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ART EXHIBIT

An exhibition of works by recently retired WCSU Professor of Art John Wallace will be on display until Thursday, March 10, at the Higgins Hall Gallery in Room 101 of Higgins Hall. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and is open to the public. The exhibition, "John Wallace — 60 Years of Painting," will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Monday, March 7, WestConn's International Services Office will discuss winter intersession 2012 study abroad opportunities in Florence, Italy, at noon in Warner Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Monday, March 7, Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, WCSU director of cooperative education, will discuss the university's work-study program 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.

Jazz Combos CONCERT

On Monday, March 7, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 8, artist representative Pat Lindgren 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.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Tuesday, March 8, WestConn's International Services Office will discuss winter intersession 2012 study abroad opportunities in Florence, Italy, at 1 p.m. in Warner Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, March 8, 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.

BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL

On Tuesday, March 8, WCSU will host a Brazilian Carnival from 8 p.m. until midnight in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Featured performers will be Modern Axe dance and MC Jordano Quaglia. Tickets will be sold at the door and will be $10 for the public and $5 for WCSU students with valid I.D. There will be Brazilian food and drink available and a best costume contest. For more information, call x78734.

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS

On Wednesday, March 9, the Newman Center will host an Ash Wednesday Mass at noon in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The service will be free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES:
HOW POP CULTURE IMPACTS OUR LIVES

On Wednesday, March 9, Assistant Professors of Communication Dr. Scott Gerschwer and Dr. Jay Brower will discuss "The Impact of Movies and Film on Popular Culture" at noon in Room 202 of the Student Center. The discussion will be part of a brown-bag lunch series focusing on how pop culture affects our lives. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the discussion will be free and open to faculty, staff and students only. For more information, Call x78600.

Women's history month LECTURE

On Wednesday, March 9, Arctic explorer and cancer survivor Barbara Hillary will speak at noon in Warner Hall. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

On Wednesday, March 9, the WCSU Chamber Ensembles will perform at 8 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.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "THREE SISTERS"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 9 - 11, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, March 10, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30 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.

FILM SCREENING

On Thursday, March 10, WestConn will host a screening of "In Sickness and in Health," which documents the debate about same-sex marriage in America, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 10, 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, acoustic guitarist Chris Ayer, 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.

LUNCHEON-THEATRE EVENT

On Saturday, March 12, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a luncheon-theatre event at noon in Warner Hall. The cost will include lunch and a ticket to the theatre arts department production of "Three Sisters." For more information or to make a reservation, call x78298.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, March 13, 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.

SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT

On Sunday, March 13, the WCSU Symphonic Band will perform at 8 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.

FILM SCREENING

On Monday, March 14, WestConn will screen "Smoke Signals," an independent film based on the short story "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from author Sherman Alexie's book "Lone Ranger and Tonto: Fistfight in Heaven," at 5 p.m. in Warner Hally. The 1998 film won several awards and accolades, and was well-received at numerous film festivals. The screening will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Monday, March 14, Stamford business attorney Paul Edelberg will discuss China'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.

STEVEN NEUWIRTH LECTURE

On Monday, March 14, WestConn will honor the life and scholarship of the late Professor of English Dr. Steven D. Neuwirth with a discussion in his memory at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The featured speaker will be author Sherman Alexie, whose book "War Dances" won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Neuwirth was a specialist in Early American literature and American history, and made significant contributions to academic program development at WestConn from the 1980s until his retirement in 2003. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, March 16, WestConn will host a panel discussion about "Women and Business" at noon in Warner Hall. Panelists will include Professor of Nursing Dr. Barbara Piscopo; Jessica Gamache, a graduate student studying history; 2010 graduate Shauna Morasco; Assistant Professor of Nursing Joan Palladino; and political science student Debra Salvato. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

NEWMAN CLUB DINNER

On Wednesday, March 16, 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.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, March 16, WestConn will host a panel discussion about "Women and Justice" at 5:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Prior to the discussion, there will be a screening of a music video featuring Haley Noelle singing her song, "Break Me," about domestic violence. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Book Discussion

