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TUTORING RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOP

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the WCSU Tutoring Resource Center will host an "Strategies for Midterm Triumph" workshop at noon 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 or visit www.wcsu.edu/trc/.

celt workshop

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a hands-on workshop regarding "The Right Way to Write Learning Goals and Objectives" at noon in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences Dr. Ruth Gyure will demonstrate how to write learning goals and objectives. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/celt/ or call x78869.

film screening

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, WCSU Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will host a screening of "Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts" (Women with Open Eyes) at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater and at 6 p.m. in Viewing Room 2 in White Hall. This African Film Festival event will be free and the public is invited.

RETROSPECTIVE ART EXHIBITION

Western will host a retrospective exhibition featuring a body of work spanning more than 40 years by landscape painter Margaret Grimes. The exhibition will run from Thursday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, March 14, at The Gallery at Higgins Hall. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the gallery. The public is invited to the reception and to view Grimes' work. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, cal lx78403 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/Grimesretrospectiveexhibition.asp.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, Feb. 14, WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The program will feature an all-night open mic. 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.

TEAM CHALLENGE GYMNASTIC EVENT

WCSU will host the Gymnastics Revolution Team Challenge in the Feldman Arena at the O'Neill Center. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16. The public is invited to this amateur gymnastics competition featuring gymnasts from the Northeastern United States. For ticket prices and more information, visit www.gymnasticsrevolution.com/TC2013/main.html.

art slide lecture

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, historian/curator/writer Jennifer Samet 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will discuss the state budget and Connecticut's 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) 354-3521, or send an email to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

film screening

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, WCSU Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will host a screening of "Ainsi Meurent Les Anges" (And So Angels Die) at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. This African Film Festival event will be free and the public is invited.

celt workshop

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a discussion regarding "Emerging Technologies for the 21st-Century Classroom: Prezi, A Dynamic, Imaginative Presentation Tool for Students and Teachers" at 4 p.m. in Room 413 of the Haas Library. Assistant Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Robin James and Alex Fraiha, a graduate student in the department, will conduct a hands-on workshop utilizing the Prezi presentation method. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/celt/ or call x78869.

dinner-lecture series

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the WCSU Office of Housing & Residence Life will offer a 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., Professor of Education and Educational Psychology Dr. Marsha Daria will be the featured speaker in the Faculty Dining Room in the Student Center. Because of limited seating, reservations are required. Reservations or requests for more information can be sent to housing@wcsu.edu.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, Feb. 21, WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The program will include open mic performers at 8 p.m., followed by the featured act, The Sea The Sea, at 9 p.m. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call x79700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/stuaffairs/Coffeehouse.asp for more information.

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

On Friday, Feb. 22, there  will be a brown bag book club meeting to discuss Jess Walter's "Beautiful Ruins" at 1 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room of the Student Center. The event will be free and the public is invited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch. For more information, call x79122.

JAZZ ORCHESTRA, ENSEMBLE AND FRANKENSAX CONCERT

On Friday, Feb. 22, the WCSU Jazz Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. Featured will be Frankensax, conducted by Andrew Beals; the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dave Scott; and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian. 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.

HAT CITY DEBATE TOURNAMENT

WCSU will host the Hat City Debate Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at various locations on the university's Midtown campus. Western's Roger Sherman Debate Society will participate in a competition bringing together student debate teams from colleges across the Northeastern United States. All teams will engage on Saturday in several rounds of debate beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 10 p.m. Teams placing highest in scoring will qualify for the final elimination round on Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to attend and admission will be free; information on debate locations will be available at the tournament registration site on the first floor of Warner Hall. For information, call x78486 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013HatCityDebates.asp.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 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.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, accounting executive John Schuyler will discuss China's economy and his trip to China last September as part of a Connecticut delegation 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) 354-3521, or send an email to benjamins@wcsu.edu.

film screening

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, WCSU Professor of Anthropology Dr. Rob Whittemore will host a screening of "Finzan" (A Dance for the Heroes) at 1 and 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. This African Film Festival event will be free and the public is invited.

celt workshop

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a discussion regarding "Short Writing Assignments: Save Your Sanity and Maximize Learning" at 1 p.m. in Room 508 of the Haas Library. Assistant Professor of Writing, Linguistics and the Creative Process Dr. Kelli Custer will offer guidance on the development of short writing assignments. The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/celt/ or call x78869.

 

If you have upcoming events that you would like publicized, please send them to pr@wcsu. Please be sure to indicate if you want the event promoted only to the university community or if you want the general public to be notified, too. Please include ALL the following information: Name of the event and a brief description (What will participants be doing? Who will be speaking? etc.); time, date and location (room number, building name, etc.) of the event; cost, if any; contact person and phone number; and any other relevant information (Is the public invited? Who is sponsoring/organizing the event? etc.).    

