During these uncertain times, Springfield College alumni shared some words of encouragement for our students, whose lives are being disrupted by the coronavirus.

We hope that these Words of Encouragement will inspire our students and remind you that your relationship with Springfield College does not end when you graduate. The Office of Alumni Relations is here to assist you in any way that we can.

Want to add your own words of encouragement?

Robert
Malaspina
2010 & 2012
I am so proud of you! May God bless you and your family during this time!
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Charles R
Brinkman III MD
1956
Hang in there, this too will pass and you will look back on this as one of the many trials encountered on the trail of life.
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Robert "Bob"
White
1956
Speaking as President of the Class of 1956, we are looking forward to attending our 65th reunion in June 2021. With our class members in their mid to late 80's, we have seen many world wide events which had so much influence on our lives, the lives of family members and classmates that we send our heartfelt thanks to all those who are putting their lives on the line to care for those suffering from the current pandemic. Our support goes out to the Springfield College Administration for their decision to cancel the 2020 Reunion. This decision was made with the health and safety of all returning alumni and the hundreds of workers involved in the week-end activities of up most importance. On an up-side note, our classmates who are physically able to attend will be looking forward to re-uniting with friends from the Class of 1955. The lessons learned during our time at Springfield have made us strong and taught us that service to community is so important at this time. We wish everyone in the college community and alumni family a safe and healthy year and looking forward to the 2021 Reunion.
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Robert "Bob"
White
1956
As President of the Class of 1956, we are looking forward to our 65th reunion on the Springfirld College campus.
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Jeremy
Breden
1998/1999
It doesn't take me to tell you that the world is going through an unprecedented epidemic. The most important thing to know is that you are not alone. We are all in this together. And the truth is that we will come out on the other side better, faster, stronger and more prepared. My recommendation, stay away from the news. Embrace your friends, family and community support. Stay positive. Remember your humanics philosophy of spirit, mind and body. Keep all aspects of your life healthy. And when you reach the end of the internet and Netfilx, hopefully you will all be back to school and surrounded on the friendly confines of SC. Don't walk on the grass and make sure to say hi to everyone. :)
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Tim
O'Brien
'99, G'02
I think the most impactful advice in this most unprecedented time is to confirm that the Springfield College network runs deep. You will always have lasting relationships with your teammates, professors, & coaches but what you may not know yet is that your degree and experience at SC will connect you with thousands of alumni who are willing to lend a hand and possibly even open a door for you professionally.

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!
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Lynn
Letourneau
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Since coming to the college 1.5 years ago the thing that has struck me the most is this second family feeling that I get with my colleagues, faculty, administration, and mostly the students. And like my home family, I am thinking about my second family, about how you all are doing, what I can do to help, and sending positivity to you all. And because we are a family I know everyone else is to, it's what family does for one another! The human spirit is strong and we will get through this and be stronger and more resilient on the other side of this. United We Stand... Springfield Pride!
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Joe
Long
'95 G'97
You're not alone. It may feel it some days, but you're not. Being away from our friends and being home just stinks sometimes. We just want to get together and hang out ( I know I want to see my friends for Friendship Fridays) like we used to. We don't just want it, but we need it.

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.

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Tobías
Gómez
1994
Para los estudiantes hispanos, mi nombre es Tobías Gómez, M.Sc. Health Promotion and Wellness Management 1994. Un aliento para seguir adelante desde Costa Rica, mantengan sus metas intactas, solo modifiquen la forma de lograrlas. Hasta aquí han salido adelante, no hay motivo para no seguir. Los mejores éxitos.
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Tom
L'Italien
1993
As an SC grad my biggest take away was how students, alumni and faculty always looked out for one another. During this time of need, the values/beliefs of the SC community will lead the way both personally and professional. Let's take a step back and remember what brought us to SC and more importantly what we can bring to our family, friends and co workers: the sense of looking out for one another and helping those in need.

