Dear Friend of Springfield College,
There has been a great deal of progress on the campus, due in great part to the support of those individuals you will see listed in this 2015-2016 Impact of Giving. The generous alumni and friends who prioritize Springfield College in their giving make so much of our good work possible.
It’s an exciting time on the campus. On March 3, we launched our first-ever, 24-hour Giving Day and, with the help of 1,291 supporters, we raised $242,037. Challenge gifts from Chair of the Board Greg Toczydlowski ’89 and his wife Mary-Jo ’88, Pete Watson ’79 and his wife Linda, Steve McCarthy ’86 and his wife Erin, and other anonymous donors helped facilitate our success. A competition between the classes of 2016 and 1974 to see who made the most gifts, visits from alumni who stopped by headquarters in the campus union to make gifts in person, and the students who helped out with the event and were in Union until midnight made for a festive fundraiser.
A very exciting project that is underway is the renovation of Babson Library into a 21st century Learning Commons, reflecting a shift from the old library model to a space where a culture of information literacy exists. (See Triangle magazine, Summer 2016.) A glass façade will allow in more daylight, and space for our students to study 24/7 will be available, at their request.
The MacLean Terrace off Alumni Hall and overlooking Lake Massasoit is undergoing renovations to include a new back staircase and balustrade, new terrace, and new programming space. Adirondack chairs and a gas fire pit will complete the enticing new space.
We’re doing building of another kind, too; the building of important partnerships, including an exciting new one with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. With support from the Foundation, we will build a new baseball field and a unified field for differently abled individuals. The Foundation has built more than 50 youth baseball fields around the country. This will be their first undertaking with a college.
In July 2016, we celebrated the retirement of coach and associate professor of physical education and health studies, Mike DeLong, who served for 32 seasons at the helm of our football program. DeLong was the 13th head coach in the long and distinguished history of the program, which dates back to 1890 and Amos Alonzo Stagg.
We continue to be thankful for your support, through financial contributions and volunteer efforts for our College.
John A. White
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations