News Archives 2014
- Tracey Matthews Named Dean of the Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Tracey Matthews has been appointed dean of the Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, effective July 1, 2014. Matthews, who has been a faculty member at Springfield College since 2002 and served six years as chair for the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, was selected following a national search that attracted more than 60 applicants and nominations.
- Springfield College Board of Trustees 2014-15 Board Elections
The Springfield College Board of Trustees recently announced the results of its 2014-15 board elections held during its annual meeting on campus. Douglass L. Coupe of Bluffton, S.C., has been reelected as chair.
- Springfield College Celebrates Jesse Parks Scholarship Recipients
Springfield College recently hosted a dinner honoring recipients, past and present, of the Jesse Parks Scholarship at Springfield College. Since 1986, the Jesse Parks Scholarship has provided an opportunity for high school seniors of color, who live in Springfield, a chance to qualify for a full-tuition scholarship at Springfield College.
- Springfield College Leads Early Literacy Reading Program
Springfield College is leading an early literacy community outreach initiative for the second year entitled “Remember to Read,” that’s designed to encourage reading and reading readiness among kindergarten students. As part of the program, the College provided each kindergartener at the Elias Brookings and William N. DeBerry elementary schools with their own book.
- Springfield College Learning in Later Life Program Mentioned in AARP Story
The Springfield College Learning in Later Life Program was highlighted in an article on AARP.com listing Springfield, MA as one of 10 small cities to retire to, according to AARP, the non-profit advocate for people age 50 and over. The complete story can be found here.
- Springfield College Physical Therapy Department Assists at Massachusetts Senior Games
Senior athletes recently made their way to the Springfield College campus for the Massachusetts Senior Games. Some athletes had an extra event this year thanks to the Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy. Springfield College faculty member and geriatric clinical specialist, Kimberly Nowakowski, brought Springfield College Doctor of Physical Therapy students and recent physical therapy alumni to assist in providing the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE) at Blake Track during the event.
- Springfield College Psychology Professor Awarded NCAA Innovations Research and Practice Grant
Springfield College Psychology Professor Judy L. Van Raalte recently was the recipient of a $10,000 NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant. Van Raalte’s research is entitled “Mental health referral for student-athletes: Web-based education and training.”
- Springfield College School of Social Work Faculty Present at Global Social Sciences Conference
Springfield College School of Social Work Dean Francine J. Vecchiolla and faculty members Ann W. Roy and Walter J. Mullin recently presented a workshop on their book, Competency-Based Social Work Practice: An Integrated Approach to Decision Making, at the Global Social Sciences Conference in Hong Kong. Their book explores decision making by their master of social work students in nine cases and introduces integrated competencies, a model created by Vecchiolla, Roy, and Mullin.
- Springfield College Hosts 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
Springfield College hosted its 128th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. A leader in the field of medicine, Dr. G. Richard Olds, delivered the commencement address to graduating students. Richard is the son of the eighth president of Springfield College, Glenn A. Olds.
- 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Photo Gallery
- Springfield College Hosts 2014 Baccalaureate Ceremony
Springfield College held its Baccalaureate ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17, on Naismith Green on the main campus. Baccalaureate is an annual Springfield College tradition held on the day before the undergraduate commencement to honor the graduating senior class. It is a student-led ceremony designed to celebrate the spirit, mind, and body. Hundreds of graduates and their families attended this very memorable part of the Commencement weekend activities.
- Springfield College Hosts 2014 Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Springfield College hosted its 2014 graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, inside Blake Arena, on the College’s main campus. A leader in the field of medicine, Dr. G. Richard Olds, delivered the commencement address to graduating students. Richard is the son of the eighth president of Springfield College, Glenn A. Olds.
- 2014 Graduate Commencement Photo Gallery
Click here for the 2014 graduate commencement ceremony photo gallery.