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.
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Betsy
Grenier
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Hello to all my AMSL101-21 friends! I wanted to tell you that nothing can break the strong community we've created with our ASL class. We've made connections that we will continue to nurture from afar. We will strive to maintain the interactive, face-to-face nature of our work. I vow to prepare you well for completing our course and making this transition as pain-free as possible. I believe in your ability - don't waver in your commitment to daily practice to hone your skills. WE CAN DO THIS!
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Maria
D'Agostino Crawford
1991
Springfield College is a family like no other. We will get through this as we have many other challenges. Stay strong and be kind to others. We are a community that is here for one another. :) Please be sure to keep in touch with your Springfield College family members....whether it be your classmates, teammates, counselor, friends, faculty or favorite staff person as we are all linked together by the Triangle and what it stands for. We are Springfield Strong!
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Nancy
Stiller
1975
I’m a retired educator who worked for over 30 years as a career counselor and academic advisor. My husband is a professor who transitioned his classes to an online format and Is working with his students in this new way. We discussed these three pieces of advice: First, it’s so important to COMMUNICATE with your professors if there’s something you don’t understand. They want to hear from you. Second, create a consistent SCHEDULE for yourself and give yourself breaks to relax. And, most importantly, keep your SENSE OF HUMOR. Someday, this will be a great story to tell others. SC is a family. We’re with you.
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PJ
Rovinelli
2005
Life is a series of seasons. You win some and you lose some. Some bring joy and others may bring challenges. You can only control how you play the game, which should be to the best of your ability and guided by principles.

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!
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Bill
Roberts
1992
Look out for each other during this time. We will all get through this however a strong sense of community is critical. In a college setting, there is always pressure and deadlines, etc. Help each other avoid turning to alcohol and other substances to manage these pressures, etc. The impact of peer influence especially in uncertain times is powerful and long lasting. Be that person who will rise above, be a source of positive energy who looks out for your fellow students, etc is lesson in leadership and further embodies the humanics philosophy of Springfield College.
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William
Brown
2002
Took me 38 years to complete my degree - Bachelor of Science - Human Services. What intervened? LIFE! College 1964 - 1967. Academic Suspension. Drafted United States Army 1968. Trained as Infantryman - Vietnam Service April 1969 - March 1970 - yup fifty years ago. Married 50 years ago (September 19, 1970) to girlfriend who supported me during my combat tour with 101st Airborne Division Apr 1969 - March 1970 as an infantry platoon sergeant in the Ashau Valley and during operation Lamar Plain around Tam Ky Vietnam. Go ahead - Google it! I did and cannot believe the AAR! Was in Sharon Lane's ward when she was the only nurse killed as a result of hostile fire (122mm rockets) Devastating! So this Corona Virus thing - I take extremely seriously. It is screwing with our world as we know it. As adaptable Springfield College alumni and staff and students, we'll take what life has to offer and get our revised lives together and make our dreams happen with renewed emphasis on what really matters - family, close friends, and your futures - resilience!
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Len
Merullo
71
We did not need this new crises but know that in your darkest times you rely on family & humanity to get you through. You are part of a caring & nurturing college dedicated to your whole development. Your time at Springfield will lift you throughout the journey & give you skills & memories that endure. Stay connected...stay strong!

