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WestConn News


WestCafe is back for another year. Come and join your colleagues for the first WestCafe on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Alumni Hall from 3:15 to 6 p.m. Due to a severe budget cut, WestCafe will only be held on the midtown campus once a month on the second Wednesday of each month. Future dates currently scheduled include Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10.  [Download PDF Flyer]


On Thursday, Sept. 11, WestConn will host a solemn ceremony of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America at noon on the Quadrangle. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78696.


On Thursday, Sept. 11, WestConn will host the hit off-Broadway production “Platanos and Collard Greens” at 5 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The play is a romantic comedy that tactfully addresses stereotypes, prejudices and urban myths that exist between African Americans and Latinos, within the context of Hip-Hop, humor and satire. The performance will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278. [Download PDF Flyer]


On Friday, Sept. 12, the annual Golden Circle Luncheon to honor WestConn alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago will be at noon in Warner Hall. The cost is $35 per person. For more information, call the Alumni Office at x78290.


On Tuesday, Sept. 16, WestConn will celebrate its 2008-09 Annual Fund Kick-off Campaign with a retrospective of the 2007-08 Annual Fund year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Faculty and staff, alumni and friends are invited to come and learn about how private support contributes to student scholarships, university programs and the university's overall development and advancement. For more information, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at x78279.


On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Marcelo Suarez Orozco, of the Harvard Immigration Project, will discuss “Rethinking Immigration” in a Diversity Lecture Series talk at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. A reception will follow in the Faculty Dining Room. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action. Admission will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78278. [Download PDF Flyer]

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and 9 copies, at least 2 weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. The link to the required on-line training program can be found on the ERes page under Grant Programs and then to IACUC.  If you have any questions please contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061.


On Thursday, Sept. 18, WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Tom Philbrick will discuss “Exploring for Plants in Tropical Waterfalls” at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Philbrick’s field research has taken him from Angel Falls (the tallest waterfall in the world) to the spectacular Iguazzu Falls in Brazil in search of a bizare group of flowering plants called “Riverweeds.” This presentation will summarize his field studies over the last 15 years in Central and South America. Offered as part of the continuing “Science at Night” series, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78773.


The WestConn theatre arts department will present “The Cemetery Club” at 8 p.m. in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall on Sept. 18 through Sept 20. Ticket prices will be $20 and proceeds will support the Reimold Scholarship Fund. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.


On Friday, Sept. 19, Dr. Joshua Aronson, associate professor of applied psychology at the New York University School of Culture, Education and Human Development, will discuss "Stereotypes and the Nature and Nurture of Intelligence" at noon in the Student Center Theater. The talk is part of a series of "PsychMatters: Invited Lectures" to be offered by the psychology department this year. For more information, call x78476.


On Saturday, Sept. 20, WestConn will host a “Dinner Cruise Around the Big Apple” aboard World Yacht, New York’s premier dining cruise line. The yacht will depart at 7 p.m. from the Pier at 81 West 41st St. in New York. The cost is $100 per person and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call x78290.


On Saturday, Sept. 20, WestConn will host a planetarium show, "A Closer Look at Scorpius the Scorpion," at 4 and 7 p.m., followed by telescope viewing of Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and the summer Milky Way 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.


On Sunday, Sept. 21, the Ives Authority, under the auspices of the City of Danbury and in partnership with WestConn, will host “The Ives Family Fair,” a daylong family event at Ives Concert Park. Gates will open at 2 p.m., with community artists and musical acts taking the stage beginning at 3 p.m. The Ives Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Fernando Jimenez, will perform at 5 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x79227 or visit www.ivesconcertpark.com. [Download PDF Flyer]


On Wednesday, Sept. 24, multilingual professionals will discuss using their language skills in their work as part of “International Language Panel: The Importance of Knowing a Second Language in Today’s Job Market” at 3 p.m. in Room 103 of Warner Hall. Languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, French and Portuguese will be represented. The discussion, hosted by the Career Development Center, the department of world languages and the International Services Office, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.


On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Patricia Brennan, a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the department of ecology and evolutionary biology/animal and plant science at Yale University and the University of Sheffield, will discuss “The Evolution of Avian Genitalia: Form and Function” at 4 p.m.


On Thursday, Sept. 25, WestConn will honor the life and scholarship of the late Professor of English Dr. Steven D. Neuwirth with a discussion in his memory at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Reed College Professor of Political Science Dr. Darius Rejali will discuss his book, "Torture and Democracy." A reception and book signing will follow. Neuwirth was a specialist in Early American literature and American history, and made significant contributions to academic program development at WestConn from the 1980s until his retirement in 2003. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

Banned Books Week

On Monday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 3, WestConn will host a celebration of Banned Books Week with a number of free, public activities on the Midtown campus. The Roger Sherman Debate Society will hold a public debate on the topic of book banning, and the Banned Books Read-a-thon will take place in front of the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 1. During the Read-a-thon, WestConn students and faculty and members of the community will read excerpts from banned or challenged books in a public forum. If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Dan Barrett at x78869 or barrettd@wcsu.edu or Dr. Kate Allocco at x78482 or alloccok@wcsu.edu.


