Outstanding Alumni Honored
Homecoming 2021 festivities included the Alumni Association Annual Awards and Hall of Alumni of Color Achievers Inductions
The 2020 and 2021 Springfield College Alumni Award recipients were recognized during a Homecoming Weekend champagne brunch in October.
The 2020 awards include: Tarbell Medallion to Diane Potter ’57, G’63, EdD, pioneer in women’s athletics and the first softball and women’s gymnastics coach at Springfield College; Young Alumna Award to LaToya Franklin ’07, board certified athletic trainer; Distinguished Alumnus Award to James Southard ’64, PhD, professor emeritus of surgery, University of Wisconsin; and, Distinguished Alumna Award to Deena Casiero ’99, MD, director of sports medicine and head team physician for the University of Connecticut.
The 2021 awards include: Tarbell Medallion to Ted Baumhauer, G’81, CAS’82, EdD, organizational consultant with Baumhauer Enterprises Seminars & Training; Young Alumna Award to Ashley Reves Meganck ’06, director of corporate sales for Pegula Sports & Entertainment, LLC; Distinguished Alumna Award to Branwen Smith-King ’78, G’79, secretary general for the Bermuda Olympic Association; Distinguished Alumna Award to Donna Hitchens ’69, G’70, JD, retired judge for the Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, and founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco.
Additionally, the College celebrated the new Hall of Alumni of Color Achievers Legacy Corridor, located adjacent to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on the second floor of the Flynn Campus Union, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Inaugural inductees are: Harold Amos ’41, PhD, the first African American department head at Harvard Medical School, chair of the department of microbiology and molecular genetics, and chair of the division of medical sciences, posthumously; Arnold Bell ’73, PhD, trailblazer in sports physical therapy, athletic training, and higher education, and the first African American to be board certified as a clinical specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, posthumously; Donald Brown ’69, G’78, EdD, education administrator with Brown & Associates Education and Diversity Consulting, and president of the first Black student organization at Springfield College; Roscoe Brown ’43, PhD, a Tuskegee Airman who led missions for the 100th Fighter Squadron, New York University professor, Bronx Community College president, and Center for Urban Education Policy at the CUNY Graduate Center founder, posthumously; John Ma 1920, G1926, pioneer in physical education and modern Chinese sports, and founder of modern physical education in China, posthumously; and Carlton Pickron ’79, G/CAS’82, EdD, retired vice president of student affairs at Westfield State University, and two-time recipient of the Omega Man of the Year by the First District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.