Campaign Profile: The Way That It Was For Me
Dan Phelan came to Springfield College in 1990 as a quiet high school student who knew only one thing in the world that he was really good at.
"Volleyball. I came to Springfield to play volleyball and because there was something about the place, and about the people I met when I came to visit, that just appealed to me," he recalls. "And I got the feeling I would figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life once I was there." And he was right, although it didn't happen the way one might have thought.
"I took the basic freshman courses and played volleyball for one year, and then I got injured and needed surgery. After seeing my surgeon, and watching him practice medicine, I knew that I wanted to become a physician." His academic advisor, Dr. Redington, helped him plot that path - and Daniel T. Phelan, Class of '94, was set forth upon his transformation into Daniel T. Phelan, M.D.
Today, orthopaedic surgeon Phelan and his wife, cardiologist Donna Phelan -they met at Albany Medical College- work in Albany, NY, are raising two young daughters, and say the "spirit, mind, and body" philosophy that attracted Dan to Springfield College continues to permeate their lives.
"Everything Dan has told me about his Springfield College years made it clear that his time there was a life-altering experience for him; it was a vital part of his becoming the person he is today. It gave him some real friends, gave him mentors, and gave him a way to live," Donna notes. "It also gave him that sense of mission that we both share, that we are supposed to spend our lives providing for, caring for, others."
That "providing for others" thing is also why the family gives back to the College financially each year.
"I not only received the best possible education at Springfield, I received confidence in myself, and a way to be. The Humanics philosophy stays with you," Dan stresses. "I believe you owe something back to a place like that, and I started giving a little as soon as I got out. Today, I am delighted to be able to give back in more substantial ways. Because I know there are other high school students out there who will come to visit Springfield and somehow sense that on that campus, they will find out who they are, and they will be right. Springfield College will be the perfect match for them, the way it was for me. I want to make sure the scholarships are there for them, and the quality of education is there for them, so that the same, 'Springfield College Transformation Experience' will be there, for them, the way that it was for me."
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