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MCLA Presents 'Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance'
11:53AM / Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present "Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" a virtual musical theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom.     This event is free and open to the public. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/85908275667.    This chamber music production showcases work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble: Ju-Young Lee, Mikael Darmani, and Michael Parola, featuring actor Draclyn Blount. It celebrates African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of painter and

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BCC To Offer Flu and COVID-19 vaccines
03:59PM / Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will welcome Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and Community Health Programs (CHP) to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 22 for free vaccination clinics.   : CHP's mobile health unit, the “Big Orange Bus,” will administer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the flu vaccine and COVID testing.     The bus will be located near the Susan B. Anthony Center.   : BHS will administer the flu vaccine from 1-4 pm at the Susan B. Anthony Center.   Vaccines are given free of charge, and no appointment is necessary. Please bring insurance cards.   The Presidents of the

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BCC Students and Faculty Must Be Fully Vaccinated By The End Of The Year
02:20PM / Monday, September 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College (BCC) students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by January of 2022.   The Presidents of the Massachusetts community colleges announced Monday that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022.   BCC is one of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges.   "During the last eighteen months, the Massachusetts Community Colleges have prioritized the health and safety of our communities while also recognizing that many of our students have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic" the Presidents said in a statement

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BCC Selected for Project Vision
08:14AM / Monday, September 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) is one of just thirteen two-year community colleges nationwide selected for Project Vision, a program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Advanced Technological Education program.    The goal of Project Vision is to catalyze submissions of grant proposals seeking Department of Undergraduate Education (DUE) funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects.   "Being chosen for Project Vision represents a significant opportunity for BCC. The expertise provided to us through this program will increase our chances of winning extensive funding for exciting projects in

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MCLA Presents Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture with Vivek Shandas
12:38PM / Friday, September 17, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the annual Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture with Vivek Shandas at 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 in Murdock Hall Room 218. A remote viewing option is also available.    To register to attend in-person or remotely, visit https://www.mcla.edu/mcla-in-the-community/events/notable-speakers/elizabeth-and-lawrence-vadnais.php.    Vivek Shandas is a professor of climate adaptation and the founding director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab at Portland State University. Professor Shandas specializes in developing strategies to reduce exposure of historically marginalized communities to

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BCC Institutes Debt Forgiveness Program
08:09AM / Friday, September 17, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced its plans to use $335,000 in federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to erase outstanding balances accrued by students enrolled in credit degree or certificate programs from March 13, 2020 through May 31, 2021.    HEERF funds were earmarked as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.   Students affected by the program have been informed via letter, which states:   "We care about you, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help you continue to meet your educational goals at BCC. We appreciate the challenges of being a college student during

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MCLA Plans Sept. 17 Constitution Day Lecture
04:06PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its annual Constitution Day Lecture at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 in Murdock Hall Room 218 on the MCLA campus.     This event is free and open to the public, and a remote viewing option is available; register for online viewing at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ghaDyNKTnW-8PJ3xQMcRw.    Paul M. Collins, Jr., professor of legal studies and political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will give a talk titled "Is This the Most Conservative Supreme Court in the Modern Era?"     According to a

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MCLA Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
01:41PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA welcomes four new faculty members to campus for the fall 2021 semester: Andrew Best, Assistant Professor of Biology; Rebecca Relyea, Assistant Professor of Radiologic Sciences; Yavuz Ceylan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry; and Sean Scanlon: Visiting Assistant Professor of History.    "I look forward to welcoming these new faculty to the already outstanding group of educators I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the summer," said Richard Glejzer, MCLA's Vice President of Academic Affairs. "They will be joining a community of dedicated and talented teachers, scholars, and artists who have persevered and guided

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BART Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
12:00PM / Thursday, September 16, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 through 9 for the 2021-2022 school year and for students in grades 6 through 10 for the 2022-2023 school year.   The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 9 is Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at noon. The first enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year for grades 6 through 10 will be in January though applications can be submitted anytime.    The easiest way to apply is to click here or to type https://www.bartcharter.org/apps/form/Enrollment-Form into your web browser.   More information on the

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MCLA Climbs U.S. News College Rankings
04:45PM / Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — According to the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has risen to #7 on the list of Top Public Colleges, and risen to #21 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and first among all Massachusetts schools.    "I am proud to see MCLA recognized again as a Top Public College, but I am more proud of the work we've done to continue to climb these rankings for nine of the last 11 years,” said MCLA President James F. Birge. “We have an excellent faculty body with expertise and dedication to a liberal arts education. We have staff dedicated to student outcomes at every level and in every department.

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