Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences


Welcome to the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University.

Our school is home to thirteen departments, twenty-one undergraduate majors and five graduate majors, and offers a wide variety of interesting ways for students to create a unique combination of topics to further their intellectual endeavors. MSA&S on FACEBOOK


Have a wonderful summer!

Congratulations to the Class 2019!



Exciting Student News:

Erica Bower, a senior meteorology major, was the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Award.  After graduation, Erica will be attending Stony Brook University to pursue her Ph.D. She will be working with Dr. Kevin Reed on climate change and its effects on extreme precipitation events with a focus on tropical cyclones. Congratulations Erica Bower and best of luck with your future endeavors!




Congratulations to the winners (Vincent Marco-Amorando, Francis Serra, Savanah Lewis, Trevor Lily, and Leo Faitalces) of the first Escape Westconn! Follow the link ( to see the ranking of the teams that participated. A special thanks to Dr. Forest Robertson, Dr. Rona Gurkewitz, Dr. Hannah Reynolds, Dr. Becky Hall, and Dr. Paula Maida for all their hard work in planning this event. Also, thank you to the Dean’s Office, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Mathematics Department, and the Computer Science Department for sponsoring this event.


Congratulations Gina Alanasoff, MFA student (soon to be alumni) and Writing Center Graduate Assistant, for being hired by Elizabeth Warren for President Campaign in New Hampshire! Previously, Gina has interned for Jahana Haye’s winning campaign and her subsequent election to the Danbury Democratic Town Committee. We wish Gina the best as she embarks on this new adventure!




Congratulations Krysta Scriven, a Senior Professional Writing major, for receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to be an English Teaching Assistant! Krysta will return to Bulgaria return to Bulgaria next September to serve as an English language teaching assistant at a top-rated high school in Vidin, Bulgaria. She is the sixth WCSU student in the past decade to earn a coveted Fulbright award. To read more about Krysta’s journey at WCSU, follow the link (



Congratulations  Jasmine Grey, a Junior Biology major, for being selected as a Scholar for the Goldwater Scholarship Award!  Jasmine was recommended by Dr. Hannah Reynolds, her mentor, and is the only student in the CSU that will receive this prestigious scholarship. Jasmine plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology and conduct research in human diseases.

This scholarship aims to provide scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. For more information about the scholarship, please follow the link (

WCSU’s Two 2019 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award Recipients:

Layra Caridad Valdes Ramirez is a Biochemistry major with a minor in Biology. She plans to pursue a DDM in dentistry and research next fall and will spend this summer volunteering in a dental office in Cuba.


Victor Namer is a dual Psychology and Political Science major with a minor in Conflict Resolution. He plans to start his career in the fields of social work, homelessness, mental health and/or local or state politics, while considering his post-graduate degree options.


To read more about Layra and Victor’s accomplishments follow the link (!



The Spotlight: 

WCSU, in collaboration with Southern Connecticut State University, is now offering a Master of Science degree in Integrative Biological Diversity! Dr. Pinou, Biology Professor at WCSU, said the program is also reaching out to other organizations that can share their areas of expertise.

“They include the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University; the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk; the Connecticut Audubon Society; Housatonic Valley Association; First Light Power Resources; and the Great Hollow Nature Preserve and Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield.” (

For more information about the program, follow the link (


2019 New England Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Awardees Announced!

WCSU received funding for the Finding Our Way: Building a College Ready STEM Pipeline for At-Risk High School Youth Through Watershed Stewardship program.

For more information on which projects received funding, follow the link! (



Congratulations to Dr. Mitch Wagener, Biology Professor at WCSU, for receiving the 2019 Aquarion Environmental Champion Award, in the “Communications-Individual” category.

Dr. Wagener is being recognized for his efforts in creating and coordinating talks, presentations, workshops, and briefings to educate people, such as students, the public, community leaders, and even politicians about the science and consequences of climate change.


The gift of the Newtown Bee eased Dr. Tom Philbrick, Biology Professor, and Dr. Michelle Brown, Dean of Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, transition as they moved to Newtown. Read about the kind gesture of gifting a year subscription that both Dr. Philbrick and Dean Brown received as they moved to Newtown at the link provided (



Dr. Brian Clements, founding coordinator of the MFA program and Professor of Writing,  Linguistics, and Creative Writing, alongside Dan Pope, MFA Mentor, have been selected as two of the 2019 recipients of a Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowship!





Recent Events:

Macricostas Lectures 2018-2019:

“Strangers and Foreigners in Ancient Greece”

“Privacy, Security, and Safety in a Social Media World”











Pi Day Celebration

Pi Day Celebration