A-Z of Student Services
Higgins Hall 214 & Campus Center 300
Isabel Carvalho, Director
The Academic Advisement Center works with all full-time and part-time matriculated students who have not yet declared a major, providing advisement and serving as liaison to other services on campus. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions About Academics.
White Hall 005
Elisabeth Werling Morel, Director
(203) 837-8225, TTY (203) 837-8284
The Office of AccessAbility Services provides accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities. Students must self-identify as a student with a disability to AccessAbility Services to request accommodations. Categories of disability may include: learning, mobility, manual dexterity, visual, hearing, speech, psychological/emotional, chronic health and/or traumatic brain injury. Examples of accommodations may include extended time on exams, reduced distraction testing location, note-takers, scribes, audio books, book scanning, interpreters, assistive technology, housing accommodations and accessible furniture. Services may include advocacy training, academic coaching, writing assistance and assistive technology training. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics or visit the web address listed above.
Old Main 203
Jay Murray, Director
The Admissions Office is a student’s first contact with Western, evaluating past courses and providing information about placement tests, open house and other general information regarding the university. This is also the first office to apply for readmission or the Fresh Start program.
The Office of Alumni Relations and the WCSU Alumni Association keep their alumni connected to the university by providing opportunities for graduates to come back to campus. They are invited to attend alumni and university events, volunteer for events on and off campus and participate in campus life. Alumni receive routine emails listing events/activities, and invitations to special alumni receptions and events. They have access to special alumni career services and programs. Additionally, all WCSU graduates will be now be ‘Life Members’ of the Alumni Association.
Ancell Learning Commons
Westside Classroom Bldg. 4th floor, in the Robert S. Young Library
Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are recommended.
Contact: Elise Budnick
Free Tutoring: Accounting * Business Writing * Economics 211 & 213 * Finance * Justice and Law * Management * Management Information Systems * Marketing
We are a comfortable, friendly place to find free tutoring, meet with your study group, or register for an alumni mentor who can help you create a path from school to career. Check our website for hours of operation and the tutoring schedule. Students will also find a variety of online resources that can help them find success.
O’Neill Center 205
Lori Mazza, Director
The men’s and women’s teams belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The football program is a member of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). The 13 other intercollegiate athletic programs are members of the Little East Conference.
|Fall — soccer, football||Fall — volleyball, tennis, soccer, field hockey|
|Winter — basketball||Winter — basketball, swimming & diving|
|Spring — tennis, baseball, lacrosse||Spring — softball, lacrosse|
ATMs on Campus
There are no ATMs located on campus but can be found within walking distance from each campus. Go to wcsu.edu/campuscenter/atm.htm for a listing.
Student Center, main level
Our bookstore has everything from required textbooks and ebooks to rent or purchase (don’t forget to bring your schedule), to snacks, sweatshirts, school supplies and souvenirs. The price match program allows you to purchase your required textbooks at the lowest price, matching other online retailers (some restrictions apply). For more information go to bkstr.com/wcsustore/home.
Campus & Student Centers
Campus Center 320
Dr. Paul M. Simon, Director
Both facilities are your “home away from home.” You will find dining locations, lounges, a theater, conference and meeting rooms.
Additionally, the Midtown Student Center (SC) houses the bookstore, Center for Student Involvement (CSI), Counseling Center, Game Room, Judicial Affairs, Mail Services, Intercultural Center, and the Substance Abuse Prevention office. The Student Government Association, student newspaper, radio station, Program Activities Council, Greek Council, and Student Veterans Association are also located in this building.
The Westside Campus Center (CC) houses the administrative office for the department, Career Success Center, and computer lab. The Daily Grind, our late-night dining and entertainment venue, features Starbucks coffee, Tazo teas, Island Oasis, Pepsi products, pastries and snacks all served in a beautiful lounge setting fully equipped with wireless internet.
Cable Channel WCSU-TV
Fr. Jeff Couture, Chaplain
Michael Antonacci, Focus Team Leader
Michele Hossan, Newman Club Advisor
Student Center 223
Newman Center (Eighth Avenue, across from Newbury Hall)
Join us each week as we explore, discover and strengthen our journey of faith.
