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POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Monday, Sept. 27, U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon will discuss her economic program from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in the Student Center Theater. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one of several scheduled during the semester for the American Government 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.

READATHON

On Tuesday, Sept. 28 and Wednesday, Sept. 29, WestConn will celebrate Banned Books Week with a readathon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Center. During the event, WestConn students and faculty will read excerpts from banned or challenged books in a public forum. For more information, call x78482.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP 

On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Intricate Grammar" 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.

FACULTY AUTHORS READING

On Thursday, Sept. 30, WestConn will host a Faculty Authors Reading at 12:30  p.m. in Warner Hall. Featured will be Professor of Writing, Linguistics and the Creative Process Dr. Ed Hagan, Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Jane Gangi, Professor of Management Dr. Fred Maidment and Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Bozena Padykula. This Banned Books Week event will be free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, call x78482.

LECTURE

On Thursday, Sept. 30, Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Kevin Gutzman and Assistant Professor of Communication Truman Keys will discuss "Should Politicians on the Texas School Board of Education be Deciding Curriculum Standards? Implications for Texas and America ..." at 2 p.m. in Warner Hall. The talk will be part of WestConn's Banned Books Week celebration and will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

 COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Sept. 30, 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 Sharaya, 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.

CULINARY INSTITUTE BUS TRIP 

On Friday, Oct. 1, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a bus trip for lunch at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Enjoy dinner at the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. The price of $91/person includes dinner, gratuity, a tour of the Culinary Institute and transportation via motor coach. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call x78298.

COMMUNITY UNITED AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WALK 

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the Women's Center of Greater Danbury will hold a "Community United Against Domestic Violence Walk" on the athletic practice field on WestConn's Westside campus. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 4K walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration will cost $50 for a team of four, $25 per individual and $10 per student, and the public is invited. For more information, call the Women's Center at (203) 731-5200. Register online at womenscenterofgreaterdanbury.org.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — BOOK DISCUSSIONS

WestConn, the Danbury Public Library and the Danbury Schools have partnered to create "One Book, One Community," a series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Listed below are the community discussions in which the public are encouraged to attend to discuss this year’s chosen book. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

• Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m., Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St., Danbury.
• Wednesday, Oct. 6 at noon, Haas Library.
• Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., Haas Library.
• Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15 Backus Ave., Danbury.
• Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Borders Books & Music, 110 Federal Road, Danbury.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE 

On Monday, Oct. 4, Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, director of WestConn's Cooperative Education program, will discuss career development options from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 214 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one of several scheduled during the semester for the American Government 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, painter Robert Berlind 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, Oct. 5, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Strategies for Midterm Triumph" 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.

PANEL DISCUSSION 

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, German Gonzalez, a member of the national board of directors of the Association of Rural Communities for the Development of El Salvador; and Sarah Bishop and Jan Morrill, coordinators of the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network, will discuss "Multinationals, Mining & Environmental Justice in El Salvador" at 2 p.m. in Warner Hall. The discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78650.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — PANEL DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, a panel featuring veterans from various wars will share their experiences transitioning from conflict settings to domestic settings at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The discussion, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon, honoring Paul Dinto, will be held at noon in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The award is funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. Tickets will be $50 per person or $500 per table and reservations are required. The public is invited. For more information, call x78297.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN" 

The WestConn theatre arts department will present Douglas Carter Beane's "As Bees in Honey Drown," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6; 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and 8; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Ticket prices will be $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and students. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-TIXX or visit wcsu.edu/tickets.

MACRICOSTAS ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE 

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, Barry Multz, author of "BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self Service World," "Bounce! The Path to True Business Confidence" and "You Need to Be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Own Business," will deliver the Macricostas Entrepreneurship Lecture funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. Multz will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "ORESTEIA BY AESCHYLUS" 

On Thursday, Oct. 7, Director Leonidas Loizides will stage his world-touring production of the Greek tragedy "Oresteia by Aeschylus"  at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White 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 x78734.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — FILM SCREENING

On Thursday, Oct. 7, there will be a film screening followed by a discussion of "Platoon" in the Student Center Theater at 7 p.m. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

 COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Oct. 7, 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, folk guitarist Matt Barsalou, 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.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT 

