Julia Chevan, PhD, professor of physical therapy, recently appeared on The Healing Pain Podcast. In this episode, Chevan talked about her work in breaking ground for the education of physical therapists in the context of the opioid crisis in the United States.

President Mary-Beth A. Cooper, PhD, DM, and Brooke Hallowell, PhD, dean of the School of Health Sciences, spearheaded the Springfield College donation of 50,000 pair of gloves to the staff at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mass., in April 2020. Chairman of the Board for Mercy Hospital and Trinity Health of New England Paul Mancione called the donation “lifesaving measures.” “I did not know these people two weeks ago and I consider them friends today,” Mancione said during an interview on MassAppeal on WWLP TV 22.

Laurel R. Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of sociology, was an interviewee for two podcasts. The first, “The Native American mascot controversy,” aired Feb. 9, 2020. The second, “The Native American mascot controversy, Part 2,” aired on Feb. 16, 2020. Both podcasts were part of Captain Hunter’s Podcast, a society and culture podcast dedicated to bridging the gap between police and the communities they serve.

Linda Davis-Delano, PhD, professor of physical education and director of educator preparation and licensure, was inducted in the Lake County (Illinois) High School Sports Hall of Fame for coaching volleyball and softball at Libertyville High School between 1975 and 1987, where she also was a physical education teacher. During her 10 years as the head volleyball coach,  her coaching record was 228-6. Her teams won nine conference championships, eight regional championships, and three sectional championships. Her 11-year softball coaching record was 163-60, during which her teams won four conference championships and two regional championships.

A feature story for masslive.com, written by Martin Dobrow, professor of communications, was listed among the best sports journalism in the country in the 2019 Best American Sports Writing anthology. The April 17, 2018, story—“Hoops, Hijabs, Heartbreak and Hope”—focused on basketball standout and social justice pioneer Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir. This marks the sixth time that Dobrow’s work has been celebrated in this prestigious national anthology.

Justine Dymond, PhD, associate professor of English, was selected to participate as a storyteller in the New England Public Radio Valley Voices Slam under the theme “Sweet & Salty.” She wrote and performed a five-minute true story titled “Handiwork” without using notes. The event took place at Hawks Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, Mass., in front of an audience in March 2020.

In January 2020, Ian Stratton, staff accountant, founded Iron Cross-Fitness, LLC, through which he leads in-depth gymnastics mobility, strength training, and skill camps at various fitness facilities throughout western Massachusetts. He graduated from Springfield College in 2015 with a degree in finance, and was a member of the gymnastics team, including serving as team captain his senior year. The focus of Iron Cross-Fitness is to educate staff at area fitness facilities on gymnastics safety and the importance of mobility and body awareness. He has produced various clinics and seminars at the following Massachusetts facilities: CrossFit Wingman in Agawam, CrossFit Swarm in Westfield, CrossFit S.V.G. in South Hadley, and TribeLife Athletics in Southwick.