News and Notes


Common Goods Pantry

The Office of Alumni Relations was pleased to partner with Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group students this spring to help raise funds for the Common Goods Pantry. In 48 hours more than $3,000 was raised to restock the shelves of the pantry. Common Goods is a food pantry and resource center serving Westfield State students, faculty and staff who may be experiencing food insecurity and are struggling to make ends meet. Thank you to our terrific students. For more info,

Evening of Discovery Showcases Westfield State’s Strength in STEM

The Westfield State Foundation Inc. hosted a virtual Evening of Discovery fundraiser May 7 to showcase the work of students, faculty and alumni associated with the University’s College of Mathematics and Sciences (CMS). The Division of Institutional Advancement worked with Dean for CMS Jennifer Hanselman, Ph.D., to highlight leading student scholars, unique student-faculty research, alumni leaders in STEM, and a special tribute to retiring Chemistry Professor Patrick Romano. Dr. Romano provided a heartfelt response to the student-led tribute as part of the program.

Individuals were encouraged to support students by buying golf balls, which were dropped via a helicopter on the green of a hole at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield prior to the event. Those who purchased golf balls that landed closest to the pin won cash prizes.

Give A Hoot 2021

The 2021 Give A Hoot Day was the University’s most successful ever. Thank you for the generous support during this 24-hour day of giving. Nearly $70,000 was raised, easily eclipsing last year’s total. With more than 320 donors, multiple challenges and some healthy competition, students will benefit from this compassionate altruism. A total of $265,000 has been raised in the seven-year history of this event.

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The WSAA Executive Council

The Westfield State Alumni Association (WSAA) Executive Council is comprised of 17 elected alumni representatives, including the alumni Board of Trustees rep and the alumni Foundation Board rep. The Council aspires to assist in alumni engagement and actively support the student experience and fundraising efforts.

Virtual Volunteering and Events

Despite the obstacles presented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has ensured that alumni and students receive support through these trying times. The Council sponsored new programs for alumni engagement in a virtual arena, such as the lifelong learning webinars and online events, the WSAA Book Club, and hosting its first virtual Homecoming.  For more information about our virtual engagement opportunities and events visit

Alumni Council Elections

If you are interested in serving as a member of the WSAA Executive Council, elections are right around the corner. For information, visit Nominations for the 2021 WSAA Executive Council elections are due by August 1, and results will be announced in early September.

Sponsoring an Event

Interested in sponsoring an alumni event? If so, contact the Council at to submit an event proposal and our Marketing and Development Committee will be in touch with you to coordinate an event sponsorship.


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