Parade of Classes
Stand a Chance
A family discovers how to honor their mother: the first Springfield College alumna
The children of Dorothea “Dottie” (Poulin) Woodside ’39 knew that she was passionate about two things: stressing the importance of getting an education and her love of Springfield College. After she passed away in 2005, they found a way to keep both of those passions alive.
Frank Woodside III approached his siblings with the idea of honoring their mother’s legacy with an endowed scholarship at Springfield College. Although none of them attended Springfield College, they were well aware of how much Dottie’s alma mater meant to her because of how glowingly she would tell stories about her campus experiences.
Dottie’s story is both unique and compelling. In 1935, Springfield College admitted its first 11 women, most of whom were part-time students who were teachers in the community and needed a few hours to complete teacher requirements. The one exception was Dottie.
A young woman from Pittsfield, Mass., Dottie entered Springfield College as a full-time student, physical education major, and recipient of a swimming scholarship. Frank notes that being the sole female swimmer created logistical problems as she could not practice while the men were in the pool because, at the time, the men practiced in the nude. During competitions Dorothea regularly beat the young men she competed against and even fell just short of qualifying for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
As a student, Dottie was an associate editor of the Massasoit, a reporter for the Springfield Student, and an active member of undergraduate co-curricular programs. She graduated with her class in 1939, the first woman at Springfield College to do so, and always remained close to her peers.
“When she went back to reunions and saw her old classmates, mind you they were all men, she was very cohesive with them. She continued to talk with them on the phone even just until a few years before she died,” said Deborah Woodside, Dottie’s oldest daughter.
“Education was always a priority in our family. My mom paid no tuition to Springfield College and always felt indebted to them. We were cognizant of what Springfield College did for her,” Frank said.
Frank and his siblings felt that the scholarship would be a proper way to aid future generations of students like their mother. The Dorothea L. Poulin Woodside Scholarship supports a deserving female sophomore from western Massachusetts who is majoring in physical education and demonstrates financial need, with preference being given to a student involved in an on-campus or professional physical education organization.
“My mother saw education as her way out, and I currently teach in an inner city high school with students who are in similar situations,” said Candace Woodside, Dottie’s youngest daughter. “Without scholarships, they don’t have a chance.”
While the scholarship is in their mother’s name, it is also a tribute to their father, Frank Jr., who attended a much larger university as an undergraduate.
“I also went there, hated it, and left,” said Frank. “My dad was not happy with the way they treated me, or even him, but we were always impressed with the way Springfield College treated my mom. That always rang true with her and it influenced my decision to start the scholarship.”
The impact of a scholarship is something close to David Woodside, Dottie’s youngest son. When he started college at 25, he already had a family and the cost of daycare nearly made higher education unaffordable.
“We were out of money. But then I received two scholarships and was able to continue my education,” he said. “Now, it’s payback time.”
For the Woodside family, the scholarship provides more than financial support; it reminds future generations that education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Dottie’s life was proof of the fruits of persistence.
“If we could benefit one young woman the way my mom benefitted from the College, that would be as good a gift as you can give,” Frank said.
Individuals interested in supporting the Dorothea Woodside Scholarship Fund, or starting their own scholarship to honor someone who impacted them, can contact the Office of Development at (413) 748-3124, (800) 622-6072, or email@example.com.
The Legacy of Chief Judy Jackson
“They hated cops,” stated Judy Jackson ’00, former Springfield College police chief, when reflecting on campus culture during the Vietnam era.
Jackson was working for the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the time and an investigation led her to her first trip to Springfield College. “But the atmosphere at Springfield College was totally different. You walked across campus and people actually spoke to you,” she said.
Being drawn to the familial environment, Jackson would eventually take a job working for public safety at Springfield College and spend 40 years on the force, working her way up to chief, and never regretting a single day. But she will be the first to tell you how difficult a job law enforcement can be.
“It’s a tough job, it really is. You’re never right. You’re always wrong,” she said. “I just wanted to be approachable. The job is tough enough if you’re not approachable.”
A Positive Influence
Jackson found community outreach to be an important and lacking element to public safety when she began working at Springfield College. As a sergeant working second shift, she quickly befriended three young boys from the neighborhood who came to visit her every night. Jackson would buy them a soda or snack from the vending machine and soon learned the reverberating impact one can have just by being a positive influence on someone.
Years later, two of the boys ended up working on Jackson’s staff, one of whom, Reggie Woodard, currently works in dining services for the College.
