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Senator Markey Speaking at BCC's 59th Commencement
02:23PM / Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 59th commencement exercises to be held May 31 at Tanglewood in Lenox.

Markey, the state's junior senator, is a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy.

"On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and board of trustees at Berkshire Community College, we are so thrilled to have Senator Ed Markey as our 2019 commencement speaker," said Ellen Kennedy, president of BCC. "Markey visited our newly reimagined campus in the fall last year and got to tour the new buildings and classrooms and the

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Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service

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BCC Names New Director of Human Resources
11:15AM / Friday, March 22, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has named Melissa Loiodice as the director of human resources.

Since last fall, Loiodice has served as special assistant to the president at BCC, focusing on Title IX and affirmative action. Prior to that, she held the positions of principal attorney at Loiodice Law, associate attorney with SKM Title & Closing Services, director of operations with Pittsfield Community Connection, and associate counsel with Antonino & DiMare Law Office. She also served as a panel attorney at the UMass Amherst Student Legal Services Office.

Loiodice graduated with her bachelor of arts degree from UMass Amherst, cum laude, and was a member of the

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BCC Restructuring Workforce Development Offerings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
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PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — Berkshire Community College is restructuring its workforce development arm.   The college is currently looking for a new dean who will be in charge of bringing the community education and workforce development programming under the oversight of traditional academic programming. The rest of the staff, minus an administrative assistant, will be let go at the start of the fiscal year and the new dean will determine how the non-credit course work will be administered in the future.   "We want to better align our credit and non-credit offerings. Generally, at BCC, our credit programs have been in academic divisions and our non-credit programs have

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Hello, Dolly!'
08:57PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. in the newly remodeled auditorium at Mount Greylock Regional School on Cold Spring Road.

More than 40 members of the Mount Greylock student body will present "Hello, Dolly!," with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart. Based on the play "The Matchmaker" by 20th century American playwright Thornton Wilder, "Hello, Dolly!" is the story of a delightful - and adventurous - day spent in turn-of-the-century New York City. 

The bold and enchanting widow Dolly Gallagher

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BCC Remembers Beloved Dean, Charlie Kaminski
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:52PM / Friday, March 15, 2019
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The environmental science department staff pitched in to purchase a plaque to hang on the walls in memory of Charles Kaminski. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thomas Tyning described his late friend Charles Kaminski as a "6-foot-2 Paddington bear," with "a cavernous voice that seemed to emanate from the depths of his heart and yet the kind of quality that put people at ease."   Kaminski — known as Chuck to some, Charlie to others — loved nature, cooking, and music. He never seemed stressed and was loved by many from across the state.   "It's not an exaggeration to say that Charlie's life truly mattered. He modeled consistency in issues

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McCandless Asks 5.7 Percent Increase for Pittsfield Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, March 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless is asking for a $3.4 million increase to the school's budget for fiscal 2020.   The large 5.7 percent increase comes as Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a budget that gives the city $3.7 million more in Chapter 70 education aid for schools. The request comes with a number of new initiatives and positions that McCandless said will bolster specific areas the district has identified as problematic.   "This represents a budget that actually we are able to put money into things, into programs, into people, that will benefit preschools all the way through 12th-graders and CTE," McCandless said.   The plan looks

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MCLA Expands Pittsfield Presence With New Location
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Professor Deborah Foss said the college has support adult learners for a long time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Steben earned an associates degree from BCC and then built a career in information technology.   He worked his way up in the industry and he got offered a leadership position, heading the IT Department for the city of Pittsfield.   It didn't take him long to realize that he needed to learn more beyond just technology.   "I've had a rewarding career as a technical person and I've recently been promoted to a management position. In my new role, I quickly came to realize that despite my technical prowess, I didn't know much about being

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
11:30AM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 48 local students among the 149 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Charlotte Adelson, Lee; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Faia Kronick, Pittsfield; Sophia (Sophie)

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Region 1 Science Fair Encourages Student Research
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Monday, March 11, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students from around the region displayed the results of some three dozen experiments Friday at the 13th annual Western Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair.    Displays ranging from wall-climbing robots to talking to plants to red dye in sports drinks to coral bleaching were set up on the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, offering a chance for students to explain their projects and move on to the annual state fair.    An item on reef safety had caught Cloey Parlapiana's eye during a trip to the ocean. Her experiment looked at the efficacy of safe sunscreens — those

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