Springfield College Hosts 2015 Peter V. Karpovich Lecture



The Springfield College School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation presented the 2015 Peter V. Karpovich Lecture featuring long-time faculty member Vincent J. Paolone, on Wednesday, April 22, in the Appleton Auditorium inside the Fuller Arts Center. The lecture was titled, The Karpovich Legacy is Alive and Well

The lecture examined exercise physiology at the College in three parts: part one reviewed Peter V. Karpovich’s original work in exercise physiology and examine the impact his work had on the field, and how his work influenced the growth and reputation of the College; during part two, Paolone discussed the influence Karpovich had on his own career and research; and part three discussed the work of current exercise physiology students and their assistance in maintaining the Karpovich legacy.

Paolone, who received the outstanding excellence in teaching award at Springfield College in 2012, has been a faculty member at the College for 26 years teaching exercise physiology and advising graduate and undergraduate students. He serves as director for both the exercise physiology program and the human performance laboratory.

Paolone has published more than 50 scientific papers and abstracts for such periodicals as: Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Pediatric Research, Research Quarterly, and The Annals of Sports Medicine.

Springfield College established the Karpovich Lecture in 1973 in memory of its former faculty member, Peter V. Karpovich, who was an internationally recognized exercise physiologist and one of the principal founders of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Karpovich joined the Springfield College faculty in 1927 serving as a professor of physiology.  He was named director of health education at the College in 1947 and was appointed research professor of physiology in 1955.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News and World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.