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Drury High Builds Community at 2nd Annual Day of Service
By Krista Gmeiner, Drury High School, Community Submission
05:12PM / Tuesday, September 27, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students were greeted at school Friday morning by members of the community as part of Community Welcome Day.   City Councilor Michael Obasohon welcomed the students with his keynote address in which he emphasized the importance of identity, diversity, and service as a means to build a strong community.    He reminded students to "make space for themselves at the table" even if there appears to be no room and to "get comfortable with being uncomfortable" as a way to make sure their voices are heard. He encouraged the students to "lean in" to their community and they did just that as they went off to

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MCLA to Host The Onion Co-founder Sept. 29
11:08AM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome Scott Dikkers, author, comedy writer, and founder of humor website The Onion, on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Dikkers will present MCLA’s Hardman Lecture, "Fake News in the Age of Misinformation. The History of The Onion and How the Philosophies and Practices Have Adapted Over Time." The lecture event is free and open to the public at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. 

A student and faculty question and answer session will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the Freel Library on Thursday, Sept. 29 prior to the evening lecture.  

In the

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MCLA Announces Info Sessions for MBA Program
07:22AM / Friday, September 16, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA’s Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) announces the 2022-2023 schedule of information sessions for those interested in completing a Bachelor’s Degree or pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

The 30-minute information sessions will be available in-person and online in North Adams and Pittsfield through August of 2023. The community is invited to the September 20 information session at 5 p.m. in North Adams, MCLA Murdock Hall Room 208, or September 27 at 12 p.m. in Pittsfield at 66 Allen St., with optional remote registration for all sessions. 

MCLA's Degree Completion programs are designed for

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25th MCLA Golf Classic Sept. 19
01:27PM / Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—The 25th annual MCLA Athletics Golf Classic will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at Wyndhurst Golf & Club at Miraval (formerly Cranwell Resort) in Lenox.

The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College’s Athletic Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted $25,000 to $40,000 annually to support MCLA’s student-athletes.  

"We are so grateful to the sponsors and participants who make this event a success each year," said MCLA Director of Athletics Laura Mooney. "Their generosity and contributions allow the department to make facility upgrades and to enhance the student-athlete experience through new uniforms,

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MCLA gets $250,000 Grant for Science Programs
02:34PM / Monday, September 12, 2022
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NORTH Adams, Mass. — The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, under the Workforce Development Capital Program, has awarded MCLA a $253,542 grant to purchase equipment to advance its biology, chemistry, and health sciences programming. 

The funds, which are to advance student training and career preparation, are to be utilized over the next two fiscal years. The equipment purchases will allow MCLA to continue to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to a Life Sciences curriculum that prepares students for a variety of careers in research, biomanufacturing, teaching, diagnosis, lifesaving treatment, and other biotechnology fields.   

"Thanks to institutions such

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MCLA Sees Upward Trend in Enrollment, Return to Campus Living
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:02AM / Thursday, September 08, 2022
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New Trustees Chair Brenda Burdick speaks about the incoming class of MCLA students.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hoping an upward trend in enrollment will continue as the fall semester begins this week.    The college's numbers have dipped precipitously over the years. But the latest figures see a slight bump in freshman and transfers, and a return to campus living.   "As with many colleges across the U.S., MCLA's enrollment continues to feel the impact of the pandemic," said President Jamie Birge at Tuesday's convocation breakfast. "We anticipate 260 new students this fall, up from 223. ... This is

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North Adams Council OKs Easements for Brayton Safe Routes Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:54AM / Wednesday, August 10, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved to purchase or take by eminent domain several small parcels for the Safe Routes to School project at Brayton Hill Apartments.    The $740,000 project is being largely funded by a grant through the Federal Highway Administration. The use of federal funds requires the city to go "over and above" the usual rights of way process.    "This order is written in in a couple of ways. It's written in the sense that we want to have a friendly agreement with the abutters," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey. "But we also want to have a secondary route that if, indeed, they don't want to accept

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Berkshire Music Academy Works to Change Lives with Music
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Saturday, August 06, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies nonprofit will be having its 4th Berkshires' Summer Jazz Band Day Camp the week of Aug. 15.    This week-long summer program guides students, between the ages of 12 and 18, along a path that not only influences them musically but also personally.    Students will be able to learn and network with world-class performers as they compose, improvise, and express their experiences and emotions through sound.    This year's faculty includes musical leaders who have earned multiple Grammy Awards and have toured and recorded with performers or bands including Miles Davis, Mick

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Hoosac Valley, North Adams to Share Athletic Director
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
06:14PM / Tuesday, August 02, 2022
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley Regional School District has entered into a shared services agreement with North Adams Public Schools for an athletic director, hiring Jeff Puleri for the position.    "New, uncharted territory. But I think very necessary in terms of both districts looking to provide the best athletic opportunities for our students," said Superintendent Aaron Dean on the agreement at Monday's school committee meeting.    Puleri is the assistant athletic director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and will replace Molly Meczywor at Hoosac Valley and David Racette in North Adams. The Lee native had been at MCLA since 1999 and

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MCLA to Host Virtual Info Session for Master of Business Administration
09:28AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – MCLA’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education will host a virtual information session on Wednesday, July 13 at 5 p.m. for those interested in pursuing MCLA’s Master of Business Administration or completing a Bachelor’s Degree. 

The MCLA Degree Completion Program is designed for adult learners seeking to complete their Bachelor’s Degrees. Each program is in a cohort-style learning format, in which students begin their course of study with a group of peers and proceed through the program together.  

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree includes Business Administration or a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary

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