Announcements & Ongoing Events
CSCU COVID protocol changes effective April 4:
CAMPUS COVID PROTOCOLS
- The COVID reopen plans that were implemented in June 2020 will expire.
- The mask mandate will come to an end and campuses/system office will shift to a “mask-optional” protocol. However, we fully support and expect all employees and students to respect those who choose to continue wearing masks. COVID Coordinators will continue to make masks available for employees and students who want them. Please note: no employee has the authority to ask or require the use of masks by others.
- Visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in CSCU buildings.
- Physical distancing restrictions have been removed in areas such as lounges, cafeterias, conference rooms, and other non-academic setting. However, in most instances, current classroom arrangements will remain as set for the remainder of the semester.
- In-person activities are being planned for the spring including commencements and other special events.
- A full schedule of in-person courses, meetings, convenings, etc. is being planned for the summer and fall.
- Weekly testing of employees and students and individual case contact tracing have ended.
- Antigen tests are available from COVID Coordinators for those who are concerned about their potential exposure to the virus and would like access to a rapid test.
- Employees and students should continue to self-monitor their health and stay home whenever they have COVID-like symptoms and follow current CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation.
- Employees and students who test positive should continue to Self-Report by following the campus process for notification. Human Resources, Health Services, or the COVID Coordinator, as appropriate, will determine the quarantine and isolation expectations, confirm when it is safe to return to campus or classes, and notify close contacts as needed.
- Vaccines are no longer mandated for students or employees beginning with the summer semester. However, individuals are encouraged to be vaccinated and to get booster shots as recommended to protect their own health.
SOLUTIONS AT ECMC: WCSU has teamed up with Solutions at ECMC to provide students with a single resource for all their loan-related questions. Most importantly, to provide students with repayment options to avoid defaulting on their federal student loan. Solutions, a service of the non-profit organization ECMC, is dedicated to helping students recognize and realize their potential by creating and providing innovative education solutions that support schools and improve student educational outcomes.
Solutions provides the following services:
- One-on-one guidance. Advisers spend as much time as necessary with each student to ensure they understand the repayment plan options and can make informed decisions.
- Multiple communications options with advisors via phone, web chat, and email.
- Match the repayment plan to the student’s situation that will provide the most likely long-term solution.
- Ensure the student understands the short and long-term impact of their repayment plan choice.
- Email outreach campaigns that include time-sensitive information based on the student’s status and guidance for taking action.
Please go to wcsu.edu/finaid/ecmc/ for contact information.
GALLERY OF GRADUATES: Commencement is just around the corner. Seniors – don’t miss your opportunity to be featured in our virtual yearbook, The Gallery of Graduates! Take a look at last year’s gallery at opens in a new windowhttps://www.wcsu.edu/commencement/gallery-2021/ to see how it will look, and submit your photo now at opens in a new windowwcsu.edu/commencement/gallery-form
BREATHING SPACE BROADSIDE SERIES: Keep an eye out around both campuses for the Breathing Space Broadside Series, which collects poems by 15 student poets and one faculty member on beautiful posters illustrated and designed by WCSU student artists and designers. You also can find all 16 broadsides online soon at the Black & White site (and while you’re there, check out the new issue). See the flip book at Broadsides_1 (fliphtml5.com)
HPX SUMMER COURSES: Are you looking to take classes over the summer? Consider these online, asynchronous HPX courses:
HPX 100 Introduction to Health & Wellness (3 credits)– This course immerses students in the concept of wellness, which has been described as a multi-dimensional approach to understanding health and preventing disease. Students will be expected to analyze their own lifestyles and environments as they explore various dimensions of wellness, so they can relate principles learned in the classroom to themselves.
HPX 177 Fitness for Life Lecture (1 credit) which pairs with HPX 177A (1 credit) Student Independent Fitness Activity – Taken together this lecture and weekly activity classes are designed to improve cardiovascular, muscular and/or flexibility fitness.
HPX 205 Nutrition and Health (2 credits) – This course explores the basic nutritional needs of persons throughout the life cycle, the nutritive composition of foods, and the digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the body.
HPX 352 Mental Health (3 credits) – This course is an exploration of mental health as an integral part of overall health and well-being across the lifecourse and examines the role of health promotion in mental health. Current theories of mental health promotion are explored. This course focuses on improving individual competencies, identifying mental health resources, developing strategies to maximize psychological strengths and community assets to enhance well-being, prevent mental disorders, and improve the quality of life for people and communities.
FALL COURSE ON GREEK CIVILIZATION: This HUM 114 course meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and is designed to provide the student with a broad survey of ancient Greek culture through an introductory examination of its mythology, art, drama, politics, sexuality, and philosophy. Contact Anna Kouremenos at with questions.
U-PASSES AVAILABLE: Stop by the information desk to grab your U-Pass for free transportation on any of Connecticut’s buses or trains. Use it to explore the neighboring towns or to make a trip to New York City (fare in NY State still applies.)
PEER ACADEMIC COACHES DROP-IN HOURS: Stop by the second floor of the Haas Library for help with study skills, time-management, and general academic success.
Mondays: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to noon & 4 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to noon & 5 to 7 p.m. (virtual)
Open to all students.
FITNESS ZONES HOURS:
Monday through Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 5 to 8 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday 2 to 8 p.m.
HANDSHAKE: Join and follow the WCSU Handshake job board to explore part-time and full-time jobs/internships, research employers,
view/sign-up for workshops/events, make student connections, join virtual career fairs, meet with the Career Success Center team and much more…For more information, email .
