THE RECORDER, Editorial, April 5, 2012 ■ The issue: A rally is scheduled at the Statehouse today in support of a plan for the community colleges. ■ Our opinion: There’s a glaring hole when it comes to this rally and the plan it supports — the 15 colleges and communities they serve. This doesn’t mean […]
GCC unveils skull of whale on display in main entrance The skull of a juvenile humpback whale, preserved from a carcass found floating off Massachusetts is now on display in the front lobby of the Greenfield Community College. Photo Credit/Paul Franz GREENFIELD — Amy St. Germain will never forget the day she spent teasing the […]
Beginning in fall 2012, Greenfield Community College plans to offer a Farm and Food Systems Liberal Arts option. The 60-61 credit advising option explores the broad field of sustainable farming and local food systems and provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of ecological, economic, political, and social systems as they relate to food and farming. […]
Kurt Albert and Klaus Bleis, tap dancers from Germany who are known as “Tap and Tray” will perform along with renowned Boston tap dancer Josh Hilberman and pianist Paul Arslanian on April 4, 12pm, at GCC’s Sloan Theater. The performance is free and open to the public. For those who are interested, a master class in […]
Police Academy training offered at special price Regular $1,100 cost is now $500 March 12 will be the first day of the new Franklin County Reserve/Intermittent Police Training Academy, thanks to the work of GCC Dean of Professional Studies Terry Lynn, President Bob Pura, Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan, Capt. Newton of Greenfield Police Dept, […]
The Franklin County Collaboration for Children and Greenfield Community College are seeking nominations for the Abigail Adams Elliot Awards for Spring 2012. These awards seek to recognize individuals working with children ages birth to five, who have made exemplary contributions to young children and their families in Franklin County. The awards are open to nominations […]
To celebrate Greenfield Community College’s 50th Anniversary (1962-2012), the 2012 Greenfield Community College Distinguished Alumni Award will be given to 37 alumni. These 37 will join the 13 Distinguished Alumni who have been honored since 2001, to make 50. The GCC Alumni Association is seeking nominations of GCC alumni who a) hold a degree from […]
When Kathleen Anderson teaches her “Creating with Polymer Clay” Community Education workshop at GCC this spring, she’ll do more than instruct students in the techniques of working with a material she compares to working with solid paint. She’ll encourage them to dream a dream and hold fast to their dreams. All of her life, Kathleen […]
Students who gather in Greenfield Community College’s newly renovated Math Studio to study or receive extra help from Math Department faculty can thank Greenfield Savings Bank for the light-filled, spacious room fitted with the latest technology to support learning. And GCC Science Department students can look forward to a similarly enhanced area that encourages collaborative […]
The Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees has elected Greenfield realtor Rob Cohn to be the new Chair of the GCC Board and Sunderland attorney Liz Sillin to be the new Vice-Chair of the Board. Cohn will fill the position of outgoing Chair Tim Farrell who served as Chair of the Board since 2009. Commenting […]
As the first semester following the completion of the Core renovation project at Greenfield Community College was underway, President Robert Pura knew it was time to complete the finishing touches of the space intended to welcome students and visitors back to the refurbished campus. Specifically, it was time to install pieces of art that speak […]
Each semester GCC recognizes students with superior academic achievement. To be included on the Dean’s List a student must be matriculated in a program and have: earned at least 12 credits at GCC; earned at least 6 college-level graded credits in the semester or during summer terms I and II combined; no incomplete grades; no […]
Greenfield Community College Offers Clinical Class for Massage Therapist Not Yet Licensed Solution will put massage school graduates to work Greenfield Community College Stillpoint Center for Advanced Education is offering a clinical class beginning in January 2012 tailored to these graduates who are just shy of state licensing requirements. Students who need more or fewer […]
Chance to pursue one’s hopes, dreams I had the opportunity to walk up the same steps at Ellis Island that my father walked as a child coming to America. It was a significant and powerful experience for me. At the top of those stairs, you enter the Great Room. To the right you see the […]
