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.








Adrienne Aurichio, wife of photographer Bill Eppridge, will present a gallery talk, "The Photography of Bill Eppridge," at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. An exhibition featuring Eppridge's work, "The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World," will be on display in the Gallery through March 13. For more information, go to For tickets to the talk, go to


Workshop: Introduction to Naturopathy: Wednesday, Feb. 24

WCSU alumna Stephanie DeSousa '12 will lead the discussion and workshop, "Introduction to Naturopathy" on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 127 of  White Hall on  the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The program is sponsored by the HPX department and the Institute for Holistic Health  Studies. It will be free  and open to the public. For more information, send an email to


Alumni Association Meeting : Wednesday, Mar. 9 (please note new date)

The Alumni Association Board is meeting in the Danbury Room (formerly Faculty Dining Room) of the Student Center on the Midtown Campus at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016. To RSVP, call the Alumni Relations office at 203-837-8298. 

JazzWCSU Music Alumni featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir: Saturday, Mar. 12

Music alumni are invited to participate in a day of performing at WCSU. Contact Laura Piechota at if you are interested in participating.

The WCSU Alumni Association and Office of Alumni Relations will present the Alumni Band and Choir 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. A reception for alumni will precede the performance at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, also on the Westside campus. For more information, go to or call (203) 837-8298.



An Evening of Art & Jazz : Thursday, Mar. 31

Celebrate the opening of the MASTER OF FINE ARTS THESIS EXHIBITION in the Gallery with an Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 in the Lobby of the Visual and Performing Arts Center, on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury and then stop by the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall for the opening of the 21st Annual WCSU Jazz Festival featuring the WCSU jazz faculty and select student groups to perform at 7 p.m. Call the Office of alumni Relations to RSVP at (203)837-8298 or register online at Art & Jazz.


Alumni Association Meeting : Wednesday, Apr. 6

The Alumni Association Board is meeting in the Danbury Room (formerly Faculty Dining Room) of the Student Center on the Midtown Campus at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016. To RSVP, call the Alumni Relations office at 203-837-8298. 



Dinner and an Opera, "The Merry Widow": Saturday April 9

The Alumni Association invites you to join us for The Merry Widow (German: Die lustige Witwe), an operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár. The $50 per person cost includes a buffet dinner, a drink ticket and the opera ticket. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. in the President's Room on the Westside Campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury with "The Merry Widow" beginning at 8 p.m. in MainStage Theatre of the Visual and   Performing  Arts  Center on  the   university's  Westside campus.

The story is about a rich widow, and her countrymen's attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband and is based on an 1861 comedy play, L'attaché d'ambassade (The Embassy Attaché) by Henri Meilhac. 

The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna and continues to be frequently revived and recorded. Film and other adaptations have also been made. Well-known music from the score includes the "Vilja", "I’m going to Maxim’s," and the "Merry Widow Waltz." Featured in the WCSU Opera’s production are Deanna Broga and Arianna Carlo, double cast as Hanna Glawari, the wealthy widow. Her love interest, Count Danilo, is played by Steve Valenzuela.  The comedic host, Baron Zeta, is portrayed by Edwin Rodriguez, while Zeta’s wife, Valencienne is performed by Gillian Tedeschi and Katherine Marsh (double cast). Charles Widmer plays her French pursuer, Camille Rossilion.  Rounding out the cast of diplomats from the failing country, Marsovia, are Dan Satter as Kromov, Michael Battista as Bogdanovich, and Matthew Johnson, as Baron Zeta’s assistant, Njegus.  Sergio Mandujano and Brendan Fox play the eager pursuers of wealthy widow. 

The opera is directed by Dr. Margaret Astrup .  Dr. Fernando Jimenez leads the opera orchestra.  The opera runs from April 8-10 with evening performances on April 8 and 9 at 8:00 p.m., and matinees on April 9 and 10 at 3:00 p.m. 


 Alumni Association Scholarship Awards Dinner: Tuesday, April 12

The Alumni Association will present the 2016-2017 scholarship awards to students at 5:30 p.m. in Warner Hall. If you would like to attend the dinner at $35 per person to honor the students receiving the awards this year, please contact the office of alumni relations at (203) 837-8298 to RSVP.


  Foxwoods Resort * Casino : April 30

Join the WCSU Alumni Association for a day of fun or gaming at Foxwoods, one of the premier hotel, gaming, shopping and entertainment destinations in the Northeast. The cost per person is $36 and includes the motor coach, taxes, driver tip, a $10 food voucher and a $10 play card. Register online or call the office at (203) 837-8298. You can mail a check to WCSU Alumni Relations/Foxwoods, 181 White Street, Danbury CT 06810. Print form. 

Transportation will depart WCSU’s Midtown campus on Saturday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m. at University Hall on White Street. We will leave the Casino at 3:30 p.m. to arrive back in Danbury approximately 6 p.m. 


 Grad Salute : May 4

Alumni are invited to join us in the distribution of graduation regalia at the Grad Fair. All departments needed to create a successful graduation are participating in this event from 3 - 7 p.m. at the O'Neil Center on the Westside campus. Volunteers are needed to sell stoles, assist with the distribution of gowns or direct students to the correct station. Call the Alumni Office at (203) 837-8298 for additional information or to sign up to volunteer.



Graduation Graduation : May 22

Alumni are invited to support our graduating classes. Both Graduate and Undergraduate candidates will be receiving their degrees on Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. If you would like to take part in the commencement ceremonies, please contact our office at (203) 837-8298.





Alumni Association Meeting : Wednesday, June 6

The Alumni Association Board is meeting in the Danbury Room (formerly Faculty Dining Room) of the Student Center on the Midtown Campus at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2016. To RSVP, call the Alumni Relations office at 203-837-8298. 


 Save the date for A Bronx Experience: June 11

We are booking a bus trip to include a morning at the Bronx Zoo or at the New York Botanical Gardens. A bus will leave University Hall Saturday Morning and you have the choice of how to spend your day in the Bronx. Details to follow.

And of course, no trip to the Bronx is complete without a stop on Arthur Avenue, Little Italy in the Bronx.


 SAVE THE DATE! The Annual WCSU Day at Lake Compounce: Saturday Aug. 6.

For $40 per person, you will receive a three-part ticket that contains an admission, a catering section  and a free parking stub for each paid person in your party (4 years of age and over). Children 3 and under do not need tickets, they just need to be accompanied by a paid adult. You will also receive a free $15 return voucher flyer. 

This exciting WCSU day at the park will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, rain or shine. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet will take place in the picnic pavilion (located at the south end of the park) from 12 to 2:30 p.m. You must present your catering ticket to enter the pavilion. Please allow enough time to enjoy your lunch. No food items may be removed from the pavilion area. During the day, you will have unlimited use of rides, shows and attractions.

(Skycoaster is an additional cost) There is also unlimited free soda all day throughout the park.