‘Virtual’ opportunities: Students serve remote internships
Career Services staff at MCLA’s Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE) secures “virtual” internships for students. All they need are their laptops.
Transfer student: There are endless things to do
Krystal Henriquez ’16 isn't wasting any time in getting involved as she pursues her Bachelor of Arts degree in arts management. A transfer student, she arrived at MCLA with a MassTransfer Block of core credits she’d earned at Holyoke Community College, which set her up for a successful two-year plan.
Veterans’ Resource Center offers support, connections
As a veteran of the United States Navy, Brian Nelson ’15 is familiar with the needs of students who have served in the Armed Forces. His idea resulted in the Veterans' Resource Center.
Alumna publishes her first book
Gillian Jones ’91 found time to publish her first book, even while teaching courses at MCLA and working full-time as a photo journalist for the Berkshire Eagle.
Art in NYC: Students attend APAP conference
Ten students recently returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City where they participated in the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference.
Athletic Training major earns EATA scholarship
Elizabeth Doughty ’15 finished up her winter break with a trip to Philadelphia, Pa., where she was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA).
Political science prof to speak at Rockwell about war and public opinion
Dr. J. Benjamin Taylor will be a presenter at Norman Rockwell Museum’s “Four Freedoms Forum” series on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m., when participants will look at the cultural legacy of war.
CSSE devoted to student and alumni success
MCLA is dedicated to student success – not only on campus, but beyond, whether they choose to continue their studies in graduate school or find meaningful employment once they finish their degree.
New alum earns bachelor’s degree in 30 months
Just two days after he finished high school, Jared Kahn ’14 became an MCLA student. From that point on, he was off and running, attending classes year-round, and graduating just two and a half years after he started.
Freshman finds success on the fairway
Despite longtime plans to play college hockey, Nick Young ’18 found himself on the green instead of the ice last fall, earning honors such as “Rookie of the Year.” He concluded his freshman season with a sixth place finish in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championships.
Alumna poised to begin Nashville career
Brittany Kish ’14 founded “The Soldier Prayer Project” to support the military and their families. The non-profit organization recently attracted the attention of Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL who was the focus of the 2013 film, “Lone Survivor.”
Students publish research findings with professor
While many professors in the sciences conduct research and publish their findings in academic journals, it’s not every day that they work side-by-side with their students in those scholarly endeavors. But that’s exactly the opportunity that Dr. Thomas Byrne gave four MCLA seniors earlier this year.
Student-athlete: Trailblazers are innovators
Sarah Murphy ’15 knew she wanted to play tennis in college, but even more than that, she wanted to play at a school where she wouldn’t be “just a tennis player.”
Sophomore feels at home in residential life
Involvement with residence hall activities, says Aunna Shamlian ’17, has been integral to her MCLA experience and has influenced her life in many different ways.
Hardman scholar: MCLA trains real journalists
This year’s Hardman Scholar, Makayla McGeeney ’16, says college is the time for students to become independent, work hard, and become aware of all the opportunities available to them.
Clubs and events valuable to college experience
An important part of the MCLA student experience includes its vast array of clubs and organizations, as well as the many activities they offer.
Deanna Boucher ’15 named 2014 Newman Civic Fellow
Over the past academic year, Deanna Boucher ’15 has served as a residence assistant for Berkshire Towers and a liaison to the residence hall’s advisory board. She’s also a choreographer for the Dance Company and is on the RPS Recycling Committee.
Softball player gives ‘110 percent’ to MCLA experience
As a child, Alexandra Romano ’17 of Peabody, Mass., was very shy – so shy that she spent her time on the school bus writing in a notebook instead of talking to the other children. Fast forward a decade. She hosts a campus radio show, is involved in theatre and is a student-athlete on the women’s softball team.
New professor: Exercise is the best Rx
A new assistant professor of biology at MCLA, Dr. Sarah Herrick is the go-to person when it comes to human anatomy. But while that’s her specialty, she’s also an exercise physiologist.
Physics major follows in his parents’ footsteps
Jon Oleson ’15 of Florida, Mass., had an easy decision when it came to college. He simply followed in his parents’ footsteps. His mother and father are not only alumni of the College, they also majored in physics – the major he selected, as well.
FPA grad poised to complete physics degree
Jesse Egan-Poirier ’15 of Nashua, N.H., had no sooner completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) with a concentration in theater, when he turned around to begin a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.
Philosophy major: ‘My voice has been heard’
Like many MCLA students, Colby Harvish ’16 of Queensbury, N.Y., involves himself in activities that compliment his growth and learning. Participation, he said, is the real-world application of classroom experiences.
Student-trustee: ‘An unforgettable journey’
Athletic training major Alyson Stolz ’15 of Oxford, Mass., has immersed herself in student government – not only on the campus, but beyond. In addition to serving as the student-trustee on MCLA’s Board of Trustees for the past two years, she recently was elected as the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s Student Advisory Council.
