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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

Lessons Learned: Making the Most of Your First-Year Experience

Posted by Shauna Legsdin '19 on Apr 17, 2018 2:03:00 PM

As we wrapped up the fall semester and prepared to welcome the class of 2022, it was a good time to reflect on the transition into college. Leaving home and coming to college is a scary yet exciting experience. I was anxious and uncomfortable, a mixed result from being in transit to a new place and having the car crammed full to the point where there wasn’t much room left for me. A few days into the semester I began to settle in, and the hype ended. I am now in my junior year and find myself busy almost all of the time. I am still trying to find ways to manage it all, but success is possible and the struggle is worth it. I learned a lot, and I would not be where I am today if I didn’t start making an impact on the university and myself during my first year. Here are some of the lessons I have learned.

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Topics: Getting the most out of your college experience

Costa Rica: It's A “Pura Vida” Life For Me

Posted by Carly Thibodeau '20 on Apr 16, 2018 12:20:00 PM

I knew before I even started college that I wanted to study abroad, and where did not matter so much as why: I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and go somewhere I had never been, to experience something beyond the life I have known here. However, as an Education major with a very tight schedule, this seemed nearly impossible. I decided to go on the summer short-term Tropical Ecology trip to Costa Rica, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Though it sounds cliché, those two weeks changed my life.

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Topics: Study abroad

Circuit Coffee: A Place for Connection

Posted by Greg Sanocki on Apr 4, 2018 3:05:00 PM

Downtown Westfield’s newest coffee shop Circuit Coffee is more than just a spot for a pick-me-up, it’s a place for connection and it's owned by a Westfield State alumnus.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

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