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Restoration,Transformational Commitment Present


as College Recovers from Tornado


TornAdoS ThAT TouChEd down in SPrinGfiELd And oThEr mASSAChuSETTS CommuniTiES on wEdnESdAy, JunE 1, CAuSEd SEvErE dAmAGE To ThE SouThwESTErn quAdrAnT of ThE CAmPuS. The campus was closed from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, while essential personnel and other outside vendors worked to clear roadways of debris, secure the campus, and determine the extent of any structural damage to College facilities. “We were thankful that we did not suffer any loss of life or injuries


among students, faculty, or staff,” president Richard B. Flynn said in the hours that followed. “We were well aware that some of our nearby neighbors and others in the community and in the city suffered much more serious damage and personal loss.” In the weeks and months since, there has been a transformative


energy and renewed commitment on the campus, due not only to work by Springfield College staff and the services of professional contractors, but also to the student, faculty, staff, and alumni volun- teers who worked—in many cases around the clock—to reopen the campus in a matter of days and to prepare it for its full schedule of summer camps and events. Although the initial mood was somber on the evening of June 1,


that mood quickly changed to one of quiet determination, focused energy, and dedication as members of the Springfield College community jumped right in and began working to right the campus and lend aid to the neighboring community. The campus closed for four days to allow crews to work unimped-


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