U.S.News Ranks Springfield College in Top Tier of “2010 America’s Best Colleges” Issue
SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE is again ranked in the top tier in its category in the “America’s Best Colleges” issue of U.S.News &World Report.The 2010 rankings were released Aug. 20, and Springfield College appears in the category of Best Universities—Master’s—North Region. U.S.News annually ranks all accredited
colleges and universities in the nation by several key measures of quality, giving its greatest weight to the opinions of college leaders in posi- tions to judge other schools’ undergraduate academic excellence.Other measures include graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
International Expert Addresses Doctoral Students
JINXIA DONG, director of the Peking University Research Centre for Gender, Sports and Society, addressed Springfield College doctoral students in physical education in October on the topic of “The Impact of the 2008 Olympics on Chinese Society and Sport.” Dong,who has been a professor at Peking
University since 2005, is a visiting scholar at Yale University this year. An internationally recog- nized expert in her field, she is the author of the book,Women, Sport and Society in the New China and many articles, and has given presenta- tions at numerous international conferences.
SportsManagement Legend GivesWeckwerth Lecture
ALAN NERO ‘69, ranked by Sporting News as the sixth most influential behind-the-scenes person in sports, returned to his alma mater as the featured speaker at the 17th Annual Weckwerth Lecture in November. Nero,managing director of Octagon’s baseball
division, has negotiated some of the largest contracts in major league baseball.He is known worldwide in the sports management industry and represents fifty major league players, field managers, and Baseball Hall of Fame members. Octagon, voted the Top Sports Agency by Sports Business Journal, represents more than 300 clients, corporations, and events worldwide. Nero entered sports management in 1977
after a successful career as an educator and coach, focusing his attention on his financial service clients and developing innovative ways to insure athletes. In 1983, he founded CSMG, the Chicago-based multisport athlete represen- tation firm,which was acquired by Octagon in 2008. Recently, Sports Business Journal named Nero as one of the top twenty most influential agents in sports.
Students, faculty, and staff from the SHS Houston campus help out at Star of Hope, a ministry to home- less men, women, and children.
SHS Los Angeles campus students, faculty, and staff co-sponsored a community blood drive with the Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Greater Los Angeles.
SHS Milwaukee campus faculty, staff, and students worked with the Forestry Department at the Havenswood State Forest in Milwaukee.
Game Day Security Research
Graduate students Meghan McTear (at left) and Kathryn Hart joined Professor Matthew Pantera at the Southern Mississippi and Homeland Security Stadium workshop at Gillette Stadium.
STUDENTS FROM the sport management and recreation department have monitored the game day secu- rity practices of sports facilities across the country since their ground-breaking research on the topic in 2003.Graduate students Meghan McTear ’05 and Kathryn Hart and Professor and Department Chair Matthew Pantera, Ed.D., successfully completed the two-day National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Course recently administered by the University of Southern Mississippi and the Department of Homeland Security at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough,Mass. The content centered on standardization of sport event risk
management practices at NCAA Division I, II, and III intercolle- giate athletic events.McTear, Hart, and Pantera will release findings from the department’s continued research on the topic in the coming months.
Student Satisfaction Survey Results
THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT (NSSE) benchmark scores for Springfield College—as reported by our students—indicate that the College meets or surpasses scores of peer institutions in all six measures of effective educational practices identified by NSSE. Springfield College students gave high scores to the College in the areas of student success, student
satisfaction, focus on personal development, effective educational practices, higher level of engagement, and participation in community-based projects.Overall, both first-year students and seniors rate their educational experience higher than first-year and senior students at peer institutions. (Visit www.springfieldcollege.edu
for the report.)
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Day Devoted To Community Service
FOR THE TWELFTH ANNUAL Humanics in Action Day in October, Springfield College students, faculty, and staff donned gold and maroon tee shirts to perform a day of concentrated community service throughout the city of Springfield. About 1,600 campus volunteers participated in more than 125
projects,mostly in the neighborhood surrounding the campus.The 125 projects are symbolic of the College’s 125th anniversary being celebrated this academic year. College work groups performed services for more than ninety-
eight schools, community organizations, churches, senior citizens’ facilities, city agencies, and individual neighbors. Also conducting Humanics in Action Day projects were the regional campuses of the College’s School of Human Services (SHS) in Boston,Mass.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.;Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Manchester, N.H.; Charleston, S.C.; Houston, Texas;Milwaukee,Wis.; and St. Johnsbury,Vt.
Approximately 1,600 faculty, staff, and students from the main campus partic- ipated in more than 125 Humanics in Action Day projects in honor of the College’s 125th Anniversary.
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