What's On at WCSU?

What’s On at WCSU?

Events from Oct. 18 – Oct. 28, 2018

Homecoming Saturday is 10/20/18


Thursday, 10/18

DRUM CIRCLE CLUB: Meets weekly at 4 p.m. in Room 201 of the Midtown Student Center. Sit in a circle, play drums and have fun! Drums will be provided by the club, but anyone can bring in any instrument of their choice. For more information, email dixit005@connect.wcsu.edu.

LGBTQ Town Hall FlyerLGBTQ+ TOWN HALL: The LGBTQ+ Town Hall will be at 6:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Classroom Building. Funded by a grant from GLAAD and Delta Airlines, the event is designed to connect LGBTQ+ students and young people with critical issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, including anti-discrimination legislation, health care, education equality and housing reform — prior to the 2018 midterm elections. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists and moderator. [Tickets and more information]

ESCAPE 101: Join the Newman Club for a fun night at Escape 101. Meet at the Newman Center by 7 p.m. Cost is $5 per person and space is limited. You must reserve a spot in advance. For information, email hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.

COFFEEHOUSE: Come for an open mic beginning at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, Noah Feldman, in the Colonial Corner in the Midtown Student Center. [More information]


Friday, 10/19

CANCELLED: Working with Diverse Student Populations: Understanding Social and Cultural Differences has been cancelled.  Due to unavoidable circumstances, the event date of November 16, 2018 will remain on the calendar and a subsequent workshop date will be rescheduled for a later date in the academic year. Please click hereto see other scheduled events on the Fall 2018 Diversity Events Calendar.

TOUCH-A-TRUCK: REC Council will host a “Touch-a-Truck” contest at noon at Ives Concert Park (Westside). The last person to have their hand on the van will win a new Touch a Truck contest flyeriPhone. Open to WCSU students only. For more information, email keeley005@connect.wcsu.edu. [More information]

ZINE: Art club encouraging social activism meets every Friday at 5 p.m. in Room 145 of the VPAC. For more information, email wcsuzine@gmail.com.

HALL OF FAME DINNER AND CEREMONY: The Alumni Association will host the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road in Danbury. For more information, call (203) 837-9090 or email alumni@wcsu.edu.

BONFIRE: PAC will host a Homecoming Bonfire at 7:30 p.m. at Ives Concert Park (Westside). Featuring a pre-bonfire show with the WCSU Cheer Team and Dance Team, as well as food, music, games and prizes. Open to WCSU faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni only; follow “more info” link for park rules. For more information, email pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu. [More information]

“UNCLE VANYA”: The Department of Theatre Arts will present “Uncle Vanya” at 8 p.m. in the VPAC Studio Theatre for High School/Student Preview Night. [More information]


Saturday, 10/20

WCSU FIELD HOCKEY VS. FITCHBURG STATE UNIVERSITY: At 11 a.m. on Homecoming Day at the Westside Athletic Complex. Check www.westconnathletics.com for postponements or cancellations. [More information]

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY: The 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be at noon at the Hall of Fame in the O’Neill Center (Westside). For more information, email alumni@wcsu.edu. [More information]

Tailgating at HomecomingTAILGATING: WCSU will host Homecoming Tailgating from noon to 5 p.m. in the Westside Commuter Parking Lot. Tailgating is open to alumni, faculty, staff, parents and students only. Participants must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. The cost is $10 per carload and free for pedestrians. The football game versus Bridgewater State will begin at 6 p.m. [More information]

ALUMNI REUNION CITY: The Alumni Association will host a variety of events for alumni and their families on Homecoming Day from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Alumni Pavilion (Westside). Among the events will be a Children’s Arts & Crafts tent, a balloon artist, caricaturist, corn hole tournament, DJ, karaoke, photo booth, face painting, food trucks, origami, a pig roast, live music, food and beverages, games, raffles and prizes. Open to alumni, faculty, staff, parents and students only; must be 21 and older to consume alcohol. For more information, email alumni@wcsu.edu. [More information]

WESTERN IDOL: The Alumni Association will host Western Idol from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Alumni Pavilion (Westside). Show WestConn you can sing! For more information or to sign up, email alumni@wcsu.edu. [More information]

