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Alumni Awards

MCLA 2013 Alumni Association Award Recipients (left to right): Kevin O'Connor '83, Humanitarian Award; Richard Brown '74, Distinguished Alumni Award; Eloise Stevens '78, M.Ed. '08, Outstanding Educator Award; President Mary Grant '83; Maura Mills '05, Young Alumnus Award; Jerry Desmarais '74, Outstanding Service to the College Award

Read about their accomplishments.

Alumni Association Awards

MCLA takes pride in recognizing our distinctly honorable alumni, those who have made outstanding contributions in public or community service or in service to the College and/or its alumni.  See below for more information.

Athletics Hall of Fame 

The purpose of the MCLA Athletic Hall of Fame is to appropriately recognize those individuals who have distinguished themselves and the College through athletic participation. Many deserving individuals have been considered for selection to the MCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. Click here for more information.


Alumni Association Awards

Call For Nominations - August 18, 2014

This year's Alumni Awards luncheon and recognition ceremony will be on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Please take a few moments to consider nominating former classmates who have strongly represented the College, and made you feel proud to share the same alma mater. Nominees should have matriculated for one or more semesters at the College at least five years before the award is to be received.

Awards for Consideration

Distinguished Alumnus: The individual must have demonstrated a history of achievement in one or more of the following:  community, state, regional or national service, and/or the individual must have made a significant leadership contribution to a state/regional/national organization that does not come under the purview of his/her profession.

Humanitarian: The nominee must have demonstrated a record of service to his/her community and to the world at large.

Outstanding Educator: This award is given to recognize and honor an individual who has shown continued and dedicated service to their students and their profession and a commitment to developing the potential of all students.  This award recognizes K-16 educators, from all areas of education, who have made significant contributions to support and enhance the education of students through innovative classroom practices, programming, extracurricular activities, committee, or community work.

Service to the College: The nominee must have demonstrated a record of service to the Alumni Association and/or the College.

Young Alum: Within six years of their MCLA commencement, the individual will have shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements, and served as an outstanding role model for current and future MCLA students.

Please provide detailed supplemental information (newspaper articles, publications, resume, etc.) relevant to your nomination that will allow the Awards Committee to review each candidate thoroughly and to make its selections fairly. Material submitted on behalf of nominees will be the only criteria the Awards Committee will consider in making its decisions.

In your submission, please include the following information: full name of nominee (including former name while a student), address, present employment, advanced degree information (degree, name of school and year of graduation), honors, publications, memberships and organizations, a summary of the candidate's achievements, and your reasons for nominating. Please also include your name and contact information.

Nominations must be received by August 18, 2014
Please return to:
Alumni Office
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247
or email to:

The Awards Committee embraces the following definition of the term Distinguished Alumni: individuals who, because of superior and extraordinary achievements, have brought credit to themselves and their alma mater.