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ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER BUS TRIP

On Monday, Feb. 22, WestConn's Center for the Study of Culture and Values will host a bus trip to the Onassis Cultural Center in New York for a guided tour of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete. The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. from outside of University Hall and will return at approximately 10 p.m. The trip and tour will be free and open the public; reservations are required and there are a limited number of seats on the bus. It is funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. For more information or to make a reservation, send an e-mail to bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Richard Varner, Aerospace Education Specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will present science and technology training for elementary and middle school teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Varner will demonstrate activities that teachers can bring back to their classrooms to engage students in learning about the Hubble Space Telescope, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its launch. This event will be free and open to elementary and middle school teachers only. CEU credit is available; pre-registration is required to earn CEUs. For more information, call x78486.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, painter Susan Walp will discuss her 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.

ART EXHIBIT

An exhibition of works from WestConn's collection will be displayed from Wednesday, Feb. 24, through Tuesday, March 16, at the Higgins Hall Gallery in Room 101 of Higgins Hall. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and is open to the public. The works are assembled from various collections on the Midtown campus, most notably the Truman Warner Anthropological Collection from the archives at the Haas Library. The exhibition will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78410.

 BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the WCSU Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a screening of “Martin Luther King Jr. — The Man & the Dream" at noon in the Student Center Theater. The screening, part of the university's Black History Month Film Festival, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78278.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the WCSU Office of AccessAbility Services will hold a workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to students at 4 p.m. in Room 207 of the Student Center. Information provided will include the differences between accommodations in high school and college; the types of classroom, housing and campus accommodations, services and assistive technology that are available; how to request accommodations and services; and more. The workshop will be free and open to new and prospective students and their families. For more information and to RSVP, call x78225.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Plainville resident Justin Bernier, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat in the 5th Congressional District, will discuss the federal budget deficit from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one 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 send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, Feb. 25, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of the moon, Mars and the winter sky from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672.

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CONCERT

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the WCSU International Services Office and the German Studies Center will host German techno-pop band Dyko at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x73270.

MIDTOWN COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, February 25, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, R&B/hip hop/rap artists The Paperboyz, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 26, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Jamie Begian; 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.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Newman Center will host a Mass at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The worship service will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

On Monday, March 1, 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 are available at x78499 or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

LECTURE

On Wednesday, March 3, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WestConn will host "In the Mood for Meditation" at noon in the Student Center Theater. The talk will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78882.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, March 3, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Strategies for Midterm Triumph" at 2 p.m. in Room 104 of Berkshire Hall. The hour-long workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "A FLEA IN HER EAR"

 The WestConn theatre arts department will present "A Flea in Her Ear" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3; 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 4; Friday, March 5; and Saturday, March 6, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 7. Ticket prices will be $20 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and non-WestConn students. WestConn students will be admitted free with valid ID. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, March 4, Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, director of WestConn's Cooperative Education program, will discuss career development options from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 231 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one 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 send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, March 4, 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.

MIDTOWN COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 4, WestConn will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The coffeehouse will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, dance band No Big Deal, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 for more information.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE

On Friday, March 5, WestConn will present a performance of "The Mentoring Monologues" at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The public is invited and admission is free for this Women's History Month event. For more information, call x78482.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, March 6, WestConn will host a 6 p.m. planetarium show, "Early Spring Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the sky and Mars from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Westside Observatory and Planetarium. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, March 7, the Newman Center will host a Mass at 5 p.m. in Alumni Hall on the WestConn Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The worship service will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 9, illustrator Michael Whelan 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.

BOOK SIGNING

On Tuesday, March 9, WestConn student Jamison Odone will sign copies of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," his newly released book, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. The book is part of Odone's Stickfiguratively Speaking series, in which he illustrates and retells classic tales using his distinctive stick-figure characters. The event will be free and the public is invited. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, call X78486.

SOFTBALL BREAKFAST

On Wednesday, March 10, the WCSU softball team will host a fundraising breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Softball team members will wait on tables for tip donations. The public is invited; reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, call Head Softball Coach Heather Stone at x79019.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, March 10, WestConn will host a panel discussion about "Negotiating Beauty: Bodies, Fashion and Sexuality –– Past and Present" at noon in Warner Hall. Panelists will include Professor of History Dr. Marcy May, Assistant Professor of History Dr. Leslie Lindenauer, Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Steven Ward and history graduate student Jessica Gamache. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, March 10, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WestConn Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

FILM SCREENING

On Wednesday, March 10, WestConn will host a screening of "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and the inspiration for a 2008 U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, this film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of conflict. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

On Wednesday, March 10, the WCSU chamber music program will present a concert 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. 

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WestConn Report is published online for the WestConn community by University Publications & Design (UP&D) biweekly during the academic year. Each issue is archived on the WCSU Web site.

