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Expand your skills, get an internship, prepare for the Career Fair!

Sept. 27, 2019 Edition

Students, this is your information site for all things Ancell.  Search, share and discover the endless possibilities here at WCSU.
Want to add or share an announcement specific to your Ancell peers? Submissions can be made to Kara Swenson, Editor, at 


Announcements & Upcoming Events:


Tutoring in the Ancell Commons

When: Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm & Friday, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: WSCB, Suite 433, in the Robert S. Young Library

Ancell Commons 2019 logoFor more info:
To view the Fall 2019 Tutor Schedule: Tutor Schedule Fall 2019 V7                                                    

Please be sure to register or update your account with as your username for our online scheduling portal MyWCOnline.
Drop in visits are welcome but we recommend that you create an account and make an appointment to guarantee time with a tutor.

Check out our website to see what services we offer. Including our latest, the Presentation Practice Center!

The Ancell Commons is still HIRING!
Looking for one or two more peer educators to tutor students this
Fall 2019 semester!


Benefits: We are looking to fill 2 time slots with great tutors! Thursday evenings 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm. Earn good money, demonstrate leadership skills and help others!

Visit our online application page @

**Dillon, a former Ancell peer educator and Finance graduate (Spr19) said,  “Being a peer educator taught me excellent leadership skills which not only helped me get my internship with RSM, but was a key factor in RSM’s decision to hire me full-time.”

Wed. Oct. 2nd

Fall 2019 Career Fair

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm

Where: Westside Campus, O’Neill Center.

See which potential employers will be there this year:  

Why you should go –  Use this event to scout out the territory, ask good questions and find out what it takes to get HIRED. Dress to impress for success! You can create a simple resume ahead of time using Optimal Resume builder and pass it out to potential employers!

Please contact the Career Success Center at or at (203) 837-8263 so we can help you learn what you need to know to succeed.

Thurs. Oct. 3rd

Mark Zampino presents on networking in the corporate world
Sponsored by the Accounting Society
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of your major!

When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Where: Westside Campus Center, Room 212-214

For more information visit their instagram page @westconnacts or email




Every Thursday through Oct. 10th, 2019

Free Series of Entrepreneurial Workshops Presented by SCORE

Source: WCSU Echo- Allee Feuerman

When: Thursday, Sept. 5 through Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 – 8:30 pm

Where: North Ballroom on the Westside Campus

Free & open to the public!

Every Thursday now through Oct. 10th, the Western CT & Fairfield County chapter of SCORE ( the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and education) will be introducing new concepts to help small business owners and innovators thrive. Each two-and-half hour long session will have a lineup of expert speakers to help guide attendees towards personal plans for creating their own businesses.

The guest speakers and project coordinators provide attendees with plenty of thoughtful insight on taking the steps to create their own businesses. If you or someone you know has any interest in building a new business, you can register for the next workshop at:
or access information from the first session, at

To read more about how the first session went, simply visit WCSU’s The Echo:

Why you should go – thinking about starting your own business now or once you graduate? This is a FREE chance to get feedback from professionals and scale your business model. It is also an opportunity to network with experts in this field and other local business owners too.

Wed. Oct., 30th 

Panel Discussion Finding Hope & Purpose after Incarceration
Presented by the WCSU Justice and Law Society 

When: Wednesday, Oct. 30th at 5:30 pm

Where: Campus Center Ballroom, Westside campus WCSU, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, Conn.

~Free & open to the public!~

Chairman of the Division of Justice and Law Administration,Dr. George Kain will lead as moderator of this spirited discussion panel as two speakers explain their stories about the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals. A panel discussion about Life after Incarceration.

For more information on joining the Justice & Law Society or this presentation, please email faculty advisor and professor -Dr.  Dwyer at





 The latest Gab n’ Grow podcast covers the topics of Diversity, Identity and Inclusion. 

There’s all kinds of talk on college campuses about diversity, identity, and inclusion, but what does it all mean? Maribeth Griffin will not only talk about what all this means, but more importantly will talk about practicing the art of communication and conversation in order to create a more inclusive campus.


