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photo essay exhibit

Photographer David Bacon will display his photo essay, "Living Under the Trees," at the Ruth Haas Library until Wednesday, Nov. 30. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be available for viewing on the main level of the library during library hours. For more information, call x78650.

ART EXHIBIT - "GROUNDBREAKING: LOOKING FORWARD"

"Groundbreaking: Looking Forward," a collection of works by WCSU students, alumni and faculty, will be on display from noon to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays until Thursday, Dec. 1. Higgins Gallery, Higgins Hall Annex, Room 101. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Monday, Nov. 7, WCSU will present information about summer study abroad opportunities in San Sebastian, Spain, at noon in Warner Hall. The study abroad program allows students to earn six credits in just four weeks while being completely immersed in Spanish language and culture. Classes fulfill general education and language requirements. The information session will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to bakhtiaro@wcsu.edu or skorad@wcsu.edu.

panel discussion

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, sixteen women from the "Choice Program" at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution will share their stories and discuss at-risk behavior in children at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x79359.

wellness workshop

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Scott Van Niekirk, PT and owner of Wholistic Physical Therapy, will present “Are nutritional supplements right for everyone? Does water soak into a stone?”, at noon in the Student Center, Room 202. You are invited to bring a light snack or bagged lunch. For more information, contact Emily Stevens at x73903.

newman dinner

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WCSU students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - DR. JEAN TWENGE

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Dr. Jean Twenge will deliver the President's Lecture Series address, "The Narcissism Epidemic: Implications for Education and the Workplace," at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall, White Hall. Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of more than 80 scientific publications. Her books include "The Narcisissim Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" and "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — And More Miserable Than Ever Before." The lecture will be free and the public is invited. CEU's may be available. To register for CEUs, call x79820. For more information, call x78754.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the WCSU Women's Basketball Tip-Off Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The public is invited. There will be no admission charge, but participants will be encouraged to make "tip" donations. This is the annual fundraiser for the women's basketball team. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

workshop

On Thursday, Nov. 10, President's Lecture Series speaker Dr. Jean Twenge will conduct a workshop at 10:30 a.m. in Room 202 of the Student Center. The workshop, "The Narcissism Epidemic: Implications for Education and the Workplace," will be open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For additional information or to register, call x78606.

BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES: WHAT IS HUMAN?

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Patricia O'Neill will discuss "Morality in Humans and Animals" at noon in Room 201 of the Student Center. The discussion will be part of a brown-bag lunch series focusing on what is human. 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.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Thursday, Nov. 10, WCSU will present information about summer study abroad opportunities in San Sebastian, Spain, at noon in Warner Hall. The study abroad program allows students to earn six credits in just four weeks while being completely immersed in Spanish language and culture. Classes fulfill general education and language requirements. The information session will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to bakhtiaro@wcsu.edu or skorad@wcsu.edu.

PIANO RECITAL

On Thursday, Nov. 10, students in the WCSU music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to support the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, Nov. 10, WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The program will include open mic performers, 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.

REMEMBRANCE DAY NATIONAL ROLL CALL EVENT

On Friday, Nov. 11, WCSU will participate in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the patio in front of the Student Center on the university's Midtown campus. During the event, more than 6,000 names of fallen soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read by volunteers. A moment of silence will be observed at 11 a.m. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78564.

NEPCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association will host its 33rd Annual Conference on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, in Warner Hall and White Hall. For a complete list of presentations and registration information, visit the NEPCA website at http://users.wpi.edu/~jphanlan/NEPConf.html.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

On Friday, Nov. 11, WCSU will host a Veterans Day observance at 12:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Patriotic music performed by WCSU students and remarks commemorating Veterans Day will be followed by the laying of a wreath of remembrance. The event will be free and the public is invited. Parking will be reserved for those with limited mobility at the White Hall parking lot (on Fifth Ave.). For more information or to request special accommodations, please call Dawn Bailey with the Office of Student Affairs at x78606.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "SWEENEY TODD"

The WCSU departments of theatre arts and music will present "Sweeney Todd" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

WCSU Jazz Combos concert

On Sunday, Nov. 13, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 3 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

MFA VISUAL ARTS VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, illustrator Victoria Vebell 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 visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

DALAI LAMA FILM SERIES

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, there will be screenings of "Seven Years in Tibet" at noon and 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The screenings will be free and the public is invited. It is part of the Dalai Lama film series at WCSU.

LECTURE

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Abubaker Saad will discuss "Autumn for the Arab Spring?" at noon in Warner Hall. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78454.

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, author and photographer David Bacon will speak about "Illegal People ... Living Under the Trees" at 2 p.m. on the main floor of the Ruth Haas Library. The public is invited to this free lecture about U.S. immigration policy and its effect on displacement and migration. For more information, call x78650.

POETRY READING

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the WCSU department of world languages and literature will host a "Wor(l)ds of Poetry" event at 4 pm. in Alumni Hall. Students, faculty and staff will share poems in original languages other than English on the topic of "Peace and Thanksgiving." To sign up to read a poem, email Dr. Alba Skar. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78485.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Nov. 17, communications consultant Yvonne Davis will discuss former President George W. Bush from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 023 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) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

TIBETAN MEDICINE WORKSHOP

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU in collaboration with Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association, will present "Tibetan Medicine: Treatment and Experience" at 7 p.m. in Warner Hall. The workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the WCSU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 17, WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The program will include open mic performers, followed by the featured act, Preston Pugmire, 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.

SELF-DEFENSE COURSE

The WCSU Police Department will offer a Rape-Aggression-Defense course for two consecutive days from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Room 202 of the Student Center. The class will teach attendees about date and acqaintance rape, provide useful information about alcohol and other drugs as they pertain to rape, and offer strategies and simulations to avoid assault. The free course is open to female WestConn students, faculty and staff only. Pre-registration is required. You must complete both days for certification. For more information, call x79300 or send an email to ongarom@wcsu.edu.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 19, WCSU will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by 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.

CHAMBER SINGERS AND CONCERT CHOIR

On Tuesday, Nov. 22, the WCSU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

MFA VISUAL ARTS VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Painter James McGarrell 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 visiting artist lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

newman dinner

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WCSU students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

 

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At-A-Glance

Nov7

Study Abroad info session. Warner Hall, noon.

Nov8

Panel discussion. Sixteen women from the “Choice Program” at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution will share their stories and discuss at-risk behavior in children. Student Center, 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x79359.

Nov9

Wellness workshop. “Are nutritional supplements right for everyone? Does water soak into a stone?” Student Center, Room 202, noon.

Newman dinner. Newman Center, 5 p.m. Free and open to WCSU students and staff only.

President’s lecture series. “The Narcissism Epidemic: Implications for Education and the Workplace,” by Dr. Jean Twenge. Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.  For more information, call x78754.

 
Nov10

Fundraising breakfast. Westside Campus Center ballroom, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required; to make reservations or for more information, call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

Workshop. “The Narcissism Epidemic: Implications for Education and the Workplace,” by Dr. Jean Twenge. Student Center, Room 202, 10:30 a.m. Open to faculty and staff only.

Brown bag lunch series.  “Morality in Humans and Animals” by Dr. Patricia O’Neill. Student Center, Room 201, noon.

Study Abroad info session. Warner Hall, noon.

Political science lecture. State Rep. Jan Giegler will discuss Connecticut’s economy. White Hall, Room 023, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Piano recital. Featuring students in the WCSU music program. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Coffeehouse. Free for WestConn students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall.

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec4

Holiday Wine Tasting
Westside Campus Center, Grand Ballroom, 4 to 7 p.m. For more information or tickets, call x78279.

Dec7-9

Ten-Minute Play Festival
Featuring plays directed by students at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8; and at 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall

Dec9-10

Opera Production: Amahl & the Night Visitors
8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, Ives Concert Hall. For tickets and information, call x7TIXX  or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets. 

FYI

Magnificent Millinery calendar

University Publications & Design, part of the WCSU's Division of Institutional Advancement, teamed up with the Danbury Museum & Historical Society this past summer to develop a 2012 monthly wall calendar based on the museum's recent exhibit, "Magnificent Millinery." The beautiful images in the calendar, photographed by WCSU professor and professional photographer Cathy Vanaria, showcase more than 12 stunning women’s hats from amongst the hundreds of historical examples in the museum's collection. The calendars are available for purchase ($15) at www.danburymuseum.org or at the museum itself, 43 Main Street, Danbury, and would make great holiday gifts!

CUCAS Meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS is Thursday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m. inthe Stucent Center, Room 202. If items on the curriculum development website (in Westconduit under academic tools) are ready for review by CUCAS by Thursday, Nov. 10, they will be included on the agenda and someone from the department should attend the meeting in case of questions or concerns. The meetings are open everyone.

senate Meeting

The next meeting of the University Senate will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201. Please send all agenda items and relevant documentation/attachments to D.L. Stephenson no later than Tuesday, Nov. 8.

2011-12 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research

Information is now available regarding the competition for the 2011-12 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research. The announcement and all materials are posted online at www.ct.edu/faculty/teaching-research/. Tenured and non-tenured assistant and associate professors are eligible for these awards. Please note that the deadline for all complete nominations and applications to the local review committee at WCSU is Dec. 12, 2011.

The Helping Hands Project

Goods for the Helping Hands Project will be collected until Monday, Nov. 21, and will go to the Danbury Dorothy Day Shelter. Drop-off boxes are located in both Campus Info Desks, Student Center Room 207, and the Sodexo office next to the upstairs cafeteria. For a list of needed items or for more information on how you can help, contact Valerie Caraluzzi, Sodexo Student Intern.

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, Dec. 8. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and nine copies at least two weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. The link to the required online training program can be found on the ERes page under Grant Programs and then to IACUC. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061.

IRB meetings for 2011-12

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 A.M. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 16; Dec. 14; Jan. 18; Feb. 15; March 21; April 18; and May 16. The WCSU IRB no longer requires hard copies of IRB materials. A completed HUM-1 form must accompany all submitted proposals. Digital images of signatures are acceptable on the HUM-1, if you use the Adobe format. If you are unable to provide such a signature(s), you can scan the manually signed signature page and include it with your completed application. The IRB requires that all completed proposals be submitted via email to IRB@wcsu.edu. IRB forms and the link to the required on-line training programs for protection of human subjects can be found online at wcsu.edu/irb/. IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Dr. Jessica Eckstein, at x78873. All proposals are due in full by the first of the month for consideration at the next IRB meeting. Any proposal submitted after the first of the month will not be considered until the following month’s meeting.  

Faculty Recognition Ceremony 2011

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee (FDRC), in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony (FRC) will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period of June 1, 2010, through May 31, 2011, will be recognized. The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Oct. 24. This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. Please make every effort to be included in this important event. Further information will be forthcoming.
–Russell Hirshfield, Chair, Faculty Development and Recognition Committee

NEWMAN CENTER DAILY MASS

The Newman Center will offer daily Mass during the fall semester, Monday through Thursday, at noon in the Newman Center Chapel. On Sundays, Mass will be held in Alumni Hall at 5 p.m. Holy hour will be held every Wednesday evening in the Newman Center, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. All are wlecome to attend.

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