Springfield College to Rename Student Residence Building Recognizing Gift From Joseph R. Kakley to Funding CampaignApril 12, 2007
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 12, 2007 – Springfield College today announced that it will rename one of its on-campus graduate student residence facilities to recognize a significant gift to the college by Joseph R. Kakley, owner of J. R. Kakley & Sons, Inc. A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, April 13, at 11:30 a.m., at the building’s east lawn on Alden St.
The facility will be renamed the Kakley Graduate Annex in honor of Kakley, who recently made a generous gift to the Springfield College funding campaign, Leadership for the 21st Century. The campaign entered its public phase in June 2005 with a goal of $40 million. With the Kakley gift, the college has raised more than $30 million.
Kakley’s ties to Springfield College go back to the 1940s. He grew up in the Old Hill neighborhood, founded his first business, Kakley Mason and Wall Supplies, nearby in what is now Mason Square. Today, he operates one of the largest home building supply centers in western Massachusetts, close to the college at 10 Allen St.
In making the announcement, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “Joe Kakley lives his life consistent with Springfield College’s Humanics philosophy. He’s a man with strong values, high integrity, and a commitment to helping people in the community where he grew up. At Springfield College, we call that ‘leadership in service to humanity.’”
In his commitment to the neighborhood, Kakley annually contributes to more than 70 churches and Brookings Elementary School. He also funds a program with the Home Builders Association to build residential access ramps free of charge for people who need them.
The college built the Kakley Graduate Annex in 1989, marking the beginning of its commitment to house graduate students on the campus. With space for 24 students, it includes six air-conditioned apartments, each with single rooms for four students, plus a living room, kitchen, and dining area. An additional 97 graduate students, and 1,900 undergraduate students, live in other college residential facilities.
Through the campaign, the college recently completed renovation of Schoo Hall into a state-of-the-art science teaching facility. The college also plans to construct a new wellness center, field house, and campus union.