Alumni Calendar of Events

Celebrate your affiliation with WCSU by joining us for the upcoming events taking place throughout the year.
For more information about the event, contact the WCSU Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8298. Check back often for updates.


 

20th Anniversary Celebration 
1996/97 Women’s Basketball Team : Saturday, Jan. 28

The 1996/97 team and their guests are invited to a Pre-game Brunch at 10 a.m. in Westside Classroom Building, Room 218. Presentation of awards at halftime of game: WCSU vs. University of Southern Maine Game at 1 p.m. Western Connecticut State University, Feldman Arena, O’Neill Center, Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury, CT 06811. Invited guests RSVP here to attend the brunch.

 

Team Achievements: Regular Season Record: 25-5; Conference Record: 10-2; NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball - Sweet 16. Coaches: Jody Rajcula, Val Light ’95, Maura Keenan ’97, Trish Neary ’97, Alicia O'Brien ’95. 


 

The Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting : Wednesday, Feb. 8

The Board of Directors meeting is on Wednesday, Feb 8, at 6 p.m. in the Midtown Student Center in the old faculty dining room on the first floor.

 

 


 


2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee at WCSU : Friday, Feb. 24 

Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, will present a public talk as part of the PeaceJam Connecticut conference at 6:30 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Gbowee was awarded the Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to lead a women's peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women and youth in West Africa. For more information, visit http://wcsu.edu/peacejam.

 


 

 

Jazz

FRANKENSAX AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE : Friday Feb. 24

Alumni Special - the first 10 to call in for tickets are free, $6 regular price tickets for all others. Frankensax, conducted by Andrew Beals, the WCSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Jamie Begian, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-and-performing-arts-center-at-western-connecticut-state-university-6275173871 or call (203) 837-8298 to order alumni tickets.


 

 

Saturday Night Dinner Theatre "Our Lady of 121st Street" : Saturday, Feb. 25

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present "Our Lady of 121st Street" in the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23; 8 p.m. on Feb. 24, 25, Mar. 3 and 4; with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 25, 26, Mar. 4 and 5. To purchase tickets, call (203) 837-8298. Directed by Sal Trapani. Reservations for the reception at 6 p.m. and tickets for a Saturday evening production will be available soon. 

 

 

 


 

Iceland's Magical Northern Lights : Mar. 4 – 10

The “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular aurora borealis, or northern lights. This tour will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening northern lights cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall, one of the world's most incredible cascades. At Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre, learn about life during and after the dramatic 2010 volcanic explosion. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. Spend your evenings gazing at the night sky in search of the elusive and dazzling northern lights. For more information contact Kay Schreiber, Kay's Tours, (203) 790-8342, kay.schreiber@sbcglobal.net.


 

Dinner at the Culinary Institute of America : Friday, Mar. 10

Please join us for a pleasant evening complete with delicious food and fun company. We are sure to enjoy the ambiance, the company and the food at the Culinary Institutes's Ristorante Caterina De’Medici. The $90 per person will include dinner, gratuities and transportation.

Please RSVP by mailing the reservation form to the WCSU Office of Alumni Relations, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810. For information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8298. Space is limited, so act fast. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until all seats are filled. Transportation will depart WCSU’s Midtown campus at 4 p.m at University Hall on White Street, return to Danbury will be around 10 p.m.


 

Dinner and an Opera featuring "The Gondoliers" : Friday, Mar. 24

Join us for opening night of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic opera as it comes to the Mainstage Theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury . Directed by Margaret Astrup.  Details about dinner to follow.

 

 

 


  

Alumni Reception - M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition : Thursday, Mar. 30

The Gallery Opening for the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at a reception partially sponsored by the Alumni Association in the Art Gallery of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. 

 

 

 


 

 

Studio Theater Production– “Violet” : Mar. 29 – Apr. 9

Watch for Alumni Special! Set in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, this awe-inspiring musical by the WCSU Department of Theatre Arts explores the true meaning of beauty, and the courage of a young girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Directed by Tim Howard. 

 

 

 


 

The Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting : Wednesday, Apr. 5

The Board of Directors meeting is on Wednesday, Apr. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Midtown Student Center in the old faculty dining room on the first floor.

