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RETROSPECTIVE ART EXHIBITION

Western will host a retrospective exhibition featuring a body of work spanning more than 40 years by landscape painter Margaret Grimes. The exhibition will run through Thursday, March 14, at The Gallery at Higgins Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, cal lx78403 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/Grimesretrospectiveexhibition.asp.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Monday, March 11, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The program will include "Downfall of Paris," Traditional; "Contents are Flammable"  by Dominick Cuccia; "A Little Bit of This ... And a Little Bit of That" by Glen Paulson; "Ritmica #5" by Amadeo Roldan; "Toccata for Percussion" by Carlos Chavez; and "Ionization" by Edgard Varese. 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp.

dinner-lecture series

On Tuesday, March 12, the WCSU Office of Housing & Residence Life will offer a dinner-speaker program featuring faculty and staff who will discuss "My Road to WestConn" — the story of their own education, prior experiences, past professions, and their individual journeys that landed them at WCSU. At 6:30 p.m., Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences Dr. Paul Hines will be the featured speaker in the Faculty Dining Room in the Student Center. Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Reservations or requests for more information can be sent to housing@wcsu.edu.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Wednesday, March 13, the WCSU softball team will host a fundraising breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Softball team members will wait on tables for tip donations to help fund the team's spring-training trip to Clermont, Fla. The public is invited; reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, call Head Softball Coach Heather Stone at x79019.

celt workshop

On Wednesday, March 13, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a discussion regarding "Why Student Self-Regulation Learning Skills Matter" at noon in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Assistant Professor of Writing, Linguistics and the Creative Process Dr. Kelli Custer will offer guidance on the development of short writing assignments. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/celt/ or call x78869.

piano concert

On Wednesday, March 13, the WCSU Keyboard Club and the Department of Music will present pianist Mihae Lee at noon in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Born in Seoul, Korea, Lee made her professional debut at the age of 14 with the Korean National Orchestra after becoming the youngest grand prizewinner at the prestigious National Competition held by the president of Korea. In the same year, she came to the U.S. on a scholarship from The Juilliard School Pre-College, and subsequently won many further awards including First Prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition. The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the music department at x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp.

CAREER SERVICES WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, March 13, WCSU Career Development Center Assistant Director Lisa Temkin Carrozza will discuss "Interviewing Skills for Women" at 12:15 p.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

story slam

On Thursday, March 14, WCSU students will celebrate great historical women in a Story Slam at 11:30 a.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center. Winners will compete in the Connecticut State Storytelling Festival in New London at the end of April. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, March 14, WCSU 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, Devine Carama, 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.

FILM SCREENING

On Friday, March 15, the WCSU German Studies Center will host a screening of "Die Verlorene Ehre der Katarina Blum" (The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum) at 7 p.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. This German language film offers a ground-breaking look at women's issues. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

theatre production

The WCSU departments of Theatre Arts and Music will present "Spring Awakening" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15; and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/SpringAwakening.asp for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, March 19, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host an "Introduction to American Sign Language" workshop 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/trc/.

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

On Tuesday, March 19, Associate Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova will host a discussion about "Exotic Pinups, Magnetic Divas and Beloved Icons in Hollywood and Nazi Cinema" at 5:30 p.m. in Room 215 of the Higgins Annex. Following the lecture will be a screening of "Gilda," starring Rita Hayworth. In this lecture and screening, Bakhtiarova will discuss the ways that stardom and sexuality were constructed in Hollywood and in Nazi Germany through "hot" tropical settings, outlandish music and exotic dancing, which defined and shaped the image of "love goddesses," "sex symbols" and "bombshells." This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

dinner-lecture series

On Tuesday, March 19, the WCSU Office of Housing & Residence Life will offer a dinner-speaker program featuring faculty and staff who will discuss "My Road to WestConn" — the story of their own education, prior experiences, past professions, and their individual journeys that landed them at WCSU. At 6:30 p.m., Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts Dr. Dan Goble will be the featured speaker in the Faculty Dining Room in the Student Center. Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Reservations or requests for more information can be sent to housing@wcsu.edu.

FILM SCREENING

On Wednesday, March 20, WCSU will host a screening of "Miss Representation" at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The film explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence and have overemphasized appearance and sexuality. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

piano recital

On Wednesday, March 20, students in Western's 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 the Department of Music will be accepted. Call x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp for more information.

art slide lecture

On Thursday, March 21, painter Hugh O'Donnell 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 slide lecture series. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013MFAlectureseries.asp.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Thursday, March 21, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a discussion regarding "Effective Online or Hybrid Course Practices" at 1:30 p.m. in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Assistant Professors of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Robin James and Dr. Gabriel Lomas will instruct faculty in practices that can enhance the effectiveness of online and hybrid courses. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/celt/ or call x78869.

MENTOR OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION

On Thursday, March 21, WCSU will host an event to celebrate the Mentor of the Year, Lou Ann Bloomer of TBICO, 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, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, March 21, WCSU 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, Nicole Thompson, 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.

digital film workshop

Create an original film short in three days with hands-on training! Topics include preproduction, shooting, lighting, sound, editing, and file formats for presentation and the web. Sponsored by WCSU & Brookfield Film Festival and taught by WCSU COM/Media Assoc. Professor & filmmaker JC Barone, the workshop will be held on March 22, 23, 24 from noon to 6 p.m. in Berkshire Hall, Room 019; $150.00 includes instruction and equipment. Open to the public, all ages 14 and up. Contact Ray Dori at (203) 775-2019 for more information.

home show

WCSU will host the Western New England Home Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Feldman Arena in the O'Neill Center. Home improvement companies will display their products and answer questions during the two-day event. Tickets will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Call (860) 563-2111 or visit www.osbornejenks.com/wnehome.html for more information.

