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FACULTY EXHIBITION: CREATIVITY AND COMPASSION

The WCSU Faculty Exhibition, "Creativity and Compassion," will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Thursday, through Nov. 29, in the Higgins Gallery in Higgins Hall. The exhibition will consist of works by 24 full-time and adjunct art faculty in a wide variety of media, including photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting. This presents a unique opportunity to view one exhibition that brings together the personal work of so many instructors in the university's department of art.There will be an artist reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/CreativityCompassionexhibition.asp.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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.

PIANO RECITAL

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, students in the WCSU 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 support the department of music will be accepted. Call x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp for more information.

LIVE ELECTION COVERAGE

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the WCSU Department of Communication will host "Election Connection," featuring live, local and national coverage of the 2012 election, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Charter Community Access Channel 21 and WXCI-91.7 FM. The show also will be streamed live at www.wcsu.edu/live.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Wedneday, Nov. 7, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host an informal brown bag discussion regarding "Flipping the Classroom: How You Can Do It and Why" at noon in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Assisant Professor of Biology Dr. Edwin Wong and Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Daniel Barrett will facilitate the session. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78869.

MUSICAL THEATRE CABARET

Students from the WCSU musical theatre program will perform a cabaret in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 for information.

health fair

On Thursday, Nov. 8, WCSU's Health Services will host a Health Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center. The free event is open to WCSU faculty, staff and students only. For more information, call x78593.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 8, 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, 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

Center for Financial Forensics and Information Security (CFFIS) Conference

On Friday, Nov. 9, the Center for Financial (CFFIS) in the Ancell School of Business is pleased to present its Annual Fraud Conference, "Understanding Body Language in Interviewing" from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom on the 2nd Floor. All interested in attending should register at www.wcsu.edu/cffis/.

VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE

On Friday, Nov. 9, WCSU will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 12:30 in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall, followed by the Wreath of Remembrance, Moment of Silence, Flag Folding Ceremony and reading of the Gettysburg Address at theOld Main flagpole. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78606.

OPEN HOUSE

On Sunday, Nov. 11, 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 visit www.wcsu.edu/openhouse/.

JAZZ COMBOS CONCERT

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 3 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The concert will be free and the public is invited. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp or call x78350.

HISTORY LECTURE

On Monday, Nov. 12, Truman University Professor of History Dr. Daniel Mandell will discuss "Revolutionary Ideologies and Economic Regulation in America" at noon in Room 102 of Warner Hall. Mandell has taught early America, Native American history and the history of American law at Truman University since 1999. During the 2012-13 academic year, he will be a resident scholar at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. He also will be a visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, one of the world's foremost centers for theoretical science and humanities research. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to weinsteinl@wcsu.edu.

CELT WORKSHOP

On Monday, Nov. 12, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host an informal brown bag discussion regarding "Multimedia Instruction Using Problem-Based Learning Strategies: WebQuest Workshop for College Coursework" at noon in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Dr. Robin James and Alex Fraiha, a graduate student, will conduct a hands-on workshop in which faculty will learn how to transform their own lessons into an engaging and highly effective Web-supported, problem-based learning experience. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78869.

REMEMBRANCE DAY ROLL CALL

On Monday, Nov. 12, a Remembrance Day Roll Call will be held to honor those men and women from Connecticut who have given their lives for their country and those who have or are currently serving. The roll call will be held at Alumni Circle outside of Old Main. To have a name read or to read a name, contact Lisa Peck or Dawn Bailey with the name, branch or service and hometown and that name will be added to the list.

HISTORY LECTURE

On Monday, Nov. 12, Truman University Professor of History Dr. Daniel Mandell will discuss "Shifting Images of Indians and Notions of Race in Amercia" at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Mandell has taught early America, Native American history and the history of American law at Truman University since 1999. During the 2012-13 academic year, he will be a resident scholar at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Mass., one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. He also will be a visiting scholar at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, one of the world's foremost centers for theoretical science and humanities research. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, send an email to weinsteinl@wcsu.edu.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, illustrator Ross MacDonald 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, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/MFAFallLectureSeries.asp.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Debra Hauser, Connecticut state co-chair for the No Labels political organization, will discuss building bipartisanship in the federal government 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 American Government course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

BOOK SIGNING

On Thursday, Nov. 15, a book signing featuring WCSU Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Mary Ellen Doherty will be at 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of Warner Hall. Doherty will sign copies of "Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan," which she coauthored with Dr. Elizabeth Scannell-Desch. The book, released in April by Springer Publishing Co., explores the experiences of U.S. military nurses during deployments in those war zones from 2003 to 2011. The event will be free and the public is invited.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the WCSU Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public. Donations to support the department of music will be accepted. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp or call x78350.

