Westfield State University will host "Nún Isilmë" (underneath the moon), featuring the art of Tyler Vouros in the Arno Maris Art Gallery, Ely Campus Center, October 30–December 7. An artist's reception will be held on Wednesday, November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery.
Westfield State University has received a $140,000 Early College Implementation Grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to continue The Westfield Promise program, which was officially designated as an early college program by the Department of Higher Education in May. The program aims to benefit underrepresented student populations, including first-generation and students of color.
The Westfield State Foundation, after a record-breaking year of raising more than $3 million, increased the amount of scholarship awards to students and honored philanthropist James Huffmire at its annual meeting in September. As a result of the funding, the Foundation awarded 253 scholarships in 2017–18 to 194 students totaling $227,233. In addition, 161 internship scholarship awards were given, totaling $281,642. Total support eclipsed one-half of a million dollars.
Westfield State University has received a Performance Incentive Fund grant of $99,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to develop an enhanced prior learning portfolio assessment system to potentially enable qualified community college transfer students to complete a bachelor's degree within one calendar year.
Westfield State University will host American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King, on Monday, September 24 at 5:15 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall in its first Higher Ed/Higher Ground speaker series event of the academic year. King will present a lecture titled "Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement," unpacking the ways that racism has shape-shifted and evolved since the 1960s and discussing what can be done in the modern movement today to create a more just world.