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

News & announcements from November 2013


GCC President Testifies at Massachusetts Legislative Sub-Committee on Student Loans and Debt Hearing

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Student debt has become an increasingly burdensome and complex issue for many Massachusetts students and their families. With 65 percent of Massachusetts students taking out loans to pay for college, Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for number of students carrying debt. To address this pressing issue, Representative Paul Mark (House Chair) and Senator Eileen… Continue reading “GCC President Testifies at Massachusetts Legislative Sub-Committee on Student Loans and Debt Hearing” »


Real-Life Lessons Lead to Dream Job for Meghan Billiel

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

A Criminal Justice student finds the right fit at GCC – and a dream job at a local law practice. Continue reading “Real-Life Lessons Lead to Dream Job for Meghan Billiel” »


“Be More Than Just A Graduate: Be An Alum”

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

In his remarks at the GCC Class of 2013 Graduation Rehearsal, Erik Risinger ’13 urged his fellow graduates/soon-to-be-alumni to stay connected to their college. Following are his words: “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to direct your attention for a moment to the fact that you are about to leave GCC. Which, if you’re like me,… Continue reading “”Be More Than Just A Graduate: Be An Alum”” »


Paul McCarthy’s road to a law enforcement career took many turns

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

“Those front stairs went on forever,” said Police Detective Paul McCarthy ’86 of Saugus, when asked about his memories of GCC. Detective McCarthy’s route to GCC was less typical than many of the college’s alumni, and the career that followed paved a new pathway to work in Criminal Justice. McCarthy grew up in Newton, where… Continue reading “Paul McCarthy’s road to a law enforcement career took many turns” »

GCC Awarded 2013 Leading by Example Award

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Leading by Example Awards recognize outstanding efforts among individuals, Commonwealth agencies, public higher education institutions, and municipalities that have established and implemented policies and programs resulting in significant and demonstrable energy and environmental benefits. Greenfield Community College was among 10 recipients of a… Continue reading “GCC Awarded 2013 Leading by Example Award” »

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

The GCC Experience

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

There is something transformational that begins to happen as you drive into Greenfield Community College. It is on that half mile, winding road, that one begins to feel the transition from a world of increasing individualism and isolation to one of inclusion and collaboration. The word “community” defines GCC as a college. More than a… Continue reading “The GCC Experience” »

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,