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Giving Day 2017

You made March 1, 2017, count! Thank you for being a part of Giving Day.

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How a series of random events created the perfect opportunity for Bob Rice ’77 to support a worthy cause at Springfield College

PERFECT STORM

There is no single, causal element that can lead a physical education major to become a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Chief Counsel to the Chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and now, partner in an international law firm specializing in defending corporate officers, directors, and Fortune 500 companies in DOJ and SEC investigations. It requires a perfect storm of events.

Bob Rice ’77 and his family
Foundation, College partner to build intercollegiate and adaptive baseball park

Cal Ripken signs with Springfield College

Baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will partner with Springfield College to jointly design and build a one-of-a-kind intercollegiate and adaptive baseball park on the Springfield College campus in Springfield, Mass. Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper, Ripken, and foundation board chair Mark Butler signed the partnership agreement during the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation board meeting at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in December.

President Mary-Beth Cooper with, from left, Springfield College Trustee Kurt Ascherman ‘71; Mark Butler, chairman of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Board of Directors; Cal Ripken Jr., former professional baseball player and vice chair of the foundation board; and Steve Salem, foundation president.

Support From our Parents

My son, Michael, has been involved with the YMCA since he was eight. Now, as a YMCA professional studies minor at Springfield College, I’ve watched him become more managerial, more of a leader, more of a volunteer, and more compassionate.

President Cooper, parents, and students during New Student Orientation
Share Your Story

Everyone has his or her own Springfield College story. What's yours?

Share your story of how Springfield College has impacted you in your life.

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Here’s a sneak peek of The Learning Commons. See what all of the talk is about!

The Springfield College Learning Commons

Take a look at how the twenty-first century modern library will transform the student experience.

Learn more.

Annual Giving

Students on Naismith Green
The Springfield College Fund

This fund supports the greatest annual needs including student financial aid, faculty development, and the "Springfield College experience."

Student-athlete playing football
Friends of Springfield College Athletics

Friends of Springfield College Athletics supports the highest annual needs for our athletic teams, including equipment, technology, and travel costs.

East Campus group shot with campers in the fall
Friends of East Campus

Friends of East Campus provides annual support for purchases and improvements that are needed most and where they will have the greatest impact.

Dr. Tom Waddell throwing a javelin
Dr. Tom Waddell '59 Fund

The Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund provides financial support to promote diversity education programs that will enable our students to positively impact the community at large.

School of Social Work student in the classroom
School of Social Work Student Scholarship Fund

The School of Social Work Annual Scholarship Fund provides immediate financial aid support for students of the School.

PCS students at the St. Johnsbury Campus
Valentine Fund

Established in 1996 by Joe Valentine '50, former president of the United Way of the Bay Area (Calif.), the School of Human Services Valentine Fund serves as an emergency fund to help the School's students who face a financial crisis due to an emergency event in their lives.

Ongoing Projects

Student-athlete playing softball
The Diane L. Potter ’57 Softball Funds Campaign

Established in 2015 by a committed group of softball alumnae, the Potter Softball Coaching Fund and Potter Softball Program Fund combine to augment support for the softball program. The coaching fund will create an endowment to support the head softball coaching salary and the softball program fund will create an endowment that provides annual support for the highest needs of the program.

The Baseball Complex Project
The Baseball Complex Project

Berry-Allen Field opened in 1939 and, aside from regular maintenance, has not had any major renovations. As we have examined how best to renovate the field for maximum impact, we considered including facilities that could benefit our community, in keeping with our mission and our spirit of community engagement.

In discussions with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we decided to incorporate into the design an adaptive field that can be used by athletes with disabilities, as well as by youth baseball programs and community agencies that serve young people, especially disadvantaged children. An adaptive field is a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

Completed Projects

Student canoeing at East Campus
East Campus Renovations

Since the fall of 2011, a total of 467 contributions were received from alumni, students, staff members, camp families, businesses, and foundations. Funds raised have allowed us to put a new roof on the Pueblo, renovate the interior bathrooms within the Pueblo, and build brand new outdoor bathroom and shower facilities, which were used for the first time during Outdoor Pursuits in May 2013.

Doug Parker
Doug Parker Challenge

The head wrestling coach and professor of physical education at Springfield College for 1955-1990, Doug Parker ’51 is seen by many as the personification of Springfield College and its mission and ideals. Honored by numerous organizations throughout his celebrated 35-year career, Parker’s legacy will now live on at the College through the Doug Parker Wrestling Room, dedicated in July 2012.

Students playing field hockey
Stagg Field Scoreboard

The Stagg Field Scoreboard cost $63,000 and was supported by field hockey, football, and lacrosse alumni and parents. The field, which was resurfaced and enhanced by landscaping in 2007, has the seating capacity for more than 3,800 spectators.

Swimming pool
Swimming and Diving Scoreboard

The Springfield College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams need a new scoreboard/timing system. The new technology costs $100,000, and we’re making progress toward this goal, but could use some more help.

Students at East Campus
East Campus ADA Project

Thank you to all of the donors who contributed to our East Campus ADA Project and helped turn it into a reality. We couldn't have done it without you. 

Student in wrestling room
100 Years of Wrestling

The success of our storied wrestling program at Springfield College is as much about support from alumni, family, and friends as it is about athletic talent. Placing in the top ten at NCAA championships and producing all-american wrestlers will only continue as long as there are funds to support this great program.

Swim team in swimming pool
Charles "Red" Silvia All-American Exhibit

If alumni and friends of Springfield College can raise $50,000 in support of the highest needs of the swimming and diving program, the College will create an All-American exhibit in honor of Coach Red Silvia.

East Campus day camp
East Campus 80 for 80

Help celebrate the 80th anniversary of Camp Massasoit by participating in the 80 for 80 Challenge. The goal is to get 80 gifts of $80 or more for Friends of East Campus to support the program’s greatest needs. Your support provided items and improvements that are essential to our campers and students.