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The First Six Weeks

We’ve jammed your first six weeks with opportunities to make new friends, get to know the campus, and participate in programs that will make you feel right at home.

Want to watch a game or participate in intramurals?

Westfield State     Owls 

Interested in musical performances?

Music Performance Events Calendar

Do you have a passion for the arts?

Arno Maris Gallery Events Calendar

The Student Government Association (SGA) meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Don't see your event listed here?  Please contact Kelly Hart at khart@westfield.ma.edu to have your event added. 

Emerging Leaders Retreat
Campus Center/Off Campus
August 29–31
Leadership Retreat open to First Year Student interested in Developing Leadership Skills. Participate in our Early Move-In program and meet classmates while challenging what you already know about being a leader.

Late Night Snacks
Ely Campus Center
August 31 | 8 p.m.
Enjoy Late Night Food with other students who moved in early!


Photos with Nestor
Ely Campus Center
September 1 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Want something to remember your first day at Westfield State? Come over to Ely to get your photo with Nestor and take away a FREE Photo Magnet! Get one for you and one for a friend or Family member!

Lemonade Stands
Residence Halls
September 1 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Take a break while moving in and learn about involvement opportunities. 
Sponsored by Residential Life and Residential Engagement

Welcome Back Bash
Scanlon Banquet Hall
September 1 | 7–11 p.m.
Welcome to College! Want something new for your room? Come enjoy time with friends and get a Bamboo plant, a new Dry Erase Board, Take Photos with friends, music, or try out the Airbrush Station.


Walmart Shuttle Buses
Departing from Scanlon Hall
September 2 | 12–4 p.m.
Forget something at home or want to shop for some decorations for your room?  Shuttles to WalMart and The Westfield Shops will be leaving every 30 minutes from in front of Scanlon Hall.

Hey, Where’s my class?
Ely Campus Center
September 2 | 2–4 p.m.
Looking at your schedule and a bit confused? Meet up with an Orientation Leader and get help finding your classes. We will lead small tours of buildings, to help navigate the sometimes tricky numbering system.

C-Word: Consent
Wilson Hall, Savignano Auditorium
September 2
4 p.m.  Davis Hall, Dickinson Hall
5:30 p.m.  Scanlon Hall, Lammers Hall 
7 p.m.  Courtney Hall, University Hall

Mandatory workshop for all incoming first year students.  Get ready for audience interaction, improv exercises, and thoroughly researched information to break down walls and have a frank, difficult, but needed conversation about sex. Please attend during the time listed for your residence hall, commuters can go to any of the three sessions.

Labor Day Block Party
Campus Green
September 2 | 4–10 p.m.
It’s a welcome back Block Party! Enjoy Food Trucks, lawn games, Corn Hole Tournament with prizes, Live Music, Free T-Shirts, and more!


OPENING DAY EVENTS

HOOT Day
Downtown Westfield
September 3 | 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
Kick off the year with a great community service opportunity.  Meet busses in front of Scanlon Hall to depart for service locations.  Register here: westfield.ma.edu/sail/events

Career Center Open House/Welcome Back
Career Center, Lammers Hall
September 3 | 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Information table with refreshments, games and raffle prizes. Learn what the career center can do for you!

First-Year Convocation
Woodward Center
September 3 | 3:30 p.m.

Campus BBQ
Campus Green
September 3 | 4:30–6 p.m.
What can we say except, come enjoy an amazing BBQ on the Green complete with cookout favorites, lawn games, and music! Welcome Back to Westfield State!

Theatre Arts Program Auditions for the Fall 2019 Play: The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
Ely Studio Theatre
September 3, 4, and 5 | 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Directed by Eric Parness

Student Theatre Association Auditions for An Evening of One Acts
Ely 212
September 3 & 4, Callbacks September 5 | 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Kick-It Up
Alumni Field
September 3 | 7 p.m. 
Show your school spirit at the men's soccer game!

