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Featured Alumni Profile (May 2017)      

Alumna of the Month, Pamela C. Springfield

Alumnus of Feb 2017Our May alumna of the month is Lane Lady Ms. Pamela C. Springfield, a member of the Class of 1976. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. A native of Jackson, Tennessee, she is the daughter of the late Dave and Emma Springfield. She is a product of Jackson-Central Merry High School and also completed post-graduate work at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), concentrating in guidance and counseling. Her mother, aunts, and a host of cousins are proud Lanites. At Lane, education was embedded in the family as a "gift that no one can take away."

Her career began after graduation as a high school typing and shorthand instructor; a medical transcriptionist; and in 1983, she was appointed by the U. S. Courts as a transcriptionist and administrative assistant for the United States Probation Office, Western District of Tennessee, Jackson, Tennessee. She served as the first African-American employed in the Eastern Division for several years. She retired in 2015 after completing 32 years of service. Ms. Springfield attributes her career skills and stamina to the many instructors and upper classmates at Lane College. Her mentor was the late Martha Coleman Cunningham, a business education professor who encouraged and demanded pride and accuracy in the final results of her work, especially her typing and shorthand skills. She also credits her work study assignments to the annual yearbook staff as a basis for her love of creating and designing programs and booklets today.

Ms. Springfield is a life-long member of St. Paul CME Church, serving as a member of the Steward Board, Missionary Society, and "wherever needed." She is a member of the District, Annual, and General Conferences/General Board of the CME Church secretarial staff, respectively; a member of the CME Book of Discipline Committee; the past District and East TN Region Missionary President; and presently the Credentials Chairperson of the Women's Missionary Council. She also serves as the recording secretary of the Jackson, Tennessee, Alumni Chapter and the Lane College National Alumni Association. She is a member of Top Ladies of Distinction and the Society of African-American Cultural Awareness (SAACA) of Jackson, Tennessee.

Her sister, Dr. Emily Brown, and her brother- in-law, Coach Tony Brown, said, "Pam has always been the rock of our family. She loves helping not only her family but her Lane College family, her St. Paul family, and those in the community."

Now a retiree, she is a proud volunteer of various community and church events. She is a reading tutor at Lincoln Elementary School and also assists individuals with typing and formatting resumes, programs, invitations, etc.

Ms. Springfield is and an avid supporter and lover of our Fair Lane. Many people think that she is a paid employee of the college, however, everything she does for Lane College is on a volunteer basis. She attends chapel, serves as a member of the Lane College Homecoming Committee, and is the coordinator of one of the biggest events during Homecoming, the Tailgate Extravaganza! She is also a member of the Lane College athletic fundraiser, Dinner with the Pros.

She is very proud of, and loves spending time with, her family. She is the mother of Ramonica Dorsey, Principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Jackson, Tennessee, and the grandmother of Morgan Dorsey, a recent graduate of Tennessee State University.

You may salute Ms. Springfield at pamspringfield@yahoo.com

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