Impact of Giving

The Impact of a Springfield College Gift

Dear Friend of Springfield College,

As both the new vice president for Institutional Advancement and a longtime member of the President's Council giving society at Springfield College, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for your support. It is because of donors like you that this special place continues to provide a world-class education for our students.

Prior to working at Springfield College, I spent 35 years working for Junior Achievement. Now it is my honor to return to the institution that had such a profound impact on my life, and what an exciting time to be here!

On campus, we have completed construction for the Harold C. Smith Learning Commons, which will now serve as the heart of academic life on campus.

Thanks to partnerships with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Miracle League of Western Massachusetts, and donors like you, we were able to complete construction for Phase I of Archie Allen Field. In addition to an artificial turf field, bullpens, and batting cages, the new baseball field also includes an adaptive field accessible for players with special needs.

Thanks to Dr. Beth Evans '62 and members of the Class of 1962, we were able to restore the Council Ring at East Campus. The new Council Ring was revealed during Outdoor Pursuits this summer and a whole new generation of students will now be able to benefit from the impactful traditions of this treasured part of campus.

As part of the College's Arts & Humanities Speaker Series, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian Angelique Kidjo entertained a large crowd in Springfield College's Field House in October. The speaker series is made possible through the generosity of Carlton '63 and Lucille Sedgeley.

This year's Sports and Social Justice Symposium featured Justine Siegal PhD'13, the first female coach ever to work in Major League Baseball. Siegal spoke about her experiences in making baseball more inclusive. Funding for this important event is made possible by the Dr. Tom Waddell '59 Fund.

It makes me proud to see that the Springfield College mission is as strong as ever and continues to earn national attention. Last year, Springfield College was a recipient of the Presidential Award in the Education category of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

I want to thank you again for your support as we look forward to continuing to educate students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

Sincerely,
Gary R. Blanchette '80
Vice President for Institutional Advancement