On Monday, Sept. 29, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a Golf Outing with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Richter Park Golf Club, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. The cost is $700 per foursome or $175 per person. The public is invited; reservations are required. For more information, call x78290.

Weight Watchers At Work

WCSU will be hosting a Weight Watchers At Work series. The program is open to all faculty, staff, students, family and friends. On Thursday, Sept. 11 at 1:15 p.m., Weight Watchers will hold a free information session and sign-up meeting. The 17-week session will start the following Thursday on Sept. 18 at 1:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Weigh Ins will be from 1:15 to 1:30 p.m. and the meetings will run from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The 17-week membership fee is $197 per person (tax/registration included) and includes 19 weeks of free e-tools, which is more than a $50 value. The plan may be paid in one lump sum or 3-part split payment via check, which the Weight Watchers leader will collect during the first meeting. Please RSVP to Peggy Boyle at boylep@wcsu.edu or x78662 if you are interested in joining us. We need 20 participants to make the 17-week program work so don't delay - RSVP today!

CSU/AAUP University Research Grant Recipients 2007-08

A report describing the results of your CSU/AAUP University Research Grant-funded research, including a detailed accounting of the funds awarded, is due no later than Tuesday, Sept. 30. One copy should be sent to Dr. Linda Rinker, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (322 University Hall); a second copy goes to Martha Palanzo, Office of Grant Programs (321 Warner Hall). Faculty members whose 2007-08 reports are outstanding will not be eligible to apply for the 2009-10 competition (due Feb. 2, 2009).


The next meeting of CUCAS will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. Please submit 21 copies of all pertinent documents with appropriate signatures to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hall, by noon, Tuesday, Sept. 9. Please attend the meeting to discuss your proposal and to answer questions from CUCAS members. Neither incomplete nor late submissions will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Chappell, CUCAS Chair, at chappellm@wcsu.edu or x79366

reserving space in the Campus Center or Student Center

If you would like to reserve space in the Campus Center or Student Center. Please send an e-mail CampusCenter@wcsu.edu with your request. This will be easier than e-mailing an individual staff member.  You can use this address for either center.

Dining services

We are pleased to announce that after an extensive bid and review process, the university has entered into a new contract with Sodexo Dining Services. With this new contract come many exciting changes.

Meal Options - In the Midtown Snack Bar, new options will include Ultimate Baja, a Mexican concept replacing Pete’s Arena and Stacks. On Westside we are adding Jump Asian©, featuring a variety of Asian options.

Meal Plans - University employees might want to sign up for the new Blue 75 meal plans. Customers will be able to dine 75 times during the semester at the all you can eat Marketplace on the 1st floor of the Student Center or have a meal at the Westside Campus Center. In addition to the 75 meals, you will receive $75 dining (flex) dollars that can be used at any dining facility.

ConnectCash - Don't want to carry cash with you?  Your WestConnect card is a perfect alternative. Putting funds on your card is quick and easy through Banner or through the Cashier's Office. ConnectCash is good at any dining option on campus.

Sodexo Staff Changes - We are pleased to announce that Victor Competello has been promoted to Westside Dining Manager.  He will be responsible for all aspects of the Westside campus dining program, including the Campus Center, the O'Neill Center and the Athletic Complex. Victor served as catering manager for over five years.
We are sorry to announce that Adria Roberts will be leaving us on Sept. 12. Roberts has served as Sodexo's General Manager since 2004. She will be relocating to Denver to work for Sodexo's Health Care Division in Human Resources. Carol Finlayson will be joining us mid-September as the new catering manager.

hosting a student for thanksgiving

On campus, we have students from all over the world who would like to experience Thanksgiving with a local family. If you’re interested in opening your home and hosting one or more students for dinner, please contact Missy Gluckmann at gluckmannm@wcsu.edu or at x73270.

Applications for Academic Leave

Applications for Academic Leave are due by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29. All applications should be sent to Esther Boriss, Administrative Services, UH 009. Please contact Esther Boriss at x78758 if you have any questions.

IRB Fall 2008 meetings

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal and 12 copies at least two weeks in advance to the Office of Grant Programs in WH 321. Forms and a link to the required online training programs for protection of human subjects can be found on the ERes page under “Institutional Review Board.” For questions, contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.


