College of Arts and Sciences News

The College of Arts & Sciences at Western New England University plays an integral role in supporting the entire University through foundational coursework, academic support, and international travel programming. The largest of all the Colleges, WNE College of Arts & Sciences is among just 13.4% of the 388 U.S. schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the National Universities category with undergraduate enrollments of less than 3,000 students.Resilient and adaptive, WNE graduates connect theory to practice in an environment that cultivates professionalism and service.

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Western New England University and Greenfield Community College Forge Joint Admissions Agreement

February 23, 2024

Western New England University (WNE) and Greenfield Community College (GCC) reaffirm their commitment to student success through the re-signing of a joint admissions agreement, enhancing transfer pathways and academic support for GCC students.

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Pi Mu Epsilon Society Journal Publishes WNE Student and Faculty Puzzle Solutions

February 21, 2024

Western New England University celebrates the publication of mathematical puzzle solutions in the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) Society Journal. Senior Daniel Podzunas and Professor Cheng-Han Pan's collaborative efforts mark a significant achievement in problem-solving and mathematical scholarship.

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Western New England University Celebrates 24th Annual Honors Program with Presidential Reception

November 02, 2023

Western New England University celebrated its new incoming class of Honors Program students with it’s 24th annual presidential reception. WNE President Robert E. Johnson welcomed the Class of 2027 to this distinguished program, emphasizing academic rigor and leadership opportunities.

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WNE New Writers Reading Series to Feature Author Jung Yun

October 18, 2023

Western New England University's New Writers Reading Series proudly features acclaimed author Jung Yun, renowned for her work, O Beautiful. Join this literary evening on October 26th at 6:00 p.m., a chance to engage with the mind behind the New York Times Editors' Choice book.

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WNE Students/Staff Experience Life-Changing Journey in Sorrento, Italy

August 07, 2023

Western New England University students and staff embarked on a transformative journey to Sorrento, Italy, as part of the Sorrento Study Abroad program. This immersive experience included courses in Business Communication and Italian Culture, with enriching activities like gelato-making and tours of historic sites, offering students insights into Italian culture and global business practices.

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Students Engage in Meaningful Project and Learn with a Purpose

June 12, 2023

WNE faculty and students collaborate to enhance BEAR Necessities Market, aiding food-insecure students with innovative systems and support.

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International Research Team Uncovers Insights into Evolution of Paired Fins in Vertebrates

May 24, 2023

An international team, featuring Dr. Marcus Davis from Western New England University, sheds light on the evolutionary development of paired fins in vertebrates. The research offers implications for understanding human limb origins and anatomy.

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College of Arts & Sciences Students Honored For Outstanding Achievements

May 22, 2023

WNE celebrates academic excellence with 19 graduating students receiving honors in fields like Biology, Health Science, Criminal Justice, and Computer Science.

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Students Inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society

May 03, 2023

Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society at Western New England University, inducted 26 students, fostering critical thinking and elevating ethical standards in the field.

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12 Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon National Honor Society

April 28, 2023

The University celebrated the induction of 12 outstanding students into Pi Mu Epsilon, the prestigious national mathematics honor society. The society recognizes academic excellence and fosters advancements in the field.

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Dr. Tim Vercellotti Honored for Teaching Excellence at Western New England University

April 20, 2023

Western New England University honors Dr. Tim Vercellotti with the Excellence in Teaching Award for his compassionate mentorship and commitment to student success.

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Western New England University Students Inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society

April 12, 2023

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science, welcomed six outstanding students at Western New England University's induction ceremony. The society upholds high standards of scholarship in political sciences.

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Stageless Players to Perform Little Shop of Horrors

March 16, 2023

Experience the twisted tale of Seymour and Audrey II in the spring musical "Little Shop of Horrors" at WNE University's Wood Auditorium. Tickets available online or at the door.

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Announcing the 2023 Teaching Excellence Award Finalists

March 06, 2023

Finalists for the 2023 Teaching Excellence Award revealed at Western New England University. Input from students, alumni, faculty, and staff sought to help select the winner.

WNE Professor of Biology Thomas Mennella Argues "Why Banning ChatGPT in Class is a Mistake"

February 20, 2023

In his article, Professor Thomas Mennella argues against banning ChatGPT in classrooms. He believes AI can enhance learning, encourage critical thinking, and facilitate student engagement.

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Western New England University Professor's Work Featured in National Geographic Magazine

February 01, 2023

Western New England University's Professor Tom Hull is recognized by National Geographic for his pioneering work in origami mathematics, driving innovations in diverse fields.

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Western New England University Earns Exceptional BACB Pass Rate

January 06, 2023

Western New England University's Applied Behavior Analysis program achieves a 95.8% pass rate on the BACB exam, significantly surpassing the national average.

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A Mark of Distinction: Western New England University Students Welcomed into Honors Program

January 04, 2023

Dr. Robert Johnson welcomes new students to the Honors Program at WNE during the Annual Honors First Year Presidential Reception. The program aims to provide an academically enriching environment, encouraging interdisciplinary learning and leadership.

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October 03, 2022

Connecticut voters' top issues for the governor's race, according to a Western New England University poll, include inflation, taxes, and abortion, influencing their preferences for the candidates.

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September 28, 2022

Western New England University Polling Institute's survey finds incumbent Richard Blumenthal leading with 53% over Republican Leora Levy's 40% in the Connecticut U.S. Senate contest.

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POLL: Lamont Holds Commanding Lead in Connecticut Governor's Race

September 27, 2022

Democrat Ned Lamont leads Republican Bob Stefanowski 55% to 40% in the Connecticut governor's race, according to a poll by Western New England University Polling Institute.

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Dr. Tamara Shattuck Selected to Participate in Inaugural ATE Inquiry Initiative

August 05, 2022

Western New England University's Dr. Tamara Shattuck selected for the "Inquiry Initiative" by the Association of Teacher Educators to explore "opportunity gaps" in education through collaborative research inquiries and pedagogical innovations.

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Study Abroad-Sorrento Provides WNE Students an Opportunity to Hear Realities of War

July 14, 2022

While studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy, Western New England University students had a powerful and emotional encounter with Olena Stasiuk, a victim of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

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WNE University Psi Chi National Honor Society Welcomes 12 New Members

July 08, 2022

WNE's Psi Chi chapter adds 12 outstanding psychology students to its ranks in recognition of their academic achievements and dedication to advancing the science of psychology.