Gov. Charlie Baker announced during his visit to Westfield State University's campus today that the University will receive a $21.25 million investment from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to renovate its oldest building, Parenzo Hall. The funding to Westfield State is made possible by H.4549 An Act providing for capital repairs and improvements for the Commonwealth, a bill ceremonially signed by Gov. Baker during the campus visit.
Westfield State University has been awarded a state grant of nearly $44,000 to enhance its support of students with intellectual disabilities. The University will receive a Quality Enhancement Project grant amendment of $43,983.08 to support student participants in the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI), as announced by Dr. Carlos Santiago, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education.
The fifth annual Pathways to Excellence fundraiser for Westfield State University and the Westfield State Foundation, held earlier this month, raised $203,000 to support students. 'This year's event was our most successful yet,' said Dr. Erica Broman, executive director of the Foundation and Westfield State University vice president of Institutional Advancement. 'This will allow us to make the state university internship incentive match for this year and to add additional student scholarships to our endowment.'
Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., has been appointed to the 2018 Board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Board members work together on national issues important to higher education to ensure that institutions have the resources and support they need to fulfill their missions.
Westfield State University will honor nine distinguished alumni in the field of law enforcement by inducting them into its Criminal Justice Alumni Hall of Fame at its third annual ceremony on April 7 at 11 a.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall.