News and Events

Keep up with Five College announcements and events.

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Brennan serving as FCI's Interim Director of IT and Enterprise Initiatives

With the January 31 departure of Maria Toyofuku as Five College’s Director of IT and Enterprise Initiatives, Tom Brennan has assumed the role of interim director.

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PVTA to provide full bus service for spring '23

Students and employees at Five College campuses will see a continuation of bus service on all regular routes during the spring 2023 semester, with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) resuming its 39 bus route between Hampshire and Smith.

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Five College bus schedules for final exams announced

Five College bus service will continue through the end of final exams, with some interruptions between the end of classes and start of exams. 

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Five College Campuses Collaborating to Offer a Jobs Fair

The Five College Jobs Fair, taking place from 2pm to 5 pm on October 6 at 400 Venture Way in Hadley, will feature high-priority openings in a wide variety of departments. Attendees will be able to talk with campus representatives and apply for positions on the spot. Refreshments will be available and gift bags of campus souvenirs will be raffled off to attendees. 

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FOLIO rolls out to the Five College Libraries Consortium

The Five College Consortium announces the adoption of FOLIO, an open-source library services platform, which will begin operation throughout the Five College libraries later this month.  The Five College campus libraries are among the first set of FOLIO adopters—and adapters. 

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Something for Everyone: Publishing Day Announced for Five College Faculty

Five College Publishing Day 2022, a launch event for collaborative publishing programming among neighboring academic institutions, will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, May 17 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  The event is free and open to all Five College faculty and aims to foster connections among attending editors and authors.

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Five Colleges announces end-of-semester bus schedules

Five Colleges and PVTA have developed bus schedules to continue service among the campuses through the end of classes, and during final exams

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Consortium working to maintain current levels of bus service among the campuses for fall 2022

April 8, 2022: Five Colleges is working to maintain the current levels of bus service among the Five College campuses for fall, 2022. Service on the 38 route from UMass to Mount Holyoke College, with stops and Amherst and Hampshire Colleges, is expected to remain at current levels, as is service on the B43 from Smith College to UMass and Amherst. 

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Center for World Languages celebrates 30 years of less-commonly taught language instruction

The slogan of the Five College Center for World Languages is “meet the world on its own terms,” and by offering instruction in more than 60 less-commonly taught languages, the Center is working hard to help its students do just that. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Center for World Languages was founded in 1991 to complement the existing language programs of the consortium campuses--Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Five Colleges Awarded $1.6 Million Faculty Development Grant

Five Colleges has been awarded a $1.6 million grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create programming that will develop faculty members’ administrative leadership skills. Entitled Building Academic Leaders in the Humanities, the grant will fund a three-and-a-half year program to prepare humanities faculty to take on leadership roles at Five Colleges’ member institutions. 

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All Five College bus routes to be covered during spring '22 

Students and employees at Five College campuses will see a return to bus service on all regular routes during the spring 2022 semester. Students, faculty, and staff at Five College campuses may ride Five College buses for free during the academic year, and should be prepared to show their campus ID if asked. 

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Route 39 bus service returns for spring semester

Five Colleges, Incorporated has contracted with Michael’s Limousine Service to cover the route normally serviced by PVTA’s 39 bus for the spring 2022 semester. The route runs between Hampshire and Smith Colleges on weekdays, and between Hampshire College and nearby malls on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. The schedule is now posted on the Five College website.

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Expected PVTA bus service for spring semester announced

Students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and UMass Amherst may choose from thousands of courses to take at any of the campuses, at no additional charge, with credits easily transferred. Supporting this resource is a bus service connecting the campuses, as well as the downtowns and shopping centers of the area. Five Colleges offers an update on PVTA bus service for the spring. 

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Five College ASL student awarded annual Lorna Peterson Prize

Hayden Gadd, a member of the Hampshire College class of 2021, has been awarded the Lorna Peterson Prize in acknowledgement of his extensive participation in multi-campus life and academics within the Five College Consortium.

Hayden studied American Sign Language (ASL) at the Five College Center for World Languages. Over the past two years he has collaborated with his ASL instructor, Dana Hoover, and the director of the Amherst College Choral Society, Arianne Abela, to provide simultaneous ASL interpreting for choir performances, including a performance of the John Legend/Common song Glory. with the Amherst College Glee Club. Hayden has also completed the Five College Cognitive Neuroscience certificate.


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Staff Hired to Support Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative

Five Colleges, Incorporated has hired two new staff members to help carry out a major effort to build a model of collaborative teaching and learning for Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) among the consortium’s member campuses. Titled Gathering at the Crossroads, the effort will allow the campuses to develop a set of new academic pathways for students interested in NAIS, as well as create new advising structures to guide students through these academic options. It is supported by a $2.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Five College Choral Festival returns March 4

A favorite cultural event of the area returns in March when some 275 students take part in the Five College Choral Festival at Smith College. The Choral Festival, which is presented every other year, will feature 11 different campus ensembles, each performing separately, and one final song that unifies the voices of the assembled students. March 4, 7:30 p.m., Smith College’s John M. Greene Hall, free and open to the public