Massasoit Monthly


Volume 14, Issue 7

Accept our thanks.

We’re grateful to you, the 5,259 donors who made the decision to give to Springfield College during the 2014-15 academic year. Thank you–5,259 times over. Your generosity helps our students learn, grow, and succeed on the field, in the classroom, and beyond.

Attend an event.

Author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie is the speaker for the 2015 Arts and Humanities Speaker Series at Springfield College. Alexie is the author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which was named the best young adult book of all time by Time magazine and won the National Book Award.

Refer a student.

There are many things that make Springfield College special, from our traditions (like wearing beanies) to our Humanics philosophy (which we’re sure many can recite from memory). But mostly, it’s our students. If you know a prospective student who would benefit from a Springfield College education, please refer them today.


Camp Massasoit Celebrates 80th Anniversary

This summer, Camp Massasoit at Springfield College commemorates its 80th anniversary. Located on 82 sprawling acres of forest at the College’s East Campus, Camp Massasoit offers summer programs for children ages five to 16. The programs are developmentally appropriate for each stage of their physical and cognitive growth, and include activities such as archery, swimming, boating, arts, crafts, and games.

AmeriCorps Grant Funding Awarded to the College

Springfield College has received more than $800,000 in AmeriCorps grant funding to support the College’s efforts with the Massachusetts Reading Corps and the School Turnaround Initiative throughout the city of Springfield. Funding for both programs allows 78 Springfield College AmeriCorps members to serve in 17 public schools in Springfield, in HeadStart and Square One Programs, and in YMCA PreK classrooms.

Springfield College Board of Trustees Announced

The Springfield College Board of Trustees recently held elections during its annual meeting on the campus. Gregory Toczydlowski ’89, of North Granby, Conn., has been elected to serve as chair. Toczydlowski is the president for personal insurance for The Travelers Companies, Inc., and has been a Trustee since 2011.

Athletic Training Student Workshop Held

Springfield College recently hosted its 22nd annual Athletic Training Student Workshop held on campus. The five-day workshop is intended for high school students interested in careers in athletic training and sports medicine. Students from across the country attend the workshop and focus on anatomy, injury prevention, and care of common lower extremity athletic injuries.

Faculty-led Workshop Showcases Research from College

On June 23, Springfield College faculty hosted a one-day workshop, “Assessing Critical Learning Outcomes to Improve Student Learning” for attendees from Maine, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The workshop showcased research findings the College has produced during its three-year project focused on educators’ contributions to the development of students’ critical thinking and oral communication skills.

Communications Professor Earns Telly Award

Springfield College Associate Professor of Communications Jody Santos earned a 2015 Telly Award in the film/video category for her documentary No One Left Behind. The Telly Awards honor the best in film and video productions, online videos, and television commercials and programs. Santos’ film, which was selected from nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five countries, chronicled the work of human rights organization Disability Rights International.


Kevin Wood '02, G’06, Named Associate Athletic Director

Springfield College Director of Athletics Craig Poisson has named Kevin Wood '02 G'06 the new associate director of athletics. Wood’s resume includes roles as the director of athletic operations at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and the athletic operations assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. Wood earned a Bachelor of Science in sport management and a Master of Science in physical education from Springfield College.

Robert Accorsi, G’80, Named Faculty Athletic Representative

President Mary-Beth Cooper has appointed Robert Accorsi G'80 as the Springfield College faculty athletic representative (FAR) to the NCAA. Accorsi is an associate professor of sport management and recreation at the College. He succeeds immediate past dean of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sports Studies Charles J. Redmond, who retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

Naomi Graves and Women's Basketball Coaching Staff Head to Asia

Head Women's Basketball Coach Naomi Graves, along with assistants Marc Taney and Jaimie Rubin, will spend two weeks in August offering basketball camps and clinics in Hong Kong. Graves and her staff will spend the first half of their trip coaching student-athletes from Hong Kong Baptist University before working with area school children.

Alumni Participate in Pan American Games

For the second consecutive year, Springfield College had three alumni represented on the U.S. Pan American Men's Volleyball Team. The team competed at the Pan American Games on July 17-26 in Toronto. Charlie Sullivan ’91, G’97, served as the head coach for the team, while AJ Nally '10 played at outside hitter and was named team captain, and Sam Zapatka '13 was the technical coordinator.

College Hosts the 26th Annual Golf Classic 

The 26th Annual Springfield College Athletics Golf Classic will be held Monday, Sept. 14, at Crestview Country Club and The Ranch Golf Club. An exciting addition to this year's event is the Links Fore Humanics Challenge, where participants will try to complete seven on-course activities for a cash prize, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends in Humanics Scholarship Fund. Sign up online today.

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Aug. 1, 2015, 11:30 a.m., Boston
Annual Boston Red Sox Event

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D.C. Young Alumni “Paint Nite” with President Cooper

Oct. 23-25, 2015, Springfield, Mass.
1965 Football Team 50th Reunion

Oct. 23-25, 2015, Springfield, Mass.
Homecoming Weekend 2015

Dec. 4-6, 2015, Springfield, Mass.
100 Years of Track and Field Celebration


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