Springfield College to Celebrate Humanics in Action Day September 25September 11, 2003
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 11, 2003 – Day classes will be cancelled and College offices will be run on skeletal staffs Thursday, September 25, for members of the College community to participate in Humanics in Action Day. Students, faculty, and staff will participate in this day of community service by working on projects from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the neighborhoods surrounding campus.
Wearing tee shirts inscribed with the words “Humanics in Action Day,” members of the Springfield College community will work in groups to tackle projects ranging from clean-up and painting in playgrounds, city parks, and neighborhood lots; to educational projects in neighborhood schools; and to indoor and outdoor services at community organizations.
Following the event, neighbors will be invited to join the volunteers, members of cooperating organizations, and city departments for a cookout beginning at 1 p.m. on the College’s Blake Field. Classes will resume at 4 p.m. For further information, contact the Office of Student Volunteer Programs at (413) 748-3394. Registration information and descriptions of available projects are available at www.spfldcol.edu/homepage/dept.nsf/studentVolunteer.
Humanics in Action Day was co-initiated and developed by the student leaders of New Student Orientation and the 1998-1999 Springfield Distinguished Professor of Humanics, Dr. Peter Polito. Together they developed this event as one that would bring together the entire campus community with the local community to work on community service projects. The first Humanics in Action Day occurred on September 10, 1998 and has since become an annual event in celebration of community and civic engagement. It takes the efforts of many administrative offices, faculty, staff, and student volunteers as well as community leaders and residents to plan and effectuate Humanics in Action Day.
The College has held service days at various times throughout its history. The earliest example on record is dated 1918.