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MCLA Announces First Recipients of the Henry B. and Mary D. Holt Scholarship
12:05PM / Thursday, September 02, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA announced the first recipients of a new annual scholarship created to support the College's students. The Henry B. and Mary D. Holt Scholarship was established in 2021 to honor the Holts for their lifelong commitment to the arts, and is supported by Frederick and Renee Keator of the GRFHM Foundation.      A total amount of $4,000 will be distributed through multiple awards for the Fall 2021 semester. Scholarships are limited to current and active MCLA students who are in good standing and first-generation students (excluding first-year students) who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the arts or

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CHP's 'Big Orange Bus' to Provide Vaccines at BCC
12:47PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) welcomes Community Health Programs (CHP) to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 10 am to 2 pm for a visit from CHP's "Big Orange Bus."    The mobile health unit that will administer the first dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the "one shot" Johnson & Johnson vaccine.    The bus returns on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10 am to 2 pm for the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.    Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary.    In addition, Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) will be on campus the week of Sept. 20 to

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MCLA Welcomes Three New Vice Presidents
12:20PM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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This academic year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts welcomed three new vice presidents to its executive team: Joseph DaSilva, vice president of administration and finance; Richard Glejzer, vice president of academic affairs; and Jeannette Smith, vice president of student affairs.     The three new vice presidents were hired after a search process that included multiple interviews and open meetings for campus community members including students, faculty, and staff.     "I'm excited to have three highly experienced vice presidents join our campus community at this pivotal moment in higher education," said MCLA President James F. Birge.

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BCC Debuts Berkshire Culinary Institute
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community college has overhauled its hospitality and culinary program to meet the needs of an ever-growing industry in the Berkshires.

"Last year, Berkshire Community College put the Hospitality and Culinary program on hiatus, and it turned out to be terrific timing," Director of Workforce Development Jay Baver said.

"Because when the pandemic hit, we hired a new professor for the hospitality portion of the program who re-imagined the entire curriculum and updated it."

For the fall semester of 2021, the college is launching the Berkshire Culinary Institute, which offers new courses and updated facilities for those looking to

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St. Agnes Academy New Faculty Appointments
09:53AM / Monday, August 30, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — St. Agnes Academy has announced the appointment of several faculty members for the 2021-2022 school year.    The academy filled positions in math, English language arts, pre-K, art, and music. The school also announced that in-person classes will begin Wednesday, Sept. 1, with faculty, students, and staff required to wear masks.    The Academy enters the new year with an enrollment of 150 students, an increase of 19 students compared to the 2020-2021 school year.    "We're thrilled that these highly experienced educators are joining our staff,"  said Principal Fadia Makdisi. "They are passionate and committed about

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Girls Inc. STEM Program 'Eureka!' Welcoming Third Cohort
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:56AM / Sunday, August 29, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Girls Inc. of the Berkshires has been empowering local girls with STEM skills through a program called "Eureka!" since 2018 and will welcome its third cohort this school year.

The five-year program encourages confidence, strength, and intelligence in its participants ranging from Grades 8 to 12 while directly connecting them with the sciences.  

Girls begin in middle school and are guided into science, technology, engineering and math career paths throughout high school and eventually mentored for college.

"The idea of the program to engage girls in STEM fields in order to give them more drive to pursue STEM-related careers," said

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Berkshire County Historical Society Announces Melville Fellows
12:22PM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society has named Shawna Hennessy, Aylen Dominguez, and Hazel Richards Melville Fellows for 2021-22.    The fellowship program, which began in 2018, annually awards  Berkshire County college students the opportunity to work at Herman Melville's Arrowhead to create one or more pieces of original writing inspired by Arrowhead's surroundings and the BCHS collection. The fellowship program does not restrict the type or subject of the works created, giving participants a breadth of creative freedom. Arrowhead's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz spearheads the program and works in groups and individually

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Adams Community Bank Supports Financial Literacy in Local High Schools
08:07AM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass — Charles P. O'Brien, President and CEO of Adams Community Bank, announced that the bank has developed strategic relationships with 11 high schools across Berkshire County to offer a multifaceted financial literacy program this school year.   The program is offered through Ramsey Solutions and provides a curriculum to students titled Foundations in Personal Finance. Dovetailing with the bank's goals of increasing financial literacy across Berkshire County, the philosophy of this program is that every student in America should graduate from high school knowing basic money management principles.   "We frequently hear from customers seeking ideas and

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MCLA Professor Receives Irene Buck Award
12:02PM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Arts|Learning, a state advocacy agency for arts education, has named MCLA Professor of Arts Management Lisa Donovan its 2021 Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award recipient.      According to a press release, the Irene Buck Award honors an individual for distinguished and prolonged service as an advocate for arts education. The recipient exemplifies commitment and service to, and support of the arts, and arts-education communities.    It was named to honor Irene Buck, President of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education for many years, who was the first recipient in 1998.      Donovan has published widely on arts

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DESE Board of Education Approves Universal Mask Mandate
10:43AM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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BOSTON — Public school students will have to mask up this fall.    The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday morning found that "exigent circumstances" existed and authorized the implementation of a face-covering mandate.   DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley had requested the determination in the face of rising rates of new COVID-19 cases.    The Education Department had proffered guidelines that "strongly encouraged" unvaccinated staff and students to mask indoors in July, prior to the emergence of the much more transmissable Delta variant.    "We know that a return this fall to full-time, in person instruction

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