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POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Monday, Oct. 25, Yvonne Davis, owner of a communications consulting agency, will discuss the presidency of former President George W. Bush from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. during a political science class in Room 214 of White Hall. The discussion will be free and open to the public. It is one of several scheduled during the semester for the American Government 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.

PUBLIC RELATIONS LECTURE

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the WCSU Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association will host Bill Imada, a public relations executive who is an expert in how minorities are represented in media, at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Imada is chairman and chief executive officer of the IW Group (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a full-service communications firm that specializes in the growing multicultural markets in the U.S. Imada blogs for Advertising Age and has written for magazines and newspapers throughout the country. For information, contact Dr. Ron Drozdenko.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT - AUTHOR TALK

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, author Tim O'Brien will discuss his book, "The Things They Carried," and answer questions at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

PIANO CONCERT

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Professor of Music Dr. Russell Hirshfield will perform a faculty piano recital at noon in Ives Concert Hall. Hirshfield will be playing the university's new Steinway concert grand piano. The public is invited; donations to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

CELT WORKSHOP 

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, WestConn's Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host the workshop “Working with Wikis:  A Simple Yet Powerful Teaching Tool” at noon in Room 411 of the Haas Library. Nancy Heilbronner, Assistant Professor of Education and Education Psychology, will demonstrate how wiki technology can enhance your teaching and help with administrative tasks. Don’t know what a wiki is? Come and find out! The workshop will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78869.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Bill Toomey, director of Highstead arboretum in Redding, Conn., will discuss "Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape" 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 x78773.

NEWMAN DINNER

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 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.

STATE OF THE STUDENT BODY ADDRESS

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, WCSU Student Government Association President Andrew Wetmore will address the university community about the state of the student body and the priorities and goals of the SGA at 8 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The address will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 952-8264.

SCIENCE-AT-NIGHT PRESENTATION

On Thursday, Oct. 28, Dr. Gregory Anderson, professor emeritus of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, will discuss "The 12 Plants that Stand Between Humans and Starvation" 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, Oct. 28, 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 Faculty/Staff Talent Showcase, 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.

OKTOBERFEST JAZZ CONCERT

On Friday, Oct. 29, WestConn will host its annual Oktoberfest Jazz concert at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Concertgoers are invited to attend in Halloween costumes. The concert will feature Frankensax, led by Andrew Beals, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, led by Dave Scott, and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra led by Jamie Begian. The program will feature Frank Foster's "Shiny Stockings," WCSU jazz faculty Deborah Weisz's "Ginder's Garden" and WCSU Coordinator of Jazz Studies Jamie Begian's "Halay." The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

CONCERT

On Saturday, Oct. 30, Professor of Music Dr. Kerry Walker will perform at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 6 Ivy Hill Road in Ridgefield. Walker, a flutist, will perform with cellist Melissa Westgate and pianist John Cuk in a program that will include Partita in C Minor for Keyboard, Elegy for Cello, Sonata for Flute and "Trio." The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78352.

SUNDAY MASS

On Sunday, Oct. 31, 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, Nov. 2, painter Audrey Ushenko 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.

MARKETING LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Edwin Roman, director of Consumer Insights at ESPN Inc., and Juan Rivera, a member of the Consumer Insights staff at ESPN, will discuss "Customer/Viewer Insights: Presentation on the ESPN Brand" at 1 p.m. in the South Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78777.

TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host the workshop "Professional Networking & 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.

HEALTH FAIR AND FLU SHOT CLINIC

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, WestConn's Health Services and the WCSU Counseling Center will host a Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center. The event, which is open to WestConn faculty, staff and students only, will feature a number of participants. There also will be a flu shot clinic sponsored by the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association. Online registration for a flu shot is required. Vist www.pickatime.com/client?ven=11603860. For more information, call x78593.

PIANO RECITAL

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, guest artist Jennifer Hayghe will perform a piano recital at noon in Ives Concert Hall. The public is invited; donations to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS"

The WestConn theatre arts department will present "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 3 and 4, and at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 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, 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.

SYMPHONIC BAND AND WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Sunday, Nov. 7, the WCSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform a program of compositions by 20th century masters at 3 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The program will include: "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland, "Overture to Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, "Variations on America" by Charles Ives and "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky. 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, Nov. 7, 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.

BREAKFAST

On Monday, Nov. 8, the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners, will host Breakfast-on-the-Go from 8 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Student Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the WCSU Women's Basketball Tip-Off Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The public is invited. There will be no admission charge, but participants will be encouraged to make "tip" donations. This is the annual fund-raiser for the women's basketball team. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

LUNCH

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners, will host Lunch-on-the-Go from noon to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

PIANO RECITAL

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, students in WestConn's music program will present a piano studio recital at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to the music department will be accepted. Call x78350 for more information.

ACCESSIBILITY WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m., the WCSU Office of AccessAbility Services will hold a workshop to explain the types of accommodations and services available to students in Room 017 o Higgins Annex. 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, Nov. 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.

DINNER

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the WCSU Nontraditional Student Organization, Older Wiser Learners, will host Dinner-on-the-Go from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Daily Grind in the Westside Campus Center. The event will be free and open to WestConn students only. For more information, call x78606.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

On Thursday, Nov. 11, WestConn will host a Veterans Day Observance at noon in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Patriotic music performed by WCSU students and remarks commemorating Veteran's Day will be followed by the laying of a wreath of remembrance. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78606.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 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, indie artist Shwa Losben, 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.

