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national outreach of Springfield College from this little forest in the geographical center of the city of Springfield, which is where East Campus is.” Expanding the reach of academics on East Campus is

definitely in the plans. “We want to branch out to do even more with academic departments every year. A positive is that we are off the main campus and it is quiet and beautiful and serene here, people can take in a lot and learn, however that also works against us, because we are not as visible and there are departments that are not aware of what we can offer,” Taylor added. In addition to the College’s utilization, East Campus also

offers the community the kinds of resources not found anywhere else in the Springfield area. The lovely park-like setting, the Pueblo with its cozy lodges, the Challenge Course with 24 low and high elements, a mile of waterfront, kayaking, canoeing, and two 18 hole “disc golf” courses offer an unparalleled setting for public schools, social agencies, other colleges, corporate groups, and many other organiza- tions. It’s the perfect site for team building programs, professional development, gatherings, retreats, training, and more.

Fundraising Efforts to Renovate the Pueblo

Renovations at East Campus had been undertaken—even before the storm—and the development staff was in the process of raising additional funds to continue new projects. The Office of Development staff worked with Taylor and also with Angela veatch G’07, assistant director of East Campus, to reach out to different community groups and local

agencies to seek grant money for capital renovations on the Pueblo, which suffered no storm damage. “East Campus has been around a long

time and has been used in different capacities throughout its history. We have come to the point where it is a year- round venue that is becoming even busier with diverse program offerings. We recognize that the facility, while unique, is rapidly becoming outdated and needs to be revitalized to support programs in a way that reflects work that has been done on the main campus,” says Taylor. “We raised funds for the replacement of the Pueblo’s roof and bathrooms. The iconic 4,400-square-foot structure that is the only authentic south- western pueblo east of the Mississippi River turned 80 years old last year. The renovation of the Pueblo’s roof and indoor bathrooms is complete and fundraising is ongoing to renovate the outdoor bathrooms and showers. I spoke with an alumnus from the Class of 1957 who came out to visit during reunion week and he recognized the outdoor bathrooms as the same ones he used as a student. As you can imagine, they are in need of work,” Taylor tells Triangle. “The renovation work on

A class in Pueblo of the Seven Fires (c.1950-1970)

A winter scene with a cabin covered in snow on East Campus (date unknown)

the Pueblo and the planned work on the outdoor bathroom facilities was supported through a generous grant from MassMutual as well as with funding from the College and its alumni. In fact, the Class of 1962, which held its 50th reunion this year made a gift of more than $68,550 for East Campus work,” explains John White, vice president of development and alumni relations. “The needs of East Campus are ongoing and our fundraising efforts are moving forward. We welcome the financial help of alumni, community groups, and friends of the College,” he concludes.1

Students sitting on the Pueblo of the Seven Fires during its construction (c. 1932)

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Information about the ongoing needs of East Campus is available from the Office of Development at (413) 748-3124.


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