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FACULTY EXHIBITION: CREATIVITY AND COMPASSION

The WCSU Faculty Exhibition, "Creativity and Compassion," will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Thursday, through Nov. 29, in the Higgins Gallery in Higgins Hall. The exhibition will consist of works by 24 full-time and adjunct art faculty in a wide variety of media, including photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting. This presents a unique opportunity to view one exhibition that brings together the personal work of so many instructors in the university's department of art.There will be an artist reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/CreativityCompassionexhibition.asp.

OPERATION JUNGLE RED

On Monday, Oct. 22, Operation Jungle Red, a campaign to end violence, will host a discussion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard in front of the Student Center. Members of the campus community are invited to sign a pledge against violence and paint their pinky nail "Jungle Red" to focus awareness on acts of violence. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x79060 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/OperationJungleRed2012.asp.

CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF EVENT

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, a kick-off event for the 2012 Connecticut State Employees Campaign will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first floor of Warner Hall. The event will feature a contest between WCSU, DCF, Abbott Tech and WCMHM-DA to determine which agency will raise the most money from pledge donation cards, bake sales, etc. The winner will receive a certificate for two at one of Danbury's finest resturants. For more information, send an email to ohlesj@wcsu.edu.

celt workshop

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host an informal brown bag discussion regarding "High Impact Practices and Active Learning Strategies: Learning is About the Three R's -- Relationships, Relevance and Rigor" at 2 p.m. in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Professor Michael Giarratano, of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University, will facilitate the session. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, callx 78869.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Rob Michalik, district director for U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, will discuss constituent service from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 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.

wednesday wellness workshop

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Alex Boianghu, Brookfield School Counselor and Tibetan Buddhist, will presents "Compassion and Mindfulness: Being Mindful about How we Treat Others," at noon in the Student Center, Room 201B. You are invited to bring a light snack or bagged lunch. For more information, e-mail Emily Stevens.

OPERATION JUNGLE RED BENEFIT

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Operation Jungle Red, a campaign to end violence, will host a benefit from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Members of the campus community are invited to sign a pledge against violence and paint their pinky nail "Jungle Red" to focus awareness on acts of violence. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x79060 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/OperationJungleRed2012.asp.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

On Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25, the WCSU Co-Ed Cross Country Club will hold an informational meeting from 8:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 226 of the Student Center. For more information, send an email to harrison063@connect.wcsu.edu.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Oct. 25, 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, a capella group The Parallel Fifths, 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.

OKTOBERFEST JAZZ CONCERT

On Friday, Oct. 26, WCSU will host its annual Oktoberfest Jazz concert at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Concertgoers are invited to attend in Halloween costumes. Featured will be Frankensax, directed by Andrew Beals; the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Scott; and the Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jamie Begian. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to support the department of music will be accepted. Call x78350 or go to www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp for more information.

JAZZ BRASS DAY

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the WCSU department of music will celebrate "Jazz Brass Day" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall and Rooms 122 and 127 in White Hall. Featured will be adjunct music faculty members Deborah Weisz, on trombone, and Dave Scott, on trumpet. The event will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, painter Judy Glantzman 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, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/MFAFallLectureSeries.asp.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, WCSU will present information about summer study abroad opportunities in Spain at 1 p.m. 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 bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu or visit www.wcsu.edu/spain/.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola will discuss GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's platform from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 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.

JAZZ FACULTY CONCERT

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the WCSU jazz faculty will perform at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, go to www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp or call x78350.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host an informal brown bag discussion regarding "Developing Learning Outcomes: Strategies for Successful Course and Program Evaluations" at noon in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Marcia Delcourt will facilitate the session. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78869.

INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANTS LECTURE

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Gregory Bugbee, assistant scientist in the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Department of Environmental Sciences, will discuss "Connecticut's Invasive Aquatic Plants: Searching for Solutions" at 4 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The principal investigator in the Invasive Aquatic Plant Program, Bugbee has led aquatic plant surveys of nearly 200 Connecticut lakes and ponds, and directed research projects on invasive aquatic plant control statewide. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78569.

INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANTS LECTURE

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Gregory Bugbee, assistant scientist in the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Department of Environmental Sciences, will discuss "Connecticut's Invasive Aquatic Plants: Searching for Solutions" at 4 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. The principal investigator in the Invasive Aquatic Plant Program, Bugbee has led aquatic plant surveys of nearly 200 Connecticut lakes and ponds, and directed research projects on invasive aquatic plant control statewide. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78569.

GUEST ARTIST AND FACULTY RECITAL

On Thursday, Nov. 1, Composer and pianist Piet Swerts will perform with WCSU music faculty Dr. Dan Goble, on saxophone, and Dr. Russell Hirshfield, on piano, at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Swerts has conducted and performed as a soloist in venues in China, the U.S., Venezuela and France. A graduate of the Lemmens Institute in Belgium where he won numerous prizes, Swerts has written more than 200 compositions. He won the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Composition Prize for his violin concerto, "Zodiac." The CD of his clarinet quintet, Phaedra 92045, was honored by Radio Klara as the best Flemish music production of 2006, and also won the Belgian music press's 2007 Prize Snepvangers. For tickets and information, call x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/piet-swerts.asp.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday,Nov. 1, 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 Caribbean Vibe Steel Drum Band, 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 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 WCSU 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. 3, WCSU will host a 6 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky 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 www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

REIKI II WORKSHOP

On Sunday, Nov. 4, Reiki Master Deana Paqua will teach a Reiki II workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. Reiki II provides a deeper understanding of the healing power of Reiki. Students will learn how to use Reiki to heal others from a distance and gain access to sacred symbols for making Reiki treatments more powerful. The class is open to the public and Reiki I is a prerequisite. The cost will be $225 for the public and $200 for WCSU students, faculty and staff with I.D. A detailed manual and certificate of completion will be provided to each student. For more information, call (203) 994-5045.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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.

PIANO RECITAL

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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 department of music will be accepted. Call x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp for more information.

LIVE ELECTION COVERAGE

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Department of Communication will host "Election Connection," featuring live, local and national coverage of the 2012 election, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Charter Community Access Channel 21 and WXCI-91.7 FM. The show also will be streamed live at www.wcsu.edu/live.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Wedneday, Nov. 7, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host an informal brown bag discussion regarding "Flipping the Classroom: How You Can Do It and Why" at noon in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Assisant Professor of Biology Dr. Edwin Wong and Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Daniel Barrett will facilitate the session. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78869.

MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET

Students from the WCSU musical theatre program will perform a cabaret in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for 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:
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

Oct.22

Operation Jungle Red. Operation Jungle Red, a campaign to end violence, will host a discussion about campus violence. Student Center, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x79060.

Oct.23

Campaign Kick-Off event. Warner Hall, 1st Floor, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will feature a contest between WCSU, DCF, Abbott Tech and WCMHM-DA to determine which agency will raise the most money from pledge donation cards, bake sales, etc. For more information, send an email to ohlesj@wcsu.edu.

CELT workshop. "High Impact Practices and Active Learning Strategies: Learning is About the Three R's -- Relationships, Relevance and Rigor" Professor Michael Giarratano, of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University. Haas Library, Room 508, 2 p.m.

Political science lecture. Rob Michalik, district director for U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, will discuss constituent service. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

 
Oct.24

Wellness workshop. "Compassion and Mindfulness: Being Mindful about How we Treat Others," by Alex Boianghu. Student Center, Room 201B, noon.

Operation Jungle Red Benefit. Operation Jungle Red, a campaign to end violence, will host a benefit from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x79060.

Informational meeting. For the WCSU Co-Ed Cross Country Club. 8:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 226 of the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. For more information, send an email to harrison063@connect.wcsu.edu.

Oct.25

Zumba class. Student Center, Room 201, 4:45 p.m. Free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78882.

Coffeehouse. Free for WCSU students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, a capella group The Parallel Fifths, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. Call x79700 for more information.

