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Collaborations

Welcome to the online presence of the Five College Collaborations newsletter. Here you will find all the content of our issues, plus additional information, images and links to related information. To receive the print version of Collaborations, send a request to Brian Acevedo, with the subject line "Collaborations." 

Spring 2018

Smith graduate Sarah Pfatteicher to lead Five Colleges

Sarah Pfatteicher commencement15_6946.jpgFollowing a national search that drew 200 applications, the Five College board of directors appointed Sarah Pfatteicher executive director of the consortium, beginning April 23. This new role represents a return to the area for Pfatteicher (pronounced FAH-ticker), who attended high school locally at Northfield Mount Hermon before attending Smith, where she graduated in 1988. She went on to earn her PhD in the history of science at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1996.

New Executive Director announced >>




Grant for Five College Partnership Programs supports regional K–12 diversification efforts

MassLive 19416198-standard.jpgA coalition of organizations led by the Five College Partnership Programs will work to improve the diversity among teachers in the area’s public school classrooms, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Students of color represent the majority in many schools in this area, particularly in Springfield and Holyoke, and yet teachers of color make up only a small percentage of K–12 teachers. At the same time, a far greater percentage of classroom paraprofessionals are people of color. Citing evidence that students who have teachers who look like them can improve their educational achievement, Five Colleges and the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition identified paraprofessionals of diverse backgrounds as an ideal source of future teachers, as they already work in the schools and are committed to serving students in the region.

Grant supporting local diversification efforts >>


Language center receives strong support for endowment campaign

Five Colleges has raised $482,000 toward its new endowment to sustain funding for ongoing operations of its Five College Center for the Study of World Languages.

Enrollments have climbed steadily over the last decade, with more than 300 students in each of the last three years studying less commonly taught languages at the center. As one of the consortium’s most popular programs, the center has had a far-reaching impact on students, offering a rich and diverse set of language learning opportunities and resources that prepare students for a wide variety of majors, internships and careers. When fully funded, the planned $3 million endowment will cover about a third of the center’s budget, with the remainder of the budget covered by annual campus payments.

Successful endowment campaign for language center >>



Grant supports Dance Department restaging of New Second Line

New Second Line Image #1- Photo by Christopher Duggan.jpg_preview.jpegA grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support the Five College Dance Department (FCDD) in its continuing efforts to address racial diversity and inclusion in dance teaching and programming.

Enrollments have climbed steadily over the last decade, with more than 300 students in each of the last three years studying less commonly taught languages at the center. As one of the consortium’s most popular programs, the center has had a far-reaching impact on students, offering a rich and diverse set of language learning opportunities and resources that prepare students for a wide variety of majors, internships and careers. When fully funded, the planned $3 million endowment will cover about a third of the center’s budget, with the remainder of the budget covered by annual campus payments.

Grant supporting continuing efforts by FCDD >>



Five College African Studies professors honored for editing national journal

Sean Redding and Elliot Fratkin received the African Studies Association Service Award for editing the association’s scholarly journal, African Studies Review, at the 2017 ASA annual meeting in Chicago last November.

Redding is the Zephaniah Swift Moore Professor of History at Amherst College and Fratkin is the Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies at Smith College; both are members of the Five College African Studies Program, which coordinates offerings of Africa-related courses on all five campuses, plans seminars, organizes study-in-Africa opportunities and manages visits to the area by African scholars and artists.

African Studies professors awarded >>


National consortium award presented to Neal Abraham

7460496014_cc8500c6b8_o.jpgThe Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL) honored outgoing Five College Executive Director Neal Abraham at its annual conference last fall with the John B. Noftsinger, Jr. Award for Service and Leadership.

ACL honored outgoing Executive Director >>











Five College Library Annex receives design-build project award

At its January annual meeting, the Design-Build Institute of America, New England Region, presented the Five College Library Annex project team with a Bronze Award in the Building Construction category. 

Library Annex receives award >>


2017 Peterson Prize awarded to Hampshire student Brooke Fitzgerald

Five Colleges presented its Lorna M. Peterson Prize for 2017 to Hampshire College fourth-year student Brooke Fitzgerald. Nominated by Hampshire professor Ethan Meyers on behalf of the Five College Statistics Program for her academic efforts, research and active engagement with the program, Fitzgerald celebrated the prize during a lunch with Lorna Peterson and other nominees last fall.

Hampshire student awarded prize >>


Students take advantage of many venues for presenting work

IMG_5002.jpgEach year students enjoy many opportunities to share their work with peers and the consortium community through symposia and performances.


Students present work >>




Collaborations

Editor: Kevin Kennedy
Writer: Taliesin Nyala HC ’10
Photographer: Noah Loving
Additional photography: Ben Barnhart