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sandy
sisson
1968
You are being remembered. I was organizing my books (hunkered down in Northwest Florida) - when I decided to take a break and check my laptop life. Found this opportunity to share. Good idea, Springfield College! Then, of course, what to say in a concise way. Knowing I needed to write now, as after I closed my laptop - new posts later in the day would be filling the space. And I may not return to you.
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.
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Kylie & Anthony
Laurenitis
2013
We recently came across this quote and it made us think of our students, especially our senior class: "If the fire in your heart is strong enough, it will burn away any obstacle that comes your way.” That is exactly what Springfield College students have - fire in their hearts, a level of passion that sets them apart, and a willingness to achieve; regardless of the challenges that come their way. Because we know each one of you possesses these qualities, we believe that you will get through this uncertain time; that WE will get through this uncertain time. The entire Springfield College community is here for you and willing to lend a listening ear or offer a helping hand. WE are Springfield College. YOU are Springfield College. TOGETHER, we can do anything. In spirit, mind, and body, we are wishing you all the best and here for you always. -Kylie & Anthony
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Martha
McKean
2011
To all the PA students out there- keep on studying. This won't be the last pandemic we will see in our lifetimes, and we will need YOU to be ready when the next one comes around. Thank you for choosing medicine and dedicating the time and effort to learn.
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Joel
Dearing
1979
I feel so blessed to still be on duty in my faculty role RIGHT NOW in the midst of such uncertainty if only for this moment to encourage you - OUR STUDENTS! Be encouraged as you continue despite these circumstances to pursue your degree - WHY?
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
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Kristen
Buglione
2005
Sending some encouragement and good vibes out to the Springfield College community. Focus on what you can control, you have the choice to get up everyday and put the work in to get you successfully to the end of the semester. Be kind, help out a friend and ask for help when you need it. Your faculty and the staff at Springfield will be there by your side (virtually) cheering you on.. along with your friends, family and people like me who believe in you. You got this!
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Neil
Cook
1965
It's been many years since I was a student like you. I have always felt and even more so now that the most I got from my four years at Springfield were the face to face encounters with fellow students, faculty and staff. The beliefs and focus of the Springfield family has proven to be amongst the most valuable experiences I've had in my (fortunately) long life. The way I view people and the world were formed and confirmed by my Springfield experience. I realize that these times and problems are a challenge for us all. But I believe you have had an experience at Springfield, whether it's the end of your first year of you fourth year, has prepared you for exactly this kind of experience and world. I think the most valuable thing I can offer are these words and my heartfelt thoughts of all of you. As contrite as it may sound, we will all gain strength and a better, more humane view of our world. Be strong, be open and caring.
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You are our future. I'm proud to have met so many of you in the past few years. Wonderfully inspiring young people exist at Springfield College. You will always remain in my heart. Bless you all. Stay safe and stay strong, you will survive this.
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everything is an experience. I know things are NOT going as planned, but that mantra has been keeping me moderately sane - try it out. you’ll be just fine, keep going and what you can!
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Ray
Petty
'65
Hang in here. At 76, I am in the group with the highest concern. But recent stats indicate that young adults may also be vulnerable. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! Stay safe and stay positive. I would be happy to chat with anyone interested. I am a retired educator after 50 yeras as teacher, principal and college professor, I also served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, and taught at Inter American University in Ponce , PR. araypetty@msn.com
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chris
mccleery
1985
when events like this occur, it brings out a person's real character , their inner strength, their creativity , their adapting to a different norm and with their self determination to see a crisis through , life truly is a series of ups, downs, and at your younger age ( some more vulnerable than others) just know you're in for a lifetime of challenges so just hold onto that grit you have and of course keeping a sense of humor is important , not to dismiss this "crisis" but humor keeps stress at bay , its healthy to laugh , its good for the body, good for the soul and its infectious, (no pun intended here) take time to reflect daily on what's important to you and remember to slow down some and know this will pass and we will have learned alot more about the human spirit and its incredible beautiful process thats always evolving ,,, Springfield College promotes "body, mind, spirit" its essential because its all connected and as you live many many more years you'll understand it more and a little side note here , i miss my beautiful dog walker from the school ,NB, she works so hard and is so conscientious , such a good role model for the young and i know with young people like her,,, this world will be better off ,
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Elaine
Marshall
1977
Dear Springfield College students.. please stay strong & keep the faith, thru this COVID-19 pandemic. Stay true to yourself & the SC motto.. spirit, mind & body strong. We will all get thru this & you have the support of all of alumni, in addition to your parents, families, friends & most importantly, our creator!
God bless you all,
Elaine Pappas Marshall class of 1977
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Carolyn
Roberts
2012
I graduated from the master of education program in clinical mental health counseling, and I can’t imagine trying to complete that program online- HOWEVER, the professors and mentors that I gained through that program are amazing, and I know you are going to get the same top of the line lessons online as you would have in person!
Keep up the good work, we are a PRIDE at SC and we got this!!!!
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Live the SC motto, "Spirit, Mind and Body"!!
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