MCLA Recognizes Employee Milestones in 'Giving Thanks' Event


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) honored 19 employees for their years of service to the College and named this year's recipients of the "Faculty Research Award," the "Creative Project Award" and the "Curriculum Project Award" at the annual Giving Thanks reception on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

MCLA President Mary K. Grant said, "'Giving Thanks' provides us with a terrific opportunity to recognize those members of our community who have reached significant milestones in their service to MCLA, and the good work they do to make the College a welcoming campus for our students, colleagues and friends."

Also at the event, Dr. Nick Stroud, an assistant professor of education, received the Faculty Research Award for "Field Experiences for Teacher Candidates in Informal STEM Education." This award supports any type of faculty research, and may be used for new, as well as existing, research projects or inquiries.

In addition, Laura Standley, an assistant professor of fine and performing arts, received the Creative Project Award for "Agamemnon," and Dr. Elena Traister, professor of environmental students, received the Curriculum Project Award for her development of a CCAP course, "Representations of Nature."

Others recognized included those who marked 10 to 35 years of service at MCLA.

Ronald Duprea, facilities, and Denise Richardello, president's office, were honored for their 35 years of service. Peter Allmaker, computer support services, and Lorenzo Burzimati, facilities, were recognized for their 30 years of service to the College.

Those marking 25 years of service included Fredricka Bennett, mathematics; Neil Kupiec, facilities; and Jacque Marling, counseling services. Those recognized for their 20 years of service included Joseph Ebiware, English/communications; Kailai Huang, history/ political science/geography; Douglas Jenkins, fine and performing arts; David Johnson, philosophy; Monica Joslin, academic affairs; and Linda Kaufmann, library.

Denise Blaisdell, financial aid; Thomas Byrne, psychology; Joseph Charon, public safety/campus police; and Susan Rusek, admissions office, were honored for their 15 years of service. Lastly, James Baumbach, facilities, and Thomas Mongeon, residential programs and services were recognized for their 10 years of service to MCLA.

For more information, go to