On Thursday, March 17, WestConn will host a discussion about Irish novelist Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan): "'The Wild Irish Girl' and Revolutionary Rhetoric" at 12:30 p.m. in Room 508 of the Ruth Haas Library. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

HONORS PROGRAM LECTURE

On Thursday, March 17, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, author of "Picking Cotton," and retired prison warden Ron McAndrew will speak at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Campus Centery. The discussion, part of the Honors Program Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Ancell School of Business and the Division of Justice & Law Administration, will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x73226.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, March 17, WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. C. Thomas Philbrick will discuss "The Natural History of Maple Syrup: Botany, Ecology and Climate Change" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. 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.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 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 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.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, March 17, the WCSU Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The program will include the Overture and Arias from "The Messiah" by George F. Handel, featuring six voice students joining the orchestra. Also on the program will be Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

EQUINE AND PET EVENT

On Saturday, March 19, WestConn will host the Agriventures Agway Equine and Pet Event from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. The public is invited. Tickets will be $5; children under 12 will be admitted free. For more information, visit http://agwayct.com/events.

DIGITAL/VIDEO WORKSHOP

WestConn and the Brookfield Arts Commission will host a Digital/Video Workshop on Saturday, March 19 and SUnday, March 20 from noon to 6 p.m. in Room 019 of Berkshire Hall. Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. JC Barone will teach participants how to create a short digital film in two, six-hour sessions. The workshop is open to the public and all skill levels can participate. The cost is $25. For more information, call the Brookfield Arts Commission at (203) 775-2019.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

On Wednesday, March 23, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will display their usual fun and high-spirited showmanship during a game at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Tickets are available at x7TIXX or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

WESTCONN SOCIETY LUNCHEON

On Friday, March 25, the WCSU Foundation will host its annual WestConn Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Matrix Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road in Danbury. This year's Community Service Award will be presented to Robert and Dianne Yamin. To join the society or purchase a ticket for the luncheon, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at x78279.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - DR. MEL GOLDSTEIN

On Tuesday, March 29, Meteorologist Dr. Mel Goldstein will deliver the President's Lecture Series address, "Growing Up Dr. Mel," at 7:30 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The chief meteorologist at WTNH and MyTV9 since 1986, Dr. Mel, as he is known, joined the WCSU faculty in 1970, and he accomplished much during his time at the university. He founded the first university Weather Center in New England at WestConn, and pushed for creation of Connecticut's first Bachelor of Arts in Meteorology. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

PIANO RECITAL

On Tuesday, March 29, Students in WestConn's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

NEWMAN CLUB DINNER

On Wednesday, March 30, 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.

LECTURE AND READING

On Thursday, March 31, WestConn will host a lecture and reading to celebrate Martha Talburt, the Mentor of the Year, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 31, 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.

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

Mar7

UPBC meeting. Student Center, Room 226, 2:30 p.m.

Study abroad information session. To discuss winter intersession 2012 study abroad opportunities in Florence, Italy. Warner Hall, noon and 4 p.m. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

Political science lecture. Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, WCSU director of cooperative education, will discuss the university's work-study program. 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.

Jazz Combos concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Mar8

Art slide lecture. Featuring artist representative Pat Lindgren. White Hall Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m.

Study abroad information session. To discuss winter intersession 2012 study abroad opportunities in Florence, Italy. Warner Hall, 1 p.m. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

Accessibility workshop. Explaining the types of accommodations and services available to students. Higgins Annex, Room 017, 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be free and open to new and prospective students and their families. For more information and to RSVP, call x78225.

Women’s lacrosse. WCSU vs. Kean. Westside Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.

Brazilian carnival. Featuring Modern Axe dance and MC Jordano Quaglia. Westside Campus Ballroom, 8 p.m. till midnight. Tickets will be sold at the door and will be $10 for the public and $5 for WCSU students with valid I.D. There will be Brazilian food and drink available and a best costume contest. For more information, call x78734.

 
Mar9

Ash Wednesday Mass. Newman Center, noon.

