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Williams Appoints Directors of Financial Aid, Admission
02:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has appointed Ashley Bianchi as the director of financial aid and Sulgi Lim as the director of admission.

Bianchi is currently the director of financial aid at Lafayette College and previously worked at Rhodes College and the College of Charleston. Lim currently serves as the deputy director of admission at Williams College, where she has been a member of the college's admission team since 2007.

"I am thrilled about Ashley and Sulgi's appointments," said Elizabeth Creighton, dean of admission and financial aid. "They are tremendously talented, collaborative leaders who care deeply about supporting students and their

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Darrow School Names Top Students for Class of 2018
02:12PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Darrow School has named Mira Sneirson, of Savannah, Ga., as valedictorian, and Samuel LaPell of East Nassau and Will Peltz Smalley of Albany, as co-salutatorians of the class of 2018.    These students have earned Darrow's top academic honors, and will be recognized at the baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, June 1, and at the 86th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2.   "Mira, Sam, and Will represent the best of what students can accomplish at Darrow," said Head of School Simon Holzapfel in announcing the selections. "They are more than just proficient scholars, they are also exemplary artists, athletes, performers, and

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Calendar Finally Taking Shape for Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee voted Thursday to approve a Sept. 6 start for classes in Grades 1 through 12.   The committee still does not have a full calendar to approve as the district continues negotiations with its union personnel, but Superintendent Kimberley Grady said she had been able to at least nail down the first day of school in order to give the district's families some certainty about when children will be returning to the classroom.   With a Sept. 6 start date, the final day of school — barring snow days — would be June 18, 2019.   With the inclusion of five potential snow days, the

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College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   in Milton awarded degrees on Sunday, May 20, to the following

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MCLA Announces Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition Awards
08:38PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, presented by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

The recipients, all of whom recently were recognized at an MCLA ceremony, are Deborah Hartwig (Early Childhood – Community Setting), a Head Start teacher at Berkshire Head Start in Adams; April Mazzeo (Pre-K-Grade 2), a first-grade teacher at Hoosac Valley Elementary School in the Adams-Cheshire School District; Kimberly Comier (Grades 3-6), a

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Twenty Williams Students, Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants
08:21PM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eighteen Williams College students and two graduates have been offered Fulbright grants for 2018-19, matching the college's record set last year for the number of Fulbright recipients in one year.

Six of the honorees will receive one-year grants to study or conduct research in their academic fields, and 14 will receive English Teaching Assistantships for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. 

All Fulbrighters work, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional

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Williamstown Elementary School Honors Library Volunteer, Patron
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Peter Mehlin is depicted reading a book to a child on a park bench in the mural. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Peter Mehlin has been impacting children’s lives as long as the current Williamstown Elementary School has been educating the town’s youngsters.   Now Mehlin’s impact will be remembered for as long as there is a Williamstown Elementary School.   At Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, the longtime volunteer and library patron was recognized with a mural adorning the wall in one of the library’s reading areas.   Librarian Susan Lynch told the committee that Mehlin was recruited to work at the school in 2002 by former

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New Ashford Town Meeting OKs School Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:28PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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  NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — Throughout the winter and spring, the school budget has been a sticky issue.   On Tuesday night, it was decided with sticky notes.   On consecutive paper ballot votes, town meeting voted by a 35-31 margin to keep the school line item in the town budget at the level recommended by the School Committee and, by a 13-vote margin, approved the total $870,054.61 spending plan.   Sixty-nine residents — or 35 percent of the town's 196 registered voters — crammed the Town Hall meeting room to do the town's business.   The most discussed item of business: whether to pay an increased tuition rate to send the

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the nation's technical education agenda, the Career and Technical Education

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
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Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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