NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce that the inauguration of the College’s 12th president, President James F. Birge, will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the MCLA Church Street Center.

Local and state officials and legislators will be in attendance at the inauguration, which will be simulcast live via a link on the inauguration web page at A week of festivities will showcase MCLA’s commitment to academic excellence and the community in celebration of President Birge’s inauguration.

Events will include baseball, softball and lacrosse games, two Admissions preview days, an alumni social, an English honor society induction, the first Feigenbaum Leads Initiative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge, the campus’s 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference and the final installment of this spring’s Green Living Seminar series.

On Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17, MCLA will offer a Spring Preview Day for prospective students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will feature tours of the campus and opportunities to learn about admission, financial aid, academic programs and student life. Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation.

After a 1:30 p.m. women’s lacrosse game at the Zavatarro Athletic Complex on Tuesday, April 18, MCLA will hold a Berkshire Alumni Social with President Birge at Public Eat + Drink, 34 Holden St.

On Wednesday, April 19, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society will hold an induction ceremony at 1 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218. In addition, the Office of Admission will hold an overnight program for high school students who have been accepted to MCLA and are interested in participating the campus’s honors program.

Also on April 19, student entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to Berkshire business leaders at the MCLA Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge. This competition, to be held at 5:30 p.m. in MCLA’s Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, is free and open to the public. It is made possible by the Feigenbaum Fund, and Jack and Susy Wadsworth.

Then on Thursday, April 20, more than 125 students will showcase their research and projects during MCLA’s 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (URC), from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event, which will feature research projects in a variety of disciplines, is free and open to the public.

This year’s URC keynote speaker will be Kaitlin Hallet ’10, a program manager at Fidelity Investments in Boston, who majored in English and secondary education at MCLA. She will speak on “How to Prepare for a Career in Finance by Going to School to Teach English” at 12:30 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.

Paper presentations and special sessions will take place in Bowman Hall, and posters will be displayed and presented in the Venable Hall Gymnasium. Special art exhibits will be displayed throughout the day in the Bowman Gallery and Murdock Hall room 208.

The conference also will feature an Armory Art Exhibit in the Bowman Art Gallery, and there will be art exhibits in Bowman Hall, in the second- and third-floor corridors. In addition, the Philosophy Mini Conference will take place in Murdock Hall, room 218.

Also on April 20, MCLA will offer the final spring seminar on “Science and Management of Invasive Species.” Joe Roman, Ph.D., a conservation biologist, researcher and educator at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, will speak on “Recipe for Success: Can Eating Invasives Help Reduce Their Spread?”

This Green Living lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

On Saturday, April 22, the Office of Admissions will offer an additional preview day for prospective students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check in begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Center for Science and Innovation. And, at 1:30 p.m. the MCLA women’s lacrosse team will play another game at the Zavatarro Athletic Complex.

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.

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