POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE
On Tuesday, May 1, U.S. Senate candidate Peter Lumaj will discuss immigration reform and the North American Free Trade Agreement 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 World Governments, Economies and Cultures course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
On Tuesday, May 1, the WCSU School of Professional Studies will host an Honors Convocation at 6:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The public is invited to this annual event at which scholarship and award recipients are honored. For more information, call x78576.
On Tuesday, May 1, the WCSU School of Arts and Sciences will host an Honors Convocation at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The public is invited to this annual event at which scholarship and award recipients are honored. For more information, call x79401.
On Wednesday, May 2, the Newman Center will host a free barbecue 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.
On Wednesday, May 2, the WCSU Office of Housing & Residence Life will offer the GROW (Great Resources On Weekdays) dinner-speaker program, featuring faculty and staff who will discuss "My Road to WestConn" — the story of their own education, prior experiences, past professions, and their individual journeys that landed them at WCSU. At 6:30 p.m., Associate Professor of English Dr. Michael Chappell will be the featured speaker in the Danbury Room in the Student Center. Resident students can swipe their I.D. for a meal exchange to attend. Other students, faculty or staff who wish to attend may pay $8 at the door. Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Reservations or requests for more information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com via email by Monday of the week of each program.
new music ENSEMBLE CONCERT
On Wednesday, May 2, the WCSU New Music Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, call x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp.
On Thursday, May 3, students in the Art 115 class will display their ceramic works from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 012 of White Hall. The exhibit will be free and the public is invited.
BOOK TALK AND DISPLAY
On Thursday, May 3, WCSU and Do Ngak Kunphen Ling - Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace will host a talk and display of "Books about Buddhism" in the Ruth A. Haas Library. The discussion will be at 6 p.m. in the library's fifth floor conference room and will feature DNKL's Jampa Gyaltsen, Geshe Lobsang Dhargey and Deirdre Coury. The display of books relating to Buddhism will be in the glass cases on the library's first floor from Tuesday, April 24, through Thursday, May 3. The display and talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x79122.
On Thursday, May 3, the WCSU Ancell School of Business will host an Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. The public is invited to this annual event at which scholarship and award recipients are honored. For more information, call x78521.
On Thursday, May 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, a capella group Martini Glass, 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.
On Friday, May 4, the eighth annual WestConn Research Day will be from 2 to 4:45 p.m. in the Science Building. Dr. Mary Ellen Doherty, WCSU associate professor of nursing and coauthor of the newly released book, "Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan," will give the keynote lecture at 2 p.m. in the Science Building Room 125. Doherty will discuss the research that she and her coauthor, Dr. Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, conducted to explore the experience of U.S. military nurses in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from 2003 to 2011. There will be a poster exhibition in the Science Building Atrium from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. of research projects conducted over the past year by WCSU students in various academic disciplines. The Provost's Prize for an exemplary student research project will be awarded at 4:30 p.m. in Room 125. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/wrd or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY THEATRE PRODUCTION - "SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!"
The department of theatre arts at WCSU will present the family theatre production "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4; 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. The public is invited; tickets are $10 plus fees. For tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
ALUMNI & FRIENDS CIRCLE REDEDICATION CEREMONY
On Saturday, May 5, WCSU will host a rededication ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Alumni & Friends Circle. Each year, the circle is rededicated to celebrate the growth of the area. This year's ceremony will feature the unveiling of the WestConn Sweethearts Marker. The ceremony will be free and open to the public. For more information, call x78298.
FAMILY DAY BBQ
On Saturday, May 5, alumni and new graduates will enjoy food, music, games and entertainment from noon to 3 p.m. on the Midtown campus Quadrangle. There also will be an alumni tag sale, with proceeds to benefit the WCSU Alumni Association. The event is open to the WCSU community only. For more information or to purchase tickets, call x78298.
WEST FEST - LUDACRIS
On Saturday, May 5, the WCSU Program Activities Council and the Student Government Association will present West Fest featuring Ludacris with special guest, Untitled, at 8 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the public is invited. General admission tickets will be $30 plus fees. Tickets are available at the Midtown Student Center and Westside Campus Center box offices, by calling x7TIXX or at www.wcsu.edu/tickets.
