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Dear Alumni: As we begin a hopeful new year, I am happy to say that I am filled with pride and enthusiasm. Westfield is a great place to work, to teach and to learn. I’m inspired daily by our students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, whose contributions to our university and the greater community make us all proud. 2012 was a year of challenge with complicated financial times in Massachusetts, a very long presidential campaign and severe weather, but together we managed to get to the other side. Westfield State is recognizing the opportunities, imagining the possibilities, forging alliances and building an exciting future for us all, as we enhance community on Western Avenue and in our city center. In short, we have much to celebrate. My thanks to you for your continued support and to the Department of Alumni and Community Relations, who work so diligently on our behalf. Kit, Harry and I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you the happiest of New Years. Sincerely, Evan S. Dobelle President

Note from WSAA President Kelli Nielsen ’04

The Westfield State Alumni Year of Service kicked off on October 20th at Homecoming with a can drive for the Westfield Soup Kitchen. Let’s keep the ball rolling! You are probably already involved in some activity that helps others. Print out the “Westfield State Alumni Year of Service Banner” and show the world how Westfield Alums

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are giving back, community at a time. Log onto the alumni website at: for more details. NO PROJECT IS TOO SMALL! (For more information, please contact Alumni President, Kelli Nielsen at using SERVICE in the subject line.) Thank you!

Letter from the President


Classes, Golden Owls


Homecoming 2012




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The sun was shining, the crowd was laughing, and fun was had by all…Homecoming 2012 was a great success!
Hundreds of alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff came together to reconnect and visit their “home” at Westfield State. The weekend was filled with a wide variety of events including the

Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, Alumni Association Tailgate Party, Distinguished Alumnus Award Ceremony, outstanding athletic games viewed at the GameSide tent in Alumni Field; music by renowned bands on the Main Stage; and, several reunions including a 70’s Decade gathering!

A heartfelt note

Save the Date

Saturday, October 19th.

of appreciation is extended to the Homecoming Committee, our students, staff, and volunteers who devoted their effort and time to ensure the success of the event. Special thanks to the Westfield State Foundation and the Westfield State Alumni Association for their support of the day.

Stay Connected! Log on to our alumni website at

Call for Classes! Reunion Weekend is scheduled for June 8-9, 2013. Classes ending in 3s and 8s are encouraged to begin the planning process now. All years and affinity groups (MTG, Orientation Leaders, etc.) are encouraged to participate in Reunion Weekend by hosting your group or class. If you would like to be a part of the planning process, please contact Kathi Bradford at or at 413.572.5404.

Golden Owls The Class of 1963 will be inducted into the Westfield State Golden Owls group on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA. All members of the Golden Owl group are encourage to join us in our procession with the graduates of the Class of 2013. Watch for information sent to your Golden Owls, 2012 Undergraduate Commencement

home in February. We hope you will join us!

Are YOU one of the


Be a Lifetime Owl and become part of the newest initiative from Westfield State University’s Office of Alumni Relations. Your one-time membership fee makes a difference in the quality of student life at Westfield State. For questions, contact Kathi Bradford, Director, Office of Alumni Relations, at 413.572.5404 or email:

Alumni Relations P.O. Box 1630 Westfield, MA  01086

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March 9 –16, 2013

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