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League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County to present ‘The Suffrage Movement in Connecticut’ at WCSU

National Get Out the Vote Day event will allow attendees to register to vote

DANBURY, CONN. — The League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County (LWVNFC) will present “The Suffrage Movement in Connecticut” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Room 103 of Warner Hall on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The event is free and the public is invited. Attendees will have the opportunity to register to vote at this National Get Out the Vote Day event. Free pizza and refreshments will be served.

LWVNFC President Judy Griemsmann will open the event with introductory remarks and student member Timia Graham will talk about the Connecticut suffrage movement. Graham will give a PowerPoint presentation highlighting its history, issues women fought for and the resistance they faced. She also will discuss the LWV from its formal organization in 1920 to today.

The LWVNFC serves Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown and Sherman. The organization encourages informed and active participation in government, and seeks to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The LWVNFC also registers voters and provides election information through voter guides, as well as candidate forums and debates. Every two years, the LWVNFC co-hosts the 5th Congressional District Candidate Debate, and also schedules Meet the Candidates forums and breakfast events.

 

 

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Hall of Fame Banquet to honor achievements in WCSU athletics

Dinner and induction will honor Colonials alumni, 2002 softball team and ‘Voice of Western’

DANBURY, CONN. — Five Western Connecticut State University alumni who left lasting sports legacies at WCSU, a longtime supporter of the WCSU Athletics program, and the legendary 2002 Colonials women’s softball team will be honored at the WCSU Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. 

The dinner, sponsored by the WCSU Alumni Association, will celebrate this year’s Hall of Fame inductions of former WCSU student athletes in baseball, football, women’s softball, men’s soccer and women’s basketball, as well as a professor emeritus, coach and longtime public address announcer for WCSU football and basketball games. The event also will recognize the Hall of Fame induction of the 2002 softball team that captured Little East Conference (LEC) and NCAA Division III regional tournament titles.

The banquet, part of 2018 Homecoming Week events at WCSU, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road in Danbury. Admission is $75 per person or $700 to reserve a table for 10. Registrations may be made online at http://alumni.wcsu.edu/alumni-events or by calling the Alumni Association office at (203) 837-8298.

The honorees will be enshrined in the WCSU Athletic Hall of Fame at an Induction Ceremony at noon on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The ceremony will take place in the Hall of Fame at the front of the O’Neill Center. Admission is free and the public is invited.

 

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2002 Softball Team

The 2002 Colonials women’s softball team finished with an overall record of 34-9-1, and coach Alicia O’Brien claimed her 300th career win

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Softball Coach Alicia O’Brien

during that historic season. The squad posted a conference record of 12-1-1 to place first during the regular season and captured the LEC tournament championship. The team went on to win the NCAA Division III New England regional tournament and became the first Colonials team to appear in the Division III women’s softball championship. The team achieved a ninth-place ranking in the final 2002 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III poll, and shortstop Cherie Bailey and pitcher Sarah Zaslaw were named to the 2002 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II All-American first team.

 

This year’s Hall of Fame induction will award the prestigious Lifetime Support recognition to Bill Walton, professor emeritus

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Bill Walton

and former department chair in the university’s communication and theatre programs. Walton’s contributions to WCSU Athletics include his roles as an assistant baseball coach and as academic adviser for baseball student athletes for the past 26 years. He has been well known to generations of Colonials fans for more than a quarter century as “The Voice of Western Athletics,” providing continuous service as the PA announcer at home games for the WCSU football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs since 1992. During his academic career, he earned several university recognitions for teaching excellence, and he has been a master of ceremonies at many WCSU events.

 

Alumni who will be honored for their contributions to WCSU Athletics during their competition in intercollegiate sports include:

  • Conor Bierfeldt, baseball from 2010 through 2013. As an outfielder, Bierfeldt set records in the Colonials baseball
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    Conor Bierfeldt

    program for offensive production, achieving a career batting average of .412 and 148 RBIs as well as new highs for doubles and triples. He was named in both 2012 and 2013 as Baseball Player of the Year in the LEC, and also earned New England Player of the Year honors from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and the American Baseball Coaches Association. Other honors included selections for three years to All-LEC and All-New England teams, and for two years to All-American collegiate squads. Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Biefeldt has played professional baseball with the Aberdeen IronBirds, Delmarva Shorebirds, Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox, New Britain Bees and Rockland Boulders.

