September 23, 2019 – November 15, 2019
ART EXHIBITION – SEPTEMBER 23-NOVEMBER 15
Dawn Ertl, Gisela Insuaste, and Coe Lapossy
William Blizard Gallery
Through materials, we make ideas tangible. Themes such as memory, inheritance, trauma, myth, romantic love, queer narrative, and cultural history are embodied in the material explorations by the artists in this exhibit.
Gallery closing reception for artists and the public: Friday, November 8
October 18, 2019
The Springfield College Division of Student Affairs will host a one-day Careers in Students Affairs Drive-In Conference on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Featuring more than 14 colleges from throughout the country, the day-long conference will be focused on prospective students interested in pursuing careers and master’s degrees in student affairs, current graduate students enrolled in student affairs master’s degree programs, and rising professionals in the student affairs profession.
For more info, view springfield.edu/drive-in.
October 23, 2019
Emergency Response Training
Oct. 23 – noon to 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Fuller Arts Center – The Springfield College Police Department will host active shooter presentations in the Fuller Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The first session is from Noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by a second session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Any questions regarding the training sessions, contact Sergeant Daniel Cotter at email@example.com.
October 24, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Click on Springfield.edu/alumni-relations/homecoming-2019 for more information.
Springfield College will host deep ocean explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau and explorer and filmmaker Céline Cousteau for an evening entitled, “One Ocean, One People: The Cousteau Legacy and a Call for Environmental Action,” on Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Fabien and Céline are the grandchildren of legendary explorer Jacque-Yves Cousteau. This year marks the sixth year of the college’s endowed Arts and Humanities Speaker Series, made possible through the generosity of Carlton ’63 and Lucille Sedgeley. This event is free and open to the public.
Both Fabien and Céline will highlight their commitment to fulfilling their family’s legacy of protecting and preserving the planet’s extensive and endangered marine inhabitants and habitats.
Fabien stresses the need for bold and innovative thinking to progress conservation efforts worldwide. He encourages individuals to follow their own curiosity in developing cutting-edge solutions that can address regional and global environmental challenges.
Through powerful storytelling, Céline uses her voyages around the world to offer a thoughtful perspective on the connection of the environment to populations around the world and how this knowledge is vital to the future of each of us on the planet.
Céline has extended her family legacy by co-founding The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, a non-profit program whose mission is to empower young aspiring filmmakers and activists to inspire change through filmmaking.
If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact (413) 748-3124 to discuss your accessibility needs. Springfield College is a smoke-and-tobacco-free campus.
October 25, 2019 – October 27, 2019
October 25, 2019 – October 26, 2019
Springfield College is set to host the 110th Gymnastics Exhibition Show on Oct. 25 through Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Arena. The Gymnastics Exhibition show is one of the longest-standing traditions at Springfield College and in western Massachusetts. The theme for this year’s show will tie into Halloween and be titled, “Haunted Homeshow.”
Close to 100 participants will take part in the show including All-American and champion gymnasts from the Springfield College men’s and women’s gymnastics teams and student dancers. Individuals will perform a full range of gymnastic feats and dramatic special events.
Along with the many gymnastic and dance numbers, the dramatic finale of the show will continue to honor the Springfield College tradition with the tableaux – living statuaries by gymnasts in metallic body paint.
New to the show this year, attendees are encouraged to donate clothing and toiletries items that will benefit Catie’s Closet, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids go to school and stay in school. Items will be donated at no-charge to more than 80 schools throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Items that can be donated are new and gently used clothing items, and new and full sized toiletries for youth boys and girls, and teen boys and girls. Urgent needs would include youth clothing such as jeans, sweats, sweatshirts, and t-shirts in sizes 5-10. In addition, teen clothing such as basketball shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and sweats in sizes small to xx-large are also strongly encouraged.
For ticket information, check out springfield.edu/gymshow. Ticket pricing is $12 for adults, $8 for individuals 65 and older, and $6 for individuals 17 and under. A limited number of tickets will be available at Blake Arena on the dates of the shows.
October 26, 2019
Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper, PhD, DM, will host the President’s Gala on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, starting at 6 p.m., at the MGM Springfield Aria Ballroom. The Gala is dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships, and recognizing the enduring impact of Springfield College and the Humanics philosophy.
“Each year through its students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and partners, Springfield College contributes to a strong and healthy community by living and advancing its Humanics mission,” said Springfield College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kathleen Martin G’97, DPE’99. “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. Enhancing access to a Springfield College education through scholarships will make it possible for students to achieve their dream of earning an education in the Humanics tradition.”
In addition, the President’s Gala will also celebrate 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, just 21 percent of independent institutions have at least one student member on the Board of Trustees.
Serving on the President Gala’s planning committee is 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. Junior Kristian Rhim, a Communications/Sports Journalism major from Philadelphia, Pa., will serve as the student trustee-elect this academic year, and continue on as the 50th Student Trustee starting in June of 2020.
