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MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the

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Berkshire Community College Brings On New Faculty and Staff
04:49PM / Friday, December 22, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions.

Pam Coley McCann joined BCC as an assistant professor of human services. Prior to joining the college, McCann had a full-time private practice in Pittsfield, and before that she worked for the Department of Mental Health as a clinical social worker. McCann received a master’s degree in social work at Springfield College. She currently lives in Pittsfield with her husband and her dog.

Antonia Buckley joined BCC as the Berkshire Immigrant Stories coordinator. Buckley previously worked as a freelance photographer and was a co-founder of The Hoping Machine. Buckley received a

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Dream Center Brings Christmas To Morningside Community School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Friday, December 22, 2017
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A total of 386 students and more than 100 staff members received gifts. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A miracle happened at Morningside Community School last year.   Well, at least that is what it seemed like to the students and staff. The Berkshire Dream Center "adopted" the school for Christmas and collected gifts for every single student and staff member and delivered them the final day before the Christmas break.   "The students and the faculty named it the miracle at Morningside. We learned from talking to the teachers that this is something they dreamed of and never thought was possible," Executive Director Katelynn Miner said.   "From having

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Reid Students Make Sacrifices to Give to Berkshire Children and Families
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:16PM / Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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Jacklyn Drozd said $2,200 worth of gift cards and cash donations were collected. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reid Middle School student Maya Duhamel had an early basketball game and hadn't had a chance to get dinner.   On her way to the game, she stopped at Dunkin' Donuts intent to buy hash browns.   But at the last minute, she changed her mind.   "Instead of buying hash browns, I bought four gift cards with it," Duhamel said.   Those gift cards have since been donated to Berkshire Children and Families to give out to teens in the city who may not be able to go to Dunkin' Donuts whenever they please.   The student council had organized what

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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community
01:30PM / Monday, December 18, 2017
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Helping out

Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School ninth-graders recently decided that they wanted to raise $1,000 to help with the devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal. The $1,000-plus donation was proudly sent to United for Puerto Rico last week.

In addition, the BArT Student Ambassadors have visited with the seniors at the Adams Council on Aging, read to children at the Berkshire Museum Literacy Night, and collected more than 500 items to be donated to local food pantries in North Adams and Pittsfield the week of Thanksgiving. Ms.

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Wahconah Cheerleaders Earn Berth in National Championship
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05PM / Friday, December 08, 2017
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  DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah cheerleading team may not have had a chance to cheer at Gillette Stadium this year, but it still had a pretty good fall.   It's going to Disney World.   In addition to supporting their school's football team on a run to the Western Massachusetts championship and a narrow loss in the state semi-finals, Wahconah's cheerleaders last month earned a spot in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships with their performance at the Massachusetts fall state championships.   "It's very exciting to get this opportunity," Wahconah captain Kaylea Cornwell said. "Last fall season, we came in

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'
01:36PM / Friday, December 08, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass.— The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Theater Department will be performing William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

The BArT theater is located within the school building at 1 Commercial Street in Adams. Tickets can be purchased at the door and the pricing is as follows: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, $2 BArT students.

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks. "Twelfth Night" follows the romantic misadventures of Orsino who loves Olivia, Olivia who loves Cesario

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MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all of the things that help you round out your education."   The Adams Scholarship is a merit-based award that provides a tuition waiver for

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McCann Tech Inducts Honor Society Students for 2017
02:52PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School inducted 28 juniors into the National Honor Society on Nov. 14.    These students were selected for membership based on scholarship, service,  leadership, and character.    The students are Raffaele Bedini II, Hannah Blake, Hope Blake, Andrea Brucato, John Daub, Nichole Demastrie, Cortney Devito, Elissa Fink, Krista Furlon, Nicholas Glidden, Megan Goyette, James Guiden, Madison Harrington, Holden Hopkins, Elisha Lesure, Emma Marino, Matthew McGrory, Jacob Newton, Matthew Norton, Samuel Parks, Ayrian Quinones, Caleb Rondeau, Aubrey Tetlow, Rutger Thurston, Brandon Vallone, Joseph Vigiard, Abigail Wojcik, and Kirsten

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Two New Members Join Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees
02:34PM / Friday, December 01, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lori Gazzillo and Mary Katherine Eade have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were recently appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Gazzillo is the executive director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation, which provides strategic direction to the Berkshire Bank Foundation and subsidiary foundations, which total over $30 million in assets. She has also served as the vice president of marketing for Legacy Banks and as the director of public relations at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also serves on the board of 1Berkshire and the Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts.

Eade, now retired, previously worked as the sole practitioner in

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