Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Lectures

Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Mary Ann Coughlin Presents the 2021 Humanics Lecture

Mary Ann Coughlin
Mary Ann Coughlin presents the 2021 Humanics lecture

Mary Ann Coughlin, DPE, is senior associate vice president for academic affairs. She has served in a variety of positions, including as a faculty member and president of the Faculty Senate. In these positions, she has supervised academic support services and provided leadership for outcomes assessment initiatives, academic progress reviews, and institutional research. Coughlin is a past president of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and was awarded the 2018 AIR Distinguished Member Award and the 2012 AIR Outstanding Service Award. In addition, she also serves on the advisory board for the Institute for Effectiveness in Higher Education and on the editorial board for Innovative Higher Education.

Humanics: Two Pandemics — We Rise

Explained Coughlin, the past 16 months have been tumultuous for all. Our society and our campus have been facing two pandemics: a public health pandemic caused by COVID-19 and a pandemic of racial and social injustice. At no time in the history of higher education have leaders faced so many issues, where there was no “right” or “correct” decision. Springfield College is fortunate to have had its Humanics philosophy to serve as the lantern that guided its path. While our path has been full of curves and steep hills, we have navigated through these turbulent times. As we rise and move forward, our Humanics philosophy will be shaped by our journey and we need to continue to nurture, embrace, and celebrate it.

Keith Bugbee

Keith Bugbee, G’84, has been announced as the 2021-22 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics

At the conclusion of Coughlin’s lecture, associate professor of physical education and head men’s lacrosse coach Keith Bugbee, G’84, was announced as the 2021-22 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics. Read more on the history of Humanics and the role of the Distinguished Professor of Humanics.

Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Judy L. Van Raalte, PhD, Virtually Presents the 2020 Humanics Lecture

Judy L. Van Raalte
Judy L. Van Raalte

Van Raalte is a professor of psychology, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, and listed in the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. She has presented at conferences in 18 countries and published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

The National Institutes of Mental Health has funded her research developing and evaluating the effectiveness of a multimedia CD-ROM for college student eating disorder education. The NCAA funded her work developing and evaluating a multimedia website for student-athlete mental health and on student-athlete career development (supportforsport.org). Van Raalte served as president of the American Psychological Association Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology (Division 47) and as the vice president of the International Society of Sport Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and the International Society of Sport Psychology.


“At night I walked along the shore where so many spend the day gathering shells for their collections.  A woman walked among the starfishes that waves and tide had stranded on the beach, picking up each tenderly and casting it out to sea.  I hailed her and asked, ‘With so many millions left dying along these sands night after night after night, what difference can you possibly make?’  She gathered up another and arched it high over the water.  ‘I made a difference for that one.’  Silently I sought and picked up a still-living star, spinning it far out into the waves.”

adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)


“When we know the way we should be going we are steady on the path. But the moment we get lost, we run. We run thinking that if we cover as much ground as possible we can find the right path to walk on. We run thinking that because our heart aches, our knees wobble, and because generally we are suffering that we are doing something right (the right path must be filled with hardship right?). It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way. It makes more sense to walk slower and use our eyes and brains in those moments.”

Rollo May, psychologist (1909-1994)


“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that.  Then I realized that I was somebody.”

Lily Tomlin
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