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Public Affairs

Public Affairs is the key point of contact between the University and the news media.

What we do:

  • Support the mission of Westfield State University by building and maintaining positive communication with the media
  • Provide the media with timely information about people and programs at Westfield State
  • Bring newsworthy story ideas about Westfield State to the media’s attention – ideas that are new, different, topical, unusual and/or important
  • Connect reporters with Westfield State faculty and staff who can contribute expert commentary to their news stories

Publicizing your event:

Publicizing campus events in local listings is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization. Public Affairs will work with you to manage media relations in cases where the speaker or event is likely to draw attention.

If you would like a list of local news media calendars to which you can directly post your event information, please contact us and we will be happy to provide that information to you.

Public Affairs is a network comprised of public affairs professionals including ‘homegrown’ talent from within our student body.

We are interested in who you are and what you are doing in and around Westfield State University.

Contact us:

Phone: 413-572-5523
FAX: 413-572-4843


Tricia Oliver

Tricia Oliver
Director of Campus Communication

Troy Watkins
Communication Specialist

Public Affairs Resources

Faculty and Staff Experts

Westfield State has faculty and staff members who have agreed to be spokespersons for their areas of expertise.

Public Affairs Internship

Learn more about the office's internship program.