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ANIMATION FESTIVAL

The ninth annual WestConn computer animation festival, AniFest '10, will feature continuous showings of student-produced computer animation short features daily from April 19 through 23 in the Student Center Theater. Other highlights of the festival will include an "Art of Animation" poster exhibition in the Student Center and a lecture at 7 p.m. on April 22 in the Student Center Theater. Admission will be free and the public is invited. For information, visit the AniFest '10 Web page at http://cs.wcsu.edu/cgr/festival10 or contact Center for Graphics Research Director Dr. William Joel at x79353. 

Department of Social Work Annual B.K. Nemzer Symposium

On Monday, April 19, WestConn's Department of Social Work will hold its Annual B.K. Nemzer Symposium on “Taking Care of Our Older Teenagers: Public Services and Resources,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Warner Hall, first floor. A panel of presenters from the Department of Children and Families/State of CT, and the Public Defender Office Hartford and  Juvenile Court, will present updates on the impact of the recent change in Juvenile Court age inclusion, and information about public child welfare resources for older “at risk” teens. This event is open to WCSU students and the general public; seating is limited. To reserve a space, please call x78410 by April 13.

FILM SCREENING

On Monday, April 19, WestConn's Roots & Shoots club will screen the documentary "Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price" at 7 p.m. in Room 114 of Higgins Hall. The screening, part of Earth Week activities, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PANEL

On Tuesday, April 20, WestConn will host a discussion about "Women in Science and Engineering" at 8 a.m. in the Science Building. Part of the university's Hubble Week celebration, the panel will provide information for girls and young women about careers in science and technology. Featured speakers will be Kerri Cahoy, an astrobiologist working with NASA; Suzanne Woll, lead systems engineer on the Sabatier System at Hamilton Sundstrand; Valentina Lugo, a mechanical design engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand; and Rachel Manzer, a science coach in the Suffield School District who is in training as a NASA teacher astronaut. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/hubble/.

WOLF CONSERVATION CENTER SPEAKER

On Tuesday, April 20, Atka, an Arctic gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center, will visit WestConn at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. Atka will be accompanied by a Wolf Conservation Center staffer who will talk about wolf behavior, habitat and more. The event, sponsored by WCSU Roots & Shoots to celebrate Earth Week, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY SYMPOSIUM

On Tuesday, April 20, WestConn's Division of Justice and Law Administration (JLA) will host an Anti-Death Penalty Symposium at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Participating in the panel discussion will be Assistant Professor of JLA Terry Dwyer, a retired New York State Police major crimes investigator; the Hon. Charles Gill, a Connecticut Superior Court judge; John DeCarlo, chief of the Branford, Conn., Police Department; Gregg Everett, former chairman of the Connecticut Board of Parole; the Rev. Walter Everett, a retired Methodist minister and surviving family member of a homicide victim; Ben Jones, a member of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty; and Assistant Professor of JLA Dr. George Kain, a Ridgefield, Conn., police commissioner. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78514.

FILM SCREENING

On Tuesday, April 20, WestConn's Roots & Shoots club will screen the documentary "Food Inc." at 7 p.m. in Room 125 of Science Building. The screening, part of Earth Week activities, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE

On Wednesday, April 21, WestConn will host a roundtable discussion about "Aerospace in the 21st Century" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Part of the university's Hubble Week celebration, the panel will include Edward Francis, vice president and general manager of HS Energy, Space & Defense at Hamilton Sundstrand; Jim Larwood, division president at Kaman Precision Products; and Dr. Mark Stier, director of Optical Programs at Goodrich ISR. Douglas A. Comstock, director of NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program, will be the keynote speaker. Admission to the event will be $25 and lunch will be provided. For more information, call x78486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/hubble/

BENEFIT CONCERT

On Wednesday, April 21, the Manhattan String Quartet will perform a benefit concert to support WestConn's "WCSU Hearts Haiti" fundraising campaign at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The concert will be open to the public; seating is limited. There is a suggested donation of $20. For more information, call x78754.

TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY

On Thursday, April 22, WestConn will host Take Our Children to Work Day events beginning at 8:45 a.m. in Alumni Hall. Children of faculty and staff ages 8 and up will participate in age-appropriate activities from 8:45 to 2 p.m. The events are open to WestConn faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78486.

CAMPUS PRIDE DAY

On Thursday, April 22, an Earth Day Campus Pride event will be from noon to 6 p.m. on the WestConn Midtown campus. Throughout the day, students will clean up areas of campus and plant flower beds. The event, sponsored by WCSU Roots & Shoots to celebrate Earth Week, will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78726.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - DR. STORY MUSGRAVE

On Thursday, April 22, NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave will discuss "The Beauty of Nature — The Art of Technology" as the President's Lecture Series speaker at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486. 

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, April 22, 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, singer/songwriter Don Lowe, 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.

