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State Regents Honor Two Professors At Danbury's WestConn

Jessica J. Eckstein Photo Credit: Contibuted
Nicholas J. Greco Photo Credit: Contibuted

DANBURY, Conn. — Two faculty members at Western Connecticut State University have been honored by their peers for professional excellence and received faculty honors from the Board of Regents for Higher Education for the 2014-15 academic year.

The honorees are Nicholas J. Greco, an associate professor of chemistry, and Jessica J. Eckstein, an associate professor of communication and media arts.

Greco, who became a faculty member in 2009 after earning a doctorate in bio-organic chemistry at the University of California-San Diego, was chosen from professors at the four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system to receive the Board of Regents System-Wide Teaching Award.

Eckstein, who earned her doctorate in communication studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the Board of Regents Campus-Wide Research Award honoring distinguished work by a member of the WCSU faculty, which she joined in 2008.

Greco and Eckstein are among 23 faculty members at the 17 universities and community colleges in the CSCU system who were recognized at the Board of Regents meeting on April 15 at Eastern Connecticut State University.

“The quality of teaching and level of research throughout the college and university system is truly remarkable, and the scholarship by these faculty members is both inspiring and significant,” said Merle Harris, chairman of the Board of Regents academic and student affairs committee.

“These awards recognize the exemplary work of the highest promise being done by our up-and-coming faculty,” CSCU President Gregory Gray said. “They are all demonstrating an impact on their academic field, our students and our state.”

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