Putting Students to Work
Working with the students was always her favorite part of the job, so when she became chief she started a student program for students who qualified for work study. That is how she met Angie Duprey ’99, G’01.
“When I was a freshman, I worked student patrol, walking the beat. It’s an interesting way to get to know your fellow students,” Duprey said with a laugh.
For Duprey, work study wasn’t just a way to help pay her way through school (she completed her undergraduate degree in eight years), it was an opportunity to work for the person on campus whom she trusted the most.
“Chief Jackson was so encouraging and supportive. She treated everybody—from the students to her lieutenants to faculty and staff—all with the same respect and kindness. I gravitated to her because of her goodness and her traits that I hope to emulate. It was inspiring,” Duprey said.
Jackson had a gift for communicating with young people.
“When the students who worked for me walked past my office, I could tell when things weren’t going well and I’d call them in and say ‘okay, what’s going on?’” Jackson said. “A lot of times I met with students who were struggling or in trouble; all they ever wanted was for somebody to sit and listen to them without judging.”
Paying It Forward
It was Jackson’s eagerness to make a connection with students that generated her second wave of generational positivity. Several years ago Duprey, now working as a development officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, reconnected with Jackson, now retired, with some big news.
Duprey had started a scholarship in Jackson’s name, designated to support a work study student in public safety. In addition to making a monthly gift toward the scholarship, Duprey gives to the creation of an endowed fund, which will support the scholarship into perpetuity.
“When Angie gave me the news, I was dumbfounded. You hear about a scholarship for a coach or professor, but a police chief?” Jackson said.
Creating a Legacy
So far, four students have been lucky enough to receive the scholarship and become aware of Jackson’s legacy. Ryan Dodge ’17 is one of them.
“I am very thankful and fortunate that I got the scholarship,” said Dodge. “I know that Chief Jackson was involved with Springfield College for 40 years and did a lot for the school.”
Dodge is just one of many students who will benefit from the scholarship created by Duprey, who, herself, is just one of many students inspired by Jackson. Likewise, Jackson is just one of many Springfield College staff who play the important role of shaping students into responsible, thoughtful, caring alumni.
Individuals interested in supporting the Chief Judy Jackson Scholarship, or starting their own scholarship to honor someone who impacted them may contact the Office of Development at (413) 748-3124, (800) 622-6072, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give and Take
Craig Kelly ’67 took a lot with him when he left Springfield College. He’s spent every day since then giving back.
When Craig Kelly was a student, he was asked to speak at the inauguration of then-president Wilbert Locklin. He knew he needed to find the perfect quote for the occasion.
Locklin and Kelly had a close relationship, as Kelly was president of the student association when Locklin came to Springfield College and the two met every other week, without fail. In fact, it was Locklin who would give Kelly his first job as a development officer at the College after Kelly had fulfilled his commitment to the National Guard.
The quote for Kelly’s speech needed to capture the strength of the bonds among Springfield College students, and how that bond metastasizes into the alumni network. After all, it was an alumnus who first introduced Kelly (then a high school student in upstate New York) to the beautiful campus on Alden Street. Years later, a different alumnus would give Kelly his first job in a bank, leading to a successful 40-year career in banking.
The quote needed to communicate all the privileges and responsibilities that come with a Springfield College education, the way the experience continuously shapes one’s life. After reading through a copy of the student newspaper one day, Kelly had finally found it: “No one ever leaves Springfield College, they always take a part of Springfield College with them.”
Years later, that quote still resonates with Kelly.
“One of the reasons I think it’s important for me to give is that I took more than my fair share when I left. I think it’s important for all of us to give back so that others have the opportunity to take part of Springfield College with them through their lives,” Kelly said.
Kelly has given to Springfield College. He has even given his time and talents to his alma mater, having served as president of the alumni association and chair of the alumni council. He was both corporator and a member of the Board of Trustees.
Kelly continues to give. He supports the Springfield College Fund, encourages his classmates to make a gift for their 50th reunion year, and helped establish the Class of 1967 Emergency Assistance Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Kelly will continue to give in the future. A member of The 1885 Society, he has designated Springfield College as a beneficiary in his estate plan.
“To me, having the College in our estate plan is a way that we can make a final gift that will add value to the College and to future students. We have been blessed with a great life and family and this is a way we can reach out to others and hopefully give someone else an opportunity to become part of the Springfield family,” he said.
As a banker, Kelly began to recognize the debilitating effect student debt was having on so many young people across the country. Reflecting on all those who helped him along his path, he looked for a way to help future generations of Springfield College students.
“This is where we need to spend our time and effort. That’s why we created the Class of 1967 Emergency Assistance Endowed Scholarship Fund and hopefully it will pay it forward to students that really need help,” Kelly said.
Kelly knows that there will always be a new generation of students running for class president, networking with alumni, or searching for that perfect quote. Now he wants to ensure that they still take a part of Springfield College with them wherever they go.
“No one ever leaves Springfield College, they always take a part of Springfield College with them.”Craig Kelly
George Morrisey ’51, G’52, shared with us that he turned 90 last December. The author of 19 books, including Management by Objectives and Results and Morrisey on Planning, he is a member of the National Speakers Association’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. Morrisey and his wife live in Merritt Island, Fla.
Michael Fiorillo ’53 was recognized at the Michigan Senior Olympics Celebration of Athletes Dinner. Fiorillo has been competing in the Michigan Senior Olympics since 1985, earning more than 100 medals. For many years he helped start programs for mentally and emotionally disturbed children in state hospitals. Fiorillo received the Outstanding Service to Youth Award for his work in starting the Michigan Association of Teachers of Emotionally Disturbed Children. Congratulations, Michael!
Myrtle Brown Hyman, G’53, has been staying busy since retiring from the Milwaukee Public School System. Hyman relocated to Henderson, Nev., completed a certificate of fashion design from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and started her own business: Ms. Myrtle Designs—Elegant Cocktails and Apparel. She has received several awards for modeling and fashion design. As an African-American student, Hyman attended a segregated Arkansas high school in 1946. She graduated from Springfield College with her master’s degree in physical education in 1953, one year before the Brown v. the Board of Education decision. At Springfield College, Hyman was the first African-American student to reside in Abbey Hall. After graduation, Hyman moved to Wisconsin and worked in the Milwaukee Public School System for 32 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, guidance counselor, and finally assistant high school principal. Hyman is a member of the National Council of Negro Women; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; NAACP; Milwaukee Urban League, Women’s Abuse Center, Milwaukee Health Department; and Phi Delta Kappa, among others. She continues to stay physically active, and looks forward to her 65th reunion in 2018.
Chet Blomquist ’55 helped create the Branford Trail, a 28-mile trail that goes around the Connecticut town’s perimeter, according to the Sound (Branford, Conn.). Blomquist, 90, still leads the Branford Walkers, a group he founded, who walk along the trail every Friday morning.
Paul Jordan ’56, G’60, and Robert Hingston ’73 have been inducted into the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) Hall of Fame. Jordan and Hingston were joined at the May induction event by previous VPA Hall of Fame inductees R. Spencer Noble ’66 (VPA HOF 2012), and Ryan Hingston ’08 (VPA HOF 2016), and Mike Jackson ’73 (New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association HOF 2016).
Bob Litchard ’57, G’61, has joined the Colorado chapter of the National Football Foundation’s board of directors. An All-New England player at Springfield College, Litchard signed with the New York Giants in 1956 but his career was shortened by injury. He later coached at Brown University and Cornell University before beginning a career in development.
Jim Stone ’60, former head coach of the University of Massachusetts Lowell baseball team, was inducted into the inaugural New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame. Former Springfield College baseball coach Archie Allen ’37, G’49, posthumously joined Stone as one of the first eight inductees. During his tenure, Stone was named the NEIBA Division II Coach of the Year nine times and earned Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors five times. Allen coached baseball at Springfield College from 1948-78, and under his leadership, the school reached the College World Series in 1951, 1955, and 1970.
Clem Stancik ’60 shared with us that he reached his 500th win as head coach of the varsity tennis team at Brentwood High School in New York. Way to go, Coach!
Springfield College honored its own professor of exercise science and sport studies, Mimi Murray ’61, G’67, PhD, with the Humanics Achievement Award at its 2017 Commencement Exercises for her pioneering contributions to the field of sport psychology, development of the sport and exercise psychology program at the College, and her excellence in teaching. Murray has served as president for the International Council of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and as vice president for the United States Collegiate Sports Council. The Women’s Sports Foundation named her one of the five Pioneers in Women’s Athletics. During the efforts to secure passage of the landmark Title IX legislation, Murray was a prime mover.
According to the University of Maine, Bob Cobb ’64, G’67, DPE’70, who retired in 2007 from the university’s College of Education and Human Development after 30 years as dean, was honored by the university with an event and formal launch of the Robert “Bob” A. Cobb Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial aid to undergraduate students in need.