 

  • Adam Kennett, football from 1996 through 1999. Kennett still holds the WCSU record for most field goals in a career at
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    Adam Kennett

     

    27, as well as records for most field goals in a game and in a season. His prolific field goal production per game achieved a seventh-place ranking nationally in 1999, when he also earned recognition as Special Teams Player of the Year and as a second-team All-American. He received All New England first-team selections in 1999 from ECAC and from the New England Sports Writers for NCCA divisions II and III. Other honors included selections as a second-team All-Star in 1998 and a first-team All-Star in 1999 by the Freedom Football Conference.

 

  • Kim Lynch, women’s softball from 1998 through 2001. Lynch achieved a .399 batting average in her four years as a
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    Kim Lynch

    Colonial, setting WCSU career records for slugging average at .686, total bases at 330 and doubles at 61. A durable player who set a single-season record for games played at 50, she was named LEC Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and made the All-Tournament teams in LEC and NCAA post-season competitions from 1999 through 2001. She also was recognized as a Northeast Regional second-team All-American in 1998 and first-team All-American in 1999 and 2000.

 

  • Matt March, men’s soccer from 1967 through 1969. Serving as co-captain for the 1968 and 1969
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    Matt March

    seasons, March led the soccer team to consecutive winning regular seasons in both years and to a runner-up result in the 1969 Pre-season Invitational Tournament. He established a lasting legacy as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Colonials history: He scored 25 goals in the 1969 campaign and still holds the WCSU single-game scoring record with a remarkable eight goals. He was awarded the Sportsman of the Year prize in 1969 by the Men’s Athletic Association at Western and was named to the elite Top 20 Players recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

 

  • Melissa Teel, women’s basketball from 2007 through 2011. Teel helped to lead the Colonials to three NCAA Division III
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    Melissa Teel

    tournament appearances and two LEC tournament championships, and became the first WCSU basketball student athlete ever to achieve more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Her 1,052 rebounds and 367 blocked shots shattered previous Colonials career records. She became only the third player in program history to be named to the State Farm Coaches All-American Team in 2011, and also was named in 2011 as Player of the Year by the New England Women’s Basketball Association and as All-MET Division III Co-Player of the Year. She received LEC honors in 2010 and 2011 as the conference’s Player of the Year and as an LEC first-team selection. Her prowess on defense was recognized with selections to the LEC All-Defensive Team in 2009 and 2010, and as the LEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. She also was named in 2010 to the Women’s Division III News All-American fifth team. She received selection to the D3Hoops Northeast All-Region first team, and was a member of the USA D-3 All-Star Team Brazil tour in 2010.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8298.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

‘Western Day of Service’ underway to benefit the community

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University hosts its annual “Western Day of Service,” today, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Beginning at 8 a.m. this morning, faculty, staff and student volunteers checked in, received continental breakfast and a free T-shirt. After a pep-talk by President Clark, all volunteers gathered for a group photo before being bused to the local organizations for three hours of volunteer service. Buses will return all participants to the Midtown campus by noon.

WCSU encourages students, faculty, staff and alumni to commit to some form of volunteer work. Options include: raking, trimming and/or weeding trails; sanding and/or painting; serving food; parking cars; registering dancers; cleaning offices; washing fire trucks; moving boxes; tagging books; working with animals; or picking up trash along the streets of Danbury.

During last year’s celebration, close to 500 volunteers helped more than 40 community agencies including: Lake Kenosia, Escape to the Arts, Danbury Fire Department, City Center Danbury, Ives Concert Park, Danbury Museum & Historical Society, the Salvation Army, Danbury PAL, Still River Greenway and Maplewood Senior Center. Volunteer activities included everything from reading to elementary school students, painting stairwells, sorting through donated clothes, cleaning and pulling weeds to washing fire trucks and ambulances.

This year, WCSU anticipates several hundred volunteers at more than 45 local sites. They will be visible across town as work teams wearing bright yellow T-shirts.

Townsquare Media, owner of i95 and KICKS105.5 has come on board as a supporter of Western Day of Service again this year, bringing its street team to the event kick-off to hand out bottled water to the volunteers before they head off to their work sites.

Townsquare Media Market President George Mihalopoulos said, “Townsquare Media Danbury looks forward to supporting the Annual Day of Service. i95 and KICKS 105.5 are committed to promoting events like Western’s Day of Service to help further community causes.”

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

WCSU Police Department to host ‘A Walk to Remember’

Event aims to raise cancer awareness, pay tribute to lost colleagues

DANBURY, CONN. — The WCSU Police Department Benevolent Association will host its second annual event, “A Walk to Remember,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at the Alumni Circle on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The walk will raise money for cancer awareness and prevention in honor of those who have lost the battle with cancer. The cost to participate is $10 for WCSU students and $15 for the public. All proceeds will be donated to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care of Danbury. Personal donations are welcomed.

