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ART EXHIBIT

An exhibition of works from WestConn's collection is on display until Tuesday, March 16, at the Higgins Hall Gallery in Room 101 of Higgins Hall on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. 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.

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 in our 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. 

STUDENT VETERANS luncheon

On Thursday, March 11, the WCSU Veterans Task Force will host an informal luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newman Center. The luncheon will be free and open to WCSU student veterans only. For more information, call x78606 or (203) 837-8772.

LECTURE

On Thursday, March 11, Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, a nonprofit volunteer organization aiming to stop migrant deaths along the U.S. Mexico border, will discuss "Border Angels, Border Realities and Immigration Today" at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. Morones, the recipient of Mexico's 2009 National Human Rights Award, has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. He has debated Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs and founders of the Minutemen. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78650.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, March 11, Stamford attorney Paul Edelberg will discuss China's economy 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.

FILM SCREENING

On Thursday, March 11, WestConn will host a screening of excerpts from the documentary "Body of Work" at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Writer/director/producer Kai Beverly-Whittemore will answer questions about her transition from model to filmmaker. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, March 11, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of Mars, Saturn and the sky from 7 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, March 11, representatives from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Candlewood Lake Authority will discuss "Recreational Boating Issues on Candlewood Lake" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. 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.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 11, 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, pianist/vocalist Derek Waldron, 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 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 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 11; Friday, March 12; and Saturday, March 13, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 13. 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.

CATHERINE HARDWICK LECTURE

On Thursday, March 11, Catherine Hardwick, director of "Twilight," will discuss "Beyond the Script: How to Choose a Film Project" at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Tickets will be $20; WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $5. For more information, call x78214.

FILM SCREENING

On Friday, March 12, WestConn will host a screening of "The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl" at 7 p.m. in Viewing Room 1 of White Hall. The 1993 documentary depicts the life of German film director Leni Riefenstahl, who was best known for her Nazi propaganda film, "Triumph of the Will." This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Friday, March 12, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

HOME SHOW

WestConn will host the Western New England Home Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Feldman Arena in the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Home improvement companies will display their products and answer questions during the two-day event. Tickets will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Attendees can save $1 off the cost of an adult ticket by bringing a nonperishable food item for the Giving Pantry to the event. Call (860) 563-2111 for more information.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, March 14, 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.

SESAME STREET LIVE

Sesame Street Live will present "When Elmo Grows Up" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16; and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, in the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, call x78499 or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, March 17, WestConn will host a panel discussion about "Women and Popular Culture" at 12:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. Panelists will include Assistant Professors of History Dr. Katherine Allocco and Dr. Leslie Lindenauer and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Abbey Zink. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

DEBATE

On Wednesday, March 17, the WCSU Roger Sherman Debate Society and the Undergraduate Conflict Resolution Project will host a debate at 3:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The topic will be "'Twilight' promotes unhealthy relationships between women and men." The debate will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

FILM SCREENING

On Wednesday, March 17, WestConn will host a screening of "The Education of Shelby Knox" at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The film tells the story of a Texas teen's fight for sexual education. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, March 18, Tom Thompson, of Technipower Systems in Danbury, will discuss the solar energy industry 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.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, March 18, Dr. Kirby Stafford, Connecticut state entomologist, will discuss "Fight the Bite: Ticks and Lyme Disease" at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. 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.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, March 18, 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, the WCSU Improv Group, 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. 

WESTCONN SOCIETY LUNCHEON

On Friday, March 19, the WCSU Foundation will host its annual WestConn Society Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. To join the society or purchase a ticket for the luncheon, call the Office of Institutional Advancement at x78298.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, March 20, WestConn will host a 7 p.m. planetarium show, "Early Spring Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Mars, Saturn and the spring sky 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Monday, March 22, 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.

GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP

On Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26, WestConn, in conjunction with Grant Writing USA, will host a two-day Grant Writing Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 263 of the Science Building. Tuition is $425 per person and will include a workbook, resource CD and access to online forums. The workshop is open to the public. For more information or to register, visit http://grantwritingusa.com/events/write/dact0310.html.

 

If you plan to attend an event and would like to request disability accommodations, please contact the organizer as listed in the event listing.

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At-A-Glance

Mar-16

Art exhibit. An exhibition of works from WestConn's collection. On display at the Higgins Hall Gallery, Room 101, noon to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78410.

Mar9

Art slide lecture. Featuring illustrator Michael Whelan. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Book signing. WestConn student Jamison Odone will sign copies of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” his newly released book. The book is part of  Odone’s Stickfiguratively Speaking series, in which he illustrates and retells classic tales using his distinctive stick-figure characters. Warner Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, call x78486.

Mar10

Softball breakfast. Fundraising breakfast for the WCSU softball team. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Reservations required; to RSVP or for more information, call Head Softball Coach Heather Stone at x79019.