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots organization will host the "North America Training Summit" from Friday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, 10, at multiple locations on WestConn's Midtown and Westside campuses. For fees and other information, visit http://www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?i=ce5b8759-59dd-408e-978d-de7d352194c6

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT 

On Friday, Oct. 8, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

WEATHER CONFERENCE 

On Saturday, Oct. 9, WestConn will host the third Tri-State Weather Conference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Science Building. The purpose of the conference is to enhance education, professional development and communication among private and public sector meteorologists, researchers, educators, students, emergency management officials and weather enthusiasts. The public is invited; registration is required. For ticket prices and other information, call x78552 or visit wcsu.edu/weatherconference.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Oct. 9, WestConn will host a 6 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the Jupiter, Epsilon Lyr, the Ring Nebula, Albireo and the Andromeda galaxy from 7 to 9 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.

DR. JANE GOODALL LECTURE 

On Saturday, Oct. 9, renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall will speak about "Gombe and Beyond: The Next 50 Years" at 8 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Goodall's talk will be followed by a booksigning. The public is invited. There is no cost to attend, but tickets are required. For tickets and information, call x78499 or visit the Box Office in the Westside Campus Center on the Westside campus.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Oct. 10, 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Monday, Oct. 11, U.S. Senate candidate Warren Mosler will discuss the nation's financial markets from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 214 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one of several scheduled during the semester for the American Government 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.

CELT WORKSHOP 

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, WestConn's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host the workshop "Viral Knowledge for Any Discipline: A Health Communication Instructional Case Exemplar for Teaching Students to Distribute Learning" at 2 p.m. in Room 411 of the Haas Library. Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Jessica Eckstein will use the most current social media tools to demonstrate how students in any classroom can be taught to disseminate knowledge to the world around them. The workshop will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78869.

NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT WORKSHOP 

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, WestConn's Nontraditional Student Organization, Older, Wiser Learners, will host a Career Development Workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 228 of the Student Center. The workshop will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78415.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — Vietnamese Luncheon

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, an authentic Vietnamese lunch featuring Pho, the national soup of Vietnam, will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center Dining Hall. Lunch will be free for WCSU students on the meal plan and $6.95 for all guests. The public is invited. The event is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

ENGLISH LECTURE 

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Fordham University Associate Professor of English Dr. Susan Greenfield will discuss "The Properties of the Mind in Jane Austen's Novels" at noon in Alumni Hall. The talk is part of a series of faculty lectures to be offered by the English department this year and will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x73272.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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.

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At-A-Glance

Sept27

Political science lecture. U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon will discuss her economic program. Student Center Theater, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Sept28

Readathon. Student Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Workshop. “Intricate Grammar.” Tutoring Resource Center, Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 2 p.m. To register, call x79245. Free and open to the public.

Sept29

Readathon. Student Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Volleyball. WCSU vs. Wesleyan. O’Neill Center, 7 p.m.

Sept30

Faculty authors reading. Warner Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Lecture. "Should Politicians on the Texas School Board of Education be Deciding Curriculum Standards? Implications for Texas and America ..." by Dr. Kevin Gutzman and Truman Keys. Warner Hall, 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct1

Culinary Institute of America bus trip. Dinner at the Ristorante Caterina de' Medici. $91/person includes dinner, gratuity, a tour of the Culinary Institute and transportation via motor coach. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call x78298.

 

Oct2

Men’s soccer. WCSU vs. Plymouth State. Westside Athletic Stadium, noon.

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. Salem State. Westside Courts, 1 p.m.

Field hockey. WCSU vs. Keene State. Westside Athletic Stadium, 4 p.m.

Oct3

Community United Against Domestic Violence Walk. Westside athletic practice field. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 4K walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the Women's Center at (203) 731-5200. Register online at womenscenterofgreaterdanbury.org.

One Book, One Community book discussion. Danbury Public Library, 170 Main St., Danbury, 2 p.m. The public are encouraged to attend to discuss this year’s chosen book, "The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

Sunday Mass. Alumni Hall, 5 p.m.

Oct4 Political science lecture. Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, director of WestConn’s Cooperative Education program, will discuss career development options. White Hall, Room 214, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct14

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

Oct17-23

Homecoming
WestConn will offer a full week of Homecoming events, many of which are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of events, visit wcsu.edu/homecoming/.