If you plan to attend an event and would like to request disability accommodations, please contact the organizer as listed in the event listing.

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:
Jane Walsh, university assistant, UP&D

Deadlines:
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).

Contacting us:
The editorial staff of the WestConn Report can be contacted most efficiently via e-mail. Please send to westconn_report@wcsu.edu. You may also send content via inter-campus mail addressed to “WestConn Report / UP&D – Old Main 202”. Please allow sufficient time. Please do not call the office and leave a voice message with your request.

At-A-Glance

Feb.12

TRC workshop. “Strategies for Midterm Triumph.” Berkshire Hall, Room 104, noon. For more information or to reserve a seat, call the center at x79245 or visit www.wcsu.edu/trc/.

CELT workshop. "The Right Way to Write Learning Goals and Objectives" by Dr. Ruth Gyure. Ruth Haas Library, Room 508, noon.

Feb.13

Committee on General Education meeting. Student Center, Room 228, 10 a.m. to noon.

Film screening. Featuring "Femmes aux Yeux Ouverts" (Women with Open Eyes). 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theater and at 6 p.m. in Viewing Room 2 in White Hall. This African Film Festival event will be free and the public is invited.

Feb.14

Retrospective art exhibition. Featuring a body of work spanning more than 40 years by landscape painter Margaret Grimes. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 in The Gallery at Higgins Hall, and the exhibition will run through Thursday, March 14.

Coffeehouse. Free for WCSU students, staff and faculty. The program will feature an all-night open mic. Alumni Hall, 8 p.m. For more information, call x79700.

 
Feb. 15

Team Challenge gymnastic event. Featuring gymnasts from the Northeastern United States. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Feldman Arena at the O'Neill Center. For ticket prices and more information, click here.

Feb. 19

Art slide lecture. Featuring historian/curator/writer Jennifer Samet. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Political science lecture. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will discuss the state budget and Connecticut's economy. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m.

Feb.20

Art slide lecture. Featuring sculptor James Grashow. White Hall, Viewing Room 1, 11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

CELT workshop. "Emerging Technologies for the 21st-Century Classroom: Prezi, A Dynamic, Imaginative Presentation Tool for Students and Teachers" by Dr. Robin James and Alex Fraiha, a graduate student in the department. Ruth Haas Library, Room 413,  4 p.m.

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb. 27

Theatre Production: "Spring Awakening"
Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 27 and 28; 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

Mar.6

Panel discussion
"Women's Suffrage Centennial" at 12:30 p.m. in the Ruth Haas Library. Panel participants will include students Kelsey Caviola, Shannon McDonald and Patrick Shea. For more information, call x78482.

Mar. 14

Story Slam
11:30 a.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center, featuring WCSU students celebrating great historical women. Winners will compete in the Connecticut State Storytelling Festival in New London. For more information, call x78482.

 

FYI

New Slogan for WCSU

Western Connecticut State University has adopted a new slogan: a one-word call to action, "Aspire." A committee of representatives from several WCSU departments convened to develop this alternative to our long-standing "Stay Near, Go Far!" partly to be more inclusive of students who hail from less-than-nearby hometowns or even fromother states.


More important, however, is the new watchword's intent, which is to inspire students to believe in and strive toward fulfilling their dreams and goals. As an identifier for Western, "Aspire" implies that WCSU is in the business of educating students in ways that support their career goals.

The "Aspire" slogan was reviewed and officially approved this past fall. UniversityPublications & Design and Media Services have moved to incorporate the slogan into Western's logo design on all signage, marketing materials and published documents going forward.

The Cupola Wants to know

As we embark on a new year, Western would like to know: What inspires you? As you think about your university; your community; your studies, work or research — who or what provides you with inspiration? Please send your responses to pr@wcsu.edu and indicate your affiliation with WCSU. Selected responses will be featured in an upcoming issue of our campus magazine, The Cupola.

Warner Coffee Cart

The Warner Coffee Cart will not be open this semester. Please visit one of our other dining areas on the Midtown Campus located in the Student Center
Danbury Room (Faculty Dining, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and the Student Restaurant (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and the Food Court (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Committee on General Education meetings

The Committee on General Education meetings are open to anyone in the academic community and we've been really enjoying have so many interested people attend our fall meetings. Please plan to attend one or more of the spring meetings. Agendas will be distributed three days before each meeting. Meetings will be held in the Student Center, Room 228 from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Wednesdays: Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8.

free zumba classes

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

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.

IRB MEETINGS FOR 2013

The Institutional Review Board will meet in the Student Center 228 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: 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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