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The Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of WCSU graduating art students, will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from Wednesday, April 24, through Monday, June 6, in The Higgins Gallery in Higgins Annex. The exhibition and reception will be free and open to the public.


On Tuesday, May 7, Ashley Fetzer, Andrew St. John, Christina Faraone and Danielle Ragonne will deliver their graduate seminar presentations in Earth & Planetary Sciences at 5:30 p.m. in Room 275 of the Science Building. The talks will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call x78671.


On Friday, May 10, the WCSU Division of Graduate Studies will host a commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the William O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center. Juanita James, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation, will deliver the commencement address. Graduate students who are eligible to receive their master's or doctoral degrees in January, May or August this year and their guests will be invited to the commencement ceremony, with a reception to follow. For more information, call x78244 or visit www.wcsu.edu/commencement/graduate/.


On Sunday, May 12, WCSU will host its Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex Stadium on the university's Westside campus. The public is invited. This event will be outdoors and will take place rain or shine. For more information, call x78800 or visit www.wcsu.edu/commencement/undergraduate/.


On Tuesday, May 14, WCSU will host Dr. Raphael B. Stricker, IGeneX Laboratory founder; IGeneX President and CEO Dr. Nick Harris and Lyme Disease Association President Pat Smith for a discussion about "Visionaries in Lyme Disease Testing, Treatment, Research and Advocacy" at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center. There also will be a Lyme-focused health fair with information on prevention, treatment and supportive therapies. The health fair begins at 5 p.m., with speakers starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 241-2400 or email rldtf@comcast.net.


The WCSU Theatre Arts Department will present "The Short Plays of Theresa Rebeck" at 8 p.m. on May 16-18 at the TBG Theatre, 312 West 36th St., 3rd floor in New York. For reservations, call x78732.


On Friday, May 17, there will be a brown bag book club meeting to discuss Robin Sloan's "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" 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.


On Saturday, May 18, WCSU will host a 8 p.m. planetarium show, followed by telescope viewing of the sky from 9 to 11 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.

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.

Western Report is published online for the Western 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

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



Graduate seminar presentations. Science Building, Room 275, 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.


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

University Senate meeting. Westside Classroom Building, Room 218, 3:30 p.m.


Graduate Commencement ceremony. Feldman Arena of the William O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center, 7 p.m.


Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Westside Athletic Complex Stadium, 10:30 a.m.

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purchasing deadlines

To support fiscal year-end requirements, the deadline for submittal of purchase requisitions to the Purchasing Department is 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. The next meeting will be held in the Student Center, Room 228 from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, 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 Bill Williams Gym North in Berkshire Hall. For more information, contact Robyn Housemann at x78882.


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.


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