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 Spring 2015 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.

February 11, Su Meck, Author: At twenty-two, Su Meck was married, a mother of two, and living the life she had wanted. Then, in a freak accident, a ceiling fan fell on her head, sending her into a coma. When Meck emerged from the coma, she had no memory, no idea who she was, or how to live. She had to learn how to tie her shoes, read, write - and care for two toddlers. Eventually, a series of devastating personal events led her to reevaluate her life - and write a book about it. What emerged was her memoir, I Forgot to Remember - A Memoir of Amnesia. In what the New York Post called, [A] tale of triumph in the search for identity, Su Meck chronicles her search for herself, and a new life. This inspiring memoir includes a return to college in middle age, and I know our students will want to hear this story. 10:10 and 11:15, Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall.

March 6, Jay Levy Social Worker and Advocate: For over 25 years, Jay Levy has been advocate for individuals who experience homelessness. As a Social Worker who received his M.S.W. from Columbia University, Levy combined his stories and experiences in his book, Homeless Narratives & Pretreatment Pathways: From Words to Housing. This book not only tells the stories of the individuals Levy has known and helped through the years, it also takes an innovative approach to reducing homelessness. This book's programs were adapted by the Western Massachusetts Regional Network, as well as the Pioneer Valley Ten-Year Plan to Reduce Chronic Homelessness. Jay Levy gives a voice and story to the people he has served, and it is story that needs to be heard. Mr. Levy has worked with our own professor of Psychology, Eric Brown, and we are honored that Eric will be introducing our guest. 10:10 and 11:15, Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall.

April 1, Dorothy Jordan Pryor Award: This annual event is named after Dr. Dorothy Jordan Pryor, a long time and beloved professor at STCC. It honors individuals who have served both the STCC community and the Springfield Community at large. This year's recipients are Eric Brown and Liz Almeida, who are being recognized for their tireless work on behalf of our Veterans Community. 12:00, 7th Floor, Scibelli Hall.

April 16, Life Raft Debate: Back by popular demand! The Life Raft Debate is our opportunity to watch our professors and deans debate the merits of their own particular disciplines. The premise is simple: humankind has been nearly eradicated, with only a few survivors to start up again. However, on the Life Raft, there is only room for one academic discipline. Which is the best one to start humankind all over again? Selected guests, to be announced, will be putting forth their best arguments. This debate has been hugely successful in our previous two years, and is a lot of fun for all involved. 9:30 ONLY, Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall.