State and local officials joined Springfield College faculty and administrators to kick off the College’s spring semester with discussions about increasing the desirability of the city of Springfield as a place to live, work, study, and recreate. The Faculty Institute, an event usually held on the campus at the start of each semester, was held at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.
It was designed to facilitate conversations between officials and faculty members on areas of potential and concern for the city, including housing, public safety, arts, green space, media, health and nutrition, early childhood education, downtown and regional economic development, and college-government relations. Participating were U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Springfield), Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, District of Massachusetts U.S. Marshal John Gibbons, and numerous others. The Springfield College Faculty Development Committee, chaired by Professor of Psychology Derek Paar, PhD, and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Gary Berte, EdD, planned the event.
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