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A Newsletter for Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Greenfield Community College and the GCC Foundation

“There’s nothing more satisfying than being that person people turn to in their hour of need,” said Major James E. Andrews II, A.A. GCC ’96, B.S. UMass ’00, M.S. Univ. of Nebraska ’06 and D.Sc. Baylor University ’11. And he credits GCC for putting him on the path to becoming that person. Continue reading “Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant gets his start at GCC” »

Andrews is on active duty in the US Army, working as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. He has served in the Army for 14 years, and has worked as a PA for nine of those years, including two deployments to Iraq.

His is a true American story: He is a career military man whose concurrent career in medicine is very rewarding. He is married to fellow GCC alum Malisa (Little) Andrews, A.A. ’03 and they live in Virginia with their three children, Collin, 9, Kailynn, 3, and Chloe, 8 months. But he did not start out with a presumption of such future success. Andrews arrived at GCC as so many of its students do – he is the first in his family to attend college, both of his parents dropped out of high school and the culture of poverty that defined his childhood was one he knew he did not want to live, or raise a family in when he became an adult. Continue reading “Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant gets his start at GCC” »

Mareike and Stephen

2014 Annual Campaign: Inspiring Hope Through Education

The weather was the only thing that was cloudy the morning of the GCC Foundation Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast. Over 50 smiling faces could be seen bright and early to get the inspiration and information they need to begin their volunteer work to raise funds for students and programs at Greenfield Community College. One of… Continue reading “2014 Annual Campaign: Inspiring Hope Through Education” »

L-R, GCC alumni and panel members Noreen Woodruff '13, Elda James '75, and Chris Forgey '78

GCC alumni share career journey with students during “Coffee & Conversation”

The GCC Student Life “Coffee & Conversation” series continued this month with Alumni Journeys, featuring a panel of GCC alums speaking with current students. The panelists spent the noon hour telling their story to students, and then holding a lively Q&A session. The three alumni each brought a different perspective to both their time at… Continue reading “GCC alumni share career journey with students during “Coffee & Conversation”” »

Music students perform in the Cohn Family Dining Commons last fall

GCC Music Program offers an innovative approach to music education

Over the past ten years, GCC has developed a unique capacity to provide music education for students seeking to acquire the skills and vision they need to fulfill their educational, professional and life goals. Music Department Chair Matthew Shippee states, “We’re fortunate that GCC has fostered the growth of a Music Department intent on both access… Continue reading “GCC Music Program offers an innovative approach to music education” »

GCC receives VIP treatment from Springfield Armor


GCC President Bob Pura hosted a great evening of “GCC Night at the Springfield Armor” with a road trip on March 21st to a basketball game at the Mass Mutual Center. Members of our community joined GCC alumni and employees for a wonderful night of VIP treatment, including reserved courtside seating, dinner and great camaraderie while watching this area’s minor league basketball team play to win. This sold-out game was the Springfield Armor’s final home game of the season.

GCC Art Program: Welcome to “Face Nook”


For the past 5 years, an anonymous donor has supplied a $100 award to a GCC painting student each semester to be used to purchase painting supplies. In return, the students have created a miniature self-portrait on a canvas supplied by the donor. Award recipients are art program majors, nominated by the painting faculty, who have demonstrated a commitment to the medium and are producing work of a high standard. We are pleased to announce two exciting opportunities related to this initiative:

1. A collection of these mini portraits will now be offered for sale as part of a unique fundraising exhibit to benefit GCC’s Art Department, hosted by Nina’s Nook in Turners Falls in November 2014.

2. In addition to the existing collection, current and former painting students of the college are also invited to submit their work in this event using 6″ square canvases. The exhibit, to be called “Face Nook,” will open November 14 and close December 6. All work must be delivered to Nina’s Nook by November 5, either in person to the gallery or shipped to: Nina Rossi, 21 Central St, Turners Falls MA 01376. For details contact Nina Rossi,