An evening of elegance and passion, the Springfield College President’s Gala raised more than $500,000 for Springfield College student scholarships.
More than 300 gathered on Saturday, October 26 at the MGM Springfield Aria Ballroom. All proceeds will go toward need and merit-based scholarships.
“The results are nothing short of extraordinary, and because of everyone’s support, we have made it possible for students to continue to choose Springfield College,” said Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper. “We appreciate every gift from our generous community and corporate supporters, and every member of our Springfield College family, including our alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Our students are truly inspirational people and because of all of the generous donations, these funds will go toward helping the next generation of scholars. These financial contributions help to ensure that we continue to provide top-quality experiences and resources to our students so that each student has the essential tools to be successful.”
The Gala also was an opportunity to celebrate the Springfield College Humanics philosophy and reinforce the College’s mission of educating students in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership and service to others.
“Educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others is more than the College mission; it is a way of life that makes a positive impact on communities and professions,” said Springfield College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kathleen Martin. “Enhancing access to a Springfield College education through scholarships makes it possible for students to achieve their dream of earning an education in the Humanics tradition.”
In addition, the President’s Gala celebrated Springfield College’s 50-year commitment of having an active member of the current student body serve as a voting member of the Springfield College Board of Trustees, the primary governing body of the College. According to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, only 21 percent of independent institutions have at least one student member on the Board of Trustees.
Serving on the President Gala’s planning committee were senior Alexandra Goslin, a Math and Secondary Education major from South Windsor, Conn., who is serving as the elected 49th Student Trustee this academic year and junior Kristian Rhim, a Communications/Sports Journalism major from Philadelphia, Pa., who serves as the student trustee-elect this academic year, and he will continue on as the 50th Student Trustee starting in June of 2020.
Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy – educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.