Dr. Linda McCarthy and Dr. Anne Wiley, both social science professors at GCC, had an article entitled “Crossing the Digital Divide: Using Sociopolitical Websites in Course Design” published in the latest issue of Teaching for Our Times, a journal published by Bunker Hill Community College. In the article, the professors explore strategies they use in Sociology, Psychology […]
The Tenth Annual Henry Steele Commager Lecture at Greenfield Community College on October 17 will focus on national security and human rights issues in the decade since September 11, 2001. Tina Monshipour Foster, Executive Director of the International Justice Network (IJN), will present “National Security and Human Rights under the Obama Administration” and discuss IJN’s […]
Getting a degree from the Massachusetts public higher education system is a great education and a great value, GCC students tell members of the Greenfield Community College delegation. Juliana Aprileo, a dual-enrolled student who completed her high school degree at GCC and is now taking classes in preparation for transfer to UMass Amherst, told the […]
Want to get a driver’s license and sign up for GCC classes in one easy stop? Now you can. Thanks to a new outreach effort by the Greenfield Community College Office of Admission, visitors to the Franklin County Visitor’s Center/Registry of Motor Vehicles Office near the I-91 Greenfield rotary can now learn about GCC’s programs […]
After reviewing GCC’s Emergency Medical Services Education and Training Programs in early September, Russell C. Johansen of the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services did more than renew GCC’s accreditation. Along with the certificate of accreditation, Johansen sent a letter saying “I was very impressed with your new training location, outstanding training resources, and the […]
During the upcoming Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week September 19-23, and throughout the year, each meal served in GCC’s new Dining Commons is a tasty, teachable moment about locally grown food. The September 19-23 menu features meals prepared with locally grown ingredients – including vegetables, apples, maple syrup, flour, yogurt, and more.
On Monday September 12th at 12 noon, the college community will gather at the main entrance of the new Core to reflect on the events of September 11th 2001. Reverend Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, Pastor of the Haydenville Congregational Church will lead in the reflections along with President Bob Pura. The rain location will be the GCC […]
A team of Franklin County human services organizations will present the Third Annual Community Opportunities Festival on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Greenfield Community College. The Festival’s theme of “Give. Get. Connect.” promotes awareness of services available to Franklin County residents and the extent of rewarding volunteer opportunities available […]
New Student Orientation will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Starting college marks an exciting transition in your life. At Greenfield Community College, we want you to have the best educational experience possible. Attending new student orientation is critical to getting off on the right foot. New Student Orientation will give you […]
Classes begin September 6 Don’t wait until the last minute. Complete your on-line application for admission or join us for Application Days on Wednesday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission staff will be available to help you complete your online application in order to arrange […]
Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura, on behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the college, extends an invitation to area residents from Hampshire and Franklin Counties, the North Quabbin region, Southern Vermont and New Hampshire to come and visit the beautiful space that has just opened to serve students. The renovations and addition […]
President of GCC applauds graduates’ courage By BOB DUNN Recorder Staff , Photos/Peter MacDonald GREENFIELD — Andrew R. S. Marchev challenged his 274 fellow Greenfield Community College graduates on Sunday to become part of the new leadership of the world. “What we need today are people familiar with struggle,” Marchev said before receiving a standing ovation. […]
GCC President Bob Pura with “29 Who Shine” Awardee Jake Powers Jacob Powers was nominated by GCC President Bob Pura to represent Greenfield Community College at a State House ceremony on the Grand Staircase on May 12th to honor a group of outstanding graduates of the Class of 2011. The MA Department of Higher […]
Thanks to support from the golf community at area golf courses and across the state, Greenfield Community College will be able to offer an Introduction to Golf class with up-to-date equipment. When Steve Roy planned to teach Golf at GCC this spring and summer, he found that the College’s golf equipment needed to be replaced.