MCLA adds IT upgrades
Over the past several months, MCLA has gone through a series information technology (IT) upgrades that enable them – as well as faculty and staff – to use the newest technology tools with greater ease and faster speed than ever before.
Freshman builds company while studying business
When business major Brandon Valdes ’18 of New York City, N.Y., arrived on campus this fall, he already had started the company he hopes to make his life’s career. His consulting business, Devant, which he started two years ago in high school with five others, caters to artists.
Sophomore takes her studies to Alaska
TaylorJae Taber ’17 of Swansea, Mass., is studying far from MCLA this semester. With the goal of specializing in wildlife conservation and saving endangered species, she’s at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) through the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program this fall semester.
Success with CSSE
Kristcha DeGuerre ’14 of Saratoga Spring, N.Y., applied to five graduate programs. She was accepted into each and every one of them.
Sophomore reports college experience through art
After a national search that attracted some 700 applicants, Rebecca Patterson ’17 of Framingham, Mass., was selected to be one of 21 students to document her undergraduate experience through “21 Voices.”
MCLA journalism alumna at work in Abu Dhabi
Jennifer Thomas ’07 took her double majors in English/communications and philosophy from MCLA to Abu Dhabi, where she’s the home page editor for The National, a government-owned, English-language, online newspaper. There, she’s responsible for content viewed by millions.
Diverse classes visit NYC to view Middle East exhibit
Events in the Middle East are on the forefront of global happenings and part of the discussion at MCLA. Here, students consider many aspects of this region through events such last week’s talk by a United Nations expert on “ISIS and the Implications for the International Community,” and courses like “Peoples of the Middle East” (anthropology), “Modern Middle East” (political science) and even “Museum Studies” (arts management).
Senior leads state student advisory board
Keenly aware of how politics and government affect our lives, Brendan Peltier ’15 of Worcester, Mass., as a youth set his sights on a career as a political leader. He took another step toward that goal last month after he beat out three other candidates to be elected as the chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s Student Advisory Council.
Alumna pursues international environmental law degree in England
For as long as Rebecca Geraci ’13 of Ulster Park, N.Y., can remember, she’s been interested in the environment. So, she began her freshman year at MCLA as an environmental studies major. A year later, she decided to pursue a degree in political science, as well.
MCLA introduces alumna to the world, non-profits
As the volunteer program coordinator for the Riverside Park Conservancy, Jordan Pagán ’09 oversees the hundreds of people who maintain Riverside Park, a scenic, 267-acre, public expanse that runs along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
New prof shares passion for social justice with students
It was through Dr. Kerri Nicoll’s experiences as a pastor, as well as an outreach and fundraising assistant for a non-profit organization, that she discovered her passion for social justice, particularly around issues of poverty and inequality.
Students participate in historic Climate March
In New York City on Sept. 21 to participate in “The People’s Climate March,” Fitzpatrick – along with environmental studies professor Dr. Dan Shustack and five other students from MCLA’s Students for a Democratic Society and Environuts clubs – were among the enormous crowd that made their way through city streets as heads of state prepared to gather for a historic summit on climate change.
New prof focuses on Anglophone literature
MCLA’s newest assistant professor of English, Dr. Jenna Sciuto, says it’s important that students study literature to learn more about society and the range of cultures that make up the world in which we live.
VP Degen to retire after 40 years
The College’s name change, a new mascot, new Division III sports teams and the creation of a multitude of programs that benefit students are but a few of the many changes that Charlotte Degen ’73 has seen throughout her four decades of service to MCLA.
New prof brings spirit of lifelong learning and leadership to campus
Throughout the past 30 years and three distinct careers, Dr. Thomas Whalen – the newest assistant professor to join MCLA’s Department of Business Administration – has studied and practiced leadership.
Professor brings back firsthand report on the Middle East
Anthropology professor Dr. Sumi Colligan traveled across three war zones to Amman, Jordan, to learn more about the people who live there.
NSF funds unique program
MCLA leads “Teaching to Learn,” a collaborative effort with Williams College North Adams Public Schools, that has our undergraduates developing and teaching science curriculum to local K-7 students.
STEM student aims to solve medical mysteries
As a double major in biology and psychology with a concentration in biotechnology, Svetlana Morrell '17 wants to research medical mysteries like autism, cancer and diabetes with the expectation that she may discover not only treatments, but cures.
Part of the MCLA family
Daniel Wohler '17 had a great experience at his orientation one year ago, so over the summer he served as an orientation leader to prepare others for life at MCLA.
MCLA Ranked in U.S. News & World Report as Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College for Fourth Consecutive Year
U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) as a top liberal arts college. In the publication's "Best Colleges" 2015 edition, MCLA is ranked one of the top ten public liberal arts colleges in the nation, and is one of only 6 non-military institutions in the top ten.
STEM leader attends national institute
Dr. Christopher Himes found himself part of a select group this summer as one of 10 early career professors who attended the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science Summer Leadership Institute.
First-year students reach for new heights
The traditional hike up Mount Greylock will happen a few days later this year, as incoming first-year students got things moving in a different way this past Labor Day.