NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Two Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) students who participate in the campus’s honors program recently were elected to serve as the president and the vice president of the Statewide Commonwealth Honors Program’s governing committee.

Jackie Ordway ’18, an English/communications major from Lunenburg is the committee’s president. In addition, Nicole Hastry ’18 of North Attleboro, who majors in business administration, was selected as the group’s vice president.

“Being elected president of the Commonwealth Honors Program Student Council is a huge honor,” Ordway said. “I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with honors students from across the state to foster a sense of community among the 23 honors programs in Massachusetts.”

As vice president, Hastry will assist Ordway to facilitate events, and will keep the program’s social media up to date.

The Statewide Commonwealth Honors Program provides a way for honors students across the state to network with one another as they participate in a variety of experiences, such as day trips to places like the Museum of Science in Boston.

The program also funds students’ participation in the four-day Northeast Regional Honors Conference, which Ordway and Hastry will attend in April 2017, in Pittsburgh, Penn., accompanied by the MCLA Honors Program’s director, Dr. Susan Edgerton.

According to Hastry, the honors program brings like-minded students together in an educational format that allows them to learn from one another and create bonds with other students across all majors and class years.

MCLA’s honors program, she continued, has expanded her education.

“I have enrolled in classes such as philosophy that I would never have thought of taking,” Hastry said. “Taking these courses has developed my critical thinking skills even further, and has helped with classes in my major.”

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to