The 2017-18 Springfield College Humanics Lecture took place on Tuesday, April 17, with Springfield College Exercise Science and Sports Studies Chair and 2017-18 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Sue Guyer recapping the findings of her year-long vision to foster collaborative relationships and leadership on campus between exercise, health and other disciplines. The vision was to see all campus and community members across multiple disciplines discover, share, and adopt the principles of EIM-OC that will change the culture of chronic disease prevention and management.
Following Guyer's presentation, Springfield College School of Social Work Professor Anthony Hill was introduced as the 2018-19 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics.
Guyer kicked off her research during the 2017-18 academic year with the Springfield College and Baystate Rehabilitation Care third annual Joint Speaker Series on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The event focused on how exercise is medicine, and the symposium led attendees through the importance of fitting exercise into a person’s daily routine.
As part of the Joint Speaker Series, Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper proclaimed October 2017, as Exercise is Medicine on Campus month with a special proclamation ceremony.
During the joint speaker series, a panel of experts shared ways in which individuals can start, and keep, exercise in their daily life and prevent injuries. Joining Guyer on the panel of exercise is medicine experts, were Dr. Julio A. Martinez-Silvestrini, medical director of Baystate Rehabilitation Care. Springfield College Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Maura Bergan, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Christine May also were part of the symposium.
In February, Springfield College welcomed health experts from Baystate Medical Center, the New England Center for Functional Medicine, and the Springfield College Nutrional Sciences Program for a Heart Health Symposium.
A panel of experts including Baystate Medical Center Cardiac Rehab and Wellness Manager Heidi Szalai, MA CEP-ACSM; New England Center for Functional Medicine Medical Director Dr. Christopher Keroack; and Springfield College Nutritional Sciences Associate Professor Donna J. Chapman, PhD, R.D., discussed topics ranging from risk factors for heart disease, to the benefits of healthy living, and stressing the importance of good nutrition for a healthy heart.
Guyer also partnered with Director of the YMCA Challenge Diabetes Program (CDP) Chet Galaska, to offer an observational study to determine if what participants learn from peer leaders helps with their blood sugar levels.
CDP is a pilot program that helps diabetics understand their disease and teaches simple, effective ways to reduce blood glucose levels immediately. Galaska, who also is author of the book, The Diabetes Book, What Everyone Should Know, knows first hand the difficulties and frustrations of fighting it. Each class includes time for questions, answers and peer support. The classes are part of a clinical study to substantiate CDP's effectiveness. The program's goal is to provide an efficient way to reach, teach and motivate diabetics who would otherwise ignore the disease and suffer complications such as blindness, amputations, heart disease and others. Attendees will benefit personally but the entire community will be helped if CDP is shown to be effective.
Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics
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. The faculty members and administrators who have held this honor have come from various academic disciplines and areas of expertise, and have examined Humanics from a range of perspectives.
1967 Seth Arsenian The Meaning of Humanics
1969 Seth Arsenian Humanics and Higher Education: A Psychological Interpretation
1971 Herman H. Giles Human Nature and Human Affairs
1972 Herman H. Giles Humanics At Work Among Friends and Enemies
1973-1975 Charles F. Weckwerth A Report on a Pilot Study of the Image of Humanics at Springfield College
1976 Holmes N. VanderBeck Humanics is Like...
1977-1978 Charles Silvia Humanics and Athletics and Other Concerns
1979 Walter H. English Humanics and the Human Dilemma
1980 Josephine Cecco The Humanics Philosophy: A Legacy
1981 Henry Paar The Power of the Person
1982 Edward J. Sims The Meaning of Humanics
1983 Edward T. Dunn Humanics: a Message of Hope
1984-1985 Jean Ross A Century of Humanics and Humanism at Springfield College
1985-1987 Herbert Zettl Humanics: Education with a Moral Dimension
1987-1988 Paul U. Congdon What It Really Is
1988-1989 James B. Robertson "Connections"
1989-1990 Diane L. Potter Operationalizing Our Humanics Philosophy: The Keystone a Diverse and Pluralistic Society
1990-1991 Joel Cohen Humanics: Creed Versus Deed
1991-1992 Janice Eldridge Toward an Authentic Community
1992 - 1993 John Cox Values Revisited
1993-1994 James Genasci A Multimedia Presentation
1994-1995 Martin Dosick Humanics: Humane Dynamics with a Future
1995-1996 Elizabeth Evans Humanics: Zero Balancing with Donkeys and Dragons
1996-1997 Margaret Lloyd The Extraordinary Life: Justice, Play and Creative Tension
1997-1998 Joel Dearing Our Foundation is on Top
1998-1999 Peter Polito Principles of Humanics
1999-2000 Barbara Jensen Humanics in the Year 2000
2000-2001 Delight E. Champagne 2001: The Odyssey of a College on a Humanics Mission
2001-2002 Frank Torre Humanics and the Environment
2002-2003 Bernard Graney Annual Humanics Lecture
2003-2004 Dottie Zenaty A Journey that Touches the SC Family
2004-2005 Charles Redmond Exploring Spirit at Springfield College
2005-2006 Ronald Maggio The arts...In Service to Humanity
2006-2007 Richard Davila The Multiculural, Multiethnic, and International Aspects of the Humanics Philosophy
2007-2008 Mimi Murray Our Great Adventure in Education: The Whole Story
2008-2009 Albert Petitpas" What would happen if...?
2009-2010 Robert Accorsi Humanics, Hope, and Grit: Powerful Catalysts for the Paralympic Movement
2010-2011Robert Barkman A Celebration of Teaching
2011-2012 Naomi Graves They Call Me "Coach:" The Role of the Teacher-Coach in the Stewardship of Humanics
2012-13 Charles B. Redington The Man Who Plants Trees
2013-2014 Carol Mitchell Experiencing Humanics through Film
2014-2015 Martin Dobrow Bending the Arc
2015-2016 Regina Kaufman Humanics as Pedagogy: Academic-community Engagement as the Pathway to Leadership in Service
2016-2017 Samuel Headley Assessment of Sedentary Behavior at Springfield College - Year-one of a Multi-year Study
2017-2018 Sue Guyer Exercise is Medicine