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

News & announcements from 2012

GCC's original Federal Street building

Jim Lawlor ’64 Reflects on GCC’s First Graduating Class

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

“I wish I could be there,” said Jim Lawlor GCC ’64, UMass ’67.  “I was in the first graduating class at GCC. I was a member of the Student Council as Treasurer my first year and President my second year, and worked with Directors Taylor and Turner. GCC was instrumental in getting me on the… Continue reading “Jim Lawlor ’64 Reflects on GCC’s First Graduating Class” »

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

Thank you

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

During this, GCC’s 50th anniversary year, more than ever, I would like to thank you for your support. It has been my privilege to serve as President of this college for 11 1/2 years and during that time I have seen the extraordinary level of support GCC receives from individuals and businesses, alumni and community… Continue reading “Thank you” »

Campaign Co-Chair Chris Forgey

Greenfield Community College Changes Lives

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Fifty years ago Greenfield embarked upon a new educational venture, the founding of Greenfield Community College.  Though the concept of the community college had enjoyed success in many parts of the country, this was a first in Franklin County. People were heavily invested in the four year colleges and the two year business schools and… Continue reading “Greenfield Community College Changes Lives” »

The circulation desk in GCC's new library, completed as part of our core renovation project.

Core Building Connections

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Craig Ballou designs windows and trim for many buildings, and Shannon O’Connor’s magazine features articles about colleges and universities across the country. Yet, they are particularly proud of their GCC-related work. Continue reading “Core Building Connections” »

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,