Class of 1964
HAPPY NEW YEAR CLASS OF 1964
How time flies!! First it was our 50th reunion then our 75th birthday Celebration and now, here is the beginning of a new year. Now plans for The 55th Reunion of the Class of ‘64 this coming June 6-9 are well underway. It brings back great memories of all the fun we had over the years.
Hopefully one of your New Year’s resolutions (which we know you will want to keep) is to participate in at least some of the special activities being planned for Reunion Weekend on the College campus on June 6 through June 9, 2019.
The evolution of the campus and the improvements in facilities, are a marvel. The student body is impressive.
Your Reunion planning team is already busy developing a schedule of activities especially for the Class of ’64 as an addition to the usual College Reunion Events. There will be opportunities to reconnect with the College (and be briefed on the College’s revised master plan recently presented to the Board of Trustees), engage with old friends, and just plain have a great time with fellow classmates. We will provide you with a specific schedule of activities and events as plans are finalized.
In his letter to you last month, Bob Hamill provided an update on the impact and funding status of the Class of 1964 Scholarship which was established at our 50thReunion with over $300,000 in initial contributions. What a success!! You should all be proud! Since then with additional contributions from classmates and endowment earnings, the endowment is closing in on $400,000. We hope this can be reached this year with even greater growth in future years. What do you think a reasonable target should be? Perhaps $500,000? Or more?
If you are planning gifts to the College or other charitable giving this year, please keep the Class of 1964 Scholarship in the forefront of your giving. Your support means so much to future students at the College. Have you considered committing to the long-term goals of our class scholarship by joining the 1885 Society? Members of the 1885 Society have included Springfield College in their estate plans. There are many simple ways to do this, including gifting a life insurance policy or putting the College in your will. If you are interested in learning more about the 1885 Society, please contact John White or Bonnie Cox at 413-748-3124 and they will guide you through the process. In addition, there is also a great deal of helpful information on plannedgiving.springfield.edu.
Our 55th Reunion headquarters will be at the new Hampton Inn in downtown Springfield. A block of rooms has been reserved at Rate $159.00/per night plus tax. Reservations need to be made by May 6, 2019 to receive the group rate. We would like to see as many classmates as possible stay at our 55th Reunion Headquarters to facilitate meeting opportunities and engagement with fellow classmates. Please make your reservations soon by contacting the Hampton Inn at (413) 310-2300. The College will provide a scheduled shuttle between the Hampton Inn and the College Campus on Friday and Saturday of Reunion Weekend. At our next committee meeting we will be chatting about some sort of gathering for our class on Thursday evening. Stay tuned for more information.
If you have not already marked your calendar and sent in your “pre response” form that you can download here, please do so soon. Also, please share with us any ideas you may have to make our reunion more fun and special. We appreciate your help and hope that you will join us for at least part of our 55th Reunion celebration.
Your Class of 1964 55th Reunion Committee
Bob Hamill, Vic Cappillo, John Odierna,
Howard Pulsifer, Paul Rosenbaum, and Mary Ramsay Stam
Hello to the Class of 1964,
I hope this note finds everyone well, looking forward to the coming holidays and excited about our next gathering -- The 55th Reunion of the Class of 1964 -- in June of 2019. I wanted bring everyone up to date on two major activities.
First, an update on the Class of 1964 Scholarship Fund. The endowment is holding strong. The current value is $375,614 (value was $385,404 in January 2018). The slight decline may be viewed positively in light of our ongoing support of students and the recent decline in the financial markets.
We deserve to be proud of the Class Scholarship’s impact. This year ‘Our Scholarship’ is providing $16,000 in support of two awardees: Andrew Carter and Sara Labadorf. Andrew, who has previously been supported by our scholarship, is a senior business major from Green Cove Springs, Florida, and continues to achieve strong academic standings with a 3.27 GPA. Our first-year recipient is Sara Labadorf from Huntersville, N.C. Sara earned a 4.0 GPA in high school and is a health science major. She is a member of the women's volleyball team, which won the conference regular season championship, and she competed in the NCAA tournament. The Class of 1964 Scholarship contributes substantially to recruiting the brightest and the best, and also helps deserving students on the path to graduation. These are two very important goals.
Please keep the Scholarship in mind as you consider year-end contributions. I am hoping we can close the current ~ 25K gap and bring the endowment to $400,000. What might be a reasonable target to reach --$500,000 or more? A thought for the longer term is to consider making a commitment to Our Class Scholarship via the 1885 Society (planned giving). Whether it’s including Springfield College in your estate or gifting the College a life insurance policy, it is a relatively simple process. If you are interested, please contact John White or Bonnie Cox at 413-748-3124.
Second, our 55th Reunion Gathering will be the second week of June 2019 (Thursday-Sunday, June 6-9). Everyone should have received a ‘Save the Date’ notice—if not, here is a reminder. Many of us were able to gather for a Class 75th Birthday Party and it was a great time. It will be even more fun to rally for the 55th. The planning committee will be meeting shortly; please send ideas, requests, thoughts, etc., to consider for ‘Our 55th!
Donna and I returned to Springfield College in October to attend the Tipton Alumni College and Alumni Awards Celebration. Our classmate Ken Baldwin was instrumental in organizing the first Tipton Alumni College in Exercise Science focused on Concussion. Ken, who received his PhD with Dr. Tipton, introduced Dr. Tipton (SC Class of ‘52) by sharing his remarkable contributions. Tipton was truly honored that the Alumni College was established in his name. He gave a wonderful introduction for the keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Cantu, a Clinical Professor of Neurology/ Neurosurgery & Co-Founder of the CTE Center at Boston University (CTE: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), who presented a fascinating and comprehensive review of concussion. Following Dr. Cantu’s remarks, a panel discussion and excellent talks by Springfield College professors provided an up-to-date review of the current state of the art regarding concussion management. The Tipton Alumni College was an unquestionable success.
Just take a minute and fill out the pre-response form below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will give us an advanced idea of numbers for planning purposes.
That’s all for now. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and wishing you all the best of the coming ‘Holiday Season’!! Put June 6-9, 2019 on your calendar and keep “The Class of 1964 Scholarship” in mind as you plan your contributions.
Thanks so much.
All the Best,
Robert W. Hamill, MD
President, Class of 1964