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Williams College Appoints Director of Oakley Center
10:41AM / Friday, January 26, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Gage McWeeny, professor of English at Williams College, has been appointed as the director of the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.

As director, McWeeny will oversee the events and activities of the Oakley Center during his three-year term. The center hosts a variety of conferences, colloquia, reading groups and annual lectures. Along with continuing these events, McWeeny hopes to focus on and think about the arts in relation to scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences during his tenure as director.

He will succeed Morris Professor of Rhetoric Jana Sawicki, who has served as director since 2015.

McWeeny has been a member of the

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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might

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'Claiming Williams Day' Aims to Foster Inclusivity, Equality
12:14PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will hold its annual "Claiming Williams Day" on Thursday, Feb. 1, with events throughout the day that encourage discussions about inclusivity and inequality.

While most of the events are only for the Williams College community, three events are open to the public: Authors and social justice advocates Julissa Arce and Janet Mock will give the morning and evening keynote addresses; Arce will speak at 10:45 a.m. in Chapin Hall, and Mock will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Mock's address will be simulcast into Brooks-Rogers Auditorium. The public is also invited to participate in "Missing Books, Missing Voices," which

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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides to Post Superintendent Position
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Friday, January 19, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Thursday decided to run an "expedited" search for a permanent superintendent.   On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year contract.   Although no one on the committee expressed dissatisfaction with Grady's performance, and although the majority of the feedback from public pushed the committee to offer her the job, the majority of the committee

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Christine Kiernan of Lanesborough, a registered nurse who graduated last year from the ' School of Nursing, was elected to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a nurse leader. She was chosen to be inducted into the honor society as recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.   Also inducted into the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter on Dec. 7, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were Elms nursing students and seniors Tracey J. Fletcher of Adams, Jessica Lescarbeau of Clarksburg, Melanie Robins of Hinsdale and Martha J. Rodriguez of North Adams.   Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by invitation to nursing students who

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
03:01PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual Human Library, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky student center.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination. The event has been held at Williams annually since 2012.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title

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Williamstown Elementary Asks Parents of Preschoolers to Note Them on Census
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, January 12, 2018
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Tuesday made a special appeal to parents completing the recently distributed town census: Make sure you include preschool-aged children.   The town this week mailed out the annual Street Listing Form. The data collected from that survey helps inform the elementary school about how many children to expect in each year's incoming kindergarten class.   In the past, it has proven to be a not quite precise tool.   "Last year on the first day of registration, we had 15 kids walk in who weren't on the census," Principal Joelle Brookner reminded the committee.   Part of that is

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Labor Shortage May Force Change in Mount Greylock Building Schedule
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Thursday, January 11, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Labor shortages threaten to scuttle plans to move classes into the new addition at Mount Greylock Regional School over April vacation.   But the district's owner's project manager said Tuesday night that a potential move-in delay may not push back the planned end date for construction on the middle-high school campus.   Trip Elmore of Newburyport's Dore & Whittier Management Partners told the School Building Committee on Tuesday that he is, "not optimistic at this point we'll be saying April is a done deal."   The issue is an already tight labor market in the rural northwest corner of Massachusetts that is

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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the

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BCC Offers Variety of Courses at McCann Tech
02:02PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Berkshire Community College is offering a number of courses that are being held at Charles H. McCann Technical High School in North Adams to make it easier for students in North County to get the education they need to succeed.

Spring classes begin on January 22. Some of the courses being offered at McCann include a free course called "Money Management for Life," which will assist students in better understanding how to become financially independent. The course is offered for free thanks to a grant from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Ashton Darrett will teach this class at McCann on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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