RELAY FOR LIFE

WestConn will host the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" from 6 p.m. on Friday, April 23, to 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Feldman Arena in the O'Neill Center on the university's Westside campus. Teams of 10 - 15 people will spend the night walking to raise money to fight cancer. For more information, visit events.cancer.org/rflwestconn or call (203) 563-1511.

ARCHAEOLOGY CONFERENCE

On Saturday, April 24, WestConn will host a conference for the Archaeological Society of Connecticut from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The event will feature presentation of papers focusing on archaeology, anthropology and ethnohistory. The event will be free to ASC members. The public may attend for $8 and WCSU students with valid I.D. may attend for $5. For more information, call x78453.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR

On Saturday, April 24, WestConn will host a Science and Technology Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Science Building. Part of the university's Hubble Week celebration, the fair will include demonstrations, vendors, experiments, tours of the Science Building, NASA giveaways, a NASA spacesuit and a one-fifth scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

DANCE PERFORMANCE

On Saturday, April 24, the WCSU Dance Team will present "World of Dance" at 6 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. General admission tickets will be $10; senior and student tickets will be $5 in advance at wcsu.edu/tickets or $12 and $6 at the door. The public is invited. For more information, send an e-mail to wcsudanceteam@gmail.com.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, April 24, WestConn will host a 7:30 p.m. planetarium show, "Spring Skies," followed by telescope viewing of the moon, Mars, Saturn and the spring sky from 8:30 to 10:30 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 wcsu.edu/starwatch.

SPRING JAM CONCERT

On Saturday, April 24, Upsurge Media Group in association with Danny Boy and DJ Big Mike will present "Spring Jam 2010" at 8 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center. Scheduled to perform are Fabolous, Jadakiss, Juelz Santana and Bobby Valentine. Additional artists are expected to be announced. Tickets are $45 plus fees and are available at wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling x78499.

CHOIR CONCERT

On Sunday, April 25, the WCSU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will present a concert in memory of Roberta Moravsky Watts at 3 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.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, April 25, 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.

DUI SIMULATION GOGGLES

On Monday, April 26, WestConn's CHOICES Office and the WCSU Police Department will host a DUI simulation using drunk goggles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Center Quad. The event, part of Alcohol Awareness Week, will be free and open to WestConn students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78899.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Monday, April 26, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, April 27, painter Lois Dodd will discuss her work at 3 p.m. at the Weir Farm Art Center, 735 Nod Hill Road in Wilton. 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.

ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA INDUCTION CEREMONY

On Tuesday, April 27, WestConn will hold its Fourth Annual Alpha Sigma Lambda induction ceremony at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Alpha Sigma Lambda, the National Honor Society for adult students, was formed in 1946 to acknowledge adult students who accomplish academic excellence while juggling competing interests of family, community and work. WestConn's Pi Zeta Chapter honors the top 20 percent of adult learners who have attained a GPA of 3.2 or higher. This year's inductees all have GPA's of 3.8 or higher. The ceremony will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78289.

CARNIVAL

On Wednesday, April 28, WestConn's CHOICES Office will host a Carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Quadrangle on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. This Alcohol Awareness Week event will be free and open to WestConn faculty, staff and students only. For more information, call (203) 837-8898.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, April 28, Dr. Theodora Pinou and Dr. Thomas Philbrick, faculty members in WestConn's department of biological and environmental sciences, will discuss "Researching Earth's Biodiversity" 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 x78791.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, April 28, 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.

JAZZ FESTIVAL

 The WCSU Jazz Fest will include three evening concerts in Ives Concert Hall. The WCSU jazz faculty will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. Admission will be free and open to the public. The WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform with the David Liebman Quartet at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 30. Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $10 for senior citizens and non-WestConn students who are not participating in the festival. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, the Maria Schneider Orchestra will perform. Ticket prices will be $25 for adults and $15 for senior citizens and non-WestConn students who are not participating in the festival. WestConn students with valid I.D. will be admitted free to the April 29 - 30 events and for $5 to the May 1 event. For tickets and information, visit wcsu.edu/tickets or call x78499. 

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, April 29, 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, DJ Kendall of WXCI who will broadcast live with musical guests Brianne Chasanoff and Joe Gegeny, 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.

TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Thursday, April 29, WestConn will host a telescope viewing of the moon, Mars, Saturn and the spring sky from 8:30 to 11:30 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 wcsu.edu/starwatch.

UNIVERSITY GALA

On Saturday, May 1, WestConn will host the University Gala at 6 p.m. on the Quadrangle of the university's Midtown campus. The 24th annual gala will feature gourmet hors d'oeuvres, music for dancing, a silent auction and a chance for all those who support the university to join together in a common celebration. Funds raised at the event will support the WCSU Foundation, which funds the educational services of the university and provides for student scholarships, campus enhancements and faculty development. For tickets and other information, call x78298.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, May 2, 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. 