Eleanor Chance, a WCSU building and grounds patrol officer, proposed the event after three fellow members of the department succumbed to cancer: WCSU Chief of Police Neil McLaughlin, in April 2015; Officer Ernie Leclercq, in September 2015; and Department Secretary Shirley Hatch, in August 2016.

“Shirley would enjoy walking the Midtown perimeter during her lunch breaks, which gave me the idea for the fundraiser,” Chance said.

The 1.5-mile walk starts at the Alumni Circle before proceeding to White Street, then toward Locust Avenue. This completes a full circle around campus and ends back at the Alumni Circle.

For more information, contact Chance at chancee@wcsu.edu or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

Cold and flu season information for students

As we head into cold and flu season, we want to share some tips for keeping yourself (and others) healthy!

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet and before eating.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched items, like cell phones, desks and doorknobs.
  • Avoid kissing, sharing eating utensils and close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze in a tissue or your elbow.
  • Get a flu vaccine every year!

Come to the Student Flu Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at WCSU Health Services in Litchfield Hall on the Midtown campus. Bring your insurance card. No appointment needed.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

 

WCSU management students explore international business in Taiwan

Ancell School of Business faculty members mentor experience in global connections

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Pictured during a presentation at Soochow University are (left to right): Front row — Nina Caraluzzi; Mei-Ying Liu, professor and department chairman at Soochow University; Dr. Alexandra Galli-Debicella and Dr. Ming Ling (Cindy) Chuang, WCSU Ancell School of Business faculty members; Mila Sim; and Nadezda Manaeva. Back row: Lu-Yen Wang, chairman of Vigor International (Hong Kong) Ltd., Roly International Holdings Ltd.; Ryan Haydu, Christopher Joseph; Michael Galvao; Artem Lopatchenko; and Eric McLaughlin.

DANBURY, CONN. — Eight management students and alumni of the Western Connecticut State University Ancell School of Business gained an invaluable lesson in the international network of trade, commerce, supply chains and logistics that holds the global economy together during a recent WCSU international program in Taiwan.

WCSU partnered with Soochow University in Taipei to arrange an 11-day immersion experience in May 2018 that included an introduction to local culture, lectures by academic researchers and business executives, and on-site visits to leading technology, industrial, aviation and retail corporations in Taiwan. The tour was coordinated and led by Associate Professor of Management Dr. Ming Ling (Cindy) Chuang, with mentoring support from Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Alexandra Galli-Debicella. Chuang offered the study-abroad opportunity as part of her management course, “International Business: Asia Pacific Perspectives.”

The WCSU tour group included three 2018 Master of Business Administration degree recipients, three current M.B.A. candidates, one Bachelor of Business Administration degree recipient and one B.B.A. candidate. Participants were Nina Caraluzzi, of Oxford; Michael Galvao, of Waterbury; Ryan Haydu, of New Milford; Christopher Joseph, of Danbury; Artem Lopatchenko, of Danbury; Nadezda Manaeva, of Bridgeport; Eric McLaughlin, of Hopewell Junction, New York; and Mila Sim of New Milford.

The collaborative program with Soochow University and Taiwanese businesses enabled the WCSU management students to learn first-hand from executives at production, research and administrative sites for major corporations with extensive trade and commercial ties to the Asian and global economies. Field trips included visits to the industrial gas company for the electronics industry Praxair Chemax Semiconductor Materials (PCSM), the sports equipment maker Johnson Health Tech, the global logistics company Dimerco Express Group, the digital technology support firm New Era Education, the Taiwanese national aviation company EVA Airlines, and the food retailer Vigor Kobo Cake and Pastry. The group also visited the Tonglite Logistics Center in Taipei and the Science and Technology Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan’s hub for high-tech research and development.

Chuang emphasized the importance of giving the students direct experience of business in a global context. “This study-abroad course gave our students a much better understanding of multinational corporations’ operations strategies and exposed them to a truly global business environment, which is one of the most important topics taught in today’s business schools,” she said.

Galli-Debicella observed Taiwan offered an especially attractive location for the WCSU students to gain a deeper understanding of global trade and investment relationships. “Taiwan maintains extensive trading relationships with both China and the United States,” she said. “When the United States does something, it will have a positive or negative effect on Taiwan and the rest of the world. Intellectually, our students understood this, but now they understand how these actions have a ripple effect in daily practice.”

