Alumni Stories 2018


Alumnus Writes New Book About Sports Legends

Christopher Daly '78

Christopher Daly '78 has written a new book drawn from his days as a newspaper sportswriter and editor. It features profiles of 10 sports legends, eight of them associated with Boston. The book is titled Hub Heroes: Revealing Profiles Of Boston Sports Legends…And More.

Boston legends featured are Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Johnny Most, Rocky Marciano, Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, and Johnny Sain.

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Alumna Earns Master's Abroad, Embarks on International Career

Melody Rolph '14

Melody Rolph '14 took her bachelor's degree in arts management and fine and performing arts abroad, where she earned her master's degree in Breigau, Germany, at the University of Freiburg's Global Studies Programme. Now she lives and works in Munich, Germany, as a community manager for InterNations, the largest international community for people who live and work abroad.

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Scientist Delivers URC Keynote Address

James Chapman '15

As an MCLA student, James Chapman '15 participated in two URCs, which helped prepare him for graduate school, by refining his presentation skills. "It's one thing to be good at what you do; it's another thing to convince other people that you're good at what you do. The URC helped out immensely."
Now he's earning his Ph.D in materials science and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is the senior graduate student in his group and the lead on two distinct research projects.

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From MCLA to a Ph.d in London

Rhea Werner '15

As a participant in one of MCLA's travel courses to Ireland, Rhea Werner traveled to the United Kingdom for the first time in 2013. The following spring, she visited England. As she explored London, she fell in love with the city, and made it her goal to attend graduate school there. Werner said MCLA prepared her well for her graduate studies. It was through a course called "Great Monuments of Art,” which she took as a sophomore, that she learned about the cultural aspects of World War II. "That propelled so much of my research, and I found a topic that I am very passionate about. Without this class, I honestly don't know if I would have continued my studies.”

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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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