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At-A-Glance

Feb22

Onassis cultural center bus trip. Bus trip to the Onassis Cultural Center in New York for a guided tour of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete. Bus will depart University Hall at 3:30 p.m. and will return at approximately 10 p.m. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation, e-mail bakhtiarg@wcsu.edu.

Feb23

Science & technology workshop. Richard Varner, aerospace education specialist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will present science and technology training for elementary and middle school teachers. Grand Ballroom, Westside Campus Center, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to elementary and middle-school teachers only. CEU credit is available; pre-registration is required to earn CEUs. For more information, call x78486.

Art slide lecture. Featuring painter Susan Walp. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Feb24

Black history month film. “Martin Luther King Jr. — The Man & the Dream." Student Center Theater, noon. Free and open to the public.

Lecture. "The Black Man Cometh: Eugene O'Neill's Politics of Equality" by Associate Professor of English Dr. Donald Gagnon. Berkshire Hall, Room 103, noon. Free and open to the public.

Accessibility workshop. Workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to students. Student Center, Room 207, 4 p.m. Free and open to new and prospective students and their families only. For more information and to RSVP, call (203) 837-8225.

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

 
Feb25

Political science lecture. Plainville resident Justin Bernier, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat in the 5th Congressional District, to discuss the federal budget deficit. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (860) 210-2146, ext. 129, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Telescope viewing. Viewing of the moon, Mars and the winter sky. Westside Observatory & Planetarium, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call x78671.

International music concert. Featuring the German techno-pop band Dyko. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x73270.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, the Paperboyz, 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.

Feb26

Jazz Orchestra concert. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Jamie Begian; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dave Scott; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

Feb27

AA meeting. Open discussion. Alumni Hall, 11 p.m. For students and the general public. For more information, call x78899.

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar11

"Twilight" Director Catherine Hardwick
Ives Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Tickets will be $20; WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted free. For more information, call x78214.

Mar16

Sesame Street Live presents "When Elmo Grows Up"
William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Mar19

WestConn Society Luncheon
Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. For more information, call x78298

FYI

meditation sessions

Join the Connecticut School of Philosophy (an SGA-approved club formerly known as the Socratic Society) as they host WestConn's
first guided meditation group every
Thursday from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201. This is a class for beginners to advanced individuals which will slowly introduce new techniques each week and answer all questions. For more information, contact Mary Salvato at ( 203) 546-0746.

2010 Take Our Children To Work Day

Thursday, April 22, 2010 is “Take Our Children To Work Day,” sponsored by Human Resources, Student Affairs and University Events, and is open to all employees. This is a great opportunity for girls and boys to learn about the world of work, the challenges their parents face, and how the schoolwork they do today will help them in realizing their dreams and becoming tomorrow’s leaders. You may bring your sons, daughters, grandchild(ren), nieces, nephews, & mentees (max. of three children per person) who are between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age. The committee is hard at work planning another awesome day and is looking forward to welcoming all of the children to campus again this year for all-new activities.  
 
If you are interested in participating by bringing your child(ren) please respond to Lisa Temkin Carrozza with the name(s) and age(s) of the child(ren) you will be bringing by April 1.  Specific details including permission slips will be distributed closer to the day of the event.
 
In order to make this event happen we need volunteers on the day of the event to help with the day’s activities.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Peggy Boyle.

For more information, contact any of the members of the Take Our Children To Work Day Planning Committee: Helen Bechard; Peggy Boyle; Pano Koukopoulos; Melissa Stephens; Lisa Temkin Carrozza; and Jen Zdziarski.

Purchasing & Accounts Payable Open Training Sessions

To help provide the WCSU Community a better understanding of the purchasing and accounts payable processes, open training sessions have been scheduled to offer overviews processes, the regulations governing these processes, and procedures for users to utilize these functions.  The open training sessions are scheduled as follows:  
Midtown Campus
 
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Warner Hall Lyceum, Room 103
 
Thursday, March 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Warner Hall Lyceum, Room 103
  
Westside Campus
 
Tuesday, March 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Westside Classroom Building, Room  218
 
Please direct any questions to either Mark Case in Administrative Services at x78657 or Sean Loughran in Fiscal Affairs at x79330.  

One-on-one employee retirement sessions

Marilyn Timbers, WestConn’s ING representative, will be on campus to conduct one-on-one employee retirement sessions. Sessions will be held in the Student Center, Room 228, on March 9, March 23, April 6, April 13, April 27, May 11, 25, 2010. Contact Marilyn Timbers to set an appointment via e-mail (preferred) at Marilyn.Timbers@INGFA.comor call (860) 580-2126 or (800) 784-6386. Sessions can benefit any employee in the Alternate Retirement Plan (five percent employee and eight percent state), or 403(b), Roth 403(b) or 457 ING Supplemental Retirement Plan.

