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BCC's Coordinator of Multicultural Center Recognized as 2019 Latina Leader
12:25PM / Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's coordinator of the Multicultural Center, Eleanore Velez, has been recognized by Amplify Latinx as a 2019 Latina Leader.

Amplify Latinx is a Boston-based, non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership position across sectors.

In celebration of Women's History Month, Amplify Latinx launched a campaign to identify 11 outstanding Latina leaders who exemplify the best in their professions and who are lifting others as they climb. Amplify Latinx received 45 nominations from corporate, civic,

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Williams College Professor Receives Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
11:54AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Council of Learned Societies has named Gregory Mitchell, associate professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies at Williams College, a 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow.

Mitchell is the second professor from Williams to win the highly competitive fellowship, which provides "potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects."

"In addition to making major contributions to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the college, Greg Mitchell has already published pioneering work at the intersections of sexuality, gender, race, class and

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Mount Greylock Committee Faces Sticker Shock on Office/Storage Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, April 04, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee learned Wednesday that the cost of a planned multipurpose building on the campus will be significantly higher than anticipated.   Architect Dan Colli of Perkins Eastman told the committee that bids on the project came in at just under $2.8 million, significantly more than the $2.3 million the architect had estimated.   That was bad news for a committee hoping to fund the project out of a $5 million capital gift from Williams College while still having funds in that account to support needed improvements to the middle-high school's athletic fields and a desired $1.5 million rainy day fund for

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Lanesborough Gets First Look at Mount Greylock Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, April 02, 2019
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The percentages of how much each town pays is swinging more toward the north. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town is being asked to spend about $64,000 more this year to support the schools.   The Mount Greylock Regional School District is proposing a $22.4 million operating budget for the three schools — Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary, and Lanesborough Elementary. Lanesborough's assessment is proposed at $5,817,500, which is 1.1 percent more than last year.   School officials presented the budget, which was previously passed by the School Committee, to the Lanesborough Finance Committee on Monday night.   Superintendent Kimberly Grady said the

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Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
02:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are so thrilled to have Senator Ed Markey as our 2019 commencement speaker," said Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC. "Markey visited our newly reimagined campus in the fall last year and got to tour the new buildings and classrooms and the

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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service

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Mount Greylock Committee Keeps February, April Vacations for 2020
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 25, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday voted to preserve the district's February and April vacations for the 2019-20 academic year but signaled that the option of a single week in March remains a possibility in the future.   By a unanimous vote, the five committee members present at the special meeting approved a calendar that has the students returning on Sept. 3 with a last day of school — barring any snow days — of Tuesday, June 16.   The calendar also adds a day off on Nov. 27, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. On the other hand, unlike some districts, students in the three-school district will return for classes on

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Williams College Senior Wins Carnegie Junior Fellowship
11:25AM / Friday, March 22, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Jeremy Smith has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Each year, approximately 12 to 14 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world’s leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.

Acceptance into the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is highly competitive, with approximately 5 percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials.

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Mount Greylock Students Attend Career Fair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From firefighters to financiers, a wide range of options were laid out to Mount Greylock Regional School students on Wednesday morning.   And while the vocations presented in a career fair in the school’s cafeteria offered a variety of choices, the role models tended to have one thing in common.   "Almost everyone who is here presenting was a student here at Mount Greylock," Mount Greylock teacher Lisa Mendel said.   Mendel organized the fair with the help of a grant from the Berkshire Workforce Development Board. The event, geared to freshmen, sophomores and juniors, brought bankers, first-responders, contractors, cooks and

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BCC Restructuring Workforce Development Offerings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
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PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — Berkshire Community College is restructuring its workforce development arm.   The college is currently looking for a new dean who will be in charge of bringing the community education and workforce development programming under the oversight of traditional academic programming. The rest of the staff, minus an administrative assistant, will be let go at the start of the fiscal year and the new dean will determine how the non-credit course work will be administered in the future.   "We want to better align our credit and non-credit offerings. Generally, at BCC, our credit programs have been in academic divisions and our non-credit programs have

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