Greenfield Community College

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Events at GCC

  • 16th Annual Henry Steele Commager Lecture: Richie Davis

    Wednesday October 18 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Stinchfield Lecture Hall

    Senior writer for The Greenfield Recorder Richie Davis speaks at GCC’s 2017 Henry Steele Commager Lecture. Free and open to the public.

    The Commager Lecture series commemorates Henry Steele Commager, one of the country’s pre-eminent historians and a long-time professor at Amherst College, and focuses on themes of democracy, civil liberties, and civil rights. Commager was a strong supporter of community colleges and donated many of his books to GCC. The College used funds from the sale of the books to create the endowment that supports the lecture series and Commager’s widow, Mary Commager, serves on the committee that chooses each year’s speaker.

    Drawing from his experiences and observations, Davis’s talk will address the role of community journalism in developing a social fabric and a shared understanding, as well as the changing demands on small news-gathering organizations. He will also touch on the importance of a responsible news media and an informed and educated public in a democratic society that has become increasingly fragmented and polarized.

    About Henry Steele Commager

    Born in Pittsburg in 1902, Commager received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1928 and taught history at New York University (1926—38) and Columbia (1938— 56). In 1956, he was appointed professor at Amherst College. His writings, often in collaboration with other historians, are extensive. Among them are The Growth of the American Republic (with Samuel E. Morison), Theodore Parker, Our Nation (with Eugene C. Barker, 1941), Majority Rule and Minority Rights (1943), The American Mind (1950), Freedom, Loyalty, and Dissent (1954), and The Era of Reform (1960).

    For more on Henry Steele Commager: www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/commager.html

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    Refugee Panel

    Wednesday October 18 12:00pm-1:00pm

    C208 Community Room

    Headlines, front pages and news outlets overwhelm us with story after story about the worldwide refugee crisis. Join local experts and refugees to learn more about the process of resettlement in the United States and the local communities of refugees in Western Massachusetts. Bring your questions and your curiosity!

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    Alcohol & Drug Awareness Fact Day

    Thursday October 19 11:30am-1:00pm

    East Building Lobby

    Stop by and meet representatives from the Recover Project. The Recover Project is one of ten recovery support centers funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services in Massachusetts. Their mission is to provide trauma informed supports based on the guiding principles that people can and do recover from alcohol and drug addiction and that competence and wisdom reside in those with lived experience. The Wellness Center Learning Support Counselor will be joining the Recover Project and will have a variety of helpful information and resources related to alcohol and drug awareness available.

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    Punishment in the Early American Republic

    Thursday October 19 2:00pm-4:00pm

    GCC Downtown

    Part of our Senior Symposia program for people over 50. All workshops are $10. Online registration available!

    The penitentiary system in early 18th century America exploited racial ideologies, gender norms, and antipathy towards the poor to justify its existence and expansion. The first of the early penitentiaries was founded in Philadelphia in 1790 and functioned as a way to regulate the poor, especially poor women, indentured servants and African Americans, who attempted to lay claim to the new nation’s promise of liberty. Criminal convictions were harsh on those charged with violating vagrancy laws, minor theft, or disorderly conduct. In this pattern, we see a precursor to the dramatic growth of the U.S. prison system in the last forty years. Jen Manion is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College and author of Liberty’s Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (2015), which received the 2016 Mary Kelley Best Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Manion received a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University. She is co-editor of Taking Back the Academy: History of Activism, History as Activism (2004).

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    Medicine in Franklin County: 1750 to 1850

    Thursday October 19 7:00pm-8:00pm

    Stinchfield Lecture Hall

    Dr. Paul Berman provides an overview of the types of medical care that would have been available in Franklin County between 1750 to 1850. The program will explore the theory of disease, therapeutics, alternative medicine, medical education, followed by an introduction to the physicians who practiced during these years, their backgrounds, libraries and way of life. Free and open to the public. 

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    Gary LaCoste: Digital Design

    Friday October 20 10:00am-12:00pm

    S104

    For the past 15 years Gary LaCoste has been an entrepreneur and professional illustrator, happily collaborating with clients to create his unique illustrations for books, magazines, and all types of publishing. Gary works with clients all over the country from his studio in Ware, MA. He is an avid sketchbook artist and uses his sketches to inform his illustrations. He is a graduate of GCC’s Art Department. Gary will be visiting the Digital Design class to speak about his creative process, his career, and answer student questions. All are welcome—come learn about this talented entrepreneur!

