News and Notes


Mark Your Calendars!

Homecoming 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 and promises to be full of fun, friends, food, and fantastic memories at Westfield State! The day will offer events on campus, including art exhibits, musical celebrations, and theatrical performances. Join us for beverages and delicious tailgate food, and cheer on the Owls as they compete against Western Connecticut on Alumni field, or gather under the big top for beverages and music, and reconnect with your classmates. After the game, head downtown to continue the celebration at one of Westfield’s local venues. Reserve your room today at the Hampton Inn in Westfield and receive a special Westfield State rate.

Changes in Alumni Relations

After 38 years at Westfield State, serving in various roles, Kathi Bradford will retire in March from her position as director of Alumni Relations. Kathi has given much time and energy to the University, its students, and alumni, and she and her many years of experience will be missed. Please know that when you reach back to us now, you should contact the Alumni Relations office at (413) 572-8652 or Please join us in congratulating Kathi!

Reunions for Classes Ending in “0” and “5”

This year, as the classes ending in “0” and “5” celebrate milestones, the office of Alumni Relations wishes to hear from class officers or interested alumni to help to create the largest, most exciting reunion to date. We are planning gatherings throughout the weekend of October 16–18. If you are interested in helping us plan your return to campus to reconnect with your classmates, please contact Alumni Relations at (413) 572-8653 or

Alumni Council Elections Approaching

Looking for a way to give back? Positions on the Westfield State Alumni Association Executive Council are available! If you are interested in serving as a member-at-large for a three-year term, please contact our office. Nominations (either self or other) are due by August 1. Complete the online nomination form at Please email with any questions about the process or your involvement. The election timeline is as follows: nominations due, August 3; voting, August 17–31; run-off, if needed, September 1–10; announcement of election results, September 15.

Give A Hoot is March 4–5!

We are looking for Owls to help make Give A Hoot 2020 the best yet! Starting at 8 a.m. on March 4 through 2:39 p.m. on March 5, Westfield State will be raising money for 1,839 minutes with, Give A Hoot, Annual Day of Giving. Our goal: To attract 450 donors.

Be a Give A Hoot Social Media Advocate
Share news of Give A Hoot on social media and help Westfield State achieve a successful event. Using our
new online platform, Give Campus, our team of advocates will build enthusiasm and motivate alumni, friends, and family to give. If you’d like to share our news on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn feeds leading up to the day and during the day of giving, all while competing for Westfield State swag, contact Jenn Zajac at

Be a Challenge Donor
Get competitive! Make a matching gift, and challenge your classmates, campus faculty, staff and others. If you’d like to issue a matching challenge for Give A Hoot, contact Bill Hynes at

Give, and Tell Others How
Go to to make your gift. Then, share how easy it was with your family and friends. Together we can continue to create opportunities and ensure success for our students.

Evening of Discovery

Westfield State Foundation, Inc. is excited to announce the 2020 fundraising event, Evening of Discovery, highlighting the College of Mathematics and Sciences. The event will be held on Friday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield. Join us as we celebrate an exciting evening of fascinating student/faculty research and interactive displays. Witness Newton’s law of gravity! The evening will include an exciting golf ball drop; closest to the hole will win cash prizes! Buy your golf ball early, quantity is limited! Tickets will be available at beginning February 15.

Owls in Florida 2020

Mark your calendars now for Westfield State’s annual visit to Florida, from March 11–17.

If you have not seen The Villages, it is worth a visit to spend time with hosts David Campbell ’84 and Colleen Campbell ’85, University President Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D., and alumni and friends from the area on Wednesday, March 11. On Thursday, March 12, we will meet up on the waterfront in Tampa with some of our alumni locals, Jeff Bradford ’85 and Michaelene Kelley ’64. Saturday, March 14, we plan to board the Owl Trolley from our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Tampa, to participate in the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the area. We will have lots of Westfield State blue and white and, of course, green decorations and T-shirts. Following the parade, join us at Molto Trattoria for a reception hosted by Steve Marcus ’88.

For our alumni golfers, we head to Club Pelican Bay Golf Course in Naples on Monday, March 16 for the Third Annual Hogan Classic hosted by Bill Hogan ’77 and Kevin Queenin ’70. Join us for the chance to and take home the winning prize. To register:


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