Jo Ann Demshar Reinhardt ’64 wrote to say that her husband Richard passed away in March 2016 and that she sold her Reno, Nev., home and moved permanently to Scottsdale, Ariz., to be near her children and grandchildren.
Ben Davis ’66, G’67, wrote in to let us know that he has been inducted into the State University of New York at Adirondack’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Davis taught there for 38 years and coached the men’s basketball team for 26 years, winning more than 300 games. The university’s basketball court has been named Ben Davis Court.
Tony Odierna Jr. ’66 was profiled on MassLive.com for his long history of community service. Odierna founded a club for eighth grade students called Making America Great Involves Commitment (M.A.G.I.C.), founded the Ann and Tony Odierna Community Service Award, received the Hero of Greater Hartford Award, coached softball, and recently established the Helping Everyone Receive Opportunities (H.E.R.O.) program. Keep up the good work, Tony!
Apologies to Bob Chrusz ’68 whom we mistakenly identified as class of ’55. Chrusz, former director of athletics and wellness at Newton (Mass.) South High School was the recipient of the E. Van Seasholes Award. Chrusz served as president of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and president of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The Robert Chrusz Dual County League Sportsmanship Award has been established in Bob’s honor and Newton South has established the Robert Chrusz Invitational Track Meet.
Joe Sidoti ’68 shared with us that he has been inducted into his fifth hall of fame! He has been thrice inducted into the Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame; once for football, once for wrestling, and once for his total athletic career including high school, college, coaching, and marathon running. Additionally, Sidoti and his wife were inducted into the Minnesota Cancer Hall of Fame for their fundraising efforts in connection with the Randy Shaver Cancer Golf Tournament. Most recently, he was inducted into the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Athletic Hall of Fame for coaching the wrestling team to an undefeated state championship and number three national ranking. Before Sidoti started coaching three years ago, the team had never won a match.
According to the Lynnfield Villager, Craig Stone ’71 has received a Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and induction into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Stone has been a previous recipient of seven Cape Ann League Coach of the Year awards, two Boston Globe Coach of the Year awards, the National Wrestling Coaches Association Coach of the Year award in 2013, and was inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 1998. He is the cooperative wrestling coach of Lynnfield High School and North Reading High School in Massachusetts.
Michael Jackson ’73 shared that he recently was inducted into the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Jackson is the athletic administrator at Hanover High School in Hanover, N.H.
Dale Hayden Lysne ’73 recently caught up with Tara VanDerveer, head women’s basketball coach at Stanford University. VanDerveer’s parents, Dunbar, G’51, and Rita Hannigan VanDerveer, G’51, met each other as Springfield College graduate students. Small world!
Richard Sherman, G’73, and his wife Kathy were honored by the Falmouth Education Foundation for their shared commitment to public education and volunteerism at the foundations’ 2017 Winter Gala. Sherman served as the East Falmouth’s town recreation director before teaching elementary school for five years. He and his wife were co-directors of the Falmouth Road Race for 38 years. Congratulations, Rich!
According to the Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), Ken Tucker ’73, G’78, has been named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Tucker retired as head football coach from Nashoba Regional High School in 2012.
At the All College Meeting in August, Kenneth Wall, G’73, DPE’75, associate professor of physical education, received the R. William Cheney Award, which is given out annually to a faculty or staff member in recognition of their devotion to the Springfield College community and their commitment to the Humanics philosophy.
David Borofsky ’74, G’75, has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University New Orleans, according to the Sunday Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.).
Carol Doyle ’74, Laura Marks ’75, and Diana Peckham ’75, wrote in to share news of a July gathering at Diana’s 200-acre organic family farm in Danbury, N.H., the farmhouse and barn of which were built in 1750. Friends traveled from Buffalo, Pennsylvania, Long Island, and California to be there. In attendance were Tom Klement ’78, Martha Cray Kelleher ’74, Peckham ’75, Nancy Henika ’75, Kevin Doyle, Carol Calak Doyle ’74, Laura White Marks ’75, Steve Jones ’74, Beth Ahearn ’74, Beth Vitalini Jones ’73, Marianne Patrylo, and Jack Rademacher ’74.
Paulette Walker Johnson, G’74, was recognized by the Varsity Club Chapter of the Virginia State University Alumni Association with its Varsity Club’s Humanitarian Award for her service and commitment to the university community. Good work, Paulette!
Kris D. Van Hatcher ’74 has been inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, following a 42-year career serving youth sports at the local, state, and national levels. His wife, Karen, says that “he put his Springfield College education to good use and you can be proud of the part you played in his success.”