 

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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.

Editorial & Design Staff:
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Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

Deadlines:
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At-A-Glance

Oct25

Political science lecture. Yvonne Davis, owner of a communications consulting agency, will discuss the presidency of former President George W. Bush. White Hall, Room 214, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Oct26

Public relations lecture. Featuring Bill Imada, a public relations executive who is an expert in how minorities are represented in media. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 3 p.m. For information, contact Dr. Ron Drozdenko.

Field hockey. WCSU vs. Western New England. Westside Athletic Stadium, 6 p.m.

Volleyball. WCSU vs. Rhode Island College. O’Neill Center, 6 p.m.

One Book, One Community event: Author talk.  Featuring Tim O’Brien, author of "The Things They Carried." Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct27

CELT workshop. "Working with Wikis: A Simple Yet Powerful Teaching Tool" by Assistant Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Nancy Heilbronner. Haas Library, Room 411, noon.

Piano recital. Featuring Professor of Music Dr. Russell Hirshfield playing the university's new Steinway concert grand piano. The public is invited; donations to support the music department will be accepted. For more information, call x78350.

Research seminar. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape" by Bill Toomey, director of Highstead arboretum in Redding, Conn. Science Building, Room 219, 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Newman Club dinner. Newman Center, 5 p.m. Free and open to WCSU students and staff only.

State if the Student Body Address. Given by WCSU Student Government Association President Andrew Wetmore. Student Center Theater, 8 p.m.

Women’s Soccer. WCSU vs. Stevens Tech. Westside Athletic Stadium, 7 p.m.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov13

Joining Hands Around the World Concert
An evening of world music, dance and stories. Presented by Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots organization and Bridges of Peace and Hope. Ives Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Nov18

Science-at-Night Presentation: "Viability of Alternative Energy
Science Building, Room 125, 7 p.m.

Nov22

Choir Concert
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

FYI

DEADLINE FOR REASSIGNED TIME FOR RESEARCH AWARDS

The deadline for applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards for the 2011-12 academic year is Nov. 5. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for further information. The Research and Development Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the provost/vice president for academic affairs.
Be sure to use the most current version of the application form found in the on-line version of the Faculty Handbook. Nine (9) copies of your application needto be submitted. You can find the online form at here. Recipients of previous reassigned time awards must submit a final report before applying for additional reassigned time. Please send reports to the R&D Committee c/o Provost Rinker, Academic Affairs.  

UPBC Meeting

The UPBC will meet Monday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 226. Agenda items should be sent to James Donegan by Oct. 24.

CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research

Information is now available regarding the competition for the 2010-2011 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research. All materials are posted online at ct.edu/faculty/teaching-research/. Tenured and non-tenured assistant and associate professors are eligible for these awards. The deadline for all complete nominations and applications to the local review committee at WCSU is Dec. 11, 2010.

Child Care Center Openings

A few spaces are available in the WCSU Child Care Center, an NAEYC accredited early childhood program for children 3 to 5 years old. Please contact the Child Care Center Director Bruni Edwards, at x78733 for further information. The WCSU Child Care Center is located in Alumni Hall, lower level.

CELT New Faculty Mentor Program

CELT is once again sponsoring the New Faculty Mentor Program in which we match new faculty with existing faculty who serve as mentors. Over the years many of you have been mentors and some of you have had one. This program does not substitute for the training and ongoing information provided by departments; it matches up new faculty with someone who has been here for a while and knows the ropes who is not in the same department. The Mentor Program helps create a sense of connection across disciplines — one more social than academic. However, there are times when a new faculty member may want to ask an academic or procedural question of someone outside their department. There are no specific tasks required. It's up to you and the new faculty member to decide. If you would consider being a mentor, please contact Dan Barrett at x78869.

ING Financial Adviser on campus

WestConn’s ING Financial Adviser, Marilyn Timbers, will be on campus this fall to conduct employee retirement counseling sessions or to discuss your retirement portfolio. These individual sessions are by appointment only. Please contact her 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: Nov. 2, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, and Dec. 28.

Faculty Recognition Ceremony

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010 will be recognized. The Faculty Recognition application for this year’s ceremony can be found via a link on the wcsu.edu website. Please note that applications will be accepted only electronically. This year’s ceremony will include the fourth annual “WCSU Teaching Excellence Award.”  Please see the link to the Provost’s announcement for the criteria and nomination process for this award under the Faculty Recognition Ceremony button on wcsu.edu.
This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only.

IRB Meeting Schedule and Important Changes

Starting immediately, the WCSU IRB is moving to an electronic submission system. Please send completed proposals (see guidelines) as an attachment to IRB@wcsu.edu. HUM-1 forms with signatures may also be emailed as pdf files to the same address. Alternatively, hard copies of completed HUM-1 forms may be delivered to Martha Palanzo in the Office of Grant Programs, Warner Hall 321. Note that there is a new HUM-1 form that must be used. Please check the IRB website at wcsu.edu/irb/.

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011 Meetings

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center Room 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 17; Dec. 15; Feb. 16, 2011; March 16; April 20; and May 18. IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Karen Daley, at x78563.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 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, Dec. 2. 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. For questions, please contact Dr. Karen Crouse at x79061.

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