The WCSU students took a private tour of PCSM’s facilities, changing into lab coats, safety goggles and work shoes. “As a Praxair employee in the United States, visiting our facilities in Taiwan was an invaluable learning experience,” said Caraluzzi, a 2018 M.B.A. recipient at WCSU who now serves as corporate communications associate at Praxair. Prior to the tour, the students learned from PCSM’s president about the role of Praxair’s gases in the electronics industry and about the company’s latest technology. “It was amazing to meet colleagues and see our operations,” Caraluzzi noted. “I am so grateful to both WCSU and Praxair for receiving this life-changing opportunity as a student and employee.”

The WCSU group was also met by leading executives at EVA Airlines where they experienced training for water-landing emergencies in a flight simulator, and at Johnson Health Tech where they received a briefing from the company chairman on the history of the world’s third-largest sports equipment manufacturer. At Vigor Kobo, students even enjoyed the opportunity to try their hand at making the retailer’s signature pineapple cake.

“We had unbelievable access to the presidents, CEOs and other high-level executives of these companies and to their production facilities,” Galli-Debicella said. “It gave us a deeper understanding of how their companies work and how these different organizations run their international businesses. Their biggest customers are the United States and China, and these executives have to determine how to deal with both countries and make them happy, even when they are not getting along with each other.”

She also noted that the visit to the Science and Technology Park introduced the group to Taiwan’s version of Silicon Valley. “We got a first-hand preview of what innovations are in the pipeline and will be coming out of Taiwan in the years ahead,” she remarked. Other visits during the tour offered insights into international supply chain management and the infrastructure of cargo transport and port facilities critical to the daily flow of global commerce.

The educational benefits of the Taiwan tour were enhanced by a cultural immersion experience that took the students across the island to visit national parks, attend performances of native dance and music, and enjoy the island’s cuisine, often in the company of Soochow students. Galli-Debicella said that all eight WCSU students shared at the conclusion of the trip that the experience has been life-changing, opening them to new global perspectives while forging strong bonds of friendship among their group and with their Soochow student hosts.

“Students tend to think locally,” Galli-Debicella observed. “We use textbooks and case studies to understand that we are part of a global economy, but it’s one thing to say and study this — it’s another altogether to see the global economy in action while you are in a foreign country. What this trip has shown is that we are all interconnected.”

“Our students did such a fantastic job asking questions, engaging with our lecturers and corporate presenters,” she added. “This was a learning experience for them and they took it very seriously.”

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

Sam Bush, ‘Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride’ to perform at Ives Concert Park

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Sam Bush

DANBURY, CONN. — Newport Folk presents Grammy Award-winning artist Sam Bush at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Ives Concert Park on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The performance is part of the Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family series at Ives.

Bush is widely recognized for his blend of jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing and bluegrass influences. Having done both solo and sideman work with bluegrass and roots music, he also has played alongside Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Béla Fleck. Bush is celebrated for his Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, International Bluegrass Music Association trophy and for his multiple Grammys.

In addition to Bush, Tony Trischka, Michael Daves and Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra will perform on the Ives Garden Stage.

The doors at the venue will open at 6 p.m. General lawn admission is $22 and reserved tickets are $35. Discounts are available for WCSU students and alumni with ID, and discounts can be obtained by calling (203) 837-9227. Lawn and reserved tickets are available online at ticketfly.com or at the gate.

Ives Concert Park has partnered with the Cornell-Carr Company Inc., Stockbridge & Berry and the WCSU Alumni Association to make this event possible.

Also coming up at Ives are country singer Jessica Lynn (Sept. 15), Brush and Brunch (Sept. 23), Free the Children (Sept. 29) and the Fore ‘n’ Aft Benefit Reunion (Oct. 6).

For more information, visit www.ivesconcertpark.com/.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals, and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

ProPublica editor-in-chief to discuss ‘An Enemy of the People Speaks: Fake News, Propaganda and the Age of Trump’

Constitution Day lecture is free, open to the public

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ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg

DANBURY, CONN. — Editor-in-Chief Stephen Engelberg of investigative journalism newsroom ProPublica will speak at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. His lecture, “An Enemy of the People Speaks: Fake News, Propaganda and the Age of Trump,” focuses on the importance of reporting in our current political climate. The event celebrates WCSU’s annual Constitution Day; it is free and the public is invited.

Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Marcy May is coordinating the university’s Constitution Day observance this year.

May said, “Freedom of speech remains one of our most cherished Constitutional rights. Engelberg will be able to share his thoughts about how we balance respect for the presidency as an institution and the need for accurate journalism today.”

Engelberg, the founding managing editor of ProPublica from 2008 to 2012, became editor-in-chief in 2013. He is a past winner of two George Polk Awards for reporting and is the co-author of “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War.”

