Alumni Stories 2018


Alumnus Founds, Curates Black WWII History Museum

Bruce W. Bird '85

Bruce W. Bird started getting interested in military history when he learned how to read. "And before I was a teenager, I had begun to collect various war memorabilia." But it wasn’t until Bird was 37 that he attended the former North Adams State College – now MCLA – where he enjoyed studying history. According to Bird, the College nourished and encouraged his love for and knowledge of WWII history. "I found the instruction to be good, and the professors were interesting," he said.

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Communications Alumna Takes on NYC

Shadea Blyther '16

At MCLA, Shadea Blyther was an English/communications major, with a minor in theatre. She says the College helped her to find the right career. "Throughout my four years at MCLA, I can genuinely say that I was prepared for what I want to do," she said.

Blyther recalled how one professor asked her to take two minutes to prepare to give a broadcast report from the scene of a story. "After that two-minute segment, I had 30 seconds to run and be the director. Two minutes later, I was behind the camera. I really like hands-on learning."

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Alumnus Inspires High School Students with Creative Curriculum

Ken Recore '10, M.Ed '12

As an MCLA student, Ken found that his history professors were extremely devoted to him and his success, as well as deeply invested in the content that they taught in their classes.

His college experience at MCLA included an opportunity to student teach with an "incredible mentor," who taught history at a nearby high school, and whom Ken found influential in his decision to pursue a career in education. Read more about Ken's experiences.

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