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  • Dearing, Joel B
  • Created Date
  • 1998-02-19
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  • Springfield College
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  • This column, titled “Work Week,” is part of a series of reflections written by Springfield College’s Distinguished Professor of Humanics Joel Dearing on February 19, 1998. Dearing was Springfield College’s Distinguished Professor of Humanics during the 1997-1998 academic year. During this time, he started a weekly column in the Springfield Student newspaper called, “Reflections on Humanics.” In his column from the week of February 19, 1998, De... more
    This column, titled “Work Week,” is part of a series of reflections written by Springfield College’s Distinguished Professor of Humanics Joel Dearing on February 19, 1998. Dearing was Springfield College’s Distinguished Professor of Humanics during the 1997-1998 academic year. During this time, he started a weekly column in the Springfield Student newspaper called, “Reflections on Humanics.” In his column from the week of February 19, 1998, Dearing discusses the “Work Week” that took place at Springfield College in 1969. The college had initiated a capital campaign and the students were the first to roll up their sleeves and go to work. They worked a full week with the goal of the campaign being to raise 3.7 million dollars to help finance a new library, athletic field, and building renovations. The students reached out to the community and surrounding towns and citizens responded. Tasks included raking yards, painting houses, and polishing sterling silver. More than 1,000 students were involved and they ended up raising $34,570.81. Coach Dearing, a student in the ‘70s, says he remembers hearing stories about the event and states it would be his dream to recreate it again at Springfield College. He brings up the idea of a “Work Week II in ’99 as it would be the 20th anniversary of the original work week. Dearing ends his column with a reminder of the Humanics logo contest and the $50 first prize to the winning student. Dearing earned his BS from Springfield College in 1979 and taught as an associate professor of Physical Education at the college. Dearing also coached women’s volleyball for 22 seasons (1989-2010). He finished his career with a win-loss record of 595-196 and a .752 winning percentage. Dearing was the recipient of several different Coach of the Year honors throughout the years. less
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