The Franklin County Bar Association will observe Law Day on April 29th at Greenfield Community College, 3:00-5:00pm in GCC’s Stinchfield Lecture Hall. Law Day is a national effort to inform citizens about the importance of law and the role it plays in our everyday lives. This year’s Law Day theme, The Legacy of John Adams, […]
Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well – and honored – at Greenfield Community College. Three Greenfield Community College students received awards recognizing their entrepreneurial spirit from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. The Entrepreneurship Initiative is one of several initiatives supported by the philanthropy of Longmeadow Massachusetts resident and businessman Harold Grinspoon. GCC is one of […]
High-achieving Greenfield Community College students get more than good grades – they get honored. Each semester over 200 GCC students meet the strict eligibility requirements for GCC’s Alpha Sigma Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Phi, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Requirements include completing 12 semester hours with a GPA of 3.5 or […]
In recognition of her professional accomplishments and service to the community, Judith Roberts of Colrain will receive this year’s Greenfield Community College Distinguished Alumni Award. The Award will be presented at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 1. The Distinguished Alumni Award is given each year to the GCC alumnus or alumna who has contributed […]
For families, Adults and Outdoors Professionals Whether you’re an adult wanting to try a new outdoor sport, part of a family looking for a fun outdoor adventure, or an outdoor professional seeking to increase your rescue and search skills, Greenfield Community College is the place to be this summer. GCC’s summer credit-free outdoor adventure offerings […]
Greenfield Community College/MassArt Students accepted to Yale MFA Program Yale University’s Masters of Fine Arts Photography program accepts just nine new students each year and, this year, two of those nine students are GCC/MassArt alumni. Katie Koti started at GCC as a Dual Enrollment student while she was in high school and received an Associates […]
Between Greenfield Community College and Center for New Americans Almost one hundred residents of Franklin and Hampshire counties are further along the path to healthcare careers thanks to $200,000 of federal stimulus funds and the collaborative efforts and expertise of Greenfield Community College, the Center for New Americans (CNAM), Tripp Community Care Collaborative, and the […]
Looks to the Future Professional bodyworkers seeking to put the spark back in their careers now have a place to go for affordable, local lifelong learning. This spring, GCC’s New Stillpoint Center for Advanced Massage Education is offering courses covering functional anatomy and assessment, peer supervision, the business of bodywork practices, and other topics. The […]
Who is working on Western Massachusetts farms? Where will we grow our food? The many answers to these questions are the focus of “Things are Looking Up Down on the Farm,” a food and farms spring speakers series co-sponsored by Greenfield Community College and the Conway School of Landscape Design. The series will include presentations […]
While some Greenfield Community College faculty and students think of Spring Break as a “break” from teaching and learning, Outdoor Leadership Program Coordinator Austin Paulson and seven OLP students will use that time for an intense exercise in learning by doing. Austin and seven of this year’s 20 OLP students will travel to Ecuador from […]
Nominations due February 25 Each spring a Greenfield Community College Alum is honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. “We know that GCC changes the lives of its students forever,” says Regina E. Curtis, ’86, President of
On Monday, January 17, 50 GCC students, faculty, and staff will roll up their sleeves and help out in the community as part of the national Martin Luther King Day of Service. Volunteers will
Monique Garafano isn’t simply a student and a bookkeeper, she’s the first Greenfield Community College student to meet the rigorous standards required to become nationally certified as a Certified Bookkeeper (CB).
I was delighted to nominate Montserrat Archbald for Springfield MRF Recycler of the Year, said Amy Donovan, Program Director from the Franklin County Solid Waste District. As part of an America Recycles Day celebration, the Springfield MRF Advisory Board honored “Everyday Heroes” of western MA recycling programs at a special held at The Delaney House […]
During the recent Open Classroom Week, many GCC Faculty became students, attending classes taught by their colleagues. Spanish instructors attended Anatomy & Physiology classes, Sociologists took Math classes, Criminology instructors took Sustainable Energy classes, and more.
Greenfield Community College’s south lawn was the stage for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, attended by Congressman John W. Olver (D-Amherst), donors Don and Sherry Rice and representatives from GCC’s staff, faculty and Trustees.
