Massasoit Monthly

Massasoit Monthly

Volume 15, Issue 1

Share your spirit.

Become a social ambassador for the College! Earn points, win prizes, and spread the news about our first-ever Giving Day on March 3.

Honor a legend.

Join us for the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Flynn Campus Union. Elsie Wallace Smalls, PhD, of Springfield College Charleston will present “This is my story. This is my song. A conversation on diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.”

Refer a student.

Know a high school student who would love this place as much as you do? Encourage them to sign up for a tour to experience the magic of Springfield College for themselves.


Associate Professor Featured in TED-Ed Lesson

Richard J. Wood, PhD, associate professor and director of the Center for Wellness Education and Research, explains what carbs are and what they do to our bodies in a new TED-Ed original lesson. Watch.

Students Gain Experience at Hoophall Classic

More than 70 students were part of the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic, the leading high school basketball tournament in the country. The students put their sport management knowledge to good use by serving as security, media relations assistants, and operations assistants at the event.

2016 Hoophall Classic Leadership Award Presented

Springfield College and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honored two sport management students for their exemplary leadership skills at the 2016 Hoophall Classic. The students, Brooke Fairman and Gregory Weigert, were key contributors to the event.

Community Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Together with several community organizations, Springfield College celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in downtown Springfield. Vice President for Inclusion and Community Engagement Calvin Hill and students from the dance major participated in the event, which featured music, dance, and spoken word.

Springfield College Highlighted in James Naismith Audio

You know basketball was born here–but now you can hear the sport’s inventor, James Naismith, Class of 1891, say so. In a newly discovered audio recording, Naismith speaks of the first organized basketball game played 125 years ago at Springfield College.

Plans for Community Engagement Center Under Way

A community engagement center is coming soon to Springfield College! A team of staff and students are working to develop a plan for the center, which will be located at the Holy Family Rectory. Planning is in its early stages, with ideas including an exchange center for clothing, books, and other items, and possible space for tutoring and workshops.


2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class Announced

The 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class is here! Honorees will be inducted during the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame event April 8-9. The five individuals include Joe Cervino '71; Kathy Mangano '86; G'88; Michelle Scecina '97, G'01; Bill Sullivan '59, G'63; and Derek Yvon '07.

Men's Volleyball Ranked First in National Poll

The men's volleyball program began 2016 as the top-ranked team in the country, according to the 2016 AVCA Division III Men's Preseason Top 15 Coaches Poll.

Women's Basketball Earns Third-consecutive Victory

Behind 16 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists from senior forward Emily Gins (Fort Myers, Fla.), the women's basketball program defeated MCLA, 73-52, on Jan. 25 in Blake Arena.

Men's Basketball Runs Away From WNEU

The men's basketball team used a 29-9 run midway through the second half to ease past cross-town rival Western New England, 77-61, in non-conference action on Jan. 25.

Najuch Picks Up First Career Win in Women's Gymnastics Season Opener

In her first meet at the helm of the Springfield College women's gymnastics program, head coach Jenn Najuch and the Pride defeated Rhode Island College, 182.850-176.100, on Jan. 9 in Blake Arena.

Zirna Highlights West Point Open Finals

Jon Zirna (East Amherst, N.Y.) re-established his school record on the parallel bars to highlight the individual finals at the West Point Open on Jan. 16 for the men's gymnastics team.

Wrestling Finishes Sixth in New England Championship

The wrestling team competed in the 2016 New England Wrestling Association Dual Championship at Bridgewater State on Jan. 23. The Pride entered the championship as the fifth seed and finished sixth out of 14 teams after defeating Bridgewater State and Norwich while falling to Wesleyan and WPI.

McCardell Leads Women's Track and Field to Title

First-year student Brooke McCardell (Kirkwood, Pa.) broke the school record in the pole vault, and the women's track and field team was able to accumulate 157 points to win the Maroon and White Classic on Jan. 23 in the Springfield College Field House.

Women's Swimming and Diving Handles Union and Hartwick

The women's swimming and diving team competed in a tri-meet against Union and Hartwick on Jan. 9 and cruised to a pair of victories. The Pride bested host Hartwick, 219.50-82.50, and toppled Union by a 184-116 score.

Need a career boost?

Get your career on the right path with the Alumni Career Speaker Series, featuring job-related webinars that offer advice for alumni in all stages of their work lives.

Feb. 3, 2016, 8 p.m. EST, Webinar

How to Write Better Resumes and Cover Letters
Presenter: Patricia Criscito

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March 2, 2016, 8 p.m. EST, Webinar

Manage Your Job Search
Presenter: Johanna Rothman

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April 6, 3016, 8 p.m. EST, Webinar

How to Make an Attitude Adjustment to Get That Job
Presenter: Bernard Kelvin Clive

Register »

Check out all upcoming Speaker Series events!
Other events are coming up too!

Feb. 27, 2016, 1 p.m., Springfield, Mass.
Celebrate Coach Doug Parker’s 90th Birthday

April 8, 2016, 3 p.m., Springfield, Mass.
Springfield College Softball: Past, Present, and Future

April 16, 2016, 8 a.m., Springfield, Mass.
Living Our Legacy: A Springfield College Forum for Alumni of Color

June 9-12, 2016, Springfield, Mass.
Reunion 2016

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