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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators.
Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.
Massachusetts' economy relies heavily on jobs in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. About 17 percent of all jobs in the commonwealth are related to STEM — a third higher than the national average.
At the annual campus breakfast marking the start of the semester, college President James Birge detailed some of the priorities designed to "position MCLA to strengthen and enhance the college," including enrollment.
Now in its sixth year, the academy offers five days on campus meeting professors and likely classmates and trying out the labs in the new Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation. The program is entirely funded by Berkshire Bank.
The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.
This past Friday saw a singular bump in attendance as members of the Berkshire Leadership Academy saw an opportunity to share data and impressions they've collected on the city over the past two weeks. Some of the 67 participants of the program at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts mingled with residents, business and community leaders as the gathering spilled onto Eagle Street and the sidewalk.
Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.
Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts signed an articulation agreement on Thursday that opens the opportunity for a four-year degree in health sciences with a concentration in pre-physical therapy to BCC graduates.