COFFEEHOUSE

On Thursday, Nov. 15, 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, soul artist Kyshona Armstrong, 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.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Nov. 17, WCSU will host a 4:30 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 5:30 to 7:30 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.

PRESIDENT'S LECTURE SERIES

On Monday, Nov. 19, Verne Sedlacek, president and CEO of Commonfund, will deliver the President's Lecture Series address, "What's Next: Global Policy and Economic Challenge Ahead," at 7:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The lecture will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78486.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, State Rep. Bob Godfrey will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court 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 American Government course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, painter Susanna Coffey 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, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/MFAFallLectureSeries.asp.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, former U.S. Rep. Jim Maloney will discuss the administration of former President Bill Clinton from 6:45 to 7:45 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 American Government course taught by Adjunct Instructor Scott Benjamin. For more information, call (860) 354-3521, or send an e-mail to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

 

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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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Deadlines:
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At-A-Glance

Nov.6

Fundraising breakfast. Westside Campus Center ballroom, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. No admission charge, but participants will be encouraged to make "tip" donations. Reservations are required; to make reservations or for more information, call Head Coach Kim Rybczyk at x79018.

Piano recital. Featuring students in the WCSU music program. Ives Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

Election coverage. Featuring live, local and national coverage of the 2012 election, from 8 p.m. to midnight on Charter Community Access Channel 21 and WXCI-91.7 FM. The show also will be streamed live at www.wcsu.edu/live.

Nov.7

CELT workshop. "Flipping the Classroom: How You Can Do It and Why" by Assisant Professor of Biology Dr. Edwin Wong and Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Daniel Barrett. Haas Library, Room 508, noon.

Musical theatre cabaret. Students from the WCSU musical theatre program will perform a cabaret in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8; 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

 
Nov.8

Health fair. Student Center, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Coffeehouse. Free for WCSU students, staff and faculty. Open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, at 9 p.m. Alumni Hall. Call x79700 for more information.

Zumba class. Student Center, Room 201, 4:45 p.m. Free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, call x78882.

Nov.9

CFFIS conference. "Understanding Body Language in Interviewing." Westside Campus Center Ballroom on the 2nd Floor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All interested in attending should register at www.wcsu.edu/cffis/.

Veterans Day observance. Ives Concert Hall, 12:30 p.m.

 

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec. 4

John F. Azzariti Memorial Lecture
"The Feast of the Seven Fishes" by Patrizia Farina, WCSU world languages instructor. Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 7 p.m. Reservations required. For more information, call x78279; to make a reservation, send an email to 7fishes@comcast.net.

Dec. 5-7

Ten-minute Plays
Featuring plays directed by students at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 5 and 6; and at 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Reimold Theatre in Berkshire Hall. For more information, call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732.

Dec. 7-8

WCSU Opera
The WCSU Opera will perform the annual holiday classic "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Ives Concert Hall. For tickets and information, call x7TIXX or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

FYI

raffle basket

A basket of candles and gift certificates to Danbury restaurants (valued at $90) is being raffled as part of the 2012 Connecticut Charitable Campaign.
Raffle tickets may be purchased from Janet Ohles, Room 303, Haas Library until Dec. 3, when the drawing will be held at noon in Warner Hall. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $5.

CUCas Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee on Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards (CUCAS) will be on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.in the Student Center, Room 202. Last year significant changes were made in the requirements for the submission of curriculum proposals. Many of these changes simplified the process of making certain changes to individual courses. The changes can be found in the faculty handbook. As a result of these changes, University Computing is developing a new curriculum proposal submission system. Please read the email attached below for additional information. Specific curriculum proposals as noted below should be sent to University Computing. Any other items of business for inclusion in the CUCAS agenda should be sent to my attention. The closing date for agenda items is Thursday, Nov. 8 at noon.

CSU/AAUP Research Grants for 2013-14

Five copies of grant proposals are due in Gabrielle Jazwiecki's office (WA 321A) by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2013. This is a strict deadline; grants submitted after this date and time will not be considered. The grants submitted by faculty members from Western will be reviewed by faculty members from Central and Eastern. The grants committee members at Western then decide how to allocate the money based on the scores we receive from Central and Eastern.

