Donor Profile: Dr. Joan Corell


Professor Emeritus Joan Corell, Ph.D., was a member of the Psychology Department, and part of her job was assisting in the Counseling Center. That work left a lasting impact on her.

“I always admired the students who didn’t have extra emotional or financial help due to family circumstances,” Dr. Corell says. “It amazed me that they functioned well enough to get a wonderful education, and I really appreciate them.”

When Corell learned about the Owls Helping Owls program, she was quick to donate. “These students are struggling to get an education as it is, and then the pandemic began. I am so happy to support this, it is such a good and worthwhile effort to help Westfield State students”

Corell retired in 1994, but while teaching, she recalls all the great friendships that were born among the student body. “Those friendships last a lifetime,” she adds. “Giving back helps perpetuate all those close relationships and allows the students to stick together.”

Supporting the campus is special to Corell, as she has a study abroad scholarship fund for psychology majors. “Being fond of Westfield State, I like to support the campus and students, and one way is to allow them to do something that I love and grew from—traveling,” Corell says.


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