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MCLA Welcomes Students Back, Implements COVID-19 Precautions

This year was a low-key affair as the annual event played out over several days with staggered arrivals and mandated COVID-19 testing — another sign of the changes wrought by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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MCLA Welcomes Six New Faculty Members

Six new faculty members will be joining the MCLA community for the college's fall semester: Lisa Arrastia, Thomas Burton, Whitney Gecker, Sharon Head, Sudipto Sarkar, and J. Antonio Templanza.

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MCLA Announces Plan to Begin In-Person Classes on Sept. 2

In addition to giving each student in the residence hall system a single room at the same rate they would have paid, students will be expected to leave the campus at the start of the Thanksgiving break in November and not return until spring semester.

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MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners

The finalists, all seniors who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining the solution to the problem, developing a budget and business plan as the roadmap for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

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Cheshire Resident Awarded Scholarship from Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Wojcik, a student at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, was one of 37 students selected to receive a scholarship from the Educational Foundation’s 2020 Scholarship Program. 

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Richardson Recognized Twice During MCLA's Athletic Celebration

Megan Richardson wrapped up two year-ending honors Tuesday as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts celebrated its 2019-20 student-athletes.

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42nd Annual Sam Gomez Race Goes Virtual

With COVID-19 limiting the way people can interact, one would think a road race would certainly be out of the question. But Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Student Government Organization, the race organizers, found a creative solution.

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MCLA's Senior Art Exhibition Opens May 1 — Virtually

The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all class of 2020.

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MCLA History Professor Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The recently announced NEH grants will provide $22.2 million for 224 humanities projects nationwide. The grant awards support the preservation of historical collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, scholarly research, and curriculum projects.

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MCLA Professor Named Outstanding Educator of the Year by Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Each year, the MSCPA recognizes a full-time accounting educator at a college or university who has demonstrated excellence in a classroom teaching, motivating students and inspiring educational innovation.

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MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement

President Jamie Birge on Thursday confirmed to the board of trustees what he'd written weeks before on the college's website: some way, some how there would be a presentation of diplomas.

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MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination.

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MCLA Spring Theatre Season Kicks Off With 'Topdog/Underdog'

"Topdog/Underdog" opens on Friday, March 6, with additional shows on March 7, 10, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 7 and 8. A talk-back with Creech and the cast will be held after the March 8 matinee performance. General admission tickets are $15.

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Main Street in North Adams Filled With Art in the New Year

New work from local artists, one Mass MoCA artist in residence, two MCLA alumni and eight MCLA students has been placed in storefront windows along Main Street.

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Climate Change Expert: Keep Heat on Banks, Insurers

A leading expert on climate change Thursday told a packed house that while big oil is an enemy, it is not the only one.

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Nine MCLA Students Attend the 2019 COPLAC Conference at Keene State College

The students traveled to Keene State College on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, with MCLA professors Dr. Jenna Grace Sciuto, associate professor of English and chair of undergraduate research, and Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, assistant professor of anthropology and associate chair of undergraduate research.

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2019 Awards

More than 60 alumni and friends of the college gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 alumni honorees, and remarks were given by MCLA President James F. Birge, MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Denise Marshall '81, and Alumni Association Board of Directors President Dan Summers II '07.

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MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Names New Director

As director, she will assume oversight of MCLA's public art spaces and programs, including MCLA's Gallery 51, its performing arts program, MCLA Presents!, and its four-month summer arts festival, DownStreet Art.

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MCLA Enters 125th Year With Calls for Collegiality

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping to enter an era of "good feelings" this semester, with a goal that the college community should treat each other better.

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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.

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MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.

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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement

In addition, Richard Alcombright, mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree; and Shirley Edgerton, director of Youth Alive Inc., and cultural proficiency coach for Pittsfield Public Schools, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

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North Adams Elementary Students Get College Experience

Although it was spring break and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Students were off last week, class was in session in Venable Hall.

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MCLA Expands Pittsfield Presence With New Location

Michael Steben earned an associates degree from BCC and then built a career as an IT person. He worked his way up in the industry and he got offered a leadership position, heading the IT Department for the city of Pittsfield. It didn't take him long to realize that he needed to learn more beyond just technology.

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MCLA Opens 125th Year With New Strategies, Initiatives

The college will celebrate its quasquicentennial in 2019 with a series of events, exhibitations, signage and celebrations. President Jamie Birge announced the anniversary along with other college news as the spring semester kickoff breakfast held in the Centennial Room on Tuesday morning.

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