The deadline for applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards for the 2009-10 academic year is Nov. 6. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for further information. The Research and Development Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the provost/vice president for academic affairs.

WestConn Report is published online for the WestConn community by University Publications & Design (UP&D) biweekly during the academic year. The first issue of each semester is also printed and mailed to all members of the WCSU community. Each issue is archived on the WCSU Web site.

Editorial & Design Staff:
Irene Sherlock, associate director, UP&D
Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

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 content staff of the WestConn Report can be contacted most efficiently via e-mail. Please send to westconn_report@wcsu.edu. You may also send content via inter-campus mail addressed to “WestConn Report / UP&D – Old Main 202”. Please allow sufficient time. You may also fax your request to 837-8865. Please do not call the office and leave a voice message with your request.


Sep 8

UPBC meeting. Student Center, Room 226, 2:30 p.m.


WestCafe. Alumni Hall, 3:15 to 6 p.m. Open to faculty and staff only.

Newman Dinner. Newman Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only.

Men’s soccer. WCSU vs. Keystone. Westside Athletic Complex, 6 p.m.

Hour of Power (holy hour). Newman Center, 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Remembrance ceremony. For victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Quad, noon.

Newman Chapel, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Diversity theatre.
“Platanos and Collard Greens.” Ives Concert Hall, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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


Golden Circle luncheon. For alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. Cost: $35/person. Warner Hall, noon.

Football. WCSU vs. Albright. Westside Athletic Complex, 3:30 p.m.

Deadline. Faculty Development funds for activities from Oct. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2008.


Women’s soccer. WCSU vs. Husson. Westside Athletic Complex, noon.

Women’s tennis. WCSU vs. UMass Boston. Westside Athletic Complex, 1 p.m.

Field hockey. WCSU vs. Fitchburg State. Westside Athletic Complex, 1 p.m.

Men’s soccer. WCSU vs. William Paterson. Westside Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.

AA meeting. Alumni Hall, 11 p.m. For students and the general public.


Mass. Alumni Hall at 5 p.m., Westside Campus Center, Room 212 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

AA meeting. Warner Hall, Room 101, 8 to 9 p.m. For students and the general public.


Philanthropy Day. Annual Fund Kick-off Campaign. Warner Hall, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mass. Newman Chapel, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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Mark Your Calendars

One Book, One Community
events (www.onebookdanbury.org)
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Mary Edgett Scholarship Reception
Wednesday, October 8, Westside Campus Center Grand Ballroom, 5 p.m.


Homecoming Oct. 13 — 18


Campus-to-Campus 5K Road Race
Sunday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.


Student/Donor Scholarship Reception and Ceremony
Thursday, October 16, Westside Campus Center Grand Ballroom, 6 p.m.


New program at WestConn to help students become leaders

From learning fiscal and civic responsibility to mentoring and tutoring peers, students at WestConn are preparing to become leaders of tomorrow.

This year, through a specially created program, students have a unique opportunity to learn enhanced leadership skills. The Hancock Student Leadership Program (HSLP) is designed to acknowledge, promote and foster diverse student leadership on campus. At least 20 students will be selected each academic year to participate.

Starting this fall, students with a minimum of 30 undergraduate or six graduate credits will be nominated by members of the WCSU community, or self-nominated, based on their academic background, leadership potential and extracurricular involvement. No prior leadership experience is required.

If you are a WestConn student or know a WestConn student interested in participating in HSLP, contact Dr. Walter Bernstein at (203) 837-8606 or Dr. R. Averell Manes at (203) 837-8452. For an application, go to wcsu.edu/hslp.
In order to be considered for HSLP, students must complete an application form with essays; submit two letters of recommendation (one must be from someone off-campus); interview with the Steering Committee; and submit documents demonstrating academic excellence and accomplishments.

Through the program, students receive training before participating in applied-leadership projects and formally writing the results of what they learned. At the end of the academic year, student leaders receive scholarships and certificates of achievement, among other things. But most importantly, students complete the program with a better-developed sense of self and more confidence. Students will be able to take on leadership roles in their careers and community.

The HSLP is a joint program offered by the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs at WCSU and is partially funded by the Hancock Scholarship Fund.

Faculty Development Funds Deadline

Friday, Sept. 12 is the deadline for activities from Oct. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2008. The application for Faculty Development Funds can be found on the WCSU Web site under Faculty and Staff, (click on Faculty Handbook, then click on View Table of Forms). Make sure to include a WCSU Request for Professional Travel Worksheet with your application. Late applications will not be accepted. Please contact George Kain if you have any questions.

Event Posters  PDF

Midtown Coffeehouse


Platanos and Collard Greens

Rethinking Immigration

One Book, One Community

Cemetery Club

Ives Family Fair