BCC Announces New Deans, Directors and Staff Changes

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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College has announced the hiring of new deans, directors and staff on campus – as well as new titles for a variety of current staff.

Kevin Bechard is the new dean of Business and Outreach. Bechard comes to the college from Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where he was faculty and department chair of Business, Paralegal and Technology. He has his master's degree in business administration and his bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford.

Dr. Laurie Gordy is the new dean of Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences. Gordy was previously faculty and dean of Academic Affairs (and interim chief academic officer) at Newbury College. Just prior, she was assistant dean of Liberal Arts at Northern Essex Community College. Gordy received her doctoral and her master's degree from University of Connecticut and her bachelor's degree from Washington College.

Frank Schickor remains the interim dean of STEM & Allied Health. Schickor had stepped into the role after the passing of Charlie Kaminski, who had served as the dean, earlier this year. He had previously held the positon of professor of Environmental & Life Sciences at the College.

Lori Moon has been named the interim dean of Nursing. Moon previously worked as a faculty member at the college as an assistant professor of Nursing and helped to oversee the Licensed Practical Nursing Program.

Lauren Goodman is the new dean of Teaching & Learning Innovation. Previously, she was the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Laura Saldarini is the new director of Academic Operations. Previously, she was the assistant to the vice president for Academic Affairs.

Julie Hannum is the new director of Continuing Education and South County Programs. Previously, she was the director of Off-Campus Sites.

Daryl Shreve has been hired as the director of Recreational Services. Shreve previously worked as the assistant director of Competitive Sports at Illinois State University. Shreve will oversee Paterson Field House, including the fitness center, soccer fields, the Gene Dellea Community Turf Field, the Paul E. Raverta Tennis Complex, swimming pool, and club sports. Shreve has his master's degree in higher education from Boston College and his bachelor’s degree from Drake University.

Kelly Robertson is the Recreation Facilities supervisor at Paterson Field House. Robertson is a graduate of BCC and has been promoted from her previous position working part-time at Paterson Field House.

Kirsten Wanamaker is now working in academic affairs as a Clerk. Previously, she was working for the Workforce Development department.

Liz Puntin is now working in Enrollment Services as a clerk. Previously, she was working in the Testing department.

Renee Huyghue is now working as an administrative assistant in Enrollment Services. Previously, she was working in Student Financial Services.

Norah Beauregard is now working as the administrative assistant in Marketing. Previously, she was working as the administrative assistant to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at BCC.

Jonah Sykes has been promoted to the associate director of Marketing and Communications. Previously, he was the manager of Marketing and Communications.


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Pittsfield Community Television to Highlight Fourth of July

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television and the Pittsfield Parade Committee have teamed up to bring residents a television event to celebrate the Fourth of July in place of the traditional Fourth of July Parade, which was canceled due to COVID-19.

On Saturday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m., PCTV will air a historical documentary called "Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade." The show will look back at the history of the Pittsfield Fourth of July parade, and researchers attempt to trace the history of the parade further than ever before. 

At 10 a.m., at the time when the parade normally kicks off at South Street, PCTV will air a "The Pittsfield Parade Looks Back: Celebrating Over Three Decades Of Live Parade Television Coverage." This program will look back at some of the biggest, best, and most memorable floats, bands, grand marshals, and more, and will feature "director's cut" commentary from members of the Pittsfield Parade Committee. This program will also feature members of the community talking about what the parade means to them.

Both "Fighting for Independence" and the "The Pittsfield Parade Looks Back" will be available for viewing on Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 in Pittsfield, on the Pittsfield Community Television Facebook page, and PCTV Select, available on Roku, Apple TV and at PittsfieldTV.org.  These programs will also be broadcast county-wide on NBCTC, WilliNet, Dalton Community TV, Lanesborough Cable Access, and CTSB-TV.  They will also be available on-demand at PittsfieldTV.org and on PCTV Select.

"The Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade is really part of our DNA here at PCTV," said Shawn Serre, the station's executive director. "Our very first production as an organization was covering the parade in 1988. We've been through extreme heat and soaking rain-producing this event over three decades, without fail. And on a personal level, I’ve directed the TV coverage now for over 20 years. So we weren't going to be sidelined this year, without some way to recognize what it means to the community."

Serre also noted how the close relationship with the Pittsfield Parade Committee made the programming possible.

"We are very fortunate to have this partnership with the Pittsfield Parade Committee. They are a great group of people who give so much of themselves every year to give the community a wonderful event," he said. "This collaboration was very different for both of our organizations, given the circumstances this year.  The Parade Committee contributed their years of experience, and we contributed the production and technical expertise. I think we've created something very special that viewers will enjoy watching."

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