RETIRING FACULTY LEAVE THEIR MARK
Two faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences were recognized for their
years of service at the undergraduate ceremony: Dr. Denise Gosselin and Dr. Molly
Dr. Denise Gosselin served the University from 1997 to 2017. She began in 1992 as an
adjunct faculty member while working as a Massachusetts state trooper, bringing practical experience to her students. During her 20 years at the University, she served as
chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, and a member of the Program Review and Assessment Committee and the Faculty Senate Program Review
Board. Dr. Gosselin also served for five years on the Curriculum Committee in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her numerous honors include the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Award, the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, and the
NEACJS Emerging Scholar Award. She was also the recipient of the Gerhard O.W. Innovator Award, an award presented annually to a member of the NEACJS whose work as a practitioner
has had direct, positive, and significant effect within the criminal justice system.
Dr. Molly Munkatchy brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to Western New
England when she joined the faculty in the Department of Education in the fall of 2004.
Molly taught the methods course and served as the field placement director for elementary education majors. She built strong relationships with several local schools offering workshops for local teachers, organizing a Family Math Night at Glickman
Elementary every spring (done collaboratively with the ED 375 students), and identi-fying teaching mentors. Dr. Munkatchy was a contributing member of the team that
designed the online master’s coursework, served as the director for the program, and
also regularly taught for the Department of Computer Science. Additionally, she served
on many committees, including as the Senate secretary, and most recently was a member of the Peer Review Committee.
About the Undergraduate
Class of 2017
The top five fields of study for undergradu-
ates in 2017 were: Mechanical Engineering,
Accounting, Pharmacy Studies, Criminal
Justice, and Psychology.
The graduating class hailed from 22 states:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire,
New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas,
Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, plus the
U.S. Virgin Islands.
Dr. Denise Gosselin
Electrical Engineering, received the
2017 Teaching Excellence Award.
Alumni Award recipient Olivia Korell ’ 17
Daniel Hernandez ’ 17 with his
proud mom Nydia Burgos
Dr. Molly Munkatchy