Alumni Stories 2017


MASCAC Made: Men's soccer head coach

Adam Hildabrand '99 

Adam Hildabrand drives 1.3 miles from home to work every day. As the head men's soccer coach for MCLA, he is living the dream. Little did he know when he first stepped on campus in 1995 as a bright-eyed freshman, that this was the place he would call home for over 20 years. Coming out of high school, Hildabrand was recruited by then MCLA men's soccer coach Ron Shewcraft to play for the Trailblazers.

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Alumni tells the 'story' for Shakespeare & Company

Veronica Snienek '16 

Veronica Sniezek credits MCLA with helping her get her foot in the door with Shakespeare & Company: immediately after she graduated, she served a summer internship with the company in its development department, through a college internship program. There, she learned the logistics around funding a theatre organization through donors and foundations. In addition, she did research for new grants.

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Alumna's work supports teens and community

Jessica Sweeney '11 

Jessica Sweeney '11 loves to work, and that’s a good thing, because her various positions throughout Berkshire County keep her busy doing what she loves most; working with teens in community development. In August 2016, she was hired as the executive director of the Roots Teen Center, based on Eagle Street in North Adams. “MCLA 's arts management department really was a game-changer. It helped me to understand what I wanted to do, and to build this amazing network in North Adams. 

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Environmental studies alumnus teaches sustainability to farmers

David Wilfore '11 

At MCLA, Environmental studies alumnus David Wilfore '11 honed his skills as the intern responsible for the campus's first community garden. With the help of members of the community and other students on campus, Wilfore grew organic vegetables, donating a large part of the bountiful harvest to a local food bank. Now, David works as the New York State – Clinton County's district technician.

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MBA Paid For Itself In Less Than A Year

Darrell Colvin '15

As the consumer loan coordinator for Greylock Federal Credit Union, Darrell Colvin '15 wanted to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree to benefit his career trajectory. "I had reached a plateau," he said.

He decided upon MCLA, which allows students to earn the graduate degree in less than two years. That turned out to be an excellent decision.

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Shifting Career Gears

Kaitlin Hallet '10

Inspired by a teacher during her sophomore year of high school, Kaitlin Hallet '10 decided to major in English and education. But after she graduated from MCLA, she decided to do something different, and used her English and teaching skills to transition into a career in finance. Today, she's a program manager at Fidelity Investments in Boston, Mass.

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Alumnus Makes Community Involvement A Priority

Chris Hantman '14 

Through his work with the College and in his personal life, Chris Hantman '14 has long made a practice of being involved in the community in which he lives. Last summer, he took his dedication to that effort to the next level by becoming a "community action leader for North Adams." 

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Earns Master's from Harvard, Now at Dana-Farber

Alexandra Nichipor '12

After MCLA, and following a year in China to teach English, Alexandra Nichipor '12 went on to earn her master's degree from Harvard Divinity School. She recently accepted a position at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where she's a research assistant for its Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality. 

Nichipor said her MCLA professors prepared her well for Harvard by holding her to a high standard and by promoting critical thinking.

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Psychology Grad Head to Ireland for Master's

Tanelle Ciempa '16

"My freshmen year I would have never imagined that I would be accepted into a top graduate school, and that I would travel halfway across the world to attend it," Ciempa said. "If I'd gone to another undergraduate school, I don't think I would have been given the countless opportunities that MCLA has provided me with."

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