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Nominations to Open March 9th for the Westfield State Alumni Trustee Election

Nominations are being accepted from March 9 - April 9, 2017. Click here for more details.

Westfield State Alumni Association - Alumni Trustee

The Westfield State Board of Trustees is charged with the fiduciary management of the institution, including determination of fees, establishment of personnel management policy, staff services, and the general business of the institution. Among its responsibilities, the board elects the president with the approval of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, adopts an annual plan of financial operation, awards degrees in approved fields and develops the mission statement for the university consistent with the mission of the Commonwealth's system of public higher education.

The Westfield State Alumni Trustee is elected to serve by the membership of the Westfield State Alumni Association pursuant to MGL Chapter 15A, Section 21.

Learn more about the work of the Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities of the Alumni Trustee:

  • The Trustee serves a term of 5 years on the board with the option to serve a second consecutive term.
  • The Trustee is required to attend regular Board of Trustee meetings.
  • The Trustee is required to attend and participate in all regular Alumni Association meetings and to provide a report at each full Alumni Association Executive Council meeting.
  • The Trustee is encouraged to attend university and alumni association related events and programs.
  • The Trustee is a voting member of the executive board of the Alumni Association Executive Council with all voting rights and privileges.

The timeline for the Westfield State Alumni Trustee process is detailed below:

  1. Nominations are being accepted from March 9 - April 9, 2017.
  2. Please fill out the online nomination form.
  3. Email a copy of your resume and photo to the attention of Alumni Association President, Jim McGowan at Alumni@westfield.ma.edu.
  4. Nominee information posted on the website - April 15th.
  5. Voting, May 1st - 19th.
  6. Confirmation of election, May 23rd.

All applications will be reviewed by the Westfield State Alumni Association Council Membership and Diversity Committee for completion and then voted on by the membership of the alumni association.

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Westfield State's Musical Theatre Guild Presents 'Heathers: The Musical'

Westfield State University's Musical Theatre Guild (MTG) will present its spring show "Heathers: The Musical" from Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25 on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall.

By Laura Phelon

Westfield State University's Musical Theatre Guild (MTG) will present its spring show "Heathers: The Musical" from Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25 on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall. Nightly performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 25.

"Heathers: The Musical" is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy. It debuted off Broadway in 2014. Set in the late 1980's, the story follows 17-year-old Veronica Sawyer, a misfit who is kicked out of the popular clique in her high school after falling for the mysterious J.D. Veronica and J.D. team together to plot their revenge on the popular kids. The musical was adapted from the 1988 cult film, which starred Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty.

The show is entirely student-run and features 35 students in the cast and crew. "Heathers: The Musical" is directed by Julie MacLeod '17 of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. and Presley Mahanna '18 of Berkley, Mass.

MacLeod said the two chose "Heathers" because the show portrays the implications and consequences of manipulation.

"Manipulation and power can take over any school system," MacLeod said. "Through this hierarchy, many students become enthralled in the thought of being popular while others learn the importance of protecting those you love. The main character Veronica sees how being selfish and being easily manipulated has ruined her life and the lives of many people close to her."

Mahanna added that the show also highlights some of the struggles that affect high school students.

"With this show, we want to bring to attention the pressures that weigh down on teenagers and how they can not only affect their academic lives, but also their personal relationships and overall happiness," Mahanna said.

The Musical Theatre Guild was formed in 1976 and is one of the oldest student-run clubs at Westfield State. The club puts on two musicals per school year.

Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission. Tickets will be sold at the door, but can be reserved by emailing assistant producer Rachel Dunphy at rdunphy3831@westfield.ma.edu.

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Rest in Peace, Dr. Catherine Dower

With deep sadness, we inform the Westfield State University community of the passing of Dr. Catherine A. Dower, a beloved professor emerita, friend, champion and donor. Dr. Dower's enduring affection for and loyalty to the University is an inspiration for us all.

With deep sadness, we inform the Westfield State University community of the passing of Dr. Catherine A. Dower, a beloved professor emerita, friend, champion and donor. Dr. Dower's enduring affection for and loyalty to the University is an inspiration for us all.

We extend our sincere condolences to the Dower family and to her many students, friends and colleagues with whom she connected during her 35-year tenure at Westfield State and in the many years that followed, as she remained engaged and committed to students' success.

Her impact and legacy will live on through the recently opened Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts and the teaching of the next generation of music performers, educators and artists at Westfield State

HOLYOKE: Dr. Catherine A. Dower, beloved sister of Paul W. Dower, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017 in Holyoke. Catherine's kind spirit touched so many people, home and abroad, as an educator, scholar, author, poet, social advocate, volunteer, philanthropist and caring individual. She devoted her life to others, and aspired to excellence in all that she did. After graduating from South Hadley High School and spending two years studying piano and organ at the Elms College with her aunt, Sister Lawrence Marie (Catherine I. Dower) SSJ, Catherine went on to earn an undergraduate degree in music composition from Hamline University in 1945, a master of arts degree in musicology from Smith College in 1948, and a Ph.D. degree, with distinction, from Catholic University in 1968. She went on to write several books and articles, and was a passionate researcher of music from Ireland and Puerto Rico, as well as of the early music of the Catholic Church, Gregorian Chant. Catherine enjoyed studying at the Solesmes Benedictine Abby in France where she discovered what she called "the most beautiful music on Earth." Her breadth as a scholar led her to write other books including those of influential yet underrepresented women in music, of Renaissance music from the Sistine Chapel Codices, and of the first 50 years of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade, for which she passionately volunteered her time and energy for many years. Catherine maintained a very strong faith, and was active at her church, Our Lady of the Holy Cross, and with its affiliated school, Mater Dolorosa. Catherine began her close relationship with Westfield State University in 1956, and over the following 60 years built an unmatched legacy of academic and artistic excellence, social justice, gender equality, and selfless kindness. She served as a professor of music history and literature, director of the Glee Club, chair of the Music Department, and professor emerita. She inspired her students to dream big and to expand their world, as she famously traveled with her students to perform in the nation's capital, in New York City, and abroad. Catherine's legacy to Westfield State was further strengthened as she became the first woman to have a campus academic building named in her honor, the Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts. Catherine was a proud member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nations oldest academic honor society, and she belonged to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. She was a founding member and served as president for the Council for Human Understanding and was recognized with the Human Relations Award in 2016. She was a founding member of the Massachusetts chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute, and she served on the board of directors for the Hispanic Institute of Holyoke. She has served for many years as president and member of the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library. Catherine is survived by her brother and was predeceased by her mother, Marie (Barber) Dower, her father Lawrence Dower, her sister Frances Dower, and her husband Dr. Arthur Gold. A celebration of Catherine's life will take place at Westfield State University later this spring. Memorial contributions can be made to the Westfield State Foundation Inc., in support of the Catherine Dower Music Scholarship, Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 1630 Westfield Massachusetts, 01086-1630. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Cross Parish Church, 23 Sycamore Street in Holyoke. Burial will follow in St. Rose Cemetery, South Hadley. There are no calling hours. The Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Lifetime Owls Host First Ever Paint Night

This past Wednesday, Lifetime Owls hosted its first ever Paint Night in the Owl's Nest on campus.

This past Wednesday, Lifetime Owls hosted its first ever Paint Night in the Owl's Nest on campus. Instructor Keely Malone, of Wine & Canvas in Springfield, guided students to create their very own masterpieces during this night of fun. The theme of the paintings? A colorful owl, of course, to spread some Westfield State spirit throughout the night.

Take a look at some of these beautiful paintings by our talented students!




Keep an eye out for the next great event hosted by Lifetime Owls, In-Line Skating and Laser Tag on March 8th! More details to follow.

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