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Hispanic-Serving Institution celebration open to public at WCSU

<p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p>DANBURY, Connecticut — <a href="https://www.wcsu.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Western Connecticut State University</a>&nbsp;will celebrate its recent <a href="https://news.wcsu.edu/wcsu-designated-a-hispanic-serving-institution/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">designation</a> as a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an afternoon of events on Thursday, April 25, that pay tribute to the heritage of the community the university serves. The festivities will take place at the Berkshire Hall lobby and patio on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and will be free and open to the public. The first 150 attendees will receive an HSI T-shirt and everyone who attends will be entered in a raffle for some WCSU Swag. RSVP at <a href="https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/wcsu-hsi-designation" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://wcsutickets.regfox.com/wcsu-hsi-designation</a>. </p><p><strong>Planned events include:</strong></p><p>3:30 p.m. – Welcome by WCSU Pre-Collegiate &amp; Access Programs Associate Director Jessica Coronel, and Gabriela Perez, a graduating senior majoring in Anthropology/Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Multicultural Studies. Perez’s senior thesis for the Anthropology/Sociology major is an ethnographic study focusing on what makes a quality HSI. She is interviewing students and faculty, and will be summarizing her findings and personal experiences of the difference that intentional HSI planning and development can make in the lives of Hispanic students.</p><p>3:45 p.m. – Celebration of Puerto Rican faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrassCityBomba" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Brass City Bomba</a></p><p>4:15 p.m. – Celebration of Brazilian faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/connecticutcapoeira/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Benção Capoeira</a></p><p>4:30 p.m. – Lobo Awards Ceremony, presented by WCSU Interim President Dr. Manohar Singh and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology Dr. Carina Bandhauer. Recipients are: Lobo Leadership Award –&nbsp;Danbury Mayor Roberto Alves; Lobo Student Award – Najely A. Clavijo; Lobo Faculty/Staff Award – WCSU Director of Financial Aid &amp; Student Employment Melissa Stephens; Lobo Alumni Awards – Carolina Bortolleto and Camila Bortolleto</p><p>5:10 p.m. – Celebration of Mexican faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/trio.lospajaros/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Trio Los Pájaros</a>&nbsp;– Mariachi Music</p><p>5:45 p.m. – Celebration of Ecuadorian faculty, staff, students and community members with a performance by dancers from the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/CentroCivicoEcuatoriano/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Ecuadorian Civic Center of Greater Danbury</a></p><p>6 p.m. – Closing</p><p><span style="color: rgb(36, 36, 36);">In addition to the entertainment, WCSU’s Sodexo dining services will provide an assortment of food to celebrate the occasion in style. Among the offerings will be an aguas frescas station, and tortilla and plantain chips with assorted dips including jalapeno cheese sauce, pico de gallo, salsa, guacamole and hot sauce. A buffet will feature grilled chicken asada, jasmine rice and a garden salad, and there will be a churro station for dessert — all at no cost to celebration participants.</span></p><p>For more information, contact WCSU Communications and Marketing at <a href="mailto:pr@wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pr@wcsu.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p>

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First Ladies: Paintings by Tina Sarno at the Gallery at Still River Editions

<p>First Ladies: Paintings by Tina Sarno at <span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13);">the Gallery at Still River Editions. O</span>pening reception is free and open to all on Saturday, April 20th, 2 pm - 4 pm. The exhibit runs through June 28, 2024.</p><p><em>First Ladies</em> is an exhibition of oil paintings by Tina Sarno of Silvermine, Connecticut. Sarno began painting the series in 2018 at the suggestion of a friend, and she has painted over thirty-five to this date.</p><p>When painting, Sarno seeks out historical portraits and biographical details for inspiration, revealing things that may not come out in a formal portrait. For example, one of her most recent works shows Grace Coolidge with her pet raccoon, Rebecca.</p><p>Sarno says of this body of work, “My oil portraits are my impression of paintings from the past, painted from history instead of being painted from life.” Occasionally someone will look for a flattering likeness in a portrait and Sarno says, “People are smart, I think it’s important to challenge them and ask them to use their brains.”</p><p>Tina cites among her influences Alice Neel, Florine Stettheimer, Gustav Klimt, and John Singer Sargent. Regarding Neel, Sarno says, “Her portraits were painted in a manner that makes the viewer question who these&nbsp;people are without being forced to find them to be especially important, as in culturally historical figures.”&nbsp;</p><p>Some of the paintings are black and white, while others are in vivid color. A number of the paintings in this exhibition were created at Zero Foot Hills artist residency in Durham, CT in the summer of 2023.</p><p><a href="http://cristinasarno.tumblr.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(5, 135, 179);">Tina Sarno’s Website</a></p><p>IG: <a href="https://instagram.com/tinadsarno" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(5, 135, 179);">@tinadsarno</a> <a href="https://instagram.com/tinasarnoco" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(5, 135, 179);">@tinasarnoco</a></p><h2><br></h2>

