking and Writing Abstracts for Professional Conferences" at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.
WestConn will host Honors Convocations on the following days: on Monday, May 3, the WestConn Ancell School of Business will host its Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Campus Center Ballroom; on Tuesday, May 4, the School of Arts & Sciences will host its Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall with a reception to follow in Warner Hall; and on Wednesday, May 5, the School of Professional Studies will host it Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall with a reception to follow in White Hall 127. The public is invited to these annual events at which scholarship and award recipients are honored. For more information, call x78521.
MUSEUM BUS TRIP
On Thursday, May 6, the art department will host a daylong trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The bus will depart at 9 a.m. from the Fifth Avenue side of White Hall and will leave New York to return to Danbury at 6 p.m. The cost for the bus will be $10, and tickets can be purchased at the Info Desks in the Midtown campus Student Center and Westside Campus Center. Admission into the museums and lunch are not included. The public is invited, space permitting. For more information, call x78410.
STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION
On Thursday, May 6, WestConn's International Services Office will discuss winter intersession study abroad opportunities in Puerto Rico at 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.
POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE
On Thursday, May 6, Tea Party Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Warren Mosler will discuss the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, May 6, 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, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, 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.
On Friday, May 7, WestConn's IMPACT Club will host a Multicultural Fair from 3:30 to 9 p.m. on the Midtown campus Quadrangle. There will be food and music from different cultures and a fund-raising raffle to support the Haiti relief effort. The fair will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 947-9363.
On Saturday, May 8, WestConn's music department will present "Saxofestivus," featuring WestConn's three saxophone quartets, coached by Dan Goble and Javier Oviedo, at 2 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will include selections by Astor Piazzola, Alexandre Glazunov, Piet Swerts and Bob Mintzer. Of special interest will be the premier performance of WCSU alumnus Nick Blechar's arrangement of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" for saxophone quintet. Blechar currently is a graduate student at New York University, having received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from WCSU in 2008. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.
On Saturday, May 8, the WCSU Program Activities Council and the Student Government Association will present WestFest featuring mtvU's "Music Festival featuring Cobra Starship and 3 HO! 3 with special guest Travis McCoy" at 7 p.m. at the Ives Concert Park. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the public is invited. General admission tickets will be $25; WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $10. Tickets are available at the Westside Campus Center Box Office, by calling x78499 or at wcsu.edu/tickets.
PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING
On Saturday, May 8, WestConn will host an 8 p.m. planetarium show, "Early Summer Skies," followed by telescope viewing of Mars, Saturn and the sky from 9 to 11 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 wcsu.edu/starwatch.
SYMPHONIC BAND AND WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT
On Wednesday, May 12, the WCSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Joining them on stage will be the WCSU Alumni Band. Featured will be the world premier of a piece, "Pulsar," written for this ensemble by WCSU student Brett Beradi. Also featured will be a tribute to George Gershwin as the Wind Ensemble performs "An American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue" with Miles Massicotte on piano. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.
WESTCONN RESEARCH DAY
On Thursday, May 13, WestConn Research Day, which enables students from across the university to present their research to faculty and colleagues, will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Science Building Atrium. The event will feature faculty-endorsed student research presentations in a variety of academic disciplines and a keynote address by Rosa Kyek, a clinical project manager for CogState Inc., in Room 125 of the Science Building. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78799.
On Thursday, May 13, 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, comedian Taylor Williamson, 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.
On Thursday, May 13, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Mars, Saturn and the sky from 9 p.m. to midnight, at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672 or visit wcsu.edu/starwatch.
An exhibit of theatrical masks created by artist W.T. Benda will be on display from noon to 6 p.m. from Wednesday, May 19, through Friday, May 21, in Alumni Hall. There will be a presentation and reception at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78843.
GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
On Friday, May 21, the WestConn Division of Graduate Studies will host a commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Graduate students who are eligible to receive their master's or doctoral degrees in January, May or August this year and their guests will be invited to the commencement ceremony, with a reception to follow. Jennifer Smith Turner, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, will deliver the commencement address. For more information, call x78244.
PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING
On Saturday, May 22, WestConn will host an 8 p.m. planetarium show, "Early Summer Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Mars, Saturn and the sky from 9 to 11 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 wcsu.edu/starwatch.
UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
On Sunday, May 23, WestConn will host its Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex Stadium on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Singer and humanitarian Wyclef Jean will deliver the commencement address. The public is invited. For more information, call x78800 or visit wcsu.edu/commencement/undergraduate/.
The Southern Connecticut Renaissance Festival will be on May 29-30, June 5-6 and June 12-13 at the Ives Concert Park. With six stages hosting music, magic, sword battles, storytellers and an armored joust, there is something to entertain everyone. A variety of vendors will sell related merchandise and there will be food and beverages available for purchase. For tickets and other information, visit www.thescrf.com/ticketinfo.html or call (203) 888-6204.
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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.
deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions
To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the purchasing department is 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 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.