Class of 1959
March – April, 2019
As time is drawing nearer to our 60th Reunion on June 6-9 back on campus, it is paramount that our plans are solidified, reservations made and we dust off the old white bucks. We have much information to share and you have to let us know soon that you will be back for the entire weekend, just the Saturday dinner or another event. We truly look forward to seeing you!
In our last email communication, we asked you to think about memories and major events that occurred during our four years at Springfield. Steve Holmes was the winner of the challenge, coming up with the most memories and will receive a $50 gift certificate to the campus store. Nice going Steve….surely some of his memories will awaken many of our own at our dinner on Saturday evening.
So far, we have heard from 30 classmates who have indicated that they will definitely attend or are considering returning for the reunion…..they are: George Bosse, Ann Briley, Nancy Brown, Burt Berger, Allan Byrne, Dottie Stokes Clark, Willie St. Cyr, Bob Fay, Bob Ford, Cathy Downey Gallagher, Steve Holmes, Owen Houghton, Joyce Croucher James, Tom Johnson, Deb Jones, Charlie Koyanagi, Alison Sharpe Lucey, Dave Matthews, Joan Wells Meadows, Herb Neuhauser, Larry Nilson, Tom Nolan, Bruce O’Neil, Anne Stachowicz Paulhus, Carol Field Roosa, Marilyn Graham Scazzaro, Ken Sherman, John Stewart, Art Stultz and Myrna Sheldon West. We hope you will make plans and join us!!
Our dinner on Saturday evening will be special, as our guest speaker will be Marty Dobrow, Professor of Communications at Springfield College the past two decades. He has written for the Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN Boston, has authored two books and reportedly has made grocery lists come alive! Marty has personally met with Tom Waddell’s family in California and has been instrumental in the development of “Tom Waddell Day” on campus. His remarks will be personal and poignant. As an aside, we reported earlier that Sara and Jessica, Tom’s wife and daughter were invited to attend either or both TWD and our reunion. Due to Jessica’s recent delivery of Logan Waddell Kopp, their visit has been postponed until next year.
Giving Day was a great success on March 6th. Over 1,600 gifts were received in a 24 hour period and over $302,000 was raised. A major goal of this program and also our class is to increase the number of givers to the college. Our class giving to date stands at 35 donors contributing $26,000. A return envelope is enclosed, if you have not yet made your gift. If you’re IN, please accept our gratitude and official thanks from the college.
Now, to the task at hand! You will receive in the next month the “official brochure” from the Alumni Office containing details of reunion weekend and your registration form. Be ready for it and let us know via return mail that you will be coming. Our host hotel is the Holiday Inn in Enfield, please call (860) 741-2211 to make your reservations (make sure you mention the Springfield College-Reunion 2019 block of rooms), but you may stay on campus if you prefer. A scheduled (not on demand) shuttle service is provided throughout the day to the hotel and student driven golf carts will “taxi” you around campus all weekend.
We, your Reunion Committee, hope that you are thoroughly energized and ready to COME HOME. We look forward to seeing you. Make your hotel reservations, return your registration form and watch for additional information still to come!
’59 Reunion Committee
Dear classmates of the golden year 1959,
Several weeks ago, Owen and I met on campus with Alumni Director Tamie Kidess Lucey '81, G'82, and other members of reunion year classes to begin the planning of the 2019 Reunion Weekend (June 6-9) and more specifically, our 60th!! Did I get that right?? YES, our 60th! There is truly a sense of pride one receives in walking back on campus today … the facilities have never looked better, the faculty and students are outgoing and gregarious as ever, academics are stronger and continue to identify with what we remember as the Humanics philosophy and the "spirit” is seen and felt throughout.
Don't take our word for it … come back and see for yourself! When were you last on campus? When did you last talk with someone from Springfield, or a classmate about a story that happened while you were getting your degree? Have you thought recently about your time on campus, the education you received and what it has meant to you? There are so many recollections worth remembering and even more importantly worth sharing! Come and share!!
As you think about your plans for the next year, let us put a challenge into setting a few priorities:
- Put on your calendar right now.....return to campus June 6-9 (or any part of that time or even an event or dinner). You will receive in April 2019 the registration brochure of reunion events. You can make your decisions and reservations at that time. A pre-response form can be downloaded at the bottom of this page (it's not like a credit card application and we won't hold you to it....it will help us with our planning.)
- Financial support for our alma mater is always paramount to the long term survival of private higher education. As the year 2018 comes to a close, this is a good time to consider our personal support to Springfield College. Last year, 44 donors (26% of living classmates) donated nearly $35,000. In this reunion year, we should shoot for 100%. We were reminded while on campus, that it is REALLY NOT important how much you give, but that you give something. Large corporate and foundation givers are encouraged to support Springfield College in knowing that the alumni also support their alma mater in large numbers. We can do much better. To give, please visit www.springfield.edu/gift.
- In past letters to you, we have outlined The Dr. Thomas Waddell '59 Endowed Fund. Each year, the college hosts "The Tom Waddell Sports & Social Justice Symposium”, which celebrates his life of “Humanics and Diversity” with programs and speakers. This event is usually in April. As an aside, this year, Jessica and/or Sara, Tom's daughter and wife, have been invited to attend the Waddell Day program and also our reunion. More to come. While other classes have helped provide financial support to this project, our Class of 1959 can truly strengthen this legacy by making memorial gifts through our annual giving. Mark in the memo part of your check that you wish to make a part or all of your gift to the Tom Waddell Fund. You can also make your gift in memory of another classmate or person to be added to the Waddell Fund.
While in this “memorial phase” of discussion, this is also a great time in our lives, as we set up and review our estate planning to consider Springfield College in a bequest. Any member of the Development Staff can put you on the right track here. Or let one of us know and we can help facilitate.
In summary, please consider returning for our 60th reunion! We know that you will have a wonderful time and be amazed at the advances being made at the College! Give sincere thought about funding opportunities ... The Dr. Tom Waddell '59 Fund or the Springfield College Fund, which provides funding for the greatest needs on campus, primarily financial aid for deserving students.
We wish you well for the Holidays ... and look forward to seeing you back on campus June 6-9, 2019.
Tom Johnson, President
Owen Houghton, V.P.