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)
Spring 2010 meeting

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will meet in the Student Center, Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 8. 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.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS INFORMATION

From the Office of Dr. Linda Rinker, Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs

MINUTES & BYLAWS

Please submit a copy of department (also library, coaching and counseling staff) minutes and any revision of bylaws to Academic Affairs c/o Michelle Ramey as soon as they become available.

REPORTING OF AAUP FACULTY CONSULTING AND RESEARCH WITH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC ENTITIES

In order to maintain compliance with Public Act 07-166 and CSUS Board of Trustees Resolution (BR#07-55) concerning faculty consulting and research with private and public entities, AAUP faculty must fill out the form located at www.wcsu.edu/academics/research-reporting.asp and forwarded to the Provost/V.P. for Academic Affairs for review.

PROPOSAL REVIEW

This is a reminder that all proposals for external funding (including proposals submitted electronically) that involve a commitment of university resources (personnel, facilities, hardware, etc.) must be reviewed by the appropriate chair, dean, the director of grant programs, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, and the vice president for finance and administration.  Projects involving student affairs must also be reviewed by the vice president for student affairs.  Forms (routing sheets) may be found in the faculty handbook, on ERes, or from the Office of Grant Programs.  A guide to preparing proposals (“Pre-Award Guidelines”) is also available on ERes or you may call (x78944; x78281) or e-mail the grants office to request a copy.

Please note that if an application is submitted without the approval of the appropriate sign-off officers, the university reserves the right to refuse the award. 

FEDERAL GRADING GUIDELINES

1.  Faculty must comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to ensure that information on grades, class standing, or the like, of any student may in no way be shared by the faculty member with any other student. This means that the following practices will NOT be utilized:

a.  Posting course, exams or paper grades even if names are omitted and codes are used.

b.  Giving the paper or test of one student to another for delivery unless there is a signed request to do so.

c.  Putting papers, tests, etc. in a common place for student pickup.

2.  Recent confidentiality laws prohibit anyone from divulging the grade of any student to the student’s parents or any other individuals.

3.  Attendance requirements as related to grades awarded:  Supreme Court rulings indicated that grades may be lowered for nonattendance only when a direct relationship between academic progress and attendance can be demonstrated. The arbitrary lowering of an earned grade for given numbers of class absences did not meet the court’s legal tests.  (2009 Faculty Handbook, p. 111).

NOTE:  WestConn’s Undergraduate Catalog states “Students are required to observe the attendance regulations announced by the instructors for those courses in which they are enrolled.” (page 37 of the 2008-10 Undergraduate Catalog)

FINAL EXAMINATIONS

As you prepare syllabi for the spring term, instructors are reminded that no final examination is to be scheduled during any time period other than the final exam period.  In April 1989, the Senate reaffirmed the following:  “All final exams may be given only during the final examination week.  The reaffirmation intends to include all day and evening, undergraduate and graduate courses.”

SUMMER CURRICULUM-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Your attention is directed to Article 9.6 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides for stipends during the summer for curriculum-related activities.  Individuals should address their requests to the Dean.  Faculty deadline is March 1, 2010.  The dean must submit requests to the provost/vice president by March 5, 2010.  An advisory group of the CUCAS will then review the proposals.

ADVISING & PROGRAM SHEETS

During the summer, undergraduate program sheets were corrected (where necessary).  THESE ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL PROGRAM SHEETS. Only these sheets are to be used when advising newly admitted students. As the catalog is being revised, revisions of the program sheets are appropriate. Such revisions should be routed to the dean; he/she in turn will submit them to Office of Academic Affairs. New program sheets will be prepared and readied for the next fall term.

HUMAN SUBJECTS

Faculty (full- and part-time), staff, and students who are doing research projects that involve human subjects must submit the appropriate forms to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The forms are available online at the IRB Web site. Please be sure to use the current forms. Everyone doing research or supervising research with human subjects is required to complete CITI online training. A copy of your certificate of completion should be sent to the IRB in care of the Office of Grant Programs, Warner Hall, Room 321. The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review and training requirements.

VERTEBRATE ANIMALS

Faculty (full- and part-time), staff, and students who are doing projects with vertebrate animals must submit a request for review.  IACUC information and the forms are available on ERes, the library’s electronic reserve system. Click on GRP009 and then to IACUC forms.  At the very bottom of the form it says updated on 8/15/2006.  You may call Martha Palanzo at x78944 or x78281 in the grants office. Everyone doing research or supervising research with vertebrate animals is required to complete CITI online training. Please contact the grants office x78944) for information.  The university cannot accept responsibility for any project that bypasses the review requirement.

 

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