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Westfield State University to break ground on $33 million science center

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University will break ground Thursday on a $33 million science center, the first new academic building on campus in more than 40 years, according to university officials. State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony behind the public safety building along with Westfield State University President Elizabeth H. Preston and other local and state officials. The 54,000-square-foot science center …

Guard colleagues at Barnes recall ‘Moose’ Fontenot as natural leader

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WESTFIELD — Just seven months into his tenure at the Barnes Air National Guard Base, Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot Jr. already made an impact on those around him by inviting members of the fighter squadron to his Longmeadow home one at a time, starting with the juniormost members. There, Fontenot could make …

Fighter jet crash victim Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., seasoned F-15 pilot, decorated combat veteran

Friday, August 29, 2014

The pilot who died in an F-15C fighter jet crash Wednesday was a seasoned pilot and decorated combat veteran who moved to western Massachusetts earlier this year to join the 104th Fighter Wing. Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield on Friday identified Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. as the …

Westfield State faculty vote today whether to back President Dobelle amid spending scandal 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Westfield State University’s faculty and librarians have been participating in an unusual exercise this past week. One by one, in the basement office of their union on campus, they have been quietly arriving to vote on whether or … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle threatens trustees with legal action if he's suspended

Monday, October 14, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — An attorney representing Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle says legal action in federal court may be necessary if trustees suspend him Wednesday. Hartford lawyer Ross H. Garber said Monday that he is prepared to …

State Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland blasts president Evan Dobelle in letter to Westfield State University trustees

Friday, October 11, 2013

The state commissioner of higher education Friday night issued a letter blasting Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle for “repeated and uncontroverted examples of inappropriate behavior” which make it “highly questionable” whether he “can or should continue …

Bartley, Humason win primary contests for state Senate seat

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David K. Bartley and Donald F. Humason will face off in a special election Nov. 5 to fill the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat after the two came out on top in Democratic and Republican primaries … 1

Westfield State President Dobelle files spending report, raps critics amid investigation

Monday, October 7, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Firing back at his critics Monday, Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle issued a 20-page accounting of his travel expenditures and credit card use to the state’s higher education commissioner and, in an online video, …

Westfield State president faces no-confidence vote from faculty over spending probe

Sunday, October 6, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Faculty members and librarians at Westfield State University are planning a no-confidence vote in school President Evan Dobelle later this month. The Oct. 16 vote was scheduled after Dobelle missed a Thursday deadline to explain …

Higher education commissioner freezes $197,000 for Westfield State after President Evan Dobelle fails to provide report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — State Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in funding for Westfield State University late Friday after its president missed a deadline to explain travel spending criticized by its outside auditor and the state inspector general. Freeland also announced he’s recommending withholding another $2 million …

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending. The Springfield Republican reported that Dobelle’s lawyer Ross …

Primary election Tuesday for special election to fill former state senator Knapik’s seat

Friday, October 4, 2013

With primary elections on the horizon Tuesday, the four candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District senator are campaigning hard to be their party’s candidate in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the seat. Democratic voters will … 1

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Thursday, October 3, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending while on school business. The Republican reports Dobelle’s lawyer Ross Garber asked state Higher Education Commissioner Richard …