Massasoit Monthly


Volume 14, Issue 5

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Join us July 17-18 to celebrate the career of Charlie Redmond as he retires after more than 40 years of service to Springfield College. A social, golf outing, and formal dinner will all be part of the occasion–all we need is you. Space is limited, so register now.

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Chinese National Softball Team Spends June Training at Springfield College

In June, Springfield College hosted 16 players and two coaches from the Liaoning National Chinese Softball Team. The athletes were part of a training partnership between the College and the Chinese Olympic Committee that provides Chinese athletes with an opportunity to learn different methods of athletic training in the United States.

Sports Communication Department Receives Recognition

The Springfield College Department of Sports Communication was recently recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for its successful efforts in the advancement and promotion of the sport of volleyball. The College was the only institution in the country to be recognized by the AVCA in both men’s and women’s volleyball.

Physical Therapy Faculty and Students Assist at Senior Games

Faculty and students in the Department of Physical Therapy provided the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam at the Massachusetts Senior Games, which were held on the College campus June 13. The exam assessed each athlete’s strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, posture, and cardiovascular risk factors. Among the volunteers were students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as well as recent alumni.

MBA Students Place Third at National Competition

Master of Business Administration students Justin Spencer-Linzie, James Hennin, Jennifer Habeeb, and Garrett Ambrosino placed third in the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education’s (IACBE) annual student case-study competition in Baltimore, Md. Led by business management faculty member Kathleen Zilch, the team’s third place finish marked the first time a Northeast college placed in the top three in this national competition.

School of Social Work Students Study in Ecuador

Students from the Springfield College School of Social Work Master of Social Work Program traveled to the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, School of Medicine, in Quito, Ecuador, for a short-term study of the country’s educational, social service, and healthcare systems. While there, the students lived with host families in Cumbaya, Ecuador, while gaining direct exposure to four areas of emphasis: health care, child care, geriatric care, and mental health.

Social Sciences Chair to Participate in Selective Seminar

Department of Social Sciences Chair Thomas Carty was chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “Slave Narratives.” Carty will join other faculty members from across the nation for the multidisciplinary seminar, which explores the lived experience of slaves in the transition from bondage to freedom.


Springfield College Places 36th in 2014-15 Division III Sports Cup

Springfield College Athletics finished 36th nationally in the final overall standings of the 2014-15 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The College’s finish marked the eighth-consecutive time the Pride ranked in the top 40 of the 444 Division III athletic programs in the country.

Malone Signs Professional Soccer Contract with 1 FC Magdeburg in Germany

Following a historic career, Springfield College senior Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.) has signed a professional soccer contract with 1 FC Magdeburg in Germany's 3. Liga.

Jenn Najuch Named Head Women's Gymnastics Coach at Springfield College

Jenn Najuch has been named the assistant professor of physical education and head women's gymnastics coach at Springfield College, according to Springfield College Director of Athletics Cathie Schweitzer, PhD.

Martin Chosen As CoSIDA Academic All-America® in Women's Track and Field

Senior Amanda Martin (Bristol, Conn.) of the Springfield College women's track and field program was honored for her commitment to athletics as well as academics, and was named a Third Team Capital One Academic All-American® by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on June 23.

Zirna Earns Capital One Academic All-America® Recognition

Standout junior Jon Zirna (East Amherst, N.Y.) of the Springfield College men's gymnastics program continued to be recognized for his hard work both athletically and academically, as he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® First Team on June 9 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Foley Garners CoSIDA Academic All-America® Honor

After graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Dylan Foley (Southborough, Mass.) of the Springfield College wrestling program was honored for his dedication to athletics and well as academics, as he was named a Third Team Capital One Academic All-American® by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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July 17-18, 2015, Springfield, Mass.
Friends of Charlie Redmond

July 26, 2015, 11:30 a.m., Portland, Maine
Portland Sea Dogs Picnic Lunch and Baseball Game

July 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m., Holyoke, Mass.
Alumni Gathering at the Valley Blue Sox

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


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