Other University-Wide Events

Tues. Oct. 1st

Human Library

When:  Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 from 1 to 5 pm

Where: Haas Library,  first floor, Midtown Campus (181 White St. in Danbury, CT).

Admission will be free and the public is invited to participate.

The Western Connecticut State University Libraries will host the first Human Library event at WCSU offering members of the university and area communities an opportunity to hold one-on-one conversations with “human books” — volunteers from diverse backgrounds who will share their unique stories and challenges. The Human Library event aims to contribute to greater tolerance and understanding between people locally and worldwide. It is a method to create dialogue between very different individuals who would not otherwise have had an opportunity to talk together. The Human Library Organization is a Danish idea from 2000 and is now available in more than 80 countries.

Why you should go –  WCSU Director of Library Services Veronica Kenausis explained that the Human Library “is an event at WCSU is an opportunity to have positive conversations to challenge stereotypes and prejudices, to learn about a career, or just to get to know another individual from a different background.”

For more information about the WCSU Human Library event is available at, or by contacting Kenausis at or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486. Information about the international Human Library program is available at

Tues. Oct., 8th 


When: The event will be from 12 – 2 p.m. 

Where: Student Center Restaurant on the University’s Midtown campus 

In celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity and Equity and Sodexo will host an E-Cookbook Tasting Celebration to honor winners from the E-Cookbook Challenge. Winners will be invited to talk about their winning recipe and their cooking experience with those in attendance. Live music and a WCSU Dance Team performance are scheduled. The public is invited.

For more information, send an email to

Homecoming Week, Oct. 7 – 12th

WCSU Annual Homecoming Game & Week of Activities

When: Sunday, October 7, 2019 from Saturday, October 12, 2019.
*To view the various days and start times of activities this week go to:

Where: Please pay particular attention to the campus on which each event will take place.

  • Midtown GPS location: 181 White Street, Danbury, CT

  • Westside GPS location: 43 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT

Why you should go – WCSU has certainly changed as it continues to grow. Homecoming is a perfect time for alumni to reunite with former classmates, and families to reunite with their students on campus. Come see the campus and partake in the many activities planned for Western’s alumni, students, parents, families and friends. Special activities have been planned for the entire university community including the Homecoming Bonfire, Tailgating, and the Homecoming Football Game. Come home to celebrate WCSU and the exciting university it is today. We look forward to seeing you!

To learn more and see what activities are planned for Homecoming, please visit:

Mon. Oct. 14th 

Lunch with a Leader
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Equity, in collaboration with the Office of Admissions

When: Monday, Oct., 14, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 1 :30 p.m.

Where: Midtown Student Center, Room 201/202

Each invited guest/speaker will share personal anecdotes about how they succeeded, challenges faced, and offer general tips and advice to (prospective, new and returning) students, faculty and staff about their professional/personal journey into their leadership role(s). Lunch will be served.

For more information or to register to attend this event, please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity by phone at (203) 837-8444 or email at Registration is open until October 7th.



Career Success Center Information:

Each Fall and Spring semesters the Career Success Center hosts a bi-annual career fair and employer participation is by invitation only. 

They work with employers who can typically offer full-time, part-time and summer job opportunities, as well as co-ops and internships.

Workshops, classroom visits and resume critique sessions are scheduled to help students prepare for this important career event.

As mentioned earlier in this newsletter, the next Career Fair will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 1 to 4 in the O’Neill Center.

Now is the time to start preparing your elevator pitch, resume and cover letter.

Please contact us in the Career Success Center at or at (203) 837-8263 so we can help you learn what you need to know to succeed.

To view some of the other fantastic events the Career Success Center has this semester and the following, simply click here to view their poster: Career Success_Fall 2019_Events

Tues. Oct. 8th


The WCSU Career Success Center will host an Internship Info Session at 3 p.m. in Room 202 of the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This workshop will be free and open to WCSU students only.

Sign up at or call the Career Success Center at (203) 837-8263 with questions.

Introducing Handshake Job Portal Handshake Introduction and logo

WCSU has a new job portal!  Visit to activate your account now.

