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photo essay exhibit

Photographer David Bacon will display his photo essay, "Living Under the Trees," at the Ruth Haas Library until Wednesday, Nov. 30. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be available for viewing on the main level of the library during library hours. For more information, call x78650.

ART EXHIBIT - "GROUNDBREAKING: LOOKING FORWARD"

"Groundbreaking: Looking Forward," a collection of works by WCSU students, alumni and faculty, will be on display from noon to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays until Thursday, Dec. 1. Higgins Gallery, Higgins Hall Annex, Room 101. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT — panel discussion

On Monday, Oct. 24, there will be a panel discussion, "Danbury's Ecology Past and Present," at 11 a.m. in the Atrium of the Ruth Haas Library. Historian William Devlin, Professor of Political Science Dr. Chris Kukk and Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Mitch Wagener will discuss changes in Danbury's climate, economy and environment over the last 330 years. WCSU archivist Brian Stevens will moderate. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is offered as part of the "One Book, One Community" series of events aimed at encouraging the entire community to read the same book, "Farewell, My Subaru," by Doug Fine. For more information, call x78754 or visit onebookdanbury.org.

VEGAN DEMONSTRATION, DISCUSSION AND TASTING

On Monday, Oct. 24, the WCSU department of health promotion and exercise sciences and Sodexo Food Services will host "What Do Vegans Eat?" at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Student Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature an interactive discussion, demonstration and tasting of vegan food. For more information, call x78796.

ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY EVENT - AUTHOR TALK

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, author Doug Fine will discuss his book, "Farewell, My Subaru," 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.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Dr. Eric A. Lazo-Wasem, senior collections manager for the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University, will discuss "Frontlines of Biodiversity: 30 Years of Invertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum" at 4 p.m. in Room 125 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 x78569.

newman dinner

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Newman Center will host a free dinner at 5 p.m. in the center, 7 Eighth Ave., near the WCSU Midtown campus. The event will be free and open to WCSU students, faculty and staff only. For more information, call (203) 744-5846.

ECONOMIC LECTURE

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, New York Times best-selling author John Perkins will discuss "Hoodwinked: What Wrecked Our Economy and How to Fix It," at 6:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78453.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "SWEENEY TODD"

The WCSU departments of theatre arts and music will present "Sweeney Todd" in the Berkshire Theatre, Berkshire Hall, on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26 and 27, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

HEALTH FAIR AND FLU SHOT CLINIC

On Thursday, Oct. 27, WCSU's Health Services will host a Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center. The event, which is open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only, will feature the theme "Eastern Meets Western: Fortune for Health." There also will be a flu shot clinic sponsored by the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association. Flu shots will be first-come, first-served and those desiring a flu shot should bring their insurance card. The cost will be $39 for the injection and $49 for the nasal flu vaccination. The nasal form can only be given to healthy people under the age of 50 because it is a live virus. For more information, call x78593.

OPERATION JUNGLE RED DISCUSSION

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Operation Jungle Red, a campaign to end violence, will host a discussion about campus violence from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the front courtyard of the Student Center. Members of the campus community are invited to sign a pledge against violence and paint their pinky nail "Jungle Red" to focus awareness on acts of violence. The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Thursday, Oct. 27, State Rep. William Tong, a candidate for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, will discuss his jobs plan and his campaign from 5:25 to 6:25 p.m., during a political science class in Room 023 of White Hall. It is one of several talks scheduled during the semester for the American Government course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 354-3521.

TIBETAN MEDICINE WORKSHOP

On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at WCSU, in collaboration with Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association, will present "Tibetan Medicine: Theory Part II - The Mind-Body Connection," at 7 p.m. in Warner Hall. The workshop will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

WXCI PRESENTS RAVE TO THE GRAVE

On Thursday, Oct. 27, WXCI will host a "Rave to the Grave" dance party featuring DJ sets from The Magician, Symetrex and Elzwerth at 7 p.m., at the Heirloom Arts Theater, 155 Main St., Danbury. Tickets will be $12 general admission. WCSU students with valid I.D. will be admitted free. For more information, send an email to wxcigm@gmail.com.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Oct. 27, WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The program will include open mic performers, followed by the featured act, Lara Herscovitch, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

OKTOBERFEST JAZZ CONCERT

On Saturday, Oct. 29, WCSU will host its annual Oktoberfest Jazz concert at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. Concertgoers are invited to attend in Halloween costumes. The event will be free and open to the public; donations to support the department of music will be accepted. Call x78350 or go to www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp for more information.