Panel discussion. “Negotiating Beauty: Bodies, Fashion and Sexuality –– Past and Present.” Warner Hall, noon. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

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

Film screening. “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo.” Student Center Theater, 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

Chamber music concert. 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.

 
Mar11

Student Veterans luncheon. Hosted by the WCSU Veterans Task Force, free and open to WCSU student veterans only. Newman Center, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lecture. "Border Angels, Border Realities and Immigration Today" by Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, a nonprofit volunteer organization aiming to stop migrant deaths along the U.S. Mexico border. Warner Hall, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78650.

Political science lecture. Stamford attorney Paul Edelberg will discuss China's economy. 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.

Film screening. "Body of Work." Writer/director/producer Kai Beverly-Whittemore also will answer questions about her transition from model to filmmaker. Student Center Theater, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78482.

Telescope viewing. Viewing of Mars, Saturn and the sky. Westside Observatory & Planetarium, 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call x78672 or visit www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

Science-at-Night presentation. "Recreational Boating Issues on Candlewood Lake" by representatives from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and the Candlewood Lake Authority. Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78773.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, pianist/vocalist Derek Waldron , 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

Apr15-17

WCSU Opera - "The Magic Flute"
Ives Concert Hal, 7:30 p.m. on April 15, 16 and 17, with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 17. For tickets and information, call x78499 or
visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Apr15

Child Care Cabaret
Featuring music, dance and comedy. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $15; WCSU students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $5. For more information, call x78266.

Apr22

President's Lecture Series
"The Beauty of Nature — The Art of Technology," featuring astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave. Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

FYI


Do you have your WCSU Hearts Haiti bracelet yet? Red, white, and blue are the colors of the Haitian flag and for a minimum donation of $1 you can proudly support the campaign. Bracelets can be bought in the Student Center, the Newman Center, Admissions, the Multicultural Affairs Office, Higgins Hall 214 or Room 107 in the O'Neill Center.

CUCAS MEETING

The next meeting of CUCAS (Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic Standards) is March 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 10th at noon. Please submit items (21 copies) for CUCAS consideration to Terry Buzaid, Academic Affairs, University Hall. Please make sure that all submissions are complete, including appropriate cover pages and signatures. A copy of curriculum modification procedure is available at www.wcsu.edu/facultystaff/handbook/pages/sum-curr.asp Please consult the faculty handbook for more details on submitting proposals to CUCAS www.wcsu.edu/facultystaff/handbook/

General Education Committee meeting

The next meeting of the General Education Committee is on Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Haas Library.

deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department is April 15 for the academic departments and May 14 for Administrative Departments. All goods must be delivered to the university by June 1. If bidding is necessary, please allow sufficient time for a solicitation process. If you have any questions please contact Mark Case at x78657 or Esther Boriss at x78758 in the Administrative Services Office.

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. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE TAKEN AFTER THIS DATE. 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. Volunteers will assist with group activities and chaperone the kids as they walk to/from each activity. Group Activities are held from 10 to 11a.m.; 11 a.m. to noon; and 1:15– 2 p.m. All volunteers are invited to the kick off breakfast at 9 a.m. and lunch at noon in Warner Hall. 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
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 man up program

A new group program, “One Man Up,” will begin on Wednesday, March 10. This program is focused on addressing men’s role in ending relationship violence. In collaboration with a WCSU faculty member, the program has been designed for students, to openly discuss and learn about issues of sexuality, relationships, and masculinity. The goal is to empower men on campus, who do not condone violence, to speak up and be heard. The goal of the program is to create a real conversation between men. However, we invite women to participate, because the topic deals with healthy relationships in general.
 
One Man Up will begin on Wednesday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. in Higgins Hall A-105-C. The group will meet on the following Wednesdays: 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, and 5/5. It is important students commit to attend as many as possible. Sessions, which will run about 90 minutes, will NOT be lectures, but intriguing group discussion and activities. Food will be provided. Students should RSVP to mens.initiative@yahoo.com or call x73939.

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.

Institutional Review Board 2009-10 Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will meet on Wednesdays in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following days: March 17, April 21 and May 19. If you would like to submit a proposal, please send the original proposal plus 12 copies of the proposal, at least two weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. IRB forms and the link to the required on-line training programs for protection of human subjects can be found on the ERes page under “Institutional Review Board.” For questions, please contact Dr. Shane Murphy at x79398.

Ed.D in Instructional Leadership Dissertation Defense Schedule

The Ed.D in Instructional Leadership program invites you to support our
Doctoral students as they defend their dissertations. Please take note
of the time and locations as the defenses are held on both the Midtown
and Westside campuses. For more information on the Division of Graduate
Studies Ed.D in Instructional Leadership, please visit
www.wcsu.edu/graduate/EDD/

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