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MCLA Alumni Association to Hold Awards Ceremony for Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the College

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.— On Saturday, June 4, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association will hold its annual Alumni Awards Brunch to recognize distinguished alumni and friends of the College for their accomplishments. The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon at Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus, with a special session for photos of awardees from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Members of the media are welcome to attend the program, during which the following recipients will be recognized:

  • Ricardo Arroyo ’11, 2021 Vanguard Award
  • James H. Casey ’00, 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Mallory D’Aniello ’10, 2021 Outstanding Educator Award
  • Charlotte F. Degen ’73, 2020 Outstanding Service to the College Award
  • Mark J. Halloran ’77, 2020 Outstanding Educator Award
  • Robert (Bobby) Howland Jr. ’06, 2020 Community Service & Citizenship Award
  • George W. Jacobs ’83, 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Celia Norcross, 2021 Outstanding Service to the College Award
  • Kimberly Roberts-Morandi ’91, ’01, M.Ed. ’00, 2021 Outstanding Educator Award
  • Kaite Rosa ’10, 2020 Vanguard Award
  • Margaret (Meg) Skowron ’71, M.Ed. ’74, 2020 Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award
  • Darcie Sosa ’14, 2021 Community Service & Citizenship Award

This ceremony was deferred in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, so this year, many alumni will be recognized for their accomplishments, as well as their contributions to the MCLA community.

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About MCLA:

At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 127-year commitment to public education, we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For nine of the last 11 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Since the list was created, MCLA has risen to #21 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and ranks first among all Massachusetts schools, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

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