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

News & announcements from 2011

GCC President Robert Pura confers a degree on a recent graduate

Greenfield Community College: The Pathway to America’s Dreams

Friday, November 18th, 2011

I had the opportunity to walk up the same steps at Ellis Island that my father walked as a child coming to America. It was a significant and powerful experience for me. At the top of those stairs, you enter the Great Room. To the right you see The Statue of Liberty and to the… Continue reading “Greenfield Community College: The Pathway to America’s Dreams” »

Attorney Diane Esser, Alum and President of the GCC Foundation Board of Directors

Diane Esser Got Her Start at GCC, Now Helps GCC Give Others Their Start

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In 1971, Diane Esser was 23 years old, working part-time as a laboratory technician at Franklin medical Center, and a divorced single mother of a five-year-old. she had always expected to go to college right after high school, but life diverted her for a while. in 1971, GCC gave Diane the opportunity to follow her… Continue reading “Diane Esser Got Her Start at GCC, Now Helps GCC Give Others Their Start” »

Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill '87

GCC Foundation Announces Retirement of Dorothy Parrill

Friday, November 18th, 2011

One familiar voice will no longer be at the other end of the telephone if you call the GCC Foundation with a question about giving a gift or the balance of an endowment fund, following the March 31 retirement of Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill.  After 14 years of support to the Foundation and GCC students, Dorothy… Continue reading “GCC Foundation Announces Retirement of Dorothy Parrill” »

Student success is at the core of the proposed GCC campus-based child care center.

GCC Exploring Child Care Center to Serve Students and the Community

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Greenfield Community College is exploring and moving forward with options to construct a child care center on campus in the near future to serve students and the community. President Robert Pura announced the initiative with the message that the college is “very clear that the need for a child care center, located on campus, is a top priority for our students’ success.” For nearly… Continue reading “GCC Exploring Child Care Center to Serve Students and the Community” »

Retiree Jan Robert ’97 (left) is recognized by Rita Hardiman, Executive Director of Human Resources and GCC President Robert L. Pura

GCC Honors Retirees and Recognizes Dedicated Employees

Friday, November 18th, 2011

On September 20, GCC staff, faculty, students, and community members gathered in the new Dining Commons to honor recent GCC retirees and recognize milestones of many dedicated employees. Retirees Fred Bellucci, Judy Flynn ’80, Heather Hoyt ’93, Dorothy Parrill ’87, Jan Robert ’97, Merryl Sackin, Ronald Smith ’72, Edward Young, Thomas Young 2010 Awardees 5… Continue reading “GCC Honors Retirees and Recognizes Dedicated Employees” »

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,