Eagle Times (Claremont, N.H.) reports that Easter Seals New Hampshire has named Nancy Rollins ’75 chief strategy officer for New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.
Robert Reilly G’76, EdD, has been named to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees, per the Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.).
Joe Rafferty ’77 has reached 175 wins as head football coach of Kennebunk (Maine) High School, according to the Kennebunk Post. Rafferty is in his 38th season there.
Brian Rounseville ’76 has been inducted into the New Bedford (Mass.) High School Hall of Fame, according to Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.).
The Biddeford Courier reports that Kay Saucier, CAS’76, was inducted into the Biddeford (Maine) High School Hall of Fame.
The Readings magazine (North Andover, Mass.) reports that Larry Tremblay ’77, coach of the Winchester High School wrestling squad, broke the record for most wins as a high school wrestling coach in Massachusetts history with his 682nd win. He has since surpassed 700 wins for the season. Last year Tremblay retired from the North Reading Police Department after a 31-year career. Way to go, Coach!
Paul Katz ’78, G’04, Steve Torcoletti ’77, Craig Stevens ’77, Donna Fruscione Katz ’78, G’80, G’95, and a few other friends and spouses reconnected in Montana for a six day, 55-mile wilderness backpack trip along the Continental Divide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness during summer 2017.
John Lyons ’78, G’79, was inducted into the Winthrop, Mass., Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2016. Of special note: Lyons started the hall!
Craig Shirley ’78 completed a new book on former president Ronald Reagan, Reagan Rising. The book is published by Broadside Books. Shirley is considered one of the leading experts in the Reagan era and Reagan’s legacy. (See Author! Author! on page 39.)
Rich McKeon ’79 shared with us that he was named the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Los Angeles City Section Athletic Director of the Year. McKeon will be retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District after 35 years as physical education teacher, baseball coach, and athletic director. He was the former coach of Major League Baseball player Gabe Kapler.
Deborah Browell Riebe, ’80, PhD, FACSM, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island, is the senior editor for the tenth edition of American College of Sports Medicine’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.
Laura Hoffman Lasa ’81, principal at Lexington High School in Lexington Mass., was featured in a New York Times article titled “It Takes a Suburb: A Town Unites to Tackle Student Stress.” The article explored ways to combat high levels of stress and suicide among high school students.
Melanie Drummer Ludwig ’81 shared with us that she has relocated to Hilton Head Island, S.C., from Manchester, N.H. She will continue with her personal training company, Prestige Fitness, and hopes to learn to sail and play golf.
Jeffrey Neumann ’81, G’08, held a reception for his paintings and presented a slideshow of his life at Millbrook Library in Millbrook, N.Y., according to The Millerton News (Millbrook, N.Y.). Neumann’s work has been exhibited in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, and New York.
Artie Poitras ’81 was featured in a story in The Valley Dispatch (Lowell, Mass.). Poitras, head athletic trainer for the UMass Lowell hockey team, is the longest-tenured member of the team’s staff and has been with the team for more than 1,300 games.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named the Hon. Joanne M. Winslow ’81 associate justice for the New York State Appellate Division-Fourth Department. The Fourth Department encompasses 22 upstate counties in the western and central portions of the state. Justice Winslow was elected justice of the Supreme Court for the Seventh Judicial District in 2008. Prior to that, she spent more than two decades as an assistant district attorney in Monroe County, serving as bureau chief for major felonies at the time of her election. She received her juris doctor from Albany Law School in 1986.
Richard Nanartowich ’82 wrote in to share that he is the proud grandfather of his first grandson, Gunner Michaud, who was born on March 17, 2017.
New Hampshire Union Leader reports that John Harris ’83 has been named the new president and chief operating officer of the Granite YMCA in Manchester, N.H.
Tim Morris ’83 has been named the 2017 MIAA Football Coach of the Year, according to Melrose Free Press (Beverly, Mass.). Morris is the head football coach at Melrose (Mass.) High School, where he has been coaching for 33 years.
Suzanne Katz-Kinzler ’84 has been named Teacher of the Year at The Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, N.J. Kinzler serves as the health educator at the kindergarten through eighth grade school. Congratulations, Suzanne!
Craig Claflin ’84 has been appointed as the district deputy grand master of the 22nd Masonic District of Massachusetts, according to Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.).