Western Idol at Homecoming FlyerFUN ZONE: Inflatables, activities and more will be available for alumni, faculty, staff, parents and students from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Westside Access Road. [More information]

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: WCSU will host a Food Truck Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Westside campus. [More information]

“UNCLE VANYA”: The Department of Theatre Arts will present “Uncle Vanya” at 2 and 8 p.m. in the VPAC Studio Theatre for High School/Student Preview Night. [More information]

SEVENTH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF: Sodexo will host the Seventh Annual Homecoming Chili Cook-Off from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Pavilion (Westside). Student clubs and organizations, alumni, parents, staff and faculty will compete for the title of Chili Champion. Competitors must sign up by Friday, 10/12. For more information, email angela.vianes@sodexo.com. [More information]

Chili cook-off flyerWCSU MEN’S SOCCER VS. UMASS-DARTMOUTH: At 2 p.m. on Homecoming Day at the Westside Athletic Complex. Check www.westconnathletics.com for postponements or cancellations. [More information]

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Join members of WCSU’s Roots & Shoots at a Ridgefield Film Festival screening of “Rise of the Warrior Apes” at 3 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St. in Ridgefield. Videographer Bill Wallauer, who shot the documentary, will answer questions following the film. [More information]

BOX CAR DERBY RACE: Housing & Residence Life will host “The Great Box Car Derby Race” at 3:30 p.m. outside the O’Neill Center (Westside). [More information]

WICKED WING SPECIAL AT WAC FOOTBALL CONCESSIONS: Sodexo will serve the winning flavor from the Wicked Wing competition from 4 to 8 p.m. or while supplies last at the concessions at the Westside Athletic Complex. Students can use a meal swipe, Flex points or Connect Cash and the public can pay $7. [More information]

PLANETARIUM SHOW/TELESCOPE VIEWING: 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. [More information]

WCSU FOOTBALL VS. BRIDGEWATER STATE: The Homecoming game will be at 6 p.m. at the Westside Athletic Complex. [More information]


Sunday, 10/21

Taste the Rainbow Flyer

“UNCLE VANYA”: The Department of Theatre Arts will present “Uncle Vanya” at 2 p.m. in the VPAC Studio Theatre for High School/Student Preview Night. [More information]

TASTE THE RAINBOW, WEAR THE RAINBOW!: Come learn about the history of LGBTQIA+ flags from the GSA E-board and tie dye a free t-shirt! Be educated, informed, and fabulous! At 3 p.m. in the Grasso Hall main lounge.

SUNDAY MASS: At the Newman Center across from Newbury Hall (Midtown). Holy Hour at 4 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. [More information]

BIBLE TALK: Meets at 8 p.m. in the Pinney Hall main floor lounge (Westside). Come join to read together. For more information, email blum011@connect.wcsu.edu or wegiel003@connect.wcsu.edu.


Monday, 10/22

“CAN I KISS YOU?”: This entertaining program about intimacy will be at 7 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. Learn how to ask for what you want without having to play any of the games. Free and open to WCSU students only. For more information, email watkinss@wcsu.edu.

Can I Kiss You? FlyerDIMA VISITING ARTIST SERIES: The Digital and Interactive Media Arts program will present interactive storyteller Illya Szilak at 11 a.m. in the Irfan Kathwari Honors House (Midtown). Szilak will discuss her interactive installation and virtual reality experience, “Queerskins: A Love Story,” an LGBTQ-centered drama that combines cutting-edge technology with intimate, lyrical storytelling. It has been screened at multiple festivals, including the 2018 Tribeca and LA Film Festivals For more information, email echeverriap@wcsu.edu.


Tuesday, 10/23

VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: Illustrator Jon Krause will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Room 144 of the VPAC. [More information]

HPX CLUB INTEREST MEETING: Please join HPX Club for our next meeting at 3:15 p.m. in Room 202 of the Midtown Student Center. We will be discussing our upcoming CPHA conference trip, It’s On Us Pledge Drive, and more!

CAREER & INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WITH REYNOLDS + ROWELLA: Sponsored by the WCSU Accounting Society from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center 212/214.

Scary Stories PosterWCSU MEN’S SOCCER VS. ELMS COLLEGE: At 6 p.m. at the Westside Athletic Complex. Check www.westconnathletics.com for postponements or cancellations. [More information]

PRE-ELECTION COVERAGE: WCSU’s award-winning election coverage, Election Connection, will broadcast pre-election coverage from 7 to 9 p.m. on Spectrum channel 192, Comcast Xfinity channel 23, Intrigue TV WTXX-TV channel 32, WRNT-TV channel 34, WXCI 91.7 FM and via live stream at www.wcsu.edu/live. Topics covered on the show will include 2018 Connecticut state and local elections, as well as topical issues facing the country. Local candidates and members of the community will be in-studio guests. Viewer participation is encouraged by calling in at (203) 837-9182 or tweeting to @ElectionCT. [More information]

WCSU VOLLEYBALL VS. RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE: At 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O’Neill Center. Check www.westconnathletics.com for postponements or cancellations. [More information]

SCARY STORIES: The new campus magazin “Torch” is hosting a scary story reading in the Student Center Theater from 8 to 9:30 p.m.  Hear and tell your favorite terrifying tales of the paranormal and the all too real. There will be raffles for gift cards and free candy at the event. Late entry for students with evening classes will be allowed.

Take Back The Night FlyerTAKE BACK THE NIGHT: Break the silence to end sexual and dating violence.  Sponsored by Delta Gamma Phi, this event takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. in Warner Hall 102. There will be speakers from the Women’s Center, the WCSU police department, as well as our very own student here at WCSU, Leah Juliett, who speaks on her own experiences with sexual assault and has been named “2018 College Woman of the Year.”


Wednesday, 10/24

CACTUS POT NOVELTY: PAC will provide students the opportunity to make a cactus pot novelty from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Midtown Student Center Lobby. For more information, email pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

L.I.F.E. – LAUNCHING INTERNSHIPS FOR EXPERIENCE: The Career Success Center will host this workshop at 4 p.m. Room 202 of the Midtown Student Center. WCSU students who want to learn about expectations and the varied processes to get an internship are encouraged to attend. Students of all majors are invited to hear student panelists speak about their experiences in an interactive, and question-and-answer, format. Open to WCSU students only. Sign up through WESTCONNWORKS or call the Career Success Cactus Pot Novelty flyerCenter at (203) 837-8263 with questions.

NEWMAN DINNER: The Newman Center will host a free dinner featuring chicken fajitas, chips & salsa and Mexican chocolate crescents, at 5 p.m. at the center, 7 Eighth Ave. near the Midtown campus. For information, email hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846. Open to the university community only; bring a friend. [More information]

LA BRASSERIE CLASSIC FRENCH RESTAURANT: Sodexo will present La Brasserie Classic French Restaurant from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Danbury Room of the Midtown Student Center. Students can use a meal swipe plus $5 or flex points; and faculty, staff and the public can pay $15. This will be an elegant setting and reservations are suggested. [More information]

Newman Dinner FlyerSCHOLARS IN ACTION: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INTERACTIVE PEDAGOGY: Scholars in Action, a panel discussion featuring recent scholarship by faculty, will be at 5:30 p.m. in Room 127 of White Hall (Midtown). The topic, “The Art and Science of Interactive Pedagogy” will feature presentations by Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts Paul Echeverria, founding director of the Digital and Interactive Media Arts program; Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Bernard Gee, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Sean Murthy and Associate Professors of Nursing Dr. Monica Sousa and Dr. Linda Warren. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Missy Alexander will moderate. Reservations are requested. To make a reservation, email cunninghamj@wcsu.edu.

NEWMAN CLUB INTEREST MEETING: Join us for an interest meeting at 8:30 p.m. at the Newman Center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the Midtown campus. For information, email hossanm@wcsu.edu or call (203) 744-5846.


Thursday, 10/25

EXHIBITION: “? (A Series of Collaborative Works)” featuring the work of artists Glenn Goldberg and Amber Scoon, will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, through Sunday, 12/9, in the VPAC Gallery. [More information]

INTERVIEW – SHOWCASING YOUR TALENTS: The Career Success Center will offer this workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. in Suite 300 of the Westside Campus Center. Open to WCSU students and alumni only. Sign up through WESTCONNWORKS or call the Career Success Center at (203) 837-8263 with questions.