Wondering what your major should be? Consider researching the career outlooks for the industries you desire. Will you have a job years from now or is your industry declining? You can do that research here:







The Career Success Center offers FREE business cards!Free Business Cards through WCSU Career Services

Get yours today by visiting the Center on WS Campus Center, 3rd floor. Click here for more information!




Club Corner Information:

Ancell School of Business hosts several active and vital clubs and students are encouraged to join.  Service and professional development along with networking opportunities abound.  Any WCSU student can join any club on campus and students can find something to suit just about every interest, from gaming to dance.  Here is a little info about the Ancell Clubs. For contact info and a full listing of clubs, please visit

The Accounting Society has several great meetings planned for Fall 2019!

Schedule of Accounting Society Events Fall 2019

Accounting Society Events Fall 2019

Click HERE to view other events to follow for this Fall!





Alpha Phi Sigma (the Criminal Justice Honor Society)
The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society, is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. To be a member and apart of the WCSU (Iota Alpha Chapter) students must be:

~JLA Major/Minor,
~Minimum of 3.2 GPA,
~have 36 credits including 4 JLA courses

For more information please email faculty advisor: Dr. Kim Marino at
For this academic year, President is Brittany Stancavage, Vice President is Gabriella Ferreira, Secretary is Tamara Colombero, and Treasurer is Claire Greene.

Beta Gamma Sigma (International Business Honors Society)

The Ancell School of Business at WCSU is installing a chapter of the international Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) honor society,joining over 450 other business school programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).Today, nearly 600 BGS chapters operate globally in almost 75% of AACSB-accredited business schools.

For over a century, these organizations have worked together to advance the next generation of business leaders. Election to lifetime membership in BGS is the highest honor a business student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program. WSCU’s top business and management students will join a worldwide network of more than 750,000 business professionals.

BGS membership indicates business acumen and leadership to corporate recruiters. BGS programs provide opportunities for membership development, lifelong learning and meaningful service evenis:-our members are committed to making a difference in business and beyond.For more information, visit: There is a recognition ceremony for those who accepted membership into Beta Gamma Sigma. To learn more about joining the Beta Ciamma Sigma honor society at the Ancell School of Business contact WCSU Chapter Advisor: Alexandra Galli-Deb1cella through a call at (203) 837-8181 or an email 

The Finance Club Finance Club Poster for Fall 2019
Fall 2019 semester meetings set! An active club which is more than just money !The WCSU Finance Club provides valuable and interesting extra-curriculum experiences, opportunities for networking, and investments experience to students of all majors. Its main goal is to promote financial literacy and to enhance students’ academic and professional growth. It offers semester-long stock investment simulations, group discussions, and speaker events, etc. activities. It also updates members with relevant information, on the newest development in finance and on job search skills in order to pursue their career goals.Our finance majors won the 2015 Connecticut State Venture Capital Investment Competition and attended the Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) Forum in New York City in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Please contact the 2018-2019 club president, Andrew Williams at, for more information on joining the club.

The Justice & Law Society welcomes any WCSU student who has an interest in Justice & Law to their very active and student-run club.Poster for JLA Society Fall 2019

If you cannot make the first two (Sept. 11th or Sept 18th, 2019) introduction meetings, please email the JLS faculty advisor Dr. Dwyer at and will add you to the list which meets every Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm throughout the semester. A few other dates to keep in mind are listed on the poster to the right. Simply click to view!


The Western Marketing Association Western Marketing Association September poster

Come visit the Ancell Marketing Department’s award-winning AMA chapter, the Western Marketing Association for details on this very active club! Their website also has an excellent recruitment video about what they do. They have several events scheduled for Fall 2019. Click here to visit their newly developed website for more details.

The Western Marketing team challenges students to step outside their comfort zones and articulate their ideas. Students are encouraged to engage in a dynamic of conversation that promotes innovative thinking. The ultimate goal is to “Inspire Creativity” by having members collaborate, develop ideas, and learn from each other. These are the reasons why they are a successful chapter; clients and accolades are just the byproduct of good teamwork.

The AMA Collegiate Chapters promote professional advancement and community service through the development of effective communication, fundraising and organizational performance. Western Marketing Association competes annually, showing well each year, most recently earning the bronze award at the 2015 AMA International Collegiate Conference, earning the bronze award.

