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

News & announcements from January 2013


Thank you!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

One of GCC’s newest alumni, Sharon Santana ’12, represented GCC’s former students at the GCC 50th Anniversary celebration. The text of her moving and compelling speech is presented here. Continue reading “Thank you!” »

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50 Images from GCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The community celebrated GCC’s 50th Anniversary on November 3rd with an afternoon reunion event highlighted by an alumni speaker panel and a gala evening gathering with alumni speaker Sharon Santana ’12 and keynote address by GCC President Robert Pura. Continue reading “50 Images from GCC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” »

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

50th Anniversary Celebration Keynote Address

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

In 1947, President Truman commissioned a study of the nation’s higher education landscape. That commission made two things clear: 1) for our nation to thrive in a post-WW environment colleges within the community providing access for all needed to be created and 2) they were to be fueled by the GI Bill supporting the thousands. GCC… Continue reading “50th Anniversary Celebration Keynote Address” »

US Congressman John Olver, second from left; Tim Rice, third from right; Robert Pura, far right

GCC Celebrates Newly Dedicated Areas on Campus

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

We are pleased to have held three dedication ceremonies recognizing naming gifts since the publication of the last issue of The Catalyst. Cohn Family Dining Commons Given as a gift by Robert and Mary Cohn in honor of Arline L. and Simon L. Cohn who helped start the college 50 years ago, this light-filled gathering… Continue reading “GCC Celebrates Newly Dedicated Areas on Campus” »

Joe Ruggeri and Beth Lorenz

2013 Campaign Co-Chairs Named

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The GCC Foundation 2013 Annual Fund Campaign will be led this year by Co-Chairs Joe Ruggeri and Beth Lorenz. Beth is returning to serve after successfully leading last year’s campaign with Co-Chair Chris Forgey. Joe is a seasoned fundraiser for the Foundation and is looking forward to his new leadership role. We welcome their support! Continue reading “2013 Campaign Co-Chairs Named” »

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.