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 2014 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 5: Artist Sanford Biggers: Sanford Biggers is an internationally renowned artist whose artwork integrates film, video, original music and performance. His work has appeared in museums in England, Germany, Japan, Poland, and Russia. In the United States alone, Biggers' exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Brooklyn Museum. Artform gave his exbition at the Brooklyn Museum their Best of 2011 award. Many thanks to Professor Sondra Peron for suggesting this exciting young artist for our series. Check out his website at www.sanfordbiggers.com. Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall, at 10:10 and 11:15 a.m.

March 5: Voices From Inside: Voices from Inside is a non-profit organization that runs writing groups for women in Western Massachusetts who are - or were - incarcerated. Through creative writing workshops and public readings, participants in the program are empowered to voice their feelings and opinions, and share their stories to the world.  Members of Voices from Inside will be reading from their assorted works in what promises to be a powerful and rewarding experience for the whole community. Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall, at 10:10 and 11:15 a.m.

April 2: The Dorothy Jordan Pryor Award: Named after a beloved professor and member of the STCC community, this award honors a member of our community whose life has had an impact both inside and outside of STCC. This year's recipient is photographer Jim Langone.  For years, Jim has been chronicling events both at STCC and Greater Springfield. Jim's photographs of the Springfield Armory alone tell a full story of this historic site. The reaction of the community upon hearing of Jim's selection has been uniformly positive and joyful. The STCC community at large is invited to celebrate this man's accomplishments. Scibelli Hall, 7th Floor, 12 noon.

April 7: Life Raft Debate: 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 - who should have that seat. Who will be the most helpful to start civilization over again? Last year's debate featured several deans arguing on behalf of their disciplines. This year's debate will feature five professors from a wide range of courses. As with last year, there will be a Devil's Advocate who will have the final word. This is a lively, fun, and memorable exercise. It's also a great way to end our series! Scibelli Theater, Scibelli Hall, 9:30 a.m.