I tell you this because I have learned through difficult times, it is then, we become our most creative, persistent, collegiate selves! You will get through this because you are inspiring and amazing! And you have people that love you and believe in you! You have more people cheering you on than you know!
Know right now, you can do hard things! Be safe and well! We need you!!
I wish you the best of luck as you finish this year and move into your next one. If your next one is beyond college, don't hesitate to tap into the network!
We chose Springfield because we are people that thrive when we connect with others. We are better when we have our community... our SC family. Times like now remind us just how important and special our time is or was at SC. We know we'd do anything for our Springfield family.
There is no better time than now to serve and lead. By being home and staying away from our SC family, we are serving others. We aren't spreading the virus and infecting our friends. Be being home, we are showing leadership. In times of crisis, true leaders emerge. Those that are willing to put others before self. I know this is who we are. Right now, we are living the Humanics philosophy. I could not be prouder to call myself a Springfield alum.
Remember, you are not alone.
For all the current SC students it is true when you hear "Springfield people love to hire Springfield people" because of what brought us to campus, the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than yourself. That does not go away, it strengthens over time. Your best years are ahead of you, keep things in perspective and know you are part of a special bond - The Springfield Way.
The principles you will learn at Springfield will guide you through any of life's seasons.
Selflessly serve others.
Be human. Smile and greet everyone.
Live with humility and with an obnoxious amount of positivity.
Show Respect (we don't walk on the grass)
Develop and balance the whole self in Spirit, Mind and Body.
Don't be overwhelmed with a tough season. You have all you need deeply rooted in our Springfield principles to live an impactful and fulfilled life!
I did graduate in '68, some have said, challenging times. And now - you find yourself in 2020 facing times in the realm of unbelievability. As I look down at the books I just pulled from the shelf...I see Henri Nouwen, Enos Mills, Isabella L. Bird - facing up at me....and also - How To Read Nature by Tristan Cooley. As you can tell - I must have been in the outdoor spiritual hiking section. I opened the book about "reading nature", looked at the chapter headings...and each one seemed to speak to what many of you may be feeling. Looked at the back cover - a quote from the Wall Street Journal spoke to me, perhaps you.......
"For those inclined to solve mysteries written into the landscape, this author's lead is one they'll want to follow." Are you feeling/knowing you are in a mysterious landscape time? Not knowing the outcome..... Along with poets, music, life stories, faith, I leave you with this..........
May you find your path. May you remember spirit, mind, and body. May you embrace the grief, embrace the joy, embrace the life at the moment and in the moments to come.
Are you still reading? :) YOU are being encouraged. I know that's all I needed to say. By writing to you, think I may be delaying the chore of organizing books. Thanks for providing ME a personal encouragement moment - remembering my SC times. They will last a lifetime. Spirit hugs sent your way.
My Springfield degree has hung over my desk my entire career as a reminder that I am well prepared to lead and serve because of all those who invested heavily in me, and from all the inspiration gained from embracing the notion of ever-developing in Spirit, Mind and Body. I am seeing every day how our leadership team and all our employee groups are mobilizing, transitioning, and adapting FOR YOU! I am also part of a class of alums, and have many, many alumni in my life - including incredible colleagues... I am confident that much inspiration will soon be coming your way. I am also fully confident that you - our students - will grow from these challenging times, even as you are leading and serving RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. All the best, Coach "D" '79
God bless you all,
Elaine Pappas Marshall class of 1977
Keep up the good work, we are a PRIDE at SC and we got this!!!!