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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 through Thursday, March 14, at The Gallery at Higgins Hall. 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.

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.

wellness wednesday workshop

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, The HPX Department, in partnership with the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, will host a workshop regarding Exercise Barriers, Exercise Myths, and Relaxation Techniques" at 1 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 201B. Students in the HPX have been working diligently on creating this workshop to aid in the adoption and adherence to an exercise program. Come hear about some great tips for keeping your healthy habits going! The workshop will be free and open to WCSU faculty and staff only. For more information, contact Emily Stevens, the program coordinator x73903, stevense@wcsu.edu), to RSVP for the events and with any questions or suggestions.

RESEARCH SEMINAR

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, WCSU Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Bernard P. Gee will discuss "Where's Waldo? How Eye Movements Are Guided by What We See" 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. The Department of Psychology is co-hosting this presentation. For more information, call x78749.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "SPRING AWAKENING"

The WCSU departments of Theatre Arts and Music will present "Spring Awakening" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. 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. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/SpringAwakening.asp for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

COMMUNITY FORUM

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the United Way of Western Connecticut will host  "A Community Forum on Recovery after the Sandy Hook Tragedy" at 7 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall. The forum will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 792-5330, ext. 106.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, Feb. 28, WCSU 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, Mad Satta, 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.

FILM SCREENING AND LECTURE

On Friday, March 1, join WCSU students at a screening of the Disneynature Film "Chimpanzee" at 6 p.m. in Room 125 of the Science Building. Videographer Bill Wallauer, who shot the documentary, will answer questions following the film. For more information, call (203) 770-7106 or visit www.facebook.com/groups/50588496241.

dinner-lecture series

On Monday, March 4, 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., At 6:30 p.m., Professor of Justice and Law Administration Dr. Casey Jordan 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.

ART SLIDE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 5, Professor of Art Margaret Grimes 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/2013MFAlectureseries.asp.

LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 5, Dr. Jeanne I. Lakatos will discuss "Women and Revolutionary Rhetoric" at 12:30 p.m. in Room 508 of the Ruth Haas Library. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

POLITICAL SCIENCE LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 5, 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.

business LECTURE

On Tuesday, March 5, Ray Boa, a WCSU Entrepreneur of the Year and partner of A & J Construction, will give a lecture on "Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in Business" at 8 p.m. in the Westside Classroom Building, Room 243. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fred Maidment.

honors recital

On Wednesday, March 6, WCSU will host the James Furman Honors Recital at noon in Ives Concert Hall. This recital showcases Western's finest student musicians, chosen in a week-long competition. The winners will receive scholarships in memory of former WCSU faculty member James Furman. The concert will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call the music department at x78350 or visit www.wcsu.edu/music/concerts.asp.

PANEL DISCUSSION

On Wednesday, March 6, Western will host a panel discussion about the "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, who will present their work on the role and relationship between women and societal institutions within the context of social movements, policy change and collective memory. Artifacts from the WCSU University Archives will be on display in recognition of the centennial anniversary of the Women's Suffrage March of 1913. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

HELLENIC LECTURE SERIES

On Wednesday, March 6, Macricostas Visiting Endowed Chair in Hellenic and Modern Greek Studies Dr. Nicholas Pappas will discuss "Greece's Modern Olympics: A Challenge to the International Olympic Movement?" at 7 p.m. in Room 102 of Warner Hall. In his lecture, Pappas will deconstruct the myths regarding the origins of the modern Olympics. The talk, organized by the WCSU Center for the Study of Culture and Values, will be free and the public is invited. It is made possible by a grant from the Macricostas Family Foundation. For more information, call x78486.

celt workshop

On Wednesday, March 6, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a discussion regarding "How to Teach Critical Thinking" at 3 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.

coffeehouse

On Thursday, March 7, WCSU 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, Marci Geller, 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.

ONE BILLION RISING: BREAK THE CHAIN

On Friday, March 8 tTo celebrate International Women's Day, women are invited to come together in dance, to call for an end to violence against women and girls around the world. The event, "One Billion Rising: Break the Chain," will be at noon at the Alumni & Friends Circle on the WCSU Midtown campus. It is free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78609 or email shanksa@wcsu.edu.

lecture

On Thursday, March 7, Ryan Harb, a certified permaculture designer and instructor, LEED accrediated profession and permaculture faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will speak about "Leading by Example in Sustainability: The UMASS Amherst Permaculture Initiative" at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/RyanHarb.asp.

jazz combos concert

On Thursday, March 7, the WCSU Jazz Combos will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hal. 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.

