Larry Spongberg HA'99
Larry received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 1999 in recognition for his work as reference librarian at d’Alzon Library since 1979. The evening/Sunday reference librarian and supervisor, he is exceptionally dedicated to the students and well-known around campus for his witty puns. Larry retired from his full-time position at the library in 2008 and continues to work there part-time. He serves as a counselor and friend to students and alumni and is very popular at the College's Reunion Weekend.
Frank received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 1998 for his many contributions to Assumption College. Frank is a member of the President’s Council and served as the co-chair of Assumption’s Capital Campaign (1991-96). He was executive vice president/treasurer for 25 years, before retiring in 2005 and moving to Florida. His son, Patrick '96, is a former director of the campus copy center.
Frank received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award (posthumously) in 1997 for his enthusiasm for Assumption College athletics. In 1958, Frank did the first radio broadcast of an Assumption men’s basketball game and quickly became known as the “voice of the Greyhounds.” His radio broadcast bonded Assumption fans through Worcester and Massachusetts and his play-by-play created a positive image of the typical student athlete at the College. Frank would announce the games and mention the importance of an Assumption education. He broadcasted 508 basketball games for the College (1958-81). During his time at the College, he became a counselor and loyal supporter of Assumption student/athletes. Frank died in 1996.
Claire was the 1996 recipient of the Honorary Alumna Award for her hard work and dedication to Assumption College and its French Institute. Claire is professor emeritas of French and founding directress of the French Institute (1968-2000), a center that supports the study of the language, culture, and heritage of France. The Institute has many accomplishments and is recognized in France, Canada, and the United States. She is a lifetime member of the College's President’s Council, and was awarded a President’s Medal from Assumption in 1995 and an honorary degree in 1998.
Gloria received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1995 in recognition for her many contributions to Assumption College. A former member of the Board of Trustees (1989-96), she has been an honorary trustee since 1996. Gloria and husband Roger are long-time friends and generous supporters of the College. Roger was awarded an honorary degree from Assumption in 1988. A wing of the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library is named for them, as was the Plourde Recreation Center, which opened in 1993. Lifetime members of the President’s Council, the Plourdes enjoy attending alumni events at Assumption, on Cape Cod and in Florida.
Maureen received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1994 for her 50 years of service to Assumption as secretary for the alumni and development office.
President Joseph and Mrs. Patrice Hagan received the College’s Honorary Alumnus/Alumna Award in 1993 for their work at Assumption during Dr. Hagan's presidency (1978-98). During that time they were dedicated supporters of alumni relations and fundraising programs. President Hagan provided a significant portion of his time to his involvement in these two areas. He also led the College to exceptional academic and financial growth. In 1998, President and Mrs. Hagan were the recipients of a salute by the Worcester Chamber of Commerce to recognize 10 years of service to Assumption College and the Worcester Community. That same year, they also received a special citation by the Assumption Board of Trustees for 10 years of outstanding service. The longest tenured Assumption president, Dr. Hagan served as the 1998 Assumption Commencement speaker, where he was awarded an honorary degree. The Joseph H. Hagan Scholarship Fund was established at Assumption by Fallon Community Health Plan in recognition of his service as Assumption president. It is awarded annually on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.
Highlights from President Hagan’s tenure:
- The percentage of full-time Assumption faculty with terminal degrees in their field rose from 75% in 1978 to 96% in 1998.
- During his tenure, he demonstrated a personal and institutional commitment to the Worcester community. He served as campaign chair of the United Way of Central MA, chair of the distribution committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and chair of the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium. He actively supported the College's Worcester Institute for Senior Education, helped establish the Partners for Excellence in Humanities program with the Worcester Public Schools, and opened the College’s athletic facilities to youth sports camps.
- From 1978 to 1998, the College’s operating budget increased from$6.6 million to $38 million and its endowment grew from $757,000 to $26.5 million.
- Fourteen buildings were added to the campus, nearly doubling the square footage of the College’s facilities. This included the construction of seven residence halls (Moquin, Dion, Authier, Dufault, Salisbury, Worcester and Wachusett), the Hagan Campus Center (1982), DiPasquale Media Center (1985), Emmanuel d’Alzon Libary (1988) and Plourde Recration Center (1993) and the purchase of the president’s house and two houses on Nelson Place.
Melanie received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1992 for her dedication and service as the director of student activities (1979-88). Melanie’s ideas and creativity changed the quality of student life at Assumption for the better and her leadership, creativity, and friendship has meant a lot to the students of Assumption. She returned to Assumption and served eight years as director of alumni relations (1993-2001), before her promotion to her current position as the College’s associate director of major gifts. In 2005, Melanie was named an honorary alumna of Assumption Prep School, in recognition of her years of service to the alumni of Assumption Prep, organizing its annual reunion at the College.
Rita received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1991 in recognition for her work in the Assumption College athletic department. Rita came to Assumption in 1974 and created a highly respected athletic program that consisted of 18 varsity sports, an extensive intramural program, and a recreation program. She coached four women’s varsity sports: basketball, volleyball, field hockey, and softball, and was the assistant director of intramurals and director of recreational activities. She was the coordinator of women’s sports and was director of athletics for women (1974-86). She later served as athletic director until her retirement in 2003.
Majella received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in1990 in recognition of her 22 years of service at Assumption College. She came to the College in 1961 as a bookkeeper in the business office. She later became the assistant to Bro. Armand Lemaire, A.A. and Father James Doyer, assisting them with their duties in the business operations of the College. In 1968, she began to work in the College post office as postmistress until she retired in 1982. She resides in Niles, MI.