- Springfield College Announces 2014 Commencement Speaker
A leader in the field of medicine, Dr. G. Richard Olds, will deliver the commencement addresses at the Springfield College 2014 Commencement ceremonies. The undergraduate ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield, and the graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m., inside Blake Arena on the College’s main campus. Olds is the son of the eighth president of Springfield College, Glenn A. Olds.
- Springfield College Names New Chief of Police
Michael D. Sullivan has been named the executive director of public safety/chief of police at Springfield College. This appointment was recently announced by John L. Mailhot, senior vice president for finance and administration, after the completion of a comprehensive national search for this position.
- Academic Awards 2014
Springfield College recently hosted their 2014 Academic Awards Ceremony in the Appleton Auditorium inside the Fuller Arts Center on May 6, 2014. The list below is a breakdown of the awards and achievements that were recognized at the ceremony.
- PRIDE Awards 2014
Springfield College hosted the annual PRIDE Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2014 in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union.
- Stepping Up Day 2014
Springfield College hosted the 88th Annual Stepping Up Day Ceremony on Monday, May 5, 2014 on the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union Patio. With Stepping Up Day, the freshmen take a step up, sophomores become juniors, juniors become seniors, and seniors become alumni.
- Springfield College AmeriCorps Students Host Mayor Domenic Sarno at Boland Elementary School
Springfield College AmeriCorps members hosted Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the Boland Elementary School on Tuesday, April 1, as part of the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Sarno issued a mayoral proclamation naming April 1, 2014, as National Service Recognition Day and he witnessed Springfield College AmeriCorps members implementing the Massachusetts Reading Corps program. Joining Sarno was Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper and Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick.
- Springfield College Department of Public Safety Hosts Dating Violence Prevention Event
The Springfield College Department of Public Safety will host a performance focused on dating violence prevention entitled The Yellow Dress on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fuller Arts Center. The event is sponsored by the Avon Healthy Relationships Grant, and is free and open to the public.
- Springfield College School of Social Work Professor Joseph Gianesin Receives Randy A. Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award
Springfield College School of Social Work Professor Joseph Gianesin recently received the Randy A. Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th annual National School of Social Work Conference. The Randy A. Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2012 to honor a social worker for outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of School Social Work and the School Social Work Association of America.
- Springfield College Public Safety Hosts Event Focused on Dangers of Distracted Driving
The Springfield College Department of Public Safety and the Springfield College Government Association will host Unite’s Arrive Alive program on Thursday, April 17, starting at 10 a.m. in front of the Campus Union. The event’s goal is to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk and distracted driving.
- Springfield College Physical Therapy Department Hosts Greene Memorial Lecture
The Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy hosted the annual Greene Memorial Lecture featuring Patricia J. Ohtake, PT, PhD on Thursday, April 10, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Campus Union. Dr. Ohtake presented, “Rehabilitation for People with Critical Illness: Taking the Next Steps.”
- Springfield College Hosts 2014 Peter V. Karpovich Lecture
The Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation presented the 2014 Peter V. Karpovich Lecture featuring three-time Olympic gold medalist and civil rights lawyer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, on Monday, April 21, at the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union. The lecture was entitled, Title IX: We won, right? So, why the stubborn disparities in athletics?, and culminated the year-long Celebration of 50 Years of Women’s Varsity Athletics at the College.
- Springfield College Physician Assistant Program Produces Perfect Pass Rate
The Springfield College Physician Assistant (PA) Program had 100 percent of their 2013 graduates pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in their first attempt to become certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. This marks the sixth-consecutive year that physician assistant graduates have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the national certifying exam for first-time takers.
- New York Times Bestselling Author David Epstein Visits Springfield College
New York Times bestselling author David Epstein visited campus on Tuesday, April 15 speaking to Springfield College students in the Fuller Arts Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Springfield College Exercise Science and Sport Studies Department, the Applied Exercise Science Club, and the Humanities Department.