This year's grants committee members from Western are Patricia O'Neill (Psychology), Truman Keys (Communication) and Susan Maskel (Biology). Please feel free to contact any of the committee members or Gabrielle Jazwiecki if you have any questions.

Please note that if you were a recipient of a 2011-12 CSU-AAUP Research Grant and have not submitted your report for this grant by Sept. 30, 2012, you are not eligible to apply for the 2013-14 research grants in Feb. 2013.

Committee on General Education meeting

The committee on general education will meet next on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Student Center, Room 228 from 1 to 2:30 pm. Please send agenda items to Robin Flanagan by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. During this transitional time for the sharepoint system, please send agenda items directly to me and we will make sure they make it into the sharepoint system when it is fully operational. The agenda for the meeting will be sent out on Monday, Nov. 12. The meetings are open to anyone in the academic community who is interested in making sure our general education curriculum is as meaningful and transparent as possible.

senate meeting

The next meeting of the University Senate will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201. Please note that the meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact D.L. Stephenson.

In-Person Ethics Training

A representative from the Office of State Ethics will be on campus on Friday, Nov. 9, to provide an in-person training session at 10 a.m. in the Student Center, Room 202.

hancock student leadership 2012 partnerships

This initiative is designed to promote, foster and acknowledge a diverse group of student leaders, and their ability to inspire, motivate and influence others on campus and beyond. The program hopes to enhance their basic understanding of the skills necessary to be effective leaders, including civility, ethics, communication, compassion, team and community building, creative problem solving, goal setting, conflict management, financial awareness required for the management of budgets, resiliency, adaptability, transparency, and accountability. The goal here is to help develop a strong cohort of future leaders.

The core of the program involves a Leadership Shadowing Field Experience and Leadership Project which provides an opportunity for full-time students to be mentored by community leaders.  Participants will learn first-hand the skills necessary to become successful leaders. Current participants include: Mr. Joshua Alphonso, shadowing Commandant of Cadets, Colonel Scott Manning and Captain Tim Secor, Detachment 009 AFROTC Yale; Ms. Michelle Bishop, shadowing Ms. Leslie Gabel-Brett, Director of Education and Public Affairs and Mr. Angelo Ragaza, Senior Editor and Publications Manager at Lambda Legal; Mr. Jeffrey John, shadowing Hon. Dianne Yamin and Attorney Bob Yamin;Ms. Caitlin Kelly, shadowing Ms. Angela Zurowski, Executive Director of the International Institute of Connecticut; Ms. Casey Miko, shadowing Mr. Eric Ting, Associate Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; Mr. Noel Rodriquez, shadowing Dr. Bill Glass, Deputy Superintendent and executive staff including Elementary, Middle School and High School Principals, Department Heads,  and Curriculum Administrators; and Mr. Zacary Richter, shadowing Ms. Melody Latimer, Director of Community Engagement, Austistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings will be held in Alumni Hall every Saturday at 11 p.m. to midnight and every Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the campus community and the general public. For more information,

free zumba classes

Free Zumba classes for faculty in staff will be held every Thursday from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center.
A flyer for download is listed on the right. For more information, contact Robyn Housemann at x78882.

WEEKLY DISCUSSION GROUP

“Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,” a weekly discussion group led by Mark Horton and Jampa Gyaltsen , will be held on Mondays at 12:15 p.m. in Student Center, Room 209. For more info call x78328 or send an email to hortonm@wcsu.edu.

2012-13 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 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 software). 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 Nov. 5.

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

4. The proposal is to be implemented in a Spring 2013 class. Each grantee will prepare a final report, to be submitted to the director by June 1, 2013. The report shall include the initial goals for the project, a summary of the activities implemented to achieve those goals, and detailed assessment of the effectiveness of the implementation. In addition, the report should include recommendations for future faculty describing how they make use of and/or improve on the activities. Funds are released to the grantee at that time. The grantee must conduct a workshop on the project in the Fall Semester, 2013.

To apply, contact Dan Barrett at x78869 with questions. The grant application can be found online at www.wcsu.edu/celt/grants.asp.

IRB MEETINGS FOR 2012-13

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 14; Dec. 12; Jan. 16; Feb. 20; March 20; Apr.17; and May 8, 2013. 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. 

 

 

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