The nonprofit ProPublica was founded in 2008 and is a strong advocate for free press. The staff of more than 75 journalists has covered topics ranging from immigration, health care reform and climate change to President Trump’s business relationships. Just a few of ProPublica’s awards include four Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2017 for public service, two Emmys, three Peabody Awards, five George Polk Awards and six McArthur Foundation Awards for both Creative & Effective Institutions and Journalism & Media.

The next day, Tuesday, Sept. 18, as a follow-up to the Constitution Day talk, WCSU faculty will conduct a Teach-In from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Alumni Circle on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury (rain location is Warner Hall). Utilizing an open-mic format, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and express opinions about Engelberg’s talk.

Participating faculty will be Professor of History & Non-Western Cultures Dr. Kevin Gutzman, Professor of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies Dr. DL Stephenson, Professor of Psychology Dr. Shane Murphy, Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore, Professor of Economics Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies Stuart Dalton, Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Howell Williams and Haas Librarian Russell Gladstone. The public is invited to the Teach-In, as well.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

WCSU appoints interim dean of School of Professional Studies

Dr. Barry Eckert began new position on Sept. 4

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Dr. Barry Eckert

DANBURY, CONN. —   Dr. Barry Eckert has been appointed interim dean of the School of Professional Studies at Western Connecticut State University.

Eckert began his new position at WCSU on Sept. 4, 2018. The school provides academic preparation for professional careers through the wide range of bachelor’s and advanced degree programs offered by the departments of Education and Educational Psychology, Nursing, Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences, and Social Work.

“Western Connecticut State University is an extraordinary opportunity for me,” Eckert said. “The programs in the School of Professional Studies are both exciting and strong, and I look forward to being part of the future of the school and the university.”

Eckert has been dean of the School of Health Professions at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University since 2007.  In that position, he was responsible for strategic planning and oversight of 16 health-related programs and two clinics at LIU Brooklyn, leading a school that has experienced a threefold increase in enrollment to 1,850 during his administration. He established collaborative relationships with several hospitals in New York City, promoted an inter-professional education initiative in cooperation with the LIU nursing and pharmacy programs, and successfully obtained $2.6 million in federal scholarship assistance for disadvantaged students pursuing the Master of Social Work degree.

Eckert served from 2001 to 2007 as dean of the College of Health Professions at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, where he held oversight responsibility for 13 academic departments and managed an expansion that more than doubled total enrollment to 1,225. He also participated in statewide health care workforce initiatives as an administrator in the University System of Georgia and participated in several organizations focusing on cancer research, treatment and prevention.

Eckert previously served as associate provost at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1999 to 2000, focusing on development of university-wide blended and distance learning programs. He began his career in academic administration as associate dean from 1994 to 1995 and interim dean from 1995 to 1999 of the School of Health Related Professions at SUNY Buffalo. He also served for 24 years as a member of the faculty of the School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Buffalo, including his tenure from 1983 to 2001 as an associate professor of anatomy and cell biology.

Eckert earned his Ph.D. in Anatomy at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology at SUNY Albany.

Eckert has been an author and contributor of more than 70 articles, chapters and abstracts published in research journals and presented at professional conferences over the past four decades. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs since 2011 and was recently elected treasurer of the organization. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors. He was previously a director on the board of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition, and has held various leadership positions with the American Cancer Society and other organizations in the health professions in New York and Georgia.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.

 

 

WCSU to host Skywarn Spotter training

Image of Skywarn logoDANBURY, CONN. — The National Weather Service Skywarn Spotter Program will hold a free training for individuals interested in becoming weather spotters at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in the Student Center Theater on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The workshop will provide instruction about how to observe and report specific types of clouds that form before severe weather such as hail, high winds or a tornado develops. The two-and-a-half hour class is open to the public, emergency managers, first responders, amateur radio operators, teachers and students at the 8th-grade level and above.

WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Dora Pinou said, “Early detection is key for developing a climate-resilient community, and the National Weather Service relies on spotters to help track storms.”

The training also will provide safety tips to prepare for and respond to flash floods, severe thunderstorms and lightning. It is sponsored by Praxair, the NOAA B-Wet program and the WCSU Meteorology program. Attendees will receive a Spotter ID Card upon completion of the class.

For more information, visit www.weather.gov/okx/SkywarnTraining, send an email to lessorg@wcsu.edu or pinout@wcsu.edu or call (203) 837-8552.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University changes lives by providing all students with a high-quality education that fosters their growth as individuals, scholars, professionals and leaders in a global society. Our vision: To be widely recognized as a premier public university with outstanding teachers and scholars who prepare students to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.