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Molly Rau, Steven Hinds To Be Graduation Speakers St. Johnsbury Campus Springfield College School Of Human Services

August 15, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 15, 2008 -- Molly Rau and Steven Hinds, iconic faculty members at the St. Johnsbury Campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services (SHS), will be the key speakers at the school’s graduation ceremonies on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m., at North Congregational Church, in St. Johnsbury.

According to SHS Assistant Dean and Campus Director Susan Langlois, “Molly Rau and Steven Hinds, who will retire this year from long and distinguished careers, have touched the lives of hundreds of students as teachers, mentors and advisors. They have provided valuable leadership at the St. Johnsbury Campus and have contributed important expertise to the Springfield College School of Human Services.”

Langlois will preside over the graduation event along with Gary Lacy, SHS associate dean, based at the Springfield College main campus in Springfield, Mass. Langlois will give welcoming remarks and reflections and present certificates to graduates. Lacy will confer degrees on 41 graduates of the undergraduate and graduate programs and will offer remarks.

The St. Johnsbury Campus is one of 11 SHS campuses around the country. In St. Johnsbury, the SHS offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services with weekend classes for working adults. Students may pursue an undergraduate concentration in addictions studies, and graduate concentrations in mental health counseling and in community counseling and psychology.

The curriculum focuses on building the leadership skills of human services professionals while they are serving their community. A hallmark of the program is that students identify a community need and design and implement a program to address it.

Most students complete their degrees in 16 to 24 months including credit for prior learning at other regionally accredited institutions and from life and work experience that is equivalent to college-level learning.

Rau, who joined the Springfield College faculty in Springfield, Mass. in 1974, has been a professor of human services at the St. Johnsbury Campus since 2002. She served in Springfield, Mass. as SHS director in 1991, and went on to become the college’s vice president for academic affairs from 1992 to 1998. In 1998, she returned to teaching at the SHS Springfield Campus. In Vermont, she has also served on reparative boards in the criminal justice system, and has been a clarinetist in town bands in Danville, St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville.

Hinds has been an SHS faculty member in St. Johnsbury since 1991, teaching a range of courses from mathematics, to social inquiry subjects, to multicultural affairs and diversity subjects. He is a member of the board of directors of the Vermont Peace Academy, has been a group leader for Vermont Prevent Child Abuse, and has served on strategic community economic and educational planning programs and on alternative neighborhood development projects in Montpelier, where he lives.

Other campuses of the Springfield School of Human Services are located in Springfield and Boston, Mass.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Manchester, N.H.; Charleston, S.C.; Houston, Texas; and Milwaukee, Wis.

Springfield College was founded in 1885 to train YMCA directors and, since then, has broadened its programs and developed an international reputation in human and social sciences, health sciences, sport management and movement studies, education, and the arts and sciences. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Undergraduate programs of the School of Human Services are accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

At its main campus, Springfield College offers bachelor’s degree programs in 40 major areas of study, and 15 graduate major areas of study. There are more than 5,000 students at its main and regional campuses, and 39,000 alumni in 60 nations. Characterizing all aspects of campus life is the college’s humanics philosophy, which emphasizes educating the whole person, consisting of spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to others.

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