Distinguished Alumna Award
Just last year, Wellesley College made a great catch in Bridget Belgiovine as its new director of athletics and chair of physical education, recreation and athletics. Bridget’s move from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), where she was director of Division III, is her latest step in her meteoric career rise in athletics. It all began with earning her master’s degree in physical education/athletic administration at Springfield College in 1987.
Bridget ‘s first success in athletic administration was as a Springfield College assistant in athletics, quickly followed by her becoming assistant athletic director. She went on to become director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse before joining the NCAA, where she rose through a series of promotions. Along the way, she also served as games director for the Special Olympics Summer Games in Massachusetts.
Before jumping the fence into administration, Bridget had impressive teaching and coaching experience, beginning as an instructor and coach at Monroe Township School District, N.J. She went on to become Springfield College field hockey assistant coach, then doctoral fellow, and then assistant professor.
Serving her profession, Bridget has contributed her talents to the NCAA on a number of committees and programs, in the presidential search process, on the joint policy board, and in student-athlete advisory. Among her service to the NCAA Women Administrators, she has been president, on the board of directors, and active in several committees. She also has performed service for the Eastern College Athletic Conference, University of Wisconsin, and United States Field Hockey Association.
Bridget has received grants on subjects relating to professional development, alcohol education, and Women & Sports Day. She has published on subjects related to Division III, coaching, and the NCAA. She has given numerous presentations to national, regional and local groups in the fields of education and athletics. Among the awards that she has received are the Division III Commissioners Association Meritorious Service Award and the YWCA Outstanding Women in Sport Tribute. The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators named her Administrator of the Year for Associations, and Rotary International named her its Paul Harris Fellow. In 1998, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse established the Bridget Belgiovine endowed scholarship for female graduate student in sports administration.
Kelleyrobin Mulvihill ’97
Young Alumna Award
Kelleyrobin Mulvihill found her home away from home at Springfield College. She has embraced its Humanics philosophy of spirit, mind and body through professional leadership and alumni volunteerism, and in the outdoors, where she connects people with nature through character-building ropes courses.
Kelley transferred to Springfield College in 1994, beginning a relationship with the College that grows stronger each year. She earned a B.S. in recreation management, followed by an M.Ed. in therapeutic recreation management. Her love of the outdoors was formed at Springfield College’s Freshman Camp, and she has made it a huge part of her life. From 1996 to 2006, she was the assistant camp director and challenge course facilitator at Springfield College. Kelley is a certified ropes course instructor, and has developed recreation-based curricula for organizations such as the Marcus Lewis Day Camp in Harvard, Mass, and the Metro West YMCA in Hopkinton, Mass. Additionally, she has helped people with disabilities participate in athletics at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo., as an intern instructor. Kelley has broken gender barriers by becoming the first woman ranger for the Boy Scouts of America’s Knox Trail Council.
Her volunteer experience is extensive. Kelley has made giving back to Springfield College a priority for the last decade, lending her talents to the Springfield College Outdoor Center and the Springfield College Eastern Massachusetts Alumni Association. She also volunteers her time on the Class of ’97 Reunion Committee. Other organizations and endeavors Kelley has assisted include the Bethany Hill Young People’s Group and the Babson College Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program.
Since 2004, Kelley’s indoor career has been at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., as associate director for alumni relations. The job enables her to do what she loves, which is connecting people and nurturing a strong network from which many can benefit. The foundation for her career was laid in the Springfield College Alumni Relations Office, where she served as a student worker. She later became a member of Springfield’s program support staff. Kelley has managed more than 2,000 events during her young career.
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Larry Locke’s impressive career has taken many forms. As a coach, teacher, author, and distinguished professor, Larry has earned numerous awards and citations recognizing his commitment and expertise in the field of kinesiology and physical education.
Larry graduated from Springfield College in 1952, receiving a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. He went on to earn an M.Ed. in Guidance and Personnel Services from Springfield College in 1953, and completed a Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1960.
Larry began his career teaching physical education in the West Hartford, Conn. Public School system. He then became director of physical education and coach of basketball, soccer, and volleyball at Mitchell College in New London, Conn.
Following two years as a Fulbright Scholar at Sydney University in Australia, Larry accepted a position as assistant professor of education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He received tenure as an associate professor in 1967. From there, Larry’s career took him to the University of New Mexico, where he earned tenure as an associate professor in 1970. Over the next 25 years, he served in various professional and administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, receiving tenure as a professor in 1974. Larry is currently professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where from 1970 through 1995 he held a joint appointment in the schools of education and physical education.
His research has been published extensively, and he has served on a variety of journal editorial boards. Larry has edited many research journals and is senior author of several research textbooks for Sage Publications. With Kim Graber (University of Illinois), Larry recently completed a special edition of the Elementary School Journal to be published in January 2008. His research appears on www.unlockresearch.com, a site he co-authored to provide encouragement, support, and research for physical educators.
Larry has received numerous honors for his work, including the Clark W. Hetherington Award from the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education; the Dudley Allen Sargent Distinguished Scholar Award from NASPE; the AERA Distinguished Scholar Award from the Physical Education SIG; a presidential citation from AAHPERD; presidential awards from NASPE; and the COPETE Teacher Education Honor Award. Larry is also a member of the Mitchell College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Philip “Buzzy” Ernst ’74
It’s hard to find someone who has more Pride in Springfield College than Philip Brent “Buzzy” Ernst, Class of ’74. The College has been a huge part of his life since he stepped foot on campus.
Buzzy graduated from Springfield College with a B.S. in education and returned to obtain an M.A. in guidance and psychological services in 1978. After a four-year stint as a teacher and coach in both the Framingham and Monadnock public school systems, he started working as a clerk in the international sales department at Milton Bradley Company/Hasbro Inc. Buzzy has been there ever since, having quickly climbed the ranks to international sales department supervisor in 1982 before shifting gears and becoming supervisor of the office services department in 1984. In 1987, he was named manager of compensation and benefits in the human resources department. Buzzy has served as director of the human resources department since 1993, and his responsibilities include overseeing programs for 150 salaried workers and 1,000 union employees.
Springfield College is close to Buzzy’s heart, and it shows. The former varsity football player is a fixture at Pride athletic games. He earned the “Number 1 Fan” award in 1991, and hasn’t missed a Gymnastics Home Show in 27 years. Buzzy has gone above and beyond the call of duty to give back to his alma mater, serving on a long list of alumni committees dating back to the 1970s. Those volunteer posts include but are not limited to the Reunion Golf Tournament Committee, Graduate Reunion Committee, Class of ’74 Leadership Committee, and the Pioneer Valley Alumni Association Executive Board. Buzzy has been vice president of his class since 1984 and is a longtime member of the David Allen Reed Society. Since 2002, he has conducted mock interviews and served as a panel participant with students in the Springfield College Career Center. As a volunteer for career services, he has organized the Hasbro booth at the Springfield College Career Internship Fair and has helped provide mentoring and internship opportunities to students. Buzzy also volunteers as a representative to the Springfield College Admissions Office. He has referred countless young people to the admissions staff.
Community service is another significant part of Buzzy’s life. He has served as a member of the board of directors for organizations including the East Longmeadow Chamber of Commerce and FutureWorks, Inc., while most recently lending his talents on the Bright Nights Ball Committee for the Spirit of Springfield. In addition, he has volunteered as an officer with the Milton Bradley Athletic Association.