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The Western New England University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society welcomed close to 200 students at the university's annual induction ceremony on Oct. 19. Among those inducted were: Alexandra Desrochers of Pittsfield, majoring in criminal justice; Brandon Peaslee of Pittsfield, majoring in management and leadership, and Aubrey Rumbolt of North Adams, majoring in secondary education/math science.

College Notes: September - December 2018

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Lasell students during a service-learning trip in Ecuador this summer.
Hannah King was one of 13 students selected to participate in an environmental service-learning trip to Ecuador with Lasell College this past summer.
King, of Pittsfield, worked with faculty and peers to support sustainable agricultural practices in the country. The group spent their time in Ecuador living with local communities and immersing in their culture. Students helped to build brick ovens, create tiles and shingles, and clear mountainside debris.
In preparation for the two-week trip, King and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students learned about Ecuador's culture, history, ecology, and climate.
King majors in secondary education and history at the Newton college and joined the trip through the college's Shoulder to Shoulder program, an international service-learning initiative that educates students about various social justice issues within a global context. She also participated in a blog of the team's experiences.
William Churchill of Great Barrington studied abroad in France during the spring 2018 semester. He is a mathematical economics major at Gettysburg (Pa.) College
Aubrey Rumbolt of North Adams and John Young of Housatonic have been named peer advisers at Western New England University in Springfield for the 2018-19 academic year. Peer advisers must undergo over 150 hours of training in order to better support first-year students in establishing specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, realistic, and timely goals for the first semester.
Rumbolt is majoring in secondary education/math science and Young in mechanical engineering/mechatronics concentration.
Jacob Hane of Williamstown was a puppeteer in the Hamilton College fall theater production of "King Stag," written by Carlo Gozzi and directed by professor of theatre Craig Latrell in early November. Written in 1762, the play is a fairy tale about love, death, and transformation. Bunraku-style puppets are used to portray a range of figures, from the stag referenced in the title, to a towering bear, to an animated statue.
Sarah Bachli of Dalton, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was a member of a student team that recently completed a hands-on research project in Switzerland. Titled "Automated Optical Inspection of MEMS Based Cochlear Implant Hydrophones," the students wrote "The goal of the project was to design and integrate an efficient automated optical inspection procedure to characterize hydrophone sensor membranes for the fully implantable cochlear implant in development at the UniversitatsSpital Zurich." (They developed an automated visual inspection procedure for membranes used to sense sound.)
All undergraduates at  WPI are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project addressing a challenge in their major field of study. 
Sarah Lee of Pittsfield is one of the 25 University of Massachusetts Women Into Leadership Fellows for 2019. The fellows were chosen from more than 100 applicants and represent a variety of schools and colleges at UMass at Amherst. 
Lee, a freshman, is majoring in political science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  
The competitive leadership training and professional development program is designed to prepare students for public leadership after graduation. By introducing these students to public leaders and providing opportunities for them to see first-hand the benefits of public service, UWiL provides models and pathways into leadership for young people – all while helping to address the gender gap in politics and creating a pipeline from public education into public service.  Now in its fifth year, the program is a one-credit course.
Colby Ryan Sherman of Pittsfield has enrolled in Clemson (S.C.) University for the fall 2018 semester to major in pre-business.
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington matriculated 147 students for the 2018-19 term. The following students started college early before completing high school: Sadie Cotler of Great Barrington entered early college after completing 10th grade; and Sebastien Franck of Great Barrington, Derek Hansen of Lenox and Aidan Losardo of Pittsfield, all entered early college.
Three students, Alexander Baran of Cheshire and Tate Coleman and Jack Massee, both of Great Barrington, have matriculated into Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, the nation's first two-year high school.
Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., has welcomed the following students from Pittsfield for the fall semester: Gavin Sicurello-Laclair, in the advanced manufacturing technology program; Richard Astle, in the heating/air conditioning/refrigeration technical services program, and Gideon Osafo, in the individual studies program.
Brandy Giansiracusa of Windsor is majoring in athletic training at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.
Luke Maynard of Pittsfield has matriculated as part of the class of 2022 at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Of the incoming class of 837 new cadet recruits and students, 80 are Hispanic and 87 are women.
Lasell College in Newton has welcomed Kailey Bell of Pittsfield, Mia Gidarakos of Great Barrington and Matthew Stracuzzi of Pittsfield as it begins its 167th year with an incoming class of 564 new students from 18 states and 12 countries.
Three Mount Greylock Regional School graduates, all from Williamstown, recently matriculated as first-year students at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. Isabelle Bote, Jacob Hane and Samuel Dils were selected from a pool of 6,240 applicants to the college, and join a class of 482.
Pittsfield resident Lauren Mazzeo has enrolled at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.,  for the fall 2018 semester. Mazzeo's selected major is biology.
Matthew Diamond of Great Barrington and Liam Mooney of Pittsfield are among the more than 1,500 undergraduate students accepted at Tufts University in Medford. Only 14.6 percent of the 21,501 applicants were admitted to the class of 2022.

Honor Societies

 Lily Kronick of Cheshire was one of 49 students at Elmira (N.Y.) College inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the International Honor Society rewarding first-year scholarship, during a ceremony held Family Weekend in Peterson Chapel. The society was founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois with the goal of encouraging and rewarding academic excellence among full-time, first-year students in institutions of higher learning.

Academic Lists & Awards

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., has named the following students to the spring 2018 deans' list: seniors Michelle Pierce and George Sommerville, both of Pittsfield; freshman Lindsey Coe of Pittsfield; and sophomores Andrew Beaudoin and Kyle Lyman, both of Dalton.

Cole W. Hughes of Williamstown has been named to the St. Lawrence University dean's list for academic achievement during the spring 2018 semester. Hughes is a member of the class of 2019 and is majoring in environmental studies-biology at the Canton, N.Y., college. He attended Mount Greylock Regional High School.

Micah Siegel of Pittsfield, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus located in Madison, N.J., has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2018 semester.

Lily Kronick of Cheshire has been named to the dean's list at Elmira (N.Y.) College for the fall 2018 term.

Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., named the following local students to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester: Kristen Borelli of Pittsfield, majoring in elementary education; David Charland, also of Pittsfield, majoring in engineering science; and Lydia McBride of Great Barrington, majoring in digital culture and design.

Amaya Smith of Williamstown was named to the fall 2018 high honors list at Pomfret School, an independent college preparatory school in Connecticut. Smith, a sophomore, earned a grade point average of at least 3.670 and received no grade lower than a B.
Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., has named three Pittsfield residents to the fall 2018 academic lists: Richard Astle, who is in the heating/air conditioning/refrigeration technical services program, and Ashley Wood, who is in the individual studies program, were named to the president's list and  Xavier Powell, who is in the automotive technical services program, was named to the dean's list.


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A graduate of Taconic High School's Academy of Business Management, Kavey also graduated from Westfield State University, from which he received a bachelor of science in business management.
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  2. Protect the integrity of our residential neighborhoods and their natural resources.
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