ALUMNI TRIP - SALEM, MASS.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, alumni and friends will spend a day in Salem, Mass. The bus will depart the WCSU Midtown campus at 7 a.m. and return around 10 p.m. The cost is $49 per person. For more information, call x78290.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 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 fundraiser for the women's basketball team. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

MFA VISUAL ARTS VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, painter Barbara Grossman 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 will be presented as part of the university's Master of Fine Arts visiting-artist lecture series. For more information, call x78881.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS, A CLASSIC GREEK TRAGEDY BY EURIPIDES"

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, director Leonidas Loizides will stage his world-touring production of the Greek tragedy "Iphigenia in Tauris" at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The performance will be free and the public is invited. It is funded by a grant from the foundation of Brookfield industrialist and philanthropist Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his wife Marie. For more information, call x78734.

RECOGNITION RECEPTION

On Wednessday, Nov. 2, WCSU will host a Recognition Reception for Scholars and Donors at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The event will be open to WCSU deans, vice presidents, department chairs, invited student scholars and donors only. For more information, call x78279.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 3, WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The program will include open mic performers, followed by the featured act, Post No Bills, at 9 p.m. Admission will be free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "SWEENEY TODD"

The WCSU departments of theatre arts and music will present "Sweeney Todd" in the Berkshire Theatre, Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 5, WCSU will host a 5:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 6:30 to 8:30 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 www.wcsu.edu/starwatch.

DINNER THEATRE

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the WCSU Alumni Association will host a dinner-theatre event at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. The $55 cost will include dinner and a ticket to the theatre arts department production of "Sweeney Todd." For more information or to make a reservation, call x78290.

OPEN HOUSE

On Sunday, Nov. 6, WCSU will host its annual Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. The day's events will include campus tours and information sessions. All the activities will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the Office of University Admissions at x79000 or 1-877-837-WCSU, or visit www.wcsu.edu/openhouse/.

STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION

On Monday, Nov. 7, WCSU will present information about summer study abroad opportunities in San Sebastian, Spain, at noon in Warner Hall. The study abroad program allows students to earn six credits in just four weeks while being completely immersed in Spanish language and culture. Classes fulfill general education and language requirements. The information session will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to bakhtiaro@wcsu.edu or skorad@wcsu.ed.

panel discussion

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, sixteen women from the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution will share their stories and discuss at-risk behavior in children at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The discussion will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x79359.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES - DR. JEAN TWENGE

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Dr. Jean Twenge will deliver the President's Lecture Series address, "The Narcissism Epidemic: Implications for Education and the Workplace," at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall, White Hall. Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of more than 80 scientific publications. Her books include "The Narcisissim Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement" and "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — And More Miserable Than Ever Before." The lecture will be free and the public is invited. CEU's may be available. To register for CEUs, call x79820. For more information, call x78754.

 

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At-A-Glance

Oct24

Deadline. Submission of faculty accomplishments for the time period covering June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011, for the Faculty Recognition Ceremony.

One Book, One Community panel discussion. “Danbury’s Ecology Past and Present.” Ruth Haas Library Atrium, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

Vegan demonstration. “What Do Vegans Eat?” hosted by the WCSU department of health promotion and exercise sciences and Sodexo Food Services. Student Center cafeteria, 2:30 p.m.

Oct25

One Book, One Community author talk.  Featuring Doug Fine, author of “Farewell, My Subaru.” Ives Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.onebookdanbury.org.

Oct26

Research seminar. "Frontlines of Biodiversity: 30 Years of Invertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum," by Dr. Eric A. Lazo-Wasem, senior collections manager for the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University. Science Building, Room 125, 4 p.m.

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

Economic lecture. “Hoodwinked: What Wrecked Our Economy and How to Fix It” featuring New York Times best-selling author John Perkins. Ives Concert Hall, 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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

Theatre production.“Sweeney Todd.” Performances: 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 26 and 27, and and at
2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

 
Oct27

Health Fair and flu shot clinic. “Eastern Meets Western: Fortune for Health.” Student Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The flu shot clinic is sponsored by the Danbury Visiting Nurse Association. Flu shots will be first-come, first-served and those desiring a flu shot should bring their insurance card. The cost will be $39 for the injection and $49 for the nasal flu vaccination. For more information, call x78593.

Operation Jungle Red discussion. Operation Jungle Red, a campaign to end violence, will host a discussion about campus violence. Student Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call x78486.

Political science lecture. State Rep. William Tong, a candidate for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, will discuss his jobs plan and his campaign. White Hall, Room 023, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail benjamins@wcsu.edu.

Tibetan medicine workshop. “Tibetan Medicine: Theory Part II – The Mind-Body Connection” by Dr. Tashi Rabten, president of the Tibetan Medical Association. Warner Hall, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (845) 612-3231.