Westconn Entrepreneurial Society (W.E.S.)
is an organization at WCSU that welcomes entrepreneurs, ambitious individuals, and trend-setters as they explore their options for the future.  Click HERE for more information

As an affiliate of E.R.LC.@THEGARAGE, we serve WCSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater Danbury community.

Join W.E.S. and contribute to the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem of Connecticut!
Our community promotes innovation in a variety of disciplines by anticipating possible issues and identifying creative solutions that activate stakeholders’ talents and resources. Access to useful technology, professional mentors, topic-based panels, and conferences are some of the resources W.E.S. has to offer. As a result, we hope to facilitate collaboration in pursuit of sustainable growth.

Uniquely, W.E.S. does not limit membership to a specific population. Events are beneficial to a wide variety of individuals. By advocating diversity, W.E.S. encourages progression with a mutual understanding and respect for the different disciplines needed for society to function.
The board members of W.E.S. appreciate any feedback or suggestions to improve our club’s purpose, goals, events, and marketing strategy.



Student Opportunities:

The LCCC explores the values of leadership, compassion and creativity across all Student Affairs disciplines and with people of all communities. Our LCCC students will be able to learn more about how they as students can practice effective leadership in their current roles, civic life, and future careers. Benefits include an official document signed by the university President, Vice President for Student Affairs, and the LCCC Program Director, recognition at the Student Leadership Recognition Banquet and at graduation by medal, and networking opportunities with students, staff and faculty. For
more information, visit or contact

New Student Resources Available! 

The Ancell Commons now offers the Presentation Practice Center!
Do you fear presenting in front of a group? Got the case of the “umms”? Or do you just want a critique of your upcoming class presentation? Come see us, we can help!
Book a slot with one of our peer educators, and they’ll give you a critique of how you’re doing using the standard Ancell undergrad and graduate oral communications rubrics. And we have a tips sheet to help too! Just go to to book an appointment. Don’t have time? Then submit an mp4 video of your presentation to Elise Budnick ( and a peer educator will give it a critique for you.


PrepStep for Colleges website headerStudents, here is free online LSAT and GMAT exam prep and Microsoft Office training. 
PrepStep by EBSCO Learning Express
, is a learning resource platform for students who are preparing for exams like the LSAT and GMAT exams, or need basic computer skills including Excel or other Office programs, math support, and career information including homeland security or law enforcement. Many resources are available. Thanks to the Young Library for this great resource!


Introducing TransferMation online resource (Not Just for Transfer Students)! 
Transfer students have less time to get fully prepared for a successful experience. They need to find everything on campus, acclimate themselves to all new info and resources and then hopefully find a job by the time they graduate in two or so years. Ancell understands this and is one of the reasons why we developed TransferMation.  We wanted to fast-track transfer students to success on every level here at WCSU.
In Fall 2019, TransferMation launched on BlackBoard Learn as an online resource and ORG for incoming Ancell transfer students. We had some fantastic feedback and decided to create an accessible version to the public as well. Simply visit to view and download.

The program goes through eight different topics we thought were essential to adjusting to a new class schedule, student life and Danbury community. For each topic there is a short explanation and then a specific challenge.  We encourage any WCSU student to try these eight challenges and if there is a topic where you wish to pursue more, check out the “I want more” section.




Excel Training Resources from the Ancell Commons

Check out the Ancell Common’s list of training resources for Excel, including Microsoft Office Specialist Certification! For more information please see Elise Budnick or Kara Swenson at the Commons or click here.





Microsoft offers free training in the Office products. For Excel training click here:



LinkedIn offers FREE training upon signing up for a free trial.

Click here FMI: 2016 Essential Training Screenshot


Microsoft Specialist Officer Poster

MOS Certification – once your students are competent in Excel 2016, encourage them to earn MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)  certification documenting their abilities.  Certiport, the official Microsoft  testing service, offers all the details on how to get certified. Click here or download the attached flyer.






The Ancell Pride Archive

Ed. Sept., 5, 2019