Career Success Center
Student Center 207
Kathleen Lindenmayer, Director
The Career Success Center offers students a wide variety of career-related services including: career counseling, an extensive career library in office and online, co-ops and internships, part-time and full-time employment opportunities, on-campus recruiting, on-line job search and career information systems, annual career fair, assistance with resume writing and interviewing, and special career and networking programs.
Old Main 108
Paula Paolino, Bursar
The Cashier’s Office is responsible for the billing and collection of all monies due to the university, operating under the guidelines and policies set forth by the CSU Board of Trustees. For additional information regarding billing, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation
Kathwari Honors House
Dr. Christopher Kukk, Director
(203) 837-3226 (program assistant)
The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation creates awareness about the importance of compassion, creativity and innovation in daily and professional life; maintains a forum where students, faculty, staff and people from all traditions can come together to investigate the conjunction of compassion, creativity and innovation through dialogue, research and activities; publishes and disseminates creative products of the Center; seeks to enrich by supporting students, faculty, and staff; sponsors activities, events, conferences and forums; and engages with other centers and organizations on other projects consistent with the Center’s mission.
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is the main point of contact for student leaders wanting to get involved, plan events, form new student organizations and assist those currently involved with one.
The CSI staff advises in the operation of more than 80 student organizations including the Student Government Association, the Program Activities Council, and Greek Council, and provides assistance with leadership development, university policies, and event planning. The Leadership, Compassion and Creativity Certificate Program is also run through the CSI Office. The CSI staff coordinates programs, events, and activities on campus organized by and for students through the Student Activities Master Calendar.
Child Care Center
Kathwari Honors House
Lauren Halpin, Director
Need safe and convenient childcare? The WCSU Child Care Center, operated by EDUCATION CONNECTION and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, offers a developmentally appropriate early childhood program for children ages 3-5. Open year round from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Clubs and Organizations
For more information, click here.
For a complete listing, click here.
Colonial Fitness Zone
This new fitness area located in Berkshire Hall contains a modern fitness room with treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, etc. as well as a large room in the former theater for fitness classes such as Zumba and Yoga. The facilities, including locker rooms, are open to current students, faculty and staff. Hours are posted on the web at wcsu.edu/recreation.
Office of University Events
University Hall 318
Helen Bechard, Coordinator
WCSU hosts one commencement ceremony each year for the graduate (Masters and Ed.D.) candidates and undergraduate (Bachelors) candidates. The ceremony is held at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. The date for the ceremony is listed in the academic calendar and managed by the Office of University Events. Undergraduate students need to apply for graduation at wcsu.edu/registrar/forms/application-for-degree.asp. Graduate students need to apply for graduation at www.wcsu.edu/graduate/forms/graduation_application.pdf.
Deadlines to apply for Bachelor Candidate graduation:
December graduation (apply by April 1); January (Intersession) graduation (apply by April 1); May graduation (apply by November 1); August graduation (apply by February 1)
Deadlines to apply for Graduate (Masters and Ed.D.) graduation: January graduation (apply by October 1); May graduation (apply by December 1); August graduation (apply by February 1).
Old Main 306
Dr. Walter Cramer, Dean of Students
Community Service is very important to Western and its students. Every year in September Western holds its annual Day of Service when students, faculty, and staff go out into the community to volunteer their time and labor to help local non-profit organizations and clean up the town. However, Western staff and students also volunteer year round. Our community service webpage helps to match volunteers with opportunities and allows everyone to log their hours served.
A Western Windows account and ConnectMail email account are necessary to access the university’s wired and wireless networks, email, Blackboard Learn, and Banner. You can obtain your accounts from any staffed computer center listed below or by calling (203) 837-9232. You can also call our help desk to set up your account at (203) 837-8467.
