Faculty At Danbury's WestConn Receive Board Of Regents Awards

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Three Western Connecticut State University professors were recently honored by the Board of Regents.
Three Western Connecticut State University professors were recently honored by the Board of Regents. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. -- Three professors from Danbury's Western Connecticut State University were honored by the Board of Regents at a ceremony on Thursday, April 17.

Dr. JC Barone, associate professor of communication and media production; Dr. Mary O’Neill, adjunct instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies; and Dr. Neeta Connally, assistant professor in biological and environmental sciences, were all presented their awards at the Westside Campus Center Ballroom.

Barone has worked over the last few years to create a state-of-the-art video editing facility on campus, and his nationally recognized “Election Connection” live election night coverage has garnered significant attention for the university.

O'Neill created new courses that are unique to WCSU, including the “Philosophy of Happiness,” which considers the meaning of happiness in theory and in practice.

Connally has influenced public health efforts to combat Lyme disease through research and numerous published articles on the disease.

“We’re very proud of our three winning colleagues,” WCSU President James Schmotter said in a statement. “They employ creative, relevant approaches to enhance our students’ learning. JC Barone brings the real world of television production to life in the annual ‘Election Connection’ programs he organizes.

"Neeta Connally stimulates the intellectual curiosity of the students she engages in her research on
Lyme disease. And Mary O’Neill demonstrates in the courses she teaches the relevance of philosophy
in real-life professional situations. All three epitomize the student-centered teaching and scholarship
which is Western’s hallmark.”

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