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.


 


Entering  the Gates 2016 : Thursday, Aug. 26

Alumni are invited to participate in WCSU Welcome Week activities on Friday, Aug. 26.The Alumni Association will be distributing gifts to our new student in their residence halls from 9:00 until noon. 

There will be a light refreshment in Warner Hall at noon followed by the Entering the Gates Ceremony and Opening Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and alumni participating in the procession should line up in the Alumni Circle around 1:15 p.m. wearing their regalia. Alumni sashes will be distributed at Warner Hall. In case of rain the Entering the Gates ceremony will be canceled and the Opening Ceremony will be moved to Ives Concert Hall.

The Entering the Gates Ceremony is symbolic of their entrance into the university to embark on one of the most exciting experiences of their lives. Please come and cheer our freshman class of 2020 as they proceed through the Midtown campus gates. As an alumna/alumnus, you are a role model of achievement for our students; therefore, your class representation is vital. To RSVP, call (203) 837-8298.

If you have a student entering WCSU this year, join the legacy photo at noon on the front steps of Old Main (facing alumni circle.)


 

Carvalho

 MFA Alumni Exhibition : Thursday, Sept. 1

Thirty-seven Western Connecticut State University graduates of the Master of Fine Arts program will present their works in the M.F.A. Alumni Art Exhibition running from Aug. 30 through Sept. 18 in the Art Gallery at the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at the gallery. Admission will be free to the reception and the exhibition, and the public is invited. The gallery will be open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To view participating artist click here.

 painting by Antonio Carvalho '11, '13


 

JazzThe Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury : Friday, Sept. 2

“The Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury” opens Friday, Sept. 2, in the Colonial Corner located in the basement of the Midtown Student Center.  The opening act, “Ian and Megan” begins at 8:15 p.m. Ian Murray graduated in ’16 with a degree in Chemistry and Megan Lyon is in the class of 2018. Although neither are music majors, they have performed individually and together to outstanding response at the Midtown Coffeehouse as well during the Welcome Program for the 2016 June Orientation where students and parents gave them a thunderous round of applause.  

 The featured act, a student/alumni group, “Heiwa,” will begin  at 9 p.m. Heiwa, which means peace in Japanese, is a group made up of Dakota Austin, Rosemary Minkler, Jeff Moro and Matt Spencer. Austin is a junior Jazz Performance major from Burlington, and has been playing saxophone for more than 10 years. She has performed extensively while a student at WCSU and has won numerous awards for her talent.  Minkler, the pianist and band leader, is a senior Audio & Music Production major from Waterbury.  She has been playing piano for 14 years. In 2010, she fell in love with jazz and since then has pursued a career in music.   On bass is Jeff Moro ’16 who was an Audio & Music Production major from Brookfield.  Moro has played and studied with a multitude of jazz musicians and has played at venues such as The Bitter End in New York City. He has played with Jeff "Tain" Watts, Kenny Barron, Renee Rosnes, Gerald Clayton, Curtis Fuller and Joe Lovano.   Spencer rounds out the quartet on drums.  He is a senior Jazz Performance major from Newtown. He has been playing drums for 16 years. 

 “The Best Darn Jazz Club in Danbury” is open to WCSU students, faculty, staff and alumni, and is free for the premier month of September. Join us for music and a cash bar with beer ($5) and wine ($5) and soda along with some free snack food. Alumni will be given a free drink ticket.  The “best darn parking location” is the White Street Garage. 


 

 Alumni Association Board Meeting : Wednesday, Sept. 7

The Alumni Association wuill meet at the new alumni Pavillion on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Rain location is Campus Center Conference room 212/214.

 


 

2016 Neil Wagner WCSU Alumni Association Golf Tournament : Monday, Sept. 26

 

Mark your calendar for the  2016 Neil Wagner WCSU Alumni Assocaition Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 at Richter Park. Click here to register to play or to order your sponsorship.

