As we enter a new decade, I reflect on the fact that — from its founding — Springfield College has been ahead of the curve in many areas, especially in our pursuit to help others. Our founding mission is rooted in the spirit of giving.
As the stories in this issue attest, Springfield College students, faculty, staff, and alumni uphold with distinction this high ideal that leaders change the world and they do so through service — giving of one’s self to give to others.
Our students continue to do great things in the classroom and in the community. This fall, several student groups worked together and with members of the College staff to collect more than 2,900 pounds of food for local food banks. Social work graduate student Carlton Smith secured more than $20,000 in grants for prevention efforts and support for individuals impacted by domestic violence. And, health care management student Charlene Adutwum, who received a Humanics in Action grant for a community service project, is making wigs for women of color and donating them to the Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield, Mass.
I was so pleased to see the energy and enthusiasm for Springfield College at the President’s Gala on Oct. 26. As you’ll read in this issue, the event raised more than $500,000 for Springfield College student scholarships. It was a magical evening with alumni, trustees, faculty, students, and staff together celebrating all things Springfield College. Witnessing so many individuals raising their auction paddles in support was truly a sight to behold. We couldn’t have had such success without your assistance.
Donations to Springfield College from alumni and friends constitute a significant part of the funding that goes toward the student learning experience, including academic programs, financial aid, building and grounds maintenance, and student organizations.
Whether your contribution is a little or a lot, all gifts are meaningful. They lighten the financial responsibility for our students and make a significant impact on their lives.
Mary-Beth A. Cooper, PhD, DM