 


Commuter Student Welcome
Commuter Parking Lots
September 4 | 8–10:30 a.m.
Welcome Commuter Students!  Stop by for a 'cup o' joe' and some munchkins and fuel yourself for your first day of classes!

Live @ Lunch
Dining Commons
September 4 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Enjoy lunch and some music at the same time. Watch for Live @ Lunch on the first Wedensday of every month!

All Hall Programs
All residence halls
September 4 | Various times
Build Community at your residence by attending their first event of the year! Every hall will be hosting an event.


Comedy Show
Scanlon Banquet Hall
September 5 | 8 p.m.
Join us for our first comedy show of the year. We are featuring Jon Fisher! Jon Raymond Fisher is a musical comedian who can be found on TruTV, all over YouTube, and in commercials nationwide. Jon has played across the country, sharing the stage with Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Iliza Shlesinger, and many more.  Best described as a mashup between Bo Burnham, Flight of the Conchords, and Lonely Island, Jon’s songs cover topics ranging from the frustrations of roommates and college to his man crush on Ryan Gosling.


Exploring Downtown Westfield
Meet in front of Scanlon Hall at PVTA bus stop
September 6 | 2-4 p.m. 
Learn how to use the free PVTA shuttle bus to get from campus to downtown Westfield and explore some of the restaurants and shops available there.  Walk will include a stop at Circuit Coffee, a great local coffee shop owned by a WSU alumnus!  
Led by Professor Vanessa Diana. 

Lip Sync Battle
Dever Stage
September 6 | 8 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to compete in the Annual Lip Sync Battle? Hosted by Drag Queen Jenayah de Rosario!

Brown Bag Bingo
Scanlon Banquet Hall
September 6 | 10 p.m.
It’s a tradition, so you have to go! Join us for the first Brown Bag Bingo of the year!


Holyoke Mall Shuttle
Departing from Scanlon Hall
September 7 | 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Love huge sales? Hop on the bus to the Holyoke Mall and partake in their annual shopping event designed just for College Students!

Welcome Weekend Carnival
Campus Green
September 7 | 3–7 p.m.
Come Enjoy the first Saturday evening with CAB! We have Stuff an Owl, The Euro Bungee, Music, Del's Lemonade, and more!

Late Night Snacks
Dining Commons
September 7 | 9–10:30 p.m.
Join us for free carnival themed foods in the Dining Commons.
SPONSORED BY CAB

Screen on the Green
Campus Green
September 8 | 8 p.m.
Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, and some friends, then come out the green for a movie!


Sankofa: Students of Color Welcome Reception - **Postponed for a later date**
Loughman Living Room, Scanlon Hall

September 9 | 5–6 p.m.


Safe Zone: LGBTQIA Students Welcome Reception
Owl's Nest, Ely Campus Center

September 10 | 5–6 p.m.


Commuter Luncheon
Tekoa Room, Dining Commons
September 11 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Free Lunch for all commuter Students!


Club and Involvement Fair
Ely Campus Center
September 12 | 4–6 p.m.
Over 70 clubs and organizations to pick from. Stop by and learn about ways to get involved at Westfield State!

On-campus recruiting – Vista Home Improvements
Wilson Hall Cafe
September 12 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Recruitment for Part Time sales/marketing opportunities

Antonia and David Mentalist Show
Campus Green
September 12 | 8 p.m.
Boston mentalists Antonina and David perform an extraordinary show of mind reading and telepathy. Their show has been described as “extremely interactive and mind blowing”. It includes: revealing thoughts, future predictions and many unbelievable coincidences.


Totally 90’s Party
Scanlon Banquet Hall
September 13 | 9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Join us for the first party of the semester. We're going back to school and going back to the 90s at this Dance featuring DJ Boogy. Did we mention there is a photobooth, too?

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences First-Year Meeting
Owl's Nest, Ely Campus Center
September 13 | 1:30– 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Dean Emily Todd
Come meet with your College Dean to learn more about opportunities on campus and to have your questions answered.


