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WestConn News

JFK DISPLAY AND TALK 

On Thursday, Jan. 27, the 50th anniversary of the election and inauguration of President John F. Kennedy will be celebrated with the observation of JFK50 in the Ruth Haas Library. At 11 a.m., former Danbury Mayor James E. Dyer, a collector of Kennedy memorabilia since the age of 10, will show inauguration artifacts and give a talk about his recollections of Kennedy. Faculty from the WCSU department of history and non-Western cultures also will speak about the former president. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Jan. 27, 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, Aaron and Andrew, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

Ethics Training

On Friday, Jan. 28, a representative from the State Office of Ethics will be on campus to provide a training session on The Code of Ethics for Public Officials at 10 a.m. in Warner Hall, Room 103. There will be presentation on the Code of Ethics followed by a question and answer session.  If you are interested in attending this session, please RSVP to Ms. Peggy Boyle. If there are specific questions that you would like the presenter to address, please forward in writing those questions to Ms. Boyle. If you are unable to attend the session, the State Office of Ethics provides online training opportunities for public employees. You can access the online training opportunities here.

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

On Sunday, Jan. 30, the WCSU Office of Financial Aid will host College Goal Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. College-bound high school seniors and their families will receive assistance from financial aid professionals in completing the FAFSA form online. For more information, call x78582 or x78272.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSIONS

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Wednesday, Feb. 2, and Monday, Feb. 7, WestConn's International Services Office will discuss summer study abroad opportunities in Spain at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/ or call x73270.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Feb. 3, 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 Austin Kyle, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Feb. 5, WestConn will host a 5 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Monday, Feb. 7, the WCSU Office of AccessAbility Services will hold a workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to students at 4:30 p.m. in Room 017 of Higgins Annex. Information provided will include the differences between accommodations in high school and college; the types of classroom, housing and campus accommodations, services and assistive technology that are available; how to request accommodations and services; and more. The workshop will be free and open to new and prospective students and their families. For more information and to RSVP, call x78225.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Sociolinguistic Workshop I - International Language Variation" 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.

political sCIENCE LECTURE 

On Thursday, Feb. 10, Tom Zarecki, former program director at WCXI, will discuss social networking and satellite radio 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 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, Feb. 10, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include an entire evening of open mic performers. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING 

On Saturday, Feb. 12, WestConn will host a 5 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium on the university's Westside campus. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE 

On Thursday, Feb. 17, State Rep. Joe Taborsak will discuss Connecticut's economy 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 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, Feb. 17, 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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.

POETRY READING

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Elizabeth Alexander, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, will speak at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. There will be a booksigning after the talk. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Feb. 24, 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, contemporary country artists Post No Bills, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 25, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Andrew Beals; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dave Scott; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

DEBATE TOURNAMENT

On Saturday, Feb. 26 and Sunday, Feb. 27, WestConn's Roger Sherman Debate Society will host the Hat City Debates from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. For more information, call x78565.

If you have upcoming events that you would like publicized, please send them to pr@wcsu. Please be sure to indicate if you want the event promoted only to the university community or if you want the general public to be notified, too. Please include ALL the following information: Name of the event and a brief description (What will participants be doing? Who will be speaking? etc.); time, date and location (room number, building name, etc.) of the event; cost, if any; contact person and phone number; and any other relevant information (Is the public invited? Who is sponsoring/organizing the event? etc.).    

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. 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:
Content deadline is Thursday at noon prior to the Monday publication date. All efforts are made to include content that is supplied, however, all submissions are subject to a strict editing process. Additionally, where and when available, photos and print/Web marketing materials created for an event will be available as either a link (in the case of a Web page) or download (in the case of print materials).

Contacting us:
The editorial staff of the WestConn Report can be contacted most efficiently via e-mail. Please send to westconn_report@wcsu.edu. You may also send content via inter-campus mail addressed to “WestConn Report / UP&D – Old Main 202”. Please allow sufficient time. Please do not call the office and leave a voice message with your request.

At-A-Glance

Jan27

JFK display and talk. Ruth Haas Library, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

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

Jan28

Ethics Training. Warner Hall, Room 103, 10 a.m.

Ice hockey. WCSU vs. Bryant. Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way, Danbury, 5 p.m.

Jan29

Women’s swimming & diving. WCSU vs. Sacred Heart. O’Neill Center, 1 p.m.

Women’s basketball. WSCU vs. UMass Dartmouth. Westside Athletic Complex, 1 p.m.

Men’s basketball. WSCU vs. UMass Dartmouth. Westside Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.

Jan30

College Goal Sunday. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. College-bound high school seniors and their families will receive assistance from financial aid professionals in completing the FAFSA form online. For more information, call x78582 or x78272.

 
Feb1

Study abroad information session. To discuss summer study abroad opportunities in Spain. Warner Hall, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/ or call x73270.

Feb2

Study abroad information session. To discuss summer study abroad opportunities in Spain. Warner Hall, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/ or call x73270.

Feb3

Coffeehouse. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, singer/songwriter Austin Kyle, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.

Feb5

Women’s swimming & diving. WCSU vs. Westfield State. O’Neill Center, 1 p.m.