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WCSU announces additions, changes to athletics program, to expand NCAA sports

<p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p><a href="https://www.wcsu.edu/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Western Connecticut State University</a>&nbsp;has added new NCAA team sports and made changes to others, WestConn Director of <a href="https://westconnathletics.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Athletics</a> Lori Mazza announced today.</p><p>“In keeping with its tradition of relentless pursuit of excellence and growth, Western Connecticut State University is set to unveil plans to expand its NCAA sports lineup, introducing seven new teams over the next two years,” Mazza said. “The addition of new intercollegiate sports will increase the total number of intercollegiate teams at WestConn to 23. The additions include women’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, and both indoor and outdoor track &amp; field for men and women. The recruitment of athletes for these teams will commence immediately.” </p><p>Starting in fall 2024, women’s golf will be paired with the existing men’s team at the Richter Park Golf Course in Danbury. The men’s and women’s track &amp; field teams will participate in the Little East Conference (LEC) during the winter and spring. These teams will train at the Bethel Track and Field Training Center. The existing intercollegiate men’s and women’s cross-country teams will benefit from a full academic year of competition. </p><p>The men’s ice hockey team, currently playing successfully at the club level, will step up to join the NCAA and compete in the inaugural season within the LEC, starting to compete in the 2025-26 season. The women’s team will start at the club level in fall 2024, with plans to achieve NCAA status by 2026-27. Both ice hockey teams will use the Danbury Ice Arena near the Midtown campus for practice and home games. </p><p>Adam Lanehart, currently the WestConn men’s golf coach, will also lead the women’s team starting fall 2024. </p><p>A national search is set to begin for the recruitment of staff to coach athletes participating in the upcoming sports.</p><p>“As we usher in a new chapter for WestConn Athletics, we’re excited about the enhanced opportunities awaiting our community,” Mazza said. “Given the growing interest from prospective and current students in these sports, we are eager to not only fulfill this demand, but also to help further boost enrollment at our university. It’s the perfect moment to expand into sports such as ice hockey, track and field, and women’s golf. We’re committed to sustaining a dynamic and competitive sports program, bolstered by ongoing strategic support from our administration, ensuring that athletics continue to be a pillar of the student experience here. We appreciate our community partners, and look forward to the future of WestConn Athletics, our university, and our community.” </p><p>For more information, contact WCSU Communications and Marketing at <a href="mailto:pr@wcsu.edu" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">pr@wcsu.edu</a>. </p>

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Danbury Resident Deven Webb Presents Original Research at 2024 HECBC Conference

<p>Deven Webb of Danbury is one of 65 Albright College students who presented scholarly work at the 25th annual Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity (HECBC) Conference, April 6, 2024.</p><p>A graduate of Danbury High School, Webb is majoring in Fashion: Merchandising at Albright and presented an interdisciplinary poster titled, "Never Better: The Harsh Effects of Dark Dyes" at the conference, mentored by Elizabeth Quinn, Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising.</p><p>Making up the majority of presenters at this year's conference, Albright College undergraduates regularly take on high-level research inside and outside of classrooms. In addition to many traditional&nbsp;<a href="http://email.readme.readmedia.com/ss/c/u001.2MAbPpABZpoNwpazzwdE_t-K5rhk-yxm9A28rm4lYrMTv0NmtKIH_9ptBiZ40_KZPC3b8h3DKdyd7wluBjUetYQrrg5IOa79_iXhqCMcssbb_9WaPyCLqsDyWE2sB1al6B6ITpg6B4SjJVOjpGln1KhHfaAhTsPbZoHL1GzLooU/45k/LcpgpUKeS9a9EyjLtOX_JA/h0/h001.rqGPOkMHNgsv1xkmw61156peKr0f4LES0xHKFxtvuDg" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">research opportunities</a>, the Albright Creative Research Experience offers Albright students the unique option to conduct research or creative activity in on-on-one partnership with a faculty mentor.</p><p>The 25th anniversary conference was hosted by Albright College this spring, and is sponsored by the Higher Education Council of Berks County: Albright College, Alvernia University, Kutztown University, Penn State Berks and Reading Area Community College.</p><p><br></p>

