Scholarship Named in Diane Collins' Honor


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - A longtime employee of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has been honored for her work with students. Since 1975 Diane Collins has supported students through her work with the Student Government Association (SGA). Collins has been a shoulder for numerous students to lean on, and has served as a guiding mentor. 

Because of her positive influence as a leader and advisor, a scholarship was named in her honor this year at SGA's 100th anniversary. While the details about the scholarship are still in its infancy, according to Dean of Students Charlotte Degen, the honor of the scholarship was well-deserved. 

"To know Diane Collins is to know a special woman who operates her life and her work from a stance of love," said Dean of Students Charlotte Degen. "I am so happy she watches out for and encourages our students in Student Government. 

Collins reaches beyond her job to be a resource for many students, listening to their personal problems and worries.  She said she enjoys talking with students because she learns from them as much as they learn from her. 

"Diane is more than just the SGA Office Manager," said SGA Coordinating Vice President, Todd Foy. "She's a lifeline for us. She's always there to talk. Naming a scholarship in her honor seemed fitting. To be an effective leader, you have to be willing to listen to people. With Diane, that's always the standard. She's a leader and a lady, in every definition of the words." 

Collins began her career at MCLA in the Graduate and Continuing Education Department. She also worked at the Campus Lab School in Mark Hopkins. Later, she took the job working for the SGA.

 "It is so rewarding working with the student leaders," Collins explained about her work with SGA. 

Collins not only advises SGA, but she also directs the body of students that execute programs and events, off-campus trips, and administrative duties. Within SGA, there are 45 on-campus clubs that need advice on how to manage their budgets, fundraising efforts and community service. She is the go-to person for all of this support. Collins also helps coordinate programs like the annual Sam Gomez Classic Road Race, the Angel Tree Program for Children's Christmas gifts, SGA elections and the Club Activities Social.

"My goal is to always make sure each and every student who needs me leaves my office satisfied and understands what it's all about," Collins said. "My door is always open to everyone."