THEATRE PRODUCTION - "SPRING AWAKENING"

The WCSU departments of Theatre Arts and Music will present "Spring Awakening" in the Berkshire Theatre in Berkshire Hall. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 or visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/SpringAwakening.asp for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX or visit www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

EQUINE AND PET EVENT

On Saturday, March 9, WCSU will host the Agriventures Agway Equine and Pet Event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Feldman Arena at the O'Neill Center. The public is invited. For tickets and  information, visit http://agwayct.com/events.

PLANETARIUM SHOW AND TELESCOPE VIEWING

On Saturday, March 9, WCSU will host a 6 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 7 to 9 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.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT

On Monday, March 11, the WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall. The program will include "Downfall of Paris," Traditional; "Contents are Flammable"  by Dominick Cuccia; "A Little Bit of This ... And a Little Bit of That" by Glen Paulson; "Ritmica #5" by Amadeo Roldan; "Toccata for Percussion" by Carlos Chavez; and "Ionization" by Edgard Varese. 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.

dinner-lecture series

On Tuesday, March 12, 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., At 6:30 p.m., Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences Dr. Paul Hines 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.

FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST

On Wednesday, March 13, the WCSU softball team will host a fundraising breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. Softball team members will wait on tables for tip donations to help fund the team's spring-training trip to Clermont, Fla. The public is invited; reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, call Head Softball Coach Heather Stone at x79019.

celt workshop

On Wednesday, March 13, the WCSU Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will host a discussion regarding "Why Student Self-Regulation Learning Skills Matter" at noon 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.

CAREER SERVICES WORKSHOP

On Wednesday, March 13, WCSU Career Development Center Assistant Director Lisa Temkin Carrozza will discuss "Interviewing Skills for Women" at 12:15 p.m. in Room 201 of the Student Center. This Women's History Month event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/newsevents/2013WomensHistoryMonth.asp.

 

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:
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At-A-Glance

Feb.26

Political science lecture. Accounting executive John Schuyler will discuss China's economy and his trip to China last September as part of a Connecticut delegation. White Hall, Room 231, 5:25 to 6:25 p.m.

Feb.27

Film screening. Featuring "Finzan" (A Dance for the Heroes). Student Center Theater, 1 and 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

CELT workshop. "Short Writing Assignments: Save Your Sanity and Maximize Learning" by Assistant Professor of Writing, Linguistics and the Creative Process Dr. Kelli Custer. Ruth Haas Library, Room 508, 1 p.m.

Research seminar. "Where's Waldo? How Eye Movements Are Guided by What We See" by WCSU Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Bernard P. Gee. Science Building, Room 125, 4 p.m.

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. Call the Berkshire Theatre Box Office at x78732 or click here for information. To purchase tickets, call x7TIXX.

 
Feb. 28

Mental Illness Workshop. To identify and bring together those faculty and staff who may be particularly passionate and concerned about helping our students get the help they truly need.  RSVP to Dawn Bailey or call x78606 no later than Feb. 21 to reserve your place at the session.

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

Mar. 1

Film screening and lecture.  Featuring the Disneynature Film "Chimpanzee.” Science Building, Room 125, 6 p.m. Videographer Bill Wallauer, who shot the documentary, will answer questions following the film. For more information, call (203) 770-7106 or click here.

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar. 23-24

Western New England Home Show
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunda, Feldman Arena in the O'Neill Center. Tickets will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and free for children under 12. Call (860) 563-2111 or click here
for more information.

Mar.24

Alumni Trip - Mohonk Mountain House
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $102/person and will include round-trip transportation, a presentation on the history of the Mohonk Mountain House, lunch, tax and tip. For more information, call x78298 or click here.

Mar. 26

Harlem Globetrotters
Feldman Arena at the O'Neill Center, 7 p.m. Tickets are available at x7TIXX or www.wcsu.edu/tickets.

 

FYI

Hancock Student Leadership Program stipends

The Hancock Student Leadership Program will again be offering a small number of $1,500 stipends along with high-level leadership field/shadowing experiences individually customized to the students' major and career interests. Typically these field experiences will entail shadowing leaders in an off-campus organizational setting, with three CED credits to be awarded upon completion. Please consider encouraging highly motivated full-time students with leadership experience to apply. The awards and field/shadowing experiences will be offered during the fall semester of 2013. The application process begins now, with a deadline of April 1, 2013 by 4 p.m.

WCSU full-time undergraduates, with a minimum of 45 or maximum of 90 credits, or graduate students, with a minimum of six credits, are eligible to apply for the Hancock Student Leadership Program. Application materials should be submitted in hard copy to Dr. Manes, (224 Warner Hall) and require a 3.2 GPA, two brief essays, a current résumé, unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation. (Application forms may be downloaded from our website. Thank you. Drs. Atkinson and Manes

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.

purchasing deadlines

d: To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department is April 15 for academic departments and
May 15 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.

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: 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: 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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