Ice Skating
Amelia Park Ice Arena
September 14 | 9–11 p.m.
Chill Out! Ice Skate with us at Amelia Park Ice Arena in downtown Westfield. Bring your own skates, or rent them at the rink for $3. Drive yourself, or hop on the shuttle bus leaving from the front of Scanlon Hall.

Big E Trip
West Springfield MA
September 15 | 1–5 p.m.
We're going to New Englands largest Fair! Buy your $10 ticket and get a free shuttle ride and park ticket. Enjoy Lots of crazy foods, rides, farm animals, vendors, music, and more!


Donuts with the Dean
Dower 181
September 17 | 9–11:30 a.m.
Hosted by Dean Emily Todd
Stop by Dean Todd's office for Mrs. Murphy's donuts and conversation.

Academic Organizational Strategies: Scheduling and Planning to Manage Homework and Time
Banacos Academic Center, Parenzo Hall
September 17 | 1–2 p.m.
Please bring along your planner (paper or electronic) as well as a notebook, one course syllabus with assignment schedule, a course textbook and pen. 
(Please note: This same workshop will be repeated next Wednesday, September 18 from 2–3 p.m.)
Click here to sign up for the workshop online

Class of 2023 Class Council Elections and Residence Hall Representative Elections
September 17 & 18
The Class of 2023 Class Council Elections along with the brand-new SGA hosted Residence Hall Representative elections will be held on-line on MyWestfield. Signature papers to run for these positions will be available in the SGA Room (Ely 017) beginning on Friday, September 6 at 9 am. For more information, please contact Barbara Hand at bhand@westfield.ma.edu.


Academic Organizational Strategies: Scheduling and Planning to Manage Homework and Time
Banacos Academic Center, Parenzo Hall
September 18 | 2–3 p.m.
Please bring along your planner (paper or electronic) as well as a notebook, one course syllabus with assignment schedule, a course textbook and pen. 
Click here to sign up for the workshop online

Welcome Back Reception
CURCA space, Ely Library
September 18 | 5–7 p.m.
Student presentations of semester and short-term experiences. Light refreshments served.


CURCA Resources; Going Beyond the Classroom Experience
CURCA center, Ely Library Mezzanine 230
September 19 | 12:30–1 p.m.
Dr. Lamis Jarvinen (CURCA Director)
Lunch will be served to all attendees from 12:30-1:30

Getting Involved as a Faculty Mentor
CURCA center, Ely Library Mezzanine 230
September 19 | 1–1:30 p.m.
Dr. Robin White (Associate Prof. Biology, CURCA Faculty Coordinator)
Lunch will be served to all attendees from 12:30-1:30

Mario Cart Tourney
Dining Commons
September 19 | 8 p.m.
Join us for the third annual Mario Kart Tournament!


College of Mathematics and Sciences First-Year Meeting
Wilson Hall 134B
September 20 | 1:40–2:40 p.m.

Inviting all first year CMS students and any students interested in any of the six programs in CMS to meet with the Dean and other College representatives. 

Wet N Wild
Campus Green and Ely Pool
September 20 | 4–10 p.m.
Join us on the green for some Wet and Wild fun including Water Slide, Slip n Slide, Kiddie Pool Kickball, and more!


Paint Night
Owls Nest, Ely Campus Center
September 21 | 8 p.m.
Enjoy some punch and paint the night away.

M.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Information Session
Horace Mann Center Lobby
Septmeber 23 | 6–7 p.m.
Join us in the Horace Mann Center lobby at Westfield State University to learn more about our M.A. in Counseling and M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis programs! At this information session you will hear from our outreach team on the services and resources the University has to offer our students, as well as how to begin the application process. Faculty from both programs and all concentrations within the Counseling program, which include: Mental Health Counseling, Forensic Mental Health Counseling, School Guidance Counseling, and School Adjustment Counseling will be present to talk in detail about their program and answer any questions you have. For attending, we will waive your $50 application fee!

Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts
Wilson 221
September 23 |  5–6 p.m.
Sponsor: Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability


Career Talk
Ely Campus Center
September 24 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Information table with raffle prizes to highlight the career center programs and services

Academic Organizational Strategies:  Scheduling and Planning to Manage Homework and Time
Banacos Academic Center, Parenzo Hall
September 24 | 1–2 p.m.
Please bring along your planner (paper or electronic) as well as a notebook, one course syllabus with assignment schedule, a course textbook and pen. 
(Please note: This same workshop will be repeated Wednesday, October 16, from 2–3 p.m.)

Click here to sign up for the workshop online


Study Abroad Fair
Dining Commons
September 25 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Come speak with IPO staff and Study Abroad partners!


Thrifty Thursday
Owls Nest, Ely Campus Center
September 26 | 9 p.m.
Join the traditional make and take event. Every month a different craft!

Student Theatre Association: An Evening of One Acts
Ely Black Box Theatre 
September 26, 27 | 8 p.m.
September 28 | 2 p.m. matinee, 8 p.m.
A LITTLE CORNER by Eric Parness
THROUGH YOU I TRULY SEE by Eric Parness
TRIFLES by Susan Glaspell


Comedy Show
Owls Nest, Ely Campus Center
September 27 | 8:30 p.m.
Come and Laugh with us!

Student Theatre Association Club presents “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell
Black Box Theatre, Ely Campus Center
September 27 at 8 p.m., September 28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Student Theatre Association Club will perform three one act plays including “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell. Admission $3.00 for students.


Family Day
Throughout the campus
September 28

Click here for more information about Family Day

Family Game Night
Ely Campus Center
September 28 | 8 p.m.
Family still around and looking for something to do? Bring them over to Family Game Night and enjoy some time with family and friends.

M.S. in Accounting Graduate Information Session
Horace Mann Center Lobby
October 1 | 6–7 p.m.
Join us in the Horace Mann Center lobby at Westfield State University to learn more about our M.S. in Accounting program! At this information session you will hear from our outreach team on the services and resources the University has to offer our students, as well as how to begin the application process. Faculty will be present to talk in detail about the program and answer any questions you have. For attending, we will waive your $50 application fee!


Live at Lunch
Dining Commons
October 2 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Join us for our monthly Live at Lunch music event

FREE Commuter Lunch
Tekoa Room
October 2 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Business, Communication, and Technology Career Fair
Scanlon Banquet Hall
October 2 | 1–3:30 p.m.
Employers come to Westfield State University to recruit for open job and internship opportunities in specific industries. 

Session for Exploratory Students Interested in Majors and Minors in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Owl's Nest, Ely Campus Center
October 2 | 4–5 p.m.
Hosted by Dean Emily Todd
Come learn about the following majors and minors offered by the following departments and programs: Art, Communication, English, Ethnic & Gender Studies, Geography, Planning, & Sustainability (Regional Planning major), History, Language and Culture Studies (Spanish major), Liberal Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre 


Handshake for Internships, Jobs, Community Service and Events
CURCA center, Ely Library Mezzanine 230
October 3 | 12:30–1 p.m.
Junior Delgado (Career Center Director)
Lunch will be served to all attendees from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Talking to Faculty: Getting the Most Out of Your Research Experience
CURCA center, Ely Library Mezzanine 230
October 3 | 1–1:30 p.m.
Dr. Roderico Acevedo (Assistant Prof. Chemical & Physical Science)
Lunch will be served to all attendees from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Blooming Apples
Dining Commons
October 3 | 8 p.m.
Ever have a blooming onion at the fair? Come enjoy a Blooming Apple with sweet toppings!