Planetarium show & telescope viewing. Planetarium show at 5 p.m., followed by telescope wing of the sky from 6 to 8 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar2

Theatre Arts Presents "The Three Sisters"
Opening Night Gala, 7 p.m., Berkshire Theatre. For tickets and performance schedule, visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Mar3

Film Screening -A Women's History Month event
"The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo"
Student Center Theater, 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Mar7

Symphonic Band Concert
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m., White Hall

FYI

UPBC meeting

The next UPBC meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 226. Agenda items including proposals submitted for Step 1 planning approval should be submitted electronically to Jim Doneganby 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31.

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.

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: 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.

ING Financial Adviser on campus

Marilyn Timbers, ING Financial Adviser, will be on campus to conduct employee retirement counseling There will be two quick enrollment sessions, with no appointment necessary on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Center, Room 228.  For employees who want to open a supplemental retirement account, but have not, individual counseling sessions are available by appointment only on the following dates: March 8, March 22, March 29, April 12, April 26, May 10, and May 24. To schedule a counseling session contact Ms. Timbers directly: e-mail (preferred) Marilyn.Timbers@INGFP.COM or telephone: 800-784-6386.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION from
Dr. Roy Stewart,
Interim Provost and
VP for Academic Affairs

MINUTES & BYLAWS

Please submit a copy of department (also library, coaching and counseling staff) minutes and any revision of bylaws to Academic Affairs c/o Michelle Ramey as soon as they become available.

REPORTING OF AAUP FACULTY CONSULTING AND RESEARCH WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ENTITIES

In order to maintain compliance with Public Act 07-166 and CSUS Board of Trustees Resolution (BR#07-55) concerning faculty consulting and research with private and public entities, AAUP faculty must fill out the form found here and forward it to the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs for review.

PROPOSAL REVIEW

This is a reminder that all proposals for external funding (including proposals submitted electronically) that involve a commitment of university resources (personnel, facilities, hardware, etc.) must be reviewed by the appropriate Chair, Dean, the Director of Grant Programs, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Projects involving student affairs must also be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Forms (routing sheets) may be found in the faculty handbook, on ERes, or from the Office of Grant Programs.  A guide to preparing proposals (“Pre-Award Guidelines”) is also available on ERes or you may call x78944 or e-mail the grants office to request a copy.

Please note that if an application is submitted without the approval of the appropriate sign-off officers, the university reserves the right to refuse the award. 

FEDERAL GRADING GUIDELINES

1.  Faculty must comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to ensure that information on grades, class standing, or the like, of any student may in no way be shared by the faculty member with any other student. This means that the following practices will NOT be utilized:

a.  Posting course, exams or paper grades even if names are omitted and codes are used.

b.  Giving the paper or test of one student to another for delivery unless there is a signed request to do so.

c.  Putting papers, tests, etc. in a common place for student pickup.

2.  Recent confidentiality laws prohibit anyone from divulging the grade of any student to the student’s parents or any other individuals.

3.  Attendance requirements as related to grades awarded: Supreme Court rulings indicated that grades may be lowered for nonattendance only when a direct relationship between academic progress and attendance can be demonstrated. The arbitrary lowering of an earned grade for given numbers of class absences did not meet the Court’s legal tests. See the 2010-11 Faculty Handbook.

NOTE:  Western’s Undergraduate Catalog states “Students are required to observe the attendance regulations announced by the instructors for those courses in which they are enrolled.”

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

As you prepare syllabi for the spring term, instructors are reminded that no final examination is to be scheduled during any time period other than the final exam period.  In April 1989, the Senate reaffirmed the following:  “All final exams may be given only during the final examination week.  The reaffirmation intends to include all day and evening, undergraduate and graduate courses.”

SUMMER CURRICULUM-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Your attention is directed to Article 9.6 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which provides for stipends during the summer for curriculum-related activities. Individuals should address their requests to the Dean. Faculty deadline is March 1, 2011.  The Dean must submit requests to the Provost/ Vice President by March 7, 2011.  An advisory group of CUCAS and Graduate Council will then review the proposals.

ADVISING & PROGRAM SHEETS

During the summer, undergraduate program sheets were corrected (where necessary). THESE ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL PROGRAM SHEETS.  Only these sheets are to be used when advising newly admitted students.  As the catalog is being revised (Dec.-Jan.), revisions of the program sheets are appropriate. Such revisions should be routed to the Dean; he/she in turn will submit them to the Provost Office. New program sheets will be prepared and readied for the next fall term.

HUMAN SUBJECTS

Faculty (full- and part-time), staff, and students who are doing research projects that involve human subjects must submit the appropriate forms to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The forms are available online at the IRB web site. Please be sure to use the current forms.

Everyone doing research or supervising research with human subjects is required to complete CITI online training. A copy of your certificate of completion should be sent to the IRB in care of the Office of Grant Programs, 321 Warner Hall. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review and training requirements.

VERTEBRATE ANIMALS

Faculty (full- and part-time), staff, and students who are doing projects with vertebrate animals must submit a request for review.  IACUC information and the forms are available on ERes, the library’s electronic reserve system. Click on GRP009 and then to IACUC forms. At the very bottom of the form it says updated on 8/15/2006. You may call Ms. Martha Palanzo at x78944 or e-mail palanzom@wcsu.edu in the grants office.

Everyone doing research or supervising research with vertebrate animals is required to complete CITI online training. Please contact the grants office at x78944 for information. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review requirement.

The form regarding the Policy Concerning the Assigning of Faculty Authored Textbooks to Students Taught by Same Faculty is listed to the right of this column under PDFS.

 

 

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