For more information regarding tickets and sponsorship opportunities currently available for the Gala, check out Springfield.edu/gala.
October 29, 2019
Treat Fest – Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, Humanics in Action Club, and Office of Housing and Residence Life welcome individuals free of charge form some Halloween treats.
Springfield College Treat Fest will take place on Tuesday, October 29. This free event will feature games in activities in Judd Gymnasia and guided trick-or-treating through various residence halls. All ages are welcome and youth must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are encouraged! Trick-or-Treat tours will leave every 15 minutes starting at 5:45pm; last group departs at 6:45pm.
November 1, 2019 – November 3, 2019
Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Members of the internationally recognized Monica Bill Barnes & Company will visit campus to create a fun and exciting new piece of choreography for the Springfield College dancers, who will premiere the work at the December dance concert (Dec. 6-8). As part of the residency, there also will be classes taught by Barnes open to both the campus and community. More information on the time and place coming soon. Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. Members create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook—dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, the dancers constantly find humor in their awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.
The company consists of Monica Bill Barnes (artistic director/choreographer/performer), Robbie Saenz de Viteri (creative producing director/performer), and designers Kelly Hanson (set/costume) and Jane Cox (lighting).
Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the artistic director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded the company in 1997 with a collection of solos that could be performed anywhere. In 2013, members gave themselves the challenge to “bring dance where it doesn’t belong” and has been striving to follow this self-imposed motto ever since. The company has performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The Sydney Opera House, and has been presented in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Barnes has worked in film, theater, and set over 30 different works with college students all over the country. Recent company projects include The Museum Workout, a guided exercise tour of art museums made in collaboration with the author/visual artist Maira Kalman; Happy Hour, an immersive office party dance show; Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a show that combines radio and dance in collaboration with Ira Glass; and The Running Show, a new touring show inspired by the company’s award-winning off-Broadway production that turns dance into a live sporting event. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, the company members’ work constantly find humor in their awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.
Robert Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award-winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He has created, produced, and performed in Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, and One Night Only with Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Some of his other favorite projects include producing This American Life Episode 528, “The Radio Drama Episode” live on stage at BAM; directing Rachel Bonds’ Michael & Edie; and creating and performing The Spiritual Life of Modern America, a collaboration in Norway based on the experiences of foreigners traveling in America today.
Flannery Gregg (rehearsal director) first met Monica Bill Barnes as a student at the American Dance Festival in 2011 and began working with the company shortly after. She began as an intern and since has worked as a production assistant and as an assistant choreographer for the company. Flannery assisted Barnes in the choreography for the Atlantic Theater Company productions of FOUND: A New Musical (2014) and Dying For it (2015). In 2015, she traveled to Baldwin Wallace University to set the choreography from FOUND on the graduating class of musical theater students. Last fall, Flannery was the associate choreographer for Greta Gerwig’s upcoming feature film Little Women (2019) in addition to dancing in the film. She is currently the rehearsal director for The Running Show and Performance Series for Arts Brookfield. Her other projects include assisting choreographer Sam Pinkleton on Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and choreographing the New York University Reality Show performed at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn. She is originally from San Diego, Calif., and holds a Bachelor of Arts in world arts and cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Flannery lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her husband, John.
The Springfield College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement hosts a free event for families from the community as part of First Friday Family Fun Nights.
November 3, 2019
November 14, 2019 – November 17, 2019
THEATER PERFORMANCE – NOVEMBER 14-17
A comedy by Pierre Corneille and freely adapted by Tony Kushner
Presented by Springfield College Theater
Director: Martin Shell, Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m.
In the dead of night, a father, desperate to find the son he drove away years before, creeps into a dark cave to engage the services of the mysterious magician there. The sorcerer conjures up strange and unsettling visions of the life the son has been living, full of wild passions, betrayals, adventures, and the perils of love. Tony Kushner’s lively adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century comedy explores the concept of reality and questions whether everything or anything is as it seems.
Suggested general admission: $5; Students, senior citizens: $2
December 2, 2019 – December 13, 2019
ART EXHIBITION – DECEMBER 2-13
Student Art Exhibition
The student exhibition will showcase the work of students in studio arts classes. Work will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, computer graphics, mixed media, and ceramics.
William Blizard Gallery
Gallery reception for artists and public: Thursday, December 5 from 4-6 p.m.
December 3, 2019
Springfield College welcomes accomplished and highly respected athlete education, development, and transition expert, Dr. Janice L. Hilliard, to the campus on Dec. 3, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., in the Marsh Memorial Chapel. Hilliard’s presentation entitled, “Athletes, Leadership, and Social Responsibility: Where We Came From, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going,” is part of the 2019-20 “Humanics Triathlon” project led by Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics, Judy L. Van Raalte.