College Notes: November 2012

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North Adams Woman Helps With Hunger, Homeless Week at St. Michael's

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Ashley Lincoln, daughter of Krista and Todd Lincoln of North Adams, is one of the organizers of the annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, Nov. 11-16, at Saint Michael's College. Lincoln, a senior biology major, graduated from Drury High School before coming to Saint Michael's in Burlington.

For at least the last decade, Saint Michael's students have erected a crude wooden structure in the middle of the campus green, and have taken shifts to inhabit this "shack" day and night for a week, this time from Sunday, Nov. 11 to Friday, Nov. 16.

"The purpose," the students wrote, "is not to simulate homelessness-but quite the opposite ... the intention of the Shack is to raise awareness and to be a presence reminding the campus community that homeless does exist here in Vermont. An hour in the Shack," they say, "will not show you what it's like to be homeless, but may give you some insight into the strength and perseverance needed when one does not have a place to call home."

The project is part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with daily events designed to educate the campus to the fact that people in our own Vermont community are hungry and homeless.

St. Michael's Names 2 Berkshire County Students as RAs

BURLINGTON, Vt.  — The following Berkshire County students were selected for the 2012-2013 academic year as resident assistants for the Office of Student Life at Saint Michael's College, a liberal arts residential Catholic college located in Burlington.

Marc Massery, son of James and Natalie Massery of Pittsfield, a senior philosophy and classics double major who graduated from Taconic High School.

Michaela Rivers, daughter of James and JoAnn Rivers of Dalton, a junior psychology major who graduated from Wahconah Regional High School.

Resident assistants are selected from undergraduate student population on the basis of faculty and staff recommendations. They MUST display excellent leadership abilities, maturity and likelihood of being good role models for their peers. As a resident assistant, he or she lives in a campus residence hall and is readily available to help students.

Supervised by a resident director, the RA is a paraprofessional official of the college working closely with the residence-life office. Resident assistants work to support and implement the objectives, policies, and regulations of the Saint Michael's College Office of Student Life.


Pittsfield on Saint Rose Adirondack Cup Investment Team

Adirondack principal Steve Gonick and faculty adviser Dandan Wu; standing, Nicholas J. Massa, left, Gerald Thielemann, Maria Sanchez, Angelo Cervone, Joseph E. Krok, Andrew J. Kochian (Not shown: Daniel Durant, Brandon M. Krupunich)

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Joseph E. Krok of Pittsfield is one of eight students at The College of Saint Rose competing for the 2012-2013 Adirondack Cup, sponsored for the second year in a row by the Adirondack Small Cap Mutual Fund.

Teams of finance students from 18 colleges and universities across New York and New England have created hypothetical small cap stock portfolios valued at $1 million and will manage the portfolios through most of the school year. In late April 2013, the team with the best results will be awarded the Adirondack Cup.

The goals of the competition are to teach students the difference between trading stocks and thinking through their investment decisions for the long term and to help them make appropriate connections in the financial services sector as they enter the job market.

Krok is pursuing a combined bachelor of science/master of business administration degree at Saint Rose.

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Pittsfield Resident Performs in Siena College Production

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — The Siena College Creative Arts Department and Stage III theater club presented "Anti Gone Today," a new spin on the Greek classic "Antigone," in performances this November.

Kristen Bossio played the role of Guard/Chorus member in the play, which took incorporated elements of the presidential campaign. Bossio, a resident of Pittsfield, is a freshman majoring in creative arts at Siena.

Honors & Deans' Lists

Mark Pfister of Williamstown, a junior at Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., earned honors for the fall 2012 academic term.

Zoe Pezzano of Ashley Falls, Austynn Machado of North Adams and Sean Taillefer of Pittsfield were named to the deans' list at Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2012. Students must attain a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to named.

Matthew Cote of North Adams was inducted to the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society at Curry College in Milton on Nov. 29. The society, founded in 1971 in honor of the inventor and Curry's first chancellor, recognizes students' academic achievement as well as their leadership in on-campus and off-campus activities and service. Membership is limited to 5 percent of the junior class and 10 percent of the senior class who have a GPA of 3.5 or better and have completed at least 30 credits.


Acceptance & Enrollment

Jenna Skutnik of Pittsfield has been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the fall 2013 semester. Skutnik is a senior at Pittsfield High School. Coastal Carolina University is a liberal arts institution located in Conway, S.C., offering 56 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master's degree programs.

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