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upcoming newman dinners

The Newman Center will host free dinners at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 11, Wednesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 11. The dinners are open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

saxophone and piano concert

On Monday, Feb. 9, Albert Regni, principal saxophonist with the New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestras, will perform works for saxophone and piano with pianists Alan Farnham and Russell Hirshfield at noon in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

art slide lecture

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, award-winning illustrator Tom Kidd will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university’s Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

tutoring resource center workshop

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop “Shakespearean Rhetoric” at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

international student work and career workshop

On Wedneday, Feb. 11, the WCSU International Services Office and the Career Development Center wil host a workshop for international students about F1 visa regulations, off-campus employment and career development tools and services at noon in Room 226 of the Student Center. The free workshop is open to WCSU international students only. For more information, call x73270.

AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

WestConn will present the 13th annual Festival of African Films in celebration of Black History Month. "Woubi Cheri" by Philip Brooks and Laurent Bocahut will be screened at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and again at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Student Center Theater. This 1998 film from the Ivory Coast and France documents pioneers demanding their right to invent and live a distinct African homosexuality. "Yossis" are bisexual men, perhaps married, who accept their roles as husbands to "woubi" males, themselves choosing the role of "wives" to their male partners. Transvestites find that being "out" inaugurates a "family" of a novel sort, fostering a consciousness for doing "battle" against mainstream gendered assumptions.

"Finar o Destino" by Fernando Vendrell will be screened at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and again at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, in the Student Center Theater. This 1998 film is from Cape Verde and Portugal. Like Brando's lament in "On the Waterfront," "I could've been a contender," Mane lives to regret choices he made that ended his chances for the big-time with a Portuguese soccer club. In this sports film with an African twist, bold dreams and limited opportunities not of his own choosing do battle in one man's life, even as fellow citizens of an island archipelago state, 300 miles off the coast of West Africa, struggle to realize their own dreams.

"Si-Gueriki" (The Queen Mother) by Idrissou Mora Kpai will be screened at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and again at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in the Student Center Theater. This 2003 film is from Benin. Kpai sets out to pay film tribute to the nobility of his late father, rediscovering instead the authority and resourcefulness of female kin. Modernity among the Borgu people of northern Benin calls for the reinvention of his mother's position as queen mother, from a ritual actor to an activist struggling for women's education, family planning, and AIDS education.

The screenings will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

diversity lecture series

On Wedneday, Feb. 11, The Rev. DeForest Blake “Buster” Soaries Jr. will discuss “The New Promised Land: Martin Luther King’s Dream and its Reality in the Age of the Obama Presidency” in a Diversity Lecture Series talk at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Soaries is a Baptist minister, politician, author and former chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission. He also served as New Jersey’s Secretary of State from 1999 to 2002. The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Affirmative Action, will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78278.

LINCOLN BICENTENNIAL EVENTs

WestConn will host two events to commemorate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, WestConn will host "Political Fight Night" at 7:30 p.m. in The Club at the Westside Campus Center. Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Christopher Kukk will moderate a debate about "If Lincoln were alive today, would he be a Republican?" On Thursday, Feb. 12, Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Burton Peretti will discuss "Those Lincoln-Obama Comparisons: A Historian Responds" at 2 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. The events will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/lincoln.

diversity theater presentation

On Thursday, Feb. 12, WestConn will host the stage play “Voices: Those That Wore the Shoe” at 5 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The play is based on the stories and memories of former slaves as told to the 1934 Federal Writers’ Project. The performance will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278.

science-at-night presentations

On Thursday, Feb. 12, WCSU Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Richard Halliburton will discuss “Charles Darwin: His Life, Work and Influence” at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Feb. 12 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth Evolutionary principles that developed from Darwin’s ideas are fundamental to biology, medicine, agriculture and scientific understanding of life on earth. This year, 2009, has been proclaimed the “Year of Evolution.” Halliburton will discuss Darwin’s life and work, the state of modern evolutionary biology, and its impact on modern science and society. On Thursday, Feb. 19, Dr. Joseph Belsky, a physician in the department of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes at Danbury Hospital and clinical professor of medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, will discuss "Effects of Atomic Radiation on Normal Populations" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Belsky was chief of medicine for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission from 1969 to 1972 and studied the long-term effects of radiation exposure on the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. He also will report on the health of Bikini Islanders after H-bomb testing and on nearby populations affected by nuclear meltdowns at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Offered as part of the continuing "Science at Night" series, the events will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78773.

