Thoughts as We Transition
to Our New Location
Greetings friends, students, and alumni,
Starting out as assistant professor and coordinator of student services at the Los Angeles campus of Springfield College in August 2001, I was excited. As new to the campus as the paint on the walls of our new suite, I was eager to learn and eager to teach. My expectation was that I would be doing more teaching than learning. Was I ever wrong!
Through that first term of classes as I encountered Francisco and Cynthia’s unique insights, Victoria and Oscar’s incredible life experiences, and Barbara and Lottie’s commitment to social justice, I soon learned that I would be doing just as much learning as teaching. I could not be more proud of the accomplishments of our graduates, including people like:
Beulah Giddings, who used her undergraduate project as a catalyst for forming the One Caring Adult Foundation, a multi-cultural and charitable organization dedicated to supporting leaders of our community youth organizations.
Miguel Trujilla, who used his experience at Springfield College as a foundation to establish Funds for Students, an organization that helps students raise funds for their college or trade school education.
Carlon Manuel, who took the knowledge acquired through both the undergraduate and graduate programs, combined it with his passion for youth, and went on to work in the Gang Reduction Youth Development program at the Los Angeles mayor’s office.
Martice Brumfield, who graduated with her graduate degree and went on to found Hey Lil Sis, an organization developed to provide young African American girls in low income areas with a sense of pride and self-awareness.
Affectionately known as The Cousins—Gary Arnwine, Turmel Woods, and Jabari Smith—graduated with concentrations in Organizational Management and Leadership and went on to start More Than an Athlete, a nonprofit focused on athlete skill transference and personal development.
Our alumni represent all that Springfield College has to offer, and more. Today, as we transition to a new chapter of the School of Human Services’ presence in Southern California, I am confident that this legacy will continue. As we say farewell to our existing facilities, it is only fitting that we celebrate all that it has represented to the lives of the members of our campus community and to the communities in which we all live.
In honor of that legacy, I invite all of our alumni to join us on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm for the Campus Celebration Event. I ask you to let us know where you are now, what you have accomplished, and what your time at the School has meant for you both personally and professionally. Please complete our 2012 “Wall of Fame” Alumni Survey and reconnect with your alma mater. Let us share your memories and celebrate your accomplishments.
Nadira Charaniya, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Campus Director