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Monday, May 3, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Professional Networking and Writing Abstracts for Professional Conferences" 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.

Honors convocations

WestConn will host Honors Convocations on the following days: on Monday, May 3, the WestConn Ancell School of Business will host its Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Westside Campus Center Ballroom; on Tuesday, May 4, the School of Arts & Sciences will host its Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall with a reception to follow in Warner Hall; and on Wednesday, May 5, the School of Professional Studies will host it Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall with a reception to follow in White Hall 127. The public is invited to these annual events at which scholarship and award recipients are honored. For more information, call x78521.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, May 6, Tea Party Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Warren Mosler will discuss the 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.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, May 6, 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 Jazz Ensemble, 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. 

MULTICULTURAL FAIR

On Friday, May 7, WestConn's IMPACT Club will host a Multicultural Fair from 3:30 to 9 p.m. on the Midtown campus Quadrangle. There will be food and music from different cultures and a fund-raising raffle to support the Haiti relief effort. The fair will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 947-9363.

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At-A-Glance

Apr19

Computer animation festival. Featuring continuous showings of student-produced computer animation short features in the Student Center Theater. For information, visit http://cs.wcsu.edu/cgr/festival10 or contact Center for Graphics Research Director Dr. William Joel at x79353.

B.K. Nemzer Symposium. “Taking Care of Our Older Teenagers: Public Services and Resources,” featuring a panel of presenters. Warner Hall, 1st floor, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Film screening. "Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price." Higgins Hall, Room 114, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78726.

Apr20

Panel. "Women in Science and Engineering. Science Building, 8 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/hubble/. 

Baseball. WCSU vs. Lehman. Westside Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse. WCSU vs. ECSU. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. UMass Dartmouth. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Wolf Conservation Center speaker. Featuring Atka, an Arctic gray wolf, and a Wolf Conservation Center staffer who will talk about wolf behavior, habitat and more. Warner Hall, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78726.

Softball. WCSU vs. ECSU. Westside Athletic Complex, 5 p.m.

Anti-death penalty symposium. Hosted by WCSU’s Division of Justice and Law Administration (JLA). Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78514.

Film screening. “Ingredients, a Documentary Film." Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78726.

Men’s lacrosse. WCSU vs. Salem State. Westside Athletic Complex, 7 p.m.

 
Apr21

IRB meeting. Student Center, Room 228, 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Executive Roundtable. "Aerospace in the 21st Century." Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the event will be $25 and lunch will be provided. For more information, call x78486.

Senate meeting. Student Center, Room 201, 3:30 p.m.

Benefit concert. Featuring the Manhattan String Quartet to support WestConn's "WCSU Hearts Haiti" fundraising campaign. Alumni Hall, 7 p.m. Seating is limited. Suggested donation of $20. For more information, call x78754.

Apr22

Take Our Children to Work Day. Children of faculty and staff ages 8 and up will participate in age-appropriate activities from 8:45 to 2 p.m. For more information, call x78486.

Campus Pride day. An Earth Day Campus Pride event from noon to 6 p.m. on the Midtown campus. For more information, call x78726.

Baseball. WCSU vs. St. Joseph’s. Westside Athletic Complex, 3 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse. WCSU vs. Vassar. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Men’s tennis. WCSU vs. Rutgers-Newark. Westside Athletic Complex, 4 p.m.

Softball. WCSU vs. Manhattanville. Westside Athletic Complex, 5 p.m.

President’s Lecture Series. NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave will discuss "The Beauty of Nature — The Art of Technology." Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Midtown Coffeehouse. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by featured act, singer/songwriter Don Lowe, 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

May8

Opera Performance
Featuring opera scenes by the WCSU Opera.
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

May13

WestConn Research Day

Science Building Atrium, 2:30 to 5 p.m.

May23

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Westside Athletic Complex Stadium, 10:30 a.m.

FYI

  Bracelets and Blue Jeans

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.

University Boulevard Paving Project

Beginning April 19, the university will begin a project to mill and repave University Boulevard from the entrance at Mill Plain Road up to approximately Centennial Hall. The project is scheduled to be completed by May 15. During the period of the project traffic will be rerouted so please be aware of a change in traffic patterns. Thanks for your patience during the period of construction. The final product should be a much improved road surface.

deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department was 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.

One-on-one employee retirement sessions

Marilyn Timbers, Western’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 April 27, May 11, and May 25. 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.

One man up program

A new group program, “One Man Up,” 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 meets at 5:30 p.m. in Higgins Hall A-105-C on the following Wednesdays:4/21, 4/28, and 5/5. It is important students commit to attend as many as possible. Sessions run about 90 minutes, and are NOT lectures, but intriguing group discussion and activities. Food provided. Students should RSVP to mens.initiative@yahoo.com or call x73939.

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