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION WALK
On Sunday, May 6, WCSU will host the Arthritis Foundation Walk at 10 a.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O'Neill Center. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., opening ceremonies will be at 9:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The public is invited. For more information, visit www.danburyarthritiswalk.org, call (800) 541-8350 or send an email to email@example.com.
On Monday, May 7, the Campus and Student Centers Board will hold their traditional Midnight Breakfast from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Westside Campus Center. Slated for the first night of finals week, the event provides students a break where they can relax and mingle with other students. If any faculty and administrators to help serve, clean up, or assist in any way, please contact Paul Simon at SimonP@wcsu.edu or x78494.
On Friday, May 11, the Connecticut State Department of Education, State Education Resource Center and WCSU will host "Preparing for the Road Ahead: Helping Students Transition to College and Careers" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center. Conference topics will include independent living resources, technology, self-advocacy, college disability office services, secondary transition, pre-employment skills, Web-based career resources, adult service agencies and AccessAbility Services at WCSU. Conference fees are $10 for students, $30 for family members and $50 for professionals. The public is invited. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
On Friday, May 11, the WCSU Division of Graduate Studies will host a commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will deliver the commencement address. Graduate students who are eligible to receive their master's or doctoral degrees in January, May or August this year and their guests will be invited to the commencement ceremony, with a reception to follow. For more information, call x78244.
PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING
On Saturday, May 12, WCSU will host a 8 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 9 to 11 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.
UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
On Sunday, May 13, WCSU will host its Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex Stadium. Education for Employment Foundation founder Ron Bruder will deliver the commencement address. The public is invited. This event will be outdoors and will take place rain or shine. For more information, call x78800 or visit www.wcsu.edu/commencement/undergraduate/.
WCSU OFF-BROADWAY PRODUCTION
The WCSU theatre arts department will present "Almost Maine" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at the TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th St., 3rd floor in New York. For reservations, call x78732.
LYME DISEASE AWARENESS EVENT
On Tuesday, May 22, WCSU will host nationally recognized Lyme disease experts Dr. Joseph Burrascano and Dr. Eva Sapi for a discussion of "Lyme Disease Breakthroughs in Research and Testing" at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. There also will be a Lyme-focused health fair with information on prevention, treatment and supportive therapies. The health fair begins at 6 p.m., with speakers starting at 7 p.m. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 417-6584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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Content deadline is Thursday at noon prior to the Monday publication date. All efforts are made to include content that is supplied, however, all submissions are subject to a strict editing process. Additionally, where and when available, photos and print/Web marketing materials created for an event will be available as either a link (in the case of a Web page) or download (in the case of print materials).
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CUCAS will next meet on Thursday, May 10 in the Student Center, Room 202, 9:30 am. Please submit agenda items that are NOT specific program change proposals directly to Robin Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Thursday, May 3. Please be advised that specific proposals to change curriculum are now required to be submitted online. These proposals will automatically get on the CUCAS agenda as soon as they have been approved by all appropriate committees that need to sign off before a proposal is considered by CUCAS. This sequence is outlined in the faculty handbook and is in the process of being streamlined. The web-based system is located in Westconduit using the Academic Tools tab, then Academic Resources, then Curriculum Development Proposals. Use your email logon and password to obtain access. Department chairs are able to create proposals in the system. Patty O'Neill in University Computing will help.
Year-end Purchasing Deadlines
To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department is Tuesday, May 15, 2012 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.
IRB Meeting Schedule spring 2012
The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center, Room 228, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 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 online 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.
Employee of the Semester Award - Spring 2012
Ms. Marie Svalstedt, Fiscal/ Administrative Assistant in the Facilities Planning & Engineering Department has been selected to be honored as the winner of the Employee of the Semester Award for the Spring 2012
Semester. Marie began working at WCSU in November 1996 as a University Assistant in the Academic
Advisement Center. She was then hired as a Secretary 1 for the Facilities Planning & Engineering Department in October 1998. Marie was then promoted to a Secretary 2 in April
1999 and then ultimately to a Fiscal Administrative Officer in October 2001. On Wednesday, May 9, at noon in Alumni Hall, Marie will be presented with the Employee of the Semester Award from Dr. Schmotter. This presentation is open for all to attend. Please congratulate Marie on this well-deserved honor.