OWL Talks

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

What To Do In and Around Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 29, 2018 11:01:00 AM

Each year, over 6,000 students spend time at Westfield State University. Lucky for them, the campus sits on over 250 acres of pristine New England landscape. There’s also 24 academic and administrative buildings plus 9 residence halls to spend time in. But what if students are looking to spend time off campus? Well, they won’t have to go too far.

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Topics: Choosing the right college, The Westfield State Experience

A Closer Look at the Criminal Justice Department at Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Mar 27, 2018 2:07:00 PM

When people think about “criminal justice” they often picture the police force, and while that may be true, the Criminal Justice Department at Westfield State prepares graduates for wide ranging careers that span the work force.

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Topics: Civic engagement, Community Impact, Enhance Your College Experience, Criminal Justice

Study Abroad - Crossing Through Costa Rica

Fifteen Westfield State University students took part in a two-week study abroad course to Costa Rica in January. The group was led by Biology Professor Tim Parshall, Ph.D., accompanied by Environmental Science Professor Michael Vorwerk, Ph.D.

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Topics: Study abroad

Safety And Security On Campus At Westfield State University

Posted by Kelly Hart on Feb 7, 2018 11:06:00 AM

One of the many changes that can come with starting college is living on campus; and that can come with some pretty big challenges. But luckily for students at Westfield State University, safety isn't one of them. That's because Westfield has recently been named the fourth safest college town in Massachusetts and ranked 27th in the nation, according to a recent report by SafeWise.

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