On Thursday, November 4, Greenfield Community College’s Art Department will host representatives from 15 major art schools across the country as part of GCC’s annual Portfolio Day. Portfolio Day is Greenfield Community College’s major outreach event for art students. The event will be held on November 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the […]
Patricia Hanrahan, the new Director of GCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program, is enthusiastic about nursing education and GCC. Patricia taught for many years in baccalaureate and graduate level nursing education programs, and spent the past seven years as
Want to take charge of your own home-grown food? GCC’s new credit-free “Foodies of Franklin County” workshop series was created for you. On five Tuesday evenings this fall, you can learn about a wide range of local food topics: from chickens to cheese, preserving food to food safety, and growing food all year long. These […]
Greenfield Community College’s new Weatherization Installer Course is a Win-Win-Win for the community. Students who complete the course will be qualified to work as professional air sealing technicians and insulation installers, area businesses will be able to hire skilled weatherization installers, homes in the community will become healthier and more affordable, and the reduced amount […]
Greenfield Community College’s new Weatherization Installer Course is a Win-Win for the community. Students who complete the course will be qualified to work as professional air sealing technicians and insulation installers, area businesses will be able to hire
Area human services agencies organize second annual event to engage volunteers and increase awareness of the many organizations and services available to those in need GREENFIELD, MA – A group of Franklin County human services organizations today announced the Community Opportunities Festival, to be held Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. […]
Greenfield Community College (GCC) is pleased to announce that they have received a generous contribution from an anonymous donor for the college’s Dual Enrollment Program.
GREENFIELD – Since surveys show that people may only get 15 minutes of their doctor’s time during a typical visit, a group of Greenfield Community College students has compiled a list of tips for people to get the most out of their health care appointments.
GREENFIELD — Morgan Buchanan-Gauthier never feels more at peace than when he is with people he was in the Marines with. “I would say that’s true to all vets,” said Buchanan-Gauthier, 26, who was deployed to Iraq three times. “You make some really great friends in the military.”
Full-time spots for some high-schoolers remain Greenfield Community College has no money this year to help high school students who want to take a course or two at the community college, because the state has axed that funding in this year’s budget. GCC President Robert Pura said the community college works with many high schools […]
Long-awaited downtown GCC project gets $1M A planned performing arts center in downtown Greenfield has moved a step closer to reality with $1 million in federal funding approved as part of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations budget. Approval by the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee, which is chaired by Rep. John W. Olver, […]
GREENFIELD — Within two years, hospitals, community colleges, fire and police departments and libraries throughout Franklin County will be connected to the rest of the world through a high-speed Internet connection. Some of the state’s leaders joined U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke at Greenfield Community College on Thursday to tout efforts to secure funding that […]
In announcing the final figures for the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s 2010 Annual Fund Campaign today, Lee Wicks, Co-Chair from Montague, paid tribute to the fundraising efforts of the many volunteer fundraisers and donors. “Once again the community has demonstrated its commitment to GCC and to making it affordable to all who want to attend” […]
Franklin County’s already vibrant creative economy is getting a big boost thanks to Fostering Art and Culture Projects supported by federal and state funding.
Twenty-two Greenfield Community College practical nursing students will be graduating in a ceremony to be held on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds.
Members of Greenfield Community College’s class of 2010 received their education during difficult times, but each one now has the opportunity to make things better, according to college president Robert L. Pura.
For Jennie Lee Bergeron, 26, of Leverett, earning her Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts from Greenfield Community College was a moment that she will never forget because this graduation is the first that she has ever had.
GCC’s engineering program and professors were recently featured in an Inside Higher Ed article “Taking the Long View” lauding the program’s emphasis on transfer opportunities for students. Read the full article.
Abigail Adams Eliot, a Massachusetts social worker and the founder of early childhood education in the United States, would have been proud of Judith Sabola ’80, ’01 and Roni Anthony ’89. Their peers certainly are. The two GCC alumni were presented Abigail Adams Eliot Awards by the Franklin County Collaborative for Children (FCCC), a collaboration […]
The Greenfield Community College Nursing Class of 2010 in collaboration with the American Heart Association is participating in the Pioneer Valley HeartWalk on Sunday, May 16, 2010. This is a satellite walk with the Pioneer Valley walk that will take place the same morning in Springfield, MA.