Brown bag lunch series. "The Impact of Movies and Film on Popular Culture" by Assistant Professors of Communication Dr. Scott Gerschwer and Dr. Jay Brower. Student Center, Room 2020, noon. Free and open to faculty, staff and students only. For more information, Call x78600.

Lecture. Featuring Arctic explorer and cancer survivor Barbara Hillary. Warner Hall, noon. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Chamber Music concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Theatre production. “Three Sisters,” presented by the WCSU Theatre Arts Department. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 9 - 11, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit

www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
Mar10

Telescope viewing. telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Westside Observatory & Planetarium. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

Film screening. "In Sickness and in Health.” Student Center Theater, 5:30 p.m. A Women’s History Month event. Free and open to the public.

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

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr6

Career Fair
1 to 4:30 p.m., O'Neill Center

Apr7-9

WCSU Opera: "Street Scene"
8 p.m., Ives Concert Hall. For tickets and information, call x78499 or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Apr13

 

Cabaret: "WestConn's Got Talent" 
7 p.m., Westside Campus Center Ballroom. Featuring music, dance and comedy. Tickets will be $15; for more information, callx78266.

FYI

deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department is Friday, April 15 for the academic departments
and Friday, May 13 for administrative department. 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 o  Esther Boriss at x768758 in the Administrative Services Office.

senate meeting

The next meeting of the University Senate will be held on Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Westside Campus Ballroom. Please send all agenda items to D.L. Stephenson no later than Tuesday, March 8.

Accounts Payable Training sessions

To help provide the WCSU community with a better understanding of the Purchasing and Accounts Payable processes, open training sessions have been scheduled on both campuses. This training is designed to offer overviews of the Purchasing and Accounts Payable processes, the regulations governing these processes, and procedures for users to utilize these functions. The open training sessions are scheduled as follows: Midtown Campus: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Warner Hall Room 103 and Thursday, March 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Warner Hall Room 103; and the Westside Campus: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in the Westside Classroom Building, Room 218.

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: 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. 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.

2011 Take Our Children To Work Day

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 is “Take Our Children To Work Day,” sponsored by Human Resources, Student Affairs, University Events, University Libraries, and Departments of History and Social Sciences, and is open to all employees. This is a great opportunity for girls and boys to learn about the world of work, the challenges their parents face, and how the schoolwork they do today will help them in realizing their dreams and becoming tomorrow’s leaders. You may bring your sons, daughters, grandchild(ren), nieces, nephews, & mentees who are between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age. The committee is hard at work planning another awesome day and is looking forward to welcoming all of the children to campus again this year for all-new activities.  
 
If you are interested in participating by bringing your child(ren)* please respond to Melissa Stephens and let Melissa know the name(s) and age(s) of the child(ren) you will be bringing.  Please note that we will not be able to accommodate any child on the day of the event if they have not been registered by the deadline date of April 1. Specific details including permission slips will be distributed closer to the day of the event. *In addition, based on the overwhelming interest in years past, we are limiting attendees at three (3) children per employee. We want to ensure not only a fun experience for the children, but a safe one as well.We need to maintain a good ratio of WCSU volunteers to children for adequate supervision.  
 
In order to make this event happen we need volunteers on the day of the event to help with the day’s activities. Volunteers will assist with groupactivities and chaperone the kids as they walk to/from each activity. Group Activities are held from 10 to 11a.m.; 11 a.m. to noon; and 1:15– 2 p.m. All volunteers are invited to the kick off breakfast at 9 a.m. and lunch at noon in Warner Hall. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pano Koukopoulos or Janet Ohles. Volunteers will receive a complementary lunch that is served to the participants.
 
If you have a child that is participating in the WCSU Take Our Children to Work Day and you wish to volunteer to help out with your child’s group, please let us know.


For more information, contact any of the members of the Take Our Children To Work Day Planning Committee: Helen Bechard; Peggy Boyle; Rafael Cordwell; Pano Koukopoulos; Tai Lucas; Janet Ohles; Melissa Stephens; Lisa Temkin Carrozza; and Jen Zdziarski.

 

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