Events and Announcements
2014 Arts & Sciences Honors Convocation
Left to right: Sean Lesniak, who won the James Munz Logic Award; Stuart Dalton, who is clearly over dressed; Molly Sabbagh, who (along with Ryan Stewart) won the Outstanding Philosophy Minor Award; Ryan Mullally, who won the Outstanding Philosophy Major Award
2014 Board of Regents Adjunct Faculty Teaching Awards
Dr. Mary B. O’Neill receiving her award from Chair of Board of Regents Nicholas M. Donofrio,
Board of Regents President Dr. Gregory W. Gray
At the April meeting of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents Dr. Mary B. O’Neill of Lakeville, CT was awarded the statewide adjunct of the year award. She is one of two faculty members from the 17 colleges and universities in the system to receive that honor for the 2013-2014 academic year. Nominated by Dr. Stuart Dalton, her department chair at Western Connecticut State University where she teaches, O’Neill was selected by a faculty committee to go forward into the statewide pool of adjunct nominees where she was ultimately chosen for the teaching award distinction.
Per the WCSU press release, O’Neill is known and respected for her energy and creativity. Her innovative teaching methods have earned her rave reviews from students and faculty. She has created new courses that are unique to WCSU, including the “Philosophy of Happiness,” which considers the meaning of happiness in theory and in practice. O’Neill has been praised for challenging her students and stimulating their intellectual growth. According to WCSU President James Schmotter, “Mary O’Neill demonstrates in the courses she teaches the relevance of philosophy in real-life professional situations.
Photo by: Peggy Stewart, WCSU