Bucks County Herald (Lahaska, Pa.) featured Elisa Maggio ’84 in a recent story. Maggio is the owner of Touch the Earth Healing Arts, where she teaches what she calls “Soul Art.” She also is a cranial-sacral practitioner, Reiki master-teacher, licensed massage therapist, special education teacher and author of Sacred Heart: Soul Art, winner of the 2016 New Apple Literary Services for Independent Authors Award.
Shawn R. Ladda G’85, EdD, presented the Rachel Bryant Lecture at the SHAPE America 2017 National Convention and Expo held this past March in Boston. Ladda is a professor of kinesiology at Manhattan College, where she also has served as department chair. She is the past president of the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport, and was its representative to the SHAPE America Board of Directors. She has been recognized with numerous awards and has presented some of the most prestigious lectures in her field.
Jim Anderson ’86, G’88, has been named head football coach at King’s College, according to The Citizen’s Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.). Anderson is the college’s associate vice president for enrollment management/executive director of admission. Previously, he was the football team’s defensive coordinator, including working under former head coach Rich Mannello ’83, G’85, who was his football teammate while at Springfield College.
Don Glover ’89, head lacrosse coach and mathematics teacher at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maine, was featured in The Times Record. Glover has three sons who have joined the ranks of successful lacrosse players to come through his program. His son Cameron ’19 has followed in Don’s footsteps and plays lacrosse for Keith Bugbee, G’84.
Kimberly Howard ’89 was named vice president of human resources by the Financial Accounting Foundation, according to The Hour (Norwalk, Conn.).
Doug Allen, G’90, was featured in a MassLive.com story about why people hire personal trainers. Allen is a personal trainer at the Springfield Jewish Community Center.
David C. Eustis Jr., G’90, has been named headmaster of Xavier High School, according to Middletown Press (Middletown, Conn.).
School counselors Merylina (Ina) Santiago Asselin ’92, G’00, and Kristin Puleo, G’05, celebrated Reveal Day 2017 at Westfield (Mass.) High School with Springfield College Class of 2021 members John Danahey (physical education), Adrian Colombani (physical therapy), Liam Whitman (athletic training), Jeremy Therrien (sports management), Katrina Arona (sport biology), and Molly-Rose McCarthy (undeclared).
Leah Heilman Schanke ’92 wrote a picture book manuscript on the life of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, titled No Way, No How: The Story of Anne Spencer, which was a winner in the KidLit College Picture Book Contest. Good work, Leah!
Paul Arciero, DPE ’93, was featured in American Heart Association News, detailing an app he created with his son called GenioFit, which lets the user know what he should eat and when he should exercise. Arciero is a professor of nutrition and exercise science and director of the Human Nutrition & Metabolism Laboratory at Skidmore College.
It was a proud day for Erich ’93 and Kris Moon Fogg ’94 at their daughter Gabby’s official signing with Springfield College Athletics. Several alumni joined the Foggs at the signing, including Scout Wuerthner ’87, parent of Gabby’s lacrosse teammate at Kennebunk High School; Erich; Gabby; Kris; Joe Bush ’88, Gabby’s high school lacrosse coach; Joe Schwartzman ’92, Gabby’s high school lacrosse assistant coach and athletic director; and Joe Rafferty ’77, Kennebunk High School head football coach.
Glenn Edgerton ’94 has been promoted to associate clinical professor at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches in the athletic training program.
Margaret Tantillo, G’94, was named executive director of Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts, the first person to hold this position, according to BusinessWest (Springfield, Mass.)
John Evon ’95 has been named chief administrative officer for the Sheriff’s Department in Hampden County, Massachusetts, according to MassLive.
Elizabeth Francis, G’95, has been named parks and recreation director for Canton, Mass., by the Canton Board of Selectmen, according to The Canton Citizen.
Andrew Longey ’96 has been promoted to deputy superintendent by the Enfield Board of Education in Enfield, Conn., according to Journal Inquirer. Previously, Longey was the principal of Enfield High School.
Brad Fordyce ’97 has been named the new head football coach at Dickinson College, according to The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.).
Patrick McKeon ’97, PhD, has been granted faculty emeritus status by the Ithaca College Board of Trustees, according to The Ithacan.
Mark Goyer ’98 has been named vice president and sales executive of Eastern Benefits Group, a division of Eastern Insurance Group, according to Valley Breeze (Cumberland, R.I.).
In honor of Black History Month, Manchester Community College recognized Andrew Woods ’98 with the Community Leadership Award, according to The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.). Woods is the founding executive director of Hartford Communities that Care, a nonprofit that creates programs to support non-violent and drug-free communities.
