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

News & announcements from November 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 welcomes GSB President John Howland

howlandGCC was pleased to welcome John Howland, the new President & CEO of Greenfield Savings Bank, to his first visit on campus March 26th. He is pictured here in front of the entrance to the GCC Greenfield Savings Bank Math Studio – thank you, GSB, for all of your support of GCC students!

Foundation welcomes new Board President


Robyn Provost, Vice President of Mowry & Schmidt, Inc., General Contractors, has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the GCC Foundation. Robyn has served on the board for five years and is a longtime volunteer fundraiser for the annual campaign. Her work with their family-operated construction business, based in Greenfield since 1947, has made her a familiar face to many companies and individuals across Franklin County. Robyn lives in Heath with her husband, Tom Carlson.