Oct26

One Book One Community Author Talk: Tim O'Brien
Ives Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

FYI

CSUS Board of Trustees Meeting at WCSU

On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at WCSU in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom beginning at 10 a.m.

CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research

Information is now available regarding the competition for the 2010-2011 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research. All materials are posted online at ct.edu/faculty/teaching-research/. Tenured and non-tenured assistant and associate professors are eligible for these awards. The deadline for all complete nominations and applications to the local review committee at WCSU is Dec. 11, 2010.

Child Care Center Openings

A few spaces are available in the WCSU Child Care Center, an NAEYC accredited early childhood program for children 3 to 5 years old . Please contact the Child Care Center Director, Bruni Edwards, at x78733 for further information. The WCSU Child Care Center is located in Alumni Hall, lower level.

WCSU CELT Classroom Teaching Technology Grants

This academic year, up to two $2,000 grants may be awarded for initiatives in technology and teaching to full time continuing or tenured faculty. Class Tech grants seek to encourage the development of innovative, creative uses of emerging technologies in the classroom or virtual learning environment. All kinds of technology and approaches are welcome. This program is for innovations using technologies already existing in our system (not to purchase new equipment or programs). Examples of possible technologies are: blogs, text messaging, class file sharing, web publishing, instant messaging, online discussion or group projects, HTTP based lit reviews, visual literacy software, and social networking.
 
Process

1.  Fall Semester:  Faculty members interested in a ClassTech project submit a proposal to the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching .
  
2.  Proposals are reviewed by a committee composed of CELT advisory committee members, who will invite expertise when necessary.  Deadline for proposals is October 15, 2010.
  
3.  A decision regarding proposals will be made by the end of the Fall semester.
  
4.  The proposal is implemented in the classroom in Spring 2011.

Apply

Contact Dan Barrett at x78869 with questions, and go to www.wcsu.edu/celt/grants.asp for the grant application.

CELT New Faculty Mentor Program

CELT is once again sponsoring the New Faculty Mentor Program in which we match new faculty with existing faculty who serve as mentors. Over the years many of you have been mentors and some of you have had one. This program does not substitute for the training and ongoing information provided by departments; it matches up new faculty with someone who has been here for a while and knows the ropes who is not in the same department. The Mentor Program helps create a sense of connection across disciplines which is more social than academic. However, there are times when a new faculty member may want to ask an academic or procedural question of someone outside their department. There are no specific tasks required – it's up to you and the new faculty member to decide. If you would consider being a mentor, please contact Dan Barrett at x78869.

Hancock Student Leadership Program

The Hancock Student Leadership Program is requesting applications for the 2010-11 cohort. The deadline for on-line applications is midnight on Oct. 4. 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 students leaders from all across campus to apply for this worthwhile program. For more information please visit wcsu.edu/hslp or contact Walter Bernstein, x78600 or Averell Manes, x78452.

ING Financial Adviser on campus

WestConn’s ING Financial Adviser, Marilyn Timbers, will be on campus this fall to conduct employee retirement counseling sessions or to discuss your retirement portfolio. These individual sessions are by appointment only. Please contact her 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: Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, and Dec. 28.

Faculty Recognition Ceremony

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010 will be recognized. The Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the wcsu.edu website. Please note that applications will be accepted only electronically. This year’s ceremony will include the fourth annual “WCSU Teaching Excellence Award.”  Please see the link to the Provost’s announcement for the criteria and nomination process for this award under the Faculty Recognition Ceremony button on wcsu.edu.
This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only.

The deadline for submissions is
9 a.m. on Oct. 20. Please make every effort to be included in this important event.

IRB Meeting Schedule and Important Changes

Starting immediately, the WCSU IRB is moving to an electronic submission system. Please send completed proposals (see guidelines) as an attachment to IRB@wcsu.edu. HUM-1 forms with signatures may also be emailed as pdf files to the same address. Alternatively, hard copies of completed HUM-1 forms may be delivered to Martha Palanzo in the Office of Grant Programs, Warner Hall 321. Note that there is a new HUM-1 form that must be used. Please check the IRB website at wcsu.edu/irb/.

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011 Meetings

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 20; Nov. 17; Dec. 15; Feb. 16, 2011; March 16; April 20; and May 18. IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Karen Daley, at x78563.

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 Thursday, Sept. 30. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and 9 copies, at least 2 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.

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