Bard School receives $500 million endowment from longtime supporter George Soros
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Bard College not too long ago introduced a $500 million endowment from philanthropist and longtime Bard supporter George Soros. This problem grant — among the many largest ever made to increased training in the USA — will facilitate and strengthen Bard’s academic and social initiatives, set up the School’s most substantial endowment, and set the stage for a $1 billion endowment drive. In response to Soros’s problem grant, Bard introduced it has raised an extra $250 million from trustees, alumni/ae, and buddies, and can elevate one other $250 million over the subsequent 5 years.
“That is essentially the most historic second for the reason that School’s founding in 1860,” stated Bard School President Leon Botstein. “When this endowment drive is full, Bard could have a $1 billion endowment, which can guarantee its pioneering mission and its educational excellence for the long run.”
Over the past 4 many years, Bard has created pioneering initiatives such because the Bard Early Colleges, the Bard Prison Initiative, and international partnerships equivalent to Al-Quds Bard and the American College of Central Asia, all of which broaden entry to increased training for underserved communities.
Soros’s help of Bard’s position as one among two founding companions of the brand new Open Society University Network, a world community of academic establishments created with the Central European University in partnership with Soros’s Open Society Foundations, has permitted the School to broaden and strengthen its community of home and worldwide partnerships.
“Bard has had an outsized influence, setting the usual in liberal arts training in prisons, in highschool age college students, and within the arts and in its worldwide work,” stated Soros.
This endowment pledge, together with Bard’s matching contributions, will endow the School’s full array of pupil monetary assist, college, and applications; allow the School to maintain its mission and to develop its worldwide profile; and start its endowment drive with $750 million.
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Bennington School welcomes new trustee Odili Donald Odita
Odita was born in Enugu, Nigeria and lives and works in Philadelphia. He’s an summary painter exploring shade each within the figurative historic context and within the sociopolitical sense. Along with normal trustee duties, Odita will serve on Bennington’s training and group life committee.
“I’m joyful to see the completion of a circle in my invitation to be a member of the Board of Trustees,” stated Odita. “It nonetheless appears like yesterday that I used to be in a position to attend Bennington as a graduate pupil in portray; to work as a drawing instructor on the Bennington July Program; and later be given the chance to talk as a visiting artist. I hope to contribute all and extra of what Bennington has given to me over these years.”
Odita’s work has been exhibited on the Baltimore Museum of Artwork, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Philadelphia Museum of Artwork, and others. On the Bennington campus, his work “Cut” will be discovered on show within the Visible and Performing Arts constructing.
Odita has been the recipient of a Penny McCall Basis grant, a Joan Mitchell Basis grant, and a Louis Consolation Tiffany grant. He has been commissioned to color large-scale wall installations by The Virginia Museum of Superb Arts; the Institute of Up to date Artwork, Miami; Ezra Stiles School at Yale College; the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, and lots of entities.
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Greylock re-elects three board members
PITTSFIELD — Colleen Holmes, John Regulation, and Peter Lopez had been re-elected to the Greylock Federal Credit Union board of administrators at its 86th annual assembly, held just about, on Tuesday, March 23.
The agenda included the election to fill three open seats. Three of Greylock’s present board members had been re-elected, together with: Holmes, president and CEO for Viability, Inc.; Regulation, a retired vice chairman for administration & finance and CFO at Berkshire Group School; and Lopez, a senior supervisor at LTI SmartGlass in Pittsfield.
Greylock additionally held a digital organizational assembly of the board of administrators on March 24 and re-appointed their earlier workplace holders: Stanley Walczyk, chair of the board; John Regulation, vice chair; Peter Lopez, secretary/monetary officer; and JamieEllen Moncecchi, assistant secretary. A recording of the annual assembly is out there on the Greylock website.
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Massachusetts Nationwide Guard to host in-person public service profession truthful
PITTSFIELD — The Massachusetts Army National Guard, in partnership with Berkshire Group School (BCC), the Pittsfield Police Division, and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Workplace, will host its first in-person career expo in additional than a 12 months on Tuesday, April 13 from 4–7 p.m. on the Massachusetts Nationwide Guard Armory, 161 Vin Hebert Blvd. in Pittsfield.
Anybody occupied with beginning or increasing a profession in public service ought to attend this occasion and meet with representatives from native police, hearth and EMS departments, and different organizations which are hiring. The National Guard Public Service Career Expo is free and open to the general public.
With most members of public service having been vaccinated, the current improve in allowable indoor capability, and the looming deadline for the subsequent Civil Service Examination, the group determined to take a step in direction of normalcy with a extra conventional occasion this 12 months. The departments and the Nationwide Guard have been extraordinarily busy the previous 12 months and are looking for new folks to assist fill their ranks.
The expo will characteristic a few of the latest tools, on show inside the massive exhibition area, and BCC can be selling their Criminal Justice and Fire Science applications. In trade for his or her service, troopers within the Massachusetts Nationwide Guard obtain 130 credit of tuition and costs paid to attend any state school, together with BCC. This occasion is a superb alternative for the general public to discover how these entities work collectively and help one another.
Face masks can be required and all state mandated COVID protocols can be in place.
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BFAIR promotes two in Medical Companies and Residential Companies
NORTH ADAMS — BFAIR not too long ago introduced the promotions of employees members Julia Phykitt and Christine Meiklejohn into roles of their respective departments.
Julia Phykitt started her profession at BFAIR as a part-time habits specialist. She was promoted to assistant director of scientific companies and not too long ago to director of scientific companies. Phykitt began her profession in human companies as a educating assistant of scholars with autism. She attended Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts, the place she obtained her bachelor’s diploma in psychology with a minor in habits evaluation. She then attended Westfield State College, the place she acquired a grasp’s diploma in utilized habits evaluation. She went on to acquire each board certification and state licensure as a habits analyst.
Christine Meiklejohn started her profession at BFAIR in 2016 as a supervisor of the group’s first residence for adults with acquired mind harm (ABI) and was promoted to ABI residential program supervisor in November 2017. Along with her main duties, Meiklejohn serves on a number of committees and in roles together with: incident evaluation, the treatment administration program, hearth security officer, strategic planning, and the range committee.