The fall of 2018 brought with it the opening of American International College’s state-of-the-art health sciences learning facility, the Colaccino Center for Health Sciences, located at 1020 State Street in Springfield. This newly built center serves undergraduate and graduate students in Exercise Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and, beginning in 2021, Athletic Training. The impressive 20,000-square-foot facility provides simulation, rehabilitation, and human performance laboratories as well as smart classrooms, ample study areas, faculty offices, and conference space.
American International College celebrated the grand opening of the new Colaccino Center for Health Sciences, named in honor of Board of Trustees Chair Frank Colaccino ’73, Hon ’12, with a ceremony on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
Colaccino is the founder, president, and CEO of The Colvest Group in Springfield. While serving as chair of the Board of Trustees Finance Committee in 2005, Colaccino was instrumental in helping restore the College’s solvency after facing extreme financial jeopardy. In 2007, and again in 2015, he assumed the role of chair of the Board of Trustees. Colaccino is the first alumnus in the College’s history to hold this position.
AIC President Vince Maniaci led a long list of College and public officials who took the opportunity to commemorate the occasion and praise Colaccino for his higher dedication to American International College. The list of dignitaries included United States Congressman Richard E. Neal ’72, Hon ’90; Mayor of Springfield Domenic J. Sarno, Hon ’16; Massachusetts State Senators Eric P. Lesser and James T. Welch; Massachusetts State Representative Thomas Petrolati; and Springfield City Council President Orlando Ramos. Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences, also spoke while Fr. John McDonagh, STL, JCL, MBA, delivered the invocation.
According to AIC President Vince Maniaci, “Through Frank’s leadership, unwavering service and financial support, we have seen the College grow immeasurably. It is fitting that the AIC Board of Trustees elected to name this new facility, focused on developing highly trained healthcare professionals, in his honor. The impressive, state-of-the-art center provides an educational environment that allows for and advances interdisciplinary learning.”
Featured Below – Center: Frank Colaccino ’73, Hon ’12, Chair, AIC Board of Trustees, center, cuts the honorary ribbon alongside (from left) Senator James T. Welch, Massachusetts State Senate; Representative Thomas M. Petrolati, Massachusetts House of Representatives; The Honorable Domenic J. Sarno, Hon ’16, Mayor, City of Springfield; Vince Maniaci, President, AIC; The Honorable Richard E. Neal ’72, Hon ’90, United States House of Representatives; Karen Rousseau, PhD, RN, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences; Senator Eric P. Lesser, Massachusetts State Senate; Orlando Ramos, President, Springfield City Council.