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Danbury: Skills Enhancement

<h2><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(50, 55, 61);">Why Small Businesses Matter</strong></h2><p><em style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Shop small, do big things for your community</em></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Meet Coach Charles Robinson founder of </span><a href="https://www.skills-enhancement.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">Skills Enhancement LLC</a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">When did you start Skills Enhancement?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I started my business two years ago.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">What is your best-selling product/service?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">We offer youth basketball training (both private and group lessons) for girls and boys of all ages. Registration is open - </span><a href="https://www.skills-enhancement.com/announcements/155835/april-2024-youth-basketball" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">click here </a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">to learn more!</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">We work with Danbury Public Schools and offer clinics in the greater Danbury area including the gym at St. Paul's Church in Danbury, Danbury Community Center, and Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center in Bethel.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Visit Skills Enhancement online </span><a href="https://www.skills-enhancement.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://www.skills-enhancement.com/</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Questions? Email </span><a href="mailto:skillsenhancementllc@gmail.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>skillsenhancementllc@gmail.com</strong></a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HamletHub thanks</strong><a href="http://www.jkinfordbeautygroup.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong> </strong></a><a href="https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Fairfield County Bank </strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!</strong></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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Danbury Concert Association concludes ‘23-‘24 season with  the Neave Trio

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong><u>Danbury Concert Association concludes ‘23-‘24 season with</u></strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong><u>the Neave Trio&nbsp;on Sunday, May 19th</u></strong></p><p><em>Neave&nbsp;</em>is Gaelic for ‘bright’ and ‘radiant.’ The word “certainly applies to the [Neave] trio’s music making,” says WQXR radio.&nbsp;On Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m., the Danbury Concert Association will conclude its ‘23-‘24 season with the Neave Trio, young masters of both the classical and the modern. The concert will be presented in the 350-seat Veronica Hagman Concert Hall located in the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) on the west side campus of Western Connecticut State University, 43&nbsp;Lake Avenue&nbsp;Extension, Danbury.</p><p>The Neave Trio has earned critical praise — and a Grammy nomination — for their beautiful tone, precise synchronization, and remarkable balance. The program includes<em>&nbsp;Piano Trio in A minor&nbsp;</em>by Ravel,&nbsp;<em>Soir et Matin for piano trio, Op. 76&nbsp;</em>by Mel Bonis, and Brahms’&nbsp;<em>Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8.</em></p><p>Since forming in 2010, the Neave Trio — violinist Anna Williams, cellist Michael Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura — has performed on many esteemed concert stages and at festivals worldwide, including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Smithsonian Art Museum,&nbsp;92nd Street&nbsp;Y, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and Rimsky-Korsikov Museum’s Chamber Music Series in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the ‘23-‘24 season, the Neave Trio is the inaugural Ensemble-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University. For a complete overview of the trio’s work, visit&nbsp;<a href="neavetrio.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">neavetrio.com</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;A meet-the-artist reception will follow the performance.</p><p>Single tickets for the&nbsp;May 19th&nbsp;concert are $25 per adult and may be purchased on Eventbrite <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-amp-performing-arts-center-at-wcsu-6275173871" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-amp-performing-arts-center-at-wcsu-6275173871</a></p><p>Admission is free for ages 18 and under, courtesy of the Danbury Cultural Commission; simply check in at the box office prior to the performance. For questions, contact the box office at 203-837-8732, or to learn more about the DCA, go to&nbsp;<a href="danburyconcert.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">danburyconcert.org</a>.</p>

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City of Danbury Named 10th Most Diverse City in America

<p>This week the City of Danbury was ranked the 10th&nbsp;most diverse city in America according to a study released by WalletHub.</p><p>&nbsp;WalletHub compared 501 of the country’s largest cities across 13 metrics in 5 major diversity categories including household, religious, socioeconomic, cultural, and economic diversity.</p><p>&nbsp;“Danbury is one of the best places to live, work, grow, and play, this ranking is a testament to the strong, welcoming community our city is,”&nbsp;<strong>said Mayor Roberto L. Alves.</strong>&nbsp;“We couldn’t be prouder to celebrate and embrace Danbury’s diverse, multidimensional makeup which brings economic, social, and societal benefits with it.”</p><p>&nbsp;Learn more: <a href="https://wallethub.com/edu/most-diverse-cities/12690" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://wallethub.com/edu/most-diverse-cities/12690</a></p><p>*Image courtesy CityCenter Danbury</p>

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