Computer Centers (Staffed)
|Midtown Computer Center (MTCC)||Haas Library, Lower Level||(203) 837-9232|
|Student Technology Training Center (STTC)||Student Center 225||(203) 837-8715|
|Westside Computer Center (WSCC)||Westside Classroom Building 117||(203) 837-8391|
|Campus Center Computer Center (CCCC):||Westside Campus Center, 3rd floor||(203) 837-3291|
All students must have a Western Windows account to use the computer facilities at Western. These facilities are staffed with student computer center assistants during operational hours. All centers are equipped with Windows desktops and Macs. Students can get their Windows accounts at these locations.
Computer Labs (24 Hours)
|Midtown campus||Student Center 214 and Science Building 127|
|Westside campus||Westside Classroom Building 247c|
These labs are open 24/7. To gain access into these labs, students must swipe their WestConnect card through the facility’s card reader and enter their four digit security PIN, which must first be obtained at the WestConnect ID Office (Old Main). The 24-hour labs are not staffed with personnel but are monitored and maintained regularly.
Conflict Resolution Project
Warner Hall 213
Dr. R. Averell Manes, Director
The Conflict Resolution Project provides confidential, fast and free services to WCSU students, including information, training and mediation/facilitation services to help resolve problems, conflicts, fights and disputes creatively and effectively.
ConnectPrint is WCSU’s printing management system, making printing easier and considerably reducing printer waste and supplies. To use the ConnectPrint system, you must have a valid WestConnect ID card.
Cooperative Education Internship Program
Westside Campus Center 300, Career Success Center
Dr. Anthony Ciarleglio, Director of Cooperative Education
The Cooperative Education Internship Program at WCSU complements classroom study with work experience to enable professional development, academic achievement and personal growth. A cooperative education internship provides students of all majors with career-related skills, academic credit and a competitive hourly salary. Participating employers use the WCSU Cooperative Education Internship Program for project assistance and for talent screening and acquisition. Students can earn as many as 18 credits, typically applied as free electives, through WCSU’s Cooperative Education Internship Program.
Student Center 222
Dr. Rée LeBlanc Gunter, Director
The Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. The Counseling Center also offers a wide range of services including outreach, psycho-educational workshops, training and consultation to students, administration, faculty, staff and parents.
The Daily Grind
The Daily Grind inside the Westside Campus Center is a fully loaded coffeehouse featuring Starbucks Coffee™, Island Oasis frosted drinks, sandwiches, salads, snacks, large screen TV, karaoke, and live entertainment. Hot food is available after 8 p.m.
For emergencies, call 911.
For non-urgent calls, contact the WCSU Police at (203) 837-9300 or (203) 837-9303.
Emergency Notification System
Western Connecticut State University has deployed an emergency notification system that allows the university to quickly alert those students who have signed up for the free service. Notification can be provided via telephone call, SMS message, email or fax to the device of your choice. To enroll, go to wcsu.edu/ens/ and follow the instructions to provide us with the contact information of your choice, and we will contact you in case of emergency situations as well as for weather alerts, campus closings, etc. Please be aware that you, and those persons you additionally list, may incur charges for receiving cellphone and text messages sent via the WCSU Emergency Notification System. For further information and disclaimers, please visit the webpage listed above.
The university has an emergency telephone system that places the caller in direct contact with a University Police dispatcher. These phones are highly visible either in a bright yellow phone box or surround type stainless steel phone with blue strobe light and are located at various places around campus (inside and outside of buildings). The phones have a single button operation which, when pushed, will immediately notify the dispatcher of the caller’s location. The caller can speak directly into the phone box for hands-free communication. Please familiarize yourself with the location of emergency phones on campus.
The Office of Financial Aid & Student Employment is responsible for the administration of federal grants; loans; federal, state, and institutional grants; state scholarships; and coordinates the on-campus student employment program. Email email@example.com with questions.
Fitness and Fun
Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate in a variety of group exercise classes and fun recreational activities throughout the year.
