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BWLI Students and Committee

MCLA Advancement Office to Hold Open House for Berkshire Alumni

04/17/2009

NORTH ADAMS, MA. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome Berkshire Alumni to a celebration of our MCLA Alumni Office and Institutional Advancement House! in its new location, on Friday, April 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This event, an open house and reception to be held at 228 East Main St., North Adams, will be hosted by the Alumni Office and President Mary K. Grant `83.

On June 30, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Foundation, Inc. closed on the purchase of a 400,000-square-foot building on East Main Street from the City of North Adams. The advancement staff moved out of their previous headquarters at Shapiro House and into the building on Dec. 1. The main floor of the building includes a mix of staff offices and public spaces, including two large conference and meeting spaces, a full service kitchen and a comfortable living room space that includes dedicated computer workspace for alumni and other visitors.

Academic departments and other campus groups will have the opportunity to use the center as a venue for meetings, events, receptions and other public functions. The second floor of the building includes offices for the College's advancement staff.

By moving to a new and larger space, the College can provide MCLA alumni a valuable resource when they visit the College. Alumni will be welcome to visit the center to meet, network or just informally catch up with one another.

Bringing the advancement team into the heart of the city builds on the downtown presence the College established with the opening of MCLA Gallery 51 in 2005. The new building reflects the growing importance of the advancement office to the future of MCLA-through development, fundraising, and the stewardship of college resources -and presents a new opportunity to raise the profile of the institution.

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Lydia Benyo '05 (413) 662-5224 or L.Benyo@mcla.edu .