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Westfield State honors retired teachers with luncheon

Westfield State honors retired teachers with luncheon

WESTFIELD, Mass., March 24, 2016- The Westfield State University Department of Alumni Relations and the Westfield State Department of Education will hold its inaugural “Celebration of Retired Teachers” luncheon for Westfield State University alumni on Wednesday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Loughman Living Room in Scanlon Banquet Hall.

“Teacher education has been the cornerstone of Westfield State University’s history in higher education since 1839,” said Kathi Bradford, director of Alumni Relations. “We are proud of the work our alumni retired and working teachers have done in their careers and we look forward to hearing about the great successes of our current student educators as they go out into the world.”

According to the Westfield State University Department of Alumni Relations, 32 percent of Westfield State alumni live in Hampden County and of that number, 78 percent have education-related degrees and certificates.

The event is designed for retired Westfield State University alumni to honor their time in the classroom and share what the campus can offer them in their retirement. Alumni will have a chance to reconnect with classmates, meet new friends, and learn how they can benefit from remaining connected to their alma mater.

One way alumni can stay up to date with university news is through the Lifetime Owls Program. Launched in 2012, Lifetime Owls is a lifetime membership program in which alumni, students, or parents pay a one-time fee of $100 (or $75 for students). Membership perks include a membership card providing discounted or free entry to valid local and state-wide events including Homecoming, the Westfield State Alumni Association Tailgate, designated chapter activities, athletic events and more, participation in activities including mentor programs, networking activities, and career development events, and access to special LinkedIn and Facebook groups and the Lifetime Owls page on the Alumni website. Alumni members also receive a 20 percent discount at the Alumni Store and a specially designed Westfield State ball cap and t-shirt.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.westfieldalumni.org/teachers. For more information, call the Westfield State Department of Alumni Relations at (413) 485-7352.