Volleyball. WCSU vs. Clark. O’Neill Center, 7 p.m.

WXCI event. "Rave to the Grave" dance party featuring DJ sets from The Magician, Symetrex and Elzwerth. Heirloom Arts Theater, 155 Main St., Danbury, at 7 p.m. For more information, send an email to wxcigm@gmail.com.

Coffeehouse. Free for Western students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, Lara Herscovitch, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. For more information, call x79700.

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov11

Veterans Day Observance
Ives Concert Hall, 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Nov16

Lecture & Book Signing
"Illegal People ... Living Under the Trees" by author and photographer David Bacon. Haas Library main floor, 2 p.m.

Nov17

WCSU Symphony Orchestra Concert
Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

FYI

2011-12 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research

Information is now available regarding the competition for the 2011-12 CSUS Trustees Awards in Teaching and Research. The announcement and all materials are posted online at www.ct.edu/faculty/teaching-research/. Tenured and non-tenured assistant and associate professors are eligible for these awards. Please note that the deadline for all complete nominations and applications to the local review committee at WCSU is Dec. 12, 2011.

WCSU CELT Classroom Teaching Technology Grants

This academic year, up to two $2,000 grants may be awarded for initiatives in technology and teaching to full-time continuing or tenured faculty. Class Tech grants seek to encourage the development of innovative, creative uses of emerging technologies in the classroom or virtual learning environment. All kinds of technology and approaches are welcome. This program is for innovations using technologies already existing in our system (not to purchase new equipment or programs). It is essential that proposals clearly describe how the effectiveness of the initiative will be assessed. Examples of possible technologies are: blogs, text messaging, class file sharing, web publishing, instant messaging, online discussion or group projects, HTTP based lit reviews, visual literacy software, and social networking.

Process

1. Fall Semester: Faculty members interested in a ClassTech project submit a proposal to the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

2. Proposals are reviewed by a committee composed of CELT advisory committee members, who will invite expertise when necessary. Deadline for proposals is Oct. 24.

3. A decision regarding proposals will be made by the end of the fall semester.

4. The proposal is implemented in the classroom in spring 2012 and presented in a faculty workshop in fall 2012.

To apply, contact Dan Barrett at x78869. More information and the grant application can be found online at www.wcsu.edu/celt/grants.asp.

The Helping Hands Project

Goods for the Helping Hands Project will be collected until Monday, Nov. 21, and will go to the Danbury Dorothy Day Shelter. Drop-off boxes are located in both Campus Info Desks, Student Center Room 207, and the Sodexo office next to the upstairs cafeteria. For a list of needed items or for more information on how you can help, contact Valerie Caraluzzi, Sodexo Student Intern.

Reassigned Time for Research Awards

The deadline for applications for Reassigned Time for Research Awards in the 2012-13 academic year is Nov. 6. Refer to the Faculty Handbook for further information.

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. 8. If you would like to submit a protocol, please send the original and nine copies at least two weeks in advance of the meeting date, to the Office of Grant Programs in Warner Hall 321. The link to the required online 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.

IRB meetings for 2011-12

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 A.M. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 16; Dec. 14; Jan. 18; Feb. 15; March 21; April 18; and May 16. The WCSU IRB no longer requires hard copies of IRB materials. A completed HUM-1 form must accompany all submitted proposals. Digital images of signatures are acceptable on the HUM-1, if you use the Adobe format. If you are unable to provide such a signature(s), you can scan the manually signed signature page and include it with your completed application. The IRB requires that all completed proposals be submitted via email to IRB@wcsu.edu. IRB forms and the link to the required on-line training programs for protection of human subjects can be found online at wcsu.edu/irb/. IRB questions may be directed to the Chair of the WCSU IRB, Dr. Jessica Eckstein, at x78873. All proposals are due in full by the first of the month for consideration at the next IRB meeting. Any proposal submitted after the first of the month will not be considered until the following month’s meeting.  

Faculty Recognition Ceremony 2011

The Faculty Development and Recognition Committee (FDRC), in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce that the annual Faculty Recognition Ceremony (FRC) will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in Warner Hall. At this event, faculty accomplishments for the time period of June 1, 2010, through May 31, 2011, will be recognized. The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Oct. 24. This event is free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. Please make every effort to be included in this important event. Further information will be forthcoming.
–Russell Hirshfield, Chair, Faculty Development and Recognition Committee

NEWMAN CENTER DAILY MASS

The Newman Center will offer daily Mass during the fall semester, Monday through Thursday, at noon in the Newman Center Chapel. On Sundays, Mass will be held in Alumni Hall at 5 p.m. Holy hour will be held every Wednesday evening in the Newman Center, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. All are wlecome to attend.

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