Carrie Berkel Gaydos ’93, G’99, shared with us that she will serve as an athletic trainer for the U.S. women’s ice hockey Olympic trials. Keep doing big things, Carrie!
According to Thompson Villager (Woodstock, Conn.) Lisa Croteau Reardon ’99 has been named employee of the month by Day Kimball Healthcare. Reardon is a staff psychotherapist at Day Kimball Healthcare’s Behavioral Health Clinic.
Thomas Allen ’01 has been named head coach of the Sacred Heart/Kaynor Tech High School (Waterbury, Conn.) football team, according to Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.) Allen also works as a social worker at M.D. Fox Elementary School in Hartford.
Dee Brown, G’01, head men’s and women’s cross country coach and men’s assistant track and field coach at Iowa Central Community College, and Jeremy Croy, G’02, head men’s and women’s track and field and cross country coach at Tiffin University, were both honored at the 2016 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Convention. Brown was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for indoor track and field and Croy was named NCAA Division II Men’s Coach of the Year for indoor track and field.
Nick Myers ’01, head coach of The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, led his team to its first-ever NCAA Division I championship game before losing 9-6 to the University of Maryland. This was the first time the team had gone as far as the finals. Myers has been the head coach at The Ohio State since 2008 and was a member of the inaugural Springfield College 40 Under Forty class.
John Gleason ’02, G’07, was promoted to assistant recreation director at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, according to The Barnstable Patriot (Hyannis, Mass.).
Shari Ravner Fanelli ’03, G’05, and Harry Fanelli ’03, as part of the Alumni Relations Host Family program, hosted physical therapy students Erin Fitzgerald ’15, DPT’17, and Matt Bevilacqua ’15, DPT’17, while Fitzgerald and Bevilacqua completed their clinical rotations at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. The Fanellis also recently hosted Megan Gallagher ’17, while she was completing an internship in their area. Shari and Harry’s son Toby has been so happy having house guests. Shari writes, “We would love to continue to offer our home to other Springfield College students to continue to give back and continue to share the ‘then and now’ stories. Although Harry and I have only been away from Springfield College for 11 years since finishing graduate school, so much has changed, yet some things have stayed the same and it’s fun to hear both through the eyes of the current students.”
Editors & Publishers has named Allison White Altobelli ’04 to its “25 Under 35” list for 2017. Altobelli is director of advertising sales and product strategy for Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Keep making us proud, Allison!
Ryan Sylvia ’05, G’08 is the new athletic director at Middleborough High School in Middleborough, Mass., according to South Coast Today (New Bedford, Mass.).
Jessica Griffin Scheff ’06, G’08, has been elected to the Middlesex United Way Board of Directors in Middletown, Conn., according to The Middletown Press.
Jason Bakoulis ’08 has been named head football coach at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Conn., according to The Bulletin. Bakoulis is a physical education teacher there and previously served as the football team’s defensive coordinator.
Alex Kosicki ’08 shared with us that he moved to Georgia to serve as the head coach for women’s tennis at Wesleyan College. His team ended the season with the highest cumulative GPA at the college and won the USA South Conference’s Sportsmanship Award. He also recently accepted the head cross country coach position at Wesleyan College. Way to go, Alex!
Fairfield University has named Anthony Bruno ’09 the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs.
According to the Hawthorne Press (Hawthorne, N.J.), Megan Lane, G’09, has been named coach of the year in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Colonial Division. Lane is the Hawthorne High School women’s head basketball coach and a sixth grade social studies teacher at Lincoln Middle School.
Matthew Lifschultz ’09 has been named alumni coordinator of Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in Newton, N.J., according to the New Jersey Herald.
Matthew Scott ’09 has been promoted to dean of students at American International College, according to MassLive.com. Good luck, Matthew!
According to the Ellsworth American (Ellsworth, Maine), Nick Tymoczko ’09 has been named recreation operations director for Bucksport.
According to northjersey.com, Tom Caporale ’10 was named to the North Valley Regional High School’s (Demarest, N.J.) Athletic Hall of Fame. Caporale is currently the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at ASA College in Miami, Fla.
Ryan Frisbie ’10 was promoted to sergeant of the Weare (N.H.) Police Department by Police Chief Sean Kelly ’93. Chief Kelly reports that there are “THREE SC alums walking the Weare PD halls.” Frisbie joins Sgt. Brandon Montplaisir ’09 as a first line supervisor. Chief Kelly’s son Chullainn ’18 is an athletic training major student at Springfield College. Says Chief Kelly, “I am very happy to give back to my school and look forward to the next Springfield College hire.”
