New scholarship named for Phyllis Rubin Nahman

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February 10, 2010
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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 joins GCC’s Office of Community Education

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January 22, 2010
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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 […]

GCC travel award opens doors for Michelle Scully

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October 28, 2009
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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 […]

Edward N. Tombs receives GCC Foundation Distinguished Service Award

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October 22, 2009
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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.

Advising matters: Title III grant helps GCC focus on academic advising

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October 9, 2009
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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 […]

GCC travel award immerses Dori Nadlony in a new world

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September 25, 2009
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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.

Nursing student spends summer working with lepers and orphans

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September 16, 2009
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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 […]

GCC joins YouTube

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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 […]

GCC celebrates 10,000th graduate

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July 7, 2009
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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.

GCC Foundation looks to matching plan for fundraiser

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June 11, 2009
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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 […]

Performance center waiting in the wings? GCC considers partnership in the development of the Garden Theater

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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 […]

GCC fee hike less than expected

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May 14, 2009
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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 […]

Health care courses a strength at GCC

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May 11, 2009
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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.

GCC Library wins Massachusetts Library Association Public Relations Award

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May 7, 2009
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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 […]

Alumni give back to students through new career mentoring initiative

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April 30, 2009
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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.

GCC recognizes National Teacher Appreciation Week

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National Teacher Appreciation week is scheduled from May 3-9. “Great Teachers Make Great Schools,” is the theme for the celebration highlighting the crucial role teachers play to ensure that every person receives a quality education and conveys their hard work to make schools great for every student.

TV to a degree: GCC’s video collection makes online learning possible

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March 13, 2009
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There are hundreds of compelling videos archived at Greenfield Community College that educators and students can access inVHS or DVD format or download from the college’s media server for use in an on-line or hybrid class. The list is growing each semester thanks to the college’s state-of-theart robotic camera technology in the Educational Technology Center, […]

GCC grad Harrison Fox helps brew a new product

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When people at the Natural Products Expo West in California next month see a bottle of Fogbuster Coffee House Ale, they’ll be looking at the work of a Greenfield Community College student. GCC Business student Harrison Fox designed the label for Fogbuster Ale that will be on display with other fair-trade certified products at the […]

“Truth in Film” art exhibit continues at South Gallery through March 5th

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February 27, 2009
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The vigorous, dynamic art exhibit “Cinema Verite” (“Truth in Film”) by longtime Greenfield Community College professor Budge Hyde will continue to engage and challenge viewers through Thursday, March 5th at the South Gallery on the main campus. Hyde, who has a painting studio in Greenfield and in New York City, has exhibited at several galleries […]

GCC launches financial & computer literacy program in the North Quabbin Region

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February 23, 2009
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Greenfield Community College is pleased to announce that it will begin offering subsidized credit and non-credit courses in financial and computer literacy on site at the Athol-Royalston Regional High School this spring. “The North Quabbin region is an important component of GCC’s service area and we are very thankful to the Town of Athol and […]

Franklin County Public Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association donates books to GCC students

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February 20, 2009
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The Franklin County Public Hospital School of Nursing’s Alumnae Association donated preparatory books to the seniors of Greenfield Community College Nursing Program Tuesday, February 17 at a ceremony that took place at the conclusion of a two-hour Medical Surgical II class in the main room of the GCC Downtown Center.  The gifts are copies of […]

GCC grant funds marketing plan for Franklin County artists

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February 18, 2009
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GREENFIELD – The Fostering the Arts and Culture in Franklin County initiative has identified five geographical “hubs” that are to get their own plans for boosting their creative economies. Basically, the goal is for artists and artisans to become better business people. “Franklin County is fantastic, and it’s time for the rest of the world […]

GCC art professor Tom Young honored for photography

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February 13, 2009
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Imagine viewing over 3,000 photographs, with no indication of who created them, and selecting just a few to recognize for their excellence. That’s what a jury of photography experts did to award GCC Art Professor Tom Young a Massachusetts State Artist Fellowship in photography. Now, imagine that over the past 25 years, different juries have […]

GCC club honored for being part of the solution

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The purpose of the Human Service Club at Greenfield Community College is to find what is missing and get it, whether it is raising awareness about domestic violence, giving children toys, collecting donations for the region’s food pantry or hosting a fund drive to help people pay for heat. The impact is that people’s hardships […]

GCC Alumni Association builds community with AlumNet

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January 23, 2009
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Wish you could find that guy who was such a whiz in your GCC marketing classes to help you promote your new business? Want to re-connect with friends from long-ago GCC nursing classes? Moving to another state and hoping to find outdoor trip buddies like the folks you knew in the Outdoor Leadership Program? Check […]

Walking the talk in muddy boots: GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program

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When Beth Sayers ‘01 says she “stands on strong shoulders” and has “muddy boots,” she’s not talking about physically climbing on an outdoor challenge course or the cleanliness of her gear. As a new fulltime faculty member in GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP), Beth means that she reaps the benefits of working in an almost […]

Greenfield Community College to join statewide effort to diversify participation in information technology

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January 12, 2009
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AMHERST, Mass. – Greenfield Community College has been awarded grant funding as part of a project to bring more women and underrepresented minorities into information technology (IT) and computing education and careers throughout Massachusetts. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $1.9 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to extend the Commonwealth […]

GCC students offer marketing tips to local businesses

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January 8, 2009
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GREENFIELD – Leaders at Indoor Action Sports and the Greening Greenfield Committee are mulling recommendations from Greenfield Community College marketing students on how to reach more people. For the students, their proposals constituted a final examination, and they passed, said Kathleen M. Vranos, assistant professor of marketing.  Read the full story at The Republican. //

Winnick Papers expand MacLeish Collection

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December 9, 2008
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The Greenfield Community College Foundation has announced that its Archibald MacLeish Collection has received a significant donation of MacLeish-related materials from R. H. Winnick, who worked closely with MacLeish, his family, friends and former colleagues over several years on an authorized MacLeish biography and who also produced an annotated edition of MacLeish’s letters, Letters of […]

The challenge and beyond: Cuts won’t deter GCC from commitments

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November 20, 2008
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Words from Robert L. Pura, PhD., President, Greenfield Community College As you know, Governor Deval Patrick was forced to make significant cuts to the Commonwealth’s budget.  Every indication is that this current economic downturn will have impact in the state for years to come.  In this My-Turn I will communicate how GCC is responding to […]

GCC combo: Money saved and Earth restored

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November 17, 2008
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Al Gore’s 1992 best seller, Earth in the Balance, along with his 2007 Oscar-winning bravura PowerPoint Presentation on how perilously close the planet is to irrevocable manmade environmental disaster “An Inconvenient Truth,” awakened the nation to the dangers of being at the mercy of limited energy resources.

GCC and MassArt exhibit features photography and abstract painting

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November 13, 2008
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Where in Franklin County does abstract painting stretch its limits and photography meet sculpture? From now until November 20, the South Gallery on GCC’s main campus houses an exhibit of works-in-progress by MassArt students enrolled in advanced-level college art courses offered through GCC’s special collaboration with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt).

GED program a stepping stone for college students

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November 6, 2008
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Every year Jean Boucias helps hundreds of people work toward their GED (General Educational Development) certificate and she knows there is a unique story of struggle and admirable perseverance behind every student. “Every story is powerful to me,” says Boucias, coordinator of GED testing at the college.

GCC partners with solar project to teach sustainability

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October 20, 2008
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MONTAGUE – There was a time, not too long ago, when solar power was a big question mark in the Northeast. “Can you do it in New England?” John Walsh, the project administrator for Western Massachusetts Electric Co., asked a gathering of homebuilders and energy company representatives here recently. “In December, we don’t see a […]

GCC students participate in fuel assistance drive

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October 17, 2008
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GREENFIELD – The Human Services Club at Greenfield Community College has been holding a fuel assistance drive on campus this week. The funds raised will go to Community Action, the local group that helps households with low incomes by paying a portion of their home heating costs.  Read the full story at ABC40.com.

Will your building take care of you? GCC Foundation speaker says buildings should be self-sustaining

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October 3, 2008
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Alex Wilson, keynote speaker at Thursday night’s Greenfield Community College Foundation annual meeting, offered an admittedly scary message to the crowd of about 125 people at Bill’s Restaurant in Greenfield. It was a message about the fragility of our energy infrastructure and the unsettling realities of global climate change. The latter, he said, threatens the […]

GCC alum wins National Science Foundation competition

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October 1, 2008
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Colleen Champ came to Greenfield Community College in the Fall of 2006 to explore options in computer imaging. Already an accomplished medical and scientific illustrator, she sought help and guidance to bring her skills into the digital age. The immediate solution was to enroll in GCC’s ART 161, Introduction to the Electronic Studio.  ART 161 […]

GCC student brings home language, life-saving skills from abroad

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September 25, 2008
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In an emergency, communication is the difference between life and death. For Samuel Hudnall, an EMT and firefighter, using charades is not an option. The Greenfield Community College student and 29-year-old father of two was moved to learn first responder skills when his children were born.

GCC Library does what “wimpy internet” can’t

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September 24, 2008
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Think libraries are dark rooms with stern librarians guarding dusty books, where research is done by mad scientists, and Google’s the place to find information? Check out the GCC Library’s new video “commercial” on YouTube (available on the Library website at www.gcc.mass.edu/library). Starring a GCC student stressed by a class assignment and librarians “on a […]

GCC to sign up new voters

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September 23, 2008
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We need change, is the phrase that 20-year-old Simeon Paresky says he hears his classmates and peers saying on the community college campus about the upcoming presidential election. But, while discussing the election with a small group on campus, he said, ”If you want change, you need to go vote.”  Read the full story at […]

Program by and for senior citizens announces its fall 2008 lineup

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September 22, 2008
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The Office of Community Education at Greenfield Community College and the Senior Symposia Program announce their Fall 2008 slate of offerings for people 50 and over, taught by some of the area’s most talented and accomplished instructors and offered at the College’s convenient Downtown Center location at 270 Main Street. Symposia get under way in […]

Greenfield Community College to get a facelift

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September 17, 2008
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GREENFIELD – The main entrance to the main building at Greenfield Community College will be revamped under a state-funded project. “The stairs will be gone,” Robert L. Pura, president of the college, said on Monday. Currently, those in wheelchairs or pushing carriages get into the elevated building through a north side elevator, then negotiate hallways […]

GCC professor receives honor for e-learning

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September 12, 2008
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Dr. Anne Wiley of Gill, a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Greenfield Community College, was recently recognized as an “e-learning pioneer” at the fifth annual Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) E-Learning Conference held at Middlesex Community College in Lowell.  Her online course, “Introduction to Psychology,” was selected from more than 1400 courses offered through […]

Dual enrollment program targets drop-out rate

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September 10, 2008
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MONTAGUE – Greenfield Community College officials gave an overview of its dual enrollment/drop-out prevention program to the Gill-Montague Regional School District School Committee Tuesday in hopes it can be implemented in January.  Read the full story at The Springfield Republican.

GCC community participates in county fair parade

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The GCC contingent in the Franklin County Fair Parade enjoyed great company and great weather as they marched in the 2008 Franklin County Fair Parade. The group was lead by GCC President Robert Pura, who waved at parade watchers lining the three mile route as he carried the Greenfield Community College banner with Dean of […]

Lightlife Foods and GCC join forces for scholarship fund

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July 24, 2008
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The Lightlife Foods booth at the Green River Festival had a new mission – all of the proceeds from their sales were donated to the Gretchen S. Watson Scholarship Fund. Lightlife Foods served up a healthy vegetarian option for festival-goers at their concession stand, staffed by Gretchen’s daughter and Lightlife employee, Sophie Gardner, and other […]

$25K grant from Promise of Nursing Program awarded to GCC

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July 10, 2008
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Greenfield Community College is pleased to announce that it has received funding in the amount of $25,000 from the Foundation of National Student Nurses’ Association, Inc. Promise of Nursing Program. The funds will be used to develop and implement a recruitment effort directed at licensed practical nurses that are eligible to enroll directly into the […]

GCC Board of Trustees approves new Vision and Mission Statement

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July 7, 2008
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The Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees has endorsed the revised GCC Vision and Mission Statement. The new statement about GCC, which was adopted by unanimous vote of the College Assembly in May, is in many ways a reflection of the college’s past, as well as an intended, explicit and purposeful guide for its future.

GCC graduate Emily Asenath-Smith wins NSF fellowship

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June 25, 2008
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Emily Asenath-Smith, a Greenfield Community College alumnae who recently graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in ceramic engineering at Alfred University in New York, a school well known for its ceramics arts and technology programs.

Picture perfect: Photography class puts on an exhibit as its final project

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December 13, 2007
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Instead of writing a research paper at the end of the semester, students from Greenfield Community College’s History of Photography class were asked to make a little local art history themselves. The students were given the task of designing and curating their own photography exhibition using all their talents including photography, writing, communications and design.

A lesson in history

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November 29, 2007
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The advantages of working for a college is that you always have the advice of experts at hand. That’s what Jan Ross, administrative assistant to the associate dean of Humanities at Greenfield Community College found out when she began to research the 300th Combat Engineers.

Teaching at a new level: SMART Board technology helps teachers give students more learning options

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In the beginning, there were chalk boards. They were efficient and easy to write on, but accidental scratching caused acute “skin crawling” reactions in students and there was much sneezing when it came time to dust the erasers. Next, there was the white board, a glossy board you could use a marker on. Unfortunately, this […]

Building better business in downtown Greenfield

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November 14, 2007
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The question of what the future will bring for Greenfield’s downtown is a question on the minds of everyone from residents to business owners and local politicians. That’s why on Thursday, November 15 the Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) is hosting a community forum on the revitalization of downtown and beyond at Greenfield Community College’s downtown […]

GCC celebrates the culture of culture October 22-26

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October 19, 2007
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If you think culture is just something you experience at the opera or an art museum, Greenfield Community College plans to challenge your view. On the week of Oct. 22, GCC will host a series of performances, demonstrations and talks about the myriad cultures represented at GCC and throughout the Pioneer Valley. 

New grant brings GCC’s “green” courses to local high schools

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October 11, 2007
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Greenfield Community College has received a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to train local high school teachers how to go green in their classes. The grant will fund stipends and supplies costs for teachers from four local schools to take courses at GCC that teach renewable energy technology techniques and theories.

GED graduates walk with pride

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Shelley Drescher never thought too much about having dropped out of high school. It was just how her life had gone – she dropped out while she was living in New Jersey, had children young and was just getting on with the business of living life. Then, last fall her son started third grade.

Financial audit gives high marks to GCC

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The annual financial audit for Greenfield Community College found there were no problems in its financial management. The auditing company presented its findings to the GCC Board of Trustees at its meeting Wednesday morning. This year, a higher standard of scrutiny was required by law when examining a school’s finances, so to find nothing wrong […]

GCC expands access to Senior Symposia

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Many colleges and community colleges offer special sections of their classes just for seniors. But Greenfield Community College takes that idea further and offers classes designed by and for seniors through its Senior Symposia.

Massachusetts Cultural Council Honors GCC art professor

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October 4, 2007
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Greenfield Community College art professor and photographer Tom Young has been awarded a 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship. This is an honor anyone would be proud of but, this is not the first time he has received one of these prestigious and competitive financial awards — it’s his fifth over the past 25 years.

GCC and Greenfield High School team up

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September 25, 2007
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This fall, Greenfield High School student Brianna Grover, 17, will be attending classes, doing homework and interacting with her classmates just like her peers in the rest of the senior class, but with one big difference. Grover will be doing all that at Greenfield Community College.

Parent network to begin at GCC

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Many students at Greenfield Community College face challenges that most average students at four-year colleges aren’t as likely to face. Some work full-time jobs, others have been out of school for a while and haven’t been in the practice of studying and attending classes. Others have families they are taking care of and some are […]

New book by GCC professor helps students learn grammar

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September 24, 2007
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Carolyn McLellan has been helping students at Greenfield Community College get up to speed in their English skills since she started working there in 1972. When she was first hired, she was taught a special way to teach grammar and through the years she adapted the method to her own style for her students. She […]

Summer jobs bring fun for GCC students

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For some students, summer is a time to kick back and relax in the Great Outdoors. For two Greenfield Community College students, this summer was about putting in a full day’s work in the Great Outdoors. GCC students Sarah Mildren, 25, of Turners Falls and Kate Marquis, 26, of Amherst spent the summer working as […]

GCC dedicates Peace Pole, celebrates International Day of Peace

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September 19, 2007
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Students at Greenfield Community College are known for being active in their community and concerned for the greater world around them. Over the years, students have shown their desire for peace and in recent years, have been holding regular peace vigils at the labyrinth outside the east building. Now, the college has a visual reminder […]