The Humanics Triathlon will feature free lectures and events that embody our spirit, mind, and body philosophy to support ongoing campus and community involvement in Humanics.
Springfield College Wilmington students assist at an event
Spirit

The spirit component of the Humanics Triathlon defines spirit broadly as the aspect related to emotions, character, and the soul. The spirit component of the Humanics Triathlon is focused on engaging with, supporting, and participating in Humanics Triathalon events.

Students stand in a circle with their hands in as a team
Mind

The mind component of the Humanics Triathlon involves a speaker series to challenge the community with relevant ideas on diverse topics. This year, we will invite 3 speakers addressing topics related to spirit, mind, and body.

Members of the Springfield College community participate in a fall cleanup day
Body

The body component of the Humanics Triathlon involves the Humanics Challenge, which encourages community members to become active in creating their own Humanics projects. This is a “challenge by choice” activity, allowing people to get involved as much or as little as they would like.

Distinguished Professors of Humanics

This event is presented as part of this year's Distinguished Professor of Humanics program. Since 1967, the College annually has appointed a Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics to continue the preservation of Springfield College's guiding philosophy and to examine its implications of pedagogy, curriculum, management, recruitment, campus life, and community impact. 

Learn more about Humanics Lectures and Writing at Springfield College

The Humanics Triathlon: About Spirit, Mind, and Body

Spirit

Show your spirit around the Springfield College campus. Download the app "SuperFan-Loyalty Rewards" to show your support at athletic, community-based, spiritual, and other events. When you attend designated events, you earn points that can later be redeemed for prizes!

SuperFan AppTo download the app, search "SuperFan-Loyalty Rewards" in your app store (blue and white icon), then select "Springfield Squad." By creating an account with your Springfield College email address, you will earn points when you "check in" at sport events, lectures, and other campus activities. Be sure to enable push notifications so you receive the latest news and information. At the end of the semester, you can cash in your points for prizes at the SuperFan U prize store!

Mind

The mind component of the Humanics Triathlon involves a speaker series to challenge the community with relevant ideas on diverse topics. This year, we will invite 3 speakers addressing topics related to: (a) spirit, mind, and body, (b) leadership, and (c) service to humanity.

Our Speakers

  • William Parham, PhD
    Spirit, Mind, and Body

    The Ink Used to Indelibly Etch Lasting Impressions: Invisible Tattoos of Trauma within Athletic Communities

    September 24, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
    Fuller Arts Center

    Learn more about William
  • Janice Hilliard, PhD
    LEadership

    Janice Hilliard

    Athletes, leadership, and social responsibility: Where we came from, where we are, and where we are going

    December 3, 2019 | 7:30 P.M.
    Marsh Memorial Chapel

    Learn more about Janice
  • Derek Nesland
    Service to Humanity

    Derek Nesland headshot

    Who says there's no traveling in basketball? Community development through court building around the globe

    January 28, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
    Fuller arts Center

    Learn more about Derek

Body

The body component of the Humanics Triathlon involves the Humanics Challenge, which encourages community members to become active in creating their own Humanics projects. This is a “challenge by choice” activity, allowing people to get involved as much or as little as they would like.

HUMANICS CHALLENGE

What is this about?

The Humanics Challenge is designed to engage/connect the Springfield College community with the Humanics philosophy at each individual’s level of interest and commitment and to encourage people to participate in, design, and/or create Humanics Challenge projects. Possible ideas for Humanics Challenge projects range from basic/simple “one-time” activities to more involved and ongoing Humanics service projects:

  • Story/essay/poem/description of Humanics (this could be part of a class assignment)

  • Video/song/rap with Humanics content or theme

  • Painting, photograph, sculpture, poster, t-shirt, stickers or other Humanics-related artwork

  • Humanics in Action service project (volunteering in schools, raising funds for a charitable cause, serving the community, helping children and elders, etc.)

Where can I find information about Humanics and Humanics in Action?

Humanics information is available online here. You can also talk to a Springfield College librarian or a Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics on campus.

