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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 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,