November 20, 2019

Leading in a Changing World

Leading in a Changing World
With Jorge Perez, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
Harold C. Smith Learning Commons Presentation Room
Springfield College, 263 Alden St., Springfield, Mass.

Jorge Perez believes that today’s leaders are facing an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. Despite significant disruptions in just about every industry, many nonprofit organizations remain relatively unchanged. He wants to see organizations like the Y focus on innovations outside of their current service models: Swim lessons without in-ground pools, fitness classes without buildings, technology as an extension of the member experience, hyper-efficient business models, and cause-driven human development. With a renewed focus on achievement, relationships, and belonging, the tools to accomplish transformation must extend beyond programs. In this presentation, Perez will explore these and other ideas.

Jorge Perez is a nationally recognized nonprofit leader, CEO, manager, and director of large
complex organizations. He’s an accomplished strategic thinker, program innovator, fundraiser, and mission champion. Currently, Perez serves as the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and has previously served local Ys across the country and at the YMCA of the USA. He also has volunteered on many national, statewide, and local boards.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Erin Friedman at (413) 748-3386 or If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Tamara Biggins at or (413) 748-3407 as soon as possible to discuss your accessibility needs.

Sponsored by the Office of YMCA Relations and the YMCA Club

Start: November 20, 2019 7:00 pm
End: November 20, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Harold C. Smith Presentation Room (Judd Gymnasia)
263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA, 01103, United States

eSports in the College Setting

The Sport Management and Recreation Graduate Program presents a forum on
eSports in the College Setting

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 7 p.m.
Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room (B), Flynn Campus Union

Join us for a discussion on eSports, a fast-growing phenomenon in the world of competitive video gaming, and how it is impacting college academics, athletics, and recreation. Our panelists will talk about how eSports can be integrated into the college setting. They also will explore what other colleges, universities, and schools have done to help grow and learn about this emerging market, which is set to surpass all professional sports in viewership by 2021. Panelists also will look at whether there is a place for eSports at Springfield College and how it would work here. A brief question-and-answer period will conclude the panel discussion.


Rich Linley
A Springfield College Sport Management student, Linley has competed in eSports events over the past five years. He is creating his own eSports community using his Livestream on Twitch.

Kyle Magoffin
An administrator and coach at Mahar Regional High School in Orange, Mass., Magoffin is the school physical education chair and coach of the Mahar Disruptors, the first state-sanctioned high school eSports team in western Massachusetts.

Alan Ritacco
Ritacco is dean of the School of Design and Technology at Becker College in Worcester, Mass.
Becker College is one of the first colleges to implement academic programming for an
eSports-related major and club sports team.

Ariel Rodriguez, PhD
Rodriguez is associate professor and program director of recreation management at Springfield College. As an active member in the gaming community, Rodriguez will provide expertise about eSport and the recreation field.

For more information, contact Anna Woosley at

Special thank you to the Sport Management Club for sponsoring the event.

Start: November 20, 2019 7:00 pm
End: November 20, 2019 9:00 pm
Venue: Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room