bridal show

On Sunday, Feb. 15, WestConn will host the “Wedding Steps Valentine Bridal Extravaganza” from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Feldman Arena in the William O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Vendors will display products and services for weddings. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 746-1648.

political science lectures

On Thursday, Feb. 19, radio consultant Tom Zarecki will discuss Internet, satellite and terrestrial radio and on Thursday, Feb. 26, Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele will discuss the state's budget crisis, future employment opportunities and his recent trade mission. The discussions, which will be held from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 102 of Berkshire Hall, are free and open to the public and are two of several scheduled during the semester for the World Governments, Economies and Cultures course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 210-2146, ext. 129, or e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

GYMNASTICS COMPETITION

WestConn will host the Gymnastics Revolution Team Challenge in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Sessions will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. The public is invited to this amateur gymnastics competition featuring gymnasts from the Northeastern United States. For ticket prices and more information, visit www.gymnasticsrevolution.com/invitational09reg.html or send an e-mail to brian@gymnasticsrevolution.com.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

On Monday, Feb. 23, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will display their usual fun and high-spirited showmanship during a game at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Tickets will range from $28 to $84 and are available at x78499 or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE AND SCREENING

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the WCSU Graduate Student Union will host Emmy Award-winning producer and director Simcha Jacobovici, better known as Vision TV's "The Naked Archaeologist," at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Warner Hall. Jacobovici's talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, e-mail jflores005@gmail.com.

THE VILLAGE AT BROOKFIELD COMMON UNIVERSITY/RIDGEFIELD CROSSINGS UNIVERSITY EVENT

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, WestConn Assistant Professor of World Languages and Literature Dr. Galina Bakhtiarova will discuss "Global Studies in the Age of Change" at a Brookfield Common University (BCU) event at 10 a.m. at The Village at Brookfield Common, 246A Federal Road in Brookfield and again at 2 p.m. at Ridgefield Crossings, 640 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. The events are free and the public is invited. BCU and RCU are partnerships between WestConn and the senior living communities in Brookfield and Ridgefield, which aim to provide continuing education opportunities for residents and the public. For more information, call the Office of University Relations at x78486.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, illustrator Riley Brewster will discuss his work at 11 a.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. The event will be free and open to the public, and it will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts slide lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

tutoring resource center workshop

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop “Intricate Grammar” at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Rachel Yehuda, professor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at Mount Sinai and the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will discuss "Psychobiology of Trauma" at 4 p.m. in Room 219 of the Science Building. Offered as part of the continuing "Research Seminar" series hosted by the department of biological and environmental sciences, the event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78793.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, Feb 26, the WCSU Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 27, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Andrew Beals; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dave Scott; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

lecturers needed

Spend an hour or two sharing your expertise with an appreciative audience at the Village at Brookfield Common and Ridgefield Crossings, two local senior living communities. This ongoing series of monthly faculty lectures has, since March 2006, built goodwill and good friends with our neighbors. If you’d like to volunteer your services or learn more, please call Sherri Hill at x78774 or send an e-mail to hills@wcsu.edu. Thank you.

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At-A-Glance

Feb9

Saxophone and piano concert. Ives Concert Hall, noon. Free and open to the public.

Feb10

Art slide lecture. Featuring award-winning illustrator Tom Kidd. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m.

Workshop. “Shakesperean Rhetoric.” Tutoring Resource Center, Berkshire Hall, Room 104, 2 p.m. To register, call x79245. Free and open to the public.

Feb11

African film festival. "Woubi Cheri" by Philip Brooks and Laurent Bocahut. Student Center Theater, noon. Free and open to the public.

Diversity lecture. "The New Promised Land: Martin Luther King's Dream and its Reality in the Age of the Obama Presidency" by The Rev. DeForest Blake "Buster" Soaries Jr. Student Center Theater, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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

Lincoln bicentennial event."If Lincoln were alive today, would he be a Republican?" by Dr. Christopher Kukk. The CLub at Westside Campus Center, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Hour of Power (holy hour). Newman Center, 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

 

 
Feb12

African film festival. "Woubi Cheri" by Philip Brooks and Laurent Bocahut. Student Center Theater, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Lincoln bicentennial event.
"Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Constitution" by Dr. Kevin Gutzman. Danbury High School Library, noon. Free and open to WCSU students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call Gutzman at x78455.


