Alumni Association

WSAA Exec Council Group Photo


Get Involved with the WSAA

The Westfield State Alumni Association currently has 41,000 members located around the world and provides opportunities for all Owls to be active, involved, and engaged. 

WSAA Mission

The mission of the Westfield State Alumni Association is to assist with the outreach to engage alumni with the University; to communicate with alumni regarding activities, benefits and campus information; and to actively support the student experience and fundraising efforts in partnership with the Westfield State Foundation, Inc. and the University.

WSAA Governance 

The Westfield State Alumni Association is governed by an Executive Council comprised of 17 representatives including the Alumni Trustee to the University. The term of office for a council member is three years and may include terms as committee chair, president, past-president and president-elect.

WSAA Leadership Committees

There are 6 committees in the association and each has a focus and strategic priorities to work through each year to bring the best programs, events and activities to our alumni constituents. Please see the committee descriptions below and contact Ryan Meersman '12, G'18, Associate Director of Alumni Relations if you are interested in joining one. You do not have to be an elected member to join most of the committees!

Academic and Life-Long Learning Committee

The Academic and Life-Long Learning Committee assists with events with the Office of Academic Affairs when collaborating with the Office of Alumni Relations. This committee is responsible for developing and supporting educational initiatives that support and promote continued life-long learning opportunities for alumni and for overseeing service projects for the WSAA.

Association Events Committee

The Association Events Committee assists with event planning including but not limited to Homecoming and other alumni programs supporting the Office of Alumni Relations and the WSAA’s mission.

Awards, Scholarship and Recognition Committee

The Awards, Scholarship and Recognition Committee is responsible for determining potential recipients for the awards and honors that are discussed by WSAA and presented to the Executive Council. This committee is responsible to recommend and guide the Executive Council when discussing all awards, scholarship, and recognitions.

Development and Marketing Committee

The Development and Marketing Committee assists with the development programs including but not limited to alumni giving clubs, fundraisers, and promoting alumni relations when collaborating with the Office of Alumni Relations. This committee also oversees fundraising activities pursued by the Council, including outreach, events, and marketing.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is responsible for encouraging and recruiting members of underrepresented groups to participate in WSAA events such as the elections for the Executive Council. We want you! This committee collaborates with the University departments, divisions, and groups to promote and develop initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion on campus and our alumni association. This is a new committee with a lot of potential to do great things!

Finance Committee*

The Finance Committee is responsible for maintaining the financial record of the WSAA along with the Westfield State Foundation. This committee presents the budget to the Executive Council. All members of this committee are the Chairs of the other committees listed and the Foundation Representative.

Governance Committee*

The Governance Committee is responsible for the election process, maintaining the Articles of Organization & bylaws, appointing, and removing of all members of the Executive Council and any other powers conveyed in the bylaws. This committee has the only authority to review the entirety of the bylaws & Articles of Organization with the intent of proposing amendments to the Executive Council. All members of this committee consist of five (5) members of the Executive Council.

*This committee is only available to sitting members on the WSAA Executive Council. If you are interested in joining the council and learning more about this committee, please sign up here and we will reach out to you. We have a couple of seats left for this council seat and would love to get as many people involved as possible!