College of Mathematics and Sciences – Sophomore Meeting
Wilson 134B
October 4 | 1:40–2:40 p.m.
Inviting all sophomore CMS students and any students interested in any of the six programs in CMS to meet with the Dean and other College representatives. 

Brown Bag Bingo
Scanlon Banquet Hall
October 4 | 10 p.m.


Fright Fest Bus Trip
Six Flags, Agawam
October 5 | 4:30–9:30 p.m.
For $15 get an entry pass, and shuttle ride to and from Six Flags New England for Fright Fest!

Physical Pain: Pathways, Interpretation, and Strategies for Management
Woodward Center 233/234; Lab Room 239
October 7 | 6:30–8 p.m.

Sponsor: Department of Movement Science, Sports and Leisure Studies


Master of Social Work Graduate Information Session
Scanlon Banquet Hall
October 8 | 6–7 p.m.
Join us in the Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State University to learn more about our Master of Social Work program! At this information session you will hear from our outreach team on the services and resources the University has to offer our students, as well as how to begin the application process. Faculty will be present to talk in detail about the program and answer any questions you have. For attending, we will waive your $50 application fee!


Q&A Session with Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Wilson A & B (via Skype)
October 9 & 10 | 5–5:30 p.m.


Government, Criminal Justice, Non-profit Career Fair
Woodward Athletic Center
October 10 | 1:30–4 p.m.
Employers come to Westfield State University to recruit for open job and internship opportunities in specific industries. 

Video Game Tournament
Ely Campus Center
October 10 | 8 p.m.
Are you an avid gamer? Join us at the tournament. Game to be announced in September!

Musical Theatre Guild Club’s Fall Production
Dever Stage, Parenzo Hall
October 10 & 11 at 7 p.m., October 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Admission is $3.00 for students

M.S. in Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration Graduate Information Session
Horace Mann Center Lobby
October 15 | 6–7 p.m.
Join us in the Horace Mann Center lobby at Westfield State University to learn more about our M.S. in Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration programs! Our Master of Public Administration program offers concentrations in Criminal Justice Administration, Non-Profit Management, and Public Management. At this information session you will hear from our outreach team on the services and resources the University has to offer our students, as well as how to begin the application process. Faculty from both programs will be present to talk in detail and answer any questions you have. For attending, we will waive your $50 application fee!

Providing Hope within the Opioid Epidemic: Healthcare Professionals on the Frontline
Scanlon Banquet Hall
October 15 | 7–9 p.m. 
Sponsors: Department of Social Work, and Department of Nursing


Syllabus, Assignment Schedule, & Paper/Test Content: Connecting Clues for Class Success
Banacos Academic Center
October 2 | 2–3 p.m.
Please bring along a notebook, one course syllabus with that course’s assignment schedule, a course textbook and pen. 
Click here to sign up for the workshop online


College of Mathematics and Sciences – Junior Meeting
Wilson 134B
October 18 | 1:40–2:40 p.m.


Master of Education and M.A. in English Graduate Information Session
Horace Mann Center Lobby
October 21 | 6–7 p.m
Join us in the Horace Mann Center lobby at Westfield State University to learn more about our Master of Education and M.A. in English programs! Our Master of Education program offers various disciplines leading to initial or professional licensure. At this information session you will hear from our outreach team on the services and resources the University has to offer our students, as well as how to begin the application process. Faculty from both programs will be present to talk in detail and answer any questions you have. For attending, we will waive your $50 application fee!


Reading and Productive Note Taking: Different Methods for Class and Homework/Reading
Banacos Academic Center
October 22 | 1–2 p.m.
(Please note:  This same workshop will be repeated tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, from 2–3 p.m.)


FREE Commuter Lunch
Tekoa Room
October 23 | 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Reading and Productive Note Taking: Different Methods for Class and Homework/Reading
Banacos Academic Center
October 23 | 2–3 p.m.


College of Mathematics and Sciences – Senior Meeting
Wilson 134B
November 1 | 1:40–2:40 p.m.