Faculty News

Dr. Ray Ostendorf

WNE Educator Selected to Join Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Committee

November 29, 2023

Dr. Raymond J. Ostendorf, Associate Professor of Education at Western New England University, is selected for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's MCAS Bias and Sensitivity Committee. His expertise will enhance the committee's role in addressing biases and sensitivity issues in MCAS test questions, promoting equity in education.

Dr. Lisa Murray teaching materials and manufacturing concepts

Dr. Lisa Murray Named 2023 Engineering Unleashed Fellow

September 07, 2023

Dr. Lisa Murray's commitment to innovation in engineering education leads to her selection as one of only thirty 2023 Engineering Unleashed Fellows.

Dr. Parsons and her research team

Western New England University Congratulates Dr. Katelyn Parsons on Receiving the 2023 ADCES Research Award

September 05, 2023

Dr. Parsons' innovative diabetes research, focusing on diabetes distress and pharmacist-led interventions, earns her the prestigious 2023 ADCES Research Award, showcasing Western New England University's commitment to impactful and empathetic research.

Western New England University Law Professor Bridgette Baldwin

Bridgette Baldwin Recognized for Social Impact by The Connecticut Law Tribune

August 24, 2023

Western New England University honors Professor Bridgette Baldwin's remarkable achievement as she is recognized in the Social Impact category at the 2023 New England Legal Awards. Baldwin's impactful work in the legal field, her commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her dedication to community betterment stand as a testament to her exceptional contributions.

Dr. Daniel Kennedy stands alongside fellow authors of the Curricular Outcomes and Entrustable Professional Activities (COEPA) document, a significant milestone in professional standards for pharmacy graduates.

WNE Celebrates Faculty Achievement: Daniel Kennedy's Key Role in Pharmacy Education Advancement

August 21, 2023

Dr. Daniel Kennedy's outstanding contributions to pharmacy education take center stage as he completes his term on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy's Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Kennedy played a key role in overhauling and consolidating the pharmacy COEPA (Curricular Outcomes and Entrustable Professional Activities) document, a foundational professional standard. His work underscores Western New England University's commitment to innovative teaching and its impact on shaping the pharmacy landscape.

Workshop Participants Showcase Engineering Designs at Women in Science Event

Empowering Future Engineers

August 03, 2023

Drs. Lisa Murray and Andrea Kwaczala of Western New England University organized a transformative workshop at the Connecticut Science Center, empowering young girls in engineering. The event highlighted design thinking, additive manufacturing, and diverse career prospects in the field.

Zelda B. Harris, incoming Dean of Western New England University School of Law

Zelda B. Harris Joins the Community as the New Dean of the School of Law

August 01, 2023

Western New England University appoints Zelda B. Harris as the new Dean of the School of Law, praising her experience, leadership, and commitment to social justice.

"Making with EM Across the Curriculum" workshop participants.

WNE Hosts Successful "Making with EM Across the Curriculum" Workshop for Engineering Educators

July 27, 2023

The "Making with EM Across the Curriculum" workshop at Western New England University drew educators from renowned engineering institutions, offering immersive training in innovative teaching methods. Led by College of Engineering faculty, the workshop emphasized hands-on makerspace activities and an entrepreneurial approach to enrich engineering education.

Dr. Marcus Davis

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.

Dr. Tim Vercellotti leading classroom discussion

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.

Assistant Professor of Law Claudia Quintero

Quintero Appointed to Springfield Labor and Workforce Development Working Group

April 13, 2023

WNE's Assistant Professor Claudia Quintero appointed to Springfield's Labor and Workforce Development Working Group, contributing expertise to shape policy recommendations for the city's advancement.

Dr. Sheralee Tershner

WNE Congratulates Dr. Sheralee Tershner on Being Named One of 10 Fearless Women

March 14, 2023

Western New England University congratulates Professor Sheralee Tershner for being recognized as one of 10 Fearless Women by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Tershner is applauded for her contributions to neuroscience education and advocating for underrepresented students in sciences.

Dr. Johnson speaking at WNE's Mental Health First Aid training

President Johnson Leads Western New England University's Mental Health First Aid Program

March 09, 2023

President Robert E. Johnson and Dr. Kam Capoccia lead the effort at WNE to train 200 individuals in MHFA, prioritizing mental health awareness and resources.

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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.

Dr. Melissa Mattison

Dr. Melissa Mattison Receives $50K Grant for Naloxone Education

February 17, 2023

Western New England University's Dr. Melissa Mattison secures a $50,000 grant to educate healthcare professionals and communities about naloxone's life-saving effects in opioid overdose cases.

Professor Tom Hull with examples of origami

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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The 2023 Teaching Excellence Award Call for Nominations

January 30, 2023

Nominations are open for the 2023 Teaching Excellence Award at Western New England University, recognizing faculty who excel in teaching and campus leadership.

Dr. Vedang Chauhan

Dr. Vedang Chauhan selected as 2022 Engineering Unleashed Fellow

January 27, 2023

Dr. Vedang Chauhan appointed as an Engineering Unleashed Fellow for his dedication to teaching an entrepreneurial mindset to engineering students at Western New England University.

Students in Pharmacy setting

Prestige and Financial Stability Sited as Motivating Factors to Pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

January 25, 2023

New research from Western New England University reveals that financial stability and prestige are key motivating factors for individuals pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

Dino Pollock in Caprio AHLC

Dino Pollock Named New Athletics Director for WNE Golden Bears

January 05, 2023

Attorney Dino L. Pollock becomes WNE's new Director of Athletics and Recreation. With an impressive background, he aims to elevate the university's athletic programs to new heights.

Grape Consumption Helps Counter UV Damage to Skin

November 30, 2022

Researchers at Western New England University find that consuming grapes boosts skin's UV resistance, offering potential skin protection against sunburn.

Coach Hensinger surrounded by team

WNE Women's Soccer Coach Kristin Hensinger Named Coach of the Year

November 14, 2022

Kristin Hensinger, former WNE Women's Soccer captain, wins CCC Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the team achieved the CCC Regular-Season Championship and celebrated seven All-CCC selections, with Summer Hathaway named Defensive Player of the Year.

Dr. Charles Caley

Dr. Charles Caley Selected to Receive the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award

November 01, 2022

Dr. Charles Caley, Chair of Pharmacy Practice at Western New England University, receives the 2023 Judith J. Saklad Memorial Award for his distinguished contributions to psychiatric pharmacy.

Western New England University Students Study Abroad in Summer 2022

July 25, 2022

WNE's Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy, provided students with a life-changing experience. They learned about Italian culture, global business practices, and history while exploring picturesque locations and enjoying lectures and activities.

Professor Brenda Garton-Sjoberg with Olena Stasiuk in Italy.

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.