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MCLA Community Members Recognized at North Adams Neighborly Awards

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) recognized several in MCLA’s campus community during its annual Neighborlies awards ceremony on Nov. 17. These MCLA community members, also members of the greater North Adams community, have been recognized for performing acts of kindness, supporting their families and communities, taking the lead on different initiatives, and otherwise making a positive difference in their lives, neighborhoods, or community:


  • Barbara Baker, TRiO Student Services Support Program Director
  • Sergeant Justin Biasin, MCLA Campus Safety
  • Miles Cigal, MCLA Student
  • Christopher Hantman, Coordinator of Civic Engagement and Advisor to Student Government
  • Hellen Hogge, MCLA Student
  • Officer Khalil Paul, MCLA Campus Safety
  • Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Kaylea Nocher, MCLA Student


The Neighborlies ceremony also included a welcome by MCLA Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Gina Puc. Each awardee received a certificate of appreciation presented by nbCC Executive Director Amber Besaw, followed by a picture taken with North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard.


“MCLA is known for its community spirit, which extends into the city of North Adams,” said Puc. “I’m proud to see our own community members, including current students, receive awards for going above and beyond in their contributions to our city and its residents.”


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 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 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, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


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