Lecture/discussion. “Those Lincoln/Obama Comaprisons: A Historian Responds” by Dr. Burton Peretti. Warner Hall Lyceum, 2 to 3:15 p.m.


Diversity theater presentation. “Voices: Those That Wore the Shoe.” Student Center Theater, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Science-at-Night presentation. "Charles Darwin: His Life, Work and Influence" by Dr. Richard Halliburton. Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, Parallel Fifth, WestConn's all-male A Capella group, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. For more information, call x79700.

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar4-7

Theatre Production – "The Tempest"
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4; and 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5; Friday, March 6; and Saturday, March 7 in Berkshire Hall. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Mar10

Economic Summit
A panel of area business people will discuss current economic conditions, expectations for the future — and ways to improve them. Westside Classroom Building, Room 218, 5 to 7 p.m.

Mar31

President's Lecture Series
"Between Two Worlds: An Evening with Mira Nair" Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m

FYI


Proposals for Summer Curriculum Grants

Proposals for summer curriculum grants must be submitted to the dean of your school by March 1.  For details, see "Summer Curriculum Related Activities" on page 186 of the Faculty Handbook.

cucas meeting

The next meeting of CUCAS will be Thursday, Feb. 19, 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, Wednesday, Feb. 11. 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 at x79366 or chappellm@wcsu.edu.

For students who have aetna health insurance through the university

An AETNA representative will be available to assist all students who are enrolled in AETNA student health insurance offered through the university. The rep will help with questions on claims, eligibility and benefits every Tuesday starting Feb. 10 through May 12 in the Midtown Student Center  Room 202 B, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEER for the Spring Phonathon!

This past fall, alumni and parents welcomed us into their homes via the telephone during our annual phonathon program. More than 15 student callers, working together as a strong and supportive team, reached out to WestConn alumni, friends and family in support of the university’s Annual Fund. In the toughest of financial times, the fall phonathon was able to raise $17,723.00. That represents 44.3 percent of our $40,000 fundraising goal. Today, given the economic climate, state universities are relying more and more on fundraising to build student scholarships and support programs and initiatives that are not covered by tuition and state appropriations. Please join us for at least one evening of calling beginning Feb. 17 thru April 30. Phonathon blackout dates are Feb. 25, March 17, and April 9. For more informatin or to sign up, stop by the Office of Institutional Advancement
or call x78298 or send an email to alumni@wcsu.edu. Looking forward to seeing you during our spring phonathon!

mileage reimbursement rate change

Effective Feb. 12, 2009, the mileage reimbursement rate will change from 58.5 to 55 cents per mile. Any required corrections to the mileage rate for previously submitted travel authorizations will be made in the travel office. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Mark Case at x78657 or Kim Spinelli at x78505.

NEWMAN CENTER DAILY MASS

During the spring semester, Mass will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in the Newman Center Chapel in addition to the Sunday Masses held in Alumni Hall each week at 5 p.m. The services are free and open to the public.

EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COUNSELING SESSIONS

WestConn’s ING Financial Adviser, Marilyn Timbers, will be on campus this spring to conduct employee retirement counseling sessions or to discuss your retirement portfolio. Sessions are by appointment only. Please contact Timbers at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.COM (preferred form of contact) or voicemail at (800) 784-6386, ext. 4003363 to schedule an appointment. Sessions will be held in the Student Center, Room 228 on the following dates: Feb. 10; Feb. 24; March 10; March 24; April 7; April 28; May 12; and May 26.

WESTCAFE CANCELLED

Westcafe will not be held this semester.

PRESIDENT'S DAY HOLIDAYS

The February 2009 President’s Holidays will be observed as follows:

AAUP, SUOAF-AFSCME, AFSCME
Clerical, and Management/Confidential Employees: Lincoln’s Birthday will be observed on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009;
Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.
Maintenance Employees: Although
Thursday, Feb. 12 is designated as the holiday for Lincoln’s Birthday, for these employees, most, if not all, will be required to work on this day because classes will be in session. Therefore, these employees will earn a compensatory holiday which may be used at a later date. Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 16, the same as for all other bargaining units.
A & R Employees & Protective Services
Employees: If required to work on Thursday, Feb.12, employees will receive a compensatory day off and will be paid at time and one-half for all hours worked on the holiday. This compensatory day can be used at a later date. Washington’s Birthday will be observed on Monday, Feb. 16, the same as for all other bargaining units.
If you have questions, please contact
Human Resources at x78662.

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