Greenfield Community College celebrates its 47th class of graduates on Sunday, June 6 at 12 noon. The ceremony takes place at GCC’s Main Campus, One College Drive in Greenfield. Members of the media may contact Liz Carroll at (413) 775-1420 or email@example.com for more information.
For the 20th year, area residents, businesses, colleges, and organizations are invited to participate in the Striving and Driving for GCC Scholars Golf Tournament on May 24. The Tournament is a great opportunity to have a good time playing golf while helping people attend Greenfield Community College.
Friday May 7 at 12 noon students from the Greenfield Community College Modern Poetry and Theater classes will read “Archie’s Conway Poems” at the annual tribute presented by the Friends of the Archibald MacLeish Collection at GCC. The program will be held on the Main Campus, North Wing Room 358.
Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well – and honored – at Greenfield Community College. Four GCC students will receive awards recognizing their entrepreneurial spirit from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation (HGCF) at a banquet to be held on April 28.
2010 GCC Annual Fund Campaign Co-Chairs Lee Wicks and Michael Nelson ’01 ’03 announced that a generous friend of Greenfield Community College has offered the GCC Foundation an extraordinary opportunity to increase support to GCC. The anonymous donor will donate up to $100,000 in matching gifts to the College.
Marine veteran/GCC student Morgan Buchanan-Gauthier and Army veteran/GCC alum Don Alexander ’09 know Greenfield Community College is a supportive place for student veterans – they’ve felt that support as they transitioned from the military to life as a civilian.
GCC Health Science student Sisomphone Vongphakdy’s dream of becoming a nurse in a Boston hospital got a big boost in February when she attended the Biomedical Science Careers Program Conference at Harvard Medical School.
Greenfield Community College’s Massage Therapy Certificate (MTC) Program is beginning a transition from a credit-based certificate program to a Center for Advanced Continuing Education in Massage Therapy and Bodywork.
Greenfield Community College’s nursing and paramedic students are learning their professions on state of the art patient simulation manikins thanks to two federal grants and collaboration with other community colleges and area hospitals.
Greenfield Community College Professor Emerita Phyllis Nahman loves reading, and she passed along her passion for the written word to generations of GCC students as Professor of English and Women’s Studies from 1971 to 2002.
Sandy Thomas is Greenfield Community College’s interim Associate Dean for Community Education while Bob Barba is on sabbatical until mid-July. Thomas will oversee GCC’s extensive community education program that includes a broad range of non-credit courses and workshops, the popular Senior Symposium series, and the Pioneer Valley Institute. A key part of the Associate Dean […]
Greenfield Community College alumnus and Greenfield native Thomas W. Bean III’s 30-year engineering career has included a number of large projects and award-winning work for Verizon Communications, now he’s working on the project of a lifetime.
Last spring, Michelle Scully wasn’t thinking about going to France, she was busy studying health science at Greenfield Community College, working at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, and caring for her family. Then she checked her email and saw a message about an essay contest for Student International Travel Awards for GCC students to study […]
Students from Greenfield Community College’s Massage Therapy Certificate Program will provide free chair massages at the GCC Downtown Center and the main campus in late October and early November in recognition of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week.
The GCC Foundation Board of Directors recently presented Edward N. Tombs with the GCC Foundation Distinguished Service Award at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting. Tombs, a Greenfield resident, has been the Foundation’s Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee, Chair of the 2003 Annual Fund Campaign, and President of the Board of Directors from 2004-2006.
By MacKenzie Issler, Greenfield Recorder – GREENFIELD — When she was 16, Fiona Lowry left the high school she was attending so she could pursue her passion in trapeze art.
GCC Art Professor Paul Lindale thanks supports and patrons of the Greenfield International Video Art Festival.
Greenfield Community College invites nominations for these annual award presentations honoring both Adults and Young People who have carried on the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. in their community.