STUDENT ASSISTANTS NEEDED AT CAMPUS LIBRARIES: Haas and Young Libraries are now accepting applications for Student Assistants for the Fall 2022 semester. Please stop by the Haas Library Circulation Desk on the 1st floor and complete an application, or go to https://libguides.wcsu.edu/ld.php?content_id=61277736, and complete the online application. You can then submit it via email to . Any questions? Please call 203-837-9100.
ANCELL COMMONS IS HIRING TUTORS: Ancell Commons is now accepting applications for tutors for the Fall 2022 semester! We are looking for students who are friendly, approachable, and enjoy helping people with a can-do attitude!
What are the benefits of becoming a tutor for Ancell Commons? You work in the Westside Classroom building directly off of Young’s Library, the work schedule is flexible, and it is an excellent leadership opportunity for your resume! Do not miss this wonderful opportunity!
Visit us online at https://www.wcsu.edu/ancell-commons/apply-for-tutoring-job/ to apply!
CSI IS HIRING ORIENTATION LEADERS: Make a difference and become an Orientation Leader. Orientation Leaders (OLs) play an integral role in the execution of all New Student Orientation and Welcome Week programs, introduction to university resources, and areas of support for new students entering WCSU. Being an orientation leader is a fun job where you get to welcome future students, their families, and guests to campus!
Application available at www.wcsu.edu/csi/announcements/
GRUB HUB: Did you know that Western Connecticut State University students get Grubhub+ Student for free through graduation? Use your CONNect Cash to order from your favorite restaurants and get free delivery, exclusive perks, and $10 off* your first order. Here’s how:
- Download the app
- Tap Account then Campus Dining
- Follow the prompts to activate free Grubhub+ Student
- Enjoy a $10 Perk and start ordering from your favorite off-campus restaurants!
*Terms & Conditions
CENTER FOR WELLBEING: The IHHS Center for Wellbeing is open daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in White Hall room 114. For more information, contact Christel Autuori at or (203) 837-8559.
CAREER EDUCATION CLASSES: Looking for classes to take in the spring? Consider CED 110, 120 or 130, all 1.5 credit half semester courses. Take two together to earn 3 credits and be better prepared to enter the workforce. Find more information at www.wcsu.edu/careersuccess/,
MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION – APPLY NOW: WCSU leads the region in innovative programs for professionals seeking licensure or specializations at the graduate level. Enhance your opportunities with a degree in:
MSED in Special Education K-12 (cross-endorsement)
MSED in Literacy and Language Arts K-12 (Remedial Reading certification)
MSED in Instructional Technology
NOW HIRING: The Event and Conference Management team is hiring this Fall Semester! If you are interested in this job opportunity, please head over to opens in a new windowhttps://www.wcsu.edu/events-mgt/ and click on student employment. There you will find the job descriptions and the application.
TALKCAMPUS APP: TalkCampus is an app where you can talk with other students from around the world 24/7 if you’re struggling and worried about your mental health. Your student email address will give you free access, just download TalkCampus from the app store. It’s a place just for you, no staff, no fear of judgement, just instant ongoing support. For more information: opens in a new windowhttps://www.talkcampus.io/wcsu
ISEP STUDY ABROAD DEADLINE: Choose from more than 300 partner institutions on six continents! Begin your quest!
ISEP Study Abroad for Summer and Fall 2022: There are still plenty of programs available past the priority deadline, so feel free to connect with Donna Warner to discuss your options.
Deadline for Spring 2023: September 15, 2022
For information, contact Donna Warner in the Midtown Student Center 207 at (203) 837-3270 or .
ARE YOU FEELING STRESSED, ANXIOUS, UNWELL?: Check out this 1 minute 27 second video on what to do at WCSU if you feel this way. We’re here to help, so make sure you reach out. Sponsored by Exercise is Medicine on Campus and the HPX department.
CHOCOLATE MEDITATION: The Institute for Holistic Health Studies offers Chocolate Meditation. Stop by to Meditate:
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RECREATION NOW HAS A YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Click on this link to find WestConn Rec on Youtube and make sure you subscribe and follow regularly. Let’s get in shape!
DOWNLOAD the LIVESAFE APP: WCSU launched a mobile application called LIVESafe in collaboration with the WCSU Police Department. Using the WCSU LIVESafe app provides users with direct contact through mobile phone/iPad to campus police and other university offices to easily communicate any health and safety needs on campus. Please use the referenced link to download the app for mobile use.
WANTED: GOLFERS: The WestConn Men’s Golf program, an NCAA varsity sport, is looking for golfers! If you played high school golf, have played in a league or have skill on the course, we need you. Email Head Coach Joe Ward to learn more: . Please include your name, cell phone number and golf background.
SEEKING COMPETITIVE DIVERS: The WCSU Swimming & Diving Team is looking for a few divers!! Now is an excellent time to learn a new sport, build on a gymnastics or cheerleading background and give yourself something more to do this semester! With no set competitive season this year, it’s a perfect time to get started! Spots available on both the men’s and women’s teams! WestConn medical clearance required.
STUDENT HANDBOOK: The updated 2020-21 Student Handbook is available online at www.wcsu.edu/studenthandbook/.
INSTAGRAM: DO YOU WANT INSTANT EVENT UPDATES ON YOUR PHONE? Follow these accounts: CSI: csi_western; PAC: wcsu_pac; SGA: wcsu_sga; STUDENT AFFAIRS: wcsu_studentaffairs.
GAB & GROW — Your location for learning about the people, places, and resources available at WCSU to help you be a successful student. Episodes are about as long as a bus-ride to the other campus. From “What’s happening in Athletics” to “Where is the Writing Center,” if you have a question, you’ll get an answer! [More Information]