Hungry and in Need? FlyerHUNGRY & IN NEED?: Visit the WCSU Newman Food Pantry from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Newman Center across from Newbury Hall (Midtown) and get a bag full of food to use over the weekend (limit of one bag). Be sure to bring your WCSU ID: you must be currently registered for classes and pick up your bag yourself. Call (203) 744-5846 for more information.

DRUM CIRCLE CLUB: Meets weekly at 4 p.m. in Room 201 of the Midtown Student Center. Sit in a circle, play drums and have fun! Drums will be provided by the club, but anyone can bring in any instrument of their choice. For more information, email dixit005@connect.wcsu.edu.

GIRL TALK: This support group for women, run by the Women’s Center, will start again from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday in the Women’s Center in White Hall 003A.

EXHIBITION OPENING AND ARTIST TALK: The opening for the exhibition “? (A Series of Collaborative Works)” will include a talk by artists Glenn Goldberg and Amber Scoon at 6 p.m. in the VPAC Art Gallery. To RSVP, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/gallery-opening-artist-talk-a-series-of-collaborative-works-by-glenn-goldberg-amber-scoon-tickets-47090234158.

CHAMBER JAZZ MASTER CLASS: Have you ever been confused by a jazz performance or jazz in general? Chamber Jazz master classes are a great way to get an inside look at how jazz music is put together. 3 student groups perform a tune and then receive critiques from various jazz faculty including Dr. Jimmy Greene and Mr. Jamie Begian. Guaranteed to help decode the mystery of this amazing music! At 8 p.m. in VPA 108; open to all students.

COFFEEHOUSE: Come for an open mic beginning at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, Arildo de Souza, in the Colonial Corner in the Midtown Student Center. [More information]


Friday, 10/26

RESEARCH SEMINAR: UConn Assistant Research Professor of Chemistry Dr. Nicole Wagner will discuss “Harnessing Years of Research at LambdaVision to Repair Vision” at 3:30 p.m., following a 3 p.m. reception, in Room 125 of the Science Building (Midtown). LambdaVision is a UConn startup that is developing the first photoactive, protein-based implant to restore vision to patients with severe end-stage retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. Wagner currently leads LambdaVision on both the research and development side. Offered as part of the continuing Octoberfest Jazz“Research Seminar” series. For more information, email reynoldsh@wcsu.edu.

ZINE: Art club encouraging social activism meets every Friday at 5 p.m. in Room 145 of the VPAC. For more information, email wcsuzine@gmail.com.

OKTOBERFEST JAZZ: Oktoberfest Jazz will be at 8 p.m. in the VPAC Concert Hall (Westside). Western’s large jazz ensembles will perform big band classics from the Thad Jones and Charlie Parker libraries. Frankensax is led by Andrew Beals; the Jazz Ensemble is led by Jimmy Greene and the Jazz Orchestra is led by Jamie Begian. [More information]

ILLUSIONIST ELLIOT ZIMET: Illusionist Elliot Zimet will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall (Midtown). This Freak Fest event will be free and open to WCSU students and their guests only. For more information, email pacevents@connect.wcsu.edu.

WCSU ICE HOCKEY VS. UCONN: The Colonials will host UConn at 8 p.m. at the Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury. Admission is free for WCSU students and their guests.

Trail of Torment FlyerTRAIL OF TORMENT: Rec Council will host “Trail of Torment” at 9 p.m. as part of Freak Fest 2018. Small groups will be led by a tour guide through a haunted trail in the Westside Nature Preserve. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to secure your group time. Register at the WestConn REC info desk. Free and open to WCSU faculty, staff, students and guests only. Must be at least 18 to participate. [More information]

HALLOWEEN L8 NIGHT PARTY: The Student Centers Board and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance will host a Halloween “L8 Night Party” from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Midtown Student Center Game Room. Open only to WCSU students, this event will feature music, games, a costume contest, prizes, food and beverages. For more information, email sabovik001@connect.wcsu.edu or perno001@connect.wcsu.edu.