- Springfield College Center for Wellness Education and Research Introduces Wellness Through Sports Program
The Springfield College Center for Wellness Education and Research, in collaboration with the Greater Springfield YMCA and the Dunbar Community Center, is leading a new initiative entitled, “Wellness through Sports.” The program is designed to teach kids practical skills to improve nutrition, physical activity, and stress management while promoting participation in youth sports.
- 2014 Scholars in Action Day
Over 200 Springfield College juniors and seniors presented their scholarly work to the College community on Tuesday, April 15 as part of the 10th Annual Scholars in Action Day. Scholars in Action Day is designed to showcase undergraduate scholarship at Springfield College. The event is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to share their research, scholarship, and creative activities with the College community.
- Springfield College 2014 Graduating Senior Art Exhibition
Springfield College Computer Graphics/Digital Arts Seniors received their "artist berets" at the recent senior arts show in the William Blizard Gallery. In the photo above from left to right are: Billy Devito, Tim Crampton, Professor Ruth West, Eric Voelker, and Brian Silva.
- Springfield College Men's Volleyball Team Wins 2014 National Championship
Huntingdon, Pa. – April 26, 2014 - The Springfield College men's volleyball team captured its third-straight NCAA Division III National Championship on Sunday afternoon after a three-game sweep of host Juniata College. Set scores for the Pride were 25-20, 25-21, 25-21. Springfield wrapped up the season with a 27-8 record, including a 26-3 mark in Division-III play. The Pride put on an offensive show in the championship match, hitting .431 as a team.
- Springfield College Announces 2014 Humanics Achievement Award Recipients
Former Springfield College Associate Protestant Chaplain Gregory Dyson and members of the 1934 American Legion Post 21 Baseball Team will be the recipients of the 2014 Springfield College Humanics Achievement Award. Tony King, captain of the 1934 American Legion Post 21 Baseball Team, will accept the award on his team’s behalf at the undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield. Dyson will be recognized during the graduate commencement on Saturday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m., on the College’s Naismith Green on the main campus.
- Springfield College Hosts Faculty Development Program
More than 80 health care professionals representing eight surrounding college and universities recently collaborated at Springfield College as part of the Healthcare Interprofessional Education Committee of Pioner Valley’s Faculty Development Program. The Healthcare Interprofessional Education Committee of Pioneer Valley (HIPE of PV), established in August 2013, is designed to address the needs of interprofessional education (IPE) amongst faculty and students in the health care field.
- Springfield College Hosts Film Event Honoring Lasting Legacy of Title IX
Springfield College hosted a film event honoring the lasting legacy of Title IX on Monday, March 10, in the Fuller Arts Center. The evening was part of the 2014 spring schedule for the William Simpson Fine Arts Series.
- Springfield College Hosts Sandglass Theater Performance
Springfield College hosted the Sandglass Theater’s award winning production, D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, on Wednesday, March 12, at the Fuller Arts Center. The performance was part of the 2014 William Simpson Fine Arts Series.
- Springfield College Hosts American Author and Conservationist Terry Tempest Williams
American author, conservationist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams read from her published works at Springfield College on Thursday, March 27. The event was free and open to the public, and was part of the 2014 William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College.
- Springfield College School of Human Services Student Selected as One of Seven National Emerging Leaders
Springfield College School of Human Services (SHS) student and Springfield, Mass. native Rashad Collins has been selected as one of seven national Emerging Leaders by the National Association of Community Health Centers.
- Springfield College Welcomed Back to Campus Eyewitnesses to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech
Springfield College celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a special panel discussion on Monday, March 31, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Campus Union. The was part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s commencement speech at Springfield College.
- Springfield College Set to Host 21st Annual African and African-American Education Research and Training Conference
National scholar Peter Bohmer will headline the 21st annual African and African-American Education Research and Training (AADERT) conference on Thursday, Feb. 27, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Springfield College. The event is open to the public and is part of a program at Springfield College honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s commencement address at the College.
