On Campus Living
Dan Smith, `60, has lived the American racial story. He is the son of a slave. He was chased to within inches of his life by the Klan on a haunting night in Alabama. He marched with Martin Luther King. He attended the inaugurations of Barack Obama. He was screamed at by a white cop as he tried to save a white girl’s life.
"As the Student Trustee, my role is to represent the student body, but I understand that I don’t speak for everyone. Instead of just hearing from me, I talked to students about the Black and people of color experience at Springfield College, what they want to see change, and their current feelings."
An Olympic athlete, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, a paratrooper in the US army, an LGBTQ activist. Tom Waddell `59 was many things, including the founder of the Gay Games.
"Black History Month is a time of reflection for me, but it is also a time of celebration. "
Sabrina Williams, a student at Springfield College, shares what Black History Month means to her and how being biracial shaped the way she learned about herself and her roots.
“I hold the view, popular in commentators across the political spectrum, that improving early learning is a vitally important topic at present…” John Cipora, a professor at the Springfield College St.
Ed Lizotte, Director of Enrollment Management at Springfield College, has had experience as both an online learner and an online educator. He shares his experience with online programs and important things to consider when deciding on what type of continuing education is best for you.
For many, distance from home plays a major role in the college decision. Going out of state may seem daunting, and certainly, there are obstacles to overcome, but it also opens you up to new possibilities and new adventures. Graciela Garcia ('20) is from New York City and discusses finding her freedom at Springfield College and the learning curves along the way.
"There were two major events in my first year and half of college that set me on my path of living my life out and honestly." Today, Danielle Clough (G'06) works as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Springfield College and nothing stops her from "throwing love out into the world."
Katerina T. Valentin (G'19) is not new to Springfield College, but she recently began in her new role as Program Liaison with the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement. Katerina talks about her journey, including how her Puerto Rican background shaped her academic drive and why being hearing-impaired and "a little different" has never stopped her from achieving her goals.
As part of our Faces of Diversity series with the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Stephanie Logan, associate professor and education department chair, describes her journey to Springfield College and how she continues to keep social justice teaching, learning, and leadership at the forefront of her work.
"The life of a Graduate Assistant for a sports team isn't always glamourous..."
Ronan O'Rourke G'11, CAGS '13 reminisces about what made his years at Springfield College some of the most important in his life.
You've heard of Title IX but what is it? And how will it affect you as a student at Springfield College?
Mary Simeoli, Esq., the Title IX Coordinator on campus, answers all your questions (and more). Know your rights, know your resources, know more about Title IX.
Now a rising senior, Graciela Garcia shares the lessons she wished she knew before she entered college—from making friends to losing them, getting involved on campus, and the importance of sometimes being alone.
Starting college can be a time of mixed emotions: excitement, uncertainty, fear of the unknown. While the experience is different for everyone, Meg Godfrey ('19) shares the seven things she thinks everyone should know before entering their first year of college.
Sarah Launderville has found success as the executive director for the Vermont Center for Independent Living, an adjunct faculty member for Springfield College St. Johnsbury, and alumna of Springfield College, but the journey wasn’t always a smooth one.
Alexandra MacPherson has her hands full as a double major in Dance and Physical Therapy, but she loves how the two programs complement one another. Alexandra talks about what sets Dance at Springfield College apart from other schools and how the experiences will impact her future.
For the third consecutive year, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Kim Nowakowski took students to the island of Trinidad to participate in the National Fall Prevention Program. The trip is filled with numerous educational and cultural experiences that leave students reflecting both professionally and personally long after the visit is over.
Through the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Nicholas Perenick joined fellow students on an educational Spring Break trip that followed the paths of the Civil Rights Movement in St. Augustine, Florida.
As part of our Faces of Diversity series with the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Anthony Hill, associate professor social work, shares a bit about his background, how he overcame adversity to get to #SpringfieldCollege, and how he strives to continue making this world a better place for all.
Many Springfield College graduates go on to pursue careers where they can actively exercise the philosophy of humanics, which is why it should come as no surprise when two alumni find themselves working together.
Timothy Manzke, Ph.D., worked in the Milwaukee Police and public school system for years before becoming an Associate Faculty Member for Springfield College. His experience provided him with a unique insight and invaluable knowledge into the modern phenomenon of cyberbullying.
28 years later and Jay Andronaco (‘91) is still grateful for his time at Springfield College. Now serving as the Senior Director of Annual Giving, Jay describes why it’s so important for alumni and supporters to reach out during Springfield College’s annual Giving Day (March 6-7, 2019).