 

Richter Park Golf course in Danbury is rated among the top 25 public courses in the country, and considered a "must play".

 

 



 

Newman Center 25th Anniversary : Sunday, Oct. 2

Newman Club Alumni are invited to the 25th anniversary of the Newman Center (1991 - 2016) celebration with a special Mass on Sunday, Oct. 2. Mass will be officated by the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, at 3 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall, on the Midtown campus, 181 White St., with a reception in Warner Hall from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. If you are a Newman Club Alumni and wish to attend this event, please contact Fr. Jeff Couture at couturej@wcsu.edu or Michele Hossan at hossanm@wcsu.edu.

 

 

 


 

Alumni Association Board Meeting : Wednesday, Oct. 5

The Alumni Association will meet at the Campus Center Conference room 212/214 on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. 

 


 

Theater Production of "The Stepmother" : Oct. 12 - 23

Special ticket price for Alumni - $10! The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will present “The Stepmother” in the Studio 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 Oct. 12 & 13; 8 p.m. on Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22 & 23; with 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 15, 16, 22 & 23. Githa Sowerby’s 1924 drama takes the notion of the “wicked stepmother” and turns it on its ear. Don’t miss this powerful and moving tale of female empowerment. Directed by Pam McDaniel. To purchase alumni tickets at special cost, $10, call (203) 837-8298.

 

 WCSU Homecoming and Alumni Pavillion Ribbon Cutting : Saturday, Oct. 22

Join us for the 2016 Homecoming from noon to 5 p.m. at the new Alumni Pavillion for "Reunion City" featuring your favorite clubs from WCSU. Join the alumni Association Board and Dr. John Clark for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the pavillion at 3 p.m.

 

 

 


 

Affirming Angela's Passion is an event held in the Westside Campus Center on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. 
This fundraiser is to support the initiative designed to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of Ms. Angela Rossi Zurowski Andersen, 
and her devotion to the cause of helping new immigrants, by providing a Social Sciences student with a paid internship at the 
International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) in Bridgeport, where she worked as the Executive Director. 
 
Click here for more information about the event.


Dinner Theater, The Drowsey Chaperone : Friday, Nov. 11

The WCSU Alumni Association will host a dinner-theatre event at 5 p.m. in Room 218 of the Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. The $40 cost will include dinner and a ticket to "The Drowsy Chaperone." For more information or to make a reservation, call (203) 837-8298 - online tickets available in Sept.


 

Amahl and the Night Visitors : Dec. 2 - 3

Special ticket price for Alumni - $5! The WCSU Department of Music will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. To purchase tickets at special alumni cost, $5 per person, call (203) 837-8298.

 


 

WCSU Holiday Jazz:  Sunday, Dec. 4

Special ticket price for Alumni - $5! The WCSU Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jamie Begian, will present a throwback to the greatest holiday variety shows of the ’60s and ’70s at 3 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. Featured will be arrangements ranging from Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Sleighride,” to significant pop music of the era by composers Laura Nero and Jimmy Webb. To purchase tickets at special alumni cost, $5 per person, call (203) 837-8298.


 

Alumni Association Board Meeting : Wednesday, Dec. 7

The Alumni Association will meet at the White Hall meeting room 122 on the Midtown campus, 181 White St., Danbury at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7

 

 


 

Children's Christmas Show : "Nickee Claus in a Christmas Eve Adventure" : Dec. 16 - 18


The WCSU Alumni Association is sponsoring a Children's Christmas Show with 4 performances in Ives Concert Hall on the Midtown campus, 181 White Street, Danbury. The shows are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17 at noon and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 18 at 1 p.m.. Nickee Claus is directed by Anthony DePoto '09 and will feature WCSU alumni as cast members. Cost is $5 per person, call (203) 837-8298 for tickets.

 

 


 

  Iceland's Magical Northern Lights : Mar. 4 – 10, 2017

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