- Springfield College Alumna Erin Pac Featured on Masslive.com
Springfield College alumna Erin Pac was recently featured on Masslive.com regarding her Olympic experiences. Masslive.com reporter Joe Cooper interviewed Pac to chat about her time at Springfield College, her role as an Olympic athlete, and her current profession working with children with autism.
- Springfield College Humanics Oscar Gala Night
Boston Globe film critic and author Ty Burr headlined the Springfield College Humanics Oscar Gala on Monday, Feb. 24, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room located in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union.
- Springfield College School of Social Work Hosts 25th Anniversary Celebration
The Springfield College School of Social Work will celebrate 25 years of continuous accreditation with a conference on disparities for weekend students featuring keynote speaker Charles H. Rucks on Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Fuller Arts Center.
- 2014 Fit Fest Provides Healthy Choices
The annual Springfield College Fit Fest took place on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Springfield College Field House. The event recognizes National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, an annual event of the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association.
- Springfield College Hosts Art Reception
A reception celebrating the illustrations of Gerald Purnell took place at Springfield College on Sunday, Feb. 9, in the William Blizard Gallery. Purnell’s work is featured in Springfield College School of Human Services Professor Richard Andersen’s new book, “A Homerun for Bunny.” The event is part of a program at Springfield College honoring the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s commencement address at the College.
- Springfield College Media Mentions in January
Springfield College continues to build media relations with our local media partners. The following list are media mentions the College has received during the month of January.
- Springfield College Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Springfield College hosted National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb. 8. On that day, girls in grades K-6 were invited to attend clinics at Springfield College involving several sports and activities, including soccer, tennis, volleyball, and gymnastics. The clinics were held in the physical education complex.
- Springfield College School of Social Work Hosts Open House
The Springfield College School of Social Work hosted an open house for prospective students on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, Mass. An additional open house will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
- Springfield College School of Social Work Welcomes Dr. Jill Barron as Guest Speaker
Dr. Jill Barron, MD MHS, associate director of medical student education in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, was the keynote speaker at the Springfield College School of Social Work weekday convocation on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Brennan Center Auditorium on Island Pond Road.
- Elected and Community Officials Join Faculty at Institute
State and local officials joined Springfield College faculty and administrators to kick off the College’s spring semester with discussions about increasing the desirability of the city of Springfield as a place to live, work, study, and recreate. The Faculty Institute, an event usually held on the campus at the start of each semester, was held at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.
- Hoophall Classic Leadership Award 2014
Springfield College and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame presented the second Hoophall Classic Leadership Award to Springfield College sport management students Monica Torney and Ryan Semke. Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President and Chief Executive Officer John Doleva made the formal presentation during the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic at Blake Arena.
- Springfield College School of Social Work Hosts Angelo McClain as Guest Speaker
Angelo McClain, chief executive officer for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), was the keynote speaker at the Springfield College School of Social Work weekend convocation on Jan. 25 in Judd Gymnasia.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture
Springfield College Associate Professor of Communications Martin Dobrow presented his lecture entitled, “History at Our Doorstep: The Remarkable Journey of Martin Luther King Jr. to Springfield College,” on Jan. 22 in the Fuller Arts Center. The presentation celebrated the 50th anniversary of King’s commencement speech and honorary degree presentation at Springfield College.
- Springfield College Men's Volleyball Ranked First
For the second-consecutive year, the Springfield College men's volleyball team will begin its title defense as the top-ranked team in the country according to the 2014 AVCA Division III Men’s Preseason Top 15 Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday afternoon.
- Springfield College School of Social Work Ready to Host Open House March 13
The Springfield College School of Social Work (SSW) will be holding an open house for prospective students on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Brennan Center, 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA.
- Springfield College Announces New William Beckett Teacher Preparation Scholarship
- Springfield College Identified as 2014-15 College of Distinction
- Springfield College Residence Life Members Lead Food Collection Drive
- Springfield College Hosts 2014 Block Party on the Hill
- Springfield College Well Represented at Alumni Event at Fenway Park