According to The Boston Herald, Anthony Nalen ’10 has been named head football coach at Saugus High School in Saugus, Mass.
Donald T. Schug III ’10 graduated from the New York State Police in Albany, N.Y. Schug is stationed in Hastings.
Allie Bazzano Smith ’10 shared with us that she married Mike Smith ’09 on September 24, 2016. In attendance at the wedding were Keith Bugbee, G’84, Springfield College men’s head lacrosse coach, and Kristen Mullady ’00, Springfield College women’s head lacrosse coach. Smith is a physical educator and assistant boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Mass. Jake Jones ’10 is the head varsity lacrosse coach and Greg Levings ’11 is an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Marshfield High School. Both are also physical educators at the school.
Bryan Bierman ’11, G’12, and his wife, Emily, celebrated their marriage with the help of Springfield College friends. In attendance were, from left, Matt Dugan ’12, G’15, Jamie Kriger ’11, Phil Dwyer ’69, John Fredickson ’11, Savannah Trawinski ’13, Joe Maro ’11, Debbie Dwyer ’69, Jamie Goldstein ’11, and Rachel Kriger ’11.
Bryan Covington ’11 has been promoted to residential mortgage loan officer at The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, according to the Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, Mass.).
Kaeleigh Lannan Testwuide ’11 decided a career in business might suit her. After spending time skiing in Lake Tahoe after graduation, she moved to Colorado and became a brand manager for a diamond company. Six months later, she bought the business, rebranded the company, and has been growing it ever since. “One of the things I really love about this is helping people design the jewelry they want,” she said. She recently had the pleasure of designing the ring of her friend and former classmate Greg McMahon ’09.
Sara Plocharsky Hensley ’12 shared with us that she was married in 2015 and gave birth to her son, Jaxson Paul Hensley, in October 2016. Congratulations Sara!
Ashleigh Malinowski, G’12, Katie Singerman Potito, G’10, CAS ’11, and John Szymczyk, G ’04, were each recognized with Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Mass.
Elizabeth Duclos, G’13, has been inducted into the South Windsor (Conn.) High School Hall of Fame, according to the Hartford Courant.
Janella Cuyler ’13 wrote in to share that she joined Teach for America, and is in her fourth year teaching at Achievement First Endeavor Elementary in Brooklyn, N.Y. As a Title I school, 80 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch. In order to instill the idea that all students can and will achieve a college degree, each classroom is named after a college or university. Cuyler chose to name her third grade classroom Springfield College, saying it has been “humbling to teach my students all about Springfield and the values it instills in its graduates.” Each week a student is awarded the Triangle of the Week for demonstrating Springfield College values both inside and outside of the classroom.
A group of students worked from August until November to pool and save up over 1,200 “scholar dollars,” tickets awarded when they do things that go “above and beyond” and demonstrate strong character so that they could collectively buy the Springfield College merchandise that the College had donated. During a field trip to the Statue of Liberty, one student started running across the grass. The rest of the group of students started yelling after him, saying, “Stop! We don’t cut across the grass!” Finally, Cuyler and her co-teacher put together an Amazon Wish List and asked friends and family to donate books to a special new library in our classroom. After learning about many Springfield College alumni the kids voted on which alumnus they wanted to name the new library after. The vote was unanimous for John Cena ’99.
WGME CBS 13 (Portland, Maine) announced that Sam Read ’13 has joined its staff as a multi-media journalist. Read previously worked for WJHG in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Alex Reilly ’13 has been named head girl’s soccer coach at Ledyard High School in Connecticut, according to The Day (New London, Conn.).
Cheyenne Reynolds ’13 was featured in an article in the Ithaca Times about her experience as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for Clemson University football when they won the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Janice Watson, G’14, has been appointed director of education and after-school programs at Martin Luther King Family Services, according to the Springfield Republican (Springfield, Mass.). Watson will be responsible for running all of the after-school programs and camps hosted both at the Martin Luther King Community Center on Rutland Street in Springfield and at Martin Luther King Charter School.
According to the Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.), Roderick Porter ’15, G’17, has been named captain of the Bridgeport Police Department. Porter is the highest-ranking black officer in the department and the first African-American to head the detective bureau.
Kevin Agostini ’16 has joined Jennifer Criniti Tirillo ’04 and Shelby King Pocius ’12 on the athletic training staff at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn.