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"my road to westconn" dinners

This spring, the Department of Housing & Residence Life is offering a very special set of programs as part of its GROW (Great Resources On Weekdays) program. Guest faculty and staff from WCSU will, during special dinners in the Danbury Room, discuss “My Road to WestConn” – the story of their own educations, their prior experiences, past professions, and their individual journeys which landed them at WCSU.

The dinners are open to all students, and all will be held in the Danbury Room (with the exception of the final dinner with the Provost, which is scheduled in the WSCC Ballroom) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Resident students will simply swipe their ID card for a meal exchange, but other students, faculty or staff who wish to join us are also welcome, and may pay $8.00 at the door to attend. Because of the limited seating in the Danbury Room, we are taking reservations. Reservation requests can be sent to either Maribeth Griffin or Ayanna Bledsoe by Monday of the week of each program.

The schedule of speakers is as follows:

Dr. Christopher Kukk  — Tuesday, Jan. 24
Dr. Nicholas Greco  — Wednesday, Feb. 8
Dr. Averell Manes  — Thursday, Feb. 23
Dr. Martha May  — Tuesday, March 6
Dr. Patrice Boily — Wednesday, March 28
Mr. Neil McLaughlin — Tuesday, April 10
Dr. Michael Chappell  — Tuesday, April 24
Dr. Jane McBride Gates  — Wednesday, May 2 ** WSCC Ballroom

coffeehouse 

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 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, Jen Vanderlyn, 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.

COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY 

On Sunday, Jan. 29, the WCSU Office of Student Financial Services 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.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Intricate Grammar" at noon in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

tibetan medicine workshop

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU in collaboration with Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association, will present "Tibetan Medicine: History, the Mind-Body Connection and Tibetan Culture" at 7:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host the workshop "Default to Whiteness? Implications of Early Literacy Experiences for Contemporary College Students" at 1 p.m. in Room 411 of the Haas Library. Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Jane M. Gangi will lead the workshop. Fifty years after the Civil Rights movement, do the nation's schools still default to Whiteness in curriculum? Although progress has been made, studies of book lists, fairs, classroom collections and even children's and young adult literature award winners reveal the continued marginalization of children of color. In this session, the implications of the default to Whiteness for contemporary college students will be examined. The workshop will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78869.

coffeehouse 

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 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, Homestate, 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

WCSU has created an exhibit showcasing former student and mayor of Danbury James E. Dyer. The exhibit, "In Focus: Jim Dyer," will be open during library hours in the Ruth A. Haas Memorial Library from Friday, Feb. 3 until Friday, Feb. 24. An opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. The exhibit will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x79074.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Feb. 4, WCSU 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. 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 Tuesday, Feb. 7, Kurt Goddard, vice president of investor relations at Fuel Cell Energy, will discuss Connecticut's fuel cell industry 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) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

coffeehouse 

On Thursday, Feb. 9, 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.

READING AND BOOK SIGNING

On Monday, Feb. 13, Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Kevin Gutzman will read from his latest book, "James Madison and the Making of America," at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. Books will be available for purchase and a booksigning will follow. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop " Strategies for Midterm Triumph" at noon 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 Tuesday, Feb. 14, Tim Vesely, owner of the Four Winds Solar Store in New Milford, will discuss renewable energy 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) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

coffeehouse 

On Thursday, Feb. 16, 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, Arildo de Souza, 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. 18, 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.

 

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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:
Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

Deadlines:
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Contacting us:
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At-A-Glance

Jan24
Dinner. "My Road to WestConn," featuring Dr. Christopher Kukk. Danbury Room, 6:30 p.m. $8 admission. To make a reservation, contact Maribeth Griffin.
Jan26

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

Jan29

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.

Jan31

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

Tibetan medicine workshop. “Tibetan Medicine: History, the Mind-Body Connection and Tibetan Culture” by Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association. Warner Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 
Feb1

Deadline. For 2012-13 CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grants, to Martha Palanzo, WA300, by 5 p.m.

CELT workshop. “Default to Whiteness? Implications of Early Literacy Experiences for Contemporary College Students.” Haas Library, Room 411, 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78869.

Feb2

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

Feb3

Photography exhibit. Showcasing former student and mayor of Danbury James E. Dyer. Hass Library during library hours, until Feb. 24. For more information, call x79074.

Feb4

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

Feb7
Political science lecture. Kurt Goddard, vice president of investor relations at Fuel Cell Energy, will discuss Connecticut’s fuel cell industry. White Hall, Room 214, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m.

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb21

President's Lecture Series
"Democracy in Exile: The Case of Tibet," by Lobsang Sangay,
Prime Minister of Tibet. Ives Concert Hall, 2 p.m.

Feb24

WCSU Jazz Orchestra Concert
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Feb29

Theatre Production - "Lysistrata by Aristophanes"
7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 29 and March 1; 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

FYI

Hancock Student Leadership Program awards

The Hancock Student Leadership Program will now be offering a small number of $1,500.00 awards along with high-level leadership field and shadowing experiences individually customized to the students’ major and career interests. Typically these field experiences will entail shadowing leaders in an off-campus organizational setting, with three CED credits to be awarded upon completion. Please consider nominating highly motivated full-time students with extensive leadership experience for the program by sending their name and contact information to us. We will contact them on your behalf, and encourage them to apply for the program. The awards and field/shadowing experiences will be offered beginning with the fall semester of 2012. The application process begins now, with a deadline of Feb. 15, 2012.

WCSU full-time undergraduates, with a minimum of 45 or maximum of 90 credits, or graduate students, with a minimum of six credits, are eligible to apply for this new component of the Hancock Student Leadership Program. Application materials will be submitted in hard copy to Dr. Bernstein or Dr. Manes, and require a 3.2 GPA, two brief essays, a current résumé, unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation. (Application forms are available from the Office of Student Affairs or the Department of Social Sciences or may be downloaded from our website.)

IRB Meeting Schedule spring 2012

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 A.M. on the following Wednesdays: 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 online 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.  

Purchasing/Accounts Payable Training

To help provide the WCSU community 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. 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m, Warner Hall Room 103

Wednesday, March 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Warner Hall Room 103


Westside Campus

Thursday, March 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m, Westside Classroom Building Room 218

Please direct inquiries to Mark Case at x78657 or Sean Loughran at x79330 or via email.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION from
Dr. JANE GATES, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs

TEXTBOOK INFORMATION

New federal textbook rules require the publishing of all textbooks, their ISBN# and price. The following bookstore web site contains this information by term/department/course and section.
Please share this site with your students:


Required Book title, ISBN # and Price*
i. The textbook provision, one component of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008), took effect July 1, 2011. The new federal law aims to help students by requiring that colleges and universities post, “to the maximum extent practicable,” the ISBNs and retail price details of all textbooks on their online course schedule, so that students can have the information they need to shop around in advance. The Higher Education Opportunity Act reauthorized federal funding for higher education and included a set of guidelines aimed to ease the cost burden for students.

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.

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, 2012.  The Dean must submit requests to the Provost/ Vice President by March 7, 2012.  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. Carol O'Connor at x78470 or e-mail oconnorc@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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