An Organization Rich in History, Thanks to Our Alumni
They say, “A Springfielder’s true strength is the Springfielder standing next to them.” We are lucky to have an incredible alumni base that provides our organization and our families, past and present, with strength and encouragement throughout the years.
In 2001, on the Springfield floor of Simmons Hall, a group of friends decided to create a THON organization independent of the traditional Schreyer Honors College group and Greek life. From the very beginning, Springfield has been a trailblazer in the THON community. As the first special interest organization (SIO) Springfield raised $6,500 and supported two dancers in THON 2001.
Over the last seventeen years, Springfield has grown from a handful of floor mates to 175 dedicated volunteers, from two dancers to ten, and from $6,500 to $168,078.73. None of this success would be possible without the support of our incredible Springfield alumni.
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Staying Involved: The Springfield Alumni Interest Group (AIG)
As Springfield alumni, you can still have a profound impact in the fight against pediatric cancer. The Springfield Alumni Interest Group (AIG) is an official organization dedicated to providing resources for Springfield alumni to connect with one another, Springfield, and the larger Penn State and THON communities. The Springfield AIG falls within the larger Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG), but it operates independently. Its goal is to expand the reach of Springfield's three pillars of family, fundraising, and team unity to ensure that they remain strong even after graduation.
An eleven-member executive board oversees operations of the Springfield AIG, working in collaboration with Springfield's Executive Board. The AIG Executive Board extends the fundraising and alumni relations aspects of the student organization by taking on and supporting various projects throughout the year.
Meet the Springfield AIG Executive Board
Patrick Boynton ‘14, President (PSAA Life Member) | JD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Matt Krott ‘13, Vice President (PSAA Life Member) | PhD Candidate, Penn State University
Jackie Guo ‘14, Treasurer | Process Engineer, Proctor & Gamble
Matt Kaslow ‘12, Philadelphia Geographic Director | Law Clerk, US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Liz Kimble ‘14, Baltimore/Washington Geographic Director | Electrical Engineer, Whitman, Requardt & Associates
Vinay Ayala ‘11, New York City Geographic Director | Analyst, Surveyor Capital
Delia Carr ‘16, Pittsburgh Geographic Director (PSAA Member) | Internal Audit Leadership Development Program, PNC
Aryn Gabai ‘05, 2001-05 Generation Director | Doctor of Chiropractic, Pennington Family Chiropractic
Beth Shore ‘08, 2006-09 Generation Director | Deputy Attorney General, State of New Jersey
Meg Barnett ‘10, 2010-13 Generation Director | Teacher at an international school in Okinawa, Japan
Nish Pandya ‘14, 2014-16 Generation Director | MD Candidate, Thomas Jefferson University
Calendar of Events
THON Weekend Alumni Lunch
Every THON weekend alumni get together for a reunion lunch. It's an opportunity for our alumni to feel that THON weekend magic again with the friends they once stood side by side with in the BJC. It's a lunch of reminiscing over late nights spent at Springfield meetings, past family visits, early fundraising weekend wake-up calls, cherished THON weekend memories, and so much more from those four years as a Springfield Spartan.
All Star Craft Beer & Wine Festival 2018:
To kick off the summer this past May we had an alumni outing to Citizens Bank Park for the All Star Craft Beer & Wine Festival. Alumni from the Philadelphia area had the chance to appreciate the warm weather, catch up with old friends and enjoy the festival!
Every fall semester Springfield hosts an alumni tailgate. It is a cherished tradition that brings together old friends and new for a day of PSU football fun. It's an opportunity for alumni who now live far apart to reconnect and for current Springfielders to chat with those who shaped our organization!
Due to popular demand this year, Springfield will be sponsoring two tailgates for alumni! The dates are: September 29 (Ohio State), and October 13 (Michigan State).
Kathleen Robertson Memorial Ceremony:
In September 2014, Springfield lost an incredible member of our family. After a courageous battle with cancer, Kathleen Robertson passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family. Kathleen was a wonderful person full of kindness and optimism, no matter what life threw her way. Shortly after her passing a group of alumni began a campaign to honor her memory by planting a cherry tree in the Simmons Hall courtyard. In July 2015, a group of thirty Springfield alumni, current members, and Kenzie gathered at Simmons Hall to dedicate the tree and a plaque in her honor. Springfield alumni in attendance were able to speak about what Kathleen means to them and share stories of her impact on them during their time at Penn State. Even Springfielders as far away as Japan were able to write in and have their memories read at the ceremony. They also decorated the tree with dozens of paper cranes similar to the cranes that Springfield gave to Kathleen for good luck before one of her surgeries. The cranes decorated Kathleen’s house until her passing and always reminded Kathleen of Springfield’s love for her.
Although no current Springfielder had the opportunity to meet Kathleen, Springfield continues to honor her memory by holding a memorial every fall semester during which alumni share stories of her kindness and strength.