Staff and faculty at Greenfield Community College recognize that college is more than coursework and exams and know that academic advising plays a crucial role in students’ college experiences. Now, thanks to funds provided by a five year federal grant, GCC’s advising program is even more effective at helping students achieve their academic and career […]
Attorney Liz Sillin has been appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a member of the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees.
When Dori Nadolny’s GCC Spanish instructor, Amanda Damon, suggested Dori apply for one of the College’s Student International Travel Awards, Dori thought such travel was for younger students, not for a 42-year-old LPN taking prerequisites for GCC’s RN program.
What do you get when you mix historic buildings, cutting edge contemporary art, and powerful political issues? Visit downtown Greenfield on Saturday, October 10 from 2 p.m. to midnight and you’ll find out. That day, downtown Greenfield will be transformed into a temporary art district as site of the first Brick + Mortar International Video […]
Rayna Green got to meet someone that many ”foodies” from around the world consider one of their idols: Julia Child. Green, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, was part of the crew from the museum that was in charge of moving Child’s kitchen from Cambridge to the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C., in 2001. Read […]
Franklin Regional Transit Authority has announced more changes to its bus routes and schedules, which include a shuttle Greenfield Community College will pay for through Dec. 23.
Local nursing student Autumn McGuffey said her life will never be the same and it’s all because of some lepers and orphans living across the world. ”I was excited, scared, lonely and very happy for two months this summer,” said McGuffey, who traveled to India on an eight-week mission with Adventures in Missions, a religious-based […]
Greenfield Community College’s Early Childhood Education Associates Degree Program has received national recognition for the quality of its teacher education program by being accredited by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
While some people think YouTube is just a kids’ toy, Greenfield Community College’s staff and faculty know that YouTube is a powerful educational and communications tool. Now, GCC students and community members in Franklin County, as well as GCC alumni and supporters across the globe, can tune in to youtube.com/greenfieldcc to see course materials, lectures […]
With $525,000 in federal funding, Greenfield Community College could literally pump up its reputation as a renewable energy center in the region.
LEEDS — When Faranak Seihoun walked across the stage Friday afternoon during Greenfield Community College’s Practical Nursing Certificate graduation, college President Robert Pura didn’t just shake her hand, give her the certificate, and continue to the next graduate.
GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College banner will be flying across the town’s Main Street for the last two weeks in June to remind people to support the GCC Foundation’s annual campaign, “Building Bridges to Success,” which ends June 30. So far, campaigners have raised $690,000, or 82 percent, toward their goal of $840,000, which […]
GREENFIELD — Discussions have begun about renovating the Garden Cinemas to create a performing arts center downtown. Some downtown business and building owners are pitching a preliminary plan that would carve out a performance space for Greenfield Community College in the cinema building that once housed a large stage theater. Read the full story at […]
At the May 13 Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees meeting, Board Chair Tim Farrell announced the appointment of GCC alumnus and Greenfield business leader Robbie Cohn to the GCC Board of Trustees. Cohn’s will serve until March 2012.
GREENFIELD – Fees at Greenfield Community College will be increasing next year, but not as much as the college first anticipated. The board of trustees voted unanimously at a meeting on Wednesday morning to increase fees by $6 per credit next year, and for the next two years, bringing the total increase over the three […]
The career programs offered at Greenfield Community College prepare our students to enter the work force or update their skills, while credit-free workshops and seminars are offered for personal enrichment.
On May 7, 2009, Greenfield Community College’s Library will receive a 2009 Massachusetts Library Association Public Relations Award for a video commercial created to promote the library. GCC Librarian Eric Poulin and Library Co-Coordinator Ellen Carey will attend the MLA Annual Conference in Springfield, MA to accept the award. Eric Poulin developed, wrote, directed, starred […]
GCC alumni have a new way to connect with current GCC Students through the Career Alumni Mentoring Program (CAMP). CAMP, a collaborative project of the GCC Alumni Association and the GCC Career Center, provides students with an opportunity to get guidance and information from alumni in their field of interest.