The Chicopee Savings Bank Endowment for Academic Excellence, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Honors Program at Springfield Technical Community College are pleased to announce the schedule of events for its Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Ovations Series. This educational and cultural special event series brings to the College locally and nationally acclaimed writers, artists, political figures, and experts in the fields of science and health. All events are open to the public free of charge. For additional information on this series, please contact Professor Philip O'Donoghue at 413-755-4233.

All Ovations events will be held in Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall. All events are free, and open to the general public.

Spring 2016

Daniel Jones, Writer and Editor: What could be more than appropriate than a Valentine’s Day theme to open up the series? As editor of the New York Times popular column, Modern Love, Daniel Jones has chronicled the minefields of love and romance for years. He will be sharing his experiences and stories by reading from his latest book, Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers). Elle Magazine’s calls Love Illuminated “A provocative, insightful, and deeply humane meditation on ‘life’s most mystifying subject.” This event promises to be something that we all can relate to! February 12, at 10:10 and 11:15.

The Young at Heart Chorus: For over thirty years, the Young at Heart Chorus, a group of talented senior citizens, has, in their own words, created a unique and positive image of aging though the creation of originally staged musical and theater performances that incorporate songs not commonly sung by older Americans. What does mean? It means I Wanna Be Sedated, and Forever Young, among others. The Young at Heat Chorus has toured America and Europe, and was the subject of an award-winning documentary. I know our students will fall in love with this group, as thousands of others already have. March, 24, 11:00.

Dorothy Jordan Pryor Award Luncheon: This annual award is named after one of STCC’s most beloved professors. It is given to a member of the STCC community who, like Dorothy Jordan Pryor, had an impact on not only STCC, but the community beyond. This year’s recipient, Valerie King-Jackson, holds two degrees from STCC, and is an elementary school teacher. As a faithful volunteer for WTCC, Valerie has organized the annual WTCC Christmas Party, where gifts are given to families in need for the past eight years. STCC is very proud of Valerie, and I know that Dr. Pryor is as well. April 6, 12:00, 7th Floor, Scibelli Hall.

Life Raft Debate: Last year’s unusual amount of Snow Days caused this event to be canceled, but it is coming back again! The Life Raft debate has a very simple premise: humankind has been eradicated, and now a boat is taking off with room for only a few survivors. There is one seat left for an academic – who should have that seat? Who will be the most helpful to start civilization over again? Professors from three different disciplines will be presenting their own cases. Audience members are invited to join the debate. Thursday, April 14, 9:30.

All events except for the Dorothy Jordan Pryor Award Luncheon will be held in Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall.