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

News & announcements from May 2014

Mareike and Stephen

2014 Annual Campaign: Inspiring Hope Through Education

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The weather was the only thing that was cloudy the morning of the GCC Foundation Annual Campaign Kickoff Breakfast. Over 50 smiling faces could be seen bright and early to get the inspiration and information they need to begin their volunteer work to raise funds for students and programs at Greenfield Community College. One of… Continue reading “2014 Annual Campaign: Inspiring Hope Through Education” »

L-R, GCC alumni and panel members Noreen Woodruff '13, Elda James '75, and Chris Forgey '78

GCC alumni share career journey with students during “Coffee & Conversation”

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The GCC Student Life “Coffee & Conversation” series continued this month with Alumni Journeys, featuring a panel of GCC alums speaking with current students. The panelists spent the noon hour telling their story to students, and then holding a lively Q&A session. The three alumni each brought a different perspective to both their time at… Continue reading “GCC alumni share career journey with students during “Coffee & Conversation”” »

GCC President Robert Pura - photo by Gerald Martins

We find the most hope for change at the local level

Monday, May 12th, 2014

On January 8, 1964, in his first State of the Union Address as President, Lyndon B. Johnson, said “Unfortunately, many Americans live on the outskirts of hope.” He was talking of course about the large number of Americans living in poverty. He then declared “unconditional war on poverty.” Fifty years later poverty remains a national… Continue reading “We find the most hope for change at the local level” »


Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant gets his start at GCC

Monday, May 12th, 2014

“There’s nothing more satisfying than being that person people turn to in their hour of need,” said Major James E. Andrews II, A.A. GCC ’96, B.S. UMass ’00, M.S. Univ. of Nebraska ’06 and D.Sc. Baylor University ’11. And he credits GCC for putting him on the path to becoming that person. Continue reading “Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant gets his start at GCC” »

Music students perform in the Cohn Family Dining Commons last fall

GCC Music Program offers an innovative approach to music education

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Over the past ten years, GCC has developed a unique capacity to provide music education for students seeking to acquire the skills and vision they need to fulfill their educational, professional and life goals. Music Department Chair Matthew Shippee states, “We’re fortunate that GCC has fostered the growth of a Music Department intent on both access… Continue reading “GCC Music Program offers an innovative approach to music education” »

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.