Jayna Punturiero, a clinician at the Counseling Center on campus, breaks down some common misconceptions around mental health and explains how the Counseling Center can help you during your years as a Springfield College student.
Daryl Wright has witnessed, first-hand, the positive effects that youth development programs can have on children and our society as a whole. Wright discusses his experiences as a youth worker and the importance of leadership development.
For the last few years, Springfield College Communications/Sports Journalism (COSJ) professor Kyle Belanger has worked Radio Row at the Super Bowl. While this is a tremendous opportunity for his own freelance career, Belanger focuses on turning his own opportunities into those for his students.
In 2019, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues celebrates its 21st anniversary. The show also has a long history on the Springfield College campus, where multiple generations of young women have been able to perform in a theater piece with such a significant cultural impact.
Scott Dranka, Director of the Career Center at Springfield College, shares information about this valuable resource and how he and his colleagues can help prepare you for the next step in your journey, whether it’s graduate school or pursuing your career.
Classes. Sports. Clubs. Jobs. Family. Friends. College students today are busier than ever. So how do you juggle it all? Academic Success Coach David J. Renza offers time management advice to the busy college student on how to balance school and life.
In part II and III of the Biol: 320 International Tropical Field Research, the students and faculty travel through Costa Rica to La Selva Biological Station, followed by Palo Verde National Park. The group wraps up their research and takes in some sights before heading back to the United States.
The Springfield College Office of Communications recently got a chance to catch up with our own Charley Casserly (‘71, G’72), TV sportscaster and former NFL executive with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. Casserly has made a name for himself in the sports world and credits the lessons learned at Springfield College, as well as raw determination, for his success.
From NEWMAC championships to his career in sports and event management, Eric Stalsburg (‘12) credits Springfield College and its supportive faculty and coaches for instilling in him the qualities he needed in order to get where he is today: General Manager of a state-of-the-art indoor soccer facility in the heart of NYC.
Led by Assistant Professor of Biology Melinda Fowler and Associate Professor Environmental Biology Justin Compton, Biol 320: International Tropical Field Research is an upper division biology course where students travel to Costa Rica and carry out independent research.
Sometimes alumni find their way back “home.” Samantha Morris-Avery describes how, after graduating with her masters in 2014, she managed to come “full triangle” and find herself as an employee at Springfield College.
Before I experienced my once-in-a-lifetime adventure of studying abroad in Australia, I was absolutely terrified to go. I didn’t know what to expect. Would I make new friends? What was I getting myself into? I just knew that going abroad would change my life and here’s what happened when it did.
Weather in New England is infamous for changing at the drop of a hat. Nate gives advice on how Springfield College students can be prepared for the four seasons on campus. Whether you're a newcomer to the area or a veteran New Englander, here is what you'll need to know.
Cover photo: Emma Fan
Marianna Newman (‘85) knew from the moment she stepped on campus that her life was about to change forever. Newman describes how Springfield College empowered her to follow her dreams and how her “Springfield DNA” continues to be incorporated into every aspect of her life, including her work as a therapeutic recreation specialist and clinician.
As part of our Faces of Diversity series with the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, Li Jin, Ph.D. discusses her work as an Instructional Designer, the journey that brought her to Springfield College, and how she views diversity on campus.
Dr. Debra Salsi, an assistant professor at Springfield College PCS, discusses effective and efficient processes for maintaining a nonprofit business, as discussed in her courses for those pursuing an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management.
Despite first appearances and the amount of athletic gear one sees about the campus, Madison Cox, a first-year, describes how there is so much more to Springfield College than just sports, and so many ways to find people with similar interests as your own.
Gage, a senior and the editor-in-chief of the Springfield College student newspaper, speaks about his experience in sports journalism and why Springfield College was the right school at which to pursue his study.
As a college student, we face many different obstacles as we navigate our way through each semester. While every college is unique, I’ve developed a meme survival guide that relates specifically to the life of a Springfield College student. Enjoy!
Never fear, the library is here. School can be stressful but the library (and it's trusty librarians) are here to help. Here's how to negotiate the Learning Commons at Springfield College.
When I began studying communications, way back in 2007, I walked into my first Public Relations class and was told “don’t post anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see.” With Facebook still in a very early incarnation, and without the now popular Instagram and Snapchat competing for your attention, this was a very powerful statement.
Entering into the first year of college, most students have some idea of what career path they want to take. However, for many of them, this completely changes within their first year or so. This was definitely the case for me.
Part of Springfield College’s mission is to educate the spirit, mind, and body. When it comes to educating the mind, Springfield College provides the best spots on campus to study. Ranging from social atmospheres to outside spaces, Springfield College has it all!