Furnari To Address Manchester Campus Graduating Class Springfield College School Of Human ServicesApril 25, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 25, 2008 -- Wendy Furnari, director of client services for the Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force and founder of the Nashua AIDS Project, will give the keynote address at graduation ceremonies at the Manchester Campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at 2 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Manchester, N.H.
Conferring diplomas to 43 graduates of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs will be Robert J. Willey Jr., Ph.D., dean of the School of Human Services, based in Springfield, Mass., and Susan E. Langlois, D.P.E., assistant dean of the school and director of the Manchester Campus.
Robert Thompson, of Milford, N.H., who will receive his bachelor’s degree, will be the speaker for his class, and Carmen Bertran of Manchester, N.H., who will receive her master’s degree, will be the graduate class speaker. Thompson is a consultant to the Community Development Corporation and a volunteer at Strive in Boston, Mass. Bertran is a case manager at the Greater Manchester AIDS Project. The Rev. N. Zane Knoy, also of Manchester, and professor emeritus of the school, will deliver the invocation and benediction.
In Manchester, the Springfield College School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services with weekend classes for working adults. The campus is one of nine regional campuses of the school, in addition to the main campus in Springfield, Mass.
With a curriculum focused on building the leadership skills of human services professionals while they are serving their community, the Manchester Campus offers an undergraduate concentration in addiction studies, and graduate concentrations in mental health counseling, community counseling psychology, and organizational management and leadership. A hallmark of the program is that students identify a community need and design and implement a program to address it.
Most students complete their degrees in 16 to 24 months including credit for prior learning at other regionally accredited institutions and from life and work experience that is equivalent to college-level learning. The school follows standards of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in awarding credit for prior learning.
Other campuses of the Springfield School of Human Services are located in Springfield and Boston, Mass.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Charleston, S.C.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Milwaukee, Wisc. A new campus in Houston, Texas will open this summer.
Springfield College was founded in 1885 to train YMCA directors and, since then, has broadened its programs and developed an international reputation in the health sciences, human and social sciences, sport management and movement studies, education, and the arts and sciences. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Undergraduate programs of the School of Human Services are accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
At its main campus, Springfield College offers bachelor’s degree programs in 40 major areas of study, and 15 graduate major areas of study. There are more than 5,000 students at its main campus and satellites, and 39,000 alumni in 60 nations. Characterizing all aspects of campus life is the college’s humanics philosophy, which emphasizes educating the whole person, consisting of spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to others.