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    Friday Film Series: The Immigration Paradox

    Friday October 20 12:00pm-2:00pm

    C208 Community Room

    The Immigration Paradox takes a critical and in-depth look at one of the most divisive issues in human global history—immigration. After encountering an immigrant crossing the Arizona desert, Emmy Award Winner and Filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez set out to understand why people would risk their lives to come to the U.S. Her quest takes a shocking twist when she musters enough courage to cross the line at a protest and has an encounter with whom she believed was her enemy.

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    GCC Chorus: Favorite and New Choral Music

    Friday October 20 12:15pm-12:45pm

    S358 Music Room

    GCC Chorus presents a preview of our fall concert with music from the Baroque to the present, including “Choose Something Like a Star” from Frostiana by Randall Thompson. Margery Heins, Conductor, with Marilyn Berthelette, accompanist, and soloists from the chorus.

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    Food Bank Volunteer Trip

    Friday October 20 1:00pm-4:00pm

    Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

    Join GCC students for an afternoon of volunteering at our local food bank in Hatfield. Transportation will be provided to and from GCC.

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    GCC Day at Mike's Maze

    Saturday October 21 11:00am-5:00pm

    Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm

    Come to hang out or help out! The GCC Foundation will be staffing the stations hidden within the fabulous “Greetings from Earth” corn maze and giving out candy to maze-goers. Email us to volunteer for a two-hour shift (11-1, 1-3 or 3-5) or come by with your family and friends to enjoy the maze while helping raise money for GCC students! Mike’s Maze will donate $2 to the GCC Foundation for every ticket sold that day. All volunteers get free admission to the maze!

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    Film Screening: My Depression

    Monday October 23 12:00pm-1:00pm

    C423 Wellness Center

    Did your know that numerous research studies suggest that between a quarter and a third of students meet criteria for anxiety or depressive illness during their college experience? The Wellness Center/Counseling Services marks Depression Awareness Month by showing the HBO documentary My Depression, a critically-acclaimed half-hour film based on Elizabeth Swados’ personal story of her lifelong struggle with depression. Elizabeth—a successful Broadway composer, writer and director—uses her talents of music and storytelling to share her story and help others who may be struggling with emotional health conditions like depression. The documentary will be followed by short panel discussion and an opportunity for questions.

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    Pizza with the Prez

    Monday October 23 12:00pm-1:00pm

    C201 President’s Conference Room

    What’s on your mind? Stop by for a free lunch and conversation with GCC President Bob Pura.

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    Depression & Anxiety Screening

    Tuesday October 24 12:00pm-2:00pm

    East Building Lobby

    Clinicians from both Clinical Support Options and ServiceNet offer interested GCC students a short/depression/anxiety screening. This screening does not take the place of a professional diagnosis. Clinicians will be available to students who have any questions or concerns.

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    Paint Nite Fundraiser

    Tuesday October 24 6:00pm-8:30pm

    GCC Downtown

    Recreate a painting while enjoying a glass of wine with friends and supporting GCC students! A local artist provides step-by-step instruction in this workshop, so you can take home a piece of art created by you! $45 admission includes all supplies and snacks. Cash wine bar. All proceeds benefit the GCC Foundation. Register online at https://www.paintnite.com/events/_1207524.

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    Depression & Anxiety Screening

    Wednesday October 25 12:00pm-2:00pm

    Core Lobby

    Clinicians from both Clinical Support Options and ServiceNet offer interested GCC students a short/depression/anxiety screening. This screening does not take the place of a professional diagnosis. Clinicians will be available to students who have any questions or concerns.

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    Immigration: An Update

    Wednesday October 25 12:00pm-1:00pm

    C208 Community Room

    Former GCC professor and civil rights attorney Buz Eisenberg provides an update on legal issues as they relate to immigration.