HONORS OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday, March 23, the Honors Program Open House, originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, will be from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. For more information, call x73236 or email testaf@wcsu.edu.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, March 23, WCSU will host a 7 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 8 to 10 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.

ALUMNI TRIP - MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE

On Sunday, March 24, WCSU alumni and friends will spend the day at the Mohonk Mountain House, a timeless, classic Hudson Valley resort. Bus transportation will depart the university's Midtown campus at 8 a.m. and will begin the return trip to Danbury at 4 p.m. The cost is $102/person and will include round-trip transportation, a presentation on the history of the Mohonk Mountain House, lunch, tax and tip. For more information, call x78298 or visit www.wcsu.edu/alumni/pdf/2013Mohonk_RSVP.pdf.

harlem globetrotters

On Tuesday, March 26, 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 O'Neill Center. Tickets are available at x7TIXX or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

GRADUATE OPEN HOUSE

On Tuesday, April 2, WCSU will host a Graduate Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Coordinators from each graduate program will be available to answer questions. The Open House will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Division of Graduate Studies at x78243 or visit www.wcsu.edu/gradopenhouse/.

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.

Western Report is published online for the Western 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 Western 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 “Western 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

March11

Percussion ensemble concert. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

March12

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. Purchase. Westside Athletic Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Dinner-Lecture. “My Road to WestConn,” featuring Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences Dr. Paul Hines. Danbury Room, 6:30 p.m. To make a reservation, contact Maribeth Griffin.

March13

Fundraising breakfast. Westside Campus Center, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, call Head Softball Coach Heather Stone at x79019.

Committee on General Education meeting. Student Center, Room 228 from 10 a.m. to noon.

CELT workshop."Why Student Self-Regulation Learning Skills Matter" by Assistant Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Mike Wilson. Ruth Haas Library, Room 508, noon.

Piano concert. Featuring pianist Mihae Lee. Ives COncert Hall, noon.

Career Services workshop. "Interviewing Skills for Women" by WCSU Career Development Center Assistant Director Lisa Temkin Carrozza. Student Center, Room 201, 12:15 p.m.

 

 
March 14

Story slam. Presented by students, to celebrate great historical women. Student Center, Room 201, 11:30 a.m.

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

 

March 15

Film screening. "Die Verlorene Ehre der Katarina Blum" (The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum). White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

Theatre production. “Spring Awakening.” 8 p.m., Berkshire Theatre. To purchase tickets, callx7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

March 16

Theatre production. “Spring Awakening.” 2 and 8 p.m., Berkshire Theatre. To purchase tickets, callx7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

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Mark Your Calendars

April 5-6

Self-Defense Course
4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 5, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Student Center, Room 202.Oopen to female WCSU students, faculty and staff onlyPre-registration is required. For more information, send an email to ongarom@wcsu.edu.

April10

18th Annual Career Fair
1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center. For more information, click here or call the CDC at x78263.

April12-13

"Compassion and Creativity in the Community" Conference
how community leaders and organizations, including those in education and business, can develop an understanding of people's need for compassion in today's world. Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sandpit Road in Danbury, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

 

FYI

Hancock Student Leadership Program stipends

The Hancock Student Leadership Program will again be offering a small number of $1,500 stipends along with high-level leadership field/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 encouraging highly motivated full-time students with leadership experience to apply. The awards and field/shadowing experiences will be offered during the fall semester of 2013. The application process begins now, with a deadline of April 1, 2013 by 4 p.m.

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 the Hancock Student Leadership Program. Application materials should be submitted in hard copy to Dr. Manes, (224 Warner Hall) and require a 3.2 GPA, two brief essays, a current résumé, unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation. (Application forms may be downloaded from our website. Thank you. Drs. Atkinson and Manes

New Slogan for WCSU

Western Connecticut State University has adopted a new slogan: a one-word call to action, "Aspire." A committee of representatives from several WCSU departments convened to develop this alternative to our long-standing "Stay Near, Go Far!" partly to be more inclusive of students who hail from less-than-nearby hometowns or even fromother states.


More important, however, is the new watchword's intent, which is to inspire students to believe in and strive toward fulfilling their dreams and goals. As an identifier for Western, "Aspire" implies that WCSU is in the business of educating students in ways that support their career goals.

The "Aspire" slogan was reviewed and officially approved this past fall. UniversityPublications & Design and Media Services have moved to incorporate the slogan into Western's logo design on all signage, marketing materials and published documents going forward.

purchasing deadlines

d: To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department is April 15 for academic departments and
May 15 for administrative departments.
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 or Esther Boriss at x78758 in the Administrative Services Office.

Committee on General Education meetings

The Committee on General Education meetings are open to anyone in the academic community and we've been really enjoying have so many interested people attend our fall meetings. Please plan to attend one or more of the spring meetings. Agendas will be distributed three days before each meeting. Meetings will be held in the Student Center, Room 228 from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Wednesdays: March 13, April 10 and May 8.

free zumba classes

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

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.

IRB MEETINGS FOR 2013

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: 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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