- Boot Camp
- Cardboard Canoe Race
- Ladies Night
- Muddy Chuck Challenge
- Oozeball Tournament
- Open Swim Hours at the O’Neill Center Pool
- Rec After Dark
- Run or Dye
- Zumba Classes
Food & Dining
Campus Dining Services provide a wide variety of services to all students, faculty, and staff including meal plans, catering and on-campus dining. Please call for all of your on-campus or off-campus foodservice needs or check out the website at wcsucampusdining.com. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Student Center 210
Stop by the game room for a game of billiards, air hockey, ping pong or a board game. There is plenty of lounge space as well to just hang out and relax with friends.
Old Main 101 A
Dr. Christopher Shankle, Associate Director
Western has long been a regional leader in providing graduate education in business, arts and sciences, and professional studies. The Division of Graduate Studies offers an outstanding faculty, curricula and programs of high quality, state-of-the-art technology, convenient and flexible course scheduling, and a comfortable learning environment.
Dr. R. Averell Manes, Professor, Department of Social Sciences
Warner Hall 213
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. Through a three-credit semester-long leadership-shadowing field experience, students accepted to be Hancock Student Leaders focus closely on the skills needed to be effective leaders, including civility, ethics, communication, compassion, team and community building, creative problem solving, goal setting, conflict management, resiliency, adaptability, transparency, and accountability. As participants in seminars framed by works about the challenges of being a leader, the students develop their personal leadership styles. Each year, the cohort then participates in a public forum, sharing their experiences and what they have learned during the program with family, friends, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni of the Hancock Student Leadership Program. Further information is available on our website and by contacting the program co-chairs, Dr. Ann Atkinson and Dr. R. Averell Manes. Applications for the program will be accepted at the beginning of every spring semester.
Dr. Susan A. Cizek, Director
FAX: (203) 837-8583
The university’s Health Service provides quality health care by appointment. The staff addresses primary and preventive care along with wellness initiatives for Western’s full-time students. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Help Desk – Telephone Service
Call 611 from any university phone.
Help Desk – Information Technology & Innovation
The Information Technology & Innovation Help Desk is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for any technology-related assistance.
See Kathwari Honors Program
Housing & Residence Life
Ron Mason, Director
The department of housing & residence life brings good things to life on campus! Providing residence halls that are attractive, safe and focused on our students’ academic success, we also offer leadership development opportunities for our students within their communities. Our CULTURE™ model (Creating Undergraduate Learning Through Unique Residential Experiences), as implemented by our professional staff, resident assistants (RA) and academic resource mentors (ARM), creates a positive living/learning environment for students who choose the residence life experience. For additional information, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
see WestConnect Office
University Hall, Room 303
Donna Warner, International Services Coordinator
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) provides students with the opportunity to study in another country for one or two semesters, as well as during summers. Students pay tuition, room and board at Western and in exchange study at one of more than 300 universities around the world while an international student takes their place at WCSU. Students make their own travel arrangements.
In terms of courses, students have several choices:
- Meet with department chair to seek approval of major courses.
- Meet with department chair in appropriate discipline to seek approval for general education courses.
- Select free electives if your program allows for that flexibility.
In order to be eligible to study abroad, students need to have been matriculated at Western for two semesters and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. When you have completed your entire ISEP application, you will need to schedule a half-hour interview with the ISEP Coordinator.
International Services Office
University Hall, 3rd floor, Academic Affairs
Donna Warner, International Services Coordinator
The International Services Office advises international students on immigration regulations and cultural/academic adjustment in the US: applying to the university, obtaining an F-1 student visa and Form I-20, maintaining F-1 status and work authorization. The office also promotes internationalization across campus and helps coordinate the ISEP study abroad program.
Office of Judicial Affairs
Midtown Student Center, Suite 220
Charles Alexander, Director
The director of judicial affairs administers the university’s student discipline system and acts as the designee of the vice president for student affairs in the administration of all aspects of the university’s student discipline process. The director of judicial affairs serves as liaison to all university departments regarding all matters pertaining to student conduct and works with local community leaders regarding problems with off-campus student behavior.
Kathwari Honors Program
Kathwari Honors House
Dr. Christopher L. Kukk, Director
(203) 837-3226 (program assistant)
The program is designed to expose students to fundamental modes of inquiry found in various academic fields and to illustrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to exploring a topic or issue. The program consists of a number of unique honors courses, seminars and tutorials, as well as honors sections of existing courses and offers opportunities for individualized honors research and teaching assistantships. Students in the program have access to the Kathwari Honors House with all its amenities 24 hours, 7 days a week with their IDs.