What if I need money to support my Humanics Challenge project?

Humanics in Action Service Projects mini-grants of up to $500 are available upon review of applications. For questions about mini-grants contact, Charlene Elvers in the Center for Service and Leadership at celvers@springfield.edu. Applications are available here.

Do I have to do this on my own?

You can work alone or in groups. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of the college all are invited to participate in this challenge.

How do I submit my Humanics Challenge project? Can I share information before I've completed the project?

We want to hear about your Humanics Challenge project, whether it's been completed or still in the planning stages! Fill out this form and let us know what great work you are doing. We will promote your work on this page, on our social media, and, if applicable, on the college calendar.

What if I have more questions?

For funding questions, contact Charlene Elvers in the Center for Service and Leadership at celvers@springfield.edu.

For Humanics questions: Visit our Humanics page

For Humanics Challenge questions: Dr. Judy L. Van Raalte, Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics, jvanraal@springfield.edu

Humanics Challenge Projects

Want to see your project featured here? Tell us more about it!

Spirit over a flower
Graphic Design Renderings of Spirit, Mind, and Body

Arts 203: Graphic Design did a series of visuals for the student newspaper representing Spirt, Mind, and Body. The designs will be used as headers for pages, plus for an article in the student paper.

See the work

Students stand with items in front of the bus for the fill the bus fundraiser
Fill the Bus

Fill the Bus Food Drive put on by the Student-Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) partnering with Public Safety and Division of Community Engagement to help donate food to the Gerena School, Food Bank of Western Mass and Springfield College Food Pantry. This is the third year that SALT has put on a food drive to help those in the Springfield community. 

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A kayak sits near the dock on the shores of Lake Massasoit
East Campus Restoration Project

Using money from the Humanics in Action Mini-Grant, we have secured four pairs of waders.  Working in small teams, students will be removing trash from the East Campus shores of Lake Massasoit.

Humanics cupcakes on a plate, frosted vanilla with triangles on top
Humanics Treats for the Friends in Humanics Scholarship Fundraiser

Judy VanRaalte, PhD, professor of psychology, baked Humanics treats in support of a fundraiser led by Distinguished Professor of Humanics Peter Polito, PhD.

Professors of Humanics at Springfield College
The Humanics Song

Building Our World
A Song for Humanics

Lyrics by Peter Polito and Christopher Haynes
Music by Christopher Haynes
© 1999

Listen to the song

Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Anthony C. Hill 
Healthy Masculinity

Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Anthony C. Hill focused his year-long efforts in Humanics on teaching students and the community about healthy masculinity. 

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Walk With Ease Participants
Walk With Ease

Springfield College has partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to link you or a program in your community to an Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease program. Walk With Ease is a 6-week program designed to help you make walking an important part of your everyday life. 

Learn more

The shores of Lake Massassoit near Springfield College
East Campus Restoration Project

Using money from the Humanics in Action Mini-Grant, we have secured four pairs of waders.  Working in small teams, students will be removing trash from the East Campus shores of Lake Massasoit.

Submitted by Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Health Education, Steven Groccia, PhD

Success Primary School in Malawi

Last August, adjunct faculty members Fides Ushe and Beth Evans ran a program in Malawi for teachers and students at a school that includes 40 children who have a disability. At the time they offered to do it, they were told that the major problem was “mobility”. They thought that referred to physical movement problems along the lines of the headmaster who had polio as a child. When they got a list of the different problems, it turned out that “mobility problems” meant that often children live too far away to be able to walk to school! They altered the program to reinforce math, spelling and reading with in all activities because the majority of those 40 students had a learning disability. Although they had planned for 40 participants, the headmaster wanted them to include all 240 students so they would be demonstrating inclusion. As they said, "We did it!!!"

Because there always is “hungry season” before new crops are harvested, they brought bales of fortified maize flour for the community's staple food. For the child who was unable to walk and had to be carried everywhere, they provided a stroller. They also brought medical supplies and drugs for two hospitals.