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College Notes: March & April 2018
04:22PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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A group of master's students from the  in Chicopee contributed to the growing body of research in autism spectrum disorders by presenting posters at the recent annual meeting for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis in Hartford, Conn.    Chris Tamburrino of Pittsfield, Alyssa Clark of Westfield and Miranda Fogg of Springfield, Vt., are all in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program at Elms, and all three have been working with children with autism on two research projects with Laura A. Hanratty, director of applied behavior analysis and ASD graduate programs assistant professor. The four collaborated on two posters to present at the

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Pittsfield Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Speaking at MCLA Commencement
02:28PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 119th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who grew up in Pittsfield and is a graduate of Taconic High School. The second African-American woman to go into space, Wilson will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.   In addition, MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello, a graduate of the college, and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will receive honorary doctor of public service degrees.

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WES Sixth-Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee
01:06PM / Friday, March 02, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School sixth-grader Quinn McDermott has qualified as a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2018 Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee at Elms College in Chicopee on April 6.

Quinn is the son of Rebecca Mattson and Marc McDermott.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the

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Williams Economics Major Named Global Citizen Finalist
12:58PM / Friday, March 02, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Will Turett, an economics major of Williams College and native resident of Irvington, N.Y., has been honored as a finalist for the IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award. 

The IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award is the first student-focused study abroad award of its kind, recognizing six U.S college students who studied with IES Abroad in 2017, positively impacted their communities through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts while abroad, learned from their cross-cultural experience, and continued to better their communities, at home and abroad.

Through internships abroad with the European Environmental Bureau and European Forum

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Settles Tuition Rate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, March 02, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee is sticking with previous agreements when it comes to the tuition rate.   The committee agreed to set a split rate — $14,477 for New Ashford and Hancock students attending Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School and $17,314 for New Ashford students attending Lanesborough Elementary. Those figures are in line with votes the legacy school committees had adopted in prior years.   "Although it is not necessarily the norm, it is within our realm of possibilities to have two separate tuition rates," said Chairman Joe Bergeron.   It was four years ago when the Mount Greylock

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Budget Uncertainties Abound for Expanded Mount Greylock District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Subcommittee of Mount Greylock's Transition Committee sat down Tuesday with members of the finance committees in Williamstown and Lanesborough to explain how the school district's fiscal 2019 budget is being developed.   School officials showed how the formerly three independent schools are being brought into a single spending plan, how costs are are going to be allocated between the district's member towns and how the schools' expenses are being recoded to align with new nomenclature from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   They could not yet show hard numbers for what the district plans to

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Miss Hall’s School Presents 'Cry-Baby'
02:25PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will bop back to the 1950s for its winter musical, "Cry-Baby," the stage adaptation of the cult-classic John Waters film.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Go online for tickets or call 413-443-6401. Also, please note, the performance and subject matter are PG-13 and not suitable for children.

Set in 1954 in Baltimore and fueled by rock and roll, this romantic

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BCC Workshops Focus on Small Business and Nonprofits
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's spring slate of workshops continue at its South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington with classes tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits.

Michael Cohen, marketing consultant, is offering a new workshop, "Human Marketing in the Digital Age," on Thursdays from March 1 to April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. New technologies have given consumers a platform for publishing, networking, and organizing. User-generated content and conversation are now driving public perception while empowering individuals and consumers. This has created unprecedented business opportunities for individuals (versus

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College Notes: February 2018
03:13PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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The trip was the culmination of a cross-cultural nursing course and required the participants to work in a hospital in Tanzania.  Aundrea Pansecchi of Adams, who is studying nursing at in Bennington, joined a other junior and senior students and faculty in early January to visit the country of Tanzania to experience health care and life in another culture.    The semester leading up to the trip was spent "book-learning" about politics, health care, government, agriculture, environment, social and lifestyle, culture, and religion in the East African country through the Cross-Cultural Nursing course taught by instructor Christa Berthiaume and Assistant Professor

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
01:45PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2018-19 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Adams-Cheshire

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year-olds on Monday, March 5,

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