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MCLA Names Jorge Professor of Education

Based on his work as a principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded "Teaching to Learn" project and his role as a Massachusetts Science Ambassador, Stroud plans to continue to push for systemic change in science education, in grades pre-K through 16.

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MCLA's Delta Mu Delta Inducts 10 Into Zeta Zeta Chapter

Zeta Zeta, the MCLA chapter of Delta Mu Delta, was chartered in 1992. Delta Mu Delta recognizes and rewards scholastic achievement in business subjects and promotes scholarship in training for business.

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MCLA's 'Henry V' Features All-Female Cast

According to the play's director, Laura Standley, an associate professor of theater at MCLA, the adaptation highlights some of the conflicts in our society today.

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MCLA to Host 2nd Annual Berkshire Natural History Conference

The second annual Berkshire Natural History Conference will feature presentations by local and regional naturalists as well as acclaimed authors on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.

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MCLA to Host Open House for Prospective Students

In addition to touring the campus, prospective students and families can learn more about the admissions and financial aid process; student life; attend an academic program overview; and explore the many opportunities MCLA has to offer, such as internships, study abroad, our honors program and undergraduate research.

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MCLA to Hold Open Houses For MBA, MEd Degrees

Two open houses will be held: on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield; and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the MCLA campus in Bowman Hall, room 217. Both events will begin at 6 p.m.

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards

This year's recipients included Peter Abuisi '66, who received the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award; The Honorable Representative Michelle Dubois '06, who received the MCLA Alumni Humanitarian Award; Michelle Kirby '90, who received the MCLA Outstanding Educator Award; Benjamin Lamb '07, who received the MCLA Young Alumnus Award; Buffy Duringer Lord '98, who received the MCLA Outstanding Service to the College Award; and Dr. Katherine Foster Warren '82, who was presented with the MCLA Disting

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MCLA to Hold Fall Day of Service

Volunteers will gather in the Venable Gym in MCLA's Amsler Campus Center at 9 a.m. to enjoy a light breakfast and be welcomed by MCLA President James F. Birge and North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help.

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MCLA's Improving Teacher Quality Grant Extended

The grant, which began in 2013, serves Berkshire County preschool through second grade teachers by providing rich opportunities for them to learn about and implement the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education model.

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MCLA Professor to Receive 'Friend of Art Education of the Year Award'

Donovan was selected for her passion and dedication to creative learning and the arts, for the great work she does in the field of art education, and for her contributions to teaching and learning in Massachusetts, according to the MAEA Awards Committee.

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MCLA Holds 20th Annual Golf Classic

This annual event brings together community members and local businesses to support the college’s athletics programs. The tournament drew a field of 20 teams, which competed for gross and net prizes.

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MCLA's Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation Receives LEED Gold Certification

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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Young Man Living With Disability Awarded Reiter & Walsh Scholarship

Alex wrote about his diagnosis of fetal stroke, as well as his use of assistive technologies during his academic career. While doctors predicted he would never walk, talk or be in a mainstream classroom, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with high honors and devoted his time to tutoring and mentoring children with disabilities.

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MCLA Gets Grant to Help Retain Low-Income Students, Students of Color

MCLA admits a high percentage of students from underserved and minority populations. In addition, over the past five years, the College is closing the achievement gap in graduation rates between African-American and white students at a higher percentage rate than all but one of the other state universities in the Massachusetts State University System, according to the state’s latest Vision Project report.

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MCLA Welcomes 11 New Faculty Members

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently welcomed 11 new, full-time faculty members to eight departments on campus, including two associate professors, eight assistant professors, and one instructor.

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MCLA Starts Off Semester With New Leader, More Students & $2M Grant

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is starting of the 2016 fall semester in a good place. For the first time in two years, it has a permanent president at the helm, enrollment is up and it was just awarded $2 million to help it keep doing what it's been doing so well: retaining and graduating its low-income and students of color.

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Part of Church Street to Close Sunday Due to MCLA Move In

With classes starting again next week, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that a portion of Church Street between Bradley and Blackinton streets will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 4, to allow for safety as a large volume of students move into area residence halls.

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MCLA Announces Diverse Incoming Class of 2020

According to Denise Richardello, executive vice president at MCLA, nearly 100 of these incoming freshmen will enter MCLA with college credits through dual enrollment courses, Advance Placement (AP) credits, or International Baccalaureate credit.

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Q&A With MCLA President James Birge

Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers. True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.

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Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant

This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

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MCLA Summer Undergraduate Research Institute Underway

This year's participants include Andrea Fachini, Class of 2017, and Daniel Heinen, Class of 2018, both of whom are biology majors at MCLA. They are working on research related to endosymbiont bacteria from sea anemones and an augmented virtual reality laboratory simulation, respectively.

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MCLA Admissions to Offer Information Sessions

Participants will learn more about MCLA’s more than 50 programs of study, including those in the arts, athletic training, education, business, the sciences, technology and many more.

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MCLA Adds Biochemistry Concentration to STEM Lineup

According to Dr. Carolyn Dehner, assistant professor of chemistry at MCLA, biochemistry gets to the heart of how living things work and is an important pedagogical tool for students to use as they discover new things about the natural world.

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MCLA Hosts Third 413 STEM Academy

The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, nursing and wildlife ecology/conservation.

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MCLA Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Hastings grew up in Williamstown. That experience provides her with years of perspective into the college’s growth over the years. The accolades that MCLA has received in recent years, she said, put the college in an excellent position for further development and recognition.

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