Leadership, Compassion, and Creativity Certificate (LCCC)
CSI, Midtown Student Center 227
Dennis Leszko, Coordinator, Director of the Center for Student Involvement
The Leadership, Compassion and Creativity Certificate Program (LCCC) is an opportunity for students to earn a certificate in leadership, creativity and compassion by exploring these values across all Student Affairs disciplines and with people of all communities. By participating in the LCCC, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs of their choice in order to meet the requirements within each discipline. Once they complete the program, students will be able to explain how they have become more compassionate and creative leaders, and how participation in the LCCC has shaped their current understanding of leadership. The program is self-paced and therefore is flexible in the amount of time required. For more information please email the firstname.lastname@example.org account.
Veronica Kenausis, Director
Ruth A. Haas Library (Midtown)
Robert S. Young Library (Westside)
Westside Classroom Building 433
SMS: (203) 340-0616
The Ruth A. Haas Library on the Midtown campus and the Robert S. Young Library on the Westside campus offer services, facilities, and resources to support the university’s instructional programs and research needs. Community users are also welcome to use the materials and resources on site. For additional information, see Asked & Answered on the library website or Frequently Asked Questions About Academics.
Lost & Found
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Student Center, Ground Level, SC003
Frank Lazetera, Supervisor
This office serves the postal needs of all faculty, staff and students. Commuter students may obtain a campus mailbox. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but students have access to their mailboxes 24 hours a day. Mail is delivered Monday through Friday only. Students living on campus have their mail delivered directly to their residence hall mailboxes. Anyone who receives a package in the mail will receive an email at their Western connect.mail account. Proof of this email and a photo ID should be brought to mail services to receive the package. Students who want someone else to pick up their package need to contact Mail Services first. Any unclaimed packages will be returned after 30 days.
Higgins Hall 105A
Dr. Stavros Christofi, Math Department Chair &
Math Clinic Director
The Math Clinic is a traditional math tutoring center, where students who have done well in undergraduate level math courses in the past serve as tutors to assist their fellow students with homework problems, projects, and preparing for quizzes or exams. Student-tutors will on occasion attempt to help students with general math questions in non-mathematics classes, but this is not the tutors’ primary purpose or expertise. Tutors will not help with take-home exams and other forms of assessments that must be completed by the individual student. There is no one-on-one tutoring in the Math Clinic, which works on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis; appointments cannot be made.
The Math Emporium
Higgins Annex, first floor 105
Tom Grant, Coordinator
The Math Emporium is an interactive computer-equipped tutorial learning center that enables a new way of teaching/learning the remedial math courses MAT 100 and 100P. It combines software-based learning, some traditional lecture instruction, and one-on-one tutoring, with faculty and teaching assistants available to assist students.
Media Services has a variety of audio and video equipment for use by students. The department also manages the satellite TV system and the digital signage system. For information about our services please visit our webpage at wcsu.edu/media.
Thursdays, 8 p.m.
The Midtown Coffeehouse is a regular feature on Thursday nights at Western during the fall and spring semesters. Located in the Colonial Corner, the Coffeehouse usually starts with an hour of open mic at 8 p.m., followed by a featured, outstanding local or regional performer. The Coffeehouse is usually free (donations are accepted), and sandwiches, soda and, of course, coffee are on the house.
Planning & Engineering
White Hall 001
Notary Publics on campus are willing to notarize documents (free of charge) for faculty, students, and staff. Anyone needing a document notarized should make an appointment in advance. Please note that individuals should bring a photo ID with them and that the document should NOT be signed in advance.
As of July 2016 parking permits are no longer required for students. Students may park in any of the designated areas for student parking without having a permit.
Three Roberts Avenue
Roger B. Connor, Chief of Police
The WCSU Police Department is a 24-hour police department. The WCSU police officers can be found around campus either in cars, on foot or on bicycles, and their vehicles and uniforms are highly visible and easily recognizable. They enforce campus rules and regulations, and the laws of the State of Connecticut.
Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs: ConnCAP/Upward Bound/Excel/EA2P
Berkshire Hall 016A
Robert Pote, Director
The Pre-Collegiate & Access Programs provide under-represented and low income students with the opportunity and support they need to successfully transition to college and to continue completion of an undergraduate degree. These programs help students overcome class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education. EA2P is an intensive five week summer program for incoming freshman. ConnCAP/Upward Bound/Excel programs assist middle and high school students. The students’ progress is monitored, and tutoring and/or advisement sessions are continued throughout the academic year.
The ConnCAP/Upward Bound/Excel programs provide motivation and academic skill development for low income, minority and first generation middle and high school students to prepare them for future educational endeavors. An academically intensive six-week summer program serves to advance the students’ academic skills, while promoting their personal growth through extracurricular experiences. The ultimate goal of the programs is to help students achieve their academic goals of admission and completion of a post-secondary education.
Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports
Berkshire Hall 136
Amy Shanks, Assistant Director
The Recreation Department at Western is dedicated to providing the campus community with a multitude of recreational activities to encourage physical fitness and promote a positive well-being. For up-to-date information, please visit our website, wcsu.edu/recreation.
Team and individual events are offered for women, men and coed divisions, and the program is open to all Western students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Fall Intramurals: flag football, volleyball, and soccer
Spring Intramurals: basketball, flag football and slow-pitch softball
Club Sports can be organized on either a recreational or a competitive level.
Old Main 102
Keith R. Gauvin, Registrar
The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining every student’s academic record. Students may obtain information related to enrollment, course registration, grading and degree-completion. Additionally, the office provides transcript and certification documentation.
The shuttle operates seven days a week during the fall and spring semesters. For the most current shuttle schedule and holiday schedule, visit the website indicated above. Download the Doublemap app to see real time information about the shuttle location and shuttle alerts. When classes are cancelled for an entire day due to inclement weather, the shuttle does not operate. If classes are delayed, the shuttle will begin one hour before classes begin. If classes are cancelled, the shuttle will operate for one hour after classes are cancelled.
Office of the Vice President
Old Main 308
Dr. Keith Betts
The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of programs and services to meet student needs including AccessAbility Services; Athletics; Bookstore; Box Office; Campus & Student Centers; Campus Ministries; Career Success Center; Center for Student Involvement; CHOICES; Civic Engagement; Club Sports; Commuters; Counseling Center; Food Services; Greek Life; Health Services; Housing & Residence Life; Intramurals; Judicial Affairs; Intercultural Affairs; Parent Services; Recreation; Research & Assessment; SGA/Student Organizations; Shuttle Services; Student Success (Orientation/SCT); Testing Services; University Police; and Veterans Affairs Programming.
Student Clubs and Organizations
see Clubs and Organizations
Student Life/Student Activities Office
Student Center 227
Dennis Leszko, Director
see Center for Student Involvement (CSI).
Student Safety Services
Whether you are a student, faculty, staff or visitor at WCSU, there may be times that you find yourself on campus late at night or in the early hours of the morning. If walking to your car or residence hall room leaves you feeling a little uneasy and apprehensive, call the WCSU Police Department and utilize Student Safety Services.
To obtain the safety service, simply call University Police at (203) 837-9300 or activate any emergency or courtesy phone on campus. When the dispatcher answers, let them know that you wish to obtain the service. The dispatcher will request your name, present location, and the location to which you wish to be escorted. The dispatcher will then send an officer to meet you.
Student Technology Training Center (STTC)
Student Center 225
The STTC offers workshops and tutorials on Microsoft Office products, various graphic design software packages including Adobe, computer equipment and peripherals, webpage design, and other skills. Technology workshops and one-on-one tutorials conducted by students help ensure your success at Western.
