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Movement Science students receive award from Griffin’s Friends

Professor Diana Schwartz, D.P.E., and her students in Westfield State's Movement Science 331 Sports & Exercise Psychology course received the Jack & Linda Kelleher Silent Hero Award from Griffin’s Friends at its annual banquet on May 18.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience, Community Impact, How to Make a Difference in College

3rd Fresh Check Day a rousing success

The University’s third annual Fresh Check Day, held March 29, brought together the volunteer efforts of 25 student groups on campus and the collective effort of more than 275 volunteers, including faculty and staff. WSU’s Fresh Check Day is unique among other institutions, as the event is combined with health fair. It is well received by the campus community. This year, some 50 community vendors, 500 students and more than 600 people participated overall.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience

Afraid of the Freshman 15? Don't Be, We're Here To Help.

Posted by Kelly Hart on Jul 2, 2018 3:56:38 PM

The dreaded freshman 15. We've all heard of it, but don't worry, it doesn't have to come for you... what and how you eat are choices you make each and every day and we're here to help you make good ones. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of poor eating habits when you are in college! While there are many explanations for weight gain, the biggest problem is making poor dietary choices. We are here to help you avoid these pitfalls!

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Topics: tips for college freshmen, The Westfield State Experience, Enhance Your College Experience, Things to Know When Moving In to College, Incoming College Students

Join Us to Celebrate the Urban Education Program's 50th Anniversary

Posted by Kelly Hart on May 14, 2018 3:03:00 PM

It's time to celebrate!

Westfield State University’s Urban Education Program (UEP) is coming up on its fiftieth anniversary, and we want to get this party started by holding our 50th Golden Anniversary celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 in the Scanlon Banquet Hall. It might seem like it's a bit early to make the announcement, but this gives us a good opportunity to talk about why the UEP is so vital for our students and the impact on the community.

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Topics: Civic engagement, The Westfield State Experience, Community Impact

Regional Influence: GARP Program Steadily Contributes to Planning Efforts

Posted by Troy Watkins on May 3, 2018 3:05:00 PM

As the only public college in New England to offer a bachelor’s degree in regional planning, Westfield State has a solid history of educating and training successful planners that dates back to 1983. Key in this work by the Geography and Regional Planning Program—known as GARP—is the University’s connection to Tim Brennan, the executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).

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Topics: Choosing the right college, Getting the most out of your college experience, Choosing your major, Enhance Your College Experience, Planning for Your Career

Trail Mapper: Stanley Park

Posted by Troy Watkins on May 2, 2018 11:40:00 AM

Hikers in Stanley Park are benefiting from the trail mapping efforts of Chelsey Pousland ’17, a recent graduate of the University’s Geography and Regional Planning Program, known as GARP. Thanks to her efforts, the trails in the park’s Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary have been accurately mapped, with signs at points of entry and trail maps placed in kiosks throughout the several miles of trails, encompassing some 100 acres of the 200-acre sanctuary property.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience, Community Impact, Enhance Your College Experience

Powerful Collaboration: New program allows Westfield State students to earn MSW in Worcester

Posted by Judith Kelliher on Apr 29, 2018 12:46:00 PM

A shortage of master of social work (MSW) programs in the Worcester area, combined with a high demand for that degree there, led Westfield State University into a collaboration with the YWCA Central Massachusetts in Worcester. “This partnership has a natural synergy,” says Shelley Tinkham, Ph.D., dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. “This is a unique model. It is very powerful.”

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Topics: Choosing the right college, Planning for Your Career, Graduate Programs at Westfield

Outdoors: This Alumna’s Classroom is the Natural Environment

Posted by Alaina Leary ’15 on Apr 23, 2018 11:18:00 AM

It took Caley Mackenzie ’10 four years to earn a bachelor’s degree in English education and two months and 3,000 miles to know that she wanted to put it to use teaching outside the walls of a classroom.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Around the World: China

Posted by Patricia Coughlin '18 and Isabelle Harker '18 on Apr 21, 2018 12:01:00 PM

In May of 2017 we were given the opportunity to step completely out of our comfort zone by traveling halfway around the world. Through the Go Global program offered by Westfield State University, we traveled from Boston to Beijing to begin our trip filled with unforgettable experiences, learning, and memories.

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Topics: Study abroad, Enhance Your College Experience

Four Times a Charm: Jessie Cardin ’18

Posted by Dave Caspole '94 on Apr 20, 2018 4:15:00 PM

When Jessie Cardin crossed the finish line first, she had no idea she had set a piece of Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference history.

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Topics: Athletics, College Athletics

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