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Mathematics Professor Satyan Devadoss Receives Teaching Award
03:38PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Professor of Mathematics Satyan Devadoss has received the 2014 Northeastern Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, bestowed by the Mathematical Association of America.

Devadoss specializes in algebraic and combinatorial structures in topology and geometry, and he’s particularly interested in computational geometric ideas such as cartography and origami and the visualization of information. He returns to campus this fall after a year spent as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Devadoss, who has taught at Williams for 13 years, gives much credit for his being honored to the professors who

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Community: Mary Grant Will Be Missed
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community reacted somberly to the news Friday that Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant is leaving the school.

Grant is leaving MCLA to become the chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville. Grant became MCLA's 11th president when she arrived in 2002 and is responsible for expanding the school’s academics and infrastructure.  

 

"While I am sad to see her go, I am happy she has the chance to grow professionally and personally," Sen. Benjamin Downing said Friday.

Downing said Grant has set a "high bar" for whoever becomes the next president at

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Mary Grant Leaving MCLA for North Carolina Post
11:33AM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — President Mary K. Grant, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 11th president and the first alumna to serve in that capacity, is leaving the college to become chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Dr. Grant.  Under her leadership the College has flourished.  I am excited and happy about the many opportunities that the future holds for both the UNC Asheville and MCLA communities," Tyler Fairbank, chair of MCLA's Board of Trustees said.

Grant came to MCLA in 2002. Over the past 12 years MCLA has expanded academic programming, technology, and

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Mount Greylock Invited to MSBA's Feasibility Stage
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The good news just keeps coming for the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   Less than two months after the project's feasibility study was approved by both member towns, the district learned on Wednesday that the Massachusetts School Building Authority had officially invited Mount Greylock to launch the study.   "Yay!" School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene said when informed of the MSBA vote on Wednesday afternoon.   "It is a formality, but only in the sense that [MSBA] wants to make sure you have all your ducks in a row and are capable of completing the study."   The Mount Greylock Building

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Mount Greylock School Committee to Feature One November Race
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:24AM / Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There will be one race for the five Mount Greylock Regional School Committee seats on the November ballot.

There are two seats for Lanesborough residents and three for Williamstown residents to be decided when voters of the two towns go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.   Williamstown has two four-year seats on the ballot: those currently held by Chairwoman Carolyn Greene and David Langston.   Greene is standing for re-election, but Langston decided not to try for another term on the committee.   Voters will pick two names from among the threesome of Greene, Wendy Penner and Steve Miller for the four-year seats.   Penner is a longtime

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Mount Greylock Announces Honor Roll
11:20AM / Friday, July 18, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its fourth quarter honor roll.

Total school enrollment 572 of which 268 have made Honor Roll for the fourth quarter.

– Nicholas Bolognia, Miranda Bucky, Robert Buffis Jr., Alana Chesney, Alexander Cheung, Melodybelle Crowell-Morse, Raquel Crowell-Morse, Nicholas Dastoli, Alexandra Delano, Erin Dodig, Geff Fisher, Taylor Fohrhaltz-Burbank,  Kendal Frye, Amanda Galib, Madeline Gaskill, Kayla Goodwin, Celeste Gravel, Kelsey Hebert, Emily Kaegi, Sophia Leamon, Devon Lennon, Celestine Lockhart, Evelyn Mahon, Rosemarie Mele, Steven O’Brien, Caleb Raymond, Renzi, Devyn,  Randi Rocca, Emily Rudd,

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District Back on Track
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:08PM / Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Mount Greylock School Committee members, from left, David Langston and Gary Fuls and district counsel Fred Dupere.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to move forward with a search for a Tri-District superintendent after learning that the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee has decided to maintain the current structure.

Lanesborough is part of a superintendency union with Williamstown Elementary; that union, Union 71, in turn, shares a superintendent with the regional junior-senor high school.   But the LES Committee's commitment to the shared services arrangement was in doubt throughout the winter and

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Nursing Program Building Approved for McCann School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
09:06PM / Monday, July 14, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday night approved a 2,700 square foot addition to the McCann Technical School for its practical nursing program.

With the closing of the North Adams Regional Hospital, the program was left with incomplete facilities.

Northern Berkshire Vocational School District Superintendent James Brosnan said renting a facility is not an option, and it would be more effective to add an addition onto the building. Although the students are able to use the available hospital resources as well as other care providers in the area for the clinical aspects of the class, a designated area for the program is a must.

"We have 20 students and two faculty;

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Veterinary Scholarship Program Hoping to Expand
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:28PM / Saturday, July 12, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — A local man wants to expand a scholarship fund that benefits Berkshire County high school students looking to pursue a career in animal medicine.

Roy Thompson, founder of the Adams Friends of Animals, is hoping to expand aid to aspiring veterinarians and veterinary technicians through the Roy Thompson Scholarship Fund.

"We are looking at two fold: education, which is important, and animals, which is a super big deal to me," Thompson said this week.

Thompson and his partner in the effort, Hoosac Valley High School teacher Tarah Lucier, have recently moved the scholarship onto Facebook, where they hope they can reach more people and receive more

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State Says SU71 Did Not Violate Open Meeting Law
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Thursday, July 10, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The state vindicated Robert Barton from any wrongdoing when he attempted to engage in a discussion about an employee during a Supervisory Union 71 meeting.   Resident Richard Cohen filed a complaint against Barton because he had attempted speak to the personnel matter during a meeting on Feb. 24.   Barton, who sits on the committee, specifically named Tri­District Office Assistant Ginni Ranzoni in a discussion about how much workload his requests for information was having on the district office.    Cohen said the discussion about Ranzoni should have been held in executive session and the employee should have been notified in

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