MCLA Ranked No. 7 Top Public Liberal Arts School in 2024 U.S. News and World Report

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has earned the No. 7 spot on the list of Top Public Liberal Arts Schools in the nation for a third year in a row. 
The College's continued commitment to affordable education and economic prosperity is reflected in the 2024 U.S. News and World Report with additional rankings: No. 1 for Top Performer on Social Mobility in the state, No. 2 in the country, and No. 22 for National Liberal Arts Colleges.  
MCLA has appeared on U.S. News' list of Top Ten Public Colleges for 9 consecutive years. The College has also been acknowledged in its list of National Liberal Arts Colleges for Social Mobility since the organization adopted this ranking in 2019. This list measures how well institutions graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants, typically awarded to students whose families make less than $50,000, though most Pell Grant money goes to families with income below $20,000.   
"Each year that MCLA appears in the Top Ten  Public College rankings I am reminded how incredibly committed our faculty and staff are when it comes to the growth and success of our Trailblazers by demonstrating an unwavering dedication to excellence," said President James F. Birge, Ph.D. "I am grateful to be part of an institution like MCLA that has made enormous improvements over the last year and its rankings for Top Performer on Social Mobility." 
 More than 42 percent of MCLA undergraduate students receive Pell Grants, and 51 percent are the first in their families to go to college. Overall, 93 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid.   
"Enrolling at MCLA makes such a difference on student and faculty lives as well as on the community at large," said Brenda Burdick, Chair of the MCLA Board of Trustees. "I'm truly amazed by the ongoing success of MCLA – an institution that consistently shines as a top-notch provider of  high quality, accessible, and affordable education. Being recognized as a Top Ten Public College affirms this commitment." 
U.S. News ranks colleges based on indicators that reflect a school's student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution achieves its mission of educating students.   
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LumiNAMA Calls for Holiday Window Displays Artists

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The LumiNAMA Light Festival is seeking artists and community groups to create holiday window displays for unoccupied storefronts in downtown North Adams this holiday season.
LumiNAMA is an annual festival of lights and events begun in 2022 to brighten and celebrate downtown North Adams during the holiday season. It kicks off with the city's tree lighting on Nov. 22 and lasts through New Year's Day.
Last year, eight unoccupied storefronts were illuminated once again by the creative talents of local artists in addition to dozens of business owners who created holiday displays for their own windows.
In the first ever LumiNAMA Awards, 30 local artists and business owners vied for three awards: Brightest Lights, Best Artistic Installation and Best Window Display.
Interested artists and community groups are invited to submit their holiday window display idea by Wednesday, Oct. 4, here. 
There are 10 windows available and each chosen applicant will be awarded $200 for use on their display. Winners will be announced on Oct. 11 and will be asked to complete their window display in time for the tree lighting on Nov. 22.
Applicants will be chosen based on 1) their alignment with this year's LumiNAMA theme of "A Few of My Favorite Things" 2) their unique creative expression and 3) use of lights. Preference will be given to those living and/or working in North Adams.
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