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September 26, 2011

Springfield College Coaches Reflect About Humanics in Action Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 26, 2011 – Springfield College will celebrate its 14th annual Humanics in Action Day Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, with 1,900 students, faculty, staff, and alumni completing community service projects throughout the city of Springfield. Many of this year’s projects will further the institutional and individual commitment of the Springfield College community toward assisting the city in the days and weeks that followed the June 1 tornado that ripped through western Massachusetts.

Community service is a cornerstone of the educational experience at Springfield College. Humanics in Action Day is just one of the many ways in which the college’s students perform community service projects year round, often related to their studies, in schools, neighborhood organizations, and city programs. Annually, Springfield College students contribute more than 150,000 hours of service. In June, the college was among 20 colleges and universities selected by USAToday, in conjunction with OnlineColleges, and named to the “Most Committed to Community Service” list. The college also was recently named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.

Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn will welcome campus volunteers at Blake Track, at 9:30 a.m., before they head out into the community to participate in more than 100 projects at about 95 separate sites, mostly in the neighborhood surrounding the campus. Also speaking at the opening ceremonies will be Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield College Student Trustee Tyler Hilbert.

Some of the projects will directly benefit tornado victims, with college volunteers helping neighbors who are cleaning debris, as well as reading aloud programs for the students at the Brookings and Dryden schools, which were badly damaged during the storms. Fifth and sixth graders from Brookings will also come to the campus to be led in activities by sport management and recreation students.

The college also will hold a clothing drive in conjunction with Goodwill Industries to help restock stores of clothing that were depleted by tornado victims. Goodwill will park a truck on the campus in the driveway between Richard B. Flynn Campus Union and Abbey Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other college work groups will perform services for schools around the city, churches, retirement facilities, child care centers, community organizations, city agencies, and individual neighbors. They will conduct educational projects for school children, do indoor and outdoor painting projects, perform clean-up/fix-up projects, plant landscaping, and complete a host of other indoor and outdoor services. In a project new this year, faculty and staff will donate stuffed animals to be delivered to Shriner’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House for children undergoing medical treatment.

Springfield College initiated Humanics in Action Day in September 1998. It was the idea of Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Peter Polito and leaders of the New Student Orientation program to revive and expand an event described in the 1918 Springfield College yearbook. In the college’s early years, student work groups volunteered to improve the developing campus. Since 1998, Humanics in Action Day has been a day of service to the local community.

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