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov. 9

Veterans Day Observance
Ceremony in Ives Concert Hall, noon, followed by the laying of a wreath of remembrance and reading of the Gettysburg Address at the Alumni & Friends Circle outside of Old Main.

Nov. 11

Open House
Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 19

President's Lecture Series
"What's Next: Global Policy and Economic Challenge Ahead" by Verne Sedlacek, president and CEO of Commonfund. Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

FYI

hancock student leadership 2012 partnerships

This initiative is designed to promote, foster and acknowledge a diverse group of student leaders, and their ability to inspire, motivate and influence others on campus and beyond. The program hopes to enhance their basic understanding of the skills necessary to be effective leaders, including civility, ethics, communication, compassion, team and community building, creative problem solving, goal setting, conflict management, financial awareness required for the management of budgets, resiliency, adaptability, transparency, and accountability. The goal here is to help develop a strong cohort of future leaders.

The core of the program involves a Leadership Shadowing Field Experience and Leadership Project which provides an opportunity for full-time students to be mentored by community leaders.  Participants will learn first-hand the skills necessary to become successful leaders. Current participants include: Mr. Joshua Alphonso, shadowing Commandant of Cadets, Colonel Scott Manning and Captain Tim Secor, Detachment 009 AFROTC Yale; Ms. Michelle Bishop, shadowing Ms. Leslie Gabel-Brett, Director of Education and Public Affairs and Mr. Angelo Ragaza, Senior Editor and Publications Manager at Lambda Legal; Mr. Jeffrey John, shadowing Hon. Dianne Yamin and Attorney Bob Yamin;Ms. Caitlin Kelly, shadowing Ms. Angela Zurowski, Executive Director of the International Institute of Connecticut; Ms. Casey Miko, shadowing Mr. Eric Ting, Associate Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; Mr. Noel Rodriquez, shadowing Dr. Bill Glass, Deputy Superintendent and executive staff including Elementary, Middle School and High School Principals, Department Heads,  and Curriculum Administrators; and Mr. Zacary Richter, shadowing Ms. Melody Latimer, Director of Community Engagement, Austistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings will be held in Alumni Hall every Saturday at 11 p.m. to midnight and every Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the campus community and the general public. For more information,

free zumba classes

Free Zumba classes for faculty in staff will be held every Thursday from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center.
A flyer for download is listed on the right. For more information, contact Robyn Housemann at x78882.

WEEKLY DISCUSSION GROUP

“Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,” a weekly discussion group led by Mark Horton and Jampa Gyaltsen , will be held on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. in Student Center, Room 209. For more info call x78328 or send an email to hortonm@wcsu.edu.

CSU Professorship applications

Due to the retirement of Dr. John Briggs and Dr. Margaret Grimes, the Senate President is announcing that applications for two CSU Professorships are being accepted. Applications should be sent to the chair of the Michael Foley, P&T committee chair, who will forward them to the chair of the special subcommittee of P&T responsible for making recommendations to the President for CSU Professorship. The deadline for applications, along with supporting materials, is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. This link following gives full details of the procedures and selection of CSU Professor.

2012-13 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 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 software). It is essential that proposals clearly describe how the effectiveness of the initiative will be assessed.

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 Nov. 5.

3. A decision regarding proposals will be made by the end of the fall semester.

4. The proposal is to be implemented in a Spring 2013 class. Each grantee will prepare a final report, to be submitted to the director by June 1, 2013. The report shall include the initial goals for the project, a summary of the activities implemented to achieve those goals, and detailed assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation. In addition, the report should include recommendations for future faculty describing how they make use of and/or improve on the activities. Funds are released to the grantee at that time. The grantee must conduct a workshop on the project in the Fall Semester, 2013.

To apply, contact Dan Barrett at x78869 with questions. The grant application can be found online at www.wcsu.edu/celt/grants.asp.

IRB MEETINGS FOR 2012-13

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 14; Dec. 12; Jan. 16; Feb. 20; March 20; Apr.17; and May 8, 2013. 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. 

 

 

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