Saturday, 10/27

WCSU WOMEN’S SOCCER VS. PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY: At noon at the Westside Athletic Complex. Check www.westconnathletics.com for Women's Soccer vs. Plymouth Statepostponements or cancellations. [More information]

WCSU ICE HOCKEY VS. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: The Colonials will host California University of Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. at the Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury. Admission is free for WCSU students and their guests.


Sunday, 10/28

INTRAMURAL COED VOLLEYBALL: WestConn REC will host Intramural Coed Volleyball at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, and 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Bill Williams Gym in Berkshire Hall (Midtown). The league is open to students, faculty and staff only, and the deadline to register is Friday, 10/26. For more information or to sign up, visit www.imleagues.com/spa/portal/home.

SUNDAY MASS: At the Newman Center across from Newbury Hall (Midtown). Holy Hour at 4 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. [More information]

WCSU ICE HOCKEY VS. SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY: The Colonials will host Sacred Heart University at 4:40 p.m. at the Danbury Ice Arena, 1 Independence Way in Danbury. Admission is free for WCSU students and their guests.

Fire pit flyerBIBLE TALK: Meets at 8 p.m. in the Pinney Hall main floor lounge (Westside). Come join to read together. For more information, email blum011@connect.wcsu.edu or wegiel003@connect.wcsu.edu.


Announcements

FIRE PITS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENT GROUPS: Did you know? WCSU has three fire pits that are available for student groups to reserve at no cost.  Just make a reservation one week in advance and bring your own supplies (firewood and marshmallows or hotdogs). Groups need to have an advisor on site while using the fire pits.

IMPORTANT 2018 ELECTION INFORMATION: Tuesday, October 30, is the last day to register to vote in the 2018 election.

  • You can register to vote online here
  • If you are not sure of your registration status, you can check it here
  • Important Election Information FlyerApply for an absentee ballot here

WCSU BUCKET LIST: Have you completed your WCSU Bucket List? There are 59 Things Every Colonial Should Do Before Graduating. Some of the items on the list happen only once a year, and Homecoming is this week. So don’t miss your opportunity to check a few items off your bucket list.

HERPETOLOGY CLUB TRIP: The Herpetology Club will take an overnight field trip to Long Island in order to help cold-stunned turtles on Friday and Saturday, 11/16 and 11/17. For more information, email alcantara010@connect.wcsu.edu.

INTERSESSION IN FLORENCE, ITALY: Spend three weeks in Italy, from 12/27/18 through 1/17/19, and earn three credits. For more information, email farinap2000@hotmail.com.

SEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS: The Newman Club and SGA are sponsoring a trip to SEEK in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Thursday, 1/3/19, through Monday, 1/7/19. Tickets are $400/person and include transportation, lodging, seminar, breakfast and lunch. Tickets are on sale now at the Midtown Student Center and Westside Campus Center Info Desks. Contact Charlie Cappelli at (215) 589-0229 or charles.cappelli@focus.org. [More information]

Intramural FlyerSPRING BREAK MISSION TRIP TO JAMAICA: There will be an info session at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/24, at the Newman Center about the Mission Trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 3/9 – 3/16/19. Cost is $950/person and tickets are on sale now. Must present a valid passport at time of purchase. For more information, email cothias001@connect.wcsu.edu.

SUMMER STUDY IN SPAIN: Travel to Andalusia, Madrid, Seville and more from 5/16 – 6/16/19. Earn six credits (3 in Art and 3 in Spanish). Info sessions are coming in November, but you can learn more now at www.wcsu.edu/spain or email bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu. Deadline to make deposit is 2/8/19.

WESTCONN REC: Open swim is Monday-Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. Group Fitness classes have begun and there’s a Saturday yoga class at Westside. Find hours for Midtown and Westside facilities, intramural sign-ups and group fitness classes at @westconnrec on Twitter, @westconnrec and @westconn_intramurals on Instagram, @westernrec_wcsu on Snapchat and Western Recreation on Facebook, call (203) 837-8935 or email westernrec@wcsu.edu. [More information]


For a complete listing of all upcoming events, please click here. All listings are subject to change.

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