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MCLA to Hold Fall Preview Days, Open House Events

According to Gina Puc, MCLA’s director of admission, Open Houses and Preview Days are convenient ways for prospective students to see the campus for the first time and to learn more about MCLA’s academic programs and campus life.

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MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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MCLA Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently welcomed seven new, full-time faculty members to five departments on campus, including five assistant professors and two instructors.

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Mary Grant Named President of Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Mary Grant, former president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been named president of Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The Massachusetts native, who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2014, will begin her role at the 2-year-old Boston institute in January 2018.

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CNN's Toobin, ABC's Pitts Among MCLA's Fall Speakers

Toobin, a political expert who also has expertise on the media and the law, frequently is featured on CNN. He will be the featured presenter at the seventh annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust.

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North County Teens Honored for Summer Employment Participation

Odell, about to enter his senior year at McCann Technical School, said after the ceremony that he didn't blow anything up - though he admitted he "almost" did during the 125 hours he spent taking two college course and working at MCLA through the North Adams Summer Youth Works Program and the sister Summer Academy Program, which provides income-eligible youth ages 14 to 21 with subsidized summer employment experiences in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.

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MCLA Receives Mellon Planning Grant

The council will create regional collaborations and extend best and emerging humanities practices in teaching, learning and community engagement by utilizing new and deeper ways to connect the resources in our region.

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MCLA Hosts Golf Classic on Aug. 7

The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 7, which represents a change from previous tournaments, previously held in September. Registration is underway online. Teams of four will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. In the event of rain, the Golf Classic will be held on Monday, Sept. 18.

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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

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MCLA, BCC Agreement Bolsters Early Ed Degree Programs

Heather Thompson started going to college in 1998. And then found out she was expecting a child. She returned home to Berkshires and six months after giving birth, enrolled at Berkshire Community College.

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Pittsfield Superintendent to Speak on Schools as Sanctuaries

The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, July 8, welcomes Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless, who will speak on the topic of schools as sanctuaries, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Murdock Hall.

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MCLA Adds Two New Health-Related Majors

MCLA President James F. Birge said that after hearing from the Berkshire health care community about the need for health care educators and specialized health workers, he knew the college had to fast-track its already developing plan for new health care-oriented biology majors.

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New Brochure Identifies Invasive Species at Windsor Lake

A student environmental project at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has produced a brochure and more extensive booklet identifying invasive species at Windsor Lake.

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MountainOne Provides Funding for Scholarships for MCLA Camps

NBUW and WCC will work closely with area youth agencies to refer young people into the summer programs and coordinate transportation when needed.

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MCLA Alumna Named Scope Educator of the Year

This Educator Alumni Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding state university educator alumni who work or have worked in a Massachusetts public pre-K or K-12 school.

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MCLA to Host North County Eighth-Grade Career Fair

Funded in part by a $7,500 grant from the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in Pittsfield, and sponsored by MCLA and the Berkshire Compact for Education, the fair will help students learn about different types of jobs and careers so that they can make informed decisions about course selection in high school and begin to think about higher education and a career.

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Math Major Wins MCLA's '29 Who Shine' Award

In addition to two years of service to the Adams Youth Center program as a mentor and a tutor, LaVoice is the creator of the "Pathways to College" program, which sends MCLA students to Drury High School in North Adams to help the younger students with professional development and college access-related activities.

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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Tells MCLA Grads to 'Get in the Way'

Lewis would join King and the Civil Rights Movement and help organize the 1963 March on Washington as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He would be arrested 40 times, and five more while representing Georgia's 5th District.

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Rockwell Donates Art to MCLA

Jarvis Rockwell's "American" assemblages now hang in the foyer of Bowman Hall at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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MCLA to Begin First of Three Summer Course Sessions on May 22

Each year, MCLA designs summer course offerings for both traditional and non-traditional college students, as well as high school students who want to get a head start on college.

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MCLA Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society Inducts Students, Businessman

The new members of Delta Mu Delta are seniors Jordan R. Meredith, Brianne Murray O'Rourke, Brian Harper, Tyler V. Panetti and Liza Scranton and junior Nicole Hastry.

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MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Sociology Major Names Newman Civic Fellow at MCLA

As one of this year's Newman Civic Fellows, Whited – who majors in sociology at MCLA, with minors in social work and child and family studies – joins 200 other student leaders who represent Campus Compact member colleges and universities from 36 states and Washington, D.C.

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MCLA Holding 25th Community Day of Service

According to Moser, this year is special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this annual spring day of service. Participants will meet in the larger Venable Gym because the event has outgrown its previous location in the MCLA Church Street Center.

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge

James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president. After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.

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