Deadline Story 2: Class of 1974 Reunion
By Luke Brown ’17
Every year during Homecoming weekend, the Springfield College Class of 1974 celebrates in style. The class gathers at the Pueblo on East Campus for food, laughs, and memories. Oct. 25, 2013, was no exception.
The class is approaching its 40th reunion this upcoming spring, and the members haven’t slowed down one bit. If anything, they have sped up. The class has pizza, beer, live entertainment, and so much more at the annual event. Most classes have reunions on the big years, such as 10, 20, 25, and so on, but the Class of 1974 comes back to its alma mater every year.
The event started in the fall that followed its 25th reunion, in 1999. Every year has gone pretty soundly, but this year Springfield College unintentionally threw them a curveball. The school had double booked the Pueblo, so just like any great hitter, the class sat back and waited for the pitch, or event in this case, and hit a home run. They were able to stay on East Campus, but started their night on the beach at 7 p.m., and moved up to the main stage once the clock hit 9 p.m. It was an unusual start to the night, but nothing that could not be overcame by such a great class.
There has to be an emphasis on great class. Not only do members of the class meet every year, but they also contribute a great deal financially. The class has ranked the top three in terms of money contributed every year for the past 15 years. The Class of 1974 takes pride in their school, even if its members are almost 40 years out of it. President Norm Kosciusko runs the nonstop campaign. “It’s your world,” Kosciusko explains. “We’re just here to rent it, and we just want to help you all have the best world possible.”
Kosciusko, a St. Petersburg, Fla., resident, comes up most years for this legendary event, but some classmates attend the event every single year. Carol Doyle is one of those people. “I come back [every year] because of my friends,” Doyle says. “My college friends are the best friends that I have in the entire world, and they make me look forward to the event every year.” Doyle commutes all the way from Buffalo, N.Y.
The class donates financially, but they also contribute to the school in even more ways. Alumnus Thomas Mark represents the class on the campus, as he is on the Board of Trustees. Charlie Brock also represents the class on the campus, but he is able to impact the campus more directly on an everyday basis. He is not only a professor, but he also coaches the Springfield College men’s basketball team. Something about the atmosphere just makes these guys and gals want to come back for a weekend or even a lifetime.
While the Class of 1974 runs the event, they don’t seclude themselves. On top of their strong attendance, alumni of different classes make the event as well. People show up from the Class of 1970 all the way to classes from the end of that decade. They bring spouses, kids, and friends as well. After all parties have gathered in the Pueblo, there are about 60 to 70 people there on any given year.
Homecoming brings so many great events, but without a doubt, the Class of 1974 assembles one of the best, even if it is one of the least known events. Part of the reason people come to Springfield College is because of the family-type atmosphere, and the Class of 1974 completely exemplifies that. They also shows that family never dies down, even after almost 40 years.