Substance Abuse Prevention Program (CHOICES)
Student Center 211
Sharon Guck, Coordinator
The Substance Abuse Prevention Office (CHOICES) provides information and help for students experiencing problems related to alcohol or other substance use and abuse. We can also help if you are concerned about a friend or a family member. All services are strictly confidential. Our services include: information about the symptoms and early warning signs of abuse and dependence, resources and treatment available on campus or within the community, screening and assessment, peer support groups, and counseling. Our Peer Educators provide many fun and healthy programs that positively affect attitudes and behaviors regarding alcohol and other drug use on campus and throughout life. CHOICES also provides WCSU students online self-assessment tools called E-CHUG and E-TOKE. We also have a resource library filled with current literature and brochures on many health related topics. Students can browse or borrow any of our materials which are excellent resources for personal or academic use.
All of Western’s classrooms are equipped with instructional technology, offering the ideal hands-on learning environment for both students and instructors. To learn more, visit wcsu.edu/technology/techrooms.
Did you know you can earn college credits by taking College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams? To learn how visit www.wcsu.edu/testing/clep.htm.
WCSU Testing Center provides proctoring services for Distance Learning candidates and Language Testing International (LTI) writing proficiency test and oral proficiency interview. The Testing Center also administers the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); many graduate programs, including Western Connecticut State University’s division of Graduate Studies, use the MAT as a way to determine eligibility for entrance into graduate programs.
Transportation – Campus Shuttle
see Shuttle Service
Transportation – Public
Housatonic Area Regional Transit (HART)
This public bus service provides reasonably priced transportation within Danbury and the surrounding towns. Check out the website above for more information or pick up a bus schedule in one of the student centers. For additional information regarding transportation, see Frequently Asked Questions – General Topics.
Tutoring Resource Center
2nd Floor of the Haas Library
Beth Turley, Coordinator
The Tutoring Resource Center (TRC) provides assistance to students who need one-on-one tutoring, free of charge, in any academic discipline taught at WCSU. Students also may participate in the TRC sponsored workshops, which cover concepts such as note-taking, test-taking skills, time management, professional networking, American Sign Language, and other relevant topics. Students may choose to doing any of the following in the Tutoring Resource Center:
- Work one-on-one with a WCSU professor-recommended student tutor in a friendly, supportive atmosphere
- Work independently on the TRC computers
- Work in small study groups
This center is an important hub for students to maintain their academic success.
- Berkshire Hall – Student Lounge, First Floor
- Haas Library
- Higgins Hall – Student Lounge, First Floor
- O’Neill Center
- Residence Halls
- Science Building – Atrium
- Warner Hall – Ground Level
- Westside Classroom Building – Lower Level
- White Hall, Student Lounge – Basement
Office of Veterans Affairs
Old Main 206
Lieutenant Matthew Kuchta
The Office of Veterans Affairs oversees all services for student veterans at WCSU including the implementation of programs that aid in the reintegration of student veterans into civilian and campus life, providing guidance, determining eligibility for veterans educational benefits, as well as other topics. If you are a current or former service member, please visit the Office of Veterans Affairs or email email@example.com.
Visual and Performing Arts at Western
Students in all majors are encouraged to take courses in art, music or theatre, or experience a concert, show, or exhibition in the amazing new Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Department of Music
Western’s numerous musical ensembles are open to all students and include symphonic band, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, opera ensemble and symphony orchestra. WCSU’s 120-voice Concert Choir features students from nearly every major, and performs an eclectic blend of traditional choral literature and music from around the world.
Department of Theatre Arts
Each semester, the department presents a comedy, drama or musical in the stunning new Main Stage Theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts Center as well as smaller productions in the new Studio Theatre and an annual production in New York City. Auditions are open to all students and posted on the bulletin board near the Department of Theatre Arts offices (VPAC 239). Theatre Arts shows are produced by our award-winning faculty and staff, many of whom come to WCSU directly from Broadway.
Department of Art
The Department of Art offers a number of courses that are open to all WCSU students. These courses can be used to fulfill Humanities Electives. The Department of Art also offers both a Minor in Art and Minor in Photography. The Art Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Center features four to six exhibitions each year including both the MFA Thesis Exhibition and Senior Thesis Exhibition with accompanying free lectures and workshops. The MFA Visiting Artist Lecture Series draws some of the best regional and national artists. This lecture series is free and open to
Wall of Leadership
Every year for over 30 years WestConn has honored its student leaders at the annual Student Leadership Recognition Banquet. Student organization/hall council presidents and vice presidents as well as advisors are invited to the banquet for free and organizations and individual members have the option to pay for additional tickets. Attendance at the event has been consistently over 400 guests and even reached close to 500 in 2017. At the banquet, awards are given out to organizations, individual members, as well some faculty and staff, and the winners of these awards are permanently remembered on the Wall of Leadership – both the physical wall on the second floor of the Student Center as well as on the virtual Wall of Leadership on the WCSU website.
Channel 2: WCSU Campus Informational Channel: to post on WCSU’s digital signage system please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email or call Media Services with any cable television issues.
Weather Alert Notifications are posted at wcsu.edu/alert and at CTweather.com. You can also receive weather closings and delays through the campus Emergency Notification System (see information above).
Department of Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology
Science Building 264
Gary Lessor, Assistant to the Director
Love to talk about the weather? If you are an amateur (or not so amateur) meteorologist, find out how we do it at Western — which has one of the best weather centers in the country. Head over to meet the staff and get acquainted with our much-used, exceptional facilities or perhaps speak with Gary Lessor about participating in a student internship.
Western at Waterbury
Naugatuck Valley Community College, Founders Hall, Room 129
Located on the campus of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Western at Waterbury offers a convenient location for students in the Waterbury area to take completion courses for a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), and a number of general education courses.
WestConnduit is Western’s campus portal. It brings together campus announcements, upcoming events, social media and access to essential resources like Blackboard Learn (course management system) and Banner Web (see your grades, course schedules, financial aid information, register for classes and make payments).
Old Main 013
Deanna Schaab, Director
The WESTCONNect Office issues identification cards and security access codes and keys. In order to obtain your WESTCONNect Card, please bring a photo ID and your current class schedule. Your card will be used for security access and may also be used as a debit card for purchases on and off campus, as well as a discount card for purchases at local and national merchants. The card will also be programmed with a meal plan, if purchased, an allotment of printing credits, and will allow use of the fitness facilities. There is a $15 charge for replacement cards, damaged, lost or stolen. Please check the website for all card use terms and conditions and information on extended office hours offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
Need to check your balances? Want to make a deposit? To see your CONNectCash, meal plan, or print credit balances, log on to www.wcsu.edu/westconnect/card_account_manager.asp.
The first line for detailed access to almost every facet of university life at Western is wcsu.edu. We urge you to turn to the website for virtually any question you have with regard to resources and facilities on campus not covered in this booklet or the university’s catalog, or in any of the many brochures and publica- tions you may have received from us or picked up at the Information Desk.
The Westside Nature Preserve (WNP) is a 33-acre parcel of Eastern deciduous woodland/wetland found on the Westside campus. The entrance to the preserve can be found by walking to the right of the guardrail on the right side of University Boulevard, as you walk North, just follow the white signs. Students are welcome to explore the beauty of the preserve on their own or call 203-837-8794 to schedule a tour. Tours of the Westside Nature Preserve are available by request.
Western is completely wireless, including in our residence halls, so you can connect and print from anywhere on campus. To access the wireless network your laptop or mobile device must be equipped with a wireless network adapter.
Women’s Center of Greater Danbury at Western
Higgins Annex 105C
Rayna Havelock, Campus Advocate
Melissa O’Connor, Campus Advocate
Community Office (203) 731-5200
24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (203) 731-5204
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: (203) 731-5206
The Women’s Center provides free and confidential crisis intervention for all victims and relatives of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, stalking and harassment. We offer individual and group counseling, advocacy, and information and referrals to campus and community resources for students, faculty and staff. The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury serves men, women and children.
The Writing Center is staffed by trained undergraduate and graduate student tutors. We can help students with all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming, thesis development, organization, grammar and mechanics, and documentation. Appointments may be made via the website, and drop-ins are welcome.