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    Katie Taccone: The Business of Animation

    Friday October 27 10:30am-12:00pm

    S104

    Katie Taccone is the co-founder and a creative developer at Open Pixel Studios, a new animation studio here in the Pioneer Valley that creates stunning animation for film, TV, and games. They specialize in “explainer videos” that creatively tell a client’s story through animation and sound. Open Pixel serves clients nationwide.

    Katie is always ready to share her passion for animation and the industry with others and will be visiting the Digital Design class to speak about her growing business, her career, and answer student questions. All are welcome—come learn about this creative, local business!

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    Halloween Party

    Monday October 30 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Core Patio

    Join us for our annual Halloween party! Henna tattoos, photos, tarot & oracle card readings, free food & Halloween cupcakes, GCC Dance Department performance & costume contest. Baystate Blood Mobile will provide all blood donors with a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card. Participate in the “ride the slide” competition to benefit the food pantry by bringing a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item.

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    In Our Own Voices: Quitting Smoking

    Wednesday November 1 12:00pm-1:00pm

    C208 Community Room

    In Our Own Voices is a regular panel series that provides an opportunity to hear from individuals in our community about their journeys to and at GCC. This month, hear the stories of GCC students, faculty and staff who have successfully stopped using tobacco. Space for questions and dialogue, and refreshments provided.

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    Invasives Pull Party

    Wednesday November 1 12:00pm-1:00pm

    Permaculture Garden

    Join the Green Campus Committee at GCC’s semestral Invasives Pull Party! Invasive species are everywhere and can harm native ecosystems if left unchecked. Come dressed to work and help us pull invasives we find around campus, then enjoy a seasonal snack afterward. Please bring work gloves—all other necessary tools provided.

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  • College Visit: Elms @ GCC

    Tuesday October 17 10:00am-1:00pm

    Core Lobby

    Did you know? Elms College offers bachelor's degree completion programs right here at GCC! If you have your associate degree, you can continue on to a four-year program right here on campus. Programs offered include Business Management and Marketing, Early Childhood Education and Care, Social Work, and Nursing. Everyone is invited to stop by a scheduled information session, or contact Elms Program Coordinator Tom Spiro at spirot@elms.edu any time.

    Recovery Meeting

    Tuesday October 17 12:00pm-1:00pm

    E101 Community Support Studio

    Support meeting for individuals in recovery every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesday and Wednesday are "All Recovery" meetings, Thursday is Refuge Recovery.

    Campus Tour

    Tuesday October 17 3:00pm-4:30pm

    C103 Office of Admission

    The best way to learn about GCC is to experience it in person. Campus tours are a great place to start and are offered regularly when school is in session. RSVP to let us know if you're coming, then get to know GCC! See the Admissions Office for a complete list of upcoming dates.

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    • If you are bringing additional guests with you or require special accommodations, please let us know

     

    • Tuesday October 31Advising Day – no day or evening classes

      Current students meet with advisors to register for the spring term.

    • Tuesday October 31Early Progress Reports due by 2pm
    • Tuesday October 31Priority registration for current students begins

      Course schedule available online two weeks prior.

    • Wednesday November 8Follow Friday’s schedule for day classes, follow Wednesday’s schedule for evening classes
    • Friday November 10Veteran’s Day (observed) – no day classes, evening classes meet as scheduled
    • Monday November 13Registration for new students begins
    • Tuesday November 14Last day to drop/withdraw with a grade of “W”
    • Wednesday November 22No evening classes
    • Thursday November 23Thanksgiving Recess – no day or evening classes
    • Friday November 24Thanksgiving Recess – no day or evening classes
    • Friday December 1Applications for January graduation due in Enrollment Services

      Graduation applications can be downloaded and printed at the Registrar’s Office website. Forms must be completed in ink and returned to Enrollment Services (C103) no later than this date. You must complete an application for graduation whether or not you intend to participate in Commencement.

    • Thursday December 14Last day of evening classes
    • Monday December 18Final exams for evening classes
    • Monday December 18Last day of day classes
    • Tuesday December 19Final exams for day classes
    • Tuesday December 19Final exams for evening classes
    • Wednesday December 20Final exams for day classes
    • Wednesday December 20Final exams for evening classes
    • Thursday December 21Final exams for day classes
    • Thursday December 21Final exams for evening classes
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