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Springfield College to Explore International Impact of Humanics Philosophy

March 27, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 27, 2007 – Springfield College will explore the past, present and future international impact of its guiding philosophy of humanics in programs throughout its campus on Wednesday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Humanics focuses on education of spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to other people.

Springfield College’s 2006-2007 Distinguished Spring field Professor of Humanics Richard D. Davila, President Richard B. Flynn, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean A. Wyld, will open International Humanics Day with a presentation on the international history of the college since its founding in 1885.

Morning presenters will include Springfield College graduates serving in leadership positions in other nations. They are Ann Hope, research associate for the School of Social Work, Dublin, Ireland; James Gomez, retired secretary general of the African Alliance of YMCAs; Frank Fu, associate vice president, dean, and chair professor of the faculty of social sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University; and Grace Talma, chief executive officer of Grace Talma Associates, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Afternoon presentations will focus on the college's historical contributions to the Olympic movement; students who have studied in Spain, England, Australia and Ireland; and the college's outreach committee in Mexico. College alumni on the Olympic panel will be Pam Hixon, 1996 U. S. Olympic field hockey coach, Mimi Murray, professor of physical education and former sport psychology consultant to two U. S. Olympic teams; and Jen Mead, former member of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team and Springfield College Ph.D. student.

Closing the program, Rizek Abusharr, retired director general of the Jerusalem International YMCA, will address “International Humanics: Where Do We Go from Here?”

International Humanics Day was developed by Davila, who is concluding his one-year appointment as distinguished Springfield professor of humanics. Davila is assistant dean of the Springfield College School of Human Services and director of its Tampa Bay Campus.

Since 1967, the college annually has named a member of the faculty or administration as distinguished Springfield Professor of humanics to focus campus attention on humanics and to examine its implications for curriculum, management, recruitment, campus life, and community impact. Representing various areas of expertise, they have examined humanics from a range of perspectives. Their insights are posted on the college’s Web site at www.springfieldcollege.edu/BabsonLibrary.

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