  


 

WCSU Jazz Fest : April 20 - 22

Details to follow - Watch for alumni special!

 

 

 


 

"Dancing at Lughnasa" on the Mainstage Theater : Apr. 26 - 30

Watch for Alumni Special! Join us for the WCSU Department of Theatre Arts production of "Dancing at Lughnasa", the tale of five unmarried sisters seeking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936, Brian Friel’s masterpiece "Dancing at Lughnasa" is a tribute to the spirit and valor of past generations connected by the radio to a larger world of hopes and dreams. Directed by John Hickok.

 

 

 


 

Grad Salute 2017 Grad Salute : Wednesday, May 3

Join the Alumni Association Board of Directors and WCSU representatives as they assist the class of 2017 prepare for Commencement at our Grad Salute on Wednesday, May 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Feldman Arena in the O'Neill Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Students will pick up their pre-ordered regalia, have portraits taken and visit with the many offices contributing to their graduation on May 21. Volunteers are welcome to join Alumni Association members to cheer them on. To volunteer at Grad Salute, call the office of alumni relations at (203) 837-8298.

 


 

Graduation Commencement : Sunday, May 21

Alumni are invited to walk in with graduating seniors at Commencement 2017. As an alumni Commencement leader, you will don a cap and gown and lead the procession of the Class of 2017. Academic regalia will be provided for your use. Commencement will take place at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St., Bridgeport. The procession will begin at 10:30 a.m. Please call (203) 837-8298 if you are interested in participating.

 

 

 


 

The Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, June 7

The Board of Directors meeting is on Wednesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. in the Westside Student Center in Room 212/214.

 

 


 

Bus Trip to Rhode Island, ‘Providence Italian Style’ : Saturday, June 10

Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood has been hailed as "One of the Five Best Little Italys in the U.S." by celebrity Chef Mario Batali. And while the city's rich Italian influence clearly still thrives there, Federal Hill's restaurant scene also offers a diverse selection of cuisine, including Indian, Asian and Mexican fare. Join the Alumni Association as we enjoy the expertise of a step-on guide, a bakery tour, lunch on your own at the Federal Hill Italian neighborhood, a gondola ride and music for the WCSU group. Save the date and check this page for details.

 

 

 


 

Connecticut Lighthouse Tour, New London : July 8

Take a bus to New London and then cruise from Connecticut to the Long Island Sound to see history on the water.  Details to follow.

 

 

 


 

Save the Date - Annual WCSU Day at Lake Compounce : Saturday, Aug. 5

Lake Compounce, 271 Enterprise Drive, Bristol, CT 06010

Cost is $40 per person (children ages 3 & under are admitted and eat for free). Park Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Lunch: 12 to 2:30 p.m.) Price includes: Admission & Parking. All-you-can-eat lunch buffet in the lakeside catering pavilion from noon to 2:30 p.m.; Unlimited free soda all day throughout the park, Unlimited use of rides, shows and attractions (Skycoaster costs extra), $15 Return Voucher for each ticket.


 

Watch for details about the M.F.A. Creative and Professional Writing reception under the Alumni Pavilion in August.

 

 

 

 


 

Spotlight on New Orleans : Sept.11 – 15

Get to know the “birthplace of jazz” during your extended stay in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Discover its unique flavors during a cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city, as well as dinner at a French-Creole restaurant. Learn the secrets of the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace, and your choice of either the Cabildo or Presbytere museums. Head out to the swamp to enjoy a cruise tour of the bayous to learn about the history and ecology of this fascinating ecosystem. Spend time at either the poignant National World War II Museum or the festive Mardi Gras World. Come to know the city’s music when taking in a spirited jazz revue at a French Quarter Jazz Club. You will be taken on a delightful discovery through the sights, sounds and tastes of the eclectic city of New Orleans. For more information contact Kay Schreiber, Kay's Tours at (203) 790-8342 or kay.schreiber@sbcglobal.net.


 

WCSU Alumni Association Golf Tournament : Monday, Sept. 25

Join us for a day at Richter Park in Danbury. Enjoy friends, sunshine and golf, with a great silent auction and raffle. The 32nd golf tournament committee is gearing up for another great event to support scholarships and internships.

Save the date, and become a player and a supporter of this annual event.